Monday, February 12, 2024

Happy Homemaker Monday~ February 12, 2024

Please Note~ This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to click on a link, add it to your cart, and complete your purchase, I will receive a small percentage. We are very grateful for this additional source of income. Thank you.




Good Morning, y'all! It's been a rainy weekend here. The temps have been unseasonably warm. I'm not complaining though.  On Saturday, Therese and I attended the 1st birthday of a sweet little girl. That first year always flies by. She enjoyed her cake! On Sunday, we had church and Sunday school. My dear sweet hubby continued his work on the master bathroom. We are almost ready to paint.

I had written 2 other posts in January, but I forgot to publish them so ooops! I guess better late than never. I just deleted them and started this one. 
 
Enough about all of that, let's start with Happy Homemaker Monday with our beautiful hostess Sandra from Diary of a Stay-at-Home Mom. Be sure to stop in and say hey there.





The Weather~
Rain, rain, and more rain!

Monday~ Rain, 48*
Tuesday~ Rain, 44*
Wedenesday~ Partly Cloudy, 42*
Thursday~ Cloudy, 49*
Friday~ Partly Sunny, 46*
Saturday~ Partly Sunny, 41*
Sunday~ Sunny, 48*

As I Look Out My Window~
It's gray, overcast, and lightly raining. A few birds are flying about and a few squirrels are scampering through the leaves. The cats are having fun watching them. They love to steal pieces of cat food I have outside for the stray cat we feed.  The pileated woodpeckers have been out quite a bit. We always see them more in the winter months. We have two sets of mates that live near us. 
 






Right Now I Am ~
I'm typing up this post. I'm drinking a cup of hot tea. The washing machine and dishwasher are both going. The house is fairly quiet. Hubby is at work and both kids are at school.  The dogs have been out, fed, and are now back to sleep. I love how they wake me up super early but then go back to sleep as soon as they have been fed. The chickens have been fed, eggs collected, and they are now roaming the backyard looking for some yummy bugs.





Thinking and Pondering~
Honestly, all the stuff I need to get done. Clean the house (drywall dust is everywhere), wash the dogs, do laundry, and help finish the bathroom. We started redoing our master bathroom a few weeks ago. We're changing everything, so it has been a work in progress. We are ready for paint and flooring. Once those 2 things are done, we won't have too much more to do. 

I also need to get back into exercising regularly. I'm giving up sugar for Lent so that should help me with feeling better. My plan is to eat more whole foods. 

How am I Feeling~
Not too bad. We've all been sick off and on since before Christmas. I just realized that no one has been coughing for the last 2 weeks. I should go knock on some wood before I jinx us all. 


It was a rough week last week. We had to make the difficult decision of helping Misty, Mama Kitty, crossover to the rainbow bridge. She's had tumors (cancer) for a few years. Up until last week, she has been fine. She was eating, playing, grooming herself, and just being her typical diva. Then all of a sudden, she stopped all those things., She lost weight quickly and slept all the time. She was the first kitty we had adopted. She was actually a birthday present for Therese when she was little. It's quiet around here without her meowing. She was quite vocal. She will be missed. 





What's for Breakfast~
Eggs and two pieces of toast. 


Looking Around the House~
It needs to be vacuumed, mopped, and picked up. 

Ruby, our 7-month-old lab





On the To-Do List This Week~ 
Laundry (does it ever end?)
Clean the kitchen
Vacuum & Mop
Grocery shopping
Chiropractor appointment
Library


On My Reading Pile~
I just finished Inheritance by Nora Roberts. I loved it! I can't wait for the 2nd book to be released. 
Wild Scottish Love by Tricia O'Malley
Accidental Magic by Iris Beaglehole
The Sister Effect by Susan Mallory I picked this hardback up at the library's used book sale. I love finding good deals on books!

I have way too many books started and really need to finish a few.

I'm also reading Beholding Your King from Walking With Purpose. It's the book we are reading for our women's bible study group this session. 

On TV this week~
Netflix
I'm currently watching Grey's Anatomy. I think I'm in season 5 right now. I started rewatching it from season 1. 
Fool Me Once

Hulu
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Ghost


On the Menu this Week~

Monday~ Porkchops, apples, and beans
Tuesday~ Pancakes and Bacon (Fat Tuesday Tradition)
Wednesday~ Meatless Meal
Thursday~??
Friday~ Meatless Meal
Saturday~ ??
Sunday~ ??

I need to make the grocery list and then meal plan for the next two weeks.



If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself, I Will~
Read a little bit
Organize the sewing room a little more. I started it last week and I'm about 3/4 of the way done. 


One of  My Simple Pleasures~
Curling up on the couch with a comfy blanket, reading a good book, and drinking a cup of tea.

From the Camera~

Daphne, 5 months old
Therese's new kitty


Inspirational Quote/Bible Verse/Faith~

"My flesh and my heart may fail, 
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
~Psalms 73:26



Praying For~
My great aunt 



Enjoyed this post? 

Never miss out on future posts by following us


Blessings,

Monique

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sunday Inspiration~ January

Please Note~ This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to click on a link, add it to your cart, and complete your purchase, I will receive a small percentage. We are very grateful for this additional source of income. Thank you.





Enjoyed this post? 

Never miss out on future posts by following us



Till Next Time,
Monique

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Sunday Inspiration~ January 21, 2024

Please Note~ This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to click on a link, add it to your cart, and complete your purchase, I will receive a small percentage. We are very grateful for this additional source of income. Thank you.







Enjoyed this post? 

Never miss out on future posts by following us



Till Next Time,
Monique

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Sunday Inspiration~ January 14, 2024

Please Note~ This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to click on a link, add it to your cart, and complete your purchase, I will receive a small percentage. We are very grateful for this additional source of income. Thank you.






Enjoyed this post? 

Never miss out on future posts by following us



Till Next Time,
Monique

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Sunday Inspiration~ January 7, 2024

Please Note~ This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to click on a link, add it to your cart, and complete your purchase, I will receive a small percentage. We are very grateful for this additional source of income. Thank you.





Enjoyed this post? 

Never miss out on future posts by following us



Till Next Time,
Monique

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Saturday Scents~ Happy Valentine's Day

Please Note~ This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to click on a link, add it to your cart, and complete your purchase, I will receive a small percentage. We are very grateful for this additional source of income. Thank you.



Good Morning, Friends! So I've decided to share all about my favorite Scentsy products on Saturday. I rejoined this past fall. I love their products and enjoy sharing their products even more! So today, I thought I'd share all about the Valentine's Day Collection that is launching on Monday, January 8th! It has so many cute goodies and some amazing scents.






Two new mini warmers......
                                                                            




The Valentine's Day Collection Scentsy Wax bundle...


I Pick You
Pear-fectly Cute
Simply the Zest


A Toad-ally adorable buddy clip...


A cute charm clip...



Two stunning floral fragrance flowers. One is even a tiny bouquet!




Not a wax fan... no worries. We have two mini fan diffusers with twin pod bundles.




And last but not least is this handsome little guy! Say hello to Adore-a-saurus. Isn't he just the scariest dinosaur you've ever seen!


Don't forget, we have the Warmer of the Month and the Scent of the Month too. 




The Sweet Heart Warmer is stunning. You'll fall in love with the intricate design on this pretty-in-pink, heart-shaped warmer. Now I want to go watch Pretty in Pink with Molly Ringwald. I love that movie. 

Candy Orchard smells so good. It's a cloud of spun sugar mixed with sweet raspberry and warm vanilla in a candy-coated fantasy. 

The best part, both are 10% off this month!!!

Any questions, just let me know. I'm here to help. 

You see all these and more on my website, Happily Wildcat Hollow




Enjoyed this post? 

Never miss out on future posts by following us



Till Next Time,
Monique

Friday, January 5, 2024

Welcoming a New Year!

Please Note~ This post may contain affiliate links. If you choose to click on a link, add it to your cart, and complete your purchase, I will receive a small percentage. We are very grateful for this additional source of income. Thank you. 








Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I can't believe another year has come and gone. I swear one minute you're rocking your newborn baby to sleep and the next you're watching them head off to work! The years have flown by. It seems like time flies by faster when you have kids. It could be because we have something to judge time by. Who knows? I just get a little reflective on things when the new year starts. I ponder how the year went, whether I did the things I needed to do, what did I not accomplish, and what can I do to change things this year. I always look back at my family and wonder if I made them feel loved and valued. Let's face no family is perfect. We all make mistakes. I just want them to know that they are the most important thing here on earth. 




I know I haven't posted in a while. I think my last post was in October. Since the kids graduated, things here have been a little different. It's taken me some time to get used to this new role in the family. Essentially, I lost a major job in our home. It's hard to shift gears sometimes. I went from planning all their lessons, scheduling the lessons, teaching, and grading to sitting on the sidelines. I won't lie it left a giant hole.  Like so many of us parents, I had to mourn that part of our lives. The part from when we are there constantly for them to being there when they need us. Letting them go to spread their wings is hard. I'd take the "terrible twos" back any day. No one tells you that the hardest part of motherhood is letting your kids grow up. 

Source~ Pinterest

O.K., enough reflecting for now.  I hope y'all are having a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic start to the new year.  So I have a few goals set for this year!

1. Blog More

This I have toyed with for months! Do I just stop? What do I post about? I finally decided to give it a go. I just needed to figure out what I wanted to share since I'm no longer homeschooling. I think I've figured it out at least a little bit. I fill y'all in later on. 

2. Get Healthy

This has quite a few components to it. I want to lose 25 pounds so that I am in a healthier weight range for my height. I also want to build my strength back up after my torn rotator cuff. I've also noticed that I've lost some muscle mass and lots of flexibility as I've aged. Being almost 50 and perimenopausal is not fun. The hot flashes at night are horrific. So I'm watching what I eat and exercising. I'm just using exercise videos and weights. and the Lost It app on my phone. I'm also following a few ladies on Instagram for exercise advice. 

3. Spend More Time in Scripture Study




This one is pretty easy to do as long as I make the time and effort. I have a wonderful collection of books I can read on my shelves. When I've seen a book I'd like to read at the thrift store or used book sale, I'd pick it up. I also joined our women's bible study group again this year. We'll be starting Beholding Your King from Walking With Purpose. I'm also joining in on the Women Living Well's bible study, The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah: One Chapter a Day. This one I can do on my own.



4. Start Sewing Regularly

This is one I've been saying for the past two years. I have started to really organize the sewing/craft room (the old school room). I officially got rid of all the kid's school books. I packed away what we wanted to keep and donated the rest. I organized my fabric. I'm using our old china hutch. It works perfectly. My goal this month is to organize and clean the sewing/craft room so I can start sewing in February! My plan is to start sharing sewing techniques and projects. 





5. Get My House in Order

This one is pretty self-explanatory. My goal is to purge unnecessary items, organize the rest of the items, and keep the house neat and tidy. I started purging the basement in November and then stopped when the holidays started. I need to finish that area. We'll be starting a master bath remodel in the next month. Our sick is cracked, the old vanity is falling apart, and the shower leaks water that is destroying the wall. We've held out as long as we could. We are still in the "designing" phase, but I'll keep you posted. There are so many options out there. Now, we just need to find what we like within our budget. Yesterday while searching for bathtubs, I saw a bathtub for $12,000. It was beautiful, but that is crazy!!

See ya soon! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Enjoyed this post? 

Never miss out on future posts by following us



Till Next Time,
Monique



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Instagram