Good morning everyone! It is a beautiful, cool summer day here in New England! I got a decent night's sleep, have my menu for the week completed, and am ready to go! See Sandra at Diary of a Stay-at-Home Mom for more Happy Homemaker Monday posts!
Perfect for me. It is currently 61 degrees with a high of 76 and sunny, all day. The humidity is at a good level and the air feels wonderful. The extended forecasts do not show temperatures higher than 79, so we have nice, comfortable weather ahead too. We might as well close up the pool though.
The first alarm goes off at 5:45 to make sure our oldest is up (which he never is) and getting ready for work. Once the second alarm goes off for my husband I am awake for the day. Usually I lay in bed with my Kindle, but today I got up and came downstairs and saw my husband off to work. My daughter is still upstairs asleep, but she has vowed to go to the library today with her friend to work on their summer schoolwork, so she will be getting up soon. The dog is sleeping downstairs, as usual, and who knows where the cat is. My other two sons are back at scout camp. Have I told you how little laundry I do when they are away?! It has been wonderful. When they come home on Saturday afternoons they have to do their own laundry. (I think I'll keep that tradition going when they get home.)
about how the summer is winding down. I have been trying to enjoy and appreciate the slower paced days, the easier dinners, the lesser amounts of laundry, and the quiet! It is so quiet here with almost everyone gone. Saturday night when everyone was around I was having difficulty with the numerous conversations going on at the same time. I am in for a big adjustment come the end of August!
Also thinking about college. My daughter and husband went to Boston yesterday to look at some schools. The expense is overwhelming but the possibilities for my daughter are exciting!
On My Reading Pile
I finished Catcher in the Rye and am now reading Howard's End. I have The Fountainhead from the library but I may not read it this year - it is pretty big and I am running out of time! I may stick to smaller novels so that I can read more of them. Next may be 1984?
On My TV
Not much! I watched the first half of Oliver the musical from 1968, so the second half is waiting. Also have Sense and Sensibility. I cancelled our DVD subscription, so we have until the 19th to rent movies. Next up are the National Treasure movies. We have seen them before but my kids love them, they love history.
What I Found While Surfing the Net
I have been obsessed with booklists. After reading a couple of books that have been popular but unfulfilling, I have decided to stick with those that have withstood the test of time. Here is the latest list I have been perusing:
Now you see where my choice of reading 1984 has come from (plus it is on my daughter's reading list and I like to read some of what they are studying during the school year).
On The Menu for This Week
Monday chicken legs, baked beans, chopped salad, zucchini
Tuesday london broil, baked potatoes, broccoli, salad
Wednesday taco salad, corn on the cob
Thursday shredded bbq chicken, macaroni salad
Friday lasagna, salad
Saturday no plan, do not know who will be home
Sunday grilled salmon, coleslaw, rice, green beans
On My To Do List
One load of laundry, dust and vacuum main floor, pick up a few groceries
Looking Forward to This Week
Lunch out today with my daughter, mom, and sister!
Looking Around the House
Just a few things to put away, but it looks pretty good.
From the Camera
My trusty water supply - as soon as I take one out of the fridge, I put another one in. Always afraid I am going to drop it though with the condensation on it.
On My Prayer List
My kids, husband, parents, girlfriend and her son.
John 14:15: "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
Have a great week!