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Happy Homemaker Monday, Last Week of August

The weekend much like the month passed by in yet another blur. Mine started early on Thursday with a night out with friends.

We had a slower paced Friday but an action-packed Saturday. Parent preview for the high school marching band and a start (Hooray!) on making more progress on our bedroom. Lots of clearing out of stuff and moving furniture. Same for Sunday.

A few school-related activities for J tonight and our anniversary on Thursday. Other than those items, just waiting to see what the week ahead holds for us. Let’s get on with planning the parts we know.

Joining in as always with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

The Weather 

Let’s label it fall preview.  Rainy, cloudy, and cooler. We have an enhanced risk for storms this afternoon (whatever that means). Highs in the low 80’s all week and the 70’s for the upcoming weekend (with more chances of storms Friday and Saturday).

On My Breakfast Plate

Not sure yet but leaning toward scrambled eggs and toast.

Right Now I Am

Sitting in the basement as I type this post with an annoying cricket and a cute little cat keeping me company.

On My Bedside Table

Just a few clothes I placed there this morning.

On My Reading Pile

Almost finished with Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith. I’ll finish it today but took a break last week to read You’ve Been Volunteered: A Class Mom Novel by Laurie Gelman. A fun, hilarious read! Hoping the person who checked out the first in the series is better than me about returning library books on time.

Movies or Shows I Watched This Weekend

G and I watched Shazam last Wednesday or Thursday. Enjoyable but a bit long. My favorite part of the movie: When G thought Zachary Levi was Tom Hanks. Hey, did you know that’s the actor from the movie, Big? Um…no. However, there were some references to Big in the film.

By myself, I watched The Widow on Amazon Prime (a really good one especially if you like intense action and plot twists). I can’t tell if there’s going to be a season 2. It wraps up enough for me to be okay without one but I’ll watch if they make it. And I started in on season 3 of Humans as well.

On My TV This Week

After I finish up with season 3 of Humans, probably just whatever catches my eye.

On The Menu This Week

It’s the next 5 day set of the Take Ten Challenge so I’m not entirely sure. Last week, I did good for 2 out of the 5 meals with moving some of them to accommodate our schedule. The chicken and nachos worked well. The stir fry just didn’t work out due to timing and my homemade pizza, not a success..I’ll try those two again though. Skipped the dinner dip as I knew I’d be the only one who’d eat it.

Probably the same this week. AND since my husband detests cream cheese, meals including that ingredient probably won’t happen.

MONDAY: It’s a Baked Potato Bar…(probably going to have to have bacon on the side) *High School Open house @ 5:30* *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Pancakes, eggs (adjusting to sausage for husband who doesn’t do eggs) *J has early morning band practice*

WEDNESDAY: Not sure as ingredients call for hamburger, cream cheese, and buns. Think I’ll switch it over to Runza burgers *J has early morning band practice*

THURSDAY: Our Anniversary! OUT. *I have a hair appointment at 2* *J has evening band practice*

FRIDAY: Roast in the crock pot?

On My To Do List

  1. Clean out the car (still)
  2. Pay bills
  3. Grocery store (again)
  4. Clean out fridge
  5. Laundry

Looking Forward To

A quiet Labor Day weekend

From The Camera

Before:  At Work: 

After: 

Still a lot to do but it’s progress. I’ll take it!

What I’m Wearing Today

Striped tee-shirt and navy blue shorts.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

The first few sips of coffee on a cool, cloudy morning

Quote For The Week

Love is never wasted, for its value does not rest upon reciprocity.

(Attributed to C.S. Lewis on Pinterest but a search to confirm led me down the rabbit hole to this fun site. I still like the quote, even if it’s not from C.S. Lewis after all)

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What are your plans for this last week of August in 2019?

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, New Beginnings

Since I work a full day tomorrow, I’m starting this post on Sunday evening. This week marks the first full week of classes as a high school freshman for J (and the first week with those 6:30 AM band practices).  

It’s also the start of G’s time as a college student. He’s opted to live at home and attend the local community college. It’s a different plan than we expected but he gave it lots of thought and worked hard to switch. He’s excited to start his classes on Tuesday.

We’ve also started the small progress of maybe just maybe finishing our bedroom. We won’t talk about how long it’s been in the in-between stage.  Lots of exciting changes around here!

Also means I’m temporarily (maybe?) banished to the basement for my desktop/office type computer needs.  Anyway, on to the weekly planning with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

The Weather  

Rain/Hot/Repeat. Pretty much sums it up. Storms brew up over night cooling things off. It warms up during the day causing more storms overnight. All weekend and predicted again for tonight (Sunday). Slight chance every day until Thursday. Highs in the upper 80’s and low 90’s.

On My Breakfast Plate

It’ll probably be a Chobani Flip yogurt and coffee.

Right Now I Am

Typing this post in the basement and trying to watch the time. It’s almost 10 PM and I don’t want to stay up too late since tomorrow is a get up early school day and work day for me.

On My Bedside Table

My phone (forgot to bring it down here with me), the same box of space saver bags, an oil mist diffuser, and a phone charger.

On My Reading Pile

Working my way through Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith. Also read I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan (not that good). However, I went to the library today! Excited for my next pile of books!

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

I watched the 7 or 8 episodes of Tiny House Nation that were on Netflix. I find it fascinating and enjoy the problem solving aspect of the show but I don’t think tiny house living is for us.

On My TV This Week

Just waiting for the fall premieres at this point and I know I have a while to wait.

On The Menu This Week

Doing something a bit different this week and I signed up for Take Ten Challenge run by Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers. Basically, it’s taking 10 minutes each day to meal prep but it also comes with a meal plan of sorts.

MONDAY:  marinated chicken, veggies, salad, and fruit *I work 8:30-5:30*

TUESDAY: I’m not sure as the challenge doesn’t give exacts but the ingredients are raw veggies, olive oil, and garlic. Oh and I’m also hosting BUNCO on this night (My plan for that: lasagna, salad, bread sticks, meatballs for my gluten-free friends, cheesecake for dessert) *J has early morning band practice* *I have Bunco*

WEDNESDAY: Nachos (ingredients: hamburger, nacho toppings, and chips…) ? *J has early morning band practice*

THURSDAY: Pizza (might need to do something else for J, only my kid…no longer likes pizza?) *J has evening band practice* *I work 1-3:45*

FRIDAY: Sounds like maybe taco salads?

The nice thing is it looks like I may be able to shop my house for quite a few of the ingredients. Especially since the grocery store trip that didn’t happen tonight will likely not happen until Tuesday morning.

On My To Do List

  1. Grocery store!
  2. Get car tags (ugh)
  3. Post at least one additional blog post this week!
  4. Call hairdresser (I’m not liking my haircut as much as I thought I might)
  5. Clean out the car!

Looking Forward To

A finished bedroom!

From The Camera

What I’m Wearing Today

Pink fringe-y mid-sleeve cotton shirt and pink Capri pants plus my slide sandals.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Sleeping in during a rainy/stormy morning.

Quote(s) For The Week

Found two I like this week, both by Dodinsky:

Do not become a stranger to yourself by blending in with everyone else.

The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.

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What’s on your agenda for this second to last Monday of August?

 

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, School Starts This Week!

So strange to type that. Where or where did my summer go? I feel like I missed it somehow.

Getting a bit of a later start today as G and I were talking quite a bit this morning. He’s having some pretty serious anxiety and second thoughts on going off to college.

He leaves (maybe) on Friday or Saturday to move in to his dorm.  Kind of wish it would have all come up before I spent yesterday washing all the towels, sheets, etc we bought for him to take down there.

Of course, he also didn’t get any sleep and is now (thankfully) asleep in his room. I’m kind of at a loss about it all at this point. Not even sure what to say or do.

J’s going to be a high school freshman and if he’s having any worries about it, I’ve not heard about them. Of course, he’s not enthused about school in general (though super smart/yes I’m biased as his mom but it’s true). He will get to start all his days with his favorite class now (band).

Decided between attempting to clean the house a bit and do more laundry, to just focus on the normal things. So that would mean putting up a Happy Homemaker Monday post to link up over at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather 

The news says a heat advisory starting at 1 PM today but really it’s not felt terrible out there. It was hotter last night at 10 than it is right now. Of course, I’ll probably be saying something different after I wait the proverbial 5 minutes. It’s supposed to be hot the rest of the week and maybe rain later. Typical stuff.

On My Breakfast Plate

Since both boys and I were all awake, I went ahead and made sausage and biscuits. Sorry, no gravy as none of us like that except my husband.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post and thinking way too much about things probably.

On My Bedside Table

a random library book, the same box of Ziploc space saver bags, some clothes

On My Reading Pile

I did a bit of binge-reading last week. Is that a thing? I read: Educated by Tara Westover, The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, Trophy Life by Lea Geller, Päntsdrunk (Kalsarikänni): The Finnish Path to Relaxation by Miska Rantanen, The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms, and Lying Next To Me by Gregg Olsen.

I reviewed a few (not all) of them on my Goodreads profile if you’re interested in what I thought.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

D.C. Legends of Tomorrow was my Netflix laundry show and about the only thing I really watched.

On My TV This Week

Not too sure.

On The Menu This Week

This may all change after a grocery store trip tonight or tomorrow.

MONDAY: Spaghetti

TUESDAY:  Rotisserie Chicken and Salad *First Day of School for J*

WEDNESDAY: Maybe pork chops

THURSDAY: Fish in the air fryer maybe *J has evening band camp starting at 5:30* *I work 1-4*

FRIDAY: Pork chops? Not sure

On My To Do List

  1. Pay Bills
  2. Clean House
  3. Locate 2 library books I thought I returned but they say I did not
  4. Grocery store
  5. Whatever I’m forgetting

Looking Forward To

Marching Band season and watching my youngest son out there on the field.

From The Camera 

What I’m Wearing Today

striped tee-shirt and jean shorts, slide sandals.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Catching up with friends over a cup of coffee

Quote For The Week

If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present…Gratefully. (Maya Angelou)

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What are your plans for the week ahead?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Time to Get Back on Track

Happy Monday! After a weird mid-week start to things last week, I’m happy to get back on track this week starting things off my a normal timed Happy Homemaker Monday post.

Joining in as always with Sandra, who hosts the Happy Homemaker Monday link up over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. 

The Weather 

Feels like August out there this morning. A bit hot and humid. J’s been getting sunburned at band camp. He’s trying new 70 SPF this morning so hopefully, it works better. Slight chance of thunderstorms the rest of the week with highs in the mid 80’s and low 90’s.

On The Breakfast Plate

Chobani Flip Key Lime Pie yogurt & coffee.

Right Now I Am

Typing up this post around piles of papers and stuff removed from the desk drawers yesterday. Desk is empty but I still have the “no idea where to put the stuff I took out of it” problem.

On My Bedside Table

A book, the box of Ziploc space saver bags, and a tee-shirt

On My Reading Pile

I really need to get some new books as well as finish From The Ground Up by Howard Schulz. It’s on my to-do list for today.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Please don’t judge. I did lots o’ TV watching this weekend. Must have needed the downtime. I watched: Season 3 of Jessica Jones on Netflix. Then, hopped over to Amazon Prime to watch Good Omens (so fun!) before returning to Netflix for season 2 of Stranger Things. Now, I only have 3 episodes left in season 3 of Stranger Things.

On My TV This Week

Plan to finish Stranger Things and then, I might watch season 3 of Humans since Amazon finally added it. After that, I hope I’ll have found a book or two to read instead.

On The Menu This Week

Took advantage of being out of the house early to drop J off at band camp and went grocery shopping early today.

MONDAY: hamburgers and hot dogs *J has band camp 8-4*

TUESDAY: chicken strips *J has band camp 8-4*

WEDNESDAY: Steak strip salad *J has band camp/freshman orientation* *I have a hair appointment*

THURSDAY: Ribs in the slow cooker

FRIDAY: Taco salads or Rotisserie Chicken salad

On My To Do List

  1. Finish cleaning off/out this desk (need more storage containers)
  2. Find out why the maintenance required light is on in the car
  3. Take back library books
  4. Go with G to get stuff he needed to take to college
  5. Usual clean house/do laundry
  6. Get household supplies (maybe while out with G) like toothpaste
  7. Write more than one blog post this week
  8. Price/buy deck sealer (and then, seal the deck)

Looking Forward To

Finishing this desk project, spending some extra time with the boys this week

From The Camera

I didn’t do a very good job picking up the camera last week….the pictures in my post are still from our trip out-of-town.  

What I’m Wearing Today

Navy blue top with tiny gold dots, khaki linen shorts, tennis shoes

One Of My Simple Pleasures

When we can all sit down and eat dinner together, spending time with family

Quote For The Week

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put into that action. (Mother Teresa)

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What’s on your agenda for this week?

Late Start to the Week, Happy Homemaker, uh, Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! We had a bit of an extended and busy weekend. After finishing up my 2 weeks of a full-time work schedule, J and I were up early on Saturday.

He performed for a judge in the Mid-America Music Association contest. After that, we loaded up the car and headed south to have a quick family weekend before G’s college orientation.  

When did my first “baby” get so tall?

While there, J’s instructor sent us news that J made the cut to get a trophy from the contest. (The judge gave him a “superior” rating which meant he scored at least 95% on his pieces. Did I mention he had to play them from memory?).  

So on Tuesday, as soon as G finished registering for his classes, we hurried back to town so J could play with his other class-mates in a recital setting and get his trophy. It was a nice event but it didn’t end until almost 10 PM.

WHEW! A busy and whirlwind of a weekend but now it’s time to move forward and see what the rest of this week holds for us. Even though it’s late in the week, I’m still linking my post up with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom where she hosts Happy Homemaker Monday (not Wednesday, oops!).

The Weather 

Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day for traveling and exploring a bit of forest.

This morning is a bit rainy and fall-like. Perfect sleeping in weather and yes, I took advantage of that! It’s supposed to be in the upper 70’s and low to mid 80’s the rest of the week with slight chances of rain.

On The Breakfast Plate

After so much running around, I made myself a bit of a bigger breakfast this morning: bacon, biscuits, and a fried egg. Plus coffee, of course.

Right Now I Am

Soaking in being at home with no place I have to be. Enjoying a quiet house and the slightly dark, rainy skies outside my windows.

On My Bedside Table

Same mess as last week except it’s grown to include a couple of plastic bags and 2 tee-shirts.

On My Reading Pile

I started reading Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers on the Kindle app on my phone. Still working through From The Ground Up by Howard Schulz (almost finished).

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Friday evening, I watched Saving Mr. Banks on Netflix. I enjoyed it and yes, it inspired me to read Mary Poppins. However, why Netflix listed it as a comedy, I have no idea. It is not a comedy!  We also watched  Tommy Boy in the hotel room one evening. A true comedy and one of my favorite movies.

On My TV This Week

I have no planned viewing. Whatever interests me.

On The Menu This Week  

Wish we were a little closer to this place! One of my favorite road-trip stops.

Not sure why just planning 3 meals feels harder than an entire week. Probably because I desperately need to go to the store again.

MONDAY: We ate at the college orientation dinner (except J who had Subway) *Out of Town*

TUESDAY: We ate a late lunch at a Mexican restaurant and a later dinner at McDonald’s *Out of Town*

WEDNESDAY: It feels a bit like a spaghetti day

THURSDAY: Chicken legs, French Fries, Salad *J has band camp 8-4*

FRIDAY: Maybe frozen pizza? *J has band camp 8-4*

On My To Do List

  1. Clean out fridge and go grocery shopping
  2. Laundry!
  3. Clean the house
  4. Books back to library
  5. Unfinished items from last week (sweaters in space bags, clean off desk, etc)

Looking Forward To

Being off work this rest of this week and next. Spending some time at home and with G getting him ready for college

From The Camera 

My husband and J checking out the fish in the aquarium at the Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield

What I’m Wearing Today

Black high school band show shirt, green Capri pants, and pink slide sandals.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Being in my own house (sleeping in my own bed, using my own bathroom, etc) after being out-of-town.

Quote For The Week

Home is the nicest word there is. (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

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