Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Friday Tidbit: Not Much and Grief

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

Not much is going on right now. This was the first week that Tiffany and I haven’t had to run errands, since we planned enough last week. We really like that!

Grief comes in all different ways! I’m lacking motivation to do anything; it’s possible that I’m escaping grief by doing things I enjoy (a.k.a. playing games ;) ). Tiffany pointed out that I don’t like to be sad, and she’s right. So, I avoid it. :D I didn’t realize I was doing it until I got to thinking about how my sisters are dealing with the grief, of Daddy’s death.

I was looking through my pictures to include one of Tiff and I but we don’t take a lot of pictures together . . . note to self: rectify this ;)  . . . and as I scrolled through I got to the pictures from the memorial . . . that was a little hard, I didn’t want to get sidetracked so I sped up my scrolling. Then I got back to the last pictures of family while he was still alive . . . and as I think about it now, tears are welling up. I love my daddy and it hurts that he is no longer here . . . but I will not dwell on that right now. ;)

So, thank you for your prayers for my mom, sisters, and I . . . well for all of us — some of the grandkids are a bit more emotional than others . . . we appreciate the prayers that are still being said for us.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Friday Tidbit: Week 1 Update

So I’ve made some progress, although admittedly not very much, with updating the website behind the scenes. I know this is going to be a slow process and that is why I’m not ceasing to post at least something Mon-Fri.

I never did get around to updating last week’s post. Sean, Tiffany, and I were playing some Phase 10 when I realized I needed to do my blog post. :D I made that quick little diddy in between rounds.

And this was the winner! Before that we got Michael to play Concept with us. :)

We had a good time. Of course it would have been more fun with the rest of my family, but we made do. And of course, we toasted in 2021 with some sparkling grape juice :) and I found that some of my cheapo glasses are broken and I’ll need to de-clutter some of them. ;)

This week we’ve gotten rid of the clutter that developed while I was taking some days off. ;) After making cinnamon rolls and donuts on New Years Day, I ceased all cooking and cleaning for a few days and enjoyed some down time playing a Switch game that Sean got recently (Immortals Fenyx Rising {Greek mythology} which has a game play style like Breath of the Wild, one of my favorite games ever).

It is amazing how many clothes I let accumulate over the last little while. Between the towels Michael washed while he was off work and my pile, I must’ve folded four loads of laundry! :D

Well, I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a good weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Xmas ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Merry Christmas (2020)

Well, I have failed so far in taking any pictures but Lauren took some so I’ll get her to forward some to me so I can add them to this post later.

The donuts were a hit for our Christmas Eve breakfast, as was the breakfast burrito bake. We changed things up, just a bit this year and opened stockings and then ate breakfast and then went back and opened gifts. (Sorry about all those “and”s.)

It was fun seeing the gifts my sister’s family received. We exchanged ornaments and this year Tiffany painted the ones we gave. I’ll share a picture later. ;) I was going to buy it but the reviews said that they were on lightweight wood and not very brightly painted. So, odds are that we would have had to repaint them anyway. So Tiffany just offered to paint them to begin with. So I bought the ornament wood blanks and gave them a nice white base coat. Then she whipped them out like it was nothing. ;)

I got an old game out to play with Liam yesterday. It is called Pizza Party. It is really a lot of fun for children. I remember playing it with my nieces and they never wanted to stop playing.

This was the first time he’s played it and we had a ball with it. :) I had forgotten that pizza is his favorite food. So you can imagine, he loved it.

It was a fun Christmas Eve and I’m sure today will be both emotional and fun. Emotional because my dad is in heaven but fun, because we will be intentional and make it fun.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoyable weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Disappointing Yet Happy Weekend

Last weekend we were supposed to go to Yukon to see the lights with Brian, Lauren, and Liam. Mom was going to join us for the first time too. Unfortunately it got very cold and I didn’t think it was a wise idea to drive for two hours to go traipsing around in the cold.

The up side to the cold weather is that we got a good snow out of it! We must’ve gotten around five inches or so. It was so pretty coming down!

And it was pretty even after it was snowing heavily. Tiffany and I walked back to the pond, as we like to do.

It really is quite beautiful. But we definitely need to get to cleaning it all up! It has really grown over.

The cedars are soooo weighed down with snow! I tried to help them somewhat by shaking off some of the snow.

It really did help.

Of course, I got a bit of snow on me in the process. :D

I always love the pond when it snows.

The front yard looked pretty too.

Those cedars are still a bit heavy laden. Usually snow disappears the next day but since we got so much this time, it is staying a bit longer. I may have to go out and help them out today, at least the lower branches.

Tiffany groomed Hutch, my parents’ dog, this week. Mom said that Dad had planned to take him to the groomer back in the early part of November but just didn’t feel up to it, as they both got sick. Well, it has been another four or five weeks since then and poor Hutch has gotten really matted.

Tiff has been grooming Shiloh for a good long time now and even cutting Michael’s hair. So she felt pretty certain that she could groom Hutch decently.

Here is his before picture.

He’s such a cutie.

Here are some pictures of the work in progress and an after shot.

She did a great job for her first time and how matted he was. Neither Tiffany nor Mom wanted to skin him by doing a complete buzz cut. It’ll be easier next time. :) Even though it was tough, she enjoyed doing it. Hutch is a good dog.

Well, that’s it for me today. I have lots of Christmas gift wrapping to do today. I hope you are getting your shopping and wrapping done without much struggle.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Dad’s Memorial Service

Daddy’s memorial service was last Saturday afternoon. My sister took some pictures before the service.

This is the guest book table at the entryway.

We went together and got this large piece for the table. The lady at Reasor’s that talked with us and actually ended up making it herself, which is good because she actually is the one that helped us pick out the flowers and design the piece.

The piece we based it off of had four tapers and 4 shorter pillar candles but they were out of the pillars. We decided to put one taper for each grandchild.

Then we decided to add four short pillar candles for Mom and we three girls with our spouses. Finally I decided to grab some small battery operated tealights for the four great grandchildren.

That’s Daddy on the left and Mom and Dad at their wedding reception.

Mom suggested that we have everyone light their candle at the beginning of the service. It turned out to be a nice thing and different.

The associate pastor, John, did a great job moving things along and reading the written pieces.

I wanted people to know that first and foremost, Daddy loved God and followed after Him with all His heart, so I agreed to speak but needed to speak first. Even though I helped plan the service, I didn’t realize I’d have to endure the reading of the obituary and hearing the song that we sang to Daddy as he passed away–it also happened to be the song my mom had sung to my dad’s dad when he passed away. But I managed to pull it together and speak without much tears.

It was such a blessing to look over the assembled group and see a couple dear sweet friends sitting there smiling back at me. :) (Thank you Kim and Sharon; it meant so much to me.)

We had the grandkids that wanted to speak come up together, to support one another. The youngest one, my Tiffany and Brian. It blessed me so much.

After they finished, my nephew jumped up and spoke too. :)

Then we transitioned to the video sent by Daddy’s lifelong friend, who was our pastor for about 20 years.

Next were words from my middle sister and then Mom and Dad’s dear friends, Carl and Doris.

Their pastor spoke then.We finished up with the slideshow put to Through the Years and Daddy’s Hands. Here are some of the pictures. Angie, the lady that put it together, did an AMAZING job.

These ornaments that they are hanging are from their first Christmas tree they year they got married. They put them on every year. Daddy was being a bit mischievous this particular year.

Thanks for your understanding and patience,

Michele ºÜº

Busy Week

Over last weekend I just chilled and played games mostly. If I remember correctly, Sean came over for Saturday morning breakfast and made it for all of us. :) We decided it was best for us not to go to church Sunday, since we were at the hospital on Thursday. However Tracie’s family and Mom spent the weekend combing through photos for the slideshow for the memorial service tomorrow.

On Monday we had a busy day visiting with their pastor, making the final cut on the pictures, getting the memorial picture printed, and figuring out the flowers. Then got Mom settled back at her place.

On Tuesday my sister’s family, Tiffany, and I went over and helped Mom put up her Christmas tree. Holiday decor brightens the mood a lot. Tiffany put up the rest of our holiday decor on Thursday! I love it!

Brian, Lauren, and Liam came up. We had a nice visit Thursday evening. They got us hooked on The Mandalorian. We watch a few episodes whenever they come over. :) Earlier in the evening Liam got Papa to play a game on the Switch with him. So cute.

I fixed meatloaf and scalloped potatoes. It has been ages since I have fixed them this way and they did not disappoint. I did use gold potatoes and I even fixed them in the foodi. I attempted to pressure cook them twice, but it didn’t recognize the milk as liquid and said I needed more water. :(  Ugh! They were mostly cooked, so I set it to bake for about 15 minutes. They turned out great. Maybe if I put some milk in the bottom before I start layering the potatoes it will work better. Oh well, we shall see sometime in the future.

Lauren brought her nail stickers . . . I don’t know that they are really called that but that is what they are. Any way, I love them! They are so pretty!!! She is such a sweetie!!! She did both me and Tiffany’s nails. :)

Well, it’s been a long week and tomorrow is the memorial service where I have agreed to speak. I am pretty sure I can make it through. ;) We appreciate your continued prayers!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Bad Roller Coaster Week

This week was really bad roller coaster ride; you know the kind that just tosses you all around. I had great plans for the week. I’d broken the work down that needed to be done into three days, so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed.

Then Daddy was still in the ICU. His oxygen numbers where mostly not good but he did have improvement throughout the week.

I like to have my Christmas tree up right after Thanksgiving and for the last 15 years or so, we have done it on Wednesday. We also do all of our holiday dessert baking that day. This year I decided to start putting the tree up on Monday. It is a good thing too because we needed a new strand of lights and snow! Ugh!

Michael stopped and picked up both items on his way home, so we finished the tree on Tuesday. We also did half the baking. :)

My last picture of my daddy!

Daddy’s oxygen levels fluctuated a bit but he still needed a lot of oxygen. On Wednesday afternoon they moved him out of ICU saying he was no longer sick enough to warrant it. However by 11pm his blood pressure plummeted to 60/40. They gave him something to bring it back up and returned him to ICU.

They started a battery of tests and before too long the doctor on duty had the nurse call me and my mother. The short version is that they were as surprised as we were but she felt we needed to be more concerned with his comfort at this point than attempting to save his life (he did have a DNR). It was bad.

I asked if we could come see him and I was told no but she’d check, maybe the policy had changed. Of course, I immediately sent out calls to people to pray, as did Tiffany. The next phone call was that they would allow us to come. He was on a bipap machine.

God worked a miracle and Michael rushed Tiffany and I to the hospital. They took us up, got us protected, and let us in to see him. It was hard. He hated the bipap! Mike and Tracie were bringing Mom and they were only a few minutes behind us. He had to hold on so they could say good-bye too.

He did! Tiff went out after telling him she loved him and loving on him a few minutes, but it was very hard to see. She’d just left the room, Daddy kept trying to take off the bipap mask, but the nurse and I convinced him not to until Momma could get there. She was just outside the door getting garbed up.

I stayed for a few minutes but then went out and Tracie’s husband came in for a few minutes. When he came back out, I went back in. Mom and Tracie were singing to him; I joined in.

I don’t remember when they took off the bipap and put back on the other oxygen–everything is a blur–they gave him lots of pain killers and you could see him beginning to relax a bit. After a song or two, Mom told him he could go be with Jesus. I told him we’d take care of Momma and not to worry about her. More quiet singing and he left.

The nurses were great!!! They gave us as much time as we needed. He passed from this life around 1:45am on Thanksgiving day morning. I’m just so very thankful that Thanksgiving isn’t always on the same day every year!

The nurses told us several times what a sweet man Daddy was. I’m thankful he had some great nurses looking after him, in a time when we couldn’t be by his side during his last days of life here.

To say our Thanksgiving was different, is an understatement! Brian, Lauren, and Liam still came up. We went over to my sister’s house in the afternoon–we just needed to be together. We each handle loss differently. Mom is currently solid as a rock, but we each had our moments of breakdown throughout the evening. At the time of this writing, he hasn’t even been gone a whole day yet; it just doesn’t seem real.

I’m going to run. It is Thanksgiving night and I am operating on about 2-3 hours of sleep. I’m ready to crash. :) Thank you for all the prayers; they are greatly appreciated.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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