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Deals, Good Friends, Yummy Salad, and Cleaning Up

It’s been a good week I guess. ;) Chicken breasts were only $1.48 at Winco this week in Tulsa, but we HAD to wear a face covering. Tiffany and I choose to wear scarves instead of face masks. These are thinner and we can breathe better and they are prettier too. ;)

Tiffany found an outside blanket for only $5 in the clearance section at Walmart. She will use it in the car when taking one of her dogs somewhere, like the lake or park or something. It was 50% off, so that was cool.

I had an emotional breakdown the other day because I’m just done being this weight!!! Yep, it was not good but kicked me in the gut enough to make me be more serious and have less splurging going on. So we are making it a point to exercise at least 5 days a week and eat lower calorie foods. We’re still doing THM (Trim Healthy Mama) but just renewing our mindfulness to how much we are eating, how often we are eating, and choosing the lighter options.

My commitment was tested when I went to lunch with my friend Gwin this week. It’s hard to believe that we’ve known each other for ten years now. Much has changed in these last ten years but we are still friends.

We ate at Braum’s. I figured that if I ate a light lunch before I left the house I could just get a sugar free ice cream there but as it turned out, my breakfast at eight lasted until nearly one o’clock. I opted to get a salad instead of one of the yummy burgers. It was their Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad.

It had some blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, grilled chicken, almonds, carrots, cabbage, spinach, and romaine lettuce. It also came with packaged croutons, saltines, and no fat cottage cheese. The dressing was in a pouch, so you could add as much or as little as you desired. Well the in the first five ingredients there were three forms of sugar, so I opted to use only a tiny bit (maybe a teaspoon) on top. I added the cottage cheese to the salad too. It was quite good. :)

For those on THM, it was an E salad because of the fruit and the chicken was lean, so it fit the parameters. I just stayed away from the croutons and crackers.

We had a great visit. It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a good chat, so it was extra nice. Tiffany and her friend came by and got some ice cream cones (Tiff’s was sugar free but probably not the best choice ;) ) and sat with us for a little bit. Gwin is a trip!

I remembered at the last minute that I needed to take a picture and handed the phone to Tiffany. This is the result . . .

She’s fun to be with and I’m so glad to have her as a friend. :)

Well, we are supposed to use our rain passes at the water park this weekend. I hope it is a nice day, we have fun, and it isn’t too crowded. :)

Oh, I have been working on cleaning up the craft room this week and it looks worse than when I started! :o You know how that works, right? I’m getting rid of some of the things that I don’t need or use any more but they are now occupying floor space instead of the shelf space they were taking up. It’s just frustrating to have a bigger mess than when I started but it is necessary. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. ;)

We have some dear friends coming next weekend and I’ve got to get things straightened up enough for them to have a decent place to sleep. So I’m on kind of a dead line and I’ve gone out of the house more this week than I have in a while. :D

I hope you have a good weekend. I’m hoping to see my parents at some point this weekend too. I’m missing them; it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been able to visit with them.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Week 16: Purk, Gneiss, and Tidings

This week’s tangles in the Zen-Untangled project are Assunta, Bales, Gneiss, Gourdgeous, Pea-nuckle, Purk, and Tidings. I love Gneiss and enjoy Purk but Gourdgeous is not a favorite at all, neither is Pea-nuckle. Tidings, however, is brand new to me. I didn’t think I’d like it but I actually did.

I got behind this week and although I only had three step-outs to draw, I didn’t do any of them. I looked at the string provided and decided right off that there was no way to make the tangles fit perfectly  in the sections provided. So I went with purk in the purk-shaped section. Since I love Gneiss, I was determined to find a way to use it in a section. And finished it out with Tidings filling in another section. I decided to keep one section blank.

Here is a scan of the tile before shading.

I’d taken pictures outside on this rainy, overcast day but something happened and they didn’t import. I’ve now learned to check to ensure that they actually imported before I delete them off the camera. :(  So I had to take them all over again but I couldn’t exactly remove the shading. :D

So here it is both the scan and the picture after shading.

Which angle picture do you like best? I couldn’t pick my favorite, so I included them all. :)




This is how overcast it was the day I took these pictures. ;)

I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a good week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Drupe and Its Look-Alikes

I think I should have used the catch-up week strings  last week. This week’s tangles, although some are very similar which I will get to in a moment, were mostly ones for which I didn’t have step-outs done already. Alice puts up the new week’s tangles and string on Saturday, so even if I did one every day, I wouldn’t have all of them done by Tuesday night to write up my blog post.

So I think next week I may do the string catch-up week and share that here next week, so that I just get in the habit of tangling every day. We shall see. ;)

This week’s tangles are Tagh, Ibex, Facade, Drupe, Dyon, Xircus, and Fracas. I’ve tangled Tagh before but didn’t make a step-out for it.

Here’s a tile I did last year using Tagh. Oh! I think a local CZT, Pam Newman, taught me this one while she still had monthly gatherings. I should probably set up a time to visit her again. :)

Facade looks like a blend of Nipa and Hollibaugh to me. I really like it even though I don’t do it real well.

On my tile, I used wider Hollibaugh lines and I have to admit that the thinner lines are easier to put the orbs behind.

I didn’t shade Ibex on my stepout, as I was getting a bit tired of all my tangling in one day but I had to press on, so shading got shorted. :)

Then comes Drupe. This is the one that I did have drawn already and I haven’t scanned it or taken a picture of it though . . . sorry about that. But here is a link to the step-out online.

Then there is Dyon which is so similar to Drupe. It seems that the only difference is the lack of some straight lines in each section between the arched lines.Then there is Fracas which uses the same combined x and + as the base that both Drupe and Dyon uses. The lines on each section for this one are arced the opposite way from the previous tangles and then blacken every other band.

I like this one . . . it kind of reminds me of a spider web. I think this is my favorite.

Then the last one is Xircus which I’d never heard of before but I really like it. Because it has a lot of repetitive lines.

I think Drupe, Dyon, and Fracas are just tangleations of each other but they were probably named before they came up with the word tangleation and before there were SOOOO many tangles.

Here’s my tile before I did the shading.

Here is the same unshaded tile but the picture was taken outside on a very overcast day. And then here it is again shaded; first the scan and then the outside picture.

I chose to put one section of each of those four similar tangles on the bottom left. I also did some extra shading on the spirals of Ibex. I like how the tile ended up. I think I enjoy Xircus more than the other similar tangles.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know which is your favorite of the four (Drupe, Dyon, Fracas, or Xircus) tangles, down in the comments.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Another New Year: Getting Ready

The links I shared last year for New Year’s planning and review are still good (or updated). So I’m resharing that post here today. :) I hope it will bless you and your family.
I believe that we should always trying to better ourselves. The beginning of a new year is a good time to decide what area I want to focus on this year. Children can (and should) do this too. I found some good printables to help.
This first one is from 2014 but it is a good one. So, I recommend printing it out and putting a number sticker over the wrong year or using some correction fluid or correction tape, to erase it, unless you are one of those that can easily edit it before printing. ;) Here is the page describing this printable. The original link went 404 on me but I persevered! :D Click on the picture of the printable on that page and it will open the pdf.
This one is a little different but it goes along with what a lot of people do, creating a word for the year. It also has the individual write down a want, a need, something to share, and something in which to succeed. It’s a nice contemporary printable. At the same link is a New Year’s Eve bingo printable as well. The same site also has a really cute Year in Review. I have shared this one before, I think but she updates it every year. It is really a nice printable and colorful, although you could definitely print it out in greyscale to conserve on colored ink, if you so desire. This one is similar to the last. It too is a year in review printable. The author shares her family history with this and it sounds like a very sweet tradition that is a great memory maker. :) Like the previous one, it has you list some of your favorite things, which could be really interesting to look back on after several years and see what changed and what stayed the same.
Then there were a few game ideas that looked interesting as well. This memory game looked really cute! And here is a page with a lot of New Year’s Eve ideas to include children. The idea on the last link for glow stick games was so cute that I’m including a link to that one as well. With the days shorter, winter is a good time to try some of these games, if you happen to live in an area that gets some warmer weather this time of year. ;) Finally there was a really cute idea for a decoration for a New Year’s party. If you happen to be one that takes their Christmas decorations down by the first, this could work for you. I, however, am not only not home as we go to my sister’s home, but keep my decorations up until Epiphany on January 6th. But it really is a cute idea. You could get a jump on some of the decoration clean-up by taking the ornaments off the tree and changing it over to a New Year celebration tree. Check it out here. :) Well, I believe I have rambled on quite long enough for today. I hope you have a great New Year’s celebration with your family, whether it be at noon on December 31st, midnight of the first, or some other time. (I knew a lady that changed her clocks and celebrated the new year with her young children at 8pm, so they still got into bed on time. But you could just make it a thing, there are lots of ideas out there and listed above as well.)
Until next time, God bless, Michele ºÜº  

Touch can be Stress-Relieving

This week is Thanksgiving in the USA. I hope that you are preparing to make it a good memorable day. :)

With all the planning, preparing, baking, going, and doing, it can get a bit stressful, so be sure to take some time to breathe deeply and cuddle with those you love. :)

Did you know that touch can relieve stress? Well, good touch that is. ;) Lately I’ve taken to getting up close to Michael and saying something like “love me.” :D Or I sit on his lap in his chair and have him hug me. He has also been more touching as late, kissing the top of my head or running his hand across my back as he passes by me in the kitchen.

