Happy Monday my Friends!
Hope you had a lovely weekend and it didn't fly by too fast. My kiddos had several sports this weekend. Hockey practices and both of them had soccer scrimmages. The weather could have been a little warmer- but it wasn't too bad and felt good to be back to a sport that doesn't involved sitting inside a hockey rink!! Lol We had a little black bear adventure in our yard that I'll share later (those that follow me on instagram know what I'm talking about). ;) Now on to the new week ahead.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Just beautiful! Sunny and calm. It's in the 50's right now and supposed to get in the 60's! Birds were singing away when I let Ruby out and it felt heavenly already. Looks like a good week of weather overall. Yay!! Maybe the trees will finally start budding out.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Lemon isagenix bar and 1/2 cup of coffee.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
The sun is nice and bright and the sky is an amazing blue! I'm definitely going to get out and enjoy it soon!
RIGHT NOW I AM:
I'm sitting in my office. Listening to George Ezra station. Feeling peppy and ready to tackle things. I have a busy week ahead and so much I want to do that I don't even know where to begin. But I'll finish house chores first, get my exercise in and take Ruby for a walk later in the this gorgeous weather.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
The usual laundry and basic house pick up, as we were gone most of the day yesterday - not much was accomplished around here. I have paperwork to tackle and I my journal is staring at me and I need to do some devotional time and writing in there. Probably outside since it's so lovely. ;)
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Picking up, laundry, change the rest of the sheets I didn't change yesterday. My daughter and I need to go through her clothes as she keeps growing and we need to give away her old things and make room for some new summer clothing we've picked up. Exercise, devotional time, paperwork, some dentist appointments this week, need to make some other appointments, need to finish some projects I'm doing as gifts, get groceries and make a dish for an event at my daughter's school, start getting pots out & other things form the shed for summer....I could go on and on. Feeling busy but in a good way!
I actually picked up several of Susan Branch's old books recently and I'm enjoying reading them so much! I'm reading one all about summer right now. I love her illustrations, great recipes, words of wisdom and inspiring quotes. Such feel good books!
ON THE TV TODAY:
I have all kinds of things to catch up on. I didn't really watch anything yesterday and was too tired last night. I did watch Outlander on Saturday (just love that show!). But I need to catch up on The Good Wife, Call the Midwife, Grantchester, Game of Thrones, several cooking shows etc.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: slow cooker spaghetti and meatballs, pasta, garlic bread and caesar salad
TUESDAY: breakfast for dinner
WEDNESDAY: soup, sandwich, salad night
THURSDAY: grilled chicken, coleslaw, corn on the cob, potato side dish
FRIDAY:stuffed pork chops, baked potato, veggies
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:
May still look up something new to bake. May do a fish recipe for myself when I grab next groceries (i'm the only one in my family that likes fish - ugh)
TIP OF THE WEEK:
I have a card holder with my address book. If I see a good deal on cards, or one I really like - I keep them in there to use and keep track of friends and relatives birthdays. I also put certain ones I make in there too. It's a nice central location to go to and grab a card, for any occasion, as I need them.
FROM THE CAMERA:
Time for fresh flavors again! This is homemade salsa I made the other day and I'll be sharing the recipe on Thursday's post. Photo is from my instagram.
I've been doing more of this - yay! Sitting outside to journal. Probably even do more of it today. ;) Photo is from my instagram.
In my northwoods it's a very normal occurrence to have black bears come into to town to visit in the Spring (when they're up from hibernating) and in the Fall before they go back to hibernate. In the heart of summer they're off in the deep woods eating berries and things. Town can have easy food for them when they target bird feeders and garbage cans. There's never truly been any danger and they're more of a nuisance really. They're just something we're very used to where we live. However, for a couple of Springs now my Ruby has chased a baby black bear up a tree. So we do have to watch for that, because if big Mama were to come following - Ruby could be in trouble. We just get her back in the house until we know the baby bear has gotten down and moved on its way. Well, Ruby chased one this weekend in the woods next to our yard. In this video if you look by the dangle on our wind chime off in the distance, in the white birch, you can see baby bear finally crawling back down. The video is even more clear on my instagram.
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
I'm back to the season of bears and sunscreen in my northwoods! I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.