Sunday, April 17, 2022

Weekly Wrap Up 4/17


Good morning and wishing you all a special Easter Day.
I am staying home and having a quiet day today.  I will see some family next weekend.  It is a glorious sunny (but cold) morning.  
We had the gamut of weather again this past week.  We had storms, tons of wind, cold, and even a warm day or two!  Maybe flurries in the morning and predictions of 80* by end of week!

The bright yellow finches are back at the feeders.  Dandelions and wild violets are popping up!  The trees are starting to leaf out.  Looking out, I can see so many shades of green and copper and bronze on the horizon - the trees will all be leafed out in another week or so.
Daylight hours have sure lengthened.  I no longer need a flashlight when I go out to feed the kitties in the morning and it isn't really dark 'dark' until about 8:45 - 9:00 PM.

My week:
  • I got to do some yard work - did some trimming and cutting.
  • I fixed my dead bolt lock on the inside front door and the one on the security door.  Both had gotten so incredibly hard to unlock (for too long).  I took off the knobs and took apart the locks and cleaned and greased - and they work wonderfully now.
  • I did FINALLY get the taxes done!  I owed the state about $65, and the federal govt. wants to give me money!!!!  Not sure why - but I will take it.
  • I did get to air the house quite a bit this week.  Actually had 2 full days of no heat whatsoever.
  • Picked 2 different bouquets (above is 1).  Love the spring flowers
  • Did a walk one day and picked up trash from all the crazy winds we have had
  • Have the bottom end of a store bought romaine lettuce rooting in water
  • The tax gal gave me a coupon for $10 off at Kroger if used by 4/25
  • Cleaned up and out a lot of paperwork
  • Cut my hair and did a root touch-up
  • Went through the big freezer and I have more than I thought.  So much variety and plenty of meat  feeling very blessed
  • Cut and trimmed the entire yard
  • NO GROCERY shopping.  I kept talking myself out of it.  I have no need to go - so just staying home.
  • Using what I have and using all leftovers in new ways.
  • Doing all the normal stuff we all do.
Meals this past week:
French bread pizza (leftover)
Pork chops and salad
Taco salad
Mexican Rice bowl (used leftover taco meat/beans - added some corn)
Cheese burger and green beans & corn
Dirty rice (with chopped summer sausage in it) and leftover green beans and corn
Dirty rice 'burgers'/patties, chips and pickles

I used the leftover dirty rice/meat and added egg and bread crumbs and made patties and fried!  Used on a sandwich - really tasty.  I have some in the freezer for another day as well!

How was your week?  Did you get a lot done?  Any deals?  Give us a shout out and tell us what is going on in your area.
I hope you all have a wonderful upcoming week and stay safe and healthy.
Blessings from my humble little home to you and yours.

Thank You for the greatest gift and blessing the people of earth could ever receive.  May we each and all try to be worthy of the love You show for each of us.  Amen


  1. Happy Easter Cheryl. Enjoy your day.

  2. Happy Easter, Cheryl. Taco Salad sounds good. I need to add it to our menus. Good job on taking apart your door locks and getting them working again.

  3. Happy,Blessed Easter! Your week sounded productive and meals sounded delicious! May have to try some this week.

  4. Happy Easter Cheryl. Have a blessed day.

  5. Happy Easter! We had planned to drive up to.the mountains very early this morning for sunrise service but the fog was so would not have been safe. Maybe next year.

    We got all that chicken in jars early in the week and then ran away from home to the lake for eleven days. We have enjoyed our favorite historic church yard place picnic lunch and our favorite waterfall. A break is a good thing!

    1. Thank you and the same to you. Sorry about the fog. Best to stay safe.
      What a wonderful little vacation!

  6. Easter Blessings today and through the year! Lynn Ewing

  7. Another week of highly variable weather here, and this week is to be more of the same with snow Mon & Tue and 70sF by Fri. It finally stopped raining long enough for me to mow for the first time this year. Got the mower out and had forgotten to buy oil last fall, so I made a quick trip to Lowes and bought 3 years worth of oil and filters. The price is only going up, and this way I will have it.

    Husband had his eye exam Thursday. He has macular degeneration, but it is not too bad yet. He is getting new glasses. I made an appt for myself for next month.

    Got two small tins and two chocolate frostings at the mailboxes this week. I left a few things there last Sat, and they were gone by Mon. Plenty of good things in the Tuesday food box, too.

    Husband has been diligently at work all week going through his old magazines and clipping articles he wants to keep. He also decided to give away some of his old martial arts practice items, books and DVDs. It's nice to root out these smaller pockets of clutter.

    I finished assembling the last 15 pieced fleece blankets today. Been indexing and reviewing lots of records for Family Search. Started Dickens' "Out Mutual Friend". Went to the library to drop off some donation books. Their semi-annual book sale is coming up next week.

    No grocery shopping last week, but need dairy and veggies at Aldi tomorrow. Inventoried my canned goods and discovered I had more than I thought.

    The plumber is coming Friday to replace the pipes under the kitchen sink. It will be nice to not have to have a bucket under there. Otherwise, I'm hoping for a nice, quiet week.

    1. Your weather sounds much like mine. Crazy stuff. It always looks so pretty after that first mow and smells good too.

      Sorry about your hubbies eyes - hope all goes well. Nice of him to give away things and help declutter.
      You pantry sounds like mine too. Don't need a thing - so blessed.
      YAY to the plumber - hope it is an inexpensive fix.
      Have a good one

    2. Debby in Kansas USAApril 17, 2022 at 9:10 PM

      Frances, my mom had MD. She got eye shots about every 6 weeks, if I recall. She's been gone 9 yrs. now so it was awhile ago. Anyway, if your husband gets to that point, make sure to ask if they know of any charities or organizations that help you pay for them if your insurance doesn't. The shots were more than my mom's SS check so that was a huge blessing for us. The shots helped slow the progression and she swore she could see better.

    3. Debby in Kansas USAApril 17, 2022 at 9:14 PM

      It just popped into my head. I think it was called The Good Day fund. Make a note, just in case! I hope I have that right!

    4. Debby, his isn't that far advanced, but we will certainly keep that in mind. Thank you for the tip. My mother has MD, too, so I will begin taking eye vitamins soon. The Dr. said it can be a hereditary condition.

  8. Happy Easter, Cheryl! What a cheerful bouquet. Tulips are beginning to bloom here, too. We're having a quiet Easter, still somewhat camping out at our son's house. A (modest) spiral ham is in the oven. I'll need to have the guys prepare the sides, as arthritis is flaring badly today.
    May everyone have a blessed day,

    1. Happy Easter to you and the family. Glad you are with your son.
      I hope you get to feeling better quickly.

  9. Happy Resurrection Day! I am so glad He lives and that He lives in me!

    Your flowers are pretty! I haven't picked any flower yet even though the daffodils are plentiful and different varieties. The tulips are just now coming out.

    Crazy weather...we have had a few days without the furnace but I turned it on while ago. Felt really chilly and will be more so after the rain starts.

    1. Thank you. I agree - so happy that I have Him in my life.

      Furnace needed this morning! Snow all over the ground here. Good grief! It is still snowing.
      I can't wait till nature gets it all smoothed out! LOL

  10. Debby in Kansas USAApril 18, 2022 at 7:44 AM

    A belated Happy Easter to all and a Happy Passover, as well. I'm sure I've mentioned that I went to Seder dinner at a friend's from 13 yrs. until we left Cali. I loved that tradition and have really missed it. I couldn't help but relate it to the Last Supper and Easter. So much history.

    Quiet day for us. My family never had a feast for Easter like so many do. My mom, Grandma, and I shopped for Easter dresses and we all (except my dad) went to church and then my Grandparents. There was always a giant potato salad and then plates of tidbits. I guess the today name would be a charcuterie board, but back then it was just a variety of tidbits lol. There was always plenty and my mom was always pushing for everyone to eat boiled eggs cuz we usually dyed about 3 dozen! After a week of those, I was THRILLED to see a bologna sandwich in my lunchbox!!!

    My dear husband cleaned the kitchen soffit. We washed all the muslin cover and wiped down what was up there. I wanted to freshen the kitchen look so I shopped the house for some changes up there. Found nearly everything I needed, but for some greenery. I can find that at Dollar Tree. Theirs is easy wash stuff that should look fine from a distance! I love how it ended up. Colorful and fresh!

    I asked our market bakery if I could have any empty frosting containers and they have me 2! Had to wash out the frosting dregs, but now I have 2 more food safe buckets! I think they're 3 gal. or so. I'm grateful to the poster that mentioned that on one of the blogs I read.

    On my nightstand - The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
    In my craft room CD - Stephanie Plum #28 by Janet Evanovich (haven't started yet)
    With my Bible study - Created to be his Help Meet by Debi Pearl
    By my reading chair - Amish Peace by Suzanne Woods Fisher

    That's all I can think of! Toodles!

    1. Thank you. It sounds like you had a nice quiet day as well. How neat on redoing the kitchen look for basically nothing. That is the best way!
      Cool on getting the buckets. Bakeries, restaurants are always great places to check.
      I always liked to read Janet Evanovich

  11. Debby in Kansas USAApril 18, 2022 at 8:45 AM

    How could I forget my best accomplishment of the week?!?! Remember the birthday gift I needed to make? It left Kansas on Friday and should arrive in Cali today or tomorrow. Her birthday is Wednesday so it's even on time!
    I embroidered 2 flour sack towels with bears on them. She loves bears so I hope she likes them. I thought they were pretty darn cute!!

    1. YAY - all done and off to the new owner. I am sure they will beloved. Sounds neat.

  12. Happy spring! The annual dental check-up is in the books & I got the tetanus booster booked. 10 yrs in the past seems much quicker than 10 yrs in the future. Eggs were on sale so I made 2 qts of pickled eggs. Prepared carrot-pineapple muffins, GF blueberry muffins & a chili dip to take to my cousin's where I spent the Easter w/e. We celebrated a 50th BD & 2 26th BDs. It was so nice to have an overnight visit with this family after 2 yrs of pandemic restrictions. The weather has been consistently <0 with spring flurries so no yard work. The tulips in the local grocery store were beautiful and I gifted my SIL with a big bouquet. BBQ ribs in the oven and a cheesy corn risotto were the mainstays for meals this week awa a cheesy cauliflower/broccoli soup. This week - meatloaf and pasta salad to supplement the leftovers sent home with me. Saw a robin this w/e!

    1. Happy spring back at ya! Doesn't sound like spring where you are!!!
      Your weekend sounds lovely. My mouth is watering now - thinking of all that food. YUM. It all sounds so good.
      Robins are always good signs. Mine have been back a while - and this morning we awoke to snow!!!! Poor birdies must be confused.

  13. I thought those flowers were from a florist at first. So pretty! We are supposed to be getting snow here today. I hope it doesn't stick.
    I can't wait for tulips and trees to bloom.
    Have a great Monday!

    1. We woke to a snow covered yard. It is gone now - but wow, what a shock! Our trees are all budding and blooming here.