Thursday, April 28, 2022

{ At the Table with Jesus by Louis Giglio - TLC Book Tour }


About AT THE TABLE WITH JESUS: 66 Days to Draw Closer to Christ and Fortify Your Faith

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 29, 2022)

Paperback: 240 pages

At the Table with Jesus invites readers to sixty-six days of rich engagements with the Good Shepherd, providing deeper truths, power, and connection to walk through life’s troubles.  

Through practical daily devotions, At the Table with Jesus invites readers to sit at the table with the Good Shepherd, building a habit of living life with him. The journey starts in Psalm 23 but takes the reader throughout all of Scripture to build a stronger relationship with the God of the universe.


About the Author

Louie Giglio is pastor of Passion City Church and the original visionary of the Passion movement, which exists to call a generation to leverage their lives for the fame of Jesus. Since 1997, Passion Conferences has gathered college-aged young people in events across the United States and around the world. Most recently, Passion hosted over 700,000 people from over 150 countries online at Passion 2021. Louie is the national-bestselling author of over a dozen books, including his newest release, At the Table with Jesus, as well as Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your TableGoliath Must Fall, Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science, The Comeback, The Air I Breathe, I Am Not but I Know I Am, and others. As a communicator, Louie is widely known for messages such as “Indescribable” and “How Great Is Our God.” An Atlanta native and graduate of Georgia State University, Louie has done postgraduate work at Baylor University and holds a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Louie and his wife, Shelley, make their home in Atlanta.

Last year, I was blessed with my first Louis Giglio book.  It was called  'Don't give the enemy a seat at your table'.  It was my first by the author and I knew from that moment on, it certainly wouldn't be my last.  

Louis Giglio has a way of writing and conveying his faith and his experiences, that make it feel like you're sitting down for a cup of coffee, with an old friend.  It just flows, and because of that style of writing, the words go straight into your heart and head, and remain there, nudging at you for weeks after you're done with that particular book.

In At the Table with Jesus, he takes us through 66 days of teachings, to draw us closer to God and really strengthen our faith.  I've struggled my whole life with Faith.  It is one of those things that seem to trip up a lot of Christians.  The following blindly, knowing and accepting that things will turn out fine, even when everything around you is pointing elsewhere, or seeming to be falling apart.

It is believing, without ceasing, without failing, without worrying.

I certainly need to strengthen my faith, and I think that Louis Giglio's book is a huge step in conquering the second thoughts, the doubts, the what if's that tend to stumble through my life, at times preventing me from just trusting and letting go.

The book is divided into 11 sections, which are the 11 foundational truths about who Jesus the first category is titled Jesus is God.  Within those sections, we have 6 days, with each day giving us a verse, a small blurb from Louis, response questions to what we just read and a scripture memory. 

For example on the first day, the response questions are:

What risks are you taking when you acknowledge that Jesus is God?
What rewards will you receive by making that confession?

And the scripture memory is 1 John 4:15.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.
Each section or category, focuses on the same memory verse, so 1 John 4:15 is the verse to memorize the first 6 days, and then next 6 days is John 1:14, and so on.  
The readings for each day are pretty short so you won't feel like you're being flooded with too much information, or you won't have time to read throughout the busy day ahead.  
Honestly, this book is a treasure to have.  I can see myself going back for many years, and re-reading each Day to solidify my Faith in Christ.
Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a review copy.


Monday, April 25, 2022

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/25/2022 }

Good morning everyone, welcome back to my blog, and to our Happy Homemaker Monday!  
I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was good, albeit yesterday a bit rushed between church and a birthday lunch.  Speaking of birthday's, the lunch was for our daughter Jasmine who is turning 23 years old today.  23!!!!
Like, how is that even possible?  Nick just turned 19 two weeks ago, and now the little girl who made us parents, is turning 23.  I am not quite ready for any of this, but it's not like I can turn back time, so onward we go.  
I've had a pretty stressful week, culminating in my mom being taken by ambulance to the nursing home she will now be in.  It's a lot, it was stressful, and knowing that I am thousands of miles away and not able to be there in person helping, is so hard.  But, it will be ok, God is watching over it all.
Alright, let's get going with our post for today.  I really am hoping to put a few more posts up.  I know I keep saying it, and it's always with the best of intentions and then life interferes.  It's actually funny in a sense, how much more busier life is for me now that my children are fully grown, than when they were young and needing my full attention.
Have a wonderful blessed weekend, friends!!! 

♥♥ The Weather ♥♥
One word......WINDS!!!  Still!!!  We have also had pretty hot weather, and even got very much welcomed rain yesterday.  Winds!!!  Really strong winds.  I don't remember ever dealing with these kind of winds before, it's a bit strange.  Other than that, we have had beautiful weather. 

Monday -  Wind and sunny skies,71
Tuesday - Sunny, 74
Wednesday - Partly cloudy, 78
Thursday - Partly cloudy/wind, 85
Friday - Thunderstorms/wind, 89
Saturday - Sunny, 86
Sunday - Partly cloudy, 84

♥♥  As I look outside my window ♥♥
Green, green and more green.  I love Spring and seeing the trees turning from brown to vibrant green.  We never really pay attention to just how beautiful they are, during the late spring and summer days, but this shift from bare branches and boring brown to vibrant green produced by thousands of tiny leaves, always leaves me in awe.

♥♥  Right now I am ♥♥
As always, I work on these posts while sitting on my bed.  Kaia is asleep next to me, Elliott was but has since left. 

♥♥  Thinking and pondering ♥♥
About my mom.  We don't have a relationship, and I've never really talked about it here, but she is my mom and I love her and care about her well being.  She is not well at the moment, and I just saw a video of her at the nursing home and broke into tears.  It was a shock to see her so frail. 

♥♥  How am I feeling ♥♥
Heading into that time of the month, that should say overall how I'm feeling  Hahahah
Also, really tired this morning, both Curt and I.  Remember I said I use Alexa from Amazon to play rain or thunderstorm sounds while we sleep?  She woke us up at 4:30 am  with a weird sound over the thunderstorms, it almost sounded like something on fire?  It was a crackling sound we couldn't understand.  We turned off the sleep sounds but then Kaia was ready to go potty and so started our day.   

♥♥  On the breakfast plate ♥♥
I've had a humongous cup of coffee with sweet cream creamer.  I am thinking of having some eggs and toast in about an hour. 

♥♥  On my reading pile ♥♥
Exodus in my Bible
My devotional
Janette Oke's Women of the West

♥♥  On my TV this week  ♥♥
Johnny Depp's Trial on TV (I've always enjoyed watching tv trials) 
Youtube homemaking channels

♥♥  On the menu  ♥♥ 
I'll start working on the new menu this week, but this is what we're having until Friday.

Monday - Sausages with gravy and mash, squash casserole
Tuesday - General Tso's Meatballs, Rice
Wednesday - Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad
Thursday - Creamy Chicken, Potato Wedges, Steamed Broccoli
Friday -
Saturday -
Sunday -

♥♥  Looking around the house  ♥♥
Have the usual daily cleaning to do, plus some vacuuming and dusting.  There are a few bags on the dining table, that Jasmine left on there last night when she got home from work, so I need to put those away.
Aside from that, I do hope to get a little carpet cleaning done.  New puppy......and I think that's all I need to say on that.  She's still learning potty training, so she has a few accidents inside, and I'm so thankful for a good carpet cleaner, because we immediately clean it.  But, I still want to run it over the whole carpet in the living room and office area. 

♥♥  To Do List ♥♥
-  Vacuum and dust, also carpet clean living room
-  Water the veggies out on the back porch
-  Do a load of laundry
-  Make Jasmine's Birthday cake
-  Start meal plan

♥♥  From the camera  ♥♥
I have a new recipe for your all, just need some time to get it on the blog.  I won't be able to today, but hoping for tomorrow.  
This is a 4 milk cake, very similar to the Tres Leches cake which is a 3 milk, this one has one more, which is coconut milk.  It is to die for and I think you will all really enjoy it. 

♥♥  Devotional  ♥♥
Yes it is so easy to complain.  It is so easy to forget the daily blessings that fall down on each of us.  Our readiness to complain is another argument for the forgiving and rescuing grace that Jesus, without complaint, willingly died to give us. 
New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp

Friday, April 22, 2022

{ What If It's Wonderful by Nicole Zasowski - TLC Book Tour }



Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 8, 2022)
Paperback: 240 Pages

Don’t spend your life practicing disappointment and rehearsing tragedy when you can experience God’s gift of joy and celebration today.

Author and marriage and family therapist Nicole Zasowski knows that it’s difficult to trust joy and find the courage to celebrate when you have endured seasons of disappointment and despair. When God has been your faithful anchor in the storm, does joy then leave you unmoored? Nicole reminds us that we can stay tethered to the hope of Christ in seasons of celebration, because even joyful days hold the learning, growth, and intimate encounters with Jesus that our hearts crave.

What If It’s Wonderful? offers a new perspective. With a compelling psychological and spiritual case for the importance of embracing joy and celebration, even when it feels scary, it will help you

  • identify common barriers and hesitancies to experiencing joy, debunk their lies, and overcome your fears,
  • confront toxic messages you have received about joy as you learn to see celebration as an avenue of growth and intimacy with God,
  • approach life with an expectant heart, a receptive posture, and courage to trust God’s good gifts, and
  • stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in seasons of joy and celebration.
Things don’t always have to be hard to find God and to stay close to him. Release your fears and accept his beautiful gift of joy and celebration.

About Nicole Zasowski

Nicole Zasowski is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of From Lost to Found. As an old soul who wears her heart proudly on her sleeve, she enjoys writing and speaking on topics that merge her professional knowledge, faith, and personal experience. Nicole lives in Connecticut with her husband and their three young children.
This book came at such a pivotal time in my Christian growth.  The past few months, I have been in pretty deep grief over the loss of our sweet dog Marley.  It was a grief that I had suppressed, ignored, and to a certain degree denied.
As I started to take ownership of it, and deal with it head on, I began to go through an ocean of emotions and feelings.  I felt stuck, sad, and completely lost and devoid of happiness.

All I saw was pain and hurt.  I wasn't living life in a joyful manner, looking forward to tomorrow or the next month, and I certainly wasn't trusting in God's gifts and plans for my life.  And then I would tell myself, that it's ok because it's in these darkest moments of life that we learn our most important lessons.

That may be true, but Nicole Zasowski encourages us to look at the celebrations and good moments in life, as growing lessons as well.  As humans we have a habit of staying stuck in the problem.  Something comes up to scare us and we get so caught up in it, that we stop living, we stop looking at everything else around us that is filled with happiness, blessings and joy.

This book has been so helpful in my journey, in facing my fears, my sadness and my grief and allowing that to bring me through the lesson, while still allowing me to look toward the future and smile at the good things going on around me.

Nicole uses her own experiences in life, to teach us some very valuable tools, that help to change the way we think during happy or sad moments in life.

We have a choice to make, we have a choice in how we feel or how things affect us.  There are obstacles and things that happen to us that are out of our control, but the way we allow that situation to affect us spiritually, is our own choice.  And I'm speaking from my own personal experience, where sometimes something happens that leaves me so scared, worried or sad that I allow it to consume me.  Suddenly I'm short tempered, annoyed, quick to snap.  

I've been working on that, and this book was such a helpful tool in doing that.  I never felt judged by the author, which I have found happens sometimes when I read a book along the same lines.  I start reading and then start feeling like there's something wrong with me.

Nicole Zasowski gently guides you through, never being judgemental, but a kind and loving way.

Highly recommend it.




Monday, April 18, 2022

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/18/2022 }

Good morning sweet friends.  Welcome back to my little corner of blogland.  
It is a beautiful Spring morning.  I've already been out of the house to run an errand, and just got back in, made my breakfast and can now sit and get this post up.
Life has been a bit crazy, as always, this time though because we have a new member of the family.  I'll introduce her to you down below but will come back tomorrow with a whole post, on how this came about, how I'm feeling and how we've been adapting.  
Hope you all had a blessed Easter, we had a wonderful one with family.  My brother and sister in law came over, along with my niece, her husband and her babies, and my nephew and his girlfriend.  Jasmine's boyfriend also came over.  And the best part is, I got to have lots of baby cuddles with little Dalton who is almost 4 months old.
Anyway, that is enough babbling.  Let's see what is happening around blogland. 
Have a blessed weekend, friends ♥

♥♥ The Weather ♥♥
Winds!!!  Really strong winds.  I don't remember ever dealing with these kind of winds before, it's a bit strange.  Other than that, we have had beautiful weather. 

Monday -  Partly cloudy, 72
Tuesday - Mostly cloudy, 73
Wednesday - Partly cloudy, 97
Thursday - Partly cloudy, 94
Friday - Partly cloudy, 90
Saturday - Partly cloudy, 91
Sunday - Thunderstorms, 80

♥♥  As I look outside my window ♥♥
The wind is blowing and the tree branches and swaying back and forth.  It looks beautiful though.  I love seeing the morning or evening sun on the trees during spring time.  They are so green, so bright, and the sun just seems to bring their color out even more.  

♥♥  Right now I am ♥♥
Sitting on my bed, while the babies sleep next to me. 

♥♥  Thinking and pondering ♥♥
Thinking about this whole house sale thing.  It's so frustrating.  Our closing date was March 9th, but we're still waiting to close because of paperwork hold up.  *sigh*

♥♥  How am I feeling ♥♥
Pretty good.  I was on my feet all weekend though, just getting things done, then preparing for our Easter get together, and today I'm feeling it.  I swear Sciatica is such a frustrating thing to deal with. 

♥♥  On the breakfast plate ♥♥
Cup of coffee with Drumstick Coffee Creamer (the ice cream not the chicken lol ).  I am trying it for the first time and it's pretty good.  Also had a maple donut. 

♥♥  On my reading pile ♥♥
Reading Exodus in my Bible - was bad last week and didn't get any Bible reading done, so need to really step it up.
My devotional
Janette Oke's Women of the West

♥♥  On my TV this week  ♥♥
Honestly haven't had much time for tv this past week
Crime Youtube Channels
Youtube homemaking channels

♥♥  On the menu  ♥♥ 

Monday - Shepherd's Pie, Salad
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti Noodles, Broccoli
Wednesday - Salisbury Steak, Rice, Squash Casserole
Thursday - Ghoulash, Garlic Bread
Friday - Monterey Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Veggies
Saturday - Corned Beef Hash, Salad
Sunday - Leftovers

♥♥  Looking around the house  ♥♥
We had family over for Easter yesterday, so of course the house got a little untidy.  We usually move furniture around and get the leaves on the dinner table, so have to kinda shift things around.  The next day, I always have a ton to clean up, put back in place and so on.  
Thankfully, I decided to do it all at 8pm last night, even though I was so sore and tired, but I didn't want to have to mess with anything today.
Figured I could take the day off to rest my sciatica and not exacerbate it.  

♥♥  To Do List ♥♥
-  Pull the meat out of the freezer, for dinner
-  Water the veggies out on the back porch
-  Do a load of laundry

♥♥  From the camera  ♥♥
Last week we added a new member to the family.  It's a bit of a long story, and her adoption was finalized on Saturday.  I am not ready and wasn't ready, so that caused some emotions to rise to the top which culminated in a really tough week for me.  But, God has used this to start healing my heart, and moving me through the grief process with Marley's passing.

Anyway, more about that in another post, but just wanted you to meet Miss Kaia.  She is 4 and a half months old, and is mixed labrador and possibly hound.  Just like Marley, her mama was a labrador retriever but we don't know what her dad was.  We will eventually do a DNA test to determine exactly what she is.  She has a much longer face than Marley and her front paws are definitely not that of a labrador, looks more like a basset hound or some other kind of hound.

♥♥  Devotional  ♥♥
You have no reason for fear when you answer God's call;  you have every reason to be afraid when you put your life in your own hands. 
New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp

Monday, April 11, 2022

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/11/2022 }

Good morning everyone, hope you've had a good weekend.  
This post is going up a little late, as I have a lot going on at the moment, just some family things that we need to sort through.  Would appreciate some prayers.  
It is also my son's 19th birthday.  Where has the time gone?  19 years old.  I have no babies left.  It's such a bittersweet moment isn't it?  On the one hand you are so blessed and happy to see your children grow and mature, but then you have that feeling inside that just reminds you that the babies are no longer babies.  *sigh* 
Anyway, let's get right on with our post for today.
Have a blessed weekend, friends ♥

♥♥ The Weather ♥♥
Can we please just get rid of the winds?  I'm so sick of this nonsense.  Other than that, the weather has been beautiful and the temperatures just wonderful. 

Monday -  Cloudy, 79
Tuesday - Partly cloudy, 91
Wednesday - Sunny, 76
Thursday - Sunny, 78
Friday - Partly cloudy, 89
Saturday - Mostly cloudy, 90
Sunday - Partly cloudy, 84

♥♥  As I look outside my window ♥♥
Cloudy and windy.  I can see a squirrel climbing one of the trees, and birds flying back and forth.  

♥♥  Right now I am ♥♥
Sitting on my couch just typing up this post and nursing a headache. 

♥♥  Thinking and pondering ♥♥
About the stress going on in my life at the moment.  Just asking God to see me through. 

♥♥  How am I feeling ♥♥
I'm ok.  I have a headache and just haven't slept very well.  But what's new right? 

♥♥  On the breakfast plate ♥♥
All I've had is coffee, not really hungry at the moment. 

♥♥  On my reading pile ♥♥
Reading Exodus in my Bible
My devotional
Janette Oke's Women of the West

♥♥  On my TV this week  ♥♥
Doctor Who
Crime Youtube Channels
Youtube homemaking channels

♥♥  On the menu  ♥♥ 

Monday - Panda Chow Mein, Birthday cake
Tuesday - Portuguese Stew, Rice
Wednesday - Maple Sausage Spaghetti, Garlic Bread
Thursday - Tex Mex Chicken Wraps
Friday - * Grocery Shopping *
Saturday -
Sunday -

♥♥  Looking around the house  ♥♥
I did a lot of cleaning this weekend so there's nothing to tidy up or clean.  It's always a good feeling when you can look around the house and breathe a sigh of relief.

♥♥  Devotional  ♥♥
God will not rest from his redemptive work until every aspect of his creation has been made new again. 
New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp

Thursday, April 07, 2022

{ Crocheting again and homemaking }


I picked up my crochet bag, grabbed a hook and just started working.  It flowed so effortlessly, the yarn slipping between my fingers, the hook methodically working.  Into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through, into next stitch, yarn over, pull through.....and so it went.

Before I knew it, I had 8 squares in front of me.  

It honestly baffled me at first, because if you remember one of my previous posts, I was struggling with crochet.  For some reason it was intricately connected to Marley and his passing inadvertently put up a blockage towards this hobby.  
As I have worked through my feelings the past few months, I am starting to feel a lot of that dissipating, and I'm once again beginning to enjoy the things I was most struggling with.
Being able to crochet right now, is huge for me.  HUGE!!!



One of my favorite crochet squares to make, is the Filet Crochet Starburst Square.  It's quick, it's easy and it's so pretty, as well as being the perfect square to use up yarn from your stash.

I wasn't quite sure what to make with them, then I remembered the Crochet Mood Blanket from 2014.  It was so much fun to make and it's one of the blankets that I ended up selling, I think a year later.  So I don't have one in my home anymore, and I would love to.
I am once again using the Flat Braid Joining Method which gives this beautiful effect.  Honestly, it's the best project for me right now as I ease back into crocheting.  It's working up quickly which as you know, if you crochet, or knit, there's nothing like a project that you can see right away.  I love crochet alongs, and I love big blankets but they are time consuming and take a while to see it coming together.


I also made a few faux wasp nests.  I know a few of you were asking for the pattern, I actually found it on Youtube, but it's basically just an increase circle, building the sides up then decreasing.  Couldn't be any easier.  Here is the video I followed.

Still haven't hung them up as we've been dealing with insane winds lately.  By the way, what is with the winds, is anyone else noticing that they seem so much more intense and crazy the past year or two?  

I'm hoping they slow down a bit soon, then I can hang these up without worrying that they'll fly away.


Last Friday I went to pick up my grocery order.  It's getting harder to shop and get everything we need, without blowing our food budget.  I was quite taken aback by spending over $300 and those were the bags I got.  I didn't even get much meat at all because it's either too expensive or Walmart is always out of stock.

With that in mind, we are more determined than ever to really grow a big garden this year, lots of veggies that we will consume, and also have enough to give family, friends and neighbors if needed.

We've already started our seeds, and some are growing quite beautifully.  I don't think I'm ready to get the strawberries in the ground though, not yet, so I'm monitoring them inside.  They need at least 6 hours of sun or direct light, and for some reason they have been loving my bedroom window.



I open my windows and set them on the windowsill until late afternoon, then move them to a shelf.  So far, it is working.

The rest of the seedlings are on this shelf, in my foyer. It is still too windy to put them out on the back porch.


I also grabbed two rose bushes that were 50% off.  They still need to go in the ground, but I am thinking I may pot them first.  I'm very indecisive on what to do, so if you have any suggestions for rose bushes, let me know.

The one I picked up practically dead, at Lowe's, a few years ago, is in my back garden and it is beautiful.  It has tripled in size and just produces the most gorgeous pink roses, matter of fact it is already growing new leaves and getting ready to bloom.

I would like to maybe plant the rose bushes near it as well, but need to give the yard a good clean before hand.
Decisions, decisions.
Inside, I've been focused on making as much as I can, instead of buying.  One thing I always do, is bake bread for sandwiches, but I've also been making french bread for pizzas, toast, subs and so on.  The recipe I use is very simple, and the bread always comes out perfect.  


I use my bread machine, which makes it easier so that I can keep going with the rest of my chores, while it works on the dough.  Then I shape it, set it to rise and bake it.

The recipe is not yet on the food blog, I'm going to try and get it up today before I need to run an errand this afternoon.  Be sure to bookmark it, because I think you'll really enjoy this one.

And speaking of bread machines, mine is about to go out.  I've had it for so many years, at least 15 and it's been amazing, but it's making a weird noise, like the motor is about to give out.  I think I need to purchase another, so I'll be saving some money for that.  If you have bread machine and it's a good one, please let me know in the comments down below.


I mentioned a few posts back about the antique parlor table we were given, that belonged to my husband's uncle's mom.  This is it down below.  It's solid wood, you know, like good furniture, not the nonsense they make nowadays with cheap wood that falls apart.

It is also an antique which means big and clunky, but we love it, and don't have any plans to get rid of it anytime soon.



The days just go by, they flow from one to the other, and it's up to us to figure out what we are doing and how we want our lives to go.  

Every morning brings new mercies, right?

I feel that we are living in tumultuous times, things seem so out of touch with reality, and it's up to us to protect our families and our homes.  So we can either choose to surround ourselves with drama and let that chaos of the world into our souls, or we can take charge, hold on to the Lord's word, and live each day fully.  

I've never wanted more to go back to simpler times, than I do now.  To work off the land, to bake bread, and putter around my house, read the Bible, pray, watch good family shows and read books.

I think it's time for us to stand together as homemakers, and to keep the home fires burning, so to speak.  To encourage others to stay in the word, to love their homes and their families, to cling on to their morals and values.  There's so much darkness in our world, and we are charged with bringing light  and being the light, not just for us but for others too.

Whatever I post here on my blog, is and always has been, about my day to day life.  But if that encourages anyone, if it brings joy or a smile to someone's face, or even if it just for a moment allows one single reader to forget the worries and craziness, and for the time they're here reading, they see goodness, family, simple homemaking......then that is all I can ask for.

I don't know why I felt I had to say all that, but I'm sure it is meant for someone out there.
Well my friends, I'm going to get my dishwasher emptied out, load it with breakfast dishes, and start my laundry, before I continue with my crochet.
I hope you all have a blessed Thursday, and whatever you do, do it with a happy heart and always for God's glory.

Monday, April 04, 2022

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/04/2022 }

Good morning sweet ladies, how was your weekend?
Mine was good, got to spend some time with hubby, which is always a good thing since weekdays are so busy.  We tackled a few projects around the house, wandered around Lowes, planted our veggies and fruit seeds, and even picked up a few established seedlings from Atwoods.  They were having a 99c sale on all their veggie fruits.
Oh I also picked up two rose bushes that were 50% off, so I need to get those planted today.
Hope you all had a good weekend as well.  As always, thank you for joining me every Monday, here on the ol' blog.  I find that I can't get my Monday started without our post, helps keep me on track.  Hope it does the same for you.
Have a blessed weekend, friends ♥

♥♥ The Weather ♥♥
We're already experiencing hot weather.  Yesterday was 88.  It's been absolutely gorgeous around here, the grass is all green, the birds are all building nests and little ones are hatching.  Looks like we'll be enjoying hot weather from here on out. Now if we could just get rid of the crazy wind, that would be great.

Monday - Thunderstorms, 73
Tuesday - Partly cloudy, 91
Wednesday - Sunny, 72
Thursday - Partly cloudy, 68
Friday - Sunny, 68
Saturday - Sunny, 78
Sunday - Partly cloudy/wind, 89

♥♥  As I look outside my window ♥♥
The sun is shining.  I love morning sun with it's beautiful golden glow, it just gives everything such a gorgeous hue.  The birds are flying about between my big soapberry tree and the roof of my house.  I see a few clouds in the sky, the storms haven't moved in yet, they're supposed to arrive this afternoon. 

♥♥  Right now I am ♥♥
Just finished my cup of coffee.  Sitting on my bed, Elliott is stretched out beside me, just watching the birds outside the window.  
I have a youtube video on the telly and I'm working on this post. 

♥♥  Thinking and pondering ♥♥
The house projects we need to get to.  There's so much to do, we haven't really tackled anything since we bought the house, 2 years ago.  It's just a matter of making a list, seeing what needs tackling first, and then finding the time between hubby's work schedule, because some things I can't do on my own.

♥♥  Homemaking tips ♥♥
I shared this tip on my previous post, but thought I would share it here again, in case you missed it.  
I have this cute brown jar that I keep near my sink.  In it I have dish soap.  When I start running of dish soap, I buy a new one, but before I run out completely, I pour the remaining soap into the jar, and keep adding my leftover liquid dish soap.  

When I wash dishes by hand, I just dip my sponge into the jar, and voila.  I try to use that soap up before starting a new bottle.  It makes washing the dishes easier, because I just have to dip the sponge in, and keep going.

♥♥  How am I feeling ♥♥
Guess what?  I got horrid sleep last night again.  Perimenopause has given me the worst sleep of my life, especially during that time of the month.  It is crazy.  Between the night sweats and the waking up every 5 minutes, or laying awake for hours on end.....I don't know how I make it through the day without walking around like a zombie. 

♥♥  On the breakfast plate ♥♥
I got some Dunkin Donuts coffee creamer with my groceries, on Friday.  I had never tried it before, and oh my word, I can't stand it.  It's awful.  It's supposed to be just cream and sugar, but it's so sickeningly sweet, I just can't do it.  I will be making my own creamer sometime today, or I may pop to the store.  OR, even better, I think it's time to drop the creamers and go back to good ol' plain coffee with a splash of milk or cream.  
How do you have your coffee? 

♥♥  On my reading pile ♥♥
Reading Exodus in my Bible
My devotional
Starting a new book for March today, as well as a new review book for a post coming up in a few weeks

♥♥  On my TV this week  ♥♥
Doctor Who
Outlander - episode from last night
Crime Youtube Channels
Youtube homemaking channels

It's so strange.  I was looking back at some Happy Homemaker Monday posts from years ago, and this category for me was always a huge list of shows I was either watching, or wanting to watch.  I have found that over the years, the tv programming has gone downhill so much, I don't really enjoy anything on the tv anymore. 
♥♥  On the menu  ♥♥ 

Monday - Pork Chops, Fried Potatoes, Sauteed Cabbage with Bacon
Wednesday - Beef Enchiladas, Cilantro Rice, Veggies
Thursday - Cheeseburger Cavatelli (homemade), Salad, One Hour Skillet Focaccia
Friday - Baked Italian Sub Sandwiches, Chips
Saturday - Tex Mex Chicken Wraps
Sunday - Leftovers

♥♥  Looking around the house  ♥♥
The house is clean and tidy......well except for the big couch still in my den.  Anyone else have a husband that struggles to get rid of things?  I could just let it all go, if it's not needed or if we don't use it, it can go.
My husband on the other hand, does not like getting rid of things, it's a trait he inherited from his grandpa Fred.  Hahahah
He always says "we could use it someday."  Please help me people!!!!  

♥♥  To do list  ♥♥
- Get the two rose bushes into pots.  I wanted to put them straight into the ground, but I think I am going to pot them first until they are well established, then I'll transplant them in the future 
- Spritz all the seeds with water
- Move my two strawberry plants, to the back porch
- Get Italian Bread baked (I make at least 2 loaves every week, for toast, garlic bread or french bread pizzas for hubby and daughter's lunches)
- Clean bathroom, bleach tub (do this once a week), mop
- Plan my garden (what is going in which bed)

♥♥  Devotional  ♥♥
Is there evidence in your life that you are awe deficient?  Cry out for eyes to see once again, for a heart ripped by awe once again.  And be thankful for the grace that assures you that you will be heard and answered.
New Morning Mercies Devotional by Paul David Tripp