Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday - Last Monday of August!


I'm linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday! 

I have been abundantly blessed and have spent the past 10 days visiting my best friend in New Hampshire.  I spent time with my GRAND-Goddaughter and was able to attend my Goddaughter's wedding to the love of her life.  It helped my depression to get away, keep busy, talk and laugh with my friends, go new places, meet new people, and drive through several states.  I was able to see the Adirondack mountains, marshland, beaches and of course the ocean.  I always feel God most strongly in nature and this trip I could see Him in many places. 

Some family trouble awaits me at home, but I am more ready to deal with it.  My sister is an alcoholic.  Some of you may remember she almost died 3 years ago.  She got on the liver transplant list and turned her life around.  She gained her health back through diet and became so healthy that she no longer needed a new liver.  We she started drinking again quite some time ago and it's worse than ever.  She's passed out and fell on her face twice now - one of those times being today.  It's a mess.  That's all I'm going to say.  

The weather::: 

Monday will be close to 90 and sunny, but then we will stick in the upper 70s with sun most of the week.  Sounds pretty perfect after the HOT HUMID or rainy weather in New England while I was there! 
On my reading pile::: 

 Still haven't been doing much reading at all.  I keep BUYING books - but not reading them.  I hope once the cooler weather hits I will get back into the swing of things. 
On my TV:::  

 New K-Drama with Heather: Back Street Rookie
Days of Our Lives
You Tubers 

During my stay with Heather, we watched "Last Train to Busan" and the 2nd one but can't remember the name.  Great Korean Zombie flicks! 
On the menu for this week::: 

Monday -   Out for Chinese food - Pepper steak and rice
Tuesday -   Something quick and easy since we will be going grocery shopping after I'm out of work.
Wednesday -  Bulgur with veggies and Soyaki tofu
Thursday -   Whole wheat pasta with veggies and tomato sauce with green salad
Friday -  Buddha Bowl 
Saturday - Mujadara with green salad and homemade dressing 
Sunday - Spaghetti with lentil Bolognese 

 Breakfasts:  Overnight oats.  This week will be dark cherry cookie dough flavor. 
Lunches: Chickpea salad on toasted whole wheat with fruit 
On my to do list::: 

 Monday:  Stopping in Niagara Falls with Emily for a bit & then finish up our drive home 
Tuesday:  Work 8-4 and then grocery shop and run errands, paying rent
Wednesday: Work 8-4, picking up my prescriptions and the rest of groceries then K-drama with Heather using our Alexa Dots, video call with my sweetie
Thursday:  Same as Wednesday
Friday:  Work 8-4 Getting my 2nd COVID shot 
Saturday:  If I do not get a reaction again (I had a bad reaction with first shot, only lasted 6 hours though) then I will visit with my Dad and bring him tuna pasta salad 
Sunday:  Meal prep day! 
Looking around the house::: 

In a hotel room right now!  But I am sure I will have plenty to do since Jennah has been home alone for the past 10 days! 
From the camera::: 
Day of the hurricane - Surfers were everywhere! 

Atlantic Ocean

Niagara Falls - American Side

Niagara Falls 

Sunflower in Niagara

Emily at a rest stop in New York

On my prayer list::: 

 Louisiana as they get pummeled by a hurricane right now.  I know that the entire city of New Orleans is without power.  We won't know the extent of damage caused until tomorrow. 
Afghanistan -  all the families of the fallen.  The Christians who will be executed for their faith.  The innocent women and children.  
My family and friends

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Happy Homemaker Monday - Late As Usual


I'm linking up with Sandra for Happy Homemaker Monday! 

I've been really depressed for the past couple of months.  I'm trying to work through it and I am doing what I think is right, but I can't seem to shake it.  There is so much GOOD in my life right now.  So many blessings.  I see them and I am grateful for them.  I am not taking anything for granted.  But I still feel empty and sad in my heart and soul. 

My youngest and I (Emily, 21) are currently vacationing in New Hampshire.  We are staying with my best friend for 9 days.  My Goddaughter is getting married on the 28th.  I'm so happy for her.  I am very excited to see everyone and be able to spend time with my bestie.  I'm hopeful that it will bring me to a brighter place. 

The weather::: 

The weather is typical Michigan August.  Mid 80's - 90's, humid, and afternoon thunderstorms.  We had a huge storm last week that blew out electricity in 900,000 homes.  I was fortunate enough to have electricity, but my Internet was down for 2 days and I had to miss work.  
On the Breakfast Plate::: 

Oatmeal with blueberries and a tablespoon of almond butter.  YUM! 

On my reading pile::: 

 I absolutely HATE to say that I haven't been reading much of anything this summer.  I hope to change that once the weather changes.  I've just been depressed and tired and just getting done what I have to do each day. 
On my TV:::  

 Just finished Monthly Home Magazine (K-Drama) 
Starting Backstreet Rookie tonight (K-Drama) 
Days of Our Lives
On the menu for this week::: 
Monday -   Went out with my boss and bestie. Had linguine with shrimp and scallops.  YUM! 
Tuesday -   Pizza and Soju 
Wednesday -  BBQ cauliflower "wings" with rice and veggies 
Thursday -   Probably out
Friday -  Also probably out 
I am thankful for:: 

Absolutely so many things.  
*Have a relationship with Jesus in a country where I am free to do so
*My wonderful sweet heart Jeff, finding the love of my life right when I stopped looking
*My family and friends are so supportive and wonderful
*All of my family recovered from COVID
*I was able to spend last weekend with Jeff
*I am  spending 9 days with my best friend in New Hampshire
*I have a job that keeps the bills paid and refrigerator full
*I have 3 awesome cats who keep me happy when nothing else can 

On my to do list::: 

WEDNESDAY:  Work 8-4.  Emily has a hair appt at 3. Run errands. 
THURSDAY:  Nail appointment for wedding nails. Errands. 
FRIDAY:  Wedding stuff!  
SUNDAY/MONDAY:  Driving back to Detroit.
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating::: 

Absolutely nothing.  HOWEVER - I do plan on learning to crochet in 2022!  Once I kick this depression I want to get another junk journal completely made.  I have everything I need to put it together.  Just not the will or patience I guess!  I'd really like to do them regularly once I'm settled and don't feel in flux.  
Looking around the house::: 

At my bestie's house.  She has a huge front window and she has squirrels. chipmunks, bunnies and so many different birds that visit.  It is SO NICE!  All types of finches, 2 types of woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, bluejays, and a couple other that I haven't identified. 
Something fun to share::: 

 Well I don't know if it is "fun" - but it was definitely fun to see.  NH didn't get touched by Hurricane Henri much, but the waves and wind were up for a couple of days.  It was surprising and fun to see how many surfers were out!  I was really shocked to see dozens and dozens of them out in the wind and rain - catching waves. 

On my prayer list::: 

Praying for Afghanistan.  I can't even imagine the terror they are feeling right now.  
Praying for Haiti.  Just total devastation. So heart breaking. 
For my Goddaughter's upcoming marriage on the 28th
For a safe road trip back home for Emily and myself 
For our country, my family and friends.  For this worldwide pandemic to finally get under control. 
Bible verse, Devotional:::