Monday, April 15, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - April 15, 2024

Good morning! It's Monday and we're half-way through the month of April! I cannot believe how fast time is just zooming by! 

I'm behind on going through pictures. Here are a few from Easter 2024...

Sixteen of My Twenty-Three Grandchildren

The Girls - Easter 2024

The Boys - Easter 2024

Audrey and Sophia
Oldest and Youngest Granddaughters Present
Easter 2024

What a week and weekend! Still recovering from being sick, two trips to Kansas City, back to work for the first time since mid- to late-March (only made it a half-day, but made it through the program.), had weekend company, and helped Amanda with Amber's baby shower. Whew! I was (and still am) beat, but that's okay! It's was a great week and weekend!

Toads and Frogs of Missouri Program on Friday
(The children were making toad homes out of flower pots.)

Baby Shower on Saturday

Now it's time to get back on track and get this house back in order after being sick so long and having so much going on! Let's get started on today's post...shall we?

Indian Paintbrush

This week's master to-do list...

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Wash bedding
- Clean out and rearrange the fridge
- Figure mid-month budget
- Do the banking
- Pay mid-month bills
- Prepare for and present a program on Indian paintbrush at the local library
- Pick up a few things at the grocery store
- Trim up yard edges
- Get zinnia seed in the ground
- Work

Letter Received From 6-year-old
Granddaughter This Week

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Leftover Casey's chicken strips from the weekend, instant mashed potatoes, and oven-roasted carrots
Tuesday - Turkey burger, baked potato, and oven-roasted carrots 
Wednesday - Fish sandwich (on Good Earth Roll) with sweet potato fries and steamed broccoli
Thursday - Soup and sandwich
Friday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans
Saturday - Homemade pizza
Sunday - Homemade chicken nuggets, Sue Gregg's cheesy potatoes, and oven-roasted carrots

Sunrise Over Liberal
(The old elevator used to set at the end of this street
and be in all the pictures taken there.)

Well, that's it for today! Have a nice day and a great week ahead!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Spring Bucket List 2024

Spring has arrived in all its glory! Here are some of the things that I hope to accomplish and enjoy throughout the season of Spring 2024...

"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
(Isaiah 61:11)

- Write my spring bucket list
- Plan my spring menus (these will be posted each week in my 'Master To-Do and Menu Plan Monday' posts)
- Celebrate Palm Sunday
- Celebrate Purim
- Get together with the aunts
- Renew my conceal and carry permit
- Celebrate Resurrection Sunday
- Taste a morel mushroom
- Observe the solar eclipse
- Celebrate spring birthdays with the children and grands
- Gather a bouquet of ox-eye daisies
- Assist with and attend a baby shower for daughter, Amber
- Plant a garden and watch it grow
- Observe Indian paintbrush blooming on the prairie
- Enjoy a rainy day
- Present spring nature programs at work and at the local library
- Observe sweet williams growing along the banks of a country creek
- Go for a walk in the woods
- Pick up bedding and vegetable plants at the Amish Greenhouse
- Present a nature program at the Golden City, Missouri public library
- Attend Spring Training @ Roaring RIver State Park
- Cook burgers on the grill
- Attend a 'Little House' meet and greet
- Renew tags on van
- Deep clean the kitchen
- Plant zinnias
- Smell lilacs
- See a brand new baby bison
- Observe a bird's nest with eggs in it
- Clean out and organize the garage
- Pay closer attention to labels and start eliminating health and beauty products that contain sls

Well...that's some of what I hope to observe and accomplish this spring. What's on your Spring 2024 bucket list? Please feel free to leave a link in the comments below so I can visit your site, as well!

Untl next time...

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - April 8, 2024

I've been quite ill for the past couple of weeks, and even though I'm still not operating at 100%, I am extremely thankful to be getting back on some areas (as abbrivated as it is), being up to writing this post! 😊

  • Solar Eclipse 2017

  • This week's master to-do list...

    - Watch today's eclipse (WITH proper eclipse glasses, of course; was supposed to go out of town to be in totality, but, plans changed, and with me being sick, it wouldn't have worked out anyway...disappointed, yes, but, oh well...we will be in 94% obscurity here, which isn't long as it's sunny) 😳
    - Clean house
    - Do laundry
    - Pet sit for a friend
    - Get ready for and host weekend company
    - Work 
    - Attend a baby shower

    Path of Totality 2024

    This week's menu plan...

    Monday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, oven-roasted carrots, and Good Earth Rolls
    Tuesday - Turkey burger and baked potato, with sauteed green pepper and onions
    Wednesday - ?
    Thursday - Broccoli, cheese, and rice casserole (freezer) with oven-roasted carrots and Good Earth Rolls
    Friday - ?
    Saturday - ?
    Sunday - Leftovers

    Solar Eclipse Program 2017

    Well, I better be going. I'll be working from home today in preparation for two upcoming programs and the eclipse will be underway shortly. 

    Darkness at Mid-Day
    Solar Eclipse 2017

    Have a nice day and a lovely week ahead!

    Until next time...

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    Monday, March 25, 2024

    Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - March 25, 2024

    It's a gray and cloudy first Monday of Spring 2024 and Passion Week is in full swing!

    Yesterday morning we celebrated Palm Sunday with scripture reading about the Triumphal Entry from all four gospels. The children had paper palm leaves to wave as they shouted "Hosanna! Hosanna!" at the appropriate times and real palm leaves were sent home with each family.

    “And the multitudes that went before, and that
    followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David:
    Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord;..."
    (Matthew 21:9)

    In the evening the girls put on their "best apparel" in celebration of Purim as we, once again, heard the wonderful story of Queen Esther and the ultimate triumph over evil. 

    After the telling of the story we enjoyed trays of delicious homemade hamentashen...cherry, raspberry, blueberry, apricot, and chocolate! So good! 

    Now, here it is Monday and we've all got a full week ahead! Let's get started...shall we?

    “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud
    voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say,
    My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
    (Matthew 27:46)

    This week's master 'to-do' list...

    - Clean house
    - Do laundry
    - Read corresponding Passion Week scriptures daily
    - Get the garden, which has been plowed and disked, tilled
    - Get potatoes and peas planted
    - Get together with aunts
    - Shop for groceries
    - Locate a new source for hormone balancing cream
    - Celebrate oldest daughter's birthday
    - Put together Easter goodies for the grands
    - Renew my C&C permit
    - Observe Good Friday
    - Work
    - Attend Sunrise Service and potluck breakfast on Sunday (prepare and take food)
    - Celebrate Resurrection Sunday with family and friends by attending regular service and joining in fellowship

    And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary
    the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet
    spices, that they might come and anoint him.." (Mark 16:1)

    This week's menu plan...

    Monday - Turkey Italian sausage with potatoes, peppers, and onions
    Tuesday - Leftovers from lunch
    Wednesday - Oven-roasted chicken breast, baked potato, and oven-roasted carrots
    Thursday - Turkey Italian sausage, mini ravioli with homemade sauce, and garlic bread
    Friday - Fish sandwich and oven fries
    Saturday - Soup and crackers
    Sunday - Ham, deviled eggs, fresh veggies

     "And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for
    the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and 
    came and rolled back the stone from the door and
    said unto the women, He is not here for He is risen,
    as he said."  (Matthew 28:1-6)

    Well, that's all for today! Have a nice Monday and a great week ahead! Happy Resurrection/Easter Sunday! 

    Until next time...

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    Tuesday, March 19, 2024

    Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday (The Tuesday/First Day of Spring Edition) - March 19, 2024

    After a very full and fun-filled weekend (and as you can see), I am running behind! Happy Tuesday! And Happy First Day of Spring! (It snuck up on me!!!)

    Tuesday night...

    As much as I wanted to get a nice long, newsy post out today, it's just not happening. Am going to cut it short and get right down to business. 

    Wood Ducks - Male and Female

    This week's master to-do list...

    - Clean house
    - Do laundrey
    - Wash bedding
    - Celebrate the First Day of Spring
    - Present 'Backbone Bonanza' (vertebrates) library program
    - Work
    - Celebrate Palm Sunday (read the passage from the Bible and present children at church with palm leaves (real or paper) to wave during the reading)
    - Celebrate Purim (read the book of Esther from the Bible, watch 'One Night With The King', and eat hamentaschen)

    Falcate Orangetip Butterfly

    This week's menu plan...

    Monday - Leftover corned beef, cabbage, and baked potatoes made into a hash
    Tuesday - Out
    Wednesday - Oven-roasted chicken breast with baked potato and steamed asparagu
    Thursday - Breakfast for supper
    Friday - Burger with sauteed pepper, onion, and potato
    Saturday - Fish sandwich and oven fries
    Sunday - Leftovers

    That's it for now! I hope your week is off to a great start!

    Until next time...

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    Monday, March 11, 2024

    Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - March 11, 2024

    It's Monday! The the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and spring is fairly bursting to make it's soon-to-arrive official appearance outside my back door! 

    Dandelions dot the lawn like drops of golden sunlight and the tiniest of spring flowers bloom in a vast array of color. I saw the first butterflies of 2024 yesterday and today honey bees!

    At the moment it's 62 degrees with a high of 68 expected; tomorrow and Wednesday are supposed to be even nicer with highs in the mid-70's!

    Well, I need to get started, so I am going to wrap the chit-chat up and get right on into this week's post. Join me...won't you?

    Friday's Class on Invertebrates
    "No Backbone...Eh?"

    This week's master to-do list...

    - Clean house
    - Do laundry
    - Clean and organize fridge
    - Go through a few more totes in garage - sort, organize, discard, and donate
    - Shop for St. Patrick's Day 
    - Drop stuff off at the thrift store
    - Work
    - Get ready for out-of-town company
    - Celebrate St. Patty's Day with family and friends

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    This week's menu plan...

    I have several odds and ends in the fridge that need used up right away, so am going to focus on those this week Items include celery, carrots, asparagus, a small box of spring mix, feta cheese, cottage cheese, turkey pepperoni, a bagel, three Cuties, and cheese sticks.

    The bagel, Cuties, asparagus, and spring mix will be incorporated into breakfasts; the cheese sticks will be taken to work and eaten as snacks. The rest of the items will be used as components in lunches and suppers.

    Monday - Beef and celery stir-fry over rice
    Tuesday - Homemade pizza 
    Wednesday - Chicken ranch salad with French bread
    Thursday - Fish sandwich with oven fries
    Friday - Oven roasted chicken breast with baked potato and oven-roasted carrots
    Saturday - ?
    Sunday - Corned beef, cabbage, baked potatoes, and Emerald Isle Cake

    Well, that's it for today! I hope your Monday is going well and that your week is off to a great start! 

    Until next time...

    P.S. - As a quick follow-up to last week's post, here's what's left of the Lipscomb elevator...

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