Friday Tidbit: Not Much and Grief

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

Not much is going on right now. This was the first week that Tiffany and I haven’t had to run errands, since we planned enough last week. We really like that!

Grief comes in all different ways! I’m lacking motivation to do anything; it’s possible that I’m escaping grief by doing things I enjoy (a.k.a. playing games ;) ). Tiffany pointed out that I don’t like to be sad, and she’s right. So, I avoid it. :D I didn’t realize I was doing it until I got to thinking about how my sisters are dealing with the grief, of Daddy’s death.

I was looking through my pictures to include one of Tiff and I but we don’t take a lot of pictures together . . . note to self: rectify this ;)  . . . and as I scrolled through I got to the pictures from the memorial . . . that was a little hard, I didn’t want to get sidetracked so I sped up my scrolling. Then I got back to the last pictures of family while he was still alive . . . and as I think about it now, tears are welling up. I love my daddy and it hurts that he is no longer here . . . but I will not dwell on that right now. ;)

So, thank you for your prayers for my mom, sisters, and I . . . well for all of us — some of the grandkids are a bit more emotional than others . . . we appreciate the prayers that are still being said for us.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Children Tidbit: Math Practice Fun

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

Interesting and fun website: Dad’s Worksheets I really like the color by number. The sections to color have a math problem and the answer designates the color. There are even seasonal ones.

There are also “calculators” for a variety of operations, as well as printables galore. :) There are so many kinds of worksheets and covering so many areas: fractions, percentages, word problems, puzzles, too many to list.

There is a games section but I didn’t actually see the games. If you are interested, I imagine you could contact him and ask about the games.

I hope it is a blessing to you and your family.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Art Tidbit: More Bujo Pages and the Make Art Every Day Book

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

I did more of my easy peasy bujo pages this week and one a little less easy peasy. ;) I had gotten some food washi tapes some time ago and decided to use these for my food pages. I’ll use these to make note of recipes and ingredient substitutions and other food related notes, like dough sitting 7 hours on the counter or 72 hours in the refrigerator is necessary for it to be on plan if it isn’t a sprouted flour. ;)

Last year I used this same donut tape but had a different one at the top. I like the eggs and bacon at the top a lot better. :)Mom gave me this citrus washi tape and I just love it! It is bright and cheery and makes me smile. :)I also made a Health and Fitness Journey page. I didn’t want to call it a Weight Loss page because I tend to try to find things I lose. ;) I’m releasing this weight and never want it back. So I’m changing the wording to help me focus properly on health and fitness.

I intend to make monthly notes and track my weight here as well.

For the last several years I made large movie tracker with a film strip and other symbols. But Last year we only watched two movies on it. So this year I decided to try a different less time consuming to make tracker. Tiffany has an extensive list of movies we want to watch, so I don’t need to have as large of a tracker/to be watched page.

I’ll write a movie we watch on each kernel. :)

And that’s as far as I got this week. I finally had to put away my supplies because we just needed the table back. I’ll just have to clean the table off in the craft room to do individual pages from here on.

We started working on the Make Art Every Day book. I thought I’d start on the first of January and thus a Friday but I was busy making cinnamon rolls and donuts, and playing Immortals Fenyx Rising and completely forgot about this book. So then, since it has it broken into weeks, we decided to start on Sunday.

At one point I thought of gong back and catching up and even ensuring that I did art in this book every day but that just didn’t happen. I feel like it will be more motivational skip days if I don’t get it done on that day. I also decided to just note when I do art elsewhere, so I don’t feel like this is a chore.

I hope you have a good week and do something artsy. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tuesday Tidbit: Menu Planning and Make a List

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

I start my menu making by looking at the weather forecast and making note of any days we will be busy and plan accordingly. After making my menu/list of dishes to make, I create my grocery list. Using a grocery list helps ensure that I have everything I need to make the desired dishes for the week and saves me money (because I don’t get things I don’t plan to use).

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Marriage Tidbit: Grace During Stress

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

During times of stress, remember your spouse is probably stressed too and give him a little extra grace and understanding.

We are now in our fourth day of a water outage, not only does this stress me, but it stresses my hubby too. Thus we both must give a little extra understanding as we deal with this trying situation.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Friday Tidbit: Week 1 Update

So I’ve made some progress, although admittedly not very much, with updating the website behind the scenes. I know this is going to be a slow process and that is why I’m not ceasing to post at least something Mon-Fri.

I never did get around to updating last week’s post. Sean, Tiffany, and I were playing some Phase 10 when I realized I needed to do my blog post. :D I made that quick little diddy in between rounds.

And this was the winner! Before that we got Michael to play Concept with us. :)

We had a good time. Of course it would have been more fun with the rest of my family, but we made do. And of course, we toasted in 2021 with some sparkling grape juice :) and I found that some of my cheapo glasses are broken and I’ll need to de-clutter some of them. ;)

This week we’ve gotten rid of the clutter that developed while I was taking some days off. ;) After making cinnamon rolls and donuts on New Years Day, I ceased all cooking and cleaning for a few days and enjoyed some down time playing a Switch game that Sean got recently (Immortals Fenyx Rising {Greek mythology} which has a game play style like Breath of the Wild, one of my favorite games ever).

It is amazing how many clothes I let accumulate over the last little while. Between the towels Michael washed while he was off work and my pile, I must’ve folded four loads of laundry! :D

Well, I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a good weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Art Tidbit: Do it Your Way

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

I use a bullet journal as a place to keep my many lists and notes. It is the place that I write my list of things to do and sometimes I even put sticky notes on the pages. I use stickers and washi tape and keep it very simple. Some would agree with me and others would look at it and see it as too much for them to do. Bullet journals are meant to be useful, first and foremost. If it isn’t pretty, I won’t use it. ;) So I do what I feel comfortable doing to make it something I enjoy using.

Here are some of the pages I set up so far; the two new ones are goals and self-care. The others are pages I loved in last year’s bujo.

I had a marker drop some odd dry-ish ink on my page after I’d finished it. But I choose not to dwell on that. ;)Do I love everything about these pages? No, but they will work just fine. And if I find that any of them bother me later, I can fix them then. :D

I hope you take some time to do something artsy/crafty this week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Chicken Sausage Casserole ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Food Tidbit: Plannedovers are a Good Idea

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

Plannedovers are leftovers on purpose. Why would you make leftovers on purpose? Well there are two reasons that I do it: 1) because we love the meal and will love having it again in a day or two or for lunches or even breakfasts 2) because I can use the leftovers as a base for another meal, like a casserole. (If you are having chicken, broccoli, and a salad for dinner make extra broccoli and chicken and take out the extra part before serving; make a chicken broccoli casserole with rice or pasta within the next night or two.)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Marriage Tidbit: Don’t Hold a Grudge

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until it’s completed.
When hubby does something that hurts you, decide if it is something you just need to realize that he didn’t intend to hurt you, get over it, and forgive him or if you need to discuss it with him.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº