Monday, August 1, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday~ August 1, 2022

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Good Morning, dear friends! It's been about a month since I've blogged last. June was crazy. I thought July would be calmer, but I was wrong. It ended up being just as crazy as June. And now it's August!!
I'm hoping that August is a little bit less crazy. I'm thinking it will be since we won't be traveling as much since the kids start their college classes in a few weeks! It's crazy! Summer is almost over. I swear the months go by faster and faster the older I get. 

Enough about my craziness. Let's get on with Happy Homemaker Monday with our beautiful hostess Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. 



The Weather~

Hot, Hot, Hot!! It has been unbearable since we got back home from Nationals. High 90's and thunderstorms every day. Thankfully, it looks like we'll get a small reprieve today and tomorrow, and then the fantastic weather reappears! 

Monday~ Partly Cloudy, 83*
Tuesday~ Mostly Sunny, 85*
Wednesday~Mostly Sunny, 88*
Thursday~ Scattered Thunderstorms, 92*
Friday~ Scattered Thunderstorms, 86*
Saturday~ Scattered Thunderstorms, 85*
Sunday~ Mostly Sunny, 86*

A little yellow finch came by for a visit



As I Look Out My Window~

The sun is up. The sky is a little cloudy. The bushes need to be trimmed.



Right Now I Am ~

I am enjoying my cup of coffee, I'm sitting at the kitchen table typing this post up. Sheets are in the wash and almost ready to be hung up to dry.

Enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the porch



Thinking and Pondering~

I'm thinking about the porch and how amazing it will look after it's completed. It will be so relaxing to be able to sit on the covered porch and enjoy the nature around us. My hubby is a talented man of many skills. He is having some help this time since he's busy with work. I'm already planning the cottage garden I want out back, and the new chicken coop my hubby is building. The girls will love it. I'm even getting a new clothesline!


How am I Feeling~

I'm feeling pretty good. I'm ready to start a new week. My allergies have been acting up a little, but not too bad. 

What's for Breakfast~

Coffee, for now, just 1 cup!  I'm starting the low FodMap diet to help with my IBS. I know dairy is an issue, so we'll see what other foods trigger it. I can hear the chickens outside though. 

Miss Violet hanging out


Looking Around the House~

It's not too bad. The floors need to be vacuumed and mopped. The kitchen counter needs to be cleaned off. It seems to always collect stuff.


On the To-Do List This Week~ 

Laundry
Unload the dishwasher and reload it
Meal plan for the next 2 weeks
Plan a few blog posts
Work on lesson plans for CCD next year
Work on a quilt
Help hubby with the porch
Post office
Start reupholstering the dining room chairs 




On My Reading Pile~

Sold on Monday- A wonderful book based on the Depression era. 

Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality- I'm still reading through this one. I read a few pages each morning while I drink my coffee. 





On the TV this week~

The new season of Virgin River has started, so I need to catch up on that. 


 



On the Menu this Week~

Monday~ Stuffed Peppers
Tuesday~ Chicken breast in a Lemon Sauce, Broccoli, Rice
Wedensday~ Upside Down Nacho Skillet, Mexican Fruit Salad
Thrusday~ Team Party
Friday~ Sweat and Sour Chicken with rice
Saturday~ Chicken with sun-dried tomatoes in a cream sauce, salad, bread
Sunday~ Dr. Pepper Pulled pork, potato salad, corn


If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself, I Will~

Catch up on my reading
Start teaching myself to crochet
Start a new quilt
Create some new homeschool sheets




One of  My Simple Pleasures~

Sitting outside listening to the girls talk sipping sweet tea while Maddie relaxes in the shade. We have 19 hens now. Our rooster Colenial Drumstick passed. We have 9 babies. Six we bought for Marigold. The other three came from the gentleman working on our deck. His last hen and rooster were killed and The hen had 3 babies, so he brought them to us, so they'd be happy and grew up safe. They are the fluffiest little chickens!


From the Camera~





Bible Quote, Inspirational Quote for the Week~

"A Garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul."
~Sadi

Praying For~

Our Country and our leaders
The world and all the craziness that is going on in it right now
My friends and family
My dad as he mourns his sister

Till Next Time,
Monique

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Sunday Inspiration~ July 24, 2022

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Happy Sunday!


Till Next Time, 
Monique


Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday~ June 21, 2022

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Well hello there! I know it has been way too long. I honestly needed a break to get things back in order. The start of 2022 brought so many changes; sadly, most were not great ones for us. It's been hard, but we are slowly adjusting to our new normal.  If you've been around for a while, you know we lost my father-in-law in January. He lived with us, so that was a devasting change for us. I miss his cheerful morning greetings and his deep hearty laugh.  

February is a blur! I honestly don't remember much of it. I know we were trying to get Doodlebug, my father-in-law's cat back to good health. Stress made her sick.  She has been slowly adjusting to life with us and without her papaw. She has bonded with Therese. It's sweet to see but then she will be going off to college in a year, so not so great either. We'll cross that bridge when we get there. 

In March, we lost our sweet Rocket, my morning-time buddy. The house just isn't the same without my sweet boy. I miss his singing. 

April was a good month! We celebrated Easter, our 21st wedding anniversary, and Therese's 17th birthday. I can't believe my baby is 17. 

In May, we took a much-needed vacation to the Florida Keys! My father-in-law lived there at one point and always wanted to take the kids, so we did this trip in honor of him. It was a bittersweet trip. We had a fun time and got to unwind a little, but it was a little sad without him there. Lots of memories. 

June!!! June is halfway over and it has been crazy! We finished up school. Michael graduated this year and Therese will head off to the local community college for her senior year. My life as a homeschool mom is over. It's sad and exciting at the sad time. The years went by so quickly. We had a few other graduations this year for a nephew and some friends. The kids had work camp for church again. In fact, they are there right now. Their state competition is coming up, and the month is over. It's crazy how time is flying by.

O.K. I think that's the abridged version of the past few months, so let's get on with Happy Homemaker Monday! Be sure to stop by and see our lovely host, Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.




The Weather~

The weather has been crazy here the last month! We go from 90s to 70s back to the 90s. The past two days have been in the mid-70s, but today we had back up into the high 80s. 

Monday~ Sunny, 74*
Tuesday~ Partly Cloudy, 87*
Wednesday~Scattered Thunderstorms, 89*
Thursday~ Scattered Thunderstorms, 78*
Friday~ Mostly Sunny, 84*
Saturday~ Partly Cloudy, 85*
Sunday~ Mostly Sunny 88*

I don't mind the cooler temps, since we have been working on our porch. It has needed some love and we are finally getting a chance to get it back to its glory. The cooler temps have been great for my flowers too!








As I Look Out My Window~

The sun is up. The sky is a little cloudy. It looks like it might shower a little bit (been though it's not in today's forecast. A mama deer is walking gracefully through the front wooded section of our property. We saw her baby yesterday evening. Last Friday while enjoying my morning cup of coffee, a bear came strolling through the yard. 






Right Now I Am ~

I am enjoying my cup of coffee, I'm sitting at the kitchen table typing this post up listening to Kenny Chesney. My wonderful sister treated me to his concert last week. It was amazing!

Kenny Chesney Concert




Thinking and Pondering~

I'm thinking about the porch and how amazing it will look after it's completed. It will be so relaxing to be able to sit on the covered porch and enjoy the nature around us. My hubby is a talented man of many talents. I'm already planning the cottage garden I want out back, and the new chicken coop my hubby promised he'd build. The girls will love it. 

Mama Marigold enjoying her new babies

Poor Marigold...She sat on eggs for almost 2 months. She wouldn't give up, so we finally went and bought 6 little babies. She was so happy. She immediately took them under her wings and was clucking like a proud mama.


How am I Feeling~

I'm feeling pretty good. Relaxed and ready to enjoy the day. 


What's for Breakfast~

Coffee, 2 cups! Two eggs, some strawberries, and a hashbrown. It's quiet this morning. The kids are off at work camp and the hubby is at work. I always find it weird when the kids are gone. I guess this will be my new normal before I know it. I can hear the chickens outside though.





Looking Around the House~

It's not too bad. We had Michael's graduation party last week, so the house received a full cleaning! Today, I just need to pick up a few things here and there. The kitchen does need to be straightened up. That room always seems to get out of control, at least the counters do.



On the To-Do List This Week~ 

Laundry
Unload the dishwasher and reload it
Change the sheets on the beds
Finish organizing the sewing/craft room
Meal plan for the next 2 weeks
Plan a few blog posts
Work on lesson plans for CCD next year
Work on a quilt
Help hubby with the porch
Post office
A trip to Hobby Lobby


Mama



On My Reading Pile~

I started this book series because it was a recommendation from my Kindle Unlimted account. The series tells the story of 3 brothers, who find love when they least expect it. The books are a great simple summer read. A love story that's a little fluffy. The books do contain some steamy sex scenes., but not too over the top.


Doodlebug



On the TV this week~

Nothing! I did watch Maleficent last night before heading to bed, but nothing on the schedule. 



On the Menu this Week~

Monday~ Leftovers
Tuesday~ Grilled Chicken/Grilled Steak, Mac and Cheese, and Beans
Wedensday~ ???
Thrusday~ ???
Friday~ ???
Saturday~ Something quick and easy! We have our state competition this day
Sunday~ Nephew's graduation party

The rest of the week I need to figure out. I did plan some meals, but then with all the craziness going on those meals didn't happen so I need to adjust the schedule. I tend to do more simpler meals when the kids are not home. We'll also be working on the porch, so I need quick and easy dinners. 


If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself, I Will~

Catch up on my reading
Start teaching myself to crochet
Start a new quilt
Decorate for July- Red, white, and blue
Make a new patriotic wreath


One of  My Simple Pleasures~

Sitting outside listening to the girls talk sipping sweet tea while Maddie relaxes in the shade. 



From the Camera~





Bible Quote, Inspirational Quote for the Week~

Sometimes I feel like all is lost, We;ve all felt that. We've all felt like "it's finished," "we're bankrupt." Some of you are spiritually bankrupt. What do you do at those moments? I look up and say, "I pit all m trust in You." That's a prayer of hope. Try it sometime.
                  
~Mother Angelica

Praying For~

Our Country and our leaders
Ukraine and Russia
The world and all the craziness that is going on in it right now
My friends and family

Till Next Time,
Monique

Monday, March 14, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday~ March 14, 2022

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Good Morning, dear friends. I know it has been a long time since I last posted. Let's just say 2022 has sucked so far. It has been shaping up to be about as much fun as the past two years. Actually, I'd say this year so far is the worst. If I could go back to the week before Christmas and start over I would. 

We've had a rough start. We've been getting over being sick for the entire family. My dad is finally off oxygen and slowly getting better.  We lost my father-in-law. He passed away in January and our lives are not the same. We lost a caring and loving man. He was a gentle giant of a man. I always thought of him as a giant teddy bear. It's been hard. I go from crying to forgetting he's gone. Maybe I just don't want him to be gone. I know he's in a better place with God and he's no longer in pain, but that doesn't take our pain away.  He was so much a part of our daily lives. I am thankful the kids had the past year with him. Having him live with us allowed them to learn more about the man he was in his younger days and more about the man he became. The bond they formed with him was strong and so very special. It's something I know they will cherish forever. 

In February,  we were dealing with my father-in-law's cat who had pneumonia. She is finally better. She lost quite a bit of weight, but I'm sure losing your human will do that to a cat. She is warming up to us and now comes running up to us. Baby steps!




Just when I thought things couldn't get worse, we lost our sweet, Rocket, yesterday. Last week, he started showing signs of a blocked bladder, things progressed quickly, and finally, his kidneys started to fail. We had to make the difficult decision to end his suffering. He was such a special cat. He followed people around like a dog. He trilled through the house as he walked about. He greeted you every morning for hugs and kisses. He was my morning coffee buddy. The house just seems empty without him. 




I honestly feel like I can't take much more. I'm hanging on by string right now. My emotions are all over the place. I'm angry, sad, devasted...
I keep trying to find the good, but I have to admit at times it is pretty hard to do. 





Let's get on with Happy Homemaker Monday. 
Be sure to drop in for a visit with Sandra, our beautiful hostess over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom!








The Weather~

Crazy weather here! Last week we had warm temps and then a snowstorm on Saturday. It was freezing. This week is supposed to be warmer. I'm so ready for spring. 

Monday~MostlySunny 60*/37*
Tuesday~ Partly Cloudy, 66*/38*
Wednesday~Partly Cloudy, 66*/46*
Thursday~ Scattered Showers 62*/45*
Friday~ Mostly Cloudy 70*/50*
Saturday~ Partly Cloudy, 61*/39*
Sunday~ Mostly Sunny 57*/37*


Doodle Bug



What's for Breakfast~

Three cups of coffee... I haven't been sleeping all that well.  I finally have my taste and sense of smell back. The kids and I had egg and cheese sandwiches. 





Looking Around the House~

Ugh....it's a disaster. The yard is muddy and last week I was running poor Rocket around to different vets. I need to do a full house cleaning, but I honestly haven't had the motivation to do it. 


On the To-Do List This Week~ the usual stuff (If I start to feel better)

Laundry
Clean the house
Finish organizing the sewing room
Meal plan for the next 2 weeks
Catch up on some blog posts
Grade some schoolwork
Take a walk with the dog


Currently Reading~

I'm currently reading the second book in the Bluebird Bay Series by Denise Grover Swank. It's called Finding Home. the books follow a wonderful family and focus on three sisters. 

I'm also listening to Father Mike, his Bible in a Year Podcast. You can find out more at Ascension Press. 

I started 3 different books for Lent to further my faith, but I'll admit I've dropped the ball on them. My plan is to start back this week. 



