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Happy Homemaker Monday Afternoon

Whew! I feel like it’s been a full day already and it’s just barely afternoon.  It’s precisely 1:30p.m. as I start today’s post.

Original plan: Get up, sip some coffee, maybe make some banana bread, and write this post while it bakes.

Actual plan: Get a 7:30a.m. text about working this morning, hurry up and shower, go to work until slightly after noon, come home and fix lunch for a hungry crew. Take a breath, sit a minute, and write my Happy Homemaker Monday post.

How has your Monday been so far?  I did skip the part about waking up with the blazing headache but thankfully, that seems to have passed.

Let’s just jump into it, shall we?

The Weather This Week

It’s not super hot but it is humid! The kind of day that invented the phrase, “It’s not the heat but the humidity that will get you”  We had so much rain on Saturday. The entire day, it poured and thunderstorms blew over us.  Thankfully, the storms weren’t severe.

Right now it’s 76 degrees and cloudy yet again.  The humidity is 71% to give you an idea how humid is out there.  Looks like they’ve changed the weather a bit since this morning.  We have a good chance of storms on Wednesday and again, Saturday but tomorrow is at least, supposed to be sunny and 80. I’ll take it.  High 70s or low 80s for the rest of the week.

Right Now I Am

Pretty much covered this in my introduction to this post. I am drinking a glass of water to make sure my headache stays at bay.

On My Reading Pile

I put The Disappearing Spoon back in the teenager’s room with the idea, he needed it in sight to pick it up and read it. I’ll pick it back up after school starts. All I really did last week was glance at my July/August magazines.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

My husband and I watched Pioneer Quest on Amazon Prime. It was a Canadian show about couples who would get $50,000 for living the life of 1850s pioneers for a full year.  I was out as soon as they showed the reusable toilet paper cloth. It was an interesting show though and certainly did make me appreciate my modern city life.

On My TV

Just working my way through Madam Secretary on Netflix. I’m halfway through season 3.

My Menu For The Week

Should be interesting since I still need to grocery shop, my husband is dealing with a toothache, and we have tons of running to do with all the back to school stuff.

MONDAY: Probably Rotisserie chicken, salad *Mom’s Night Out for so I’ll be on the patio of a local restaurant*

TUESDAY: Sloppy Joe’s, I saw Carrie from Northwoods Scrapbook posted a recipe so I think I’ll give it a whirl  *Schedule Pick Up day for Middle School*

WEDNESDAY: Chicken legs in the crock pot (carry over, yes, again) *Haircut for me in a.m.*

THURSDAY:  Probably OUT *Middle School Transition in the afternoon* *G has evening Band Practice*

FRIDAY:  Pizza Night (I’ve decided to bring back the Friday night is pizza night tradition)

On My To-Do List

Maybe I should just make peace with the fact that this list is ongoing. I did at least get doctor’s appointments made last week which was the biggest item.

  1. Go to the grocery store
  2. Vote on Tuesday (Um, I had the week wrong last week. Oops!)
  3. Pay bills
  4. Call about car warranty/oil change
  5. Figure out what day I want to spend at the DMV for car tag renewal
  6. Do the Fly lady missions this week
  7. Laundry!! Should probably be in the top 5.
  8. Take the kids and go get school supplies
  9. Get a storage tub, items for J’s room (progress!)
  10. Write a few blog posts

What I Am Creating

Still working with the camera but I’m also helping J in his room to make it a bit more functional.

Looking Around The House

I’ll pass.  Time to return to Fly lady and get back to a few routines with it all.

From The Camera

Do you call these pretty pink flowers Surprise Lilies or do you refer to them by their other name? Our old neighbor used to call these flowers Naked Ladies.  Whatever, you call them, I’m glad they are pretty because they do seem to be every where this summer!

What I’m Wearing Today

Well, I did have on a white shirt with blue Capri pants and tennis shoes but changed into a yellow tee-shirt/night-shirt to pit some cherries.  I’ll throw the white shirt that matches back on before I actually leave the house again.

Simple Pleasure

Kitty cat kisses on my nose.  🙂 Our little gray cat is not overly generous with these so it’s always a special treat when she comes up and touches her nose to my own and gives a quick kiss.

Quote For The Week

Stay Patient And Trust Your Journey (Found on Pinterest)  Needed to see this one when I stumbled across it.

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And the children are circling the computer like vultures.  SIGH. I’ll get to hit publish but I’ll probably have to catch up with everyone later tonight or even tomorrow morning.  Don’t forget to click the link and go say hi to Sandra from Diary of A Stay At Home Mom’s and all the other bloggers!

 

Short Summer Break

Don’t worry the boys’ summer break isn’t over quite yet.  Though I did just see the school district post about enrollment mailings starting this week.

However, I am going to officially hop away from the blog for a bit starting today and spend some more time off-line.

I’ll return the week of Monday, July 17, hopefully joining right in with a Happy Homemaker Monday post.

 

 

A Nest And A Different Bird

I took my oldest son over to the local elementary school parking lot for a bit of driving practice early last week.  While he was making laps, I noticed a nest on the side of the building.

The most beautifully colored swallow like birds were flitting around in the sky.  My bird app told me these were barn swallows.  They do not like to sit still.  My zoom lens on the camera is not very good and I got a bit closer than I should have for the above well-cropped picture.

The birds were not happy with me.  I took the next photo with the zoom lens from my passenger seat in the car.  Thankfully, the birds returned to their nest.  The birds still didn’t stay in one place very long or land anywhere I could easily take a photo with my current camera.

I had just about given up when I thought I spotted one sitting in the tip-top of a tree near the edge of the playground area.  My son parked the car so I could hop out and try to capture a few photos. Except, it didn’t quite look like those flitting, fast-flying swallows.  I just wasn’t sure though…I didn’t have much luck with my bird app on this one either.  Caught it singing! So, what bird is this?  It’s been bugging me all week long.  Finally, tonight I sat down and looked through all the birds on the Missouri Department Of Conservation Website.  I think I found it! I think it’s an Eastern Kingbird!

The “white terminal band on the tail” is what I’m using to make my guess on this bird’s identity. What do you think?  Do you know what kind of bird I’ve captured here?  If it’s not an Eastern Kingbird, what is it then?

A bit late this weekend but I’m still joining in the weekly link-up over at I’d Rather B Birdin’

What The Last Week of School Looks Like With Older Kids

It’s the last week of school around here.  Three more days! Or two more days depending on how you count.  How do you count the days?  Does today count since it’s in progress or do we cross it off?

My friend Christine over at So Domestically Challenged posted a great read this morning on preparing for the end of the school year with lots of great ideas.  It’s a little too late for me as again three more days! Also, my boys are in middle school and high school and things look a little different at this stage.

So does that mean that year-end is less hectic with older kids?  Ha! Nope.

What’s going on during our last week of school:

This entire week my high school student is taking EOC exams.  EOC= End of Course.  Think finals.  Plus we’ve had a meeting about an upcoming band trip, an early morning band practice, and (finally) today managed to return his rented tux to the band room.

This equals stress for my son.  A stressed out teenager is not exactly a joy to be around.  Oh, and he couldn’t find his clarinet this morning (apparently, he forgot to take it out of the car yesterday). Here smell the lavender…  last week of school Aw, that’s better.  Let’s talk the last week of school with a 6th grader (that’s middle school here although it is now only 6th graders in their own building the first year).  Basically, they just do fun (for the kids) stuff.

Yesterday was an outing and picnic at a local nature center.  There are assemblies sprinkled through the week. J is a typical 6th grader in that is all the information he gave me regarding the assemblies.  He’s requested a sack lunch all week as there is “just too much chaos” to have to worry about a lunch bag every day.

Today, he took only a pencil and his sack lunch to school.  I try to not be too concerned about his lack of taking any supplies with him.

Tonight is an open house at his new 7th and 8th grade middles school.  Believe me I know about this not from any information provided by 12-year-old son.  I am excited about the new school as I know from experience, this school communicates.  The 6th grade center was horrible not so great about that.

Here are a few of my tips for getting through the end of the school year with older kids

  • Have some extra pencils sharpened and ready to go. We had a lot of morning searches for pencils the past few weeks.
  • Don’t worry so much about a schedule but do make the calendar your friend! I still can’t recommend the Cozi app enough.  I’ve found the paid version worth it simply for the sake of being able to send calendar updates to my husband.
  • A week of lunchables won’t hurt anyone.  I sent healthy lunches 90 percent of the year so I’m giving myself a break this week.
  • Breathe.  My joke has always been those breathing exercises weren’t just for childbirth! They work great for the teenage years as well.
  • Start stocking up on snacks and making a plan for the long summer days ahead

Do you have kids in middle school or high school?  What tips would you add?

 

Sharing My Flowers For A Dreary Day

Just a short, mostly picture oriented post today.  Since I was in the Trader Joe’s neighborhood on Monday, I had stop in and pick up a few things.  One of those things was a bouquet of flowers for the kitchen table.

Sharing my flowers for a dreary day:

After all the flowers I planted outside over the weekend, I wanted a few to enjoy inside as well. Does anyone know what those weird spiny looking flowers are called? I’m not sure what I did wrong on this photo but one of the reasons I did buy this bouquet was because I thought the red rose added more interest to it.  Yesterday afternoon I decided the vase I put the flowers in was way too small and just didn’t look right.  So, I changed it.  Hey, see that clean kitchen table in the photo above?  The flowers make for good incentive!  Here’s another view of the flowers in their new vase: Even the rose is happier in its new vase.  

These flowers are helping to brighten up the kitchen on dreary, rainy, and cold!? day around here.  They are also helping inspire me to keep our table clear.

What aren’t they doing?  They aren’t doing the dishes, sweeping the floor, or cooking dinner.  They are also not helping with this crazy afternoon craving for chocolate.

Note to self: Do not put clean kitchen on the to-do list the same week you plan to also do a sugar detox challenge.  Especially, one very soon after Easter when extra candy is still in surplus.  So far, I haven’t caved to the chocolate bars but the temptation is real.

 

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