Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekly Reflections and Planning June 27th, 2016


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

In the kitchen...On the menu this week::::  Not much cooking this week because I have my bestest-estest friend in the world coming to visit from New Hampshire on Thursday!!!!!!  

Sunday: Burgers and baked french fries with green salad 

Monday:  Mexican pasta (new recipe) 

Tuesday:  Fish tacos with Spanish rice 

Wednesday:  Dinner with parents

Thursday:  Chicken and rice with broccoli

Friday:  Beef stroganoff with frozen veggies 

Saturday:  Cookout @ Mom's 

Lunches:  I am working Monday through Thursday and have Lean Cuisines for 2 days with Greek Yogurt and Minestrone soup for 2 days.  


  1. Mop kitchen floor
  2. Laundry
  3. Cook ahead 
  4. Bible study
  5. Finish ARC book 
  6. Watch "Outlander"
  7. Clean kitchen counters
  8. Clean stove

The weather outside:::  It is cloudy, humid and in the mid-90s.  Storms on the way.  We really need it, the grass is getting all crunchy! 

I am thinking.. About how much there is to get done around the house.

I am thankful... That I have Henry in my life.  He brings me such happiness.

One of my favorite things... Flowers.  Looking at them gives me peace and joy. 

I am wearing... A print tank top and black capri pants. 

I am creating... Still working on my book. It's Christian fiction, for those of you that asked.  I'm still sorting out a lot of the details.  I'll share more when I quit changing my mind about every single thing!  :) 

I am watching... Binge-watching the first two seasons of "Outlander".  

I am reading... an ARC of the book "Delilah" - I'll have a book review up in a couple of days.  Also reading the new Shanna Hatfield book, "Millie" (7th in the Pendleton series, which I adore) and re-reading my favorite book of all time, "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell for the Paper & Glam Bookclub on Goodreads.  I even picked up the 1964 version that my Mom had when I was growing up!  

I am listening to... not too much.  Christian music radio stations mostly. 

I am hoping... to have a great time during my stay-cation next week 

In the schoolroom... hopeful I will have the money come through to order Em's curriculum for 11th grade by this weekend! 

In the garden... My herbs are growing nicely.  I've had to pull up quite a few flowers that died in all this dryness despite daily waterings.  The tiger lilies are up and bring me a happiness to my heart I cannot even describe! 

Favorite picture from the camera: 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer Reading List 2016

Believe it or not, I have NEVER, EVER made a summer book reading list!  I may have had certain classic novels that I've wanted to read or books that look good so I add them to my Goodreads or Amazon "want" list - but I have really never said to myself "I am going to read THESE five books this summer".  So this year I have decided that I am going to give it a go!!!!! 

1.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell  
This one is sort of a cheat .... for a few reasons.  First of all, I have read and re-read this book many times.  Second of all, it is for the Paper and Glam book club on Goodreads!  GWTW is my favorite book of all time, so I am really excited to read it again this summer! 

2. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 
I scored this book as a daily deal for 1.99 on Kindle!  (9.99 now, sorry)  

FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

The last remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt, using only the clues her eccentric father left behind, and the Brontës’ own novels.

This is another book club read, but I read "Heart Shaped Box" by Joe Hill several months ago and really enjoyed it.  
A chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.
The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

5.  I definitely have to have ONE YA title on the list, yes?  
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Summer Bucket List

My kids are all teenagers now.  My son is starting school for welding in the fall.  He is spending his last summer as a "free man" playing video games and working part time for my dad.  My oldest will be turning 20 this week and she works part time until she is going back to college.  My youngest is 16 and will be starting 11th grade homeschool in late July, early August.  SO -  


Here are some things we have decided on doing together this summer!  I hope to do most of them. 

Go to the beach!  My oldest and I (plus her good friend) plan to do this in the next week or two! 

Go to the local drive in!  We usually go every year for Jennah's birthday - so this will be happening soon too! 

African Bead Museum in Detroit  - this museum has a sculpture garden, hand-crafted beads from across Africa and African culture collection. 

I have wanted to go to the John K. King Used & Rare Book Store for years! 

I will definitely be going back to Eastern Market!  <3 

And I really want to bring my girls to the conservatory on Belle Isle.  We'll make a day of it with a trip to the park and some ice cream too. 

Happy Homemaker Monday & Menu Plan Monday for June 20th, 2016

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

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

(Some of these are repeats from last week since I did not get to them) 

Monday:  Grilled chicken and roasted root vegetables 


Thursday:  Jambalaya 

Saturday:  Dinner with parents again! 

Sunday: Taco bar with Spanish rice 

Lunches:  For work - Lean Cuisine with Greek yogurt.  

The weather outside is:::: PERFECT!  85 and sunny today.  Lovely.

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: McDonald's :/ 

1. Work M-F 
2. Flowers to plant 
3. Presents to wrap for Jennah's birthday! 
4. Laundry
5. Dishes
6. Daily devotions 

Currently reading:::: Just finished "My Sister's Grave" - it was pretty good.  I am going to read "The Nightingale" next - I think. 

On the TV today:::: 
1. Vikings
2. Charmed

Currently Working On Or Creating: Working on my book, as usual! God took me in a different, but exciting, direction. 

I am thinking.. how I can still feel so depressed, even knowing how blessed I am

I am thankful... for my cat.  He's the only thing that is making me happy the past couple of days. 

One of my favorite things... sleeping.

I am wearing... black capri pants and a black and white tank top

I am hoping... to get out of this funk ..... soon!

In the schoolroom... Still in summer mode.  Em is reading and writing mostly along with some computer work.  

In the garden... Most of my flowers are still hanging in there .... herbs are looking a little sorry after the downpour a few days ago.  

Have a very blessed week.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

How Do We Become Strong Women of God?

This has been such a stressful week at work.  I've been coming home, having dinner and going to bed at 7 p.m.  I see this cycle in my life - never finding balance.  It seems like my complaints and issues from five years ago are the exact same complaints I have now.

I so want to be a strong woman of God!  I want to do what He has called me to do.  I want to live the way the Holy Spirit directs me, and not where my worldly, humanly flesh does.  Yet I keep doing exactly what I do not want to do!

Even Paul felt this way.  He held such favor with the Lord yet he had feelings of self-annoyance just like I do.  Guilt over the choices made.  Yearning to do what is right.  

Does anyone else feel this way?  I am a working mom of three teenagers.  Daily I feel like I am failing and I want to be better.  Do better.  I am laying myself bare because I need to be held accountable.  

I am going to work on this over the weekend.  I am going to pray and start my journey to becoming a Strong Woman of God.  I'm not sure if I am supposed to focus on one area of my life at a time or if I am supposed to take baby steps in all areas.  But I am going to listen to Him.  

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Happy Homemaker and Menu Plan Monday for June 13th, 2016

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

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

Monday:  Crockpot Swedish meatballs with noodles and veggies

Tuesday:  Crockpot chicken and gravy over rice with carrots 

Wednesday:  Dinner with parents

Saturday:  Dinner with parents again! 

Sunday: Oven-fried pork cutlets with roasted root vegetables 

Lunches:  For work - Lean Cuisine with Greek yogurt.  

The weather outside is:::: PERFECT!  80 and sunny today.  Lovely.

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: Eggo breakfast sandwiches.  I'm all about the processed foods this week :/ 

As I look outside my window::: Blue skies, green trees and pink flowers.  <3

Right now I am:::: Chilling out in front of the air conditioner

As I look around the house:::: Still plenty to do, but I did get a lot accomplished this weekend. 

1. Secretary of State
2. Bank 
3. Work M-F
4. Order 11th grade curriculum!  Yay! 
5. Visit Mom and Dad
6. Daily Bible study with Her Binder Project 
7. Write to my sponsored child, Ishimwe, in Rwanda
8. Write to my friend Samantha 
9. Plant more flowers 
10. READ! 

Currently reading:::: A YA vampire novel.  LOL I needed something light!!  I purchased The Nightingale today, very excited about that! 

On the TV today:::: 
1. Reign
2. Pioneer Quest 
3. Dead Files 

Currently Working On Or Creating: Decorating my planners - some writing

I am thinking.. how scary this world is becoming

I am thankful... that I have a relationship with Jesus or I would definitely feel hopeless about this world 

One of my favorite things... watching birds at my feeders 

I am wearing... a new summer nightgown, light green with dragonflies

I am hoping... that today (Monday) will go smoothly! 

I am learning... to be more patient and trusting

In the schoolroom... It's summer term - she is reading and annotating a novel of her choosing (Stephen King).  Ordering new curriculum this week!  We'll start back up full force mid-summer. 

In the garden... I've had some not-so-good-luck with a couple of varieties of flowers this spring!  I don't have the greenest thumb. On the other hand, most of the others, including my herbs, are doing well! 

Favorite picture from the camera: 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

Closing Notes

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekly Reflection and Planning June 6th, 2016


Today I am linking with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday as well as Organizing Junkie for Meal Plan Monday and The Simple Woman's Daybook.  

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: Hummus with everything pretzel chips.  Don't judge me :) 

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

Monday:  Baked chicken, pita and hummus, salad 

Tuesday:  Crockpot meatballs Stroganoff over egg noodles, broccoli 

Wednesday:  Dinner with parents

Thursday:  Beef hot dogs with Skyline chili and baked fries 

Friday: The Country Cook's Crockpot chicken and gravy over rice with mixed vegetables 

Saturday:  Dinner with parents again! 

Looking out my window... Thunderstorms today!  I wouldn't want rain every day of the week, but I do love a good thunderstorm! 

TO DO:::: Dishes, 2 loads of laundry, mop kitchen floors and clean counters.  Clean off dining room table.  Bible study, paint nails. 

I am thinking..about my sweet Henry <3 

Right now I am::::  Watching "Charmed", listening to the rain outside. 

I am thankful... for all the blessings in my life. 

One of my favorite things... thunderstorms! 

I am wearing...Ummmm, polka-dot pajama pants and a t-shirt?  :D

Currently Working On Or Creating: Working on research for my book.  Also decorating my planners! 

I am watching... still binge-watching "Charmed" - and on season two of "Reign" 

I am reading... "Miracle on Voodoo Mountain"  SOOO good - check it out. 

Also reading "Crumpets and Cowpies" by Shanna Hatfied, who I just love 

As I look around the house:::: I realize that I REALLY need another book shelf!  :D 

I am listening to... I've been listening to sermons lately.  My friend sent me a link to the sermon at his church - and of course I have been listening to my sweetheart's sermons too :)  *sigh* 

I am find out why I am SO tired all the time.  My blood work doesn't answer the question as to why I could sleep 24/7. 

I am learning...about Africa.  Missionaries.  Orphans.  Poverty.  

In the schoolroom...I am just about to order new curriculum!  We homeschool year-round and Emily is at the 10th/11th crossover.  Astronomy, government, American Lit, Moby Dick, The Scarlett Letter, Pilgrim's Progress and more, more! 

In the garden... All my flowers just got a good soaking!  Hope the sad ones on the front porch perk up now! 

Favorite blog posts from this week::: I love the Book Riot's Deal of the Day posts!  E-books between 99-cents and 3.99.  I've purchased way too many lately! 

Post Script I just signed up for this today!  So excited! 

From my Pinterest Board::  Her Binder Project 

A moment from my day...Favorite picture from the camera: 

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

Closing Notes