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Happy Homemaker Monday, A Week With Work

Been a while since I typed any title with the word “work” in it. Happy and grateful to do so this week. Today still finds me at home so let’s just jump right on into the weekly planning post.

Don’t forget to hop over and visit Sandra, the host of Happy Homemaker Mondays, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. And a few of the other fabulous bloggers as well.

The Weather 

Out the front door this morning

Hot, then rain, then hot and humid. Typical summer though a bit early for the super hot and humid parts. No complaints from me as I love the hot and humid sunshiny weather. Except I need to mow the lawn, not too excited to do that in the hot, humid stuff. My son might get a turn with it.

How I’m Feeling This Morning

Hopeful. Slightly energetic (might just be the coffee). Happy and excited for the week ahead. I feel like it’s going to be a good week.

On My Mind

A bit of fear I’ll forget to go to work at the appointed time this week as it’s been a long time. A little anxiety about the unknowns. Things I’d like to accomplish this week. I’m not exactly planning to the ignore the state of the world this week but I do plan to focus more on the people and space (home) right around me. And just keep sending my love out into the world throughout the week. I found it really helped my mood last week.

On My To Do List

  1. Clean out fridge/freezer/cut up fruit
  2. Mail 2 cards, possibly 3
  3. Mow the lawn
  4. Clean the house
  5. Get a few more flowers

On My Breakfast Plate

So far only coffee. I’m not sure if I’ll eat a yogurt or not. Another upset stomach night on Saturday and the only yogurt flavor left (aside from Cookies and Cream) is just not calling me right now. Odd as I usually love all things coconut. And I’m pretty sure the upset stomach came from our dinner out (My husband mentioned the a/c seemed to be out in the restaurant where he picked up our dinner).

On My Reading Pile

I read a pretty “lite” one last week titled Aunt Daisy’s Letter by S.J. Crabb. Silly, predictable romance. Always wonder about the grammar errors on the Kindle books, author or typist? I wanted my red pen at times. Of course, the book charmed me enough to pick up the sequel and now I’m reading The Wedding at the Castle of Dreams by the same author.

TV Viewing

A bit of tiff with my husband last night about Press Your Luck being the best game show of all time. (Super nostalgic from my childhood. How can you not love shouting “No whammies!”?). Can you believe he didn’t want to watch it? I watched it by myself on another TV. Other than that, no judgement please, I started watching Fear The Walking Dead. It’s quite interesting. And the last few episodes (still need to watch the season finale) of D.C. Legends of Tomorrow. 

Mostly, my TV viewing habits consist of playing Animal Crossing and setting up my little island of Jeansland.

On The Menu This Week

MONDAY: Turkey bacon clubs, sweet potato fries *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Taco potatoes 

WEDNESDAY: Teriyaki chicken and oriental salad (from a bag) *I work 1-5*

THURSDAY: Fish, cornbread, salad

FRIDAY: Hamburgers and hot dogs on grill? *I work 3-5*

From The Camera

The little purple flowers that invade the backyard arrived this week! Mostly they’re in the neighbor’s weed infested backyard (not complaining as their “nature preserve” brings me my beloved birds by providing lots of habitat). A few flowers always show up around our yard as well. 

And in our garden, earliest appearance ever, a tiny green tomato!

Looking Around The House

It needs a little love. And lots of cleaning!

Chore I’m Not Looking Forward To Today Or This Week

I started a linen closet clean-out and re-organization last week. And now, I need to finish it. My grand idea to put our blankets in space bags worked well except they don’t fit back on the shelves. What’s the old cliche: Measure twice, cut once? I always forget the measuring part. Just know super large space saver bags are super large even after all the air’s removed.

To Relax This Week I Will

Spend some time outside, maybe go pick up some new flowers for the newly washed front porch:

Husband power washed it yesterday! Looks so much better.

On My Prayer List

Family, friends, strangers. All those struggling right now. That love finds a way into some of the hardened hearts out there.

Quote For The Week

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” (Maya Angelou)

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What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, We’ve Arrived At June

Anyone else feel like we’ve scraped and clawed our way to this month? Yesterday, I was excited saying happy Half Year! Turns out we’re not quite there yet. The official halfway point of the year is July 2. SIGH. Let’s all hang in there. Just a bit more to go in the first half.

