You know how it goes…


Within the last few weeks, it’s like life has just exploded with craziness! We’re all so busy and I feel pulled in many different directions at the same time. Not in a bad way, mind you, just a busy way. Basically I just wanted to pop in and say hello!

I spent last weekend up in Western Mass. visiting my family. My nephew turned four and Laura and I went to his party on Saturday. We drove up on Friday night and hit the craziest, awful snow squalls. I don’t enjoy driving in the dark to begin with, but when you add in dizzying snowfall and slippery road conditions, well… let’s just say I was very glad when we finally passed through them and even happier when we got to my parents’! Other than that, the weekend was great! So much fun relaxing with my mom and dad and seeing the rest of our family.

I even picked up my 12-pointed star blanket, only to discover that I had to pull back several rows to correct a missed stitch. Ugh! But now I should be back on track.

I also had the chance to play with my brother’s new camera — a Sony Alpha a6000. Oh, it puts my Nikon D40 to shame (then I realized that my camera is 10 years old, so it should be no surprise). It’s so fast and the photos are just stunning! Time to start saving up.

This week has been a blur since we got home on Sunday. I feel like all I’ve done is work and drive the kids around. I am so looking forward to (hopefully) taking a break over the weekend, catching up on stuff around the house, catching up on my crochet, and maybe even catching up on sleep! I think next week should be a little bit calmer.

Happy Homemaker Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather:::
Cold but sunny. It’s the end of January, so I don’t expect it to get warm anytime soon (nor should it!). But I am happy to see blue skies and bits of sun today.

On my reading pile:::

Same books as last week! I need to make time to read this week. I’ve been choosing TV over reading — not the best option.

On my TV:::
“Unsolved Mysteries” on Amazon Prime, “Seinfeld” on DVD, and rewatching the last season of “Criminal Minds” that’s on Netflix because I barely remember any of the episodes

On the menu for this week:::
Monday – Golumpkis, salad
Tuesday – Crock Pot pulled pork, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, potato or macaroni salad 
Wednesday – Fried chicken, smile fries, green beans 
Thursday – Chicken pesto paninis with mozzarella and roasted red peppers
Friday – Meatballs & hot Italian sausage over pasta, salad
Saturday – Chili, salad
Sunday – Leftovers

On my to do list:::
– Make dentist appointments
– Reorganize pantry
– Update my Home Management Binder

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Nothing new at the moment, I’m trying to find a new project. I’ve been keeping up with my memory planner and loving it!

Looking around the house:::
Sleepy kitties, flickering candles… a cozy sort of afternoon.

From the camera:::

Just a couple shots from last week. I loved the late afternoon sun shining through the oak trees. The photo doesn’t do it justice!

late afternoon sun

My little hyacinth bulb has bloomed into a stunning flower! I keep it on the windowsill to get the best light and it makes the whole kitchen sink area smell divine when I’m washing dishes. I still can’t believe forcing the bulb worked!

hyacinth week 3

Something fun to share:::
I’m coming up blank on this one this week. Sorry!

What I’m wearing today:::
White and grey striped long-sleeve tee, jeans, black and white fuzzy socks.

One of my simple pleasures:::
Taking a moment to look up at the sky every morning at sunrise. Sometimes the pinks, reds, and oranges are just unbelievable.

Linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday!

Happy Homemaker Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather:::
It was a cold and windy day today. The wind is whipping and a cold rain is currently falling. I’m sure it won’t be long until it starts freezing. We are due for a mix of various types of nasty precipitation overnight. We will see what happens.

On my reading pile:::

I am still reading this book I started last week. Honestly, I haven’t gotten too far. It was just the way things played out. Didn’t feel much like reading. I’m going to try to finish it, though because I have this one up next…


Ahhh! I’m so excited to ready this. I’ve heard really good things about it. I just hope it’s as thrilling as people say.

On my TV:::
I’m watching old episodes of “A Cook’s Tour” on Netflix and old episodes of “Unsolved Mysteries” on Amazon Prime. So good!

On the menu for this week:::
Monday – Sticky chicken, rice, steamed broccoli & carrots
Tuesday – Cheeseburgers, tater tots, green salad 
Wednesday – Maybe take-out? 
Thursday – Turkey meatballs stroganoff over egg noodles, mixed veggies
Friday – Homemade stromboli, green salad
Saturday – Chicken fajitas, chips & salsa
Sunday – Golumpki lasagna, green salad

On my to do list:::
Everything. Seriously, laundry up the wazoo, vacuuming, dishes… I’m way off schedule and don’t see myself getting it back together until next week. Just too much going on.

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Well, I still haven’t started that shawl. I have yarn picked out to make an oval runner for our coffee table. Maybe I’ll start that tonight since after-school activities were cancelled and I’m free from driving around!

Looking around the house:::
Clean laundry to be put away, blankets on the living room floor, lunchboxes that need to be emptied and cleaned. It’s just how the afternoon is when you’re a working mom. Things get done when they get done and that’s OK.

From the camera:::
Did you know it’s  National Handwriting Day today? Here’s a photo of one of my favorite pangrams written out in cursive.


A photo posted by Carol Bancroft (@planwithcarol) on

And here’s a couple pics of my Engrosser’s Script. Ugh, I miss having the time to practice, but it could be worse, LOL!


A photo posted by Carol Bancroft (@planwithcarol) on


A photo posted by Carol Bancroft (@carolwrites) on

Something fun to share:::
If you use Chrome for your browser, you will want to install Library Extension. When you’re shopping for books on Amazon, Library Extension will find those same books at your local library! How does it work? Easy: you pick your favorite libraries and add them to a list. Then, when you’re book shopping the extension adds a box that will let you know if those books are available at your library. Then you can head over and pick them up! I love supporting libraries and being frugal!

What I’m wearing today:::
Jeans, burgundy boat-neck top, charcoal sweater.

One of my simple pleasures:::
Enjoying a soothing cup of tea in the evening after the kids are upstairs for the night. It’s part of my relaxation ritual.


Linking up with Sandra at Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday!

Sunday Snapshots, Jan. 22, 2017


Here we are again. The weekend is winding down. I, for one, am glad to see it go after all the sickness in this house! So far I am still feeling good. Fingers crossed I’m lucky enough to avoid it. 

It’s been a week since I got my hyacinth and I have to say — it really is growing! I can’t believe I haven’t killed it yet!

Hyacinth, Week 2

I went out after I made lunch for everyone. I had to pick up a few groceries and I skipped into Michaels. You know, just to “look.” LOL! Somehow this new washi organizer and box of beautiful washi tape just jumped into my cart! I’ve actually been looking for this washi box. Only $10 for 45 rolls! Sure, the rolls don’t have a huge amount of tape on them, but I so rarely use up an entire roll that I think I prefer it this way. I also needed a better method for storing all of my washi tape and I think this container is going to be perfect.

New washi

Michaels Planner Washi

I grabbed a coffee at McDonald’s on the way home. I wanted to use my free reward at Starbucks, but I swear everyone was out today. The parking lot was packed and the drive-thru line was too long so… a regular $1 coffee it was! I got home, put away the groceries, and brought in some wood. Although it was 56 degrees this afternoon, it’s going to get cold again this week so I wanted to make sure we are stocked up for the wood stove..

Then I did a little meal prep for the week.

Cut-up veggies for easy snacking…Veggies for the week

Chicken noodle soup for Laura’s lunches…Chicken noodle soup

And hot cocoa cookies for the cookie jar…Chocolate marshmallow cookies

Thankfully, everyone here is definitely on the road to recovery and can head to school tomorrow. Drew is still a little wishy-washy, but hopefully he’ll get a good night’s rest and feel better tomorrow. As for me, I think I’m going to tackle that washi reorganization and have a cup of tea with one or two of those cookies!

Another Round of Sickness… Ugh!

Can’t I just get a break this week? Apparently not. During the middle of the night, Laura fell ill with whatever Jake had on Thursday, and then a few hours later Noah followed suit. And Drew isn’t feeling well either.

There’s been a lot of laundry, and a lot of Lysol in this house over the past few days. There’s also been a lot of this…

Good thing I stocked up on saltines, ginger ale, and Power Ade. We definitely need it. Ugh. We also seriously need a good deep freeze. I don’t think the mild winter is helping anything.

I made it through my work day, so I’m thankful for that! Also, a nurse friend messaged me this morning and suggested I take Pepto-Bismol twice a day. Apparently it has a protective effect on the stomach. She had a story about work, how this stomach bug had run rampant on one of the floors and everyone got it except for three people — her, another nurse, and a doctor that had taken the Pepto. I actually just bought some, so I’m giving it a try. I cannot afford to get sick, too.


Sorry I did not get my Freebie Friday post up yesterday, but with the week it’s been I hope you understand. I do have a printable ready to go, I just have to finish up the photos. So maybe next week there will be two!

Oh, This Week…

Foggy drive to Cold Spring

This week started out OK. Busy, but OK. I had every intention of getting a HHM post up on Monday. That didn’t happen. I was going to post something on Tuesday, but by the time I got everything done and had the time, I literally fell asleep. That brings us to yesterday.

Oh Wednesday. It is not my favorite day of the week, and yesterday was pretty much the worst. We started out with a 2-hour delay for school. I wasn’t expecting it and that totally threw off my entire schedule. I had a lot of things I wanted to do early and they fell by the wayside. Another wrench in the day was that I am usually off on Wednesdays, but I had a meeting at another library about an hour away. Not a huge deal. I was ready to make it work, go to the meeting, and then treat myself to a fancy coffee on the way home and then still have a little time for crafting before the kids got home from school. 

Nope. That didn’t happen either. One of the attendees was an hour late.


But I got through it. Got Laura off the bus. Helped her with her homework. Drove her to religion. Came home. Made dinner. Cleaned up. Then it was time to go and pick up Jake from pit orchestra rehearsal. Here’s where the day got really wonderful. *Sense my sarcasm.*

Yesterday was rainy and foggy. Very foggy, as you can see in the photo at the top of this blog post. That was midday and I could barely see. So just imagine a windy, country road with no streetlights. A dark-as-molasses night. And thick fog with limited visibility. Then imagine a deer suddenly appears in the middle of road. Yes, I laid on the horn, I slowed down, I swereved, but the stupid thing still ran right into my car.

Thankfully I am fine, and the damage to my car isn’t awful. It’s totally driveable, which is the most important thing. I can deal with my banged-up fender for a while. 

So, we got home and I was not very happy so I couldn’t get to sleep, and around 10 p.m. I heard that sound that every mother hates to hear. Yes, one of the kids was sick. At first we thought maybe dinner wasn’t setting well but over the course of the night it was apparent that this was a stomach bug. So poor Jake is home from school and will have to miss his choral concert tonight. He’s exhausted, but hopefully on the upswing. 

There have been so many awful flus, bugs, colds, and illness going around this winter. I can’t stand it! I just hope this doesn’t go through the whole house. 

In the meantime, I should probably get back to bleaching and spraying down the house with Lysol!

Sunday Snapshots, January 15, 2017


I thought I’d start a weekly feature called Sunday Snapshots! For me, Sunday is definitely my fun day. I work half a day on Saturdays, so it’s the only full weekend day I get. As I try to do a better job at documenting our life, I want to take more photos of the everyday stuff. If nothing else, I should be able to manage taking a few shots every Sunday and posting them here. 

Not too much excitement, today. I slept in quite late for me — almost until 8 a.m.! Drew made us all sausage and egg biscuits, then I got ready and went out to do some shopping.

I find graffiti interesting. Some of it is very artistic! Other examples (like this one)… eh, not so much. This is on the side of the Joann’s nearest me. It’s been there since well before Christmas and I’m surprised it hasn’t been painted over yet.

Sunday afternoon

After doing most of the shopping, I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks latte for the ride home.

Sunday afternoon

When I was shopping at Aldi, they had quite a few hyacinths left so I decided that one just had to come home with me. Little signs of spring! Can’t wait to watch this grow and bloom.

Sunday afternoon

Sunday afternoon

My dishcloth, just waiting to be picked up and finished.

Sunday afternoon

A couple glasses of Merlot while waiting for dinner to cook. I just picked up some fried chicken for a treat from the Tops deli. It is probably the best fried chicken I’ve had. Even Drew and Jake enjoy it, and this isn’t one of their favorite dishes.

Sunday afternoon

And a new book I picked up at Dollar Tree. Do you ever check out their book section? If not, you definitely should! I have found many great reads there, and obviously they only cost $1. The cover of this one caught my eye. I’m going to start it tonight, and I can’t wait to crawl into bed and just start reading…
Sunday afternoon

And that’s about it for today. I am feeling super tired. Ended up staying up too late, and then I couldn’t wind down so I took a couple of my melatonin gummies. They work great, (and that’s probably why I slept in so late!), but sometimes they leave me feeling wiped out  the next day. So before you know it, I’ll be changing into my PJs, calling it a night and getting ready for another week.