Happy Homemaker Monday, July 6, 2020

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Ours was quiet, but good. Didn’t really do much for the 4th of July. Nevertheless, we enjoyed grilled brats and set off some low-key fireworks for the kids. Having a lazy day was fun, too!

Let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM, shall we?

The Weather
The weekend was so miserably hot. I am not a fan of summer weather, and I really don’t enjoy being stuck with the windows closed and the A/C on, but it beat the alternative. It’s still really hot today, but so far things are comfortable with just the fan. Is it too early to be longing for fall?

How I am feeling
Excited to see my parents this weekend! I have not seen them since mid-March, and Sunday we are having a small celebration for Jake with my parents and Drew’s mom.

On my mind
I have to remember to order graduation photos before the free shipping deal expires! I keep forgetting!      

On the breakfast plate
Light multi-grain toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee.

On my reading pile
I feel bad, but I gave up on The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric (which I was reading for book club at work). I love the idea, but reading it was a struggle, and honestly the print was so tiny that it was physically hard to read. So instead I just checked out The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters. This should tide me over until all of the new July releases come rolling in (SO MANY GREAT BOOKS THIS MONTH).

On my TV
Unsolved Mysteries (the new episodes on Netflix!)

On the menu this week
Monday: Chicken Parmesan, whole wheat pasta, steamed veggies
Tuesday: Kielbasa, potato-cheese pierogis, green salad
Wednesday: Cheeseburgers, waffle fries, steamed vegetables
Thursday: Instant Pot chicken biryani, cucumber and onion salad
Friday: Make-your-own pizzas, salad
Saturday: ?
Sunday: Family over for Jake’s graduation party: beef tenderloin, baked potatoes, spinach au gratin, green salad, cheesecake

From the camera
My flower garden is doing so well this year – I’m really excited about it! In particular, I was pleasantly surprised to discover blooms on my hydrangea, which has not flowered since 2008. (Yes, I do actually keep track of these things, LOL)


My day lilies are looking great, too.

day lilies

Looking around the house
It’s the usual for a Monday. Enough said!

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
We have an old TV upstairs that needs to come downstairs and get thrown away and it’s is big and unwieldy and I know it is going to a real ordeal. But at the same time I really want to get it done!

To relax this week, I will
I have a new crochet blanket I plan to start, and I’m really excited about it! It is the WeekEnder Blanket and I love how the hexagons are connected to each other as you work it up, so no sewing it all together! It should be a good stash-buster, as well.

On my prayer list
Praying for everyone struck with the coronovirus, those who are still suffering ongoing symptoms, and those with loved ones who are sick or who have passed because of it.

Praying for wisdom for our local, state, and national leadership. Praying for the divisive rhetoric to stop because it is not helping bring anyone together.

Wishing you a great week ahead. I’m going to try to get back into regular blog posting – I’ve missed it! Wear a mask, be careful, and above all be kind!


  1. Monique says:

    Beautiful flowers and garden photos. Our lily’s have bloomed and are all gone now. The deer eating them didn’t help.
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  2. Jean says:

    Your day lilies are gorgeous! And hooray for hydrangeas. The ones I planted haven’t bloomed this year so maybe I’ll get blooms next year. The neighbor’s hydrangea always puts on a show for me. Glad you’ll get to see your parents soon. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    • Carol Bancroft says:

      Oh, I hope your hydrangea blooms next year. I’ve been so frustrated with this one and I would love to know what was different this year. Seems like they are finicky! Have a great week, Jean!

  3. Sandra says:

    I’ve saved that blanked PDF for a future date. It looks gorgeous and you’re right, it’s a great stash buster. Can’t wait to see yours.

    Girl, I am so tired of the divisiveness in this country, wish the government on all levels and from both parties would just stop this nonsense and work together once and for all. Same with this virus, so ready for it to go away. Too many people sick, dying and affected by it.

    Your menu looks so yummy.

    Your hydrangeas are gorgeous. I love Hydrangeas and have a bush that just doesn’t seem to be alive, but then sometimes it does? I have no clue. I thought about pulling it but just going to keep it.

    Have a blessed week 🙂

    Oh, could you maybe do a post on the new book releases? I’m always looking for new ones and since you work at a library, I think it would be so cool to see the newest books available. Just an idea 🙂

    • Carol Bancroft says:

      Oh, I would love to do a book post! (Can’t believe I never thought of that.) I will work on getting one up this week – there are a few I am so excited about. And I had to laugh because there is a business here in upstate NY called Stewarts and they have gas stations, but they also make their own sodas and are really known for their dairy goods. Their ice cream is delicious and one of their seasonal summer flavors is called “Civility,” which I just loved! I think we all need a little of that! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  4. Jayne says:

    Enjoy your visit with your parents. I haven’t seen mine since March either and the city they live in has just had to reenter lockdown, so another month or two at least.
    I really want to make a Weekender as well. First I need to learn to crochet though!
    And it is never too early to wish for autumn. I do not like the heat (and we get very hot) so pretty much by the end of spring, I am longing for autumn!
    Hope you have a lovely, not too hot, week!

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