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Life and Site Update

Well, I was sick for about three weeks! Yikes! Daughter was sick for about a month starting the last part of January. Then hubby went down about a week or so later for a full month. I thought I was going to get away scot-free but then I got sick on the tail end of hubby. Thankfully Tiffany was feeling better by that time and could play nursemaid. :D

Then when I started feeling better I began having this excruciating jaw/sinus pain. By the end of that week I went to the dentist and found that I had an abscess around a tooth that I’d already had a root canal done on. Unfortunately, since my dentist doesn’t do this kind of second “root canal” there wasn’t much he could do.

I’d had some issues with this tooth for a long while and so we decided to just pull it. To say it was painful is an understatement but it did start the road to recovery. Thankfully it isn’t very noticeable. To put in a replacement of some kind will cost around $3000. Yeah, I have a whole lot I can do with $3000 and I’m eating okay without it. (I was concerned because I had to have a bottom molar pulled on the other side of my mouth quite a few years ago and hadn’t been chewing as well on that side but since this escapade, I’ve been managing quite well.)

While I was sick, one day I just realized that I hadn’t done a blog post in a few days. That’s when I made my last entry. Since then, I’ve been catching up on some clerical work and household things that needed to get done. And inertia took over and I couldn’t get myself to blog.

So things are better around here and I’m ready to put some energy into this again. ;) However this site is in desperate need of updating and consequently things may go offline or wonky for a bit while I get it sorted out. I have some serious updates to do and it may cause some problems that I’m unable to fix on my own and will have to enlist the help of my sons, who are quite capable of fixing it. ;)

So, know that I will be back to posting regularly as soon as I can and that I am working on the site in the background.

I hope the many posts here are a help and encouragement to you, as that is the only reason I do this. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

I’m Sick

I got sick and completely forgot about even doing this blog, which is totally unlike me. I’m still not able to focus much. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get back to this soon but it just isn’t that day yet. ;)

I hope you are feeling well and have thawed out and enjoying a bit of warmth.

Until I’m able, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Marriage Tidbit: Little Touches

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.

Michael likes me to touch his feet at night before we go to bed.  He’s usually in bed first, so I I touch his feet as I go past him and get into bed.

In the mornings when I am making Michael’s breakfast, he comes up and rubs my back lightly. It feels so nice.

Little touches mean a lot.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Friday Tidbit: Cold Weather and Elevated Bed

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.

We’ve gotten a winter blast and some beautiful ice. I’m just thankful we have not lost our power. :) The ground was quite slippery. :)

In an effort to keep our lungs clear, the kids gave us an incline created with extra pillows and egg crate/memory foam. :D It’s actually quite comfortable.

Sorry the pictures are not great but I wasn’t feeling up to much. ;) You can see it is inclined a bit and it has actually squashed down a bit in the last several days; I need to puff it up before I got to bed tonight. :)

I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Thursday Tidbit: Make Your Children Feel Loved

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.

Valentine’s Day is coming on Sunday. So many times it is simply focused on “lovers” rather than simply love. I have written my children (as long as they still live in my home) a letter most every year, telling them of my love for them, God’s love for them, and some of their good qualities.

I also make sure we have a special dessert and a dinner we enjoy (which is usually red ;) ). Also, Michael typically purchases something little for each of them.

I hope you’ll take time to tell your children how much you love them this Sunday and of course, remind them of God’s love for them too.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Art Tidbit: How to Zentangle

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.

We have been fighting sickness here, so I have nothing created this week. So I thought I’d share some information about how to do a Zentangle. :) Here is a wikihow with info on how to do one. The thing about the wikihow though is that the pictures used a pencil and zentangles are done in ink.

Then you can go to someplace like tanglepatterns.com or pattern-collections.com for a multitude of tangles to use in your pieces.

I hope this is helpful to you and I hope I’ll be back next week with some actual art to share. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Spaghetti ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Tasty Tidbit: Valentine’s Day Food

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.

On Valentine’s Day, which is Sunday, I typically make spaghetti or lasagna. However if it is cold Sunday, I may make Chili. ;)

I also generally make some kind of chocolate dessert because that is our preference but a nice strawberry cake would be nice too.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Marriage Tidbit: Valentine’s Day is Coming

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.

Well, Sunday is Valentine’s Day! Do you have plans to make your hubby and family feel loved? Michael prefers homemade cards, so I usually make him one. I’ve also written the children letters each year. Tiffany has looked forward to them each year.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Friday Tidbit: Little Progress is Still Progress

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.

Tiffany has made slow progress but it finally feeling like herself again, most of the time. Michael’s progress is slow as well. He is resting a lot, which is unusual for him. I’m glad he is taking it easy, not that he has any choice, he seriously couldn’t work if he tried.

I’ve done small projects this week. Each one took longer than I thought they should have. But, I did get them finished, all the same. Unfortunately since they took longer to complete, it limited me getting other things done. Consequently the website update is taking longer to accomplish too.

It sounds like Michael and Tiffany may have had covid. So I’m not going anywhere. Unfortunately, there is a funeral/memorial service I’ll have to miss on Saturday. And I have cousins coming into town but won’t be able to see them either. Then Sunday we were supposed to go to dinner with a friend and meet her boyfriend but that will probably have to be postponed as well. Also, my daughter-in-love’s birthday is soon and I was hoping we’d get to go visit with them, so we shall see.

I hope you are well and have a good weekend. Looks like I’ll be enjoying it at home. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Child Rearing Tidbit: Consistency is Key

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.

It is important to be consistent. If you tell them you’re going to do something, you need to do it. For example, if you say that if they don’t clean their room they don’t get dessert, then you better follow through and not give them dessert, no matter how much they cry, scream, or pout. As soon as you forget what you said, you’ve made it that much harder the next time because they’ll remember that you didn’t follow through before, so maybe you won’t this time either.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº