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Happy Homemaker Monday, A Mid-Summer Week

It’s a bit of an odd morning around here.  We should be in Oklahoma visiting family. However, my husband fell ill on Friday and we opted to stay home.

So instead of a scheduled post, I’m typing my planning post on Monday morning. Thankful as always to Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the inspiration to plan!

Since I’ve already had two phone calls and three text this morning, let’s jump straight to the categories before more interruptions present themselves.

The Weather 

Stepped outside just a few minutes ago and felt the heat and humidity building. Good pool day on the horizon!  Temps in the low 90’s today and mid 90’s the rest of the week. Maybe a chance of rain on Saturday.

Right Now I Am

Sitting here in my pajamas and working on this post while trying to decide what to eat for breakfast. Leaning toward cinnamon toast. Already have a ton of tabs open on the computer as well.


Of all the things I need to do today and this week. My friend called me early this morning and clarified senior pictures for G are indeed this week. We’d have missed them had we been out-of-town. Still we need to figure out a time to go to Oklahoma for a much-needed visit.

On My Reading Pile

I’m 5 books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads goal! However, I only finished one book last week: I’m Proud Of You: My Friendship With Fred Rogers by Tim Madigan. Cried my way through a good portion of it. Not so much a biography as a study on friendship. Definitely, worth a read.

And I’ve started reading Where There’s Hope: Healing, Moving Forward, And Never Giving Up by Elizabeth Smart. Again, not exactly an autobiography but rather a collection of motivational and inspiring stories.

On My TV

Still watching British HGTV type shows on Netflix. My go-to lately is Selling Houses With Sarah Beeny. Helping me to stay inspired to add the home feeling back around here.

Also watched a few movies over the holiday week: Coco, Independence Day, The Glass Castle, and most of Jurassic Park.

On The Menu This Week

Oh boy, do I ever lack inspiration this week! Nothing planned as I didn’t expect us to be here. A much-needed grocery store trip needs to happen soon.

MONDAY: Rotisserie Chicken and salad *Planning to take the boys swimming today*

TUESDAY: Steak bites, baked potatoes, salad *I work now 7:45-1* *G has senior portraits 3:45*

WEDNESDAY: Maybe Ribs in the crock pot, French Fries *Free day….she whispers…*

THURSDAY: Ham steaks, sweet potatoes, green beans *I work 7:45-3:45* *MNO rescheduled*

FRIDAY: OUT perhaps *I work 7:45-3:45* *Boys staying the night with their cousin*

On My To-Do List

  1. Every single thing from last week (wait, I did renew my library books)
  2. Figure out some activities for J especially for the week G’s at band camp & I work
  3. Get card to send grandpa, also birthday card for nephew
  4. Complete On-line Registration for back to school stuff (Yes, we have to do this in mid-July!)
  5. Work on blog posts for 30 Days of Summer Series!
  6. Thinking of sealing/staining the backyard deck in a blue shade

In The Craft Basket

So many ideas….but nothing to show.

Looking Forward To

Going swimming later today. Haven’t managed it all summer long!

Looking Around The House

Needs a good cleaning. Maybe I’ll start after this post.

From The Camera 

We walked to the pond at the end of our street (pictured above) and I picked myself a little bouquet of wildflowers.  Fourth of July Fun:

(He’s standing further back than it seems in the photo) 

My favorite fireworks shot. 

Quote For The Week

A bit long but I found this laminated bookmark in my library book and so clearly I must share it.

Interestingly, I’ve been missing my parents quite a bit lately and this little laminated bookmark reminds me of something my mother would keep.

(Sharing exactly as printed)  

How to Pray for Others:

  1. Be thankful for their faith and changed lives (Colossians 1:3)
  2. Ask God to help them know what He wants them to do. (Colossians 1:9)
  3. Ask God to give them deep spiritual understanding (Colossians 1:9)
  4. Ask God to help them to live from Him (Colossians 1:10)
  5. Ask God to give them more knowledge of Himself (Colossians 1:10)
  6. Ask God to give them strength for endurance (Colossians 1:11)
  7. Ask God to fill them with joy, strength and thankfulness (Colossians 1:11)

Thank you for Praying


What’s on your agenda for this second week in July?


Happy Homemaker Monday, The Saturday Afternoon Edition

Whoa…starting the weekly planning a little early over here. Somehow the coming week is not on par to be a slow holiday week.

I work Monday, Tuesday, and Friday next week. Then, right in the middle there’s my favorite holiday, Independence Day (aka The Fourth of July). Plus, we may be taking an unexpected trip out-of-town later this week.

Saturday weekly planning it is! I’ll be linking up this post with Sandra, our host, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom later on Monday (today if I did all the scheduling of the posts things right).

The Weather 

Still hot although there’s a chance of rain tomorrow and things today (Saturday) aren’t too bad (though my phone says it feels like 105 out there). Low to mid 90’s for the rest of the week including the holiday.

Right Now I Am

Wondering if the rain predicted for tomorrow might be arriving a bit early. Keep thinking I hear the rumble of thunder and it looks hazy out but the noise could easily be fireworks.


Way too much on my mind. What’s that thing about a mind being like a browser with all the tabs open. Just a few of my “mind tabs” this afternoon: possibly finding a craft for the preschool kids for Monday and Tuesday, what we’re going to have for dinner, the blister on the back of my foot (wore the wrong shoes to work yesterday), the health of my husband’s grandfather (the prognosis is not good), the Fourth of July, writing posts for this blog, cleaning the house, laundry, and…AND just too much.

On My Reading Pile

Maybe I’ll quiet all those thoughts and just pick up one of my books after I finish this post. Maybe I’ll start The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

Last weekend/week, I finished three books.  I finally finished Life Moves Pretty Fast :The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies (And Why We Don’t Learn Them From Movies Anymore)  by Hadley Freeman. As well as The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson and Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble. You can find my reviews on Goodreads if interested.

On My TV

Not sure what I’ll get around to watching this week. Hoping if I watch movies on Netflix, I’ll make better choices than the horrible Singularity I picked last night.

On The Menu This Week

Holiday week, trying to save a bit on the summer spending, and full days working, means it’s going to be a super simple menu around here.

MONDAY:  Pork chops and sweet potatoes *I work 9-5:30*

TUESDAY: Tacos *I work 9-5:30* *MNO*

WEDNESDAY: Frozen pizza, Crunch Coleslaw *Fourth of July*

THURSDAY: Still craving the BLT’s or steak (no, we still haven’t cooked it!)

FRIDAY: Leftovers *I work 9-5:30*

On My To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store (Sunday)
  2. Clean house/Laundry
  3. Renew library books/return finished books
  4. Make sure everything is written on calendar (turns out sometimes they do look at it!)
  5. Get outside welcome mat for back door

In The Craft Basket

Not much. May look for a Fourth of July craft to attempt with the preschool kids this week.

Looking Forward To

Spending time with family on the Fourth of July.

Looking Around The House

I think I need to pick a space and just focus on getting that area clean each week. However, as I look around the house, I have no idea where to start. Maybe I’ll focus on the living room since it’s an easy room to clean/keep clean (sometimes).

From The Camera

We said goodbye to Toys R Us:

And J and I had snow cones, one to cross off the summer bucket list (Pro tip: Don’t try to eat snow cones on a 100+ degree day while the teenager is driving unless you want to clean the car interior in the same weather. Lesson learned.)

Quote For The Week

More calendar wisdom…




Happy Homemaker Monday, Last Week of June

Yes, you read that right. It’s already the last week of June!

I guess I could state the usual stuff about the pace of the year. Instead, let’s change things from thinking it’s the last week of June to thinking it’s the first full week of actual summer. There, that’s better.

Time to join Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom and plan the week.

The Weather 

Oh, what a sense of humor Mother Nature shares with us. After a heat advisory the last week of spring, chilly would describe the first few days of summer. Thankfully, the summer weather returns this week.  We start with the low 80′ and thunderstorms today and tomorrow followed by the 90’s for the rest of the week. Did I hear someone say swimming pool weather?

Right Now I Am

drinking coffee and trying to wake up a bit more as I enjoy a quiet summer morning with my husband off to work and the boys still sleeping.


I should have went to bed earlier last night and how I’m going to pay the price when I work later today.  Since I go in at 1, no time for a quick nap if I want to get anything done around here. The temptation to go back to bed is strong as well. However, it’s almost 9 and I would like to get a few things done this morning.

On My Reading Pile

Read 2 complete books last week, made progress in a third, and started a new one! First I started and then, finished because it was too intense to put down, Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine.  Of course, after that I had to seek out the second book in the series, Killman Creek. Both books I read on the kindle app on my phone. The first was a free Amazon prime kindle choice I’d never started.

I’ve just about finished Life Moves Pretty Fast :The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies (And Why We Don’t Learn Them From Movies Anymore)  by Hadley Freeman.  My “fun” read turned out to be pretty thought-provoking.

And finally, an e-book on reserve with the library system arrived so I started reading that one as well. It’s another Maddie Dawson book entitled The Opposite of Maybe. It’s fitting the title of “fun” summer read as I expected.

On My TV

Not too much although J and I did watch How To Drain Your Dragon 2 on Friday night.  He loves those movies and needed some time with me, I think. Then, yesterday I sat and watched Ghostbusters, my book put me in an eighties movie mood.

Something Interesting I Watched

These videos from Jenny’s Mini Cooking fascinate me:

What I Found While Surfing The Net

A recipe for S’mores fudge. I may try it.

On The Menu This Week

Let’s skip looking back at last week and just suffice it to say we didn’t follow the plan. Here’s the plan we probably won’t follow for this week:

MONDAY: BBQ sandwiches made from roast in the crock pot *I work 1-6*

TUESDAY: BLT’s, or maybe waffles but I’ve been craving a BLT

WEDNESDAY: Chicken, either marinated or simply chicken strips

THURSDAY: Possibly OUT or leftover BBQ/clean out the freezer *I have a funeral to attend, then may have to work until 6, depends on who they can find to cover my hours* *J spending the night with a friend*

FRIDAY:  Maybe we’ll finally fix that steak! *I work 1-6*

On My To-Do List

  1. Pay bills (must do this one!)
  2. Work on blog posts for summer series
  3. Take boys to Toys R Us for final visit (their last day is Friday)
  4. Grocery store/clean out fridge and freezer
  5. Target
  6. Work on cleaning out art supply cabinet
  7. Have boys (especially J) clean their rooms!

In The Craft Basket 

Same as last week, nothing.

Looking Forward To

Is it too soon in the week to say the weekend? Not that we have anything planned (yet).

Looking Around The House

Couldn’t tell you what I did last week but it didn’t involve much cleaning. Might need to be better about it this week.

From The Camera

Still need to work on learning to edit with Windows 10.  We seem to have quite a few bunnies hanging around lately. Spotted this young one while J and I were walking part way around the block, looking for a deer I saw while coming home (of course, the deer was long gone).  And a dove stopped by to say hello last week as well. 

Quote For The Week

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. (Maya Angelou)


Happy Homemaker Monday, Summer Is Officially Arriving

Even though we’ve been under a heat advisory all weekend, it’s still been spring!

We can officially say it’s summer now. Time to do a little planning to see what’s ahead around here.

Summer may not be as busy but it’s still nice to have a plan for my weeks. Time to join in with Sandra, our host, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for her weekly link-up.

Of course, just because I say summer’s not as busy doesn’t make it so. Yet another Sunday night post in these parts with a half-day of work scheduled for my Monday morning.

The Weather 

We’ve been under the heat advisory since Friday, I think.  Just means it’s been above 90-95 degrees with heat indexes 100+ all this time. It is a bit strange for it to still be 80 degrees at midnight and first thing in the morning.

Down into the low 80’s during the daytime for the rest of the week. And we have a decent chance for some much-needed rain on Wednesday.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post while enjoying an Izze sparkling juice, blackberry flavor, as I wonder what I’m going to wear to work in the morning.


I’m very grateful the computer repair shop around the corner could not only fix my desktop computer but also save my stuff! Time to get very serious about backing my stuff up on to flash drives. I’ve been very lax about it but this time certainly scared me enough to make it a priority.

And I do suppose, it was time for me to let go of Windows 7 and join in on having Windows 10 like the rest of the world. Thankfully, G’s been helping me out a bit with things though it’s not proving to be as awful as I anticipated.

On My Reading Pile

I only read one e-book last week, The Phoenix Descent by Chuck Grossart.  A good, thriller page-turner type of book. Slightly scary but not too much.

My back from the library titles include:

  1. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  2. Life Moves Pretty Fast (The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies) by Hadley Freeman
  3. Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble
  4. Where There’s Hope by Elizabeth Smart
  5. I’m Proud of You (My Friendship With Fred Rogers) by Tim Madigan

On My TV

My husband just loves it when I discover home decor shows on Netflix. (Sarcasm)

I’ve been enjoying The House Doctor. An American designer helps British home owners struggling to sell their properties.  It’s inspiring me to clean/decorate our house. And I’m also enjoying the glimpse of all the different types of homes and places in England.

Something Interesting I Watched

We took my husband to see The Incredibles 2 for Father’s Day. We all enjoyed it. Funny to think J wasn’t even born yet when the first movie was out (14 years ago).

What I Found While Surfing The Net

Not too much of that this week with a broken computer but I did stumble across this interesting color calculator tool today.

On The Menu This Week

Last week’s already a bit of a blur. Let’s see if I can even remember:

MONDAY: Pork chops I bought already cooked ribs at the store

TUESDAY: Spaghetti Some days are just frozen pizza days no matter what’s actually planned

WEDNESDAY: Pancakes and Bacon We ate the pork chops this night

THURSDAY: Hamburgers My husband made spaghetti

FRIDAY: OUT/Leftovers J had subway, both boys spent the night with their cousin, I had Lucky Charms and my husband had left over spaghetti

Weekend: Saturday we had Wings and Things for lunch and pizza for dinner. Sunday was a day for leftovers (plus movie popcorn)

Let’s see what we’ll have this week…one day we’ll have Tacos out at my husband’s favorite restaurant since it didn’t work out today.

MONDAY: Rotisserie Chicken, salad *I work 8-1* *G has band camp 3-6* (Lunch: On their own)

TUESDAY:   BBQ sandwiches (roast in the crock pot) *I have Bunco* *G has band camp 3-6* (Lunch: Leftover chicken, maybe chicken nachos)

WEDNESDAY:  Steak, still haven’t fixed it *I have a hair appointment* *G has band camp 3-6* (Lunch: Breakfast for lunch, wait isn’t that brunch?)

THURSDAY: Tacos/out (Lunch: Mozzarella sticks)

FRIDAY:  Hamburgers, hot dogs *Boys’ younger cousin is spending the night* (Lunch: maybe fish?)

On My To Do List

  1. Get a new mouse for computer (the right-click button keeps sticking)
  2. Everything from last week (!) except the library trip (at least I did one thing)
  3. Take G for his driver’s license exam
  4. Work on blog posts
  5. Relax and enjoy slower pace of summer

In The Craft Basket

Still nothing but lots of ideas…

Looking Forward To

Still excited for the 30 Days of Summer series I’m doing with Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth And Home. Our first link up will be this Thursday! You can check out this post on Rebecca’s blog as well as this post right here for more information.

Looking Around The House

Needs a good clutter clearing and then, I have so many ideas of things I’d like to do.

From The Camera

Haven’t quite figured out how to edit photos in Windows 10 but I’m just grateful they’re still here.  A couple of photos snapped from a walk around the block last Monday or Tuesday: 

Quote For The Week

June calendar wisdom:  *****

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and “official” start of summer!

Happy Homemaker Monday, Back In Town

Still starting this on Sunday night as I have to be out the door early tomorrow. Day one of Driver’s Education for G. Long overdue.

Let’s just get straight to the categories again.

(Don’t forget to go check out the blog of our host, Sandra. You can find her and the rest of the wonderful HHM participants over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom)

The Weather

Hot! Low 90s all week unless the local weatherman mumbling about 100+ tomorrow is right. A slight chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday. A bit different from up in Minnesota.

Of course, I still stepped outside this afternoon and said, “Oh, it’s not too bad out here.” The heat and humidity don’t get to me too much but the mosquitoes count is 100% so I didn’t stay outside too long.

Right Now I Am

Sitting in the A/C and working on this post. Half-listening to a program about the planet Earth and the whir of a fan we keep running back here.


Since we took our vacation early this year, I’d like to spend the rest of the summer focusing on making the house a bit more of a relaxing place that feels a bit more like a resort (hotel room didn’t seem like the right word there…).  I’d like to find a way to bring that first day of vacation-clean into our home.

On My Reading Pile

Finished one called The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent. Didn’t care for it. Right now, I have just a few pages left in Live Lagom: Balance Living, The Swedish Way by Anna Brones.  And a stack of books about Minnesota, waiting for a library return.

On My TV

Mostly watched Chopped reruns in the hotel room at night. Over the weekend, I did catch up on Sherlock via Netflix. Need a new series to watch but nothing’s grabbing my attention. Probably because it’s summer and I feel like I need to be doing things other than staring at the TV.

Something Interesting I Watched

My husband watched a little bit of a show about undercover agents infiltrating the Hell’s Angels and it caught my eye. Think it may have been an episode of Deep Undercover (maybe that’ll be my next Netflix series).

What I Found While Surfing The Net

A trailer for Wreck It Ralph 2! Despite being skeptical, I think it actually looks pretty good.

And this funny take on the coming sequels to Legally Blonde and Top Gun…”32-year-old spoiler alert,” my favorite line in the article.

On The Menu This Week

Back to the reality of having to cook (and clean up) dinner each night! Did I mention I’ve been on a grocery store strike? It’s been an interesting weekend…

Last week:





FRIDAY: Ham steaks, potatoes, biscuits, and fried apples (We had the frozen pizza at lunch)

SATURDAY: My husband and I had salads topped with bacon, J fell asleep at 5 (!), and G went out with friends

SUNDAY: Fried crappie (fish), french fries for lunch and then, on our own at dinner (I had Lucky Charms, J had deli ham, My husband heated prepackaged tamales, and G went out with friends again)

Now..time for a real meal plan:

MONDAY: Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes, Salad (LUNCH: mozzarella sticks,salad) *G has Driver’s Ed from 8-10a.m.*

TUESDAY: Spaghetti  (LUNCH: Chicken/Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit) *G has Driver’s Ed from 8-noon*

WEDNESDAY: Pancakes and Bacon (Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti) *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12*

THURSDAY: Hamburgers (Lunch: Something Quick, maybe PBJ’s) *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12* *I work 1-6*

FRIDAY: OUT or maybe we’ll actually make the steak from 2 weeks ago *G has Driver’s Ed 8-12* *I work 1-6*

All subject to change after I finally go to the grocery store.

On My To Do List

  1. Definitely, Go to the store!
  2. Follow the Flylady missions
  3. Go to the library
  4. Make a list of summer (and beyond) projects for the house
  5. Still need to do those returns…blah, even went to Target once already and FORGOT my stuff

In The Craft Basket

Lots of project ideas, nothing tangible though

Looking Forward To

Joining Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth And Home on a joint blogging adventure. Look for more details about our 30 Days of Summer series, including Thursday linkups, coming soon. We’re hoping a few of you might want to join in our fun and blog about all things summer with us!

Looking Around The House

Cleaning is going to be a BIG priority this week. AND next.

From The Camera

This little Swallow Tail Stopped by to see us off on our journey north last Sunday morning. J walking along the shore of Lake Superior taking in the waves. And…saving the best for last, I was able to meet Carrie from Northwoods Scrapbook It was so fun meeting a friend from blogland in real life! Left wishing she lived closer so we could get together again.

Quote For The Week

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. (William Butler Yeats)


Time to actually spend some time cleaning the house (bathrooms first, ugh) instead of simply thinking about it. Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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