Wednesday Tidbit: Keep It Simple

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

I found a tangling group on MeWe. I asked about a weekly “challenge” and they decided to do a “prompt”. So this week’s prompt is to use your initial as your string. Then someone else suggested using your favorite tangles.

It took a little thinking to figure out how to work Ratoon into a string of straight lines. But I did it and I definitely kept it simple. If you don’t feel like you have to create a masterpiece, it is easier to create something.

(Since this is a tidbit, I’m only including the one picture this week.)

I didn’t have my correct tortillon and was using an old one, so things aren’t as sharp as I’d like them but it’s the first tile of 2021. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Strawberry topping ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Tuesday Tidbit: Try a New Recipe

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

It is good to try a new recipe every couple of weeks. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with many new recipes each week because that is just tiring and a plan for failure, at least for me. ;) However a new recipe every week or so can really be refreshing.

I recently got the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook (Trim Healthy Future) and am loving it. I went through and tabbed the recipes I’m most interested in trying sometime soon. I also plan an easy alternative that is an old faithful recipe, in case I don’t feel up to making that new recipe when I’d planned to try it.

Marriage Tidbit: Pray

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

It is easy for me to remember to pray for Michael and our marriage when I get frustrated about something. But I was recently reminded that I should bring our marriage to God in prayer daily.

After days like yesterday where it seemed Michael and I could not get on the same page no matter what I did, I realize that I don’t pray enough for our marriage. :D Seriously though, I’m guessing that a daily conversation with God about our marriage will have lasting benefits. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Friday Tidbit: Not Much and Grief

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

Not much is going on right now. This was the first week that Tiffany and I haven’t had to run errands, since we planned enough last week. We really like that!

Grief comes in all different ways! I’m lacking motivation to do anything; it’s possible that I’m escaping grief by doing things I enjoy (a.k.a. playing games ;) ). Tiffany pointed out that I don’t like to be sad, and she’s right. So, I avoid it. :D I didn’t realize I was doing it until I got to thinking about how my sisters are dealing with the grief, of Daddy’s death.

I was looking through my pictures to include one of Tiff and I but we don’t take a lot of pictures together . . . note to self: rectify this ;)  . . . and as I scrolled through I got to the pictures from the memorial . . . that was a little hard, I didn’t want to get sidetracked so I sped up my scrolling. Then I got back to the last pictures of family while he was still alive . . . and as I think about it now, tears are welling up. I love my daddy and it hurts that he is no longer here . . . but I will not dwell on that right now. ;)

So, thank you for your prayers for my mom, sisters, and I . . . well for all of us — some of the grandkids are a bit more emotional than others . . . we appreciate the prayers that are still being said for us.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Children Tidbit: Math Practice Fun

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

Interesting and fun website: Dad’s Worksheets I really like the color by number. The sections to color have a math problem and the answer designates the color. There are even seasonal ones.

There are also “calculators” for a variety of operations, as well as printables galore. :) There are so many kinds of worksheets and covering so many areas: fractions, percentages, word problems, puzzles, too many to list.

There is a games section but I didn’t actually see the games. If you are interested, I imagine you could contact him and ask about the games.

I hope it is a blessing to you and your family.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Art Tidbit: More Bujo Pages and the Make Art Every Day Book

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

I did more of my easy peasy bujo pages this week and one a little less easy peasy. ;) I had gotten some food washi tapes some time ago and decided to use these for my food pages. I’ll use these to make note of recipes and ingredient substitutions and other food related notes, like dough sitting 7 hours on the counter or 72 hours in the refrigerator is necessary for it to be on plan if it isn’t a sprouted flour. ;)

Last year I used this same donut tape but had a different one at the top. I like the eggs and bacon at the top a lot better. :)Mom gave me this citrus washi tape and I just love it! It is bright and cheery and makes me smile. :)I also made a Health and Fitness Journey page. I didn’t want to call it a Weight Loss page because I tend to try to find things I lose. ;) I’m releasing this weight and never want it back. So I’m changing the wording to help me focus properly on health and fitness.

I intend to make monthly notes and track my weight here as well.

For the last several years I made large movie tracker with a film strip and other symbols. But Last year we only watched two movies on it. So this year I decided to try a different less time consuming to make tracker. Tiffany has an extensive list of movies we want to watch, so I don’t need to have as large of a tracker/to be watched page.

I’ll write a movie we watch on each kernel. :)

And that’s as far as I got this week. I finally had to put away my supplies because we just needed the table back. I’ll just have to clean the table off in the craft room to do individual pages from here on.

We started working on the Make Art Every Day book. I thought I’d start on the first of January and thus a Friday but I was busy making cinnamon rolls and donuts, and playing Immortals Fenyx Rising and completely forgot about this book. So then, since it has it broken into weeks, we decided to start on Sunday.

At one point I thought of gong back and catching up and even ensuring that I did art in this book every day but that just didn’t happen. I feel like it will be more motivational skip days if I don’t get it done on that day. I also decided to just note when I do art elsewhere, so I don’t feel like this is a chore.

I hope you have a good week and do something artsy. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Tuesday Tidbit: Menu Planning and Make a List

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

I start my menu making by looking at the weather forecast and making note of any days we will be busy and plan accordingly. After making my menu/list of dishes to make, I create my grocery list. Using a grocery list helps ensure that I have everything I need to make the desired dishes for the week and saves me money (because I don’t get things I don’t plan to use).

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Marriage Tidbit: Grace During Stress

Beginning Jan.4th, while I am working on updating this website, I’ll only be posting tidbits each day (with maybe a bit more on Fridays) until the update is completed.

During times of stress, remember your spouse is probably stressed too and give him a little extra grace and understanding.

We are now in our fourth day of a water outage, not only does this stress me, but it stresses my hubby too. Thus we both must give a little extra understanding as we deal with this trying situation.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Friday Tidbit: Week 1 Update

So I’ve made some progress, although admittedly not very much, with updating the website behind the scenes. I know this is going to be a slow process and that is why I’m not ceasing to post at least something Mon-Fri.

I never did get around to updating last week’s post. Sean, Tiffany, and I were playing some Phase 10 when I realized I needed to do my blog post. :D I made that quick little diddy in between rounds.

And this was the winner! Before that we got Michael to play Concept with us. :)

We had a good time. Of course it would have been more fun with the rest of my family, but we made do. And of course, we toasted in 2021 with some sparkling grape juice :) and I found that some of my cheapo glasses are broken and I’ll need to de-clutter some of them. ;)

This week we’ve gotten rid of the clutter that developed while I was taking some days off. ;) After making cinnamon rolls and donuts on New Years Day, I ceased all cooking and cleaning for a few days and enjoyed some down time playing a Switch game that Sean got recently (Immortals Fenyx Rising {Greek mythology} which has a game play style like Breath of the Wild, one of my favorite games ever).

It is amazing how many clothes I let accumulate over the last little while. Between the towels Michael washed while he was off work and my pile, I must’ve folded four loads of laundry! :D

Well, I’m going to run for now. I hope you have a good weekend.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº