Category Archives: Finally Friday

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

Blossoms, Bacon, Banana Crepes, and More

At the end of last week, I looked outside one afternoon and saw Sasha. She is our blue tick heeler that is usually on a leash in our back yard. She has a nice big area/long chain. I won’t go into all the reasons why it is necessary for her to be on a leash; it is not our preference but what is necessary. At any rate, when I looked out front, I saw her . . . this should not be.
blue tick heeler loose ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe must have been loose for a while because she drank most all of the cats’ water that was on the porch. This makes me think she did quite a bit of running around before arriving on the porch. She is a strong dog. If Sasha doesn’t want to go back to her area, she doesn’t. ;)

strong blue tick heeler ~ Lifeofjoy.meI didn’t get pictures of Tiffany and Sasha happily walking back to her area. But trust me when I say, she was quite happy.


I baked some bacon last weekend. I had Sean put it on this platter. Keto Daily Bread ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe thought it was quite humorous, considering we don’t eat regular bread any more and eat quite a lot of bacon. :D


This is the breakfast Tiffany and I had yesterday. It is really delicious banana crepes with chocolate sauce. Yummo!!! (THM Cookbook pg 267)

THM Chocolate Monkey Crepes ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m not even a fan of yogurt, which is the filling in these yummy things, along with some slices of banana. It was a yummy and filling meal.


I noticed that my narcissus flowers bloomed this week too.

Narcissus 2018 ~ Lifeofjoy.meI don’t recall having ones with the dark orange trumpet in years passed. I really like them but I do prefer the longer trumpets to these shorter ones.

My Bradford Pear trees are blooming nicely as well.

Bradford Pear Trees ~ Lifeofjoy.meSome of the leaves are already opening.

Bradford Pear Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe peach tree is blossoming too! I’m so excited! There are no where as many blossoms as last year but we ended up with nary a peach because of a late frost or two. But that is actually okay because it seems I’ve heard that you should actually pluck the first blossoms to enable the tree to focus on its roots instead of putting out fruit. So I’m thinking that the few blossoms we have is good; it’s producing what it can provide without sacrifice.

Peach blossoms ~ Lifeofjoy.meThese are still very new and we saw some tiny buds still to open. I’m hopeful for some good peaches this year.

Then we saw the plum trees are blossoming too.

Plum blossoms ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis little tree, that is about four years old, is a slow grower. :D But it has LOTS of blossoms on it’s little twigs. We have another one that is younger but much larger and it too has blossoms, although not as concentrated as these. :D

We had a good visit with my sister and her girls this week too. It is always nice to get to spend some time talking with her about what is going on in her life and hear about her homeschooling. I try to encourage her the best I can.


We have birthdays to celebrate this Sunday with my family. My baby sister and Sean’s birthdays are within two weeks of each other, so we will celebrate both this Sunday, which means I get to see Brian, Lauren, and Liam!!! Yay! My little grandson is not quite so little any more. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. I’ll be making a chocolate cake for Sean and the rest of us sugar free THMers (Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle eaters).

Well, I’ve rambled enough for today.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Yummy Food, Trash Hunt, and Grocery Budgeting

I was looking through pictures of what I did over the last week and saw this one.

Breakfast Sausage Pizza ~ Lifeofjoy.meI took it one morning when Tiffany and I had these for breakfast. It is the Breakfast Pizza with sausage instead of pepperoni. It was really good. We hadn’t had them in a long time. I’ve been trying to cut back on my dairy consumption but that day, I just needed pizza. :) It’s a good one to have any time of day and it is filling!

Tiffany and I have been doing some form of exercise every day, not much, but some. One day we did a THM Work-In, which takes about 20 minutes. Then a couple days we did about three songs on our zumba Wii game. Of course, one day was errands and we get a lot of walking done that day so no other exercise is even considered. We buy lots of gallons of water each week and carry 4-6 of them in the house at a time, so we even get some weight lifting in. :D

Trash Search ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe other day, Michael took the trash out with him when he left for work. (We had to double bag it because the bag was ripped when he pulled it out of the trash can.) About a half hour later he called me and told me this sad tale of woe. ;) He got into town at his first stop and saw the outer bag still hanging on the back of his van but the broken inner bag and all its contents were missing. He asked me to go looking for it to clean up the mess. I wasn’t thrilled about it but I went anyway.

I headed out and got a mile away and still no trash. I turned the corner and began the second mile of dirt road and this is what I saw, in the road up ahead.

Country Life ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey just stood there. I stopped and took some pictures.

Close-up Deer In Road ~ Lifeojfoy.meThese two deer were standing in the road. When the left one bounded off, the second followed. A third came out into the road and then went back from whence it came. It was nice to see while on my hunt for trash. :D

I got to pavement and decided that I’d go a couple of miles more. Then I went another mile or two and called Michael and reported that I had yet to see any trash that looked to be ours. I went back home, still looking along the way but returned home empty handed. So either it came out in bits and pieces and blew off the road sporadically or the whole bag fell out and someone picked it up and disposed of it. No idea which.

I tried another grocery budget makeover last month and am glad I did not pay full price for it. I considered requesting a refund but I felt like God led me to the course and did not want me to seek a refund. I did enjoy the videos and their suggestions but found that since we already eat all our meals at home or from home, many of the suggestions aimed at making it easier to eat at home rather than from a restaurant were not really helpful for me–at least from a money saving  standpoint.

Budgeting ~ Lifeofjoy.me
(Yeah, I go to 3-6 stores each week but am blessed that four of them are in a one mile area with another only about a mile further.)

I had already planned to look into money saving apps, so the small portion of the course addressing this was not really very enlightening. I’d heard about couponing and sales cycles and coupon stacking already so none of that was news either. The information shared about how to do CVS or Target is already available free and was not even a part of the paid content. So, it was good because it gave me some good hard numbers to work with and aim for but I pack a lot into my budgeted money. I include animal food, vitamins, clothing, birthday gifts, household updates (like new rugs or curtains) and such in my budget. These ladies did not include any of those things, nor did they include their dining out budget to get the whole picture. So, I could do better, but I’m not doing as badly as I once thought I was.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

February Wrap-Up; Planning for a Good March

As things turned out last week, Michael’s van decided to be finicky and not start on my errand day. So, he had to take the car, which was okay by Tiffany and I since we didn’t feel like running errands anyway. ;) Michael stopped at the store and picked up some essentials, so that we could make it through the weekend.

But I decided that we could actually make it until Wednesday, which was the last day that Sprouts had their roasts on sale for $2.88 a pound. That is a great deal here and I usually like to get one each week of that sale, so I got a couple this week. :) The last one we had was really good.

I cannot believe it is already March! Tiffany and I had our monthly check-in with each other. I like this because it gives us each someone to talk to about how things are going and set goals for the month. Some of those goals are based on the challenges of the previous month. :o

We could not justify spending any money to eat out this week since we chose not to do this on errand day (and my gift cards were depleted) so I decided to make something special for us. Ham and Cheese Scones! Only problem is that we really needed to have our meeting early in the day rather than around lunch time, so we chatted after breakfast.

February Check-In ~ Lifeofjoy.meI fixed us eggs and zucchini hash and Tiffany fixed the tea. I got down some nice cups that I either got from my mom or one of my ancestors. :) I love them; they are so pretty and dainty. I did douse those eggs with nutritional yeast after taking this picture. :D

Tiffany and I both took notes in our bullet journals(bujo) as we went. We paused to draw some rectangles to fill in the beginning. Then later I made some notes on some sticky notes on how I want to design my next month bujo pages.

BuJo Feb Check-In ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ll pretty it up later but I like how it turned out and I don’t have a bunch of meeting sticky notes to make pretty. Those sticky notes are my brainstorming schedules, routines, and bujo pages. :(

One of the things on those sticky notes is about habit trackers. Mine did not work very well last month. See.

Failed BuJo Trackers ~ Lifeofjoy.meNotice all the squares without x’s? Well, there should be very few of those. The only reason there are x’s on the Weekly Must Do tracker is because that is all about the blog daily posts and I have to do those or not blog. :o

I’ve got a plan though, so I’m encouraged. That is one thing I like about a bullet journal, when something doesn’t work, change it. If this were a planner, I’d be stuck for the whole year. ;)

Unfortunately I did not implement a lot of the things I wanted to last month. I’m referring to those things that I planned to do at the first of February. I have learned some things about myself through this. A tracker or list does not encourage me to accomplish a task. But a reminder and attaching a new task to an existing task works quite well.

With that in mind, I’ve revamped my morning routine, to accomplish some of the goals I set with Tiffany yesterday. I’m looking forward to implementing some of these changes.

I still made the Ham and Cheese Scones from AllDayIDreamAboutFood.com and they were quite yummy. I may play around with the flours a bit to lighten the calorie load so that we can have two without feeling like we overindulged. ;)

Ham and Cheese Scones ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey were delicious! We had them with a small side salad and a “after work-out” shake. They tasted sooo good we both still wanted another one. ;) I’ve sent out a question to the THM groups to see what they think about how many can be eaten in a sitting. :D

Well, I’ve rambled on long enough for today. I’m excited and hopeful for accomplishing many things this month. I hope you are too.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Games, Weather, and a Broken Heater

I didn’t get my menu and grocery list made last week until the day we ran errands. I usually like to get it done at least by the day before we run errands but it just didn’t work out last week. Consequently, I thought we weren’t going to get out of the house until about 11am, then I surprised myself and got it done and we were out of the house by 9:30. Woo hoo!

I’ve been playing this online hidden object game. The thing I don’t like about it is that although it is free to play, I can only play it for about an hour before I run out of “charges” required to play. At that point you either pay real money for “rubies” to buy more charges to continue playing or you wait until your “charges” replenish over time. This is a good thing though because it limits how long I play the game. ;)

When we got home from running errands, I was tired but we put away the groceries and I put a couple of the chicken breasts into the crockpot  to cook for lunch meat for the week. I cut back from a whole value family size package to just half of it because I also bought some turkey lunchmeat for lunches and I didn’t want any of the cooked chicken to spoil.

I’d been wanting to play a very old game we have, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger. It is an old Nintendo game that Sean connected up to our tv through our old Wii. I enjoyed playing and played a bit over the weekend as well.

Our heater has not been working properly but it wasn’t a huge deal earlier this week because it was actually 80º one day. Then the next day we had falling temperatures all day long. It got very cold outside. Thankfully, we have little heater units that staved off the frigidity, as we’d had the heat and air guys working on the heater but they left stumped three different days. :( It really is crazy. They have tried everything they can think of and they asked others they know in the business and still ended up stumped. They were very frustrated that they were unable to fix it.

We had lots of rain and then freezing temperatures so Michael and Sean were home for two days. Then yesterday even the little heaters were causing problems, tripping the breaker. We eventually discovered that as long as we kept the heater on a lower setting it would not trip the breaker, which was fine by me because I was getting a bit warm anyway. ;)

I’ll try to update this post with some pictures before the weekend is out. The week has gotten away from me, with Michael and Sean being home an extra couple of days this week. I don’t know about you, but when the conditions of my normal routine are different/changed, my productivity changes as well.

Well, I have another busy day, so I need to get moving. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Eye Doctor, Hair Cut, and Shopping

eye dr, hair cut, shopping ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, last week when we went into town, I decided I NEEDED to get my hair cut. I haven’t gotten it cut since the end of last year, so it had really grown. There was a guy there this time and he didn’t do a great job, sadly. It’s okay but I needed a few more layers at the top and he just didn’t get it done. I told him I wanted lots of layers multiple times and still I didn’t get all I wanted. Oh well. Tiffany will probably take a stab at adding a few more for me.

Then I had to go back to the eye doctor’s office AGAIN!!! Yes, that makes three times! So frustrating. The really bad thing is that one of those could have been avoided because they knew they’d made the glasses wrong. Anyway, I digress. I saw a female doctor this time and she really took time with me. I came out feeling confident that the prescription would be much better.

Tiffany needed to get some new clothes. The girl has lost weight and just plain needed some more pants and warm shirts, although yesterday it was 80º. Yep eighty degrees!!! Totally ridiculous for February. So anyway, we went across the street and did some shopping. The glasses were supposed to be ready in two hours or so. We finished in Ross and went to the car and ate our lunch that we’d packed and had a about twenty minutes until they were supposed to be ready. We ran in Walmart really quickly and were back by the allotted time. I got in there and waited for my name to be called, only to be told that they weren’t ready yet! Ugh!!! This time around the experience has not been good at all, well, other than the people themselves being so nice.

So we left and  did our grocery shopping. It was about an hour later than they said it would be and the place was packed! Ugh again. Thankfully the glasses seem fine this time around.

By the time we finally headed home, we opted to skip filling the gas tank. We were just too tired and we didn’t absolutely need it. So home we went. Thankfully I had put a roast in the crockpot with radishes, cauliflower, and carrots that morning, so dinner was easy!

gifts ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn all of our shopping, I forgot to get my Valentine gifts for Michael and Sean. But it was okay because this was the week I had my Zentangle group (art gathering). I decided I’d go early and shop. Michael ended up being off work, so he took me and we did my shopping afterwards, which was a bit awkward since I was buying stuff for him but oh well, I’m flexible.

Afterwards, we went to Red Lobster. We haven’t been there in a long time. Actually over a year because the last several times we went we shared a 4-course meal of chicken alfredo. Well, that is not a THM food. I got the wood-grilled tilapia with seasoned broccoli, a salad, and roasted green beans with mushrooms. I have never had wood-grilled fish before and it was absolutely delicious!!! Michael got the trout and said it was good too.

This is getting a bit long, so I’ll close for now. I’ll probably share the treats I made for my family for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

January Check-In, Celebration, and Yummy Food

In the past week, I had a “meeting” with this cutieTiff Jan '18 Mtg ~ Lifeofjoy.meabout how the last month went. Since we are both “self-employed,” we don’t have a boss to have meeting with so I decided it would be a good thing for us to do together and help to hold us accountable to the goals and productivity we think we should have.

Me Jan 18 Mtg ~ Lifeofjoy.me(My teeth are NOT that color. We’d just eaten BLACK bean soup.)

We had fun and were motivated to have a great February!

Tiff and I Jan '18 Mtg ~ Lifeofjoy.meOriginally we had planned to have a girls day out if we met certain goals. Unfortunately we did not meet those goals so instead we took some extra time when we ran errands, to have our “meeting” somewhere other than home. I thought it might make it feel more important. ;)

Errands took us even longer because I had to take my glasses back to the eye doctor’s to have them checked. Shocker! They were the wrong prescription! Ugh!!!! Then we had to wait several hours for them to be done. So on a day when we had hoped to be home by around at least one o’clock, we didn’t get home until around four o’clock. Ugh!! Even more unfortunate is the fact that I’m not confident this prescription is correct.

When we finally got home, Michael had gotten home before we did, by mere minutes. But this is what we saw as we pulled up.

Skylar broke free again ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, this is Skylar and she belongs in the back yard. This is not the back yard. To say that Tiffany was not pleased that she had to deal with this is an understatement. :) We were both dog tired. ;)

I fixed some yummy banana THM pancakes on Saturday morning. That seems to be our Saturday breakfast tradition for the last while.

Banana Pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf course just a normal batch, where we each get four pancakes is not enough for my guys, so I had to make a double batch. That’s a lot of egg whites. :D But oh so good!

THM Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Syrup ~ lifeofjoy.me

We celebrated Lauren’s birthday last weekend. (Sure wish I’d gotten some pics of her and her cake but alas, we were hungry.) They traded in their Wii U and some other stuff and bought a Switch, which they brought with them. We enjoyed playing Puyo Puyo and the kids all enjoyed playing a cooking game. It was fun watching them all play together. They also got Mario Odyssey, at least that’s what I think it is called. OMG! It looks really fun!!! Now, I’m looking for Sean to get a Switch soon.

Unfortunately I did not get many pictures! But I did get a few. Liam enjoyed the basket I keep some of the toys in as much or more than the toys themselves.

Liam with his basket ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd he liked playing behind my chair.

Liam behind chair ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe’s so cute!

Liam Cutie ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I’m going to run. I have lots to do today. Tiffany needs to go clothes shopping, I need a haircut, and we have to get groceries as well as look at some bar stools and cafe tables. I’m tired just thinking about it. :D

I hope you have a great weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Ladies Meeting and a Little This and That

This week has been a busy week, although to sit down now and tell you what I have been up to leaves me lacking for words. The same thing happens when I see someone and they ask what I’ve been up to . . . I can’t think of a thing.

Last Saturday we had a lovely ladies meeting/brunch at the church. It was so nice to have this lovely group of ladies hostess; they did a great job.

FPC Ladies Mtg ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe decorations were very pretty, the food was delicious, and the games were fun. I think they may have enjoyed themselves too, just look at those smiles! And a couple of them are pregnant. :)

 

This dear lady was going around taking pictures before it started.

Kim ~ Lifeofjoy.me

She saw these two walking by and had them hold still so she could get a picture. She snapped the picture (not this one but one all the same).

Kathy and La Veta ~ Lifeofjoy.meJust then this lovely lady walked nearby and was asked to join the picture. Snap again.

Lynn, La Veta, and Kathy ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen she spied Gwin and asked her to join in.

Gwin ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I could see what was happening, so I quickly got up and climbed up on the chair behind them.

And then there were 5 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen to add to the fun, we took a selfie!

Ladies Mtg ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, that’s how we roll, lots of good clean fun!

Here’s just a small sampling of the scrumptious eats.

Ladies Mtg Food ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere was an array of cheese, crackers, veggies, meats, toasts with toppings (which I only ate the toppings of because it’s too carby for me), and fruits (with optional chocolate sauce which I also skipped). It was wonderful to be able to eat food that was in line with my diet, thus no guilt.

Our speaker, Inga Husko, has an interesting testimony so foreign to my own. Growing up in Latvia in the 70’s was not easy and way different from life in the USA in the 70’s.

Inga Husko ~ lifeofjoy.meIt was a fun morning and some nice fellowship.

I’m excited for this weekend because this little fella is coming for a visit!

Liam Duoing ~ lifeofjoy.meBrian or Lauren took this picture of Liam holding the phone while we were on DUO together. :) Soooo cute!!!

This sweetie’s birthday is coming up and we’re going to celebrate this weekend.

Lauren ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m liking the new hair color too.


A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out a new set of flannel sheets to put on my bed. When I did I found this odd piece of tape on the underside of the fitted sheet.

Weird writing on new sheet ~ Lifeofjoy.meSeriously, what is that!!! I removed the tape and washed the sheets, just to be safe. Who knows what weirdness that is. The sheet was not ripped. There did not seem to be anything there, under the tape.

I was surprised how much I loved these sheets. They are a nice plaid and flannel. I never thought I’d do flannel sheets. Last year I bought a set of flannel sheets for Michael because he’s always so cold and found that I really liked them. So I got another set this year. :)

The biggest thing I did this week was so much baking but I’ve rambled enough for today and will probably share it with you on Tuesday. I hope you have a good weekend; I know we will.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

One of Those Weeks

Have you ever had one of those weeks when you just cannot seem to accomplish your goals? No, I mean little goals that you should be able to accomplish but you just cannot seem to get around to doing? (Even as I wrote that, I remembered I needed to put my laundry into the dryer. Ugh!)

That is pretty much how my week has gone, I had planned to clean out my plastics cabinet, again but this time, put things in a bin to help organize it and hopefully keep it manageable. But when I made the chocolate sauce to go on top of the Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Trim Healthy Table cookbook, THT Chocolate Chip Pancakes ~ lifeofjoy.meI used to small of a pot and it boiled over. And when I say it boiled over, I mean, it boiled over. I must have lost nearly half of the sauce to the stove. Yes, of course I turned the heat off and lifted the pot off the burner AS SOON as it started boiling over but it just kept spilling over! It was horrible and messy.

We were hungry (Sean was home sick from work, so it was three of us), I salvaged as much as I could, and I decided to clean up the mess after we ate. Well, we have a gas oven which is OLD and has a lower section that you have to clean.

Gas Stove Top ~ Lifeofjoy.meClean Stove Top ~ Lifeofjoy.meI am ashamed to admit that I have not cleaned it in quite some time but obviously that picture was take AFTER the clean-up that took me about two hours to do.

You see, first I had to clean the top, so while I was at it I scrubbed it trying to make it look as nice as possible. I also scrubbed the grates. THEN I lifted the top and cleaned that mess. It wasn’t JUST the spilled over chocolate sauce but also many weeks of crumbs and such mess. THEN I took the burners and soaked them and cleaned them using boiling water to try and remove the built up gunk that I didn’t even realize was there. It was truly nasty. :( I scrubbed and scrubbed with scrub brushes and tooth brushes.

Of course, after all of that, I had to get the burners lit again, which isn’t always easy. That back burner thinks it is a simmer burner now because it does not go up very high at all. I could have sworn that it used to but even now, several days later, it still needs to be lit with a match and will not produce a very high flame. No huge deal though, because I don’t really use it very often, since I’m so short. ;)

Just in case you are wondering, I did turn the burner thingy around to see if it was that and the back one still had a much smaller flame than the other three.

I did have a nice visit with my sister and her girls for a couple hours one day this week. We did decide to change our day though so that she wouldn’t have to leave at a set time and we could get as much visit time as we desire. (And no, I didn’t get any pictures . . . we were busy making the most of our short time together.) ;) When they left, I did not do anything other than ensure I had dinner ingredients thawed and my blog done; yeah, that was the night I decided to take an easy route to my blog being done and did NOT create a Zentangle tile but I procrastinated even making that decision . . . pitiful, I know.

Santa Bear Place Mat ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Another day I decided that I was tired of the Santa bear place mats on my table and it was time to put them away and get out some others. Unfortunately, the others had been used as painting covers and had to be scrubbed to be usable. I don’t really have any disposable money to purchase any right now, so I’m making do with what I have but it took a good little while to get them usable. Another day down of not getting those other things done that I wanted to do.

Love Bearable Place mats ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen yesterday when I was emptying the dishwasher I noticed some scum on the drain. I’ve been ignoring it for about a week but decided I better check it out so that it doesn’t turn into the disgusting mess I had last year sometime. So that took the time I allot in my day for doing those extra kinds of things. Ugh! And still the plastics cabinet is a mess! So, I will move it to another day and hopefully, I’ll get it done. ;)

I hope you’ve been able to achieve your goals this week. I’m hoping next week will be better for me. :D

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

My Bullet Journal is Helping Me Be More Productive

If I were less of an optimist, I’d say I had a rather difficult week. But I prefer to think like Thomas Edison, that I have just found some things that do not work. ;)

This week I had determined to be more productive. This is the reason I got my bullet journal for Christmas.
Sunny Yellow Bullet Journal ~ lifeofjoy.me(Sorry about the poor picture quality but at least there is one. ;) )

I made a tracker for all the things I do throughout the day or things I want to do each day. Some of the items on the chart are an attempt to force myself to see it every day and maybe, just maybe I’ll do it. Things like some form of art every day (even just coloring would count–haha) and reading a book (not internet). Needless to say, I have quite a few unchecked boxes but that is okay. It is a hope to push me towards it. However, it may be backfiring on me and making me feel bad for not doing more. (More on this later)

Each day I do a small daily bullet for extra things I want to accomplish that day. I will admit that I have been a bit too ambitious. (Left page below)

BuJo Dailies ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo I decided to be a bit more realistic with the list yesterday and it helped, as I got all but one thing done. However, as I was talking with Tiffany, and was being a bit hard on myself for not getting everything done. But really I’m getting more done than before because I have the bujo and have my list in a place that I will see it and it will taunt me until I get it done and then I can X it off. :D

I didn’t realize how having each bullet marked helped me feel better about what I’d accomplished. Even if it was just to use a > to note that I moved it to another day’s list. It feels good to get the things done and marked off.

I have not intended my bujo to be a thing of beauty or an artistic expression, so I just use colors because that makes me happy. I also have some stickers and washi tape that I will add to the pages after I’ve finished it. Currently, I don’t pre-plan most of my pages. I did pre-plan the Year at a Glance (or Future Planner) and my two-page tracker spread.Pre-planned BuJo Page ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo far, all the others have just been where I had some kind of note I wanted to make, so I went to the next page or place on a page that didn’t have dailies on it (see the right hand page on the picture before last).

So, most of my pages are just functional at this time and I’ll probably pretty them up later (or not). ;)

I got a lot of snacks made this week but we tend to eat them up as quickly as I can make them. :D This post is getting long, so I’ll post about that on Tuesday (upcoming). Let me just say that very few things turned out how they were supposed to, why, and what I did next.

I hope this post has given you some ideas of how you can use a bullet journal to increase your productivity and realize it doesn’t have to be a work of art. I’m loving that it is a place to put those notes of things I want to remember and not have a sticky note or some other piece of paper that I will either have to find a place to store or lose it altogether. It is really a good tool. I wasn’t sure it would be beneficial for me because most of what I do is repeated day after day (thus the trackers) but then there are extra things to be done like bake bread or make a gift that I put on dailies.

It looks like I’ll just keep rambling about this and bore you to pieces, so I’ll just close for today.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Ringing in the New Year – 2018

New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite days/nights of the year.

When I was young, we attended a church that had a watch night service with communion and such, at least that is how I remember it from my very young days. Of course with church moves and moving out of state, practices changed. Twenty years ago when we moved again, the church we attended sometimes had a New Years Eve service/gathering with fun music, skits, and such. We didn’t generally go because we had young children and a little one that frequently went to bed as early as 6:30 pm. Thus, most of the time we ended up just going to bed as usual.

Yep, New Years Eve was just like any other night and I eventually decided that it just shouldn’t be like that. So I talked with my family, and we decided we’d get together and ring in the new year together. I was able to convince/twist Michael’s arm because we lived only five minutes away and I promised him we could leave by five minutes after midnight and thus home and in bed ten minutes later. :)

Over the years though it has turned into a fun night of playing games and snacking on good food, mostly appetizers.

This year the most played game was Concept, a game Sean got for Christmas. I’ll share about it some other time.
NYE Playing Concept ~ Lifeofjoy.meMom and I made a good team. :)

More Concept ~ Lifeofjoy.meEven the younger ones can play it.

We also played some Taboo, with our own family methods which do NOT include a timer or gameboard. But in the end, we went back to Concept.

Of course there was the usual video gaming going on.

Video Gaming too ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt about 11:30 we start packing up and getting our sparkling juice ready, so that we are ready for the countdown. We even pack up the car with what can be packed. :D

Then we find a countdown on one of the national channels and usually watch the replay of the ball dropping in New York. Then we countdown, holler “Happy New Year,” “cheers,” drink, hug, and out the door.

Countdown to New Year ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, we even have coats on this year because it was cold and they loaded up the car already.

New Year 2018 ~ Lifeofjoy.meNYEve Cheers ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis year we were in the car at 12:05. (Here’s the picture from last year.)New Year ~ Lifeofjoy.meOf course, this year we were at my sister’s house so we were only fifteen minutes away instead of twenty-five. :) Yep, home and in bed ten minutes earlier. :D

I took THM foods but ended up having crossovers. We had yummy THM friendly “pigs in a blanket,” pinwheels made with lavash, Laughing Cow Cheese, peppers and turkey pepperoni, and some other dessert I think. It was yummy and I grazed as I desired, both New Years Eve and New Years Day. Thus it is no surprise that I gained over my 2 pound fluctuation by another pound but it is okay because by Friday it was gone again, and I went lower than all of December. :) Yay! Looking forward to continued losses this year as we eat wonderfully.

Well, I guess that’s it for today. It has been a busy and productive week, which I will share some of next week because I’m sure things are going to slow down quickly and I’m going to be searching for things to share on Fridays again soon.

So, until next time, Happy New Year, and God bless,

Michele ºÜº