Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Review: Black, New Bedding, and Days Mixed Up

I’ve been messed up all week. I looked at the calendar a week or so ago and noted that my oldest son’s birthday was on Wednesday and thought about celebrating Independence Day and how it was right in the middle of the week. Do you see my faulty thought process? Independence Day was Thursday NOT Wednesday! But this set me up to have my days mixed up most of the week.

I planned to run errands on Thursday and then realized that was the fourth and I needed to do them Wednesday. Then, since we’ve run errands on Fridays for several weeks, I thought Wednesday was Friday. :o Then I re-realized that Thursday was the fourth. Then yesterday, the fourth, I thought it was Friday for part of it and then Saturday for another part! Boy did I get messed up! :D

I finished reading Black by Ted Dekker. I liked it and am ready to read the next one, Red, but I wanted to write my thoughts about Black before I moved on. I rolled right on through the Stromlight Archive at the beginning of the year and still get confused about which things happened in which book. :D

So Black is kind of a Genesis story; yes, I mean the book of Genesis from the Bible. But really it is just about Eden and the fall of man, not the whole book of Genesis.

I really love some of the way Ted Dekker relates the love of God and the splendor of Eden. I enjoyed the concept of The Great Romance.

I guess I should tell you a little about this story . . . Thomas is our main character and he finds himself in a very dangerous situation. When he falls asleep he wakes up in “Eden”, which is a completely different place, where he believes he was just dreaming about the danger he’d been in. So every time he falls asleep in one place, he wakes up in the other (as he sleeps in the first) and then when he sleeps in the other place, he wakes back up in the first fully remembering all that he experienced.

It may sound a bit wacky but I do recommend it. For the Christian, it can give a picture of how things were in the beginning, which I believe is beautiful and fun.

It is interesting to see how one dream world affects the other and how Thomas works through the confusion.

Meanwhile there are some similarities to what happens in each place. Is there a cause and effect going on? Which one is real or are they both? How did Thomas get thrown into this whole thing anyway?

I think that this is an interesting read, even if you are not a Christian, I think it is an interesting read. Alternate realities. Pretty interesting stuff. Of course there is the threat of a world virus decimating a large part of the population. Seriously, this is not overtly Christian . . . give it a try.

Oh! Michael helped me remove the old dust ruffle and put on the new bed set we bought last weekend. I really like it.

Sean had two pillows, that came with his set a couple years ago, that he doesn’t use any more. So I added them to the bed since they were a good match. I like it.

The spread is reversible.

And it came with two sets of sheets. A grey set and this set. It’s different. I like it so far.

We’re going to paint the furniture a terracotta color. Of course, when I say we, I mean Michael. ;) I don’t paint big things; I only do art painting. At any rate, who knew there were so many different shades of terracotta? I am looking through his color deck and have it narrowed down from over a dozen colors to about eight.

Well, that is enough rambling from me today. I hope you have a great weekend. I already feel like I have had one, so this one is a bonus. :D

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Utilities Challenge

What a challenging few days. You don’t really realize how much you take running water for granted until you have to go without it for a day. Then when it goes into day three, it wears on you a bit.

Then it stormed and knocked out our electricity. Thankfully, after the storm it was cooler and more bearable outside. After a couple of hours and the evening wearing on, they guys decided to get out the generator and realized that there is something wrong with it, so they need to fix it.

So thankful that the electricity came back on before bed . . . I don’t do heat well. ;) And the next morning we woke up and had running water again!

Michael had brought home a five-gallon bucket with tap water Thursday evening. It sat outside. The next afternoon Tiffany needed to wash her hair, so Sean assisted her outside. The water was nice and warm! That was nice.

Michael was extremely happy to wash up with that warm water when he got home from work. :) He ended up heating some water for me to bathe with. Great guy, I tell ya’. :)

Saturday was a men’s breakfast at the church. I went to help serve. I also took some low carb/keto pancakes because I know my guys aren’t the only ones that appreciate the option. I took Bring on the Buttah pancakes from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook and the Baked Pecan Pancakes from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook. We like both these pancakes, so even if nobody else ate any it would have been no problem to bring them home. :) Can you say pre-made Sunday morning breakfast? There ended up being enough leftover for us to have a pancake with our eggs for breakfast the next morning. :)

On the way home, they guys stopped and picked up some paper products because we were running out of dishes. Yes, I know you can hand wash dishes but that takes water and we conserved the water we brought home for flushing toilets (extremely high priority) and bathing. We already buy distilled water for drinking. :)

Yep, this is enough to last us forever because the next morning the water came on. We ran the dishwasher twice and washed a load or two of laundry. And then I ran the dishwasher again at bedtime, as usual. So yeah, pretty much buying this much paper products ensured the water would be on shortly. :D

While the electricity was out, we tried opening the windows but it was too hot inside and not enough coolness coming in. So, we went outside where it was both cooler and brighter, so we could read.

We had a nice breeze most of the time and I was able to read a bit. Not sure I’m loving this book although I am loving certain parts of it, if that makes any sense. ;)

Well, I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get those two clipped photos above on from a video a shot at the time and now my time has run out. So, I’ll run for now. I hope you have a great weekend. I know we will have a better cleaner and cooler one that last weekend. :D

Michele ºÜº

Review of Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Books, and Trees Update

I started to share about my sourdough adventure but it turned into a post all its own and I’ll share that on Tuesday next week. Suffice it to say, I will definitely be making the honey oat sourdough bread again. :)

I read Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan MacNeal this week. Hmmm, what to say about it . . . okay, I liked the idea of cryptography and mathematics and a historical fiction book; I haven’t read historical fiction in ages and so this seemed like it would be good.

I loved this bit about a ballet . . .

I’ve never been one to get ballet but this one sounds interesting to me; I might even see if there is some recording of it that I can watch online. ;)

I liked that this seemed to be a stand-alone book, as I’ve got way too many books in series that I’m reading. It felt good to have a one and done. And then I got near the end of the book and realized that it is the first book in a series. Boy! I’m glad I picked up the first one in the series, since it ended up being a series. It looks like there are currently about six books in the series. ;)

The story was okay. There were some things I didn’t prefer and it seemed a bit slow to me. However, I am tempted to continue on with the series. I did not pick it up on this trip to the library though and I returned the other books I had that I didn’t read. The fifth one in the series is the one that is really pulling at me, Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante.

This is about a girl born in London and raised in the United States that inherits her grandmother’s house in London. She goes to London, postponing beginning graduate school, to sell the house and ends up having to stay an extended period of time to make the repairs in order to sell the house but without sufficient funds, must get a job first. She gets some boarders and gets a job as Mr. Churchill’s secretary.

The story is about her learning who her parents were and stopping a plot of destruction. ;) I enjoyed the cryptic bits but they were minor in the story, so don’t let that stop you from reading it. However, if you don’t like to read any cursing or mentions of homosexuality (non-explicit) then this is not the book for you as there were several of both. This is not a book I need to own but it was an okay read.

Oh, I know why this series thing is bugging me now. Last month at the library I picked up a Robert Ludlum book (the first in a series), a Clive Cussler book (the first in a series), the third in the Puzzle Lady series, and the next one in the Hannah Swensen series. Ugh! Too many series!

On this trip to the library I returned all the books I had and got out three juvenile fiction books and two books by Dee Henderson. :) Here are two of the books I got:

These along with Caterpillar Summer are about siblings that get along, and appear to like each other. I saw them last month and knew I needed to check them out. I’ll let you know how they go. :p

Tiffany has a lot of Ted Dekker books and I’ve been wanting to read his Circle series. I also had started Rematch by Erynn Mangum and want to finish it. We have a lot of books on our shelves that I want to read. Oh, and then there is the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson that Tiffany owns and I want to read as well.

I got Unspoken by Dee Henderson. I think it follows Full Disclosure with new characters but I don’t know. I just know I enjoyed Full Disclosure and wanted to read another of her books. I love her O’Malley series and saw the library had Jennifer’s story. It is small; I guess you’d call it a novella. I know it will be a tear jerker so I’m not sure when I’ll read it. ;)

Tiffany and I checked on the fruit trees in the side yard this week. Turns out that the tree I thought was plums is my nectarine tree! I thought that baby died. I guess it was my other plum tree that didn’t make it.

The nectarines look yummy. The peaches on this tree, not so much. :D I haven’t looked at the peaches on the tree in the chicken yard but suspect they are nearly ready too. :)

I’m excited about the pears and also sad that there are only three. I’m just happy to have any. :D

All the apple trees are alive in some stage but I doubt they’ll produce apples this year either. We really need to fertilize them and mulch them and hope next year is better. ;)

Well, I’m going to run for now. Hope you have a great weekend. The guys have a men’s breakfast tomorrow. Tiffany and I are helping serve the pancakes and sausage. I’m taking some low carb/keto pancakes and have been asked to sing a song too. So it will be a busy morning but a good one.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Moving Weekend

Well, last weekend was moving weekend for my 70+ year old parents. Tiffany, Mom, and I packed up the kitchen in the old house on Thursday and we were so busy that I failed to get even a single picture. :o Then on Friday we went to the new house around noon and started UNpacking the kitchen boxes into the new kitchen. It was a little overwhelming because we didn’t have all the shelves lined yet and Tiffany couldn’t go her usual “speedy Gonzales” speed because she had to find out where Mom wanted things.

We managed to get most of the kitchen unpacked before it got too late. I really think it is important to get the kitchen usable as quickly as possible; even more so if you live in the country. ;) We got home and my guys were already here. Tiffany was a trooper and made chocolate chip pancakes (Trim Healthy Table Cookbook pg 341 ) for dinner. YUM! :p

While we were unpacking the kitchen, my sister, her husband, and Dad were unloading boxes into the garage . . . at least I think they were . . . we were so concentrated on the kitchen that I didn’t focus on much else. I know my nieces helped Tiffany, Mom, and I in the kitchen. My brother-in-law’s brother and nephew came and helped him move in some sofas and such. (See I don’t even recall what anyone else was doing . . . I was very focused on the job at hand and knew other people had the rest under control. ;) )

That evening some guys from the church they go to came and helped move the big heavy, bulky items. What a blessing that was!!! Saturday we went to the new house around 10:00am. Brian, Lauren, and Liam were on their way up from OKC. We talked game plan with my parents and headed over to the old house to get much of what was left. Liam even helped.

Here’s where we get some cuteness pictures because he was a cute little helper. :) We found boxes safe for him to carry.

And sometimes other containers were just his size and light enough for him to help carry and hand off to Papa.Gotta help Aunt Tiff put this one on the truck too. (Forget that we didn’t need to take this one after all and it ended up having to go back.)We all headed to the new house where my sister and her family were working away. Her hubby had mowed the lawn–so much rain has caused the grass to grow quickly around here; ours is in need of mowing again too.

We got things unloaded and then we all headed to the little Mexican restaurant nearby for an early dinner treated by my parents. The fajitas I got were delicious; although if I should go there again I would probably get the chicken or even veggie ones as both sounded good and some of my beef was a bit chewy, if you know what I mean.

Brian, Lauren, and Liam headed over to give my brother-in-law a hand with changing the mower blades afterwards and we four came home, got showers, and proceeded to relax for the rest of the evening.

Since Brian, Lauren, and Liam were here, we didn’t go to church Sunday morning and had a nice leisurely breakfast of pancakes and sausage. Liam gave some bread to the chickens under Papa’s supervision.

And he played play dough with Grandma for a bit. I’d roll out some dough and roll it into a snail and he’d take them and put them away. ;)We put little play dough balls in the little dump truck too. It was a fun fifteen minutes or so. :D

He also played Legos with Uncle Sean. :)

Yes, Brian and Lauren were here too. :D They were the ones that actually captured these pictures for me. Unfortunately I failed to get any pictures of them this time around. There’s always next time. They won’t change as much as the little one will. ;)

Well, I’m off for now. I’ve got some sourdough starter to feed today so I can bake some yummy bread tomorrow! I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

The Family that Works Together

It’s been a busy week, again. ;) Last weekend was painting weekend, getting my parents’ new house ready to move into.

Step number one was to remove the wainscoting in the living room.

Of course, that left a squiggly glue line which Michael mudded over. Then that left a smooth surface and the rest of the wall has a texture. Through a collaborative effort, we decided that I would ‘pounce’ on the mud and then Michael would do the ‘knock down’ to make it more like the texture on the rest of the wall. Here’s a close-up.

I ‘pounced’ so much that not only did I ruin the brush Michael gave me to use but broke a hole in my glove.

After the removal of the wainscoting, step two was to remove the borders that were on the walls in most of the rooms of the house. First off was the cherubs in what should be the dining room.

Here’s a close-up of that border.

Yeah, it had to go; not my parents’ taste at all. :D

Then there is the Pillsbury Doughboy border in the kitchen that had to go as well.

It’s cute but again, not my parents’ style.

Then there was this room with the bright green wall. It too had a wild border although this picture doesn’t show it.

There was also a border in the master bedroom . . . marble-ish lavender. In my sister’s words, totally useless. :D

So Day 1 the wainscoting and borders were removed.

The next day we started the painting, in nearly every room. And yes, it was a family affair. I love my family!

Mom did some of the dining room (notice there are no cherubs now ;) ). The professionals goofing around. :D Tiffany and and my niece working in the hallway. Sean and Tiffany in one of the bedrooms. My sister taping off the floor to protect the carpet in this room. Dad and Sean working in the living room. Mom likes to have an open area from the kitchen to the living room, so my brother-in-law created one. She had one in the first house they had in Oklahoma and when they moved, he made her one in their current house. So making one in this new house just seems right. :) The purple carpet had to go! As did the linoleum in the kitchen. They had tile put in the kitchen and the dining room and then new carpeting in the living room and hallway.

Yesterday Tiffany and I helped Mom pack up the kitchen. Today we are hoping to get the new kitchen mostly set up. If you have somewhere normal to sit, sleep, and cook it feels like you live there. ;)

Brian, Lauren, and Liam are coming this weekend. Haven’t seen them in soooo long; I’m so excited to see them. They will be helping us get my parents moved into the new house. It’s going to be a crazy busy weekend, once again, but a good one, filled with family and making memories.

I hope you have a great weekend,

Michele ºÜº

Weather, Packing, Birthday, and Books

The weather has continued to top the news around here with severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding. They guys have had to take alternate routes into work on a couple of occasions because of the flooding.

We managed to get to my parents’ home for a couple of hours this week before the torrential downfalls we had mid-week. Mom was pleased with the progress we made even though I didn’t feel like it was much. Yeah, sorry; no pictures. Their walls are looking quite bare because Mom and I got most of the pictures and framed items off and packed away. Tiffany finished up some odds and ends in the living room and dining room and it was looking quite packed and ready to go by the time we left.

Sean hurt his big toe early this week and felt it was best not to go to work and stand on it all day. Thus he was available to go with us. He helped Dad with a repair and then getting up some fencing that he’d been wanting to get up. They finished their projects about the same time we were finished with ours. :)

For Tiffany’s birthday this week, I made the base cake for her birthday trifle, a couple of days in advance. Then made the pudding and the cream on her birthday, earlier in the day. By afternoon, all I had to do was put it all together. I think I’ll share that on Tuesday next week.

I finished reading Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson last weekend. I really enjoyed it! If you have read and enjoyed her O’Malley series, I think you will like it. It is the story of Ann Silver and Paul Falcon. Ann is, among other things, an author that writes her friends’ stories, upon their request. These friends just so happen to be the people we meet in the O’Malley series, so it feels like a homecoming of sorts. :) I had no idea this was the case when I picked it up! It was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I bought it this week. :) I love her and Paul’s story.

Dee Henderson crafted this story so well that I wondered if it had any bearing from reality. Was it possible that she was telling her own story, like she claimed to tell her friends’ stories in previous books?

Sadly, it doesn’t appear to be the case, as Dee Henderson appears to still be single and this book was published in 2012. However, it was still a very good read for me. Like I said, it had that coziness of catching up with friends with a murder mystery, including 30 unsolved cases, and the falling in love story of two Christians, who have waited for the marital fit.

There was so much about this book I loved that I could not pick up another book all week. Seriously! I didn’t want to mess up the book euphoria I was experiencing. ;) Since this was a romance, I didn’t want to read a romance. Since this was also a murder mystery, I didn’t want to read one of those. It felt like an action/adventure to me, even though it probably wasn’t . . . I guess I was just totally immersed in the book. At any rate, I didn’t want to start an action/adventure right away either. I wasn’t in the mood for a historical fiction, so that left me with Peter Pan, which I was not in the mood for either. So, I didn’t read anything and played some of my computer games instead. ;) But the week is over and I’m ready to start a new book.

Of course, it is painting weekend, prepping for my parents’ move next weekend. So I’m going to be a bit busy but I may sneak in a few chapters of a new book this weekend.

Speaking of books, I got a deal on the Stormlight Archive Series by Brandon Sanderson. They are on sale right now on Amazon. Lots of books are on sale right now. So if you are wanting some books for the summer, you should go check it out. I basically got each one of the Stormlight Archive books half priced!!! Whoo hooo!!! This is awesome because I was wanting these books for my birthday earlier this month and got money to spend on them and then Tiffany found this sale the other day! Yay!!!

Well, we’ve got a full day and actually, a full weekend ahead. I hope you enjoy yours.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Rain, Celebrate, Library, and Packing

As I mentioned yesterday, it’s been a crazy weather week here in northeastern Oklahoma. We started the week out with rain, thunderstorms, and tornado watches. I got this snap from my baby sister at seven in the morning . . . definitely too early for that.

That round of storms (at least I think it was that round) caused flooded roads on our route into town.

And just to the right of this, which is our main way into town, is this.

This is our other main way out. I know this one doesn’t look that bad because it isn’t moving but it is enough to block us in. We prayed because the next day we had Tiffany’s long awaited driver’s license test appointment.

We made it out and left early enough for Tiffany and I to get our hair cut. We just go to Great Clips–it’s economical. ;) We did stop and get new windshield wiper blades on the car at Auto Zone because there was a threat of more rain and she definitely needed to have great working wipers for her driving test. I love that the auto stores will install them for free and right then.

We got to the testing place early and had planned for that, so we both sat and read the books we’d brought. Speaking of books–this week was library week too. I finally got some pictures of our quaint library.

I really should try to get a better picture of the exterior next month because it is a nice building. It has some lovely flowers outside.







Here is a picture of some of the adorable lamps on a few tables.

These lamps really make the environment hygge and not so institutional. On a table to the right of this one, with the same lamps, there is a jigsaw puzzle that we’ve seen some senior citizens working on. So neat!

Then I looked up on top of one of the bookshelves and saw some of these.

I love our small town library. I don’t limit myself to any section; I even peruse the children and young adult sections because I know there are MANY books I missed as a child. I picked up Peter Pan this week. It is hard to read a retelling of a book if I haven’t read the original (and seeing any movie adaptation does not count).

Well, before I got on that bunny trail I was telling you about Tiffany’s driving test! Hurray! She passed!!!! We went and got her license and mine renewed, followed by celebratory loaded sweet potato fries from Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili.

I’m very serious about my sweet potato fries.  ;)Both of our hair was struggling having been handled by the beauticians (no, we do not pay to have our hair washed, as luxurious as it is, we go frugal) and being blown by the wind and attacked by the heat. ;) Yep, that is cheese and bacon on those sweet potato fries, with a healthy dose of salt. :)

It was delicious! We left there content and stopped by two grocery stores on our way home. They guys beat us home and helped us get the groceries inside before it started to pour and watch the weather report (and pray) concerning tornadoes!

There’s been so much rain this week that they had to open the dam some more and thus the Arkansas River actually looks like a river.

Sorry, thought I’d show that good lookin’ man I’m married to, as I showed you the river. ;) Usually you can see the bottom of much of the river through here.

Yesterday Tiffany and I helped Mom pack some more. We are making progress. Video cabinet and entertainment center almost empty.







Tiffany worked on the special tea cups with saucers and fancy ladies that Mom collects and displays on those shelves behind Tiffany.

Yes, it’s been quite the week! And the next couple seem to be stacking up to be just as busy. We will all be very glad when Mom and Dad get settled in just a few miles away. :)

Well, I’m going to run. I get to have my nieces spend the night tonight and visit with my sissy for a bit. I hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Fruit and Tree Update

I’m loving sitting outside more this spring! (Writing this outside. :D )

I checked on our fruit trees and the ones we planted have some fruit on them. There are a couple dozen peaches and plums on each of those trees and a womping 3 pears on the pear tree, as far as I can tell right now. I don’t know how a pear tree produces fruit because I didn’t see any blossoms but I’ll learn as the years go by.

Shows plums growing on new tree.Shows pears growing on the planted tree.Shows two pears growing side by side.

It looks like they grow upside down. I had no clue!

Shows height of the pear tree.
It’s not very tall at only about 8 feet or so.

I don’t believe it is time yet for the apple trees to start blossoming or whatever it is they do to produce fruit, especially since I cannot find any hint of fruit there yet. ;)

However our volunteer peach tree in the chicken pen is doing AMAZINGLY!!!! It has oodles of peaches on it. I’m so excited!!!

Shows some of the lovely peaches on the tree that got planted by accident.

There are a few other volunteer trees in the chicken pen; I don’t know what they are yet.

I wonder if any are other fruit bearing trees.

The grape vines I planted years ago and thought they had died out, seem to be full of life. I hope that maybe they will be better than the ones I got off of the vine a couple years ago. Those grapes were very small and the seeds almost filled the grape. Yeah, I know I could’ve gotten a grape vine that produces seedless grapes but that didn’t seem as natural to me–it seemed genetically modified, so I went with the ones with seeds. :p

Indicates grape vines and mimosa treesAs you can see, we have a lot of volunteer Mimosa trees. :) I’m okay with that because I love Mimosa trees but we’ll see. They may have to be removed, since they did root themselves in what used to be our garden area. There are about six of them, even though there are only about 3 or 4 different ones in the picture above.

I hope you have some fun planned for this weekend. I’m not sure what I’m going to be doing. I thought Brian, Lauren, and Liam were going to come up but they won’t be able to after all. So, I don’t know what I’m going to be doing. :o

Sure do miss them!!! =))

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Kittens, Cutie, Birthday, Food, and a Book

Well, the kittens are cuties! They are ready to go to new homes, well, at least some of them. ;) We have two tabbies and two black and white. There is one short tail/stub in each color. They are getting out and playing; Tiffany has been able to pick them up without them hissing, mostly. :) One of each twin is fluffier than the other . . . I cannot remember which Tiffany said it was but I’m thinking it is the stub tail is fluffier.

We finally made it back to church!!! I hate it when we have to miss but hey, it happens. We also do not go when my son and his family are in town because we don’t see them very much and we like to spend as much time with them as possible. :) Plus it is nice to have a lazy Sunday morning brunch together. :)

Lauren sent me some pictures of Liam and his egg hunt on Easter. :) She’s a gem.

Such a cutie!!! Sure do miss them!

It was odd celebrating my birthday on a Sunday. That hasn’t happened in a while. Tiffany fixed some keto chocolate cake donuts for our breakfast on Saturday with the leftovers to have on Sunday morning.

This was the first time we’ve had these. They were good (not great but good all the same). After eating a donut or two, we each realized that we needed something savory to go with it, so we had some sausage. :D Yumm! Michael had some turkey bacon because it was in the refrigerator and the turkey sausage was in the freezer. ;)

We decided to cut into the Italian Cream Cake Saturday night too since it is 16 servings and there are four of us, that means it is dessert for four days! So naturally, we had to have it Saturday night. :) This is the same cake Tiffany made me last year. I considered having her try out Kristie Sullivan’s version from her Keto Gatherings cookbook that I’d gotten but decided to go with the TNT (aka Tried aNd True) one from Carolyn Ketchum’s site. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, so next time we make it I think we will do so without the added coconut on the frosting.

Kristie’s version has some coconut extract too, so we will have to experiment with her version some other time and do a mesh between the two. One reason I want to try Kristie’s version is because she doesn’t just use all almond flour which lightens up the caloric load a bit. Also, Kristie’s is four layers, which appeals to me. :)

Bottom line: This is an awesome yellow cake with pecans!!! Yummo!!! Oh, we did add a few Lily’s chocolate chips to the top. ;)

Birthday banners were put up mid-day Saturday, candles were placed into the cut cake on Sunday, and lunch was disappointing. Why? Well, I decided I’d like to go to Ron’s Hamburgers for some loaded sweet potato fries on Sunday. Trouble is, the Ron’s that has these delicious things is not open on Sunday. The other one that is on our way home does not have them. :( So we came home and I came up with something else . . . mac and cheese were out because we were out of cheese and had already passed the stores with reasonably priced cheese. I ended up making a wonderful THM compliant version of my Tasty Tuna Tossup. Then for dinner Tiffany fixed us Meatloaf Skillet with bacon wrapped onion rings, and fried green beans. YUM!!! It was a yummy day! :)

Reading Update

Well, I read my first . . . I guess it was a thriller. I’m not really into much of a horror/thriller kind of book but this one sounded interesting as it is a retelling (I think that is what you would call it) of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. It was definitely more along the lines of the Grimm’s fairy tale, from what I’ve been told (as I have not read Grimm’s fairy tales either ;) ).

The book is Red 1-2-3. It had quite a bit of cussing that I had to overlook but at least it was understandable for these characters, seeing as they are afraid for their lives. At the beginning of the book three redheaded ladies/gals are sent letters stating that they have been chosen to die. There is a 17yo prep school senior, a 33yo widow, and a 55-ish single doctor. It affects each one differently and I did enjoy how it ended.

Can I recommend it though? Well, if you are able to overlook obscenities, as I am, and you like a thriller, yes. (There were probably about 2 dozen curse words in this 370-page book, which did include about a half dozen “f”-bombs.) Is it great? No. Was it an interesting read? Yes. Do I want to own it? No. Would I read it again? I doubt it–there are way too many books and too little time for me to re-read this one.

Well, I’ll run for now. Hope I have some good stuff to share next week. Sometimes I feel my life is very boring and I have nothing to share. ;)

Michele ºÜº


Sad Week and a Book Review

sick emoji ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo, Michael felt better last weekend but I started getting stuffy! Ugh! This means that whatever it is, it is contagious. Consequently, we all thought it best that Brian, Lauren, and Liam not come up last weekend. :( It was very sad but totally understandable. I did want to see them before my birthday this weekend,  since they will be out of town and unable to come this weekend or next weekend for Mother’s Day either. (My head is still a bit stuffy and if that didn’t make complete sense, I’m sorry. I tried it several times and just couldn’t get it out any better than that. :o )

Monday was reading day and I didn’t feel like reading our buddy read when the girls aren’t currently reading it. So since I wanted to get another book completed for April I decided that I’d look at the page count for each book I picked up at the library and the shortest one is the one I would read. :D

Reading emojiIt worked! I was able to start and finish The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. It had some good bits and some bits that I even read aloud to my daughter, because we like to have others share in our fun. But overall this was only about 2 stars out of 5 stars for me. There was a bit of cussing in the book that I didn’t appreciate but have learned to skip over, mostly. There was the mention of homosexuality a couple of times and some instances of people sleeping around (but thankfully it was not expounded on).

Once again, it was like the author didn’t know how to get us from point A to point B and so just BAM* we transported several years into the future. (No, there was no science fiction time travel going on, that would have made it better. :D) And then, spoiler! he gets a rare form of cancer YEARS later. Yeah. A whole bunch of time jumping. Although I’d prefer that to boring reading though. It was a short read at only 260 pages, so it wasn’t horrible and there were bits that made me laugh out loud. So it wasn’t a complete waste of time but I cannot, in good conscience, recommend it.

Nurse ~ lifeofjoy.meThis weekend a dear friend of our family graduates from four-year nursing program. Tiffany and I will go to her party this evening to celebrate with her. It shall be fun because her sisters and their families are coming for the occasion as well and it will be fun to see them all. One has a little girl I have only seen pictures of so far. It will be fun to visit with them all!

gaming ~ Lifeofjoy.meWhile I was sitting around, trying to breathe this week, I pulled out Mario Odyssey on the Switch and had a lot of fun playing with it some more. :) I think I got addicted once again. It is such a fun, light, uplifting game.

I also got out Donkey Kong Tropical Breeze on the Wii U. When we first got this game, we had a smaller television and it was hard to see because everything was so small. However, I really enjoyed playing it on our new, larger television. It was so reminiscent of the old Donkey Kong Country games. Of course, I’m no good at it but I enjoy playing it for a while, until I get stuck. :D Then I’ll go play something else. That is really all I had the energy to do…my eyes were too pained to read. :(

birthday cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo I’m looking forward to a nice weekend. Tiffany is going to work hard to make my birthday special. :) She will be giving me the day off from cooking and cleaning, making all the meals for us that day. Such a sweetie!

Well, I’ll run for now. Hope you have a great weekend and that next week is better than last week. ;)

Michele ºÜº