Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - June 18, 2018

Black-eyed Susan's Growing Along The Roadway
Good morning and Happy MONDAY! 💗

How is everyone? I sure hope this post finds you and yours healthy, happy, and content in all of life's circumstances this morning! How was your weekend? I hope the dads in your life had a wonderful Father's Day weekend! 

Our week was good. I had to be out at the park most days. Served a pulled bison dinner to the Americorps workers their last night in (they put in a ten-day stint at the park this time...that was on Tuesday evening), had a school group on Wednesday, a Prairie Jubilee planning meeting on Thursday, worked half a day on Friday (attended a friend's funeral in the afternoon), and conducted my 'Let's "Stick" Together' program (all about fun with plain ol' ordinary sticks) on Saturday. Other than that, just worked around the place and celebrated a quiet Father's Day with my husband. 

Playing "Pooh Sticks" Off The Bridge at the Picnic Area
Now it's Monday and I'm up at at 'em and rearing to go in a brand new week! So, let's get right on it as we join Sandra and all the other lovely ladies over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom...shall we?

Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom and
all of the wonderful ladies of 
Happy Homemaker Monday!

Right now I am...

I got up early this morning and started doing laundry and cleaning right away, so, right now, I'm taking a breakfast break and enjoying a cup of tea as I start this post. 

Am thinking...

That, if I have time, I should consider cleaning the livingroom carpet this afternoon. It really needs it. 😞

On the breakfast plate...

Boring I know, but I had my here-as-of-late regular...THM Sweat Pant Oatmeal and a cup of Twining's Irish Breakfast tea. I can't help it! Most mornings I'm craving oatmeal and that is my absolute favorite way to make it. 

Trim Healthy Mama Sweat Pat Oatmeal
The weather...

Still very hot and VERY humid. In fact, we've been under a heat advisory for several days now, but there's supposed to be a 10 to 15 degree temperature drop coming mid-week with some really good rain chances...which we need desperately. Am looking forward to that and just hope that it comes through. 

On my reading pile...

Ella Mayfield's Paw paw Militia by Fay Risnern
Finished reading Ella Mayfield's Paw paw Militia by Fay Risnern (great local historical fiction) and Ministering to the Brokenhearted by Kenneth W. Hagin. At present, in addition to daily scripture reading, I am still working on The Busy Woman's Guide to Healthy Eating by Emily Barnes and Sue Gregg and am also finishing up a couple of mini-books through RHEMA, as well. I've got a whole pile of 'to-read' books, but haven't decided yet what to go with next.

On the menu this week...

Monday - breakfast for supper (turkey bacon, eggs, oven-roasted potato wedges, and toast)
Tuesday - chicken tacos (made with homemade tortillas) and rice and beans
Wednesday - turkey Italian sausage stuffed banana peppers (from the garden) with homemade French bread
Thursday - turkey burgers and baked potatoes with cottage cheese
Friday - broiled salmon, cheesy scalloped potatoes (freezer), and peas
Saturday - split pea soup (freezer) and cornbread (freezer)
Sunday - leftovers

On my 'to do' list...

- Monday - Plan the week ahead, do my weekly "home blessing", do laundry
- Tuesday - Take a friend to her hair appointment
- Wednesday - Library programs at 11:15 and 3:15 (Missouri Frogs and Toads)
- Thursday - Run errands, go shopping
- Friday - Work (TSL training)
- Saturday - Work (Hug-A-Herp Day)
- Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...

This is one of the grapevine wreaths I've made. I
made it last night and hung up to dry overnight. 
Have been working on soaking and forming grape vine wreaths out of the giant ball of grape vines that my cousin brought me. I'm very pleased with the way they're turning out. 💗

Looking forward to this week...

Kicking off Jean (over at So Not Organized) and I's 30 Days of Summer blog series. To find out more check out this post on Jean's site and this one on mine. Jean and I hope you'll join us in our summertime adventure! 🌞

Something interesting I watched...

Over the weekend, compliments of a friend, my husband and I watched Gotti: Godfather & Son. There was a day when my husband looked up to John Gotti and a, much later, day that he tried to minister to him when he was in the federal penitentiary at Springfield, Missouri. The documentary was both good and sad. We pray better things for his children and grandchildren.

What I found while surfing the net...

Nothing that anyone else would be interested in, I'm sure. Most of my surfing this week involved looking for information on hiking trails in northern Minnesota. 😆

From the camera...

My purple-headed coneflowers are in full bloom and
the pollinators are going crazy around them!
We've seen a good variety of bees, beetles, and
butterflies all over them the past few days. So pretty!
Pollinators on Purple-headed Coneflower

Scripture passage...

Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful week ahead! And I'll see you next week! Have a Happy First Day of Summer! 💗

Until Next Time...

Recent and related posts that you might enjoy reading...

Introducing the 30 Days of Summer Blog Series

Eighteen Things That I Want To Do In 2018 Mid-Year Review

Happy Homemaker Monday - June 11, 2018

Rebecca's HEARTH AND HOME Newsletter - June 2018


  1. Your photos are beautiful as usual. I too love oatmeal in the morning. Have a great week

    1. Thanks, Luludou! Always appreciate you stopping by! Yes, oatmeal for breakfast is one of my favorites! Have a great week! <3

  2. Looking forward to our summer series as well. The heat advisory certainly makes it a good time to dream of hiking somewhere a bit cooler. Your coneflowers are beautiful! I planted some just last year so their blooming but still in the puny stages of growth. Hope you have a great week! P.S. Someone at work said they're supposedly getting lots of rain in western Kansas, let's hope it's moving our way.

    1. Ah, yes, Jean! I didn't realize there were so many hiking trails around Ely and some of them are up the Echo Trail, which is one of my favorite places to be! Hope we get the rain. We could sure use it. If you need more coneflower seed let me know. I've got plenty to share. Talk to you soon! <3

  3. The summer series sounds interesting can't wait to see it. I love oatmeal but only during the cold months, summer time it just feels to heavy for humid mornings.

    Hope you have a great week.

    1. Thanks, Felicia! I can't wait, either! You're sure welcome to join in the fun! It will be interesting to read everyone's posts! Have a great week and thanks for stopping in and commenting! Blessings! <3

  4. Great pics! Sure hope it starts cooling off for you. Yuck! And so excited for the summer blog series link up. I'll be joining in. :) Great menu too - love breakfast for dinner. Have a blessed rest of the week Sweetie. Xo

    1. Thanks, Carrie! There's a "cold" front moving through now and we're supposed to have rain by morning. I'm so thankful! And, YEAH!!! So glad to hear that you'll be joining us for the summer blog series! I can't wait! Blessings! <3


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