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Happy Homemaker Monday, A Glorious Morning

Happy Monday! It’s a cool September morning around here. And with my husband at work, plus both boys at school, I have a quiet house to myself. So I’m sitting here with the windows open, drinking my coffee, and working on this post.   

Did you add that glorious morning bit to your title just so you could add this picture of your morning glories?  Yes, yes I did. Aren’t they glorious? I waited a long time for these blooms!  Okay, now let’s get back to the serious business of planning the week ahead. Happy as always to join with Sandra’s blog for her fabulous, inspiring and encouraging link up. Check it out here: Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather In My Neck Of The Woods

I mentioned above this morning it’s picture perfect out there. A bit chilly but the sun is shining and it’s 62 degrees. Later today and this week, low to mid 80’s with a slight chance of rain for the weekend.

Things That Make Me Happy

All the late-blooming wildflowers growing along the side of the roads. Sunflowers, goldenrod, yellow cone flowers, lots of others I couldn’t identify.

Book I’m Reading

Still reading A World In Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard Haass. It’s interesting and refreshingly non-partisan.

What’s On My TV Today

Not sure. Need to see if any new fall shows premiere this week.

On The Menu For Dinner

A carry-over meal: ham steaks, sweet potatoes, maybe salads and tomatoes. Might make a dessert.

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY: See above

TUESDAY:  Popcorn shrimp, baked potatoes or maybe rice, salads, garlic toast *G has early band practice*

WEDNESDAY:   Chicken legs, salad *I work 9:00-12:30* *MNO*

THURSDAY:  Roast in crock pot made into BBQ sandwiches, frozen French fries *G has evening band practice*

FRIDAY: OUT  (we’ll eat at the high school football game) *I work 7:45-12:30* *Football game*

On My To-Do List

  1. The usual: Clean out fridge, grocery store, laundry
  2. Make another list (ha!) of home projects to-do
  3. Mow the lawn
  4. Pay a few bills
  5. Work on some blog stuff (edit photos, blog post ideas)
  6. Get things together for charity truck donation

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try Soon

Thinking of trying to make my late aunt’s bread pudding recipe using cinnamon bread.

In The Craft Basket

I might have something once I make my big to-do list of home projects.

Looking Forward To

A peaceful, quiet day spent at home. (Except for the side trip I must take to the grocery store!)

Tips And Tricks

Sometimes I take a cotton ball (or damp paper towel wadded up…more likely around here) and add several drops of peppermint and lemon to it. Then, place it in one of the car vents. Makes a refreshing scent to help wake up on tired mornings.

Photo

My husband and I took a belated 20th anniversary trip to Roaring River State Park last weekend. 

Lesson Learned The Past Few Days

Our kids might be okay.  The boys stayed home alone.  We arrived home to find the house still standing (whew!) and the cat alive (sigh of relief!) as well as two kids who were perfectly fine without us (tears!). Next time we might leave them a few ground rules about having friends staying over (thankfully, they’re all good kids so no funny business or they were smart enough to hide any evidence at least).

Also, I learned it might be important to check the cell phone coverage of a location before traveling out-of-town. No cell service (at least on our network) in the park! We had to drive 7 miles into town to call the kids. We did stay at the parks lodge and conference center so we were able to give the boys the landline number to our room in case of an emergency.

On My Mind

Still thinking (I should be doing!) about getting the house all cleaned and cleared out for the fall/winter seasons. Overhead a man in Target last week telling his son that the Farmer’s Almanac predicted this to be one of the worst winters in history. Don’t they always say that?

Quote For The Week

This seems appropriate given the significance of tomorrow’s date:

United we stand, divided we fall. (Aesop)

I will certainly never forget taking a walk with my 4 month old son, 17 years ago, stopping to chat with neighbors about a plane “accidentally” flying into one of the world trade towers. Returning from my walk, flipping the TV back on and discovering the news about the second plane and how none of it was an accident.

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What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day signals the final four months of the year. I’m wondering how we got here. I feel like I fell asleep on a long road trip and woke up several miles later. Time to make a conscious effort to enjoy the scenery for the rest of the year!  And maybe figure out who’s driving the car, ha!

It’s also time for another Happy Homemaker Monday weekly planning post. A fun way to plan the week ahead and meet other bloggers and glance into their weeks. Be sure and check it out by hopping over to Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom, the blog of our host, Sandra.

On to the categories and planning the week in these parts…

The Weather In My Neck Of The Woods

Hot today, almost 90, then it cools off to the high 70’s to mid 80’s the rest of the week. With a slight chance of storms each day, it’s a “we don’t know” kind of forecast.

Things That Make Me Happy

When I manage to change something on the technical hosting side of my blog without breaking anything over here. Thank you, Google! It also makes me happy how seldom I have to go look at the hosting side.

Book I’m Reading

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard Haass.

What’s On My TV Today

Not really sure. My husband was watching Troy on Netflix earlier but decided to turn it off for a while (it’s a long movie).

On The Menu For Dinner

It’s national baby back ribs day. Thinking of grabbing some of the already cooked ribs (regular ones) from the grocery store later. Or I might throw a roast in the crock pot (carry over from last week). Guess I could have typed I don’t have a clue.

MONDAY: See above

TUESDAY:  Something easy, maybe ham steaks and sweet potatoes  *I work 8-4:30* *G has evening band practice, maybe*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken strips, salad, maybe French fries in the oven

THURSDAY: Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad *G has early morning band practice*

FRIDAY: OUT

On My To Do List

  1. Go to grocery store
  2. Clean off the top of this desk
  3. Laundry
  4. Work in garden areas, get some spring bulbs
  5. Get things ready for upcoming trip

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try Soon

If you’re a peanut butter cookie fan, make these peanut butter oatmeal cookies! So good I forgot to take any pictures of the ones I made before they disappeared.

In The Craft Basket

Nothing at the moment.

Looking Forward To This Week

Hopefully, the start of a slower pace for my work schedule.

Tips and Tricks

This is a good time to go buy extra school supplies, most of them are on clearance. I keep a bag filled with extra paper, notebooks, pens, and pencils so my boys can grab them if needed.

Photo Lesson Learned The Past Few Days

I’m going to give a real literal interpretation here.  For fun, I’ve been trying to learn Danish using the Duolingo site.  One of yesterday’s translations: Cats do not eat boys. (Whew! So good to know). By the way, it’s “Katte ikke spiser drenge” in Danish just in case you find yourself in need of soothing a Danish boy afraid of cats.

On My Mind

I think my goal for September is to go slow and work on cleaning the house.  One project a day (or week if my schedule’s crazy). Looking for that sense of accomplishment that spurs a little motivation to return soon.

Quote

Found this quote on the back of my 8th grader’s science syllabus and loved it.

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)

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What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Goodbye August!

A bit late with my post today as I worked a half-day this morning. Usually, my work slows down once school starts but for whatever reason, not this year. Full day tomorrow and Friday and possibly another half-day on Thursday.  Better take some time for a Monday planning post.

It’s always fun to join the link up hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!

The Weather In My Neck Of The Woods

This morning, cloudy with a chance of rain, this afternoon hot and humid in the low 90’s. Tomorrow, a chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the 80’s and 90’s all week. Unless it changes.

Things That Make Me Happy

Sleeping in on weekend mornings after a full week of getting up early.  Conversations with the kids. Taking my shortcut (it’s probably actually longer) through the park on the way to work.

Book I’m Reading

Nothing. I’m officially admitting I can’t get through the Carpe Diem book. I placed hold on a few books at the library so I’m hoping they’ll hold my interest better.

TV Today

Sat and watched part of an episode of The Ranch with my husband. Stupid but I still laughed. May finish up Parks and Recreation later. Not sure. Time for fall television to return!

For Dinner Tonight

I should know this answer. However, I have no idea. Chicken?

On The Menu

MONDAY: *I worked 8:30-1:30*

TUESDAY: Roast in the crock pot, BBQ sandwiches *I work 9:30-6* *G has evening band practice at 6*

WEDNESDAY: Steak bites, baked potatoes *Our 20th wedding anniversary* *We’re celebrating with a trip next month*

THURSDAY:  BLT’s maybe?  *I will probably work 11-2*

FRIDAY: OUT *I work 8-4:30*

To Do List

  1. Get husband anniversary card
  2. Mow lawn
  3. Take books back to library/pick up books
  4. Clean out fridge
  5. Laundry

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try Soon

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Looking Forward To This Week

Our anniversary on Wednesday (and a day off work!)

From The Camera

I finally had a minute to pick up my camera on Saturday night and grab a couple of shots of the moon.   On My Mind

It’s already Emergen-C season! Drink my vitamin water in the morning, come home from work and fix a glass of Emergen-C. Plus I’m taking my vitamins. I’m not sick and I’m trying very hard not to get sick. Lots of sickness floating around my work already so let’s hope it works!

Also, feeling a bit burned out in general so took it slower with the blog last week. Maybe this week as well.

Quote For The Week 

There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither. (Alan Cohen)

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And now, I think I will rest for a bit. What’s on your agenda this week?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday

I’m ready for a few quiet mornings.  It’s a treat to have a couple of hours this morning. Hoping for an entire quiet day tomorrow as I do have to go to work later this afternoon.

Joining in with Happy Homemaker Monday, hosted by Sandra of Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom, and all the other lovely bloggers who link up there.

The Weather

Rainy and cooler! It’s like a little fall preview but I’m sure the humidity’s coming.  High of 72 tomorrow. Highest predicted temperatures all week are 84 on Friday and 90 on Saturday.

Things That Make Me Happy

Monday morning coffee, quiet mornings, flowers, watching the birds. We saw a hummingbird in the blue flowers as we left for school this morning!

Book I’m Reading

Read Finished All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire yesterday. Still trying to get through Carpe Diem, Seizing The Day In A Distracted World by Roman Krznaric

TV Today

Probably not much as I work all day.  Maybe a Parks and Recreation episode or two on Netflix when I get home. Or whatever my husband happens to be watching.

For Dinner Tonight

Not sure as I won’t be home until after 6.  Their options: leftover Rotisserie chicken, taco meat, pizza, French toast.  Husband’s choice.

On The Menu

MONDAY:  See above *I work 11-6*

TUESDAY:  BLT’s, cucumbers *I have Bunco at 7:00*

WEDNESDAY: Chili, cornbread

THURSDAY: Ham (in crock-pot), sweet potatoes *Open house at the middle school at 5:30* *G has band practice at 6:00*

FRIDAY:  Leftovers/Hot Dogs/OUT *Football game, G has to be there at 5:30, we’ll go later*

To-Do List

  1. Clean out fridge
  2. Prep some snacks/quick meal ingredients
  3. Clean the house (Main project for the week!)
  4. Look into getting new band shirt for J (last year’s shirt may be too small)
  5. Pay bills
  6. All the things I can’t think of at the moment

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try Soon

I’d like to try to make my own Sourdough bread. Any recipes? Advice?

In My Craft Basket

Still working on my butterfly garden area. Rescued a Gerbera daisy from the grocery store yesterday. 

Looking Forward To This Week

A slower pace and spending some free time at home.

From The Camera 

Lesson Learned The Past Few Days

As much as I enjoyed working a full schedule last week and just being myself, I’m not quite ready to give up the freedom being a substitute “on call” teacher gives me.  I’m certainly going to appreciate my days doing stuff around here a bit more this week.

On My Mind

Suddenly, a Willie Nelson song. Oh dear.

Quote For The Week

Calendar wisdom: 

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What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Back To School Time

School starts this week for both the boys and me.  Yes, yet another full-time working week for me.

They asked me to help at my school with the first week and honestly, I’m kind of excited about it.  Also, sad to miss the last few days of summer break with my boys but they won’t mind. I did stipulate I’d only work a half-day on Wednesday as school starts for my boys on Thursday. Need a little time with them or to run last-minute errands!

Don’t forget to check out all the fun with the Happy Homemaker Monday link up hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!

On to the categories…

The Weather

It’s August. It’s hot. Low 90’s to mid 80’s all week. It might rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. Might even rain while the sky is clear and the sun is shining. It did that earlier this week. I tried (without much luck) to capture a photo: 

Right Now I Am

Sitting here with too many tabs open on the computer, working on this post, thinking of a million little things I need to do.

Thinking

See above. Thinking of all the little things I need to do. Also, I’ve been thinking of my mom a bit. G passed his driver’s test on Friday and it was so hard watching him drive off to a friend’s house that night. He sent me a text once he arrived safely. Today, though, he forgot to send me an “I’ve arrived” message. Back in the age of the dinosaurs, we didn’t have cell phones. Our parents had to just trust we made it to our locations. I have a bit of new respect for that living it from this side of things.

On My Reading Pile

Working my way through Carpe Diem: Seizing The Day In A Distracted World by Roman Alexander Krznaric.  Seems too much to say I keep getting distracted while reading it.

On My TV

Missed the season finale of Reverie so I need to figure out how to watch that one. Started watching the final season of The Americans on Amazon Prime. Limiting myself to one episode a day.

Also, watching Parks and Recreation since I never finished it the first time. Not sure why because I laugh so much through each episode.

And we watched the new Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle movie last night. If you’re in the mood for the original movie, watch it. This is not even close to that. Think more like The Breakfast Club plays Jumanji to paraphrase my husband. However, the middle of the movie where they’re in the game is fun and funny.

On The Menu This Week

As much as I love summer and as much as I’m not ready for school to start, I am ready for regular dinners with a bit more structured meal plans. Of course, good luck with that this week!

MONDAY: Ribs in the Crock Pot (MUST thaw these tonight), corn on the cob, potatoes, salad *I work 8:30-5* (Expecting help with this meal)

TUESDAY: French Toast, Sausage or Bacon (Requested meal) *I work 8:30-5*

WEDNESDAY:  Maybe ham steaks, potatoes, salad or chicken legs *I work 8:30-1*

THURSDAY: Taco salads or maybe OUT *I work 8:30-5* *First day of school* *G has band practice 6-8:30*

FRIDAY: OUT or taco salads *I work 8:30-5*

On My To Do List

  1. Make sure the boys have a few school supplies. I said a silent thank you as I walked by the chaos in Target this afternoon. No stress over school supply list in 8th & 12th grades.
  2. Work on 30 Days of Summer blog series
  3. Pay electric bill (No more stalling…SIGH)
  4. A bit of anniversary planning
  5. Read

In The Craft Basket

I did start on a new butterfly garden area in the yard. Not much there yet. 

And added an actual hanging basket of lavender to the garden area by the front porch. 

Looking Forward To

The marching band parent preview weekend where we get to see the beginning of their half-time/band competition performance. And pay all the fees (not so much looking forward to that part, ha!).

Looking Around The House

Maybe I should say I’m looking forward to having the time to give it a good cleaning? No idea when that is going to be.

From The Camera

The second tomato from our garden is almost ready! 

Quote For The Week

This seems like a good one for back to school time:

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)

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Is it back to school time in your area? What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

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