January 11, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday January 11 2016

Good morning and happy Monday! I actually like Mondays, believe it or not. I guess I like fresh starts. We have a whole week ahead of us, full of possibilities. And Sandra has put up her Happy Homemaker Monday post, so I think I will start right here!

The weather
is a little cold, but considering it is January, it could be worse. Right now it is 28 degrees and has actually dropped since early this morning. I think today's high is 35. We haven't had any snow yet, but the next two weekends are supposed to be a wintry mix, as they like to call it, of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Nothing to accumulate but a good reason to stay home with a fire in the fireplace!

Right now I am
laughing at what I wrote above, that I will be starting my day with this post. I have been up for 4 1/2 hours already. I have already taught a scripture study class at my church which is 12.5 miles from my house and brought my son to school. I am watching my other high schooler, who is getting ready to leave the house (he has first period study hall and since he is a senior, he can skip it and go in late). He is such a good kid; I am very blessed.

about New Year resolutions and getting healthier. My sister has gone eleven days without sugar. I think I need to join her. Will let you know if I succeed.

On my reading pile
The Old Testament. We are studying Joshua and getting into Judges this week.

On my tv
Downton Abbey started and we missed the first episode! Hopefully we can get it on Roku still. My son has been watching The Office, so I get sucked into that sometimes.

On the menu
Yesterday we had pot roast, (oh, so good!) cooked in the slow cooker so it was easy. Tonight is creamy chicken soup with rolls, we have a graduation dinner Tuesday (for a class my foster son had to take), and the rest of the week will be grilled cheese sandwiches and soup and tacos. I only have up until Thursday planned so far, but I really want to try Sandra's Portuguese Chicken and Rice that she has planned this week. It sounds delicious! My monthly menu (however incomplete) can be found here.

On my to-do list
Today: clean the upstairs bathrooms, update my bookkeeping, and clean my washing machine.
Tuesday: vacuum main floor, clean litter box, wash towels.
Wednesday: pack up stuff to go in attic, continue organizing basement, wash colors
Thursday: dust, wash whites, menu plan
Friday: grocery shop

Looking around the house
I get frustrated. Our toaster oven went, so the old one is sitting on the kitchen island and the box for the new one is sitting on the floor. There are various things sitting around that need to be put away. The rest of the main floor is in good shape, but the kitchen needs attention. My bedroom and the basement are disasters because we have been in the process of purging and rearranging our storage and I STILL have stuff of my daughters that needs to be packed up and put in the attic.

From the camera
I finally made Hoppin John and there is nothing more beautiful in the food world than chopped peppers and onions there is ham in there too).

Joshua 24:15  "...choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Have a great week!


  1. I love that verse from Joshua. My reading is currently in Genesis.

    My husband and I went to the gym this morning after he got home from work. It is how we are trying to get healthier this year :)


  2. Your picture of the Hoppin John does look very cheerful. I keep thinking I need to try one of those no sugar challenges (usually while I'm eating leftover Christmas goodies). Hope you have a great week!

  3. I definitely need to cut the sugar out...but...but...I'm scared! Let us know how it goes! Have a great week :)

  4. A lot of my friends have cut out sugar and I keep thinking I should try, but I just don't know if I am quite there yet lol

    Let me know if you try my recipe, everyone I've made it for loves it :)