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Happy Homemaker Monday, A Cold January Morning

Bit of a late start this morning as it is a holiday.  J had a friend sleep-over and they’re both still snoozing which is good considering they were both going strong at 2a.m. YAWN!

It’s also a super chilly start to our week. I think it snowed a tiny bit more (just enough to cover footprints…still waiting for a decent snow where we can’t see the grass poking through) and the current temperature out there is 12 degrees with a predicted high of just 14. Wind chill advisories issued as well.

A good day to stay inside and plan the week ahead while drinking a few cups of coffee. Inspired as always by Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday post and link up. Don’t forget to check it out and visit the other bloggers. Maybe join in the fun if you haven’t already!

As I Look Outside My Window (Out The Backdoor Window)

The bright blue and sunny sky belies the bitter cold. Snow birds having a feast on the seed spilled over on to the deck from when I re-filled the bird feeder about a half-hour ago. My cold feet confirm the weather reports.

Right Now I Am

Drinking coffee, wondering what I’ll fix the boys for breakfast (maybe lunch?) , and trying to warm up a bit. Probably should have worn a coat and maybe boots instead of tennis shoes when I went outside to fill the bird feeder.

Thinking And Pondering

Embracing January is not easy but I’ve been trying. Definitely a month meant for blankets, coffee (and/or tea), and books!

I’m determined not to say how this year is already flying by on us. In trying to live my 2018 word, I’ve making an effort to savor bits of each day and week. Doesn’t always work but I’m trying. Also, limiting my time on Facebook. If I click on it and it seems filled with negativity, I’m clicking right back off of it (and usually right over to Pinterest because we have to waste time somehow).

On My Bedside Table

The usual, a mess! Clothes I need to put away, books, my phone, usually a little gray cat staring out the window, and lately, a large bottle of cocoa butter lotion.

On My TV Tonight

No idea. Maybe season 2 of Humans on Amazon. I know the winter season premier of The Flash is on tomorrow night so that’ll be on Tuesday.

Listening To

My husband is watching Silverado back here so it’s providing my background noise. Can also occasionally the snowbirds chirping outside.

On The Menu This Week

No idea! Certainly don’t want to go grocery shopping in sub-zero wind chills. Hmm, looks like other than spaghetti we didn’t follow the plan at all last week. Lots of repeats for this menu.

MONDAY: Maybe French Toast (from freezer) and sausage

TUESDAY: Tacos, chicken enchiladas for G and myself

WEDNESDAY: So, I still haven’t made the pork chops in the crock pot…

THURSDAY: Kielbasa or turkey sausages, cabbage steaks

FRIDAY: *I work 8:30-5:30* Probably pizza in some form

On My To-Do List

  1. Get another bag ready for the charity truck (They delayed last Friday’s pick up a week)
  2. Go to grocery store (when it warms up later this week)
  3. Work so far just on Friday this week
  4. Mail some packages
  5. Clean off dresser and bedside table (Wonder where I got that idea?)
  6. Clean out one desk drawer (the top needs it as well)
  7. Find a calendar for back here
  8. Write a few blog posts
  9. Clean out fridge
  10. Still need to organize pantry

What I Am Sewing,Crocheting, Knitting, or Creating

Something yellow!

My Simple Pleasure

Finding a new science fiction TV series to watch (and watching old ones as well). Stumbled on this gem on Amazon Prime: Humans.  Ready to start season 2!  Bonus: My husband liked it and watched it with me.  Do have to admit though I watched it right after finishing season 10 of Doctor Who (another great one!) and spent some time thinking The Doctor would show up and declare it alien technology and fix everything for everyone.

Lesson Learned The Past Week

Things have a way of working themselves out if I simply take a step back. Hard one for a former/reformed control freak.

And a bonus repeat lesson: It’s okay to say no to someone’s plans if they don’t work for me. No explanation necessary.

From The Camera

Everyone should have a laundry folding cat!

(Don’t get too jealous, she’s folding laundry to make up for puking in my black pumps. Yuck-o!)

