Monday, January 14, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - January 14, 2018

Good morning, Dear Ones! Happy Monday! 💗

I pray that this post finds you and yours well and hope that your past week and weekend have been a good one for you.

We are well here and our week and weekend was good. The big accomplishment was that we managed to get the Christmas stuff down and packed away for another year (YEAH!!!!) AND I got the Van Gogh room (my office) cleaned and organized (HUGE undertaking), but there is a lot going on right now, so I am going to have to make this post short this morning. Let's get right to it, shall we?

Today I am joining Sandra and the other ladies over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom
for Happy Homemaker Monday. Please be sure to go over and check it out! 💗
Right now I am...

... finishing up breakfast and enjoying a cup of hot tea while working on this post.

Am thinking...

... about 
and praying over family members and friends that are dealing with grief and illness this morning. 

On the breakfast plate...

... fat-free turkey, egg, and cheese sandwich and hot tea

The weather...

... 29 degrees and cloudy with a windchill of 21. The high today is suppose to be around 40 with sunshine by this afternoon.

On my reading pile...

I finished 
Dear Kitchen Saints - Letters from an Iowa Housewife by Connie Hultquist and am reading The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard and Pioneer Girl  - The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Pioneer Girl - The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the menu this week...

Monday - salisbury steaks with fresh mushrooms and brussel sprouts
Tuesday - roasted chicken breasts, sauteed mushrooms, and steamed broccoli
Wednesday - Italian turkey-sausage stuffed peppers, sauteed zucchini and homemade French bread
Thursday - chili and cornbread

Friday - broiled salmon, sauteed zucchini, and oven roasted vegetables
Saturday - 
turkey and wild rice soup
Sunday - leftovers

On my 'to-do' list...

Monday - Weekly "home blessing", laundry, clean fridge, do food inventory that I didn't get to last week

Tuesday - Middle of the month budget and banking
Wednesday - Library programs (Animals in Winter)

Thursday - Work

Friday - Work
Saturday - Off work...no plans yet (YEAH!)
Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...


Christmas gifts for next year using recycled Christmas cards. "Thank you!" to those that have saved and sent theirs to me. I appreciate it! 💗

Looking forward to this week...

Having Saturday off (it doesn't happen very often).

Something interesting that I watched this week...


I think all I've done this week is binge watch "Little House on the Prairie" (and I am so enjoying it)!

From the camera...


Enjoyed hearing Michael Franzese's testimony last night.
Scripture passage...



Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful New Year, and I'll see you next week! Blessings!

Until next time,
~Rebecca

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

What A Busy Week, Month, and Holiday Season It Has Been!

Good THURSDAY morning, Dear Ones!

What a crazy (but enjoyable) week, month, and holiday season it has been here! 

I thought I'd get a bit of a break around Christmas, but didn't and the first week of the New Year wasn't much better. There's been some down time, but not a lot compared to most years and, even when I've been home, it's been so busy that I've not had time to do many of the things I normally would be doing at this time of the year...so...here I've been...behind on every front, BUT...I think I'm finally getting a handle on it. 

This week has been GREAT! On Monday a couple of friends that I met through work and I had a "history date"...which we've been trying to get to for weeks now and it finally worked out. We visited the Bates County Museum and Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site at Butler, Missouri, toured the town and ate at the historic Swope's Drive-In in Rich Hill, visited the Papinville Bridge at Papinsville, and walked the trail at the Osage Village State Historic site at Walker. It was great fun and we all enjoyed learning more about the history of our great state. We're planning to do another "history date" soon.


Swope's Drive-In in Rich Hill, Missouri


Tuesday and Wednesday were spent taking down all the Christmas stuff and deep-cleaning and reorganizing the Van Gogh room. This is the latest that the Christmas stuff has stayed EVER stayed up (normally, I take it down the day after Christmas) and the house feels empty without it...BUT...I did leave a few lights up in the Van Gogh room so I can keep a little Christmas sparkle going all year long. If it didn't take up so much room I'm pretty sure that I'd leave my big tree up year-round, too! 🎄 😆

When I cleaned and reorganized the Van Gogh room I threw out five of the big, white, kitchen-sized bags full of trash, plus smaller bags to be recycled. A lot of it was old program materials that I no longer needed and containers and things that I had saved "just in case" I might need them for something. I'm not going to need them, so out they went and it feels good! Between that and the five-plus Christmas totes out of here...everything feels rather bare...but I'll get used to it. There's still plenty more that could go, I'm sure!

Another thing I need to work on is this blog. I've got updates to do on my bucket lists (Eighteen in 2018, Fall 2018, and Christmas 2018) and new ones to write (Nineteen in 2019 and Winter 2019), but I will have to fit them in as I can. 

Well, I better go. I have much to do. Had planned on going to Lamar today, but it's been a crazy morning and it's really getting too late to head out. I will have to save it for Sunday and do what I need to do here this afternoon. You all have a great Thursday and a wonderful weekend! We're suppose to get snow here over the weekend, so I'm looking forward to that! ⛄

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Happy Homemaker Monday - January 7, 2019


Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy Homemaker Monday - January 7, 2019

Greetings, Dear Ones! Happy First Monday of 2019!

How was your week and weekend?

Our week and weekend were great here! New Year's Eve was spent with our eldest daughter and her husband and children, and our next-to-the-oldest son and his daughters joined us for the evening. We played games and shared in an enjoyable evening of fun, food, and fellowship. At midnight we rang in the new year with fireworks. Well...with one. firework. actually. Our daughter shot one firework off outside her front door at midnight.😆 The whole evening was a lot of fun and we enjoyed it. 

New Year's Day was spent at home. A friend had given us a bushel of apples earlier in the season and I had shared well over half of them with others and we used what we could, but what was left was getting to the point that something had to be done with them and soon, so I turned what was left into applesauce. Ended up with a total of five pints. 


Applesauce

I got the refrigerator buddies done and mailed out on Tuesday.


Refrigerator Buddies
On Thursday I took grandson, Silas, out in celebration of his 11th birthday. I cannot believe how fast these grandchildren are growing up! 😲 

Grandson, Silas, on His 11th Birthday
I worked on Friday and Saturday. Then, it was church on Sunday morning and our annual cousin's soup and bread get-together in the evening. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed getting together with my boy cousins and their families! 💗

Okay...enough about last week! Let's get on into this week, shall we?

Today I am joining Sandra and the other ladies over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom
for Happy Homemaker Monday. Please be sure to go over and check it out! 💗
Right now I am...

... finishing up breakfast and enjoying a cup of tea while working on this post.

Am thinking...

... about the day ahead and what all needs to be done before taking off.


On the breakfast plate...

... egg, sliced turkey, and cheese sandwich with a cup of hot tea

The weather...

... Rain overnight, cloudy, windy and 57 degrees at the moment, but we're supposed to be in sunshine and the mid-60's by this afternoon.

On my reading pile...

Am still right where I was...reading The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard, and Dear Kitchen Saints - Letters from an Iowa Housewife by Connie Hultquist. Have also added Pioneer Girl  - The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder to my pile. Have had it for a couple of years or so now, but am just now getting around to picking it up and reading it.



Pioneer Girl - The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the menu this week...

Monday - pasta, sauce, and meatballs (freezer)
Tuesday - leftover soup and rolls
Wednesday - leftover Guatemalan beans and rice
Thursday - 
breakfast for supper
Friday - broiled salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli
Saturday - homemade pizza (THM egg white and mozzerella crust)
Sunday - out

On my 'to-do' list...

Monday - Weekly "home blessing", do laundry, go on a "history date" with friends

Tuesday - Food inventory and menu plan, clean and organize the Van Gogh room
Wednesday T
ake down and pack away Christmas decorations (no...I still haven't got around to doing this yet); sort through and organize program boxes
Thursday - Run errands

Friday - Work
Saturday - Work
Sunday - Church in the morning; attend meeting in Lamar to hear Michael Franzese speak in the evening


In the craft basket...


More refrigerator buddies, recycled Christmas card project (if anyone has any old Christmas cards to share, please, contact me) and a child's tablecloth and napkin set.


Refrigerator Buddies
Looking forward to this week...

Working around the house and hearing Michael Franseze speak. 

Something interesting that I watched this week...


Little House on the Prairie - Season 2 Episode 19 "Centennial"


"Centennial"
From the camera...


January 2nd Sunset
Scripture passage...



Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful New Year, and I'll see you next week! Blessings!

Until next time,
~Rebecca

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year and No Need To Fear



Happy New Year, Dear Ones! 🎉🎊🎆

Can you believe it? The holidays are over, 2018 is behind us, and all of 2019 lies before us...new and empty...like a fresh canvas! What does the new year hold for you and your family and how will you fill the days that you have been given?

Many people are fearful right now (myself included, if I allow myself to entertain the lies of the enemy), but, honestly, now is NOT the time to fear. As my cousin, Dave, says, "What a wonderful time to be alive!"

There are so many wonderful and exciting things going on in our world today and, what we see in the physical realm, is just a reflection of what's going on in the spiritual realm. 

Yes, battles are raging on every front, the weather is crazy and so are the politicians, and everything that can be shaken IS being shaken! BUT that's just how Jesus said it would be just before His soon return! And, while the dark is, obviously, growing darker, as the day of Jesus' soon return grows closer, so, too, is the light growing brighter. There are a LOT of great and wonderful and godly things happening in our world today. Most people just don't hear about them because they're, either, tuned-in exclusively to the world's conduits of information, or else they're so closed off they that hear nothing at all and are left to their own imaginations as the enemy wreaks havoc upon their very souls. 

Now is not the time to fear! It is the time to rejoice! We are seeing Biblical prophecy being played out before our very eyes and, even though it may not look like it in the natural, everything is right on target and right in line with God's Word. 

This is a WONDERFUL time to be alive and, in the year ahead, I expect that, as followers of Jesus Christ, we are going to see greater and more magnificent things than we've ever even dared to think or dream about!

Don't be afraid! Press into the Word! Put it in your eyes (read it) and put it in your ears (read it aloud...listen to it on CD...listen to preachers that teach Biblical truth) and determine to do so every single day. "Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

Seek the Lord while He may be found and trust Him to open up your path step-by-step before you at every turn. In the midst of the storm, keep your eyes on Jesus for He is "...the way, the truth, and the life..." and "...no man cometh unto the Father...but by..." Him! (John 14:6).

It's a new year and it's time to celebrate and embrace all that the Lord has for His people! Are you ready to step into 2019 with a thirst and hunger for God's Word as never before? If so, lay it out to the Lord today. Repent of your sins, ask His forgiveness, delve into a good, time-tested, tried-and-true version of the Bible (I recommend the King James, but, if you prefer to use another version, that's fine...just test it against the KJV to make sure that's it really saying the same thing, because, honestly, you can get bibles today that will say anything you want them to say...in the end stick with the time-tested integrity of the KJV), then, put your hand to the plow, and don't look back! 

No matter what the enemy throws in your path...no matter what lies he whispers in your ear...you just keep on keepin' on and don't take no for an answer! If God's Word says it, you believe it, because it is the TRUTH! In fact, God's Word is the only truth there is in this world! In the end, what you did with it (receiving it, believing it, and confessing Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior) is the only thing that is going to matter!

Well...that's all I've got to say this morning. I wish each and every one of you a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year and blessings on every front!

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday - December 31, 2018

Good morning, Sweet Ladies! Happy Monday and Happy New Year's Eve! 🎉🎊🎉

How was your week and weekend? Did you have a nice Christmas? Our week here was good, but busy! 

All but two of our children and their families were able to join us for Christmas Eve lasagna this year. It was a bit crowded (27 people in all), but, oh! What a blessing it was to have so much of the family together again on Christmas Eve! Did this mama's heart good! 💗

My new Christmas plates adorned each table. Adult tables had real candles, but,
 for safety, on the children's tables, I used battery-operated tea lights.
Tuesday, of course, was Christmas Day. It was quiet here...just John and I and our neighbor lady. After lunch, John and I took a plate down to my cousin and visited with him for a bit. Then, spent the rest of the day at home just the two of us. It was nice. 💑

On Wednesday I took a friend to do her grocery shopping and I had a doctor appointment on Thursday. I know that, to most people, neither one of these things sound like a big deal, but, where we live, the nearest grocery store is 20 miles away and our doctor is an hour away. That means that driving time alone round-trip is 45 minutes to two hours, so, really, we can only plan for one major thing a day. Sometimes we can double things up, but, generally, everything we need to do is in opposite directions (for example, there is a small Walmart on the way to the doctor's office, but, to get to Aldi's we'd have to go an hour and half in the opposite direction), so it really only pays to plan different trips for different things on different days. Otherwise, it just wipes us out! How many of you can relate?

I worked Friday and Saturday, then, Sunday afternoon, I got started on taking down a few of the Christmas decorations. We'll see how far I get with the rest of it this week. 😉

Okay...enough about last week! Let's get on into this week, shall we?

Today I am joining Sandra and the other ladies over at Diary of a Stay At Home Mom
for Happy Homemaker Monday. Please be sure to go over and check it out! 💗

Right now I am...

...finishing up breakfast and enjoying a cup of tea while working on this post. 

Am thinking...

...about the new year ahead and all the hopes and dreams that it holds.

On the breakfast plate...

...cinnamon swirl muffins, Triple Zero Greek Yogurt (vanilla), and cup of hot tea.

The weather...

...cool, windy, and rainy! It's 38 degrees right now with a high of 47 expected this afternoon. From the look of things, I'd say we got quite a bit of rain overnight and, according to the forecast, the rain will stick around through the noon hour today. After that cloudy skies and falling temperatures down to a low of 22. After that we have a couple of days in the mid- to upper-30's, then highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's after that. Overall, we can't complain. For the tail-end of December and the first week of January...not bad at all! 

On my reading pile...

I haven't made a whole lot of progress in the reading department lately. Am still reading The Great Buffalo Hunt by Wayne Gard, and Dear Kitchen Saints - Letters from an Iowa Housewife by Connie Hultquist.

On the menu this week...

Monday - dinner at dd and sil's
Tuesday - potato soup and grilled cheese sandwich
Wednesday - creamy turkey and wild rice soup
Thursday - Guatemalan red beans and rice
Friday - broiled salmon, mashed sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli
Saturday - homemade pizza (freezer)
Sunday - chicken chowder and refrigerator rolls

On my 'to-do' list...

Monday - Weekly "home blessing", do laundry, set up 2019 budget, spend New Year's Eve at dd and sil's
Tuesday - Celebrate the New Year
Wednesday - ??? (this is really unusual, but I'm determined to have more of these in 2019)
Thursday - Take grandson out for lunch on his birthday
Friday - Work
Saturday - Work
Sunday - Church; get together with the cousins for an evening of food, fellowship, and fun


In the craft basket...

Finished my infinity scarf and am working on an order for baking soda fridge buddies. 

Baking Soda Fridge Buddies
Am also collecting old Christmas cards (fronts only) for a project, so, if anyone has any to share, please, contact me! Thanks!

Looking forward to this week...

Just having some down time to work at home and celebrating family birthdays...son, daughter-in-law, and grandson.

Something interesting that I watched this week...

A video on how to make laminated snow globe ornaments and this video on how to get organized in 2019 from Jill at Living On A Dime.



From the camera...

Even though the whole of winter lies before us, with the coming of the New Year, my thoughts turn toward spring. It is these that I look forward to next...

Tiny Purple Crocuses Growing on the South Side of our House
Scripture passage...


Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed and beautiful New Year, and I'll see you next week! Blessings!

Until next time,
~Rebecca

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Good SATURDAY Morning!

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Good morning, Dear Ones!

Just a quick note before running out the door for work on this last Saturday of 2018. How are you and yours this morning? 

Everything is good here...quiet after all the holiday hoopla. I've not had time to start taking down the Christmas decorations yet, but am looking forward to doing so. It's time to get everything back to normal and back in order. 😉

I worked yesterday, but on a late schedule. Didn't go in until noon, came home at 4:30, and was back at 6:00 for our first ever 'popcorn and movie night' (Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo). It was good! 

Now, today it's work...not a busy day (nature bingo at 10:00, then, in between visitors and whatever else happens to come up, working on 2019 program ideas the rest of the day) and tomorrow it's church. Beyond that, there is nothing else planned at this point. 

How about you? How are you spending this last weekend of 2018?

Until next time...
~Rebecca

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Good THURSDAY Morning!