Happy Homemaker Monday, The Night Edition

Since I’m still determined to not miss a Happy Homemaker Monday in 2017, I present the night edition. I’ll still be linking up with Sandra from Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom once I finish this post. It’s a fun link up, be sure to check it out!

I worked from 10a.m. to 2p.m. today, didn’t manage my time well before work, and lost the computer to the teenager during the afternoon (and early evening) hours. It’s interesting how much my day changed from the early a.m. when I usually compile these posts to this evening.

The Weather

We went from being under a slight risk of severe weather to a tornado watch until 10p.m. tonight.  The news has reported a few touchdowns and satellite determined warnings just west of here but so far we just have wind.  And still no rain.  SIGH.  We could really use the rain.  It’s also warm, hit 70 degrees today.  Rest of the week is also supposed to be warm with no rain chances until the weekend last time I checked.

On My Reading Pile

I couldn’t get into my last library book so all I really read last week were some of my March magazines.

Movies or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

My husband and I watched my Netflix disc movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past.  I also watched The X-Files.  Do you think I can watch all the seasons by April 1st when Netflix is removing the series?  May be tough since there are 9 seasons.

On My TV

Probably just The Voice and The Flash. And of course, more X-Files episodes.


Struggled with this one a bit.  Monday is usually grocery store day.  I didn’t go today since I worked and I don’t want to go tonight with the chance of severe weather.  Looks like I’ll be making a menu based on what we have around here.

MONDAY:  We had spaghetti, J had his with meatballs but the rest of us had some rotisserie chicken with our spaghetti.  (We had the chicken on Sunday and now I’m using the rest to make chicken and noodles)  *I worked 10-2*

TUESDAY:  Pork chops, baked potatoes (carry over from last week)  *I work 8-2*


THURSDAY:  hot dogs, hamburgers *I work 8-4:15*

FRIDAY:  Fish fillets (from a box) or OUT  *I work 8-4:15*

Not a super exciting menu but it’s done and there are options for each day of this week.  Last week on a whim, I made this chicken enchilada recipe (My husband and J had mini tacos but G and I really liked it!).  Also, I left the sour cream out of it because we didn’t have any and they still turned out fine.

To Do List

Well, my to-do list is certainly different and shorter than it was early this morning.  At the start of today, this was the only day I had scheduled to work.  As you can see from the menu days, I now only have Wednesday free this week.  Hopefully, that day will stay free!

  1. Clean out fridge
  2. Go to grocery store
  3. Get stuff together for charity truck coming on Wednesday
  4. Make a list of days I’m unavailable to work (i.e., Spring break for my kids)
  5. Check on our summer schedule
  6. Get with husband about taking short trip over boys’ spring break
  7. Get birthday gift and card for great nephew’s party this weekend


Nothing.  Nothing at all.

Happening This Week

  • I work a little bit every day except Wednesday
  • J has coding club
  • G is staying after school for a class a couple of days this week
  • My great nephew’s birthday and party this weekend (he’ll be 10)
  • J wants to have a friend over Friday night (hopefully, it will work out)

Looking Around The House

I did a bit of cleaning last week (shocking, I know!) so it’s not too bad.  Need to do laundry and probably repeat all that cleaning.  Clutter clearing needs to happen.

From The Camera

I’ve not been very good about picking up the camera lately so this should be interesting.  Time to see if anything is on the card…just a couple of blurry cloud photos from last week.

It was already dark out and this lonely little cloud was bright in the sky:  Here’s my psychedelic shot of the same cloud:  I clearly need to get back to practicing with the camera a bit!

What I’m Wearing Today

My navy preschool tee-shirt (it has gold lettering), light tan corduroy pants, and tennis shoes.  Also, had on a blue head band but took it off earlier.

Simple Pleasure

Spending time with the preschool kids and just getting to be a part of whatever interests them for the moment.  I love getting to share in that excitement.

Quote For The Week

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.  (Maya Angelou)


And here come the sirens, kids say we have to go the basement now.  (I think we’re safe here and so do the weather people but J is concerned so I’m signing off for now).  How’s your weather?

**update: We’re fine, storms moved quickly east of here just like the weather people said.  And we are getting some much needed rain, finally.

Happy Homemaker Monday, Goodbye February!

Wow, wasn’t I just posting hello to February just a few days ago?  Another month of 2017 seems to have just vanished!  This year is going so fast.  I wonder if I need to start my Christmas shopping?  Making my New Year’s Eve Plans.   Is it just me?

I’m a little late with my Happy Homemaker Monday (hosted by Sandra from Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom) today since I worked this morning.  I had great plans for the day and the week earlier.  Now, I can’t remember.  Hopefully, they’ll come back to me as I write my post.

The Weather

I had to get the ice scraper out of the trunk this morning to scrape the car windows.  It was 29 degrees and foggy. By the time I left work a little afternoon, the sun was shining brightly and I was hot in my jacket on the ride home.  It’s 60 degrees right now although supposed to rain later this afternoon and thunderstorm on Tuesday. Mostly warm weather for the rest of the week.  March is coming in like a lamb.  We’ll see how it goes out.

On My Reading Pile

I finished reading The Martian and started reading The Narnian.  Unfortunately, so far this biography of C.S. Lewis is so dry that I’m not sure I’ll be able to stick with it.  It’s time for another library trip both because I need new books to read and they seem to have not logged a book I *know* I returned to them.

Movies or Shows I Watched This Weekend

I finally watched 13 Hours in Benghazi (I read the book quite a while ago, it was actually more intense than the movie but both were equally disturbing).  And of course, I had to watch The Martian again after reading the book.  I love Matt Damon but they book was better.

Sunday, I watched my usual CBS This Morning, still miffed that the moment of nature seems shorter than it should be.  I also watched a few episodes of The X-Files and then, The Oscars.  All the dresses were so beautiful.  Found myself a bit surprised this morning since I turned it off after La La Land won best picture.  Of course, the only winning movies I’d seen were the animated ones plus Suicide Squad (it won for make-up, horrible movie otherwise).

On My TV

I’ll probably watch a few more episodes of The X-Files and then, The Flash on Tuesday.  Also, The Goldberg’s on Wednesday.

On The Menu

What is on the menu this week?  Good question.  I haven’t been to the store yet so it is still a bit up in the air.

MONDAY: Macaroni and cheese, corn dog nuggets (my husband ate leftovers)

TUESDAY:  Peanut butter waffles or peanut butter pancakes but probably just pancakes, bacon

WEDNESDAY:  Chicken strips

THURSDAY: *I may be working 12-5* probably pork chops (carry over from last week)

FRIDAY:  *I work 12-5* something with hamburger, probably tacos, maybe hamburgers, maybe out

To-Do List

I had some grand to-do list ideas at 7a.m. that are now gone at 2p.m.  What was on my to-do list for this week?

  1. Go to the grocery store 
  2. Finish putting away groceries
  3. Go to Target (yes, this is now a 2 week carry over but hey, I’m saving lots of money this way)
  4. Go to library and see why they think my book is not there (shouldn’t have used the outside drop box)
  5. Clean the house
  6. Take down the winter decorations (it’s time)
  7. Put away most of winter sweaters (I hardly wore them this year)


I need something new for the front door but I don’t have any ideas yet.

Looking Forward To

Is Monday too soon to look forward to the weekend?   My son had lots of friends spending the night and I’m hoping for a bit calm in the upcoming weekend.  I’m also looking forward to doing a bit of shopping this week (hopefully).

Looking Around The House

Need to clean, do laundry, hire a cleaning company, the usual.

From The Camera

The sky on Friday: She loves her books! Did I mention our weather has been weird?  It snowed for about 30 minutes on Sunday morning, I caught a picture of the big, fluffy flakes through the window. 

What I’m Wearing Today

My leopard print headband and shirt, light tan corduroy pants, and tennis shoes.

Simple Pleasure

Lately, this stupid game.  “Why do you always get hooked on the dumbest games?” (direct quote from the teenager)

Quote For The Week

Be curious, not judgemental.  (Walt Whitman)


Whew! It’s 10:08 but I’m posting this on Monday (barely).  What’s on your agenda for the week?

Making Flowers Last Longer

For today’s tiny tip on a Thursday, I thought I’d share the little things I do to make my flowers last longer.

I love fresh flowers on the kitchen table and around the house.  I don’t love it when they start to fade away.  I find wilting flower arrangements a bit depressing so I try to keep my flowers looking fresh and “happy” as long as possible.  flowers last longer

Here are my tricks for making flowers last longer:

  • Pick the bouquets that aren’t already fully opened.  The Valentine’s Day arrangement my husband gave me had quite a few unopened buds.  I think this helped them last a bit longer.   flowers last longer

  • Water them!  I may struggle with my plants but I do a pretty good job of making sure to add fresh water to my vase of flowers.  flowers last longer

  • If a “stay fresh longer” packet came with them, use that.  If not, add an aspirin to the water.  flowers last longer

  •  Take out or cut the wilting flower heads.  Just like “dead heading” the flowers growing in the garden helps them bloom, this helps the flower arrangement last a bit longer. 

  • Don’t be afraid to break up the arrangement to make new ones to enjoy. Don’t forget to cut the stems again when separating the flowers and adding them to new vases. 

What are your tips and tricks for making flower arrangements last a bit longer?


Happy Homemaker Monday (except it’s Tuesday)

I’m a day late with my post.  Yesterday was President’s Day so the boys were off school and I lost my computer early.  They are off school again today but still sleeping.

It’s nice they have an extra day to sleep in this week.  I’m sure it won’t be quite as nice tomorrow morning when none of us will want that 6a.m. wake up alarm.

Time to join in with Sandra from Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and plan my week.  Technically, today is like Monday since yesterday was a federal holiday.

The Weather

Weird and weirder.  We did get a water-glass full of rain thrown on us yesterday.  It wasn’t nearly enough.  How strange that I ran to the grocery store last night in jeans and short-sleeved shirt, no coat, not even one in the car, in February?  It was 61 degrees out there!

The rest of the week is supposed to be more of the same until the weekend when winter will be making a very brief appearance. And while I’m not happy to see it on the day I’m working, I do hope we get the rain they predict to fall on Thursday.  A thunderstorm? In February?  Weird.

On My Bedside Table

Right now just a pile of clothes I need to sort and put away.  I did partially clean it off last week.  The cat’s been hanging out there at night as well.

On My Reading Pile

Library books are due today or tomorrow!  I need to return a few and renew others.  Right now, I’m reading The Martian.  I keep thinking they need an audio book which is narrated by Matt Damon.  I also have an autobiography of C.S. Lewis sitting untouched.   So of course, I opened an e-book on my phone instead.  I’m about half-way through The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker, the one I stayed up much too late reading last night.

On My TV

I watched the entire season of Quantico on Netflix over the weekend.  Last week while I was sick, I watched, The Royals as well as Secrets of Great British Castles.  Both were really interesting.


Still feel like we’re in a bit of a rut and the weird weather makes it harder to break.  Who wants to eat comfort meals cooked in the oven when it’s 70 degrees in February?  Not me!  I do think I need to return to linking up with Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura from I’m An Organized Junkie and start pulling in some new dinner ideas.

MONDAY:  We had tacos (soft tacos, actually)

TUESDAY:  Ham steak, sweet potatoes *G has pep band* *I have Bunco*  (we’re having mozzarella sticks and salad for lunch, special request)

WEDNESDAY:  Roast in the crock pot *G has pep band*

THURSDAY:  Pork chops, regular potatoes *I work 12-5*

FRIDAY:  Leftovers or frozen pizza *I work 12-5*

To-Do List

  1. Figure out how to style my hair.  She cut it a bit short for my taste but I haven’t really messed with it since being home.  I’m going back in a few short weeks to have her add some curl into it all.  Hopefully, that will help.
  2. Still need to clean
  3. Still need to go to Target
  4. Look into planning a short trip (maybe even just a couple of day trips) for spring break
  5. Make a few appointments


Nothing.  Hopefully, I’ll be a bit more inspired this week.

