Sunday, March 31, 2019

Life: It Goes On - March 31

Happy end of March! It's not exactly going out like a lamb (and lord knows, it came in like a lion), but it's close. We're on that roller coaster ride of early spring now - Wednesday it was 75 degrees, yesterday I needed my winter coat. Needless to say, we ate dinner on the patio on Wednesday!

In Nebraska, the flood waters have mostly receded but it will take a long time before all of the roads will be repaired, the fields plantable again, and life can return to a new normal for those who lost everything. Now comes the part where Nebraskans do what Nebraskans do best - pull together and help those in need. Every church is collecting clothing, food, and household goods; so many places allow you to round up your bill to donate the difference to flood relief; and thousands are volunteering their time. It's one of those times that remind me why I live here. Which is a good thing after this long, hard winter when I spent so many days asking myself why we never left Nebraska!

Last Week I:

Listened To: I finished The Trespasser on Thursday. I thought I had another book ready to listen to only to discover that I had downloaded the print edition; it will now take me another 14 weeks to get that book on audio! Yesterday I downloaded Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach; I'm only about 20 minutes into it so no opinion yet other than that I'm enjoying the readers.

Watched: Some You, some Grace and Frankie, some TLC Saturday night decorating shows, Big Fish, and a whole lot of college basketball. I love March Madness!

Read: I finished Before The Fall and started Lisa See's China Doll, April's book club selection. I'm also starting Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair At Styles.

Made: Beef stew, potato/cheese soup, and BLT salad - see what I mean about about how it's been cold and then warm?!

Enjoyed: Getting the house decorated for spring/Easter and doing a lot of refreshing around here.

This Week I’m: 

Planning: 40 Bags In 40 Days continues - I'm tackling my office and moving on to the basement and I'm trying to get the other two people in this house to work on their spaces. Wish me luck!

Thinking About: How I can find time for all of the things I'm loving right now. I've become a terrible blog friend and I need to get back to regularly checking in with my blogging friends.

Feeling: Like a mom - excited for the kid who's closing on his first house in less than a month, hopeful for child who's working toward her degree, anxious for the child who's on the hunt for a new apartment.

Looking forward to: Another quiet week to putz around the house getting things done.

Question of the week: I'm in a rut with cooking and need some new ideas. What's your go-to meal?


  1. I made a pot roast which was almost like beef stew because it stayed in the crockpot for about an hour too long.
    My go-to meals are always chicken based and cream based. I grill chicken breasts in butter until just cooked and then add Boursin cheese to the pan... yes, the spreadable cheese. I add that, sun dried tomatoes and some half and half along with garlic and serve it over mashed potatoes or pasta.
    I also like to just throw chicken in a pan with a high quality jarred curry sauce and then have it over rice.

  2. I love Mysterious Affair at Styles though it can be a little dry. I'm loving March Madness this year! I'm not usually a basketball fan but my Auburn Tigers have had a good run and it's been such fun to watch! You've had some great reads! I hope you're having a great week!

  3. Happy Spring! Love those decorations.

    Food is a hard transition as we go from Winter to Spring. I've been making a lot of soups and stews and hearty meals but now that the weather is turning round I'd like to make more grill items and lighter salads. But haven't quite done so yet!