Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - April 1, 2019

Greetings, Dear Friends! HAPPY MONDAY! 💗 

Can you believe that we're into April already??? I trust that your week and weekend went well and hope that your spring season is off to a BEAUTIFUL start! 🌷

The week and weekend here passed in one big blur! On Tuesday I took my neighbor shopping, not only for groceries, but for clothes and shoes, as well. While we were out I ran a few errands and picked up live crickets for Clementine. 

Wednesday was spent working around the place and digging and transplanting daffodils with my daughter.

Thursday was my and my husband's eye appointments. My prescription has changed and new glasses are on the way (I have an appointment to pick them up next week), but my husband, whose eyesight has become increasingly worse in recent weeks, is scheduled for upcoming cataract surgery. The optometrist couldn't even complete an exam because the cataracts are so bad in both eyes that she couldn't see into them. She said that, at this point, he is unable to see detail of any kind. For the most part, he is only able to distinguish light and dark. The initial consultation with the cataract surgeon is scheduled for April 25th; the actual surgery will be done about a month or so beyond that. Prayers on John's behalf would be greatly appreciated as he is having quite a time of it right now. 😢

I worked my usual Friday and Saturday. Then, Sunday morning, of course, was church; the afternoon spent visiting and resting. 

Now, here we are...embarking upon a brand new week! One that is fresh and full of promise and hope! As we enter into it, won't you join me as, I link up with Sandra of Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and all the other lovely ladies that make up the Happy Homemaker Monday crew? You'll be glad you did! 💗

Today I am joining Sandra and the other ladies over at
Diary of a Stay At Home Mom for Happy Homemaker Monday.
Please be sure to go over and check it out! 💗
Right now I am...

... finishing up breakfast and enjoying a cup of hot tea while I work on this post and plan my day.

Am thinking...

... about how nice it will be to get outside and get some work done around the place this week. We cancelled our annual, first-weekend-in-April trip to Branson, but I'm taking the week off anyway. 😊

On the breakfast plate...

...  peanut butter and jelly toast (not regular jelly but Polaner All Fruit) and hot tea

The weather...

... sunny, but chilly. Right now it's 31 degrees with a windchill of 26...BUT...the high today is suppose to be in the mid-50's and, after this, highs in the 60's and 70's with lows in the 40's and 50's. Little by little winter is losing its grip and spring is winning out! 🌷🌞🌱

On my reading pile...

The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard, and I'm about half through with Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilderby Caroline Fraser

Online this week...

Reruns of The Rifleman (Always! Always! And I never EVER get tired of them!)

Johnny Crawford and I back in October of 2016
As you can see...he made me cry. 💗

On the menu this week...

Monday - roasted chicken thighs, brown rice, mushrooms sauteed in butter, steamed brussel sprouts, and salad
Tuesday - fish sandwiches, sweet potato fries, cottage cheese, and cole slaw
Wednesday - turkey meatloaf, boiled, buttered potatoes, oven-roasted carrots, and cabbage wedges
Thursday - turkey a la king over brown rice with peas and carrots and salad
Friday - broiled salmon, baked sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, and salad
Saturday - dh's night to cook
Sunday - leftovers

On my 'to-do' list...

Monday - HHM post, plan the week ahead, do weekly "home blessing", laundry, start spring cleaning
Tuesday - Figure April budget and bills, meet my aunt for lunch @ Rich Hill, continue spring cleaning, get the yard ready for mowing (pick up sticks, downed branches, etc.)
Wednesday - Bank, pay bills, continue spring cleaning
Thursday - ?
Friday - ?
Saturday - ?
Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...

Temperature Afghan
Something interesting that I saw this week...

...the first baby bison calf born at Prairie State Park in 2019! It was born early and is so cute. 💓 This isn't the greatest picture, I know, but considering the fact that the bison were way off the road, I was facing into the sun, and was using my Ipod zoomed in as far as it would go it's really not that bad. 😲

Born in Mid-March it's the First Bison Calf of 2019
@ Prairie State Park - Mindenmines, MO
From the camera...

Just a random picture of one of my Rhode Island Red hens taken back in April of 2016. Oh, how I miss my chickens! 
Scripture passage...

Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful New Year, and I'll see you next week! Blessings!

Until next time,

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  1. I like the name Clementine... but I'm sorry to say I do not like spiders! So scary.
    I hope your husband's eyes are taken care of quickly and that he can see again, no wonder he is having a hard time with it. I would too.
    Hope you have a great week

  2. Thanks, Lucy! I wasn't too hip on spiders, either, until we inherited Clementine from friends who were moving back to Brazil and couldn't take her with them. I was really unsure about the whole thing at first, but John and I have become accustomed to her and feel about her as we would any other pet. She's very easy to take care of. She's never been handled, so we don't have to pick her up or anything like that (although I have petted her abdomen a time or two), and she cleans (and decorates) her own cage (with silk). All we have to do is feed her live crickets every few weeks and make sure she has fresh water on a regular basis. We do talk to her and it's fun to watch her...especially when she's eating...but she's really no trouble at all and we've learned to love her as a member of our household.

    Thanks for the kind words concerning John's eyes. I just wish they could have gotten him in sooner. :(

    Blessings for a beautiful week ahead, my friend, and have a nice day! <3

  3. Baby bison and Johnny Crawford!! In the same post! I love that. I thought he'd make a fine boyfriend as I was growing up watching him on TV. LeeAnna

  4. Your daffodil photo is beautiful, and your menu sounds very good. Have a great week.

  5. Oh my goodness... I got the heebie jeebies after seeing Clementine... spiders freak me out! Your temp afghan is coming along nicely!! Love your scripture passage! Have a great Monday!

  6. LeeAnna - I know! I thought that, too (baby bison and Johnny Crawford in the same post)! LOL! Let me tell doesn't get any better than that! LOL! :D Thanks for dropping in today! Blessings! <3

    Thanks, Kristina! Have a great week! <3

    Jodi - I used to feel the same way, but Clementine has changed my least the big, hairy kind! LOL! Have a great week, my friend! <3

  7. Rich Hill. Oh lucky you! I got a bit obsessed with the cinnamon pecans in Pecans & More last September. So good. Every time we head south, I'm asking my husband if we're going by there. S I doubt that's where you're going to lunch though but if you do, have some pecans for me :) Enjoyed all the springtime things in your post. Prayers for your husband and his eyes. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  8. LOL! I hear you, Jean! I LOVE Pecans & More! We should meet up there sometime and have lunch (and cinnamon pecans) together! :) And, no, my aunt and I are meeting and having lunch at Swope's. Thanks for the prayers concerning John's eyes. Hope you have a wonderful week, too! Warmer weather is on the way! YEAH!!! ;) Blessings! <3

  9. Hi Sweetie!

    I commend you for taking on Clementine - but I don't know if I could live in the same house. Lol! Although living on the bay we get some really big water spiders around I've gotten more used to them too.

    Prayers for your hubby's eyes! Keep us posted and hope they can be fixed soon.

    Love the colors in your afghan - turning out so pretty, And how cute a little baby bison ;) So sweet.
    Love your scripture too. Blessings to your friend. Sorry I was late visiting this week xoxo

  10. No I CANNOT believe we're already into the 2nd quarter of 2019! Why is time moving so fast? I LOVE the spring look with all the daffodils. My hubby had cataract surgery a couple years ago and says he's never seen better or more colorful - I hope this is true for your hubby too! Have a WONDERFUL week!

  11. I understand, Carrie! At one time I felt the same way! LOL! We have some big spiders here, too, including the Missouri tarantula, but I've never seen one in the wild and don't know that I want to. LOL! Wolf and hay spiders are what I see most often. At least Clemmy is in a cage and behind glass. LOL! Thanks for your prayers on John's behalf. They are much appreciated! I worked on the afghan some last night. I've got just a few rows of February to go and I'll be into March and some new colors. Yeah! :) Have a blessed day, my friend, and don't ever worry about visiting late. I make a bad habit of that myself sometimes. Hopefully today I will catch up with the rest of you girls! Blessings! <3

    And, yes, I hear you, ThreeSides! Time moves so quickly. It seems that before we can blink another year has passed! Unbelievable! Thanks for the encouraging report about your husband's experience with the cataract surgery and for the good wishes concerning John's. We know that God's got this and, soon, we'll be sharing a good report! Blessings! <3


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