Monday, July 19, 2021

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 07/19/2021 }

Good morning everyone.  
How was your weekend?  Did you spend it resting, having fun, hanging with family?  
Ours was spent working around the house and the garden, in preparation for next weekend's family reunion.  It will be our first since mom passed in September of last year, so will be bittersweet for sure.
Not much happening other than that, and I'm just praying for a blessed calm week ahead.  I pray the same for you and your family. 

It's been so hot, and paired with the humidity, I am struggling.  Ever since entering Perimenopause, I just can't handle the heat anymore, and trying to do anything outside is ridiculous.  I do 5 minutes of work then need to come inside to cool down.  We have another hot week ahead, so my fans will be working overtime, no doubt.     

Monday - Sunshine and clouds, 89
Tuesday - Mostly sunny, 87
Wednesday - Mostly sunny, 89
Thursday - Mostly sunny, 91
Friday - Mostly sunny, 94
Saturday - Mostly sunny, 98
Sunday - Partly cloudy, 93

♥♥How I am feeling this morning♥♥
A bit tired and sore, we worked a lot in the yard yesterday, so this morning both Curt and I are feeling it.  We were laughing yesterday afternoon, because we're only 48 and 47, but we feel like we can't do the amount of yard work we used to do. 

♥♥On the breakfast plate♥♥
Cup of coffee with Caramel Macchiatto creamer.  I am not sure what I'll eat, my breakfasts are usually very boring and consisting of just a piece of toast.   

♥♥Looking around the house♥♥
The back door is open, with just the screen closed to let in the morning air.  Marley is sleeping at my feet, and Elliott is sleeping on his cat tower.  
I need to vacuum both carpets, but the house itself is clean and tidy, which makes me quite happy.  Nothing like waking up to a clean house.   

♥♥On my reading pile♥♥
I'm almost done with Luke.  I should have been done by now, but I haven't been reading my Bible every single day, like I should be doing.  I am reading it every other day and last week, shamefully only picked it up once.  Need to remedy that.  
Also reading The Ocean in Winter by Elizabeth de Veer, very good so far. 

♥♥On my TV♥♥
I have been watching a ton of Period Dramas.  You know how much I love them and hadn't really been watching many, but this past weekend, I watched a few.
The Cook of Castamar on Netflix, which I loved.  
The Vineyard on Amazon, which I'm still working through. 
I'll be adding some of the Period Series post, so you can find them all there.

♥♥On the menu this week♥♥

Monday - Creamy Chicken Enchiladas, Cilantro Lime Rice
Tuesday - Beef Casserole, Fried Cabbage
Wednesday - Cubed Steak with brown gravy, mashed potatoes
Thursday - Out to Dinner (Jasmine's friend is coming to visit and arrives on Thursday)
Friday - Reunion Starts (we are ordering pizza for everyone)
Saturday - Reunion - Breakfast (Continental Breakfast) Lunch (Finger Foods, sandwiches, chips and dip, cookies etc)  Dinner (Barbecue burgers, hotdogs, potato salad, Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad)
Sunday -  Reunion - Breakfast (Continental, coffee, juice, pastries, croissants, fruit)

♥♥From the camera♥♥
From 6 tomato plants, only one has been thriving and giving us tomatoes, every week.  Just love the bounty we are receiving.

♥♥I am thankful for♥♥
The time we have with our Marley.  We don't know how long, but we are making sure to treasure every single day with him.  
Also thankful for a renewed and refreshed spirit within me, that I am again completely immersed in my housework, taking photos and doing blog posts.

♥♥I am hoping to♥♥
Have a blessed calm week.  Marley has a vet appointment this afternoon, we have to get more steroids for him and just see how he is doing. 

♥♥ Prayer List♥♥ 
- My SIL had her second chemo treatment on Friday, and has just started losing her hair.  It will grow back, but I know this is extremely hard for her, as is with everyone else who has had cancer treatment and lost their hair too.  Please continue to pray for her.  And I know some of you have been through breast cancer treatment too, if you have any advice for her when it comes to brain fog, please let me know.  She is doing ok through the treatments, not having many side effects, other than what they usually refer to as Chemo Brain Fog.   
- Marley, that he continues to feel ok.  That God will heal him, but if it is not according to his will, then that my boy will not suffer.     



  1. Brain fog is so real. I have yet to find any kind of help. I just know that it is temporary and will pass. I just accept it and let it pass. I try not to get upset as that makes mine worse. I try to slow down and take in smaller bits of information to process. I am sorry I don’t have any better remedies to give. I continue to pray for your sister in law and Marley too. Hugs and blessings!

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  2. Keeping all of you in my heart and prayers, especially healing for Hayley and Marley. Try and stay cool in the Texas July heat and humidity and enjoy the reunion though I know there will be some bittersweet moments. Have a GREAT week.

  3. Look at all those tomatoes! We've yet to get a single one on our plants. Hope you get a calm week and enjoy your family reunion with the bittersweet times.

  4. Prayers for your family!

    Fried cabbage sounds like a fun side dish!

  5. It is humid here too so not much getting done until it passes which won't be any time soon. The reunion this weekend sounds like fun. Still praying for Marley and Hayley.

  6. Hello -- my husband is a stage 4 cancer survivor and five years later still have terrible "chemo brain" - his is a permanent side effect of the aggressive chemo treatment he had. What helps him is a large white board in the kitchen - everyday I write down the day and date of the week, also anything that he wants to do that day, etc. A list of what he is getting at the store - he can not remember even if he is only going to get two things. He will pull over and call me to ask me where he was going and what is he getting. So I make a list with the name of the supermarket right at the top. It is not like he gets lost driving or anything like that - just can not remember things he was supposed to do. Also - with cooking - things he always made he forgot the ingredients - it helps to have the right size pan, ingredients already out and ready - including measuring cups and spoons that are clearly marked. My husband will walk away from the stove too - so our trick for that is the kitchen light is on whenever something is cooking - we only have the kitchen light on when cooking is happening so he knows to keep an eye in the kitchen when the light is on. I hope these tips help....

  7. HI Sweetie!
    Sorry I'm late - but just back last night from another trip for family reunion on the other side of the family this time. Prayers that all will go so well for your upcoming reunion. 🙏 I'm so grateful for vaccines and being able to be with family again! Continued prayers for Marley as well. You have the best attitude about it, to treasure each day.
    I need to go get more ideas from your food blog! And read your recent post too. 😍

  8. Late here too. Thinking of your sil and Marley. Have a fun family reunion.

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