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Happy Homemaker Monday, First Day of School Here

Something had to give last week. And it was blogging. Worked even longer days than planned. And I just needed some quiet (even from myself) at the end of most days last week into the weekend. It wasn’t a bad week at all, just tiring. 

And now it’s Monday again! This week, (so far) I’m not scheduled to work nearly as much. However, it’s still a bit of a crazy one around here. Today J started his first day of 10th grade.

Our school is doing a hybrid plan so he’s in person this week, at home next week. It’s exciting and scary all at once. Hopeful that this plan works and he has a great year. (Our local district is one of only a handful starting this early, most pushed back until September. However, they had a successful summer school session doing this so I’m cautiously optimistic. That said, I may or may not have shed a few tears on the way home after dropping him off this morning. It’s an emotional thing for all parents and the teachers!).

Let’s go ahead and see what the week ahead might look like for the first week of school. Joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather 

Hot. Our weeks seem to alternate between cooler fall-like temps and hot regular summer weather. We’re on a hot week. Highs in the low 90’s all week with a slight chance of thunderstorms on Thursday night. Back to actually needing rain in these parts.

How I’m Feeling This Morning

A bit on edge, just a hint of anxiety about J being back in school. Little tired, we were both up at 5 a.m. (how I know my non-morning person son was excited to go back this morning)

On My Mind

I’m a bit all over the place this morning, thinking of how a lot of the Corona stuff doesn’t make sense (in this area anyway). Example: J can carry a reusable water bottle all day (water fountains off at school) but must bring his lunch in a sack. Thinking of all the things I’d like to get done today (cleaning), J’s lesson tonight and whether I’ll have the energy after to go to Mom’s Night Out (outside) late. A bit of frustration with my new camera (just need to learn more but I’m not patient).

However, I guess I should re-frame things. I’m grateful J is getting to go to school in person to start. I love going to J’s lessons and reading my books. The weather is nice for outside gatherings. And I know I’m lucky to have a new camera.

On My To Do List

  1. Clean the house!
  2. Pick up the camera every day (still need to do the warranty cards as well)
  3. Post on the blog every day this week that I’m not at work (so far only Thursday)
  4. Sort out fridge/freezer (how do they get in such a mess so fast?)
  5. Fix on-line calendar, need to take out lots of band practices, events. Kind of depressing for things we’re missing to keep popping up on there.

On My Breakfast Plate

Made J and my husband cinnamon rolls this morning (from a can, don’t get excited I’m not that ambitious) but I still ate my usual flip yogurt along with drinking probably way too much coffee.

On My Reading Pile

Reading one called The Last Monument by Michael C. Grumley. Fairly interesting mystery that feels like a combination of several books I’ve read previously. It starts with a mysterious delayed letter, goes back in time to World War 2 and the Monuments Men, then we trek off to South America on a search for more clues. Has a James Rollins/Douglas Preston feel to it.

On My TV

Netflix added Lucifer season 5 (the first half of it anyway) so I may or may not have watched all 8 episodes over the weekend. I was a little concerned they’d mess it up (season 4 was to be the end) but they did a good job and I really enjoyed it!

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY:  Pork chops and baked potatoes *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30* *I might go to Mom’s Night Out after*

TUESDAY: Sheet pan chicken and veggies with rice (trying a new recipe)

WEDNESDAY: Hawaiian pulled pork sandwiches (pork already cooked in freezer)

THURSDAY: Enchilada chicken in the crock pot *I work 12-6* *J has band practice 6-8:30**G works*

FRIDAY: Chili (J requested this, I think it’s still way too hot outside!) *G works*

From The Camera 

Since I missed even my bird-watching post last week, here’s the bird from the photo under my weather heading. Think this is a Mississippi Kite.

Saw it at a local park where my husband and I were the only ones out for a walk. Tip: maybe don’t go to a park without lots of shade at 1 p.m. when it’s 93 degrees outside. Been seeing a lot more butterflies. 

Looking Around The House

Needs a good cleaning as always. Planning to start a fall cleaning countdown tomorrow if you’d like to join me.

On My Prayer List

All the students, teachers, and staff in our local district starting school today whether virtual or on-line. And of course, all the parents! Family, friends, strangers. Our country.

Quote For The Week

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  (Proverbs 3:5)

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What are your plans for the week ahead?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Already Tired

I feel tired just looking at the week ahead. Of course, I also feel tired because I didn’t sleep well last night. However, lots of work days for me this week. 

