Category Archives: Starting Successful on Mondays

Happy Homemaker Monday, The Super Late Edition

Yesterday was a long and busy December Monday.  One that started off rough but finished nicely.

Today was another work day. I’m not even sure about the rest of the week. Glad to be making my plan and linking as always with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.

Breakfast Time…What Is Was On The Plate This Morning:

A Peach Crisp Yogurt.  Of course, we also had breakfast for dinner yesterday. Does that count?

Right Now I Am

Simmering taco meat and trying to get this post written and published before it becomes the Wednesday edition.

The Weather Outside

Who knows?  It could be warm one day like yesterday and cold another like today. I admit to being slightly jealous of those of you with all the snow.  I’d like a little (or a lot) but not until my Christmas shopping is done.  Maybe next week?

Looking Around The House

Nope. Next thing! (I’ll look on Wednesday when I’m off work).

On My To-Do List

  1. Go to grocery store for a “real” trip at some point (just picked up lunch stuff last night)
  2. Look around house and clean it
  3. Go to G’s band concert on Wednesday evening
  4. Go to my work Christmas party on Friday evening
  5. Get my secret Santa gift for the work party
  6. Still need to do cards
  7. Christmas shopping!
  8. Give the cat some attention (she insisted I add that item)
  9. I don’t even know…

Currently reading

Didn’t do so well with that last week between working a lot more days than I planned (every day but Friday) and my lingering cold.

On The TV Today

Haven’t watched it all day.

On The Menu This Week

Ah, December menus….SIGH.  Here’s my attempt for this week. Completely subject to change.  At this point, I’m simply shooting for not eating out every single night of the week.

MONDAY:  We had French Toast, Bacon, and juice *I worked 8:15-3:45*

TUESDAY:  Tacos *I worked 8-4*

WEDNESDAY: Going to try making pork chops in the crock pot *G has a band concert at 7*

THURSDAY: We’ve still yet to have the fish I keep putting on the menu.  Maybe this will be the day! Or I’ll throw a roast in the crock pot.  Depends on my husband’s schedule. *Could it be a free day?!*

FRIDAY: I have a work Christmas party (I’m taking a cheese ball and crackers) so I think I’ll leave my husband and kids on their own for dinner planning. *I have a work party at 6*

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Still need to work on the blog! Get outside if it’s a nice day.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

I bought all the stuff to attempt making Wassail last week.  Maybe this weekend?

Looking Forward To This Week

G’s band concert tomorrow night! A few days off work! My work Christmas party on Friday night!

Favorite Photo(s) From The Camera

Finally set out my Nativity scene over the weekend.  One of my favorite decorations.  I set this one out as well as the one that used to belong to my mom and dad (the photo of that one turned out too blurry. I’ll have to try again.). The Santa on the tractor belonged to Doug’s grandpa, his mom made it. Loved the birthday cake my husband made me (even though I told him not to make a cake since it was just the four of us). White cake with white icing with almond extract in the icing. YUM! And yes, I’m old! Our sad Christmas decorations.  May be time for the sleigh to retire as well as the deer (wind keeps blowing it over). A different house not far from us that did things right! Do you have lights up on your house?

Quote for the Week

Seeing is believing but sometimes the most real things in the world are things we can’t see. (The Polar Express)


What’s on your agenda for this week?

Happy Homemaker Monday, The Sniffling Sunday Edition

Since I work all day tomorrow, I thought I’d get a jump on my Happy Homemaker Monday planning post. It’s going to be a busy December week and I’ll need a bit of planning to get through.

If you couldn’t guess from the title, I’m also battling a nasty cold.  Our aunt had it in Oklahoma over Thanksgiving, the boys had it early last week, and as I was driving home from work on Friday, my sore throat started.  Trying to be smart about it and rest so it doesn’t turn into something worse.

Let’s get straight to the categories.

Breakfast Time…What Is Was On The Plate This Morning

Coffee, bacon, and canned biscuits.  Not very exciting.  Couldn’t really taste it anyway.

Right Now I Am

Trying to get the dinner I’m not making worked out for my family.  We all had a big lunch from McDonald’s, please don’t judge, and aren’t super hungry. My direct quote to G who said he’d figure out something: “Please at least eat a banana or other fruit or vegetable so I won’t feel like a complete failure as a mother.”  Cup of soup may or may not be my meal of choice.

