Monday, May 27, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - May 27, 2024

It's Memorial Day Weekend 2024 and I pray that you and your family are safe after Saturday and Sunday's destructive and deadly tornadoes. If you've experienced loss or damage please know that I am lifting you and your family up in my thoughts and prayers here.

Roaring River State Park

I didn't share a whole lot last week because I was headed out of town to attend Spring Training at Roaring River State Park. 

Roaring River State Park

Roaring River is a beautiful place. I didn't have time to explore much, so would definitely enjoy going back to investigate further. I especially want to hike a trail, see the spring, and visit the nature center. Those items are going on my bucket list!

Roaring River State Park
Camp Smokey

Spring Interp Training went well. I enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones as, together, we shared, and got new ideas, on how to put together a program and be a great interpreter. It was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun, too!



George Kastler School For Interpretation
(Spring Training)
May 19-22, 2024 - Roaring River State Park

Other than visiting with family and working on Saturday, I spent most of the last half of the week and weekend trying to recouperate from the first half of the week. I was out of town from Sunday through Wednesday.

Hikers With The National Wild Turkey Federation
and Nature Bingo Players on Saturday

Now that I'm past Spring Training, I'm hoping to settle down into some sort of routine for the summer. I have so many things that I need to work on and things I want to do. The days just seem to fly by anymore. Is it that way for you, too? 


Let's go ahead and get into this week's post as I try to figure out and map the week ahead...shall we?

Northern Mockingbird

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

- Relax and enjoy Memorial Day
- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Wash bedding
- Shop for groceries
- Figure June budget and bills
- Wish daughter-in-law, Angie, a Happy Birthday
- Host weekend company
- Attend a 'Little House' event at Independence, Kansas
- Work

Rough-Winged Swallow

This week's menu plan...

- Monday - Soft tacos with rice and beans
- Tuesday - Fish sandwich and oven fries
- Wednesday - Oven-roasted chicken with rice and vegetables
- Thursday - Beef burgers and oven fries
- Friday - Out
- Saturday - Breakfast for supper
- Sunday - Leftovers

Well, that's all for today! Have a wonderful Memorial Day and a great week ahead!

Until next time...

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - The Sunday Edition - May 19, 2024

I've got a lot going on this week and won't have a chance to post tomorrow, so am going to do it today. I hope you're having a perfectly lovely and restful Sunday!

I don't have time to share a lot this morning, but I do want to share the biggest highlight of last week! 

Selah Hosanna Joy

After a long labor and much distress, granddaughter, Selah Hosanna Joy, came into the world on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

Selah weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz., was 21 inches long, and is absolutely beautiful! 💗

Her siblings are quite taken with her, as is the rest of her family. 💗

I don't want to be rude, but I really am running short on time this morning, so I'm going to get right on into today's post. Join me...won't you?

Tuesday's Library Program on Baby Bison

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Go through closet - move summer clothes to the front and winter clothes to the back, pull out items to be donated and/or discarded
- Get my garden planted (if it dries out enough to do so)
- Pet sit for a friend
- Work

School Group @ :Work

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Pizza and salad
Tuesday - BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans
Wednesday - Turkey burger and baked potato
Thursday - Fish sandwich with oven fries
Friday - Soft taco with black beans and rice
Saturday - Tuna salad sandwich and chips
Sunday - Leftovers

That's all for now! Have a nice Sunday and a lovely week ahead!

Until next time...

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Scripture Study - Habakkuk 3:17-18

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Scripture Study - Habakkuk 3:17-18

This morning's Bible study took me to Habakkuk 3. I took note of several things in this chapter, but verses 17 and 18 is what really stuck with me.

"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."

In these verses Habakkuk proclaims with confidence the ultimate victory of all who live by faith in God. Does that include you? 

"...the just shall live by his faith." 
(Habakkuk 2:4)

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - May 13, 2024

It's a rainy Monday morning here in southwest Missouri, but the weekend was absolutely gorgeous...sunny, mid-70's, and no storms! It was wonderful!

Peonies From My Garden

I hope all the mamas and grand-ma-mas out there enjoyed a lovely Mother's Day! Mine here was truly blessed! 

I had sweet surprises coming in all week and gifts in the mail...various ones of the children and grands stopping by to visit and leave their offerings of love...time spent with precious family members.

Sweet Mother's Day Offerings

In addition to that I received many messages via text and messenger and was treated to strawberry shortcake and hot tea last night! 

More Offerings of Love For Mother's Day

It was a lovely Mother's Day all the way around and, although I've failed and made many mistakes along the way, I know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I truly am blessed in every possible way!

A First-Time Sighting For Me - A Blue Grosbeak

After spending many hours on the phone battling with Rheme (and being without hot water for three weeks...again) the right parts finally arrived and Rudy was able to get my hot water tank fixed over the weekend. I am so thankful! I don't mind being without hot's an inconvience, yes...but what I don't like is a company that makes a shoddy product and won't stand behind their word. This is the second Rheme hot water tank and the third or fourth time without hot water for a substantial length of time in the eight years lived in this house...and, always, it's just waiting for Rheme to honor their word and get the right parts to us. I will never again purchase another Rheme/Richmond product. There is surely another, more dependable, brand out there. Anyway...I'm sorry for complaining and so much for that!

Carla and I made it the Amish greenhouse on Tuesday. I purchased tomatoes, peppers, rosemary, a pretty red geranium, and celosia.

Inside the Greenhouse


We had some great school groups come through last week at work. One little boy really touched my heart. At the end of our time together I asked him what his favorite part of the day was. He wrapped his arms around my waist and said, "Being with you!" So sweet! 💗

Because of deep water crossings and unmowed trails (due to all the rain we've had) we decided to confine Friday's wildflower hike to the quarter-mile loop. There was a great number of spring wildflowers in bloom there and I think everyone enjoyed it.

Wild Hyacinth, Spiderwort, and Indian Paintbrush

Well, the week has been full and I could ramble on forever, but the noon whistle just blew and the day is getting away from me. I better get on with today's post. Join me, won't you?

Mandevilla Trellis

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

- Wait patiently for the first of two new grandbabies to arrive (due today)
- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Pick up a few things at the store
- Get tomatoes and peppers in the ground 
- Present a library program on 'Baby Bison'
- Work (school groups again this week)
- Plan and prepare for an upcoming out-of-town work trip

Friday's Northern Lights
A real rarity in Missouri!

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Taco salad in homemade baked tortilla bowl
Tuesday - Fish sandwich with baked potato and oven-roasted carrots
Wednesday - Turkey burger with oven fries (sweet potato)
Thursday - Homemade pizza
Friday - Chicken soft tacos
Saturday - Turkey burger with black beans and rice
Sunday - Out


That's all for today! I hope your Monday is going well and that you have a great week ahead! 

Until next time...

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Mother's Day 2024

Happy Mother's Day to all you beautiful and amazing moms out there! From those that are well-seasoned to those that are preparing to become mamas for the very first time and to everyone in between. To all the grandmothers and other special ladies (be you friend, aunt, or some other relation) who have been there, filled in, helped out, or have been a second mom to someone else in their hour of need. No matter who you are...if you have invested (or are investing) time, energy, resources, and talents into the future of a not weary in doing so! You are so special! Don't ever allow people or circumstances to make you feel less-than, because what you're doing is important work. In fact, it's the most important work there is! May many blessings be yours today and always! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Birds of a Feather - May 8, 2024

I was on my way to work this morning when I got word that the school group that I was going in for had canceled. I could have went on in and worked on something else, but decided, instead, to head back home and get a few things done before granddaughters' come over this afternoon. I enjoyed taking the long way home, observing wildlife and mid-spring flowers along the way.

Here are a few of the birds that I observed on my way home...


Mourning Dove

Savannah Sparrow


The cheerful song of the dickcissel makes it my favorite summer bird here on the tallgrass prairie of Missouri.  What's yours favorite summer bird and why?

 Until next time...

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