Gratitude List for Tuesday, January 22nd

You can find my first gratitude list post with a little bit more information here.

Just going to make this a quick post each Tuesday. Some of these I’ve added to a draft list throughout the week and other items I’m adding right now while typing up my post.

  1. Seeing the big hawk swooping and stopping in someone’s yard (Note: while driving, far away from my backyard!)
  2. Family time watching Jim Gaffigan with the boys
  3. Hard-working husband
  4. Healthy kids
  5. Late Christmas
  6. Work offers even when I’m not there
  7. Restaurants
  8. Books
  9. People with courage and integrity
  10. Fuzzy socks
  11. Family hanging in there
  12. The return of my backyard birds  
  13. Libraries
  14. Hugs from a grumpy 14 year-old son
  15. Seeing a glimpse of the sun over the weekend
  16. Beautiful sunset skies

What things are on your gratitude list this week?

Happy Homemaker Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Has it really only been a week between Mondays? Feels as if years have passed as the last week was a long one! Topped off by the adrenaline pumping, heart-breaking Chiefs game last night.

Maybe next year, Chiefs. We still love you.  I’ve already seen the comparisons tossed around to the 2014/2015 Royals. And how the baseball team came back and won the World Series in 2015. Maybe they took a page out of that playbook. At least, spring training is soon enough. Oh, baseball weather, how I miss you!

Speaking of the weather, let’s get to the categories our host, Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom provides for the link up each week.

The Weather

Still sweater weather. 

Cloudy all week. Today, warmer but I can already hear the wind. Good chance of rain (maybe turning into snow) tomorrow. Good news, if we want a blizzard around here, we’ll have to head to Dairy Queen. Not sure how far we’ll have to head to find some sunshine.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post while the boys (plus a few friends of G) sleep. No school due to the holiday. Also, trying to stay out-of-the-way while my husband fixes the garbage disposal (always something).


Bit too early and I haven’t had enough coffee yet. Really, I’m just hoping for this week to be a bit calmer with everyone healthy.

On My Reading Pile

Finished The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Tried to renew my books only to see 12 people discovered my large-print edition trick and 22 (!) people were waiting on Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start Up by John Carreyrou. No renewals allowed.

No need to worry as I read Carreyrou’s book in a day. Non-fiction but read like a fiction thriller. Then, I noticed an e-book I’d wanted to read on sale for 99 cents so I also read Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay. A shorter, lighter read about a young professional guided by her late grandparents as she makes career and romance decisions.

And I guess for returning my books on time, library karma gifted me with finding a brand new copy of An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen just sitting on the shelf! I’ll start it today.

On My TV

Not sure. Whatever I can find on Netflix (I finished Stay Here, an interesting one about remodeling home rentals). And Seal Team (hopefully, it’s back this Wednesday).

Favorite Blog Post

Not a blog post but a really interesting article entitled How One Cup of Coffee Inspired a Journey of a Thousand Thank Yous by A.J. Jacobs.

On The Menu

“Everyone wants to be a food critic but no one wants to cook the food.” said to my family about their obsession with watching Gordon Ramsay. Decided it’s time to go back to “take it or leave it” dinner options.  Lots of question marks this week as I still need to go through the fridge/freezer and grocery shop.

MONDAY: Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls (found a recipe to try while cleaning out the cookbooks)

TUESDAY:   Pork chops, baked potatoes *I work 10-4* *G has pep band*

WEDNESDAY:  Spaghetti?  *I work 2-3:45*

THURSDAY:  Lemon chicken? *I work 8:15* *J has a baritone lesson*

FRIDAY:  No idea *I work 8:30-4:30*

On My To-Do List

  1. Everything from last week except clearing the clothes
  2. Finish clearing out books
  3. Start on clearing out paper
  4. Write and schedule a few blog posts
  5. Give my unavailable dates to my work


Bird feeders from recycle materials. Not pretty but functional. 

Looking Around The House

Not awful. Needs a good “everybody needs to get out so I can clean” cleaning.

From The Camera

The birds are back! 

On My Prayer List

My husband’s grandfather and family in Oklahoma, friends going through some hard things, family members who spend too much time with politics, and all the politicians to find some peaceful solutions to their differences. And of course, everyone reading this blog.

Quote For The Week

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)


What’s on your agenda for this week?

My Likes For The Third Week In January

Starting my post early in the week on Tuesday. The weather people speak of another storm coming through starting on Thursday. Starting with rain, freezing, followed by cold.

Leaves me wondering if our power will hold as we live in an area of mature trees. Since I don’t want to miss out on the fun of liking stuff, I’m working on my post in tiny bits today and tomorrow. Scheduling it in advance. *Update: They say it’s all inching “north” now. Code for we guessed wrong, I think.*

With all the snowy weather, I like the scent of this cocoa and cream candle. Bonus is my husband likes it as well. And has been known to light it himself. 

And I admit, I do like the way my clothes look in my dresser after applying the KonMari Method of folding them. It’s a happy feeling to see them. I wrote a post about it yesterday. It’s fun to use this Bath and Body works stuff when it really is a snowy morning outside: 

“You smell good,” is something I often hear when I use it.  With all the real snow, I’m thinking of switching to something called “tropical vacation” and seeing if it transports me. (Not a real scent).

Snowy Weather

Still doing my best to enjoy the snow and cold despite having (now) 2 sick boys at home. The snow started melting on Tuesday and it looked like another snow storm as it fell off the trees. I liked the way it made the snow already down look. 

The table made me think of a cake with fluffy frosting. Added a few bird seed sprinkles to it yesterday. 

And built my own bird feeder out of snow (ice now). It’s supposed to be a football. 

Still waiting for the birds to discover it. Also, sprinkled some bird seed around the branch debris on the other side of the house. 

And enjoyed taking in the strange icicle formations. Some of those icicles off the rooftops looked sinister. These less deadly looking icicles were on some branches near the ground.

Food and Drink

Bought my bird seed when I ran to the store. And a coffee. I like Starbucks. 

Yes, I ordered a grande Cinnamon Shortbread Latte. Glad I liked it! My family and friends know I like Starbucks as well. Makes my grocery store splurge fun. 

While I don’t eat breakfast cereal for breakfast very often, I bought this: 

It’s surprisingly delicious! And on sale cheap, probably because they priced it ridiculously high when it first hit the shelves. Oh, and I’m changing my name.  Sunbeam Frost Fire has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?


Don’t forget to visit Not Afraid of Color and see what LeeAnna, the host, of this link up likes this week. And visit a few blogs while your there. It’s always fun to meet new friends.

Thoughts On Tidying The Marie Kondo Way

I read her second book late last year, a book that left me a little cold. And then watched her TV show on Netflix. I found her personality in complete contrast to the first book I read.

So, I went ahead and jumped on the band wagon, requesting her first book from the library. The book she said to read first.  I’ve never been one to do things in the correct order.

I’m still reading the first book and mostly enjoying it.  Mostly, I get her ideas although a few parts do leave me going what? And thinking she might have had some childhood issues.

Found myself stuck at home on Monday and Tuesday. Perfect time for a bit of clutter clearing. I decided to just try her method. Starting with only my things as she suggests in the book if you can’t get the rest of the family to join in the “fun”.

Clothing first.

Admittedly, I was skeptical about it. I don’t really have too many clothes as I’m not exactly a size where I enjoy clothes shopping. Didn’t think I’d have very much to let go.And folding my clothes like that? Please.


  • My clothes mountain was a bit more than a mole hill after all  
  • Three bags of items to donate! 
  • And there is actually something kind of zen about folding clothes her way 

I really do find a bit of joy opening my drawers and seeing all my clothes, deciding what to wear. It’s nice to have a place to put my clean laundry. We’ll see how this all goes once the laundry (currently mostly done) piles up on us again.

Things listed under clothing I also went through: jackets, bags, shoes, jewelry. Some items on the list didn’t apply to me. I own exactly one swimsuit and no costumes. Not being much of a fashionista this category went pretty fast for me.  Books…well, that’s going to be different.

My exact thoughts after finishing category 1 tidying:

  • I think her main point is to love the things you own. And not bury the things where you can’t see and enjoy them. This is much easier when the things you don’t want/need/love aren’t in the way.
  • The get it all done at once method appeals to my personality. It’s not a spend all your time doing this so much as a finish this category and then, move on to the next. There’s less decision-making for me if I know I’m working on clothes vs picking out a set number of random items each day.
  • I really would like to hear her and the Flylady debate.
  • Distractions still happen but they’re easier to move past if you have a plan: This is a sentimental item, save for last. This is miscellaneous, save for that category. I can’t go to bed with this stuff everywhere (Especially if it’s covering the bed! Am I the only one wondering if those people in the show slept on the sofa or shoved their things on the floor?).
  • Her focus is purely on tidying and clearing out stuff. I like that she’s not telling me how or when to clean my kitchen or bathroom.
  • I think this works for me (so far) because I’m in a bit of a transition year. Things look different to me with older kids, one leaving home for college in the fall.

Have you tried tidying up her way? What did you think?

*I may try to update my thoughts on this each Wednesday as I work through all the categories. There’s a great printable checklist here if you want to see the order of clearing items Marie Kondo deems important.







Gratitude List

My friend, Rachel, over at Living Better One Day At Time is doing a weekly check in on her yearly goals. She inspired me to do something similar.

My word for the year is gratitude. So, I decided to post a gratitude list each Tuesday. Not exactly an original idea, I know. However, I thought it would be nice to have a sort of on-line gratitude journal to reflect back on at year-end. Plus, it should keep my word in focus for the year.

Not going to give myself a set number of things to list. I think this will work better as just a random weekly list.  Most items will probably also be about things the previous week. So, here’s my first gratitude list of 2019.


  1. My oldest wanting to invite his band friends over when pep band canceled last Monday
  2. Having food and place for them all to hang out
  3. A husband who helps with the laundry and takes care of outside things (like shoveling the driveway 5 times during the weekend snowstorm)
  4. A chance to get out and have dinner with good friends. Hanging out a bit longer with one of them.
  5. That I didn’t hurt anything but my pride when I fell on the snow/ice taking out the trash
  6. Good friends who let my son stay over as the storm moved in on Friday
  7. Good friends who safely brought him home on Saturday so we didn’t have to worry about him trying to drive home (My husband went with him to get his car on Sunday)
  8. Tree branches not hitting our house or power lines and our power staying ON
  9. Motrin to give my child running high fevers
  10. Essential oils and candles so the house doesn’t smell like sickness
  11. My husband and son arriving safely at their destinations this morning (and my son back home this afternoon)

Stopping here so I can get back to my project for the day (clearing out clothes and shoes, Marie Kondo style). My list each week is likely much longer than the number of items listed.

What things would you put on your gratitude list?


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