Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

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 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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

 

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 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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

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 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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 ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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

Sickness, Liam, Cleaning, and Heat

It’s been a quiet week. Tiffany mysteriously got sick Sunday night with a really nasty tummy bug. She was up most of the night and couldn’t find the heating pad, so she needed to wake me up to find it, hoping it would give some relief. This meant I got up and after a short while, so did Michael. It was quiet a trying time for all three of us, even though I’m certain it was worse of all for Tiffany. We prayed, soothed, and did whatever medicating we could think to do and she finally was calm enough for us to go back to bed.

Come morning, I got Sean sent off to work and Michael ran to the grocery store for some ginger ale and pepto bismol. Ginger ale is one of the best things you can drink for indigestion and upset stomach because the ginger helps to calm it. Just read the ingredients to be certain the brand you purchase actually has ginger in it; sadly, some do not.

Michael got back with the goods and Tiffany was situated on the sofa. Yes, that is what we do when someone isn’t feeling well. Seems kind of silly to bring them and their germs into the main area where the rest of the family hangs out but it makes it easier to communicate AND easier to get the sick one’s mind off of their situation. We put on You’ve Got Mail which is a favorite of ours and we’ve seen it dozens of times, so it is easy to drift off to sleep while it is on. Up next was Kate and Leopold for the same reasons.

Recouperative Sleep ~ Lifeofjoy.meThankfully she was able get some rest around nine. She’s had to take it easy the rest of the week but has been fine.

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to watch Liam this week because of it though. Surely did not want that little cutie to have that miserable mess nor his parents to have to deal with it. It is hard enough with an adult but way worse when it is a wee one and they cannot communicate.

We did have him over last week though. As you can see, we still had some of the birthday decorations up from Sean’s birthday. Liam crawled over to Michael and pulled himself up at his chair, so Michael pulled him up with him.He found Papa ~ Lifeofjoy.me

He got up and then decided he wanted down. So Papa got down and played with him.

Down to play ~ Lifeofjoy.meI try to give him some kind of snack when we eat dinner.

Snack time ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe have to be very careful about what we give him because there are a way too many things that he can choke on right now.


On a completely different subject, I finally cleaned out the cabinet under my bathroom sink. I sure wish I’d taken a before picture but to be honest I was too embarrassed by it to do so. But it sure does look good now.

Clean cabinet ~ Lifeofjoy.meI found a different shower curtain in the cabinet and decided to hang it for a nice change.

We needed to replace our blind on our living room front window. What do you think?

Warped Blind ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think this happened in December because we had a plasticy/vinyl  bow on our front door and it had the same problem. Yep! December was so hot it warped our blind and ‘melted’ a Christmas bow. I wish I had a picture of the bow to share, but alas, I do not. ;)

I hope you have a great Easter!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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More Liam, Flowers, Peach Tree, and a Kitten

Lauren brought Liam out last weekend and he had his second sleepover with us. :) I really hope this gets to be something that continues to happen. I love having him around. :) He got here after dinner, so he was ready for bed a couple hours after he arrived. Sadly, no pictures were taken. However, wee did get to take him to church with us this week. It was nice to be able to let these people who prayed with us for his very existence, to actually meet him.

He did very good during the first hour-long service. Although I’m sure he would have much preferred crawling around, he did enjoy my necklace and my glasses case. :D
Liam Church ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam likes my case ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhatchya doin gpa ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen he was extremely interested in the chair in front of us. He loves pulling up on things and it seemed as if he was trying to pull up on this chair but couldn’t because of my firm grasp on him. ;)

Liam likes the chair ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was told that I was smiling a bit too much! :D Yep, I love my grandson!!!

Removing his thumb from his mouth ~ Lifeofjoy.meI was removing his thumb from his mouth when Michael shot that one.

