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Happy Homemaker Monday, The First One Of The New Decade!

The title of this posts sounds a bit more perky and exciting than I currently feel.   I woke up early the past two days (courtesy of the cat on Saturday) but there’s something different when you *have to* be up early isn’t there? 

Today’s the Epiphany so per our tradition, we’re having one last special holiday meal to celebrate before I pack away the rest of the Christmas decor.  Maybe one final (small) gift for everyone. Then, it’s all back to routine around here this week. Well, except for the college kid, he gets one more week to be lazy.

Happy to be home to plan the first full week of 2020 with a Happy Homemaker Monday post and link it up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather 

“It’s really nice out for January” Direct quote from J as he opened the front door yesterday. Hard to have the winter blahs with our current weather. Highs in the upper 40’s to lower 50’s and sunny mostly all week (chance of rain on Thursday into Friday). Winter returns from its vacation next week, I think.

Right Now I Am

Listening to the washing machine while I’m down in the basement working on this post. Battling a slight cold (and so grateful it’s just a cold and not the flu as I keep seeing scary news stories about how bad the flu is supposed to be this season).


Mostly about all the things I need to do today.

On My Reading Pile

Overdue library books! Didn’t get to the library yesterday. Have two half-read books on my pile but I want to start fresh with something new to start off the year. Read a couple of magazines over the weekend.

On My TV

This could explain the lack of reading. Binge-watched season 4 of The Magicians on Netflix. Then, started watching The Librarians on Hulu. I’m already on season 2 of that one.  Need to return to listening to music and reading more.

Something Fun To Share

I found a bluebird of happiness during a walk on New Year’s Day!

On The Menu For This Week:

MONDAY: Epiphany!  Turkey breast roast, sweet potatoes, cranberries, salad, rolls, 3 Kings cake *J has not lesson but does have pep band at 6*

TUESDAY: Fish, shrimp, asparagus *J has pep band at 6*

WEDNESDAY: Turkey sandwiches, homemade potato chips

THURSDAY: BBQ chicken, maybe rice? Need to think out the sides

FRIDAY: Maybe soup??? Not sure *I work 8:30-5:30*

On My To Do List

  1. Return overdue library books
  2. Put away rest of Christmas decor (Nativity set, greenery around kitchen doorway)
  3. Update technical stuff  to see if it solves photo loading problem (resizing every photo to load onto this blog is getting old fast)
  4. Clean out 2 more kitchen cabinets (It’s kitchen clearing week here!)
  5. Laundry! Dishes!
  6. Whatever I’m forgetting…sure there’s something.

Homemaking Tips

Taking time to focus and enjoy the process of something like washing the dishes makes it feel like less of a chore.

Looking Around The House

I’m ready for the openness feeling of a January decor. Also, my question for you is about snowmen. Christmas or Winter? Keep them out or put them away? I just put them out but I’m not sure if they’ll stay:

From The Camera

I know my post is already a bit picture heavy but I made a goal to pick up my camera every day in 2020. Forgot how much I enjoyed taking pictures there near the end of last year.

We had beautiful New Year’s Day weather around here and I took advantage by going for a walk at a local park to soak up the sunshine. Thinking I might be solar-powered and my battery definitely needed the recharge! 

Quote For The Week

A house is made with walls and beams, a home is built with love and dreams                      (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


What are your plans for this first full week of the new decade?

Last Happy Homemaker Monday Post of 2019!

Can you believe it’s the last Monday of the year?  I think 2019 was one of those years that went by in the blink of an eye but at the same time felt like the longest year ever. Just me?

I’m ready for 2020 and hoping it brings numerous blessings and peace for all of us!

Time to plan out this divided week. Just think if you don’t have a good day today by Wednesday, you can say but that happened last year!

Each and every year I love linking up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom where she provides the prompts and place for other bloggers to connect through these posts.

The Weather

Gray, cold, and windy. A teeny bit of snow on the car windshield (not any on the ground) this morning. Supposed to be in the mid 30’s today but back up to the 50’s for New Year’s Day. Then, back down to the low 40’s on Friday and Saturday. Imagine a roller coaster…there’s our weather.

