HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

It’s official- no more delays.  We’ll be leaving here finally in 10 days.  I cannot tell you how relieved we are that this is finally happening, how frustrated that everything is all packed and we’re twiddling our thumbs and how anxious and excited we are to be on the other end working on the house and unpacking.  It will be like Christmas unpacking!

WEATHER OUTSIDE
WARM DAYS AND COOL EVENINGS are back – IT’S OFFICIAL, it’s an Indian summer.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK

  • Truck to mechanic – power steering blew this past week.  Better here than on the road though.
  • Rotate the tires on the truck.
  • Power wash the power steering fluid from the concrete driveway.
  • Fix the ice maker.
  • Laundry.

CURRENTLY READING – I have been loading my kindle with extra titles for the trip

TELEVISION / DVR
We’ve weeded out a few of the new shows that just aren’t our cup of tea and trying to stay on top f those on the DVR so we’re up to date when we leave and only miss a few on the road.

  • BIG BANG
  • LIFE IN PIECES
  • CASTLE
  • HAVEN
  • BLUE BLOODS
  • GRIMM
  • LAW & ORDER SVU 
  • NCIS
  • NCIS LA
  • NCIS NEW OELEANS
  • SCORPION
  • THE PLAYER??
  • THE BLINDSPOT
  • QUANTICO
  • GRANDFATHERED
  • GRIDER??
  • THE STRAIN
  • Z NATION
  • SCANDAL 
  • CSY CYBER

MENU PLANS FOR THE WEEK

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
SUNDAY
BREAKFAST
YOGURT & FRUIT
SCRAMBLED EGGS & CHEESE
FRUIT SMOOTHIE
YOGURT & FRUIT
MAPLE OATMEAL & RAISINS
EGGS in the CLOUDS
BACON & EGGS
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
LEFTOVERS
SANDWICHES
DINNER
C.O.R.N.
CHICKEN & NOODLES
DESSERT

ON MY MIND

NOTE, CORRECTION & EDIT:  LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THAT THE FOLLOWING IS NOT AN ABSOLUTE ABOUT ALL PEOPLE.  THANK YOU TO ALL THE WONDERFUL SAHM AND PARENTS WHO ALREADY FEEL AND ACT THIS WAY!

We have a cultural decay problem in this country. Life as we once knew it will NEVER be again.  We have a lack of parenting problem in this country.  As parents our jobs are to raise children into hard working, contributing members of society and functioning adults first and to be their friend second. Teaching children to be independent, hard working, respectful, happy and gracious is the best thing you can do for them, you and for ALL he people the will encounter in the future.  Teaching them about the ups AND the downs of life is realistic.

There is an apathy, a lack of respect, a lack of accountability, a lack of responsibility, a lack of courtesy…  A silver spoon entitlement complex is taking over many people.  Political correctness has become as insane concept trying to make life fair.  WAKE UP PEOPLE! Life ISN’T fair and NO ONE every said it would be. Doing the best you can each and everyday is all you can really control.

Watching the news is not always just hearing the factual events as it once was.  Commentary and social media have taken over – everyone wants to be the first to break the “NEWS” whether it is complete or correct.  Fact checking seems to be a thing of the past in many cases. Spin doctors manipulate news every day.

THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY 

  • A clean dog LOL
  • Uncluttered table tops
  • A happy, purring kitty in my lap

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
Our community suffered a real tragedy on October 1st.  No one would have expected such a dark mass shooting in our little small American rural town. 

A local welder, Justin Troxel, also a graduate of UCC wanted to make a donation to the relief fund for the victim’s families to help offset their costs.  He intended to make 50 signs, sell them and be able to donate $500. Justin Troxel has done so much more though, he has united a community in mourning and has become an unsung hero as the community has grasped his signs and with the idea he spearheaded a multitude of people have found a way to help him help others.  They have shown up to volunteer with his cause.  Last I heard they have raised over $90,000.00.  They were hoping for over $100,000.00 by the end of the weekend, but I haven’t yet heard the final count.

These signs, which many of us are personalizing, have been sent all over the country.  Ours will go with us when we leave.

INSPIRATION

Be sure to link up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for Happy homemaker Monday and with Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

Tamy Bollar

LOL I did realize you realized it, but then I realized I wrote it at a moment when I seriously needed a kick in the butt to knock me from my funk. I am always in search of the happy and hopeful, but now and then even I get pissed off and rant so THANK YOU for reminding me to stay focused on the good.

Carrie B.

I truly knew what you meant from your heart dear Gal! And I agree in so many ways too. I just want you to keep the hope and the faith that things can change. There is good out there working to get it done. 😉
xoxo

Tamy Bollar

Thank you. It has been such a long time coming, but I believe everything happens for a reason. LOL Ironically the power steering blew out in the truck last Thursday, fortunately we were still here and not on the road with 3 animals, etc… I have certainly learned to roll with the punches.

Tamy Bollar

Thanks Laura, frustrating is the best word to describe it! So much to do, but from 2500 miles away and several stops to go, it will happen when it happens.

Thank you for the prayers. I truly believe the power of prayer is what has made so many amazing things happen here this past week.

Have a great week!

Tamy Bollar

Carrie you are so right and I will amend my post. I SHOULD have given credit where credit is due. Thank you for being one of those amazing moms and I know so many more too. It is not ALL kids or ALL parents. Thank your for reminding me what my father taught me so young – always start a negative with a positive for that is how you might change someone's mind or behavior.

Carrie B.

The countdown is ON Tamy!! Sending prayers for the trip ahead – so soon now.

I agree with you about many young people of our country having these issues – however I think there are many wonderful kids out there that are being taught correctly and are more respectful. There are many young people doing great things – we just don't hear it about it as much. We just hear about the bad. Speaking for myself, and many of my friends that are also SAHM's or only work part time, we are NOT our kids' friends, butwe are working hard to raise them correctly and respecting the older generation and teaching them a work ethic. Don't give up on them yet, I think there is a new generation that will turn things around. I have hope. 🙂

I keep sending prayers to all affected by that awful shooting tragedy. So awful and things HAVE to change!
Blessings on your week. xoxo

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