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Happy Homemaker Monday, Happy November

Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep over the weekend? We had a cool, cloudy day Sunday so perfect for a little extra sleeping.

It’s even cooler this morning.  I can’t even explain how happy it makes me to know it will be light out when I get up in the mornings now.  Judging from Internet land, I must be in the rare 1 percent of the population who prefers standard time.

Now that I have coffee in hand, it’s time to plan my week.  Remember when I said last week was not so busy?  And then, life laughed at me.  Time to try again.

Glad to be linking up to the Happy Homemaker Monday post hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.  Go check it out!

Breakfast Time: What Is On The Plate This Morning

So far just coffee and my stomach is starting to complain about it a bit.  Later, I plan on cooking cinnamon rolls (from a tube) and frying up some bacon.  I may go ahead and eat my last yogurt first, Tropical Escape.  Oh, how I could use one about right now!

Right Now I Am

Waiting for J’s friends to wake up so I can make breakfast (and stop tip-toeing around).  Also, trying to consume enough coffee to properly be awake. We celebrated J’s birthday with his friends a bit early this month by letting him have some friends stay over.  By the way, Daylight Savings has no effect on the time tween and teenage boys go to bed during an overnight.

The Weather Outside

Cold! 31 degrees and now cloudy, I know I saw a bit of blue earlier this morning.  Supposed to have a high of a balmy 46 degrees today. It was in the 60s on Friday, typical Midwest weather.

Looking Around The House

G had friends stay over Friday and Saturday, three of J’s friends spent the night last night (no school today for teacher work day) so…let’s skip this part.

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Finish This Post
  2. Finish my book due back to the library tomorrow (it’s new so no renewal option)
  3. LAUNDRY
  4. Plan out some blog posts
  5. Clean out fridge before trash day tomorrow (been neglecting it for a couple of weeks)

Currently Reading

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin.  Interesting theories.  The quiz I took (in the book) said I was pretty evenly split between being the Obliger (5 points) and the Questioner (4 points) with a tiny bit of Rebel (2) thrown in for good measure. Except, of course, my main tendencies don’t overlap according to her chart.  Not really surprised to find myself in some void category.

And the on-line version just pegged me as a full Rebel.  Now, I’m really confused. Better finish the book I guess.

Finished up The 6th Extinction by James Rollins and loved it. Really interesting theories in this one.  Hoping there might still be some books by this author I haven’t read on the library shelves.

On The TV Today

No idea.  Probably nothing requiring any concentration.  Maybe I’ll finish re-watching season 4 (random) of Doctor Who while folding laundry.  Or maybe The Bourne Supremacy since I watched The Bourne Identity (Yes, again. Favorite movies are favorite movies.) on Saturday afternoon.

On The Menu This Week

My goal this week is to somehow get us back to eating a little healthier.  Halloween followed by birthday party (even small gatherings require cake) followed by Thanksgiving coming soon…I need to get a handle on things.

Of course, the complete derailment from the menu plan last week also means lots of carry over items this week.

MONDAY: Rotisserie Chicken, Salad

TUESDAY: Ribs in crock pot (not an ideal cold weather meal but I’d like my freezer space back) *I have a 4p.m. hair appointment*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs, potatoes *I work 8 to 4*

THURSDAY: Fazolis for school fundraiser *I work 8 to 5*

FRIDAY: No idea, probably leftovers (J wanted tacos last night so I may freeze those leftovers as option) *Possibly out for family birthday but I haven’t heard any plans yet*

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

I’ve saved this Ham and Cheese Crescent Bake (Yes, I know not healthy) to my Something Different for Dinner Board on Pinterest.  Looks like a perfect dinner for the boys and I one night while my husband is off hunting.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Playing around with my camera although I’ve noticed I much prefer to be in the moment when stuff is happening so rarely take photos of people.

Favorite Photo From The Internet Or Camera

Trouble narrowing it down this week so I have four to share!  Two in honor of the time change and two from the birthday fun.

Beautiful sky on Monday morning, now I’ll be up in time every day to enjoy more of them!

Sleepy kitty…

J wanted to do laser tag for his birthday

Breakfast is almost ready.

Praying For

The world to be a kinder, gentler place.

Quote For The Week

Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti! (Author Unknown)

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What’s going on in your corner of the world on this first full week in November?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, A New Not So Busy Week

Even with Halloween thrown in there (we have no plans), our week is noticeably less busy than the previous ones.  Still need to plan out the week.

Joining in, as always, with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday link-up.  Don’t forget to go visit her and the other bloggers.

Breakfast Time, What Is On The Plate This Morning

Pumpkin spice oatmeal and coffee.

Right Now I Am

Eating breakfast while working on this post. Also, listening to J in the next room (he stayed home sick today) and the cat complain about being inside (she came in not five minutes ago at her own request).

The Weather Outside

It’s cloudy, windy, 48 degrees, and looks like rain although none is forecast.  Good weather for the Chiefs and chili later.  They’re calling for a cold Halloween as well. Rest of the week shows fairly mild with it warming back up for the weekend with a high of 75 predicted for Sunday.

Looking Around The House

I see lots of things needing attention and a good cleaning.  I’m thinking I need to find a good month-long cleaning project or checklist for the month of November and focus on getting the house completely (okay, presentable at least) by December 1.

On Today’s To-Do List

Didn’t really expect J to stay home so my plan is a little off today.

  1. Work 1:30-3:45 (just covering so a teacher can go to an appointment)
  2. Clean the bathrooms, they’re gross bordering on disgusting
  3. Pay bills
  4. Grocery store & Target run will have to wait until tomorrow
  5. Gather clothing and items for charity truck coming on Friday
  6. Finish (YAY!) up blog posts in 31 Days Series

Currently Reading

I picked up two library books last week but I’ve yet to start them.  This week I actually feel well enough (no pounding congestion headache) and should have time to read! On my book pile:

  • The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
  • The 6th Extinction, A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins
  • Not books but I also have an overflowing pile of October magazines to read and recycle

On The TV Today

With J home, I doubt I’ll have it on much unless he’s watching something.  G has me watching a Netflix series called The Magicians which is kind of intriguing (definitely a show for older teens!).  I may catch up on it later tonight or tomorrow. Has a bit of a Harry Potter, “the college years”, vibe to it but it’s intriguing enough on its own.

It’s based on a set of books by Lev Grossman, so adding those books to the want to read list.  Or maybe I’ll give them to G for Christmas and then, just borrow them to read myself.

Oh, I almost forgot, The Kansas City Chiefs will, of course, be on the TV tonight.

On The Menu This Week

Maybe now that things are slowing down a bit, I’ll be able to follow my menu plans a bit better.  Maybe.

MONDAY:  Chili *I work 1:30-3:45*

TUESDAY: Happy Halloween!  I feel like I should have some Halloween inspired meal but I’m coming up blank at the moment.   Maybe a snack type dinner (this means hot dogs for the boys and left-over chili for my husband in addition to whatever I’d put out there…) or Taco Soup (leaning toward that)

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs, potatoes, salad

THURSDAY: Ribs in crock pot (carry over from last week)

FRIDAY:  BLT salad, baked potatoes or possibly OUT  *I work 1:30-3:45*

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Last Wednesday, I helped G make this Guatemalan Banana Bread for his Spanish class fiesta.

The boys really liked it (and it was a hit in his class as well, he only brought one small slice home).  It’s quite a bit lighter than the traditional recipe I use.  Also, quite a bit easier to make.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Reading, something I haven’t been doing nearly enough lately.

Favorite Photo From The Internet Or Camera

Praying For

At the moment, patience!

Quote For The Week

In a world of people who could care less, be someone who couldn’t care more.  (unknown)

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Can you believe this is the end of October?  What do you have planned for the week?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Sick And Busy

I’m sick and it’s another busy week around here.  Starting to think all our weeks are sort of busy but I know it will taper off closer to the holidays.  I hope so anyway!

My sickness isn’t anything serious, just one of those annoying head colds with a cough.  Might mean I’m a bit grouchy but I’m still standing.  Here’s your 80s throwback for today:

While I have a bit of energy, I’m using a bit of it to plan my week.  Don’t forget to visit our host, Sandra, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

And on with the week…

Breakfast Time, What Is On The Plate This Morning

Oatmeal, not pumpkin spice flavor.  I went with the apples and cinnamon flavor today.  And coffee.  Of course, coffee.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, drinking some more coffee, and listening to the dishwasher serenade a quiet house.

Looking Around The House

Living room is not too bad, kitchen and our bedroom both need attention as do the bathrooms.  G cleaned his room over the weekend!

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store
  2.  Parent-teacher conferences for both kids (must do this today as I work the rest of the week)
  3. Target maybe…
  4. Work on 31 Days blog series
  5. Take a nap??

Currently Reading

Haven’t felt like reading with this head cold.  Glanced at a few magazines.

On The TV Today

Not sure I’m even going to turn it on today.  My husband will probably watch The Voice later.

The Weather Outside Is

Sunny and slightly cool.  Highs are supposed to be in the mid-sixties. Thursday into Friday, we are supposed to get our first frost!

On The Menu This Week

With the exception of today, I work until 6 every night this week so I’ll be planning lots of crock pot menus so they’ll at least be something ready for the boys at dinner time.  And of course, they’ll be a few repeats from last week as we didn’t really follow the plan at all last week.

MONDAY: Ham steaks, potatoes, dinner rolls *I have parent teacher conferences at the boys’ schools in the late afternoon and early evening*

TUESDAY: Ribs in crock pot *G has early morning band practice* *I work 4-6*

WEDNESDAY: No idea, chicken in some form or perhaps spaghetti *G has early morning band practice, last one!!!* *I work 4-6*

THURSDAY:  Tacos (I plan to just have the meat warming in the crock pot) *G has evening band practice* *I work 4-6*

FRIDAY: OUT!! *The boys don’t have school* *I work 4-6*

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Still dealing with a burnt finger from my candy apple mess.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Breathing through both nostrils.

Favorite Photo From The Camera Or Internet

View from the top of the parking garage at the doctor’s office located near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. 

Praying For

Peace.  Also, that no one else in this house gets sick and that it stays just a cold and doesn’t turn into anything worse like bronchitis.  Good health for all friends and family.

Quote For The Week

 

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What do you have planned for the week ahead?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Another Busy October Week

Sometimes these busy fall weeks just sneak up on me.  Like the upcoming one.  Monday night is free as is our entire Friday.  That’s it though!

And that’s why I’m putting together my Happy Homemaker Monday post on a Sunday afternoon when I should be doing so many other things. I’ll be glad I took the time to do it I know. Amended to say: get started as I’m finishing on Monday night.

As always, I’m linking up with our host, Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. So thankful she does this each week to inspire us to be thoughtful about our weeks.

Breakfast Time, What Is On The Plate This Morning

J made chocolate chip muffins! Then a bit later, I had some pumpkin yogurt as I felt the need for a bit more protein.  It will be probably be yogurt again on Monday morning as I work unless I wake up in time to make scrambled eggs.

Right Now I Am

Working on this blog post and trying to decide if I want to go the store before, after, or possibly during the Chiefs game.  I would like to go when it’s less crowded which probably means during the game (I’m sure they’ll have it on the overhead speakers so we can listen). UPDATE: I went to during the game and can I just say “stupid Steelers!” Ugh. Good thing they are my 2nd favorite team.

Looking Around The House

It really hasn’t changed much since last Monday! Another layer of dirt, perhaps?

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store
  2. Make sure we have clean laundry for tomorrow (don’t forget PE clothes for J!)
  3. Go over weekly calendar just to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything
  4. Figure out some new lunchbox ideas for the boys

Currently Reading

Really need to get on this one! I did download The Box Under The Bed so I could read the story included from Carrie Ann Alexis (one of our Happy Homemaker Monday fellow bloggers).  I read it and loved it! Now to decide if this chicken is brave enough for the rest of the stories in the collection.

On The TV Today

We watched some of The Voice and we’ll probably watch whatever is on after that.

The Weather Outside Is

too dark to tell now. It was a beautiful and sunny fall day though.  A bit chilly to start but just warm enough by the afternoon.  I think the whole week is supposed to be a repeat of that.

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY: We had pork chops, potatoes, and salad *I worked 8:15-3:45*

TUESDAY: Maybe French Toast, Bacon *G has early morning band practice* *I have Bunco*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs *G has early morning band practice* *We have a meeting at the middle school about J possibly taking the ACT this school year (7th grade) for some program thing*

THURSDAY: Ham steak and sweet potatoes or out depending on the timing of the day *Both boys have doctor’s appointments* *G has evening band practice*

FRIDAY: Ribs in the crock pot

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

REST! I have the same dry cough, it might be allergies or I might be coming down with something stuff that I get every year at this time.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

Unfortunately, the chicken manicotti from last week was not a big hit.  It needed a lot more sauce, I thought.  Candy apples are on the agenda for this week or weekend (I think I finally have all the supplies).

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Fuzzy socks.

Favorite Photo From The Camera Or Internet

They cut G’s band competition short on Saturday because this storm was rolling into town.  They skipped the finals portion but it was okay because our high school won best overall visual, 1st in their division, and placed 2nd over all based on the preliminary scores.  Not too shabby!

Storm rolling in on Saturday afternoon

Praying For

Good health for family and friends as well as peace for all.

Quote For The Week

Be Kind; Everyone You Meet Is Fighting A Hard Battle. 

(I always thought the source to be Plato but my Internet research has led to find credit going to Ian MacLaren, read more here)

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So how was your Monday and what’s on your agenda for the rest of the week?

Happy Homemaker Monday

I noticed Sandra, our host for the Happy Homemaker Monday posts, changed up the categories on us last week.  So, hopefully, I’ve managed to get my post this week up to date.

Let’s just jump right into it this week…

Breakfast Time, What Is On The Plate This Morning

Scrambled egg with some left-over bacon from Saturday added to it, toast, coffee (I like when I have time to eat a proper breakfast.  Tomorrow, I work so it will likely just be yogurt again.)

Right Now I Am

Trying to finish this post and decided where to go or what to do first with the rest of my day.

Looking Around The House

I need to CLEAN.

On Today’s To-Do List

While it should be a cleaning day, I’ve decided I’ll have a shopping day instead.  We do need cleaning supplies for both the house and our bodies (read: we’re out of soap). Also, these people seem to eat all the time and we’re running low on food again.

  • Go to Grocery store
  • Spend too much money at Target
  • Maybe get some fall clothes somewhere like J.C. Penny
  • Purchase the soap I like at either the Dollar Tree or CVS depending on my mood
  • Perhaps buy some flowers at the local garden store
  • If time permits, clean the house up a little bit and throw in some laundry

Currently Reading

Just browsing through the October magazines

On The TV Today

Don’t expect to really turn the TV on today until later. My husband will probably watch The Voice tonight.  I’m waiting until tomorrow for the season premiere of The Flash.

The Weather Outside Is

Great for fall weather! Sunny and cooler, it’s 56 degrees right now with a high in the upper 70s expected. Need to make sure I get out and enjoy as there is a big chance of more rain tomorrow.  Then, it will be warmer again on our weekend.

On The Menu This Week

This ever-changing fall weather is wrecking havoc with my menu plans.  Serving chili when the temperature outside is above 80 degrees is just not something I’m going to do.  So it’s another week with a few repeats.  Linking up my menu plan with Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie.

MONDAY: Something Italian since it’s Columbus Day here (Happy Thanksgiving to Canada!) I’m thinking I’m going to finally make the chicken manicotti that keeps getting pushed off my menu plans.

I’ll probably end up heating up meatballs for J or just holding back some Rotisserie chicken for him (yes, I’m fully cheating on this recipe). *I may go to the band parent meeting* *It’s Mom’s Night Out*

TUESDAY: Pork chops, baked sweet potatoes *G has early morning band practice* *I work 8-4*

WEDNESDAY: Chili, eventually I’m going to make this!  *G has early morning band practice*

THURSDAY:  Ham steaks, fried okra (there’s finally enough in the garden for 1 serving!), salad *G has evening band practice* *I work 1-3:45* *G has evening band practice*

FRIDAY: Probably out if not tacos or chicken enchiladas…

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Work on my blog posts for 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season series

New Recipe I Tried, Or Want To Try This Week

Last week I had some pumpkin leftover from my pumpkin muffin recipe and so made these pumpkin sugar cookies.  G and I both really liked them! The other 2 in this house aren’t huge fans of pumpkin flavored things that aren’t muffins or pie so wouldn’t try them.

They had a nice delicate pumpkin flavor and I put some dough in the freezer to pull out at Christmas time. My note: I preferred the batch I forgot to flatten out.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Hearing the local radio announcer shout, TOUCHDOWN…KANSAS…CITY!

Favorite Photo From The Camera Or The Internet

Monday can’t find me!

Perspective

Okay, I’ll come down.

Story behind the photo: There were 2 neighborhood stray cats at the base of this tree and she was hiding up there.  The cats like to chase the squirrels around and I can only guess since she’s smaller, they chased her as well.  What I really wish I had to share was a video of my husband out there hissing at the other two cats.

Praying For

Peace for all my readers and for the rest of the world as well.

Quote For The Week

“Trees are poems that Earth writes upon the skies.” (Kahlil Gibran)

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What’s on your agenda and/or your menu for the week ahead?

 

 

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