Happy Monday to you! ☀️
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. It was a very nice one here. Scott got to come for a quick visit before heading back to AK for work. And Ad came later in the weekend and he and the kiddos (I helped a bit too) worked around the outside of the house to winterize everything. Got the dock out, cleaned out the gutters, put away all the outside furniture, covered the air conditioner unit, trimmed all the shrubs etc. It looks so bare here now. Especially with so many leaves off of the trees as well.
I also watched my wonderful Packers kick some butt! And made lots of cozy food. Chili with cornbread muffins with jalapeno & cheese and honey butter glaze on top. And slow cooker sweet and sour meatballs over rice. Also, a pan of caramel cashew bars. Yummy comfort food. Tis the season! Lol 😋 My loved ones share how much they appreciate the good food and I love sharing it with them. ♥️ I posted some cozy yummy recipes yesterday. Yes, I actually posted 2 days in a row now! So feel free to check out the last post too. Hoping to be in blogland a little more.
Now all rested and ready for a new week ahead...
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING
apple cider donut, coffee, fruit
HOW I AM FEELING THIS MORNING:
Energized. Ready for a new week. Starting some new projects.
ON MY MIND:
Busier weeks ahead. Trying to do holiday shopping early. Annie's hockey season starting now with practices so more run around lately. Adam (& sometimes Aaron) helps with the driving too. It will be nice when Annie gets her license - but not wishing it away either. Lol
It was my Mom's bday yesterday. She was out of town for my Aunt's funeral. It was very small and they only let a few people come. My Aunt had cancer and I'm glad she's free of pain. I have been talking with my cousins and pray for their strength, peace and comfort everyday. They plan to travel here when the world is better, hopefully next year, so we can gather and do a celebration of her life. It's so hard having to think about my older relatives (including my parents) being of ages where more of these times are going to come. My Aunt had lost her husband a few years ago and was missing him terribly and I have such faith she is in heaven enjoying time with him again. That brings some comfort - I know especially for my cousins. 🙏
My Mom is going to come over tonight and have dinner and we'll get to dote on her for her bday a little belated. ♥️
AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE
I have dishes to load and a bit of tidying up, but overall clean and cozy
Almost done reading Regretting You by Colleen Hoover. Next up will be a holiday book! 📚🎄
ON THE TV TODAY:
Big Brother, HGTV shows, halloween baking shows, Dancing with the Stars, Amazing Race, The Spanish Queen, Mad Men bingeing
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
MONDAY - leftovers
TUESDAY - firehouse cheeseburgers with crispy fried onions & garlic potato wedges (HF meal)
WEDNESDAY - Thai coconut curry chicken with cilantro lime rice (HF meal)
THURSDAY - Italian sunday supper with parm meatballs, tortelloni, green beans and garlic ciabatta (HF meal)
FRIDAY - Halloween pizza, spooky snacks, hot apple cider
TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:
go for walks, read, bake something yummy, listen to Christmas music and order some gifts - I love giving etsy and my local small businesses a lot of gift buying business
FROM THE CAMERA:
Just a week ago or so we had snow like this over everything. I hadn't even put my tiki torches away from the summer at that point. Thankfully it melted and it still looks like late Fall right now
But the snow and freezing rain we've had here and there just makes me want to bake and keep my kitchen cozy 😋 Do you like my new mugs?
This is more what it looks like right now with everything put away for winter
Here's a Ruby update for Auntie Patsy, who asked about her. She's just doing a lot of her Ruby thing. Waiting for when it's time to play, go for a walk, or a ride in the car with mom. In the wait time she naps. Lol She's my middle aged girl now - so she needs more of her beauty sleep. I can relate. 😉
I may be ordering Christmas gifts, but I'm still thinking on all things Halloween for this weekend. Still going to try to make it fun for the kiddos and few friends that may be over. Love pinterest for vintage images! 🎃 💀 🕷
I pray for an end to this virus. For peace, healing and unity in our world. For the loss of my Aunt. For us family and friends that are grieving her loss and especially for her daughters and granddaughters. For their strength and comfort during this time