Happy Homemaker Monday (Jan. 9, 2017)

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather:::
It’s freeeeezing today! Actually, not so bad right now. When I got home from running errands in was in the mid-20s, but this morning when the boys were getting on the school bus it was 2°F.

On my reading pile:::
I have How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS in transit and it should be at the library tomorrow.

Last week, I heard Joe Donahue’s NPR interview with David France, and as someone who grew up in the 80s when living with the threat of AIDS was becoming our reality… well, I knew just had to read this book.

On my TV:::
I’ve just been watching random shows on Netflix: Lockdown, Rescue Mediums, Border Patrol… nothing that’s really grabbing me, though. I am thinking of giving Longmire a shot. I heard that was really good.

On the menu for this week:::
Monday – Chicken Tikka Masala, rice, salad
Tuesday-Saturday- OK, go ahead and laugh but Drew and I are doing a 5-Day Nutrisystem. We have done this once or twice before and truthfully, I had really great results! I use it more as a “reset” because it helps me visualize my portions better. I have lots of leftovers and quick meals for the kids — they certainly won’t starve! Maybe I should write about my Nutrisystem experience. When Drew first wanted to try it a couple years ago, I scoffed at him, but went along and was really surprised.
Sunday – Chicken drumsticks, mashed potatoes, veggies

On my to do list:::
checkmarkChange the sheets on the kids’ beds

checkmarkClothing donations — Actually drop the bags off!

checkmarkWork on the craft portion of an upcoming blog post (so excited to work with ProFlowers!)

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Lately my knitting needles are calling me louder than my crochet hook. For now I’m just whipping up dishcloths to get my chops back, but later this week I think I just may finally cast on for my 40th Birthday Shawl (nevermind that I turned 41 last fall, LOL)! I purchased this kit at Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool back in 2015. I’d love to be able to wear it to the festival this year!

On the Forest Floor

Looking around the house:::
Not so bad, actually. We did a lot of tidying up yesterday. The kitchen table has a few piles of stuff to put away, as does the island. But overall things are under control for once!

From the camera:::
I put up this quick book display at the library on Saturday. I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I found it on Pinterest. Nevertheless, it cracks me up!
Library Display

Something fun to share:::
Do you love the book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as much as I do? It is one of my favorites! I was so excited to learn that the illustrations will be adapted into a set of Forever stamps this year. I think I may have to buy a bunch to use on my Christmas cards. Love, love, love! 

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What I’m wearing today:::
Jeans, long-sleeve tee, heavy Hershey’s hoodie, purple and black polka dot knee socks. Obviously I went for warmth & comfort over style!

One of my simple pleasures:::
Years ago I was an avid scrapbooker (some of you may even remember). Of course, it became really hard to find the time after I had more than one child, and then of course it was kids plus work and well… there just weren’t enough hours in the day. Over the last few years I’ve really enjoyed creative planning (stickers, washi tape, etc. in my weekly planner). Well, this year I’ve decided to mash up the two. For Christmas, Drew gave me a Big Happy Planner, and I’m using it as a memory planner. Yesterday I sat down at my craft desk for a while and it was so nice to relax and work on my scrapbook. I think this will be a manageable way to capture all those little moments and memories that happen over the year. I’m so excited about it!

Memory planning

Linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday!

5 Replies to “Happy Homemaker Monday (Jan. 9, 2017)”

  1. It looks like I’m going to have to go to the post office for stamps now. I love that book as well and had no idea about the stamps. Your reading choice sounds really interesting. Reminds me I haven’t read any non-fiction (my favorite type of book) in quite a while. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. Oooh, love that shawl! Aren’t the stamps gorgeous? Any type of snow is welcome – love the colder weather. I have the same problem as you, I think. Sorting the clothes and bagging them up isn’t the problem. Getting them out of my car boot rather than leaving them there for months is!

  3. Stopping by from Happy Homemaker Monday. So glad to meet another planner! I am a scrapbooker as well and trying to work more on my scrapbooks as I am SO far behind. I feel like my planner is really a date book/journal/scrapbook all rolled into one and a great resource when I’m scrapbooking to refer to for dates and special things I want to remember. So much more right here and now when scrapbook layouts take a little more time. I have an Erin Condren and I got a personal planner for Christmas that I keep in my purse as quick go-to when I’m out. I transfer anything that comes up during the day to the EC when I get home. I love the huge variety of planner stickers and decorating items that are available. Have a lovely week!

  4. I love Lockdown, there’s a new season starting this Friday on MSNBC. Speaking of which I need to set my DVR to record hahah

    I tried Longmire but didn’t get into it, let me know what you think.

    I’ve wanted a planner for so long and never got around to getting one, I am thinking maybe this year is the year I need to just do it, it would certainly help me a lot.

    Have a great week Carol 🙂

  5. Pretty Shawl. I agree with you about Netflix-nothings catching my eye either. I Loved Longmire and hope you check it out, have you seen The Crown or Stranger things? those are also great picks, I hope you find something amazing that pulls ya in.

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