Monday, January 4, 2021

Master List and Menu Plan Monday - January 4, 2021

Greetings, Dear One! 💗 

Happy first Monday of a brand new year!!! 📅 I trust that 2021 is off to a great start for you and yours. What did you do to ring in the New Year? ðŸŽ‰ðŸŽ†ðŸŽŠ 

John and I watched a New Year's Eve church service online until it went off at 11:00, then, we switched over to a news channel that was counting down to midnight across the country. At midnight we blew our party horns, shot off a couple party poppers, and toasted the New Year with a couple of glasses of grape juice. We hung it up a little after 1:00 a.m. and went to bed. 😴

A little before 4:00 a.m. the electricity went off. We were in the middle of an ice storm! Fortunately, we were only without power for about 40 minutes, but, one of our children and their family was out for several hours. 

On New Year's Day we stayed in and enjoyed the beauty of the frozen world, watched the birds in a feeding frenzy at the feeders, and enjoyed eating the traditional black-eyed peas and cornbread. 

I worked on Saturday. Since the nature center is closed and nothing was going on, my husband rode out with me to witness the ice-encapsulated prairie. There was a chance of snow in the morning, but nothing materialized. Come mid-afternoon we found ourselves in the middle of a snowstorm...and it. was. BEAUTIFUL!!! In fact, I had to run outside for a few minutes and play in the great big, fluffy flakes! 

I didn't know it until later, but my husband took photos and videos of my antics through the picture window on the east side of the nature center. 

I ended up walking a good part of the quarter-mile loop as I attempted to photograph a norther harrier hawk that was sitting out the storm in the top of a small shrub. He flew away when I got too close. ❆

On the way home we witnessed some lovely these...

Our son came out and took this photo of a few of the bison with his drone...

Saturday night we had supper at our daughter and sil's and wished grandson, Silas, a Happy 13th Birthday. 🎂 By the time we headed home steps and roadways were very slick, but by Sunday afternoon the sun was shining, temperatures were back up in the 40's, and the ice and snow had all but melted away. In fact, here are a couple of pictures of our town and the surrounding area that our son took Sunday afternoon...

I guess that's more than enough about the weather. Besides, it's nearly time to head to work. I'm going to go ahead and get on with this post and YOU have a great day! 

This week's master to-do list...

- work
- complete my weekly "home blessing"
- do laundry 👚
- continue to pray over and monitor election results ðŸ’“🤍💙
- wish dil #2 a Happy Birthday 🎂
- post a package 📦
- plan an anniversary getaway 💕

This week's menu plan...

- Monday - Taco salad 🥗
- Tuesday - Meatloaf, steamed cauliflower, and sautéed celery 🐄 
- Wednesday - Potato soup and biscuits (freezer)
- Thursday - Homemade chicken nuggets and oven fries
- Friday - Broiled salmon, baked butternut squash, and mashed turnips 🐟
- Saturday - Dh's night to cook (chef's choice or leftovers) 🍝
- Sunday - Leftovers

Love and blessings until next time! 💗


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    1. Yep! That photo, as well, as many of the others, were taken at the state park where I work in southwest Missouri. We have a herd of about 60 bison on site.

  2. Happy New Year! Your photos are stunning. Snow's just starting to melt today, expect it will mostly be gone tomorrow. We had black-eyed peas and cornbread on the 1st as well (pretty boring NYE as we did nothing, watched a movie) but I make mine spicy and prefer to eat them with tortilla chips. Planning an anniversary get away sounds fun. Hope you have a wonderful first week of the new year!

    1. Thanks, Jean! Do you have a recipe for the spicy black-eyed peas? If so, do you mind sharing it? Sounds good! Hope your new year is off to a great start! Blessings, my friend! <3

  3. Beautiful pictures! Amazing how everything just looks even better in the snow!

    1. Thanks, Mandy! I agree! Snow makes everything beautiful! <3


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