Monday, June 1, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday Friends 

I hope and pray you're all doing well. I'm sorry I missed you last week, but I took off Memorial Day to do things with my kiddos. And that weekend Ad came over too and shared a family dinner and played games and spent a nice day here. 

And probably like most of you, my heart is hurting so much over what's going on in the world.  I haven't been sleeping well and I've been putting in overtime in prayer. I don't like to get into politics and things here. I try to reserve this space as a place for me to find a peaceful hobby for my own enjoyment. To connect with friends. Share family life, recipes etc. But I guess I want to say...What happened to George Floyd was so tragic and so incredibly wrong. And now that law enforcement has become close to my life, my heart hurts a bit for the abuse they are enduring as well. I think that officer Chauvin deserved to lose his job and be arrested and charged with murder. It is scary to think of a person like him in a place of power and with weapons. And I think maybe diversity training should be required for everyone in those kinds of positions. But in all honesty, I think we all need to look in the mirror. We all need to learn, to want to better understand, and to change the way we view each other on some level. The quotes I post at the bottom today is what I feel whole heartedly - about choosing love, compassion and understanding. We still have so far to evolve as a people in my opinion. But blanket statements of hatred over law enforcement isn't the answer either. As there are probably far more of them that are willing to lay down their life for people of any color and race because they're doing their jobs for the right reason. Thank you for letting me share and get some of that off of my heart. 

And on the note of law enforcement. The update on Scott is that he's back from AK. Yay! He is on leave for a nice break,  and currently lives close to where his daughter lives and has her for the next several weeks. He has one day he won't be having her and he's coming up to visit me that day. I think there is good potential for us to be hanging out quite a bit this summer, and maybe his daughter too. I'm just going to let things be on that topic for a while now. I'll give you another update down the road. But going to give space now for things to just evolve. Now that it's finally getting a chance to become more "real" so to speak. 😉 ♥️  
















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:





It was storming quite a bit this AM. That's even why I'm getting to this later, because it messed with our electricity and wi-fi a bit. But now it's lovely out and sunny and, as you can see, perfect weather for my son and his GF to get in a game of badminton in the back yard




























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

fruit, coffee


















HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING:

I'm feeling heart broken over what is happening in our world. I keep praying for good leadership to guide the way. I prayer for peace, compassion and understanding all throughout the day.  













ON MY MIND:

Besides worrying about our world.  I'm still trying to focus on Spring cleaning and getting things in order around here.  There were so many things that Ad and I were a good balance of partnering on for chores around here. Aaron and Annie have both been helpful, but there still feels like there's quite a bit on my shoulders alone. I just keep trying to take it all one step at a time and work on the things I can accomplish.  Although, it's nice he's having his work crew come soon and put up decking that needs to be done outside. And replace Annie's bay window in her room because it's in bad shape. 

Also, Annie finishes up school this week! It's crazy to me.  She will officially be a freshman in H.S. next year. And my heart still also breaks for all of the seniors robbed of so much this year. My nephew graduates this year and they're not doing an open house for him due to covid and everything going on.  🙏 😔 



















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

It's nice and sunny now. Things are tidy, but need to do more vacuuming I didn't finish this weekend. Throw in another load of laundry


















CHORE I'M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK:

I need to clean out the kitchen cabinets - scrub and organize them. And I need to take down my Spring decorations and put up my summer ones. 

 















CURRENTLY READING

FORGIVENESS IS A CHOICE by Robert Enright, PhD















ON THE TV TODAY:

I think Grantchester starts again pretty soon.  America's Got Talent - it's taped but haven't started watching yet. I've been bingeing on Gilmore Girls. I have some movies taped...and cooking shows 




 











ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - leftover tomato soup, cheesy puff pastry for dunking, fruit

TUESDAY -BLT's, chips, veggies, fruit

WEDNESDAY -  fettucine alfredo, garlic bread, salads

THURSDAY - pancakes, fruit topping, bacon, breakfast potatoes

FRIDAY - pick up pizza or something fun - celebrate Annie finishing school

















TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

read, try not to watch giant doses of the news, give myself a pedi















FROM THE CAMERA:





Annie and I have been obsessed with smoothie bowls. We blend up frozen fruit with some yogurt and some milk until it's like a nice thick smoothie. Then we pour it in a bowl and top with fresh fruit and toppings like toaste coconut and granola. So very yummy!! 













































Things have continued to bloom and grow here. We've had some beautiful nights too - I even put out my solar tiki torches and they glow each night in the backyard. And just as I thought. Now that I've planted my flower pots the fairies have moved back in and put a cabin in a rosemary forest, are reading books among the flowers, and making wishes by the basil. 








Did I mention that this cutie has a motorcycle? Yikes! Help me! Lol The 2nd helmet in the pic is because his daughter enjoys going for a ride too. And I love this pic from the police page when a girl scout troop raised money for their dept a few weeks ago. He's a big guy so they made him sit in front and hold all of the cookies. 😂 



And did I also mention I'm getting my hair done before he comes? Thank the Lord! Look at those roots - Aaackk!!!









PRAYER LIST:




I look to the Lord for help and refuge from this fallen world. 🙏 














PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:







I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.



Monday, May 18, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday Friends ☀️ 

How has everything been going in your world? Things have been rolling along pretty well here. We truly seem to have our home school rhythm down. As well as making sure we have some fun time too. We had a few warmer days here and there, so when it is nice we try to get outside and play pickle ball or other games. And take Ruby out for walks. I got out last week and picked up my hanging baskets - so added a few more flowers to the mix around here. I hope to get some more flowers this week so I can finish planting my pots soon. When I've been out and about I'd say it seems about 1/2 and 1/2 of folks that are wearing masks. We have been lucky because the number of cases in our area have been pretty low. But I think that makes folks feel more relaxed about taking precautions. And my state (WI) made the national news for overturning the governor and showing how the bars were filled with everyone shoulder to shoulder. Thankfully, that's not going on directly in my area. Lol 

I'm excited because my AK friend is going to get to come back to MN the end of the month! Yay!! We're making plans for some time in June that could work for him to come here for visits. So maybe more new developments will be happening over time.  It is just truly kind of crazy trying to date with grown kiddos at home. A fella that works in AK (for now). And a pandemic going on in the world. I have no idea how this became my life. Lol 😂 But I just keep leaving it all in God's hands and letting Him lead me where I'm meant to go. 😉 ♥️ 
















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

granola cereal with berries, coffee


















HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING:

Feeling good. I had hurt my arm doing some weights with my workouts this weekend and pulled something. Gotta love middle age. I iced it on and off all weekend and took meds. Today it finally feels a lot better. But I feel behind in my usual "chores" because there are certain things I like to accomplish around here on weekends and I didn't get any of it done.  













ON MY MIND:

 All the projects I want to knock out around here for Spring cleaning. Especially for having a special visitor coming around next month. It's good motivation. Lol The flowers I still need to pick up and how many pots I have left to plant. Worrying about how the opening of our country is really going to go. If there will be any rebound issues due to it? I pray everyone is smart so we won't end up in isolation again. 🙏 



















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE

Nice bright sunshine streaming in. But I see the dusting and vacuuming I didn't get done this weekend calling my name to finish. 


















CHORE I'M NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK:

I'm working on a lot of the same projects I have been....the last of the closets and then on to tackling cleaning out and reorganizing the kitchen

 















CURRENTLY READING

FORGIVENESS IS A CHOICE by Robert Enright, PhD















ON THE TV TODAY:

  The Voice,  Call the Midwife (finale), The Masked Singer,  cooking shows, some movies taped. I might start Unorthodox on netflix. I've also started watching Gilmore Girls to binge because I never watched it when it was on in the past and my girlfriend told me I'd love it. 😊  




 











ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY - PF Changs orange chicken, white rice, egg rolls

TUESDAY - breakfast sandwiches with eggs, cheese, peppers & onions, roasted breakfast potatoes,  fruit

WEDNESDAY - turkey & cheese tortilla pinwheel sandwiches,  Italian veggie pasta salad

THURSDAY - might throw something on the grill??

FRIDAY - biscuit pepperoni pizza rolls with marinara, salad, fruit
























TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

Zoom with my girls as I do every week, plant more flower pots, bake some banana bread and peach hand pies, do some yoga with my workouts, read in the sun















FROM THE CAMERA:










Hanging basket flowers I picked up last week. I always get a couple and cut off the hangers as easy filler for 2 big ceramic pots flanking one of my doors. 

















Lots of critters always visiting my little nature preserve here. Lol Including this 400-500 lb bear that visiting my driveway just earlier today 🐻 





I love to do devotional time outside among the birdsong if the weather is nice 





cello practice - pandemic home school style





proof I still put on a pair of jeans once in a while 😂 












PRAYER LIST:

All of the responders, grocery store workers, caregivers, all those sick and suffering through this, and those who have lost loved ones. I pray psalm 91 over all every day. Prayers for all of us my Friends. We are all in this together. 🙏 💜 

I'm also praying extra rosary time for a cure, quicker vaccine, and better treatments and testing. 

Prayers for my guy in AK to stay safe - as a first responder because he's in law enforcement. And for him to be able to get back to MN by later this month



















PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

45 Best Nature Quotes - Inspirational Sayings About Nature

I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday