Monday, June 25, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - June 25, 2018

Greetings, Dear Friends! And Happy Last Monday of June! 😊

I hope your week is off to a great start and that you and your family are healthy, happy, and walking in God's greatest blessings! How was your weekend?

My week and weekend was full, but great! Although I never did make it around to cleaning the carpets, I do feel that I got a lot of other things accomplished...which is good!

On Tuesday, my daughter-in-law, who was in the middle of making sour dough bread, called to ask about how to form the bread into loaves. I thought that sounded pretty yummy, so, after we got off the phone, I got my own starter going. It had been ages since I had made sour dough! By Thursday my starter was ready and I made two big loaves. It was so good! I cut each loaf in half. We've been using one half and I froze three halves for later.

Freshly-Baked Sour Dough Bread
I had library programs on Wednesday and worked Friday and Saturday. Yesterday, of course, was church. After lunch, my husband and I took a walk. Then, we spent the afternoon chillin' at home before going to our daughter and son-in-law's for supper. While on our walk we saw the fox again. One of these days I'm going to get a really good picture of it, but, for now, here's the one that I got this time:

Not the best photo of the fox, but, at least I got one. 
It was a nice weekend, but enough about last week. Let's get started on this week's post 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...

Waiting on the sugar-water to cool so I can fill the hummingbird feeders, waiting on the last load of laundry to come out of the dryer, finishing my breakfast, enjoying a cup of tea, and working on this post. 

Am thinking...

About our granddaughter, Esther (it's hard to believe that she's 4 today!) and my childhood friend, Dorothy (who will always be older than me...BUT...only by a couple of months) who both have birthdays this week AND our newest granddaughter, who, if everything goes according to plan, should make her debut tomorrow. Our daughter-in-law is scheduled to be at the hospital at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Prayers over her and the baby would be greatly appreciated...for a quick, smooth, and easy delivery and for complete health and healing over both. Thanks so much!

Miss Esther Rebecca Grace
This picture was taken at last year's birthday lunch with Nana.

Dorothy and I when she came to visit last autumn.
On the breakfast plate...

Cottage cheese on toast, cantaloupe slices, and Irish Breakfast tea

The weather...

Cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms off and on all day. We've had really good chances of rain for the last several days, but have gotten very little. The systems get close to us, divide, and go north and/or south of us. We did get a little bit of rain night before last, but nothing significant. I sure hope we get some today. 

We did get a break from the heat. We've had several days in a row here lately that were actually nice. Right now it's 69 degrees, but the humidity is 99% which still makes everything wet and sticky. Looks like tomorrow we make a return to the 90's with temperatures near 100 by cooler temps were nice while we had 'em, but me thinks they're over! 😰

On my reading pile...

Life in the Spirit Study Bible, The Busy Woman's Guide to Healthy Eating
by Emily Barnes and Sue Gregg, Built to Last by Kenneth W. Hagin, and
Discover Nature at Sundown by Elizabeth P. Lawlor
In addition to daily scripture reading, I am still reading The Busy Woman's Guide to Healthy Eating by Emily Barnes and Sue Gregg. I am also reading Built to Last-How to Build Strong and Lasting Relationships With God, Family, and Friends by Kenneth W. Hagin and Discover Nature at Sundown by Elizabeth P. Lawlor. I will be using this book for a season-long study of what happens in the wild when the sun goes down and the creatures of the night that live there.

On the menu this week...

After the library program on Wednesday, one of the gals that was there blessed me with a box of fresh yellow squash. That same day I was given some fresh green peppers and had picked up a couple of nice zucchini from a friend that grows for a farmer's market. Squash and green peppers will obviously be the stars of this week's menu. 

Monday - birthday supper @ granddaughter's birthday party
Tuesday - spinach and feta turkey burgers, yellow squash casserole, and sauteed peppers and onions
Wednesday - bison fajitas served with homemade tortillas, rice and beans
Thursday - stuffed pepper casserole and steamed broccoli
Friday - troodles (zucchini noodles), sauce, turkey meatballs, and homemade sour dough bread
Saturday - homemade vegetable pizza
Sunday - leftovers

On my 'to do' list...

Normally, I do my home blessing and laundry on Mondays, but I had so much to do today that, after we got home last night, I jumped in and worked until 2:00 a.m. this morning to get it all done and leave the rest of my day free for all the other stuff I've got going on. It was so nice getting up to a super clean house this morning! Maybe I should do that more often! 😊! 😲

- Monday - Plan the week ahead, do my weekly "home blessing", do laundry, take a food inventory, go to the UPS Store (that sounds like a little thing, I know, but, for us, that's a 40 mile round trip), celebrate our granddaughter, Esther's, 4th birthday. I am taking Esther with me to town today so we can have lunch together (I try to do that with each grandchild on, or near, their birthday), then, tonight, is supper and a birthday tea party at her home. Fun! Fun! And Nana can't wait! πŸŽ‚
- Tuesday - Await the birth of our newest granddaughter (Nana can't wait for this one, either!!!) πŸ’—
- Wednesday - Take a friend and family member shopping, return the herp trunk to MDC and, hopefully, pick up the owl trunk for use at daycamp, and, hopefully, see the new baby 😁
- Thursday - Run errands with dh; work on various projects around the house
- Friday - Work
- Saturday - Work
- Sunday - Church; work in the afternoon

In the craft basket...

Am still working on forming grape vine wreaths when I have time. 

A Few of the Grapevine Wreaths That I Am Making
With the Grapevines That My Cousin Gave Me
Looking forward to this week...

Meeting our newest granddaughter for the very first time and celebrating birthdays! πŸ’—

Something interesting I watched...

This news story that featured my little cousin, Kadin, at Hug-A-Herp Day! 🐍🐸🐒

This is the second year that my young cousin, Kadin, and his family have
helped us collect reptiles and amphibians for our annual  Hug-A-Herp Day
at Prairie State Park. This year two news crews showed up to
 film the festivities and Kadin turned out to be the star of the show! 
What I found while surfing the net...

I'm thinking that I need to eliminate this category. I usually only have a couple of places that I visit on-line daily and, unless I'm specifically looking for something (and that's usually for work), I just don't spend too much time surfing the'll see. πŸ˜•

From the camera...

A Frog in the Pond
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! πŸ’—

Until Next Time...

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Be sure to visit our 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! 🌞


  1. I enjoyed reading your post. Have a GREAT week.

    1. Thanks, Tamy! I'll be over to visit yours as soon as I can. Appreciate you stopping in and commenting! Blessings! <3

  2. Love reading your posts - have a great week.

    1. Thanks, Luludou! You have a great week, too! Blessings! <3

  3. Hopefully, you're getting ready to welcome your new granddaughter this morning and your granddaughter with the birthday is super cute! Um, no thanks to staying up until 2a.m. cleaning house. Hope you have a great week!

    1. We did, Jean! I will post a picture on the blog soon. And, yes, she is! Thanks! Hope you're having a great week, as well! :)

  4. Wonderful things going on in your life Missy!


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