Happy Homemaker Monday, May 4, 2020

Ah, another Monday! We are starting Week 8 of Quarantine. New York is currently extended through May 15th, but that may change. Sigh… It’s hard to be upset when you know that the governor is making smart decisions and it is all for the greater good, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t tired of it. Nevertheless, I appreciate that he is doing what truly is the right thing. I think back to that quote we’ve all heard “You can do hard things.” It’s something we usually tell our children, but I think we all need to remind ourselves of it, too.

Along those same lines, Gov. Cuomo announced on Friday that NY schools would be closed through the end of of the academic year and even though I knew it was coming, it absolutely gutted me. Jake was so sad listening to that press conference. Again, we realize it is for the good and health of all, and truly it is the right call. But selfishly all I can think about is everything he will be missing as a Senior. You can be understanding of why decisions are being made and still be sad about what you’re missing, too.

Anyway, let’s get to Happy Homemaker Monday, where I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.

The Weather
It was a beautiful weekend, in fact yesterday it got up to 81. I so enjoyed the sun and warmer weather. This week, though, we are back into the 50s. And what is this? Potential for snow on Saturday, are you kidding me?

How I am feeling today
Tired and “meh.” It seems like I’ll be okay and motivated for a few days and then I have a really down day. That’s today.

On my mind
Seriously? My mind does not stop lately. These people who are like “Oh, we all have so much time now…” who are you? It must be nice, LOL. I literally have less time now than ever. I’m thinking about how stressful it is working in the dining room with constant interruptions, I’m thinking about reopening at work (when it will be, the logistics, managing people’s expectations, the inevitable budget cuts), thinking about whether or not we are doing enough virtually, thinking about some of our vulnerable patrons and hoping they are OK, thinking about my kids’ teachers and their classmates, and navigating another 6-7 weeks of distance learning, thinking about family members we can’t see, thinking about what happens when things do reopen and then there is a second wave because people refuse to keep their distance and wear masks and then we’re in this same spot again in the fall or winter. Yup. There’s a lot on my mind alright!

On the breakfast plate
Yesterday I made a delicious raspberry-lemon coffee cake, so I had a small slice of that with a cup of tea.

On my reading pile
Nothing at the moment.

On my tv
Nothing really. Last night we watched Midsommar and what a disappointment that was. I did not find it that scary. In fact, I couldn’t help but laugh during a few scenes that were supposed to be serious. It was beautifully shot, but that’s about all I can say.

On the menu this week
Monday – Grilled London Broil, potatoes, broccoli
Tuesday – Carnitas
Wednesday – Chicken Parmesan, spaghetti
Thursday –  Turkey chili, salad (I have a 5 PM meeting, so something I can make ahead)
Friday – Cheeseburgers, fries or potato salad, cole slaw
Saturday – ?
Sunday – ?

From the camera
Planted a few flowers on Saturday after I did yard clean up. I had great luck with my Dollar Tree zinnias last year, so maybe these will grow well, too!

Looking around the house
Laundry to fold & put away, and kitchen table and island have a bunch of stuff on them that needs to get put away, but otherwise not bad.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
Grocery shopping. It is so mentally exhausting now trying to stay ultra-focused and avoid people who don’t understand what 6-feet means.

To relax this week, I will
Crochet, work in my memory planner, watch TV… same stuff, different day!


  1. Kathleen Gaza says:

    Your mind sounds a bit like mine at the moment. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be in lockdown. We have been lucky here, my state has seen a total of 28 cases, 0 deaths. All 28 cases are travellers who arrived already ill, there has been no community transmission. We have closed our borders, and are limited to 10 people at a gathering, and most workplaces are working from home, or like my son at the library, they are still going to work but are closed to the public. We lived in the most isolated place in the country, and are homebodies anyway as there is not much to do here, so very little change for us. My son already studies online, there are no good schooling options here, his entire school life has been online. I feel for those people who are used to going out and being active, it must be very hard for them right now.

    • Jo says:

      I literally wrote the same thing today…where is all of my supposed free time? Argh!!!
      I hope you have a blessed week!

  2. Jean says:

    I’m sorry your son will not get to finish his senior year though I’m surprised that they are just now canceling the school year. They did that with us right before Easter, I think. Maybe earlier. No matter when the news comes, it certainly stinks. I know I cried when the message came and I have only a “lowly” freshman over here. That, of course, comes with a whole other set of challenges. I’ve been giving myself those “hard things” pep talks as well. Lately, I’ve been focusing on that life returned after the 1918 flu pandemic so ours will return as well. Just not as soon as we’d like. SIGH. Hope you get some better weather (no snow!) soon and have a great week! Happy early Mother’s Day!

  3. Sandra says:

    I do feel for all the kids that can’t go back to their schools, especially the seniors who are missing graduation and proms etc. It’s a huge change for everyone and our children feel it, sometimes more than we do. I think everyone is trying to do the best they can with the given situation.

    You know we’ve been doing online schooling for the past 10 years, so for us there’s no change, but it is a shock to the system for those kids and teachers who have been in a brick and mortar school.

    Anyway, I hope you have a good week and that soon we can all get back to doing the things we’ve grown used to and enjoyed, without worrying about getting sick.

  4. Lucie says:

    How sad for senior year 🙁 It is for the best not to reopen but it puts a hamper on our ‘normal’ lives.
    Motivation is hard to find in these troubled times.

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