Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Lots of Shopping and Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Beetles, Getting Better, and Christmas Shopping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Birthday and Weekend Happenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birthday "cake" ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Walks, Crafting, and Visits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

A Delicious Crossover and Flowers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Conference Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Walks, Fall, Bujo, and Washi Tape

Over the past several weeks Tiffany and I have begun challenging ourselves to walk several times a week. One of the hindrances we have had was that our property is not yet cleared in a way that makes it conducive to walks yet. There are three directions we can go when we leave our property, two of them have aggressive dogs that bark and run towards us as we walk, which is a bit intimidating and has made us not want to walk. The final choice has not been an option because we live at the top of this very big hill.

Big Walk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe view is simply beautiful to me. I just love it. But seriously folks, this hill is tough! We have gone sledding down this hill, which is so fun but then you have to walk back up the hill and that is absolutely horrendous. See?

Back up THE hill ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is not angled, it is me looking straight on the hill as we paused to catch our breath as we climbed back towards home.

Once we get down the steep part of the road, it is quite lovely. Tiffany’s picture is so much better than mine. ;)

Walking in the country ~

Walking in the country ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe part down there by those trees across the road is where it levels out a bit.

Walking in the country ~

Country Living ~ Lifeofjoy.meBut as you can see, it still isn’t flat. But it is a nice walk. Shiloh likes to walk with us but she doesn’t really walk with us. She walks ahead of us, comes back and walks with us, and then walks back ahead of us again. So basically, she walks twice (or more) the distance that Tiffany and I walk.

It’s rained some this week, so that knocked us out of walking one day. Then we do not go on an extra walk on our errand day, so that knocks out another day. We have conference next week so there will be NO hill walking then. Maybe it will be nice again the following week. I love fall weather!

Sean brought in our fall decorations from the storage shed the other day. Tiffany put up my fall lights in the kitchen.

Orange lights ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, there are some orange leaves wrapped around some of that strand of lights. It makes me so happy! :)

Then she put up this one too.

White fall lights ~ the picture is a bit blurry. I took several shots and this is the best of them. :\ ) Again, it makes me happy.

Tiffany has informed me that I’m getting another day off today! Whoo hoo! This time I’m making better use of my time. I went about six weeks where I didn’t have time to pretty up my bullet journal, so I’m wanting to do some of that today. I did a little bit last Saturday.

Here’s my set up.

Bujo setup ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve got my stickers, pens (glitter, metallic, and neon), water, correction tape, and WASHI TAPE! I love washi tape. :) It made my birthday wonderful and is a high point on my Christmas wish list as well. :)

Washi tape ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I don’t have enough solid colors and I need more 8mm rolls. :)

But glitter washi tape is gorgeous! You just cannot use only glitter ones though.

Glitter Washi tape ~

other washi tape ~ Lifeofjoy.meSuch fun!!! These make me sooo happy. And they make these boring pages in my bullet journal look so much better. Here is the before picture.

bujo before ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe left page is how I made my planning notes for the month of September. I leave lots of space to add lots of decoration. :) The right page isn’t my typical page, as I had a bit of journaling on it. (I’ll try to add the after shot here once I’ve finished it.)

I’m planning to get some reading done too. I haven’t read much lately and I’m looking forward to finishing up a book and maybe even starting a new one. ;) But I’ll just be content with reading some more chapters in the one I’m currently reading.

The last thing I’m planning to do is some lettering/typography. I also got some Tombow dual tip pens that I’m wanting to play with a bit more and wanting to use some of the lettering books I got for my birthday. I don’t take time throughout the days, normally to sit down and play with these, as I always seem to be behind in doing so many other things. So, I’m looking forward to playing with these a bit since Tiffany will be handling the things I usually need to handle. :) I’m so blessed!

Well this has gotten a bit wordy today, so I’ll run for now. I hope you have a blessed weekend and enjoy making memories with your family and friends.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Blessed and Great is His Love

I have been so blessed recently! I still have the lovely flowers Michael brought me about a week ago and they still look gorgeous.

Flower Bouquet ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen the other day I had a visit with a friend and she showed up with some lovely flowers for me. :)

Friend Bouquet ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had a really nice visit and Tiffany was amazing, as she made lunch and served it. :) Yep, I’m blessed indeed!

Last Friday Tiffany announced that she was giving me the day off; she called it a self-care day. I was floored! I mean what mom gets a day where she doesn’t have to cook, clean, or do for others and can just veg if that’s what she feels like doing. So blessed!

The Guide ~ Lifeofjoy.meI actually spent quite a while playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’m told that Michael enjoys watching me play, as does Tiffany and Sean. Later when I got off the game, I was asked what I wanted to watch on television that night. Now we don’t really watch much other than what we own. ;) And frequently Michael and Sean don’t want to watch what I do and that is fine, because I’m extremely flexible. But that night I picked a short series we own and they didn’t shoot me down. (We tease that Michael is the King of No in the Land of No and he struggles to say yes to anything. =))  Yes, we are joking but he does say no an awful lot.) We’ve continued watching the episodes in that series throughout the week on evenings that we watch something; we don’t watch television every night.

Then on top of that, Sean was home the same day and he asked what chore I had that I’d like him to do. He cleaned out the small chest freezer for me and I wrote down the contents as he refilled it. Once again, blessed!!!

Then Tiffany announced that she was giving me these self-care days twice a month! I cried. Literally cried. I really am sooo very blessed.

That was the same day that I wrote about on Monday where Michael had blessed me by going and getting the supplement I needed from town after having already been in town once that day and surprising me with those lovely flowers above.

God's Love ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve been having a really great week. God is showing me His love for me and that I am important to Him and yes, even my prayers have been answered, in spite of how things may look. So I guess God has been renewing my hope for the things He’s told me. You know, the Word says that where there is no vision the people perish and that hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 29:18 and Proverbs 13:12 respectively.) Sometimes in that time when you are believing for something, it takes so long for it to come that the heart does get sick, but God is still there and ready and able to renew your strength to continue believing. So hold on, dig deep, and keep trusting in Him and His promises. Oh, and let the words of your mouth line up with what you know in your heart will come to pass.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Plans Awry

Broken plans ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo, a couple of weeks ago I decided that I was going to prep a week of posts so that I wouldn’t have to be concerned with daily content and could work on some, much needed website updating. You didn’t notice any updating, did you? Yeah, that’s because the best made plans don’t always come off without a hitch and this one was definitely not my “best made plan.”

So, when I hatched this plan, I did not realize that it would start with Labor Day weekend. Yep, didn’t even look at a calendar. :( But it was not big deal because my self-employed guys were planning to work on Labor Day anyway. Then in church on Sunday Michael got a text informing him that the customer would prefer it if they didn’t come until Tuesday. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like having my guys around, but I had some stuff I needed to do. Yeah, the stuff waited and instead we had a nice, relaxing extra day with the guys home. :)

Just being together ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen Tuesday, realizing that it was now the first work day of the new month, Tiffany and I had our monthly check-in/meeting. While Sean worked at Hostek, he would tell about various meetings he was a part of. I soon realized that since Tiffany is self-employed, she doesn’t have any of those kinds of meetings and neither do I. Thus it seemed that it would be a good thing for us to do with each other, to kind of keep us aware of another month passing and accountable, to ourselves.

accountability ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis meeting started immediately after breakfast and ran through lunch, as in, we kept talking as we made and ate lunch. So the day was pretty well shot after that. I did attempt to get something accomplished but it was a no-go. ;)

It’s been another month, so it was time to go back to the chiropractor to see how my body is responding to the supplements I’ve been taking for the month. Let’s just say, I’m a confusing case. It’s always been that way, at least I have been aware of it for the last twenty years or so–I’m a challenge. Seriously, I ask questions and have odd situations and it is usually a challenge for whomever is trying to help me. It’s okay, I’ve learned to be patient and allow the person grace and they attempt to get the right answers. At any rate, we try to work our chiro visit in on errand day, so that lengthens the time we are out and not much else gets accomplished afterwards.

Christmas List ~ lifeofjoy.meMy mother, sister, and I like to get our Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving so that we can enjoy the holiday without feeling rushed. In order to do that, we have to get our Christmas wish lists done rather early. Thus, I worked on my Christmas list a lot during the first week of the month.

Tiffany did lots of brain storming for her literary world. She keeps journals with the ideas in them. Well, she got a major idea the end of the week and needed somewhere to write it down. She was out of journals.

The night before I had seen a coupon in my email to Big Lots, where I’d earned a $5 of $15 purchase. Trouble was that it expired by the end of the weekend and thus would not be valid on our next errand day. I had considered asking Sean and Michael to stop by and pick up some coconut oil and a bag of snacks to use the coupon, which would have been a good use for it because we use a lot of coconut oil and they have the best price around (of course it is not premium quality but I’m more of a budgeting mama). All of a sudden, I felt like I should ask Tiffany if she wanted to run into town to Big Lots to get some journals.

Now, I have to point out here that it is a 30-minute drive, we are introverted homebodies, and don’t usually agree to this kind of extra trip. But we both thought it was a good idea. We’d just finished a light breakfast and decided to put it in high gear and get in and back as quickly as possible. We did it in record time!

At first we were a little confused because there didn’t seem to be very many journals and what they did have was $6 each! Yikes! Especially because she needed eight journals. I kept wandering the aisles. And about four rows back I stumbled upon the remains of the school supply aisle AND the school supplies were 25% off! Now, if we could just find some journals.

We kept looking and found all she needed plus two 3″ binders that she will need soon for the editing stage of her current work in progress, but also some adorable junior composition notebooks for 75¢! Score! We were home in time for lunch. :)

Big Lots for the score ~

Journal Jackpot ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen we had the wonderful job of numbering the pages because she indexes everything in the back so she can find it more readily. I offered to help her because numbering over a dozen journals is daunting. I didn’t get nearly as many done as she did. She’s Speedy Gonzales and I’m more like Slowpoke Rodriguez.=)) But I did help and that was three that she didn’t have to do. (I was doing other things while she was numbering . . . I’m not THAT slow. :D)

pagenation of journals ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, that was the week. What did I manage to do for the website? Well . . . I got the follow me on social media buttons up. Is it how I wanted it? Nope! But they are there, at the bottom of every individual page and post. I also got the copyright showing on every page now too. That is important to protect my work. I share it freely; I don’t want someone coming in and making a profit off of my generosity.

And that’s it! My big week of getting things done ended with very little to show for it. So I’m going to try a different approach and see if I can make some headway on stuff.

I hope you are having a productive week and enjoy your weekend making memories, big and small, as you go.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Fun Times, Good Food, Busyness, and Blunders

Last weekend we decided to go into town and watch a movie. My sister and her family gave Michael and I a gift certificate to the theater for our anniversary and we finally used it. :)

Michael and I at movie ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat wasn’t a very flattering picture but it’s all I have.

Movietime ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis was the first time we’d been since they remodeled the theater. It is really nice.

We did decide to have a crossover and eat the popcorn. Of course, I paid for it later with a headache but that could have been from eating TOO MUCH of it. Next time we will probably just get one bag of popcorn to share between the four of us, with the buttery topping. ;) We don’t go to the movies often enough for it to be a problem. If we went frequently, I’d just not eat the popcorn . . . I’ve done that before when I went on limited funds and it was either go to the movie without popcorn or I didn’t get to go to the movie. :D

It was a good food week. :) I’ve gotten some good deals on some fresh salmon lately, so Tiffany and I enjoy it for lunch in a salad.

Salmon: Good food ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis salad was delicious. I actually enjoyed this one. I’m not a fan of vegetables but I’m learning to eat them more often and it is helping me in my health and weight loss journey.

They are not pretty but they are delicious. Chocolate chip pancakes from the Trim Healthy Mama Table cookbook.

THM Chocolate chip pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe recipe is single serve, so I have sticky notes on it for multiple batches. We have four adults living here so I always need at least four batches but my guys like a little more, thus I have the measurements for five batches too. But then we have made these when we have company, so I have it for eight batches too. At least I don’t have to do the math every time. :D

Errand day was busy last week because I had a meeting at the church in preparation for our conference coming up the first week of October. It is always the first week of October. Has been for over twenty years. I’m always happy to help out in any way I can. I actually love working in the kitchen.

After the hour and a half meeting, Tiffany and I were ready for lunch. We decided on Chick-fil-A since there is one nearby. This particular one has a bit of a parking lot issue. We noticed a lady crossing from the nearby parking lot (not the one next to it but across the access road) to the restaurant. We decided that was a super idea and followed suit. As we were parking, we saw another young lady coming back across the way with her food. :D Evidently this is the way things are done at this location.

We ordered Cobb Salads minus the corn to keep in THM S meal mode. Unfortunately we did NOT remember to ask for GRILLED chicken instead of crispy chicken. :o Oh was I upset with myself! It was our mistake so we couldn’t very well go up and say anything. I tried to remove the breading but it was stuck like glue. Instead we decided to eat it as it was, with vitamin P for pleasure and know that it is just one more step in confusing our bodies which will enable us to release more weight in the end. :) It was tasty and I’ll have to bread and fry some chicken at home some time to put in salad.

Tiffany was battling a migraine headache and we needed to get some gas, so we went across the street to QT. I parked and went inside and purchased the generic ibuprophen for 75¢ and brought it out to her and off we went. As we had entered traffic, I realized I hadn’t gotten gas! Oh brother! I’d get it later.

We headed to Barnes and Noble because they were having a sale and that is one of  our happy places. :) We found some good books for Tiffany and even one I wanted. I purchased it and it will be available for someone to give me for Christmas (or maybe I’ll just start using it soon instead–we’ll see). :D Yes, if we find something that we really want and it is likely to be gone by the time anyone can purchase it for an occasion, be it Christmas or birthday, we buy it and then give others the option of getting it and giving it to us at said event. We also make gift lists to ensure that people get what they want and limit the number of returns that have to be made by anyone. It works for us.

After spending about an hour and a half in Barnes and Noble, we then did our grocery run which only included three stores this week and not four but we did have to stop by the library for items that needed to be returned.

Unfortunately I made a big blunder last week as well. :( My son Brian and his wife, Lauren, had asked us a couple months ago to watch Liam early in October. I did not check the calendar and we just said yes because they needed us to do it. Well, then I realized our conference is the same week of the couple of days they needed us to watch him. :o

I was trying to figure out a way to keep my word and still do all I need to do for the conference. Michael put his foot down and said there is no way we can keep him. My honey looks out for me and knows that I get tuckered out the week of conference without having a two year old to look after. Unfortunately this was not well received. I love Brian, Lauren, and Liam soooo much. It hurts when things are strained. I hope they know we love them and want to keep Liam another time. (I know Lauren reads my blog–Hi Sweetie!!) I know it will all work out because we are a family that loves deeply. Of course that means that at times we also hurt deeply but enough of that. Hopefully by the time this post is goes live, all is fixed and but a memory.

I hope you have a great weekend, building good memories.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº