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Happy Homemaker Uh, Wednesday?

Unexpectedly working early on a Monday morning and working again on Tuesday means not nearly enough time to work on my blog! Add in the kids home on summer break and I get even less time.

Having a plan in my head is not the same as having it all typed out so I can refer back to it.  Yes, I come back and check what I wrote so I can remember my weekly plan. Am I the only one?

It also means, I miss catching up with Sandra and all the other great bloggers who join in her weekly Happy Homemaker Monday link up.  It’s just before 8:00a.m. on Wednesday morning so I’m going to see if I can’t still join in the weekly fun.

The Weather This Week

Who knows.  It seems to change every time I check my phone app or watch the weather on TV.  It rained a bit Monday, yesterday was super nice, and today there’s a chance of a thunderstorm.

Right Now I Am

Drinking my coffee and writing this blog post.

On My Reading Pile

The usual stack of overdue library books.  I want to start The Terror by Dan Simmons but have to check and see if I need to renew it first.  Everything else can go back.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

The only thing I really watched was season 2 of Quantico on Netflix.  Not quite as good as season 1 even if I did watch the entire thing in a matter of days.  End of the season was a bit anti-climatic, still glad there will be a season 3.

On My TV

No idea.  Need to focus more on cleaning and reading than watching TV this week.

On The Menu For This Week

Monday:  My husband fried crappie (fish) *I worked 10-2 and then was called back to work 4-6*

Tuesday:  Spaghetti with meat sauce *I worked 9:30-noon*

Wednesday: Turkey sausages and salad

Thursday: Chicken of some sort (maybe homemade Chik-Fil-A sandwiches)  *I work 8:30 to 5*

Friday:  Pork chops and potatoes (might switch Thursday and Friday menus around)

On My To-Do List

  1. Grocery store
  2. Pay bills
  3. Whole house clean up (today)
  4. Take overdue library books and other items back to library
  5. General shopping
  6. Make more detailed list of several small house cleaning/organizing projects to complete

What I Am Creating

Sigh.  Nothing.

From The Camera

I keep waiting impatiently for the pot of lavender on the front porch to bloom.

What I’m Wearing Today

Jean shorts and my South Dakota tee-shirt

Simple Pleasure

Sitting on my front porch.

Quote For The Week

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.  (Dalai Lama)

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What kind of summer week are you having?

Happy Homemaker Monday Night Is Now Tuesday Night

It’s going to be a full and busy week around here.  I’ve already worked today, and will be working all week.  It was rather tough getting out of bed Monday morning after not needing the alarm all of last week. And again today.

I thought about skipping my post but I’m determined to not miss a weekly planning post this year.  Plus I need a plan for my weeks.  Time for a weekly plan!

As always, I’m linking up to Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday post.  Probably won’t get around to visiting until Wednesday afternoon though.

The Weather This Week

Hot, again although yesterday morning was nice after some strong weekend thunderstorms (We were lucky to keep our power around here).  Mostly in the low 90s all week with another chance of a thunderstorm on Saturday.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post and thinking about dinner (grocery store chicken, easy night!)

On My Reading Pile

I finished reading The Kill Switch by James Rollins last night but haven’t started a new book yet.

Movies or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

My husband and I watched Deadpool on Saturday night and found it incredibly stupid (and I actually usually like super hero movies.  Honestly, I fell asleep but the plot was too lacking for me to watch the end.  My husband summed it up best, “They made an R rated movie for teenagers.”  Also, I finished up season 5 of Arrow on Netflix.  Major cliffhanger ending, ugh!

On My TV

Not much.  Forgot to see if my summer show of Star Crossed was on last night.  Summer TV is rather dull.

Menu

Another week, another struggle for a summer menu.

MONDAY: We all ate different things.  J had French Toast from the freezer, my husband had the end of a pizza from the weekend, I had a BLT (my original plan), and G had McDonald’s on the way home from band practice.  (I worked 8-2 & G had band practice 3-5:30)

TUESDAY (today): Rotisserie Chicken from the grocery store with watermelon or grapes or salad, whatever, another easy night (I worked 8-2, G had band practice 3-5:30, and I have Bunco at 7 tonight)

WEDNESDAY: Probably tacos (I work 8-2 and G has one more day of band practice 3-5:30)

THURSDAY:  Fish, salad, watermelon (I work 8-2)

FRIDAY:  Some sort of pasta  since I  bought the stuff to try the Chicken Manicotti carried over from last week.  (I work 8-2)

To Do List

  1. Go To Store
  2. Plant Sunflower plants in yard
  3. Laundry
  4. Bills
  5. Get everyone including myself where they are supposed to be and when all week
  6. Probably lots of other stuff I’m forgetting right now

Creating

Just trying to get through the week with a relative sense of calm and hopefully end it with a laundry basket that isn’t overflowing.  Not much time for creativity this week…

Looking Around The House

I need to do some serious picking up but my time and energy haven’t matched up enough to accomplish the task yet.

From The Camera

The same look the kids give me when I get my camera out AGAIN

Tufted Titmouse

What I’m Wearing Today

Aqua Capri pants and a white cotton shirt with some sort of paisley design with blues, aqua, and dark pink or red, plus my crocs.

Simple Pleasure

A cold drink on a hot day!

Quote For The Week

We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another.  (Unknown)

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If you are still reading this, I hope you are having a great week!

Happy Homemaker Monday Except, Of Course, It’s Tuesday

I didn’t mean to miss joining in the Happy Homemaker Monday fun yesterday.  I went with a friend to have a fun adventure at a local botanical gardens yesterday.  Then, as happens, the day (and night) simply got away from me.

Woke up this morning and found myself missing my weekly plan.  As usual, I’ll be linking this post up with all the others over at Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday post on Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather This Week

Hot! Hot! Hot! And a chance of being stormy as well.  It was 80 degrees at 9:30a.m. this morning. Honestly, I don’t mind as I’m happy summer is just about officially here.

Right Now I Am

Working on this blog post and wondering when the boys will wake up for the day.  I’m hoping I can get this finished before J starts asking if he can use the computer.

On My Reading Pile

A bunch of books I checked out last Tuesday and then, didn’t touch all week.  A new James Rollins novel, a book containing all of William Shakespeare’s plays (I’ve narrowed it down and decided I’ll try to read Hamlet), a kid’s book about New Mexico, and a book on hold waiting for me at the library.

Movies or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

I mainly just binge-watched the latest season of Arrow on Netflix.  I think it is season 5.  If you thought season 4 was awful (popular opinion mine included), this season is much better!

On My TV

I planned on watching Still Star Crossed last night but the NBA finals were airing instead.  The only thing other than that I’ve been watching are snippets of all the summer game shows.

Menu

Could somebody please pass me a menu?  I’d love to place an order!  Ha!  Anyone else struggle to menu plan in the summer and when it’s super hot outside?  This whole menu plan is subject to massive change…

MONDAY:  My husband cooked sausage, biscuits, and pancakes

TUESDAY:  Taco Salads

WEDNESDAY: Thinking of trying this Chicken Manicotti Recipe.  If not, I’ll just make Chicken Cacciatore

THURSDAY:  Fish, baked potatoes

FRIDAY: Pizza, frozen or homemade

To Do List

Most of my list this week involves around shopping, some of the shopping is carried over from last week.

  1. Grocery store
  2. Target
  3. Go to library and pick up book on hold
  4. Go get some nice but cool (cotton) tee-shirts for work
  5. J.C. Penny to pick up order (new towels!)
  6. Work in yard, get more rocks at hardware store
  7. Take boys to get Father’s Day cards and presents (should probably be #1 on this list but I may combine it with my Target trip)
  8. Figure out Father’s Day plan
  9. Clean off this computer desk
  10. Work with J in his room to clean it up a bit

Creating

Still working on front yard landscaping.  Started some sunflowers seeds so I need to figure out where to add those into my garden areas.

Looking Around The House

It could be a lot worse!

From The Camera

We went to the botanical gardens to see their Enchanted Forrest exhibit.  The kid in me wanted to get out my Barbie dolls and go play despite all the “do not touch” signs. What I’m Wearing Today

Black shirts, a navy blue shirt with a butterfly design, and pink camouflage sandals.  I’m hoping I don’t look like a giant bruise!

Simple Pleasure

A free day! Sometimes I can have too many in a row but nothing beats a totally free day after a few weeks of being busy.

Quote For The Week

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What’s on your plan for this week?  Also, I’d love to know what you’re having for dinner tonight…

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, First Full Week of June

Getting a bit of a late start this morning but it’s still earlier than most of last week.  It’s time to try to return myself (and maybe the kids) to a bit of routine.

The boys are still sleeping but I actually set my alarm (ugh, yes, in the summer) for 7:00a.m. this morning.  And then, I slept until 8:30a.m.   Still, I am up earlier than last week plus I’ve showered and eaten breakfast.

Of course, a steady part of my routine whether it is the school year or the summer is joining in the Happy Homemaker Monday link-up hosted by Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

It rained just enough yesterday to interfere with my lawn mowing plans but I think this week is supposed to be more summer like with less rain. Highs in the low 90s today and mid 80s the rest of the week and sunny.  Hello, summer!

On My Reading Pile

In addition to the overdue library books?  I read 2 books over the weekend.  I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (by the way, it’s free to read if you have Amazon prime) in one night.  Despite being a bit flowery with the descriptions at times, overall it was a great read in that it certainly was a disturbing view of the future that made one think. It bothered me a bit more than other dystopian novels I’ve read simply for the reason the idea of the government coup seemed so possible.

Secondly,I picked up G’s copy of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.  I had never read it before so didn’t realize how similar and yet different the two novels would be.  Somehow, I’m kind of glad G didn’t bother to read it this past school year.  I did think Huxley’s novel contained a bit more substance and ideas to think on in a philosophical sense than Atwood’s novel.   I’ll probably read Brave New World Revisited later this week as the copy I read contains it as well.

Movies Or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

I spent most my time reading this weekend.  Early last week, we did watch Doctor Strange as a family.  Nothing like picking up a movie at Red-box and having Netflix e-mail you it’s available for streaming the next day.  Still, a great movie that I’ll probably watch again.

On My TV

I’m not sure.  I did catch Still Star Crossed last week and enjoyed it.  If I can figure out when that airs again, I’ll probably watch it.

Menu

Summer menus are hard for me to plan and part of the reason I need to get us into some sort of summer routine.

MONDAY:  Pork chops, potatoes

TUESDAY: Chicken of some sort (maybe chicken strips? maybe grilled chicken?), corn on the cob

WEDNESDAY: Ham steaks, mac and cheese, salad (carry over x2 now)

THURSDAY:  On their own *I work 9:30 til 6* *Mom’s Night Out*

FRIDAY:  Spaghetti

To Do List

  1. Cat to vet (and buy flea medicine).  Tried to do this last week or week before but to busy
  2. Mow front lawn
  3. Target run
  4. Grocery store
  5. Library (didn’t go last week)
  6. Take G to take ACT on Saturday morning
  7. Plant flowers in front yard (working on phase 2 of my landscaping project)
  8. Work on blog posts (my idea is to do this in the mornings while the boys are still sleeping)
  9. Have G put his trip pictures on computer so I can share a few on Facebook (already talked to him about this one)
  10. Take G driving, do something outside with J
  11. Usual stuff: clean house, bills, laundry

Creating

Started working on phase 2 of my garden areas last week.  Still need to plant some flowers and apparently buy more pea gravel.  One bag wasn’t enough for my vision (apparently all that math and measuring stuff is real, so annoying).

Looking Around The House

Same as last week except now it would take at least 2 days to deep clean it!

From The Camera

I love the neighbor’s overgrown hydrangea!

What I’m Wearing Today

Blue tee-shirt with geometric flower design, navy blue shorts, tennis shoes

Simple Pleasure

Summer!

Quote For The Week

This above all: to thine own self be true,  (William Shakespeare)

Between watching Star Crossed last week (the plot line of the story is basically what happens after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet) and reading Brave New World (if you’ve read it, you understand), I may have to find a Shakespeare play to attempt to read this week.  I’ve already read the required Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Othello way back in school.  Any suggestions?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day here so a holiday but my husband is off working this morning because the weather didn’t cooperate this weekend.  G is on his way home from a week-long band trip. I can’t wait to see him later this afternoon! And J is still sleeping away.   Garden flag hanging in honor of the holiday.

Decided I better use some of my quiet time to get this planning post written. As usual, I’m joining in the link hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather This Week

After storms with yet more rain on Saturday, yesterday was a beautiful sunny and not too hot day.  Today is supposed to be another one of those with a high near 80 degrees.  Looks like highs in the 80s all week-long with a chance of more storms tomorrow and Saturday.

On My Reading Pile

I hadn’t read anything all week so over the weekend, I picked up my other James Rollins’ library book, War Hawk, and read that in just 3 short days.  It took a minute to get into the novel but once I did, I read pretty much nonstop.  It focused on high-tech weaponizing of drones and using misinformation as warfare, pretty timely and scary stuff really.  I really liked the main characters, Wayne Tucker and his dog, Kane, a pair from another novel of Rollins.

My books are all due back tomorrow so I’m not sure I’ll finish my 3rd book, a biography by former fist lady, Laura Bush.

Movies Or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

Movies: J watched The Secret Life of Pets with me on Friday.  He’d already seen it at school (a year-end reward thing or something) but knew I’d enjoy it.  It was cute.  I also watched Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and enjoyed it as well though I found it a bit long.

TV Shows: Not much.  I started watching That 70s Show on Netflix, forgot how raunchy that one could be but it doesn’t require a lot of concentration and makes me laugh.  Just not one to watch with the kiddos! Also, watched 15 minutes of The Bacherlorette last night and was done.  Just couldn’t do it.  Switched over and found a rerun of The X-Files on a random station.

On My TV:

The Flash is done for the season and the weather is supposed to be mostly beautiful, so hopefully, I’ll be outside doing stuff or reading my book on the porch as opposed to watching TV. Probably just Netflix if I do watch something.

Menu:

I’m not sure how we got so far off eating dinner last week but I need to get us (me) back into a routine in a serious way this week.  And I think I was going for a record in the how much unhealthy junk can I eat department, yikes!

Somehow, despite our odd eating times, I did manage to make 4 of the 5 dinners planned so there is that I suppose.

MONDAY:  Not sure, maybe OUT as G gets back right at dinner time and we haven’t talked about if we are all going to greet him at the airport or just one of us.

TUESDAY: Ribs in the Crock pot, corn, salad

WEDNESDAY: Fish, baked potatoes, salad (either frozen shrimp or chicken for J & G)

THURSDAY:  Ham steaks & potatoes (carry over from last week)

FRIDAY:  I work either part or all day, someone (that would be me) didn’t do a good job of updating my calendar, so probably OUT or frozen pizza.  Whatever is easy.

To-Do List

  1. Still Need A Summer Plan For My Sanity
  2. Fight With Husband Over Vacation Plans..Finalize Vacation Plans
  3. Clean Out Fridge And Get Some Healthier Snacks Ready To Go
  4. Check In On Friend Having Surgery Tomorrow, Take Her Meal
  5. Usual Trio: Clean House, Pay Any Bills (might be caught up), And Laundry
  6. Books Back To Library, Bribe Get Kids To Sign Up For Summer Reading (They’ve Added Adult Summer Reading as well!)

Creating

All the rain has sort of dampened my gardening efforts but I’m still slowly making my plans for what to add to our front garden areas.  Might keep myself busy with some of that today.

Looking Around The House

It’s not awful but I could use a solid day to deep clean it.

From The Camera  

I always feel like some bunny’s watching me…

(sorry couldn’t resist the cheesy caption on the photos! Bonus points if you sang it though)  )

What I’m Wearing Today

Still in my PJ’s but I’m going to change into a red tee-shirt with a patriotic flower design & shorts after I shower

Simple Pleasure

Having all of us here at home.  Love being on the go but I also love when we are all here together even if we are doing our own things.

Quote For The Week

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

Quote from Morpheus in the movie, The Matrix.  Currently hanging my head in shame as I had to look up the source of this quote and was surprised to find it came from one of my all time favorite movies.

Interestingly, a picture of a tree with this quote hangs just inside the doors of one of the classrooms where I work.  I’ve always been drawn to the picture and its words.  They are true.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I feel a movie marathon coming on…

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