Looking Forward To

Going to Bunco tonight.  Spring break for the boys coming soon.

As I Look Around The House

The usual.  It needs a bit of cleaning.  It’s been better but it’s also been much worse.

From The Camera

Outside of Valentine’s Day, I didn’t do a great job of picking up my camera last week.  My Valentine’s Day flowers are still going strong a week later though!  I just snapped this photo: 

  What I’m Wearing Today

I’m currently still in my pajamas.  I’ll probably throw on jeans and t-shirt when I start getting ready for the day.

Simple Pleasure

Watching TV, especially a show on Netflix where I can just watch the whole series and be done with it.  Of course, I do go through spurts with it and enjoy it a lot more if the weather is lousy.

Quote for the Week

I was researching a different quote by Princess Diana (“Always Do Your Research” Abe Lincoln, ha!) and came across this one which I think is so fitting for the current world:

“The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance.  Everyone is so intolerant of each other.”  (Princess Diana)   (found on brainyquote.com)

And this gem showed up in my Facebook memories as something I shared 5 years ago:

“Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.” (Anais Nin)


What do you have planned for your week?  And can you believe next Tuesday is the last day of February, already?



Five on Friday: Feeling Loved

I so enjoy joining in with the Five on Friday hosted by Amy from Love Made My Home.  I’m putting this post together on Wednesday (my day off this week) since I work the next two days.  I’ll just link up before work on Friday.

So for my five this week, I thought I’d share my Valentine’s Day with you.  First, a confession.  The two days prior to Valentine’s Day, I was quite grouchy and acting very unlovable.  Sunday, I was just in a terrible mood.  Monday happened to be the anniversary (10 years if my math is correct) of my mother’s death.  Not things that help one get in a mood to be feel romantic.

Upon waking on Tuesday, I realized part of the reason for my sour mood was the precursor to the nasty cold I’m now fighting.  By now I should realize when I get so grouchy, illness is on the horizon.  However, I did not feel bad enough to back out of work where I’d been asked to help out with the Valentine’s Day party.

Nothing like a little preschool love to improve your outlook and give you positive happy feelings which is where my five start.

ONE: Preschool Valentines

Some of the preschool kids had extra Valentines they handed to us.  Sweet kids.

A younger student also gave me a picture she colored.

And one little girl brought in little Valentine’s day boxes specifically for all the teachers.   Since I’m not there all the time:  I had to check and make sure this was actually intended for me as sometimes the kids get confused.  After making sure all the other teachers had one of their own, this was indeed for me.

Inside the box contained a small paper airplane with the child’s name (hidden in my photo for the sake of privacy), Dove chocolates, and Starbucks coffees. A great Valentine!

Two:  Flowers From My Husband

I really didn’t expect anything for Valentine’s Day this year as I had been so grouchy and fed up the past two days.  It’s not a huge deal in our house either.  So I was quite shocked to return from picking up my oldest from school to find these on the kitchen table.  This daisy really caught my eye…so pretty! 

Three: Sweet Valentine’s Day Cards

I didn’t get cards for my husband or boys this year.  Since the first card I looked at cost seven bucks, I opted to skip the cards this year!

Still, can’t say I didn’t absolutely love my cards.

Four: Favorite Candy

My all-time favorite candy, better than chocolate especially since I know they had to put effort into finding it.

I gave the boys their favorite candies as well, the same kinds for all 3 of them.  Plus they each got their favorite kind of popcorn!

Five:  A Favorite Valentine’s Day Dinner

Can’t beat greasy, good pizza!

I’m glad we didn’t have grand Valentine’s Day dinner plans as by dinner time I was feeling quite under the weather.  Most of my evening was spent literally under the covers watching television in bed.  My oldest had pep band and my husband was kind enough to do the running around for that as well as pick up the pizza.

Now, I’m going to go back to my bed (or maybe the couch) instead of dealing with the mess on kitchen table (and elsewhere): 

There’s something special about unexpected Valentine’s Day love, I think.  How was your Valentine’s Day?

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