Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Flower Update

I thought I’d give a bit of an update on my flowers. :) I especially love flowers that come up without any work from me. :)

Here are my sunflowers. I love that some of them are red and some are a mix.

Bee on Sunflower ~ Lifeofjoy.meSee the bee? I love catching interesting photos like that. :)

Here you can see one of the blossoms blooming and then there is another bud beside it. If you look down a bit lower you can see one that doesn’t have much red in it at all.

Unfurling sunflower and bud ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere you can see how these self-planted (or maybe bird planted) sunflowers really desired to live in spite of their shallow planting.

self-planted sunflowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou can also see how the “grass” is encroaching on the flower bed. We’ve had a bit of rain, which the flowers are enjoying, but my right wrist/hand/arm is challenging me right now and I cannot get rid of the weeds and such. I am afraid I may end up with one of those “natural” looking flower beds again this year and I really don’t want that. So, we’ll see.

As you can see in that last picture, my marigolds are doing well. My lovely vincas are too.

Pink vincas ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe white ones are doing well too. And you can see my ?mini coleus? are doing well too, in spite of the pesky “grass.”

white vincas ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy new rose bush is doing pretty good too.

Yellow Roses ~ Lifeofjoy.meJust look at that flower!

Yellow Rose ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo pretty!

Unfortunately my lilies did not bloom this year. :(

Not Lilies ~ Lifeofjoy.meBut there is something growing next to them, other than the weeds. ;) I’m not sure what it is right now.

Unknown Plant ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, that is the plant steak there. I just forget what it says. :D And that is Darcy. I’m not sure what he was waiting for.  (hee hee)

Here was a pleasant surprise . . .

Pretty Pink Flower ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m not sure what it is but it is one that we planted last year and reseeded itself! Love that!!!! As you can see, it won’t be a lonesome flower. It has some other stalks coming up too.

Pretty Pink Flower 2 ~

I saw a hummingbird at the mimosa tree this week but by the time I got the telephoto lens on, it was gone. But I did catch some butterflies in action. :)

Butterfly & Mimosa ~ Lifeofjoy.meMimosa & Butterfly ~ Lifeofjoy.meButterfly Mimosa ~

Well, that’s my flowers. :) I hope you liked the update. If you know what that pretty flower is, let me know in the comments.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

My Grandson (and Son and Daughter-in-Love) Visited

Since Lauren has to work this weekend, they came up last weekend. Sooooooo . . . I got Liam pictures!!!!

Grandson Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was warming up to Shiloh again. (He has to warm up to her ever visit.) He heard the camera click . . .

Cutie Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meSuch a ham! But such a cute ham!!! (I’m not biased at all! :D )

He likes to play with this window with people. Last month it was Sean. This month Tiffany.

Playing with Nephew ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd once again, he heard the camera click . . .

Daughter, Grandson Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe loves his daddy! He enjoys “playing” video games too. :)

Guys gaming ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, he caught me again. (He’s just so stinking cute sometimes. LOL)

He also loves playing with balls. So we play at some point while he’s here. He’s good at bouncing it to me but not good at catching it yet. ;)

Playing ball with grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe also had fun “drawing” with Aunt Tiffany this visit. It wasn’t very long lived, but it was cute.Concentrated Drawing ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe watched Tiffany very carefully and tried to mimic her motions. It was darling.

I love the look on Lauren’s face, such a momma look!

Proud Momma ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, we had a nice visit! We don’t see them very often, so even though we hadn’t made it to church the last couple of weeks because Tiffany was not feeling well, we stayed home and visited with them. It was nice to has a leisurely breakfast of sausage and baked pancakes. Then we had sandwiches and fruit salad for lunch and ended our visit with some homemade cookie dough ice cream.

Brian and Liam loved the ice cream. It’s a little cheap ice cream maker we got from Aldi a couple of years ago. You keep the bowl in the freezer for 24 hours before using it. It doesn’t get really hard set but it is a nice soft serve consistency. It only makes about one and a half quarts, so Lauren had the last piece of strawberry cake I served the night before. (She loves strawberry and is not a huge fan of ice cream, so it worked out fine.) I can see I’m going to have to get another machine as my family grows. ;)

Well, that’s enough for today. I hope you enjoyed our visit with my family. I sure do miss them since they are a couple hours away but I know I have it good.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Our Trees and Plants

Our Mimosa trees are in bloom! I’m soooo glad. Michael thought they might be dead since they had zero signs of life in May and we usually see something by then (at least that is how we remember it).

Mimosa Blossoms ~ Lifeofjoy.meI just think they are gorgeous! Not only are the blossoms pretty but even the leaves are pretty.

Mimosa leaves ~ They remind me of a fern.

Ours have gotten quite large now.

Big Mimosa Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen we moved here, it was just a little thing, similar in size to this one. New Mimosa ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a bit bigger though because it has another trunk or two, meaning that it is really a few trees grown together in a clump. ;) But it sure has grown. The one we have by the house has really grown too. We transplanted the one in front of the house from my mom’s house.

The Bradford pear trees we have were this big when Mom and Dad gave them to us shortly after we moved out here.

Bradford Pear Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is the same tree today.

13yo Bradford Pear Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s a bit bigger. :)

This is my rose “bush.”

Rose Twigs ~ Lifeofjoy.meMaybe you can’t see it very good. Here’s a close-up.

roses ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, it kind of looks like I stuck a long stemmed rose in the ground out there. But this was a “bush” I planted a few years ago. Clearly I need some help with it. It is a lovely rose though. ;) See.

Rose ~

See this sunflower patch on the left. These self-seeded (or he birds did it).

Sunflower patch ~ Lifeofjoy.meLook what a few of them are doing.

horizontal sunflowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, a few of them are growing along the ground and then popping up a flower.

Odd but Pretty Sunflower ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat one growing beside it is about to bloom too. :D

I’ve been trying to keep on top of the weeds to keep them from overtaking the garden but I’m not doing a very good job at it. I was out pulling weeds for about 40 minutes the other day. I pulled so many weeds, my fingers got stained. This is my fingers after washing them a couple times.

Stained fingers ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s a closeup of the other hand.

finger stain ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt finally faded and came clean but it took a while. I’ll probably have to get out there and do some more come Monday (this weekend Brian, Lauren, and Liam are coming, so I probably won’t do it until Monday) because it rained a lot yesterday and that will probably make them grow more.

My oregano has flowered. I don’t know what that means exactly.

Oregano flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meI guess I need to harvest some and dry some. Now to research what to do exactly. ;) Always learning. :)

Well, I’ve rambled enough for today. I enjoyed seeing the growth of our plants/trees. I hope you did. And if you have any suggestions for my poor rose “bushes,” please share it with me in the comments.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Social Media, Birthday, and Cuteness

social media ~ Lifeofjoy.meI have recently, within the last two weeks, jumped into the world of social media. I’m not very good at it just yet and posts are a bit sparse but I am there and learning the ropes.

I’ll be getting the buttons up on the blog shortly; I’ve run into some technical issues so they aren’t there yet. But I’m a challenge wherever I go, so why should this be any different. :))

At any rate, you can find me here on Facebook, here on Instagram, and here on Twitter. I figure that is enough to start with, since I keep forgetting I’ve got them and should do something with them. ;)

Twitter is where I intend to give a quick line about the day’s post. Instagram I intend to share tidbits, bonus stuff, so to speak. And Facebook, well the plan at the moment is to have a Weekend Wrangle where I list what was on the blog for the week. I’m not sure how it will evolve over the coming weeks and months but this is the current plan. ;)

This young lady had a birthday this week!

Tiff and Me ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had her lifelong friend here, which made it special. Seriously, they’ve known each other all of Tiffany’s life; we even lived next door to each other for the first eight years.

Tiff Bday ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe got a Switch game for her birthday instead of a game for her 3DS. (There’s usually a game. We don’t seem to outgrow those. :) )

I fixed her a Tiramisu Trifle Cake. I could have sworn I asked someone to take some pictures but I cannot find them right now. I hope I can later because she really liked it.

I do not like coffee at all. Yes, not at all! So I made an alternative version for me with a cinnamon cake in place of the crazy frappuccino one and soaked it with almond milk instead of coffee and it turned out delicious. :) I did take one bite of the one soaked in coffee and wished I hadn’t! So if you don’t like coffee, don’t make that cake. Seriously.

Unfortunately Tiffany got a mysterious, poison ivy-looking rash on her arm, neck and other various little spots around her body that have given her quite the frustration of late. She made the most of her birthday in spite of how she felt. Thankfully it is clearing up now.

Well I promised some “cuteness,” so here is Mr. Cutie himself. ;)

Cutie Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanks to Lauren, my daughter-in-love, for sending me these pictures. Here’s one of my grandson and my oldest son Brian. :) LOVE!

Son and Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen these two were being way too cute not to capture. I know I will be very glad for these pictures one day in the not-too-distant future.

Goofiness ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was begging her to make some dessert. :)

At the clothes swap the other week, these two youngins’ were having fun trying on some clothes. :)

Clothes Swap Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo cute! It was fun and nice to fellowship with some people from church outside of church. You can read more about the swap here on last week’s Finally Friday post.

Well, that’s enough for today. I’ll be making some changes to the site as we approach my fourth bloggiversary on August 1st, starting with those social media buttons. ;) I hope you’ll like the changes.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Geese, Goslings, and New Clothes

Lamps ~ Lifeofjoy.meA few weeks ago Tiffany and I did some extra shopping on errand day. Mother’s Day was approaching and my mom had found some things she liked at Burlington. These lamps are one of the things she liked.

I walked around looking for this and one other elusive item while Tiffany took a gander at the shoes. We both had a some spending money with us because we were both in need of some things. She needed shoes and I needed shorts and pants. I’ve lost enough weight/inches that my bottoms have been way too baggy and loose fitting.

I found the items on Mom’s wish list and caught up with Tiffany who found two pairs of dress heels, a pair of boots, and two pairs of sandals (I think it was). Then we went to look for the shorts and pants for me. I was able to get some clothes 3 and 4 sizes smaller!!! Wow! I was thrilled.

New Clothes ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe prices were soooo good. I got some shorts for $5 each and three pairs of comfy light-weight pants for about $8 and less. I got two pairs of jean short and a pair of jean capris. Then when we got to Walmart I got a couple tops on clearance too.

After we finally got out of Burlington we were starving, so we headed to Wendy’s. We saw this gaggle of geese and goslings in the parking lot.

Gaggle of Geese ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere were around a dozen all together. It reminds me of Make Way for Ducklings but of course that was with ducks. ;)

While we were eating we saw them headed off across the parking lot, stopping at the water puddles along the way.

Geese in Parking lot ~ Lifeofjoy.meGeese Drinking in Puddle ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was an interesting sight. Of course, we were a bit hesitant to get out of the car with them so close to where we parked, as we’ve heard stories of aggressive geese. :D

Last weekend we were invited to a Clothes Swap. This is an interesting gathering. You see, each attendee brings five items to donate. Then everyone gets a number. When your number is drawn, you get to “shop” and select up to three items. Rooms are available in which to try on clothing, with mirrors to see how it looks on you.

When you’ve decided on which items you want, another number is drawn and they get to shop. Our swap had all kinds of things. Of course it had the dresses, shirts, pants, and such you would expect but it also had shoes, jewelry, belts, purses, and even some sheets. :D

Clothes Swap ~ Lifeofjoy.meOur hostesses had food for us to enjoy while we awaited our turn to shop. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of that but it was good eats! We had fruit, chocolate fondue, cookies, chips and queso, meatballs, and little open faced sandwiches. (I took along a Joseph’s pita and some “legal” bread and subbed it out for the other bread and chips, so I was able to stay on plan. Although I may have inadvertently had a light crossover because of the yummy watermelon and all the lovely “s” foods. ;) But that is okay!

I have a pretty hard time finding clothes to fit me when I have an entire department store, so I didn’t expect to come home with any clothes. I did end up with one shirt that I will wear at home but it’s too tight around my tummy, so I won’t wear it out yet. ;)

I did find a pair of earrings and a nice ring though. I also brought home the sheets. I was going to have to buy another set because one of my fitted sheets ripped but now I don’t have to. :)

Tiffany on the other hand, made out like a bandit! Some of the ladies would find a piece of clothing and tell Tiffany she should try it on. There were lots of things she wouldn’t have tried and some that she would have said didn’t work but they talked her through accessorizing and how to wear them. She later said she felt like a Barbie doll being dressed up. :)

Clothes Swap ~

It was a good time. In the end, any of the items remaining were donated to a woman’s shelter.

Well, that’s it for this time. I hope you have a good Memorial Day weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Mother’s Day Flowers and Liam’s Here

Wow! It has really been a busy week around here, as I guess it probably has been a lot of places. With Mother’s Day being last weekend and the beginning of May birthday celebrations for our family, Brian (my oldest son), Lauren (his wife), and Liam (my one and only grandchild at the moment) came and stayed Friday night and Saturday night as well.

Liam in carseat ~ Lifeofjoy.meLauren is sweet and sent me this photo en route to our house. They were hung up in bad traffic. Little Dude was coping the best he could. ;)

He liked crawling up into Grandpa’s chair.

He is really jabbering away these days. Not many words but lots of talking!

Toddler Jabbers ~ LIfeofjoy.meSean and Michael bought me flowers for Mother’s Day! :) I love flowers. They make me happy . . . I really like the kind that stay alive and keep blooming, although there are times for cut flowers inside too. At any rate, the kids cleaned out my flower bed and planted them for me. This is the before shot. I did pull out some weeds before the weekend.Flower bed before ~ Liam helped Tiffany get the flowers out of the car.Big Helper ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam helps with flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meEverybody worked hard weeding and planting! Nobody looks their best when working but it is oh, so appreciated.

Mother's Day Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs usual, they did not get near enough mulch, but we’ll get more as we can. Truth be told, I prefer to have more flowers over mulch. :D

After Planting ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere’s a closeup of the flowers. The flamingo was Michael’s idea last year.

Third part of flower bed ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany excavated the border bricks . . . they were completely covered and no where in sight.Flower bed Closeup 1 ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt looks like the birds managed to drop some of the sunflower seeds and they came up.Flower Bed Closeup 2 ~

Grandson helped rake ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd plant.

Grandson helped plant flowers ~

Me and Liam outside.

Grandma and LIam ~ Lifeofjoy.meLauren

Lauren ~

Kitten break. This is the youngest of the kittens at only about 3 weeks old now.

Kitten and grandson ~

One last view of the finished flower bed.

My flower bed ~ lifeofjoy.meThe kids got it done before it got hot and we had the rest of the day to enjoy.

After a shower, he was ready for lunch and then a nap. ;) And he was still jabbering. It will be interesting once he actually starts putting words together. :)

Liam ~

Michael went and bought some chickens while they were doing the flowers. He got back as they were finishing up. Liam decided he wanted to ride in the truck with Papa.

In the truck ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was supposed to get 4 or 5 and he came home with eight . . . Yes eight! Ugh! Oh well.

8 hens ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiff says she thinks they are in the “ugly teenager” stage. We’ve been getting one egg most days, so at least one of them is producing. They also seem a bit distrustful of humans, so she’s singing to them to try to get them to warm up to her. There are a couple that don’t seem to want to go outside but she shoos them out anyway. They’ll adjust eventually.

You can clearly tell the difference between the two eggs. The one on the left is from our hens and the one on the right is from the grocery store. (I did nothing to this photo.)

Tell the difference in eggs ~

Liam loves his Poppa!!!!

Poppa and Liam with book ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe grabbed a quick family picture at my mom’s house on Sunday.Mother's Day Family Pic ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany made a wonderful Italian Cream Cake from AllDayIDreamAboutFood.

Tiff making cake ~

Italian Cream Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI liked it but would like it better without the coconut but my family disagrees. ;)

Well, I think that is enough for this week; I need to run. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Plants, Birthdays, and Mom

Well, I planted the Calla Lily my sister and her family gave Michael and I for Easter! I’m sooo excited because it is supposed to be a hardy perennial for my area! Yay!!!

Lilies ~ Lifeofjoy.meI know it doesn’t look all that great but I’m sure it will do just fine. Those short green stems/leaves coming up are lilies that I got for Mother’s Day a few years ago. :) It’ll be nice when they bloom.

I love how things progress around here. I have my Bradford Pear Trees and Daffodils (Narcissus) begin the beauty. Then the irises and sweet williams and whatever these beauties are called. ;)

Spring Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meI really love the purple/magenta colored flowers but I’m noticing that I need to get some other perennial colors too. I do have white and brown mums that will be blooming shortly; they are currently a mass of green.

This ugly flower bed will be looking much nicer next week because for Mother’s Day I get flowers AND labor (of planting the flowers and weeding the flower bed). :) It has been several years now and I just love it! I get to have some really pretty blooms for a long time.

Tiffany thinks we have some sunflowers coming up all by themselves. I hope so.Sunflowers? ~ We had my parents over for dinner on night last week; we hadn’t seen them since Easter. I made a ham with some creamed garlicy cauliflower and a side salad. Unfortunately I overheated the ham and forgot about regular salad dressing for the salad, as we generally just use olive oil and seasonings. I did make a delicious brownie with a praline topping. To all of our surprise, my parents even liked it and they don’t generally like my desserts because they are sweetened with xylitol, erythritol, and stevia. My cauliflower was very creamy but still tasted like cauliflower and my parents do not prefer that. :( I’ll do better next time though. ;)

Mom brought me some of her yellow irises and some of her purple irises! I finally got them planted.

Purple Iris Bud ~ I had a birthday last week too. Tiffany worked hard doing for me what I do for all of them on their birthdays.

Birthday Meal Prep ~

She made delicious chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.

Birthday Chocolate Chip Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, there are pancakes beneath all the chocolate sauce and whipped cream. :) Yummo! Before Trim Healthy Mama I was never one for chocolate or even chocolate chip pancakes, but now they are one of my favorites! I love that I still get to have so many delicious pancakes and waffles–if I couldn’t, this lifestyle of eating would not be sustainable.

We have baked blueberry pancakes, banana pancakes, baked pecan pancakes, waffles, and chocolate chip pancakes. We also have a few others that we throw in from time to time, like the strawberry ones we had a few weeks ago.

E pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meFor lunch she made some yummy Philly Cheese Steak open face sandwiches (I’d made the Wonderful White Blender Bread) and green “fries”.

Birthday Lunch ~ Lifeofjoy.meRecipe will be coming on a future Tuesday for that deliciousness. :)

We had our dessert in the afternoon because I really am still trying to lose weight and it is best to have the heavier snack earlier in the day. So she made me a cream filled chocolate bundt cake with chocolate drizzle.

Mostess Cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe had quite a bit of cream left and piped it all over the cake but in the future we will put more of it inside (about every inch or so). It was yummy!

For dinner we had Meatloaf Skillet with roasted veggies. I adore roasted veggies and they were different than the green “fries” we’d had with lunch.

Birthday dinner ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I’ve rambled on enough for one day. I do have some pictures to share from when Tiffany and I went into town last week with a cute story but I’ll save it for another time.

Mother’s Day is this weekend in the United States of America, so that means Brian, Lauren, and Liam are coming!!!! Whoo hoo!!!! So there will most likely be Liam pictures next week. We’re celebrating our beginning of May birthdays Sunday as well. So, we’ll celebrate my birthday, my niece Macie’s double digit birthday, and my father’s birthday too. Oh but don’t be fooled, that isn’t all the birthdays we have this month though. ;) Tiffany’s is at the end of the month and my mother’s is the beginning of June. It’s crazy how quickly it all rolls by.

Here is a picture of our crazy family, well the Oklahoma part of it (my middle sister and her kids, which includes Sarah,  and grand kids live in Missouri and seldom make it back).

Family Pic ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m so thankful for my momma! My dad was gone a lot when I was little and my mom still got us to church every service and managed with him gone . . . I don’t know how she did it. She taught herself to play the organ, played in church most of her life, and taught me to sing–no literally, I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket but she worked and worked with me until I could, I’m forever grateful. She was my best friend for many many years! She comforted me when I was heart broken and encouraged me to be all that I could be. So much of what I am today is thanks to her.

I remember a few years after Michael and I were married we had several trips to the emergency room. I’d called her because I was scared and wanted her to pray and even though it was the late at night at least on one occasion, she got up, got dressed, and met us there just to sit with me in the waiting room. Any time any of us need her, she is right there. I tried not to call on her too often, after all I was a grown-up. ;) But to this day I know if I need her, even in her 70’s, she’ll still come as quickly as she can.

I’m so blessed to have such a wonderful mom. I hope you won’t let the weekend go by without showering your mom with some love (if you are blessed as I am and still have her with you on this earth).

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Trees, Chickens, Cats, and Dogs

Last week I showed you that Michael had cleaned up the chicken coop in preparation for goats and chickens. What I didn’t show you was what was growing in the fenced pen.

Young tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, some kind of tree. There are a couple others that aren’t nearly as grown as this one but they seem to be different kinds. Hmmm, I wonder what they are. Also the grass has really grown in there. It was completely decimated; I mean dirt! Well there is enough for them to snack on now. :D

We had Australorps last time and really liked them. Tiffany found there are some nearby (realizing that when you live in country most things are 20-30 minutes away) for sale. We’d like to have a couple of them. Then she found some very inexpensive Cinnamon Queen hens nearby but in a totally different direction. However the Cinnamon Queens are a third the cost of the Australorps, so we’ll get two to three of them. Then Tiffany has wanted an Easter Egger, which lays different colored eggs, since she first started researching chickens years ago and has found some not far from the Australorps. The Easter Egger is more than even the Australorps but within reason, so I think we may get one, which will be fun.

This is Stache. He is just regal.

Handsome Cat ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s not the friendliest of our cats but he is getting better than he was.

This is Patches.

Tailless Cat ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe has no tail. It used to bother me but she is such a sweet, lovable cat that I don’t mind anymore.

She had kittens about three weeks ago but she did not have them near the house, so we hadn’t seen them. She finally brought one to the porch this week.

Patches Kit ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe let Tiffany pet it. Of course, she took it away again; we think it might have gotten wet inside with all the rain we got the other day.

The black lab that adopted us last fall (first we named her Skylar and then changed it to Sofi, which she responded to much better) started barking throughout the night and thus keeping Tiffany from getting good sleep for the better part of a month. This was just too much for any of us and we decided to put her on Craigslist to see if someone would take her.

Energetic Black Lab ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe  really helped Sasha, our over ten year old Blue Tick Heeler, get rejuvenated. The old girl really livened up a lot. Nothing like a pup that wants to play to get the old maid up and moving a bit more. :)

Blue Tick Heeler and Black Lab Pup ~ tried to crop these pics once I’d uploaded them but for whatever reason they didn’t want to stay cropped. Ugh!!!)

Within a few hours someone contacted Michael; he said he had adopted three dogs from rescue and at some point someone had opened the backyard gate and they all ran away. He said Sofi would be welcome in the house too. We know she will love that. She really is a lovable dog but just needs more attention than we can give her and we could not have her in our house.

Michael said she did NOT want to get out of the truck when he got there so he pulled her out.

I asked him to snap a picture and he did. It seems that she will be good with him. One thing is for certain, she will not run away, even if the gate is opened. LOL She is super loyal and knows when she has it good. When she got off her chain here, she’d only go play with Sasha, chase cats (and get clawed sometimes), and come to the front porch. Ultimately she’s going to be much happier there than she was here.

It’s really sad when people abandon animals. Living in the country it happens all the time. People think the country is a good place to abandon unwanted animals that at least they’ll have a chance at a good life, better than the pound. But what they don’t realize is that we get the animals we WANT. We don’t need to have animals adopt us just because we live in the country. My neighbor has taken in lots (and by lots I mean dozens) of dogs because they have kind hearts but even they don’t really want them.

Well, I’ve rambled enough for one day. I hope you have a good weekend, I will. We are celebrating my birthday very soon!!! Yay!!! I get new art supplies and stuff! :)

Okay . . . that’s enough of that . . . :D

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Springtime: Flowers and Kits

It is springtime in Oklahoma! Of course it was quite cool the last few days and I am just fine with that. I feel like the longer we have cooler temperatures the less likely we are to have horrendously hot temperatures any time soon . . . at least I hope that is true. I can tolerate cold a lot better than 100º temps and higher.

At any rate we have some wild flowers in bloom.

Little Purple Wild Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis picture doesn’t really do them justice. They are really pretty and remind me of small irises.

Then there are these little white flowers everywhere.

White Wild Flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt isn’t a very good picture either but . . . you get the idea. I love the spring because we have so many flowers around the yard . . . that is . . . until we start mowing . . .

First Mow 2018 ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany mowed some this week.

More First Mow 2018 ~ Lifeofjoy.meSome of my irises are bloomed! :)

Iris Bed ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey are multiplying nicely. I planted them here in the shade because my mom has a huge bed of them and they seem to thrive in the shade. :)

Iris Closeup ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s beautiful!!!

Iris 2018 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere is some ivyish stuff growing in with my irises. I’m going to have to don some gloves and remove it at some point. ;)

The Sweet Williams Brian and Lauren bought me a few years ago for my birthday/Mother’s Day are blooming nicely! It is always so nice to see pretty flowers come up of their own accord.

Sweet Williams ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe planted some oregano near it last summer, basically so we wouldn’t lose it in the yard somewhere. Well. I didn’t think it would come back this year because it was kind of dead last fall. It did not take very well. But look at it now . . .

Oregano ~ Lifeofjoy.meI guess we’ll be drying some and bottling it up for the winter. We use a lot of oregano, so this is a good thing. We will probably try some basil again this year. :D

My sister and her hubby gave us this Calla Lilly for Easter this year. I’m hoping it will be fine once I plant it. It got too cold several times since we received it so I haven’t planted it yet but am hopeful that it will do fine afterwards. I hope it is a perennial but I haven’t checked. If it is, I will either plant it back by the irises or up with the daffodils/narcissus.

Calla Lilies ~

Michael is getting the chicken coop all cleaned up and ready for chickens again and for some pygmy goats. We plan to leash them to certain areas to let them help us clear out some sections.

He worked really hard all day the other day because it’s been a while since we’ve had chickens and thus the whole area was grown over.

Coop ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, it’s makeshift but it will do. ;) But it is nicely cleaned out now.

Inside Coop ~ Lifeofjoy.meInside Coop ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen he got inside, he found that one of our cats had kittens in there. Jitters isn’t the brightest cat we own but she sure was smart to pick this place to have them. She had two in here. Michael moved them outside so he could clean it up a bit.

Lonely Kitten ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe put both of them in this crate with some tar paper. Jitters took one off back into the wooded area back towards our pond. I think she got confused and after dinner this one was still left alone. Thankfully we have two other cats that have recently had kittens.

KitKat only had one kit this time around. She’s a really good mom. Her kit is black as midnight so I named him/her Midnight. We brought the lonely kitten up front to the cat house and introduced it to KitKat, who took care of it right away. Midnight seemed kind of glad to have a litter mate after all. ;)

Kitkat and kits ~ lifeofjoy.meMidnight is 2-3 weeks old and the new kit is only days old. I think they will do fine. :)

Well, I’ve rambled on enough for one day. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I intend to. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Dog Sitting and Plants

The big thing this week has been dog-sitting for my sister and her family this week while they were gone. They have a golden doodle, German Shepherd, and a schnoodle. The first two are still puppies but large dogs. The third is the sister to Tiffany’s inside dog and they are about six years old.

Sean is the one they asked to dog-sit for them but since they moved out near us and are no longer in town, Tiffany and I go over and spend some time with the dogs for a while, so he doesn’t have to and he can be home with us. ;) Then when Michael comes home from work, he goes by and lets them go outside and relieve themselves and stretch their legs a bit.

Last weekend we all went over for a while and watched a movie while we were there. Michael took popcorn with him because he doesn’t like to watch movies without popcorn. As you can see, he had the complete attention of these two. ;)

Dogs Staring Down Popcorn Eater ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhen we get there, they are READY to get outside! Then they come in and get some lovin’ from Tiffany and I and then they stand by the back door. So we cave and go outside with them and let them run off some energy.

Dog Fun ~ lifeofjoy.meDoggie Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiff and Dogs outside ~ lifeofjoy.meWe give them some water because they are definitely letting off some steam. The run and wrestle and even get on the trampoline with Tiffany. :D The wind was really kicking the day I took the pictures, thus Tiffany looks miserable. ;)

Trampoline with dogs (clicking here will open the short 3 second video in this window)

The German Shepherd did a lot of playing when we came back in, most days. But eventually went to her perch to sit for a bit.

German Shepherd big puppy ~

But the other two planted themselves at our feet.

Dog at our feet ~

Dogs at our feet ~

I noticed my perennials are up! :) This one has lots of buds on it.

Perennials ~

Yes there are lots of weeds around it but it has the promise of some pretty blooms soon, in spite of the odd temperatures this year. Of course, I’m not complaining, I’m glad it is cool longer. I’m hoping we do NOT get any triple digit days this year. :)

My Sweet Williams have also started making their appearance and they are in need of me removing the weeds from around them as well.

Sweet Williams and weeds ~

They are going to be so pretty when they bloom in full. :) They bring me so much joy.

Then I saw this. I think it is my oregano.

Oregano? ~

When we planted it I thought it was a perennial but then it seemed to die before it got cold and I thought it was gone. I had also planted some basil and I think it really is gone, but we shall see.

Well, that’s it for me. I don’t get a whole lot done when I leave the house every day, so I’m looking forward to next week and getting back to my routines and maybe even actually enacting the new parts of my routines too. :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I intend to.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº