Monday, March 25, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday March 25th, 2019



I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday

As per usual - I've disappeared for a bit to rearrange life and my head a bit.  But it's all good.  Great, in fact.  I've missed sharing Happy Homemaker Monday though! I started my new job at John Hancock 3 weeks ago today!  I absolutely love the company and working from home!  I know I owe you all pictures of my room/office - but again - so bad at getting those pictures in!  Hopefully next week.  

The weather in my neck of the woods..... It's that typical early spring in Michigan!  Yesterday was 55 and sunny, today 40.  

Right now I am.... Watching a learning module on Records Management for work!  Shhhhhh - don't tell! I've managed records long enough to know the basics I think! 

Thinking about.... My beau is driving to Chicago tomorrow with his daughter.  Just a day trip for business, but it's a LOT of driving for one day.  

On the blog last week..... Nothing for a couple of weeks now.  BAD BLOGGER! 

On my reading pile.... I've been a bad reader too.  My reading has been sadly lacking.  I need to turn this around immediately!  I'm reading "The Alice Network" and "The Winter Garden" by Kristin Hannah.  My friend and I are going to a local library for a book club for the first book.  So far I am loving both of them! 

On my TV.....
McLeod's Daughters (re-binge - starting season 5) 
New Amsterdam 
Days of Our LIves
Yount & Restless 

Movie of the week..... 
La Vie En Rose (French film about singer Edith Piaf) 
Triple Frontier - Netflix movie with Charlie Hunnam and Ben Afflick - pretty good! 

Listening to.....
Soundtrack to A Star is Born
Edith Piaf
Roxette's Joyride


On the menu for this week....
Monday - Leftovers
Tuesday - Crockpot pepper steak over rice 
Wednesday - Having dinner with my sweetheart @ his house
Thursday - Swedish meatballs w/ egg noodles & green beans
Friday - Dinner w/ my beau
Saturday - Cooking dinner for family: Chicken, vegetable, rice, salad
Sunday - Leftovers or fish, broccoli, and wildrice 

Best recipe of last week...... Greek chicken Buddha bowls (love these!) 

New recipe I want to try..... This has been on my menu plan several times and I have never yet made it!  Chicken con Broccoli 





    On my to do list....
  • Drop cable box @ Xfinity
  • Mail pen-pal letters
  • Take Jennah to buy walking shoes
  • Remind son to help out my dad
  • Clean out my car
  • Spend time with my honey 
  • Take him to airport Saturday 
  • Continue working w/ girls on spring cleaning

In my planners.... I made them all pretty and organized and didn't take a picture :(  

Looking forward to this week.... Spending time with my beau, sunshine, flowers, birds 

Looking around the house.... Lots to spring clean!  

Bible Study..... Waiting on my new Bible study book to arrive.  Joyce Meyer's study on the book of Ephesians - one of my favorite books! There are a lot of free resources to go along with the book too!  Excited to get started! 

Praying for......
My beau's 2 trips this week 
His father who has been ill
My Dad 
My good friend from HS and college's Dad








Sunday, February 10, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday for February 11th, 2019




I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday

What's new this week: We are painting my bedroom and making an office nook for me to work from home.  I'm doing a shabby chic theme.  I love all things pink and flowery!  I'll post pics after it's completely done in a couple of weeks. 

The weather in my neck of the woods.....  We've got a couple of storms this week.  We'll see if they amount to anything. 

Right now I am.... Feeling tired..  Didn't get nearly enough done over this 4-day weekend.  I always seem to be pulled in so many different directions.  

Thinking about.... Giving my two-week's notice tomorrow! 

On the blog last week..... Only HHM

On my reading pile....  Reading "Now That You Mention It" by Kristan Higgins.  Really liking it so far. 

On my TV..... Still re-binge-watching McLeod's Daughters 

Movie of the week......  Nothing worth mentioning this week. 

On the menu for this week....  

Tuesday - Dinner out with a friend 
Wednesday - Dinner @ my boyfriend's house 
Thursday - Emily's 19th birthday and she wants Chipotle
Friday - Cooking dinner over Dad's house 
Saturday - YOYO 


On my to do list.... Finish painting my room.  I forgot how tedious painting is! 

In my planners.... Planned but not prettied! 

Looking forward to this week.... Getting my taxes back :D  This was last week's - now hoping they will come THIS week! 

Looking around the house.... Never ends.  Always so much to do! 

Bible Study..... Doing a 21-day study on Youversion called "Rooted" 

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday: February 4th, 2019






I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday

What's new this week: I got the job!  I did two interviews for John Hancock to be an at-home customer service representative!  I have wanted to leave my job ever since my boss said I should put my mother in a facility when she had cancer.  When she said I should have her take a bus to radiation therapy.  How I stayed there for another two years I just can't fathom.  February 4th is the two-year anniversary of her passing.  She'd be so happy for me!  It's better money, MUCH better benefits, and I won't be working for that dragon lady anymore!  

The weather in my neck of the woods.....  We had a 72-degree difference in temperature in two days here.  -16 to 56! 

Right now I am.... Exhausted.  I am trying to fit everything into one day - Sunday!  Cleaning, cooking ahead, errands, laundry, nails facial, blogging, etc etc.  

Thinking about.... All the wonderful blessings that God has granted me with lately! 

On the blog last week..... HHM and The Monday Book Report.  Still hopeful that I will start having more time to blog :) 

On my reading pile....  Just finishing up Emma's Gift.  Book review coming tomorrow! 

On my TV..... Re-binge watching McLeod's Daughters.  If you've never watched it - it's on Amazon Prime.  So good! 

Movie of the week......  Bohemian Rhapsody - it was so good!  It has made me look at Queen in a new way. 

On the menu for this week....  Some days are still up in the air 
Monday - Lemon pepper pork loin, potatoes and carrots 
Tuesday - Spaghetti and steamed broccoli 
Wednesday - Dinner @ my boyfriend's house 
Thursday - 
Friday - Cooking dinner over Dad's house 
Saturday -
Sunday -

New recipe I want to try...... Weight Watchers Tuscan Chicken Pasta 

On my to do list.... So much!  Redoing my bedroom so I am planning :)  

In my planners.... I have everything organized and prettied up - but didn't get a chance to snap a pic! 

Looking forward to this week.... Getting my taxes back :D  

Looking around the house.... Got a lot done today - still some odds and ends to take care of ....

Bible Study..... Doing a 21-day study on Youversion called "Rooted" 


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday for January 28th, 2019





I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather in my neck of the woods..... Like a lot of places across the country, we are getting a snow storm!  FINALLY some winter weather!  We had about 4 inches last night and should get another 4-6 tomorrow.  Then comes the frigid weather!  Around -40 with the windchill Wednesday night.  

Right now I am.... Wearing a facemask with green tea right now.  Just finished an at-home mani-pedi.  A girl needs to pamper herself once in awhile. 

Thinking about.... My sweetheart :)  

On my reading pile.... Finally getting around to starting "Siddhartha".  I was chosen as The Classic's Club Clubber of the Month.  If you want to read more about my reading life - you can see their post HERE.  

On my TV.....
Days of Our Lives
Young & Restless 
Maybe some of the Chicago shows 

Movie of the week...... I watched "A Star is Born" with my boyfriend.  Lady Gaga was amazing in it.  I'm not a huge fan of hers, but I was impressed with her in the movie.  I saw the 70s version with Barbara Streisand forever ago - but forgot how SAD the movie is!  Good but depressing. 

On the menu for this week....
Monday - Rotisserie chicken, rice with mushrooms, green beans & green salad
Tuesday - Taco Tuesday (turkey tacos with homemade guacamole) 
Wednesday - Probably have dinner with the BF
Thursday - Mediterranean chicken skewers with hummus, naan, and green salad
Friday - Making dinner @ Dad's house 
Saturday - Dinner with the BF

New recipe I want to try...... See above 

On my to do list....  
Work 
Catch up on reading
Spend time with my sweetheart 
Write a letter to both of my penpals 
Post at least one more blog this week 
Start on Valentine's for the Valentine's Exchange
Make doctor's appointments
Sign up for new insurance at work 
Take Emily driving


Looking forward to this week.... More snow!  Spending more time with my sweetie.  Having my job interview over with (see below) 

Looking around the house.... It's cluttered because it's so small - but I just don't know what else to get rid of.  I need a bigger place.  Soon.  Everything is pretty good though.  

Asking for prayer..... I have a 2nd job interview on Tuesday for a company that I REALLY want to work for!  The job would be amazing, the money and benefits would be much better than what I have now and my peace of mind and stress level would improve more than I can express.  I'm asking for prayer that the interviewers will find favor with me and ask me to join their team! 

Have a blessed week! 


The Monday Book Report Edition #12



I am linking up with 








S0 - I haven't read a word this week.  I need to remedy this immediately!!  However, I was named the Clubber of the Month for The Classics Club!  That was so awesome!  You can read the post HERE.  Learn more about The Classics Club HERE



I am starting "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse tonight.  I began reading it once but for some reason put it down, so I will be restarting it tonight! 





Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the story of a soul's long quest in search of he ultimate answer to the enigma of man's role on this earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but cannot be content with a disciple's role: he must work out his own destiny and solve his own doubt—a tortuous road that carries him through the sensuality of a love affair with the beautiful courtesan Kamala, the temptation of success and riches, the heartache of struggle with his own son, to final renunciation and self-knowledge.






Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Monday Book Report #11 - 2019 Classic Goals



I am linking up with 






I want to share my 2019 Classic goals and then do my best to actually stick to them!  I joined the Classics Club last August because I want to read more books that have withstood the test of time. 

I've chosen six classic novels that I plan to read this year.  Hopefully there will be may more, but for now, these are the six that I most want to read. 

1.  Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson   





2. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse 

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 



4. Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery 

5.  Tess of the D'Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy 



6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 







Happy Homemaker Monday March 25th, 2019

I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday As per usual - I've disappeared for a bit ...