Happy Homemaker Monday, April 26, 2021

How I am feeling this today…
Ready for the week! I have a pretty busy week ahead so I spent time yesterday organizing tasks, menu planning, and setting myself up for success.

The Weather…


Seems like a nice week ahead of us! I know a lot of people who would like it warmer, but I am totally OK with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Summer will be here soon enough — let’s enjoy spring!

On the breakfast plate…
Well, it’s long past breakfast, but I had an apple danish and a cup of tea today. For lunch I had a cup of homemade chicken noodle soup. (Call me a snob, but I just can’t stand the canned stuff!)

On my reading pile…
Yesterday I finished Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill, and I really liked it a lot! I think it’s a book that appeals to a certain personality, though. I can see why some people aren’t charmed by it, but I really enjoyed it. I also recently finished Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Mari, which is for my May Global Literature Book Club. I fell absolutely in love with this book. It is sad and emotional, and really got to my heart. Both are quick reads (or quick listens if, like me, you’re on an audiobook kick). Currently I’m getting a jump on the June Book Club selection, which is Disoriental by Négar Djavadi. I also have The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss checked out. It looked like a sweet little book.

On my TV…
Drew and I started watching “The Last Man on Earth” on Hulu and it’s pretty good. Also, the usual “Law & Order: SVU” as well as the new “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”

On the menu this week…
Monday: Chicken cordon blue
Tuesday: BBQ pork chops and macaroni & cheese
Wednesday: Tacos
Thursday: Meatloaf
Friday: Take out (?)
Saturday: Kielbasa and pierogis

Looking around the house…
I did a ton of cleaning yesterday, catching up on laundry, washing the floors and organizing things so I’m not in bad shape! I have a pile of clean laundry to put away and I really need to clean up my “nest” area (as I like to call it) around my favorite chair. It’s where I have all of books, yarn, planner stuff, etc.

To relax this week I will…
I started a new blanket over the weekend (just a C2C pattern), so I’ll keep hooking away on that.

Something I want to share…
If you’re on Instagram and want to learn about government in a non-partisan way, follow SharonSaysSo. I absolutely love her Stories and at some point I want to take one of her Government for Grownups classes. She explains things really clearly, is not judgy at all, and she’s hilarious! Check her out.

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!

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!

Happy Homemaker Monday, July 27, 2020

The last Monday in July! Can you believe it? A month from now it will only be four of us here — Jake will be moved into his college dorm. It will be so strange, and I’m trying not to think about it… at least for the time being.

On Saturday we went shopping for some basic dorm and college supplies. Still have a few things to get but we are set for the most part. Now it’s going to be on to washing and organizing and packing everything up in a way that makes sense.

I can’t believe I’m actually getting this post up in the morning… so proud of myself, LOL! Anyway, let’s link up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM. Happy Monday!

The Weather…
It’s comfortable out now, but as I type it’s only 6:13 AM. Supposed to be horribly hot today. In fact the National Weather Service has put out a Heat Advisory. Not much else to say there!

How I am feeling…
Stressed about Jake finishing his Eagle project in time. The 18th birthday is in a few weeks and he still has a few things to finish up, as well as completing the paper work. I’ll be so glad when this is behind us.

On my mind…
We are thinking of adopting another cat! We have two cats, sisters, who are 7 and since before last Christmas we’ve been talking about getting another one. Yesterday Drew and Laura fell in love with one, so I am hoping to run over and see her today.

On the breakfast plate…
Not sure yet. I have just had a cup of tea. I am really hungry this morning, so I may make some scrambled eggs.

On my reading pile…
Haven’t done much reading in the last week, so I am still working through Survivor Song.

currently reading: survivor song

On my TV…
Norsemen Season 3 (Netflix)
Psych reruns (Amazon Prime)

On the menu this week…
Monday: Rotisserie Chicken (grab at Sam’s Club while out), crunchy kale salad, leftover macaroni & cheese
Tuesday: Chicken Verde Tacos (slow cooker)
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner – Scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, fruit salad
Thursday: American Chop Suey, garden salad
Friday: ??? I have to work an evening program for the library. Maybe pizza
Saturday: Sausage & peppers with roasted potatoes, broccoli

From the camera…
The Blinded Sphinx moths we saw on our shed.

mating blind sphinx moths

Looking around the house…
The floors need a good sweep & vacuum and I have 3 baskets of laundry to fold, sort, and have everyone put away. I also have a large stack of paperwork in my basket that I really need to sort through and organize.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week…
Laundry! Just tired of it.

