Happy Monday! Back to business after a lovely holiday weekend. It was so great - from family & friend time...to good food...to fireworks and fun! I hope those of you that celebrated Independence day also were safe and had lots of fun. But July 4th or not - hope everyone had a terrific weekend! I feel like the summer will go so fast now. July tends to be a busy month to fit in all the final summer events so it's gonna fly on by!! Then August around here is almost pre-Fall. So getting ready to soak up lots of summer while I can...starting with this week.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Very gray and rainy. We had some storms last night and now the rain continues today. Raining steady right now, but not windy and stormy like last night. Just straight pouring rain. It was another one of those A.M.'s where it was hard to get up and head out into the weather to go pick up my MIL. And then add to it that I had my oral surgery last week to take out my dental implant and my mouth is still sore and the antibiotics I take upset my stomach. Ugh. More prayers for FAST healing are greatly appreciated!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Peanut butter and honey toast and berries and iced coffee for my MIL. I've munched a little bit but my stomach is upset due to antibiotics I'm on right now. Forced myself to eat something, though, as it helps with my pill.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Watching rain drops fall on my flowers and green green grass. There's really something quite pretty about summer rain.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Watching morning news with my MIL and visiting with her a bit on and off. My daughter is listening to her music on her headphones next to me. The teenager is still sleeping away - ah the life of a teen! Lol I vaguely remember those days.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Pretty tidy overall. Did lots of cleaning yesterday to catch up after all the holiday weekend fun. Need to get a few more loads of laundry done to catch up a bit there.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Guess it'll be a day of doing some rainy day activities around here. This afternoon we'll probably do some coloring and crafts and maybe I'll pull out some old home movies from past holidays and family trips together as my MIL gets a kick out of seeing those...especially when she and my FIL are in them too.
Still reading Annie's piano teacher's biography he wrote.
ON THE TV TODAY:
Pretty caught up...although I did tape some movies that I thought my hubby and I might watch on the weekend and we didn't. We watched some of the series shows we had taped (Deadliest Catch and the Profit) and of course we watched the U.S. Women's team kick butt in the World Cup soccer game last night!
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
I need to make my grocery list yet, and will probably run tomorrow. I did make meatloaf last night for the in-law's to use up the ground beef I had and will make the side dishes today and bring the whole meal to drop off when I bring my MIL home late this afternoon. Still trying to figure out my menu though. Thinking I may use my aged balsamic vinegar to make a marinade for some chicken and grill it for a wonderful salad with fresh fruit and veggies in it. May throw something easy in the crockpot too - maybe an asian style beef and broccoli over rice. Also, going to do angel food cake with berries for dessert one night as I'm craving that - mmmm.
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I made a few cards recently that I'll share this week and continue with scrapbooking of course!
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I made a new recipe this past weekend, that I got from a fellow blogger friend, that was SO good and will share that this week too.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
I just wanted to send an update on the tip I shared a while back about putting plastic bags (like from the grocery store or target) that I keep to reuse. And how you can overlap lay them end to end on top of each other and roll up and place inside an old container (I used my round antibacterial wipes container once it was empty) that has a pop up top. I put it together this weekend and it works beautifully! Now all my lose plastic bags are in one contained spot and I open the top and i can pop out one bag at a time.
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PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
I wanted to share a few photos from our July 4th weekend. Here's some shots of lanterns that my brother & sis-in-law had for us to release into the sky while we watched the fireworks. Also Annie with her sparkler and some shots from the parade - the kiddos love to run and grab the candy they throw from the floats. It was a fun weekend!
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: