Runs for Cookies: Friday Night Photos #136

It’s been a LONG time since I did a real Friday Night Photos. I’ve sprinkled posts here and there with lots of images, but now I don’t even know how far back in my camera roll I can go, haha. I’m sure I’ve already posted some of these, but I can’t remember which ones.

We are currently covered in snow, so tonight is a nice night to get cozy and look at my photos. Here it 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 we even went to see him in Detroit a few years ago. My kids really like him now, he’s his favorite comedian, so when I saw that he would be in Detroit in March, he had to get tickets for all four of us! They were very surprised and can’t wait to go. He is another way for mom to spend family time with teenagers 😉

Just a duck photo climbing falling from the top of the Christmas tree. I have a million of these.

Phoebe adores Noah and when I saw this cat bed, I thought it would be cute to put it in Noah’s room. Well, since he moved in, we put it next to the heater (his favorite spot) in the dining room. He spends most of the day there. She looks so small in that big bed!

We got a new dishwasher (finally) and Jerry installed it. He was standing on the island and when I looked, this is what I saw, lol. I couldn’t help but take a photo 😉

Eli didn’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 climb into our bed!

Jeanie and Shawn were in town a couple days after Christmas and we took all the dogs (their three basset 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?

Since Noah moved away, he and Eli 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, even though they are polar opposites and it’s really nice to see them get along so well. In fact, Noah told me yesterday, “Eli is my favorite person to hang out with.” <3

I know I posted about our New Year’s “party” with Luke and Riley, but I like this photo of them. We had lots of fun! (And I keep finding 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 cats to watch. I love this duck photo! But unfortunately, he doesn’t really like watching Cat TV. Chick, however, will watch for hours: he loves it.

I can’t even express 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 particular ingredient. As we were walking through the produce section, I saw these Asian pears and went crazy. I said I don’t care how much they cost, I buy them all, haha. They were listed for $2 each, so I didn’t buy them all, but I did buy 10 of them.

Then when we went to pay, we got 99 cents per pound! I was stunned. I went back and got about 10 more. (You have no idea how much I love Asian pears. Or maybe I do, considering I’ve been trying to grow them for over a decade!) We ended up buying 20 Asian pears for about $12! They were really big and looked great. I let them ripen for a couple of days on the counter, then put them in the refrigerator and have been eating one every day. They are heavenly!

Noah’s girlfriend makes jewelry and had little spoon and fork earrings that she wore to Thanksgiving dinner. My mom mentioned that she had a ring made from a spoon that her mom (Gobby, my grandmother) had given her. She said she never wears it and asked me if she wanted it…of course she did! I thought it was cool to have something that belonged to my grandmother.

Later, he asked me to look inside the ring and see if it had a T engraved on it. Yes, it was, which meant it was actually my great-great-grandmother’s. Gobby’s grandmother had these sterling silver spoons and Gobby had them made into rings for each of her daughters. She was born in 1868 and immigrated here in 1936. I’m not sure how old she is on the ring, but she’s certainly older than that! Turns out it fits *perfectly* and since I don’t wear a wedding ring, I put it on my left ring finger.

This is a photo of the kittens while they were watching Cat TV (I called them by name so they would turn and look at me).

I wanted to make something special for Eli’s 18th birthday dessert, and since I’ve been avoiding 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 it. To make them, simply layer: chocolate chip cookie dough (pressed over the entire 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 no longer jiggles in the middle. (They told me) they were ahhhh-labyrinthine. (This small pan was for Noah to take home. I made the rest in a larger baking dish.)

Noah likes tofu, and when he was here one day, I put some in a marinade for him to take home. I gave him instructions on how to cook it and was so happy when his girlfriend sent me this photo. Look how pretty it looks! They said it turned out really good. (I made a “How to Make 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 increasingly scarce, so I was excited to spend time with them.

I had just taken this blanket out of the dryer and as soon as I put it on the bed, I put Duck on it. He was instantly attracted to the warmth and naturally placed in the resting position of him. So beautiful!

I took this photo this morning when I was running. At first glance, it seems like a blurry and accidental 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 progressing). Joey is perfectly healthy and, aside from the kidney disease, Phoebe is doing well too. She’s even gained weight! Since he refuses kidney diet food, the vet said all he wants to do is make sure he eats whatever he likes. Actually, his numbers aren’t much worse than they were two years ago, so I’ll continue doing what I’ve been doing. Pampered cat 😉

I wanted some stickers for my phone and computer, and I bought a cute vegan sticker pack on Amazon. I was so excited to see there was one with the Friends logo! So I put it on my phone.

I love this photo of Riley and I. Her smile is so comforting.

This is the Impossible kafta that Jerry ordered at La Pita. “Impossible” is a brand of vegan ground beef substitute and Jerry was very excited to see that he could get it at La Pita. In fact, they seasoned it very well to match the meat kafta; I was impressed! Maybe next time I’ll try a dish with it.

And that’s all I have. I’m going to snuggle up under some blankets and watch a movie while the snow accumulates outside. My run tomorrow morning is going to be terrible, I already know that. I hope the roads are salted tonight!

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