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Fun Day in Tulsa with Friends

On our friends last day with us, we decided to go walk a trail nearby and see if we could find some glow-in-the-dark mini golf. We found the desired mini-golf in Tulsa so chose to find somewhere to walk there as well.

We headed over to Turkey Hill; a new experience for us. We’ve lived in the Tulsa area for over twenty years and have never been there.

Thankfully Paul likes to take lots of pictures and he shared some with me, which I’m sharing here today. :)

Turkey Hill River Parks ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe perused the the trails map and chose the one that was 1.2 miles with steep areas. We’ve walked trails in the mountains in VA and figured we could handle it.

Turkey Hill Trails Map ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd off we went.

Hiking Turkey Hill ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe decided to stop for a quick picture before we got hot and very tired.

Hiking with friends ~ lifeofjoy.meThere were some spots that were a bit steeper than we expected and I found it more difficult when we looped back around and had to come back down those steep areas. ;) There was also a tree felled across the trail at one point, which really should be removed because it is difficult for short people to climb over it and difficult for heavy people to crawl under it. 8)

There was a pond along the way that was full of turtles. We paused for a moment and the turtles headed toward Sean and Tiffany near the pond’s edge. We guess that people probably feed them and so they were headed for the food source but we disappointed them and some turned away.

Pond stop at Turkey Hill ~ Lifeofjoy.meTurtle at turkey hill pond ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe finished our hike and went for some lunch. Then we were off to play some mini golf.

We’ve never been to Incredible Pizza either, erroneously assuming it was just for younger kids. ;)

Incredible Pizza Tulsa ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe got the minimum allowed per person, which is $10 and decided to give it a go. The buffet actually looked good, although I don’t know how much would be THM compliant. ;)

We started with the glow-in-the-dark mini golf. I have to say though that this was not as nice as the one we went to in McAlestar. That one was in an enclosed area, so it really glowed! This one wasn’t completely enclosed, so the lights from the surrounding areas kept us from enjoying the full experience, but it was still fun.

Glow in the dark mini golf ~ lifeofjoy.meThese were taken in a darker corner, so you can see the good bit. ;)

Glow in the dark mini golf ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere you can see how it was a little bit of a let down but still good fun.Not so glowing mini golf ~ Lifeofjoy.meNext we opted to play some mini bowling.

Mini bowling ~ lifeofjoy.meMini bowling ~ lifeofjoy.meAgain, there was something I didn’t like . . . it was only five frames.

We still had a bit left on our cards so we all played some skeeball–a carnival type game that we all enjoy. We ended up with enough combined tickets that we could get some large foam dice.

Foam Dice prizes ~ Lifeofjoy.meIn the end, we had a fun time and worth $10 each. :)

Group Picture mini golf ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a fun morning. I recommend it if you want to have some family fun, even if you don’t have any little children. ;)

It was a good ending to a lovely visit with friends. I forgot to share our dinner out our last night in OKC which had some fun Liam moments that I really want to share with you next week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Family and Friends OKC Zoo Day

I mentioned last week that our long-time friends came out for a visit and that we also went to OKC with them. I shared last week about our visit to the Science Museum Oklahoma. Today I want to share our visit to the OKC Zoo.

We made sandwiches before leaving the hotel. I’d brought sandwich fixings and snacks so that we could be frugal AND stay on plan more readily. ;)

Making Sandwiches in Hotel ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy oldest son, Brian, and his family live nearby and were able to join us at the zoo. :) Yay! Some grandson time!!! Okay, I didn’t get a lot but you cannot be but so pushy on children or they push you completely away. ;)

Don't be pushy ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo much to say about this photo. First this is a bad photo of me because of the angle on my belly but it showed not being pushy. I hadn’t seen Liam, my grandson, in a few weeks and when we pulled up, the car scared him. He loves his Uncle Sean a lot (he’s a daddy’s boy right now, says Lauren, and I’m guessing Sean reminds him of his daddy ;) ) and, as you’ll see, he liked hanging with him that day. Any way, Liam wasn’t being very receptive to me, so I just backed off and waited him out. :)

See that backpack I’m wearing? Michael got that for me about 25 years ago. Yep, 25 years ago! I knew I’d need some way to carry some water because the heat and I are not great friends. :D So I pulled this backpack out and used it for the first time. It also collapses down to just a small pocketbook/wallet and phone holder. It finally came in handy. :))

I don’t recall ever seeing a swan in real life before. This was pretty.

Black-Necked Swan ~ Lifeofjoy.meDid you ever see Aristocats? This reminded me of a scene from that animated movie.

Duck Fishing ~ Lifeofjoy.meI know it’s not a goose but “bottoms up!” :D

Typically, I am too hot and my hands are too clammy such that Michael does not hold my hand. I don’t know what came over him this day, but I loved it. :) It was so nice to have the energy to set the pace and he was right there with me.

My love and I at zoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meUsually I am at the back of the pack, meandering but it was too hot to move slowly. :D I needed to get from one shade spot to the next. :)) Brian even called me out on it at one point in the day. :) It was all in fun!

Son and Friends ~ Lifeofjoy.meClearly this was at the start of our day because they still look good and fresh. ;)

Flamingos ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe flamingos were quite loud and scared Liam at first but we ended up back near them several times and even ate lunch across from their area, so he got a bit used to them. By the time we were done with lunch, he even walked over to their fence and was looking at them. We were around them so long we saw that a couple had lain eggs and watched as a few were building their mounds.

Child in Tula ~ Lifeofjoy.me Liam is loaded up in the tula on Brian, not really ready to keep going but we want to see the giraffes and elephants before we leave. ;)

This was an interesting sight! This white peacock spread its tail feathers out and walked about. I think it is an albino because I don’t see any thing but white on it.

Albino? Peacock ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey had some other peacocks too but this was so unique.

Brian and Lauren have been to the zoo frequently this year and said they hadn’t seen this regal lion before this day. He really was a sight to behold.

Lion okc zoo ~ Lifeofjoy.meAround the corner, the lionesses were napping by the window, which was really neat.

Grandson and Lioness ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I don’t recall when this was but it was cute and I had to share. ;)Grandson, Papa, and Uncle taking a break in the shade ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam taking a quick rest in the shade with Grandpa and Uncle Sean.

Liam wasn’t in the stroller much but someone caught a picture when he was. ;) It was HOT and he was tired but wouldn’t stay in the stroller long nor did he take a nap until on his way home, I believe.

Stroller time ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe did have to take a few breaks. This was a vacation after all, not some race. :D

My Sweet Girls ~ Lifeofjoy.meMy pretty girls!

Michael and Paul resting while waiting on the potty break to end.

Paul and Michael ~ Lifeofjoy.meStephani, me, and Tiffany resting too. Ladies Rest ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I’d never seen a red panda before. It kind of looks like a fox and raccoon mix. I didn’t expect it to be so long.Red Panda ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Watching the elephants was one of the highlights of the day. This was not a show, just them going about their day.Elephants in the water ~ Lifeofjoy.meOne of them had just gotten an apple off the water surface and eaten it. The baby was cute and it went under water as well. There was another one by itself that we saw eating some straw/hay and rocking back and forth. We even saw it go to its little water area and spray itself down. It was neat to watch them moving around unlike most of the animals.

However, we caught the bears enjoying a watermelon snack break.

Bear eating watermelon ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, we actually watched them eat the watermelons. I’m sure it was refreshing. I know I would’ve liked a cold watermelon slice about then. :D

I was a woman with a mission: I wanted to see the giraffes before we left. By the time we finally made it to them, it was the appointed time when you could pay to feed them. But really, you mean to tell me people actually pay $5 to give the giraffe a piece of romaine lettuce?!? It was enough for me to watch the zoo keepers feed them. There was the mama and the girl giraffe that was about 2 or 3 and the little guy who was just a year and a half or so.

Momma Giraffe ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe Okapi were near the giraffes. They are a very interesting animal. They look like they are part zebra, part donkey, and part anteater. :DOkapi ~ Lifeofjoy.meAt the end of the day, we were hot and tired but we’d made it! We all left, showered, and napped and then went to dinner together a couple hours later.

Friends ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe OKC Zoo touts itself as being a botanical garden too. But I have to say, it was lame at this. Very few plants were labelled and nothing was really marked. There was a butterfly garden that had some interesting plants in it but they were not marked either nor did I see any butterflies. I did recognize sunflowers even though they were not in bloom yet thanks to the ones we’ve grown at home. :D

So, word to the wise, don’t expect much from the Botanical Gardens aspect of the OKC Zoo and you should enjoy it better. ;)

Well, this has gotten long, so I’ll share more next week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Flowers, Art, Kittens, Birthday, and Liam

When Liam came last time, my sweet daughter-in-love, Lauren, had sent along a bouquet of flowers that Liam picked out for me.

Thoughtful Daughter-in-Love ~ Lifeofjoy.meHow thoughtful of her!!! And now, nearly two weeks later, they are still lovely. I feel so special and loved! :)

We had another freeze the other night and Tiffany has checked on the peach tree and says it is doing well. I’ll try to get some pictures of it next week.

I’m looking forward to  Walmart getting in their trees again this year. I’m going to replace my nectarine that died and my poor Arkansas Black apple tree that seems to be partially dead. Looks like it may have gotten hit by lightening. :o I got the peach tree from Walmart last year.


I received this cute chef guy for Christmas from my little sister and the other day I saw that Tiffany had written on it.

Blackboard Art ~ Lifeofjoy.meI love it!!!

When the Bradford Pear Trees were blooming, I checked on our wild redbud trees and they hadn’t started yet. Of course I didn’t get close to them because they are not readily available, meaning I’d have to walk through the brush to check closely. But when we’ve been out and about lately, I’ve noticed that others are blooming, so I looked out my back window and rising above the barren branches were some pretty bits of pink! :) I asked Tiffany if she’d take a picture while she was out feeding the animals today.