Prayer List

A couple of old friends, anyone who has to be out in this frigid weather, family

Quote For The Week

Has to be a Martin Luther King, Jr one for today, of course:

Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.


And now that lunchtime’s arrived, I suppose I should finish this post and actually go change out of my pajamas and fix something.  What’s on your agenda for today?


Happy Homemaker Monday, January 8

Happy Monday! It’s a warmer sunshine-y one in these parts.

The early morning did start with temperatures right below freezing which made for a few slick parts on the roads. News reported quite a few fender benders in the rush hour areas. Made me glad to be the one taking my older son to school this morning.  Most the roads to the high school were fine. The ones on the way to the middle school were a bit patchy in places.

Made it home to the quiet house, flipped off all the left-on lights, shut the left-open cupboard doors, ate breakfast, and am now enjoying another cup of coffee. Time to get to my Happy Homemaker Monday post.

Be sure to check out the link up with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. It’s a fun way to plan your week.

The Weather

My weather app from the local news, I need a new one, this one keeps yelling at me “no longer supported” but still giving me the weather, says we are supposed to reach 50 degrees today!  It’s 28 degrees right now so I suppose that’s possible. First part of this week is more of the same before a drop down to 12 degrees at night with 60 percent chance of something, rain or maybe snow?

Right Now I Am

Fussing with this little gray cat: She keeps demanding my attention by jumping up here and walking along the desk. I might feel a bit nicer had she not also demanded my attention at 3a.m. by jumping on me and putting her paws on my face just to make sure I’d wake up and pet her.


About taking a nap later although I probably won’t do it.  Also, thinking about all the things I’d like to get done this week and wondering if I’ll manage it. Will mostly depend on my work schedule. Right now, I’m off all week but we all know when you are a substitute, it could change with a single text or phone call.

On My Reading Pile

I finished How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White other than working through the appendix part.  Think I’ll write a proper review of it for later this week.

I shared all the books I want to read in 2018 in this post.

On My TV

Well, not the Kansas City Chiefs! Thankfully, spring training for the Royals is right around the corner.

Finished up the second season of The Travelers on Friday night. Throughout the weekend, I spent some random time watching a few episodes of season 10 of Doctor Who. Really like Bill, the new companion, she’s like a breath of fresh air for the show.  And I’ve warmed to the twelfth doctor as well and will be sorry to see him go after this season.

Also, decided on a whim last night to try to catch up on The Blacklist on Netflix since they had added season 4 quite a while ago. It’s a good laundry folding show.

Favorite Blog Post This Week (Mine or Other)

A friend of mine recently started a blog: She Sips Coffee

She talks about planning, planners, and of course, sipping coffee! Please, go say hello to her.

On The Menu For This Week

J found the lucky cashew (my bean replacement)

Yesterday (instead of Saturday, turns out it takes a bit longer than I thought to thaw a turkey breast), we had our feast for the Epiphany. Probably a stretch to call it a feast since I forgot the sweet potatoes, didn’t have the green beans I thought we had, and so we ended up with turkey, rolls, and cranberry sauce (I’m the only one who would touch that stuff). As much as I wanted to try this recipe Tamy from Chasing My Life shared, ultimately, I simply roasted the turkey since I wanted to make sure all the picky eaters ate and there weren’t a lot of other options for meals.

Hey, at least we had cake!

MONDAY:  Spaghetti, meatballs, salad

TUESDAY:  Kielbasa, Cabbage Steaks (trying something new)

WEDNESDAY: Chicken Enchiladas, rice (frozen mini tacos for my husband and J)

THURSDAY: Birthday party/OUT (will probably make turkey and noodles to have in freezer though)

FRIDAY: Pork chops in the crock pot (carry over for about the millionth time)

On My To Do List


  1. Put away the rest of Christmas (finally!)
  2. Give the house a proper cleaning (especially the bathrooms)
  3. Pay bills
  4. Get the boys haircuts
  5. Read!

Rest of the week:

  1. Gather items for charity truck coming on Friday
  2. Get January birthday cards (maybe February ones as well)
  3. MNO on Tuesday
  4. Birthday gathering on Thursday
  5. Looks like I may be working am on Wednesday now for just a few hours
  6. Put pictures from last year (and year before) on flash drive

What I Am Sewing, Knitting, or Creating

Need to pick up the camera this week.  Would like to get some pictures sorted and maybe framed.  Big project for the week will be items for the charity truck and adding pictures to flash drives.

Looking Around The House

Needs a good cleaning!

From The Camera

Need to find a place for the poinsettia now that Christmas is over. Thinking of actually putting some blooms in vases (saw it in a magazine).

On My Prayer List

Family members, friends, the world.

Quote For The Week

“Surrender to what is. let go of what was. have faith in what will be.” (Sonia Ricotti)


What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Welcome 2018!

A bit of slow start around here after staying up much too late to see 2017 properly out the door.  While the Black-eyed peas simmer and the wassail warms up in the crock pot, I’m writing my first post of 2018.

Black-eyed peas to bring luck and prosperity in the new year.

Finally making the wassail, a Swedish health drink according to my cook book

Can’t think of a better way to start my blog writing in the new year than with a Happy Homemaker Monday post. I’m so glad Sandra (our host over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom) decided to put one up on her blog today.

The Weather

COLD. Our actual temperature read -3 degrees upon waking this morning. We’ve now warmed up to a balmy 6 degrees. The sun’s shining brightly though.  Cold and clear, we’re going to hit the low 20 degree mark later in the week and my app shows 39 degrees with a 50% chance of something (snow/rain/mix?) for next Sunday. We’ll see…

Right Now I Am

Wondering if I should just stay in my pajama bottoms all day. I did throw on a sweatshirt earlier so I could go outside and freeze a bubble (and myself!). Not quite as exciting as the news might have implied.


About how I’m not ready for the boys’ Christmas break to end (they go back to school on Wednesday) and hoping this year doesn’t go at the same insanely fast speed as last year. Okay, I’ll just admit it, I’m also hoping for a surprise giant snowstorm. Yes, me, lover of all things summer, wants some fluffy white snow to go along with our freezing weather (though I’d have no complaints if it warmed up a teeny bit).

On My Reading Pile

Planning to make a list of at least 18 books I’d like to read in 2018.  Need to inspire myself to do better in the reading category. For today and tomorrow, I’ll probably just finish looking at the December/January magazine issues and check out the Amazon Prime Kindle First Editions.

On My TV

I’ve been watching season 2 of my science fiction show, The Travelers on Netflix.  Also, I finished season 3 of Fuller House over the weekend. Really hope they get a season 4, there aren’t enough shows with that silly, campy style anymore. I miss it.

Favorite Blog Post This Week (Mine or Other)

Glad to see this category back.  I did read a few blog posts over the weekend worth sharing but this one from my blogging friend Lisa, over at The Meaning Of Me was my favorite: Life Goes On-Open Thought Vortex

On The Menu For This Week

Let me join in the collective echo on the Internet saying, our meals will be healthy, budget meals based on our pantry offerings.  Think I’ve been saying that for a while.  Hmm…

MONDAY:  Ham, Black-Eyed Peas (this recipe, we eat it as dip), and Salad. Plus left-over desserts from last night (chocolate pie and a pink champagne cake from the grocery store).

TUESDAY: Copy cat Chik-Fil-A sandwiches, chips, left-over veggie tray from NYE (probably left-over chili for J who’s not a Chik-Fil-A fan, where oh where did we go wrong with that child?)

WEDNESDAY:  Tacos (the boys’ first day back at school)

THURSDAY: Finally going to put those pork chops in the crock pot!

FRIDAY: baked spaghetti

On My To Do List

  1. Take inventory in the kitchen cabinets, freezer, and pantry (I’m working my way through a meal planning challenge)
  2. Grocery store (hoping for a tiny trip!)
  3. Put away the rest of the Christmas decorations
  4. Get e-mail under control (figure out how to turn off a few notifications)
  5. Complete another free Sugar Detox Challenge

What I Am Sewing, Knitting, Or Creating

Trying to figure out something to make the kitchen table look a little more cheerful but not like Christmas.

