Happy Monday All - and happy official first full day of summer!! It decided to show up here a little stormy, but some rain is a good thing. It was a lovely weekend here and flew by. I still didn't get to go visit everyone from last week but hoping to get more time later this afternoon. We celebrated Father's Day with my Dad (He's "Papa" to me but he's "Grandpa Whiskers" to my kids as he has always had a mustache & beard). Then celebrated Father's Day with my father-in-law yesterday. Of course we fit my hubby in there too! Lol Also, we watched my daughter's hockey games and she kicked some butt! She's really been loving hockey and she's come so far and does really well. It was a fun weekend and full of Dad Power!
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Gray and rainy. Woke up to thunderstorms, but I actually love that sometimes. I just wish I could have stayed in bed!!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
1/2 of an onion bagel with light butter, raspberries, and iced coffee.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
I see drips leftover from the last down pour. It's kind of between the drops now but know more rain is coming. It's still dark and cloudy.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Talking with my MIL as we watch the morning news. It was so hard to get up and go pick her up this AM. I just wanted to snuggle in as I listened to the rain hit my window outside. My FIL leaves for work in the morning and then my MIL is on her own for a very short time. I always call to check in with her as soon as I get up and let her know I'm coming to get her. She doesn't remember how to call out on the phone but she still knows how to answer it. I know the time is coming before too long where she can't be alone at all, but so far she does o.k. for that very short time.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Threw in some laundry already. Just a few dishes in the sink. Still some games sitting out from when my Dad & step-Mom were over on Saturday and we all played some games together. Annie had a friend sleep over last night so still some of their picking up to be done, but overall pretty tidy.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Going to do a little more picking up and then this afternoon I think we'll go out for a bit of lunch and then go to the library. My daughter has been wanting to go and it would be something fun to do with my MIL too. Then I need to bring my daughter to her piano lesson she has Monday afternoons.
Still reading Annie's piano teacher's biography he wrote.
ON THE TV TODAY:
I have some cooking shows and some of my soap opera (yes I watch Days of our Lives) to catch up on.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
Going to get groceries tomorrow (when it's not supposed to rain) and I'm thinking for one day for the in-law's I'll make my easy slow cooker ham & scalloped potatoes as I haven't made it in quite a while. We'll have parmesan breaded chicken dinner another night. Another night some kind of breakfast bake for dinner, or throw something on the grill.
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I've actually been helping Annie work some more on her first cross-stitch so been monkeying with that. I've also loved working on the new mandala coloring book that Annie & I have also been taking turns "playing" with it. I know that's kind of a new big trend...adult coloring books. But it truly is a wonderful as a sort of relaxation therapy. I will share photos at the end of this post.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I've been wanting to make some homemade granola. I've never really done that but I would love to have some around for munching and even for breakfast cereal! Not sure if I'll get to it this week, but hopefully soon.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
If you haven't used parchment paper for baking - I highly recommend it! It's so wonderful when you're baking something - like I made more blueberry hand pies this weekend for Father's Day - and for something like that where filling might leak out and stick even to a sprayed pan, parchment paper works beautifully. Your food won't stick to it and you just throw away the mess! I always keep some handy.
FROM THE CAMERA:
platter of hand pies from this weekend's father's day festivities
the mandala I colored (I like colored pencils)
Annie's mandala - she prefers color crayons
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: