Monday, October 5, 2015

# happy homemaker monday

Happy Homemaker Monday - 10/05/2015

Good morning dear friends, how is your Monday looking so far?

I know this post is going up a little later than usual, but I've been so busy with my brothers trying to sort out my gran's care.  She is not in ICU anymore, they have moved her to a normal ward, but they want to release her sometime this week, problem is that she is going to need frail care.  Now we are scrambling to see what is available and what she can afford etc.  Decisions are so hard at this point.

Anyway, hence the reason I've been late getting this post up, but nevermind that, let's get right on with it.

Oh and you'll probably notice that some of the categories are different.  I've decided that I've done so many of these HHM posts over so many years, and sometimes I want to go back and change up the categories and use some that I haven't in a while.  Feel free to do the same, long as you're using old HHM posts, it's all good, I only ask that you don't add your own in, because then....well, it really wouldn't be my Happy Homemaker Monday feature anymore, would it? :)


The weather in my neck of the woods:
62 degrees and cloudy.  We are supposed to have some rain this week which will be so nice.  It's finally starting to feel like a proper Fall. 

Things that make me happy:
Sitting at my living room window, working on the computer and enjoying this view.

Book I'm reading:
Ok I have to be honest, save for a few review books that I read, I haven't picked anything up in forever.  I'm thinking though that now that the weather is cooling down, I'm going to take a look through my bookshelf, and Kindle, and pick out some good ones to read.  I miss a good book.

What's on my TV today:
Been fascinated with Prison/Jail documentaries, so been watching quite a bit of those on YouTube
Been wanting to rewatch McLeod's Daughters and may do that.
Not sure what is on the DVR but will take a look.
I've given a few of you links to online places that allow you to watch all your favorite shows, but seems some keep losing track of them, so I'll try to give you a few right here, right now.
TVMuse, WatchSeriesOnline, Coke and Popcorn, Watch Series, Couch Tuner

On the menu for dinner:
Beef Baked with Yogurt and Pepper, Steamed Rice

On my To Do List:

Finish off laundry, iron and put away
Homeschooling with the kids
Fabric Covered Boxes, need some more storage and figured since I have so many boxes from the move, I'll cover them in pretty fabric and use those.

New Recipe I tried or want to try soon:
Jasmine and I tried a new Lemon Meringue Pie yesterday and it turned out so good.

In the craft basket:
Fall Scarf

Looking forward to this week:
Just hoping for some peace and quiet and rest, really, that's all I am wanting right now

Tips and Tricks:
I recently came across a great post to keep on hand.  It's at Common Sense Homesteading and it talks about and teaches us how to do substitutions in the kitchen.  Let's face it, as much as we may think that we have everything on hand, sometimes we forget to buy a certain item or replenish it in the pantry.  It's nice to know that you can still make what you want with some clever substitutions.

My favorite blog post this week:
I have been pretty good about reading blogs lately through my Feedly account, but I have to admit, I didn't do any reading the past 10 days, just haven't been able to or had the brain to sit down and do it.  I'll probably look through some today.

A newly discovered blog or youtube channel you would like to share with the readers:
I've come across some really neat vlogs over on Youtube, as well as some great documentary channels.  The first one is WorldWide Prison Documentaries.  Another one I really enjoy is Lily Pebbles.  Check them both out.

No words needed (favorite photo or picture, yours or others you want to share):

Lesson learned the past few days:

Oh goodness, so many lessons, especially in regards to my grandmother being so close to death.  I've learned that in times of need, those we think will be there are not, and some we don't expect step forward in more ways than one.  I've also learned that in this day and age of social media, we spend way too much time and energy on things and people who DON'T deserve it, often times placing ourselves in a spot to be insulted, attacked and demeaned, when we really should be not allowing it, and rather spending our efforts on things that matter.
I've once again been reminded of how toxic and absolutely awful Facebook really is, you can't post on there anymore without someone immediately assuming you're talking about them, and attacking you for it.  People are just not happy anymore, it seems and their sadness and anger and bad moods are being projected onto those that just want to have a good life and mind their own business, so with that said.  It's time for me to once again take a break from Facebook, I did last year when I took a couple months off and it felt AMAZING.  Time to do it again, though this time, I'm not actually sure if I'll ever come back.  I will be posting on Instagram rather, so you can follow me along there if you wish :)

On my mind:
My grandmother
The decisions we are now being forced to make for her care

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:


  1. I agree with you on Facebook. I have been thinking of taking a break from it as well. I'm so mentally and emotionally exhausted from most social media anymore. Other than keeping in touch with very close friends or family I don't see much point in it anymore because people are so negative and honestly hurtful at times. The world is just so negative and unhappy anymore it's unbelievable! I hope things improve.
    A friend of mine and her family are actually doing a 30 day challenge to see what their life is like after "unplugging" from social media for one month straight! No twitter, no Facebook, etc. I thought about trying it myself. She will still blog and Instagram because she uses her blog as a source of added income and to promote her etsy shop, but everything else is off limits. So far she is two weeks in and she said it's wonderful. They have more time as a family, and she has found she has more time not only to get things done but personal time as well to herself.

    I'm so happy to hear your grandmother is doing better! The miracle of prayer is so wonderful and amazing. :)

    I hope you have a great week ahead! Enjoy the fall weather! :)

  2. LOVE LOVE that picture!

    Also LOVE LOVE that inspiration!

    While I know there are so many things to be decided about your grandmother, that's great news that she is going home She is proof that the power of prayer DOES work.

    Also LOVE LOVE your lesson learned. It really touched me this week especially with what our community is going through here with the campus shooting. The community connection and outreach has been so beautiful and overwhelming and being done person to person instead of primarily on social media.

  3. Your view is gorgeous!!!
    Praying for your grandmother. Those choices can be so hard to make. Praying, praying, praying!
    Facebook is a blessing and a curse...

  4. It's been cool in the high 60's here but over cast & drizzling for about a week. We need dry weather so bad so we can start shaking trees and harvesting.
    That pie sounds sooooo good with a cup of coffee or just a fork! Lol!
    I quit Facebook in 2012 & in July opened the Instagram account. I really like it but I am being very careful about who I accept on there. I do not want any drama...I would blog again if I had reliable internet. I'm glad you still blog & I love your Instagram posts.

    Thank God yall are having to find home care for your so happy for yall. I know it's still stressful for you and the family but read those Psalms & Proverbs and keep praying. So many of us out here are praying with you!

  5. I'm sure all those decisions for your Grandmother must be so stressful for you and your family.
    Lemon Meringue Pie sounds delightful! I'm not brave enough to try that yet...
    A new fall scarf sounds like the perfect project for some rainy weather.
    As far as facebook, though I kept my account, I pretty much didn't log on for nearly a year after my mom passed away. While there were many who reached out to me immediately after she died, once all the 'drama' wore off (i.e. a week later), there was such silence that it helped me to realize that social media 'friends' can never replace those physically nearest and dearest to me.
    Hope you have a peaceful week even with all that's going on with your family at the moment. :)

  6. I hope that you have a good week and that your family can get the care organised for your grandmother. It will take a while to get it all settled, but it will come in time! xx

  7. I'm on a facebook break. other than my group app, pages app, and messenger (business use) I've not been on my "timeline" for a week. I have not missed it at all. I hope I can keep it up. So much less stress. Have a super great week!

  8. Sorry I wasn't able to link up this week with my Uncle staying over for a visit for the week. He's so special (he's mentally challenged) and we love the precious time we get to spend with him. ;) Taking this whole week off from blogging to give him true time and attention.

    So happy to hear your Gram is doing better!! Will continue prayers for the days ahead and hope she gets settled okay.

    Can't wait to see your Fall scarf when it's done. ;)
    Blessings on the rest of your week dear Friend. xoxo


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