Monday, October 11, 2021

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - October 11, 2021

Greetings, Dear One! Happy Monday! ๐Ÿ’“ 

I hope that you and yours had a nice weekend and that your week is off to a great start!

It's a windy morning here on the tallgrass prairies of southwest Missouri. Storms rolled through last night bringing in cooler temperatures. At the moment it's 59 degrees and rainy. Tornado sirens were going off at 5:00 this morning and we are under a wind advisory through late morning. According to the ten-day forecast the cooler weather is here to stay. Good thing I got the heating stove cleaned and ready to go last night. I will probably be firing it up by the end of the week.

The pecans are finally starting to fall in abundance. I check on them a couple of times a day. At first I was only finding one or two nuts under each tree (I have four). Yesterday, I was picking up three or four handfuls every time I went out. After last night's storms I'm sure that the majority of them are down now. I will go out and check on them again a little later this morning. I'm thrilled with having my own nut trees right here in my own backyard. I'm hoping to get enough pecans stashed to last throughout the coming year for snacking and baking. If I run across any black walnuts I may harvest some of those to add to the freezer, too.

Over the weekend I went to a corn maze and enjoyed a hayride and other activities (pumpkin painting, tiny tot cow train, corn hole tournament, duck races, and more) with three of my children and their families. We had an absolute ball! I will post pictures throughout this post.

Yesterday was the three-month anniversary of my husband's death. It's hard to believe that he's been gone that long already. Here he and I are at one of our many backyard bonfires several years ago...

He so would have enjoyed Saturday's activities with the children and grands. 

He used to hate fall and winter, but, in recent years, he would often comment on the fact that he was finally starting to see why I enjoyed those particular seasons so much and was finding the beauty in them for himself. I love and miss him so much! ๐Ÿงก

Well...I'm running a bit behind this morning and need to get on with my day, so let's get started on this week's post...shall we?

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

- clean house
- do laundry
- drop car off at shop to finally get that speed sensor fixed (it's been acting up for two or three years now - will be so glad to finally get that done)
- go on a little adventure with family (more about that later)
- hopefully do some geocaching
- celebrate son-in-law, Patrick's, birthday
- wish son, Buddy, and daughter-in-law, Christy, a Happy Anniversary
- celebrate grandson, T.J.'s, birthday
- weed-eat 
- get flower gardens put to bed
- start weatherizing

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Chicken chowder and homemade rolls
Tuesday - Grill out (burgers and dogs), chips, and s'mores
Wednesday - Rachel sandwich (kind of like a Rueben but different) with jalapeno poppers and fries
Thursday - Broiled salmon, baked sweet potato, and steamed broccoli topped with a wedge of Laughing Cow light cheese
Friday - Stuffed pepper casserole (freezer) and oven-roasted carrots
Saturday - McGregor stew (freezer) with homemade bread or biscuits (freezer) 
Sunday - Leftovers

That's it for this week, Dear One! I hope you and yours have a lovely week ahead! God bless one and all!

Until next time...

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  1. You're grasping fall for all it's worth! I love to hear that you're so busy with family and friends. That outing sounds terrific. Now that the fall weather has arrived, I FINALLY feel like decorating. Lowell brought out my fall tote, so I'll be decorating this week. I'll leave decorations up until Thanksgiving weekend.

    I loved seeing your photo with John. Hugs to you dear friend.

    1. I'm trying to, yes. John's presence is noticeably absent, but I am determined to just keep putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy every opportunity as best I can. Glad you're getting decorated! I will leave my decorations up until Thanksgiving, too, or until I get ready to leave for Amanda's. If I end up going up there for Thanksgiving I will decorate for Christmas before I leave. God bless you, friend! Have a lovely autumn and holiday season! <3

  2. I've been praying for you still. Glad to see you out there having fun in your favorite season. It's really cooled off up here as well. Might finally get to make some soups and chili that feel seasonal. Hope you have a great week!

    1. Thanks, Jean! The prayers are greatly appreciated. Yes! I'm so looking forward to soups, stews, and chilis! Hope you had a great week and a wonderful weekend! Blessings! <3

  3. Looks like yall had a really good time at the pumpkin patch. I'm so ready to take our grandchildren to our local one. Blessings.

    1. We did, Tracy! So much fun! Did you make to a pumpkin patch with your grandchildren this weekend? Blessings!

    2. I haven't got to yet. I am still traveling with dear hubby right now with his job. We will be home in a few weeks. We have alot of catching up to do with our girls when we get home that's for sure.


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