Monday, November 20, 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:::

Currently 33º with 11 mph wind.  Feels like 24º, they say.  Not predicted to get any warmer than this all day.

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.

Taken last fall at our little cottage.  A little deer leaping through the woods.

Right now I am:::

Working on a blog post.  And, once again, feeling guilty about taking the time!
Thinking and pondering:::
About this quote from the devotional portion of my Daily Walk Bible: "The question to ponder is this: How can I show in my daily walk that I serve a worthy God?  Is my speech worthy of Him? Is my conduct worthy of my privileged position in the family of God?  Do I talk of Him often? worship Him wholeheartedly? seek to please Him daily?"

Truly, this is worth pondering on and acting on, every day.
On my bedside table::: 

 A lamp, four books,  and a pen.

 Listening to::: 

A propane truck passing by on the road.  Washing machine humming along in the cellar.

On the Breakfast plate:::

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

On the dinner plate::: 

Not sure.  I'm thinking of squash soup and possibly quesadillas using low-carb wraps.  I usually use frozen squash, but we have a lot of buttercup squash (our favorite) purchased from our local farm stand.  I'm thinking of trying this tip for cooking the squash!

Interested in my favorite squash soup recipes?  Here's a real favorite filled with Cabot cheddar.  Another excellent squash soup is this one which includes sausage: Hearty Buttercup Squash Soup.

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
Shepherd's Pie using mashed turnips in place of potatoes
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
All Manner of Things, by Susie Finkbeiner 

 On my to do list today:::
Work on blog posts
Etsy listings
Work on Sunday School lesson 16
Send Thanksgiving cards√
Mail Etsy order√
Vacuum upstairs and down
Dust bedroom

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
Continue decluttering the linen closet
Cook for, and celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends

What I am creating:::
Autumn cross-stitch sampler
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
Need to start some Shutterfly projects for gifts
Bible verse, Devotional, Quote:::
"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.  
For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations."
On my prayer list:::
Friends & family
Church family
Our country
And there's the Happy Homemaker Monday for this week!


  1. Read with pleasure and interest. Don't feel guilty if you take a moment for yourself. We all need it occasionally. I find the photo with the candle and the cloth underneath so beautiful. Also, the first photo :-) What a charming deer."

  2. I enjoyed this post so much, and I agree with Arieth not feel guilty for taking the time to write. It is a blessing to those of us out here who read...and God uses this to reach others in ways we cannot do in person. I loved seeing that little "deer" leaping through the woods again! That was sure a great photo! I pray you and your family will have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving this week!! That squash soup sure looks good. Makes me wish I had a squash to cook. I need to add it to the list. Thank you...

  3. That quote from your devotional sure does make one think! I'm nowhere near what or who I think I should be as a Christian. Something to keep striving for. And I love, love the picture of the "deer"! So cute. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  4. Hello! Thank you for the soup recipe. My daughter Madison will love it! Have a cozy evening!

  5. I need to do more soups this week, squash soup looks really good. Have a great Thanksgiving week

  6. Yes, to blog posts. I haven't had much time for them these days. When I do get a moment to stop and read my favorite blogs it is always a treat whether I comment or not. I can't believe it is that cold there already, but I shouldn't be surprised. I am getting spoiled by the the last 2 months of weather but after the intense heat of the summer and the drought we had I am going to let myself enjoy it. I think we may have a cooler than normal Thanksgiving this year though. Are we ever through decluttering? HA!

  7. That first photo is so fun! I'm a bit late this week so I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!


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