Monday, March 9, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday for March 9th, 2020

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

♥♥Ramblings♥♥  Has anyone tried Ibotta or Fetch Rewards?  I've been using them for about 2 months and I've earned a little over $40! Yesterday I got big boxes of Kellogg's cereal for 74 cents a box!  Prego spaghetti sauce for 49 cents - and last week I got some free yogurt, 1/2 price Quorn products and Boca burgers and Chik'n for more than 50% off.  3 lbs of free bananas too.  Just wondered if anyone else has used them.  

♥♥The Weather♥♥  It is sunny and will be almost 60 today!!  So excited.  Warmer weather is finally on the way! My cat is relishing sitting in the window warming himself! 

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥  I have a lot to do. A little overwhelmed - a little mad at myself for not getting more done yesterday! 

♥♥On my mind♥♥         I have rented a car and a condo for mid-April to spend my 50th with my bestest in New Hampshire.  I have 10 days off work and I'm super excited about it.  I can't say that the whole Corona Virus thing doesn't hang over the whole thing - who knows what things will be like in mid-April?  But I will remain optimistic.  

♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥   Chicken noodle soup  *shrug* 

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥   I just started Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude for an online read-a-long.  You can read about it HERE.  

♥♥On my tv♥♥

  • Criminal Minds
  • When Calls the Heart
  • Call the Midwife
  • YouTube videos

♥♥On the menu this week♥♥

Sunday - Shrimp Lo Mein (i got a great deal on shrimp @ Kroger!)
Monday - Lentils and Rice 
Tuesday - KFC bowls made with Boca Chik'n patties w/ green beans
Wednesday - Shrimp Fajitas n
Thursday -  Out for dinner - probably Pizza 
Friday - Pho noodle bowls using Trader Joe's Miso Ginger broth 
Saturday - Veggie burgers with sweet potato fries 

♥♥Looking around the house♥♥  Ahhhh you guys there is so much to do! BOTH of my daughters are not feeling well (I had stomach flu and now Jennah has it - Emily with stomach ache) so they are in bed today and this is usually our cleaning day (typing this up Sunday) So I am going to do what I can do and the rest will just have to wait until they are feeling better :) 

♥♥Chore I'm not looking forward to today, or this week♥♥  Today my least favorite chore will be dishes - as per usual!  lol 

♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥

  • Read
  • Bible study
  • Watch t.v. *shrug*  I'll admit I watch too much 
  • Write letters to my penpals 

♥♥On my prayer list♥♥  My heart is breaking for so many people the world over right now.  The people of Nashville who lost loved ones,  homes, and businesses.  I have family very close to Nashville, who I was very happy to hear from after I saw the news of the tornado!  The people in China where the hotel they were using for quarantining collapsed.  Pain on top of pain there.  The people of Iraq - so many kind, wonderful people living under a regime of evil and control - and on top of it the virus is running through them so quickly.  Italy - where Milan and Venice are under lockdown.  All of the families who have lost people here in the US - and those who are suffering.  The people who are on the THREE cruise ships that are hot spots.  People in the riots in India.  Our President and Vice President - they are coming under a lot of fire right now for many reasons.  My family and friends.  

♥♥Devotional/Bible Verse/Study♥♥  I am just about to start my next Bible study - Beth Moore's David study.  Super excited to start! 

Monday, March 2, 2020

One Hundred Years of Solitude Read Along

I'm joining in with the "One Hundred Years of Solitude" read along, which starts on March 6th.  It's hosted by Silvia Cachia and A Great Book Study

You can find all the info HERE 

More great information plus a TED talk can be found HERE

I'm really excited to have this opportunity to read this book within a group setting.  It is on Master List of 52 Classics that I would like to read.  I got utterly far behind as I didn't read a single classic in 2019!  

From Amazon:  One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendiรก family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad and alive with unforgettable men and women—brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul—this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

The ladies have the read-along starting on the author's birthday and it ends on the date of his death. March 6th-April 17th! 

Here is a newspaper article about Gabriel Garcia Marquez's passing in 2014 which described him as "A giant of 20th century literature": Conjurer of Literary Magic 

"There are hits, and then there are smash hits, and then there are rocket ships to Mars—One Hundred Years of Solitude would qualify as the last."

Happy Homemaker Monday March 2nd, 2020

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

♥♥The Weather♥♥ 40's and 50's this week and plenty of sun!  Thank the Lord spring is on its way! 

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥ Tired.  I've been sick and I am still dragging.  I don't have much of a cough, buy my lungs hurt and I have been having terrible body aches. 
♥♥On my mind♥♥ Of course I am going to post about the Coronavirus again.  I'm in Michigan and the closest cases to me are in Illinois and Wisconsin.  I've been reading too much and while I am far from panicking, I did get prepared.  We have at least 3 weeks worth of food, cat supplies, cleaning and paper supplies. I have seen that in places where there are a few more cases (WA, CA) that people are starting to panic and empty shelves.  With my back and leg issues, I'm physically incapable of standing in lines for hours and hours - so I feel a lot better knowing that I have what i need to take care of my family.  
♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥ Garlic noodles?  Yeah.  It's that kind of day. 

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥ Did I finish a book last week?  OMgoodness I can't even remember! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm about 1/2-way through Winter World by A.G. Riddle.  Next up is Sharing Jesus by Jefrey McClain Jones.  This is the 3rd installment of the Seeing Jesus books.  The first two were really amazing! I'm also still reading Tess of the D'urbeyvilles - this will probably take me several weeks! 

♥♥On my tv♥♥ 
*When Calls the Heart 
*Criminal Minds
*Forensic Files II

♥♥On the menu this week♥♥ This week I'm going to prep a bunch of different things and I plan to mix and match them for lunches and dinners. As a reminder, I am working toward becoming vegetarian. I still have turkey bacon on the menu this week as I am using up what I had in the freezer. 

You also may notice a lot of Boca products mentioned.  That's because I combined Fetch and Ibotta rewards to get them on the cheap!  Regularly 2.88 per box @ Walmart.  I bought 6 and received $6.00 from Ibotta and 2.50 from Fetch! It ended up being very close to half price.  I got the All American burgers for me, "turkey" burgers for Emily (they are vegan) and 2 boxes of Chik'n for us both. 

  • Roasted, diced sweet potatoes
  • Sauteed mushrooms, garlic, onions
  • Brown rice
  • Roasted chick peas
  •  Salmon
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Crispy tofu (1/2 marinated in Soyaki, the other in peanut sauce) 
  • Roasted brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli 
  • Vegetarian "grounds" cooked with spices and onions 
Breakfasts for the week will be my usual "hash"- eggs, turkey bacon, diced potatoes and sweet potatoes

Lunches  will mostly be Buddha bowls combining things from above. 

Sunday - Vegetarian double decker tacos (similar recipe in link)  

Monday - Ramen noodles with vegetables and crispy tofu with peanut sauce 
Tuesday - Chik'n "burgers" with sweet potato fries 
Wednesday - Korean Bibimbap 


Thursday -  Homemade bbq Chik'n pizza w/ red onion and arugula 
Friday - Pasta with vegetarian bolognese 
Saturday - Boca All American Burger and seasoned oven fries 

♥♥Looking around the house♥♥ I've been doing laundry and dishes while meal prepping today.  That's about it.  I was planning on getting some spring cleaning done this weekend - but I don't feel fully recovered from this stomach bug I had.  I just feel weak and achy mostly. 

♥♥Chore I'm not looking forward to today, or this week♥♥ Anything that involves leaving the house!  ๐Ÿ˜„

♥♥To relax this week, I will♥♥ 
* Read
* Bible study
* TV 

♥♥On my prayer list♥♥
*The President and Vice President - they are getting hit really hard with how they are handling this virus - no matter what they do.  Prayers that they keep the faith and make the hard decisions. 
*All those afflicted with the coronavirus.  China, Iran, and Italy (60 countries in total I believe) 
*Our country - praying that people will be kind to one another! 
*My family and friends 

♥♥Devotional/Bible Verse/Study♥♥
I'm starting my last week of the Seamless study.  It's been a great foundation to start the year on.  So happy that I chose it. I ordered my next study as I wanted to be able to jump right in.  It's the Beth Moore study "David: Seeking a Heart Like His".  

Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Monday Book Report, Edition #17

I am linking up with 



Bible study: David: Seeking  A Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Free Monthly Book from Kindle First Reads: 

1. Wall of Silence 

Borrowed from Kindle Unlimited: 
1. Sharing Jesus 
2. Walk Two Moons 

3. Darkness Falls  (another apocalyptic book - seeing a theme? ๐Ÿ˜‚ ) 

WHAT DID I READ THIS WEEK:  I didn't finish a single book this week. *sigh*  I'm about 1/2-way through "Pandemic" by A. G. Riddle 

WHAT ARE MY READING PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK: Finish Pandemic and read Sharing Jesus. 

READATHONS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK:  A new month and new read-a-thons!  

- MAR -
1-31 | Hamilthon
1-31 | Hypeathon
1-31 | The Irish Readathon
1-31 | March Mystery Madness
1-31 | March of the Mammoths
1-31 | Sims-a-thon
1-31 | Women's History Month Readathon

I may join the Women's History Month Read-a-thon: 

MY BOOK MINISTRY: I brought 5 books to the Little Free Library yesterday, including "The Book Thief" and "The Shack".  I noticed that the last books that I left were taken!