HAPPY HOMEMAKER & MENU PLAN MONDAY week 2 of 2017

Good morning and Happy Monday. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and if you are a football fan that your teams won.

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW & THE WEATHER OUTSIDE
It is gray, but no threat of rain, at least I think.  Last week was COLD (for here) and this week is supposed to warm up into the 60’s and 70’s.  I will never get used to the heat in the winter or the quickness that the temperatures flux here.

ON THE BREAKFAST PLATE
I made an omelette in a cup with my coffee.

AS I LOOK AROUND THE HOUSE
I’m happy with all we have gotten done and there is very little actual mess.  Just the standard after the weekend clutter. Hubby and I have agreed to continue paring down the house. There are just so many things we don’t use anymore.  Technology has changed things a lot so we rounded up 50+ DVD’s to donate also. I’ve started a new spiral binder for 2017.

WEEKLY TO DO LIST & HOUSE PROJECTS
MONDAY 

  • Home Depot run – order 100 bags of leveling sand for backyard.  We brought home 900 pounds (12 bags) the other day to see how far it would go and I have to say it will be worth the delivery fee for a forklift to bring the pallet right to where we need it.  
  • Grocery Store
  • Errands
  • Paperwork

TUESDAY

  • STUDIO!!!!!!!!!!!! I get started and even make headway, but then get discouraged as there is not enough space.  Deciding what to keep is such a daunting process especially while this space is being used as a catch all for Christmas decorations that I refuse to store in the attic or garage because of the ungodly weather here, the cat, our office, etc… Downsizing seemed like a great idea, but going from 3000 square feet to 1750 square feet is HARD!!! My studio here would fit in my last studio twice over and the Christmas decorations were in the barn there so that alone gave more space.
  • EBAY!

WEDNESDAY

  • Work on leveling backyard.
  • Install new back gate and start on fence planks.

THURSDAY

  • Backyard again

FRIDAY

  • Cleaning 
  • Laundry

SATURDAY

  • Studio
  • EBAY
  • Football Playoffs

SUNDAY 

  • Studio
  • Football Playoffs

CURRENTLY READING & TELEVISION / DVR

  • BIG BANG THEORY
  • WHEN CALLS THE HEART
  • PURE GENIUS
  • NCIS
  • BLUE BLOODS
  • THIS IS US
  • GRIMM
  • THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE
  • GOLIATH
  • BULL
  • SCORPION
  • SUPERGIRL
  • CHICAGO MED, PD, FIRE
  • HEARTLAND
  • HEART OF DIXIE
  • STRANGER THINGS
  • Z-NATION
  • DESIGNATED SURVIVOR
  • MADAM SECRETARY
  • ONCE UPON A TIME
  • CHESAPEAKE SHORES
  • ICE PILOTS
  • ETC……. I’m sure I forgot a few…

READING

CRAFTS & PROJECTS
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KITCHEN WISHES
This category is always in flux!  Especially in this house as I continue to go through and downsize unnecessary dishes and Tupperware.  I am trying to get to my “CORE” pieces.  You know the ones you gravitate to on a regular basis.  If I haven’t used it in the past year, I probably never will and will be leaving it behind.

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
EGG NOG PANCAKES
LUNCH
FRUIT & CHEESE
SOUP & CRACKERS
SANDWICH
OUT
MEAT & CHEESE
LEFTOVERS
SANDWICHES
DINNER
C.O.R.N.
MEATLOAF AND SALAD
CHICKEN & NOODLES
C.O.R.N.
DESSERT

SUCCESSFUL RECIPES and their links FROM LAST WEEK

RECIPE FINDS TO TRY LATER

  • EGGNOG PANCAKES with MAPLE BUTTER RUM DRIZZLE

HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS

HOMEMAKING/COOKING TIP

ON MY MIND
I’ve been trying to decide what to do next after this house.  We know we’ll end up with another project house, but one of OUR choosing so are trying to pick an area that suits us best so that hubby has some outside interests, places to go, organizations to get involved with to help others… preferably a LARGE military base so we can go back to commissary/PX shopping…

THINGS THAT ARE MAKING ME HAPPY

  • RESEARCH for getting the hell out of here.
  • Minimizing the studio stash.
  • Completed projects.

FAVORITE PHOTO FROM THE CAMERA
Not a great photo, but it does show progress on the dog run area! Especially compared to what it looked like a year ago when the air conditioner was slanted and the area was so overgrown and filled with dead plants and trash that you couldn’t even tell.

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.

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Sandra

You have done so much in your house, my word, my friend I'm so happy for you but so equally exhausted hahaha Must feel good though to see things coming together how you want. 🙂

That White Chicken Lasagna is calling my name, so yummy sounding.

I hope you are having a blessed week 🙂

Tamy Bollar

Thanks for stopping by. Washington is on our list too, but the cost of living is so much higher than a few other places with great bases, so we're still researching. We can go anywhere, but much refer the northern half of the country, we weird like that love the rain and snow.

Pamela

Stopping by from Happy Homemaker Monday. Several of my favorites are on your TV list – NCIS, When Calls the Heart, Madam Secretary. Living near a base is a big thing on our retirement list – still another 5-8 years to go but since neither one of us really has a hometown in the US, we can go anywhere. I think Washington State is currently top of the list, we loved living there. Of course, it will all depend on post-Navy job opportunities. Have a lovely week!

Tamy Bollar

Thank you my friend! We really are making progress this week on the backyard and fence. I also made quite a bit of progress on the studio after the grocery store. One of the things I love is that the trash comes twice a week which makes it easier to stay on top of the messes AND I just dropped off another load for donation.

We're not sure where, but we are feeling the pull come back to the North Woods or at least close to it.

Have a great week my friend.

Carrie B.

Hi Tamy!

I know I keep saying it = but I mean it. I can't believe how much you folks have accomplished at that house. You are AMAZING!! Saying prayers that you find a wonderful new project and an absolutely beautiful place to be next time. You guys deserve the best!!

Blessings on the rest of your week my Dear. Good luck with the studio!! xoxo

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