Sunday, October 2, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday & Menu Plan Monday - October 3rd

MONDAY October 3rd, 2016 

Today I am linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday 



                                       And Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday 

In the kitchen...On the menu this week::::

Monday:  Over my parents for my nephew's birthday 



Tuesday:  Swedish meatballs with egg noodles and steamed broccoli 

Wednesday:  Dinner with family 



Saturday:  Dinner with parents again! 


The weather outside is:::: Fall like.  We are just getting out of week-long rainy weather with lots of flooding. 

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: BReakfast casserole 

As I look outside my window::: Sunny and cool.  

Right now I am:::: Meal prepping for the week. 

TO DO::::
Piano practice
Writing
Reading
Manicure 

Currently reading:::: A couple of ARCs (I am behind) and "Sensible Shoes", which is really good so far. 

On the TV today:::: Blacklist

I am thinking..About my health - another crisis in the midst.  *sigh* 

I am learning... To really appreciate relationships. 

A moment from my day... I had a bad day at work.  Trying to shake it off, but it's lingering :/ 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::








Monday, September 12, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday - September 12th

MONDAY September 12th, 2016 

Today I am linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday 

In the kitchen...On the menu this week::::

Monday:  Chicken drumsticks, roasted Brussels sprouts, red potatoes and carrots, salad 

Tuesday:  Chicken Tikka Masala over rice, salad 

Wednesday:  Dinner with family 

Thursday:  Beef stroganoff and green beans 

Friday:  Broiled flounder, wild rice, broccoli 

Saturday:  Dinner with parents again! 

Sunday: Baked rigatoni and steamed Italian vegetables 

The weather outside is:::: Cooling off.  Blue skies and 70s. 

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: Egg and turkey bacon sandwich with avocado

As I look outside my window::: Sunny.  Just the smallest hint of leaves turning on one or two trees. 

Right now I am:::: Just got home from work.  Going to get dinner in the oven and then practice the piano for awhile. 

TO DO::::
Piano practice
Writing
Reading

Currently reading:::: I am just finishing up "Designer Handbag in A Garbage Dump" - it's actually quite good. 

On the TV today:::: Dead Files

I am thinking..WAY too much.  Can we say "mid-life crisis"?  That's me. 

I am learning... Just started piano lessons.  I've wanted to learn for 20 years.  A friend talked me into it. 

A moment from my day... I had a bad day at work.  Trying to shake it off, but it's lingering :/ 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::
A friend shared this Psalm with me last week, saying that it helped him when he had hard times.  So I've been holding on to it since then 





Monday, August 29, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday - August 29th, 2016

MONDAY AUGUST 29TH, 2016 


Today I am linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday as well as Organizing Junkie for Meal Plan Monday 

On the weather front::: Mid-80s and sunny for the next couple of days.  Summer has been great - but I am read for fall weather! 

On my bedside table::: My Kindle, phone, a planner, some headphones and a pink Sharpie.  

On my TV::: Season 6 of Gilmore Girls.  Also looking forward to fall t.v.! 

Thinking and pondering:::: About a boy.  :) 

Listening to:::: Gilmore Girls, the air conditioner, and my neighbor mowing the lawn. 
 
Favorite Youtube Video last week::: 



















On the menu for this week:::

Monday:  Beef and cabbage Yatsobi 


Tuesday:  Grilled turkey burgers and baked seasoned fries 

Wednesday:  Dinner with family 

Thursday:  Chicken curry with vegetables over rice 


Friday:  Crispy ranch chicken, roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts 



Saturday:  Dinner with parents again! 

Sunday: Tilapia with steamed vegetables and cheddar broccoli rice 

On my To Do List:::
*Mop kitchen floor
*Two loads of laundry
*Grill chicken for salads 
*Wash dishes
*Sweep living room floor 
*Read 
Looking forward to::: Autumn. 
 
What I plan on doing for myself this week::: Painting my nails, going to the gym, reading. 

Favorite photo::: 




Lesson learned the past few days::: I think I'm still in the midst of learning it. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday August 22nd, 2016

MONDAY AUGUST 22ND, 2016 

Today I am linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday 



In the kitchen...On the menu this week::::

Monday:  Baked pasta with green salad

Tuesday:  Oven-baked chicken fajitas, cucumber salad 



Wednesday:  Dinner with family 

Thursday:  Emily's Request:  Chicken Pad Thai with an Asian chopped salad 


Friday: Chicken sausage with potatoes, peppers, onions

Saturday:  Dinner with family

Sunday: Emily's choice again:  Jambalaya, cucumber salad 

The weather outside is:::: Gorgeous!  The humidity and heat has finally broken and it is perfect :) 

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: Scrambled eggs with turkey bacon. 

As I look outside my window::: More gorgeousness!


Right now I am:::: At work!  Listening to an audio-book.  

As I look around the house:::: Well ... I know I need to mop the floors... 

Currently reading:::: Finishing up "To Kill A Mockingbird", Listening to "Underground Railroad" - Oprah's book pick this month.  

On the TV today:::: Gilmore Girls 

I am thinking.. about long eyelashes and freckles 

I am thankful... for all the blessings that the Lord has given me 

One of my favorite things... unexpected fields of flowers

I am wearing... Boss is on vacation - so jeans and a t-shirt

I am learning... to trust myself

In the schoolroom... Jake starts college next Monday.  Emily starts 11th grade.  I have the first week of lesson planning done - I want to see how the pace goes before planning more.  

In the garden... What garden?  First it was dry for weeks and weeks and then a few torrential downpours.  My rosemary is doing well, as are my bird-seed sunflowers and a few others....

A moment from my day... Worked out in the dungeon gym this morning while watching Joyce Meyer


Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals:::: Started the Bible study "Living in Jesus" this morning.  

Have a very blessed week with your families!  

Sherry 



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Happy & Content or Restless?




Yes, I've been restless, but only just recently.  I'd like to think that I'm content - and oh how I come off as such - but truly, God's nudges have become a cyclone of self lambasting. How far back into the depths of my subconscious can I secret away all that He has told me in the past years?  The multitude of soft butterfly wing reminders building into the torrent of wind-whipped waves coursing through the vast, cavernous contours of my mind?  I'm content when I ignore the nudges.  When I ignore what HE wants me to do.....


Full Definition of restless

  1. 1:  lacking or denying rest :  uneasy <a restless night>
  2. 2:  continuously moving :  unquiet <the restless sea>
  3. 3:  characterized by or manifesting unrest especially of mind<restless pacing>also :  changefuldiscontented









I'm irritated.  Mostly with myself.  Ok, completely with myself.  The scripture that ALWAYS comes to mind when I need to find one that is a mirror reflection of my life, has to be Romans 7:15-25.


15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.cFor I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!


I'm so blessed I don't even know what to do with myself.  I need to act on that.  Being a Christian is a combination of many things - and one of those things is action.  God has been so good to me that He has even broken down what He wants from me into baby steps.  And I have chosen to pretty much ignore even the most minute request.  It's been over 4 years since I was clear on my purpose.  

I had a conversation about a week ago.  A conversation that I feel was another one of God's soft whispers of encouragement.  I was lamenting over the fact that as much as I always felt that music was my calling, an illness made it impossible for me to ever play the flute again.  I already know what God has told me the solution to this is; however, it wasn't until I heard it from someone else, a reminder of who I am, deep in the lightest and brightest part of my soul - that there are other options in creating music.  In composing the music that glitters through my head when I'm doing mundane tasks, waking me from a deep sleep or haunting me until I finally sit and put lyrics to the melody.  



I live a happy life.  I do.  I'm crazy in love with my kids.  I love the simplicity of working and coming home to them.  To spending time with family.  Quiet nights reading.  But that JOY that you can only feel when the gift God has given you is flowing through your veins and out of your hands and your mind crackles with electric ideas that you KNOW were given to you by Someone Greater - THAT JOY - that is what I am restless for. And what I'm seeking.














































Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekly reflections and planning - Monday July 25th

MONDAY JULY 25th, 2016 

Today I am linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday 

In the kitchen...On the menu this week::::


Sunday: Oven fried chicken, corn on the cob, pasta salad 

Monday:  Szechuan chicken and veggie stir fry with spring rolls 

Tuesday:  Turkey burgers and oven vegetables with green salad 

Wednesday:  Dinner with family 


Thursday:  Shrimp Alfredo with broccoli, salad 


Friday:  YOYO 


Saturday:  Dinner with family 


Sunday: Garlic bbq ribs, green beans, stuffing

Work lunches:  Brown rice, garlic lime chicken w/ summer salsa 

The weather outside is:::: HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!  HUMID!!!!

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: Nothing. 

As I look outside my window::: Storms are brewing!  Overcast. 

Right now I am:::: GEtting ready to go to Aldi. 

As I look around the house:::: Ummmm - lots of cleaning to do today! 

TO DO::::
SUNDAY COOK AHEAD:  Chicken chunks, turkey burgers, garlic lime chicken, oven veggies and salsa. 
Grocery shop
Sweep/mop kitchen
Jake putting Jennah's new bed and Em's new chair together
Lesson planning 
Laundry





Currently reading:::: Still reading Gone with the Wind for book club.  Finishing up "Millie" by Shanna Hatfield.  About to start "Where Hope Prevails", an ARC for Bethany.  SO EXCITED!!!  











On the TV today:::: 
Zoo
Falling Skies
Ghosts of Sheperdstown
Ghost Adventures
The Dead Files 









I am thinking..That I wish I had 3-day weekends every week

I am thankful... for air conditioning!!!!!!!!! 

One of my favorite things... going to the beach on a hot day

I am wearing...  jean capris, black t-shirt w/ design 

In the schoolroom... Almost time to start 11th grade!  Trying to get the entire 1st marking period lesson planned. 

In the garden... Most everything is hanging in there with this heat!  I resurrected my basil that committed suicide (twice) by jumping out of the pot onto the ground! 

Favorite blog posts or pins from this week::: 



Favorite picture from the camera: from the beach, Saturday. 



Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

I don't even know where to start with prayers - the world I suppose!  This evil is spreading and can pop up anywhere at any time.