Hello my Dear Friends!
Nice to see you back here on a lovely Monday morning. ;) I hope the weekend was good to you and you're ready to jump into this week ahead! We had a nice mellow weekend. We took down a lot of the Christmas decorations - although I leave up my candles and things that glow. All the greenery, deer, snowmen etc like that stay up yet too. So I still get to keep that snuggly feeling around me a while longer. And we got some fresh snow overnight and it's the really soft and fluffy kind so it looks really pretty on our bay today. More snow expected tonight too!
I also watched the Golden Globes last night. I love award shows like that (just a me thing) and I thought Meryl Streep was amazing!! Loved her speech. I loved a lot of the dresses last night too. And I really want to see La La Land now as it won a bazillion times! Lol
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
A gray cloudy day today. The white everywhere helps to brighten it up though and is so very pretty. Warmer temps today (teens and 20's next few days), which is lovely! Colder temps again by the end of the week. Boo!
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:
Black cherry yogurt with granola and coffee.
RIGHT NOW I AM:
Listening to Celtic music on Pandora. Listening to the hum of our humidifier as I work on this in the dining room. I have a lovely view of the bay and sometimes I need to just stop and gaze out there for a while. Looking at my week ahead in my planner and getting things sorted out.
AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW:
Everything looks so bright and white and soft and clean! I love it!!
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:
It looks so bare after the big tree is down. It's nice to have everything freshly vacuumed though. When we moved some of the furniture around to vacuum behind them we found that our big old radiator in our living room was leaking. The plumber we use is swamped and may not be here for a few days. Thankfully we had the new fireplace insert put in this summer and so we've been turning that on when we need a bit of heat in that room. Our house has so many zones (like 8!) because of parts of it being old with the radiator heat....and then other parts are newer and have radiant floor or ceiling heat. It's kind of weird - but nice that we can just turn off the living room zone and it doesn't affect any of our other rooms.
ON TODAY'S TO DO LIST:
I need to do some of the usual tidying from the weekend. A few dishes too. And that reminds me, my laundry is ready to fold and throw in the next load...so excuse me a moment! ....Okay, I'm back. I'm going to do my workout soon and then I'm going to tackle cleaning out my office/craft room and closet next to it. Yikes!! Wish me luck. ;)
Currently reading a fun Debbie Macomber book called Dashing Through the Snow. Update: Over the end of the holiday season I actually lost this book, but I've found it now so I will finish it! Lol I'm half way through it and it's really cute...like typical Debbie stuff. Plus, fun to still be a holiday book too.
ON THE TV TODAY:
A few movies still taped that Annie & I have been watching at night when we're able. I have some cooking shows taped. This is Us and Grey's Anatomy comes back this week - yay!! Also, the Great American Bake Off too.
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY: waffles, scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit
TUESDAY: healthier chicken parm "tenders" (portion control!) over whole wheat pasta, salad
WEDNESDAY: soup and salad (not sure what kinds yet?) - easy as it's religious ed night so a bit of running
THURSDAY: son's hockey game - probably grab something easy
FRIDAY: son has a hockey game again so not sure if I'll throw something in the slow cooker? Then we'll have some easy leftovers for the weekend too as my daughter has a big hockey tourney all weekend. HOckey, hockey, hockey....and repeat. Lol!! :P
WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT:
I'll let you know once I get my craft space cleaned out - geesh!! I am planning on making some cards this week and pulling out my scrapbooking to catch up. I also have a little cross stitch to finish up as there isn't much left to do on it (something else for my daughter's room). I even got some coloring time in this weekend just for some relaxation time! That was fun and I had been missing it. I used to do it with my MIL all the time when I was caregiving and hadn't just sat and enjoyed it in ages!
NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:
I know I didn't get to a recipe post out last week, so I will still share the homemade twix bars (although I didn't get a photo of them - but I'll share the recipe) this week. As well as the fun tea/luncheon with my Mom and Aunt!
TIP OF THE WEEK:
Can anyone say if this really works??
And I'll vouch that this works - at least for me!!! It completely gives me that extra pep in my step.
FROM THE CAMERA:
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
Homemade pizza I made this weekend. Don't you like my clever tinfoil center wall I created? That way they are all crust pieces!! MMMmmmmm I was a good girl and exercised extreme portion control over the weekend. Not easy with homemade pizza!!!
No more tree (insert sad face here) - but still lots of "glow".
Watching a movie with my Pumpkin and I look over to see sleeping beauty. xoxo
The beautiful white and bright bay this AM!
PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL: