Hello there and Happy Monday! Hope my fellow Mom's in the States had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!
Sorry I've been absent for a few days. It was a busy weekend away to a hockey tourney for my Annie. She's on an all girls team this year and they did great! It was busy but a lot of fun. We got back later yesterday in time to get my son to his soccer practice and then go to a local greenhouse and pick up a few flowers, veggies and herbs. I have a ways to go yet to get all the flowers I'd like yet - but it was a nice start! And then we had my favorite Chinese food for dinner. A lovely Mother's Day end to a busy weekend and I felt nice and spoiled by my Crew. ;)
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Sunny and clear skies, but cool wind. Only going to make it in the lower 50's today. It unfortunately looks like a cooler week ahead too. Boo!! Rain and only 40's and 50's in the forecast for the week ahead.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
A breakfast bar and 1/2 cup of coffee with coconut milk hazelnut creamer
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Beautiful sunny and blue skies but the trees are being rustled a bit by that cool wind. This AM I saw a beautiful, and HUGE, hawk fly over our yard and land on one of our trees! He was amazing and I swear his wingspan had to be 3 to 4 feet! Such a lovely way to start the morning as I sipped my coffee.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
In my office. Feeling scattered as I feel I have a lot ahead this week. Listening to the praise and worship station on pandora and trying to center myself and focus. I like to break down my week into something for each day and just take things one day at a time. It's so easy for me to become overwhelmed when I feel I focus too much on what's ahead. It causes me to feel scattered and frustrated. So one day at a time is what works for me!
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Still pretty tidy. My Mom stays here with Ruby when we're gone and she's my right hand woman! Don't know what I'd do without her. I gave both Mom's some candy and a card before we left for the weekend. I don't think my MIL understand what it was all about. But I then later in the month (when it's warmer to STAY) hanging flower baskets. I'm also treating my Mom to a pedi soon so we get an afternoon together for fun.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Finish laundry from the trip and other laundry catch up. Just a little bit of tidying up. Lots of paperwork for carnival events coming up at my daughter's school next month. I head the committee and organize all of the events and the volunteers for it. I have a meeting coming up for it this week also.
I need to figure out my menu for the week and a grocery shopping day. I'd also like to go to the little nursery by my house and get dirt and start planting what I picked up yesterday before the rain hits this week.
Continue to work on the MIL stuff and have been in contact with the MD about it. We're going to activate Power of Attorney papers and are still looking at facilities to decide the next step and where she's going to go. I thank you so much for all of your wonderful words of support and kind thoughts and prayers! They mean everything to me!!
And we, of course, have several events for the week with both kiddos' soccer and hockey schedules. As well as Annie's birthday this week!! My sweet Girl is going to be in the double digits and makes me want to weep! I can't believe how fast it's flying. We'll do a family dinner on her b-day but are working on the plans for her party with friends in a few weeks.
Still finishing up a few more Susan Branch books.
ON THE TV TODAY:
I watched The Good Wife finale last night! It was SO good and I'm in mourning that it's actually over. For those that saw it I'm curious what you thought as it was kind of an unusual ending? But I read online something from the creators of the show and they explained why they had the ending that way & I thought it made sense and was pretty cool. However, I also believe she was going on to her happy ending ultimately.
I need to catch up on Call the Midwife, Game of Thrones, Amazing Race and some cooking shows. For those that watch Grantchester that had it's finale episode last week - do you know if there's a new season planned for next year? Or was the forever finale? I hate that so many of my favorite shows have ended for good - like Good Wife and Downton Abbey.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: clean out fridge night - I see what's in there and make something out of it one way or another. Any leftovers and eat up veggies (salad) - maybe sandwiches
TUESDAY: colder day - maybe homemade chicken & herb dumplings
WEDNESDAY: Annie's pick for her birthday! - not sure yet
THURSDAY:PW's BBQ meatballs, cheesy hashbrown side dish, veggies
FRIDAY:baked pasta and salad
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I need to finish up the gift scrapbook album I'm working on - I've been ignoring it lately and I don't want to leave it to the last minute...so it's moved up in priority.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I think I may make an old recipe for my MIL's "toffee bars" that she used to make all the time - they were one of her faves. I have to dig through and find the recipe and will share it this week if I get them made.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Back to 1000lifehacks site for an idea this week. I think this is a tip we've all had experience with and would like to know how to correct! Lol ;)
FROM THE CAMERA:
Some pics of the hockey from the weekend - Go Girls!! And bottom pic is looking at some of the Mother's Day "loot" I picked out yesterday.
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: