Monday, January 22, 2024

Happy Homemaker Monday


As usual, there's 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:::

Now, at 3 pm, it's 33º and partly cloudy.  Only 5 mph wind, so it feels like 28º.  Hoping to get out for a walk later.

As I look outside my window::: 

 I see a partly sunny, partly cloudy late-afternoon winter sky.  The ground is snow-covered but the road is bare.

Right now I am:::

 Working on a blog post. 
Thinking and pondering:::

 Continuing to think on the new year and just what my goals and priorities should look like.  I've chosen the word "continue" and am working on a post for that -- hopefully to be published this week.  I thought it would be last week but ... well, have been too busy "continuing" with the activities of life to complete the study for the post.

 On my bedside table::: 

 A lamp, three books, and a pen.

 Listening to::: 

Literally, silence.
On the Breakfast plate:::

I do intermittent fasting so don't have breakfast.  We were helping a friend with a kitchen sink issue and she made us an amazing lunch of homemade sauce, meatballs and sausages with spaghetti.

On the dinner plate::: 

Zuppa Toscana soup

On the menu for this week::: 

 A few meals on my menu plan:

Tortilla Enchilada Soup
Hamburgers, roasted Brussels sprouts
Egg roll in a bowl
On my reading pile:::
 Every Ocean Has a Shore, by Jamie Langston Turner, a Christmas gift I'm really enjoying.
Adorned 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 several blog posts
Work on Sunday School lesson 19
Help Terry with kitchen faucet √
Spend time cross stitching
Write some thank-you notes
List a sewing pattern and maybe a card on Etsy
Send Etsy order √

Plans for this week:::

Plan menus and make grocery list
Etsy listings
Take a bag to the thrift store
Work on Sunday School lesson 19
Get started with an exercise regimen
Continue 40-day sugar fast
Begin some serious decluttering
Start a pillow quilt
Ladies Bible study on Saturday 
Plan menus for volunteer crew next week

What I am creating:::
January cross-stitch sampler, plus another wintry cross-stitch intended for 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! 😕  And I need to do so, because the old towels are just sitting around waiting to be used!   And also because we keep getting sporadic warmer weather and I half expect the toilets to start sweating again.
An older unfinished dishcloth in a more challenging pattern
Need to start a pillow quilt

Bible verse, Devotional, Quote:::
This quote from Stand Firm, the Daily Grace Co. study on the armor of God :
"A solid foundation in our understanding of the gospel of peace brings hope to any circumstance we may face in this lifetime and enables us to share our hope with others ... Our foundation -- our footing -- is found in the perfect peace offered through the hope of the gospel.  That foundation allows us to ... move toward others in light of that hope.
"For those around us, our lives and words serve as a testimony to the peace we have found in Christ.  We can point them to the only One who offers us true comfort and rest.  The gospel message is a message of peace that speaks into every broken part of this world.  In seasons of hardship or suffering, brokenness or doubt, the gospel serves as an anchor for our souls, keeping us firmly planted in the peace of Jesus."

 This is from the chapter concerning being shod with readiness for the gospel of peace, from Ephesians 6:15.  I'm loving this study.  It's currently on sale for $10, but Daily Grace Co. has frequent sales and sometimes you can find it for even less.

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


  1. I so enjoyed visiting with you this week! Your book list sounds wonderful! There are a lot of those I would like to check out! I will be following to read your post, I'm still working on my 'new year new goal' post as well, and hope to get that up soon! It helps me to put it out there for accountability!
    So very nice to catch up, I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  2. Love the quote from the book Stand Firm. Have a great week!

  3. I love the quotes at the end. Yes, Jesus is the ONLY way to find peace in this crazy world we live in. Our lives should be a testimony of His love and grace and strength in all kinds of weather and trials. There are times I know I don't always exemplify Christ in my attitude, and that is something I need to pray about and work on. I want others to see Christ living in me always. I hope you have a lovely week and enjoy the cold weather and snow for me! And I'll enjoy the sunshine and warmth for you! Sounds like a fair deal! Bye for now. Blessings!

  4. I like your word for the year and your graphic is beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  5. Continue is a great word. We don't always need to jump into something new.

  6. How is the 40 days without sugar going? I have to work on sugar reduction and exercise too. This getting old is not easy for me. Have a great week


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