Monday, May 18, 2020

How is it going in your neck of the woods? I think lots of you are finished with school? This is our last full week and then we technically have school for two more days after Memorial Day. This week I have scheduled myself for lots of live classes to say goodbye, wrap things up, and to do a final push before my AP Spanish students take their exam on Friday. I’m so nervous! Also, it is time to start looking at final grades and planning for summer school and even next year. But, there are still so many unknowns and I don’t feel like I can wrap my head around that until I get closure on this year. As far as staying healthy at home, not much has changed here yet, but on Friday our restaurants can open to 33% capacity if spread out by 6 feet and our patios can open. We can also start socializing carefully in groups of 10.

I don’t think much will change for me until June at the very earliest. I will still be working until May 28. I am fine with continuing to do grocery pick up and getting once a week take out. I am fine with socializing at a distance outdoors only. What about you?

I am happy to link up today with Heather at My Glittery Heart so go here if you would like to read more blogs!

Here are a few highlights from my weekend…

On Friday my Walmart Better Homes and Gardens bench/storage ottoman arrived. Hub had to put it together and he said it was easy. I was pleased with the look and the size of it. Today the rest is supposed to be here!

I have no more photos from Friday but I did cook dinner at home – barbecue sandwiches, mac and cheese and salad.

Saturday morning I ran to Kroger to get just 5 things. I didn’t do a grocery pick up last week in an attempt to shop my freezer and pantry. I got the wonderful pimento cheese and found strawberry Fresca! I have plans to play around with some cocktails with this flavor.

This is the other half of our watermelon from last weekend’s farmer’s market. I cannot tell you how much more delicious this watermelon was than any I have had from the grocery store. It was only $5, too!

Ernie got a shower because his river swim Saturday left a very stinky dog!

Saturday afternoon I tried an attempt on a strawberry margarita on the rocks. I don’t have a good blender but I have had thoughts about getting a frozen margarita machine. That’s what the pandemic does to you. I did strawberry pulp, tequila, lime juice, a bit of lemonade powder and then the Fresca. The Fresca is unsweetened so I needed the powder for sweetness. I may try a take on the Sonic cherry limeade but make it a strawberry limeade?

Saturday night we got take out fish and took it to our friends’ patio and stayed far away. It was nice but we didn’t stay long and came home and feel asleep on the patio.

Sunday morning I had coffee on the deck as the sun came up.

Sunday was laundry, fridge clean out, dishes, cleaning, lots of school work for me, and then the rest of the day was just lazy on the patio. The boys had some homework due at midnight and Tom took a 27 mile bike ride and then mowed the lawn so he earned a lazy couple of hours on the patio.

I had a 2:00 coffee on the patio while it lightly rained.

I filled the bird feeders and got a kick out of this squirrel hanging upside down to eat my bird seed. I have really become one with nature.

My 12 year old niece started a blog and her first post came out on Sunday, too. Check her out! She has really started cooking and baking a lot and it amazes my sister how she can come up with something just based on what she finds in the pantry or fridge. She is the same one from my Friday Favorites that I told you about.

I hope you had a good one!

What was your highlight?

Anything coming up for you this week?


10 thoughts on “Hello Monday

    1. Thank you! I thought it was cute. My sister/her mom thinks it will be a passing fancy but we will see. She has been reading my blog and cooking my recipes which is cute. Another way that blogging has brought people together. We live 3 hours apart so this can be a connection. Have a great week! Are you almost done?


  1. Saw your mention of The Wrong Missy, so my husband and I watched it this weekend. Definitely cringe-y but very funny. Can’t wait to see the rest of your furniture.

    Most schools in my state are done but I do strategic planning and budgeting with administrative teams over zoom for the next month. Actually works pretty well but lots of questions over email.

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    1. I didn’t get very far with it as I fell asleep. It was making me cringe, too!
      I bet you have your work cut out for you – I am assuming it’s for a school district? There are so many unknowns right now!


  2. I love your patio area. I can see why you have coffee out there and fell asleep there too. Your AP exam is really one of the last ones isn’t it. Grace is finished will everything except econ ap test Thursday. Jack still has class til Thursday. We love that pimento cheese too…we always a big container at Sam’s. Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

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    1. Thank you! I even like it in the rain. It is the last one I think! Good luck to Grace! It is such a good pimento cheese. There is one with jalapeños too. I have gotten it at Costco, too. Thank you for providing the link up.


  3. I have been thinking of ordering that same patio set so I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! Our state has been pretty ambiguous with what phase 1 entails; I know restaurants can open for outside seating at 25% capacity and hair salons can open at 50% capacity but only for certain things (no blow drying/ nails/ etc)… but I can’t find anything about them allowing small groups to get together again. That’s really all I want to be able to do! LOL.

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    1. I should be able to report soon. I think the ottoman storage bench looks pretty good! It is all so ambiguous! And, it seems all states are on their own plan! We live 5 minutes from another state so that makes no sense!
      I want to share food and drink with my friends and family and sit close to them – I don’t have to go to restaurants!


      1. We live just 5 minutes away from 2 other states and it’s been awful trying to keep up with all three states regulations and rules. I tend to grocery shop in one state, and all our doctor’s and hair dressers, etc. are out of our home state too. I get why they are letting each state decide when to open up but I really do wish they all followed the same basic protocols as they opened.

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