July 07, 2023

Friday Night Photos #123

Just like the intro to yesterday's post felt very overused, today's is as well--some weeks I have a ton of photos, some weeks I have next to none; and some weeks, I have photos but they're hardly worth bothering to look at. This week, it's mostly the latter. I didn't have a very exciting week. Next week, I should have photos from up north--hopefully more exciting ;)

Anyway, here is what's on my camera roll...

Jerry had the day off work a few days ago, so we went up to Ann Arbor to the Salvation Army. They have a huge store, and Jerry wanted to find some summer clothes. I bought a few things, this shirt being one of them. It says, "Always be kinder than you feel"; Jerry and I had just had a conversation about that very thing on the ride up there.

I also found these overalls. I've wanted a pair of overalls for years, and I never see them at the thrift stores (probably because nobody has worn them since the 90's?). Anyway, I saw these ones and I fell in love--I absolutely love them! I love the color of the denim and the wide legs with raw hem.

They looked a little small, so when I checked out the tag, I saw "GAP Kids" XXL. Bummer! This picture below shows them next to a pair of jeans--so you can see just how small they are!

Despite the fact that I could JUSTBARELY pull them over my hips, and the straps weren't long enough over my shoulders, and the legs are somewhere between "cropped" and "capri", I bought them anyway--and I've made this into a project that I've been working on before bed. Make them wearable and not bad-looking.

I love how they are turning out! This is what they looked like when I opened the side seams. I felt inspired and overwhelmed at the same time, but they've been really fun to work on. A make-up-as-you-go-along project. I'll post pictures once they are done.

Duck hates it when I pay more attention to anything at all than I do him; so while I was trying to measure and cut fabric, he decided it was time that I show him more attention.

Eli went up north with his girlfriend Ava's family for a few days. The only pictures I ever manage to get of my kids is from their social media! Even when I ask them to send me their pictures, I only get a couple. But here is a cute one of Eli and Ava...

I always like looking though the odds and ends at the thrift store, and I happened to come across these stickers that someone printed. What the heck--?! So weird. And who the heck would dislike cats *that* much?

It's been a tradition since the kids were little that I would give them each a chocolate orange in their Christmas stockings. (I loved chocolate oranges and had one every Christmas, too.)  However, I haven't been able to find them since 2019! I have no idea if the pandemic caused a chocolate orange shortage or what, but the kids and I have been disappointed every Christmas when we look for chocolate oranges.

Then, while Jerry and I were in Ann Arbor, we stopped at a store called World Market that has some interesting stuff in it. And they had chocolate oranges! In July. I couldn't believe it. So I bought each of the kids one (Noah likes dark chocolate while Eli likes milk chocolate--and World Market had both.) The kids were excited. Now that I think of it, I don't know if I ever unwrapped a chocolate orange with Luke and Riley. I feel like Riley would *love* this.

Jerry stopped at the store and when he got home, he noticed that the person who bagged his groceries put two 16-oz containers of fresh blueberries in there by accident (they must have belonged to the person behind him). He called the store to let them know what happened (because surely someone would notice their blueberries were missing); but then we had lots of free blueberries. I ate them ALL. I love blueberries, but they're so expensive--I buy frozen ones to eat on my cereal every morning.

I happened to notice that Chick had arms and legs sticking out of this bed all over and he just looked funny while he slept. When I grabbed my phone to take a picture, I held it up to take this picture when I noticed that Chick's eye was open and he was watching me! It scared the bejeezus out of me because I'd been taking a picture of my sweet "sleeping" cat.

My favorite snack lately has been anything with cinnamon sugar on it, pretty much. I do a bigger ratio of cinnamon to sugar than most, but I probably make up for it in volume ;)

And finally, here is a (sad-looking) photo of Joey that Jeanie sent me yesterday. She said that Joey *loves* the campfire and he saw her out there starting a fire, so he came out to lie down. She wasn't even really starting the fire--just burning a few pieces of trash--but Joey was excited to lie next to it. (It's not nearly as hot as it looks in the picture--I think the temp is only in the 70's right now. It's not going to be a very hot trip, which is nice.)

I miss Joey a lot more than I thought I would--we get to see him soon!

And that's all I've got. Have a great weekend! xo


  1. Terrys Chocolate Oranges are very popular here in the UK and we have all sorts, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, fizzy ones (with like pop rocks inside), and sometimes even mint instead of orange. They're particularly big at Christmas but you can buy them all year round. You can also now get them in a bar as well as a box of loose segments.

  2. Have a great trip. Can't wait to see the overalls finished.

  3. Overalls were so in when I was growing up. I can't wait to see the end result.

  4. Katie, have you ever gone in Produce Station, which is right next to the Salvation Army? They have some fun vegan stuff in there, and carry a bunch of Untitled Art non-alcoholic beer. It's a cool place!

    1. I never knew that! That sounds like something I would LOVE. Thanks for letting me know! xo


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