Looking Around The House

It looks like we’ve been on a break but there are places to sit in the living room so I’m going to call it okay. Massive decluttering starts tomorrow.

From The Camera

More bird feeder birds.

On My Prayer List

Family, Friends, Strangers.

Quote For The Week

From my new 2018 calendar (a much-loved birthday present!):


Thanks for reading my blog, hope all my readers had a wonderful New Year and 2018 brings you lots of happy moments, both big and small.



Happy Homemaker Tuesday, Day After Christmas

Hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday. Our Christmas was nice and relaxed.

We had my husband’s siblings over here in the morning before we joined my family at my brother’s home in the afternoon. We didn’t see everyone we would have wanted to see but were able to truly relax and enjoy visiting with the family we did see.

Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom didn’t do her link up this week but I wanted to go ahead and do a weekly planning post.  I think I’ve managed to join in or at least post one every week in 2017 and didn’t want to miss the last week of the year.

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

Resisted the urge to eat leftover Christmas cookies and candy and had cinnamon spice oatmeal instead.  Also, coffee.  Still drinking the coffee.

Right Now I Am

Still in my pajamas, working on this post, half-listening to the local news, and thinking of going to get my coffee cup.

The Weather Outside

It’s snowing! We also had a little snow on Christmas Eve (in the morning).  So it was a very light white Christmas yesterday. The snow this morning is pretty, the 9 degree temperature not so much.

Looking Around The House

It’s the day after Christmas! It’s a mess but the good kind of mess.

On My To-Do List

  1. Take down the Christmas tree
  2. Organize the Christmas ornaments and decorations for next year
  3. Pay bills
  4. Work on blog (Thinking of writing the Christmas posts I didn’t have time to write this year and just going ahead and scheduling them for next December)
  5. Enjoy Christmas break with my boys

Currently Reading

Same as last week

On The TV Today

Not sure. J gave my husband all the Die Hard movies for Christmas so maybe one of those. Or whatever suits my mood on Netflix. Need to watch the rest of the Fuller House episodes.

On The Menu This Week

Definitely going to be a clean out the fridge/freezer/pantry week around here! Of course, I still need to go the store at some point for produce/milk.

MONDAY:  On Christmas we ate: biscuits and gravy (breakfast), frozen pizza (early lunch), and then had ham/brisket, potatoes, corn, rolls, crunchy coleslaw, and fruit salad at my brother’s home. And of course, way too many cookies, candies, pies, and cakes.

TUESDAY:  Tacos  (maybe leftover chili for lunch)

WEDNESDAY: Pork Chops (maybe macaroni and cheese for lunch)

THURSDAY: Maybe chicken strips (maybe hot dogs for lunch)

FRIDAY: Whatever we can dig out of the freezer or pantry (maybe mozzarella sticks for lunch)

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Light a few candles, turn on the fireplace, and just relax!

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Not sure if it qualifies as a new recipe but I made my mom’s Ego Batter Buns (rolls) on Christmas and they actually turned out right. Yeast based bread recipes usually don’t go my way. I was excited. Thinking I’ll share the recipe on here later.

Looking Forward To This Week

Not setting any alarms and sleeping until whenever I wake up for the day!

Favorite Photo From The Camera


The quiet of Christmas Eve waiting… Somebody loved her present!

Quote For The Week

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.  (Andy Rooney)  *****

Do you get some time off this week? How do you plan to spend it?


Happy Homemaker Monday, Next Monday Is Christmas!!

Did you know?  Next Monday is Christmas!  Are  you ready?

I’m most definitely not ready.  Not at all.  The boys have 3 days of school left so my goal is to use that time wisely.  We shall see if I succeed.

Glad to be linking up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday.  The week before Christmas definitely requires a plan!

Did I mention we’re having my husband’s family over for breakfast on Christmas morning?  I flip back and forth between excitement and wondering what we were thinking…

Let’s get on with the planning of this week.