Time to get to planning the new week in the new month. Joining in with Sandra who inspires and hosts the Happy Homemaker Monday link ups over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather 

Sunny and blue skies! Very happy to see them after so much rain on Wednesday and Thursday last week. Thankfully, the rain stopped in time for the weekend. Now, the weather people say the heat and humidity is arriving sometime this week. Tomorrow, I think.  Highs in the mid to upper 80’s. Normal chances of thunderstorms all week.

How I’m Feeling This Morning

Like I need a good night’s sleep. I’ve been staying up too late, waking up in the middle of the night, and then, on cat duty starting around 4:30 AM. Cat duty simply means the cat meows at me incessantly until I let her outside.

On My Mind 

The state of the country. The surreal feeling of watching the news last night. Prayers for peace. Wondering if we are at the social end of the pandemic and the social beginning of something else. Something my apparently rather naive self thought we already mostly achieved. Clearly, wrong on that count. And tired of it all. Thinking of taking a Facebook break.

On My To Do List

  1. Clean the house (always)
  2. Mow the lawn
  3. Vote on Tuesday
  4. Clean off the backyard deck/front porch/maybe plant some more flowers
  5. Get J that haircut!
  6. Mail a card

On My Breakfast Plate

Boring same breakfast I have most days: Chobani flip yogurt, coffee.

On My Reading Pile

I find I’m not wanting to read anything to serious or full of suspense lately. Reading predictable light romantic novels. Not usually my thing but I seem to need the happy endings thoughts. Finished up The Thing About Clare by Imogen Clark (my least favorite of the author’s books). Read A Happy Catastrophe by Maddie Dawson, pleasantly surprised to find it a sequel to Matchmaking For Beginners, the very first book of hers I ever read. Love the quirky characters in her books. Enough that I started in on Kissing Games of the World, also by Maddie Dawson, for this week.

TV Viewing

Got all caught up on Legends of Tomorrow, cried my way through the first season 4 episode of Riverdale (a Luke Perry tribute episode), and watched Toy Story 4 with my husband (may or may not have been tears involved on that one as well). We watched part of Indiana Jones last night until the news broke in showing the protests near the plaza. Not much else unless you count the morning news long enough to see the weather.

On The Menu This Week

No idea. I’ve not been to the store and probably won’t go until Tuesday. Let’s go see what we have around here…

MONDAY: Pork chops (already cooked in freezer), baked potato/sweet potato, broccoli *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Chicken strips, broccoli, strawberry pie *Election Day*

WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti? Salad

THURSDAY: Fish, coleslaw, asparagus?

FRIDAY: Grilled chicken salads?

From The Camera 

Looking Around The House

I started to clean a few times over the weekend and then, stopped. It looks like I stopped. Though I did do a thorough cleaning of J’s floors (ants, sigh).  Need to clean completely today.

Chore I’m Not Looking Forward To Today Or This Week

Whole house though I know I’ll be happy once it’s finished.

To Relax This Week I Will

Be outside. Either mowing, cleaning the porch and deck or planting flowers. Hopefully, all of it.

On My Prayer List

Our country. Those struggling with the virus. The injustice. Sending up lots of prayers and vibes for peace and love. Hope you’ll join me.

Quote For The Week

Let’s go with a song for this week.

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What are your plans for this first week of June?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Memorial Day

Taking my time this morning. We’ve had a nice relaxing, long weekend. If I don’t watch or read any news, I can almost pretend things are normal again.

The week ahead looks to be a bit slow but that IS actually normal for me at the tail end of May. We did have a trip scheduled (just my husband and some friends, no kids) for next weekend. However, that’s been put on hold. Since I was a bit on the fence about it prior to the pandemic, I’m not overly upset.

Let’s see what lies ahead for this very last week in the month! Joining in as always with Sandra from Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

They’ve been wrong so many days lately, I’m not even sure I want to look. It does look as if we got a tiny bit of the predicted rain over night but not the spring thunderstorms predicted. I apparently slept through the storms. G just informed me it did indeed storm over night and one clap of thunder shook our house. I didn’t hear a thing. More chances of rain today and throughout the week. Highs in the 70’s. The sky yesterday afternoon was blue with just a few clouds.

How I’m Feeling This Morning

Well, it’s almost afternoon at this point but I woke up feeling okay. Still a bit tired from yesterday (I mowed our front and back yards plus our empty house neighbor’s front yard). Think today is going to be just a bit of a go slow kind of day.

On My Mind

There should probably be lots on my mind but I’m choosing to just kind of be today. Not worry about too much. Want to enjoy my day.

On My To-Do List

  1. Finish paying the bills
  2. Still need to see about getting J a haircut
  3. Return my library books
  4. Lots on list from last week I didn’t get done

On My Breakfast Plate

A couple slices of bacon, a Chobani flip yogurt, coffee

On My Reading Pile

I finished Where the Story Starts by Imogen Clark and started working my way through all her books. Honestly, they shouldn’t work and I shouldn’t enjoy them as much as I do. I’d categorize them as “beach reads,” nothing too high brow, mildly predictable, don’t require too much concentration. And still somehow enjoyable. Last week two more by her: Postcards From a Stranger and Postcards at Christmas, the first one was better but I enjoyed the short little series. This week, I’m reading her book called The Thing About Clare.

TV Viewing

Not much unless you count staring at the screen while playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons as TV viewing. I did re-watch Rocketman with my husband the other night. He’d never seen it while I’d gone to see it in the theater with friends last year. Oh, I almost forgot but I also started watching Little House on the Prairie. Just needed to be reminded of simpler times, I think.

On The Menu This Week

Husband got a new grill so he’s been doing the cooking around here ever since Saturday. I’m just enjoying my break from worrying about fixing dinner!  I’ve made a pretty casual dinner plan this week as I never really know what he’s planning.

MONDAY: Marinated pork steaks on the grill *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30 (I should probably confirm this)*

TUESDAY: Maybe tacos

WEDNESDAY: Something Italian….probably spaghetti but I’m more in the mood for lasagna

THURSDAY: Chicken strips

FRIDAY: Pizza

From The Camera

Last night I noticed this little bunny out in the far reaches of the backyard. Really, I noticed the ears!

And then while I was watching (along with a rather interested little gray cat), another bunny arrived and they chased each other around for a bit. It was quite fun to watch. I must give a shout out to the little gray cat as she later chased one out of our garden. Wonder if one of these two is the culprit taking just one bite out of our ripening strawberries?

Looking Around The House

It’s not too bad as I cleaned on Saturday in preparation of my sister in law and nephew’s arrival for our small birthday gathering. Could stand to clean it some more though.

Chore I’m Not Looking Forward To Today Or This Week

Not sure it counts as chore but I realized almost my entire summer wardrobe consists of high school marching band tee shirts. And that I’m pretty low on summer pants/shorts. I need to add a few things to my wardrobe for when I go back to work. After eating my way through the stay at home days, not looking forward to figuring out sizes.

To Relax This Week I Will

Work on the flowers and garden in the front and back yards. If the weather is bad, I’ll work on my pretend island in my little video game.

On My Prayer List

The world, all those grieving, all of us to be more understanding, respectful, and kind to one another.

Quote For The Week

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let’s be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.”  (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

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How do you plan to spend this last week of May?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Places To Be

And people to see! Happy Monday! I got out a little over the weekend. Also, my husband finally took a few days off work. Woke up feeling so refreshed this morning. Those little things were very much needed.

A long solo walk in the park on Thursday. Can’t remember Friday, probably just another at home day. On Saturday, I ran a few errands with my husband as he searched for a new toolbox. And convinced him to stop at local garden store I’d never seen. Small place that just popped up, happy to give it my business.

Sunday, I went out with my husband again to pick up the toolbox he chose and then, came home and planted my flowers. In the afternoon, we all attended a graduation parade for my nephew. I can’t remember the last time we were all four in the car at the same time. It was nice. And of course, it was nice to cheer on the seniors who aren’t set to graduate in a proper ceremony until late July.

Now, that we’ve started a new week, it’s time to plan with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

The Weather

Yesterday’s bright blue sky

It’s cloudy this morning but not cold. We’re supposed to have some cloudy days but thankfully, not a lot of rain chances until the weekend. And it’s supposed to be normal (upper 60’s and 70’s for our temps). I’ll take it!

How I Am Feeling This Morning

Energized and happy though with a bit of a throat tickle (hello, cottonwood pollen). Also, super excited about this little message in my inbox this morning:

You are not required to report, your service is complete.
Thank you. 

No jury duty in June! It’s a big worry off my shoulders. The driving downtown part was my biggest concern as I’ve not done that in years but then throw in the Covid-19 concerns and well, big sigh of relief happening over here.

On My Mind

How it almost feels like a normal week. J’s lessons resume tonight, I have a hair appointment on Wednesday, and need to decide what we’ll do for G’s birthday on Thursday. Thinking it’s time to actually clean up this basement space for guests again (not that we’re there yet but I feel more ready to entertain the idea). It’s funny how I suddenly feel a lot more motivated to do things around here now that I know we won’t have to be spending all our time here.

On My To Do List

  1. Drop off J’s school books and band tux  DONE
  2. Pay bills
  3. Conquer mountain of dishes and laundry
  4. Clean/clear out this basement space
  5. Figure out what G wants to do for his birthday
  6. Look into getting J a haircut somewhere (maybe with my hairdresser though I’m not giving up my appointment!)
  7. Clean up yard/plant flowers
  8. Go to Grocery store/Target
  9. Check into if I can return my library books (I think I can outside in the box but I want to be sure)
  10. Clean out fridge/freezer (just a bit as this is pretty ongoing)

On My Breakfast Plate

Chobani strawberry cheesecake flip yogurt, coffee

On My Reading Pile

Read Better Believe It by Fern Ronay last week. She writes uplifting reads where the main characters get guidance during their dreams from family members in heaven. I really do enjoy her books. And I started in on Where the Story Starts by Imogen Clark. Struggling a bit as there’s quite a bit of back and forth time jumps with the characters.

TV Viewing

Not quite as much, watched the movie Thor: Ragnarok one night (we own the DVD). I also broke down and signed up for a 30 day trial of CBS all access to catch up on Seal Team.  Going to cancel it for sure, not a great streaming service. And don’t get me started on why they expect me to pay to watch free TV shows. That said, I’m enjoying getting all caught up on my show.

On The Menu This Week

I’m not really planning on a grocery store trip until Tuesday so this could all change. Current plan:

MONDAY: Roast in the crock pot (carry over) *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Teriyaki chicken and rice (carry over)

WEDNESDAY: Taco salads *I have a hair appointment at 10:30*

THURSDAY: G’s 19th birthday. Maybe OUT?

FRIDAY: Pizza, salad or OUT depending on G’s birthday plans

From The Camera

Sunshiny days even give the trees happy hearts!

A little bug photo bombed my daisy picture!

Looking Around The House

Uh, see to-do list about mountains of laundry and dishes.

Finally, cleaned our face masks. Need to order more gray ones (I know they look black in the picture, they’re wet) as the blue one turned out to be a bit too small and uncomfortable for J.

Chore I’m Not Looking Forward To Today or This Week

Actually, nothing is striking me as too awful today. Just in the mood to get things done.

To Relax This Week I Will

Play my little video game (Animal Crossing), read my book, get outside

On My Prayer List

My oldest son who’s struggling a bit with the re-opening and worries about the virus, friends, family, strangers. That we overcome this virus sooner than later. All the families at the graduation parade yesterday. The world.

Quote For The Week

Wisdom from an egg carton:

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How does the week ahead look for you?

 

 

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, The New Normal Begins

Our new normal begins this week. The county and our local cities start opening back up in phases. Not really sure what it all means. Really, I think everyone is a bit confused. However, it’s nice to think about getting out a bit again.

Sunrise today:

Been awhile since I was awake for a sunrise! Plan to try and get up at a more normal time this week. And maybe be productive, not watch TV for an hour. I also took a shower, ate breakfast, and spent some time outside getting a few photos. Now, it’s time join up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday prompts.

The Weather

Wanted to get outside a bit this morning because the weather the rest of our week is pretty stinky! Already, the clouds are rolling around in the sky. We barely escaped at frost warning this morning as it was 41 degrees when we woke. In May! And there are chances of rain every.single.day. this week.  Just slight ones today but it’s only supposed to hit 53 degrees. Then, the rest of the week the chances for rain with strong storms increases. I’m glad to see that the temperature does also at least with highs in the 70’s again (a lot more normal for this time of year).

How I Am Feeling This Morning

Like I drank a bit too much coffee this morning. A bit restless, lots on my mind. Oh, look at the next category!

On My Mind

Cautious optimism for a new normal this summer. I’m ready to get out of the house but I still feel strange about it all. Thinking ahead to the fall and winter and wondering if we’ll be on a repeat loop of this shut down stuff. Wondering what we should do to prepare for it. Christmas shopping. One of my 20 in 2020 was to buy 2 presents each month. Current total on that: 0. Thinking I really should get on it in case of another quarantine situation. As well as stock the freezer. My work. Jury duty in June. My house should be spotless but it’s far from it. Uh, did I mention I drank a bit too much coffee this morning?

On My To Do List

  1. Have J figure out his schoolwork priorities (it’s the technical last week)
  2. Also, have J gather his items to return to school (books, band tux, etc). On the 18th, they’re having a drive-up to pick up/drop off of supplies.
  3. Wash our face masks (I need to figure out an easy way to do this. Any tips?)
  4. Check in with J’s private baritone instructor to see how/if he plans to proceed with lessons
  5. Order some Christmas presents (see rambling thoughts above)

On My Breakfast Plate

The usual, a Chobani Flip yogurt (peach cobbler flavor) and too much coffee

On My Reading Pile

Finished my current book, One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow by Olivia Hawker. Didn’t really expect to like it and ended up loving it! I’ll probably write a proper review over on Goodreads later. Seemed to be just the book I needed to read for our current circumstances.

TV Viewing

We watched Terminator on regular TV one night. I do love that movie for some weird reason. Other than that, I caved and watched Tales From the Loop on Amazon, really kind of enjoyed it though my husband didn’t last the first episode. And I’ve been working my way through the Spring Baking Championship on Hulu, a nice, positive little cooking show.

On The Menu This Week

While it’s the time of year we should be enjoying quick, simple things, the weather keeps crying out for warm, fall comfort foods. Add in the meat shortage thing and I don’t even know what to plan. Oh, and I want to go to the store though I should wait it out one more week. Might try to plan around the pantry a bit this week.

MONDAY: (depends on whether my son has a baritone lesson tonight) turkey hot dogs, sweet potato fries, strawberry brownies (leftover dessert from yesterday) (LUNCH: leftover BBQ from yesterday)

TUESDAY: Waffles, bacon and sausage (leftovers in fridge) (LUNCH: popcorn chicken)

WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti (pasta of some sort anyway), salad, garlic bread (LUNCH: ham sandwiches)

THURSDAY: Roast in the crock pot (carry over from last week) (LUNCH: soup maybe?)

FRIDAY: Teriyaki Chicken (from freezer) (LUNCH: Burritos from freezer)

From The Camera

I’m waiting impatiently for this random bloom in the front yard. Anyone know what this is going to be?  My husband set up his hunting blind in the backyard for me to take bird photos that weren’t through the backdoor glass. We’ve been especially enamored with these backyard guests:

Rose-breasted grosbeak

One morning we had no less than 7 of them milling around under the feeders!

Looking Around The House

Needs a good cleaning.

Chore I’m Not Looking Forward To Today or This Week

See above

To Relax This Week I Will

For Mother’s Day, the boys pooled some Nintendo gift cards to give me Animal Crossing: New Horizons and helped me get started.  So I’ll escape to Jeansland for a bit.

On My Prayer List

Family, friends, strangers. A smooth restart to our new normal and an end to this pandemic.

Quote For The Week

“Make hay while the sun shines” 

(English proverb though I think of the Little House on the Prairie books with this one.)

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Is your area starting to re-open? What are your plans for the week?

 

 

 

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