October 08, 2021

Friday Night Photos

It's been feeling like it should be Friday night for the last four days, haha. I'm so glad it's finally Friday! Here are some pics from my camera roll this week...

I made some homemade granola and I've been eating an old favorite snack--an apple, spread with Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter (it's got to be that peanut butter for some reason!), and then pressed into the granola. So good!


I got to practice using the jointer this week (if you don't remember, I bought it for $90 via Facebook Marketplace--a great deal!). I had also gotten a solid oak dining table and chairs for $25--I planned to refinish it, but the legs of the chairs ended up being way too much work and not worth the hassle to me. So, instead of using it for firewood or something, I took the chairs apart and turned the seats into nice solid oak boards. I ran them through the planer to flatten them, and squared them up with the jointer and table saw. (I plan to do the table as well.)

In the photo where I'm pointing, that's actually where the edges of two boards meet--it's barely visible! (It's straight above my fingernail--not to the right, where the color changes). This shows the purpose of the jointer. It makes the edge of a board super straight so that you can then join the boards against each other and after glueing, it looks like one solid piece. (In the photo above, I haven't even glued it yet. I just set it on the floor to see if the edges were straight. Clearly, the jointer was a good deal!)

And this is the jointer! Yes, it's old--I believe from 1988. But I put new blades in it and it works great!

I was walking through the bedroom and noticed that Estelle had buried herself in this blanket on the floor. It looked like she made her own little sleeping bag!

This showed up as a Facebook ad for a t-shirt (because you know how Facebook knows everything about you?) and it made me laugh. Couldn't be more appropriate right now!

Jerry and I went to Eli's soccer game on Wednesday and they played the second best team in the league. It was hard to watch, haha. But Eli is loving soccer, which I'm excited about! Unfortunately, the season is almost over.

I finally had to upgrade my phone (I'd had an iPhone 6 from 2014!). I didn't want anything fancy, so I just got the cheapest iPhone model (I think it's called the SE?). But I noticed that there is a "portrait" mode for selfies, so I tried taking side-by-side pictures to see the difference. The portrait mode just softens the background so that the subject (i.e. me, in this case) stands out more. I kind of like it!

I had no idea what was going on when I walked in and found my boys sitting at the table drawing/coloring. It was the strangest thing! ;) Eli was making something for his girlfriend and Noah joined in on the fun and started drawing something as well. It was cute that they were doing that together.

I feel terrible for laughing, but I crack up every time I look at this picture of Joey. I was in the garage (I always bring Joey out there with me--he likes to watch what's going on outside). I happened to look over at him and he was lying like this in the driveway! He looked dead. I have a little bed for him just inside the garage door, but when the sun is out, he likes to lie in the sun. On this cloudy day, though, he just decided to play dead, I guess.

Eminem's "Mom's Spaghetti" restaurant just opened in Detroit. As a big Eminem fan, lots of people have told me about it; I'm not sure how I feel about it. I think the name is clever and I'm surprised this hasn't been a thing before, but it also feels kind of gimmicky. Still, of course I'll try it!

This just made me laugh and say "YESSSSS!"

All four five pets in one picture is a rarity! The cats always like the spots where you see Duck and Estelle. When a third cat (in this case, Phoebe) jumps up there, looking around like, "Hey, where can I go?" I put another bed next to the first two so she feels included. And then Chick wants in on the sleepover, so I put a bed up there for him, too. And Joey, well, he just needed to be let outside, so he's standing by the door. Still, I think this might be the only picture I have of all four five of them. (I originally wrote "four" because I clearly can't count! I'm so used to saying "four cats" that it came out, "four pets")

I had posted pictures last Friday of Eli and his girlfriend, Grace, but I didn't have pictures of Noah. Since it was Eli's first dance and Noah had been to a few dances before, I chose to go get pictures of Eli's friends rather than Noah's. But I was bummed that I didn't have a picture of Noah and Eli together (they got ready at different times and had different plans with friends) so I told them to make sure they get a picture together at the dance. This is what they sent me.

This is the project I was helping my mom with a couple of days ago. These are vinyl letters and trying to do this huge piece was tough (it was four feet wide)! I was really worried I was going to screw it up, but I took my time and it turned out great.

Well, Jerry is off work tonight and we're going to watch a scary movie (I love October! There are so many scary movies on TV.) Have a great weekend! xo


  1. Great photos! You and your family are so cute. By the way, is that how you spell "among"? Is it like an olde English thing or something?

    1. I didn't point it out because I didn't want to draw attention to it, but I'm not sure if the person who printed it (from Etsy) meant to spell it the archaic way (Biblical times?) or if they just misspelled it. We didn't notice until it was on the wall! But no, we usually spell it "among".

  2. FIVE pets, Katie! FIVE in one photo.... ;>)

  3. All the photos are great -- that jointer is something else! Especially like the shots of Noah and Eli at the table together and of the boys and their dates at the Homecoming Dance. I'm liking my new SE (I had a really old 5). I'll have to check out portrait mode because you look fabulous in that photo!

    The all-pet picture is pretty cool as well, especially with Chick (I keep getting the two mixed up -- Chick is the long-hair, right?) in the bed with his butt hanging out while the rest of the kitty crew is behaving like fine, upstanding cats with their heads showing. There's always one.😹

  4. Ha ha Laurel - I literally counted the pets like three times. Um...yeah...five. Four cats and a dog. But I always love Friday night photos. My favorite post of the week.

    1. Hahaha! See? I have so many I can't even keep count!


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