Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello and Happy Monday to you Friends ~  

This is late edition HHM for me. We weren't around a lot today so I'm finally sitting down now to pop in and do this post. I hope you had a lovely weekend and those that celebrated Father's Day had a great day yesterday. We took my Dad out on Saturday night.  Yesterday we celebrated with Hubby early and then had my FIL over and got my MIL from the facility so she could be here too. WE had lunch with them and watched some World Cup soccer and I made angel food cake with strawberries for dessert. It was pretty stormy on and off all weekend so didn't do too much outside - but got lots done around the house. All in all a nice weekend. Now the week ahead...
















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Today was 78 and sunny and lovely. Looks like 60's and 70's and clear the rest of the week and potential rain again next weekend.













ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

1/2 bagel with butter spread, berries, and vanilla hazelnut iced coffee














RIGHT NOW I AM:

Listening to pandora and going through the mail and reading the local paper as i work on this too












AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

I see my daughter running around outside with her friends and laughing. They were jumping on the trampoline earlier playing a kind of dodgeball game on there. We're often the "hang out" house all summer. ;) We have an extra fridge that we keep stocked with beverages and popsicles etc. 













AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

I'm looking at my kitchen and some dishes I need to clean up when I go get dinner started pretty soon. Ruby is barking at a squirrel out the window :P













ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Soccer practices, belated lunch with one Aunt, and a get together lunch with a different Aunt, outing with my Mom and Annie, errands, big local soccer tourney coming up this weekend, volunteer time, visit MIL later in the week, bring dinner for FIL









 









CURRENTLY READING:

I had started another book, but then forgot I had ordered this one and it came the other day:

So this is now the one I'm starting because I can't wait to dive in. The Anne of Green Gables series is one of my absolute favorites of all time, that I first read when I was a teenager. I loved the Emily of New Moon ones too. So I'm so excited to read more about the author behind my favorites 













ON THE TV TODAY:

  America's Got Talent, American Pickers, Cooking shows, Bering Sea Gold, Next Food Network Star, some Billions we still haven't watched, Deadliest Catch

 















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: chickie chip on toast, fruit


TUESDAY:ham & cheese baked roll-ups with honey mustard dip, chips, veggies 


WEDNESDAY: leftovers


THURSDAY: penne pasta, salad, garlic bread, dutch apple pie & ice cream



FRIDAY: maybe thaw something to grill?















SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED 


nothing new to share here this week












WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

We had a fun day the end of last week working on some cards for my Mom. She's on a tighter budget and I have so many card making things that when she was hanging out here last week and it was rainy we decided to make some cards she could keep to use for occasions she needs them. My daughter and her friend joined in and we made a nice pile all together so she's all stocked up now. ;)  I've also been working on some of my scrapbooking catch up

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:


the dutch apple pie is a new recipe












TIP OF THE WEEK:



I made a more natural daily shower spray recently that will help cut down mildew in our master bath shower. I found the idea on pinterest. I filled a spray bottle with 1 & 1/2 c. water, 1 c. white vinegar, 1/2 c. rubbing alcohol, 1 tsp dawn dish soap, about 15 drops of tea tree oil, and 15 drops of lavender essential oil.  So far it seems to be working great!









FROM THE CAMERA:
Some more flower power from around here:


























This is from an instagram story I put up last week - we were visited by a mama snapping turtle looking to lay her eggs on our hill:








PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday




Hi Friends! 

I'm doing a later afternoon version of HHM today. Been busy with my Annie-girl today since school is out. My Aaron is back to working for the summer for his Dad. But I'm also late posting because we're having some issues computer-wise around here. One, because service has been iffy around our area recently (it was out for almost 9 hours yesterday!) and two, because of just some issues I'm specifically having with my computer. Going to have tech guys look at it tomorrow. I think my email may be changing soon too. Stay tuned I guess. So hopefully I'll get this HHM completed and linked today.


 Other than service and computer frustrations it was a nice quiet weekend around here. Very little sports and Annie was at a friend's cabin for a night and Aaron was out with his friends. We didn't feel like going out so we had a nice date night at home. We have a couple we often go out with but both theirs, and our lives, have been so busy with our kiddos' activities we haven't been able to connect in a while. Hope we'll get more fun time with them this summer in between the crazy! :P We didn't get the dock or pontoon in this weekend but hopefully next weekend - maybe just in time for Father's Day.  ;) 

And I, of course, have to mention my wonderful visit with the lovely Jean of the blog sonotorganized! I'm so thankful she reached out to me that'd she be vacationing in my area and sacrificed some of the time to set up a breakfast date with me! It was so fun to meet and learn more about each other and our families...over some yummy pancakes. ;)  We gabbed for a couple of hours that flew by. I love that now I'll have a face and voice to go with her posts now. We took a selfie that I'll post with pics under from the camera below. Thanks again Jean! It was so wonderful to get that time with you and hope you truly enjoyed your vacation in my neck of the northwoods. xo

















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Cloudy and cooler currently - upper 50's. Might hit 60's Looks like rain rolling in tonight. Then pretty nice and 70's and 80's rest of the week











ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

toast and some iced coffee













RIGHT NOW I AM:

Listening to my daughter play music outside as she has a friend over and they're jumping on the trampoline











AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Our yard looks so nice since the hubby cut it this weekend and filled in more areas that needed dirt and grass seed. I added some LED (purely solar) tiki torch kind of lights by the deck now too. All of my flower pots are doing well and it just really looks like summer out there. I love it!













AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

I see Ruby playing with her squeak toy and laying on her back holding it just like my little baby ;) 











ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Annie's practices and several soccer games. Errands. MIL and FIL things. Helping my Mom and doing fun day with her too. I'm happy to report I have the office/craft room and closet almost completely gone through, cleaned and organized. Yay! It's going to make working on my craft projects so much easier. 







 









CURRENTLY READING:

Just starting Whispering in French, then some Janet Evanovich books lined up and I pre-ordered a new Debbie Macomber book












ON THE TV TODAY:

  America's Got Talent, American Pickers, Cooking shows, Bering Sea Gold, some movies taped

 















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: leftover slow cooker sweet & sour meatballs over rice


TUESDAY:tacos (since I didn't make them last week) and I'm going to make myself a good old fashioned taco salad with doritos and french dressing 


WEDNESDAY: easy night (soccer)


THURSDAY: parmesan chicken, corn on the cob (fresh!), pasta side dish, watermelon, salted caramel brownies for dessert



FRIDAY: leftovers or out for dinner?















SOMETHING INTERESTING I WATCHED 



I have a treadmill and walk with Ruby for weekly exercise. As well as some workout DVD's. But I love that youtube has so many wonderful exercise videos that I can pool from for workouts too. And I can even focus on specific body parts to target. One youtube channel I like on  there is Popsugar you can find by clicking here. There's a lot of variety to the videos they offer and I like that if I want to just target working my arms - there are brief 10 minute videos just for that. No more excuses as anyone can fit in a 10 to 15 minute workout of some kind - right? :P












WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

Going to work on some crafting projects (involving canvas), scrapbook stuff. And the next room I'll be tackling soon is the kitchen. Going through every cabinet - scrubbing, decluttering and organizing!

















NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:


nothing new this week - maybe a grilling recipe on the weekend?












TIP OF THE WEEK:



Ground meat packing hack









FROM THE CAMERA:

   

    

View from my living room window on a sunny day - and some of my flower pots that bring me sunshine 



The Jean and Carrie selfie ;) 


ooh- la - la 


 

Speaking of selfies - I may have been having too much fun playing with the filters on instagram the other day for pics I was sending a girlfriend of mine. Sometimes I'm a dork that way.  Don't judge me ;) 








Annie's last day of school last week. I spent part of the day with her class. One of our stops that day involved one of her teacher's homes that has chickens! Then back at school they had a really sweet slide show to music for the kids. She had a great year and it felt like it flew by to me! She will officially be a 7th grader this coming school year. ::sniff::  Our baby is all grown up










PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.