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
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!

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
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.


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

Happy Homemaker Monday for March 23rd

Hello all! Hope you had a great start to the week. It’s always hard for me to get these up early in the morning, but better late than never right? Linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.

The Weather
Today was a snow day! And a sleet and rain day, too, as is the way it goes in March. We’ve barely had any snow all winter, and since we literally had no place to go I thought (cue up the song…)  let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! It’ll all melt away tomorrow, I’m sure but for now it looks pretty and I’m enjoying that. As for the rest of the week? Here’s what we’re looking at:

How I am feeling today
Today I woke up early. I had such a weird dream, and though I don’t remember what it was it jarred me awake. So I’ve been a little tired. I also felt really overwhelmed about halfway through the day. Trying to manage working from home with homeschooling and balancing it with cooking while managing calls and conferences was a little hectic. Around 2:30/3:00 I was pretty much done. I did a little more work, but the kids had finished their assignments and thing finally started to quiet down.

On my mind
Wondering how long this all will go on. Seems like we’re under a work from home order until at least April 19th, but who really knows?       

On the breakfast plate
This morning I just had a slice of toast with peanut butter and a cup of coffee.

On my reading pile
I have SO MANY new books right now because I’m taking all of the library deliveries home. I wish I had time to read everything because there are just heaps of great books that have just come out. But the two I’ve got going are:

Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she’s been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey’s fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

Ten years after the Mayflower pilgrims arrived on rocky, unfamiliar soil, Plymouth is not the land its residents had imagined. Seemingly established on a dream of religious freedom, in reality the town is led by fervent puritans who prohibit the residents from living, trading, and worshipping as they choose. By the time an unfamiliar ship, bearing new colonists, appears on the horizon one summer morning, Anglican outsiders have had enough. With gripping, immersive details and exquisite prose, TaraShea Nesbit reframes the story of the pilgrims in the previously unheard voices of two women of very different status and means. She evokes a vivid, ominous Plymouth, populated by famous and unknown characters alike, each with conflicting desires and questionable behavior.

On my tv
The Tick, Season 2 (Amazon Prime)
Tiger King (Netflix)

On the menu this week
I hit the grocery stores on Saturday and really stocked up on as much as I could. Tomorrow I do have to go to Tops to pick up some of our monthly prescriptions, so I may grab another gallon of milk, some cream cheese, and another package of romaine hearts. I think those are the only things we are low on. Yesterday I made a two-week meal plan up, so I feel really good about that! I may mix and match from my list of dishes, but this is what I have written down:

Monday – Turkey and mixed bean chili, cornbread, salad
Tuesday – Roasted chicken thighs with potatoes, garlic sauteed spinach
Wednesday – American Chop Suey, salad
Thursday –  Spinach-artichoke dip chicken, asparagus
Friday – Penne a la vodka, salad
Saturday -Naan pizzas
Sunday – Kielbasa and pierogi skillet with sauerkraut, steamed broccoli

From the camera
Probably the last snow we’ll see for this winter (even though yes, it is technically spring)!

Snowy Monday

Looking around the house
We are all cleaned up from dinner. Kitchen table is cleared and the island isn’t too bad. The living room is a bit of a different story. I have some laundry baskets piled up that I need to tend to and today’s newspapers are strewn across the coffee table. The boys are upstairs in their rooms and Laura’s curled up on the couch under a blanket watching TV with me. Drew’s in his office finishing up a few work-related tasks. I am very much looking forward to changing into my PJs after I upload this post and relaxing for the evening.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today, or this week
Heading out to pick up our prescriptions. Typically I love running errands, but I do not want to be out among people right now. Call me paranoid, I don’t care. If the medications weren’t absolutely necessary, I’d skip it but I absolutely have to have my thyroid medication. Maybe I should look into mail order!                

To relax this week, I will…
This week I am going to much more conscious of self-care. I’m going to spend more time reading, I want to give myself a manicure and pedicure. I want to drink more water. I want to put less pressure on myself to get everything done.

Happy Homemaker Monday || 2020, Week 1


It’s been a while, wouldn’t you say? Last year I moved my blog back to Blogger, but after not really feeling more inspired I decided to move it all back here. 2019 brought so many changes for my family. Although it ended on a positive note, I was happy to see the year go because there was plenty of stress and uncertainty and I’m hopeful that 2020 will be a lot more calm!

Let’s start it all out by linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday, shall we?

The weather:
The forecast seems to change every time I check it, but the weather certainly is all over the place. Nearly 60 on Saturday? What?

TODAY. JAN 6Partly Cloudy43°26°10%WSW 11 mph53%
TUE. JAN 7Mostly Cloudy39°27°0%SSW 3 mph58%
WED. JAN 8Partly Cloudy38°17°20%W 16 mph55%
THU/ JAN 9Mostly Sunny30°25°0%NW 4 mph37%
FRIJAN 10Showers46°43°40%SSW 9 mph71%
SAT. JAN 11Showers58°41°50%SSW 11 mph93%

How I am feeling this morning:
Well, it’s the afternoon as I write this, but overall I’m feeling great. I still unfortunately have a cough that I just can’t shake. I’ve been suffering with some respiratory ick for far too long, but I do think it’s getting better.

On my mind:
Finishing up Jake’s college applications. I’ve been writing this blog since before he was born (though most of those entries have been archived and aren’t public anymore). It’s just hard to believe that we are at this stage in life. Exciting, but bittersweet as I am sure many of you know!

On the breakfast plate:
This morning it was a multigrain English muffin with natural peanut butter

On my reading pile:

I just started this book last week, and it will be released tomorrow. Considering everything we’ve gone through in the last few years, this book definitely has me feeling less of that “why is it only me?” feeling. What I like about the book is that the author talks to women of all walks of life. Well-to-do, struggling; SAHMs, working moms… plus, of course there are great cultural references that Gen Xers will appreciate.

On my television:
We are finishing up Better Call Saul season 4, and I have quite a few Netflix shows in the queue.

On the menu this week:
I still have to finish menu planning. I’m trying to use as many freezer and pantry items as possible this month, so I need to take inventory of what I have available. Plus, I have a late meeting on Thursday, and my husband needs to help out his mom who is having knee surgery this week, so the last half is a bit up in the air.
Monday: Roasted tomato soup & buttermilk chicken sandwiches
Tuesday: Crock Pot sausage Parmesan
Wednesday: Chicken tacos

From the camera:
Nothing to share this week, sorry!

Looking around the house:
Believe it or not we still are not all back together after Christmas! We’ve been clearing out old decorations and rearranging furniture. Hoping it will all be done by the weekend, though.

Chore I’m not looking forward to today or this week:
Hmm… I can’t really say there is anything!

To relax this week, I will:
Finish up crochet projects that I started ages ago
Give myself a manicure

On my prayer list:
My mother-in-law, who is having knee replacement surgery on Wednesday.
Everyone in Australia affected by the fires
This country, because boy do we need them.

Last Week of Summer Break 2018

Another week is starting! I had a great weekend, so I’m ready to put everything I’ve got into the new week. It’s the last one before the kids go back to school next Wednesday, so I have plenty of organizing, paperwork, and schedules to take of. I think they’re ready, though. Seems as though the high school had some kind of SNAFU with students’ class schedules (Jake’s included), so hopefully that will get fixed before classes actually start! Anyway, let’s get to it!

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Last week was so beautiful and so comfortable and it looks like this week we’re back to horrible hot weather. I hate it so much. Saturday’s temperature looks a lot better, though it’s still supposed to be humid.

Monday – 89/70 
Tuesday – 95/72
Wednesday – 94/71
Thursday – 84/63
Friday – 78/61
Saturday – 75/64
Sunday – 82/65

Things that make me happy: 
Seeing old friends and catching up, visiting places that were important to me and still feeling the love, getting out there and doing stuff (I’m always happy I did, even when I  don’t feel like it at first.)

Book I’m reading:
This week I’m starting Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

What’s on my TV today: 
We’ve been watching Veronica Mars with Jake, and when the kids are off doing other things we’re watching Maron. Looking forward to the new season of Ozark coming out on the 31st!

For dinner tonight:
Sausage and peppers
Roasted potatoes

On the menu this week:
I need to do my meal plan today!
Monday –  Sausage & Peppers  
Tuesday – Roast Beef in the slow cooker
Wednesday – 
Thursday – 
Friday – 
Saturday – 
Sunday – 

On my To Do List:
Vacuuming, washing the floors, tidying up the kitchen, getting everything organized for the start of school next week.

In the craft basket:
With all kinds of other fun things going on last week I didn’t pick up my crochet (even though the temperatures would be perfect for it). I think I’m going to take a break from Atlanticus because I keep messing up one one particular round. Instead I want to start on the Mosaic Baskets from Yarn + Chai and then come back to the blanket.

Looking forward to this week:
Nothing in particular, really. I have two evening programs for work, but otherwise I’m just hoping for a productive week.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):
Before the concert on Thursday Drew and I walked around Boston Common and just relaxed for a while. It’s such a beautiful spot! The only problem with visiting Boston is that it makes me wish I never left!

Afternoon in Boston

Lesson learned the past few days:
Age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel (or act, I guess!). No need to get all grouchy and feel like to have to sit around just because you’re not in your 20s (or 30s) anymore. Get out there! Create! Make music! Do stuff! 

With All The Best Intentions

Oh boy, here we are at the end of month again, and so much time has passed without me updating. Why do I let this happen? I really need to make time for my blog, to write things down, to post photos… The days fly by (as evidenced by the fact that yet again a month has passed), and I think it’s important to documents these days! All I can do is try to be better. Maybe set up a blogging time for myself at the end of the day. That might be a nice way to reflect.  Well, let’s just start with the present!

It is, indeed, Monday again. This morning I had to head over to the dealership to get the state inspection done on my car, so now I have my new sticker and I’m good for another year! I also picked up a few groceries while I was out as well as a birthday present for my nephew.

On to Happy Homemaker Monday. Linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.


{ Breakfast time….what is on the plate this morning }
Breakfast seems so long ago! But it was coffee and a slice of butter wheat toast with butter/olive oil spread

{ On today’s to do list }

  1. Laundry – Basket to fold, a bunch to put away.
  2. Floors- Vacuum & steam mop
  3. Car inspection
  4. Grocery shopping
  5. Birthday present for my nephew

{ Currently reading }
Right now I’m trying to get through all 8 Battle of the Books books for this year. I need to write questions about four of them (20 for each book), so that is consuming most of my reading time! Aside from that, I’ve been enjoying Instant Pot cookbooks. 

{ On the TV this week }
Another super busy week, so I don’t know how much TV watching I will get done. I still want to start Altered Carbon and Black Mirror, but I don’t think it will be anytime soon.

{ The weather outside is }
The sun is in and out today, but at least it’s not freezing. We had such a tease of warm weather last week (up near 70!) followed by a day of rain and snow (of course — gotta love the Northeast). I’m so ready for spring, though. It can’t come soon enough.

{ On the menu this week }
Monday – Frozen pizza for the kids, leftovers for me
Tuesday – Instant Pot beef stew, salad
Wednesday – Chicken fajitas 
Thursday – Turkey cutlets
Friday –  Tortellini with marinara sauce
Saturday – Instant Pot lemon chicken and orzo
Sunday – ?

{ If I have a few minutes to myself, I will }
Keep working on my River Rock Blanket

{ What I’m sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating }
I started  a new blanket last week using Caron Big Cakes in Peppercream. I love the colors and I love the pattern! I’ve actually restarted it completely since I took this photo, but it gives you the idea. I forgot two rows at the beginning and somehow my stitch count was not correct, so I ripped it back and started fresh. I also went down a hook size and cast on a smaller number of stitches because it was HUGE.  As of today I’m almost done with the first cake.


{ New recipe I tried, or want to try this week }
I purchased an Instant Pot a few weeks ago, so I have been trying so many new recipes and it has been great. Last week I made a batch of copycat Starbucks “sous vide” egg bites. I will post the recipe later this week because I made them a little less rich than many of the recipes I’ve seen. These were bacon and pepperjack and the kids went crazy over them. Delicious!


{ Favorite photo from the camera }
Last week I was able to find very inexpensive post-Valentine’s Day roses. $5 for a dozen! They were gorgeous and made me so happy.
Well, I supposed I should do a quick clean-up in the kitchen and get ready to start cooking with Noah. Tonight is the middle school “Top Chef” competition and he is entering a recipe for “Picnic Chicken.” Last year he got second place with his recipe for Masterpiece Quiche. I’ll be sure to let you know how he makes out this year!