Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday for April 17th

Welcome to this week's Happy Homemaker Monday.  I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.  

The weather::: Plenty of rainy days with a pristine, sunshiney day here and there. 

On my reading pile::: Still reading Gone with the Wind.  It will be a few more weeks since I only read a little bit every day.  Finished "Two Days Gone" by Randall Silvis.  I took a temporary diversion from "Firefly Lane" because I got caught up in this murder mystery.  It happens!  lol It's different from what I normally read, but it was fast-paced, exciting, and I didn't figure it out until close to the end. 4/5

I also received an ARC copy from Bethany Books of "The Chapel Car Bride" by Judith Miller, which I will be starting this week.  

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend::: Started a new binge-watch, "Heartland". Watched the Casey Anthony Documentary.  Both sad and infuriating.  I remember my mom watching the actual case (or following it on the news?) when it occurred. 

On my TV:::
When Calls the Heart
Chicago Fire
YouTube videos
The Outsiders (with Emily) 
Maybe 13 Reasons with Jennah 

On the menu for this week:::
MONDAY: Easter leftovers
TUESDAY: Pork ribs, baked potatoes, roasted vegetables 
WEDNESDAY: Dinner at a friend's house for my bday - Mexican 
THURSDAY: Turkey smoked sausage with cabbage and onions 
FRIDAY: Unstuffed peppers 
SATURDAY: Middle Eastern chicken and rice topped with cucumber salad 
SUNDAY: Dinner with family for my birthday - Italian 

LUNCHES: Turkey taco meat, brown rice, Greek Yogurt, fruit 
BREAKFASTS: Everything bagel thin sandwich with an egg and turkey bacon
SNACKS: Almonds, popcorn, fruit

Happening this week:::
Jennah's doctor appointment 
Cardio drumming 
My birthday! 

Looking around the house::: Cluttered.  Busy cooking all weekend so got behind on the housework!  Will get the girls on it tomorrow :) 

What I'm wearing today::: Writing this Saturday night, wearing a black sundress.  It got up to 84 today in Detroit! 

One of my simple pleasures::: Sitting in the dark reading my Kindle.  Love it. 

Bible verse, Devotional::: 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday for 04/10/2017

Welcome to this week's Happy Homemaker Monday.  I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.  

The weather:::  This is my favorite time of the year.  Yes, we did get a LOT of rain least week; however, we also had our first sunny, 75-degree day yesterday, so it was all worth it. 

On my reading pile::: Still plugging through "Gone with the Wind".  I only read a little each day (I should say, re-read).  It's a REAL book - and I do most of my reading at night, in the dark, in bed - so it will probably be another month or two before I am finished.  My favorite book in the world.  The writing is descriptive and strong, the characters colorful and endearing, the history jarring and poignant.  Everyone should read this book!  

Also reading "Firefly Lane" by Kristen Hannah (author of The Nightingale).  The beginning of the book takes place in the mid-late 70s.  I LOVE all of the references to the clothing, foods, t.v. shows, songs, cars, etc. that I can picture from my time growing up.  One of the things in my book challenge this year from Modern Mrs. Darcy is to read three books by the same author.  This is my 2nd by K.H. this year. 

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend::: Finally finished binge-watching "Dance Moms".  Also caught up on "Chicago Fire" and "Bring It" 

On my TV:::

On the menu for this week:::
MONDAY:  Goulash (Emmy will be cooking) 
TUESDAY:  Chicken "fried" rice 
WEDNESDAY: Breaded pork chops, potato wedges, green beans 
THURSDAY: Penne pasta with chicken and peppers 
FRIDAY:  Seasoned tilapia, brown basmati rice, steamed veggies 
SATURDAY: Meatloaf, baked potato, oven roasted vegetables 
EASTER SUNDAY:  Ham & turkey, cheesy potatoes, green beans, rolls, deviled eggs, spaghetti salad, corn, pickle/olive tray, and for dessert banana pudding and a carrot cake.  (This is my first time cooking the family Easter dinner.  It won't be the same without my mom.  But we are trying to keep her traditions going) 

On my to do list:::
1. Work M-F
2. Homeschool evenings/weekend
3. Pick up prescriptions
4. Vacuum out car
5. Cardio drumming 
6. Easter 

What I am creating::: 

Favorite blog post/Insta/vlog::: I've got nothing.  

Looking around the house:::  

From the camera:::

What I'm wearing today::: Black pants, black flats, and a purple/blue top with some shiny sparklies around the neck. 

Bible verse, Devotional::: Song lyrics.... 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday April 3rd, 2017

Welcome to this week's Happy Homemaker Monday.  I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.  

Happy April!  It's my favorite month of the year - it could be due to the fact it's my birthday month.  I did do HHM last week, but I forgot to link up!  

The weather:::  We had a very pretty weekend, near 60 and sunny.  However, this week is going to be very typical for the Detroit area in the spring - rain, rain, rain! 

On my reading pile:::  I just finished reading two cute, mail-order bride books. When I'm sort of reading slowly and need a diversion, I generally fall back on that type of book.  What's next?  I'm starting Pricilla Shirer's "Life Interrupted" 

also going to try the Appomattox Saga 

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend::: Still binge-watching Dance Moms.  I did catch up on Grey's Anatomy and Chicago Fire. 

On my TV:::
More Dance Moms (I need to finish!) 
Going to catch up on my favorite YouTube vlogs 

On the menu for this week:::
MONDAY:  Irish chicken, cabbage, and potatoes (did not make last week) 
TUESDAY:  Beef Stroganoff with steamed vegetables 

SATURDAY: Family dinner at my dad's 
SUNDAY: Breaded pork chops, baked potatoes, green beans 

On my to do list:::
Clean out car
Bible study 

What I am crafting or creating:::  Still working in my planners 

Happening this week:::
Bible study in my War Binder 

Looking around the house:::

I got a lot done over the weekend, but the house needs a HUGE spring clean!  

From the camera::: A corner of one of my bookshelves.  

What I'm wearing today:::
I'm doing this Sunday night - so I'm in my pj's! 

One of my simple pleasures:::
Decorating my planners with washi tape, colored pens, and stickers!  It's an addiction. 

Bible verse, Devotional::: 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday for 03/27/2017

Welcome to this week's Happy Homemaker Monday.  I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.  

Sorry that this is so darn late!  I have been having trouble getting back into the swing of things lately. 

The weather:::  Typical spring weather in the Detroit, MI, area.  Upper 50's, low 60's, rainy and gray! 

On my reading pile::: I just finished The Practice House (4*) and Scarred Hearts (3*).   I am starting Falling Free by Shannan Martin. 

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::  Mostly just re-binge-watched Dance Moms.  One episode of Bring It.  Pretty sad. 

On my TV::: I need to watch Empire for sure.  Also looking for something new. 

On the menu for this week::: We made Sazon Pork in the Crockpot and a Shepard's Pie.  I'll be honest - we ate out 3 nights.  Again, I'm struggling with depression.  

Friday:  Ham and scalloped potatoes 
Saturday: Kofta pita pockets 
Sunday:  Irish chicken with cabbage and potatoes 

On my to do list this weekend:::
*Quick trip to the store 
*Girls' night 
*Yard work
*Clean out car 
*Cooking ahead for the week 

What I am crafting or creating::: Still a planner nerd!  I just printed out all of these free stickers for my Happy Planners: 

Happening this week::: Doctor's appointments for Jennah, homeschooling with Emily, errands for my dad, work, and Friday we're having a girls' night. 

Looking around the house::: A lot to do this weekend.  I need to get my girls into spring clean mode! 

From the camera:::  

What I'm wearing today::: Black pants, black top with a light blue print and a light blue cardigan sweater. 

One of my simple pleasures::: Sonic's diet green tea with mango 

Here I am on Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday for March 20th, 2017

Welcome to this week's Happy Homemaker Monday.  I am linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.  

The weather:::
 We've just finished our last snow for the winter.  It's been mild here in the Detroit area for most of the season.  Today will be 43 and cloudy, but later this week, close to 60! 

On my reading pile:::

I just finished "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi.  It is a wonderfully complex book, but due to what I've been going through, it took me two months to read it and I would sometimes get lost due to the multiple narrators.  However, I highly recommend it.

I am also rereading (albeit very slowly)  Gone with the Wind - my favorite book of all time.

Amazon Prime has a program called Kindle First where they offer you a free e-book on the first of each month that has not been released yet.  This month I chose the book "The Practice House" by Laura McNeal. It's about a Scottish woman who becomes a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Kansas during the dust bowl period.  I'm about 1/4 of the way through and enjoying it so far.

I'm doing the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge, Reading for Growth.  

Movies or Shows I watched this weekend:::
Emily (my 17yo) and I watched "Gettysburg" last night.  We just started an in-depth study of the Civil War for a research paper she will be writing at the end of the term.  She was "soooooo bored" at the beginning of the movie, but she soon came around :)

On my TV:::
Since my mom's death last month, I can't watch everything I normally watch.  I need more mind-numbing t.v.
*Bring It
CURRENT BINGE WATCH:  *Rewatching Dance Moms

On the menu for this week:::

Breakfasts will be boiled eggs with turkey sausage or oatmeal, lunches will be either chef salad, baked fish with rice and veggies, or ham and swiss roll-ups

Sunday:  Swedish meatballs over noodles, green beans
Monday:  Bubble up pizza, carrots with ranch
Tuesday: Sazon pork chops with olives and potatoes (I love this!)
Wednesday:  Chili dogs and tater tots (not every night is gourmet, lol)
Thursday: Shepard's Pie (one for us, one for my dad)
Friday:  Pesto chicken and penne pasta  with steamed broccoli
Saturday:  Family dinner out
Sunday: Spaghetti and meatballs with broccoli and garlic bread

On my to do list:::

  • Declutter living room (put things where they belong!) 
  • Fill bird feeder  
  • Read
  • Watch Dance Moms 
  • Work in my War Binder (I'll be doing a post on this soon) 
  • Laundry 
  • Cook ahead for the week 
  • Catch up on some YouTube videos
  • Lesson Plan 

What I am crafting or creating:::
I am still writing my novel (I took a long break due to my mom's illness and passing) and also some song lyrics and music.

My current passion is planner decorating, bullet journals, and my war binder. These things have really kept me sane over the past several months.  More on all of those to come!

Happening this week:::

  • Working M-F 8-4
  • Homeschooling w/ Emme 
  • Furniture shopping with my sister for my dad 
  • Trip to the library 
  • Celebrating my sister's birthday 

Looking around the house:::

Sunday (when I'm typing this) is my cleaning day, so things are a bit of a mess right now.  By the end of the day, things should be looking pretty good ;)

From the camera:::

We had a HUGE wind storm last week that knocked out power across Michigan, over 1/2-million just in my area alone!  68-mph in my city! This is the 7-11 sign near my house.  Trees uprooted, tons of damage, etc.  It was the largest power outage DTE has had in our history! My dad's gate to the privacy fence was ripped off the hinges.  I'm thankful that we never lost power at my house!

What I'm wearing today:::
Cleaning attire!  Yoga pants and a t-shirt.  Hot mama!  lol

One of my simple pleasures:::
 Watching the bird feeder I recently placed at the front of my house.  It's mostly just little sparrows and some black-capped chickadees, but I do get the gift of a cardinal from time to time! (Shortly after writing this, a gorgeous cardinal came and sat on top of the feeder!  <3  ) 

Bible verse, Devotional::: 
I've been following a scripture writing plan as well as Arabah Joy's Praying the 40-promises of the cross and Her Binder Project (HIGHLY recommend - free every month!!!!) where we are studying Philippians this month, one of my favorite books of the Bible. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

God Never Gives You More Than You Can Handle

It's been five months since my last post.  I've thought about writing many times, but then somehow I just couldn't seem to find the will.

In the past five months:

*I've had two surgeries
*My oldest was diagnosed with autism (albeit very high functioning)
*My oldest received a confirming diagnosis of depression, general and social anxiety, and something else God help me I can't remember the name of
*My oldest daughter was diagnosed with PCOS
*My mother with diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer with mets to the brain, stomach, etc.
*My mother was diagnosed with a huge abdominal aortic aneurysm
*I spent 6 weeks going to chemo and radiation with my mother
*I was nearly fired from my job for cutting my hours to be with my mother
*I spent the weekend sleeping at the hospital while my mother was an inpatient getting diagnosed with atrial fibrillation
* I called an ambulance when my mother woke up one morning and could barely walk or breath
*I held my mom's hand as she took her last breath and her heart slowly stopped
*I dealt with the funeral home to carry out her final wishes
* I kept the extended family up-to-date on her condition throughout
*I planned and carried out her memorial service

Some people would have wanted to write during all of this, writing being very cathartic.  However, it was (is) all too painful for me, so I have been in hiding.

But I am ready to come back to my blog now.  So many other things happened during that time frame as well.  One of my good friends was in the hospital and rehab center for nearly a month with pneumonia, she was intubated and put in a medically-induced coma.  My best friend's mother had a heart attack and was in the ICU for several days.  Two of my good friends were having marital problems, one is near divorce.  Another close friend of mine has his father in the hospital with a malignancy on his pancreas as well as a post-op infection.  My best friend at work is handing in her resignation and I don't know how I will face this place without her.

During my mom's illness and even the week after her death - God gave me incredible supernatural strength to handle everything.  I've never been so strong in my life.  However, this past month I've felt broken almost every single day.  And I know that is expected after the loss of someone so close.  But I have three children (20, 18, 17) who need me to get back to a sense of normalcy.  They are grieving too.  They need me to be the strong one.  To pave the road for them to follow back to ordinary life.  So I am attempting to do this.  It hasn't quite worked yet.  But I will keep trying, because I have to.

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

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::::