Happy Homemaker Monday On A Sunday Night

Happy Last Sunday in September! I just found out I’ll be working in the morning so I’m sitting here working on my post. And wondering why my weekend ran away in such a hurry.

It was busy but I still wish it could have stayed a bit longer. Here’s a brief recap of our weekend:

The high school moved the Friday night football games to Thursday out of weather concerns, made for a long day for me (worked til 6 then off to cheer on my favorite marching band on the field, football team as well). After work Friday, the rain came late so I had time to mow the front yard. Much needed.

Saturday, we spent the entire day on the road and at a marching band competition in southern Missouri. The predicted rain mostly held off and we only had to seek shelter from a brief downpour once and it happened after all the bands had their preliminary turns.  Our band took home a well-deserved 3rd place trophy from the finals competition! We didn’t arrive home until close to 2 AM last night as we drove through some thunderstorms.

The lovely cat cried out her displeasure at being ignored bright and early at 5 AM this morning. Thankfully, I was able to back to bed until about 8 but my poor husband had to work most of today. The Chiefs game gave us enough of a rush that we didn’t need to celebrate national coffee day around here! We do get to celebrate another football win though. Hooray!

And now it’s time to plan the week ahead.

The Weather

Rainbows are hard to photograph! It’s off to the left but there is a rainbow in the photo above (taken after the brief downpour on Saturday afternoon).

Summer isn’t leaving us without a fight. Highs in the upper 80’s until Wednesday. Then, fall gets to try again with highs in the upper 60’s. And always those chances of more rain on Wednesday & Thursday. So far it looks like we’ll get a nice football Friday evening.

On My Reading Pile

After finishing The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, I haven’t picked up another book. Guess I better find one before J’s lesson tomorrow night.

On My TV

Still fascinated with the Mr. Robot series. Probably explains the lack of reading. Plus all the season premieres are starting. Watched The Goldbergs, Single Parents, and Modern Family. And tried out a couple new shows…probably not the best sign I can’t remember the names of them: the one about the little girl found by the plane crash & the one with the gal from How I Met Your Mother.  I just watched the season premiere of God Friended Me and will watch Seal Team on Wednesday.

On My Menu

Another somewhat odd week and I’m still working on a big freezer clean out….got rid of some old French Toast sticks and French Toast tonight at dinner.

MONDAY: Honey Teriyaki Chicken Bites, rice, salad? *I work 7:30-3:45* *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Apple cider pork chops (trying something new), baked sweet potatoes, fried apples *J has early morning band practice* *I work 1-4:30* *Mom’s Night Out*

WEDNESDAY: Maybe chili if the weather is truly cool *J has early morning band practice* *I work 1-4:30*

THURSDAY: Popcorn chicken in the air fryer or frozen pizza/salad *I work 1-4:30* *J has evening band practice*

FRIDAY: OUT *Football game tradition* *I’m meeting a friend for coffee in the AM*

On My To Do List

  1. Continue working on freezer clean out
  2. Take back library books (still need to do this!)
  3. Get a spare key made
  4. Buy windshield wiper fluid for car
  5. Do a little more fall decorating
  6. Work on blog posts

Looking Around the House

I did a little more fall decorating around the mess, my fall leaves lights make me happy. And so do my candles. 

From The Camera

I thought this church building was so beautiful! 

This colorful little moth was attached to our door on Saturday morning: 

And one last photo, I was in awe of this predawn sky on Friday morning as I was leaving for work: 

Quote For The Week

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)


Don’t forget to hop over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom where Sandra hosts these weekly Happy Homemaker Monday link ups.

Low-Spend, Low-Sugar September: Week 3 Notes

Hoping this is a better week than the last one!

The morning already started off a bit rough. Didn’t sleep well, lots of bickering, and still tired as I need to head off to work in a few minutes.  


Overall, not a terrible day. Back to drinking my peppermint and lemon water. Not sure my little vials of oil will last. Of course, buying some more puts me at odds with the low-spend part of the month.

Didn’t eat any huge sugary snacks so we’ll call that day a win. Not sure how much sugar a QT pretzel contains (dinner for all of us, pantry project took all our kitchen counter space making cooking pretty much impossible).


At least, I’m off to a decent start on the low-sugar thing. Eggs for breakfast, summer sausage, cheese & crackers (tiny ones) for lunch. Another glass of peppermint and lemon water today.

Would like to go shopping today.


Ended up going grocery shopping last night (not the kind of shopping I wanted to do) and somehow way over the budget! I’m going to review my receipt later as I usually don’t go over my budget by so much ($20!) and only mainly shopped the edges last night. Think there were buy this & get free items that they charged me for instead. May be going back for a refund. Or, I over did things.

Today, I need to venture to Target so that should be a good challenge. We’re out of some household items. Sam’s club might go on the list as well since our bottled water is running low but hopefully, that one can hold off until the weekend.

Thinking of making a list of things I’ve wanted to buy but haven’t: Fresh flowers for kitchen table, boots I saw on a Facebook ad (I’ll need some come winter), pretty much everything in the Bath & Body works e-mails, lots of Chiefs stuff at the grocery store….

No worries about sugar too much this morning. Ate something for lunch yesterday (I think it was too old summer sausage) that did my stomach in for the night. Had pancakes with the boys so not the best dinner choice but had to eat a little something.  Bunco tonight so I’ll just try not to overdo.


The end of last week went by in a bit of a blur.

Pretty sure I worked every day. I need to keep better track. Schedules were switched around on me a bit which gets confusing.

One of my husband’s clients gave him some Neiman Marcus cookies that he didn’t care for much. Of course, I liked them. They were super rich so I took half of one to work each day.

On a positive note, I did turn down the extra cookie from a birthday celebration at work.

Didn’t do awful on the spending. Went to Target and only bought a candy bar (yes, not doing great on the low-sugar thing) extra. Can’t remember the last time I went to Target alone and only bought 3 items.

Also, lost track of doing the peppermint lemon water again. Maybe I’ll have a glass today though just peppermint water as I’m out of lemon.


Glad this is the last full week!  I’ll probably give this low-spend, low-sugar thing another try in a less busy season. Does such a season even exist? Maybe January….


Happy Homemaker Monday, Happy Autumn!

Super late with this tonight. Unexpectedly worked in the morning after only planning for the afternoon. And forgot about J’s baritone lesson (he was on it with reminding me so he didn’t miss it) which means I’m just now sitting down for my post at almost 9:00 PM.

Lots of odd working hours this week means I need to get this week planned! Joining in with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for the fun Monday link up.

The Weather

It rained on and off all weekend. Seems fitting I have a sunset photo from Saturday to share as I’m typing my post up late. 

Today happened to be perfect first day of fall weather. Foggy and chilly to start the day and then, a bit warm in the afternoon.  Highs in the  80’s the next couple days, chance of some rain mid-week. Looks a lot cooler in the evenings though.

On My Reading Pile

I finished I Let You Go by Claire McGowan last week. Turned out to be much better than I expected with lots of twists. Started reading The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke during J’s lesson. Thank goodness for that Kindle app on my phone!

On My TV

Happy to have new shows on the TV again. Meanwhile, I watched What We Did on Our Holiday on Amazon. Interesting one, equally funny and sad. And got hooked on Mr. Robot, I’m now on season 2. It’s a very intriguing, strange, cynical look at the world.

On My Menu

I don’t even know. Ha! Still working on cleaning out the freezer/fridge/making use of what’s in the pantry.

MONDAY: (tonight) J and I had chicken noodle soup and baked potatoes, G ate waffles, my husband ate chicken/apple sausage & hash-browns. (I worked 8:30-3:45) (J had a baritone lesson at 6:30)

TUESDAY: Chicken legs (carry over meal from last week)  (J has early morning band)

WEDNESDAY: Spaghetti (I work 7:30-3:45) (J has early morning band)

THURSDAY: Leftovers/OUT (I work 2-6) (J has evening band, G will take him and probably they’ll eat out before hand)

FRIDAY: OUT (probably Subway for J, and at the game for us) (I work 7-3:45) (Football game)

On My To Do List

  1. Finish paying bills
  2. Clean out upstairs freezer & fridge
  3. Go to grocery store
  4. Laundry
  5. Take back library books

Looking Around The House

It’s not terrible but I’d still like to give it a better cleaning and pull out the rest of the fall decorations.

From The Camera

On My Prayer List

Strangers on the interstate, teachers at work, friends, family

Quote For The Week

autumn quotes


What’s on your agenda for this first week of fall?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Last Week of Summer

A bit of a later start to planning my week today. I work later today but had to spend the morning dealing with putting our pantry back together. We had an ant invasion over the weekend.

I guess it’s going to be kitchen clear out week around here. Gave the pantry a really good cleaning this morning before returning and re-organizing all the contents. Left me inspired to move on to the rest of the cabinets. Been on my project list for a long time.

Taking a break to plan the week ahead before I return to it and get ready to work later.

The Weather  

Summer is reminding us that it’s still here for another week. Highs in the low 90’s to upper 80’s all week. Chances of rain on Saturday and Sunday. I really hope the rain holds off as J has his first band competition on Saturday.

On My Reading Pile

I picked up I Let You Go by Claire McIntosh at the library. Started it, put it down, and finally last night picked it up again. It’s intriguing but a bit troubling to read at first as it deals with the hit and run of a 5-year-old boy.  Going to be a tough read for me considering I work with 2-5 year-old children.

On My TV

Cheesy Netflix movie for the win. I broke down and watched I Am Mother on there. Not as bad as I anticipated. Not good but not that bad. Alternate title suggestion for them: Terminator: From the Machine’s Point of View.  Also watched a movie I’d requested on disc, Mortal Engines. Clearly a movie produced for effects vs plot though I enjoyed it.

On My Menu

I’m doing another round of the Take Ten challenge so my menu is somewhat set though I’m shuffling some menus due to time constraints and my ongoing freezer/pantry clean out project.

MONDAY: pancakes and sausage (shifting and subbing this for the day that looks like omelets as my husband doesn’t do eggs) *I work 1-3:45* *J has a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Chicken legs *J has early morning band practice* *I have Bunco*

WEDNESDAY: Looks like some sort of tacos *J has early morning band practice* *I work 7:30-noon*

THURSDAY: Roast in the crock pot *J has evening band practice* *I’m helping prepare food for the band competition day*

FRIDAY: Chicken and pasta of some sort (I may just make chicken cacciatore) *I work 9:30-6*

On My To Do List

  1. Pay bills
  2. Freezer/Fridge/Pantry (done!)/Cabinet clean & clear out
  3. Grocery store for lunch stuff mainly
  4. Still need to take items to donate
  5. Wash bedding

What I Am Creating

Hopefully, a clean and cozy home that’s ready for fall and winter.

Looking Around The House

We have stuff everywhere! It’s making us all grouchy, I think. Necessary component of remodeling the bedroom but I’m ready to have my living space back.

From The Camera 

Didn’t pick up the camera much last week. Here’s glance at my ant-inspired pantry project. 


On My Prayer List

Family, friends, speedy recovery for a fellow teacher who was extremely sick (hospitalized) last week…

Quote For The Week

Don’t let seeds of discontent take root in your spirit. (Joel Osteen)

I needed that message yesterday as well as the run my own race reminder when I happened to flip on the TV to his sermon. Definitely something I needed to work on last week and going forward.


Don’t forget to go check out Sandra’s blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for the Happy Homemaker Monday link up. Such a fun, encouraging place to visit in blog-land.

Low-Spend, Low-Sugar September: Notes From Week 2

On to week 2! Really enjoyed the wedding cake on Saturday night though I found it a tad sweet.

Plans for this week include continuing with the peppermint/lemon water and finding an easy activity (and time for it). My walk around the block buddy isn’t as enthused now that it’s marching season.  



I wanted muffins for breakfast on Sunday but 17 grams of sugar! And my beloved Crunchy Granola Raisin Bran…about the same! Ended up with toast and leftover sausage.

Also had a few squares of a dark chocolate & cherry candy bar (before I’d have eaten the whole bar so the fact a lot of it remains in the freezer is a win).

Spent more at the grocery store than intended but I also took advantage of a big sale and stocked up on a few snack items for the boys.  Think the trick will be to say “there will always be another sale” to myself. A lot.


Woke up feeling refreshed. Hasn’t happened in a long time.

Still 2.5 above the bad number for Monday morning. Bought some low-sugar apple cinnamon oatmeal at the store last night. So it was nice to have a different breakfast from eggs.


I’m not sure what happened the rest of the week. Somewhere around Wednesday I hit a bump on the low-sugar thing. Not a small one either, more like a bounce out of the wagon, roll down the hill kind of bump.  Worked more than I anticipated but I don’t think that was the main cause.

Just a bit of a bickering week with the spouse and food’s my emotional thing. Lettuce leaves aren’t as soothing as a few vanilla wafers.

The spend part was okay for these days. Didn’t buy anything extra besides another bag of apple chips and some individual apple chip bags on sale (great to take to work!).

Didn’t drink my lemon peppermint water these days either.


Worked all day on Friday, bought Subway on the way home (football game day tradition).

Saturday, we woke up to ants in the pantry! UGH. So the plan to clean out the freezers turned into to cleaning out the pantry. It’s all still sitting on the kitchen table while the Terro does its thing.

Low-Spend, Low-Sugar out the window yesterday as I had to go the hardware store for the ant baits. Somehow, I didn’t make it past the 50% off bird feeders. G and I also went out to lunch at Slim Chickens. My husband worked & J didn’t want to leave the house (wiped out from band) so we grabbed him McDonald’s before we left.


Not a great week 2. However, I’m not giving up just yet. Woke up and had eggs & spinach plus toast this morning (nice lower sugar breakfast) and am back to drinking my peppermint/lemon water.

Noticed I do much better all around on days when I’ve slept well.

A stack of bills to pay this week will hopefully curb the spending itch a bit & maybe I’ll finally get our freezer cleared out some.



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