Monday, June 26, 2023

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - June 26, 2023

This morning I come to you from the wildflower garden at Prairie State Park. We're not open today, so I'm not 'working' working, but, I am here waiting on a representative from the phone company to come see if they can figure out what's wrong with our phone system. It's not been working for days and there was no one else available to be here today. 

Gray-Headed Coneflower Along Road's Edge

The wildflowers are lovely this morning! In the garden in front of the nature center, I see gray-headed coneflower, butterfly weed, wild parsley, wild lettuce, and a variety of other wildflowers blooming. The bee balm is just starting to bloom and gamagrass stands tall in big clumps.

Wildflower Garden in Front of the Nature Center

As the sun creeps higher, and the shadows retreat, this wildflower garden will become a veritable hub of activity as bees, butterflies, and a variety of other pollinators move in to share in the delights afforded to them here. It truly is a sight to behold!

A Regal Fritillary on Butterfly Weed

How was your week and weekend? My week was good here. I got a new tire mounted and put on the car, and finally got it listed on the market place for sale. I've had a few inquiries, but nothing solid yet.

I worked quite a few days last week and am scheduled to work even more this week. I had two programs Saturday, have a program tomorrow evening, and am working on the Civil War Day Camp that is coming up in July. My part in the program will include discussing medicinal plants and herbs used during the Civil War, while focusing on ones that commonly grow on the prairie today. I just hope the weather is a bit cooler that day than it has been! 

Granddaughter, Esther, had a birthday yesterday and granddaughter, Hannah, has one today. Happy Birthday, Esther and Hannah! Nana loves you both very much! ๐Ÿ’—



Today is also my youngest daughter and her husband's anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Amanda and Aaron! ๐Ÿ’•

Amanda and Aaron
June 26, 2021

Today, also, marks the 18th anniversary of my mother's death (it's hard to believe that it's been that long) and, what would have been, my dear friend, Dorothy's, 62nd birthday. 

Dorothy and I @ Bass Pro

Dorothy and I @ Wonders of Wildlife

Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dorothy! I sure do love and miss you and Mom both, and I miss celebrating our birthdays together in the middle come July! No matter's Cagney and Lacey all the way, Baby...forever and always! I miss you, Dorothy! ๐Ÿ’”

Cagney and Lacey

Okay, I better get on with today's post, before I start spiraling! Let's get started, shall we?

The First Sunflower of the Season

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

- Straighten house
- Do laundry
- Wash bedding
- Wash and bleach livingroom curtains
- Clean vacuum and wash filters
- Wash air-conditioner filters
- Weed-eat 
- Dry herbs
- Cut flowers 
- Get another load of stuff out of the shed
- Work

Zinnias From My Garden

This week's menu plan...

- Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with chips
- Butter and garlic pasta with garlic toast
- Turkey Italian sausage with oven-roasted potatoes and green beans
- Chicken ranch salad with raw carrots
Homemade pizza
- Out
- Leftovers

Well, that's it for today. I hope your Monday is off to a great start and that the week is a very blessed and beautiful one!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Spring Bucket List 2023 Update

Wow! I'm so not 'with it' at present that I didn't even realize that it was the first day of summer until someone said something about it on the radio this morning! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

I will post my Summer 2023 Bucket List soon, but, in the meantime, here is an update on my spring list. Pictures and comments (in bold type and in parenthesis) have been added where applicable. 

1. Write my spring bucket list. ๐Ÿ“œ
2. Plan my spring menus (these will be posted each Monday in my weekly Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday posts) ๐Ÿ“‡
3. Celebrate spring birthdays with the grandlittles ๐ŸŽ‚

4. Listen to spring peepers ๐Ÿธ

5. Observe a bright, beautiful, and magnificant full moon (April 6th, May 5th, and June 3rd) ๐ŸŒ•

6. Pick a bouquet of pretty yellow daffodils ๐Ÿ’›

7. Eat fresh asparagus
8. See a brand new baby bison ๐Ÿงก 

9. See a prairie chicken
10. Plant a vegetable garden ๐ŸŒฑ 

11. Take a walk in the rain ☔
12. Celebrate the kittens' first birthday (Tiger and Bear's) ๐ŸŽ‚ 

13. See Indian paintbrush blooming on the prairie

14. Observe eggs in a bird's nest ๐Ÿฆ
15. Pick a bouquet of purple violets

16. Eat fresh strawberries ๐Ÿ“
17. Smell lilacs ๐Ÿ’œ 
18. Go geocaching ๐Ÿงญ
19. Paint, hide, and, hopefully, find rocks ๐ŸŽจ
20. Go on a picnic ๐Ÿ—
21. Shop at a farmer's market ๐Ÿ…
22. Plant flowers ๐ŸŒท

23. Go camping ⛺
24. Dye eggs ๐Ÿฅš
25. Celebrate Resurrection Sunday with family and friends ๐Ÿ•†
26. Visit a state park that I've never been to before ๐Ÿž

(Actually visited, at least, eight new-to-me state parks and historic sites this year!)

Wallace State Park
Locust Creek Covered Bridge
State Historic Site
Pershing State Park
General John J. Pershing
Boyhood Home
Long Branch State Park
Mark Twain State Park and
State Historic Site
Union Covered Bridge
State Historic Site
Van Meter State Park

27. Hike a new trail ๐Ÿฅพ
28. Celebrate May Day with a basket of fresh flowers ๐Ÿ’
29. Attend Spring Training

Spring Training at
Knob Noster State Park

30. Go fishing ๐ŸŽฃ
31. Visit Hannibal, Missouri 

Mark Twain Memorial Lighthouse
Tom and Huck Statue
Lover's Leap
Tom Sawyer Fence
Becky Thatcher's Home
The Mississippi @ Night

32. Go on a Mississippi Riverboat Cruise ⼮

33. Explore a Missouri cave 

34. Visit the Dalton Museum at Coffeyville, Kansas ๐Ÿค 
35. Spend a weekend with friends at the lake
36. Visit the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City (again)
37. Move stuff over from shed on Pedro 

(Am still working on this, but have made a good deal of progress.)

38. Get lattice repaired on front porch and have a solid floor built 
39. Clean out north shed and refurbish
40. Have my car serviced and readied for summer ๐Ÿš—

(Got the new van, too, so am in the process of selling now.)

41. Wash the windows inside and out 
42. Get a chaise lounge or a zero gravity chair (something to recline in outside) 
43. Put up bamboo shades on the west side of porch
44. Pick a new color and repaint the house ๐Ÿก
45. Get a hanging plant or two for the front porch ๐ŸŒธ

(I purchased petunias at the Amish greenhouse and potted them myself. Unfortunately, the plants died. I think it was due to the soil I purchased.)

That's an update on my Spring Bucket List for 2023! How did your spring go? Did you get to do and accomplish a lot of the things that you had hoped to?

Until next time...
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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

From The Garden and This Week's Delayed Menu Plan

Yesterday I harvested the first gleanings from my garden.

I harvested green onions, yellow squash, a green pepper, and a sweet banana pepper.

Additionally, I harvested and dried herbs from the herb wheel...

...basil, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, and oregano.

I also cut the first two zinnias of the summer and put them in a vase. So pretty!

That's some of what's growing in my garden right now. What's growing in yours?


This week's delayed menu plan...

- Ground beef and vegetable stirfry over brown rice
- Oven-roasted chicken with baked potato and fresh asparagus
- Turkey burger and oven fries
- Chicken ranch salad with French Bread
- Out
- Leftovers

Have a nice day and a great rest of the week! 

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