Monday, July 15, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - July 15, 2024

It's Monday morning and, here in southwest Missouri, the heat is on! Temperatures in the triple-digits are expected and we're under a heat advisory until 8 p.m. tonight. I got out and did my weed-eating early.

Wildflower Garden @ Work

Thoughts and prayers go out to President Trump, his family, the families of the ones that lost their lives at the rally in Butler, Pennsylvania on Saturday, and our nation as a whole. I don't care which side of the fence you're on, that was just plain wrong! Thank God for His goodness, mercy, and loving hand of protection. 

President Trump Assassination Attempt
Saturday, July 13, 2024 - Butler, Pennsylvania

Let's take a look at the week ahead...


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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Organize craft and program supplies
- Present a program on vultures at the local library
- Make a day trip to Arkanas with Amber and the grands
- Work

Blue Sage

This week's menu plan...

- Monday - THM eggroll in a bowl
- Tuesday - Fish wrap and sweet potato fries
- Wednesday - Out
- Thursday - Turkey Italian sausage with baked potato and green beans
- Friday - Homemade pizza (frozen)
- Saturday - Breakfast for supper
- Sunday - Leftovers

Finally Saw Some of This Year's Babies

That's it for today! Have a beautiful day! 

Until next time...

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Monday, July 8, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - July 8, 2024

It's Monday afternoon and, as usual, the day is slipping away from me. For those in the United States of America, I hope that you and yours had a lovely Independence Day as, together, we celebrated our nation's 248th birthday.

My Red Geranium

Half of my children, their families, friends, and I attended Faith, Family, and Fireworks in Lamar on the evening of the third. We had a great time enjoying free hot dogs and chips, playing bingo, seeing old cars, taking riding wagons, getting our faces painted, and watching the fireworks.

Shared with permission from Leena Harris. Thank you, Leena!

On the 4th, I went over to Patrick and Amber's to enjoy the holiday with family and friends. There was plenty of good food, fellowship, fun, and fireworks. All-in-all Independence Day 2024 turned out to be a great holiday! 💖🤍💙

Cicada Getting Ready to Come
Out of It's Shell

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Wash bedding
- Celebrate Audrey's birthday
- Attend Project Wild and Project Growing Up Wild (through work)
- Pick up a few items at the store
- Work
- Present a program on butterflies
- Figure mid-month budget and bills

Treefrog That Hangs Out in the Red 
Geranium on the Back Porch

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Chicken and black bean quasadilla
Tuesday - Out
Wednesday - Out
Thursday - Eggroll in a bowl
Friday - Stuffed pepper casserole (freezer)
Saturday - Homemade pizza (freezer)
Sunday - Leftovers

Just got done watching today's podcast on THM's Youtube channel and it is sooo good and fear not! It has nothing to do with food, diet, or weightloss. Deconstructing Ourselves and Finding Our Value in God with Lisa Bevere: Part 2 has everything to do with overcoming anger, fear, unbelief, and other obstacles that keep you from experiencing God's unique love for you.

When you get a chance, please, take a few minutes (okay...a little over an hour) and listen. It's so worth it!

Until next time...

P.S. - There's still a few days left to get your 'Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner' at a 10% discount. Click HERE and use coupon code 10RK. Offer ends July 11, 2024.

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Friday, July 5, 2024

Homemaker's Friend 2025 Daily Planner - Get a 10% Discount With Coupon Code

I've been using and sharing Sue Hooley's 'Homemaker's Friend Daily Planners' for a long time now.

I first became aquainted with the planners when my husband bought the 2015 edition for me for my birthday back in August of 2014. That was 10 years ago!!! 

Now, here we are in 2024, and the 2025 edition of the 'Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner' has just been released! As an affiliate, Sue Hooley has graciously extended a 10% discount to my readers!

To get the discount, visit Sue's site (click HERE), order the planner, and, when checking out, use the coupon code 10RK. That's it! But hurry! This offer ends July 11, 2024!

Does anyone else here use the 'Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner'? If so, please, share what some of your favorite features are in the comment section below.

Until next time...

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Monday, July 1, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - July 1, 2024 - The Late Edition

After an absolutely gorgeous weekend of perfect days and cooler temps, the hot and steamy weather has returned with a vengence. Happy First of July! 

Wildflower Garden @ Work

It's been a full day and I've progressed little towards getting this post written, so, as evening turns into night, I'm going to just go ahead and post this week's to-do list and menu plan. 

Out on Gayfeather Trail With the Grandsons
Last Night - The Weather Was Beautiful!

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Clean fridge
- Figure July budget and bills
- Pay bills
- Make red, white, and blue jello
- Attend Faith, Family, and Fireworks in Lamar
- Celebrate the 4th of July @ daughter and son-in-law's
- Celebrate the birthdays of two grands
- Work

Gray-headed Coneflower

This week's menu plan...

Monday - THM's Eggroll in a Bowl
Tuesday - Cheeseburger with sauteed peppers and onions
Wednesday - Out
Thursday - 4th of July @ daughter and sils
Friday - Low-carb chicken quesadilla with black beans
Saturday - Homemade pizza (freezer)
Sunday - Leftovers

Sunset Over Tallgrass Prairie

That's all for now! I hope your Monday went well and that your week is off to a great start!

Until next time...

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

Thursday Things - June 27, 2024

I'm in the midst of another whirlwind week with lots going on, but I wanted to take a few mintues to catch up and say hello!

I've been working like crazy to get my Zazzle store up and running and have ordered several items to have on-hand to sell outright. I have hundreds of photos saved to make into product, but it's just going to take time. I'm working on a 2025 calendar right now.

My friend, Jenny, has a pop-up community market and she has graciously allowed me to put some of my things in her shop. I will be adding more things as time goes on, but I am certainly grateful for this opportunity to get some stuff out there to the local public close to home.

I discovered a good stand of white crownbeard growing in my backyard last night. A co-worker had given me a couple of plants back in 2017 and they produced frost flowers that fall, but, by the following year, they were gone. 

Last year I noticed two very tiny, spindly-looking plants growing in another part of my yard where there had never been any before. I was surprised last night to find about a dozen-and-a-half tall, strong, and robust plants growing in that same area. I will have frost flowers in abundance in my backyard for sure this year!

Some people call white crownbeard "wing stem" because of the little winged appendages that grow along the stem. 

Other people refer to white crownbeard as "frost plants" because of the beautiful, frosty creations that form at the base of the plants when temperatures plummet.

To learn more about frost flowers click HERE

Granddaughters, Esther and Hannah, both celebrated birthdays this week 

Esther's birthday was Tuesday; Hannah's was yesterday.

I enjoyed celebrating with both!

Well, the day is getting away from me and I have much to do, so I will go for now, but I hope to see you again soon!

Until next time...

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Monday, June 24, 2024

Master To-Do List and Menu Plan Monday - June 24, 2024 - The Short, Sweet, and To-The-Point Edition

After a busy weekend and a great Monday, here it is, late night and I'm just now getting around to this week's to-do list and menu plan. 

Zinnias From My Garden

Instead of dilly-dallying, I'm going to get right on into this week's post so I can, hopefully, get it posted before midnight.

Grey-headed Coneflower

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

- Clean house
- Do laundry
- Celebrate granddaughter, Esther's, birthday
- Celebrate granddaughter, Hannah's, birthday
- Look for ways to weatherize against the extreme heat and cut utility costs
- Work

Recent Products Added to My New Zazzle Shop

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Leftovers from the weekend
Tuesday - Out
Wednesday - Fish, fries, and coleslaw
Thursday - Crispy chicken cakes with baked sweet potato and mixed vegetables
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - THM Egg Roll in a Bowl
Sunday - Cheeseburgers and macaroni and cheese

View Across the Street

That's all for now! I hope you had a nice day and that your week is off to a great start!

Until next time...

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Summer 2024 Bucket List

Once again, the summer season is upon us and, as usual, it promises to be a busy one. I've been thinking about some of the things that I'd like to do this summer. I know, in reality, I probably won't get to all of them, but having a list will certainly help me to focus on the season and remind me to enjoy it to the fullest! 