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

It’s an oatmeal day! Cinnamon spice with blueberries mixed into it.  AND coffee.  Always, coffee.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, eating the oatmeal mentioned above, and trying hard not to think about all the things I need to do between now and next Monday.

The Weather Outside

More on the delightful than frightful side.  The high is supposed to be in the upper 50s today and most of the week. Cold front supposedly moving in for the weekend with a very slight chance of snow on Christmas Eve.

A little overnight snow on Christmas Eve would be perfect. I’ll gladly take the current weather for my last-minute shopping and errands this week.  J said he’d rather have big snows in January, the kid is thinking snow days!

Looking Around The House

Surprisingly, not awful (as long as the doors to the boys’ rooms stay closed) but as always, needs a good cleaning.  And that is on the list for this week.

On My To-Do List

  1. Clean out fridge
  2. Go to grocery store
  3. Get haircut (today)
  4. Go to Bunco Christmas potluck (tomorrow)
  5. Christmas shopping (probably a little every day this week)
  6. Wrap Christmas presents
  7. Clean house
  8. Pay Bills
  9. Finish Christmas cards (ran out of stamps)
  10. Buy Stamps
  11. Send out birthday thank you cards (late with this item)
  12. Buy more thank you notes (always a good thing to run out of these)
  13. Finish decorating for Christmas (need husband’s help)
  14. Buy more garland for living room/kitchen doorway
  15. Work on a few blog posts
  16. Make sure we have everything we need for Christmas breakfast
  17. Clean boys’ rooms (don’t worry I’ll make them help)
  18. Clean our room (should be easier once Christmas is wrapped, hiding places are hard to come by in a small house!)
  19. Bake Christmas cookies! (not too many though)
  20. Any fun last-minute ideas I have time to do…

Currently Reading

December magazines and still working my way through How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing With Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets by Dana K White. 

On The TV Today

Depends on my mood and whether I’m home enough to watch anything.  The local news is on right now because I forgot to turn it off when I did the school run.

On The Menu This Week

My goal is to do a bit better this week and have at least 3 (5 would be great!) regular meals at the table. Seems to be a tall order for this time of year.

MONDAY:  Taco Salads (taco meat already cooked in freezer)

TUESDAY:  Rotisserie chicken and salad

WEDNESDAY:  Pork chops (going to try making them in the crock pot)

THURSDAY:  Runza burgers (hamburger with cabbage cooked on top), sweet potato fries

FRIDAY:  Spaghetti

SATURDAY:  Probably out (We have a family birthday party at lunchtime)

SUNDAY:  Thinking about making chili or maybe lasagna…or just doing snacks..

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Read or play this silly little game J put on my phone. (Animal Crossing Pocket Camp…I’m  hooked!)

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Still need to make Wassail but over the weekend I tried this Red Velvet Cinnamon Roll recipe from Taste of Home. I used a yellow cake mix since I’m not a fan of red velvet cake and thought it sounded yucky as a cinnamon roll base.

They turned out okay but took a really long time to make and I was the only one who actually liked them.  J said they were too “lemony” Weird because there was not lemon added to them. I think he just didn’t like the icing. My husband said they were good but then only ate one.  G wouldn’t touch them.

Looking Forward To This Week

Sleeping in a bit on Thursday since the boys will be on Christmas break! (unless I end up working…never know)

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Slow-picture taking week around here last week:

“Buddy” was hoping those “deer” Chiefs would give us a win and they did!

I took a few to show off my work painting party stuff.  My “masterpiece”: My coworker spoiled me during the Secret Santa gift exchange! Loved everything she gave me. No idea how she knew I wanted a super cozy throw (didn’t write it on my sheet at all) or to get the perfect color to match our sofa! And this candle smells so good!  Plus you can absolutely never go wrong giving me a fun coffee mug, I’ll use it. And somehow she also knew to give me one that was dishwasher and microwave safe 😉

Quote For The Week

How about a song instead.  My all-time favorite:


Are you ready for Christmas?  What’s your favorite seasonal tune?

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