Monday, November 4, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - November 4, 2019

Greetings, Dear Readers! Happy Monday! 

(The first Monday of November! Can you believe it?) 😲

I trust that you and yours had a good week and weekend. Ours was good here! 

The early part of the week was spent visiting friends at  Pomme de Terre. It was nice to get away and, despite the chilly temperatures, we went out on the pontoon boat and took a tour of the lake.

A Great Blue Heron Coming In For A Landing
The mist on the lake was magnificent and we observed many water birds including gulls, herons, and a flock of mallard ducks. It was fun going out on the lake and we had a wonderful visit with our friends!

A Flock of Mallard Ducks on Pomme de Terre Lake
On our way home from the lake on Wednesday, we decided to take a couple of side trips. The first to visit old friends at Preston...

The Road To Our Friends House At Preston
It felt as though I was coming home. 💗
...and another to pick up a few things at Osceola Cheese. (which is one of our favorite places)! Among other things, we got a large moon of aged longhorn, a huge wedge of romano, and a Peach Nehi, of course (a family tradition when in the area)! 🧀

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The Osceola Cheese Co. - Osceola, Missouri
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Peach Nehi

Wednesday night we received our first snowfall of the season and Thursday was spent catching up on things here at home (laundry, figuring November budget and bills, etc.).

I worked Friday and Saturday. Our propane finally arrived on Friday, so we were able to turn on the heat at home and, at work on Saturday, we celebrated National Bison Day! 

National Bison Day - Celebrating Our National Mammal
The First Saturday of November Annually
Our naturalist took visitors out on the prairie to view the bison from a safe distance, while my friend and co-worker, Claudia, and I oversaw the serving of bison chili to all our guests and helped with the children's craft table. 

Claudia and I in Our Beards For Bison
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Bison Chili
Five of  John and I's Grandchildren Sporting Their
Beards For Bison
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Coffee Ground Bison Craft For The Children
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We Celebrated The Event and Served Chili
To Approximately 150 Guests
We had a lot of fun and a good time was enjoyed by all!

Saturday night we set the clocks back before bed and Sunday turned out to be the longest, most wonderfully relaxing day that we've had in ages! I am so glad that we are back on real time! It makes all the difference in the world! 

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... 

... Enjoying a cup of pumpkin spice tea and finishing up breakfast while I work on this post.

On the breakfast plate...

... Eggs, toast, and hot tea

The weather...

... Right now it's 46 degrees and cloudy, but the week ahead doesn't look too bad. 

We've had plenty of cold mornings this past week, but, sadly, I've not had time, nor opportunity, to lead that impromptu frost flower hike yet. Fortunately, it's warming back up, so we should have plenty of opportunities yet!

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Frost Flower From Last Year
Photo Taken 11/16/18
...  On my reading pile...

Arggghhhh! I'm still right where I've been for WEEKS...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. 

On the menu this week...

Monday - Potato soup with crackers
Tuesday - Turkey burgers and oven fries
Wednesday - Chili and cornbread
Thursday - Turkey and wild rice soup with homemade bread
Friday - Broiled salmon, baked butternut squash, and green beans
Saturday - Dh's night to cook
Sunday - Leftovers

On my 'to do' list...

I did laundry and my "Weekly Home Blessing" yesterday afternoon because I wouldn't be home to do it today.

- Monday - Take a friend to Joplin for eye surgery, stop and get a few things at the grocery store
- Tuesday - I'm not sure yet, but am guessing that the friend who is having eye surgery today will have a follow-up appointment with her regular eye doctor on Tuesday, so am leaving it open
- Wednesday - Clean and organize the Van Gogh room, work on Christmas crafts and projects around the house
- Thursday - Work on Christmas crafts and projects around the house
- Friday - Work (Buffalo Train Ride Homeschool Program)
- Saturday - Work
- Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...

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

Temperature Afghan
Looking forward to this week...

... Settling into holiday mode! 🎄🦃🌟

Something I enjoyed watching this week...

The first three episodes of Counting On Season 10.

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From the camera...

A Great Blue Heron Wading Along The Shore
Pomme De Terre Lake
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! 💗

Until Next Time...

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  1. As usual wonderful pictures. I like to watch shows with big famililes but have not seen Couting on.
    What a nice name for a place 'Pomme de terre' - potatoes! :) Have a great week

    1. Thanks, Lucie! Counting on is the continuation of the next generation of the Duggar family (19 Kids and Counting). I enjoy it. And, yes! "Apple of the Earth" translated "potato"! LOL! I don't understand it, but, yes, that's what it means! :D Hope you're having a great week, as well! :)

  2. Good Monday Morning! That chili looks amazing! Such a great time of year to visit friends and family.. It is time to gather together!!! Have a great week!

    1. Thanks, Schotzy! And, yes, it is (time to gather together)! Hope you're having a great week, as well! Blessings, Sweet Lady! <3

  3. Love that Bison beard photo, lol! Bison chili sounds great too. Have a great week.

    1. LOL! Thanks, Kristina! Hope you're having a great week, too! Blessings! <3

  4. Potato soup! Yum! I had a bowl yesterday when we went out after church. I love Counting On! Have a great week!

    1. Always appreciate you stopping in, Jodi! Blessings! <3

  5. Hi Rebecca, I am visiting from Happy Homemaker Monday. Your blog is beautiful. Such a gorgeous fall scene you have brightened my day with.

    Oh, I love cheese! When we go to coastal Oregon, we like to go to the Tillamook Cheese Factory and sample all the cheeses. Or when in Seattle, we like to hit Beechers for samples. Yum!

    Patti @ This Beautiful Life

    1. Thanks, Patti! I'm so glad that you are visiting! The cheese places that you mentioned sound great and, yes! I love cheese, too! Blessings! :)

  6. Is there anywhere more wonderful than a cheese shop?

    1. If there is, I don't know where, Pamela! LOL! ;) Blessings! <3

  7. Gorgeous photos of the lake. I find that winter is harsh and cold but it makes for some absolutely stunning photos.

    Sorry I'm so late visiting. Have a great week!

    1. I agree, Sandra! Every season has it's own brand of beauty and winter is no exception. I love the winter landscape of the tallgrass prairie and winter wildflower bouquets are among my favorites! Hope your week is going well! Blessings! <3

  8. Hi Rebecca!
    Always love catching up with you and seeing your wonderful pics. Sounds like you're getting weather a lot like us where in the northwoods. It is the time for cozy comfort food like chili!! 😋

    I hope you have a blessed weekend ahead dear Friend 🙏

    1. Amen, Carrie! I am so ready for the cozy comforts of winter, including the food! Blessings, Sweet Lady! <3

  9. I'm running sooooo late this week, forgive me. I enjoyed reading your post. I hope you had a great week and I'll be back tomorrow!

    1. Not a problem, ThreeSides! There has been at least one week recently that I didn't get a chance to make the rounds at all. See you in a bit! <3


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