HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY

I have a favorite saying, “Man Plans, God laughs, We Adjust”.  I try to live by this to remind myself that I am not always in control and learning to roll with the punches is the best way to live without stress.

Many of you know that our family has been dealing with my ailing aunt. My aunt has been recovering from a really bad fall that shattered her knee in early February, the surgery to repair that and then the infection that sent her back to 2 more surgeries when she spiked a VERY HIGH fever on Easter.  We received a call Thursday 2 weeks ago that she’d had a stroke… the rest of the time has been a blur since then.  She was in “Skilled Nursing” (that place was a joke) at the time and rushed back to the hospital. She also had respiratory distress/pneumonia and a CDiff infection so she was placed in an ICU quarantine after the ER.  She conquered the ICU quarantine and began to improve even being moved to a regular room in the main hospital as she was breathing better and they were even going to begin physical therapy again. She still couldn’t communicate from the stroke though and was in so much pain she was unable to hardly lift her fingers. Unfortunately she was returned to ICU just a few days later and the pneumonia took over coupled with kidney failure and we lost her last Friday.

Thank you everyone for your notes and prayers. I do believe they made a difference, at the very least for myself and our family. The only consolation is knowing that she is no longer in any pain and her worst fear will never come to light.  She was so fearful of eventually being “institutionalized” for her Alzheimers. We will be having her funeral on my cousin’s birthday which also seems apropos since we lost Beth just 18 months ago.

WEATHER OUTSIDE
It has been pretty nice in the mornings and late evenings, but fairly miserable midday, every day with the heat and humidity from all the rain we’ve been having, but this week looks like we’ll be a little more spring normal with mid 70’s days and very little rain.

TO DO FOR THE WEEK
Despite last week’s to do list getting kicked to the curb AGAIN, we got A LOT done!  What didn’t get done last week will start this week’s list.

  • Second coat spare bathroom vanity
  • Spare Bathroom Floor
  • Set toilet spare bathroom
  • Paint Living Room 
  • Hang Living Room fan
  • More Kitchen Organization 
  • Order flooring for living room and Atrium??
  • Laundry

CURRENTLY READING

TELEVISION / DVR
Nothing much yet.  We have rented a few more movies.

  • Misconduct
  • Back Track 
  • Jane Got a Gun

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
CHICKEN MARSALA, ASPARAGUS & NOODLES
PORK CARNITAS & SALAD
C.O.R.N.
CADILLAC CHICKEN, ROASTED NEW POTATOES & GREEN BEANS
SALISBURY STEAK & SALAD
CHICKEN & NOODLES
BACON GUACAMOLE CHICKEN, RICE PILAF & SALAD
DESSERT

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP
I may have already mentioned this, but it works so well, it’s worth mentioning again.  I keep a small glass jar full of apple cider vinegar on my kitchen shelf.  Gnats and fruit flies both are drawn to it!  I spoon out 8 or 9 every single day.  Makes me feel better, like I’m doing my job since we have biting gnats here in this area.

ON MY MIND
How fleeting life can be and how to find better and more purpose in life. I re-evaluated everything in my life during the cancer and find myself doing it yet again as we mourn the passing of my aunt.

THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY
Just a quick update on my 30 day minimalist challenge.  We were aiming at 465 items as per the original challenge.  I can say that we are very pleased to have hit 701 items at the close of day 9.  It feels fantastic to be ridding ourselves of items we no longer use and be giving them to others who can.  A local boy scout troop picked up 2 easy ups, 4 camping chairs and a table today.  Tomorrow I will make a 3rd trip to the local resale shop for the women’s shelter and then Tuesday a 3rd trip to Habitat to Humanity.

FAVORITE CAMERA PHOTOS & HOUSE PROJECTS

These are easily removed as we continue to paint, but I needed my “Cross Wall” to be up. Helped to get things off of tables.

We also found a great clock for the “BIG wall”.  I can’t wait until the beam, ceiling and walls are finally painted.

I had a hard time getting a decent picture with the humid conditions, but this is a beautiful mini rose condolence gift from my neighbor.

The spare bedroom is as good as it is going to get for now.  At least it is ready for use with family coming in for the funeral.  Eventually the bookcase will not be there and the things on the bed are from the bathroom we’re working on. Since this is the “family room” it was pretty cool to add my uncle’s Vietnam era Army footlocker to the room.

I was also able to get one of my favorite quilts hung in the studio. The studio itself will be a chaotic mess for a few more months to come as it will be the LAST thing to get finished. I’m going to pare down in there too with craft tools and projects.

Remember the cabinets I told you about from Habitat for Humanity that we bought for hubby’s garage?  They are really helping him get organized! I can’t believe how good his garage is looking.  Looks even better now than when I took this picture a few days ago.
PRAYERS & 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

THANK YOU! There's actually a good long story behind that quilt, but the short version leaves us with 2 quilts that look like that. I was making it for my cousin and was so enthralled with the batiks and color scheme that I made way too many squares so ad to make myself a twin quilt of hers.

Have fun putting together a cross wall. If you have a Hobby Lobby near you they usually have some interesting crosses and great sales!

Tamy Bollar

Thank you! And yes, my faith sustain many a thing. I believe I always end up where I'm needed most by HIS hand and right now that's here to first help my aunt and uncle with my grandparent's house so we'd be here to help wit my aunt and now my uncle as he goes through losing the love of his life after 60 years together.

We are getting there and every day even the small accomplishments feel like BIG ones at this stage of the game because we are so close.

I hope to unpack the rest of the crosses soon. There are a few that sit for that area too. I put one of my favorites in each room also.

Carrie B.

So so sorry about your Aunt Sweetie! But I know you have a wonderful faith to lean on and agree that sometimes things are a blessing so others don't suffer…however it doesn't lessen our pain. I pray your memories of her, family and faith will give you strength and comfort. Prayers to you All.

I LOVE your cross wall! The rooms and garage are looking great. You're getting there Girl!! 😉

Blessings and hugs for the week ahead. xoxo

Grantham Lynn

Great post. Sorry to hear about your Aunt. Have a good week with all you plans. Thanks for sharing your pics. It's fun to see your projects.
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