Monthly Archives: May 2018

Food and Marriage

Food and Marriage ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo many things work together to make a marriage good. Even the food you serve plays a part in it.

Yes, food. If you don’t give food much thought, you may end up eating junk food or eating out more than is healthy for you and your family. But with the proper planning, you can nourish your family at home.

A key to being able to fix good meals at home is planning. Yep, that means to make a meal plan. There are many services available these days that you can subscribe to and will give you a menu plan with a corresponding shopping list but you don’t have to do that. Menu plans can really be as simple as a list of recipes you currently make and just go through them one by one or maybe it is easier for you to think of it by having a type of meal per night: breakfast for dinner, Italian, Mexican, Hamburgers (fixed many different ways), Pizza Night, Chicken Night, or even Hors d’oeuvres Night.

In preparation to begin to menu plan, you can simply write down what you eat every day for a couple of weeks, then you can use that list for ideas to create your menu plan for a week. If you ate out, what did you eat out? Chicken? But one in the crockpot instead. Tacos? Make them at home. Steak? Grill it.

When you menu plan you tend to save money because you don’t just impulse buy throughout the store when you shop. You also have less stress because you already know what you will have for dinner throughout the week.

A menu plan is a tool for you to use, not something to which you are a slave. If the menu says that you are having Lasagna on Tuesday night but you have a busier day than usual and won’t be up to making Lasagna but can throw together Thursday’s planned hamburgers and bag salad much more easily, then switch it up.

Once you make a menu plan, write out your grocery list based on those recipes. I like to keep a marker board on my refrigerator to note things we run out of or will need to purchase on the next grocery run. Then when I make my grocery list, I add those items from the marker board to the grocery list.

You can even do this if you work outside of the home; I imagine it is even more needful because of your busy lifestyle.

Planning your food benefits your health and helps to eliminate some of the stressors that can easily be in a marriage. Oh, and be sure to add in some of your hubby’s favorites, that’s good for your marriage too. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Trees, Chickens, Cats, and Dogs

Last week I showed you that Michael had cleaned up the chicken coop in preparation for goats and chickens. What I didn’t show you was what was growing in the fenced pen.

Young tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, some kind of tree. There are a couple others that aren’t nearly as grown as this one but they seem to be different kinds. Hmmm, I wonder what they are. Also the grass has really grown in there. It was completely decimated; I mean dirt! Well there is enough for them to snack on now. :D

We had Australorps last time and really liked them. Tiffany found there are some nearby (realizing that when you live in country most things are 20-30 minutes away) for sale. We’d like to have a couple of them. Then she found some very inexpensive Cinnamon Queen hens nearby but in a totally different direction. However the Cinnamon Queens are a third the cost of the Australorps, so we’ll get two to three of them. Then Tiffany has wanted an Easter Egger, which lays different colored eggs, since she first started researching chickens years ago and has found some not far from the Australorps. The Easter Egger is more than even the Australorps but within reason, so I think we may get one, which will be fun.


This is Stache. He is just regal.

Handsome Cat ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s not the friendliest of our cats but he is getting better than he was.

This is Patches.

Tailless Cat ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe has no tail. It used to bother me but she is such a sweet, lovable cat that I don’t mind anymore.

She had kittens about three weeks ago but she did not have them near the house, so we hadn’t seen them. She finally brought one to the porch this week.

Patches Kit ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe let Tiffany pet it. Of course, she took it away again; we think it might have gotten wet inside with all the rain we got the other day.


The black lab that adopted us last fall (first we named her Skylar and then changed it to Sofi, which she responded to much better) started barking throughout the night and thus keeping Tiffany from getting good sleep for the better part of a month. This was just too much for any of us and we decided to put her on Craigslist to see if someone would take her.

Energetic Black Lab ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe  really helped Sasha, our over ten year old Blue Tick Heeler, get rejuvenated. The old girl really livened up a lot. Nothing like a pup that wants to play to get the old maid up and moving a bit more. :)

Blue Tick Heeler and Black Lab Pup ~ Lifeofjoy.me(I tried to crop these pics once I’d uploaded them but for whatever reason they didn’t want to stay cropped. Ugh!!!)

Within a few hours someone contacted Michael; he said he had adopted three dogs from rescue and at some point someone had opened the backyard gate and they all ran away. He said Sofi would be welcome in the house too. We know she will love that. She really is a lovable dog but just needs more attention than we can give her and we could not have her in our house.

Michael said she did NOT want to get out of the truck when he got there so he pulled her out.

I asked him to snap a picture and he did. It seems that she will be good with him. One thing is for certain, she will not run away, even if the gate is opened. LOL She is super loyal and knows when she has it good. When she got off her chain here, she’d only go play with Sasha, chase cats (and get clawed sometimes), and come to the front porch. Ultimately she’s going to be much happier there than she was here.

It’s really sad when people abandon animals. Living in the country it happens all the time. People think the country is a good place to abandon unwanted animals that at least they’ll have a chance at a good life, better than the pound. But what they don’t realize is that we get the animals we WANT. We don’t need to have animals adopt us just because we live in the country. My neighbor has taken in lots (and by lots I mean dozens) of dogs because they have kind hearts but even they don’t really want them.

Well, I’ve rambled enough for one day. I hope you have a good weekend, I will. We are celebrating my birthday very soon!!! Yay!!! I get new art supplies and stuff! :)

Okay . . . that’s enough of that . . . :D

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

Tips and Activities for Young Children

I had a sweet young mama call me this week and I was honored to share with her. One of the things I shared was some ideas on how to get things done with a little one under foot.

It is a good idea have some things you do at different points of the day; here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Bible story and talk about Jesus time
  • Cuddle time reading books
  • Music/Dance time
  • Outside Play/Nature Time
  • Blocks, play dough, finger paint, or coloring time

I also want to remind you of a couple of posts I’ve done in the past because there are two important things to keep in mind:

I hope these ideas are helpful and/or encouraging to you.

Until next time, God bless,

 
Michele ºÜº

Caracole and OO-Africa Earth Day Tile

The Diva’s challenge this week is to do a tile with a theme for Earth Day, which her oldest son called Amanda because he didn’t feel Earth was a good enough name. ;) Luckily Square One: Purely Zentangle’s focus tangle is Lily Moon Luna’s new tangle Caracole, which looked really fun/easy to draw as well as resembles either a flower or the sun. :)

The tangle of the day yesterday was OO-Africa by Ina Sonnenmoser and I think it resembles clouds. It too is relatively easy to draw. The only problem I had was that I wanted to draw both tangles larger than the space I had available. I could have drawn them a bit smaller but opted against it.

So here is my tile before shading.

DC#361 #OO-Africa ~ Lifeofjoy.meI do feel I could have made OO-Africa a bit smaller. It is an alternating grid pattern but I realized that by putting the dots down diagonally, it was easier to keep track of them because then they can just be laid down in rows. :)

Here it is after shading.

DC#361 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs usual, now that I see it this large I realize I probably should have given it another round of shading but I didn’t. ;)

Here it is a bit smaller, so you don’t see the imperfections as well. ;)

DC#361 Shaded ~ Lifeofjoy.meI guess I was afraid of muddying it with too much graphite but now it looks more like a coloring book drawing. Maybe I’ll go back and add some more shading later today. Right now, I do not have the time to do that, so I’ll post a new picture if I managed to do it.

I appreciate you stopping by and really appreciate it if you’d leave me a comment, it’s always so encouraging.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Weight Loss Important Note

Vital Thing ~ Lifeofjoy.meOkay last week I talked about my weight loss progress and since that post I have learned a very important thing. You see, I had thought that God had lead me to the Stubborn Loser Menu because it was going to be the thing to help me breakthrough stubborn weight loss but when it wasn’t working like it did last time I had to reassess what was up.

Here’s what I found: I got desperate and asked God to help me and that is when He led me to the Stubborn Losers Menu. You see, it is God that is helping me lose weight. Yes, I have to be obedient to the plan He leads me to  but it is Him working with me and the food I eat to create the weight loss.

So the vital element here is PRAY, ask God for help, and then realize that He is leading you where you need to go and what information you need to have to obtain the goal. Don’t try to do it on your own!!!

I step on the scales soon and will see how I have done but it doesn’t matter because I will continue on. Now my birthday is soon and I will celebrate on plan and have a yummy recipe to share, for real, next week. :)

I hope you will remember, and never forget, this one VITAL thing and thus save yourself some of the struggle I have had. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº