I Like Beautiful Mornings…

Happy Thursday!

I worked the first two days of the week.  On Tuesday, I had to be there at 7:15 AM. As one who much prefers leisurely mornings, this is a bit early! Not much time for leisure when you need to be somewhere by 7:15. However, a beautiful sunrise is a great reward for leaving the house in the predawn hours.  

Yes, I took the photo while driving (do as I say and not as I do. Don’t take photos while driving!). And through a somewhat dirty windshield. Seemed like a perfect start to my gratitude list for the week.

Gratitude For Beautiful Mornings

  1.  Being awake to see such an amazing sunrise 
  2. Having time to take my “shortcut” through the park to enjoy my moment of nature
  3. A peaceful, quiet drive so I could safely take the photos (later in the morning, my “shortcut” gets a bit busy)
  4. Seeing a second gorgeous sunrise from own front door again yesterday! 
  5. Time to grab the “real” camera and play with the settings.

Bright, Sunshine-y Days (Sing along with me?)

  1. Spring flowers springing up every where!  Every year in the middle of the yard. However, I’ve made my peace with the little blue flowers and random crocus heralding the start of the season. 
  2. The return of my peonies. Every year, I think it’s a goner. And every year, it surprises me. 
  3. A little gray cat who makes me laugh as she stretches in the sunshine and teases the Airedale next door (from a safe distance). 

    Are you barking at me??!!

  4. The start of baseball season!
  5. Living in a city with this beautiful stadium. And knowing everywhere I go today, I’ll likely see most people dressed in blue. (Yes, I’m wearing my Royals tee-shirt for opening day) 

A Few Random Items Of Gratitude To End My Post

Or I guess I could title this sub heading, I didn’t take any night photos? Ha!

  1. Being included!
  2. The wonderful laugh this college flyer gave me. Came for my high school senior in Saturday’s mail.  They’ve apparently achieved time travel! Check the date on the photo up there. Proofreading matters.
  3. Blog readers who forgive my grammar errors (I do proofread but I’m sure I miss things).
  4. Amazon adding season 2 of my all-time favorite show (Fringe) to Prime! Season 2 contains one of the best episodes of the series entitled White Tulip
  5. Spring break! Abbreviated because of our one million (felt like it) snow days. However, it’s still a break!


What things did you put on your gratitude list this week?

Be sure to hop on over to the Not Afraid Of Color blog where LeeAnna hosts the I Like Thursdays blog link up party each week.


Happy Homemaker Monday, Sunday Evening Edition

Happy to be posting again after missing my weekly planning post last week.  A funeral is not a great way to start any week.

Happy to be returning to somewhat of a routine this week. Well, until spring break begins for the boys on Thursday. They only get Thursday and Friday but it’s better than being in school until June (not the norm here…I know some schools typically go that late but our schools generally release for the summer in late May).

Since tomorrow’s a work day, I’ll be linking up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom in the afternoon. Be sure to go visit and check out all the other wonderful bloggers planning out their weeks.

Beginning with…

The Weather 

It’s a little cold and cloudy this evening but spring is definitely in the air! Slight chance of rain tomorrow, thunderstorms on Thursday or Friday (slight chance again) and temps in the 50’s tomorrow and then bumping into the 70’s for Wednesday and Thursday.

On My Reading  Pile

Currently, I’m slowly working through Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. Sadly, the rest of my books were so overdue, I just took them back. I’ll start fresh sometime this week or next.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

I caught up on the CNN Decades documentaries on Netflix working my way through the 90’s and the early 2000’s. AND, Amazon added the second season of my all-time favorite show to Prime…so I watched 2 episodes of Fringe. Then, because Fringe is a bit scary, I switched over and watched an episode or 2 of Chuck before bed.

On My TV

Right now I’m waiting for God Friended Me to start. I’m also super excited Seal Team is finally back on Wednesday nights!

On The Menu

Already warned the family, it’s a clear-out the fridge and pantry week around here.

We did manage something different (than usual) tonight and I fixed chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes. Chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

MONDAY: Back to boring..pork chops, salad *I work 8-4*

TUESDAY: Tacos *I work 8-4* *G has early morning band practice*

WEDNESDAY:  Hamburgers/Hot dogs, chips

THURSDAY: OUT *J has a baritone lesson* *I’m meeting a friend for coffee in the am*

FRIDAY: Fish, baked sweet potatoes (maybe)

On My To Do List

  1. Pay bills
  2. Grocery store/Target
  3. Clean off top of this desk!!
  4. Shred some papers
  5. Start preparing for upcoming trip
  6. Clean the house
  7. Go through clothes and see what spring/summer clothes we all need
  8. Start planning Easter brunch menu
  9. Library trip for new books (and pay the fines!)
  10. Call to reschedule hair appointment


Just dreaming of my summer garden areas…still have my little green plants in the window.

Looking Forward To

Planting flowers and having some color in the yard again.

From The Camera  

What I’m Wearing Today

For work, I’ll probably wear a blue school tee-shirt and jeans. Sleepy Monday attire.

Simple Pleasure

Spring time! 

Quote For The Week

Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. (Doris Day)


What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

Grief And Gratitude

If you follow the blog, you didn’t see a Happy Homemaker Monday post from me this week.  Unfortunately, my husband’s grandfather passed away Friday evening.  My husband was already in Oklahoma to support his family.

The services were Monday and Tuesday in Oklahoma. The boys and I packed up and traveled down there on Sunday morning.  


Even in grief, I found a little time for gratitude. I kept a running tally in my head. The first six items, I threw in a draft folder on Friday evening. The rest popped into my head during the weekend and early part of the week.

Before We Left Items:

  1. My boys getting a chance to know one of their great-grandfather. He lived 99 years!  Only in the past 2-3 years did his health quickly decline. How many 14 and 17 year-old kids are lucky enough to have known their great-grandfathers for so much of their lives?
  2. Liz Claiborne for making stylish plus sized clothing

    Full disclaimer: I opted not wear this after to the services after all as it felt a little too informal once I arrived down there. Still happy with my purchase and will wear it for other more casual occasions.

  3. Not being sick this weekend with a million things to do
  4. A kind friend willing to look after our little gray cat on a moment’s notice
  5. Payday!
  6. Seeing more birds at the bird feeders each day

Items From The Rest Of The Weekend/Week:

  1. Safe travels to and from Oklahoma for all of us

    So glad they did their range-burning on one of our non-travel days!

  2. Caring middle school teachers (I had to e-mail each teacher regarding missing parent-teacher conferences regarding a different matter)
  3. Good weather, both here and in Oklahoma
  4. A good breakfast each morning at our hotel (normally, we stay with family but opted to get a hotel room this time because of the number of people in town)
  5. Minimal family drama (Honestly, this concerned me. Prayers for healing of some on-going family rifts appreciated)
  6. Mostly avoiding family drama (Extra prayers my husband and I continue to avoid it.)
  7. Family
  8. Grandpa’s faith.
  9. My kind, generous husband and children
  10. Good friends
  11. Sleeping in my own bed last night!
  12. Coffee, especially at home coffee. While I love Starbucks and the fancy creamers of the hotel lobbies, nothing beats being able to just get up and fix yourself a cup of your own coffee to start the day.
  13. My plants in the windowsill (mostly) surviving as I forgot about them
  14. Today being an absolutely beautiful first day of spring!

What things are you grateful for this week?


Joining the I Like Thursdays over at the Not Afraid Of Color blog. Be sure to go check it out and say hello to LeeAnna and the other wonderful bloggers joining in today,

I Like Gratitude

For this week and maybe going forward (still trying to decide), I’ve decided to combine my gratitude post with my I like Thursday post.

This week started out kind of hectic so this may be brief as I’m still playing catch up after being down all weekend with a nasty virus. Thought it was the flu but now I’ve decided perhaps just a nasty cold virus.

Straight to the gratitude list (and I also like all these things!)

  1. Feeling healthy!
  2. Medicine that works or has the placebo effect. Don’t care, better now. Shout out to Elderberry syrup.
  3. My happy little phone game where I can make it spring right now! 
  4.  Kids smart enough to do this while saying it’s all just numbers. (His grandfather gave him the card, I like it as well!)
  5. All the signs of spring I see around me: lots of birds including robins “fighting”, geese flying north, and rain with warmer weather.
  6. Dark chocolate (Trying to do no sugar in March is tough, I’m allowing myself a little dark chocolate here and there as a treat to keep from giving up completely)
  7. Unexpected poetry hidden in my chocolate bar wrapper
  8. Showing up to work on the wrong day yesterday (oops!) and getting to stay, they needed me after all.
  9. Green plants, can’t wait until I can see some outside
  10. Having older kids so I could sleep when sick and not worry (too much).

What things are you grateful for this week?

Linking up with LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursdays. Go check it out!

(Apologies for not visiting anyone last week, thanks to all who stopped by the blog. Hopefully, I’ll be a bit more social this week though I don’t look to have lots of blogging time again until Saturday.)


Happy Homemaker Monday…Oops, it’s Wednesday!

Super late with my weekly “planning” post this week. Coming off a weekend of being down and out with a nasty virus, followed by 2 days of working. Throw in an academic awards night on Monday evening and a high school band concert last night. Hello, Wednesday!

Let’s see about planning the second half of the week shall we? If the link is still open, I’ll go ahead and link my post up to Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom where Sandra hosts the Happy Homemaker Mondays.

The Weather  

Spring is almost here and definitely in the air! 54 glorious degrees. Thunderstorms likely today. Rained a lot yesterday.  Almost 60 and windy tomorrow. More rain chances for the weekend. Been a lot of snow when rain excites us. Seen a little sun here and there as well.

On My Reading Pile

Mostly, a bunch of over due library books. I’m just going to take them over and start fresh. However, my copy (won in a contest) of Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin arrived. I’ll start reading it next.

On My TV

Best thing to watch when you feel like a zombie? A show about them! Finished all 5 seasons of Z-Nation on Netflix.  Excited for Seal Team to return (finally!) next week. And I’m still watching God Friended Me on Sunday nights, rare for me to make time for a show and I’ve been making time to watch it.  Of course, it’s soon to be time to spend sitting outdoors instead of inside watching TV.

On The Menu For This Week

Menu planning on a Sunday night, while sick, for a busy week leaves this week’s menu looking a little uninspired.

MONDAY: We ate pork chops and baked sweet potatoes. *I worked 8:30-1:30* *Academic Awards night for J*

TUESDAY: We had Subway *I worked 8:15-3:45* *Band concert for G*

WEDNESDAY: Roast in the crock pot *Another Academic Awards night for J, this is a district one*

THURSDAY: Chicken of some sort, salad *I work 7:15-4* *Baritone lesson for J*

FRIDAY: BLT’s and French Fries *I work 7:15-4*

On My To Do List

Way too much!

  1. Clean, sanitize, fumigate the house!
  2. Return over due library books
  3. Organize/pay bills
  4. Make to-do list for upcoming trip
  5. Clean out pantry/fridge/freezer
  6. Find Spring clothes, put away sweaters
  7. Finish updating calendar
  8. Laundry
  9. Call about getting Senior pictures done for G (yes, I know this is super late)
  10. Call to reschedule hair appointment

Sure I could keep listing things but I think I’ll stop at 10.

What I Am Creating  

My own little patch of spring inside.  

Looking Around The House

Let’s not do that right now.  At least I’ve lit some candles and sprayed my Method cleaner in the bathroom sinks.

From The Camera

Beautiful sunrise on Monday! 

Something Fun To Share

May or may not have spent way too much time this morning reading this L.A. Times article rating breakfast cereals. The ranking of the Captain Crunch cereals as well as the omission of Peanut Butter Captain Crunch disturbs me. I feel for those living in a world where Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, pure comfort food for me, is not readily available.

What I’m Wearing Today

A mid-arm length white, black, blue, and gold tunic shirt I bought at CVS of all places as well as black leggings and tennis shoes. I’ll change into something else before the academic awards ceremony tonight.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Being outside in the spring time.

Quote For The Week


What’s on your agenda this week?

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