Happy Monday....and happy SUMMER!!! Yay, it finally truly feels like it has arrived and I'm ready to soak it up. We had a lovely weekend overall. Saturday was chilly but yesterday was beautiful and we accomplished some big projects outside (I'll share more in the future). But some little projects that also got done included putting together our new bench as our old one was getting pretty rough. And Annie's last fairy pot was planted as well. Good productive stuff. On to the week ahead!
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Looks like another lovely day! It's almost 70 already and it's supposed to hit upper 70's. Sun is shining too - yay!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Annie had a friend sleep over last night and so when I went to pick up my mom-in-law we decided a treat breakfast was in order so we grabbed french toast sticks from Burger King. Naughty buy yummy.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Sunny and blue skies! The sun just sparkles on our bay as I look out my window. Just love that. If you look on my header photos with Ruby looking at the water- it looks like that out there. I think it's going to be a sparkly day.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Chatting with my MIL and watching the morning news with her. Ruby is laying on my feet. We're making our plan for the day.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Pretty tidy other than the things laying around that Annie and her friend have been playing with and art work they were doing. Will throw in some laundry and do a quick sweep up. Our house is such an indoor/outdoor kind of house that in between vacuum jobs I need to sweep up the tile pretty often.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
I'm going to make some bread or muffins. I'm also going to make up some spaghetti hot dish to send home with my MIL for dinner for the in-laws when I bring her home later. Also, plan to get some good outside time and go for a lovely walk later. No grocery trip today.
Lots of new magazines that have rolled in lately!
ON THE TV TODAY:
I still haven't watched the final Outlander. I don't think I have too much more taped. We've been enjoying America's Got Talent now, but already watched last week's episode. Such a fun show we can all watch as a family.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
I never made spaghetti hot dish for the in-law's last week, so going to do that tonight. Not sure what I'm making or shopping for later this week. I was thinking maybe pork chops on the grill and a side of cinnamon apples & other sides. Also, maybe BBQ baked chicken one of our cooler days with roasted red potatoes. I think I may bake some blueberry bars as well. I have a wonderful recipe that was my MIL's for cranberry bars but in the summer we make them blueberry bars with cream cheese frosting. So good!
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I've been doing some organizing of things to finally work on my big project focus for this summer which is the heritage family scrapbook album for my Mom's family. It will be such a fun project to work on together and hopefully get some neat stories from my relatives to put in with the pages.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I'm not making a new recipe but I recently received a new recipe I'll share later this week. When Annie had her presentation in her class on her last week of school they had snacks for us and her teacher made a really unusual and wonderful treat that I will talk about later in the week!
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Something that I have always used is a standing toothbrush holder in a different way. Do you know which I mean? The kind that has its own base and round ring at the top with open areas to put your toothbrush in and let it lean on the sides. I love to use one in my cabinet as a place to hold my make up brushes. When I wash them it works great so they can stand up in there and dry too. I like keeping my brushes separate from my make up bag (except when I'm traveling) so they don't get full of other stuff.
FROM THE CAMERA:
This is next to our front door. This is the new bench. The last one had wood and metal and didn't hold up as well as I think this all metal one will. I have a flowering vine planted that will grow over the summer on the little trellis in the back part of the green planter.
One of Annie's friends accidentally broke one of my lanterns so now I only have 2 but I put the candle from it in the bird bath. They still all light up at night. So pretty among the flowers.
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: