It’s been SO long since I’ve done actual Friday Night Photos. I’ve sprinkled posts here and there with lots of pictures, but now I don’t even know how far back in my camera roll to go, haha. I’m sure I’ve already posted some of these, but I can’t remember which ones.
We are currently snowed in so tonight is a nice night to relax and look at my photos. Here goes…
This was one of the gifts I was most excited to give the kids for Christmas. Jerry and I have always enjoyed Bill Burr, and even went to see him in Detroit a few years ago. My kids really like him now — he’s their favorite comedian — so when I saw he was going to be in Detroit in March, I just had to get tickets for the four of us! They were so surprised and can’t wait to go. Is it another way mom sneaks into the family with the teenagers 😉
Just a picture of Duck
Climbing falling from the top of the Christmas tree. I have a million of them.
Phoebe loves Noah and when I saw this cat bed I thought it would be cute to put in Noah’s room for her. Well, after she moved in, we put it next to the heater (her favorite spot) in the dining room. She spends most of her day there. She looks so tiny in that big bed!
We got a new dishwasher (finally) and Jerry installed it. I was standing on the island and when I took a look, this is what I saw, hahaha. I couldn’t resist taking a picture 😉
Eli wouldn’t let Joey in his room as much as he used to, so Jerry and I felt bad for him. He was so excited when we let him in our bed!
Jeanie and Shawn were in town for a few days after Christmas and we took all the dogs (the three hounds and Joey) for a walk. I learned that I could never be a dog walker – how do people handle more than one dog at a time?!
Ever since Noah left, he and Ellie have been closer than ever. I love it!! They like to watch movies in Eli’s bed. Tonight, Eli is going to Noah’s apartment to hang out. I always hoped they would be good friends growing up, despite being polar opposites, and it’s so nice to see them get along so well. Noah actually told me yesterday, “Ellie is my favorite person to hang out with.” <3
I know I posted about our NYE “party” with Luke and Riley, but I love this picture of them. We had so much fun! (And I still find confetti in random places, haha.)
Duck has been driving me SO crazy with his constant need for attention. I feel guilty all the time because I can’t spend all day entertaining him. I discovered something called Cat TV for 99 cents a month and it literally just plays videos for the cats to watch. I love this picture of the duck! But unfortunately, he doesn’t really like watching Cat TV. Chick, however, will watch for hours – he loves it.
I can’t even tell you how excited I was to find these Asian pears! Jerry and I went to a different grocery store than our local Kroger because we were looking for a certain ingredient. As we walked through the produce section, I saw these Asian pears — and I flipped out. I said I don’t care how much it is, I buy it all haha. They were listed as $2 each, so I didn’t get them all — but I did get 10.
Then when we went to pay it came out to 99 cents a pound! I was stunned. I went back and got about 10 more. (You have no idea how much I love Asian pears. Or maybe you do, considering I’ve been trying to grow them for over a decade!) We ended up getting 20 Asian pears for about $12!!!! They were really big and looked so good. I let them ripen for a few days on the counter and then put them in the fridge and eat one every day. They are heavenly!
Noah’s girlfriend makes jewelry and had tiny spoon and fork earrings that she wore to Thanksgiving dinner. My mom mentioned that she had a ring that was made from a spoon that she got from her mom (Gobby, my grandmother). She said she never wears it and asked if I wanted it — of course I did! I thought it was nice to have something that belonged to my grandmother.
Later, she asked me to look inside the ring and see if it was engraved with a T. Yes, it was — which meant it was actually from my great-great-grandmother! Gobi’s grandmother had these silver spoons and Gobi made them into rings for each of her daughters. He was born in 1868 and immigrated here in 1936. I’m not sure how old the ring is, but it’s definitely up there in age! It happens to fit me *perfectly* and since I don’t wear a wedding ring, I put it on my left ring finger.
I wanted to make something special for dessert for Eli’s 18th birthday and since I avoid sweets, I made him a (non-vegan) surprise: Sloppy Brownies! This is a terribly unhealthy but delicious dessert that we made once when the kids were younger and, to this day, they still talk about them. To make them, just layer: chocolate chip cookie dough (pressed all over the bottom of the pan–I just use a tube of refrigerated dough from the store). then a layer of Oreos; Then a layer of bite-sized Reese’s cups. and finally, top with brownie batter. Then bake until it is no longer jiggly in the middle. (They told me) it was ahhhh-mazing. (This small pan was for Noah to take home. I made the rest in a larger pan.)
Noah loves tofu, and when he was here one day, I put some in a marinade for him to take home. I had given him instructions on how to cook it and was so happy when his girlfriend sent me this picture – look how beautiful it looks! They said it turned out very well. (I made a “How to Prepare Tofu” guide for Noah–at his request–so I’ll post it this weekend in case anyone else is interested.)
This is from Monday when Jerry and I took the kids and their girlfriends to La Pita. Family time is becoming increasingly rare, so I was excited to spend time with them.
I had just taken this blanket out of the dryer and as soon as I laid it on the bed, I put Duck in there. He immediately fell into its warmth and, of course, lay down in his place. So cute!
I took this photo this morning while running. At first glance, it just looks like a blurry random image. But do you see Joey??
Yesterday, I had to take Joey and Phoebe to the vet for their checkups (and to see how Phoebe’s kidney disease is going). Joey is perfectly healthy and aside from the kidney disease, Phoebe is fine too. He has gained weight! Since she refuses the kidney feed, the vet said he really wants to make sure she eats whatever she likes. Her numbers actually aren’t much worse than they were two years ago, so I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing. Spoiled cat 😉
I wanted some stickers for my phone and computer and got a cute vegan pack on Amazon. I was so excited to see that there was one with the Friends logo! So I put it on my phone.
I love this picture of Riley and me. Her smile is so touching.
This is the Impossible kafta that Jerry ordered from La Pita. “Impossible” is a brand of a vegan ground beef substitute and Jerry was so excited to see that he could get it at La Pita. They actually seasoned it really well to match the beef kafta. I was impressed! I might try a dish with it next time.
And that’s all I have. I’m going to snuggle under some covers and watch a movie while the snow piles up outside. My run tomorrow morning is going to be awful, I already know that. Hope the roads are salted tonight!