Monday, April 30, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday




Happy Monday Friends 

It was quite an exciting week here last week. I was absent from blog or even much computer time due to a busy week that ended up having extra action in it. I did have to report in for jury duty and due to some other volunteering I was limited in some "me" time last week anyway. But then on top of all that last Thursday my little town made the national news when a local refinery, only about 7 miles from my home, had a major explosion. Thanks be to God no one was killed. Several were injured and from what I understand  - only one person severely injured. They had several fires after that they could only fight defensively and that were releasing tons of toxic smoke into our air. Certain parts of our city were under mandatory evacuation. Thankfully our house remained in a "safe zone", but they were still recommending if you didn't need to stay in the city to leave because if the wind shifted...or if nearby tanks even more dangerous were to catch fire it would really get disastrous. We were under a national state of emergency. You can read about it and see videos here and here.  

My Hubby's work was in a "safe zone" as well so he continued working and had to deal with business issues related to what was going on. I decided to go up to my kiddos' private school in a nearby city about 15 minutes away and Annie and I spent the latter part of the day and early evening doing some shopping and hanging out at the mall. ;) It truly was a scary time and it took them a long time to be able to contain the fire. Here's a photo I caught of the big smoke plume only a few miles away when I was driving:


I'm just so grateful it turned out okay, as it truly could have been so much worse! Then Friday we headed out of town to WI Dells for Annie's soccer tourney. The weekend was a little chilly for watching outdoor soccer, but other than that it was a lot of fun. We stayed at a big water park and we let Annie bring one of her friends along to be part of the fun. So now I'm hoping this week is far more calm and I thankfully I have no more jury duty to worry about - yay! So I plan to catch up on all things blogland, computer, emails etc.  
















THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

Rainy today, but it is supposed to get warm up in the 70's. The rest of the week looks pleasant at mostly in the 60's and sunny.











ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

whole wheat toast with lemon curd and some hazelnut coffee














RIGHT NOW I AM:

Working on my planner for the week. Figuring out the sports schedules ahead and my grocery and errands plans for the week. Listening to Eva Cassidy radio on pandora and watching it sprinkle a little out the window













AS I LOOK OUTSIDE MY WINDOW

Looks like more rain coming. As I look out at our bay it's so nice to see so many more open areas of water. The ice that is left is so thin and I have no doubt it will all flow out to the big lake this week and we will have open water again for the season. Yay! True sign of Spring ;) 














AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE:

Need to throw in more laundry from the trip and going to do some vacuuming. But our son did a good job of keeping the house tidy while we were gone (he helped hold down the fort, along with my Mom, while we were gone for the tourney)













ON THIS WEEK'S TO DO LIST:

Annie's soccer and hockey, running errands, time with my Mom, visit MIL and bring meal to FIL, hospice volunteer time, groceries, pedi's and lunch with my girlfriend, work on cleaning and organize craft room/office, order items and work on booking things for Annie's bday coming up




 









CURRENTLY READING:

I'm planning to read Whispering in French by Sophia Nash next, but haven't started it yet (still didn't start this one yet)

 










ON THE TV TODAY:

Timeless, The Spring Baking Championship,  American Idol, Greys Anatomy, Gold Rush, Survivor, Billions, Call the Midwife, Howards End, Dancing with the Stars tonight















ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

MONDAY: penne pasta I didn't make last week, garlic cheese bread, veggies 


TUESDAY: leftovers and clean out the fridge


WEDNESDAY: slow cooker chicken cordon bleu casserole, salad


THURSDAY: pinwheel sandwiches, soup, fruit



FRIDAY: out for dinner


 **bake some banana bread this week










WHAT I AM CREATING AT THE MOMENT

Last of my Grandpa's scrapbook, spring clean/organize projects around here, jewelry project











NEW RECIPE I WANT TO TRY THIS WEEK:

the chicken cordon bleu casserole will be a new recipe











TIP OF THE WEEK:





in case you want to keep up-to-date ;) 






FROM THE CAMERA:















lots of soccer action and then fun walking the streets of the Wisconsin Dells and the  girls enjoying the water park where we stayed  







Photos just from this AM on the bay: cloudy and rainy but no snow on the ground and parts of the bay with open water! Also, some blue jays visiting out my window this morning ;) 




PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:
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I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

7 comments:

  1. So glad your family was safe! How scary for you and everyone in the area. The rain should help things? Love those blue jays in your last photo. Hope you have a wonderful and less eventful week ahead!

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  2. Wow! Somehow I missed that piece of news. Glad you are ok and didn't have to evacuate/
    You sure have been busy. Glad you took time to snap shots of those blue jays. :)

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  3. HOW SCARY! I saw that on the news, but didn't realize how close you were - so glad you're safe and no deaths reported. I hope the rain helps to clear the air of any lingering issues.

    You sure are BUSY these days! I hope this week is MUCH calmer for you! Have a Blessed week my friend.

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  4. Oh, my goodness! Such excitement. I'm happy you were away for the weekend. I'm not sure you can see all the toxins in the air from an explosion.

    Annie is one lucky little girl to have you for a mom. She looks so happy.

    Guess jury duty wasn't all that exciting if you're finished already.

    Wishing you sunshine this week, and lots of accomplishment. Love and hugs to all from your AP

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  5. Oh my Carrie!
    I am so sad that happened but am so thankful that you are safe and sound, and that no-one was seriously injured. I hope this week brings some quiet relaxing time for you! : )

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  6. Oh, wow, Carrie! I had heard about the explosion in Superior, but didn't realize you were so close! Am thankful that it turned out as well as it did, because, as you said, it could have been much worse! Praise God for His loving hand of protection! Love the pics of the lake and the jays! Have a blessed rest of the week and weekend ahead! <3

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  7. Such a scary thing to happen so close by, Carrie! That smoke plume looks really awful and glad it didn't come your way. Praying for all those injured and affected - so very sad. Sounds like you have been so busy doing your civic duties and being a very supportive Mom, wife, daughter and friend to those in need. Sending you hugs and wishes for a happy week. xo Karen

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