Good morning dear sweet Friends!
I hope all is well in your world and you're starting your Monday out right! It's a gray day and makes me sleepy and dragging a bit, but I'm finally jumping into the day.
Over the weekend we did some running around for kiddos' sports. My Mom ended up having the belly flu so we adopted her dog for some of the weekend. I don't know if Ruby loved the situation, but Angel was a really good girl and it was kind of fun to have some puppy energy around here. My Mom felt better by Sunday (thank goodness) and she said her dog acted like she was in mourning and missing us. Lol! I think it's fun for Angel here as there's a lot more action going on and we have a more fun yard for her to run around. I told my Mom we'll have her come for a "play date" soon.
And on a big bummer note - my beloved Packers lost and - alas - will not be headed to the Super Bowl. They had a great winning streak at the end and I'm so proud of how they rallied for having so many injuries this season! And of course there's always next year! ;)
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
Wet and gray weather. In the upper 30's and it's still been thawing and melty around here. They're saying we may get some snow by Wednesday (which would kind of clean it up around here and look better). Then colder and in the 20's by the weekend - or in other words - back to normal! Lol
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Some toast with avocado mash on top and an egg over easy. Coffee with hazelnut creamer.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Listening to music through our new Amazon Echo. My kiddos love it! Annie can't get enough of saying "Alexa, play..." and asking her to play all kinds of music off of amazon prime free music. Annie has had her telling her jokes, telling her info etc. I loved that as I was prepping my morning coffee today I could just say - "Alexa, what's the forecast?" and then "Alexa, what's the news today?" and I felt well informed all before I even took my first sip! And now I have a really good bluetooth speaker for playing music and I can tell her a volume level or say (louder or turn it down) and don't even need to get up. Amazing times we live in folks. (& lazier -Lol!)
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
I can see Ruby running around in the yard as I'm sitting in my dining room. The bay looks kind of gross and all melty and brown on the edges. Some snow would clean things up nicely.
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
Pretty tidy overall. Just the usual...some laundry and need to throw a load in the dishwasher.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
I've got my scrapbooking sprawled out on my dining room table. I finally got my office/craft room all cleaned up and organized so I feel fully "back in business" on catching up on some projects. I'm having fun working on several different things currently. I need to make a list for the store and grab a couple of things when I pick up Annie after school (my son has hockey practice so he won't be driving her home today). I'm going through my planner and looking at appointments for the week etc too. My son has a haircut later tonight and I don't even need to take him! I've really been loving this drivers license stuff!!
I have several books lined up but haven't dove in to anything yet. I've been too focused on office organization and projects.
ON THE TV TODAY:
I think Greys Anatomy is back this week -yay! I've been watching that since the beginning (so many years now) and I've always been hooked. I know I have cooking shows on my DVR and some Hallmark movies. I tape a lot on the upstairs tv and my hubby tapes sports (we have hockey channel) down in the media room. Works for me. :)
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: leftovers from the weekend (I made chili and cornbread for the big game)
TUESDAY: homemade sweet & sour chicken over rice (never made garlic sesame chicken last week). I'll top it with cashews and we'll have veggie eggrolls on the side
WEDNESDAY: BBQ meatballs, broccoli pasta side dish, salad
THURSDAY: waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit (my son often likes to make a "breakfast sandwich" with the eggs & meat in the middle of his waffle with a little cheese and dunk in syrup)
FRIDAY: might be out for dinner
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I just keep working on all kinds of projects now that I'm more organized and making plans for things! Loving it!
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
Not sure yet - might bake something new.
TIP OF THE WEEK:
I do this kind of thing all the time! Or I put it in my iphone calendar and set a reminder with it - it beeps and shows it to me at the designated time. I couldn't function without my calendars and my phone!
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PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
Brown sugar (sweet heat) chili, maple cornbread, & frosted rice krispies treats for the big game yesterday!
Before and after office/craft space.
Love that everything is more tidy and now I know where everything "lives" again! It had really become the big dumping ground during the holidays.
I see actual work space open - yay!!
I use a lot of pretty boxes and baskets to hide my scrapbooking extras, die cuts, papers, ribbons, buttons, brads, lace, extra tools etc. Basically, hiding things in plain sight that I don't mind visually.
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