Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Busy Fun

So last week when Tiffany and I ran our errands, we decided to take some leftover Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice soup with us in our thermos. It was such a good idea because we were able to eat a delicious THM E soup while shopping! Yay us!

Busy Fun~ lifeofjoy.meI’ll share the recipe next time I make it. It is really a wonderful soup.

It was nice because it was a bit chilly out, so we could really enjoy it’s warmth.

I had Tiffany take some pictures of the Holiday Bash and the decorations, otherwise, there would be none again. ;)

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe set the tables for all three holidays. The red table cloth went with all three holidays. The orange plates and napkins for Thanksgiving, green plates and napkins for Christmas, and black plates and napkins for New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe have a variety of pumpkins on each table at the orange end.

Pumpkins ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe “goblets” were at each place setting for the New Year’s Eve bit at the end of the night. And then some black balloon weights with foil stars at the New Year’s Eve end. In the middle was a cellophane treat bag with a “present” in it–we put the horns in tissue paper and then in the bag, so kids wouldn’t be making a bunch of noise with them before “New Year’s Eve.” ;)

I had some great help on Thursday to set up the tables and decorate! Thanks Christy, Angie, Sharon, Ruby, Josiah, and Tiffany. You all are great and a huge blessing!

Christy and I brought some decor from home to add to the fun.

Festive Entry Table ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf course that is the only picture we have of the entry/fall decorations, but at least we have one. :)

On the day of the Bash, Tiffany and I were at the church most of the day.

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meThose are red potatoes in the roaster, which we seasoned with the usual suspects: salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. We also added a few pieces of chicken to further flavor them.

To keep us moving, we had some tunes playing.

Kitchen tunes ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, an amplifier so we could hear the music a bit better. :)

I printed out some Jesse Tree ornaments and started coloring them. Unfortunately I’m a bit of a slow, precise colorer. So, I still had about 18 to color that day. Tiffany helped me, okay, maybe I helped her, because she is much quicker than I am at it. ;) But then we had to get busy doing some other things and I still had one I hadn’t finished. So I had some help. :)

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy hero! Thanks babe!

I had a great serving team come in early to help!

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meHoliday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meHoliday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meHoliday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meSharon, Ruby, Angie, and Linda

Each person took their plate to get their food.

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We had some entertainment in each section. (We didn’t get pictures of all of them. :( )

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meHoliday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe played games. One of them was a Christmas Bingo. I kept the words from last year but did not keep them in a covered container and I believe I lost some somewhere because obvious words like Joseph and Mary were missing. :\

We had door prizes and prizes for winning bingo. We got to learn a little bit about the people at our table. We had a man that had been a deputy at our table. :)

At the end of the night, I had Sean play a countdown video as everyone was poised with their horn and sparkling juice, and rang in the new year together. After which, every one pitched in and helped us whip the place back into shape for service on Sunday.

Holiday Bash ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf course, we had such a mess in the kitchen that it took us an extra hour and a half to get it cleaned. So thankful that we had some extra help volunteer to help us do that.

Saturday I crashed for about 4-6 hours. I made chocolate chip pancakes, my new favorite pancakes (from the new Trim Healthy Table Cookbook) for breakfast. Tiffany made the whipped cream and chocolate sauce to put on them. :) Then we chilled and watched some Eureka while the guys helped move a dining room suit and stuff to my sister’s house. Then I unpacked some Trim Healthy Mama package of goodies, made dinner, and made two no bake cheesecakes, one for my brother-in-law and the other THMified for us to eat at his birthday celebration on Sunday.

Sunday was a WONDERFUL day because I got to see this little cutie!!!

Sunday Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe kept going to his grandpa! It was so sweet. I was thrilled that he was so excited when he saw me! I was afraid he’d forget me. Love him to bits!

We had more stuff go on this week but I’ve rambled long enough for one day. I’ll share more next week.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Holiday Bash Prep

Tiffany and I spent about six hours shopping, getting supplies for the Holiday Bash tonight. I absolutely love all parts of this event but it makes for a tiring week. ;) I think next year, if we do this, that I’ll get my own errands run the week before to cut down on the number of times I need to go into town during the week of preparation. You see, the day after spending six hours running around getting Bash supplies, we spent about four hours running our own errands.

One day Tiffany made some pumpkin facial masks. So she painted us both up.
pumpkin face ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, a blob dropped onto my shirt. I hope it washed out. Tiffany looks cute though! :D

Cute Pumpkin Mask ~ Lifeofjoy.meYesterday I had a great group of ladies helping me decorate. It is a simple decorating scheme and I, once again, did not get any pictures. I’ll try to remember to get some today and post them up here before the weekend is over.

Tiffany and I will be at the church most of the day cooking and finishing up some of the things that we didn’t get to yesterday. We’ve got turkeys, hams, red potatoes, radishes, and green beans to cook. Rolls will be brought, as will pies . . . pumpkin, apple, and pecan.

I was going to make a low-carb/keto/gluten-free/thm pecan pie and an apple pie. I got the pecan pie done but by the time I finally settled on what to do about the apple pie, it was too late to do it. Now if I weren’t going to be at the church using all available cooking devices, I’d make it there but alas.

I’m also excited this weekend because I may get to see Brian, Lauren, and Liam. We are celebrating my brother-in-law’s birthday this weekend and will be discussing the upcoming holidays. It will be great to see them. If not, well, we’ll get to see them in a couple weeks, on Thanksgiving. I’m really quite spoiled and I know it! ;) I have a dear friend whose grandchildren live in other states, one even lives on the west coast–that’s far! If I had to, I’m sure I’d find a way to still be a part of is life but I’m thankful that he lives much closer than that.

Well, there’s much to do today! Better get going.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

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My Favorite Time of Year has Begun

Fall ~ Lifeofjoy.meI reached my goal the other day! :) You might be wondering what goal that is . . . well, it is the goal of getting the cover done for Tiffany’s book. Yes, I know, her ebook came out last December and I should have gotten the cover done way before now but . . . well, I thought I had it done once and it didn’t work and I had to re-do it . . . AND . . . I finished it. :) If all goes well, we should be able to have the paperback in people’s hands by cyber Monday.


Michael came home one day this week with this lovely bouquet . . . for no reason . . . just to bring me joy, and they definitely have.

For No Reason ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen he brought them home, there were quite a few that were just buds and now they’ve opened up. They are beautiful. I’m soooo blessed!!! (It’s the little things!)


Sean got my fall box out for me recently and now I have some of my favorite things up. Fall Decor ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was so happy when Tiffany put this up! I had forgotten all about it. It was a gift from a secret sister from a homeschool group many years ago. It is one of my favorite things! (Thanks Tracy Miller, if you ever see this, I still love it.)

When we were shopping last week, I caught a 70% off sale at Michael’s and got this darlin’ pumpkin stack for $6.50 with tax.

Fall Pretties ~ lifeofjoy.meThis basket of flowers is another thing that brings me joy.

Pumpkin decor ~ lifeofjoy.meI got the Pilgrims and Indians, as well as the turkey, from Dollar Tree one year. They just bring a smile to my face. :) The Pilgrims are a candle holder; it’s a very small candle but a holder all the same. Now I just have to find them. ;)

This basket made of small corn cobs and  husks, with Indian corn, is another favorite. And this table runner was given to me either by my mother or my oldest son and his wife. I think it was Brian and Lauren but Tiffany thinks I’ve had it longer than they’ve been together. (I’m guessing Lauren will let me know in the comments; so you can check there if you care. ;D )

Fall Table Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve written about a couple of other things that bring a smile to my face immediately: my dishwasher magnet and my orange lights. Tiffany switched out the plain orange lights for a white strand with fall foliage. I have decided that I greatly prefer the orange lights. I wanted the fall foliage up and know that I need a strand of orange lights for the dinner next Friday, so I just had her go ahead and trade out the lights now. When I was running errands this week,  Walmart didn’t appear to have any left in the clearance section after Halloween, so it’s a good thing we switched them out. ;)


During the month of October, the chiropractor that we use has a complementary first visit with x-ray. I decided I’d go ahead and get my first visit in during this special. I don’t have any real reason to go but I just think it is a good idea to have the base work done and then I can go for vega testing if I need it in the future too.

I did find that my blood pressure is elevated, so I will be looking forward to meeting with him about the results and suggestions. I was not anxious at all, so I cannot even blame the high blood pressure on that. Since I went with Tiffany last year, I got to know the staff and really feel comfortable and at ease with them. (Hi Kim!!! :o ) So, any elevation in blood pressure is real, not from doctor anxiety.

While there filling out my paperwork in the lobby, my old friend Joyce came in. :) It was good to see her. I wish I’d have been able to visit better but I was filling out the neverending questionnaire. We have set up a time to set up a time to get together soon.

I’m going to be very busy next week. I’m hostessing the church Holiday Bash and am so excited! BUT I will be out of the house a lot next week. The holidays are fast approaching and Tracie and I have yet to go shopping once together, so we will probably do so one day early next week. Then there is shopping to be done for the dinner on Friday and our own groceries to buy and errands to run one day. Then I have some lovely ladies joining us to decorate the church on Thursday for the dinner. And of course, I get to cook it at the church Friday. I love how God had me trained to do this so that it is fun and not overwhelming. :) But I can assure you, come Saturday, I am going to crash! LOL

Well, I got stuff to do. Games, activities, and decorations to prepare, so I’m going to run.

Until next time, God bless and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

Michele ºÜº

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Tired From Too Much Shopping

List Shopping ~ Lifeofjoy.meUpdated when I was more awake, with some fun pictures I overlooked in my exhaustion while preparing this post. :D


Last weekend I wore myself out!!! We all needed some new clothes. So the four of us trekked out together last Saturday. I stated our goal up front: go to Ross, Burlington Coat Factory, and Walmart. We also decided to finally use a gift card to Outback.

We started at Ross where I happily found three dress blouses and one casual top. Tiff found some darling jeans, several of them in fact, but they were all a bit more expensive than what we wanted to pay, so we opted to wait and check out the other stores for her jeans but we did find a darling dress for about ten dollars. (I will try to get some pictures posted of them soon. They are really cute.)

Next stop was Burlington where the guys scored big! They got jeans, a jacket, cardigans, shirts, and sweaters. We were already over the 3 hour limit Michael wanted to be out. He was a trooper though. We were all very hungry by that time, so we headed over to Outback. I love that it is so easy to eat on plan at most restaurants.

Shopping Lunchtime ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It was really good but also rather expensive. I used a second gift card I had as well but it was good!

We then spent a bit of time at Walmart and found a few more things they needed. It was a long day but a good one. It was such a long day that even though I needed to do some Christmas list shopping at Mardel and Hobby Lobby, Tiffany and I opted not to go out twice this week. That wasn’t the best decision though because we chose to add that to our regular errand day and we were gone for eight hours!!! I was so thankful that I’d put dinner in the crockpot.

I didn’t get my entire menu made but did get the dinner portion done. I’ll have to do the breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and desserts today. I find that I need to have something planned so that I don’t snack a meal while I’m deciding what to eat for my meal or snack.

I struck out at Michaels, with just a few possible items but hit the jackpot at Hobby Lobby. They were having a sale on a couple of brands of stickers, planners, and planner kits. I’m requesting a bullet journal for a Christmas gift and found lots of stickers and things I can use with it. I don’t intend to make it a work of art but I got some stickers that will make it more enjoyable. The stickers and stuff were 50% off!!!

I just love these!!! My kitchen has several Chef Dudes. These are just adorable.

List Shopping ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love these too! I have a thing for emoji too.

Emoji stickers ~ Lifeofjoy.meI also like this little washi tape. I think it will be a nice addition to my bullet journal; you know, the one I’m starting after I get it for Christmas. :D

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I also found a punch that will make a 2″x2″ (or very close to that) square. This is the size of the small Bijou Zentangle tiles. Normally it is $20 so it was on sale for only $10, so this was a no-brainer. I bought it and will put it on my list for anyone that wants to get it for me. :)

List Shopping ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow I’ll put these on my Christmas list and promptly forget about them until I open them.

We did the same kind of thing with some clothes we found for Tiffany last week at Ross, not the day we went with the guys but the day we went just the two of us for Christmas list shopping. Since there were only one of each item, I went ahead and purchased them and then let my Mom and sister buy whatever they wanted from me. It’s a win win!

After finishing that part of our day, we were headed to Sprouts to start our grocery shopping. At a stoplight I got this picture from my baby sister. (Yes we are both grown up now but I have two sisters and this one is the youngest, so she’ll always be my baby sister, especially since she’s 10 years younger than me.)

Shopping Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt took me a few seconds and then I saw this orange bit in her sideview mirror. I said, are you in front of me? Yessirree! That is a fun benefit to her moving closer to us, she now shops on my side of town and we will occasionally bump into each other while out and about. Unfortunately, our trip was not finished and we had to turn off to get busy, as she and the girls were able to head on down the road towards home.

You know, it is no wonder Tiff and I didn’t want to go out twice this week; we went out three times last week! We are hermits and that was really pushing it. I’ve already decided that I’m only going out (other than for church) once next week as well because the following week is packed!!! I’m working on a church holiday dinner and fun night for the 10th, which will mean being out four of five days that week. Yep, definitely staying home most of the week next week. ;)

Well, I’ve rambled long enough. I’m going to run and see if I can’t get some house cleaning done today; it sure does need it but I am definitely tired from my excursion yesterday. ;)

I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Birthday Celebration and Christmas Wishlist Shopping

We celebrated Michael’s birthday this week. He is looking good in his new clothes we got him.Michael ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m sooo proud of him. He has really slimmed down on Trim Healthy Mama.

I made him a THM Carrot Cake. It was pretty good but I cooked it a little bit too long so I thought it was a little dry but everyone loved it. Here is the only picture of I got of it, unfortunately you cannot see much of the cake (and Sean is the one who took this, as I handed the camera to him before brought out the cake).

Michael's bday ~ Lifeofjoy.meOne day this week Tiffany and I went Christmas list shopping. We went to Ross and found some outerwear she loved. Unfortunately the thing about Ross and stores like it is that if you don’t buy it now, you may not get it.

I found this poncho-ish top that felt so good and handed it to Tiffany. At first she just laughed but I convinced her to try it on anyway.

Tiff Poncho ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe decided she loved it and had to have it! In spite of how funny it looks.

Poncho ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe found some other things she loved and I went ahead and bought them. Then she put them on her list stating that I am the store.

I found some things I like but not sure if I want any of them.

List Items? ~ Lifeofjoy.meI also saw some artwork that were inspiring. I took pictures so I could attempt to recreate them myself. :)

Artwork Inspiration ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Even though we hadn’t finished scouring the rest of the store, we were starving and headed out to eat lunch, a couple hours later than lunch time. ;)

After lunch we decided to stop at Barnes and Noble for some browsing. I am in need of a new 5-Year One Sentence Journal. I’ve been looking on Amazon and found several that are a bit larger than the original one I’ve used. I wanted to see them in person. Unfortunately they did not have any of the 6×9 size. I did, however, find this nice looking one and it has a little more daily space to write in.

One Sentence Journal ~ Lifeofjoy.meI also found this calligraphy set with lettering book included. I’m not sure if I want it but it looks nice. And it is priced enticingly. ;)

Calligraphy Set ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love Barnes and Noble, as does Tiffany. We spent quite a while there and were finally just too tired to continue.

Then the other night, as I was in bed and would roll over to my other side, I got quite dizzy. I nearly fell down when I went to the restroom. The next morning when I got up, I was quite dizzy. We prayed for me, quoted some Bible verses on healing, and went about my normal morning routine, fighting dizziness as I went. Thankfully, by the afternoon I was feeling normal again.

I tried on some pants and shorts that are a size smaller and they fit!!! Whoo hoo! Unfortunately tops aren’t moving as well but I’m sure they will sooner or later.

I get to see my grandson and son this weekend, as well as my youngest sister, her family, and my parents. I’m looking forward to it. It’s been several weeks and I miss them. :)

I hope you have a good weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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A Tough Week

Last week was a busy week. I managed to get some pictures to share with you.

Here are some of the breakfast we served.

Conference ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s a little better picture.

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Conference ~ Lifeofjoy.me Conference ~ lifeofjoy.meI had some wonderful help. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of all the wonderful help I had.

Conference ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here are a few pictures I gleaned from other people. ;)

Here’s Gwin and I.

Conference ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had my tennis shoes on and when I walked, the wind blew open my jacket . . . oh well!

Here’s one of my love helping me in the kitchen.Conference Kitchen ~ lifeofjoy.me Conference ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I am excited to say that I managed to LOSE weight during conference week!!! Whoo hoo!!! :p That is a huge accomplishment! I ate a salad every day, although some days it was very small. I also ate rather light in the evenings.

I managed to get my grocery list made after finishing the clean-up after service. Then went to lunch with a great group of people at Chuy’s. I didn’t leave the restaurant to start my grocery shopping until about 3:30! Oh my! But I have a jewel for a husband who offered to pick up some things for me. So I gave him the Walmart portion of the list and I took the Sprouts and Aldi portions. I still ended up having to drop by Walmart because I forgot to put a couple of things on his list but was able to run in the door of the garden center, grab the couple of items I needed and run back out.

By the time I got home, got the groceries put away, and made a quick dinner, I was exhausted. We were supposed to go to a star viewing after dark but neither Michael nor I were up to it. I wish I’d have said a proper good-bye at lunch.

Unfortunately Tiffany was still coughing badly on Saturday, so I asked her if she wanted some cough syrup. Michael ran to the local Family Dollar and got both some daytime and some nighttime formulas. Sunday morning she got up and took a shower and fainted! And she had hives break out all over her body! It was a fight all week long. Thankfully, they were nearly gone yesterday and we were both able to get some rest.

Of course, I’m running errands by myself once again but I’ve learned something about myself, I can do it. ;) Yes, I prefer the company, but I can manage it alone. :)

It was so nice to have some cooler weather this week! I made soup twice! We had a chicken tomato bisque and a chicken chili. Both were deemed keepers and are from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbooks.

Well, I better run. I still have a menu and grocery list to make.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Conference

Busy week with the conference this week. And of course, I took NO, as in ZERO, pictures. I made Egg “Muffins” this year. Although I have made them for the young adult conference before, I have never been able to make them for the October conference before.

I made about four dozen of them each day. Well, actually I mixed it all up in the afternoon and the next morning the early crew baked them. People really seemed to love them. I did not add any cheese to them and I did not really miss it. I’ve been trying to cut back on the dairy a bit, so as to possibly get the scales moving in the right direction again.

I made a little over a dozen with just sausage (bacon bits on two days). Then I made a little over a dozen with meat and sauteed veggies (onions, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and mushrooms). And finally, I made a little over a dozen with just the veggies. The were taken nearly as quickly as they were put out, so I guess that means they were pretty good. ;)

One day this week Gwin and I went to the spinal hospital nearby for bacon cheeseburgers (minus the bun) and salad. Then another day I was blessed to go with a large group of people to Cracker Barrel. I like to get their country house salad. Usually I get it without croutons and onions and add a side of broccoli but this week I got the sweet potato with it. It may have ended up being a slight crossover on the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan but I only put a small drizzle of oil on the salad and no butter on the sweet potato.

My friend Gwin was also in this group. She’s actually the one that took this picture and was a dear and sent it to me so I could share with you. :)

Lunch ~ Lifeofjoy.me(That’s me! Different hair style.)

It is nice to go with a group of people but then I usually get lost between the conversations. I’m nosey and have a hard time not attempting to listen to several conversations at once. There were some people there I’d have like to have gotten to know a bit better but it’s okay, I was able to chat with a lovely lady and her young daughter, as well as Gwin and a couple more ladies.

Speaking of hairstyle, Tiffany hasn’t felt good this week, so she has not gone to the conference, well except for one service on Wednesday. But since she hasn’t been feeling good, I’ve had to do my own hair. Bad thing is that I hadn’t even attempted to do anything with it . . . she’s been the one figuring it all out the last several weeks and now I had to figure it out . . . it’s been passable. ;)

Then one day Michael got rained out of work, so he came to church and thus to lunch with us. We went back to the spinal hospital because it is very reasonably priced when Gwin pays. We figured out that she must get a discount because ours was a bit more. BUT the chicken special is really good!

Come to think of it, Gwin and I have had lunch together every day of the conference! :) On the other day we went to lunch, Michael got rained out again, so he was with me and invited another gentleman at the conference to join us, as well as Gwin. We went to Jason’s Deli. I like that restaurant because they have a good salad bar and have olive oil right there for dressing.

You might wonder why Gwin and I ate lunch with each other so much this week. You see, she helped me in the kitchen. She filled in where my family left me stranded was unable to do what they normally do. ;) I’ve said before that Michael is my right arm and Tiffany is my left arm. Well, this week, when I had neither of them, I had Gwin. :) I joked with her and said she was a great prosthetic arm. Thankfully, Michael was there a couple of days and able to lift the heavy stuff and help wash up dishes. :)

Today is the last day. Actually it is only a half day. Who knows, I may grab a few pictures to share next week. But if you’ve been around here for any length of time, you probably doubt that I’ll actually get that done. ;) We are going to be quite busy because we’ll actually put everything away as we close down the room after breakfast today.

It’s been a good week. I’ve gotten to know some new people and Gwin and I have been able to spend a lot of time together, which we haven’t done in a while. We’ve had some great services, worship, and speakers.Conference ~ Lifeofjoy.me

On the way home yesterday, I stopped and said hi to my kitchen mentor, as this is the week of their “conference” too. It was nice to catch up with her and find out how things are going. She’s taught me so much!!!

Well, I better run. I’m supposed to even pick up groceries on my way home later. I hope I’ll get my act together enough to do so.

Well, Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Dog Sitting and Conference Prep

It’s been a different kind of busy week this week. My sister and her family, as well as our parents are on vacation this week. They asked Sean to dogsit. Since they’ve moved closer to where we live, he opted to just go over in the morning, then for a few hours each evening and then come back home to sleep. They are social dogs and need human interaction.

Dog sitting ~ Lifeofjoy.meMichael went over with him last weekend. While they were gone, I decided that I could go over in the mornings, after my breakfast, and deal with them and stay for a few hours. I’m not really an animal person but . . . they are good dogs.

They definitely know the sounds of a camera.

Dog sitting ~ Lifeofjoy.meThankfully Tiffany has gone with me. She IS an animal person. :) I get my Bible reading done while we are there.

First we let Kipper out of her enclosed area and let her and Belle outside. Then we put them up so that we can let my parents’ dog, Hutch out. Although Belle and Hutch are liter mates, they need to be separated.

Hutch's Turn ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe give Hutch some people time. Let him out and give him treats.

People time for Hutch ~ Lifeofjoy.meKip and Belle get some lovin’ too, even while being penned up. :)

Dogs ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m not sure which one this is . . . Hutch or Belle.

Comfy ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter a bit, we put Hutch back in his area and let Belle and Kipper back out for their people time.

Belle the Ham ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe usually ends up at my feet under the table.

Belle at my feet ~ Lifeofjoy.meBefore we leave, we try to run them around a bit, since we know Macie usually runs around with them.

Play Time ~ Lifeofjoy.me Play Time ~ Lifeofjoy.meI usually throw Belle’s toy for a bit. She plays fetch. I’m not used to large dogs, so this week has been an experience for me. ;) They are all lovable though.

I’ve also been trying to keep my sister’s mums alive.

Mums ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe good thing about mums is that once they are planted, they will come back. Mine have multiplied. They bloom in the spring and generally die off during the heat of the summer but bloom again when the temperature drops out of the 90’s. :)

Mums ~ Lifeofjoy.meThose are my mums on the back right. I started with two pots of brown mums a few years ago and it has multiplied that much. I hope to get a better picture soon, minus the weeds.


It’s been a bit cooler! Hallelujah! It feels like fall. I am glad. These make me happy.

Orange Lights ~ Lifeofjoy.meI know it is a bit blurry but the point is, I have orange lights up in my kitchen and it gives me holiday feels (as my daughter would say).

I especially like my dishwasher magnet! I’m so happy to have several different holiday themed ones. I took the hummingbird one down and put up this one. It’s new . . . I think I got it for my birthday.

Fall Decor ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis just makes me happy! I have a cornucopia for November and Snowmen for December. :) My real sunflowers outside are way beyond looking this good. The heads are all dried up now and ready for harvesting. I’ll save some of the seeds for planting next year and some for eating, either for us or for the birds.

Conference starts at our church Sunday and I’ve got some preparations to make. I’m working in the kitchen and am happy to make some low carb egg muffins/omelets. It will be nice to have something instead of the heavy complex carbs in the bagels and muffins. I may make some keto bagels one day.

They are really good about attempting to provide some healthy breakfast items with apples, oranges, bananas, and yogurt. The problem is that the yogurt has sugar and the fruit has carbs that some cannot eat. Thankfully they have allowed me to buy some stevia sweetened yogurt too. They really do try to meet the needs of the people.

Well, I’ve got a lot to do, so I’ll run for now.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Liam’s Vacation Part 2

I enjoyed having Liam here. Of course, I’m no spring chicken any more, so I rested up at the beginning of the week but I do miss his sweetness. :)

Liam Vacay Pt 2 ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam Vacay Pt 2 ~ lifeofjoy.meLove him soooo much!

I told about his temper the other day. Here’s a picture where he was just overwhelmed. :D

Liam Upset ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, that is Shiloh’s bed. He was so upset he laid there crying. He soon stopped and was back to his sweet self shortly thereafter. Shiloh was even interested in his display; of course, it is her bed, so she has a vested interest in him getting out of it.

Shiloh Jealous ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, Shiloh was a bit jealous of Liam and craved more attention than usual. I think she was glad when he left.

Liam enjoyed toddling back and forth down the hallway. It made it difficult for Aunt Tiffany to get work done. ;)

Liam visits Tiff ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe didn’t mind though.

Kid Loves Music ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love that look on his face, which is why I included this blurry picture. ;)

Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m really going to miss him, as they are moving two hours away this weekend. Of course, Brian promises they’ll come visit once a month. At least it isn’t in another state.


In other news, we’re gearing up for conference at church. Tiffany and I went over one day this week; she cleaned the kitchen while I had a meeting about kitchen processes and needs.

We’ll have a shopping day next week to buy conference items, although we’ll probably just add it to our regular grocery day as it isn’t really that much extra that I need to get.

I have had to make household preparations also. Since we will be at the conference all week, we’ll need to figure out the menu for several weeks. That is always challenging. I try to get as much as possible before the conference so that all I have to do is get perishables at the end of the conference.

Thankfully the weather is turning cooler and we will get to start having soup again, enjoyably. So we have soup on the menu, at least once or twice but will do so even more in the upcoming weeks.

Conference meetings are usually over before dinner time, so I’ve got simple meals planned. Some are so very simple, I would have never thought of them had it not been for Trim Healthy Mama and their Stubborn Losers Menu.

I’ve also got to do my nails. I haven’t done them in a long time and they are in definite need of attention. Then there is the laundry and figuring out what I’ll be wearing throughout the week.

Well, I’ve got lots to do, so I’m going to go. I hope you have a great week. I’m going to rest up as much as possible and pre-make some snacks and such, to stave off bad eating during conference week. I’ve finally got the scales moving in the right direction again and hope not to mess that up.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Holiday Decor and Liam’s Vacation with Us

I’m going to have to learn how to put videos up on this site soon. I’ve had a couple of cute ones I would have liked to have shared if I knew how. I had captured those ducklings I shared a few Thursdays ago on video. Then last week when Tiffany and I were running errands we went to Big Lots. They always have some of the cutest holiday stuffed Christmas decor that moves and plays music. They have one this year that looks and sounds a bit like a monster from Sesame Street. :D

Christmas Decor ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe spins around the floor ‘singing’ a Christmas song. Very fun! (I figured out how to capture a still from the video.)

That’s about the extent of my non-Liam news. Brian and Lauren were able to go on a cruise and we get to keep Liam while they are gone because a boat is no place for a toddling child. He’s hardly stable on solid ground, let alone a boat or worse yet, solid ground after being on a boat. :D

I have decided that what I have heard is true: it is more fun being a grandparent than a parent! :) Don’t get me wrong, I love having him here and would not have had it any other way. But he reminded me how hard it is to be consistent with discipline day in and day out. I think I like being grandma best. :)

Fun being a Grandparent ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I’ve probably said it before but this boy loves food! He even loves watching food being made.Liam loves food~ Lifeofjoy.meA few days before Liam got here, I got a package from Trim Healthy Mama and decided to save the box for him to play with. Usually kids like boxes and he did enjoy it for a little bit.

Box fun~ Lifeofjoy.meBut soon he gave up on it and played with the blocks his mommy left for him. :)

Mega Blocks ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was fun to have Michael get some of the toys I’d saved from the kids out of storage and have him enjoy playing with them.

Toys ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was trying to figure out what real food I could feed this foodie. I boiled a couple of sweet potatoes for him to have with some meals. It’s really easy. I seasoned them with a bit of cinnamon. He seemed to enjoy them and has eaten both of them over the last several days.

Sweet Potato for lunch ~ Lifeofjoy.meAmong the fruits he’s eaten and enjoyed this week are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, orange, and a peach. Fruit is not his food struggle, neither is meat. His struggle is vegetables. He seemed to like the sauteed broccoli and cauliflower we had near the beginning of his stay. He also seemed to like the creamy cabbage and chicken we had one night.

One day I tried to feed him some canned vegetables and he did not like it at all. I realized that I wouldn’t like it either. So I decided to cream them up. He ate some after that. The other night I gave him the rest of them added to some quinoa and he liked that.

Yesterday I was looking for a veggie for him to eat and realized I had a piece of “Cake for Dinner” which has a lot of undetectable radishes in it. He liked it.

Cake for Lunch ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I’ve rambled long enough. I’ll save some stuff for next week. Life is a bit more boring without him here. :D

So, Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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