Monday, July 26, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday



Happy Monday Friends ☀️ 

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful start to your week whatever you're up to 😊  It's been a busy one already this AM getting some things done around here and running Annie around for some things. I'm not looking for my girlie to grow up too fast... but it will be such a blessed thing when she gets her drivers license. Lol 

Did you have a nice weekend? It was a pretty mellow one here, which was kind of nice after the past couple really busy ones.  Went to lunch with a girlfriend and caught up. My Mom and I had some fun time one night sharing dinner and playing cards. I was able to get some projects done around here and caught up on some shows and some reading.  

Also, I'm recently back to my hospice work and it's felt so good to give of myself in those ways again. I had one very special moment in my work last week when I was sitting with a resident at the hospice house and massaging her hands with lotion and praying and singing with her. She expressed how it helped so much with her pain.  I can never say enough how I receive so much more doing hospice work than what I give. 









 

 





THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:






























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

strawberry yogurt with pb cinnamon granola, skinny iced caramel macchiato















ON MY TO DO LIST:

Running Annie for time with friends and her hockey this week, grocery run, bank run, lunch with my Mom and my Aunt, hospice work, looking into a  potential class I may want to enroll in this Fall, exercise classes (been back to intermittent fasting and working on more weight loss)















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

It's clean and bright and the sun is streaming in. Hot and muggy one outside today. It's supposed to rain later and we sure could use more of that! I did a some extra clean up this past weekend anticipating my Aunt and my Mom coming to hang out and do lunch this week. Hopefully it will be lovely out and we can "dine on the deck". Lol This is an Aunt that couldn't get to our family reunion a few weeks ago, so I'm going to share pics with her too. 💜 

















CURRENTLY READING

Fun psychological thriller called The Perfect Marriage: his mistress is dead and his wife is his only hope by Jeneva Rose










ON THE TV TODAY:

 AGT , The Chase, LPBW, Big Brother, Making it, Virgin River, HGTV shows I tape, food network shows, movies I have taped



 










ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

Since it's mainly Annie and I, there is so much less formal cooking going on to really share a weekly menu right now. So instead I will try to share a recipe here each week:

I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks for meal inspiration. And I was looking through this one the other day







And I saw this recipe and think I'll need to give it a try for an Annie and I meal night. She'll eat some chicken, but other than that she doesn't really like or eat meat. So we do a lot of veggie dishes around here these days. I think I would grill the veggies first instead of boiling/steaming. And maybe even wrap up the quesadillas and cook on my grill. I try not to use the oven much in the summer time. 😉 














TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

sit out on the deck and sketch, read, lunch with my mom and aunt, scrapbook












TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:











FROM THE CAMERA:






Lots of lily love going on around here right now


prayer warrior 💪 





relaxation time this weekend included some sketching and catching up on magazines







my happy place 😍 







PRAYER LIST:

Praying for peace, unity and healing for our world and our earth. For a complete end to the virus. For an Uncle with cancer and his upcoming surgery. For my FIL recovering from a nasty fall and needing surgery. For a friend's Mom. For my own special intentions and those of yours that I have read my friends. 🙏 











PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday (on a Wednesday)


Hello Friends! 
Sorry i'm off my Monday game again, but we were gone for a family reunion on my Dad's side this time. We didn't get back until last night but thought I'd share some of the fun before I come visit all of you. 

I have several relatives in Green Bay and it was decided to have a gathering in Door County WI - very close to Green Bay. It's so beautiful there and it's right on Lake Michigan. I hadn't been there in years. Adam and I went in the past during the Fall when we went to a Packers game, and it was so charming then. It was fun to see it in the summer this time. Several of my Dad's siblings rented a big air b&b right on the beach. And my Dad, Annie and I (my step Mom couldn't make this visit due to things she needed to do on her side of the family) rented our own smaller air b&b cabin on the same lakeside not far from the bigger house. Some other relatives did the same - getting their own smaller rental nearby. We did all the gatherings at the big house, but we slept and shared breakfasts in the big cabin just the 3 of us. My Aaron and his gf couldn't make this trip either. But they watched Ruby for me which was wonderful! 💗 

We got in lots of visiting and game time with relatives. Ate great food, caught up, swam and had so much fun! Annie & I golfed with my Dad one of the days. Another day just Annie and I broke away for several hours and went shopping at some of the cutest boutiques in a town nearby. Lots of peaceful R & R by the water as well. It was summer perfect. ☀️ 









 

 





THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:



























ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING

fried egg on toast, fruit, iced coffee















ON MY TO DO LIST:

Playing catch up from the trip - laundry, unpacking, putting things away, cleaning, catching up on calls & emails. Will run errands this week, deal with Annie's hockey, appointments. And I start back to hospice work this week. I'm excited to get back to helping in those ways! 🙏 















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

Stuff still kind of all over and need to change my sheets and other cleaning jobs yet.  Thankfully it's overcast today and cooler and it feels good to just be getting some things done around home. Ruby won't leave my side - I think I was missed 😉 

















CURRENTLY READING

Fun psychological thriller called The Perfect Marriage: his mistress is dead and his wife is his only hope by Jeneva Rose










ON THE TV TODAY:

 AGT , The Chase, Big Brother, Making it, Virgin River, HGTV shows I tape, food network shows 



 










ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

Since it's mainly Annie and I, there is so much less formal cooking going on to really share a weekly menu right now. So instead I will try to share a recipe here each week.

I don't have a specific recipe to share but one of our favorite simple breakfast for dinner kind of meals is to make smoothie bowls. Especially nice for hot summer days to have a light dinner. We blend frozen berries of choice with some greek yogurt, honey, cinnamon, sometimes protein powder or chia seeds, and a splash of almond milk. We then pour it into bowls and top with pretty rows of whole pieces of fruit/berries, granola and toasted coconut. So yummy! 😋 If you look up smoothie bowls on pinterest you can find all kinds of ideas












TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

sit out on the deck and do devotional and journal time, read, watch fun shows with Annie, maybe lunch with a gf













TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:










FROM THE CAMERA:











Our little cabin was very sweet. It had more of a rocky shore and someone prior had even made the cute rock tower down on the beach. It had a really nice fire pit area right above the water too



















The bigger lake home was also up above the lake, and it had a sandier shore. It was big (had 5 bedrooms I think) and was open with lots of nice areas to gather for games etc. 


Two very special Uncles getting ready to whip up a "waffle extravaganza" as they put it. Lol My Uncle Don is mentally challenged and so very special to all of us. My Uncle "Fr. Bob" is a retired Catholic priest. 




Annie and my Dad getting the carts sorted 


golf time!








Golf time and shopping were both so much fun! There were gorgeous hollyhocks everywhere.  They are known for lots of cherry things in Door County and have orchards and wineries. We picked up some really fun cherry goodies (including wine 😉 ) to contribute to the big house and to bring back for Aaron & Helaina (his gf). If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend visiting Door county area. 








PRAYER LIST:

Praying for peace, unity and healing for our world and our earth. For a complete end to the virus. For an Uncle with cancer and his upcoming surgery. For my FIL recovering from a nasty fall and needing surgery. For a friend's Mom. For my own special intentions and those of yours that I have read my friends. 🙏 











PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:



I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.