Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

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

A Crazy Week

sick emoji ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, it’s been a tough week here at Casa de Coates. :p Tiffany and Sean managed to get over the horrible nasty head cold thing only for Michael to be attacked by it Monday. Ugh! Working inside the home of people means that it is not a good idea to go and power through the running eyes and dripping nose, so he’s been home for several days. He should be fine by this evening or tomorrow morning at the latest, considering how the others fared.

And I really hope he is fine by Saturday morning so that Brian, Lauren, and Liam can come up! My birthday is the week before Mother’s Day and they won’t be able to make it either week, so they are planning to come up this weekend. :) Yay!!! Liam and Lauren have been fighting illness as well but seem to be doing better.

Lauren told me that Liam is liking kites right now, so I saw some at Dollar Tree a couple weeks ago and bought three. Then I saw a minion one this week and couldn’t resist getting it. So I hope it is nice this weekend and we can fly them while they are here. :)

Kites ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe third one is How to Train a Dragon. :) Again, I couldn’t resist. I thought the colors were very pretty on the rainbow geometric one and I love emojis too, so that is how I ended up with four kites. Besides, there will be seven of us, so four is about the right number of kites to have. ;)

I’m impressed. The package I ordered from Honoring Intimates arrived in just three business days. It came in a plain white box with H.I. for the return address. It was nicely packaged too. :) I hope you took advantage of the sale and discount code too.

Just a warning for anyone needing to get a driver’s license in Oklahoma, especially the Tulsa area: MAKE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE!!! Oh! and make it in advance because they are booked just shy of a month out. Seriously!!! Ugh!

In the past we have been able to get there by 9:00 am and get the test at some point that day, generally before 3:00. Well not anymore people! We got there at 8:20 (they open at 8:00), the place was packed. I was prepared to sit down and enjoy the book I’d brought. However upon looking for the number to take found they had upgraded to an electronic kiosk and beside the kiosk was a sign that said they schedule was already full for driving tests. We promptly left.

Upon reaching the car we looked online to book an appointment to not have to go through this again, and found the first available appointment was MAY 21! Yep nearly a month away. Ugh! locco_smiley-7 I’m sorry but that is just nuts! Sounds like they need to hire more personnel to handle the need.

Well, that’s enough ranting for today. I hope you have a good weekend and I hope I do too. ;)

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº


Easter’s Almost Here and Endings

Easter  ~ Lifeofjoy.meAmazing how quickly the weeks seem to pass. It’ll be Easter in just a couple of days. I’m planning to make the ham I got on clearance a couple of months ago. It was only 95¢ or maybe it was $1.19 a pound but then had a $5 off sticker on it. YEAH BABY! Grabbed that right up and promptly froze it. I’ll be thawing it today and tomorrow and will cook it Sunday evening for our Easter dinner.

Growing up we never had a home-cooked Easter meal except for once, that I can remember and it was a doozy that guaranteed that we’d never do it again. :D I was already grown, married, and had kids. Mom decided to try the big turkey dinner, yes turkey, for Easter that year. We got home from church and the bird was not any where near done! It was crazy. Oh! and we get HANGRY! Yeah, it was not pretty. :D

I couldn’t find a turkey ham for Michael though, so we got the turkey pastrami. I’ve been told that one other store might have had some but I wasn’t willing to add a fifth store on to my grocery day, even if it is only a few blocks away. I didn’t want to take a chance that they wouldn’t have it or the turkey pastrami and then I’d have to go back to Walmart again. The way it was, I didn’t buy my xylitol at Sprouts because it is cheaper at Walmart when they have it. I’d seen it last week but had already gotten it at Sprouts, paying more, so this week I thought I’d chance it. NOPE!!! :p Nary a one at Walmart. Now if it were just me and Micheal, we’d just make do but since Sean and Tiff prefer it in their morning coffee/tea and it is Easter weekend, I was nice and went back to Sprouts and got it. Fortunately it is only a couple blocks from Walmart. ;)

So I am planning to have ham, Dreamfields spaghetti noodles-broken into pieces about 2″ long, and fried green beans. I may make some low carb bread to go with it but we love each of these items that with all the homemade candy we will have, we won’t need anything else with it. I’m also planning to make a low carb boston cream poke cake.

I finished Delicious! this week. In full disclosure, there was a scene that was PG rated, in the third quarter of the book and was short. It occurred on the date where the main character goes to Mitch’s home. It is also noted that a character or two is homosexual. Now other than that, this book was really good. As I mentioned last week, I loved the descriptions in this book, which is something I seldom ever say. :)

I also enjoyed the mystery with the letters, hidden place, and history. It was a fun read. However, once again it felt like the ending was rushed. I have this same problem with movies, especially Chick Flicks; I like to see the couple together at the end. You know how in You’ve Got Mail you see Kathleen and Joe together in the park? They are there long enough for me but in Kate and Leopald, they cut away from them dancing just a little too quickly. Another example of this is in the remake of Sabrina, where at the end Sabrina and Linus are in front of the Eiffel Tower–they are there interacting together long enough to make it good but when my mom recorded the movie from tv years ago, she cut it off as soon as the ending credits started rolling and it just wasn’t enough for me. When I got the dvd myself, I was very pleased to see the interaction through the credits. :)

In the Santa Clause 2, it isn’t good enough until I see Carol dancing as Mrs. Claus in the credits. Another one was in The Majestic, it ended and I wasn’t good with it until I saw the pictures on the mantle through the credits. I guess it just gives me some closure. I know I’m odd but are any of you like this?

At any rate, evidently I need my books wrapped up appropriately as well. In Delicious!, they came to the end of the “mystery” and then quickly told the reader what transpired afterwards rather than showed it. Not a fan of quick wrap ups. Don’t get me wrong, the author tied up the loose ends but just did so very quickly. The last 25 pages, once again, could have been at least double that. But, that and my disclaimer aside, I enjoyed the book.

I’m considering using Goodreads. What are your thoughts on it? Is it helpful or just time consuming?

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Spring, Books, and Motivation

Motivation ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve had a hard time with motivation this week. Some weeks are easier than others. I really like it when I get most of the week’s blog posts done on one day. I tend to have a better week when I don’t have the post to do every day.

I’ve not been drawing every day either. I’ve been doing the Festina Lente all in one or two days too. That’s the biggest reason I’ve been doing all week’s prompts in one piece. (You can see them on m Wonder Wednesday posts.)

This is what the Bradford Pear trees and the daffodils look just a week after the last pictures I posted of them.

Bradford Pear Trees full bloom ~ Daffodils in full bloom ~ Bradford Pear tree flowers ~ lifeofjoy.meIt’s so pretty. I love the springtime. :)

Books~ Lifeofjoy.meI started a new book this week. Most of the time when I read descriptions they are lost on me. I don’t enjoy them and I glaze over a lot of the time and have to re-read the important bits. However this new book, Delicious!, is different. In the beginning, it is about a gal who gets a job with a food magazine and has that ability to name the ingredients in the foods.

In this book, I love the descriptions. :D I guess because they are food based, generally. I have no idea how it is going to progress, other than what the summary said, and hope that it stays as engaging for me as it has started out to be. If it does, I’ll have to look for more books with food in the forefront. ;)

We should have gone to the library for our monthly visit this week but we renewed our books for a second time and will go in a couple weeks when they are due again. Of the six books I checked out, I’ve now completed three.

I read the crossword puzzle one, A Clue for the Puzzle Lady, this week. I didn’t really care for the main character and have no idea how they can make a series out of this but the eighteenth, yes 18th, one came out last year. I’ll probably get the next on our next trip to the library, to see where it goes.

I’ll probably finish this one before the weekend is over and Tamar is so short it won’t take long at all to get through it. Then all I have left from the library is Anathem, which is a very large book. I started it last week but struggled with it–the descriptions really had me struggling–then I put it down and picked up the crossword one. So, we’ll see if I can get into it after I finish Delicious!

Tiffany, Lauren and I are going to buddy read Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. None of us has started it yet and I hesitate to start it before re-attempting Anathem because I know I’ll love it and that may make Anathem difficult to read. ;) But we shall see.

Books Cookies and Motivation ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think I figured out how to make the Resurrection Rolls low-carb/keto/THM-compliant and am looking forward to making them when the kids come up in a couple weeks. I’m also planning to make the Easter Cookies next week. (I shared links to both of these yesterday.)

I’m very excited about this even though nobody else in the family is sharing my excitement. I’ve already got my ham for Easter dinner, although I will have to get my turkey ham for Michael next week. I’ve been looking for one for months because Michael cannot currently eat ham without breaking out in a rash. The last two times I made ham, I got him turkey pastrami from the deli. It works just as well although a bit smaller. I really hope I can find the turkey ham but will get a hunk of the turkey pastrami if need be.

Well, that is enough rambling for today. If I work out a good tasting low carb alternative to those Easter treats, I’ll share on a Tuesday.

Until next time, God Bless,

Michele ºÜº

Kittens and Book Review: The River of No Return

Book: River of No Return ~ Lifeofjoy.meOh my gracious! I was going to talk about how much everything has changed in just a week but I just finished my first book read of April and that is where my mind is right now. And Fridays are for whatever is on my mind, right? ;)

So the book I just finished is The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway. It is 452 pages in the hardback format and a pretty good read centering around time travel. :) I love a good time travel story.

Now here are my disclaimers: this book had a couple of curse words but not much for an adult fiction book and there were two intimate scenes and two short suggestive scenes that can easily be skipped over. That’s it.

So I really enjoyed the twists in this book and enjoyed the read . . . until the last 50 pages when things started to feel a bit rushed and definitely at the last 25 pages where it was super rushed! Although the romance in this book resolved well, it seemed as if that was THE thing that the author was focusing on. There are so many loose ends: Who is Mr. Mibbs? Can Julia and Nick penetrate the Pale? What caused the Pale? Can the Pale be stopped? What about Jem Jemison? Is he really only what Nick thinks he is? And don’t even get me starting on Nick and Julia learning how to use their abilities!

Most of the story was told very thought out, with enough hints about twists to come as it went along. It had a good pace until it got down to those last 25-50 pages. Then all of a sudden it stopped letting the story unfold and started summarizing the story! Ugh! Those last 50 pages could have easily be another 100 to 150 to do it right.

Then the ending just kind of . . . plop! That’s it . . . The End but is everything like it was or is it different? I enjoyed the book but I’d have enjoyed it so much more if it had been wrapped up better.

So what do I do? I look to see if there is a sequel hoping to find the answers to my questions and continue the story and what do I find? This book has a copyright of 2013. That is six years ago; just sayin’. ;) I find that there is a prequel called the Time Tutor but it is only a novella and is a meer 90 pages about Alva Blomgren and Ignatz Vogelstein. While I think it might be interesting, ninety pages is not very long at all and with how abruptly this book ended, I’m not sure I want to get my hopes up.

I also saw, in an interview with the author, that she was working on a sequel with a working title of Brothers and Sisters but that it was going to be another ‘love story’ and centered around two different characters putting Nick and Julia as secondary characters. This saddens me. :( I love stories that the sequel picks up right where it left off with the same characters.

The Stormlight Archive does sequels right but I’ll I’ll talk about that another day. However I read The Rook by Daniel O’Malley and was eager to pick up the sequel, Stiletto. Unfortunately, this book introduces two new characters and sets the story around them rather than the main character of the previous book. I could not get behind that and decided not to finish it. I just don’t have time to push myself to read a book that I don’t really care about the characters especially when it was touted as being a continuation of the story of the main character but thumbing through the pages, it is hard to even find her name mentioned. Very sad. I’ll talk more about that book at another time though.

New Kittens ~

In other news, we had kittens born yesterday. The mother cat, Kit Kat, generally only has two kittens. This time she had four. two black and white ones and two tabbies. Two have tails and two don’t. So I guess six weeks from now, we will have some kittens to give away.

Well, it’s been a week of sinus headaches in our house. Even after the rain the other night, we were still attacked with headaches. Ugh! I’ll run for now.

Until next time,


Spring has Sprung

It amazes me how different things can be in just a day or two or three. The day the kids got here Tiffany and I took these first pictures.

Here you can see  the Bradford pear tree with it’s leaves unfurling.Bradford Pear tree ~

And here is a close up of the blossoms budding.Buds on Bradford Pear Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe daffodils are budding. It’s odd because these are in full sun, very similar conditions to the ones across the street but those are open already.  :D Oh well, it doesn’t matter because these will bloom too. :)Daffodil Buds ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere are some blossoms on the free peach tree. By that I mean that we did not plant this and it wasn’t here when we moved out here either. We can only assume that it grew from some peach pit that we put out with the stuff for our first set of chickens and eventually grew from either being processed through the chicken or was never eaten and managed to grow unaided. It is quite sturdy and strong looking and has MANY blossoms on it. Budding Free Peach Tree ~ Peach Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is some of the blossoms on the peach tree we purchased from Walmart several years ago. You may remember that we had lots of blossoms on it one year (last year?) but then got several late freezes and we were unprepared to protect it. Consequently, I’m praying that the weather stays nice and we don’t get any of that mess this year because we are still unprepared and I’d really love to get some peaches.

However, a teacher at our church tells a story of a peach tree he remembers from his youth, that the first peaches from the tree were not very tasty. I hope these will be. Only time will tell. :)Budding little Peach tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis one is the plum tree we got from Walmart the same year as the peach tree. It is covered in little white blossoms. I really hope that means we will be getting a lot of yummy sweet plums this year. :) (I’m cautious with my expectations because of said peach story though.) Plum tree budding ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is just two days later.Spring Bradford Pear Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.e Daffodils are blooming ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd on day 3 you can see it’s in full bloom and so are my daffodils. It’s odd, they are ALL the light yellow with the long orange trumpets. I planted a variety mix and have had a few other varieties in the past but they are all like this now. I may go gather some from the ditch line across the street where my neighbor has not planted them (he’s been gone for a long time, so I cannot ask permission ;) ) and plant them amongst these. Those are all the bright yellow ones. I think it’d be pretty to have some of those interspersed with these.Full view of Bradford Pear Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is the purchased peach tree the two days later. Buds have blossomed. :) And there are more buds there.  Blossoming Tiny Peach Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is the plum tree the couple of days later. Looking good. First blossoms on Plum Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, that’s our plant life update for this week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

The Joys of Family Time

The kids came down last weekend and I have cutie pie pictures, as promised. :)Cutie Pie Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany and I worked hard to get the room child-proofed. We cleaned off the card table that we had set up and took down the table. Then we took some of the tile boards that we’d cut down and used for marker boards when the kids were schooling to cover the drawers, shelves of exposed games, craft supplies, and other storage kind of things. Then we took Sean’s old twin bed mattress that we’d stored behind the sofa bed in the other room and put it on the floor of the room giving him a big boy bed. :) We store the toys we have for him in that room too and left them available to him.

Shortly after they arrived, we all went outside for a bit, to burn of some of Liam’s energy. The guys threw a football and frisbee around, while we girls threw a frisbee.

Grandson and Son ~

Husband with football ~
I’m one blessed lady!

Michael is sooo good with kids. :)Grandson and Hubby ~ Lifeofjoy.meUncle Sean took Liam an adventuring, which really means he simply took him around the cleared area to look at Sasha, our Blue Tick Heeler. He saw one of the chickens under one of the trees. The other he’d seen up front where we were throwing the frisbee.Liam, chicken, flying disc ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe saw the old lawn mower and remembered that he got to sit on it last time they were here, so up he went. ;)

Grandson and his uncle ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe spent a few minutes blowing bubbles and chasing the bubbles I blew for him. ;)Grandson blowing bubbles ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe seemed to like visiting Sasha. Tiffany took him over too.

Grandson and his aunt ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd the next day he went out with Sean to feed the animals and they visited for a while again. :)

Visiting the dog again ~ don’t know why we haven’t gotten rid of that old dog house. We got her a new one several years ago, which she uses but I guess she likes having options. :D )

Then we were off to my parents’ house to visit and celebrate March birthdays. My youngest niece took the cake out to each person when it was their turn. First up was Halee, then my sister Tracie, then Sean, whose birthday isn’t until next week. :)

Blowing out candles ~ Happy Birthday ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam helped Sean blow out his candles. :) One more time ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a nice visit! It was good to see my family again. I sure do miss that we get together weekly but I sure do like lazy Sundays at home after church. :)

Well, there were more pictures taken of the trees and such but I’ll share them next week, as this has gotten rather picture heavy.

Have a great weekend,

Michele ºÜº

March Library Run and the Weekend

I finally got tired of waiting on Tiffany to finish reading Oathbringer and I was ready to read some more, so I started the book Sean read last month. It sounded interesting to me. It’s called Rook. It grabbed me from the start and I’ve not liked having to put it down but alas, there are things that must be done. I am just glad that the thirst for reading has returned. :)

We did our monthly library run today. I like that you can only renew books over the phone once. It makes me both more diligent to read but then also forces us to actually go to the library.

I got way too many books but since I’m not sure if I’m going to like them, and thus finish them all, I think it will be okay. Of course, there have been very few books that I have not  liked so much that I did not finish (dnf) them. Michener is one of those authors that I just could not read. I tried really hard to but I just couldn’t. When Michael and I were first married, nearly thirty-two years ago now, I got a subscription to Reader’s Digest Condensed Books. I loved it but one month they included one of the newest books of Michener in the collection and I tried to read it, as I did all the included books. This time though his book was half of the collection! So I tried but I just couldn’t. I get lost in descriptions of places and people and things. I finally just had to put it down. Then not long thereafter another of his books was in the collection, so I tried it, hoping that maybe it was just that book. Nope! Tolkien was that way for me when I we used it as a read aloud when my kids were mostly in their teens. I think the trouble with that one may have been the length of the chapters and feeling like I’d never get through with the chapter to move on. I may try again but not now. :D

TBR March '19 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve got a mix of fiction, including mystery and science fiction. I would put The Rook in the fantasy genre from what I’ve read so far, as it has an X-Men feel to it but Sean, who has read it already, says it is espionage (a genre I love, or at least I did once ) and paranormal.

I also got Unveiled which is a novella by Francine Rivers about the Biblical character Tamar. It is a short read and I enjoyed Redeeming Love by her, so I thought I’d give this a try.

A Clue for the Puzzle Lady looked interesting. Well, actually there was a whole shelf dedicated to this series of books and it intrigued me, so I quickly googled which one was the first in the series and chose it to bring home. We’ll see. There are soooooooo many different mysteries at our library; I think my mom would love it.

A few of those are time travel books and believe it or not, they weren’t all in the science fiction section. Two of them that I got deal with mail, which I thought was an interesting coincidence.  And The River of No Return is a book I picked out myself but when I showed it to Tiffany she informed me that she had borrowed that one from the Tulsa library system and it had been on her shelf for about a year and never got around to reading it.

2.5yo grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn other news, Brian, Lauren, and Liam are coming up this weekend. It is sooo hard to believe that Liam is nearly approaching three years old. Thus, he’s in a toddler bed at home and will not be in the pack-and-play to sleep at night. This should be interesting!!! :) Especially considering the room we usually put him in has soooo many things that he is not supposed to get into. It’s not been a big problem before because he was in the pack-and-play but this time will probably be a bit more interesting. I’m trying to get it a bit ‘child proofed’ before they get here but we’ll see how it goes. :o

We have three birthdays to celebrate this weekend. If my other sister and her family lived in town, there’d be four as one of my nephews’ birthdays is just two days after Sean’s. It makes for a busy month. :D

I’ll run for now,

Michele ºÜº

Snow and March 2019 Book Haul

So last week they kept promising me that we were going to get snow over the weekend. They even enticed me with 1-3 inches of the beautiful white stuff. Well, I’ve been burned before by their promises unrealized so I wasn’t putting a lot of hope in it. Then when we got NOTHING on Saturday afternoon/evening I was even less hopeful.

But we awoke Sunday morning to a nice little blanket of snow. It was beautiful! :) Unfortunately it snowed while I was asleep so I did not get to watch it fall, which I love to see. But we did get some all the same. Then church was cancelled because roads in town were slick and people do not know how to drive on the stuff. ;)

I did forget to get some pictures until Monday when it was nearly gone but Tiffany did get some earlier in the morning when there was a bit more still on the ground.

March 2019 Snow ~ Lifeofjoy.meSnow Paw Print ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s so pretty when it is freshly fallen. I don’t like it when it sticks around and gets all dirty and nasty. It’d been pretty sunny even though the temperatures stayed in the 20’s much of the snow melted. This is what remained Tuesday morning.

Snow quickly departs ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy Daffodils are beginning to make an entrance. I guess it is time since it is March. I just feel like it should still only be the beginning of February. ;)

daffodils ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany says my irises are coming up as well. They are in the back yard under a tree. I haven’t checked on them yet though, maybe next week. ;)

Tiffany and I had a very long errand day this week! We decided it was time to go to Gardners again–that’s the nice used bookstore in Tulsa. I’ll have to get some pictures of it next month when we go. I forgot my phone when we went this week. That made the day a bit frustrating since we were out so long and I would’ve liked to have taken a few pictures throughout the day. But oh well, I lived. Of course, if I’d have had my phone, Tiffany wouldn’t have spent about twenty minutes looking for me throughout that store either. :(

I am just getting back into reading thanks to my girls. :) Last year Tiffany, Lauren, and I started to buddy read. We weren’t real successful with it but it did push me off into reading again, for which I am grateful. I’ll have to ask Lauren to pick a book for us to buddy read and give it another go. (Of course by posting this, I have just done so because Lauren is one of my most faithful followers. :) Love you girl.)

Tiffany and I just finished reading the three available books in the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. Well, I have finished; Tiffany is finishing. ;) These are huge books of over a thousand pages each, which is awesome because you get totally immersed in them. Supposedly there will be another seven books in the series. Each one so far has been longer than the previous one. Oathbringer, the last installment, was over 1200 pages. :) I love a good long book, unless I have to have it read in a certain amount of time, which unfortunately was the case with Oathbringer since I read the ebook as our library did not have a physical copy of it. At least they had the digital. :)

I’m told these lovelies are High Fantasy, as far as genre goes. I think of them as science fiction, which is where they are shelved in the library but that is mostly because most libraries don’t have a fantasy section, let alone a high fantasy section. I enjoyed them and God has even used them to help me with some things I’ve been thinking about in my life. Pretty cool.

Any way, I don’t really know how to pick out a book I like at this point. I don’t really seem to have a favorite genre, yet. So at this point, I’m just kind of floundering with what to read, let alone, pick out books. So after spending a few minutes looking at some books with Tiffany, I wandered off to the children’s books where I was hit with a bit of nostalgia.

Collier's Junior Classics ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy parents had this set that they got with the encyclopedias. I remember reading some of these as a child. These were $2 per book. I showed them to Tiffany and we ended up bringing them home. :D Of course this set is missing number 9, so I will need to be on the lookout for that.

I was surprised how nostalgic I was over these. I flipped open the first one and really wanted to have them. But then I decided I didn’t need them. And then wanted them again. :)

Collier's Junior Classics inside ~ Lifeofjoy.meSample page Jr Classics Collier's ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ll share more of these later, as this has gotten a bit long.

Tiffany and I also got about six other books.

March 2019 Book Haul ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe ones we got this time were Little Bee, The Host (which Tiffany has read before and really enjoyed and yes, we’ve seen the movie), The Double, Quietus, and Immortal. I’m still on a bit of a book hangover from Oathbringer, so I haven’t picked up any other book yet. I’m waiting for Tiffany to finish it and then we can talk about it. :) I’ll probably finish Rematch by Erynn Mangum next though because it is a short read, considering what I’ve just read. ::hee hee::

Well, I’ve rambled enough. Have a great weekend!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº