Monday, October 18, 2021

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - October 18, 2021/Trip to Stockton Photos

Good morning, Dear One! It's Monday! 💗

And what a beautiful Monday morning it is, too! Right now it's  55 degrees, the sun is shining, and a high of 74 is expected. The ten day forecast promises more of the same...which is great! No a/c and no heat equals money saved! Yeah!

We found ourselves right smack-dab in the middle of the
monarch migration fly-zone last week and was blessed
enough to witness, literally, hundreds of monarch butterflies
flying and feeding among asters growing near the lake.

How was your week and weekend?

My week here was good. I spent several days away with a couple of the kids and their families at the lake. We got a cabin in Stockton and enjoyed three nights and four days of fellowship, food, fun, and fishing. I will share photos throughout this post.

View From the Deck

My Room

I dropped my car off at the shop on our way to Stockton and got it back by week's end. The speed sensor is fixed and for less money than first quoted. So glad to finally have that done!




My Big Catch of the Day

The Pretties Little Bluegill I've Ever Seen

After we got home I picked up more pecans. I have already harvested more than I expected to and have started cracking them and picking out the nut meats. I have about a quart of nut meats in the deep-freeze, thus far, and have probably got enough pecans picked up to put up two to three times that amount more.

Speaking of pecans...the squirrels at Stockton were super
busy preparing for winter. This fellow had, not one, but TWO
pecans in his mouth at the same time! So stinkin' cute! 💓

I didn't get to the weed-eating and yard clean-up that I had planned to over the weekend. I ended up pulling a rib and spent the weekend nursing that instead. Am missing work today because of it, too. So painful! 😭

Evenings in the cabin were spent reading...

...preparing the tackle boxes for the next day's adventure...

...discussing favorite fishing equipment used...


...doing handcrafts...

...or sitting around the campfire...

...visiting and relaxing.

Let's get on with this week's post...shall we?

Boats at the Marina

Feeding the Fish at the Marina

Seven of our Twenty Grands

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

- clean house
- do laundry 
- prepare a food and financial plan for the coming winter
- weed-eat
- get flower gardens put to bed (all but the zinnias and leaving them for any stray hummers that might be passing through)
- trim trees (bought myself a battery-powered pruning saw) 
- get together with family and friends

The grands had never seen a bullfrog before. This big fellow
showed up near a pool of water in the backyard after a morning
rainstorm. Granddaughter, Essie, who isn't afraid of anything,
chased the frog down and posed for a photo before releasing it.

A Fine Figure of a Bullfrog

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Broiled salmon with baked sweet potato and sauteed spinach
Tuesday - Pizza dippin' sticks and sauce with pineapple upside down cake and apple cider for dessert
Wednesday - White Chicken Enchiladas with black beans
Thursday - Stuffed banana peppers in sauce over spaghetti squash (freezer) with oven-roasted carrots and green beans
Friday - Oven-roasted chicken breasts with macaroni and cheese and green beans
Saturday - Chili with cornbread (freezer)
Sunday - leftovers

Leaves in Water
One of my favorite things in autumn! 🍁

That's it for this time! Have a wonderful week ahead and may the Lord's richest blessings be yours!

Until next time...

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  1. How fun, to get to spend time with your family in such a beautiful place. You are blessed my friend.

    1. It was a lot of fun and, yes, quite beautiful. As for being blessed, I truly am. God is so good to all of us.

  2. So sorry to hear you pulled a rib but it sounds like you had a wonderful time at the lake.

    1. I did! Fortunately, the rib situation didn't happen until after we got home. That really would have put a damper on our trip. Thanks for dropping in. I hope your week is going well. Blessings!

  3. Looks like such a fun trip! Enjoyed all your beautiful photos. Let me know how you like the pruning saw and if you find it very heavy. Keep toying with something like that for our overgrown boxwoods out front. Hope your pulled rib is feeling much better today.

    1. It WAS fun, Jean, and thanks! As for the pruning saw, I've not gotten too far with it yet, but it's not heavy at all, is easy to maneuver, and does a dandy job! I don't know a thing about pruning saws, but I purchased a HART brand, 20 V. saw with an 8-inch blade from Walmart and feel that it was a great choice. I'm still having pain, but, yes, the rib is much better than it was a few days ago. Let me know if you end up getting a pruning saw and how it works for you. Blessings for a great second half of the week! :)


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