Monday, June 24, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - June 24, 2019

Greetings, Dear Ladies! Happy Monday! 💗

How was your week and weekend?

Our week was good here and the weekend fairly flew by. There were various projects to work on around the house and I went through totes in the car port every chance I got. There were errands to run, library programs on Wednesday, and, of course, I worked at the park on Friday and Saturday. Sunday was stormy and there was a lot of area flooding. Those just to our south were hit particularly hard. 

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Wildflowers Alongside the Road on the Way to Work Friday Morning
(Gray-headed Coneflowers)

I've got a busy morning coming up, so I'm going to be brief this morning. Let's get right on into this week's post...shall we? Please, join me as, I link up with Sandra of Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and all the other lovely ladies that gather there on this week's Happy Homemaker Monday. 💗

Right now I am...

...wrapped in a fuzzy blanket and enjoying a cup of hot tea while I work on this post. In the distance a train blows its whistle and I hear a variety of birds tweet, twitter, and fuss as they wake up and face the dawn of a new day.

On the breakfast plate...

...I haven't made it that far yet this morning, but will probably just have an egg and toast or oatmeal.

The weather...

... it's a cool 66 degrees and cloudy at the moment, but it won't last long. The high today is expected to be near 90 and it will be hot and muggy (as will every day be in the foreseeable future). I'll be closing the windows soon and turning the air conditioner back on. 

On my reading pile...

I finished The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard (FINALLY!!!), but am still reading Mother Culture by Karen Andreola. In between everything else I have started and finished Living on His Income - Remembrances and Advice for The Christian Housewife by Sharon White and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

On the menu this week...

Monday - Fish sandwiches and sweet potato fries
Tuesday - Supper @ daughter and son-in-law's 
Wednesday - Breakfast for supper
Thursday - Roasted chicken breasts, baked potatoes, and peas and carrots
Friday - Broiled spoonbill, baked sweet potatoes, and brussel sprouts
Saturday - Turkey burgers and oven fries
Sunday - Leftovers

On my 'to do' list...

- Monday - HHM post, plan the week ahead, home blessing, laundry, watch two of our granddaughters while their little sister has tubes put in her ears this morning (Prayers over granddaughter, Mary, please. Thank you!) 🙏
- Tuesday - John has an eye appointment in the morning; supper at daughter and son-in-law's in the evening; celebrate granddaughter, Essie's, 5th birthday 🎂
- Wednesday - Take a friend grocery shopping; celebrate granddaughter, Hannah's, 1st birthday 🎂
- Thursday - Out with Essie to enjoy a belated birthday lunch with Nana
- Friday - Work
- Saturday - Work (nature bingo)
- Sunday - Church; work in the afternoon

In the craft basket...

The yarn finally arrived and I got caught up on the temperature afghan. Cooler would be better than hotter, but I'll take either. I am ready for a color change! 

Temperature Afghan

(Good thing I got a good deal on six skeins of the pumpkin! I'm libel to need every one of them before the year is over!) 😆

Looking forward to this week...

Spending time with family and celebrating birthdays! 💗🎂💗

Something I enjoyed watching this week...

... the looks on people's faces as they overcame their fears at Saturday's 'Hug-A-Herp' Day at Prairie State Park.

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Overcoming Her Fear of Snakes
Great job, Ashley!!!

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Overcoming His Fear of Snakes

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Overcoming Fears and Reaching A New Level of Understanding

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This is my little cousin, Kadin Lemmons (remember that're probably going to hear about this guy on Animal Planet or elsewhere in the not-too-distant future). He and his family found us some exceptional animals this year to share at our annual Hug-A-Herp Day at Prairie State Park. Kadin and his dad did a phenomenal job of sharing their love and knowledge of reptiles and amphibians with everyone that attended the event and we really enjoyed their expertise!!! Thanks, guys! 💗

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An Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle
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The Gentlest, Most-Loving Prairie Kingsnake EVER!
(I'm not huge fan of snake handling myself, but even I enjoyed handling and holding Cookie. She's the BEST!)

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A Three-toed Box Turtle
From the camera...

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Wild Bergamot
Scripture passage...

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Photo Credit

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! 💗

Until Next Time...

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  1. Hug a Herp is about the funniest event title I've ever heard! LOL Hubs keeps telling me there's a snek living under our burning bush, but I haven't seen it yet. I won't be scared ;)

  2. Never could I ever overcome my fear of snakes... yikes!!!!! I hae to say, too, I was completely charmed by the use of your word'libel'. I used to use that word eons ago.. and havent heard it in just as long... it really tickled my fancy!!!

    1. LOL! Glad I was able to tickle your fancy, Schotzy! It's a pretty common word around this neck of the woods. LOL! :D

  3. I think I'd stick to the turtles (no snapping turtles though) rather than the snakes. Brave folks there! Great photos of all the flowers and animals and people. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. I used to feel the same way, Jean. It was actually a naturalist at Burr Oak that helped me take the first step in overcoming my fear of snakes. Of course, working at Prairie has helped, but that little Cookie totally won my heart. She was great! She was handled, literally, all day by a multitude of people and, not once, did she get agitated or out of sorts in any way. She was amazing and totally earned my trust and respect. I think the feeling was mutual, though, because she kept wanting to come back to me. It was awesome! <3

  4. Nope, no can do on the snake thing LOL I would hold the turtles but not the snakes. Great photos :)

    Have a great week!

    1. That's okay, Sandra. Some people just can't and that's understandable. Thanks for all you do! <3

  5. Yay for the yarn arriving.... but the snakes gave me the heebie jeebies.... The rainy weather has returned here for us... we had 2 days of nice sunny weather over the weekend..... now its cloudy and rainy... boo! Have a great week!

    1. LOL! That seems to be the general consensus, Jodi (snakes), and that's okay. We got rain again Sunday and had a lot of terrible flooding in counties just to our south, but yesterday was nice and the sun is shining again this morning, so, looks like we're in for some dryer weather least for the moment. Hope you're having a great week! <3

  6. I loved all your pictures, but I especially love the simplicity of the wild Black Eyed Susans along the road. LOL I agree NO WAY to the snakes, but the turtles are cute. Have a GREAT week

    1. Thanks, Threesides! Actually, the yellow flowers in the picture above is gray-headed coneflowers; the white are Queen Anne's lace, but, no matter what, yes! The simplicity of them is lovely! That's one of my favorite stretches of road between here and work. Hope you're having a great week! Blessings! <3

  7. Thanks so much for linking up at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 1! Pinned ♥

    1. Thank YOU for hosting the Unlimited Monthly Link Party! What a great place to connect with others! Blessings for a lovely week ahead! <3

  8. Hello sweet Gal!

    I hope everything turned out well for granddaughter Mary 🙏

    And how cool your cousins brought those awesome animals!! I love that stuff. I used to love watching the Crocodile Hunter. It's so fun to watch folks in their element and passionate about reptiles or other animals sharing their knowledge.

    I hope you have a blessed rest of the week Rebecca! ❤️

    1. Thanks, Carrie! Yes, Miss Mary's surgery went well and, for the most part, she is back to normal. Hope you're week is going well and that it's full of blessings! <3


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