" see and know of your own selves that
summer is now nigh at hand" 
(Luke 21:30)

Summer Bucket List 2024

  • Write my summer bucket list
  • Plan my summer menus (these will be posted each week in my 'Master To-Do and Menu Plan Monday' posts) 
  • Celebrate summer birthdays with the grandlittles (there are a bunch of them!)
  • Eat watermelon
  • Welcome a new granddaughter into the family
  • Observe a full moon (June 22 - Strawberry Moon, July 21 - Buck Moon, August 19 - Sturgeon (also a seasonal Blue Moon) September 18 - Harvest Moon (supermoon)
  • Lead an evening wildflower hike at the Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site
  • Complete the following programs at work... 
    - Winged Jewels
    - Nature's Clean-up Crew
    - Spider Sniff
  • Complete the following library programs...
    - Vulture Venture
    - Ssssnake
    - Nature's Masked Bandits
  • Celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends
  • Catch lightening bugs
  • Serve as an election judge
  • Enjoy fresh-cut flowers from my garden
  • Divide irises and clean flower beds
  • Get the word out about my new Zazzle shop and add lots of new products
  • Celebrate my 63rd birthday
  • Enjoy the Perseid meteor shower
  • Listen to cicadas
  • Find a cicada shell
  • Observe a periodic cicada 
  • Paint, hide, and find rocks with the grands
  • Visit Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Enjoy fresh produce and herbs from my garden
  • Speak at a 4-H meeting
  • Get van serviced and any needed repairs taken care of
  • Schedule an eye exam and get new glasses

That's what's on my summer bucket list (thus far anyway...I may add to it as the season moves along). What's on yours?

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Spring 2024 Bucket List (UPDATE)

It's the last day of spring and time for an update on my Spring 2024 Bucket List. Items completed have been crossed through and pictures and comments in bold type and (in parenthesis) have been added where applicable. 

"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
(Isaiah 61:11)

- Write my spring bucket list
- Plan my spring menus (these will be posted each week in my 'Master To-Do and Menu Plan Monday' posts)
- Celebrate Palm Sunday

Palm Leaves

- Celebrate Purim

(This is a fun picture! Look at all of those beautiful, little Queen Esthers running around there!) 💗

- Get together with the aunts

The Aunts (Bev and Geneva) and I

(These two were little girls when I was born and they lived right next door. They're more like older sisters than aunts and I love them both dearly!)

- Renew my conceal and carry permit
- Celebrate Resurrection Sunday

Sixteen of My Twenty-four Grandchildren
on Resurrection Sunday Morning

- Taste a morel mushroom

Fried Morel Mushroom

(Two were found in my backyard this by my son-in-law and another by one of the grandsons.)

- Observe the solar eclipse

Photo Taken in 2017

(Didn't make it over into totality this time as planned, but did observe the partial eclipse in backyard with children and grands.)

- Celebrate spring birthdays with the children and grands

- Gather a bouquet of ox-eye daisies

Ox-eyed Daisies

- Assist with and attend a baby shower for daughter, Amber

Amber Opening Gifts @ Her Baby Shower

Selah Hosanna Joy
8 lbs. 3 oz. - 21 inches long

- Plant a garden and watch it grow
- Observe Indian paintbrush blooming on the prairie

Indian Paintbrush

- Enjoy a rainy day
- Present spring nature programs at work and at the local library

Indian Paintbrush

Baby Bison

Grow As We Go
(Life Cycles)

- Observe sweet williams growing along the banks of a country creek

Wild Sweet Williams

- Go for a walk in the woods
- Pick up bedding and vegetable plants at the Amish Greenhouse


- Present a nature program at the Golden City, Missouri public library

Baby Bison
(Golden City)

- Attend Spring Training @ Roaring RIver State Park

Roaring River State Park
Cassville, Missouri

- Cook burgers on the grill
- Attend a 'Little House' meet and greet

Mr. Oleson Impersonator Handing
Out Candy to the Girls
Alison Arngrim 
(Nelly Oleson)
Wendi Lou Lee
(Baby Grace)
Charlotte Stewart
(Miss Beadle)
Dean Butler
(Almanzo Wilder)

- Renew tags on van
- Deep clean the kitchen
- Plant zinnias

Zinnias From My Garden

- Smell lilacs

Lilacs From My Garden

- See a brand new baby bison

(I've heard from co-workers that we have at least five new babies this year, but I've not seen a one of them as of yet.)

- Observe a bird's nest with eggs in it
- Clean out and organize the garage

(I've worked on it and have definitely made a big difference, but it's still not finished so I'm not counting it.) 

- Pay closer attention to labels and start eliminating health and beauty products that contain sls

That's it for this season! I hope you and yours have had a lovely spring and are looking forward to the warm summer months ahead!

Until next time...

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