Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 4/17/2017

It's time for another Happy Homemaker Monday with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.  Click here if you'd like to join in .

The weather:::

Summer weather is here already - 70s, 80s, ugh, shoot me now or less drastically, lock me in a well-air conditioned house!

On my reading pile:::
Almost finished with To Everything a Season, Book 1 in the Song of Blessing series and I just downloaded the May/June issue of Tea Time magazine on my Kindle - gorgeous tea table settings and menus for Mother's Day and Father's Day.

On my TV:::

Call the Midwife
Home Fires

On the menu for this week:::

Things to use up what's in the fridge and freezer in preparation for an all-day power outage on Saturday.  Also, Vic's not sure if he's traveling or not; it's going to be one of those last minute events so I'm taking dinner plans one day at a time.

On my to-do list:::

  • Lunch Bunch on Tuesday - Indian in February, Greek in March, so it's Chinese in April.
What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Finished up my Tea Cup and Mug Exchange post which will be up on April 19th.  I also finished Vic's career book through the command before this last one (all done up to July 2014) so now I'll move on to his sea time and deployment in Washington.  Lots of photos and memorabilia for that one.  Continuing on with the A to Z although I'm posting more for my enjoyment and less to be a part of the challenge - I've said before that the way it's run this year is tiresome.

Looking around the house:::

We were gone all weekend so everything needs to be done.

From the camera:::

Washington and Lee University, Lexington
 Stonewall Jackson House, Lexington
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum, Staunton

Something fun to share:::
Vic was off on Friday so we took off for a couple of days of exploring.  We drove up to Lexington and took a cadet-guided tour of Virginia Military Institute and then moved on to Lexington's historic sites - Stonewall Jackson House and Memorial Cemetery, Robert E. Lee Episcopal Church, Lee House, Lee-Jackson House, and Lee Chapel and Museum.  Then we met up with Vic's sister and her family for dinner in Staunton where we were staying overnight (yay for all the hotel points Vic has accumulated on his travels!).  We toured the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Museum in Staunton and then drove on to James Monroe's Highland (formerly Ash Lawn-Highland) in Charlottesville and stopped at Michie Tavern on our way home.  It was a very interesting two days and we were exhausted when we got home.  Two more Presidential sites checked off our list.

What I'm wearing today:::
Purple sundress and flip flops, it's going to be a hot one today.

Bible Verse, Devotional, Quote:::

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.  We carry the seeds of the one or the other about us in our minds, wherever we go - Martha Dandridge Custis Washington


  1. An all-day power outage would be challenging in terms of food loss. Hope you're able to use what you have on hand so there's minimal loss. I agree with you re: the A to Z Challenge. It is difficult to navigate through the hundreds of comments a day. I gave up on doing that pretty early on. I ended up adding some blogs to my reading list so I can visit them again without having to search for them; and I look at some of the blogs that post when I do each day. Sounds like you and Vic had a great getaway and saw a lot of interesting places. Hope you have a great week!

  2. Have I mentioned before that I love these Monday posts? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have! Loved the photos from your outing and the quote at the end of your post - true words.

  3. Great quote! Good luck using up your food in the fridge and freezer, sometimes it's good to clean things out a little but trying to use it all would be a challenge. We ran our a/c over the weekend since it was warmer and I had the oven on pretty much all day cooking for Easter. I love the warm weather though and think your weather sounds perfect! Hope you manage to keep cool and have a great week!

  4. I had to laugh at your comments about Summer weather-I feel the same. great photos of your trip-how fun to just go explore! Hope you have a great week!

  5. Great pictures from your weekend trip. I love the quote you ended with, and think that's such a great idea to visit presidential sites. What do you think of Home Fires this season? I'm loving it!

  6. An all day power outage in that heat :( I'm sorry! Praying you through it :) Love your pics of your trips!

  7. Home Fires is in my queue, it looks right up my alley! I have watched season 1 of Call the Midwife so far. Your historical exploring looks like so much fun! How exciting :)

  8. I loved the glimpse of your trip! It sounds like it was so much fun! I absolutely love History! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your weekend! Blessings....

  9. Love Home Fires and Call the Midwife, watched all seasons already, you know me, I can't wait hahah

    Love your photos, you always visit such interesting places :)

    Have a great week Pamela.

  10. Love that quote - oh SOOOO true! Looks like you had a great weekend, how fun! Have a great week.

  11. Sorry I'm late Pamela! I love seeing the pics of your trip. ;) And I adore Call the Midwife!! I'm going to go look over your more recent posts. I see something about Outlander (one of my FAVES!!).
    Blessings to you. xoxo