Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

A Few of My Favorite Things

I just love this towel!

Christmas Towel ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy  mom bought it for me when we had our fun day at Hobby Lobby. :)

This dishwasher magnet is another favorite thing. The strand of lights around it glow in the dark. :)

Dishwasher magnet ~ Lifeofjoy.meOne day this week, Sean and Michael were home from work and Sean decided to make some brownies. :) A double batch! So we have had brownies most every night this week. :)

Baking Brownies ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiff was working on her bujo, I believe.

Michael decided it was a good time to go through some piles he had and get rid of some things.

Michael with Oregon duck hat ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a bit cold that day and all of us were dressed rather warmly. :)

My grandson was in his first Christmas play. :) He was a sheep and didn’t have any lines but got to get up and dance around with the bigger littles. :)

grandson dancing ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen the shepherds came up to the microphone to say their lines, the sheep came up with them and gathered around. They didn’t have any lines but got to have a turn up front.

kids play ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was having so much fun! He’d heard some of the kids say something about the star, so when there was a lull, waiting on another child to say her part, he ad libbed and said, “Star.” It was so cute.

Kids Christmas play ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m so glad that they streamed this so that I could see him, even though I live a couple hours away.

Embrassing the chaos ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s been a good week. Tiffany and I decided yesterday that it was time for a holiday movie day and did the few things we had to do and had a good relaxing day enjoying feel good movies. :)

I hope you have a good weekend. We are anticipating some wintry weather this weekend. I love it.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Hospital Visits

My father was scheduled to have open heart surgery bright and early this past Monday morning but got postponed over the weekend to Tuesday. It made for one more day of anxiousness but we survived.

Since the hospital is 45 minutes from our home and Daddy had to be there at 5:30 in the morning, Michael and I had to get up at 3:45 to be there to see him before he had to disappear, or so we thought.

We arrived and found my youngest sister was there already. Shortly thereafter a gentleman was wheeled into the hospital by a man and another woman. The man looked at us and said, who knew you needed an entourage to come to the hospital. We chuckled and when they were out of earshot I said, He had no idea he was talking to an even bigger entourage. :D Then in came my parents and my sister. :D There were the 6 of us, traipsing through the hospital together.

They were great, allowing all of us to tag along through the different stops along the way. The nurses at Hillcrest Hospital North were absolutely wonderful.

Maglovsky Entourage ~ Lifeofjoy.meMichael and I, Daddy, and Tracie and Sondra (Mom took the picture) just prior to surgery. :)

Daddy was so much more relaxed at this point than when he arrived at the hospital. We were able stay and visit with him for the majority of the two and a half hours before surgery. During the surgery they were very good to call us and keep us informed of their progress. It was a 4-5 hour surgery. My brother-in-law and nieces came at a more reasonable hour and he’d gone into surgery.

Everything went great and we girls went over to await him in CV-ICU, where he stayed for only 2 days instead of the supposed 3 days. He had some amazing nurses and received great care! Yesterday he moved out of ICU and took an uneventful first walk . . . well, it was his second walk but the one the night before ended with a little heart sidestep but they were able to get it back in sync and he walked a good walk yesterday without incident.

Mom and Dad after surgery ~ Lifeofjoy.meLots less baggage this time around, because they removed many of the tubes already here. :) Doing better!

Daddy and I after surgery ~ Lifeofjoyme
Me and Daddy

He’s so strong! Did really good!

They have this “coughing buddy” that the heart patient is supposed to hug when coughing and moving, which helps keep him from using his arms to push himself up and stressing his chest/incision. He and Mom thought it was a joke at first, but soon realized it for the tool it really is.

Heart Patient and Bear ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m soooo glad he’s doing so well. I stayed with them the first night because quite frankly it was a bit scary and I didn’t think Mom should go through it alone. Since they ask all visitors to leave the CV-ICU for an hour and a half each morning and evening, I decided to go back up before the sun came up to be with her while she was banished. :D

It was a good day with some good milestones and good memories. I’m so glad God helped Daddy and kept him here for us. My baby sister told him before he went into surgery that he had to make a deal with her: If he saw any bright lights he was to go the other way and come back to us. :) When he roused from anesthesia, he said he didn’t see any bright lights. :) He had a great surgeon and a Great Physician looking after him. The surgeon said the aneurysm was quite . . . well, let’s just say, it was a good thing they did the surgery when they did and now Daddy is doing good. :)

I hope you have a blessed weekend! We sure are because the surgeon says he will probably come home this weekend. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

My Thanksgiving and Days to Come

Thanksgiving ~ Lifeofjoy.meI hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did. My middle sister came into town from Missouri, whom we haven’t seen in about a year and a half. It was good to see her. She’s staying with my parents for a few weeks as my father has major surgery on Monday and will be in ICU for at least three days so that they can keep a close eye on him after the 5-7 hour surgery. Sondra will be staying with Mom and Dad to help out for a couple weeks afterwards too. It will be good for all of them.

I’m making a Minion blanket for my grandson, so I should make some good progress on it while at the hospital on Monday. :) Who knows, I may even get it completely finished in one day. ;) I’ll take some other stuff with me in case I get tired of crocheting.

Quiplash 2 ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe played Quiplash 2 yesterday and the night before. It was a lot of fun being able to play a game with the entire family of 14 people ranging in ages from 10 to 77. And each person could play at their own comfort level. My dad preferred to just be in the audience the whole time but even audience members get to vote on their favorite response. I think there was a maximum of eight people that could answer questions. It was fun. We played a couple of other games but I didn’t like them as much.

My sister and her husband really work hard to keep the holiday as special as it has always been and my mother is ecstatic that they host it at their house and she can go through the holiday pain-free. It had gotten to be too hard on her body to get her house and food ready for the family togetherness. I’m glad she is enjoying the holidays better and without pain. I’m also thankful that my brother-in-law is such a willing host and good cook. He definitely knows his way around the kitchen. :)

I made the spelt roll dough and froze it earlier this week. Then I was able to bake them fresh at dinner time yesterday. Oh my gracious, they were delicious. They made my meal into an “S Helper” THM meal to my surprise. I’d gone into the holiday expecting to have a crossover and was pleasantly surprised that the added carbs were low enough to keep it in the low carb range of the s helper meal. :) In full disclosure, and so you don’t think I’m wonder woman or anything, I did eat about 3 bites the full sugar sweet potatoes. :D So that probably put me into crossover territory but I don’t care . . . I took a healthy dose of “vitamin P” for pleasure and ate without guilt.

I’m glad for a nice leisurely day to spend at home with family. Well, aside from making pancakes for 7 with sausage and thick cut bacon and making our huge turkey for dinner tonight because I love turkey leftovers. ;) I’m also making a fudge pecan pie, so I guess it isn’t really a leisurely day but it will be a good one. I think I may spend some time making my bujo look a bit prettier; I haven’t done it in a while, so I have a few pages to do.

I got another Christmas gift in, so I’ll be wrapping that up and getting it under the tree. I’ll let you know, but I really think staying on top of the gift wrapping is going to make this month go a lot smoother and be more enjoyable.

Well, I’m going to run. I hope you have a great day and have made some good memories.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Gift Wrapping Fun, Snow, and Holiday Preparations

One day that Sean was working at home, he, Tiffany and I began wrapping Christmas presents. Dollar Tree had some fun wrapping paper. I especially liked the Nintendo Mario themed and Minions papers.

Wrapping Paper ~ Lifeofjoy.meI got a good start on it but lots to go.

We put Christmas music on and just went with it. :D

Single Dancing ~ Lifeofjoy.meSean danced with Shiloh.

Dancing dog and man ~ Lifeofjoy.meDo you know that there is a right tape for a type of paper? If you buy foil wrapping paper, do yourself a favor and get regular tape. It is a bit shiny and will hide on the foil paper nicely. But if you have the standard paper finish, which I think is more of a matte finish, then that is when you want to use the invisible tape. However, if you try to use the invisible tape on foil paper, it will not be invisible; it will kind of be like a ghost and foggy.

On Monday this week, it snowed! It was a lovely snow! We didn’t get a whole lot of accumulation but it was really pretty. I took this picture shortly after it had begun and the flakes were really big.

Big Snow Flakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, they got as big as cotton balls! It was gorgeous!

Big snow flakes in Nov ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was beautiful and then it was gone. We got around an inch or so and then the temperature rose and it melted. That’s why I like snow here; it snows and disappears before it can turn into a dirty mess.

I’ve been working on getting all my gifts bought. I still have a  few stragglers to pick up but I’m nearly finished. :) Other than buying gifts and getting them wrapped, not a whole lot has been going on. I did make a two week menu this week so that I don’t have to shop next week. I got a couple of turkeys on sale the other week and will have that and planned-overs most of the following week.Cheap Washi Tape ~ Lifeofjoy.meDid I mention that Michael’s has some really cute washi tape for just 33¢ a roll? Yep! You get to pick the ones you want too! It’s awesome! I may have gotten a little carried away. ;) I have several different sets of washi tape on my Christmas list. I picked some I liked while I was with Tiffany. And I picked some while I was with Tracie. Washi Tape heaven. :D

Mom mentioned when we were out the other week that she’d like to see what I use the washi tape for. So Sunday I took my bullet journal and showed her. It’s funny because in the beginning there was NO washi tape. Then you could see where I’d gotten a few rolls. Then it was quite clear when I’d gotten some for my birthday.

I like to have some nice glittery rolls both with designs and just glitter and in varying widths. Then I like to have some tapes with nice seasonal designs and other designs as well. I also like foil tapes. But one mustn’t overlook the value of plain tapes.

I’m looking forward to starting a new bullet journal next year with such a wide variety of washi tapes and stickers. I was a bit hesitant to use my bullet journal for everything and felt like I needed to conserve space but I’ve learned a lot this year and am excited to set up my bujo after Christmas. I’ve already started a New Bujo Planning Page in this bujo. :)I really wanted to think it through and have an idea of what I want. I’m also wanting to add a bit of art and more creative expression in this next one.

I’ve made notes to myself on my menu about what I’m supposed to be getting done this coming week. Over this weekend I’m supposed to finish wrapping all the gifts that have arrived. Then as new ones arrive I am to wrap those right away, so that I stay finished all season and don’t let it pile up or stress me out (like it usually does :D ).

I’m supposed to get my Christmas decorations out and up by Wednesday because I like my tree up right after Thanksgiving. Michael doesn’t like to be around when we decorate because of the mess and chaos, so I cannot do it on the weekend. So I like to put it up on Wednesday. I’m not sure if I’ll do it then or Tuesday. I’m doing most of my baking on Tuesday because THM goodies are best when they sit for at least 24 hours and I cannot do EVERYTHING on Wednesday. So there’s baking and decorating to be done too.

Well, as you can see, I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me and some shopping to finish! I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Lots of Shopping and Fun

fall for you sign ~ lifeofjoy.me
Sign I saw while shopping with Tracie.

I have had a very busy week this past week. I went Christmas shopping in stores with my little sister last Friday. We had fun! By the time we were finished around 8pm, I was pretty tired. I don’t cram shop (you know that’s like cramming for a test when you were in school only with shopping ;) ) as well as I used to. Tracie and I used to be able to leave the house around 9am and stay out until after midnight. We’d save Walmart for the end because they didn’t close. :D

Of course, our guys didn’t like us out so late but we really wanted to get as much done in one day as possible. I don’t prefer to go out to begin with, so going as few times as possible is my aim.

Then I had the pleasure of spending several hours out and about with my mom earlier this week. She treated me to lunch at our happy eatery, Pizza Hut, and then we hit up the Dollar Tree before going to a favorite store of mine, Hobby Lobby. We spent about three hours in that store.

Snowman Jar ~ Lifeofjoy.me
Lighted Snowman decoration I saw while shopping with my mom

We oohed and ahhhed over the holiday decorations. Then we got back to my favorites spot right now, stickers and washi tape. And guess what! They had 50% off of one major brand! Michael had given me some money to get something I’d enjoy. I was in washi tape heaven. I ended up with way too much, considering I have quite a bit on my Christmas wish list but it was FUN!!!

I was a bad influence on Mom though. She found she needed some stickers (probably not as many as she ended up buying–but hey! they were 50% off! :D ) and then some other things. There was only one item that she got that wasn’t 50% off and we were able to use a 40% off coupon on it. :) Yep! HAPPY PLACE!!!!

Washi Tape ~ Lifeofjoy.me
Washi tape and stickers I got on sale at Hobby Lobby!

I had this brilliant idea about how to re-organize my spice cabinet. I bought 2 packages of 3 bins and a rack. I figure surely, I could fit all my spices in those 6 bins. Sean tried to accomplish the task for me and found that I have way too many spices for that! Ugh, back to the round spinny rack where the spices keep falling off or getting knocked off by pot handles. Oh well, I’ll figure something out eventually–even if it is just to get rid of some of the spices I don’t really use.

Since Mom and I had our day out the day before errand day, Tiffany and I figured we’d just postpone errand day by one day. Well then Michael let me in on the weather prediction for that day: cold and rainy. Cold I can do but the combination of cold and rainy I’d rather skip. So I got my act together, made the menu, and grocery list and went out as usual. Of course we had a later start than usual and we needed to do a bit more Christmas shopping, so we were out longer than usual as well.

Tiffany and I went to another of my favorite stores, TJMaxx. We spent quite a while in there and didn’t even look at everything. We headed straight back for the housewares section where the canisters and such are located and proceeded to be snails. :D I finally notified Tiffany that I didn’t need to look over the entire store and we headed to the check-out. Then I remembered that I needed to get Liam, my grandson, some more gifts for Christmas and decided to check out their toys. I found a darling broom and dustpan; he loves to play with mine so I thought it’d be a good idea.

Talking Broom ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen just before we hit the cashiers, we came across an entire case of board books!!! I love books and his mom does too. Tiffany and I each got two books. I got him one that is a lift-a-flap book but it is a board book, so he shouldn’t be able to tear it. :) Then I found a cute opposites book which I got him as well. Tiffany of course, could not leave Biscuit behind.

Lift a flap board book ~ Lifeofjoy.me
It looks good and sturdy!

Unfortunately these are the only pictures I remembered to take on my excursions. :D I wish I had thought to get pictures of me and my shopping companions but alas, it didn’t happen this time. Maybe I’ll remember next time.

Well, once again, I’ve rambled on. I’ll run now. Hope you have a great weekend!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Beetles, Getting Better, and Christmas Shopping

Well, it has been a week. Evidently it is beetle infestation time once again.

Beetle time again ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd that’s just one corner!

More beetles inside ~ Lifeofjoy.meJust BOOM! All of a sudden we were infested. Michael asked my sister Tracie about it and she is also experiencing this irritation!

We have found in past years that the best way to get rid of them is to simply suck them up with the hose of a vacuum cleaner.

They really like my living room lamp too. Ugh! Apparently they are not harmful and even beneficial in a garden but annoying in the home. ;)

Mario Odyssey ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter Brian, Lauren, and Liam left, Tiffany came down with whatever Liam had. She was miserable. Fortunate for Brian and Lauren, it only lasted one day for him. That was not the case with Tiffany. She fell hard to it.

Thankfully Tiffany is feeling better this week and I was a whole lot more productive than I was last week. I don’t know if it was the cold weather, Tiffany being under the weather, or something else that made me just want to sit and play video games (Mario Odyssey) all week. Don’t get me wrong, I did get all of the important things done but that is about it. Waiting on an ill person is time consuming and tiring. ;) I’m so glad she’s feeling better!!!

Gifts ~ Lifeofjoy.meI got a lot of Christmas shopping done this week!!! Whoo hoo!!! Thankfully most can be purchased online!  However, my sister Tracie and I will be doing a big shopping day this weekend. Hopefully I’ll knock out most of the stocking stuffers I still need to get, although I’ve done very well with things online. :) They may take a while to get here but that’s another reason to order early.

I’ve taken a pointer from my mother this year and will begin wrapping gifts early next week. I’ve gotten the first round in already and will be getting more in as the week progresses and with the shopping trip, I will have it ready to wrap. Mom taught me to just cover them so they don’t get dusty. I put the ones that I take to my family gatherings in a big bag and put it in the back under the tree anyway. So this year I will just cover the top of the bag with tissue paper and thus the dust will be tossed away. :) I’m looking forward to having the wrapping done ahead of time this year too.

Tiffany and I kind of had our November planning/October check-in meeting unexpectedly yesterday. She had her bullet journal out and started asking questions about what I thought she should do about writing for November. I realized that it was actually November first and as good a time as any for our “meeting”.

We are really trying to get her first novel out in paperback form this season. Especially since it is set at Christmas time. I really want to curl up with it and read it again. I remember two years ago that I had felt like I’d already celebrated Christmas after reading it, while I was editing it, that year. It really is a fun book and I’m so excited where it is headed. Because yes, she does have some sequels and shall I say, prequels planned. :)

Well, I have a busy weekend ahead of me and am looking forward to it. I hope the temperatures will stay cooler because it is so much nicer doing Christmas shopping in cooler weather. :D

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Birthday and Weekend Happenings

We celebrated Michael’s birthday last week. :) My baby loves to laugh.

Laughing ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey were playing the new Call Of Duty game while Tiffany and I made his favorite dinner.

Tiffany cooks ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, his favorite is hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and coleslaw. To make it a truly delicious meal, I add onion rings. :)

Family dinner ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe wanted to eat, not have me take pictures. :D I made some low carb hamburger and hot dog buns. The baked beans were legal too but more than a bit made the meal into a crossover, which is fine for a special day as it is still on plan.

low carb hot dog bun ~ Lifeofjoy.meI wish I’d have taken them out of the oven just a bit early, so they’d have been a bit softer. But they were still good.

We have birthday desserts around here, which means it isn’t always a cake for birthday dessert. It is about whatever the birthday person wants. This year Michael said he wanted something creamy. He asked about a THM banana pudding. Tiffany had Tiramisu for her birthday and I had made a variation for me without coffee. So, I figured I could do something similar.

Birthday "cake" ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Tiffany did some stress baking this week too. :) We like it when she does that.

Odd layer chocolate cake~ Lifeofjoy.meThe recipe called for two springform pans but we only had one, so she used that and then one of our other cake pans. Unfortunately, it is an inch smaller diameter. :D So we had what looked like a fountain cake. I don’t know what this messy bit is but the cake was very light and good tasting.

Stress baking ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think she made a couple other things as well but I don’t remember what all they were. Michael wanted pumpkin pie for his birthday dessert at my parents’ for his birthday celebration. Tiffany made that too. :) I love her so much! She is such a blessing to me.

Brian and Lauren have been married for six years now. For their anniversary Michael made a clock for them using the board that their wedding cake was on. He painted it, added a clock mechanism, and put some seashells on for decoration. They went on a cruise for their honeymoon, so we thought the shells were appropriate.

Finishing touches on clock ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey arrived on Saturday to celebrate Michael and my niece’s birthdays on Sunday. They brought the new Mario Party and it was fun watching them play.

Adult kids playing mario party ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam went with Michael to get the mail.

Grandpa and grandson outside ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s such a cutie!!! He helped him dig up some of the brown mums for us to take to my mom Sunday.

Potting mums ~ Lifeofjoy.meLater he enjoyed playing with Uncle Sean. :)

Playing around ~ Lifeofjoy.meBrian picked on my old toys. :D They were things I still have from when they were little. But Liam seems to like them well enough.

 Old toys ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a fun weekend and I’m amazed that I got any pictures at all. ;) However, it should come as NO shock, that I did not get any from with the rest of the family. :D

Liam and I had some fun together and Tiffany did snap a couple cute ones. Here’s one where Liam and I were playing, hugging, and tickling. It was such fun to see him mimic me.

grandson fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam laughing ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe didn’t sleep well Saturday night . . . he seemed down-right miserable. Lauren thought it was allergies since he’d been fighting seasonal stuffiness like his daddy. On their way home, Lauren sent me this picture.

asleep in carseat ~ Lifeofjoy.meUnfortunately, Tiffany “caught” his allergies and has been sick all week. :( She is definitely going to have to improve her immune system. She and I have a very symbiotic relationship and when one is not having a productive week, the other struggles. ;) Then my ankle starting giving me trouble; this has got to go. I have shopping to do!!! Christmas is coming and I like to be done with my shopping by Thanksgiving and I haven’t even been out once. Thank God for Amazon though; at least I’ve started it.

Well, I’m going to run. I hope you have a blessed weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Walks, Crafting, and Visits

A couple of weeks ago I told you about how Tiffany and I had been going for walks down our big hill. Shiloh really loves it when we go walking. :)

Dog Running ~ Lifeofjoy.meOne day of the first days the chickens followed us a bit.

Chicken Out for a Stroll ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd the the butterflies were surrounding us. It was amazing because they even landed on us, this day.

Butterfly landing ~ lifeofjoy.meButterfly On Us ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnother day they were all around us, flying along with us for a lot of the way.

I finally got serious about cleaning out my side of the closet a little while back. There is no before picture for several reasons: didn’t even think about it and too embarrassed to show it if I had remembered. :p But it looks pretty good now.

clean closet ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat shoe rack has been a video tape holder and a computer stand but has finally made it full circle to a shoe rack again. (Please ignore the to right shoes that are not sitting correctly. ;) )

Recently I finally scraped all the dust off my dresser and put away about a year’s worth of jewelry.

Clean Dresser ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou can also see part of a VERY OLD vision board that has been hanging above my dresser for well over a decade! I’m about to make a new one though. :p

This week I finally got around to finishing the pumpkin dishcloth I was knitting.

Knitted Pumpkin Dishcloth ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love it. At least I finished it before the season was over. You can find the free pattern to knit over on this webpage. I like knitted dishcloths. :) Now if I can only figure out how to get all my towels clean, clean smelling, and still be absorbent.

I went into Michael’s this week to pick up some yarn for a project I’m going to make for my grandson for Christmas. While I was there I saw FOUR bins . . . FOUR BINS . . . of different washi tape for 33¢ each . . . yes! 33¢ each!!!!! I was in washi tape heaven . . . so many to choose from. Of course they are merely hypothetical stocking stuffers at this point and I am so eager to show them to you, but alas, it will have to wait. :o

Michael played a little with some pouring painting techniques this week.

Pouring ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe found that what he thought was silicone had zero silicone in it and thus did not produce the desired “cells”/outcome. But we will not be deterred . . . we will press on and try again later.

Michael had a birthday this week and my niece has hers next week, so Brian, Lauren, and Liam are coming up!!! This cutie will be here and I will have pictures to share next week!!!

grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meThankfully Brian and Lauren have been sending me some pictures. In the latest ones he’s really matured a lot from just a few months ago. Time sure does fly! He’s getting sooo big! He’s really loving being in daycare; he’s thriving with other kids and all the activities. I am soooo eager to see them this weekend. :(

Well, that about wraps it up for me this week. I hope you have a great weekend; I know we will. Haven’t seen my parents or sister and her family in a while, and it is just time. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Delicious Crossover and Flowers

Last Friday after the conference we went back to Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili because it was very good, it was easy, and because sweet potato waffle fries were haunting Tiffany. :D And again, I wish we’d have taken a picture but we were soooo hungry that we just dove right in.

Frequently at restaurants, there is not much of a difference between their regular and large portion sizes on fries and onion rings. So, since we were all very hungry, we each ordered a large size of the sweet potato fries–loaded! Well, these were huge plates! We brought home a whole large order.

They were also very accommodating for our low carb and preference desires. Okay, now I know you are probably wondering why we were even considering low carb with those sweet potato fries. So here’s our logic . . . we were ready to have a healthy crossover with those yummy sweet potatoes but did not want to go extreme by adding on a bun. These burgers were big, so the buns would have been big as well. We were good without them. :)

You see, we had to eat lunch out because we had to go grab groceries before heading home. Tiffany and I usually run errands mid-week and since we had morning and afternoon services all week long, did not get to do this. Consequently, we needed to get some things before heading back home for the weekend.

I have marveled at how pretty my brown mums are this week. We’ve had a bit of rain and so they are thriving, well because of that and the cooler temperatures. I went out to take some pictures to show you and was hit with how overgrown with weeds my poor garden is this year.

Brown Mum's ~ Lifeofjoy.me(Appropriate close-up so that you cannot see all the weeds. :D)

I started with two small pots of these and look how they’ve multiplied!

Patch of brown mums ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd this was after I pulled a bunch of weeds! Ugh! Let me explain why they were in this sorry state; you see, at the beginning of the summer I was outside and I was dutifully pulling weeds. I’d done a considerable amount of pulling. That evening I noticed that my wrist was a bit sore. And the next day, and the next . . . so much so that my family told me not to be doing that again. Fast forward to now, I have found that the soreness wasn’t from weeding at all and I have learned how to do many things that had been giving me pain, without said pain. So yesterday I decided I was going to see if this was another of those activities that I could do without issue. I was successful until I got a bit overzealous near the end and winded up getting burrs in my fingers and sores from pulling the weeds without gloves (remember, I wasn’t planning to do this weeding–just take pictures).

Tiffany got some really good pictures of them earlier this week when they were still wet from the rain.

Mums after rain ~ Lifeofjoy.meMore brown mums after the rain ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe also got some pictures of another tall daisy-like flowering plant that I think is white asters.

asters? buds and blooms ~ Lifeofjoy.medaisy-like flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere you can see how tall they are. These planted themselves thus I don’t know what they are. ;)

Asters? ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I’ve rambled enough for today. Have a great weekend; I know I will. Tiffany is giving me another day off today and I plan to do some crocheting/knitting and book reading.

Until next time God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Conference Week

Conference ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, I’ve been busy this week and as usual, forgot to take any pictures whatsoever. I know, shocking.

Of course the week didn’t go off without a hitch though. The first day I forgot to get the muffins out. Thankfully the dear one overseeing so many aspects of the conference happened to double check behind me and took them out. We also had a bit of an electrical trouble the first day so the coffee wasn’t done when it was supposed to be. But people were fed and they got coffee. ;)

I was blessed to have Sean join us all week. Tiffany is my right hand and we did well together as usual. The morning crew was awesome too. They get there before it is even bright, so I guess it’s just early. ;) I really appreciate it because I’d have to get up super early to get there when needed but this way they get there and set things out. I get there shortly after the doors are opened.

We have two services, about three hours apart from each other. So we break from the first service, go to lunch, and then return, then Tiffany and I finish cleaning up and prepping things for the next morning.

This week I was blessed to have lunch with some wonderful people. The first day we went to Chuy’s with about 10 people in our group. As you might imagine, we saw some other conference attendees there but they’d arrived before we did–we are usually a bit slow to leave the church for lunch.

The second day a very sweet lady invited Sean, Tiffany, and I to her home for lunch. She served us a lovely low carb tortilla with roast beef in it. Yum! (I forgot to mention that I got a salad at Chuy’s.)

On Wednesday we three went to Cracker Barrel with one other gentleman. Michael and I had lunch with him a couple of times last year, so it was nice to fellowship with him again.

On Thursday, we three went to Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili with another couple in the church and there were about 8 in our group that day.  Then we went over to the antique mall nearby and walked around for a bit.

Well, I really wish I had taken some pictures to post but alas, as usual I was just doing what I do and didn’t think about it. (I may take some today and add them later but my track record isn’t very good where that is concerned, so odds are against it actually happening. LOL)

I need to run. There’s only one service today and we have to tear it all down and wash it up to put away until next time. Then I have to pick up some groceries for my family for next week–would rather do it while in town after church than make a trip into town on a Saturday to do it. Saturday will be for relaxing and catching up on some laundry. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº