Happy Monday dear Friends!
How are you? Did you have a wonderful weekend? We were gone for a family reunion of sorts. Every summer members of my Dad's side of the family gather at the house where they grew up (he's 1 of 9 kiddos). When my Grandma couldn't live there anymore, my Aunt bought it so it has remained in the family and we're so grateful. It's a beautiful and special place on a lake in the heart of a different northwoods a bit over 3 hours from where I live. We had fun visiting, playing games, swimming in the lake, eating great food...you know all those fun things family do. ;)
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Cloudy and gray and in the 60's. I woke up to thunderstorms early this AM. I love that, though, when you know you can still snuggle in bed as you listen to the thunder and the rain. Makes me feel snuggley. Supposed to have some nice sunny days in the 70's this week too.
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
A piece of almond kringle and a cup of coffee.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Cloudy and overcast. Lots of puddles in our driveway. When it's gray like this, though, it sure makes our trees and grass look really green.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
In my cozy office. Sipping my almond joy mocha coffee and I've got my water bottle too. Ruby is snuggling by my feet and I can hear my daughter talking on facetime to one of her friends. We brought back my special Uncle Don with us from the reunion. He comes to visit us for a week every year - sometimes in the summer, sometimes in the Fall or Winter. He's in his 60's and he's mentally challenged and lives with a foster family as he wanted to remain in the city where he grew up, even after my Grandma couldn't live there anymore. All of the relatives take turns taking him on trips or visits all throughout the year and he just loves it! He's such a sweetheart and we always have so much fun when he visits!
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Still pretty tidy since we were gone all weekend. Catching up on laundry though - of course!!
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
Laundry, some tidying up, and need to run some items to my kiddos' school...including a book my son forgot to return the end of the year. That stinker! We also plan to have a lot of fun with Don throughout this week. Some things we have planned include: a trip to the library, go see a movie, go out for some fun lunches, go on a trip up the north shore and do some light house touring, go to the train depot, do a pontoon ride, have a fire and make s'mores....I could go on and on. We're going to have fun!!
I've been catching up on magazines and I'm planning to start the book Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand.
ON THE TV TODAY:
I haven't even looked at what I have taped yet. I'm sure I have cooking shows among others. Probably won't be watching as much tv with Don here this week. I know I have the Outlander finale taped and haven't been able to watch it yet!! I need to make time for that one as I'm dying to see it!
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: BLT's, grilled cheeses, tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons, veggies, fruit
TUESDAY: spaghetti hot dish, garlic toast, salad
WEDNESDAY: probably out for dinner
THURSDAY: not sure- might be leftovers or clean out the fridge night
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I recently found some new scrapbook organizers I like and I plan to pre-prep some pages to get more of head start on the books I'm still to working to catch up.
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
probably nothing new this week
TIP OF THE WEEK:
This is a great one for me right now as it's high mosquito season here in the northwoods!!
FROM THE CAMERA:
I took a lot of photos at our reunion, but I took them mostly with my good camera and I haven't uploaded them yet. Here's a few I caught with my phone:
Where the reunion is held they are known for the mythical creature called The Hodag. It's a legend that was made up by some lumberjacks in the area long ago. Here's some more info:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You can read more about the Hodag here.
Photos from a lovely walk in the northwoods and along a creek not far from the family property.
A shot I took of my boys sitting out on the bench looking out at the lake (it looks like they were checking their phones - sad I know). I took this while standing in the giant screened in porch of the house.
This was a GIANT hydrangea outside our hotel!
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: