Sunday Salon – cold days

Time: 11:00, I forgot about getting my post up this morning.

Scene:snow still covers everything. It’s cold out there! The home is nice and cozy though!

Today’s Plan: laundry and the gym are the only things that I need to do today.  Trying to stay close to the fire because it’s turned very cold again. I wish the weather would make up its mind. 60 degrees on Thursday and 25 on Friday with snow and freezing rain!

Drinking: water.  I am cutting back on caffeine.  My acid reflux isn’t getting any better so I need to start cutting out the things that cause it.

Listening to: Fox News

Reading: The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Pondering: my goals for each month.  I’ve not really gotten much accomplished. Just not motivated to do more than the daily routine.

Plans this week: nail appointment, doctor appointment, do our taxes,  visit grandma, and the gym four days. We will go to the lake to look at condos Saturday since we didn’t get to yesterday with the weather so bad.


Sunday Salon – back to reality

Time: 7:05

Scene:it’s beginning to get light earlier. Even though it’s cloudy and rainy this morning it’s more light than it has been.  Thankfully the temperature is supposed to be above freezing today but going to work tomorrow might be treacherous.

Today’s Plan: the weather being what it is I will be staying home! Laundry and some organizing. Maybe lay around and read a little bit.

Drinking: coffee with butter pecan creamer

Listening to: the furnace running.  Hubby will build a fire when he gets up.

Reading: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Pondering: our up coming get together with our oldest.  I’ve been talking to her some and my husband. I think this is going to go well and I will be reunited soon with her!

Plans this week: Tuesday to the dentist for cleaning, Wednesday an oil change,  the gym as many days as we can work in, and visit grandma. We are going to Lake of the Ozarks Saturday to look at a couple of condos.

Sunday Salon – Vacay mode

Time: 8:10

Scene: It’s a very cloudy morning but it’s a warm breezy morning.  I’m sitting here on my couch enjoying my coffee watching the birds fly around the feeders and the yard.  I guess trying to find worms already.

Today’s Plan: I have packing to get done, take our little dog to our middle daughter, some laundry,  and to bed early as possible.

Drinking: coffee with butter pecan creamer

Listening to: the quiet. 🙂

Reading: The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson

Pondering: this crazy weather.  It’s a much warmer than the -22 we had this past week.

Plans this week: lay on the beach and soak up as much vitamin D as possible!

Sunday Salon – End of the Month

Time: 7:30

Scene:  It’s mostly cloudy and snowing but supposed to warm up into the 40’s today.

Today’s Plan: Cut some more wood, do a load of laundry, and rest up for the week.

Drinking: coffee then I have to start on my jug of water.

Listening to: Fox News. Hubby is up so that is always what is on.

Reading: Me After You by Jojo Moyes

Pondering: the news! Can liberal dems be so crazy?

Plans this week: We leave for Mexico a week from tomorrow.  We have packing to do and plans to make for our dogs.  Then there are visits to Grandma and going to the gym.  We need to eat what is in the fridge and not shop before we travel.

Sunday Salon – Extremely cold!

Time: 6:45

Scene: I realize that it is much colder where a lot of my blog friends are but I am not a winter person so 2* is so very very cold to me!  It’s a little foggy yet this morning. Thankfully the second “big” winter storm missed us.  I’m up early because our little dog must go outside and he will NOT let you sleep in.

Today’s Plan: I plan to help hubby bring in some more wood, do a load or two of laundry, change the sheets on our bed, go to the gym, and of course…watch the Chiefs cream the Patriots! 🙂

Drinking: My first cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer.

Listening to: The furnace running.  It does that about every 10 minutes or so! Luckily we use wood most of the time.  Just haven’t rebuilt the fire yet this morning.

Reading: The Sound and The Fury by Faulkner

Pondering: My appointment with the ENT was Friday and it went very well. He pretty much had me diagnosed before he even saw me.  He called it silent acid reflux due the fact I didn’t have any of the BIG common symptoms.  The lump in my throat and the hoarseness are caused by acid reflux.  The top of my esophagus is enflamed.  Official diagnosis…Gastro-esophageal reflux disease without esophagitis. 🙂  He never really said anything about the nodules in my thyroid.  No big deal I guess since all my blood work was normal.

Plans this week: I need to declutter the kitchen; It’s January! 🙂  I am also wanting to declutter my bookshelves and donate them to the Living Facility where Grandma is.  They have a lot of books but not the kind she necessarily enjoys.  Nothing really going on this week.  I am making it to the gym four days a week. That was one of my New Year “goals”.

Sunday Salon – Snowed in!

Time: 7:00

Scene: very happy to be home all weekend!

Today’s Plan: watch some NFL playoffs, grocery shopping,  and the gym.

Drinking: coffee with hazelnut creamer.

Listening to: furnace is running

Reading: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Pondering: the ultrasound results.  A couple small nodules in the right lobe and some enlarged lympnodes. Being referred to an ENT in St. Louis .

Plans this week: nothing much. Work and gym. I hope to hear from the doctor about the referral.

Sunday Salon – A New Year

Time: 8:15 am

Scene: It’s not a sunny morning but it’s going to be another nice day.  Temperatures in the 50’s is always a bonus in January.  The birds are still attacking the feeders though.

Today’s Plan: a couple loads of laundry, go to the gym, and maybe watch some football playoffs.

Drinking: water.  Hubby has challenged me to drink a gallon of water each day. 😕

Listening to: Fox news

Reading: To Be Where You Are  by Jan Karon

Pondering: tax season…

Plans this week: more of the same.  Gym, visiting grandma,  year beginning decluttering, and work.

Sunday Salon – last of 2018

Time: 7:38

Scene: it’s a cold, quiet,  frosty morning. The birds aren’t even at the feeders. My little dog Lewey is laying next to me on the couch.

Today’s Plan: working on our new Polaris RZR!  Some laundry,  packing to go to our friends for New year’s eve, and shooting some pool with hubby.

Drinking: coffee with caramel creamer.

Listening to: the furnace running.

Reading: To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon

Pondering: kids! They are still under 28 so we still don’t know anything . They are learning all life lessons the hard way.

Plans this week: Spending New Years day with friends, back to work on Wednesday, take grandma to orthopedic doctor (she fell a week ago and broke her wrist…bad deal), back to work Friday with my own doctor appointment squeezed in. Busy week. Probably no gym time. I have a torn rotator cuff…😞 lots of pain.

Sunday Salon – calm and cozy day

Time: 7:30

Scene: I’m sitting on my couch/recliner with my feet up, coffee at my side; watching the birds fly around the feeders.  It’ a pretty cold morning as the frost is very thick on the deck.

Today’s Plan: Laundry, pay bills, pack for trip, watch the Chiefs beat the Ravens, and relax a bit before I have to go to work for one day!

Drinking: my first cup of coffee with chocolate marshmallow creamer.

Listening to: Christmas music

Reading: The Woman in Cabin 10

Pondering: our day with my mother, sister, and all my kids!  It was pretty stressful.  Hubby and oldest still avoid each other.  I talked with her a bit about letting all their “stuff” go.  But, she’s just a bull-headed as her father.  He did block her way out the door and talked with her a bit.  I hope she will listen to what I said and we can all move on with life.  It’s been about two years now they have gone on this way.

Plans this week: Lay on the beach, get a massage, and lay by the pool!

Sunday Salon – Blustery day

Time: 10:15

Scene: Such a stark difference from yesterday.  Today is cloudy, cold, and very windy.

Today’s Plan: We have to clean up our UTV after our outing yesterday, laundry, and a little shopping trip.

Drinking: Water.

Listening to: Fox News

Reading: A Redbird Christmas

Pondering: next weekend; our Christmas with my family.

Plans this week: packing for our trip, working out, visit grandma, work, and try to get caught up on my book reviews.

Sunday Salon – Chiefs Day!

Time: 6:25

Scene: Cool, cloudy and drizzly.  So opposite of yesterday which was sunny and 63*.  But I am nice and cozy on my couch with my coffee.

Today’s Plan: Thanksgiving dinner with my dad, stepmom, grandma, and kiddos this evening.  Other than that I never really know anymore. The daily plan changes a lot around here. Hubby can’t sit and relax. I know I will be doing a couple loads of laundry.

Drinking: coffee with peppermint mocha creamer.

Listening to: Christmas music

Reading: A Ring of Endless Light

Pondering: too quiet holiday season.

Plans this week: nail appointment tomorrow, appointment to fix my hair on Tuesday, working out, visiting grandma, and some shopping.

Sunday Salon

Time:  10:00

Scene:  I put up the bird feeders this past week.  The birds finally found them.  I enjoy having my coffee and watching them.

Today’s Plan:  Got a few loads of laundry to do then we will go to the gym this afternoon.  Try to get some relaxing time before our week starts.  Hubby might go out hunting this evening.

Drinking: WATER.  I’m trying to drink more.

Listening to: The washing machine is running and Fox News is on.

 Reading: Seduction of a Highland Lass and MacFarland’s Lass.  Kind of a Scottish theme going right? LOL!

Pondering: Our Mexico trip.  We will be traveling December 11 – 14.  With our recent weather I am so looking forward to warmer climates.

Plans this week: I know that everyone is making plans for Thanksgiving.  But life here has changed.  Our kiddos and I have to work on Thanksgiving so we will get together and go out for dinner next Sunday evening.  As for this week I have a meeting with a VA representative about Grandma.  Hubby has a school board meeting Monday so I will stay home and watch our favorite winning KC Chiefs!  Other than that I will be working out each night.  Nothing special this week.

Sunday Salon – SPRING has sprung!

Time: 7:25

Scene: The sun is shining for the third day in a row!  The field is an amazing color of green and the sky is a brilliant blue!

Today’s Plan: work out in the yard, maybe plant some annuals.  Go to the gym.  Maybe a couple of loads of laundry.  We need to get the boat out and get it ready for boating season! FINALLY!

Drinking: Coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer

 Listening to: the birds!

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Pondering: Another month in 2018 is gone!  Am I the only one who thinks this year is going along way too fast?  May is upon us.  If you are gardening in Mid-Missouri you will be putting your tomatoes out in a couple of weeks.  I’ve decided not to do any gardening this year.  Still too unsettled.

Plans this week:  I always see Grandma Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so that you will always see listed here unless there is a shake up that week.  Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday I will get to the gym.  I will be back to working Fridays this week.  Friday night Hubby and I will be going to the Chamber of Commerce dinner party.  Saturday we are headed to Lake of the Ozarks for a Cinco de Mayo boating poker run!  Those are so fun!  I hope the weather is nice!

Sunday Salon – Reflection

Time:  7:15

Scene:  It’s actually a cozy morning here on the couch.  The birds are swarming an almost empty bird feeder.  We didn’t buy anymore because as you know it is spring and they should be finding plenty of food on their own.

Today’s Plan:  do a load of laundry, go to the gym, grocery shop, and rest this evening.

Drinking: Coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer

 Listening to: the quiet Sunday Morning!

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Pondering: Our furnace went out on the coldest day of last week.  {{sigh}} isn’t that they way it goes?  We couldn’t even burn wood because it requires the blower from the furnace to push the heat from the wood burning part of the furnace through the house.  We used a space heater in the bedroom and bathroom at night.  Luckily it didn’t stay cold or get cold enough that water pipes would freeze.  Our house is only 18 years old, very air tight and solid.  We survived our short term discomfort. 🙂

Plans this week:  I always see Grandma Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so that you will always see listed here unless there is a shake up that week.  Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday I will get to the gym.  Friday I have a doctor appointment in the City (St. Louis being the “City”).  Then I will get stop and get my manicure before heading home to visit with Grandma.  Saturday night we are planning on going to dinner with a friend of mine and her husband.  It’s her birthday!

Sunday Salon – Rainy days

Time:  6:50

Scene: It was beautiful all week when I was sitting at my desk at work.  Come Friday when I get to be off for three days it begins to rain!  Today is much the same.  Cloudy with a chance of meatballs! 🙂  It’s pretty dark in the house because it’s so cloudy outside.  I just haven’t turned on any lights while I sit here and have my coffee and blog surf.

Today’s Plan: I’m sure hubby has a work plan for us today.  There is still much to be done around here.  Mostly in the garage, shop and shed now.  The inside is pretty well pulled together.

Drinking: Coffee with French Vanilla creamer.

 Listening to: The furnace.  It’s still pretty cold this morning.

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Pondering: I’m really loving these evenings.  We come home from work.  Grab an energy bite and head to the gym.  When we get home we shower and get comfortable.  We’ve been playing a round of pool and shooting some darts.  I’m enjoying these because I know when the weather gets better and it’s light much later we will be outside working on our yard.

Sunday Salon – State of Confusion

Time:  7:00

Scene: cold and cloudy this morning making it dark in the house.  We are expecting snow showers today.

Today’s Plan: I have been working on rearranging our bedroom and moving my clothes to grandma’s old closet.  Hubby and I are really cramped in our room so we are spreading out.  Yet another project that we need to complete.  Maybe the gym if the weather permits.

Drinking: Coffee with French Vanilla creamer

 Listening to: The wood furnace blower! 😦

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Pondering: State of Confusion… I’m not really sure what season it is anymore.  We have had some freezing temperatures, sleet, snow, hail, rain, warm temperatures.  Thursday evening we brought in enough wood to get the fire going and warm this house up for the weekend.  Didn’t want too much extra wood in the house when it warms up this week.  I’m ready to wear shorts and sandles with sunscreen!   Hope you all have a blessed day!

Sunday Salon – Resurrection Sunday


Scene: dreary day.  It’s dark inside because there is no sunshine.  Calling for snow showers today.

Today’s Plan: To stay home and relax.  It was a crazy week.  (More on that later)

Drinking: Coffee with French Vanilla creamer and then on to water.

 Listening to: the furnace running.

 Reading: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

Pondering: We quit calling it Easter Sunday a long time ago instead opting for what it really is, Resurrection Sunday. Most historians, including Biblical scholars, agree that Easter was originally a pagan festival. According to the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary says: “The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honour sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo–Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.” (sourceI don’t believe that JESUS dying on the cross has anything to do with a goddess of spring.  Hope you all have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!

Sunday Salon – SPRING I think!

Time:  7:43

Scene: The sun is trying to peek out of the cloudy horizon this morning.

Today’s Plan: Work a little around the house, laundry, workout, nothing very exciting today.

Drinking: Coffee with hazelnut creamer.  I’m not very adventurous with my creamers!

 Listening to: the furnace running.

 Reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Pondering: Grandma’s progress has been so amazing!  She has been walking around like nothing every happened since Tuesday evening.  It’s amazing to me but then I don’t know why God’s wonders take me by surprise!  Because it is God’s hand that has seen her through this event in her life.  She’s had lots of visitors in the nursing home.  It’s located in our town and easy to get in and out of so more people are willing to take 30 minutes out of their day to stop in.  Her home is about a mile out of town and not really easy to get to in ones daily routine.  Anyway, the meals are satisfying and she seems happy enough.  Thank you all for your prayers!  They mean so much to Grandma and me!

Sunday Salon – Simpler times…

Time:  9:53

Scene: It’s a cool cloudy morning.  There are no lights on this morning.  It’s a relaxing atmosphere. 😀

Today’s Plan: Grandma is leaving the hospital and come to a nursing home in our town where she will have physical therapy for 3 weeks.  Today I will work around the house, do a little shopping, go meet grandma, and of course laundry.

Drinking: I’ve started on water.

 Listening to: Chip and Joanna Gains.  I love this show.

 Reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Pondering: We slept in today.  With everything that’s been going on with Grandma I haven’t had much sleep.  Had breakfast and coffee first thing.  Hubby went to help our renter move a truck, I’m starting laundry, drinking my water, going through stuff.  We are almost done “repurposing” our family room area.  It will be more fun for grown ups.  Our kids are “grown ups” and I know they will appreciate this new area.



Sunday Salon – Resting day

Time:  7:22

Scene: It’s another cool and cloudy rainy morning.  The birds aren’t even at the feeder. My dog babies are laying around with me this morning.  I enjoy a Sunday morning like this.

Today’s Plan: this is going to sound like I have lost my mind but, I’m not going to do anything today!

Drinking: coffee with hazelnut creamer

 Listening to: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 Reading: Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Pondering: Who am I kidding?!  Of course I’ll do something.  It’s not in my nature to do “nothing”.  TAXES, I MUST GET THEM DONE!  But I’m going to laze around the house in my pajamas all day while I do them. LOL!