Monday, October 25, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday


Happy Monday Friends!

How was your weekend? It felt like it went fast here and it was one of those nice lazy ones. It was chilly and I spent lots of time outside with Ruby. It felt good to get that cozy feeling of coming in and having a hot tea and then snuggling under a favorite soft blanket to read or watch a show. I reorganized a closet that needed it. Had painters finish here last week patching walls and painting...including a gross little closet that has needed love forever. So it felt so good to have that all accomplished! Did usual mass time Saturday and my Mom came over for dinner and we played cards. Had nice times with my girlie Annie too as she had been home for long weekend. She had days off late last week for conferences. She even did a slumber party sleepover in my bed one night like we used to do. πŸ’• Also, it was so nice to lounge Sunday and watch my Packers win again! Yay!! And then Aaron and his gf called us late in the day and said they wanted to do dinner together. So they came over and we ate dinner and played games.  A wonderful kiddos filled weekend that makes my momma heart so full. ♥️ 


It's my Mom's birthday this week so we're going to be celebrating her! And I need to work on getting my deck furniture stored away before it gets REALLY freezing...or snows!  I can't believe it's almost Halloween already too. Annie and I have fun plans to carve pumpkins yet and go to a musical at a local high school. She also has a dance this weekend and has friends coming over for Halloween. 














THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:

















         



ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

mini bagel with a little bit of cinnamon brown sugar cream cheese and a little drizzle of maple pumpkin butter on top of that,  coffee with almond joy creamer (Mmmmm)
















ON MY TO DO LIST:

errands, home projects including deck furniture, baking for my Mom's bday and to share a post here, hair appointment, home business project I'm working on, getting things set for Halloween, hospice volunteering from home and at facility, flu shot for Annie & I, more Christmas shopping (I've gotten a lot done already and even ordered my turkey for thanksgiving too!), might be zooming with gf's again this week

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

Kind of gray as it was raining this AM, but supposed to clear up a bit. Listening to praise and worship music and can hear the laundry going. Working on my list for this week and it feels cozy with Ruby snoring on a couch nearby. Lol
















CURRENTLY READING

some hospice related literature that I was sent, Fall magazines, bible time










ON THE TV TODAY:

  Good Doctor, the Resident, Survivor, DWTS, The Masked Singer, New Amsterdam,   Grantchester, Ghosts, Call the Midwife, The Great British Bake Off, the voice (Ed Sheeran on this week!), Kids baking championship, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (for nostalgia - hoping Annie will watch with me πŸ˜‰)


 











ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:


MONDAY -  out for Mom's bday dinner

TUESDAY - homestyle turkey & biscuit pot pie w/ carrots, celery & fresh thyme (HF meal didn't past weekend)

WEDNESDAY - wrap sandwiches with spinach herb wraps, baked chips, fruit

THURSDAY - one pot broccoli mac & cheese w/ panko topping (HF meal)

FRIDAY - burgers w/ gouda cheese & tomato onion jam, potato wedges (HF meal)

 













TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

bake bars for my Mom and other baking, craft, hopefully carve pumpkins and toast seeds, play outside with Ruby














TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:




















FROM THE CAMERA:

I recently got this large pumpkin lantern with a timer. It's so pretty and I love having so many things pop on and glow every night. It's the little things...

















The sky has been putting on such a beautiful show every night lately. And Ruby and I are here for it 😍 









PRAYER LIST:

Praying for peace, unity and healing for our world and our earth. For a complete end to the virus. For those in health care, first responders and so many professions that work to keep us healthy and safe. For my former FIL with health related issues. For my sweet Mom and her bday this week. For a safe Halloween weekend for all. 

**I have been praying the rosary, as October is rosary month and at my parish they were requesting folks pray a rosary every day through October. They requested for vocations so I have been praying for that and also for special intentions.











PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

Have a wonderful week ahead and a safe and fun Halloween! πŸŽƒ πŸ‘» 
I will be back with another post later in the week to share a Fall recipe! I'm linking with Sandra of Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday



Hello Dear Friends and Happy Monday to you! ☀️ 

I hope your day is off to a great start already. And that you had a wonderful weekend. I had a lot of fun! I feel like the birthday parties just keep comin. Lol  I feel very loved and blessed. My Mom told me she had initially been planning a surprise party for me for this past Friday (my bday) but after hearing me complain I didn't want any big deal made of this big number...well she changed her mind and I'm so glad! 😊   So it was a nice dinner out at a favorite local pizza place with my Mom, step Dad, an Aunt, my kiddos (including my son's gf) and my brother and SIL. It was perfect. I have been celebrating over the past few weeks with other family and with friends - so I think I have ushered in 50 in the best ways a gal could ever want!!  Also, on Saturday just Aaron, Annie & I went to watch a local juniors hockey team we like. Just a night out with my kiddos - doesn't get any better! ❤️ 


I know mid life and big numbers can really hit some people hard. I think we all face our mortality in some way during this time. And if you add in life events like, losing a loved one...it can cause a true mid-life crisis, as they say. Trying to chase youth in various ways (getting a sports car, changing careers etc). And many have affairs as I know all too well. You know someone is really suffering a crisis when they choose to destroy their family to have an affair with and date someone young enough to be their daughter. And to lose so many family and friends that loved them, let alone, to humiliate and hurt their kids because they are still at war with themselves is just a pain I can't even imagine.  I empathize and pray for other families that have suffered the same kind of hurt. It's a continued road of healing here and is getting better.  I am grateful that I ultimately embrace my middle age. I feel each day is a gift and I believe in God's plan for my path. All that I have been through has brought me closer to Him and to my family and friends and that has been a treasure. πŸ™ 


I continue to feel a true calling to the hospice work I'm doing and will  follow where I am lead. I also believe I'm being shaped into the person I am meant to be and finally in a healthy place to let someone into my life. I continue to date and that's going well. I'm actually having a lot of fun with freedom I never had in the past. I have even had ego boosts being asked out by a few different guys in their 30's....but I'm not about to go through someone else's mid-life crisis! Lol 😝 There is potential with one fellow (only a few years younger than I, don't worry) - but I won't share more love life things unless something becomes certain. Thank you always, friends, for sharing your wisdom, love, prayers, support, and following my journey.  So grateful for you all! 












THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:


























         



ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE THIS MORNING:

half bagel, light cream cheese, everything but the bagel seasoning, fruit, coffee with amaretto creamer
















ON MY TO DO LIST:

grocery pick up, coffee with gf's, errands, flu shot, painters here doing work, hospice work at facility and at home, Annie's conferences, work on etsy store, projects

















AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE   

the sun is shining in and there is still quite a few leaves on the trees in the backyard and they are glowing - I just love this time of year so much
















CURRENTLY READING

so many books to catch up on but continue to be distracted with other things 










ON THE TV TODAY:

 Big Brother,  Good Doctor, the Resident, Survivor, DWTS, The Masked Singer, New Amsterdam,  HGTV shows, Grantchester, Ghosts, Call the Midwife, The Great British Bake Off, movies taped


 











ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:


MONDAY -  lemon za'atar grilling cheese with greek salad and garlic pita croutons (HF meal)

TUESDAY - burgers and corn on the cob on the grill, caesar pasta salad, chips, veggies, fruit

WEDNESDAY - one pan santa fe pork tacos with monterey jack cheese & cilantro lime slaw (HF meal)

THURSDAY - crepes w/ nutella & berries, red potatoes roasted with garlic and rosemary, fruit

FRIDAY - homestyle turkey & biscuit pot pie w/ carrots, celery & fresh thyme (HF meal)

 













TO RELAX THIS WEEK I WILL:

coffee with gf's, walk with Ruby, bake something (maybe pumpkin cream cheese bread), book a massage w/ bday gift certificate πŸ˜‰ 














TIPS OR SOMETHING TO SHARE:











Here's a peaceful moment with a woodwick candle and looking out at the fall leaves from my tv room. And a video out in my backyard under the rustling and falling leaves 🍁 

















FROM THE CAMERA:


work on a Christmas recipe scrapbook


October is rosary month...been saying a rosary each day.





baked zucchini chocolate chip bread up over the weekend with a Hello Fresh zucchini I didn't use in a meal kit. πŸ˜ƒ 









One of Annie's pals goes to a different school than she does and that friend had her Fall Ball at school over the weekend. Well her Mom (who's a good friend of mine) told Annie to throw on her dress and join her daughter for the Fall Ball photos they were going to take. I thought that was so sweet. Annie has a semi formal Halloween dance the end of the month and plans to wear that dress but with black shoes and jewelry and vamped up makeup. Growing up so fast! sigh






I felt pampered with gifts - my gf's sent me a huge pampering box filled with things like the blanket in the pic which is so soft and gorgeous, slippers, face mask, neck wrap all filled with lavender so you can microwave and it's warm and smells heavenly, bath salts, aromatherapy discs for the shower, and many other things - some funny relating to my age. πŸ˜‰  

Annie got me this crystal of roses (her Dad used to always get me red roses), and some absolutely beautiful crystal butterflies in all different colors. Perfect for springtime to put in the window and make rainbows. Aaron and his gf got me a big bag of goodies too that included some of my favorite candy πŸ˜‹ 





some special birthday flowers ♥️ 






The first bundling up of the season to go to the hockey game with my kiddos - it was such a fun night! Aaron was such a sweet young man and treated Annie and I to the whole night (tickets, concessions etc) We bet on the game, though, and he won. So he got some of his $ back. Haha! 


snuck a pic of my loves 














I'm so glad I was born in my favorite month πŸ€©πŸπŸ„πŸŒΎ



Unfiltered 50: gray hair, needing a haircut - but embracing it all πŸ’–







PRAYER LIST:

Praying for peace, unity and healing for our world and our earth. For a complete end to the virus. For those in health care, first responders and so many professions that work to keep us healthy and safe. For family members traveling. For some relatives with health issues. For special intentions.

**I have been praying the rosary, as October is rosary month and at my parish they were requesting folks pray a rosary every day through October. They requested for vocations so I have been praying for that and also for special intentions.











PRAYER, INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OR DEVOTIONAL:

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead! I'm linking with Sandra of a Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday.