Monday, June 10, 2024

Happy Homemaker Monday - 06/10/2024

 
 
 
Good morning sweet ladies, welcome back to my blog. ♥
 
I hope you had a fantastic weekend and got plenty of rest, or maybe it was a weekend like some of ours where you are just as busy as the weekdays.  Whichever it was, I hope it was a good one.  
 
Mine was good, I did absolutely nothing on Saturday....well actually I started my Saturday my mowing the back yard and then realized it was the worst idea ever.  The pollen is extremely high right now, and I got all the nastiness blown into my face, also stepped on an ant hill that was under the tall grass, and got attacked on my left foot, leaving me with tons of bites.  Got bit by multiple mosquitoes, and my arthritis flared up on my hands.  Needless to say, I returned indoors feeling defeated by the outdoors and spent the rest of the day battling awful allergies.   
 
Sunday Curt and I went to the gym in the morning, did a small Walmart pickup and then returned home, where I once again was practically laying around with allergy meds and feeling awful.  I am still dealing with them this morning, but hopefully they go away soon.
 
Anyway, that was my weekend.  Let's get going with our post for today, have a blessed week my friends!
 
Sandra


 
*** The Weather *** 
Humid and we hit triple digits this weekend, already.  It's going to be a hot summer.  We are expecting some rain this week which will hopefully cool things down.       
 
Monday - Cloudy and a stray thunderstorm, 81
Tuesday - Thunderstorms, 81
Wednesday - Partly cloudy, 89
Thursday - Mostly sunny, 93
Friday- Sunny, 95
Saturday - Sunny, 94
Sunday - Sunny, 93
 
 
*** Right now I am *** 
Working on this post, sitting on my bed and watching SIC (live Portuguese tv). 
 
 
*** Thinking and pondering *** 
Nothing in particular, just a couple blog post ideas floating around in my head, as well as what I need to get done today.           
 
 
*** How I am feeling ***
Have a headache from all the sniffling I've done the past 2 days.  I was so congested yesterday that even swallowing made me feel like I couldn't breathe, it made my nose feel swollen and like I couldn't breathe at all.  Hate that feeling.  But, the congestion is much better this morning and I'm sure the headache will go away as the day progresses. 
 
 
*** On the breakfast plate *** 
I had a cup of coffee with 2% milk, also had a Keto Waffle and did sneak a small little piece of Baklava, which I should not have had, but it's the week before my cycle and I have such horrible cravings for sweets.  Ugh!!!!  
 
 
*** On the lunch plate *** 
Tuna salad      
 
 
*** On the dinner plate ***
Eggplant and Lentil Curry, Basmati Rice (Cauliflower rice for me)
 
 
*** On the menu *** 

Monday
Eggplant and Lentil Curry, Basmati Rice (Cauliflower rice for me)
Tuesday 
Mediterranean style baked Tilapia, Curried Quinoa, Roasted Brussels Sprouts   
Wednesday 
Bacon Fettuccine Alfredo, Garlic Bread, Salad
Thursday
Firecracker Chicken, Chow Mein, Egg Rolls (No chow mein or egg rolls for me)
Friday
Hot and Spicy Lasagna, Salad
Saturday
Leftovers
Sunday
Ham, Potatoes, Sauteed Cabbage


*** What I am wearing *** 
Silk pink pajama shorts set.  Either shorts or leggings for the day, since I'll be working out later. 

 
*** On my reading pile *** 
Book of Esther
The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
 
 
*** On my TV this week ***
Youtube - Brazilian and Portuguese Homemaking Vlogs, Slow Living and Quiet Vlogs 
Turkish shows - Ruzgarli Tepe
Sic Portugal TV - Senhora do Mar
Paramount - Star Trek Discovery
 
 
*** Looking around the house *** 
I need to do the usual homemaking, vacuum and dust and actually need to clean the carpets in the living room too.  Other than that the house is clean.  I do have my little greenhouse in the front hallway, it is currently drying the herbs I harvested on Friday.
 
 
*** To do list *** 
Blog post for tomorrow
Bible and Devotional time
Workout
Check the drying herbs and get jars ready
Look into a DIY Apothecary to house all my dried herbs

 
*** From the camera *** 
The best part about being healthy and losing weight, is feeling lighter, and in order to achieve that, you need to move during the day.  I have a goal of 10 000 steps each day and I make sure to achieve that.  Sometimes even just putting on music and dancing in the kitchen between doing dishes, is enough.  Just move, just get your body moving, I promise you it will make a huge difference. 
 

 
*** Devotional, Prayers, Bible Verses *** 
If you are in Christ, you've been chosen to transcend the borders of your own glory, to reach out towards a greater glory---the glory of God.  - New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp


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Friday, June 07, 2024

Homemaking moments

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When I started my blog, my intention was to always talk about, and focus on homemaking.  As I've said over the years, I find that homemaking in and of itself, has taken a backseat.  It is often looked as taboo, not something you want to admit to doing, there's nothing glamorous or exciting about it, so they say.

I guess when we look at it through those eyes, they're probably correct, but when you're a Christian woman and a homemaker, who takes pride in being at home, taking care of the family and the house, then all these little things we do, are loved and appreciated.  

So returning to more consistent blogging means you'll get a look at my day to day life, what I do around here, of course books and tv shows etc. are also included, but the focus of my blog IS homemaking.

With that said, hello friends!

I snapped a few pics the past few days, just doing random things, taken during random moments, hence the different clothes I'm wearing in the photos.  No I don't change clothes multiple times a day, yes I did when I was a teenager, but who didn't right?

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I started my morning by doing a quick change of the bed linens.  There is just something about a freshly made bed, with wonderfully clean smelling linens, isn't there?

Of course this usually means dodging animals who have a habit of either jumping on the bed, or walking around my feet with each step I take.  It used to annoy me but God reminded me that they love me, they want to be with me, and instead of fighting it I should just leave them be.  So I basically make the bed around them, and yes I do have to move one or the other out of the way at times, but for the most part, I love having them with me all the time.

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Once my bed is made, whether completely changing linens or just making the bed in the morning, I will sit down with the two babies, and read my Bible or do devotionals.  I usually take this time to sit in the quiet as well and pray, for me, for my family, for you all and for everyone and everything needing prayer.

It helps to start and set the tone for the rest of the day.


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The linens where immediately washed and set to dry.  I used to throw them in the dryer, but for the past few years, I've been placing them in the living room on my drying racks.  I just prefer to do it this way, they give the living room a wonderful scent, Elliott loves hiding under them and napping, and I save electricity too.  
 
Now I just need to iron these, put them in the cabinet and they're all set for next time.  
 
Why do you iron your sheets and pillowcases Sandra?
Well because that's how I learned from my great grandmother.  I think a lot of things I do are also just part of my European culture.  Ironing is something we do all the time, all the laundry is ironed, even underwear (although I don't go that far anymore), but it's just part of the laundry process that we have done for generations, so it's normal to us to wash the clothes, dry and then iron.
Good thing I love ironing or it would be one of the homemaking chores that I would really dislike doing.

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I've also been keeping up with the back porch area, which is a constant need for sweeping and cleaning.  The winds we get here throw all the pollen off the big tree in the yard, and it covers the ground, the furniture, everything.    

I will tell you this, it teaches me patience like none other.  Nothing like sweeping and cleaning and then a few hours later seeing it all a huge mess again.  

But, I just get back out there, sweep, tidy and use it as a form of exercise.  Hahaha

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Whether outside or inside, there is always something to do, something to clean, something to tidy.  I will never understand anyone who believes being a homemaker is a lazy job.  Unless I'm doing it wrong, but I always have something going on and needing attention.

And that is how my day usually goes, buzzing around like a little bee from area to area.  By the time my head hits the pillow at night I am just exhausted.  I wake up every morning around 4:30 am, don't ask why, I have no clue but my internal clock seems to have switched as I've gotten older.  I honestly don't know what it's like to sleep in and haven't in years.

Are you an early riser too?

Tuesday, June 04, 2024

I'm back, let's catch up ♥


Well good morning, it is almost noon here in North Texas, and I just got done editing some photos to share with you, have a chat and just a quick catch up I guess.

I mentioned in my Happy Homemaker Monday post, yesterday, that I really wanted to start consistently blogging and how difficult it was, etc. etc.  I thought I would start easing into it and maybe put up a post next week, but then I realized that the best way to go about it is to dive right in.  The more I put it off, the higher then chances that I won't do it.

So I pulled off the band aid, grabbed my camera, snapped some pictures of my day yesterday and today, edited them and just sat down now to get this going.

You're probably sitting in shock, I know I am, it feels strange to be typing up a blog post, but in a way also familiar and comfortable.  Maybe it's like riding a bicycle, you never forget right?

Anyway, come on in, sit with me a little and I'll show you a couple of things.  I have a few post ideas already written down for this week, which will make this process easier.  I think one of the biggest things for me, is that I've been so busy with life that when I do think about blogging, I have nothing specific to talk about, no theme, or post idea, so I quickly lose steam and give up.

If you're struggling with returning to blogging, I suggest writing down a few ideas to get you going, it helps to know what you're going to post about, at least for me it does. 


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So, where have I been, what have I been doing?  Well folks, nothing super exciting, just living and working out, and staying a bit out of the social media spotlight.  I am actually sharing quite a bit on my Instagram stories today, something I haven't been doing either.  

For mother's day, my wonderful husband got me a Galaxy Watch, which I had been wanting for a long time.  It helps me a lot keeping track of my steps, my exercise, heart rate and so on.  He loved mine so much that he ended up getting one for himself too, to help on his health journey as well.  

We've been each doing workouts, he goes to the gym on base during lunch, 3 times a week, and I do my walking workouts at home every day.  I take Saturday off, and then Sunday we both go to the base gym together, then finish off with a mile walk around the track.

It helps a lot when your husband joins you on your health journey.  Yes you can do it on your own, and I did for the first 2 months, but we motivate each other now and keep the other one accountable.  It works great.

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This gorgeous Lavender above, was gifted to me by our wonderful daughter Jasmine.  She came over for dinner on Mother's day, and gave me some really wonderful gifts.  The Lavender that she knows is my favorite, and then the Turkish tea set that I showed you all a couple weeks ago.  I love it.  Actually you can see the teapot and the tea glasses if you scroll up a bit.

Turkish tea is delicious, and has quickly become one of my favorites. ♥

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These two beauties I picked up at our local Garden Center, for very cheap.  I've always loved the Pink Polka Dot Hypoestes.  It's one of the easiest plants to care for and it looks so beautiful all the time.

I've also, well, WE (hubby and I), have also been very busy with our back patio.  Curt actually took a week off for his birthday which was the 22nd of May.  We used that time to do odd jobs around the house, and get our patio clean and set up for the summer.

It is looking wonderful.  It's not a big patio but we've made it very cute and it's a wonderful little place to sit, have a cup of coffee or cold water and be surrounded by veggies and flowers.

Aside from pumpkin and watermelon, etc., that we want to get into the ground, this year we've decided on a patio garden instead and are using some super cute raised beds.  They serve a double purpose because they house our veggies, but also create a wall around the cemented patio.  I will be showing you this in another post, which I've already planned for a tour of the back patio.

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Books......you know me and books, even if I don't read as often as I used to, I have a passion for books, and when I find good deals I grab them.  These 4 were a haul from Thriftbooks.  By the way, if you don't know about Thriftbooks and you love reading, you really need to get over there.  You can find all sorts of good reads, new books, older books, hard to find editions and so on.....at amazing prices.

Yes the cheapest ones are used, but I have not had a single book from there, that looked used or had something wrong with it.

So I had a few in my cart.  If you had to look into my shopping cart you would think I lost my mind.  Hahahah   It is a couple hundred dollars worth, tons of books in there.  But what I do is, when I see a book suggestion online, or I want a specific book or whatever the case may be, I head over there, do a search, and if I find it, I add it to my cart, then move them to Save for Later.

As I get a little bit of extra money, that I want to use for books, I go back, move one or two to the cart and buy them.  I got a little spending money for Mother's Day, so grabbed these 4 which had been on my list for a while.  I couldn't wait to receive them.

The first one above is from Alison Weir, one of my absolute favorite Historian authors.   Alison is fantastic, I have quite a few of her books and anytime I find another for a good price, I grab it.

I actually got 2 of her books with this order, now that I think about it.  The first is The Lady in the Tower, which is about the fall of Anne Boleyn, one of and the favorite wife of King Henry VIII.

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This one above ♥  Oh my!!!

You know my love for Jane Austen, and I've been eyeing this book for so long, but I never wanted to pay almost $30 for it.  I love books but I find that price quite steep.  So I kept waiting and waiting, and I mean waiting because it was released in 2010.  I finally found a good copy at Thriftbooks for $8.  I immediately jumped on it.

I haven't read it yet, I only did a quick look through and it's everything I wanted and expected.  I will have to show you more at a different time because if you love Jane Austen, this is a book you will want in your collection.

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The second Alison Weir book was The Wars of the Roses.  If you're familiar with the Tudors and that time of history, you will no doubt already know all about the wars of the roses.  If you don't, you can read more about it here, and here at the Britannica website.  It's fascinating, you will love it.

And the last one is another book that I have wanted for many years.  It is Portuguese, and from one of the biggest authors in Portugal, Jose Saramago.  It is called Memorial do Convento.  You can actually find it in English too.  Here's the summary:

Portugal, 1711: an amorous friar is pursued naked through the rubble-strewn streets of Lisbon; an enthusiastic procession of flagellants roars with pleasure over the damnation of adultery; a royal prince uses hapless sailors for target practice; and women dressed in colorful finery watch as lapsed converts and sorcerers are put to death by flames. In the midst of the terrors of the Inquisition and the plague, a seemingly mismatched couple discover the wonders of love. This poetic tale, graced with exquisite historical details and full of magic and adventure, is a tapestry of human folly and human will.

It is very well known in Portugal, and if I'm not mistaken it is on the schools literature reading list. 

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Homemaking is also a constant ongoing task.  Clean this, dust that, sweep here and there, and a few hours later, rinse and repeat.  Right?

But I love being a homemaker and staying busy.  I incorporate my workouts into it too, I do have my specific workouts that I do every afternoon, but I also log all the homemaking and walking I do during the day, on my watch.  The biggest thing aside from eating healthy and cutting snacks and junk, is staying busy.  Walking is a huge HUGE help.  Moving, taking steps.

Yes you can sit down, and I do as well, but after about 30 minutes, I get up again and walk more.  Sometimes I watch a youtube video or two, while walking on the spot, or walking back and forth in the living room or bedroom.  Every step counts.

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I'm also trying to remember to take pictures of the meals I'm having, to start sharing on the food blog again.  It will help me keep track of some favorite recipes, but it may also inspire some of you if you want to eat healthier as well.
 
This Spicy Cucumber Salad has become one of our favorites, my husband especially loves it and always asks me to make it.  It is super easy to make and is packed with yumminess.  I'll have this one on the blog later today.

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I think that is all.  But just off the top of my head, some other quick little tidbits that happened around here:
 
  • I did my mammogram last week and thankfully had a good result.  
  • Still need to get my blood redrawn, I know I know, I keep forgetting.
  • Our newest baby chick is so big, thankfully also, she is a girl.  I did not want to get stuck with another rooster.  At the moment we still have mama and baby separated from the rooster and the other chicken, just until the chick is a little bigger, she is now 8 weeks old, so soon we will reintroduce them to the flock again.
  • We have had horrible weird weather, and one of the days we got hit with such bad hail that it broke my husband's truck windshield and dented the whole truck.  Thankfully as well, USAA was great with the claims, and we've already replaced the windshield.
  • Jasmine is doing wonderful at her work, she got a bonus of $1000 just for work well done.  She also just got moved to Senior Tech and is also being moved to Supervisor training probably by the end of the year.

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And that my friends, is it.  I hope you enjoyed catching up, I am sorry it's been so long since I've come in to talk with you, but hopefully I can keep this going.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your Tuesday.  I'm going to get some walking done because I've been sitting here for at least 30 minutes working on this post.  I will see you all back here tomorrow, I'm not sure what I will share, I'll take another look at my list and figure it out.  Guess it will be surprise for you all.

Have a blessed day!

Monday, June 03, 2024

Happy Homemaker Monday - 06/03/2024

 
 
Good morning sweet ladies, welcome back to my blog. ♥
 
It is Monday morning, a rainy cloudy, foggy morning here in North Texas.  But, I am here for it.  Although the rain season for us has been a bit much, if it doesn't end soon we'll be floating away.  Anyway, I still welcome a rainy day, like always.
 
It is June, the first Happy Homemaker Monday of this month, and also the month where I am hoping, really really hoping, to return to a more consistent schedule of posting.  Like I said, fingers crossed!
 
There is just so much I want to share, from my daily life to new recipes on the food blog, my health journey, books, shows, and so on.  I need to get on with it, and stop hesitating so much.  Let's see how it goes.
 
For now, let's just get on with our post for today, see what is happening in all our homes, and start off the week right.
 
Have a wonderful week my friends ♥
 
Sandra


 
*** The Weather *** 
Hot, humid, wet.  It's been this for months now.  We have been hit with the strangest of weather, crazy storms that come out of nowhere and leave meteorologists stunned.  I don't know what to say, other than it's not normal.     
 
Monday - 90
Tuesday - 96
Wednesday - 92
Thursday - 96
Friday- 93
Saturday - 96
Sunday - 94
 
 
*** Right now I am *** 
Sitting on my bed with the fur babies, working on this post and listening to a random video on the TV.
 
 
*** Thinking and pondering *** 
About ways to get back into normal blogging, what I want to share, how to go about it, and what to do to stick with it and not fall off the wagon again.         
 
 
*** How I am feeling ***
I'm feeling amazing, although my legs and back hurt a bit this morning.  Curt and I went to the gym yesterday and I got in a good workout, but the legs are feeling it today. 
 
 
*** On the breakfast plate *** 
I've had coffee but nothing to eat yet.  I think I'll make a Keto Waffle for breakfast, once I'm done with this post.  
 
 
*** On the lunch plate *** 
Chickpea Salad.      
 
 
*** On the dinner plate ***
Dad's Favorite Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Salad (Cauliflower rice for me) 
 
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*** On the menu *** 
Will be working on the new meal plan this week.  Have meals until Wednesday, then will kick start the new menu.

Monday
Dad's Favorite Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Salad (Cauliflower rice for me)
Tuesday 
Seafood Shakshuka, Quinoa, Spicy Cucumber Salad   
Wednesday 

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday


*** What I am wearing *** 
Still in my summer nightgown.  Will either pop on a dress, or some shorts after breakfast.

 
*** On my reading pile *** 
Book of Revelations. 
Memorial do Convento by Jose Saramago
 
 
*** On my TV this week ***
Youtube - Brazilian and Portuguese Homemaking Vlogs, Slow Living and Quiet Vlogs 
Turkish shows - Ruzgarli Tepe, Gelin, Kara Agac Destani, Elimi Birakma
Sic Portugal TV - Senhora do Mar
Paramount - Star Trek Discovery
 
 
*** Looking around the house *** 
It is dark because of the cloudy weather outside.  I need to give it the usual Monday reset clean, vacuum, dusting and so on. 

 
 
*** To do list *** 
Meal plan and grocery list
Blog post for tomorrow
Bible and Devotional time
Workout
Water patio veggies and plants

 
*** From the camera *** 
Gave my bookshelves a good clean and organize over the weekend. 
 


*** Devotional, Prayers, Bible Verses *** 
It would be amazing if a God of awesome glory recognized our existence, but for him to welcome us into his family is grace beyond amazing.  - New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp



Monday, May 27, 2024

Happy Homemaker Monday - 05/27/2024

 

 
Good morning and a very happy Memorial Day to you all. 
 
I hope you've been enjoying your long weekend.  We had a barbecue with family yesterday, which was wonderful.  Today we are just planning on resting and preparing for the week ahead.
 
Curt took off most of last week for his birthday, and we spent it working on our back patio and back yard.  We have all these plans, but we move according to God's timing and will, as well as our finances.  It's great to plan but you need to have the money to invest, so we cling onto our dreams and plans, and fulfill them albeit in a slower pace, but they come true nonetheless.
 
I do have to step out to Petsmart this morning for turtle food, we ran out last night and I didn't even realize we didn't have another on hand.  So, my plans of relaxing for the day will have to wait just a little while I run these morning errands.
 
Tomorrow I have my yearly mammogram, which is always so nerve wrecking, but I'm praying on it, mainly praying for God to calm my heart, to take away the worry, the fear, the anxiety.  We all know that fear does not come from God, and so our job is to rebuke it, right?  
 
Anyway, let's get right on with our post and then move on with our day.  I hope you all have a blessed week, my friends.  Thank you for always coming by and letting me know you're still reading my blog.  I appreciate it more than you know ♥
 
Sandra


 
*** The Weather *** 
Hot and humid.  The perfect combination for frizzy hair.  That should tell you all you need to know.  Haha   We have some more rain on the way this week, as well as hot weather.   
 
Monday - Sunny, 96
Tuesday - Thunderstorms, 82
Wednesday - Thunderstorms, 84
Thursday - Thunderstorms, 82
Friday- Thunderstorms, 81
Saturday - Thunderstorms, 85
Sunday - Sunny, 98
 
 
*** Right now I am *** 
I WAS sitting on the back patio working on this post, but there is an insufferable fly that won't leave me alone, and I retreated back inside.  It's fly season, so annoying.  Sometimes I wonder why God created flies lol 
 
 
*** Thinking and pondering *** 
Just mentally preparing for the mammogram.  I wish it didn't bother me at all, and I could just walk in there, do it, wait for the results and not think about it at all.  Honestly, that is what I pray for the most, to be able to go with the flow, to trust in God's words and plans, and not let it affect me.  Work in progress, for sure.        
 
 
*** How I am feeling ***
I'm feeling pretty good.  Still going strong on the health journey, and Curt has joined me as well and has also lost 30 pounds.  He just turned 51, and I'm turning 50 and I truly believe, if you haven't until now started taking care of your health, this is the age to really focus on it.  
 
 
*** On the breakfast plate *** 
Coffee with 2% milk and a bowl of Weetabix.
 
 
*** On the lunch plate *** 
Salad of some kind.      
 
 
*** On the dinner plate ***
Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita. 
 
 
 
 
*** On the menu *** 

Monday
Naan Wraps with Homemade Cucumber Raita
Tuesday 
Sumac Roast Chicken, Brown Rice, Steamed Broccoli  
Wednesday 
Lazy Afghan Pasta, Garlic Bread, Salad
Thursday
Oven Fish Fillets, Zucchini Squash in tomato sauce
Friday
Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken, Beans, Mashed Potatoes
Saturday
Beef Kafta Kabob on the grill, Sweet Potato Fries, Chickpea salad
Sunday
Parmesan Chicken, Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad


*** What I am wearing *** 
Black midi summer dress and black sandals.

 
*** On my reading pile *** 
Book of Revelations. 
 
 
*** On my TV this week ***
Youtube - Brazilian and Portuguese Homemaking Vlogs, Slow Living and Quiet Vlogs 
Turkish shows - Ruzgarli Tepe, Gelin, Kara Agac Destani, Elimi Birakma
Sic Portugal TV - Senhora do Mar
Paramount - Star Trek Discovery
ShardLake

 
*** Looking around the house *** 
The back door is open with the screen closed, to let in some fresh air.  It's sunny, the birds are chirping and there is a slowness and quiet atmosphere to the house.  It's clean, it's tidy, and I really don't have to do anything, other than normal kitchen dishes and so on.   
 
 
 
*** To do list *** 
Petsmart and Home Goods this morning
Bible and Devotional time
Reading time
Crochet time
Workout
Water patio veggies and plants

 
*** From the camera *** 
Morning devotionals and Bible reading.  



*** Devotional, Prayers, Bible Verses *** 
The apostle Peter warned us: “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” He tempts us in various ways and uses discouragement in suffering and persecution to try to draw us away from our faith in Jesus.
 
This is exactly what I was referring to at the beginning of the post.  Fear, worry, anxiety, suffering, it is all done by the enemy to draw us away from God.  When we focus on what is happening around us or a specific situation, we get so consumed with it, that we pull away from God.  We don't have time or the mindset to think about our faith, to think about reading the Bible or drawing closer to Him.   

This is what we fight through every single day, as Christians it is our daily struggle.  It's also when we need to pray harder and press in deeper.


Monday, May 20, 2024

Happy Homemaker Monday - 05/20/2024

 
 
 
Good morning sweet ladies, welcome back to the blog.  I feel a bit weird even saying that, considering the fact that my poor blog has been so neglected, but try as a I may to get back into the rhythm of posting consistently, I just seem to fail no matter what.  Anyway, it is what it is, at least for now.

It is Monday morning, another start to a week, it is also my husband's birthday week.  He is turning 51 on Wednesday.  

This week I hope to get a bit more gardening done.  We've been slowly working on our back patio, creating a patio garden, adding some flowers and plants and just trying to make it a wonderful, comfy place to hang out during the summer.  I can't wait to get out there and enjoy a cup of coffee. 
I do hope to take photos and post about it.  Fingers crossed I actually go through with it.

Anyway, let's get on with our post.  I wish you all a very blessed week!

Sandra


 
*** The Weather *** 
We got a little break on the bad weather, last week, but we do have some strong storms moving in on Wednesday.  
 
Monday - Mostly sunny, 95
Tuesday - Partly cloudy, 95
Wednesday - Thunderstorms, 77
Thursday - Thunderstorms, 79
Friday- Sunny, 95
Saturday - Sunny, 94
Sunday - Sunny, 98
 
 
*** Right now I am *** 
Sitting at my desk and working on this post.  I tried sitting in bed as I usually do when I type up our Happy Homemaker Monday, but my sciatica is not having it today. 
 
 
*** Thinking and pondering *** 
Nothing in particular, just mainly a list of to do's, what meals to add to the new meal plan and things like that.      
 
 
*** How I am feeling ***
I'm ok, it's that week of the month, so between cramps and hormonal headaches, it's hard to feel 100% right?
 
 
*** On the breakfast plate *** 
Had coffee with coconut milk, and a bowl of Weetabix.
 
 
*** On the lunch plate *** 
Salad.      
 
 
*** On the dinner plate ***
Chicken and Zucchini Bake, Garlic Quinoa, Squash in Tomato Sauce. 
 
 
*** On the menu *** 
Starting to work on the new meal plan.

Monday
Chicken and Zucchini Bake, Garlic Quinoa, Squash in Tomato Sauce
Tuesday 
Eggplant and Lentils Curry, Rice, Pita  
Wednesday 
Curt's Birthday, he is wanting to grill steaks for everyone.  I'll make some roast potatoes and a salad as well.  Lemon Cake with Lemon Frosting (his fave)
Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday


*** What I am wearing *** 
Still in my nightgown.  Will either pop on some leggings later for my workout or will do a dress, just want something comfy for now, and then change into the workout clothes in the afternoon.

 
*** On my reading pile *** 
Book of Revelations. 
 
 

*** On my TV this week ***
Youtube - Brazilian and Portuguese Homemaking Vlogs, Slow Living and Quiet Vlogs 
Turkish shows - Ruzgarli Tepe, Gelin, Kara Agac Destani, Elimi Birakma
Sic Portugal TV - Senhora do Mar
Paramount - Star Trek Discovery
ShardLake

 
*** Looking around the house *** 
It's cloudy outside so the house looks quite dark, even though it's 8:35am.  
 
I need to just tidy up, give a quick vacuum and dusting, and the house is pretty much set for the day.   
 
 
 
*** To do list *** 
Cleaning the house
Bible and Devotional time
Reading time
Crochet time
Workout
Meal plan and budget plan

 
*** From the camera *** 
Another gorgeous Monarch Butterfly in my garden.  


 
*** What I am crocheting or sewing ***
Nordic Crochet blanket. 
 
 
*** Devotional, Prayers, Bible Verses *** 
It's never hopeless and you're never helpless if Immanuel has invaded your life with His glory and grace. - New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp


Monday, May 13, 2024

Happy Homemaker Monday - 05/13/2024

 
 
Good morning sweet ladies, and a very happy Mother's Day to you all.  I sure hope you had a blessed Mother's Day.  Mine was wonderful, spent with my kiddos both human and furry Hahah 
 
I am actually typing up this post a little late today, I forgot to plug in my laptop last night (something I do every.night), and woke up to a dead laptop.  Had to plug it in and wait for it to charge before I could come and sit down.  Some days right?
 
Anyway, let's get on with our post that is already running a bit late.  Have a blessed week ladies!

Sandra


 
*** The Weather *** 
Last week's weather was just insane.  We have more severe storms coming today and later in the week, this spring has been a bit crazy, to say the least. 
 
Monday - Thunderstorms, 81
Tuesday - Sunny, 84
Wednesday - Sunny, 90
Thursday - Thunderstorms, 76
Friday- Partly cloudy, 83
Saturday - Sunny, 89
Sunday - Sunny, 93
 
 
*** Right now I am *** 
Eating my breakfast at the dinner table, and working on this post.
 
 
*** Thinking and pondering *** 
I was a bit bad this weekend, especially yesterday, I had two slices of pizza and a lemon bar.  But in my defense I am good every other day and have been for months.  I do tend to be a bit hard on myself and feel guilty for doing it, so I'm trying to remember that it's a one day thing, and that we just go right back to watching what we eat, and it's fine.  
 
We really can be our biggest critics, can't we?     
 
 
*** How I am feeling ***
Honestly?  Gross.....carbs don't do well with me anymore and I'm feeling it. 
 
 
*** On the breakfast plate *** 
Coffee with milk, and 2 scrambled eggs with spinach, onion and tomato.
 
 
*** On the lunch plate *** 
Chickpea Salad with Tuna.      
 
 
*** On the dinner plate ***
Bifes de Cebolada (Pork Chops in Tomato Sauce), Mashed Potatoes, Salad.  I won't have the mashed potatoes, just the salad.
 
 
*** On the menu *** 

Monday
Bifes de Cebolada (Pork Chops in Tomato Sauce), Mashed Potatoes, Salad
Tuesday 
Spinach and Artichoke Chicken, Chickpea and Lentil Salad   
Wednesday 
Sheet Pan Tomato Basil Gnocchi, Cucumber Salad
Thursday
Lemon Garlic Tilapia, Creamy Polenta, Greek Salad
Friday
Ground Turkey Ragu, Garlic Bread, Steamed Broccoli (brown pasta)
Saturday
Beef Kafta Kabob, Roasted Potato Wedges
Sunday
Eggplant and Lentil Curry, Brown Rice, Pita


*** What I am wearing *** 
Grey leggings and a pink spaghetti strap top (will be working out later)

 
*** On my reading pile *** 
Starting the book of Revelations. 
 

*** On my TV this week ***
Youtube - Brazilian and Portuguese Homemaking Vlogs, Slow Living and Quiet Vlogs 
Turkish shows - Ruzgarli Tepe, Gelin, Kara Agac Destani, Kara Sevda
Sic Portugal TV - Senhora do Mar
Paramount - Star Trek Discovery
ShardLake  - I am quite excited to start this one, it is a period drama taking place during the Tudor Era and focuses on the dissolution of the Monasteries, you can watch on Disney+ or Hulu.


 
*** Looking around the house *** 
With all the rain my poor carpets need constant cleaning, which is also not good for them.  I've been spot cleaning as I go, but today I really need to get the carpet cleaner going.  
 
The house right now is quite dark for this time of the day, because it's cloudy and we're expecting storms. 
 
 
*** To do list *** 
Cleaning the house

Bible and Devotional time
Reading time
Crochet time
Workout

 
*** From the camera *** 
My sweet girl got me some really cute gifts for Mother's Day, among them the cutest coffee mug that says Crazy Chicken Lady with a ton of cute chickens on.  I did use it already this morning and it's in the sink, so will take a photo another time to show you.  But, something else she gave me is something I've been wanting for a long time.  A Turkish Tea glass and saucer set, the teapot and the Turkish Tea.  I am so excited to try it this afternoon. 



 
 
*** What I am crocheting or sewing ***
Still slowly working on the crochet blanket. 
 
 
*** Devotional, Prayers, Bible Verses *** 
Prayer for the day

Let me be acutely attuned to Your Word, so that each decision I have to make will be in Your will, almighty God.