Wild Redbud Tree ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey are little but a nice bit of color in otherwise dreary or drab branches.

Here’s a picture I took with the telephoto lens so that you could see what I see. :)

Redbud in the distance ~ Lifeofjoy.me


This is Latte.

Latte and Kits ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd this is a picture of KitKat from last August.

KitKat ~ Lifeofjoy.meNotice that she has no tail.

These are newly born kittens. Both Latte and KitKat were pregnant at the same time. We know when Kit Kat had hers because her water broke on our front porch while Tiffany was out with her. We aren’t so sure about Latte.

There are four kittens.

Spring 2017 Kittens ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany says that she thinks three of them don’t have a tail, which would make them Kit Kat’s. We’re pretty sure at least one is Latte’s. They are both nursing all four of them.

This is Shiloh. She just had a hair cut and it is chillier out this morning, so she’s wearing her coat.

Shiloh loves Kittens ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe loves kittens! She has always stuck her head in whatever house they were in and just looked at them fondly . . . no matter to whom they belonged. Kit Kat is okay with Shiloh checking in on them but Latte is another story. She hisses at Shiloh every time. Thus, Tiffany only lets her peek in when Kit Kat is with them. As you can see in the picture above, Latte is a bit protective of her kits.

Michael found a mangled dead kit at the bottom of the steps one morning, so this is probably why she is being this way. Not sure how it got that way but . . . it could be why she’s being so protective now.


We finally got to celebrate Lauren’s February birthday last night! They’ve been awfully busy.

Celebrating Lauren's Bday ~ Lifeofjoy.me Yep, he’s a loon!!! :D

I made one of her favorite meals: San Francisco Chicken with noodles and then Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake for dessert. I made a keto version for us. It was good, except for the crust; I gotta buy some other oat fiber! The brand I got, Anthony’s, is STRONG! It makes food taste like play-doh! :p

I did promise a picture of Liam.

Liam with Aunt Tiffany ~ LIfeofjoy.meWe played Small World board game together and Lauren won!

Small World Winner, Lauren ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had fun and I got lots of Liam cuddles. We get to watch him some next week too.


We have a church dinner/fun night tonight. I’m not hostessing it this time but have agreed to bring a pot of stew and help decorate this morning. I hope I remember to get some pictures to share with you next week. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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Thanksgiving and Big News

Well, on Thanksgiving, we took family pictures at my parents’ house. Thankfully there were no moans or groans. We did our best to be quick by only having Dad take the picture of the entire family. One year we had three cameras on timers–that was not good. We decided to just let Mom email them to us since then.

This is the one I looked the best in. There was one or two where I looked like my face was badly swollen. My hair seemed to disappear into Michael’s shirt here but oh well, it is what it is. ;)

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meFor our last big group shot, we did funny faces.

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe also get shots of each family, the grandkids, and such.

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe decorate Mom and Dad’s Christmas tree on Thanksgiving night. We each have an ornament with our name on it. There are pictures taken of each group, so the first ones are structured but then the kids do the rest of the ornaments.

Here’s one of Lauren helping Liam put his on the tree. I love the look of joy on her face. Liam is such a joy to us all.

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.me

We all bring a dog too. Tiffany’s Shiloh is not used to being at home in a kennel all day long, so we bring her. Sondra brought her dog, Rupert. Brian brought their dog, Chloe. And Tracie brought their puppy, Belle.

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe’s huge! I’ve never had an indoor dog that big. She is adorable and fun though. :)


Sean spent most of the long weekend editing Tiffany’s book. Tiffany then applied those edits and read through it one more time herself, making any changes she thought it needed, while I worked on her cover art. Then I gave it one more perusal on Tuesday.

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meThanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meTiffany’s book is finished and available for purchase on Amazon. :)

We are soooo excited! I’m proud of her diligence. She persevered through losing her first sixteen chapters and had to start over. God made something good out of it though because He helped her re-write them and make them better than they were in the beginning.

Thanksgiving and Big Stuff ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s on sale through the weekend, for half price. It’s a fun Christmas story.

After I spent the day editing it on Tuesday, I sat down to dinner with the family. Someone made a comment about someone or something being the MVP and it made me think of the Most Valuable Present comment from the Christmas movie, Boyfriend for Christmas. Then I thought, hmm, we didn’t watch that this season . . . and I felt like the holidays were over already . . . and then it dawned on me, uh, no, that was just me reading through Tiffany’s book that goes through the holiday season. :D I’d gotten so wrapped up in the story that I felt I had already lived through the holidays. LOL I’m such a goon!


Wednesday, Lauren and Liam went shopping with Tiffany and me. I got some good snuggles in and we had a good time together.

Well, I need to run. I hope you have fun and enjoy the holidays. Don’t get too busy!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº