Happy February!

Well, we would appear to be starting the shortest month with a big snow storm. It’s starting to really come down as I type this! Truthfully, I am not enthusiastic about this storm. Jake is heading on-campus Saturday and needs to have a Covid test done. Yesterday he had his virtual visit and the plan was to go and get it over with this AM, but alas, the storm has closed pretty much everything, including the Urgent Care center doing the testing. So it seems our next chance to go is Wednesday. Luckily, they do the rapid as well as the regular (and the school accepts rapid results, so if the regular test doesn’t come back in time, we’re still OK). 

Ugh, the month can only get better, right? And it’s a short month too. AND we can now say that spring starts next month. I don’t really mind winter, but I’m really feeling cooped up and could use a day of nicer weather to get outside for a while.

Anyway… it’s been months since I participated, but today I’m joining in with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday. 

The Weather…
Snow. Cold. Wind. Typical for the Northeast in the winter, of course, but I’m a little cranky about it this week because I have a lot going on. 

Mon: 27/20 Snow
Tue: 30/25 Snow
Wed: 31/19 Cloudy
Thu: 40/19 Sunny
Fri: 38/21 Mixed precipitation
Sat: 33/31 Partly cloudy

How I’m Feeling Today…
I’m really tired because I was up quite a bit last night thinking about the weather, getting this test done, some things for work, and making sure Jake has everything to move to his dorm on Saturday. Trying hard not to stress out over things I can’t control is easier said than done!

On My Mind…
Mostly what I’ve already been talking about. I’m just trying to focus on getting through the week, and getting the kid up on campus!

On the Breakfast Plate…
Since it was a true snow day (no school, no work, no nothing), I decided to make pancakes and sausage. Everyone was very excited about that!

On My Reading Pile…
I’m supposed to be reading Three Strong Women by Marie Ndiaye for Book Club at work, but I have to be honest… I just have such a hard time getting into these selections. I feel like I’m back in college reading for class assignments. I’ll probably end up just skimming through it and picking up something a little lighter and more fun. 

On My TV…
We’re trying to finish Season 5 of Better Call Saul before Saturday. A few episodes left — I think we can do it! 

On the Menu This Week…
This menu is highly subject to change based on weather and whims! But just to get something down:

Monday – Pot roast, mashed potatoes, broccoli, salad
Tuesday – Cranberry-brie chicken, rice, mixed veggies
Wednesday – Possibly take-out
Thursday – Chicken enchiladas
Friday – Jake’s choice
Saturday – I may get Chipotle for me, Noah & Laura or if I don’t feel like going out, it’ll be frozen pizza.

From the Camera…
My snowy front yard

Looking Around the House…
The dining room table is covered with everything we’re bringing up to school for Jake. I have some baskets of laundry that need putting away. The usual post-weekend tidy is definitely required.

New Recipe I Tried Last Week (or One We Really Enjoyed)…
It’s not a new recipe, but yesterday I made a take on puttanesca sauce that I haven’t had in ages. It’s pretty simple: sauté garlic in olive oil, add a can of whole tomatoes (break up the tomatoes) with the juice, a can of quartered artichoke hearts, a can of black olives, some capers, a little chicken broth, and let it simmer. I added some diced chicken as well for extra protein and served it over bow tie pasta. So good! 

To Relax This Week I Will…
Ha! Yeah right. Just being honest on this one, LOL. I don’t know, maybe I’ll work on some simple crochet projects if I can focus long enough.

 

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

New haircut

Well, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? Wow – a lot has happened over the past several months. I’ve still been posting over on Instagram, but my blog has (once again) been sorely neglected. I thought I’d just pop over and post something and we will see how it goes. I’d love to get back in the habit, but honestly – with everything going on it life it can be hard to find the time. We’ll see!

Anyway. Back in December I got my first post-COVID haircut. I got a haircut in January and then obviously I did not go for months. So I got about 7 inches chopped off and I loved it. Today I decided to go a little shorter. 

I do like it, but… I think I may like the longer length more. I usually style it a little different than my hairdresser does, so that may make a difference. No matter – it will grow back!

Sometimes a change is good!

Happy Homemaker Monday, October 26, 2020

Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well today. I am off from work for a few days and totally enjoying it! Today is my birthday, so I decided to give myself a bit of a break. Let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM shall we?

The Weather
It’s cold and rainy today – no complaints, though! I’m enjoying a lazy morning inside before I head out this afternoon for a few errands.

Monday – 53 / rain
Tuesday – 52 / sun
Wednesday – 54 / sun
Thursday –  49 / rain
Friday – 38 / rain
Saturday – 43 / sun
Sunday – 52 / sun

How I am feeling this morning
I am in a really great mood! We had a really nice weekend and I am catching up on several projects so I feel really good about that.

On my mind
Starting to think about the holidays, what to make, what to do, etcetera.

On the breakfast plate
This morning was just coffee with heavy cream.

Right now I am
Listening to the washer finish up a load. I’ll switch it over to the dryer soon. Then I think I’ll make some tuna. I’m craving a tuna melt with bacon for lunch!

On my reading pile
I just finished reading Rage by Bob Woodward, and I would highly recommend it. Next up I need to read Delirium by Laura Restrepo for the library’s book club discussion in November.

On today’s to do list
Vacuum the house, finish up one load of laundry, grocery shopping.

On my TV
We finished watching “The Unicorn” on Netflix, which was really cute and great for the family! Funny and heartwarming without being too cheesy. I also finished “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” which I absolutely loved. It’s not that scary (though there were a few good jumps), and the story is sad and beautiful. I have one more episode of the new Unsolved Mysteries. I think this week we’ll be watching a lot of ghost shows and scary movies.

On the menu this week
Monday – Chipotle take-out, cheesecake (it’s my birthday!) 
Tuesday – Mississippi Pot Roast over mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday – Greek chicken wraps, roasted tomato soup
Thursday – Jerk chicken legs, red beans & rice, broccoli
Friday – Pizza & wings, salad
Saturday – Mummy dogs, turkey chili, cole slaw, French fries (Halloween)
Sunday – Meatloaf with gravy, potatoes, green beans

From the camera
We had some gorgeous weather last week and this tree by the library was just too perfect with the sun and the colors. I love fall!

Autumn in New York

Looking around the house
I need to tidy up the living room and run the dishwasher. Otherwise all is quiet for another couple of hours until the kids get home from school.

New recipe I tried last week, or one that we really enjoyed
Not really a new recipe, but last night I made delicious stuffed burgers. I mixed together some shredded cheddar, a bit of cream cheese, some bacon, and some diced jalapeno and made stuffed burgers. Everyone loved them!

To relax this week, I will
Work on some craft projects — catch up on memory planning/scrapbooking and maybe do a little sewing.

Something I want to share   
Hmm… can’t think of anything for this one.  

On my prayer list
For the safety of everyone voting early
For a more compassionate country
For family & friends

Happy Homemaker Monday, October 10, 2020

Happy fall! Happy October! Today I decided to work on this post during my lunch break. It’s been hard to motivate to blog these days, but October always has me in the mood for projects, so this is one of them. 

Anyway, let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM

The Weather… It’s cold, gray, and wet out today. If I wasn’t stuck at work it would be the perfect day for tea, movies, books, crochet… all those cozy things! Looks like a decent week ahead weather-wise. I’m not complaining!

How I am feeling… I am so tired today. I think everyone I know is feeling tired, stressed, anxious… I also have my annual work evaluation tomorrow and while I know it will be fine I can’t help but be a little nervous about that as well.

 

On my mind… Already thinking about the holidays and what that may look like. I’m coming up with a couple different plans because who knows what things will be like in November and December. I’m trying to have a good attitude about it, though, and I’m determined to make the best of it no matter what we are faced with.

 

On the breakfast plate… Breakfast is long gone! I made a ham, egg & cheese breakfast sandwich on an English muffin. Work lunch was a burrito bowl with leftovers from last night.

 

On my reading pile… Nothing at the moment, though I have the Andrew Cuomo book sitting on my desk (it’s release date is tomorrow), so I may take that home to preview.

On my TV… Last week I bingewatched the newest season of Wentworth, and I also watched American Murder: The Family Next Door. Other than that I am watching Cold Case Files and eager to start The Haunting of Bly Manor, all on Netflix.

 

On the menu this week…
Monday: Chicken & chickpea curry, cauliflower rice, naan
Tuesday: Beef Stew (slow cooker), cheddar & garlic biscuits
Wednesday: BBQ riblets, macaroni & cheese, salad
Thursday: Jerk chicken drumsticks, red beans & rice, salad
Friday:  ?
Saturday:  ?

 

From the camera… Sadly, I have not been taking many photos. I should remedy that before all the leaves fall! The colors here in the Hudson Valley have been stunning this year!

 

Looking around the house… It’s a mess. I’ll just be honest about that, LOL! 

 

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week… All of it! Just being honest about that too, LOL!

 

To relax this week, I will… Truthfully, if I can get my house clean I will feel relaxed and then feel like I can start a new project. I have a ton of this putty-colored yarn (not quite gray, not quite cream), and I want to make a new blanket for the couch in the living room. I am off on Wednesday (as usual), and because of the holiday today, my kids are off from school and will attend Tue-Wed instead of Mon-Tue, so I want to use that time in the morning to really tidy up. That way, when I have my vacation day of Friday I can feel free to actually take it easy! That’s the plan at least.   Well, I guess that is about it! Wishing you a great week!

Fall days, pumpkin coffee, and cozy PJs

Family fun lazyone PJs

Sorry summer lovers, I am so over this hot weather and ready for cool days, chilly nights, and fun family activities! With the release of pumpkin spice lattes this week I am now in full-on fall mode. One of my favorite things about fall is cuddling up in pajamas.

Every year I like to treat myself to at least one new pair so I decided to check out LazyOne family pajamas. Oh my goodness, everything I have heard about them was right. I could not believe what cute styles they have. If you like to have matching PJs for the whole family on Christmas morning, you will want to check them out. There’s even a Doggy and Me collection! Can you imagine dressing up your pooch in something this cute for Christmas morning?

Doggy PJs lazyone.com

I only wish they made kitty PJs, too! I can imagine my mother-in-law’s dog in something like this, though. (Hmm… that would be a fun Thanksgiving surprise, actually!)

I really wish we had cute PJs like this when all of our kids were little. I can only imagine the sweet Christmas card photos with all three kids in front of the tree. Of course, they have more than Christmas-themed PJs, too. There’s St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day… cute, themed PJs for pretty much every occasion!  I love holiday clothes, so I may very well have to order a few pairs of these comfy PJs to coordinate with the seasons. There’s even matching socks, slippers, blankets… even stuffed animals. You could seriously put together an Instagram-worthy photo shoot in no time!