I know I shouldn’t complain as I’m lucky to be working and at a job I love no less. And I’m not exactly complaining just wish I had a bit more play time this week. A few long days on the horizon mean not a lot of play time. Time to stop rambling and get to planning the week ahead.

Joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday link up.

The Weather 

Really pleasant outside for the second to last week of August. Highs in the mid 80’s with no chances of rain all week. Of course, it might change. Right now, it’s beautiful outside.

How I’m Feeling This Morning Tonight

Actually, working on this post on Sunday evening. And I’m feeling tired. Tired of lots of things. However, I’m hoping a good night’s sleep cures some of my grumpiness.

*Update: did sleep well and feel better this morning*

On My Mind

Mostly the week ahead. It’s the first week of the new school year at preschool, an exciting time.

I’m also still grappling with how J’s school year is going to look. I’m just over the pandemic. Dear pandemic, you can leave now. Buh-bye! If only. SIGH. On a positive note, we picked up his schedule and chrome-book last week. The school seemed to be on it with things. We both wonder how our neighbors are going to feel about him practicing his baritone for marching band at home at 7:15 each morning during his on-line weeks. Ha!

On My To Do List

Keeping it short this week.

  1. Finish up laundry
  2. Need to buy more birdseed (pesky squirrel!)
  3. Spend time practicing with new(!) camera AND fill out and mail warranty cards
  4. Get with J’s private baritone instructor to schedule make up lesson
  5. Write/schedule a few blog posts

On My Breakfast Plate

All week will be the usual. However, since it was a weekend, I broke from my routine and had a bowl of cereal (Quaker oat squares). And coffee, of course.

On My Reading Pile

Finished up Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James. Silly but enjoyable. Need to find something new to read.

On My TV

Watched Jurassic Park 3 over the weekend. And few episodes of Sugar Rush. Quit watching Selling Sunset, just couldn’t do it. Too silly even for me. Might go back but doubtful. Oh and I found some sort of photography course on Amazon prime so watched the first few episodes of it.

On The Menu This Week 

MONDAY: roast in the crock pot *I work 11-6*

TUESDAY: Husband’s choice or already cooked from freezer *I have an 9:30 hair appointment* *I work 1-6* *Might go to an outdoor Bunco (just to visit, we aren’t playing) gathering*

WEDNESDAY: Husband’s choice or I’ll pull cooked pork chops from freezer with baked sweet potatoes *I work 11-6*

THURSDAY: BLT’s and french fries *I work 8:30-4:30*

FRIDAY: Steak bites and rice? OUT? *I work 8:30-4:30*

From The Camera

I took the plunge on Saturday and bought a new camera! No more bridge camera. Time to learn how to change all those settings…and I have lots to learn. 

I’m sure the camera pro’s out there will get a laugh out of me immediately turning my dial to “A” for auto, right? Oops. I guess that means aperture priority mode. Turns out there’s a setting that actually says AUTO on the camera dial.  Still those “A” pictures (above) didn’t turn out half bad. The hot dog picture was actually the first one I took with the camera. So I guess I should’ve captioned it: Hot dog! I got a new camera.

First picture I took in the “real” auto mode:

Stuck with Nikon and upgraded from my Nikon Cool Pix B500 to a Nikon D3500.

Looking Around The House

I cleaned a bit over the weekend but I’m guessing you can’t tell at this point.

On My Prayer List

All the kids starting school this week and in the next few weeks and of course, those who already started as well.  Family, Friends, Strangers.

Quote For The Week

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.  (Henry Ward Beecher)

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What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Summer Days Slipping Away

Tell me more (tell me more) like does school ever start? Uh, huh. Uh, huh. Okay, that’s the best I can do of ripping off song lyrics this morning. The new school year starts August 24 for J and next week for the preschool kids at my work.

Let’s just get right to planning this second week of August. Linking up as always with the lovely Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

Pretty hot out there right now, mid 80’s, feels like 90. It IS hot, I ran out to do a couple things. Supposed to thunderstorm later this afternoon. Looks like slight chances the rest of the week as well. Highs in the mid to upper 80’s. Well, it IS August after all.

How I’m Feeling This Morning 

Weirdly, fairly motivated to get lots done today. And thankful to have a kid in the high school where they are pretty good at communicating. Thank goodness since it’s been a year (already) of lots of changes. Thinking of the year J started 6th grade and how that particular school’s communication was sub-par (to put it politely). Glad to have a flexible job I love. Called into work for just a couple of hours Friday afternoon, long enough to get a cupcake (birthday celebration for one of the kids), and came home. Can’t beat that! And of course, thankful for our health.

On My Mind

I’m a bit in back to school mode. J’s school already changed things and decided to opt for their phase 2 return. (I guess they have 3 phases with the third being the on-line, total shutdown thing). So, the high school alternates between in-person and on-line every other week based on last name. Trying to picture how the on-line days are going to look around here. We definitely need to to do something different from the spring. Perhaps a work space (where?) outside of his room. Let’s just move on to my to-do list.

On My To-Do List

  1. Sort out and clean up down here
  2. Pay bills
  3. Laundry (In progress)
  4. All the stuff from last week left undone (basically, the whole second half of that list)
  5. Back to school items: e-mail proof of residency, go with J to schedule pick up (he has to go, everyone must check out a chrome book, new thing), sort out our on-line learning weeks, school clothes and supplies?
  6. Update my calendar

On My Breakfast Plate

The usual. I do think the Chobani Lemon Meringue flavor is my new favorite.

On My Reading Pile

Read The Last Piece by Imogen Clark last week. I really enjoyed it. This one reminded me of my own big family and how we all used to see each other in passing at our parents’ home.  It ended a bit abruptly but the ending fit the story so I didn’t mind. Also, picked up and read The Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James and am now working through Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency. Silly, light romance type reading.

On My TV

Might need to hang my head in a bit of shame for this section. Started off okay. Watched Masters of Design on Netflix. A nice little British interior design competition type show. Then, Friday evening, I watched Knives Out on Amazon (not the worst, not the best movie. Just okay.) followed by Jurassic Park (the original, better than the remake) on Netflix.

What? That’s not so bad. No, however, I succumbed on Saturday to bad reality TV and started watching Selling Sunset over on Netflix. It’s about a group of real estate agents in L.A.  I keep claiming I’m only watching it to see the fantastic houses, definitely the best part of the show.

And in a bit of redemption, I also watched the movie, Yesterday. A world without the music of the Beatles? Movie was smart, funny, and I thought, very well done.

On The Menu This Week

Hardest part of weekly planning for me. Still I know it helps to have a plan.

MONDAY: Maybe spaghetti (carry over)

TUESDAY: Roast in the crock pot *I work 1-6*

WEDNESDAY: Homemade Chik-Fil-A sandwiches

THURSDAY: Hamburgers? Husband’s choice *I work 1-6*

FRIDAY: Pizza or maybe OUT

From The Camera

Squirrel savoring his breakfast of a green walnut.

New welcome flag for the front porch.

Looking Around The House

Not awful but I am in the mood to clear away and clean in every room.

On My Prayer List

G as he has a job interview this morning (really hope he gets it as it would be such a boost for his confidence) followed by a wait in line at the DMV for driver’s license renewal (Do I need to say more? It’s his second attempt as he didn’t have all the required paperwork on the first try to get the new required ID).

Friends, family, strangers, all the schools trying to navigate the best options for their students, the families trying to make the best choices, our country, the world. Just going to keep on praying that a kindness pandemic takes over and replaces the current one.

Quote For The Week

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)

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And a bonus before I end my post, I don’t feel as if I should begin with a reference to a song and not include it. So here you go, sing along with me:

Are you a fan of Grease? What are your plans for the week ahead?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Hello, August!

We’ve made it to August! Not one to wish the year away over here but I’m glad to move forward in this one. How about you?

After a busy two weeks of (mostly) work, this one is shaping up to be a bit more low-key. J started band camp this morning and with all the changes, I’m pretty much home playing chauffeur for him for the next four days. Hoping it means I might get some cleaning and odd little projects completed around here.

Joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the weekly link up. Fun place full of friendly people if you’re looking for a great blog post way to start your week.

The Weather 

Not typical for August at all. Thankfully, a dry week. And the temperatures are more fall than late summer. It’s currently 63 degrees at 8:45 in the morning. Highs in the mid-70’s to mid-80’s by the weekend. I do see some raindrop chances for the weekend. 60 percent on Friday, could go either way.

How I’m Feeling This Morning  

A little tired and bit anxious about J being at band camp but I know he’ll likely be fine. And he’s doing what he loves. 

On My Mind

How glad I am for election day tomorrow (A break from all the negative ads? Yes, please! Being on the state line means we get a double-dose of them each election cycle.) All the things I’d like to do this week.

On My To Do List 

  1. Spend more time outside with my camera
  2. Laundry folding (another mountain of clean clothes erupted on the bed this morning!)
  3. Post on my blog every day this week
  4. Clean the house
  5. Sort out fridge, freezer, and pantry and then, a grocery store trip
  6. Have husband show me how to use the weed eater
  7. Mow back yard (probably going to delegate to one of my sons)
  8. Plan a bit for Christmas
  9. Tackle sorting through J’s clothes while he’s at band camp (get rid of old, see what he needs new)
  10. Make some freezer meals

List is a bit ambitious this week, if I accomplish half those things, I’ll be happy.

On My Breakfast Plate

Chobani Lemon Meringue flip yogurt , coffee, immune support vitamins.

On My Reading Pile

I’m between books. I’d like to read another one by Donna Ashcroft but the free kindle ones left are all Christmas themed and I might want to wait until Christmas for those. I’ll find something. Flipped through all the new August magazines over the weekend.

On My TV

Watched a fun one over the weekend: The Big Flower Fight on Netflix.  I loved it and really hope they do a season 2. It’s just a nice, happy show. A bit like the The Great British Bake-Off but you don’t get hungry watching it. And no idea why but my husband and I watched Shrek last night.

Of course, I’m probably going to return to the zombies (Fear the Walking Dead) as I fold laundry later.

On The Menu This Week

Pretty boring week. Trying to keep it simple and standard. Might change as I rifle through everything to get a better idea of what we do have. Sick of chicken so saving it for the weekend or next week.

MONDAY: Spaghetti *J has band camp 8:30-11:30*

TUESDAY: Pork chops, baked potatoes *J has band camp 12-3:30*

WEDNESDAY: Tacos, maybe…might change this one. *J has band camp 8:30-11:30*

THURSDAY: Fish/shrimp (frozen from box), fries, crunchy coleslaw or maybe cucumber salad *J has band camp 12-3:30*

FRIDAY: OUT or a fridge free for all

From The Camera

I went for an early morning walk at a local park on Saturday. I’ve sprinkled some images from my walk throughout this post. 

Looking Around The House

Have I ever mentioned on Mondays that the house needs cleaned? Oddly enough, it needs cleaned again today!

On My Prayer List

J’s baritone tutor and his wife as they travel for the next two weeks, all the kids (and teachers) at band camp to stay safe this week, a peaceful election day, family, friends, strangers, and an end to this pandemic. Still want to see it mutate into a kindness pandemic instead.

Quote For The Week

August is like the Sunday of summer. (unknown)

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How are you going to spend your first week of August?

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Uh, Wednesday, Hello!

Another full work week and a bit of a busy mixed up one. Still, wanted to get a quick weekly planning post going. Mid-week or not.

Still going to link up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. Visits to everyone likely to be later still this week.

Let’s just get to it:

The Weather

Rainy, then hot, then rainy again. Cloudy skies this morning and a bit humid. Rain is supposed to move in and cool things off sometime before noon. It was 93 degrees yesterday afternoon. The upper 70’s to start today.

How I’m Feeling This Morning

A bit rushed, tired. Ready to go to work but glad to be going in a bit later (9:30) this morning.

On My Mind

What the day ahead holds. Again, (louder for the folks in the back) that kindness matters! Read something earlier that just made me sad at how people act nowadays (oh boy, that word makes me sound ancient!).

On My To Do List

  1. Grocery store DONE
  2. Pay bills Mostly DONE
  3. Get this post up (in progress)
  4. Laundry
  5. Still need to clean down here

On My Breakfast Plate

Chobani Flip Yogurt, new flavor! Lemon Meringue Pie. And coffee. And two gummy immune support vitamins. The usual.

On My Reading Pile

Same. Summer At The Castle Cafe by Donna Ashcroft

On My TV

Not much so far this week. Watched more Fear The Walking Dead on Sunday.

On The Menu This Week:

MONDAY: Roast in crock pot (BBQ sandwiches) *J had a baritone lesson at 6:30* *I worked 8:30-4:30*

TUESDAY: OUT, we ordered from a favorite Mexican restaurant *I worked 8:30-5:30*

WEDNESDAY: not sure, husband is off but I planned ham steak, cornbread, and black-eyed peas. His choice though. *I work 9:30-?, not sure as I’m covering for meetings*

THURSDAY: Maybe steak bites and baked potatoes *I work 3:30-6 for sure, may need to be in earlier*

FRIDAY: No idea, husband’s choice *I work 9:30-6*

From The Camera

Looking Around The House

We need to clean!

On My Prayer List

Family. Friends. The country. For a kindness pandemic to replace the Covid-19 one.

Quote For The Week

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. (Mother Teresa)

 

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