Dishwasher, Birds, Birthdays Coming, and Flowers

This weekend we will finally be celebrating my oldest son’s birthday, a month late. We will also be celebrating my grandson’s second birthday. Wow! He’s getting big. I should have pictures to share of the cutie next week. :)

Son and Grandson ~ lifeofjoy.me

I’ve been busy getting ready. We’ll be getting together with extended family one day, for which one dessert will be needed. Mom is taking Mud Pie but since we don’t eat sugar any longer, I’m creating a sugar-free version. :) I hope I’ll be able to include the recipe next week.

Brian, my son, has requested a variation on Sausage Sandwich for his birthday dinner and Mostess Cupcakes, a THM recipe from the Trim Healthy Table cookbook. I’m hoping to remember to take pictures of the recipes as I make them so that I can share them over the next several Tuesdays.


Sean fixed the dishwasher last week!!! Hallelujah!!!! It broke just before our friends came for the week. We used paper products but still washed a lot of dishes.

Dishwasher fixed? ~ Lifeofjoy.meSean did lots of research to fix it. And it took a few attempts before he was successful. He finally had to use the wet vac to suck out water that wouldn’t drain. He eventually found that there was a loose connection inside the front panel near the handle/latch. But thankfully, he fixed it!!!


One day recently Michael was home, working outside. A bird flew into the van beside where he was working. It landed on the ground and Michael picked it up, prayed for it, and blew on it. He set it down and continued working . . . he brought it to the door for us to see.

Man and Sparrow ~ Lifeofjoy.meBird in hand ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe set it down, hoping it would fly off but it just sat there for a bit.

Bird on railing ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe later took it to another area and it flew off. I guess it needed to catch its breath. ;)


My wrist has been hurting lately, so I have not been able to do any weeding. Consequently my garden has that ‘natural’ garden look . . . definitely NOT the manicured garden look at all. ;)

Overgrown Garden ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd you see that red spike flower? Well, the kids have planted that kind of flower the last several years but the heat always get them and they die out. This year they did NOT plant any this year and yet, here this little guy is. And it was doing quite well until the 100º days hit. Ah, but my Vincas and Marigolds are thriving. :)

The Sunflowers that planted themselves did well too. The other day when I went out to photograph my tile for Wednesday I saw some pretty yellow birds. Finches maybe?

Yellow birds ~ Lifeofjoy.meYellow birds on sunflowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meI went inside to get my telephoto lens and when I got back out they flew off. But I did catch one up in the top of my Mimosa tree.

Mimosa tree and Yellow bird ~ Lifeofjoy.meOnce many years ago, I’d seen several dozen yellow finches in the tree outside our home at the time. They were beautiful but I didn’t get a picture. I’ve not seen any since but these reminded me of them. At least I did get a picture of them.

Well, that’s enough for this week. I’ve got lots to do. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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2 thoughts on “Dishwasher, Birds, Birthdays Coming, and Flowers

  1. I believe those are GoldenFinches. We used to have a lot of them when we had a thistle feeder hung up. That’s what they like to eat. I havent seen any for awhile, but I have seen a Painted Bunting several times at our feeder. They have about 4 or 5 different colors. A blue head, a red/orange breast, a yellow back and some green/yellow wings. I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I saw one for the first time in the country where we live. Luckily I took a picture of it, then looked it up later, just to see if I wasn’t just ‘seeing things’

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