Monday, November 13, 2023

Happy Homemaker Monday

 No time for a long post, but I'm taking a few minutes to join Sandra for this link party over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

The Weather:::

Cold.  19º when we got up this morning.  It's not predicted to get above 28º and we may get some snow later this evening.

As I look outside my window:::

Blue sky and clouds.  All of the trees in my view currently are leafless, though there are still some oak and beech trees with leaves.  There are still some beautiful golden oak trees out there with a great many of their leaves still in place.

Right now I am:::

 Working on a blog post.  Feeling guilty about taking the time!
Thinking and pondering:::
About many things, among them trying to write and schedule some December posts for my Christmas blog.

On my bedside table::: 

 A lamp, three books,  and a pen.

 Listening to::: 

A pickup truck passing by on the road.

On the Breakfast plate:::

I do intermittent fasting so don't have breakfast.  Lunch was a salad with cubes of turkey and cheese in  addition to leaf lettuce.

On the dinner plate::: 

Hamburgers, baked buttercup squash.
On the menu for this week::: 

I usually plan my menus from Thursday to Thursday, and grocery shop on Friday morning.  A few meals on my menu plan:

Fish Chowder
Chicken Divan
Egg Roll in a Bowl
On my reading pile:::
Choosing Forgivemess by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
A Step Farther and Higher, by Gail MacDonald
High Call, High Privilege, also by Gail MacDonald

On my to do list today:::
Work on blog posts
Etsy listings
Work on Sunday School lesson 15
Plan a crockpot meal for Tuesday -- I need some fresh inspiration for crockpot meals so I am going to my Slow Cooker Inspiration Pinterest board.  Hoping to find something quick and easy with only a few ingredients.

Plans for this week:::

Plan menus and make grocery list
List some notions, patterns, cards, and kids' books on Etsy
Take a bag to the thrift store
Work on my Sunday School lessons
Do some cleaning at my volunteer job on Tuesday
Get together with a team of ladies to reorganize the church kitchen on Wednesday
Start decluttering the linen closet
Ladies Bible study on Saturday (studying the book below)
What I am creating:::
Autumn cross-stitch sampler
Crocheted hot mat as a gift
Some "condensation catchers" out of old towels to place behind toilets that sweat in the humidity -- no, I still haven't finished started those! 😕
Need to start a pillow quilt for a granddaughter's gift
Bible verse, Devotional, Quote:::
 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass."  (Psalm 37:4-5)
Charles Spurgeon wrote concerning this verse:  “Roll the whole burden of life upon the Lord.  Leave with Jehovah not thy present fretfulness merely, but all thy cares; in fact, submit the whole tenor of thy way to Him.  Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, leave all with the God of all … Our destiny shall be joyfully accomplished if we confidently entrust all to our Lord.  We may serenely sing —
Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be;
O lead me by Thine own right hand,
Choose out the path for me.

Smooth let it be or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it matters not,
It leads me to Thy rest.

I dare not choose my lot,
I would not if I might,
But choose Thou for me, O my God
So shall I walk aright.

Take Thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill;
As ever best to Thee may see,
Choose Thou my good and ill.”

Beautiful graphic by Abby at  Little Birdie Blessings

On my prayer list:::
Friends & family
Church family
Our country
And there's the Happy Homemaker Monday for this week!


  1. Yum! Buttercup squash sounds delicious. I love winter squashes but my kids aren't fans (the texture isn't their favorite) so we only have it occasionally. Love those thoughts from Spurgeon, thank you for sharing.

    1. You are welcome, Elisha! I'm happy that you were blessed by it. Spurgeon had so much insight and godly wisdom!

  2. Nice to read your post. I even enjoy that you write about the sounds you hear. :-) The text from Spurgeon is beautiful. Thank you for it. 🌟

    1. You are so welcome! I enjoy Spurgeon and find that others are often blessed when I share quotes from him.

  3. buttercup squash and hamburgers... all so good. I enjoyed reading your post :) can't wait to read your december posts on your other blog.

    1. Yes, hamburgers and buttercup squash made a surprisingly delicious combination!

      I'm getting started on those December posts! It's always a challenge!

  4. I am so looking forward to your Christmas posts! Your meal plan looks delicious. Have a lovely evening.

    1. Oh, I am happy so many are looking forward to the December posts! I am hoping to do them on this blog as well as my Christmas one. They will be different on each blog.

  5. I love Gail MacDonald and have read some of her books. (years ago, while still in the role of a "pastor's wife"). I may still have one of them on my bookshelf, and I should read it again. I enjoyed your post. It sounds a bit cold already! At least you have sunny skies. We have had two days of clouds and no sunshine at all, so it feels colder in the house than it really should be. Winter is making its way here little by little. I love that of my favorites. Thank you for the Spurgeon comment...that was enlightening. Take care my friend. Enjoy your November days.

    1. It's cold here again today (Nov. 20) but not as cold as last Monday, so that is nice.

      I had not read Gail MacDonald but there was a quote from her in one of my Elizabeth George books (Loving God with All Your Mind, the one I am currently teaching) and so I was intrigued. Ordered two of her books from Thriftbooks and am enjoying them so much!

      I am loving November this year. It feels a little more slow, and more mindful than October was.

  6. Whew, it's cold up that way! Going to check out your slow cooker board, thank you for sharing. Hope your week is going great.

    1. Hope you enjoyed the slow cooker recipes, Jean! I seldom go to Pinterest except to look up something on one of my boards. Very thankful for it, as it has made saving recipes and ideas so easy.

  7. Ouch - that is super chilly! Hope you are staying cozy and that your kitchen project at church went well. Have a blessed weekend ahead!

  8. The Charles Spurgeon quote at first glance sounds good, but looks so very hard. By the time I finished it, though, I began to consider areas I can immediately apply it to. It would certainly lighten the mental and heart load. Thank you for sharing that, Mrs. T.

    1. Becki, I am so happy that you were blessed and encouraged by the Spurgeon quote. So thankful that you have already begun considering areas you can immediately apply it to and thus lighten your load somewhat. God is so good to provide just what we need in every facet of life!


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