I was wandering around Facebook when I got a notification that Sandra posted her Happy Homemaker Monday meme, which I had forgotten about because, well, taxes. So I am happy to be back! I am still working, but have today and Friday off this week. Visit Sandra's blog for more Happy Homemaker Monday posts and lots of great ideas and inspiration!
Brrr. It has been cold for the time of year - about ten degrees colder than the average. Today it is 48 degrees with a high of about 50, but the sun is shining which is wonderful. And, there is color everywhere! Well, it is getting there. Some of the trees have seeds now, and we have Daffodils and Tulips blooming in our yard. Oh, and the Dogwood trees around here are full of pink blossoms.
I am procrastinating menu planning and grocery buying, which are on my to do list today. Three of my kids are at school (they were off last week) and my oldest, who has today off, is with a friend, and my husband is at work. I am enjoying my first time alone in the house in about two weeks!
About gratitude. I have a cousin that ran in the Boston marathon for the first time this year. He had finished and was about 6 blocks away when the first bomb went off. He was fine. Others are not and I am feeling tremendous sorrow for them and their families. I am also feeling pride and gratitude to the people of Boston and the surrounding area and the police and other agencies that all worked so well together on Friday. My daughter was supposed to visit a college in Boston that day. I am grateful that she wasn't there. Our neck of the woods has been put through the refiner's fire and I hope that only good will come out of the wreckage.
On a lighter note I am thinking about my husband's upcoming birthday and how we should celebrate. Most likely we will have the whole family over for a barbecue.
On My Reading Pile
I laugh. I have started so many books but never have the time or the brain capacity to finish them. In the New Testament we just finished discussing Titus.
On My TV
We are not even watching American Idol this year. I don't know what is wrong with us. Too busy, that's it. We do watch Glee in arrears and my husband and I just started Mad Men's fifth season on Netflix. One movie we saw recently which I loved was Pitch Perfect. Some adult content but not raunchy like most college movies and truly funny and entertaining.
I currently have 958 unread posts on my Google Reader. No time yet.
On the Menu
Monday pasta with chicken sausage & marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread
Tuesday ham, macaroni and cheese, broccoli
Thursday barbecued chicken, roasted potatoes, green beans
Friday turkey & black bean soup
Saturday steak, baked potatoes, broccoli
Sunday creamy chicken soup, rolls
On the To Do List
Some laundry, grocery shopping, gas buying (my van, which is slowly disintegrating, now has an unreliable gas gauge which is very unnerving), resting.
In the Craft Basket
I don't own one - but I do appreciate the beautiful creations that others make and love to see them and read about them!
Looking Forward to this Week
My new computer arriving! It is supposed to ship today. My kids have wrecked my laptop and it is starting to get errors and I gained about 10 bookkeeping accounts this tax season, so that warrants a new laptop. One with a numeric keypad. Wohoo!
Looking Around the House
I'd rather not. Actually, it is not terrible but it is in need of a vacuum. My new crock pot needs to find a home in my cabinets. The family room, living room, and dining room look good though and I did get through a lot of stuff on my desk this weekend, so I am content with the state of things.
From the Camera
My daughter playing Audry in her high school's production of Little Shop of Horrors. (She did a phenomenal job!)
On My Prayer List
My kids, dads, the victims of the Boston tragedy, my girlfriend and her family, and a family in my church that just lost a son.
"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." Titus 2:11-14
Sound counsel for all of us who are trying to recover from the recent events.
Have a great week!