Right Now I Am

Sitting in the basement in my pajamas and slippers while typing up this post. The cat is back asleep for her morning nap on the day bed behind me. My stomach is trying to decide whether to forgive me for tacos on top of too many Christmas cookies. Last night it was not so forgiving. Hoping it accepts the yogurt peace-offering from this morning.


That gratitude was a good word for 2019 and that perhaps I need to make one more gratitude list post to round out the year. Also, pondering my word for 2020. And about how I want to spend the next year clearing out stuff.

On My Reading Pile

I have some cheesy Richard Paul Evans Christmas-themed novels to return to the library (might be a new December tradition to read those during December). Currently, I’m reading The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe and still have the Max Lucado book about Anxiety sitting on my night-stand, honestly couldn’t get into it very well.

On My TV

Tis the season for binge-watching stuff! I watched the end of the Holiday Baking Championship on Hulu on Christmas afternoon. So excited the gal I was pulling for won it all!

Then, I watched Homecoming on Amazon (not super excited about a season 2 if they even have one) and The Feed, also on Amazon and really hope they make a season 2 of it! It’s creepy good and based on a book which is on my list to seek out at the library.

My husband and I have also watched a couple of movies, Spiderman, Far From Home (really good!) and Bumblebee (not bad for a Transformers movie, set in the 80’s so that’s a bonus)

Favorite Blog Post This Week

Instead of a blog post this week (see how much TV I’ve been watching one heading up), I’m going to share one of my favorite organizing blogs. She’s always sharing realistic, helpful ideas. And funny stuff on Facebook as well. My blog of the week to share:  The Seana Method

Something Fun To Share

Go Chiefs! Love this announcer who made sure the fans watching the Chiefs knew the Patriots lost. (Sorry, maybe not sorry, Patriots fans!)

On The Menu For This Week

These middle of the week year-changes really make menu planning a challenge don’t they?

MONDAY: Probably going to just clean out the fridge and throw something together *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: New Year’s Eve! We’ll be celebrating with friends who are making spaghetti. Our contribution: bread sticks (I really wanted to do dessert but wasn’t in charge)

WEDNESDAY: Happy New Year! Maybe pulled pork? I know I’m making cornbread and black-eyed peas for sure.

THURSDAY: Honey teriyaki chicken, rice, cabbage salad

FRIDAY: Pizza? Something easy

On My To Do List

  1. Pay property taxes (UGH)
  2. Work on cleaning kitchen cabinets out
  3. Clean basement a bit more
  4. Target for Cat food
  5. Clean the house a bit before the New Year.

Homemaking Tips

Spray a little lavender linen spray on pillows and mattresses when changing the sheets.

Looking Around The House

Christmas is mostly gone except for a few things intentionally left out: the Nativity, the greenery around the kitchen doorway, wreath on the door, and my little white Kitchen tree and peace sign.  Need to switch back to the normal shower curtain today.

From The Camera

Want to come over for a cup of coffee?

Quote For The Week

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.  (Mother Teresa)


How are you planning to ring in the new year (decade! wow)?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Happy Christmas!

Late afternoon post as I’ve been watching Cupcake Wars on Hulu  running around doing a few last-minute Christmas errands. Are you all ready for the big day? Here? Close but not quite ready.

Most the shopping is done. Just a few final touches to add. Things forgotten and remembered. Things that take me by the mall. Those things must wait until early morning tomorrow now to try to avoid the crowds.

Let’s just get right to the holiday week ahead as very soon J and I have to run off to his music lesson. Here’s to hoping someone else is making dinner while I’m working on this post.

The Weather

We went from a snow day last Monday to I just ran my afternoon errands without a coat. It was 64 degrees out there! You can see my Blogmas post from yesterday for more about our weather.

On The Breakfast Plate

Started with oatmeal and coffee. Maybe have finished with a cookie or candy or two.

Right Now I Am

Taking a moment of calm and normal to work on this post.

Looking Around The House

There’s going to be some serious cleaning happening later. We’re hosting my husband’s side for Christmas breakfast and then, my side for Christmas dinner (though my older brother is bring lasagna so he’s doing most the work, I think).

On Today’s To Do List

  1. Finish Wrapping presents for the boys. DONE
  2. Mail Christmas cards. DONE (as done as it gets)
  3. Go to library. DONE
  4. Try not to lose mind. Kind of DONE.
  5. Take J to his music lesson

On This Week’s To Do List

  1. Last-minute Christmas shopping
  2. Grocery Store
  3. Baking dessert for Christmas dinner
  4. Have a Merry Christmas!

On The Menu

Craziness with a side of insanity. Oh, Food…let’s see.

MONDAY: BBQ sandwiches

TUESDAY: Christmas Eve. Not sure. Thinking we may need to go out somewhere nice to start a new tradition.

WEDNESDAY: MERRY CHRISTMAS! Breakfast: biscuits and gravy (husband makes this) DINNER: Lasagna (brother is making this) Spaghetti, Salad, Bread sticks, desserts (thinking chocolate pie and an attempt at Tiramisu)

THURSDAY: Christmas Left-Overs

FRIDAY: No idea

Currently Reading

I’ve been reading the Christmas novels by Richard Paul Evans. I read The Christmas List one night last week. And I picked up three more to read over the next three nights.

On The TV

Mainly just lots of cooking shows on Hulu. Oh, and I did watch season 5 of Fuller House finally over on Netflix. Sad to see it all come to an end.

From The Camera

So this appeared in our yard on Sunday…

Funny. We had no idea. One other neighbor had one, it was pink. I like that ours looked to be decked out in Chiefs attire. Made me immediately think of our aunt who passed away in mid-October. She loved flamingos.

Turns out it was a gift from another neighbor.  Brightened our day a bit.

Quote For The Week

God bless us, every one! (Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)


Hope everyone celebrating has a magical Merry Christmas!  And don’t forget to visit Sandra, the host of Happy Homemaker Monday over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.



Happy Homemaker *SNOW DAY!* Monday

I may be just a tiny bit excited to have a snow day today.  A much-needed chance to catch up on all the things I ignored yesterday. Oh, and sleeping in was a glorious bonus. After, I managed to convince the cat alarm to turn its purring self off and go back to sleep.

Did you know there are only 9 days until Christmas? YIKES! Glad to have a chance this morning to plan my week. Joining in with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and all the other great bloggers who link up each week.

Let’s see what this week has in store:

The Weather 

Snowy day indeed! It snowed all day yesterday. And is supposed to snow more today. It’s not terribly cold, thank goodness. I think it’s supposed to be in the high 20’s today and inch its way up to the 50’s by the weekend.

On The Breakfast Plate

I haven’t eaten yet but did break out the Starbucks peppermint mocha coffee in honor of our first snow day of the school year. (Everyone else except the poor “still had to go to work” husband is asleep)

As I Look Outside My Window

Lots and lots of white on the ground. Lots of birds at the bird feeder and on the ground underneath it.  Is it even an official snow day if I don’t share a picture of snow-covered patio furniture with you?

Right Now I Am

Debating going upstairs for another sip of coffee while working on this post.

Looking Around The House

It’s a mess! And a big enough one to stress me out a bit. Especially this desk down here. I’m definitely doing something about it today.

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Enjoy the gift of a snow day!
  2. Clean this house! Or at least put stuff away where it goes.
  3. Pay Bills.
  4. Make organized Christmas plans.  I think I just need to “see” what I’ve done and still need to do to feel a bit less frazzled. Or more frazzled depending on what I do “see”
  5. Take J to his baritone lesson if it doesn’t get canceled (Doubt it will)
  6. Figure out a quick dinner for tonight, maybe something in the crock pot
  7. Catch up on Blogmas, having fun doing it but did fall a day behind yesterday

On This Week’s To Do List

  1. Seriously clean the house
  2. Christmas shopping/wrapping
  3. Haircut for me!
  4. Work Friday afternoon
  5. Christmas baking?

On The Menu

MONDAY: Roast in the crock pot maybe *carry over from last week* *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Chicken parmesan and spaghetti, salad *J has optional pep band at 6*

WEDNESDAY: Pork chops and baked sweet potatoes *I have an early morning hair appt*

THURSDAY: Breakfast for dinner? Waffles, bacon, and Orange juice *J has optional pep band at 6*

FRIDAY: Hamburgers and hot dogs, French fries or OUT *I work 12:30-4:30*

Currently Reading

Finished Invincible Summer by Alice Adams and am still casually reading Anxious For Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado. Need to get to the library at some point.

On The TV

Too much! Mostly I’ve been watching old seasons of The Great Holiday Baking Championship on Hulu.  Cheering and jeering at the contestants like I’m watching a football game. You need to add more ginger! Those flavors don’t go together! What?! No, they shouldn’t have been sent home!


A house decorated for Christmas amid the mess.

From The Camera

Quote For The Week

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)


What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?


Happy Homemaker Monday, It’s My Birthday!

Happy Monday! Happy Victory Day! (KC Chiefs fans know what that means) And Happy Birthday to me! I guess I’m officially middle-aged now or something. SIGH. 

Not sure what we’re going to do to celebrate. December birthday means squeezing things in around already busy days. This weekend we celebrated my brother-in-law on Friday evening, Saturday, J & I spent all day in Columbia while he tried out for the all-state band, and yesterday we didn’t do much of anything.

Well, we did cheer on those Chiefs! Some of us. Band kids don’t follow sports much. G asked if the win meant they were in the Superbowl now. Not quite yet.

We were all tired yesterday, I think. And I’ll be honest, I was having a minor meltdown over the number up there.

How was your weekend? Time to move on to the week ahead!

The Weather Outside

It’s been delightful but today is the big switch over to frightful. Not too much though. Just a bit of mist, maybe snow, and wind chills in the teens. However, it was 47 when I took J to school this morning. It’s supposed to be yucky today and tomorrow but nice again for the weekend.

On The Breakfast Plate This Morning

Typical old person breakfast of cinnamon apple oatmeal and coffee

As I Look Outside My Window

I’m in the basement and the basement window shade is pulled. I’m watching a stink bug (ugh) walk around the window sill and wall by it. Trying to decide if it’s worth the effort to go get the bug stuff and remove him from my view.

Right Now I Am

See above, working on this post, listening to G get ready for his last day of classes before finals week begins.

As I Look Around The House

I see Christmas decor amid the mess. It really just needs a bit of picking up and of course, a good *someday it will happen* cleaning.

On Today’s To Do List

  1. Water plants
  2. Clean out the fridge
  3. Go to grocery store (maybe)
  4. Work on some Blogmas posts
  5. Clean up down here/the desk

On This Week’s To Do List

  1. Pay some bills
  2. Maybe some Christmas shopping
  3. Lots of running J to band practices later in the week
  4. Put gas in the car/clean out the car
  5. Library
  6. Pick up the camera and take some pictures!

On The Menu This Week

It’s going to be a hard to plan the menu kind of week, I think. Probably just throwing ideas out for each day and then, if they happen, great.

MONDAY: Not sure. We may go out early. *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Pork chops and sweet potatoes

WEDNESDAY: Roast in the crock pot

THURSDAY: Leftovers/something easy *J has band rehearsals from 4-7, I think*

FRIDAY: Same as above *J has band rehearsals from 4 to 9, I think*

Currently Reading

I read an entire book on Saturday while waiting on J, The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans. It was a nice Christmas type read. I’ll probably look for a few more of those for the rest of December. However, if I don’t get to the library today..I’m also reading Invincible Summer by Alice Adams. Plus, Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado.

On The TV This Week

Is it not TV season? So much to watch, so little time! Oh, and I took advantage of a Black Friday deal to get us Hulu. Currently, I’m watching The Great Holiday Baking Championship, Prodigal Son, and Lost on Hulu. Fuller House and Riverdale on Netflix. The Flash on the CW app, Mr Robot (note: I liked this show enough that I bought season 4 from Amazon just to see the last season). And my husband started watching The Handmaid’s Tale over the weekend getting me kind of interested. Plus I watched some Brooklyn 99 episodes with G (he loves that show almost as much as The Office).

What I Am Creating At The Moment

Nothing although I’m in the mood to bake after watching people do it on TV all day yesterday. Of course, I’d like to know who’s cleaning all those dishes. I’d get a lot more excited about baking if someone else did all the cleaning of the dishes.

Quote For The Week

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

(Luke 2: 6-7)


What’s on your agenda for this busy time of the year?

Don’t forget to visit the host of Happy Homemaker Mondays, Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

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