Monday, January 14, 2013

Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/14/2013

Head hurts, and I would much rather be in bed.  But, another week is at our feet and we have a lot to do, so it's up and at 'em. 

The Weather:::
32 degrees this morning.  We've actually been getting down to the 20's and having some freezing overnight, so it feels like winter in Arizona.  Maybe it's getting me prepared for Idaho in a few months lol 

Right now I am:
In my pj's with warm fuzzy socks on, sitting on the couch with my laptop on my lap and Miss Lola right up against me keeping me warm.  

It's too early, it's too too early to be up.  Why can't it be the weekend?  What do I have to get done today?        

On my reading pile:::
Still reading Follow the River by James Alexander Thom.  Also have a book in for review.  

On my tv:::
Ripper Street Episode can watch online here
Mr Selfridge Episode 2
Been watching Emily of New Moon which I really enjoy, it's very reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea
Lots of our favorite shows returning tonight and the rest of this week, and some new ones we are interested in:
Being Human
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Mine

Favorite Blog post this week (mine or other):::
Winter; life inside  by Welsh Hills Again 

Something fun to share:::
While doing my usual look around the internet, searching articles and know how's on homesteading, I came across this great site called GRIT Magazine.  For my friends who are into homesteading as well, it's a wonderful website filled with information, know how's, blogs, recipes etc.  

On the menu for this week:::
Have to make the new menu plan today, so I only have meals for today and tomorrow.  Will once again be using my Amish Cookbooks as there are many recipes on there that I still want to try. 

Monday - Oven Fried Buttermilk Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Biscuits
Tuesday - Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed potatoes, green beans
Wednesday -
Thursday -  
Friday -
Saturday -
Sunday -

On my to do list:::
Laundry - Ironing, folding, putting away
Changing out bed linens
Menu planning and grocery list

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Started my first crochet blanket of 2013, going with a simple granny stripe and just using up yarn scraps that I have laying around, so it's going to be filled with different colors all separated by a simple white row.  I'm loving it already :)


Homemaking Tips:::
I can't tell you enough just how wonderful vinegar is for cleaning.  I use it a lot, thankfully it's so cheap that I can afford buying the huge bottles because I go through it quite quickly.
I've already told you how I use it with infused lemon or orange peels, and even lavender for general cleaning.
I also mix it with Dawn dishwashing soap for tougher jobs.  It's great in my toilet bowls, and it's great for showers and tubs.
I use it for mopping my wood floors, just add a drop or two of your favorite essential oils.  I mop, and then I take a towel and dry as I go, it leaves the floors looking great.

Looking around the house:::
It needs help this morning LOL   After a weekend of relaxing and just hanging around, every Monday morning is met with a *trashed house* for lack of a better term.  Nothing is broken, but you know what I mean......dishes and glasses the kids left laying around, toys thrown around the living room, laptops left on couches, dog toys all over the place, dishes in the sink etc.   Oh boy.....I'll be busy today. 

From the camera:::
We love walks, and so do the girls, so every weekend, and sometimes during the week after dinner (if time permits and hubby doesn't have classes), we all head out for a short walk around the neighborhood.


On my prayer list:::
My Lola
My husband and I, for the upcoming retirement and this crazy journey we're about to embark on.
Many friends and their friends who are needing prayers at the moment.

Bible verse, Devotional:::
Whenever the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. - Joyce Meyer


  1. Glad to see you are a planner when it comes to meals...I also am a planner & when it is spur of the moment I get frustrated...I may be too much of a planner but I had to be...give Lola a BIG hug from us..
    Aunt Nita

  2. Good morning! We get the print version of GRIT magazine. It's wonderful!

  3. I use vinegar for everything. Floors, kitchen, bathroom, even the DOG! it truly is wonderful! I would love to know your "recipe" for adding essential oils. :)

  4. Hi Sandra! Did you ever tell us what the vet said about Lola? I'll look back at your posts and comments to see. Managed to post today AND menu plan for the week, and I have you to thank for the motivation to get it done. I hate posting my Happy Homemaker Monday post without a menu, it's kind of like telling your teacher you don't have hour homework!

  5. I love the look of your new crochet blanket, I love white backgrounds with flashes of colour! I can't wait to start on a new baby blanket for my nephew/niece on the way but it's still a bit early yet!
    Hope you have a lovely week :) xx

  6. I LOVE chicken fried steak! I'm trying to talk hubby into taking me out this week to our favorite restaurant. They have CFS on Wednesday and it's the best CFS I've ever had.

  7. I love vinegar. I use it for everything. Cleaner, fabric softener, and in the rinse compartment in my dishwasher.
    I'll have to check out GRIT magazine. Sounds pretty awesome.
    Love the picture of the boys with the puppies. So cute! I want a pug soo bad. I've been begging my husband for quite some time.
    Have a wonderful week.

  8. I got off track doing my weekly menu planning awhile back but now I'm back on it and it feels so good.

  9. Your photo reminds me of when I was a tiny girl living in Navy housing. My father and I would take the dog for a walk around the neighborhood every night. Fond, fond memories!

  10. My house is a wreck after the weekends too. Monday is always my catch up day.

    So excited to be jumping in this week!

  11. Your blanket is going to be gorgeous when it is finished.

  12. I love your crocheted blanket and will look forward to seeing it when you're finished! I love vinegar and am just sorry it took me so long to discover how wonderful it is!

  13. Have a great week! You're such an inspiration for me to get up in the mornings and get things done. :)


Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. Please be respectful of each other and my blog. Rude comments will be deleted.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you are having a Blessed day!


Back to Top