Category Archives: Finally Friday

Because Friday is finally here and I need one day to talk about whatever comes to mind.

CoVid and New Game

This week started with a bang! My daddy had to be hospitalized with Covid and pneumonia.

It’s been quite frustrating because nobody can go be with him. And then Momma is at home alone with Covid, so nobody can go be with her either.

Sunday we took our car over to the shop to have some work done on it Monday. We’d told the mechanic what needed to be done and he let us know when the parts arrived on Friday that he could work on it Monday. So when Momma asked me to drive Daddy to the ER, I forgot all about not having a vehicle.

So then I did the next natural thing and called Michael. He was in his work van, at work, but said he’d go do it. Then we realized that whoever took them would have to quarantine for 14 days and Thanksgiving was just 10 days away.

As I think I mentioned last week, my sister and her husband are also sick with Covid and live just 5 minutes from my parents. We would normally gather at their home on Thanksgiving but I’d made a back-up plan to have Thanksgiving dinner here for us, Sean, and Brian, Lauren, and Liam. BUT if Michael or I took my dad to the hospital, then they wouldn’t be able to come and I know Lauren and Liam are looking forward to it, as am I. :)

So I facetimed Tracie and was telling her my dilemma and before I even got it all out, her hubby Mike said, “I’m already quarantined, ” and proceeded to get out of bed. Bless him! He is such a servant! He chauffeured Momma and Daddy to the ER, handed Daddy off to the waiting staff there, and took Momma back home.

I’m so glad he didn’t wait any longer to go. He has pneumonia. It’s been really hard because we cannot be there with him and it is hard to stay informed this way and not be a pest to the precious nursing/care staff.

Daddy has been exceptionally weak and his oxygen levels have not been good. Please pray for him. Since he finally retired for the last time several years ago, Momma has gotten very used to him being around all the time and is really missing him.

It is also difficult because Daddy is an introvert. Add to that the fact that he is weak, so communicating with him is not easy, if even possible.

I’ve been on the phone and texted so much this week! It is draining, but I do it gladly. Momma is getting better and able to do more around the house but is really missing Daddy.


Ran errands and got a ham for Thanksgiving dinner, as that is Lauren’s preferred meat. I also got biscuit to make Bubble Bread. I got stuff to make the Jello Cookies and Cream Pie and Apple Crumble Pie. I’ll also make some chocolate chip cookies for Liam. :)

Usually I only do desserts for Thanksgiving but things are different this year, so I’m doing the whole shabang. (Or is it shebang? I’m too tired to figure it out right now. :D )

AND we have to put up the Christmas tree early next week too! Why? Because I like it up the weekend after Thanksgiving but Michael doesn’t like the mess while we are doing so. He is home Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; so then I don’t get my tree up until Monday and I don’t like that. So we’ll be putting it up earlier. ;)

Well, I’ll run for now. I hope you have a good weekend! I appreciate your prayers for my family members and I hope to give a good report next week on their health.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Coffee Mishap, Pizza, and Snaps

Not a lot happened this week. My brother-in-law celebrated his 50th birthday at his happy place. :)

One day this week Tiffany got the little coffee grinder down from the cabinet and apparently it wasn’t cleaned out by the last user.

I recorded her telling me what happened. It was so funny so sad. ;)It went everywhere. :DShe’s a good sport though. :)

Lauren sent me a snap that looked like it could have been taken at Glamour Shots. :)

Well, I didn’t notice the sparkle dots all over it . . . I just thought the pose and beauty of her face looked like a Glamour Shots pic.

On the other hand, my son sends me silly selfies most days.It makes me smile or even laugh each time. :)

Lauren got some Halloween costumes on clearance for Liam to play dress-up in. He loves it.

I’m working on a pizza dough recipe that doesn’t have to sit around for hours and still be on THM plan.

And I might be a bit of a pizzaholic, because I also made Nana’s Lil Kitchen personal pizza. :) While I was shopping this week I found my favorite holiday tea at WinCo. :)Well, that’s been my week. We are praying that my parents and sister and her family get over Covid-19 quickly so it doesn’t mess up our Thanksgiving day plans. Prayers appreciated!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Gifts ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas!

Tiffany and I did some Christmas shopping yesterday before running our usual errands. And OHHHHH! were we successful! :) I wiped out a huge chunk of my stocking stuffers. Earlier this week I was able to knock out the majority of my main gifts for everyone and they are already showing up here at the house. Gotta love online shopping.

I did buy some invisible tape yesterday. I already had some rolls of transparent tape but needed some of the invisible one. You know, you need the invisible tape on matte finish paper and transparent on shiny/foil paper. Well, I got a LOT of gift wrap on clearance after Christmas 2018 and have quite enough for this year and probably the next several years to come. :D

One of the stores we went to was TJ Maxx. We kept it pretty short. I had seen a black wire double fruit basket with banana hook there last year and have decided that I’m ready to break down and get it or something like it. So that is why we were there. Unfortunately they didn’t have it–not that I really expected them to have it or one like it at this late date.

We did a short run through $5 Below and I successfully got some stocking stuffers there. :) We spent a good long while at our larger Dollar Tree and came away with a few good finds.

At Ross, I finally found a new purse! I’d gotten one a month or so ago and although I really love it, I think it is just too fancy and too big for every day use. Today at Ross I found one that is a little bigger than my current every day purse but smaller than the others I have. I have a tendency to overfill my purse, as most ladies do. So it is important to get one small enough to not be too heavy when overloaded. ;)

After all of that, we still had to do our normal grocery run: WinCo, Sprouts, Aldi, and Walmart. I’d ordered a bulk bag of quinoa and it was ready for pick-up. We also used up the last bit of our brown rice, so I had to get a bulk bag of that as well. Then they had boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.38 a pound! I had to get a package of them even though I didn’t need any because we always use chicken breasts.

Aldi they had turkeys on sale for 87¢ a pound, so I picked up a twenty pound bird to make the day after Thanksgiving. :) We love turkey and at 87¢ a pound, we can eat on it for several days.

Unfortunately they were sold out of the cheese advent calendars! We got one for the first time last year and enjoyed it. We wanted another one even though they did repeat the cheeses. Lauren told me I should have Michael pick one up on Wednesday when they came out but I didn’t listen and thus, we don’t have it. :D I’m sure we will live without it. I’ll just have to get a little creative to make us a special advent calendar. ;)

Well, I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a good weekend. I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing other than organizing my gifts pile :D and checking to see what else I need to get. As well as pestering my hubby to get his Christmas list done.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Slow Week

What do you do when you aren’t feeling well? I don’t do much of anything but watch whatever show I’m loving at the time, read, and play games on my computer (and occasionally games on the Switch).

Tiffany hasn’t been feeling up to par lately either. We rewatched Signed, Sealed, Delivered movies and series. We love it soooo much that we had to purchase it.

We tried to watch a few movies and then decided to watch Sue Thomas F.B. Eye. It’s an old show; we used to watch it when it aired on PAX. We even recorded some of the episodes and have watched them many times but I’m realizing as we watch it from the beginning that there were a lot of episodes we didn’t see. :)

I finished reading the children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Missing. I have to admit that the last book wasn’t my favorite but I did enjoy the series and will share about it on Thursday.

I’ve started The Pawn by Steven James. I’ve had it for quite a while and kept putting off reading it but have thought that October would be a great time to read it. Well, the day after I finished The Missing I picked it up. The prologue was looking to be a bit too much for me to read before bed. ;) It is a story about a serial killer, so you can see why I might not want to read it right before bed. ;)

I do have to say that I am enjoying it. It’s not my normal read but it is interesting. I think my mother would enjoy it. :) Of course it is the first book of a series. I’m interested in how this first book is going to end and how the next book continues the story.

Well, I’m off for now. I hope you have a good weekend. I’m planning to take it easy.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Pumpkin Patch

The last time we went to the pumpkin patch was probably close to a decade ago. Carmichael’s Pumpkin patch has always left me with fond memories.

Liam is at the age that I thought he’d really enjoy it. So when they come up this past weekend, we went. It was crazy busy and crazy windy!!! Because of the wind, the dirt from the parking lot was really blowing up and around. It felt like we were in the dust bowl.

Thankfully, they have things spaced out pretty good and we didn’t feel like we were in a crowd. I grabbed Liam and escorted him around. First we stopped at the pumpkins.

I’m not a very good photographer and I am way more interested in being present and forget to take pictures.

Next we went into the dark maze. I was so concerned about him getting scared that I ended up getting a little turned around and had to use my flashlight on my phone to get us out. Liam did great though. :)

Next up we looked at the pigs and piglets, goats and kids, and the rest of the animals.

There were even porcupines! I’d never seen a porcupine before. I always thought they were a little bit bigger than a hedgehog. So I was surprised to see how big they really are.

Then I bought us some feed to give to the animals. The trouble is that there were so many people that the animals were a bit full and thus picky about what feed they eat. :)

If they were nearly full they wouldn’t eat the feed but would eat the corn kernels.

Then we headed over to the camels. They were selling dixie cups of baby carrots by the camels. I was concerned that the camels wouldn’t eat them for the same reason that the other animals weren’t very interested in the feed. And I was right, the weren’t but this goat was. :)

They had some areas set up for picture taking. I wish we’d have gotten a picture of all of us together, but alas, I didn’t. ;) But we did get some pictures of of Liam. I took a couple but so did Lauren and Tiffany. Tiff shared her pictures with me. :)

He was a bit scared to get up on top of the hay bale but did so any way.And then he got comfortable with it.

Tiff did get a picture of Sean, Brian, Lauren, and Michael while they were waiting on us.

Well, that was our fun time at the pumpkin patch. It is odd how I generally want to go there the week of fall break and this time was no different, even though it was on Saturday. Of course, the kids came up to celebrate the end of October birthdays last weekend, so we couldn’t have gone earlier in the month. ;)

I hope you have a good weekend. Ours is going to be quiet this weekend. I think we have settled on a church. We shall see.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Time Wasting but Enjoyable Television

Tiffany and I started watching some fall movies last week. Of course, we were loving it. We thought we might try Hallmark Now to get to enjoy the movies this holiday season. So we decided to download the free trial this week to see if it would even work for us and what kinds of movies and things they had available.

We watched a few movies with a couple of them being very “B movie”-like. I decided I was done with that and wanted to see something a bit better. We decided to check out the Mysteries section. That when we saw Signed, Sealed, Delivered listed with so many shows available.

I remembered that Lauren had requested the series for Christmas several years ago, so I figured it would be good. We started watching it and absolutely loved it! I probably don’t have to tell you that we binge watched the series and ten or so movies.

I love that they are all so clean. They are fun. Tiffany and I cried several times from how touching they were. We have decided we definitely need to own this entire set, the series and the movies.

I told Lauren what we were watching and how. She said she’d gotten Hallmark Now to watch Christmas movies last year but they don’t put the Christmas movies on Hallmark Now. She told me about FrndlyTv. So now we are going to look into that to watch our Christmas movies this year.

I just don’t know if us having either of these services is a good idea. I’m so much less productive and read far less too. :(  Then there is the game I’ve been playing that I’m spending way too much time playing as well.

We visited another church Sunday. Turned out there were a whole 7 or 8 cars in the parking lot and once again, the majority of the attendees were older than Michael and I. Turns out the pastor has only been there for a month now and remarkably, he was the pastor of the one church we really like for 15 years, although that was probably over a decade ago now.

Well, that’s my week. If everyone is healthy this weekend, Brian, Lauren, and Liam are coming to celebrate October birthdays. We’re planning to meet up at the pumpkin patch. I’m really looking forward to it but not sure if it is going to work out. Tiffany hasn’t been feeling the best this week and neither was Lauren. So, prayers appreciated.

Until next time, God bless,
Michele ºÜº

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Books, Reading, Fall Food, and Dogsitting

Wow! Another week has passed and I really don’t have much to tell. I finished the Mistborn Series last month. I really enjoyed it but definitely didn’t see the end coming, in spite of being spoiled for some bits (including the ending).

I have to say, I am glad Tiffany gave me the spoilers she did. I’m generally a person that doesn’t ever believe someone dies for good. ;) I read a lot of sci-fi so I generally expect my characters to make a dramatic re-appearance. :D

I’ve also been reading the Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I’m enjoying it so far. I’m on book five but they are young adult or juvenile fiction, so they aren’t as long as those Sanderson books I read last month that had over 700 pages each. :D I’m reading these on my kindle and enjoying how swiftly I am getting through them.

The Missing is a time travel series with mostly 13 year olds as the main point of view. It’s been fun to discover different time periods and Haddix has really made it clear in the afterward where she took creative license and what was true. She even shared some conflicting information she found and why she chose the versions she did.

Tiffany made some pumpkin desserts the other day. It was nice to have her feeling up to baking again. It’s been a while since she has felt up to it and found desserts light enough to make. The recipes she made were from Briana Thomas’s second cookbook, Convenient Food. One was pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and the other, which was scrumptious, was pumpkin torte.

I’ve been playing my hidden object game a bit too much lately. I’m in a group/guild that is very active. I have leveled up several times in the last several weeks and prior to joining this group, I did not level up nearly that often.

I’ve been having a hard time with motivation and follow-through in doing nearly everything else . . . sad to admit.

We’ve been watching Eureka again. I love this show. It is kind of like The Andy Griffith Show but with a sciency twist. We finished watching the Stargate series. We still have a movie to watch but it’s not our favorite, so we’ve skipped it at this point.

Tiff put up our fall decor! Nothing is more hygge than the orange lights we put up under our kitchen cabinets. :) Maybe I can get Tiffany to take a picture or two of them. I’m not very good at pictures, so I like to let her take them. ;)

Tiffany is dog sitting for my parents for another few days. They went to visit family and friends in Florida and then on to their happy place: Myrtle Beach where my sister and her girls joined them for a few days. Hutch is their goldendoodle and we just love him. :)

He cracks me up because he’ll come over and put his paw on top of my hand. It’s even funnier when he turns his head away, not looking at you. I just here “I wanna hold your hand…” in my head. :D

Well, that enough from me this week. I hope you have a good weekend. Hopefully Michael will get our bathroom tub finished this weekend! Oh happy day! :D

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

 

 

Brown Mum's ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Church Search, Weather, Art, Holiday Prep, and Planning

Well, this week has mostly been one of bare minimums. ;) I don’t feel like I’ve done very much this week beyond the things I really needed to do either in the home or for the blog.

Last Sunday we visited another church last Sunday. The people were so kind and welcoming . . . all 7 cars of them. There were less than 25 people there . . . it felt like we’d just gone to a nursing home for a meeting . . . they were mostly in their 70s and 80s. The fiddle player was 85 and the pianist was about 82. :)

They were incredibly nice. They gave each of us a small gift before we left. They really were very welcoming! However, Tiffany is 23 and is looking for a spouse and there are absolutely ZERO options there. So obviously, that will not be the church we settle in for now. :)

There’s another church not too far away that we are considering visiting but we’ve had the durnedest time getting service times. When we were in service Sunday they finally returned Michael’s call asking for the service times. Thankfully his phone was on silent. :)

Weather

Thankfully the weather has gotten the memo that it is now autumn and the temperatures are coming down. We’ve still gotten some hot days but most are nice with temps only high in the 70s. :)

Since the weather is cooling off and it is October, I am now eager to get my fall decorations up. I’m also glad to start eating some soups. I don’t know about you but I have a hard time eating soup if I have to have a fan on. :D

Art

Today is October 2nd which means it is the second day of Inktober. For me this simply is a time to focus on art and try to do some art every day this month. It also means, it is probably going to be using Zentangle or Zentangle-like patterns. I’ll be sharing my art on Wednesdays but I may also be sharing on Instagram and/or facebook.

I got my bullet journal ready for fall too. September was a very bad month for productivity and my bullet journal is proof. ;) There is all of 2 or 3 pages of September and that includes my September planning page. It was pretty pitiful. :(

I’m also looking forward to doing another Bob Ross painting with Tiffany this month. Hopefully we can get two done.

Holiday Prep

October is our big push for getting Christmas presents purchased. Of course this means that we have to get our Christmas lists made. I’m a good example and got mine done. But Tiffany was the first one to get her list done. Others are slowly getting theirs done but as you might imagine, the guys in the family are the slowest to do so. :D.

Website Planning

I’m beginning to think about next year. I’d love to say that I’m going to work on updating this website but realistically it isn’t going to happen until after the holidays and the first of the year. But it is something I’m feeling a desire to push through and get accomplished. ;) So hopefully, I’ll be motivated to do it in the new year.

I’m going to run for today. I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Family Visit, Girl Day, and More

Our fun and busy week started last Saturday. After breakfast we headed to Edmond to spend some time with our oldest son Brian, his wife Lauren, and their son Liam. We met at their apartment and found that they had a house (actually condo) to go look at after lunch.

We went to Brian’s favorite Boba tea place which is also a good and inexpensive restaurant. We ate lunch there and then went over to the park for a bit until it was time to go look at the condo.

Here is Lauren, Tiffany, and I.

This one is Brian, Sean, and Liam.It was a nice park. This lightpost reminds me of Narnia. :) Sean and Liam played swords with found sticks. Michael and I; Brian and Sean walking at the park.Oh! and those flip flops were a big mistake. I will take tennis shoes in the future. ;)

I love this picture of Michael and Lauren talking as they walked. :) And then the boys are a bit ahead of them. :)

Then early this week Tiffany and I went into town for a girl day.

We went to Gardner’s, our local used book store. We finally learned how they price things: if it doesn’t have a sticker on it, then it is half of the retail price. Of course, then if you have in-store credit, you only pay tax on that amount plus $1 per item.

After that we went to $5 Below. We haven’t been in there in a while and we found some things we absolutely didn’t want to walk away without. :D And I found a stocking stuffer for Liam–Minecraft stickers. That boy loves Minecraft. :)

There were several books there for $5 that we saw. Tiff and I each got one for being creative every day. We’re going to do it next year. We like that it has prompts and space to draw/create every day for 52 weeks. Consequently, it can be started at any time but I got it for our stockings. Come to think of it, I probably should have gotten Lauren one too. (She’ll have to tell me if she’d have liked one or not. ;) ) Tiff also got that writing prompt book I shared yesterday.

We left that happy place and went across the parking lot to Barnes and Noble. :) Yep, happy place number three. Tiffany managed to get something at each stop. I on the other hand did not. Maybe next time. ;)

She got us a passion fruit tea to share in the cafe at Barnes and Noble. Please excuse my hair in this next picture; it seems to have been going every which way. :D

Tiff got her hair cut that morning too.

I waited until our errand day to get my hair done. Funny tidbit: she saw signs that said they were having a senior citizen discount one day of the week. I can get this discount some places (ages 55-60 are quite the puzzling times for the discounts). Turns out at Great Clips you have to be 65 to get their senior citizen discount. :( So waiting an extra day to get my hair done for the discount backfired, as I wasn’t even old enough for it.

Snapchat has this adorable lens that turns a face into an anime. See?

Then another day, Tiffany and I did a Bob Ross painting together. It’s fun to paint along with Bob. We talk to the television, telling him he has to slow down or repeat himself. :D I shared that Wednesday. It was a lot of fun and we will definitely be doing more together. :)

Hop over to Wednesday’s post to see the final results of our painting.

It’s been a busy and fun week. My baby sister and her girls are coming for a visit today and I believe the girls are spending the night. I know they will enjoy spending time with Tiffany. :) Maybe I can get them to do something artsy? :D

I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Competition and Abundantly Blessed

One of the games I play had a guild competition this week. A guild is just simply a group of people/players you’ve joined in the game and with whom you can chat. Well the game had a competition this week between the guilds. They’ve had a few others, so we kind of know what to expect.Well this one was a bit wonky! Some of our guild players opened the challenge and had hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of energy to play the competition, when normally you only get 120 charges of energy which allows you to play 6 times and then you have to wait for it to recharge or pay for some energy with gems. However gems are limited in the game, so they want you to pay real money to get more.

I was a bit jealous of those players that got thousands of energy charges. I asked questions and decided that I would not close down my game that night but did close my laptop, although I did not shut it off. I woke up the next morning and had 9220 energy charges!

Oh my goodness! I was so excited. And then I played and played and played and played and played . . . and I got really good at finding the objects hidden in the 6 locations of the competition . . . and then I got tired of playing those same locations so much. I realized that I do not ever want to have that much competition energy to use because the competition only lasts for 4 days.

That means that I was playing way more often than I normally do. It also means that I wasn’t really doing any of the other things I enjoy doing. At least I did take a break to get the Purk monotangle tile done for Wednesday.

I’ve been reading the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson and haven’t hardly read any pages at all since the competition started and I really miss it. I’ve also not gotten much of anything else done around here. I’m glad it ended last night. However, before it did, I got another 700 energy charges or more.  :)


Sean made a quick trip to Virginia early this week. He stayed with our friends Paul and Stephanie. You may remember the art she and I did while they were here a couple months ago. (Copics, Embossing/Stamping, Distress Stains & Magicals)

Well, she was going through some of her art supplies and was going to get rid of some of them. Since Sean was there, she asked if I wanted any of them. Of course, I said I’d take whatever she wanted to send back with Sean.

After talking with her, I expected a few things. This is what she sent. :)

There are about two dozen ink pads and re-inkers in a rainbow of colors. :)

She also included some acrylic paint tubes and glittery watercolors, as well as some small and large tape rollers. Then there are the stamps and even a small die cut machine with a couple of dies. Not to mention the punches and stamp sets!

So much fun to be had! I am truly, truly, abundantly blessed!

I’ll have to share the things I make using these supplies in the future. Oh, did I mention the copper embossing powder or VersaMark pad? Yep, she sent those too! I sure am blessed! :)

I hope you have a good weekend. We’ll be visiting with Brian, Lauren, and Liam for a bit this weekend. :) I’m looking forward to it.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº