Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Swimming and a Father’s Day Surprise

Tiffany and I had an enjoyable swim with Lauren and Liam last week. :) The little cutie did seem to be a bit tired but he and Lauren came out in the pool with us and we had fun. We didn’t stay very long, especially since it was the first time out in the water this year. We are rather fair skinned, so we have to be careful not to burn.

Fun in the pool ~

I spent some time cleaning the car for my honey for part of his Father’s Day gift. I cleaned the dash really good and then the windshield. Then after we returned from swimming, Tiffany helped me wash the car. Well, truth be told, I helped her wash the car. I’m too short to reach hardly any of it. So, I did all the rinsing. :)This and That 2 ~ (This is a picture of our vehicle but it was not taken recently.)

Then the next day, I was going to vacuum the car while Tiffany cleaned the upholstery a bit. Well, I could not get the vacuum, so that just didn’t happen but the seats look soooo much better! We use LA’s Totally Awesome concentrate that you dilute for different uses.

So I did not tell Michael about the cleaning of the car when I gave him his Father’s Day gifts. He’s generally so observant that I expected him to mention it to me at some point throughout the rest of the day but I couldn’t wait. I said something but don’t remember what and could not believe that he didn’t notice the total lack of dust all over the dash. We all had a good laugh over it all and how he thought the rain cleaned it so good. :D

Tiffany and I have had some really good conversations this week. We weren’t as productive as we had hope to be this week but we did what was needed. :) God will help us redeem the time and complete the projects set before us.

My parents came for dinner this week. We had yummy Bacon-Wrapped Chicken, fried green beans, and a simple salad. I had a keto pound cake for us and fixed each of my parents a 3-2-1 cake. We had a really nice visit and I learned some things about my parents’ families. It was a good night.

As usual, I forgot to take some pictures. I tried looking for a picture of our car to put here but I don’t have a good one on my computer yet. Then I tried see if I’d already shared one before but my internet is currently a bit slow, so that is also out.

Thanks for sticking with me in this pictureless post. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



Antique Mall Fun

Last weekend I went to the antique mall with my mother. We had an enjoyable time walking down each and every aisle, viewing all the stuff in each cubicle. I loved this cook ice tea pitcher and glass.

Antique Mall ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, totally fake! Tiffany says, “That ain’t even right!” So I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t give in and buy it. :D But even now, it still brings a smile to my face and I can see it on a table on a porch beside a rocking chair. :D

I found this book that I absolutely loved reading to the kids!

Yipes there go my stripes ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was packaged with a Ty elephant which I did not want. Otherwise, I would have bought the book, even in its condition. I think Mom thought I was a little odd for being so excited to see this children’s book but then I read her a few pages. We were both cackling over it for a bit because I kept repeating my favorite lines which are spoken by the zebra, “Yipes, there go my stripes, and lots and lots of the leopard’s spots!” Of course, I cannot even begin to describe the tone of voice I use for this . . . maybe very very nasally or a bit like a New Yorker. Oh well, it’s a fave and I hope I get it one day soon.

Then I saw this neat mug tree.

Antique Mall ~ Lifeofjoy.meLook at the mugs. They are owls. Of course Tiffany, who really likes owls said they were kind of creepy owls. So, once again, I’m glad I didn’t get it. ;)

Antique Mall ~ Lifeofjoy.meI did find a few things Mom was able to get for me for my Christmas stocking. :) I’ll forget about them by then and I’ll be like, Oh Yeah! I forgot about these! :D

Over the years, Michael has purchased me frogs for various special occasions. So I’ve taken to buying some for him. This frog was so cute, but I just couldn’t buy it. :D

Antique Mall ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe sign said Kisses 10₵ 5₵ 1₵ Free

It was cute, but I don’t have anywhere to put it.

Then just before we left, we saw this Superman and took a picture of it and sent it to my sister. We decided it needed to have someone in the picture with it to show how big it is. So I took this one. We were both dog-tired. Mom said if she’d have know I was going to post these on here, she’d have smiled a little. :D She’s beautiful even without the smile. That’s one classy lady. Lookin’ pretty good for someone old enough to have a 50-something year old daughter.

Antique Mall ~ Lifeofjoy.meLet’s see . . . we helped my baby sister move yesterday. There were enough of us and she had so much done already that it wasn’t that bad. They bought a wonderful two-story house that has sooo much character that it reminds me of a house we lived in when I was young. Nope . . . you guessed it, no pictures. We were too busy and tired and I completely forgot to take any.

Tiffany and I are headed to my son and daughter-in-love’s today to swim for a while. Hopefully, I’ll get to see this little cutie while we are there.

Miss him ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt least, if he is napping while we are there, we will get to see him Sunday, since it is Father’s Day and we will probably all be at my parents’ house.

I’ll run for now. Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



Last Weekend, Work, and a Bookcase Makeover

Birthday breakfast leftovers ~ Lifeofjoy.meLast Saturday Tiffany and I made a double batch of blueberry baked pancakes, some for breakfast and some for breakfasts throughout the week. Unfortunately before I finished my delicious breakfast, my stomach turned sour. :p

When it clung on for several hours, I tried drinking a stevia sweetened ginger ale. Nothing. I tried some chicken broth but it tasted bland and did not help. I don’t remember what all I tried, but none of it helped. Finally, after taking some acetaminophen, it lessened a bit. But we decided better not risk spreading something this yucky at church, so we stayed home. Thankfully by Sunday night I was back to normal.

Bible ~ Lifeofjoy.meMonday I started to read the Bible through chronologically in ninety days. A week or so ago, I asked my friends on facebook if anyone wanted to join me and I was surprised to get several who wanted to. I created a closed facebook group for us to encourage each other and more readily communicate with each other. I ended up with fifteen friends joining in on the fun. It’s been good so far. I remember last year when I did one, Carrie, the group leader, prayed for us each week. It really helped me; I could feel those prayers. So, I’m following her lead and praying for this group.

My flower garden is coming along nicely. We had a bit of rain, like several days worth, so I haven’t needed to water it until yesterday. I have to admit that those pretty flowers bring me more smiles than I ever thought they would have. I’m so blessed and thankful for all the hard work, time, and money that went into them.

Each week I buy another bag or two of the shredded rubber mulch to add to the rectangular flower bed. Tiffany was a dear heart and put down the last five bags for me!!! I used the weedeater to trim up around the outside of both gardens and also cleared the path to the porch. I got a bit red in the face and a tiny bit sunburnt too. But I caught it before it got bad and it doesn’t hurt at all.

Then as if we hadn’t done enough work already, Tiffany and I rearranged her bedroom furniture. She has some heavy pieces. I shocked her with how strong I really am. :) She had a battle with an inexpensive bookshelf and finally got the better of it. In the end, since it was completely empty and firmed up with screws, she decided to paint some cherry tree branches with blossoms on it.

Here it is before painting.

Before painting ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat’s Tiffany’s dog, Shiloah. She’s a schnoodle.

Here it is after her handiwork.

Painted Bookcase ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe painted some of the sides as well, since she knew she wouldn’t see much of this after the books were put back in it.

Cherry Blossom Bookcase ~ lifeofjoy.meAnd here is what it looks after all is said and done. Painting the ends was a good choice.

Painted bookshelf ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, it was a busy day! We didn’t get done everything we wanted to but we got a lot accomplished any way. We’re calling it a win! :)

I’m looking forward to spending some time with my mom at a local antique mall today. She had a birthday this week and has some birthday money to spend in her happy place, so I’m going to wander around with her. :)

I hope you have a great weekend. Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Cooking, Birthdays, and Liam :)

The last week has been a major baking week for me, as predicted. I made this yummy sugar-free, grain-free cake for Tiffany’s birthday. It’s the same one she made for my birthday.
Birthday Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI hadn’t finished putting the candles on as Sean was taking pictures.

It was three layers. See!

Tiff's Cake sliced ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you may be able to tell from the mess in the middle, the second layer broke apart, so I glued it together with frosting. :) It ate just as good as if it hadn’t been broken. :D

I also made brownies to take to my parents’ to celebrate with the extended family. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of those. They were fudgey-ish and had chocolate chips in them. Oh! I found a great way to make chocolate syrup/fudge sauce using Sukrin clear fiber syrup, which we put on top of the brownies and sugar-free ice cream my parents’ served us.

Birthdays ~ Lifeofjoy.meI also made a chocolate chocolate bundt cake for my mother’s birthday celebration. We celebrated a week early because we won’t be getting together again until Father’s Day. (And nope, I didn’t get a picture of that one either. The way it is, I swiped the picture above from my mother.)

I made pancake batter on Saturday, which Tiffany cooked on the griddle. While I made the batter, I put the dry ingredients for a second batch in a baggie for Tiffany’s birthday breakfast! Birthdays are busy cooking days around here, so every little bit of help I can give myself the better.

While Tiffany made the pancakes, I mixed up the cake batter for Momma’s cake and put it in the oven and then made some sausage and eggs to go with breakfast because I cannot just eat something sweet for breakfast . . . I gots to have my meats. ;)

On Tiffany’s birthday I added some blueberries and subbed blueberry extract for the vanilla extract. OMGee! These were delicious!!!

Birthday breakfast leftovers ~ Lifeofjoy.meI don’t usually eat leftover pancakes but these were soooo good, I couldn’t help myself! Oh! what makes it even better is that they are perfectly legitimate keto!!!! Whoo hoo!!!

I’d made “Soul Bread” before the weekend arrived last week, knowing how busy I was going to be and we needed that bread for Tiffany’s birthday. We used that bread and made grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. The side dish took forever but was sooo good – Zucchini fries with a spicy mayo dip. Mmm mmm! (Sorry, no picture again. :( )

For her birthday dinner we had chicken fried caulirice. It was nice and meaty and I added some good coconut oil to it to up the fat, since the chicken is so low in fat and keto diet is high fat. (Yeah, you know the drill, no picture for this one either.)

Saturday night, Tiffany and I made Mexican pizza. Yummo.

I’ve had a couple of recipes I’ve been wanting to try. One is onion rings where you take a ring of onion and wrap it with thin cut bacon! I also got the ingredients to make “everything” bagels a couple of weeks ago; I really should stop loafing around and make them already. LOL

We also got to watch this cutie this week!!! Woo hoo! I just love him!

Liam Highchair ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe loves is spoons. He gets one to hold as you use the other to shovel the food in. We’ve graduated from tying him on a chair to a high chair, thanks to Lauren. :)

Liam and spoons ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe looks so grown up here! He’s such a good baby!!! He really only gets cranky when he is tired or hungry. Of course, both happen frequently. :D

Jesse Bear ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe seemed to like this sensory ball this visit. And of course, Tiffany is reading him Jesse Bear What will You Wear. I promise, we do own more books than that. :D

Liam and Pawpaw ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, he’s a cutie patootie and we love having him here!!!

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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº



Flowers, Liam, and Visiting

It is always so busy at restaurants on Mother’s Day, and we dislike crowds, so we grabbed a quick bite to eat at Whataburger on our way to my parents’ house that day. While we were there, I think there was a group there together from somewhere, although I have no idea where. At any rate, they passed out some pretty carnations to every mother in the place. It was really very sweet of them.
Mother's Day Carnation ~ Lifeofjoy.meMother's Day Carnation ~ Lifeofjoy.meI got some pretty annuals to put in the front circular flower bed.

Circular Flower Bed ~ Lifeofjoy.meSome geraniums, I think.

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, I got that one in two different colors. That pink one is so vibrant and the orange was really nice too. I couldn’t decide between the two, so I bought both. :D

Vincas, which I love because they are drought tolerant and I actually managed not to kill them. I’ve got a lot of these because Michael bought me several different colors of them. :) Hmmm, it seems that I did not get a picture of these yet. I’ll have to remedy that and share next week. :)

Gerber Daisies

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThose look so nice they look fake. :D

This one is called Lemon Slice something. I don’t remember what the rest of it was but lemon slice was so perfect for these bright beauties. They may be petunias.

Flowers ~

The purple flowered one in the middle is a perennial, so I’m looking forward to seeing if they survive. ;) Of course you cannot see the small purple flowers on it though.

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meI tried to crop this in my wp but it didn’t seem to work and I don’t have time to keep messing with it. Hopefully it will do well, and I’ll put up another picture later. ;)

Then there are these.

Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meFlowers ~

My sister and her girls came over for a bit one day this week. Tiffany made us a mini chocolate cake. It was pretty good but the sweetener was a bit strong. Gotta work out the kinks. ;)

Mini Choc Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen we got to babysit this cutie this week too!

Babysitting the Cutie ~

Michael is so good with him.

Michael and Liam ~

It happened to be the same night that my parents came for dinner. So it was a joy to have both here at the same time. :)

Mom and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter being warned about the chair, Daddy seemed to be comfortable and enjoying conversation with Michael.

Dad and Michael ~

Lauren said he gets two pouches of food for dinner. He was definitely enjoying himself. :D

Liam 2 Pouches ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd this is the new face he is making . . . cracks me up!

Puckering Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.mePuckering Some More ~ Lifeofjoy.meLove the knee pads! :D

It has been a fun but busy week. The weekend is going to be full of baking because Tiffany’s birthday is this weekend and Mom’s is a week later, so we’ll be celebrating both this Sunday and I have three desserts to make before it is all over. (Wow, that was a Heidi worthy sentence! :D )

I hope you have a great weekend!

Until next time God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Mother’s Day Flowers

We had a VERY BUSY Mother’s Day! We went to my parents’ and celebrated three birthdays, as well as Mother’s Day. And of course, I did not get a single picture!!! Ugh!

I hadn’t seen Liam in over two weeks and I sure did miss him! I’m ready to do some babysitting again. :)

Miss Him ~ Lifeofjoy.meCuteness ~

Once again Tiffany was a trooper and made another Peanut Butter Dirt Cake for us to eat at my parents’. We didn’t remember which one of our sweeteners we used the week before and ended up using the wrong one and it tasted . . . sour maybe? It just was not any where  as good as it was the week before. We’ll definitely use the right sweetener next time!

Mother's Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe worked soooo hard two weeks in a row. The first time for my birthday and then again for Mother’s Day.

She started by making a double batch of pancakes on Saturday morning. One batch to use in Breakfast Lasagna and the other for use throughout the week for breakfasts.

Mother's Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen after Sean and Michael returned from town with the Mother’s Day flowers, she helped Sean weed the flower bed and plant the flowers. :)

Mother's Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd in between, she made that cake. It has three layers, so it takes a little while to do. She was smart and did it in sections.

Mother's Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey bought rubber mulch. We’ll see how it holds up. I am going to have to buy more though. Did you notice the crazy flamingo? Yep, that was Michael’s idea. :D

I used the bit of birthday money I received to buy some more flowers for my little circle up front. I weeded it on Saturday, since the kids were outside anyway . . . you know, misery loves company. ;)

I found these as I was weeding! They are the pretty orange lilies that they all got me last year. (Brian and Lauren picked these.) I’ll be glad when they bloom. I saw one bud on one of them yesterday when I was planting the newly purchased flowers.

Mother's Day ~

My internet is acting up right now, so I’ll run for now. :) I’ll share pictures and more about my circular flower bed next week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Birthday and Mother’s Day

My birthday was last week. :) It was nice and relaxing. Tiffany did my chores and cooked for me. She made delicious sausage, egg, and cheese biscuits for our breakfast,

Sausage egg and cheese biscuit ~ Lifeofjoy.meand then a yummy steak and cheese bunless sub, which means we ate what would have been put on a Philly Steak and Cheese Sub, with mushrooms added.

Then for dinner she fixed my choice of Bacon Wrapped Chicken and roasted cauliflower.

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken ~ Lifeofjoy.meand then we had the delicious copycat candy bar cake. :)

I really like this picture; I wish it hadn’t been shaded oddly.Birthday Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meCandy Bar Cake ~

I got a lot of paper in my gift bag on my birthday morning.

Gifts ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe sheet music printout represented the digital sheet music package I requested from David Nevue. I just need to print it out now.  I’m looking forward to dusting off my music reading skills and playing some lovely music. Truth be told, I’m looking forward to improving this skill.

The studio classics piece of paper represents the DVD I wanted that has both Desk Set starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. It is a movie we enjoy but our video cartridge squeals now and is unwatchable. It also has I was a Male War Bride starring Cary Grant. We’ve seen this one before but have a hard time finding it to watch it again.

This DVD also has two other movies on it: Hollywood Cavalcade and How to Steal A Million. I’ve not seen these but it’s like they are free, so even if we don’t like them and never watch them again.

The lovely colorful paper represents some gray copic shading markers that wouldn’t arrive for a few days. This doesn’t bother me, it just means my birthday is extended. :)

Now the final piece of paper is the cutest one. I like chef dude items for my kitchen. I saw a few of them last fall but they were gone by the time Christmas came around. So I added it to my birthday list, in case anyone saw any.  Clearly he couldn’t find any, so he compiled this cute collage and taped the remaining money to it.

Chef Dudes ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo it will remain on my list for another gift giving occasion and I already spent the money on a new e-book by Eni Oken. :)

And on a final note, we made this very delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Dirt Cake the other day! Oh My Gracious! It is soooo good! Okay, keep your expectations low so that you have a good experience because if you put them up too high, nothing will ever be that good. ;)

Cakes ~

It’s always tough on my family when my birthday rolls around because Mother’s Day is not far behind. At least this year they have a little more space between the two, than other years. I’m looking forward to Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meMother's Day ~ lifeofjoy.meSpeaking of which, I’m so very thankful for my mother. She held a young family together while daddy drove truck and was gone a lot when we were young. She ensured that we were in church nearly every service. She was always there for me no matter what I was going through, not only during my growing up years, but also after marriage and the birth of my children. She was a great example to me of love and devotion to God and family. Thanks Mom for all you do!

Mother's Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meMother's Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meI Love You ~ Lifeofjoy.meUntil next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Rain and Birthday

Last weekend we got lots of rain! It rained so much that there were flash flood warnings. With as much precipitation as we got, we decided we would not even attempt heading out to church Sunday. Then later this week I found out that we had made the right decision because our routes off our hill were flooded!

Rain and Birthday ~

It is so nice when you make a decision and later realize that you were following the leading of the Lord without knowing you were doing so. We would have gotten up early, gotten dressed, and rushed out the door only to get five to ten minutes down the road and have to turn around. Then we would have tried alternate routes but would have ended up back at home, frustrated. Thankfully, we spared ourselves the hassle, slept in, and had a good lazy day, hoping we’d made the right decision.

Rain and Birthday ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen the electricity went out. Normally when this happens we are not overly bothered by it, as it generally comes back on rather quickly. However, on the heels of the water being out, we were all a bit antsy.

After about thirty minutes of it being off, Michael and Sean got the generator out of the shed. :D That was an ordeal and they said they were going to put it somewhere easier to retrieve when they put it back.

They no sooner got it hooked up and the electricity came back on. :) How’s that for timing? The funnier thing is that Sean came into the house and the living room lights were on, right in the room he was standing in, and he didn’t even notice. Of course, Tiffany and I probably confused him because we were still huddled together at the kitchen table over a cookbook by lantern. :D We hadn’t taken the time to turn it off and the ceiling light back on.

We were very thankful that it came back on so quickly. There’s nothing like being without one of the comforts you normally have to make you appreciate them all and make you a bit overly cautious and maybe even a little paranoid when something stops working as usual.

This weekend is my birthday. Since we are on the ketogenic way of eating, our usual celebration foods are out and we are learning to appreciate new foods.

Tiffany is a doll and is giving me the day off on my birthday. She will be the cook for the family and for me. I pre-made the biscuits for breakfast sandwiches, to make it a tad bit easier on her. Especially because she worked soooo hard on my cake!

Birthday cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat my friends, is a 3 Layer Chocolate Candy Bar Cake! Oh my Gosh!!! She did such an amazing job on it. It is in the refrigerator because the frosting is whipped cream and cream cheese with chopped up Lily’s chocolate candy bars.

I have never made a three or more layered cake before. I’ve only ever made one cake with two layers before and that has been since I started this blog.

Here is the link to the videos to make the cake and the frosting. They are by Cooking Keto with Kristie. We love her stuff! The biscuits I made were from her cookbook.

Here is another picture of that awesome cake in progress. I can’t wait to taste it! This is before that third layer got placed on top.

Cake Mid-Way ~ Lifeofjoy.meDoesn’t that look delicious?!? I had to play tetris with the contents of my refrigerator in order to fit it in there. I can just imagine how moist this is going to be.

Well, I’m off to have a grand weekend with my family! I hope you have a great weekend too.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Missing Liam, Great Meat Deal, and Zelda

Well, it seems that we have all had some stuffiness issues over the passed two weeks. :( Michael and Tiffany both had the yucky stomach bug as well. Thankfully, Sean and I skipped that horrendous episode. But with all this yuckiness around, it means that we have not had Liam for a while. :(

I sure do miss his sweet face!

Liam Sweetness ~ Liam Sweetness Liam Sweetness ~ Lifeofjoy.meI just love this expression he gives me. It’s like, whatch you doin’ Grandma. :DLiam Sweetness ~

Here he found the snack stash!

Liam Sweetness ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m going to have to get better quickly so that I can see him again.

Last week when I shopped I got an incredible deal on meat!!!

Awesome deal ~ Lifeofjoy.meI got over four and a half pounds of pork steak for $9.02, which was $1.95 a pound; a pretty good deal. But the awesome deal came on the boneless skinless chicken breasts. They were already on sale for $1.69 a pound but I got $5 off of each package! So I paid 68¢ a pound for nearly twenty pounds of meat! I’m still stoked by this. :)

Being on a keto diet, we don’t eat as much of this lean meat as we used to, so this will last quite some time. I put each breast in a quart freezer bag (each one weighs about a pound) and then filled a gallon size freezer bag up with the individually wrapped breasts. Now when I need a pound of chicken breast, I just take out one baggie and it is not stuck to any others. With four people eating each night, one pound is usually the right size portion.

I’ve also been enjoying playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild still.

Zelda Breath of the Wild ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow I will give a disclaimer here. There is mention of goddess and pray. When my kids were young and they wanted to play a game that had something little in it like this, they would tell me how they fix it in their head. In a lot of games there is ‘magic’ but it really was just a combining of elements together. Sometimes they would tell me, Mom, it’s just technology. :) As long as they kept the right mindset, I’d let them play the game, that is most of the time I would.

This is a huge game! Much discipline is required to not play it all the time. There are lots of little side quests, lots of areas to investigate, lots of achievements to attain, and lots of fun to be had. :)

They are calling for lots of rain this weekend. We are praying against it. We have already had flood warnings from all the rain we’ve gotten the last week or two. Thankfully, our water came back on! We had trust issues and still collected lots of rainwater earlier in the week. So I’ve still got a couple five gallon buckets full on the porch and a stock pot full on the stove. :D I guess it’s time to go ahead and use it up. haha

Well, I’ll run for now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Ceiling Fans, Water Woes, and Liam

We had a nice but uneventful Easter. I hope you had a nice one as well. I was able to wear a blouse I bought several years ago but couldn’t wear (it was so disappointing) until just this Sunday! God is so good. I had tried it on two weeks ago and still didn’t like the way it fit. I asked God to help me be able to wear it on Easter and He did! :) Yay!!!

Sean treated us to dinner at IHOP after Sunday morning services. I like to eat there because there is so much I can eat legally. It really is easy to eat out if you are not afraid to ask them to make your food the way you want it. I got the Philly Cheese Steak without the bun and had them put cheddar cheese instead of American. I also got a side of broccoli with bacon and cheddar. :) Yum. Oh, I got mayonnaise too. There are lots of omelets you can get there and still eat Keto.

We visited with family at my parent’s home. Brian and Lauren came with Liam. I shared him with the others there because I knew that he was coming over one day this week and would spend the night. We had a good visit with my youngest sister, her family, and my parents.

Here’s a picture of me, my momma, and my baby sister, Tracie.

Easter ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd here is one Mom took of Michael, Sean, Tiffany, and I.

Easter2 ~ Lfieofjoy.meI love that blouse!!!!! And I really like the one Michael is wearing too! Okay, I like all of our tops! :D

We got home and we had a light dinner. I made myself busy on my computer and before long it was past time to go to bed! I’ve gotten so accustomed to coming home right after church and having the rest of the day and the evening that once I started working on my computer, I lost track of time.

The guys got the bedroom ceiling fans up this past weekend as well. Michael keeps forgetting as he is getting into bed and turns it off. We have yet to attempt sleeping with it and not our box fan. The fans have really helped in Sean and Tiffany’s rooms.

Fan Installation ~

Thankfully, we got the air conditioner fixed yesterday! It’s to the point that it needs some kind of freon or something in it every year. It’s going to need replaced before too long, I think.

We woke up Monday morning to a conspicuous lack of water! It has been a tough week! Something happened to the district water. Some people started to get a trickling on Wednesday but of course, not our area.

It did rain some on Monday, so I set out some big bowls and pots to collect some water. I also asked Michael to bring home some 5-galloon buckets full of tap water from in town, so we could flush toilets and have some necessary water.Rain water collection ~

Did I say it’s been a tough week? Yes, it has. You don’t realize how much you turn on the spigot or how much you use and rely on water. My laundry is horrifically backed up; it’ll probably take a couple days of solid washing to get it all done once it finally comes back on.

We had Mount Dishmore around here too. The first day you don’t do the dishes because you’ve filled the dishwasher and surely the water will be back on tomorrow. Then the next day you are out of space in the dishwasher and surely it will be back on later in the afternoon, so you stack the dishes.

On day two, in the afternoon, I gave in and washed up some of the dishes but definitely not the ones in the dishwasher. We ended up with too much soap and our rinse water got soapy. Ugh! Novice!

Finally on day four, there are no more clean dishes or flatware; there are way too many cups and glasses dirty. I finally broke and put on a pot of water to boil. After that Michael helped me wash the dishes, since he was home. I had a pot with hot water and ladle to rinse the dishes and then I dried them and put them away. Thankfully I did have some dishwashing training and sorted all my dishes. Then we started with glassware, then flatware, and worked our way through the plates. In about 30 minutes we had all the dishes cleaned and put away. It felt really good to have it done.

Of course the post would not be complete without sharing pictures of Liam’s visit this week. :) Unfortunately, the pictures didn’t all turn out that great but I’m still glad I’ve got them, even in their sorry state. ;)

I just love the look he’s giving here.

Cuteness ~

This one had me cracking up the whole time he was here. :D It’s like he’s saying, Whatchya’ doin’ Grandma?

Smirk ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd then he got tickled.

Giggly ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe sure do enjoy this little fella! I’m glad they let us babysit.

Well, that’s enough from me for this week. I sure hope my water comes back on today!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº