Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - November 11, 2019

Greetings, Dear Ones! A very Happy Monday to you and Happy Veterans Day! 💗

Remembering Our Veterans - Past, Present, and Future

I trust that this past week has been a great one for you. Ours was good, but very little went as planned...not even my menus...but it was a productive week nonetheless. 😊

Our friend's eye surgery went well on Monday and I did not have to end up taking her to Lamar for a follow-up on Tuesday. That will come two weeks out when she will be fitted for new glasses. Praise God! Her eyesight is much improved! 

On Tuesday our daughter, Amber, invited me to go shopping with her and the children at Amish stores north of us and, while there, we did a winter stock-up of whole grains, baking supplies, and spices. While we were out we had lunch together and ran a few errands. It's the first thing I can remember doing with her like that in over a year and I thoroughly enjoyed it! 💗

Wednesday and Thursday were spent running errands, taking care of business, and just trying to get organized overall. I sorted through hundreds of saved e-mails...many of them from clear back in May and June...responded to those that warranted an answer and trashed most of them, as they were no longer relevant to anything that I currently have going on. 

I sorted through the pile of papers in the basket on our table, paid our property taxes, got the new hubcaps put on my car, and made an appointment to get the springs and struts replaced. In the process, I took care of a whole bunch of little odd and end jobs that have needed doing for quite some time. Perhaps now, I can start the week out fresh and really delve into some of my long-awaited holiday happenings. I hope so, at least! 😳

I worked Friday (last homeschool program of 2019) and Saturday (planned the subject matter of most of my homeschool and library programs for 2020); Sunday was spent helping our neighbor and relaxing. In the process, I got a wild hair and, finally, after three and a half years, got the gumption to clean off the back porch. In the process, I removed a lot of the stuff that my dad had stored there and was finally able to move his tackle box from the spot on the step where it had been in since before his death in 2016 to the shelf above. His fishing hat is still hanging right where he left it and that's where it will stay. 🎣

Okay...enough about last week. Let's take a look ahead to this week, 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...

... Eating breakfast and enjoying a cup of hot tea as I work on this post. I am also listening to the wild north wind as it blows in an arctic cold front. 

On the breakfast plate...

... Apple-cinnamon toast, Oikos Triple Zero vanilla yogurt, and hot tea

The weather...

... Yesterday was gorgeous...sunshine and 70 degrees. At present it's 32 degrees with a rain/snow mix. Temperatures are expected to continue to topple throughout the day before they reach a low of 15 degrees. Brrrrrr! 😰

After that, temperatures are expected to warm back up again into the 40's and 50's, so not too bad! 😏

I do believe that we'll finally get that frost flower hike in tomorrow morning. That's my plan anyway! I'll have to notify everyone tonight. 😊 
...  On my reading pile...

My Father, Daniel Boone - The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone edited by Neal O. Hammon and On The Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder...but I have advanced a few pages in both books. Woo-hoo! 😆

On the menu this week...

Monday - Potato soup, homemade bread, and sweet potato pie 
Tuesday - Roasted chicken breasts with baked acorn squash, asparagus spears, salad, and fried apples
Wednesday - Pork roast with fried cabbage and oven roasted potatoes and carrots
Thursday - Italian sausage stuffed banana peppers with salad and homemade French bread
Friday - Broiled salmon, baked butternut squash, fried cabbage, and homemade bread
Saturday - Dh's night to cook
Sunday - Leftovers

At the Amish store this week, I purchased several
bags of homemade noodles on markdown. I used one of the bags to make homemade turkey and noodle soup. 
On my 'to do' list...

- Monday - Plan the week ahead, do my 
"Weekly Home Blessing", laundry
- Tuesday - Car to mechanic; projects around the house, hopefully will actually get around to organizing the Van Gogh room and start pulling out Christmas crafts and holiday projects (our family Christmas is coming right up!) 😲
- Wednesday - Work on Christmas crafts and holiday projects
- Thursday - Pick car up from mechanic; work on Christmas crafts and holiday projects
- Friday - Work
- Saturday - Work
- Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...

... Keeping up with the temperature afghan and working on projects for Christmas.

Temperature Afghan

Bark Owls
(for an upcoming library program)
Looking forward to this week...

... Moving deeper into holiday mode! 🎄🦃🎅

Something I enjoyed watching this week...

Episode 4 of Counting On Season 10.

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From the camera...

A Frosty-Backed Bison on
a Frost-Covered Prairie
Scripture passage...

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Well, Ladies! That's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful week ahead! 💗

Until Next Time...

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  1. I love to stock up at the Amish stores too, but we are 3 hours from the nearest. Do you can or freeze your soup. I should be doing that. Hm.

    1. I just make big batches of soup, chili, or beans and ladle it up while it's still hot into old peanut butter jars. After they have cooled completely I just pop 'em in the fridge. They're usually already sealed by that point, but, if not, they are by morning. Then, we just use what we want when we want it. I have kept soups, chili, and beans like this in the fridge for weeks...months...and they're still sealed and perfectly fine. I usually have two or three varieties in there at any given time. Add a slice of homemade bread, cornbread, crackers, or biscuits and they make for quick and easy hot lunches or suppers. Hope your Monday is off to a great start! <3

  2. Apple cinnamon toast.. yum!! Oh that frost flower, gorgeous!! The afghan is beautiful... mine is going back to the cooler colors now... brrrr. Have a great week!!

    1. I need to update with a new picture of the afghan. I've done a lot of rows since that one was taken and, yes, back in the cooler colors here, too. Another few weeks and it will be done. It's been a lot of fun! Thank you for being the catalyst that prompted me to go for it! Blessings! <3

  3. Sure seems like you got through alot of irritating chores - good for you! You have a gret menu this Week.
    Have a great week

    1. I did, Lucie, and I'm so thankful! I got all my work done yesterday and am ready to dig into the holidays! Blessings for a great rest of the week! <3

  4. Hello!! Late me as always 😉
    So glad your friend's surgery went well.
    I love how that afghan is turning out! Just so cool.
    And I adore the bark owl. That is too cute for words! 🦉
    And your inspiration this week is beautiful and spot on. 🙏

    1. Hey! Early...late...makes no difference to me. I'm just glad to see you whenever you can make it. <3 Blessings for a great week ahead!

  5. Super late this week, thanks again for checking in on me earlier in the week. Our nice weather finally came back! That bark owl is great. Hope you've had a wonderful week.

    1. What I said to Carrie..early...late...makes no difference to me. I'm just glad you're here...period! I do miss you though when you're not here. Blessings for a great week ahead, my friend! Big (((HUG)))! <3


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