To relax this week, I will…
Work on my memory planner. I am several months behind, and I really want to catch up and start sharing my layouts! When the boys were babies I was an avid scrapbooker and lately I find myself missing it so much.

Well, I am going to make a cup of coffee and get started with my day. Stay cool, everyone. Hope you all have a nice week!

Happy Homemaker Monday, July 13, 2020

It’s Monday again! How on earth did that happen? Again, I was up extremely early so I am dog-tired. Plus, we had a really busy weekend getting ready to have family over and then hosting our small graduation party yesterday. I have a busy week ahead, and I’m already looking forward to the weekend, LOL!

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

The Weather
Still hot, though today is somewhat tolerable. It’s supposed to get down to 59 tonight which is absolutely dreamy! I’m opening all the windows to get that cool, fresh air in! The week ahead is typical Northeastern summer: hot & humid.

How I am feeling
Starting to feel sad about Jake leaving for school next month. Yup, total pity party over here. I think the fact that he’s been home just about constantly since March is making it harder. We had a little graduation party yesterday and now that it’s over, that last big high school party, reality has hit.

On my mind
I need to follow up about some scholarships and awards. Also, hoping it doesn’t rain Friday night. We are able to hold our summer concerts at the library, but only if they are outside. I know the community really needs some kind of event, so I am praying for no thunderstorms!

On the breakfast plate
Rye toast with strawberry jam (mixing it up this week like a crazy woman, LOL) and a cup of coffee.

On my reading pile
The new Paul Tremblay book, Survivor Song, came in today and I cannot wait to start reading it!!!

On my TV
Finished the new Unsolved Mysteries and it was… okay. I enjoyed the one about the Berkshire UFO sightings because they happened not too far away. I do feel like some of the episodes were dragged out a bit. One of the things I love about the original series is that there were several different stories in one single episode. Laura and I also watched the new Baby-Sitters Club show and we both loved it! They did a great job.

Other than that, just continuing with Psych, and seeing what else catches my eye.
       

On the menu this week
Not feeling too inspired. I kind of have no idea, but maybe something like this…

Monday: Coconut shrimp and leftover steak, long grain & wild rice, steamed veggies
Tuesday: Grilled chicken, steamed veggies, salad
Wednesday: Hamburgers, waffle fries, cole slaw
Thursday: Crock Pot meatballs & sausage, pasta, steamed broccoli
Friday: ? I’m working a library program in the evening, so… pizza?
Saturday: BBQ pork chops, mac & cheese, cole slaw
Sunday: Chili dogs/chili, fries, salad

Looking around the house
I took Friday off last week so I could really clean the house and do some rearranging so honestly most rooms looks good. There is laundry (of course right?), and I do need to seriously clean out my craft area.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
Same as last week since we never got around to it: 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 think this week I want to focus on reading. I have so many books to get through, and I need to stop scrolling on my phone before bed and get back into the habit of reading befor bed. Also, I’m working on some very simple cotton mats to go under candles, plants, etc. Not exactly doilies, but not exactly dishcloths.

On my prayer list
Thinking of someone I know who I just found out is really sick.

Hope you all have a nice week!

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
Psych
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)

hydrangea
hydrangea
hydrangea

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!

Happy Homemaker Monday, June 29, 2020

Well hello there! Sorry I just kind of disappeared during the rest of the COVID lockdown. Honestly, I was so busy with work (working from home is not really my ideal, and managing a remote team of people who aren’t all comfortable with technology was sometimes a challenge). Also, the kids were in the midst of distance learning, so there was plenty of keeping them on task and on track.

But here we are, nearly July! New York is in a much better place than some of these other states because our governor took action, so for now I feel good, but I know that things will be rolled back at some point. With COVID running rampant all over the south and west, it’s sure to make its way back here. I really wish the federal government would take this seriously, but this is where we are at, so… For now I wear my mask in public, keep my distance and I still don’t really go out unless I need to. I have plenty to keep me busy at home anyway! Speaking of home, let’s kick off the week by linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.

The Weather
It’s a little on the humid side today, but at least it’s not that hot. I hated having to run the ACs last week.

Monday – Partly cloudy, 84/61
Tuesday – Chance of storms, 75/61
Wednesday – Chance of rain, 77/62
Thursday – Sunny, 84/65
Friday – Partly cloudy, chance of rain, 87/63
Saturday –  Chance of storms, 82/62

How I am feeling
Hungry! It’s true. Dinner is finishing cooking and I am just starving right now.

On my mind
Thinking about the next school year and how it will end up being managed (distance learning vs. in-school). We will make it work either way! I also can’t help but think about the colleges. Right now Jake’s school plans to have students on campus, but we will see.             

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

On my reading pile
The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric (book club).
Milk Street Fast & Slow

On my TV
Psych
The Floor is Lava
       

On the menu this week
Monday: Arroz Con Pollo, salad
Tuesday: Turkey tacos
Wednesday: Cheeseburgers, waffle fries, steamed vegetables
Thursday: Quick chicken Parmesan, whole wheat pasta, steamed broccoli
Friday: ?
Saturday (4th of July): Grilled brats, pasta or potato salad, raw veggies
Sunday: ?

From the camera
My son’s high school graduation was Saturday night, and the school was able to have a social-distanced ceremony at the county fairgrounds (which happens to be in town) so the students could actually receive their diplomas in person. It rained all day, but cleared for the evening. The sunset was just stunning!

Sunset over RHS Graduation

As the ceremony was wrapping up, we heard some loud noises coming from behind. Everyone turned to look and there was a surprise fireworks display! Community members banded together to put on this show for our grads, and it was just amazing! I feel so much gratitude toward the school district and everyone who made this happen — really, it’s wonderful to be part of a small, tight-knit community.

Fireworks

Looking around the house
I will be honest: it’s a mess. I have so much laundry to catch up on, it’s crazy. The patio cushions are in the dining room because a mouse got in the deck box so we need to sterilize that. And no matter how I try, with everyone home all the time there’s just projects and books and music stuff everywhere. At this point, I’m just rolling with it.  

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
Going back out to the grocery store. There was several sale items I wanted to pick up at ShopRite yesterday, but when I went they were temporarily closed. I checked one more time after I hit my other grocery stores and it was just crazy inside, so I left. I guess they had a power outage or something because all the refrigerated cases were covered up. I’m really not sure what was up, but I decided it was better to just come back another day.

To relax this week, I will
I have some sewing projects I want to work on, and I want to replenish my dishcloth supply so I will get out the kitchen cotton and knitting needles.                            

Hope you all have a great week! Wear a mask, be careful, and above all be kind!

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!

Happy Homemaker Monday, April 13, 2020

Hope you all had a nice Easter! I will post a recap of ours later. Let’s get right to Happy Homemaker Monday, where I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.

The Weather
Today it’s raining and the wind is howling and gusty. It would be a good day to relax with books and movies, if I didn’t have so much work to do. Guess spring is still not arriving in New York. The weather, quite frankly, sucks. I’m really tired of the cold.

How I am feeling today
Tired. Laura’s alarm clock must have been accidentally set last night because it started beeping like crazy shortly after midnight. Nothing like waking up in the middle of the night to a loud noise you weren’t expecting!

On my mind
Wondering if/when the kids will be able to return to school before the year is over, what will happen with graduation… Lots of work-related stuff, too.

On the breakfast plate
You guessed it, PB toast and coffee! I am a creature of habit (or perhaps laziness in the morning)… what can I say?

On my reading pile
Nothing at the moment. My mind just can’t focus on a book right now.

On my tv
Twi Peaks Season 2 (Netflix – rewatching it for the umpteenth time in honor of the 30th anniversary and my teens are totally addicted!)
Monk (Amazon Prime – I forgot how great this show is!)    
Young Sheldon Season 2 (DVD) 

On the menu this week
The last time I was grocery shopping was Sunday the 5th, and this is the longest I’ve gone between trips in quite some time. When things were normal, I’d do one big shop and then a smaller “fill-in” for more fresh vegetables. I have to say, I am really missing lots of nice, fresh salads. Anyway, my menu is subject to (and likely to) change. I’m hoping I can put off grocery shopping until Friday morning. Not the best time because I think the stores have less stock at the end of the week, but… I want to go as long as possible.
Monday – Chicken korma, cauliflower rice
Tuesday – Pork chops with sweet & hot peppers, steamed broccoli
Wednesday – Chicken & black bean quesadillas
Thursday –  Maybe take-out tonight?
Friday – Chili & cornbread, salad
Saturday – Burgers & fries, cole slaw
Sunday – Western quiche (ham, onions, peppers, tomatoes), salad

From the camera
My forsythia bushes are so vibrant this year! I’m enjoying seeing them out the window.   

Looking around the house
Nothing is too out of order, just a bit of tidying up to do.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
Laundry. I have so much to fold and make sure gets put away.

To relax this week, I will
Watch TV, crochet, maybe catch up on my memory planner