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Happy Homemaker Monday, Valentine’s Day Edition

Is it proper to say “Bah Humbug”  for all holidays or is the expression exclusively reserved for Christmas?  While the sunrise was indeed spectacular this morning, my mood is closer to  Monday gloom.

Here’s to hoping today’s Happy Homemaker Monday post can help me snap out of it a bit as I attempt to plan my week.  Be sure to check out our host, Sandra’s blog, Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the link up.

The Weather

Highs in the low 40s today with a slight chance of rain but by the end of this week we are again looking at highs near 70.  I remember last winter was mild like this as well before a late March snowfall.  Still not going to complain.

On My Bedside Table

Same mess as last week although cleaning it is on my to-do list today.

On My Reading Pile

Finished 3 books last week:  Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick, The Fever Code by James Dashner. and Forty Ways To Look At Winston Churchill by Gretchen Rubin.  The Philip K. Dick novel was just weird (as expected).  I found myself a little bit disappointed by the James Dashner book.   It was a bit hard to get into although it may have just been too long since I’d read the rest of the series.  I thoroughly enjoyed Rubin’s take on Churchill and plan to check out her other biographies, it seems she wrote one on Kennedy.

On My TV

Watched most of The Martian (fell asleep and yes, I did just recently watch that movie) on Friday since I plan to start that book next.

Last night I also watched The Grammy Awards show as I’ve been a fan of James Corden ever since I saw him an episode of Doctor Who.

Hey, a benefit of having a teenager:  I had heard of almost all the singers this year!  My favorite moment was not the carpool karaoke thing but rather when Twenty One Pilots won and accepted their award in their undies (while sharing a little story how they said if they ever won…).

Also, started watching the Frequency series on Netflix, hoping they didn’t cancel it already as I am enjoying it.

Menu

We officially ate the end of the leftover meals from the freezer last night!  Mixed blessing as now I have to plan meals to actually cook again.  Today I’m moving over to the fridge and cleaning it out (again).

MONDAY:  Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs (trying something new & still emptying out the freezer a bit) *G has pep band*

TUESDAY:  Valentine’s Day Dinner (Probably just going to order pizza or maybe make our own plus a frozen one for G if we go that route), Angel Food Cake & Strawberries for dessert  *I work 9-1* *G has pep band*

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:   Spaghetti & Meatballs, salad *I work 8:30-3:45*

FRIDAY:   Hoping I can talk my husband into making hamburgers on the grill *I work 7:15-3:30*

On My To-Do List

  1. Clean out purse
  2. Take trash out of car
  3. Clear off bedside table
  4. Clean off dresser
  5. Clean off desk…..have you figured out the theme of my to-do list yet?
  6. Oh, and go to the store, maybe Target also

Creating

J and I created ooblek and homemade dish soap silly putty (I have issues with it being titled this) on Saturday night.

Ooblek

I could say a disaster in the kitchen…

The blue homemade “silly putty”

The dish soap silly putty was a fun, easy to make sensory activity.  Some day we’ll try to create the true silly putty.

Looking Forward To

My hair appointment on Saturday!

Looking Around The House

Clutter and needs a good cleaning.  It’s time to start experimenting with all the cleaning schedules from Pinterest.

From The Camera

I went for a walk on Saturday, back to Waterfall park on the small path from a parking area to the play area that runs along the road.

Spotted these confused milkweed pods mixed in with the withering hydrangea on the fence in our backyard.

What I’m Wearing Today

Floral, blue short-sleeved top and blue corduroys, tennis shoes

Simple Pleasure

Grocery shopping as long as I’m not rushed.

Quote For The Week

This Winston Churchill quote from the book I just read gave me a chuckle:

“Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech.”

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Do you have big plans for the week?

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Hello February!

February is always an interesting month.  Sometimes despite being so short, it tends to feel like the longest of the winter months to me.  It’s also a busy one for us though.

A few of the events in February for us are: my husband’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, days off school plus conferences, and other family birthdays.  Add in work and school event schedules and it can get a bit busy.

Planning my weeks by linking up to Sandra over at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom will help.

The Weather

The sky looks like winter but the air is whispering the idea of spring to us.  There’s a slight chance of rain today but the high is supposed to be almost 60 degrees today and tomorrow. Then, it drops down into the mid 30s for Wednesday & Thursday before jumping up to 60 degrees again on Friday, and Saturday shows almost 70!

On My Bedside Table

It’s a mess (nothing new there) with a book, my camera charging, a cardboard box, and some clothes that need to be put away.  Cleaning it is on my list for this week.

On My Reading Pile

I went to the library last week (twice!).  I even turned in my other books on time, feel like I need a gold star for that one!   Just checked the camera, fully, charged, so I decided to simply show you a picture of my reading pile:  The title of the book on top is Man in the High Castle, I had to request it from a different library branch.

On My TV

Like quite a few others, we watched the Superbowl last night (well, most of it, G and I made a quick run to Target right after half-time.  Great show!).

Oh and I watched Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens on Saturday.  I am not even embarrassed to admit that I absolutely love the Sharknado movies, I get such a kick out of their goofy antics.  I somehow missed the third one and may watch that one soon.

This week I’ll probably just watch my usual shows, Supergirl, The Flash, DC Legends of Tomorrow.

Menu

I’m still on a mission to clear out our fridge, freezer, and pantry. Last night’s Superbowl snacks came from those places (chili, little smokies in biscuit dough, chips, and chocolate chip cookies).  This week’s focus is on the freezer.

Breakfasts this week will be banana bread and toaster waffles.

MONDAY:  French Toast and Sausage (from freezer)

TUESDAY:  I’ll decide on this after cleaning out the freezer, I know there’s a package of chicken thighs in there that are relatively recent plus the eternal surplus of fish sticks.  It’s also Chik-Fil-A night for the middle school so I do have a back up plan.

WEDNESDAY:  This is my husband’s birthday so I’m leaving it open for his choice although I’m thinking maybe chicken and noodles (not from the freezer!) and of course, chocolate cake.

THURSDAY:  BBQ sandwiches and French Fries (all from freezer except the buns) *I work 9-5*

FRIDAY:  Chinese out for my husband’s birthday *I work 9-5*

On My To-Do List

My mind wants to put millions of things on my to-do list.  The rest of me is struggling to stay awake.  For some reason, J was up a few times last night and then, so was I.  He’s fine this morning so not sure what it was about but I’m tired this morning.

  1. Continue to clean out pantry (just needs organized at this point), freezers, and fridge
  2. Clean off bedside table, really whole area beside bed
  3. Get husband a birthday card and gift (should probably be number one on the list)
  4. Go to grocery store
  5. Give house a good cleaning especially the floors

Creating

I’ve decided to work on my photography by picking a different place to walk and take photos two times a week.  So, I guess I’m trying to create pretty pictures? 

I’m also trying to create a more clutter free and organized home.   The weather gave me the spring cleaning bug!

Looking Forward To

My next outside adventure with the camera, also the couple of days off school the boys will get this month.

Looking Around The House

See number 5 on my to-do list!

From The Camera

I went for a long walk at Little Blue Valley Park yesterday.  Interesting fact about this park is it used to be home to a popular drag racing venue.  Currently, it’s mostly undeveloped except for the numerous paved trails (I walked 2+ miles out there!) although they are building softball fields on part of it. 

Something Fun To Share

It’s National Chopsticks Day?

What I’m Wearing Today

Navy blue high school band t-shirt & tan corduroy pants plus tennis shoes.  Basically, the clothes I threw on to do the school run this morning.

Simple Pleasure

Playing the Candy Crush Saga game on the computer.  I use my 5 lives and then, I’m done.  There’s just something satisfying about trying to figure out the game that seems to be part strategy and part luck.

Quote for the Week

I loved this post about being gracious from Rachel at Home Sanctuary this morning and so I’m going to borrow her bible verse for my week.

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to respond to each person.  (Colossians 4:6)

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What do you have planned for the week ahead?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Goodbye January!

Can you believe today is the last day of January?  Talk about a whirlwind start to our new year. In keeping with my determination to post a Happy Homemaker Monday each week in 2017, here’s my post.

The Weather

Spring is teasing us this week!  It was 64 degrees when I took my break at work yesterday (reason for my Monday post showing up on a Tuesday) and is supposed to be just slightly cooler today.  Winter returns later in the week when it will only be in the 30s.

On My Reading Pile

I need to return books to the library as well as pick up some new ones.  After finishing Midnight Star by Marie Lu (a good series, definitely better than her Legend trilogy as far character development), the only thing currently on my pile is Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. 

TV

Probably not a whole lot this week.  Last week I did watch the entire Travelers series on Netflix.  I found it to be a fun and intriguing science fiction series.  We also had a bit of  a Matt Damon movie marathon over the weekend where we watched all the  Jason Bourne movies (Christmas gift) with the exception of the newest one.

Menu

The struggle for interesting menus continues.  Balancing out the problem of the picky family is my current quest to clean out our pantry, fridge, and freezer.  I need to get back to checking out all the fun menus over at the Menu Plan Mondays hosted by Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie.

MONDAY:  We had tacos.  I worked all day and my husband choose this one.

TUESDAY:  Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken, Rotini noodles *G has pep band*

WEDNESDAY:   Fish/shrimp (from freezer), baked potatoes *Mom’s Night Out*

THURSDAY:  Chili (from freezer)  *I work 9 to 5*

FRIDAY:  French Toast and Sausage (from freezer) *I work 8 to 4*

To Do List

  1. Go to the grocery store
  2. Call and make hair appointment
  3. Get card/present for husband’s birthday next week
  4. Clean out freezers
  5. Finish Organizing pantry, it’s cleaned out but I need a new system to keep it from reverting to chaos

Creating

Nothing at the moment but I really want to get out there and work on taking some photos this week especially since the weather is going to be so nice.

Looking Around The House

Nothing new, it needs cleaning especially the bathrooms.  An item that should probably be on the to-do list up there.

From The Camera

I made a mango pie last week and had some crust left so I cut into hearts and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar to bake.  This pattern was left on my work area: 

Something Fun To Share

I’m drawing a blank on this one.  Uh, it’s apparently national zebra day?  I had no idea.

What I’m Wearing

long-sleeved blue shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.

Simple Pleasure

The soft purr of our silly little cat.  Of course, if her soft purr puts me back to sleep on a Monday morning, things don’t stay so simple (a glimpse of my yesterday).

Quote for the Week

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  (Proverbs 4:23)

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Did January go by in a whirlwind for you as well?  Don’t forget to hop over and check out all the links for Happy Homemaker Monday hosted by Sandra from Diary of A Stay At Home Mom.

Happy Homemaker Monday, Last Full Week Of January

Yes, you read the title right.  This is the last full week of January.  How did this month go by so fast?  I wonder if the entire year will fly by at this pace.

Since I’m trying to post for Happy Homemaker Monday (hosted by Sandra from Diary of A Stay At Home Mom) every week this year, this morning I find myself battling with my husband’s laptop in my efforts.  I’m still not sure which of us shall win.

My husband is asleep in the bedroom where the beloved desktop lives in my office area.  And since I’ve been told on occasion I type too loud, here I am doing battle with this pesky laptop.

Let’s just move on to the categories of this weekly planning post shall we?

The Weather

We’ve been blessed with another very mild winter again so far this year (even if I was grumbling about having to scrape ice off my windshield this morning) but I would welcome back the sun any time now.  It’s supposed to be warm today and tomorrow (almost 60 then!) before dropping back to the low 40s.  My weather app is showing the sun for a few of those days as well.

On My Reading Pile

I finished both The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell (and was quite excited to see she has a new book just out!) as well Out Of Oz by Gregory Maguire (It was a bit of a tough read but yet I wasn’t quite ready for the story to end either).  I’ve begun The Midnight Star by Marie Lu and am so far enjoying it.

On My TV

Not too much although my show, The Flash, does return this week!  I watched The Minions Movie with J on Saturday night and Sing Street (which I really enjoyed) early Sunday afternoon.  My husband watched Reverent but I was as uninterested in that one as he was in Sing Street so I passed.

Menu This Week

I’m still working to break out of my menu planning blahs as well as have us eat a bit healthier.

MONDAY:  Turkey hot dogs, veggies, homemade potato chips

TUESDAY: Spaghetti, salad, garlic toast

WEDNESDAY: Rotisserie chicken, salad

THURSDAY:  Frozen pizza (I work all day so want something easy)

FRIDAY:  Pancake supper fundraiser (delayed from a couple of weeks ago due to the great ice storm that wasn’t), I work so will probably have to miss out

To Do List

  1. Everything still not done from last week (some weeks are just like that aren’t they?)
  2. Clean up the house a bit
  3. Pay bills
  4. Have Coffee with a friend on Tuesday
  5. Work Thursday and Friday
  6. Go To My Book Club meeting on Saturday

What I Am Creating

I shared my finished project in Friday’s post.  I am happy with the way it turned out.

Looking Around The House

Needs a bit of cleaning, the kitchen table especially needs a good clearing off.  I had to say goodbye to my cheerful yellow flowers so I am missing those.

From The Camera

Bit of a blurry phone pic but I looked up and the neighbor’s tree was full of birds including this bright red cardinal.  So pretty against yet another dreary sky.

Something Fun To Share

Chinese New Year is Saturday and it’s the year of the rooster (hey, that’s me!).  We also have a tiger, snake, and monkey in our midst.  What’s your sign?  You can find out at this site.

What I’m Wearing Today

Long-sleeved light green shirt (just noticed it matches the color of our living room walls), jeans, and tennis shoes.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

The quiet solitude of a Monday morning.  Really, of any morning.  I am a bit overdue in experiencing said simple pleasure.

Quote For The Week

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My post is a bit late going up today because the lap top computer won the battle.  How has your day been so far?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King day is a federal holiday and the boys are home from school today.  My husband and I are both also home today as my preschool is also closed and he took the day off.

We’ve been more or less cooped up inside due to rain/ice warnings since Friday afternoon.  I was so ready to get OUT of this house.  We decided to go out and grab lunch and then I was hoping to sneak in a visit to The Compassion Experience.  Unfortunately, J announced he had a horrible headache as soon as we were seated at the restaurant and our outing went downhill from that point.

Back to my Happy Homemaker Monday posting. Be sure to hop over to our host, Sandra’s blog, Diary of A Stay At Home Mom and visit.

The Weather

Well, I’ve taken to calling this past weekend the great ice storm that wasn’t.  We did get ice and plenty of closings and cancellations but nothing as severe as they predicted.  I know that is good but honestly it made being stuck inside all the more miserable.  Still a gray and gloomy one right now but the sun is supposed to be reappearing this week and I saw it making a valiant effort while we were out.

On My Reading Pile

Three books are on my pile.  I spent a large chunk of time switching out between two of them this weekend.  I have Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire loaded onto my phone.  Thursday evening, I made a mad dash to the library and picked up My Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell as well as The Midnight Star by Marie Lu.  I’m currently reading the first two listed.

On My TV

I have one episode left to go and I’ll have completely watched the whole first season of The Crown. My husband lost interest 1 episode in but I am captivated.

Menu This Week

I’m just not enthused about menu planning lately.  I need to figure out a way to bring a bit of fun back to it.  However, here’s the rather dull line up for the week ahead:

MONDAY:  Veggie Rotini, Garlic Bread, maybe salad (carry over from last week)

TUESDAY: Taco Salads (I work until 6 and then have Bunco so plan to make the meat ahead of time and have it warming and ready to go in the crock pot)

WEDNESDAY: Chicken, I’m undecided what kind of chicken but some sort of chicken.  Maybe just rotisserie chicken.

THURSDAY:  Roast in the crock pot (I work until 6 once again so I’m trying to choose crock pot meals for those evenings)

FRIDAY: Homemade pizza night

To-Do List

  1. Laundry
  2. Shred old papers (I bought a new paper shredder last week so this should go faster now)
  3. Work on my “office” area a bit (read finish cleaning up the desk and maybe pick up a small calendar for the wall back here)
  4. Write and mail a letter.  I’ve decided to join in the 52 weeks of fun mail challenge.
  5. Work on specific ways to apply my phrase of the year (A blog post in that? Perhaps)

What I Am Creating

A Valentine’s Day craft of sorts.  We’ll see if it turns out.  It involves cinnamon applesauce ornaments in heart shapes.  J and I did make those yesterday. 

Looking Around The House

We’ve mostly all been home all weekend long.  I don’t really want to look around the house.  Hmm…not as bad as I expected.

From The Camera

The empanadas ready to go to school with G for the Spanish class Fiesta last week.  No leftovers came home:

My bright yellow flowers cheer me up Especially when the sky has looked like this for 3 days in a row:  Something Fun To Share

Everyone in our family (well, not the cat) enjoys playing the Apples to Apples Junior game we gave J for Christmas.  If you like board games (and actually, G despises them and still enjoyed playing this one), it’s worth checking out if you don’t already own it.

What I’m Wearing Today

Long-sleeved black shirt, jeans, and slip on boots (like Uggs but not the name brand ones)

One of My Simple Pleasures

I think I said being outside on sunny days last week but I can narrow that down to simply The SUN this week.  Also, I love cheerful flowers.  They certainly make me smile.  I usually just take them in as I’m entering and leaving the grocery store but this week I bought some and I’m so glad I went ahead as these have certainly been a bright spot during this gloomy weekend.

Quote For The Week

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own example. (John Wooden)

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What plans do you have for the week ahead?  And if you’ve borrowed the sun, would you please return it and soon!

 

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