What the Kids are Reading~

They started back to school in January, but things have been so crazy here that they've been doing school at odd times and on the weekend. I honestly haven't looked to see what they are reading or done the past few weeks. My plan is to catch up on my grading this week. 





On the TV~

Sweet Magnolias- Season 2
ER



On the Menu this Week~

Monday~ Honey Mustard Chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans
Tuesday~ 
Wedensday~ 
Thrusday~ 
Friday~ 
Saturday~ 
Sunday~ 

The rest of the week I need to figure out. I did plan some meals, but then with all the craziness going on those meals didn't happen so I need to adjust the schedule. 

Mama buried under the blanket 
She hates the snow







If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself, I Will~

Take a nap
Catch up on my reading
Start teaching myself to crochet




One of  My Simple Pleasures~

Curling up on the couch with a good book, a hot cup of tea, and my sweet Maddie girl.





From the Camera~

Our Christmas Tree




Praying For~

Our Country and our leaders
Ukraine and Russia
The world and all the craziness that is going on in it right now
My friends and family

Till Next Time,
Monique

Monday, January 3, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday~ January 3, 2022

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Good morning, dear friends! Happy New Year! I disappeared for a bit in December. The holidays are always a crazy time for us. I hope you all had a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hosted Christmas dinner, so we have been busy. After Christmas, Michael came down with a cold/flu. He decided to share it with us. We have been sick since right after Christmas. Not fun. It seems like a normal cold/flu. Of course, it could be the dreaded C word, but we have no clue. We've just stayed home and tried to get better. Micael is all good now. The rest of us still have a few days to go. It took him about a week to get over it and be fever-free. 


Let's get on with Happy Homemaker Monday. 
Be sure to drop in for a visit with Sandra, our beautiful hostess over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom!




The Weather~

Winter has hit today! We are having our first snowstorm of the year! Maddie girl was so excited to head out into the snow. She loves the snow. Unfortunately her snow buddy, Therese,  still has a fever so she has no one to play with her. They're calling for snow again on Thursday. 

Monday~Snow, 31*/18*
Tuesday~ Mostly Sunny, 36*/25*
Wednesday~ Cloudy, 44*/27*
Thursday~ Snow, 39*/23*
Friday~ Partly Cloudy, 29*/18*
Saturday~ Partly Cloudy, 33*/21*
Sunday~ Rain and Snow, 45*/26*






Luckily, I added some bedding to the coop yesterday for the girls. They were not happy when I let them out this morning. Poor Periwinkle flew to me and screamed about how unhappy she was with the snow. I picked her up and placed her under the porch so she could stay nice and dry. This is the first snowstorm for the "faerie" girls.


What's for Breakfast~

Coffee. I now have my sense of taste back, but now have no sense of smell. It's rather weird. I tend not to eat much when I'm sick. Nothing ever tastes right. 





Looking Around the House~

Ugh....it's a disaster. I hate being sick. Nothing gets done. I have done a few things. Lyseoled the house down, cleaned the chicken coop, a load of laundry, dishes, and changed the sheets. It's hard to do a lot when you get dizzy doing things



On the To-Do List This Week~ the usual stuff (If I start to feel better)

Laundry
Clean the house
Finish organizing the sewing room
Meal plan for the next 2 weeks
Catch up on some blog posts
Grade some schoolwork





Currently Reading~

I'm currently reading the second book in the Bluebird Bay Series by Denise Grover Swank. It's called Finding Home. the books follow a wonderful family and focus on three sisters. 

I'm also listening to Father Mike, his Bible in a Year Podcast. You can find out more at Ascension Press. 



What the Kids are Reading~

They just started back to school today and I honestly haven't looked to see what they are reading yet. 





On the TV~

Criminal Minds Season 10
Outlander Season 5




On the Menu this Week~

Monday~ 
Tuesday~ 
Wedensday~ 
Thrusday~ 
Friday~ 
Saturday~ 
Sunday~ 

No clue, since most of us are not eating much.








If I Have a Few Minutes to Myself, I Will~

Take a nap




One of  My Simple Pleasures~

Curling up on the couch with a good book, a hot cup of tea, and my sweet Maddie girl.





From the Camera~




Inspirational Post, Quote, Bible Verse~

Source-Unknown



Praying For~

Our Country and our leaders
The world and all the craziness that is going on in it right now
My friends and family, especially my dad who is currently sick
Cousins who are currently fighting Covid, one is on a ventilator and could really use some prayers
Our priest who was taken to the hospital for low oxygen
Everyone that is sick ...there a so many out there that seem to be fighting something


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Till Next Time,
Monique

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Sunday Inspiration~ December 26, 2021

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Till Next Time,
Monique


Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas!

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Wishing y'all a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends!


Till Next Time,
Monique


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