Good morning everyone! I as I am writing this I am eating a combination of cereals to use them up before they go stale because my kids are all away. Well this wasn't the best combination, but I will endure it. Oh well! There are so many exclamation points today because I have the week ahead of me full of possibilities: get the house clean, go shopping, go out to eat, whatever I want without interruptions! And what I want to do most is clean. I know you all understand that. Clean and purge. I cannot wait.
Meanwhile, see Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more Happy Homemaker Monday posts!
Ugh. It is a beautiful 74 degrees here, perfect, right? But we have 94% humidity, so it feels like you are sweating because you just feel wet (and like you cannot catch a breath), and everything in your house is wet if you do not have central air conditioning. Oh why, oh why did we not get it when we built this house? I do have an air conditioner downstairs in the window, and it is doing the job of taking the humidity out of the air, so the main floor of the house is comfortable at least.
We have thunderstorms predicted for this entire week which means the humidity is not clearing out of here. No wonder I love the fall so much!
I have white clothes getting an OxiClean soak in the washer, my dog is sleeping downstairs, the cat is outside somewhere, my husband is at work (and will be extra busy since so many people will be out this week), my oldest is installing and/or repairing mechanical pool covers for Coverstar, my other two boys are working at boy scout camp, and my daughter is in Cape Cod having loads of fun with her best friend and her family, who happen to be our neighbors.
about how content I am right now. My kids are all doing things they like to do, and I am where I like to be: at home, getting ready to organize my house, which I love to do.
On My Reading Pile
Finished War Brides by Helen Bryan (really liked this one - better than The Sisterhood for me) and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, which, ugh, was hard to read because of its content. It is one that my daughter chose to read for her summer requirements for AP Literature (she had a short list to chose from and she chose this because it was female oriented). It was definitely thought provoking and I anticipate my daughter and I will have some interesting discussions once she reads it, but it is not light, summer reading or uplifting in the least. Next is The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon which is one that popped up on my kindle for $1.99 and looked interesting (but not the least bit light or uplifting either!).
On My TV
My husband and I finally watched What Dreams May Come, and boy was it weird. I hope the afterlife isn't that confusing! The woman who played the wife, Annabella Sciorra, is absolutely beautiful, and she did a great job. Then we watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with my youngest when he came back from trek. Summer isn't summer without Harry Potter.
What I Found While Surfing the Net
Another food blog to check out (just the name has me intrigued)
On My Menu for this Week
This week is going to be fun. We will be eating from the freezer a lot, since there is just the two of us, plus we have a holiday and my birthday, so I am looking forward to eating this week!
Monday ham, pasta, rolls, beans, coleslaw (don't laugh, this was what was served at every party in my father's family, and I loved it, and we have all but the coleslaw already made and in the freezer)
Tuesday chili over baked potatoes, broccoli salad
Wednesday pasta with meat sauce, salad
Thursday Independence Day!, cookout with barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, macaroni salad, chocolate lasagna, and whatever else anyone brings
Friday my birthday - dinner out - not sure where I want to go yet - and a movie
Saturday Cheesecake Factory for lunch with my mom and sister for my birthday! Woohoo! Probably pizza for dinner (and I can eat my leftovers)
Sunday breakfast: bacon, omelets, biscuits, fruit
On My To Do List
Washing whites, cleaning kitchen, grocery shopping (not much to get, should be easy)
Looking Forward to This Week
Dinner and a movie with my husband. I cannot remember the last time just the two of us saw a movie in the theater. It's been years. I hope there is something good playing!
Looking Around the House
There are things that have been sitting on this kitchen table for weeks. It is not as bad as it has been, but today is the day they will be put away!
From the Camera
My youngest, before and after his trek, which, by the way, was a remarkable experience for him.
On My Prayer List
My kids, mom, in-laws
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves." Philippians 2:3
This is what I opened to when I opened my bible. Can you imagine what kind of world we could live in if we all could do this?
Have a great week!