Michael held him during praise and worship. Liam even raised his hand at one point. :) (Hey, don’t burst my bubble! He totally was worshiping the Lord. ;) )

Raised Hand ~ Lifeofjoy.meSorry it’s blurry. As it is, I missed it when his hand was open and his fingers were spread out. (I said, don’t burst my bubble. ;))

I held him off from wanting a bottle until after praise and worship. I figured he’d fall asleep after drinking it and hoped it would be timed well with service ending.

Napping on Grandma ~ Lifeofjoy.meBrian and Lauren picked him up shortly after he awoke from his nap. It all timed pretty well. :) I just love the little plaid shirt he’s wearing. I bought it for him because Brian loves to wear plaid. But I have to tell you, that thing was a pain to get on him!

I found out yesterday that he gets to have another sleepover this weekend! Yay!!! :p


Last week when Tiffany and I left to run errands, I spied one of my pretty flowers that the family bought and planted for me last year.<3

REturning flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was small last week and just a couple of flowers were barely showing but it brought me much joy on that cold day (and still).

I love them!!! I think they are Sweet Williams but I’m not sure. Whatever they are, they are lovely and bring me joy.

Tiffany checked on the peach tree. We had a couple or three freezes. She thinks we may have lost some of the peaches but we still have some. I’m not sure how many though.

Peaches ~ Lifeofjoy.me So, we know at least some of the peaches survived. I hope there are more than we think.


KitKat’s kitten is cute. She now comes to Tiffany. This is a vast improvement over most of the kittens we’ve had. Here she’s peeking out from behind her mama.

Patches ~ Lifeofjoy.me We call her Patches because she is mostly white with some patches of tabby.

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

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

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Liam, a Birthday, and Zelda

Last weekend I went and got Liam. :)

He’s taken to sucking his lower lip. :D

Liam lip sucking ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I got him a cute snack cup from Dollar Tree that holds the snack pieces inside the cup and has an opening for him to pull a piece out. He didn’t get the hang of it this time around but I’m sure that before long, he’ll be a pro at it.

New Snack Cup ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was really wanting to move!

AND . . . he had his very first sleepover!!! He was very good!Sleepover! ~ Lifeofjoy.meHis mommy said he gets up between 7 and 8. I couldn’t reach her to ask but was pretty certain that she wanted me to wake him up. I was a bit nervous about doing it but he was a sweetie.  I gave him his morning bottle and we had some nice snuggle time.

Grandkids are a joy! I cannot wait until I have a bunch of them . :)


Sean’s birthday was this past weekend as well! He requested that yummy pound cake I made just days prior for his cake. It was REALLY good!!!

Sean Birthday ~ Lifeofjoy.meBusy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meI wrote about it in more detail last Friday. If you eat low carb and sugar-free, this is delicious!


The only other thing that’s been big this week is that we are still loving the new Zelda game, Breath of the Wild. It is HUGE!!! and lots of fun!

Zelda ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe weren’t sure if we wanted to get it because it was released on the new Wii which we do not have. I’m so glad Sean bought it! :)

He also went ahead and ordered a strategy guide for it and it came yesterday. I haven’t had a chance to peruse it yet but it is gorgeous and has tons of information in it. The print is small but he was forewarned about that so we knew what to expect.

The Guide ~ Lifeofjoy.me

He’s a good bargain hunter and found a coupon and a discount, and sale items, and free shipping. :D

We get to have Liam spend the night again this weekend and get to show him off at church Sunday!

Well, I’m off for now. Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Busy and Fun

Last Friday our church had a Church Family fun night. Tiffany and I went over during the day and helped decorate. This is what the tables looked like. Mary and Carol did a good job getting decorations. It looked really nice when we got it finished.

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It was a good evening of fellowship. There were several songs, some information about who Saint Patrick was and what he did, food, and door prizes.

I swiped those pictures from Mary. By the time I got my camera out, decorations were all taken down and put away.Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany didn’t have any green clothing to wear but we picked up a cute shamrock scarf and the bow tie at Dollar Tree. It made her outfit festive. :)

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.me


We celebrated Tracie and Sean’s birthdays at my parents’ last Sunday. When I made the menu this week, I completely forgot that Sean’s birthday is this weekend. I sure hope I have everything I need to make his birthday meals. ;)


We got to keep Liam for a while this week. He was really energetic and had Tiffany walking him around and around. :)

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe also moved some furniture around. It was a busy week.

It’s been ridiculously hot for March and of course, our air conditioner in the house and in the car are in need of some attention.

Michael came home with another window ac unit this week to help us until our air conditioner serviceman can make it here. So, we’ve hung a blanket over the hallway entrance and closed doors to external rooms, to allow the two window units to cool our main living areas. We put box fans in the windows to bring in the cool air at night, so the bedrooms are not horribly hot.


As I was cleaning up yesterday, I found this little guy hiding out on the counter top.

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.me

There’s always one Christmas decoration that doesn’t get put away with the rest. Every year. I guess it was this one’s turn. :)


I believe I told you about the cats and kittens last week. Well, this week Latte moved three of the kittens somewhere . . . not sure where . . . but they’re gone. Just one little cute white one with no tail is left. I guess maybe Tiffany is mistaken that there were three without tails. This one is cute; I hope it survives.


My parents came for dinner this week too. It is nice to have them over for dinner. It’s hard to believe we’ve done this three times now. Wow, the year is going by quickly!

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, Tiffany is playing the new Zelda game. Sean bought it last week. It said that it wouldn’t be here until April and then next week and then BOOM! It got here early this week! It is really really an enjoyable game.

I made a sugar free, gluten free pound cake for dessert tonight. Actually I got the recipe from that cookbook in my mom’s hands, Cooking Keto with Kristie. I’m loving the recipes. It was supposed to be made in a loaf pan but I was hungry for strawberry shortcake kind of thing. So I made it in my flan pan. There was a bit extra batter, so I made a few mini cupcakes.

Here it is in the pans ready to go into the oven.

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meOH!!! The brand of oat fiber makes all the difference in the world!!! Seriously!!! The last couple of items we made with Anthony’s oat fiber tasted like play-doh. Yuck! I got the oat fiber from Netrition this week and it tastes good!!!

Obviously, I didn’t get the pan greased well enough. Good think I used the parchment paper on the center. This is a flan pan from Pampered Chef. There was such potential. :)

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ll grease it down a lot better next time. AND there WILL BE a next time. :)

I whipped up some heavy whipping cream with a bit of sukrin melis (aka powdered sugar substitute) and a few drops of Vanilla Cream Stevia liquid drops by sweet leaf.

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis was delicious!

Liam will have his first sleepover here this weekend! :) This grandma is happy! I’m sure it is just the first of many to come. So, I hope I’ll remember to take pictures while he’s here. As you could tell, there were slim pickings from his visit earlier this week. :D

Well, I told you it was a busy week!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Flowers, Art, Kittens, Birthday, and Liam

When Liam came last time, my sweet daughter-in-love, Lauren, had sent along a bouquet of flowers that Liam picked out for me.

Thoughtful Daughter-in-Love ~ Lifeofjoy.meHow thoughtful of her!!! And now, nearly two weeks later, they are still lovely. I feel so special and loved! :)

We had another freeze the other night and Tiffany has checked on the peach tree and says it is doing well. I’ll try to get some pictures of it next week.

I’m looking forward to  Walmart getting in their trees again this year. I’m going to replace my nectarine that died and my poor Arkansas Black apple tree that seems to be partially dead. Looks like it may have gotten hit by lightening. :o I got the peach tree from Walmart last year.


I received this cute chef guy for Christmas from my little sister and the other day I saw that Tiffany had written on it.

Blackboard Art ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love it!!!

When the Bradford Pear Trees were blooming, I checked on our wild redbud trees and they hadn’t started yet. Of course I didn’t get close to them because they are not readily available, meaning I’d have to walk through the brush to check closely. But when we’ve been out and about lately, I’ve noticed that others are blooming, so I looked out my back window and rising above the barren branches were some pretty bits of pink! :) I asked Tiffany if she’d take a picture while she was out feeding the animals today.

Wild Redbud Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey are little but a nice bit of color in otherwise dreary or drab branches.

Here’s a picture I took with the telephoto lens so that you could see what I see. :)

Redbud in the distance ~ Lifeofjoy.me


This is Latte.

Latte and Kits ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd this is a picture of KitKat from last August.

KitKat ~ Lifeofjoy.meNotice that she has no tail.

These are newly born kittens. Both Latte and KitKat were pregnant at the same time. We know when Kit Kat had hers because her water broke on our front porch while Tiffany was out with her. We aren’t so sure about Latte.

There are four kittens.

Spring 2017 Kittens ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany says that she thinks three of them don’t have a tail, which would make them Kit Kat’s. We’re pretty sure at least one is Latte’s. They are both nursing all four of them.

This is Shiloh. She just had a hair cut and it is chillier out this morning, so she’s wearing her coat.

Shiloh loves Kittens ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe loves kittens! She has always stuck her head in whatever house they were in and just looked at them fondly . . . no matter to whom they belonged. Kit Kat is okay with Shiloh checking in on them but Latte is another story. She hisses at Shiloh every time. Thus, Tiffany only lets her peek in when Kit Kat is with them. As you can see in the picture above, Latte is a bit protective of her kits.

Michael found a mangled dead kit at the bottom of the steps one morning, so this is probably why she is being this way. Not sure how it got that way but . . . it could be why she’s being so protective now.


We finally got to celebrate Lauren’s February birthday last night! They’ve been awfully busy.

Celebrating Lauren's Bday ~ Lifeofjoy.me Yep, he’s a loon!!! :D

I made one of her favorite meals: San Francisco Chicken with noodles and then Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake for dessert. I made a keto version for us. It was good, except for the crust; I gotta buy some other oat fiber! The brand I got, Anthony’s, is STRONG! It makes food taste like play-doh! :p

I did promise a picture of Liam.

Liam with Aunt Tiffany ~ LIfeofjoy.meWe played Small World board game together and Lauren won!

Small World Winner, Lauren ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had fun and I got lots of Liam cuddles. We get to watch him some next week too.


We have a church dinner/fun night tonight. I’m not hostessing it this time but have agreed to bring a pot of stew and help decorate this morning. I hope I remember to get some pictures to share with you next week. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam

It appears that our peach tree and its blossoms made it through the frost that hit a couple of weekends ago. There are some new blossoms and the old ones seem to be progressing along. Of course, I’ve never seen the stages of how a peach is formed but it seems like it is moving as it should be.

Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.mePeach Tree, Flowers, and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh! the peaches we’ll have! But now Michael tells me it is supposed to dip down below freezing again this weekend. Oh God! PLEASE protect my peaches, peach blossoms, and my peach tree overall.


The narcissus all bloomed out this week too. They are now standing tall and looking lovely.

Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, I know, my flower bed is a disgrace. One day I’ll have beautiful flower beds but until then, I’ll just keep learning and growing. I think these may have actually increased from last year, like they’re supposed to do. :) Cool!

Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt looks like I have mostly the short trumpet ones. Oh well! At least they are the ones with the darker yellow centers. That’s some nice contrast.


Liam and new blocks ~ Lifeofjoy.meLook who was here last weekend! I bought him some sensory blocks and balls. I think he liked them.

Here is how we handled not having a highchair when we ate dinner. :)

Make-shift Highchair ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think he liked it.

He likes it! ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe moves his feet a lot . . . caught him mid-circle. :D

Changed into pj’s and chasing that rubber ducky.

RollAway Ducky ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Now on to the book.

Catching up on his reading ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen Aunt Tiffany read him Jesse Bear What Will You Wear.

Tiff and Liam & book ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe loves books! We’re all so happy about that. :)

Then Uncle Sean played with him. Here he was laughing at Grandpa. (He’s so unloved, right? NOT!)

Uncle Sean Time ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen Uncle Sean read him Jesse Bear What Will You Wear. Yep, the same book. :D We do have other books AND they are readily available. Oh well, he seemed to like it.

Uncle Sean's Turn ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a fun visit!


I got this really wonderful cookbook this week. I’m loving it. I made some bread from it this week and even though it didn’t turn out exactly right, it still tasted good. :)

I gave some sticky flags to Sean, Tiffany, and Michael to flag the things they would like me to make.

New cookbook fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere are very few unmarked recipes and some of those I want to try myself. :D They used up all of those flags I had. I guess I have lots of cooking to do over the next little while. Yum Yum!

Well, I hope you have a good and warm weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Liam, Bradford Pear Trees, and Flowers

Wow! Another week has passed, March has arrived, and the weekend is quickly approaching. The only big plans I have for the weekend is time with my grandson. :) I didn’t see him last week and I hear he managed to crawl a few ‘steps’ since last I saw him.
Liam Crawls a Little ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy sweet daughter-in-love sends me pictures on occasion, unsolicited. :) It brings a smile to my face to see this cutie.

On the other hand, Michael will request pictures from Brian from time to time. Here are two that he got last week sometime. Of course, I have them now because I asked him not to hoard them. :D

My son with his son ~ Lifeofjoy.meNow that is adorable. :) <3

Liam in the Hood ~ Lifeofjoy.me


My peach blossoms survived the freeze we had last weekend. I was concerned about it but prayed and it seems fine. Thank you God!

The Bradford Pear tree was in full bloom this week. Tiffany was outside the other day and took some really good pictures of it.

Full Bradford Pear Tree in Bloom ~ Lifeofjoy.meBPT ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Bradford Pear Tree Blossoms ~ Lifeofjoy.me
I love how she captured the sun in this one.

Nice picture of the blossoms in the shade with sunlight kissing them.

Bradford Pear Tree Blossoms ~ Lifeofjoy.meThese bring me joy. :)

Bradford Pear Tree Blossoms ~ Lifeofjoy.me
Look how close these are to the trunk.

You could see the stamen pretty well in that last picture but look here.

Bradford Pear Tree Blossoms ~ Lifeofjoy.meI read an article this week blasting the Bradford Pear Trees and their relative the Cleveland Select. I’ve never seen that one but I like the Bradford Pear Trees. I don’t know what thorny ‘ornamental pears’ he’s talking about because I don’t have any in my yard.

I have a few wild bradford pear trees on our property. Unfortunately the old one up here in the front part of the property must’ve gotten hit by lightening recently because its top if broken off–or it might’ve happened during that bad storm that came through last July. Sadly, we’ll have to chop it down now. But I love these trees because they signal that spring is here (or at least on the way, some years).

I like the Redbud trees for the same reason. We have several tiny wild ones on the property too. I’ve tied strings on them, so I know which ones they are when we clear paths and such. I don’t like to chop those down. I will request those be relocated if they are in the way. They haven’t bloomed when last I checked but with the Bradfords in full bloom, they’re surely not far behind.

Look what else popped up.

Narcissus ~ Lifeofjoy.meRecognize it?

Narcissus ~ Lifeofjoy.meNarcissus ~ Lifeofjoy.meA lovely spring flower. :) I like the bright yellow trumpets but really prefer the full yellow flowers. I’m not sure which are daffodils and which are jonquils but I prefer the yellower ones, which I don’t have any of any more. Don’t know what happened to them but these are all I have left.

I did notice that my irises are starting to grow their stems now too. They are in the back in a shadier spot. The narcissus are up front in full sun.

Well, I’ve rambled enough for one day. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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