Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Sickness, Liam, Cleaning, and Heat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

I hope you have a great Easter!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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More Liam, Flowers, Peach Tree, and a Kitten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

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Liam, a Birthday, and Zelda

Last weekend I went and got Liam. :)

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

Liam lip sucking ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

The Guide ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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

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

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

Michele ºÜº

Busy and Fun

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

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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

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

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.me


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


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

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

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

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


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

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.me

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Busy and Fun ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis was delicious!

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

Well, I told you it was a busy week!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Flowers, Art, Kittens, Birthday, and Liam

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

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

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

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


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

Blackboard Art ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love it!!!

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

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

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

Redbud in the distance ~ Lifeofjoy.me


This is Latte.

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

KitKat ~ Lifeofjoy.meNotice that she has no tail.

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

There are four kittens.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

I did promise a picture of Liam.

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

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


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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Peach Tree, Flowers, and Liam

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Changed into pj’s and chasing that rubber ducky.

RollAway Ducky ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Now on to the book.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Liam, Bradford Pear Trees, and Flowers

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

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

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

Liam in the Hood ~ Lifeofjoy.me


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look what else popped up.

Narcissus ~ Lifeofjoy.meRecognize it?

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

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

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

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Wings, Visits, Flowers, and Blossoms

Wow, it’s been a busy week here this week and today is no different.  Thankfully we had a slow weekend, although I did a lot of cooking on Saturday. I made some fat bombs which were like candies. Unfortunately I did not see that the recipe called fro UNsalted butter and did not read it carefully enough where it said to omit the salt if using salted butter! Ugh! So the first two I made were WAY WAY WAY too salty-even for Sean, who is my salt fiend. The third one was good, so I’m confident that when I make them again, they’ll all be good.

I also baked some pans of bacon and some yummy chicken wings and I’m not even a huge fan of chicken wings until now. Michael loved them so much that he said he may be bringing some home from time to time for more. :D

Busy Week ~ Lifeofjoy.meDon’t worry, I’ll be sharing the super easy recipe sometime soon. Even Sean liked them, and he’s not a wing fan; he wouldn’t even try one from the first batch. ;)


My sister and her girls came over this week. We had a nice visit.

Family Fun ~ lifeofjoy.meI caught them as they got in their car to leave and made them look at me for a picture. :D

Then I went to check on the peach tree we planted last year because I could see this from the porch.

Peach Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meI walked over, check it out and was astonished to see that it is loaded with buds and blossoms!!! :p I called Tracie’s attention to it and they got out of their car to take this learning moment.

Peach Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meAshlee, my oldest niece, counted over one hundred and seventy-five buds and blossoms! AWESOME! Now they are praying with me that the temperature doesn’t dip too low and mess up our peach harvest. :)

Our Bradford Pear Trees are blooming too. They should be in full bloom in a few days.

Trees in Spring ~ Lifeofjoy.me


While the roses that Michael got me for Valentine’s Day are spent, some of the Lilies are not.

Gorgeous Lily ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s huge! Here’s Tiffany’s hand over it.

Huge Lily ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe’s just hovering her and over the stamen. It’s huge!Lily parts ~ Lifeofjoy.meYou can really see the parts here! I love the dark dots. So pretty.

I’m going to try to root the roses next week after it warms back up. I’ll take pictures and keep you posted about their progress.


This also turned out to be the week my parents came for dinner. I managed to snap a picture on their way in this time. ;)

Dinner with Parents ~ Lifeofjoy.meMom always dresses snazzy.  She’s a beautiful woman.

Aldi has a pork roast on sale for $1.49 a pound this week. So, I got that and fixed it. I just put the whole thing in my crockpot on high for about six hours. It turned out soooo tender. It was yummy. I fixed them and Michael some baked potatoes and I also fixed some loaded roasted broccoli, which was also very good. :)

I made low carb chocolate chip muffins for us and some chocolate chip cookies for the carb eaters. Mom tasted one of the muffins and declared it edible. Well, actually, she said that if she couldn’t have sugar that would do. I think they were a tad too sweet because I adjusted the sukrin since I was using sukrin:1 instead of sukrin+ but turns out I didn’t need to do that.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

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Valentines, Liam, and a Nice Visit

Last weekend was rather chill; you know, where you just relax. It’s nice to do that sometimes. :) But I should have been making my card for Michael, since he was out of the house. Silly me! Thus I was making his card Tuesday morning. Yes, that is right . . . Tuesday morning . . . Valentine’s Day. Silly, silly me! I shared most of that card on Wednesday, here.

I also write letters of love to my children every year. I didn’t realize I had done it every year until one year I didn’t; Tiffany was very hurt and told me of my mistake, with the letters to prove it. Needless to say, I’ve been careful to write one every year since. ;) I will stop when they marry, whenever that will be . . . who knows, this could’ve been the last one.

Michael got me some lovely flowers!

Valentine's Day ~ Lifeofjoy.meI usually make spaghetti or lasagna but this year I made Hamburger and Roasted Vegetable Soup and some rolls from coconut flour. The latter turned out rather flat, so it’s back to the drawing board on that.


On Monday I got to have lunch with a dear old friend. When we first moved to Oklahoma, she and her family moved in next door, the same day. We lived next door to each other for eight years and then we moved. I realized this week that it has been twelve years since we were neighbors. That means that we’ve been away not just as long as we lived next door to each other but half again as many years. That is just amazing to me. It does not seem anywhere near that long.

Well, Joyce and I had a really good visit. We met at Cracker Barrel. I got my usual Country House Salad lunch special; that chicken is so good but I’m pretty sure it’s got some sugar in it. ;) We got all caught up and even shared some art ideas. She has been into lettering for quite some time and I’m just beginning. I shared the ‘tutorial’ I’m getting ready to begin from CreativLei. I’m looking forward to beginning this myself but have been a bit busy, maybe this weekend.


Michael’s going to pick up Liam and bring him out later. :) I’m so excited; love my grandson! Hopefully I’ll remember to take pictures to share his cuteness with you next week. :)

Liam ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis one’s from last time he was here. He didn’t sleep long though. Grandkids are fun! :)

Well, I’ve got stuff to do before he gets here, so I’m off for now.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Super Bowl, Liam, and Knitting

This week was the Super Bowl football game. I’m not really all that big of a football fan but we enjoy getting together with family. Mom makes homemade pizza for all of us. And we’ve celebrated Lauren’s birthday that day as well, for the last couple of years. We have our own celebration with her another day.

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I was able to get some good snuggle time in with Liam! Of course, I didn’t keep him captive. I put him on the floor for a bit.

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was all dressed up for the game, sporting his OSU jersey.

He likes to crawl backwards right now.

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs usual, we all took turns holding him. :)

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meAround about halftime, he was getting tired, so Nana was mesmerizing him.

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meGreat Grandpa even had him for a while. Here he was tickling his feet. :)

Superbowl Sunday ~ Lifeofjoy.meBabies are so fun!


I got an awesome deal on eighteen pairs of carbonized bamboo knitting needles. I paid less for them than I have for just two pairs locally. I was concerned about them being sturdy enough because I am a novice knitter and am pretty hard on the needles I have used thus far.

Knitting ~ Lifeofjoy.meAs you can see, I use a continental hold. I was trying to use the standard american hold but was having difficulty because I crochet and hold the yarn in my left hand. Thus it was unnatural for me to switch hands. I also found that I need to wind the yarn around my index finger three times instead of just two, like I do when I crochet.

I’m using this cute dishcloth pattern over on KrisKnits. I didn’t have any solid yarn so I am using this variegated cotton yarn. I hope it turns out. I’ll be looking for some solid colors when I go this week. But I have been having fun knitting this.

Oh, I had to wait quite some time to start it because the pattern calls for size 3 or 3.25 needles. I’m using 3.5 needles because I misread the pattern but I don’t think it will matter much.


Monday evening, after dinner, Tiffany started feeling ill. Then come bedtime, Mike started feeling bad. By the middle of the night, I started feeling bad. Stomach ache. Gastric trouble. Yucky!

We were improved by Wednesday but only about 75%. The first night nobody wanted to eat anything but soup–Lipton Noodles Soup to be precise. At least we felt more like eating the next day. I know we’ll be doing fine quickly though.

I’m going to run for now.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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