Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Errands, New Game, and Nice Visit

Wow, I had an awesome beginning to my day the other day. I got so much accomplished. I managed to get all the things on my list done. It was amazing. However that meant that I was pretty non-stop until early afternoon. (Well non-stop after I finished my morning tea and read some of my current book. ;) )

But then I decided that I’d earned a break and thought I’d check out a new game I downloaded and played it a little too long. :D It’s a cooking time management game, which I just love and have no idea why I love it so much.

I just opened up my pizza shop in the game. :) I love pizza and this is fun to me. Again, I don’t know why. The shops I’ve opened so far are a burger shop, cake shop, cinema food, sakura, and now pizza. :) I’m eager to see how the game progresses.

There are events and pets and all kinds of things you can spend in game dollars and coins on but you can also spend some actual real dollars too, if you’d like. I’m pretty cheap where my games are concerned but I even decided to spend a little bit to see if it is a game I like or if it is just a money and time trap. :D BTW, if you click the image above, I think it will let you friend me and I’ll get a little something for having invited you.


Tiffany and I actually ran errands this week. I went into WinCo and she came in when I texted her that I was checking out, so she could come in and help me bag it up.

Then she dropped me at Aldi and she ran next door to Sprouts and got the few things we needed there. Then she got back to Aldi in time to help me bag up those groceries. Then we went to Walmart where she got the household items and I got the grocery items. Checked out and realized we’d forgotten matches, so we popped into Dollar tree and got a few more items we needed.

Thankfully, Tiffany had put dinner in the crock-pot before we left and I’d made the rice the night before, so dinner was a breeze. :)

We also had a nice surprise the same day. My parents came by to see the puppies, chicks, and kittens. While they were here, I showed them around our plants as well.

Tiffany’s garden is actually growing! I wish I’d taken pictures to share, but it was a busy day and I forgot all about it.

Well, I’m going to keep this short today because it was a busy day and I’m tired. ;)

I hope you have a good weekend, I believe we will. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Chicks, Pups, Kits, and Plants are Growing Strong

The new animals here are all getting big. :) I promised pictures of the kittens, so here they are. It seems from today’s pictures that they may have just opened up their eyes. :) There really are four of them.

This picture is a bit blurry but you can make out the fourth kitten a bit better. It is mostly white. :)

Actually, you can see it clearer her but everything else is blurry. :D

Three are bobtails and one has a tail. There is one that is mostly white with tabby patches on its head and rear.

The chicks have grown quite a bit.

It’s interesting to have a varied flock because some are taller than others, instead of them all being the same. It’ll be great when they start laying eggs because they are not all the same color. We’ve got some Eastereggers which means they lay either blue or green colored eggs. :)

The pups have grown too. I notice it most in Heidi because she was a bit young when we got her but I’m so glad we got her the same day as Finn because they play with each other and keep each other company.

Plants too

The plants are growing too. My oregano looks ready to begin harvesting already. :)

It’s taking over. I need to thin this down some or something. Maybe box it in so it cannot spread any more.

Our smallest plum tree has quite a few plums on it.

There were some on the larger plum tree too but they are harder to see because there are so many more leaves.

We did find a peach or two on the planted peach tree. But we also saw this on it. Did this happen because it was wounded?

It was hard to see any peaches on our volunteer peach tree that’s in the chicken pen. It had a lot of blossoms when they were flowering, so I’m guessing it should have a lot of peaches. I’m hoping they will not have any disease this year. If not, I’ll be looking into how to heal the tree. ;)

I’ll have to show pictures of the apple tree that looks more like an apple bush another time because we didn’t get pictures of it yet. I’m guessing it needs a good pruning. ;)

Walkabout Flower Bouquet

Tiffany and I went for a walk the other day and saw some pretty flowers on the side of our country road. First there was one. Then more.

By the time we got home, we picked up a few more. It turned out nice but didn’t last real long.

I visited my parents yesterday. Don’t worry; we practiced social distancing. As hard as it was, we did not hug. We sat six feet apart on their back patio and had a nice visit. I got some sun–a slight sunburn. ;) It was the first time I’d been away from the house other than a walk or two in about three weeks or more. I was just done and wanted to visit with my parents. I’m needing a visit with the rest of my family too. I’m hoping this Mother’s Day is going to be a wonderFULL celebration. :)

Even my grandson has grown a lot since I saw him in person, last. :o Can’t wait to hug them all!

I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a good weekend and that you are not losing track of your days as much as I am.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

In Memory of Susan Moore and our dog, Sasha

This hasn’t been the best week. It started off finding out that my youngest sister’s forever friend passed away. It appears that she had another seizure, when nobody was home, and by the time anyone found her, they could not bring her back; she was only 46 years old.

Susan was a few months older than my baby sister, who is 10 years younger than me. They have been lifelong friends from the age of three. We had moved to Virginia and started attending a church there at the same time she and her family did. There was another little girl there that was three as well. The three of them were great friends. (Tracie values this friendship so much that she has tried to provide her children with the same experience. :) Lifelong friends are amazing.)

Their friendship has endured even through our move halfway across the country to Oklahoma.

Over the last several years Susan has come out to visit with Tracie and her family for a week. I know that Tracie is glad to have those memories.

I believe that last one was when Susan was going back home the last time. ;) Thus the smiles weren’t quite as big.

Susan was a hairdresser. When we still lived in Virginia, I loved that she did my hair because she knew me and saw how I did my hair on a weekly basis. I didn’t ever have to tell her what to do because she knew. It has been so hard to get my hair right after moving to OK.

I snagged this picture from her social media page. I felt it just really showed her personality. :)

She loved to fish! I don’t know any gal who enjoys it as much as she did. I think she even liked it more than a lot of guys I know that enjoy fishing. :D

Just last weekend she posted pictures of her fishing with her stepdaughter.

Susan was a fun gal who loved God with all her heart, loved to worship and sing praise to the Lord, and loved her family. Please pray for her family . . . I’m sure this is extremely difficult on her two young boys (tweens), stepchildren, husband, parents, and other family members . . . I know it has been incredibly difficult for my sister, so I can only imagine how they are all handling it.


The next day our Blue Tick Heeler, who was approximately fourteen years old, died. Her health had deteriorated over the last several months and we knew it was coming.

She was a great watch dog! However she was prejudiced. :D She did not like people of color and would bark viciously at them, not allowing them to come anywhere near her.

She could hear vehicles approaching from a long way off and was sure to notify us when someone came in our driveway.

A couple years ago a drop-off puppy adopted us. Sasha enjoyed its company and it seemed to make her young again. She’d run and play with her but definitely let her know she was queen. :DWhen we got the puppies a few weeks ago, she enjoyed them and would sit on one side of the fence and they’d sit on the other. Heidi resembles her, so who knows what they thought. :) I’m glad we didn’t put the puppies in the same area as her because it probably would have been bad for them to have gotten that attached to her and then her pass away. Sasha was a good dog and will be remembered fondly.

I think I’ll close for today. It’s been a sad week. Thankfully there is new life, with the puppies and the chicks. Oh! And we had kittens born this week too. :) I’ll share some of them next week.

This passion week was difficult on Jesus too but three days later was glorious. He rose from the dead and lives forevermore. One day we will see Him. I’m looking forward to that day (in the future ;) ) but for some, it will not be a good thing because they have not accepted Him as their Savior and He will have to send them to Hell. Do yourself a favor, seek out an online Easter service this year ( live.life.church is the one that Brian, Lauren, and Liam attend) and find out what Jesus did to secure your eternal joy.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Birthdays, Puppies, Chicks, and Books

Another week has passed and so has March 2020. That is astonishing to me.

Birthday ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe have a lot of birthdays in the spring and with this “shelter in place” and such orders, we are not able to get together and celebrate our early spring birthdays and it is looking like our late spring birthdays won’t be either. So, when we are able to reunite and celebrate, it will almost be like Christmas. I just hope it is before our summer birthdays. ;)

When we all get together, there are thirteen of us and my parents are both in their 70’s, so it is just safer for us not to get together right now.

I am amazed at how much the puppies have grown in the short time we’ve had them. I am also very glad that we got both a boy and a girl the same day so they have each other to play with.

We’ve had them three weeks and the difference is amazing. Heidi is catching up to Finn’s size. Of course, he’s getting bigger too. They really enjoy playing together.

Heidi likes to climb. I’ve never seen a dog do this, let alone a puppy.

Don’t worry, she’s okay. She does it all the time. Seriously!

Tiffany is doing a great job training them. At first she was just trying with Finn, since he’s a few weeks older than Heidi but she saw he was getting a treat for coming and she hustled right on over. :D

Tiff says the chicks have grown a lot in the week and a half we’ve had them too. Of course, you imagine there is a lot of growth from just hatched. :D We did end up losing three chicks, unfortunately but the rest are doing great!

The fruit trees made it through the freeze as far as I know. I have not gone and checked on them myself yet.

What are your plans for April? Other than planning for Easter, I’m doing a lot of reading. I’m really enjoying it. I’m pretty certain I’ll get the library books read before I have to take them back, considering they are closed for a while. :D  I’ve read six books in March, starting two books that I didn’t finish before the end of March but already finished one as I’m writing this. :) So April is off to a good start.

I got a turkey ham from WinCo and scored a ham on sale at Aldi this week for our Easter dinner. I’m probably going to be making the Easter Story Cookies because I want them and some candies for fun. I’m not sure what dessert to make . . . maybe a baobab cake, immune boosting

Tiffany and I are buddy reading Dune together. One of us starts the book and reads two chapters and hands it off to the other, who then reads four chapters, thus leapfrogging over the other by two chapters. Then hands off the book back to the first reader who also reads four chapters and back again until we’ve finished the book. :)

Well, I’m off to read some more. :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Chicks are Here and Birthday Celebration

Sean’s birthday was this week. That means lots of big cooking for me. :) It is tiring but I love being able to do it. Thankfully Tiffany helps me out, keeping me from failing when everything is ready at once.

This time around Sean wanted some big fluffy cinnamon rolls. In order to keep them healthy I made them from sourdough. I didn’t read the directions carefully enough and they weren’t going to be ready until brunch. So I also made Cinnamon Roll Cake from Northern Nester first thing on his birthday. Unfortunately, nobody got a picture of that one. But here are the sourdough cinnamon rolls that were done to have with lunch. Both things were crossovers on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, so eating them together was no big deal.

He requested sweet potato fries loaded with cheese and bacon for his lunch. (Again, no picture, but they weren’t really picture worthy. ;) )

Dinner was a sausage and cheese calzone, I guess is what you’d call it. Sean asked for meaty, cheesy, doughy goodness.

It’s not the prettiest but it was good. Oh, then we had sourdough lemon poppy seed bars for his dessert. Again, no picture. :D

Puppies

I’m surprised how much Heidi has grown in the week we’ve had her. Sean and Tiff took them on a walk the other day and tuckered them out. :)

Not the best picture because I took it from a video. But you can see how big they are now. She still waddles a lot! So cute!

Chicks

We ordered some chicks a few weeks ago. This time we ordered a mixed flock. We got all Australorps last time but this time we decided to go for a variety. We still got 4 Australorps. We really didn’t want  a lot of chicks but the shipping is just outrageous, if you can even get a small number shipped. So better to have extra chicks than to pay ridiculous shipping.

Last time we wanted speckled sussex hens but they were out of them by the time we ordered in October several years ago. But this time they had some. We also got some Buff Orpingtons, Ameraucanas, and even a couple Salmon Faverolles, the latter still lay eggs in the winter. The Ameraucanas are supposed to lay blue eggs. :) We also got one free surprise chick. Last time the surprise was a rooster and a very dominant one at that. This time we think the free surprise chick might be a silkie. Unfortunately it had pasty butt and was a bit weak. Tiff cleaned it up and we gave it some egg yolk and prayed over it; so we’re hoping for the best. (Update: Sadly this little chick didn’t make it. :( )

Oh, we did get 2 roosters again this time, both are Speckled Sussex. So we’ll see how that goes. Shiloh loves babies of all variety. She’s most familiar with kittens. When there is a new litter of kittens, she pesters us to go outside all day long and sticks her head inside the cats’ house.

She really likes the puppies too but Finn is nearly as big as she is and Heidi is quickly catching up. She really disliked it when the puppies got to go on a walk but she didn’t get to go.

Grandson Mail

We got mail from Liam this week too. :) He got some Spiderman stickers and wanted to send the to Poppa. Then since it was Sean’s birthday, he made him a “card”. Well Grandma and Tiff couldn’t be left out, so he sent us mail too. I got a horse picture with a big crown sticker and a page where he traced over captial A and miniscule a. :D

He’s showing Sean’s “card” in this picture. ;)

Well, it’s been a busy week here. I hope you’ve had a good week as well.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Another Crazy Week

We got a bit more toilet paper this week. There are four adults here, so we needed to be sure we have enough for a bit. ;) My guys ran errands this week; we were thinking they’d get it done quicker than Tiffany and I. However, I’m glad to report that I am not as slow as I thought I was. :D

The left about 7:30 am and didn’t make it back home until about 1:00pm, about 1.5 hours of that is travel time though. That is at best as long as Tiffany and I make the run but could have even been longer. As it was, they had to call home several times for verification on items. I didn’t realize when they left that Sean had not yet been inside WinCo, although Michael did go with me last week, so he at least had some familiarity with the store.

Then of course, there was the problem with things being sold out at one store and having to look for them at the next store and finally settling on something else. We will get by and do fine.

Ants

We have had an influx of ants again! Ugh! Thankfully they are the little ones but they are still quite annoying! They run all over the counter a couple at a time. And now, as I’m typing this I have just killed two that have hitchhiked on my shirt as I was washing dishes or something.

Rain!!!

We have had sooooo much rain our mud puddles have puddles! It’s ridiculous! Michael and Sean had to go the long way around to get to town for groceries. Trust me, if they hadn’t needed to go, they wouldn’t have.

Tiffany planted some seeds in some pots and hanging baskets. She set them outside this week and they ended up with over an inch of water sitting on top of the surface of the soil. I hope the seeds didn’t get washed away when they poured off that excess water.

The frogs have really turned up their singing. It is quite loud. I mean, I like a little ambient noise and at least they are not cicadas, but enough is enough. ;)

Books  . . . Reading

I’ve read the next two books in The Invisible Library series. I’m still enjoying it but it would not be for everyone. However, I believe my daughter-in-love would enjoy them. They have fae, werewolves, and dragons in them. This is the first time I’ve read books with fae in them. I can see how it adds to the story. :) I’m really liking the series though. Tiffany is a little bit behind me in her reading of the series but is beginning to catch up.

I finished the Caves of Steel book by Isaac Asimov last week. I’ve requested the next one in that series on my kindle paperwhite. I’ve already gotten it but haven’t started reading it yet. I’m interested to see where it goes. :)

If you saw our video over on our youtube channel last weekend, then you know that I picked up the book, The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I had no idea this book was going where it is going. It is about a virus/parasite outbreak. =)) It has a lot of cursing in it and if I weren’t so curious as to how this crazy thing ends, I’d have put it down because of the cursing. Thankfully I am able to skip those words as I read most of the time.

I really don’t like reading books with a lot of cursing in them because I come away feeling a little bit dirty. At least there hasn’t been any sex in it. I’m on page 253 of 403, so about 2/3 of the way through it. I also did not realize it was a thriller. It was in the sci-fi section. I’m finding that I don’t mind reading thrillers. It seems to me that Ted Dekker writes thrillers too.

Well, I need to go see if my fruit trees need to be covered up to protect them from a frost or not. I had heard that it could get below freezing tonight. I’d really love to have some peaches and plums this year. ;)

I hope you have a great weekend. Enjoy being at home. Work on something that you’ve not had the time to do, be it project, craft, hobby, puzzle, movie, or read a book. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

It’s Spring! Puppies, Fruit Tree Blossoms, and More Animals to come

It’s been busy here this week. We started the week ordering chicks that are due to arrive in a few weeks. Things need to be shaped up and spruced up a bit for their arrival.

We’ve looked into getting some lawn mowers goats; they’re not quite ready to leave their mamas. We have a lot of food for them and eagerly await their arrival. Of course, that means we have to have their lodging ready as well.

Tiffany and Sean have been wanting Australian Shepherds or Aussies, as they are also known, for quite some time. Tiffany found some decent deals on a tri-color male and a blue merle. She was hoping for a red merle but that was not to be. They are looking forward to breeding them in the future.

We’ve settled on Finn for the tri-color male. We’re not sure if it is Finnegan, Phineas, Finnley, or what yet but Finn it is. He is eight weeks old.

This blue merle is Heidi. She got her name because the first night she kept getting back in Michael’s gaming corner, hiding from Finn and Shiloh. She is a couple weeks younger than Finn and you can definitely tell it in her size. I’m expecting to see her really grow in the next couple of weeks. Although, she may surprise me and be a bit smaller. We shall see. Part of the reason these pups were added to our family is because Shiloh is 10 years old. She doesn’t act it a lot of the time but she is definitely getting older. Sasha is about 14 years old. She’s our watchdog outside and is a blue tick heeler. She is definitely in her twilight years. (Here’s a picture of Shiloh.)

Interestingly my sister had a littermate of Shiloh’s and they had to put her down last year due to health problems. My parents had a littermate of Sasha’s and they went out to feed her one morning a couple of years and she had passed away. Sooooo, Sasha and Shiloh have already outlived their littermates. It will be good to have some puppies here that will ease the loss when these eventually pass . . . but we’re not thinking on that right now. ;)

I showed pictures last week of the Bradford Pear trees. Tiffany took some pictures of our other blooms around the front of the property. The daffodils look bright and cheery. :)

Here are some pictures of the fruit trees in bloom. This peach tree has some nice pink blossoms.

I don’t have a picture that shows how small this tree is but it isn’t as big as this plum tree.

It’s got a decent amount of blooms. :) But this poor plum tree is quite puny. I’m hoping now that it has had some fertilizer and mulch, it will do a bit better. Even so, it still has some blooms.

Then there’s our volunteer peach tree out in the chicken coop. It is much bigger than any of the others. I guess that is a testament to good fertilizer. ;)

I hope these turn out better than they did last year. Most of the fruit last year did not ripen or mature properly. Very sad. But we have hope renewed this year. :)

Spring is so pretty! Tiffany has planted a lot of seeds–started them indoors and going to move them out as soon as they are big enough and we’re pretty certain we won’t get another freeze. We got some flower seeds from Dollar Tree and looking forward to blooms all summer long. :)

Well, that’s what’s going on here. I hope to share some cute puppy pictures in the weeks to come. I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Books, Deals, and Spring

At the library last week I was in the science fiction section and saw that there is a sequel to Saucer, one of the books that I read last week. I read the summary and decided I was not interested, at least this time around. ;)

We did get the next 4 or 5 sequels to The Invisible Library. I’m looking forward to reading them. But I waited until I finished The Codex; I checked it back in and then rechecked it out of the library because I was interested in how it was going to end.

Book: The Codex

I’ve finished The Codex now and it has some s* words and maybe a few others and there is a two-paragraph scene that needed to be skipped. I liked how it ended and ended up really liking some parts that at first were mildly offensive but in retrospect really made me laugh and I ended up laughing over them with Tiffany. I do have to admit that there were several points where I wasn’t sure I wanted to finish it. I guess that means it had slow bits. The slow bits were important to build the story though. It had some fun twists and some good character development. Overall, a decent book (if you can overlook some cursing).

Shopping: WinCo Deals

This week WinCo had big pork butt roasts for 98¢ a pound. These are big packages! I told Tiffany to get a small one and it was 20 pounds! I asked if they could cut it for me. I wasn’t sure if it was two huge pieces or just one. The employee took it back to the butcher and they cut each roast into three pieces for me. They re-wrapped them and labelled it so that the cashier would know that it was two packages for one price.

They also had some nice thick pork loin chops (I think that is what they were labelled) at $1.78 a pound. I like a nice thick pork chop from time to time. Michael will have a chicken breast when we eat these.

Cheese was also marked down. Colby Jack was less than $3 a pound. Oh! the ten pound rolls of 73% ground beef were marked down too, under $16. It was about a dollar cheaper than any week yet. Sooo, of course, I had to get some. :) Sean and I are usually the ones to eat this, so we’re set for a while. I cut up the roll into 8 pieces, so each one was a little over a pound. I then bagged each one into a freezer bag and now our freezer is full.

Their chicken breast was up to $1.78 a pound this week. I’ll be watching for it to go back down and stock back up again. ;) I still have about 10 pounds or so in the freezer but that won’t last real long because Michael will eat chicken when we eat pork. The frozen ground turkey chubs are $1.38 a pound, so that is nice for Michael when we have a ground beef meal.

There are a few meals in which I prefer ground beef: meatloaf, hamburgers, and tacos. Tiffany usually eats the ground turkey with Michael and Sean eats the ground beef with me. :)

It looks like spring has sprung here. The Bradford Pear trees have bloomed and our daffodils have blossomed. The peach tree and the plum trees have blossomed as well. :)

(Thanks to Sean for sharing his pictures with me. :) )

Well, I’ve rambled enough for today and will run for now.

Until next time, I hope you have a great weekend,
Michele ºÜº

More Reading, Papaya, and a Sweet Note

We are library bound today. :) I read several books this week, you know, because we have to take them back today. I was still reading that crazy Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, where the main character’s father was a mountain and his mother a washing machine–although I was curious about it, it just wasn’t doing it for me.

I decided to put it down for a bit and read one of the three others I was really wanting to get to before we returned them. Enter Little Shop of Found Things.

This one is about a gal who can sometimes tell the history of an item when she touches it. (I know–it’s fantasy, okay, stay with me.) Anyway, she ends up going back in time to save a young girl in the 1700’s. I love time travel books and this one was fun.

It mentioned how Catholics were killed as witches or something . . . basically, it was against the law to be Catholic at the time. I find this interesting, and unfair, even though I’m not Catholic, and something I want to look into to see if it has a basis in history.

I do wish that the book had had her interacting with more objects but then found that . . . you guessed it, it’s a series! :D So now I want the second one which is something like, Secret of the Chocolate Pot or such.

I finished it up enjoying it. Then I started The Invisible Library. This one sounded so much like one I would enjoy and it did not disappoint me. :)

Oh My Gracious! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It had elements that I didn’t think I’d like but it fit so nicely and was a really interesting read. Of course, it too is a series and so I am hoping to get all of it today. I may have to purchase this one.

Basically it is about a secret library and its librarians that occupy a different reality . . . just stay with me . . . and they preserve special, unique, and original copies of books. They go into different alternate realities and take a rare book and bring it back to the invisible library. This is a very bad description of this book . . . sorry about that.

Irene is handed a novice librarian for this mission to get a certain book of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. They end up in all kind of upheaval from alligators with machine contraptions on them to make them more dangerous, to werewolves chasing them, to their zeppelin being shot at and so much more. :)

When I put it down to get some chores done, I handed it Tiffany and told her she’d enjoy it and should start reading it. The banter of the characters grabbed her right away and she loved it too.

I also read Saucer by Stephen Coonts. I enjoyed it too but not as much as The Invisible Library. I have to admit that I thought it was going to go a completely different direction than it did. It starts out with an oil surveying team finding a saucer and digging it out of the rock. They get it started and fly away before a billionaire, and two different governments can seize it. Now, when I read the summary, which stated about that much, I expected them to have some kind of outer space adventure but that was not the case. It was about how they learned to fly it and keep it away from everyone else. (Of course that is oversimplifying it quite a bit. ;) ) And there is no picture here because the others were taken by Tiffany and she was kind enough to send them to me. :)

New Food to Us

Pearl and Serene of Trim Healthy Mama have been saying how wonderful papaya is, both in taste and in health benefits. I’ve tasted it before but wasn’t thrilled with it. However, my tastes have changed over the last several years so when we saw it on sale at WinCo this week, we thought we’d give it a try.

It looks delicious!

Again, photo is courtesy of Tiffany Michele. :) It looks scrumptious. But I tasted it and it tastes a tiny bit garlicky and bland. :( I just don’t see what is so yummy about it but then again, I am one of those people to whom cilantro tastes like soap. So I guess we’re going to freeze this sucker and add it to shakes and things until it is gone. ;)

Sweet Son

Sean went out of town last weekend. He left before we were even awake but left us a sweet note. :)

It definitely brought me a smile.

Well, I think I’ve rambled enough for now. What are you reading? Do you like papaya? What does it taste like to you?

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

New Grocery Store (continued), Books & Reading, and Lettering

I gushed last week about WinCo, so I’ll try to keep it down this week. ;) We went back to WinCo this week and picked up a pineapple for 98¢ and some chicken breasts for about 98¢/lb. Of course, we picked up some other bulk items too.

Bottom line for this store is to know your prices. My sister buys her groceries with Walmart pickup, so this isn’t as big of a draw for her because they don’t have a pickup option. ;) But I’m a really good sister and I will just text her when I see a good deal, like those chicken breasts and the spare ribs for 98¢/lb again this week.

I found the lower fat cheese sticks to be cheaper than I usually get them, as well as lunch meat. Oh! We love their cheese. Such good cheese for $3.28/lb or it might have been $3.48/lb. It was delicious. :) The mozzarella is creamy and the gouda! Delicious!

Books . . . Reading

So, we managed to beat the system with our local library last week. You see, we were notified that we would need to renew our library cards on Wednesday but our books were due on Thursday and we still had one time we could renew this round of books before returning them to the library. However, if we had to renew our cards, we’d have to go to the library and wouldn’t be able to renew the books from home.

So on Tuesday we renewed the books. :) Now we don’t have to go to the library until next week. But that means I need to get busy and read any of these books I am wanting to read. I decided in order to get the majority of the books read, I’d read them by how many pages they have that way I’ll be finishing as many books as possible. :D

I’ve got Cages of Steel on my kindle that I’m reading. It’s an interesting sci-fi by Isaac Asimov. I finished up another book this week and have started a third but it is so odd that I think I may start another one to give my head a break from this sci-fi oddity. ;) Seriously, it’s odd–the main character’s father is a mountain, his mother is a washing machine, he has 3 brothers that are nesting dolls. Too weird!!! But I’ll keep pushing through it.

Modern Calligraphy

I’m really enjoying the class I’m taking. We’re working our way through the lower case letters of the alphabet (they’re called minuscules). I’ve gotten up through k now. Consequently yesterday I decided to write a few simple words. :) It was lots of fun! I am so glad I decided to continue with this. It’s very satisfying.

I struggled a bit with the k yesterday because it has two advanced strokes which I hadn’t practiced yet. I was having a tough time with the last leg of the k. I kept getting a point on the bottom, like a checkmark–not good. ;)

I really enjoyed writing some small words with the letters I have done. I keep practicing them, so that I get better. It was nice to put some together. :)

Well, that’s it for me today. I hope you have a nice weekend. I don’t know what I’ll be doing for sure but am looking forward to a peaceful one.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº