Mother’s Day 2020 and Family Time

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day!!! I got a whole lot of Liam lovin’ and most of the rest of the family too.

Sean treated us to dinner at Santa Fe. Brian, Lauren, and Liam met us there. :) <3 They were actually there before we arrived. Because we had 7 with the 3 year old, they didn’t want to seat us together! Ugh! But my sweet Lauren worked it out and we got to all sit together.

Liam was as excited to see me as I as to see him. :) He hugged me and sat by me and chatted with me. (I know Lauren must work hard to make sure he knows us so well being that they live two hours from us and we don’t see each other often.)

When it was time to leave, I knew he wasn’t going to be happy about me getting in a different car and having to wait a half hour to see us again. So I rode with them. I played “Where is Thumbkin” with him. I sang it enough times that he caught on and did the motions with me. <3 :) <3

Then we played with his cars. He loves matchbox cars and had some in his backpack. We zoomed them on his legs and the car seats and up the mountain of the front seat. ;) Then under his leg of a carwash. :D We had quite the bonding experience. It’s a good thing too because when we got to my sister’s place his attention was taken by others. :)

It was a really fun day. We celebrated six birthdays and four mothers. :) We just kept adding and subtracting candles from the cake, although we did have to switch cakes up mid-way because the eclair cake mom had made was starting to get a bit . . . let’s just say it was less firm than it had been. ;) (I tried to create a collage of the six of us but I couldn’t get it worked out and the pictures weren’t good enough to take up a lot of space. So as usual, no picture. :D )

We have been known to complain about how quickly birthdays are celebrated–blink your eye and we’re done because most of the time we all just ask for money. ;) But since there were six to go through this time, it took long enough to feel that we’d actually celebrated birthdays.

Lauren helped Liam make some darling keepsakes for we mothers. Mom got me some hydrangeas and Tracie got me some daisies. She added a cute tag with the quote from “You’ve Got Mail” about daisies being the friendliest flower . . . so cute. Sean gave me money and bought some flowers with me when we ran errands last week. Tiff gave me a pedicure, assembled and frosted the cake, and made me breakfast. :) Michael got me some brush pens I use for lettering and some money. Now I can buy lots of books and craft supplies. :) And of course, sweet cards from them all. :)

The cousins played some Uno and Banned Words. The guys helped Mike finish putting up their gazebo. It’s nice with a hard top instead of canvas. It was an overcast day and was actually a bit chilly. :) (And yes, I loved it!) Liam spun Tracie and I around on her cafe chairs but wouldn’t swing on the swing. He did jump on the trampoline though. :)

It’s hard to believe he is only three; he’s so big!!! He’s wearing 5T!!! He’s talking so much now and we’re even understanding a lot of it. :D (When my kids were little, the boys translated what Tiffany said to me all the time. :) )

Well that was last weekend. Since then it has been rainy and overcast everyday, in which I have a severe lack of motivation. Oh, there has been sunny bits too but not enough to compensate. :D

I hope you have a good weekend; I’m looking forward to a quiet one.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Site Reminder: Homeschool Freebie

Periodically I feel I just have to remind you of the Homeschool Freebie of the Day website. If you are a subscriber, you receive more freebies there. I love their resources. Recent gifts have been the Handbook of Nature Studies.

They haven’t had consistent updates on the website lately but I scrolled back and found some really nice ones. There’s some on music theory and stories of great musicians. There’s also a link for visual processing skills, which I thought was neat. There’s also an exclusive pdf for Kids in the Kitchen.

It really is a treasure trove of resources. I hope you’ll go check them out and find something useful.

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

Menu ~

Menu for the Week

Sometimes it helps me to see what other people are making to get ideas for my own menu. So I thought I’d share our menu with you this week.

  • Ribs, Caulitaters, and salad (low carb meal)

  • Sourdough Pizza and salad (Healthy carbs, low fat meal)

taco ~

  • Tacos (made with low carb tortillas; low carb meal)

Spaghetti ~

  • Spaghetti and Salad ;) (made with either zoodles, Dreamfields pasta for low carb meal)

This is actually one of my favorite menus. :) Lots of favorite foods.

I hope this helps give you ideas for your next menu or just simply what to eat for dinner. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº


Time for a Reset

There are times that it just seems that Michael and I are at odds more than not. It is a bit frustrating when that happens but just takes a bit of care to get righted again. :)

  • For the next several days I’ll be intentional with my thoughts
  • and actions.
  • I’ll do something special for him
  • and give him attention.
  • I’ll be sure to speak his love language
  • and won’t forget getting close

When we are at odds, it is generally because we have let something slip. Maybe we weren’t as kind in our words or maybe there was a perceived slight.

I will not think on the negative. I will think on what I can do to show love, in words, deeds, and touch. :)

I hope this will help you to look at what you can do to smooth out a bumpy road between you and your love rather than dwell on the negative, which will only make matters worse. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Birthday Week

It was a busy week. :)  Tiffany worked hard in preparation for my birthday. She made homemade sourdough bagels — some plain and some blueberry. She meant to put some Everything but the bagel seasoning on some of them but forgot.

They looked good but them flattened out. Not sure what happened but they are good all the same. :)

It was soooo good with some light laughing cow cheese and the seasoning sprinkled on top.

She also made Keto Italian Cream Cake. It was good but I just wasn’t as into it as in past years.

I’m looking forward to the cake on Sunday. We are getting together with family for the first time this year! We have six birthdays and Mother’s Day to celebrate. Whew! We’re going to make a double layer chocolate trimtastic (THM) cake with the THM mostess cupcake filling between them and then a chocolate ganache on top.

Anyway, Tiffany made lunch of Dreamfields macaroni and cheese and bacon wrapped onion rings.

It was delicious! Dinner was yummy too. Meatloaf skillet and roasted cauliflower was dinner. Tiffany pointed out that I had that last year for my dinner too. :D

I had a wonderful birthday that started with lovely cards and gifts and some tea. :)

The next day Tiffany broke out in poison ivy rash. She was miserable. So, Sean ran errands with me this week. I wanted to pop into Ross or Burlington Coat Factory to see if I could find a new tank top but neither store was open yet. I think I heard our govenor is opening things back up on the 15th.

While Sean and I were shopping, we checked out the plants in Walmart and scored some perennials that were 50% off.  I hope they  thrive. :)

I’m looking forward to this weekend, celebrating with family. :) I hope you have a good weekend celebrating with your mother and children. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

How to do a Biblical Character Study

I was reading in Acts and came across Barnabus and Paul. I started wondering about him because I’d only ever thought of him as Paul’s “side-kick” so to speak. So I did a quick Bible study on him and I thought I’d share my process with you today, even though it is quite simple. Sometimes the simple things are easily overlooked. ;)

  • Step One:  look up the person’s name in the appropriate Bible concordance (I believe there are different ones for different versions of the Bible). I think there are others but I use the Strong’s Concordance or sometimes I’ll use the referencing system in my Sword Bible. At any rate, look up all the verses with the name of the person you are studying in it. Be sure to read before and after the stated verse to get the context and find any scriptures that use a pronoun to refer to your character.

Be thorough! You never know what small piece of information you may glean.

:D Well, that can be the end or if there isn’t much information, you can move on to other resources and see what Bible scholars and historians have to say about your character of choice. Be sure to read your Bible’s information about the book(s) that have verses containing the person you are studying. My Bible has an introduction to each book of the Bible and sometimes has good information there.

For my study of Barnabus, I found that he was actually the one that brought Paul to the disciples (in Jerusalem, I think) and stood up for him in the very beginning. I found that quite interesting. There were a number of things I found interesting but I’ll share that another time.

As you read each passage for the character chosen, be sure to take notes. I took notes and since I haven’t done this in a while, they weren’t precise enough and now I’ll have to go back and look at it all over again. But that is a good thing because it will give me time to look at the passages again with fresh eyes.

I know this is pretty simple but it really is that easy. Just let the Bible speak for itself and read enough of each passage to be sure you understand all of what is going on in the passage.

I hope this helps you and your children as you study God’s Word. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Zen-Untangled Wk 15: Ratoon, Ambler, Waybop

This week’s tangles were Ambler, Paradox, Ratoon, Three & Three, Vermal, Waybop, and Xyp. Some of these are really great tangles: Paradox, Ratoon and Waybop. But Vermal! Really? Looks like alphabet soup. Some people couldn’t even make themselves put this tangle in their projects. :D I did simply because I wanted to remember what it was if I ever heard of it again. ;)

Three and Three is a pattern in the strictest use of the word pattern with 3 vertical lines followed by three O’s and repeated as desired. I can see it can be useful in some situations.

Ambler looks so much like Emingle to me. I’m told that Ambler is supposed to be drawn in ribbon fashion, like Hollibaugh though. Okay, whatever. ;)

I already had step-outs for Ambler, Paradox, and Xyp. And although I have used Ratoon before, I didn’t do a step-out for it, so I had four step-outs to do this week.

The other night, I grabbed one of my scratch-off tiles and showed Sean and Tiffany how to draw Waybop. I’m really enjoying that tangle a lot. :)

I didn’t get my spacing right and had to squeeze in one more seed but it still turned out nice. I really like it on this rainbow tile. :)

This week’s string was really loopy and not really conducive to the tangles we had to choose from. But strings are suggestions, so here’s what I did with it. (The first is the scan of my lineart and the second is a picture taken outside in natural light.)

I wasn’t sure what to do about that hill and loop. I thought about blackening them but was afraid it would be too drastic. Then I thought I could try shading it and if I didn’t like it I could blacken it digitally before putting pen to paper. But as it turned out, I rather liked the way it turned out shaded. ;)

Here’s the scan of the finished piece.

As usual, it looks a bit better smaller. ;)

I really like that short ambler on the top of the first loop; it kind of reminds me of a train. :D

And here it is out in natural light.

As you can see, I only did half a Ratoon and I tried to keep Waybop in its loop at first, so it is a bit lopsided. But I really like the shading on those two tangles. Not too sure how to shade ambler though. :D

Well, I’ll run for now. I hope you have a great day.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

My Birthday Special Food

Tiffany was hard at work yesterday making some things for my birthday this week.

She made Italian Cream Cake from All Day I Dream About Food. This has been my birthday cake choice for the last several years. :) This delicious cake is a THM “S” or keto dessert. I love it! :) We do forgo the coconut flakes though. We did try it with it the last couple of times but opted to skip it this time. :)

This year for my birthday breakfast, Tiffany suggested sourdough bagels. We decided this was an awesome idea. She suggested the Everything Bagel Seasoning on them. We decided we’d do some with that and for others we’d add blueberry, but  also do some plain. :)

I’ll add light laughing cow cheese when I eat these to keep them . :)

She worked really hard on them. It is the first time we’ve ever made homemade bagels and then she did them by herself and with so many options. She might have overcompensated for the final rise a bit too much and stretched them a little bit too thin but that’s okay. I think she did a great job. :)

I’ll share some more of my birthday food next week, but I’m going to run for now. Birthday time to enjoy. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Help Your Hubby Win on Mother’s Day

For so many years I just expected that my dear hubby should know how to make me feel special on special days like my birthday and Mother’s Day. This is not the case. I have finally learned that I need to tell him what I want in order to receive what I want. It’s not that I’m picky but he just is pretty clueless where romantic gestures are concerned (and honestly always has been ;) ).

A couple of weeks before my birthday I start announcing that my birthday is coming up. Yep, just a like a child does. Do you know what Michael said? He thanked me for reminding him. And do you know what he said every day when I mentioned it? He thanked me again, until the day that he remembered and had it all “sorted.” :)

I started reminding him a few days ago that Mother’s Day was coming up in XX days. He was a bit flustered but I just simply said, you know, in case you want to get your mom and me a card and have hers arrive in the mail before Mother’s Day.

Find out how your husband wants you to help him be successful on special days. Maybe yours just wants you to send a text or email at the beginning of each month with the special days to remember that month. Maybe he needs a gift list or a daily reminder. It’s important to only give him the help he wants.

I hope you have a wonderful week and Mother’s Day, God bless,

Michele ºÜº