August 6, 2021

Friday Night Photos

It's my favorite time of week... Friday night! I'm pretty sure the most exciting thing I'm doing tonight is laundry, but there is still something about Friday night that feels good. I don't have very many photos from this week (that I haven't already shared) but here goes...

Being stiff and in pain when I wake up every morning is really taking a toll on me. Mornings are the worst--my joints are extremely stiff and I walk like I'm 100 years old. It usually takes 90 minutes or so before I can actually function and it's really frustrating. (My third appointment with the rheumatologist is next week--but I don't know that she'll have any answers.)

Anyway, even though it's the last thing I feel like I can do when I wake up, I wondered if I go for a short walk (just around the block--half a mile), will it make me feel less stiff and painful? So I tested that out today. I was in a lot of pain but I managed to get Joey leashed and out the door. We walked slowly, but Joey loves that because he wants to smell everything anyway. By the time we got back home, I can't really say that the pain was much better, but I definitely felt less stiff and I was walking faster.

I'm going to try and do that every morning before I do anything else. Even if it's not helping, it at least makes me feel better mentally. And Joey loves the idea ;)

My next door neighbor is very into gardening and she's so good at it! I wish I could grow something, but even my attempt at starting seedlings in my kitchen failed because my cats ate them. Anyway, my neighbor generously shares her bounty with me sometimes and yesterday, she gave me this basil. Isn't it amazing?! That was a full grocery bag full of fresh basil (my kitchen smelled heavenly). I made pesto with it--I'd never made pesto before, but I love it!

This is a new project I'm working on. We needed a couple of stools for the snack bar in the kitchen (one of the ones we had in there broke) but I didn't want to spend much on them. I found these on Facebook Marketplace for $35. They're not really my style, but they are very well-made and sturdy, and I figured if I paint them, they'll look much better. Yesterday I primed them and today I put the first coat of paint on. Tomorrow, I'm going to paint a second coat. I'll share the "after" photo when I'm done.

A year ago, Eli was addicted to pop. We never have pop in our house (I don't really like it and Jerry could take it or leave it, but somehow Eli got hooked on walking to the store and buying a pop every day. We were sitting around a campfire up north last summer and somehow it was brought up. I proposed that if he gives up pop for a year, I'll pay him $1 per day--but only if he makes it for the whole year (so, it would be a total of $365 if he could do it).

He said he would do it (I totally didn't believe him) but he stuck with it--for a whole year! I really hoped he would decide not to drink it again after the year was up, but he was excited to try his favorite (Pepsi) and see if he still liked it as much as before. He walked to the store and bought one, and I told him I wanted to get a picture of him trying pop for the first time in a year.

I asked what he thought, and he replied, "It tastes just as good as I remember!" Haha. Well, I'm proud that he managed to complete such a difficult challenge. That's tough for a 15-year old boy!

When I pulled up to my parents' house last weekend to pick up Luke and bring him to my house, my heart melted when I saw this in the driveway. My dad had turned a kids' basketball hoop into a gas pump for Luke and Riley's bikes. It's so cute! I love the pictures he drew of them, hahaha.

When I went grocery shopping, I wanted to buy some Nutella (which I hadn't bought in a long time). I was a little taken aback when I reached for one; I had to choose between these three! They were all the same, just with different labels--obviously for a marketing thing. I just now looked it up out of curiosity and found, "Start the Nu school year with a smile" and there are labels for all the school grades. 

This is one of the peach muffins I made for the heritage recipes, spread with the peach preserves I made--it was so good! 

I saw this on Instagram (@90smovieclips) and I thought it was a fun decision to make...

From those, I would choose a Drumstick, Cherry Coke, and Friends. 

And here is another...

From these, I'd choose Cool Ranch Doritos, Peanut M&M's, and Jurassic Park. Feel free to chime in with your own responses!

And that's all I've got for this week. Have a great weekend :)


  1. I'd go with Fritos, Peanut M & Ms and Titanic. I saw that movie in the theater 4 times, 3 of them by myself. I love that movie so much! Although Jurassic Park is a very close second, since that movie is also great!

  2. Drumstick, Cherry Coke and Friends
    Sour cream and onion chips, Kit Kat, Jurassic Park

  3. Katie, I was wondering if you’ve ever tried acupuncture for your pain? It’s been life changing for me. It may be worth trying since it can’t harm you. Just a thought I’d pass along. I’m not sure if it’s been suggested to you before.

  4. What you describe is so similar to what my sister goes through. She has psoriatic arthritis. Any chance you have any rashes or psoriasis on your head? Maybe other types are similar as well. My mother and I both have it too, but for us, it is remitting. I've had really bad flares and then it goes away. My sister, however, is on Humira (biologic, and she has to do injections every 10 days or so) and it makes a world of difference for her.


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