Happy Monday Friends!
Welcome to the new week! We had a lovely weekend here filled with wonderful weather! It felt heavenly and filled up my soul. Especially since the weather ahead appears less warm. We did yard work (even mowing!), tore down the well that was on our back hill (more on that later), had friends over for a fun game night & a fire on our deck with s'mores, and then had a sports day yesterday (both kiddos had soccer, my son hadsome hockey, & we even watched our friends' daughter's volleyball game). A full weekend indeed. ;)
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Chilly and 40's today. Supposed to rain a bit as well. The clouds make it seem heavy and dark outside -which is not helping me feel peppy as I go about my day. Unfortunately cooler weather predicted this week....which is more normal temps for this time of year. The warmth was wonderful while it lasted!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Caramel cashew breakfast bar from my new isagenix program and coffee and lots of water.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Raindrops are starting to fall actually. The wind is blowing the trees around and it just looks cold and blustery. I want to curl up in my soft fleece blanket and go back to bed!
RIGHT NOW I AM:
I'm in my office drinking my water and listening to the George Ezra station on pandora. I seem to be drinking gallons of water these days, as I'm really taking my new health plan very seriously. I'm thinking about the week ahead and things that we have scheduled.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
It feels warm and cozy while the wind blows around outside and the rain falls. I may even turn on the new fireplace for a bit today and just enjoy snuggling in - as it feels such a blessing I don't have major things scheduled to have to go out and about for my day today. I need to catch up on more laundry. My sweet hubby loaded dishes in the dishwasher this AM before he left for work. There wasn't a lot but he still gets lots of points for the gesture!! ;)
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Snuggling in!! Lol I need to do a workout on the treadmill, finish some devotional time, go through some paperwork, schedule some appointments and write out the grocery list. I also need to refill a prescription for my son that I will need to pick up later. I have blog catch up too. I really try to dedicate weekends to my family so I don't get all the visits in that I'd like by the end of the week. So I always look forward to the new week to get back to visiting you my sweet Friends!
My hubby and I went over all of the tournament schedules for the summer, from our kiddos' various sports, and I need to plug them into my iphone calendar. That tool is my life line to keep it all straight! Figuring out my busy week ahead, too, that includes some appointments, grocery shopping, a school meeting, Aaron's drivers ed, and some hockey this week. I'm determined to finish more of the baby album gift I've been working on too.
Still reading Susan Branch's new book Martha's Vineyard: Isle of Dreams and absolutely loving it!!!
ON THE TV TODAY:
I watched The Good Wife and Call the Midwife. I have cooking shows taped and Grantchester to catch up on. I may give up on the Voice and I'm so far behind and it doesn't seem quite as good this time. Outlander has been back too and I'm so happy!! I need to catch up on the most recent episode of that too.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: leftovers from the weekend (peek around at what's in the fridge)
TUESDAY:breakfast for dinner
WEDNESDAY: roll up sandwiches and creamy tomato soup
THURSDAY: BBQ sloppy joes over corn bread, corn on the cob, melon and green beans
FRIDAY: pierogi casserole bake thanks to the idea by my friend Billie Jo at the blog Afternoon Coffee and Evening Tea!
** I'm also planning to make an easy caramel apple tart for a fun dessert this week
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
Continue to work on my gift baby album for my cousin. I need to work on my recipe projects too. Also, want to start back to work on the heritage album I'm doing for my Mom's side of the family as there's a family reunion planned this summer and I'd love to bring it to share - even if it's only partially done. (yep, these same crafts in the works - nothing new)
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
The BBQ sloppy joes are a new recipe and I may try a new cornbread recipe to go with it too. Also Billie Jo's casserole is a new one for me and the new caramel apple dessert recipe I want to try.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
As you can tell I've been having fun each week going to different life hack sites for fun ideas. When I saw this one at 1000lifehacks.com I couldn't resist sharing because it's so me!!! I always wonder as we're about 1/2 hour into the trip if I locked the door!! We're lucky as usually my Mom is coming to stay and take care of Ruby - but I still inevitably worry/wonder as we leave. Lol! Plus, it'll soon be summer vacation/travel season so thought it might be useful.
Even though our grass is green - there's still no buds on the trees yet. It's pretty bare looking, but the lovely weather had Ruby and I out for some walks to enjoy the beautiful blue skies and puffy white clouds. And we had friends over for a fun night of enjoying the outdoor fire table and a fun s'mores buffet. I put out regular and banana split flavor marshmallows, hershey bars, nutella, graham crackers and even some actual bananas to cut up and add if desired. The kids played on the hill and when it got dark and chilly we came in and played board games. Perfect Spring evening.
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
especially when it's rainy and cold like today!
I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.