Probably going to just go to bed after finishing this post and making sure everyone gets fed.

The Weather Outside

Beautiful! Didn’t even wear my coat when I stepped out on the deck after lunch. Wanted to go for a walk but my husband reminded me that resting might be better so I don’t get super sick again. Resting is over-rated. And boring. Did it all day yesterday.  Looks like a good chance of rain tomorrow as the cold front moves through, goodbye warm weather. Highs in the high 30s and low 40s the rest of the week.

Looking Around The House

Still working on putting Christmas up around here.  It’s in a state of transition.  But bit by bit it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  J helped me put out our Christmas book basket yesterday and my husband caved and put our Christmas yard decorations out this year.

On My To-Do List

  1. Work today and Thursday so far
  2. Go to J’s band concert
  3. Go to grocery store
  4. Put out more Christmas decorations (Thanksgiving is all put away at least!)
  5. Decide what I want to do for my birthday on Saturday
  6. Send out Christmas cards
  7. Birthday  shopping for my fellow December birthday family members
  8. REST! Sigh
  9. A bit more Christmas planning (don’t want to do baking while sick)
  10. Clean house
  11. Write and publish some blog posts

Currently Reading

Ignoring my stack of library books, and realizing I may have a slight problem with ordering e-books, to read Tending The Family Heart Through The Holidays by Marie Hartwell-Walker (finished it) as well as How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind: Dealing With Your House’s Dirty Little Secrets by Dana K White, owner of the A Slob Comes Clean Blog.

I’ll probably share my thoughts about the first book in a blog post later this week. I’m barely a quarter of the way into other book but she does seem to be speaking my language.

On The TV Today

Watched lots Friday night and yesterday ( Petterson and Findus, Stick Man, Fuller House, Santa Claws, a few Doctor Who Christmas specials) so not as much today.  Part of the Chiefs game (UGH! They are not exactly popular in the city tonight) and part of a Jackie Chan movie from the 90s (Rumble in the Bronx).  I doubt I’ll watch anything on Monday, probably just read.

On The Menu This Week

No idea. Hoping I have energy by tomorrow to get something made. Looks like we ate exactly 2 of the planned meals last week so I guess I have some choices.

MONDAY: Maybe I can talk my husband into cooking the fish we never had last week.  If not, maybe French Toast  *I work 8-4*

TUESDAY:  Roast in the crock pot (maybe) Or I think there is one final fundraiser for the middle school, a pizza night or something.

WEDNESDAY: Pork chops, baked potatoes (may switch this to Tuesday) *MNO*

THURSDAY: Probably OUT or I’ll reheat the chicken legs in the freezer *I work 7:15-3:45* *7th Grade Band concert*

FRIDAY: Leftovers. We may go do something Christmas-y if I can talk the family into it.

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Work on the blog!

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

Made my own simplified, pared down version of the Turkey Cranberry Sliders. Made a great lunch with a side of microwave sweet potato chips!

Looking Forward To This Week

Lots of Things: Mom’s Night Out on Wednesday (had to miss the last one due to a schedule conflict so I really hope I get well in time for this one), The middle school band concert on Thursday, and my birthday on Saturday!

Favorite Photo(s) From The Camera

I know it’s sort of silly but I just love my Netflix fireplace. The downside is no mantle.  The upside is it sure is easy to get a fire going. The little gray cat enjoys it as well.

Probably shouldn’t have been out in the night air but I couldn’t resist playing around with the moon setting on my camera Saturday night.  Did you see that moon???!  Cloudy tonight so I suppose I’ll behave and stay inside.

Quote For The Week

For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest shall ye be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength; but ye would not. (Isaiah 30:15)


Don’t forget to visit Sandra, our host, over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!



Happy Homemaker Monday,

Today, I’m happy it’s Monday and happy to be at home for it! Holiday weekends and celebrations are wonderful but it’s always nice for me to get back to a bit of a routine.

Or enjoy the peace and quiet of an empty house while everyone else goes back to work and school.  After a busy out-of-town weekend, an argument over homework (Dear Teachers of Seventh Grade Students, assigning homework over holiday breaks is not cool and sort of like punishment for parents!), and a rough morning, I feel like I’ve earned my time in the quiet today.

Time to join in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom and plan the week ahead with Happy Homemaker Monday.

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

Scrambled egg with a few pieces of leftover bacon mixed in it, toast, and coffee.  Trying to limit the sweet stuff.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, thinking about the things I do need to do today as well as that I need to jump in the shower.

The Weather Outside

Really nice! It was already in the 50s when I returned from dropping J off at school this morning.  It’s supposed to be almost 70 degrees later this afternoon.

The highs are all supposed to be in the 50s for the rest of the week, seems typical for late November lately.

Looking Around The House

It’s in a bit of a transition, the Christmas tree is up and partially decorated, the Thanksgiving stuff needs to go down to the basement, and then there’s the usual piles from the weekend.

On Today’s To Do List

  2. Finish putting away Thanksgiving decorations/put up a bit more Christmas
  3. Grocery Store
  4. Maybe some Cyber Monday shopping
  5. Clean House
  6. Gather up a few items for charity truck coming Friday

Currently Reading

Haven’t started any new books yet but I have a pile of library books waiting! I’ll probably just glance through the November magazines today before tossing them in the recycle bin.

On The TV Today

Not sure what I’ll watch while folding laundry. Depends on my mood.  Maybe the Game of Thrones disc so we can send it back (My husband watched the episodes without me!).

On The Menu This Week

Definitely craving lighter fare after a weekend full of heavier meals and eating on the road (we traveled to Oklahoma to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s aunt and grandparents).  We probably won’t stick to this order, the fish depends on when my husband’s schedule best allows him to fix it for us.

MONDAY: Taco Salads (taco meat in freezer)

TUESDAY: Chicken legs (in freezer, leftover from J’s birthday)

WEDNESDAY: Chili (not light but J’s requested it a few times now and I can freeze leftovers for a busy day next month), cornbread

THURSDAY: Crock pot Cashew Chicken, rice or noodles

FRIDAY:  Crappie, corn, garlic bread *I work 8-4*

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

The Crock Pot Cashew Chicken will be new.

Looking Forward To This Week

Weirdly, I’m looking forward to working on Friday.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Kaw Lake in Oklahoma

Quote For The Week

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28)


What’s on your agenda for today and the rest of the week?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Turkey Week!

Happy Thanksgiving Week!  It’s going to be a short but busy week around here.

Do you have big Thanksgiving plans?  We’re not hosting but I decided to do a full on house-cleaning any way.  It’s much-needed.

I’m thankful as always to be joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the weekly Happy Homemaker Monday link-up.  These posts certainly help keep me on track.

Breakfast Time…what is on the plate this morning

Woke up to yesterday’s Chinese food feuding with my tummy so I didn’t eat for quite a while.  Just had a Chobani Flip Yogurt, a banana flavored one.  Hoping my minimal coffee drinking doesn’t cause a huge headache later.

Right Now I Am

Sitting down to write out this post, thinking I may need to try a another cup of coffee, letting the mildew cleaner do its thing in the bathroom, and letting the washer and dryer do their thing with a couple of loads of laundry.

The Weather Outside

WINDY! It’s supposed to be a warm week, 60s this afternoon, not quite as warm tomorrow (our weather is always back and forth), 55 and sunny on Thanksgiving.  Almost 70 on Friday.

Looking Around The House

I’m just in the mood to clean.  It really doesn’t look awful but my mood is one where I’m sick of everything and want it to be a bit less chaotic.  I know I need to do a huge de-cluttering project to even get started bringing the house to the place I want and at this point, need it to be.  A project for 2018 may be calling my name.

On Today’s To-Do List

Oddly, after waking up sick, I came back from the school run, motivated to get things done. Fridge and Freezer Clean Out

  1. Clean Out Pantry
  2. Clear out fridge and freezer
  3. Clean Shower In Main Bathroom With Heavy Duty Mildew Cleaner (Love the Method stuff but sometimes you need to bring out the big guns for the truly nasty jobs)
  4. Wash all bedding (In process)
  5. Pay rest of bills
  6. Clear off my dresser
  7. Clean out cat box (may postpone until tomorrow morning as that’s trash day)
  8. Clean off this desk
  9. Make a list for what I want to do in the house
  10. Go back to grocery store.  Oh what a comedy of errors!  Couldn’t find my deli meat (small purchase due to short week) so went back to store at 9p.m. last night, got refund.  Returned home and realized it was in the bottom of the ONE sack I didn’t think to check.  So now, I have to go give them their money back.

Currently Reading

May continue to trudge along through Captivology but will more likely return it unfinished. I did read and really enjoy Warcross by Marie Lu over the weekend.  Have the first novel in the Sigma Force series by James Rollins on order.

On The TV Today

No idea.  If I watch anything today, it will likely be the new (to Netflix) episodes of The Great British Baking Show Season 4 or maybe a couple of shows on my CW app on the phone.  I did miss The Flash last week and G hooked me on Riverdale so now I need to catch up on the latest season of that.

On The Menu This Week

Benefit of a shorter week, less menu planning.

MONDAY: Spaghetti, meatballs, garlic bread, and salad.  By request.

TUESDAY: Pancakes and bacon.  Or I may make them eat French toast from the freezer.  I’ll be baking pies.  Caramel Apple and Chocolate.

WEDNESDAY: With Family

THURSDAY: Thanksgiving!

FRIDAY: Thanksgiving leftovers

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I will

Try to sneak over to a local nature center and take some pictures of the wild turkeys that visit their bird feeders.  Or just breathe!

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

Found some whipped cream cheese in the fridge that we need to eat by Saturday.  Looking for a recipe to use it.  Any suggestions?

Looking Forward To This Week

Thanksgiving, a break in our schedules, spending time together

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Took way too many photos at the park on Thursday! Here are few more: I was a bit late, this drive (or walk) was so much prettier just a week or two before…

Quote(s) For The Week

Current Mood: The most effective way to do it, is to do it. (Amelia Earhart)

For Thanksgiving:


Do you have a busy week planned?


Happy Homemaker Monday, The After Work Edition

I’m just sitting down to plan my week after a busy weekend followed by a full workday Monday. Linking my post to Sandra’s Happy Homemaker Monday like always.

This is the last Monday we’ll have a teenager in our house.  Next Monday, we’ll have two teenagers in the house! J’s 13th birthday is on Wednesday so it should be a fun one.

Breakfast Time: What Is On The Plate This Morning

Seems so long ago but I started my day with coffee and a peach cobbler yogurt.

Right Now I Am

Ignoring the huge pile of laundry on the bed while I type up this post.

The Weather Outside

Dark and Gray.  Not as cold as last week but definitely not super warm.  It’s supposed warm up again though.

Looking Around The House

Oh how I need to clean!

On Today’s To-Do List

  1. Work
  2. Fold and put away laundry
  3. Clean kitchen (dishwasher is unloaded/loaded at least)
  4. Talk to my husband about what we’re getting J for his birthday (no idea still)
  5. Sleep??  or Make list for tomorrow.  Commit to self that I am NOT working tomorrow, too much to do!

Currently Reading

Finished reading Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton over the weekend and loved it.  No surprise about that.  Started in on a book titled, Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention by Ben Parr. Is it bad to say a book about capturing attention is not holding mine?  I’ll try to stick with it for a couple more chapters and see though.

On The TV Today

Nothing.  I may flip on Netflix while I fold laundry but I’m not sure what I’ll watch.

On The Menu This Week

The menus close to holiday weeks are always hard ones for me to plan.  And this one has a birthday dinner thrown in it. I also need to do a grocery store run.

MONDAY: G went to Taco Bell with a friend, J and I split a can of chicken noodle soup. My husband isn’t home from work yet.  *I worked 8-4*

TUESDAY:  Pork chops

WEDNESDAY: J requested chicken legs for his birthday dinner.  We’ll probably also get a Rotisserie chicken since not everyone is a fan of the chicken legs.  I’m thinking of making a giant salad to go along with the chicken.  And of course, we’ll have chocolate cake with white icing. *I work 8-1*

THURSDAY: Something easy. Maybe tacos?  *I may be working 9:30-6*

FRIDAY:  OUT! Or ordering pizza.

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try

This Triple Mint Chocolate Fudge recipe caught my eye! Sounds great for Christmas. Might be a fun thing to take to my December Bunco night.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Trying new kinds of flavored coffee.

Favorite Photo From The Internet Or Camera

A carpet of leaves

Praying For

Wisdom and understanding.

Quote For The Week

The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore. (Jalaluddin Rumi)


What’s on your agenda for the week?



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