Monday, July 4, 2022

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - July 4, 2022

Sunflowers From My Garden

It's Independence Day! Happy Birthday, America!!!  💓💙 

I hope that you and yours are having a wonderful holiday! It's quiet here. It's the first Fourth of July without John and, try as I might, I'm at a loss. Several of the children have invited me to join them and their families today, but I don't know what I'm doing yet or if I'll end up doing anything at all. I'm really struggling right now. 💔

The past week was full. I worked Monday, Friday, and Saturday. The prairie in summer is beautiful and it was great getting in some extra hours.

The Nature Center Under Summer Sky

I had an eye appointment Tuesday morning, and it went well. I really liked the new eye doctor and am totally impressed with the way he conducts his business. I'm anxious for the new glasses to arrive and hope that they will be an improvement over what I've been dealing with.

On Thursday Amanda brought the girls down to stay with Patrick and Amber for a couple of days and to meet Kelly. It was good to see her, even if only for a short time, and I'm glad that she finally got to meet the baby. It's hard to believe that, come Friday, Kelly will be a month old already.

Aunt Amanda Meeting Miss Kelly
For the First Time

Patrick's brother, Chad, and his family (missionaries to Russia) are currently in the States and came down to visit Patrick and Amber on Friday. After work, the kids invited me over to visit and have supper. Chad's wife brought along a little bag of kurut (pronounced kah-rrroot). It is a popular Russian snack and Sarah encouraged everyone to try it. Samuel (the oldest son) video recorded the various responses of those of us that were brave enough to do so. It was hilarious! The stuff is made from sour milk and is absolutely awful!!! It was great fun though to try something new and we all definitely enjoyed the visit.

Sunday was quiet. Church in the morning and a much-needed rainy afternoon. 

Tiger Lilies on a Rainy Day

Now, here we are...back around to Monday again. Let's take a look at the week ahead...shall we?

Zinnias in My Garden

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

- clean house
- do laundry
- celebrate the birthdays of three grands
- work
- spend time with family and friends
- get past the one-year anniversary of my husband's death (it's hard to believe that it's been a year already; it's worse now than it was when he went away)

John and I Back in 2018

This week's menu plan...

Between holidays, birthdays, and everything else that I've got going on this week, I'm not even going to bother with making out a menu plan. I've got plenty of stuff on hand to make quick meals, as needed, so I'll just play it by ear as I go. 

I do have a zucchini that someone left on my doorstep, and I will definitely work that in this week at some point. I will probably make fried zucchini layered with cheese, as that would be a real summer treat. Yum! 

Last Night's Patriotic Sky

Well, that's it for this week! You have a nice day, a wonderful 4th of July, and great week ahead!

Until next time...

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  1. Definitely thinking of you. Prayers for you during this difficult time of year. Beautiful sunset.

    1. Thank you, Jean! I appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I'm glad to finally be past that one-year mark. God is good!


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