Monday, August 6, 2012

Happy Homemaker Monday #30

Good Morning :)

I just realized that I didn't get to visit you all last week...UGH!  Must remedy that this morning.  In my defense though it was the first day of this crazy schedule we are STILL on, waking up at 4:30am really threw me for a loop.  Even though my husband is still on this shift right now, I think I'm getting a little used to it, or at least it's not completely beating me down.

On to today's Happy Homemaker Monday.  Don't forget that today I am also starting the 30 Day Challenge to encourage our husbands....will have the first post with Mr Linky up this morning.  :)

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The Weather:::
89 degrees at 5am.  *sigh*   so goes my life here in Arizona.   We did have a fantastic thunderstorm last night around 11pm....thunder, hard rain, it was glorious. 

On my reading pile:::
From the Kindle Fire -  Love Finds you in Amana, Iowa.  Almost finished with this one

On my tv:::
My Portuguese soaps - currently watching 3 of them.
Warehouse 13

On the menu for this week:::
Monday -  Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy
Tuesday - Open faced lonestar burgers, onion rings
Wednesday -  Bacon wrapped chicken, Zucchini Fritters
Thursday - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Friday - Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizzaa
Saturday -  Texican Chili
Sunday  -  Smothered Pork Chops, rice

On my to do list:::
Sweep, Vacuum, Mop
Prepare the first lessons for the kids, school starts on Wednesday
Make Homeschooling folders for this years material

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Still working on the pillow, the pattern I'm following left some things out and the whole thing just doesn't look right to me, but I'm going to just give it a border and call it good. 

Homemaking Tips:::
Today's tip comes from Old Fashioned Living, and it's all about plants in the home.

1. If your plants have dusty leaves, give them a shower. I'm lucky enough to have a sprayer on my kitchen sink to do this with ease. If you don't have a sprayer, give them a shower in the bathroom. Doing this will automatically improve the health of the plant and make it look a lot better.

2. Cut off any dead or diseased foliage. You will be amazed at the difference this makes.

3. If you see roots growing through the holes in the bottom of the container, it's time to re-pot it. Simply pot the plant in the next size up container filling in the gaps with a good potting soil.

4. One of the best tips I have ever learned about houseplants is about watering. It is very simple and following it makes sure you don't over- or under- water. To check if your plant needs watering, simply poke your finger into the top inch or so of potting soil. If you feel moisture, don't water. If you don't feel any moisture, water.

5. Fertilize with a diluted fertilizer at each watering. Use about 1/4 the amount of fertilizer that the directions call for. This will ensure that you are fertilizing enough.

Looking around the house:::
Dark with just candlelight going.   I just finished making another cup of coffee for hubby to take with him to work, and now that he's left it's even more quiet in this house.
I have a few glasses in the sink, sitting in soapy water for me to wash later.  The kids left a few toys, games strewn around the living room last night, so I need to get those picked up here shortly. 

From the camera:::
Didn't get pictures taken last week, my camera finally got a little break from my constant hogging.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

On my prayer list:::
My husband and I as we get ready for retirement and the big change that comes with it.

Bible verse, Devotional:::
Oh Lord, most heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who has safely brought me to the beginning of this day;
 I give you thanks for my creation, preservation, and all the blessings of my life.
Grant that this day I fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all my doings, being governed by your will, may be righteous in your sight.
Through Christ our Lord, I pray.


Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Everybody needs a break sometimes, Sandra!

Love the quiet of the mornings. Sounds wonderful with your candlelight.

How close are you to retirement? That's wonderful!

Love the scripture you shared too!

Have a great day and week!

Andrea said...

How exciting you're getting out! Good luck with everything. House hunting should be fun, moving not so much, but I'll bet you're a pro after so many military years.

Naomi said...

Hi Sandra, I've quietly reading your blog for a long time now but I've never dropped by to say hi!

I love how open and honest your posts are and I find the insights into a life with the US military really interesting, it seems so different to what I know of military life here in the UK (but perhaps that's just my ignorance!).

I've joined in with homemaker mondays for the first time today as well so feel free to drop by :)

Have a great week (hopefully with a little more sleep!)


Kathy Skinner (Kat) said...

I love the quiet of the early mornings:) Don't experience them as often as I should. Love taking part in your Happy Homemaker Monday.