Happy July to everyone. I feel like our summer is finally here. High school graduation was this past weekend so now all of my musical children are finally done with concerts (both of my boys played at graduation on Saturday night). Now we transition to a variety of camps — VBS, Boy Scout camps, rec camps… I guess things don’t really slow down all that much, but in a way it feels like they do because at least there’s not homework or that many extra commitments.
I feel like a new month is always a great time for a fresh start and for goal setting, so one of my goals is to blog every day, to get back into the habit. It may not be a long post every day (though it may be!), but even a photo or two will count in my book. Another goal is transferring all of the recipes from my old blog to a new recipe blog that I’d like to start. Yes, I am feeling motivated!!!
Well, let’s get things started with Happy Homemaker Monday. Hop over to Sandra’s blog
to join in or to read HHM post from a great group of ladies!
Well, summer is definitely here! Today will be in the mid-80s and sunny. This whole week looks to be very hot as a matter of fact. Not my favorite weather, but that’s OK. It’s seasonable and I know so many people love the summer weather.
Monday – Sunny, 84/61
Tuesday – Sunny, 84/65
Wednesday – Sunny, 84/66
Thursday – Sunny, chance of thunderstorms, 90/66
Friday – Sunny, chance of thunderstorms, 85/70
Saturday – Sunny, chance of thunderstorms, 85/67
On the breakfast plate this morning:::
This morning I just had coffee and a slice of low-cal multigrain toast with crunchy peanut butter.
Right now I am:::
Getting ready to head in to work. I don’t typically work in the library on Mondays, but I am covering for someone who is on vacation this week and next week.
On my bedside table:::
My bedside table is currently a mess – I really need to straighten everything out. I have my thyroid meds, lotions, books, a tissue box… really I need to get in there and give the whole room a good cleaning and organizing.
On my reading pile:::
Current reading Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster by Adam Higginbotham. For many people my age, the great traumatic event of 1986 was the space shuttle disaster. For me it was the explosion of reactor #4. This book is excellent — it’s rich with detailed history, but is written so well that it’s almost a page-turner. It is not dry at all. If you enjoy non-fiction, Russian history, or remember the disaster and want to learn more I highly recommend it.
Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::
We has an incredibly busy weekend so we didn’t watch too much of anything. Drew and I have been watching Trailer Park Boys on Netflix and it’s so stupid, but also funny.
On my TV this week:::
Stranger Things, season 3!!! I am so excited to watch this when it hits Netflix later in the week.
On the menu for this week:::
Meatball & sausage Parmesan, broccoli
Kielbasa, sauerkraut, mini pierogis, veggies
Out to dinner with a friend (maybe?)
Thursday – Independence Day
Bacon burgers, chips, cole slaw, buffalo chicken dip, crudite, etc. Just planning on making a bunch of fun food to enjoy on the holiday.
Not sure yet
On my to do list:::
Mail in paperwork for various camps
Register Laura for town rec camp
Transfer recipes from my old blog to a new cooking blog
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
I am feeling the knitting bug biting me these days. Although I tend to do more crochet now, I learned to knit first. I was looking through my yarn stash and a hank of Gale’s sock yarn that I purchased at Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool last fall jumped out at me. I think the Be Simple Variations Shawl is due to be cast on this week! I also want to work up some dishcloths and dish towel toppers.
Looking forward to:::
An extra day off this week!
Looking around the house:::
It’s not too bad because we had company yesterday, so we did a speed clean in the morning. And I’ve already vacuumed so the floors are clean. But there is definitely some organizing that needs to be done!
From the camera:::
My day lilies — I can’t believe the deer haven’t eaten them yet! Last year a generous library patron dug up some of her fancy day lilies to share with me and those are just popping. I can’t wait for them to bloom!
What I’m wearing today:::
Jeans and a white/black/pink blouse that I honestly don’t like, but… it’s what I grabbed out of the closet. I probably should just donate it because I don’t feel like it’s all that flattering.
One of my simple pleasures:::
Wildflowers growing along the roadside. I’m so lucky to live in a rural community with lots of grass, trees, and flowers and I try not to take it for granted!
Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!