My encouragement to you this week is to not get so rushed and busy that you get frustrated with the ones you love (and especially the ones you live with). Spread things out enough throughout the week or get enough prep work done ahead of time, so that you can enjoy the special time with family and friends (who are one and the same for me :) ).

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Uncle Sean's Turn ~

Helping Children (Toddlers) Talk

This week Tiffany came across this youtube channel, Learn with Adrienne. She is a pediatric speech language pathologist. But let me tell you, this girl is good!

She shares some great ideas for how to read books with your child, which amazed me. We watched another video where she shared ideas on things to do with masking tape and again, amazed me.

I think this channel is a great resource for anyone with any interaction with young children. She’s very inspiring.

She does have a website where she tells about the online class she put together to help you help your toddler to communicate. I haven’t done much more than watch a few of her videos but they were very inspiring.

I hope you’ll take a minute and check out her channel and watch at least one of her videos.

It looks like the channel started in July of 2015 and hasn’t had a lot of new videos this year, but I think what she has available is very useful.

We watched these:

I hope you find this as interesting as Tiffany and I did and that it is useful to you.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Munchin Ing

I’ve been itching to do the next Bob Ross painting but my drawers were screaming for me to straighten them/reorganize them. I’m still wanting to paint but I decided to go with the simplicity of tangling today.

I went with the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic for the week (TTKIC111119), which was to use ING and fill it with one of a few tangles. I chose Munchin.

Instead of my usual straight line borders, I went with curved ones and I like the effect.

Here’s the scan of my tile before shading.

I think it looks better smaller.

Here is the picture I took outside before it got too late.

Then I shaded it and took this scan.

Smaller version.

And the picture taken outside.

I like how the curved border lines look with the straight lines of ING. :)

It was a nice, quick tile to do while watching Christmas movies. :) I hope you are prepping your holidays to be as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Enjoy Reading

If you want your children to enjoy reading there are a few things you can to do encourage this.

  • read books to them often
  • read books yourself
  • talk about the books your reading
  • be excited about the stories
  • OH! Read fun and interesting books, not boring ones :)

Many times children like to occupy themselves in a manner similar to how their parents do. If you spend time on your phone, watching television, or on a computer, odds are your child will also. But if you use spend your leisure time reading books or doing something with your hands (crafts/hobbies), your children will probably want to engage in the same kinds of activities.

I just realized that RAR talked about this recently. I believe you can read or listen to it here.

Books are a part of learning but should also be a part of leisure activities because they help the brain. :) If you are not reading some fiction for leisure, I recommend you start, even if only a little. Do check out the linked article about fiction and the brain; I found it quite interesting. :)

For the younger ones, here are links to the Read Aloud Revival picture book suggestions for September and October.

So, what have you been reading lately? My daughter and I just finished The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry and will be looking for the sequels at the library on our next visit. We’ll also be putting up a video on our Joyous Jabbers youtube channel where we talked about the book as we read it and then our thoughts afterwards. (It’s still in the making right now, so I can’t link it yet. ;) )

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Dewd Tile

This week’s tile is once again following the prompt from Today’s Tangles: Keeping it Classic #TTKICPROMPT092319. I started my tile while at my sister’s house giving her dogs some people time. ;)

The string was simple enough; basically a tile divided into 4 sections with a + and then c shapes drawn in each corner. I didn’t take a picture of it because I forgot that I had a camera with me because of my phone at that point. :p

Although Dewd and I have not become friends yet, I decided to give him a try. ;) Of course, I considered Knightsbridge in the c sections but decided to wait until I’d finished with Dewd to see if I wanted to do that–I was concerned that it would be too busy.

Here it is before shading (a picture from my phone).

I decided to put some graphite on the c shapes in the corners and see if I wanted to add Knightsbridge from there. At this point, I decided it would probably be too busy if I added Knightsbridge and just opted for some more shading. I’m not pleased with the highlights on Dewd; it looks like eyeballs.

Here is my finished tile. Just keeping it simple. :)Thanks for stopping by. In case you are new here, the form of drawing I use is called Zentangle. You can find the easy step by step instructions for each tangle online. A simple google search for the tangle name along with the word tangle will usually yield the directions. I also consult and

Until next time,

Michele ºÜº

Cute Ideas for Littles

Kids Play Tricks on Instagram had some really good ideas last week for things even babies can do.

One thing she shared last week was to wrap some colorful (or not) rubber bands around a loaf pan and then let the child play with it. Other than just something for the child to grab and learn some fine motor skills, it also makes sounds.

She has oodles of other ideas for little ones of all ages. I thought they were quite interesting. Oh, and they don’t take a lot of prep. ;) So I’ll keep this short and let you spend some time on Kids Play Tricks looking around.

I hope this helps you engage your little one.

Michele ºÜº