Monday, May 18, 2020

Home Management Monday - May 18, 2020

Good morning, Dear Ladies! 💗 Happy Monday! 💗

How was your week and weekend? Ours was quiet. I accomplished a few things, but not much. I worked Friday and Saturday, church was great Sunday morning, and Sunday evening was spent visiting with, all in all, it was a good week.

I'll admit that I've been a little down though. This is the week that I should be at Missouri State Park's annual Spring Interpretive Training, along with other friends (and a daughter) that works for Missouri State Parks and Historical Sites, but, due to the coronavirus, it isn't happening. I'm not alone in my sadness though. There's plenty of boo-hooing going on from one end of the state to the other, I'm sure. The worst part for me is not getting to see and spend time with my youngest daughter in this special setting. This would have been my 5th year. 😭 

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Me and My Youngest Daughter, Amanda,
@ Spring Interpretive Training in 2016
Other than that, I've spent every spare moment this past week playing with my digital camera trying to get things figured out. At this point, I still haven't progressed past the AUTO mode and don't know that I ever will. I will share a few of this week's pics throughout this post. 

Let's get started, shall we?

I awoke to...

... thoughts of the day and thinking about what I'd be doing if I were at camp right now. 

Camp Sherwood @ Cuivre River State Park - 2016 (My First Year)
My Cabin Was The First One on the Left
What I'm thinking...

... Oh, goodness! (deep sigh) I don't know...just a hodge-podge of random thoughts flashing through my mind right now. What I'm doing (getting mentally prepared to get to work on this house as soon as I'm finished with this post...which, by the way, is something that I very much enjoy doing), what I wish I was doing (enjoying my first full day at Spring Interpretive Training 2020), what I need to be doing (cleaning house and doing laundry), and what I need to do to prepare for the week ahead (look over my calendar, do a food inventory, make a shopping list, and look over my 'to do' list).

What I'm thankful for...

... God's beautiful creation, all the interesting plants and animals that are in it, and the freedom that we have to get out and enjoy them.

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On the breakfast plate...

... eggs, toast, and hot tea

The weather...

... at the moment it is cool, cloudy, and 55 degrees, but at least it's dry. It looks like it's going to stay that way for a few days. 🌞

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Potato soup with crackers
Tuesday - Turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, and cottage cheese
Wednesday - Turkey Italian sausage with oven-roasted carrots and frozen peas (or out maybe)
Thursday - Oven-roasted chicken breasts, baked sweet potatoes, and green beans
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - Dh's night to cook
Sunday - Leftovers

A Dew-Dampened Bee Drying Itself on My Petunia

On my 'to do' list...

Monday - Complete this post, clean house, do laundry, bake bread
Tuesday - Run errands
Wednesday - Escape to a far country (much needed)
Thursday - Work around the house
Friday - Work
Saturday - Work
Sunday - Church

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A GARTER SNAKE in the back yard.
On my reading pile...

Bible Prayer by Kenneth E. Hagin (Bible Study Course) and Discover Nature 'Close to Home' by Elizabeth P. Lawlor

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Discover Nature Close To Home
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From the camera...

I just happened to take a picture of this bird on my way to work Saturday morning.
From a distance I thought it was a blackbird. What a surprise it was when I opened
the photos on my computer that evening and discovered this...a bird that I didn't
even know existed before...the BLUE GROSBEAK!
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A TURKEY VULTURE on top of an electric pole
drying his dew-dampened wings in the morning sun.
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A PRAIRIE CRAYFISH that I discovered scuttling
around in the ditch at the edge of our property.

Scripture verse...

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Well, Friends, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a great week ahead! Stay close the Lord and stay in His Word!

Until next time...

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  1. Really enjoying your photos! A blue grosbeak, wow, lucky you! I really like your turkey vulture photo as well. It's hard missing out on all our normal things isn't it? Hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks, Jean! Yes! The blue grosbeak was an amazing surprise! And, yes, last week was hard, but I guess we all survived. Thanks for always taking time to comment! I appreciate it!

  2. I wish the state parks would hurry and open up, we want to go camping! I gave up on my digital camera, it's way too heavy so I just use my iPhone now along with a Sony lens I attach to it for close up far away shots. Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 12, open May 1 to 26. All party entries shared if social media buttons installed.

    1. What state do you live in, Dee? Missouri State Parks opened last Monday (on the 18th). My husband and I are hoping to go camping soon, too. My phone takes pretty good pictures up close, but I'm thrilled with the long-distance shots that I'm able to get with the digital. Every day is a new adventure! Hope your week is going well and thanks for dropping in! Blessings! <3

    2. I'm in AL and the parks are open now, we visited two different ones this weekend.

    3. Yeah! Glad to hear it, Dee! Bet it was nice to get back out into nature and take a walk on the wild side! What state do you live in?


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