Thursday, June 2, 2016

Welcome June, and My New Summer Book of Days

So, so glad that June is here. May was wet and often chilly, so garden preparations were interminably put off. High pollen levels have also taken their toll, making it hard to spend a lot of time weeding and planting. Little by little, I'm getting there. Today was our last day of the school year. Hooray!!! I have so many plans for the gardens, making the deck a more pleasant place to sit and relax together, getting organized and preparing for our next school year. All three of my younger boys will be "in  high school" next year. Yikes! I have a lot to think about and get ready.                          
One of my strategies for both relaxing and enjoying the summer and prepping for next year is my new Summer Book of Days.  Created by Cay Gibson of Cajun Cottage Press, it is part journal, part planner. I love that there are so many components, but it's small enough to fit in my purse. There are pictures to color, places to ponder the summer days and summer plans, and most importantly, places to record summer memories. It also includes prompts to help keep track of drinking water, exercise, and prayer time. Now that the school year is over, I look forward to sitting outside with a cool drink, adding to my Book of Days. 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Easter 2016 and Confirmations

March was a super busy and eventful month. The first two weeks I was down with the horrible upper respiratory stuff going around (as were various family members), then we had Holy Week, the beautiful Easter Vigil (with Paul and his friend Joey serving at Mass). On Easter Monday evening, our three youngest were all confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. I'm so thankful to my friend Jenny, the boys' Uncle Greg, and their sister, Mary for being sponsors. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Goodbye, 1980's wallpaper

This is what our family room walls have looked like since we moved here 10 years ago.  Don't get me started on the hunter green window shades. 

The boys have really gone to town removing the old wallpaper. It's almost all gone now, but that means Jim and I have to choose and agree on a paint color. We thought about painting the wood paneling, but I actually kind of like it, and don't want to bother painting it right now. Makes finding a good wall color a challenge though. After painting comes deciding on window treatments. Roman shades would be my choice.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fun Polka-Dot Cake

This looks like a fun cake to make sometime in the future. I'm putting it on the blog so I can pin to Pinterest, since the image came from Facebook.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter!!

My schedule for this Easter Monday:

    Pray, then pray some more
    Dance around, whistling and/or singing
    Nibble ham
    Get dressed after 11:30 a.m.
    Putter around, slowly putting things away from yesterday
    Go outside and shiver, since the temp. has dropped about thirty degrees from yesterday
    Do laundry, maybe
    Nibble some more ham
    Read a book
    Eat some leftover lamb cake
    Take Patrick to buy a new kite, since the one he got yesterday is stuck in a tree
    Watch The Hobbit with the family

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ever Ancient, Ever New

Since I'm recording this just for my own remembering, and for my family if they're interested, it doesn't matter that I'm several days late, again. Anyway, just when our family was really enjoying watching the Vatican Chimney for smoke (which I never did get to see live), this happened.

 Unfortunately, we were in a parking garage at the time, and with no smart phone, we could only listen to the crowds cheering and bells ringing through the car radio. After one more stop to pick up a kid, we raced home to find out who our new pope would be. The watching was a little anti-climactic, since it took such a long time for him to be announced. Like waiting for the birth of a baby.  But what joy when we found out his name: Pope Francis!

Having gotten to know and love St. Francis of Assisi through the Franciscan Brothers Minor, I could only think a Pope Francis is what the Church (and the world) need right now. And all the newness! The phrase "ever ancient, ever new" kept running through my mind when we found out that our new pope is the first Francis, the first South American, and the first Jesuit to become pope.
As exciting as these days have been, I'm looking forward to the days ahead, getting to know our new Holy Father.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Our 25th Anniversary Bash

After waiting ten days and agonizing over where to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, Jim and I         settled on what was actually my first choice, Club Soda.

 We started off with a couple of their signature martinis, the Sinatra. Taking a corny hand-holding photo  along with our special drinks just seemed the right thing to do. Anyway, the martinis and food (I splurged on a $30 filet mignon, and Jim chose chicken) were incredible. Now, we never eat like this. I can safely say it's been at least 5 years since we ate anywhere remotely as expensive and fancy.

I only wish they had told us we would also get bread and salad with our entree. And a side of green beans. Maybe I wouldn't have bought that $2.00 baked potato and ended up eating more food than I need for three days. Oh, well, you only have one 25th Anniversary, right? They had a sweet jazz quartet playing, and we had a great time. 

Heirloom Tomatoes

     After a long summer of consistently high temperatures, we're expecting our first frost tonight. These
are some of my last vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes for the year, unless the weather warms up quite a lot in the next couple of weeks. The big one is a variety called Mortgage Lifter, and the two smaller ones are Rutgers.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Summer 2012 Highlights

We all seem to be glad that summer is basically over. By which I mean not only that we're back into a school year routine, but that the hot weather seems (hopefully) to be over for the most part. After the hottest summer most of us can remember, it's great to feel a cool breeze, or even just to be able to go outside without gasping. Anyway, since I'm rebooting my blog, for myself and family, not to write to an "audience" (although I obviously don't care if others read it, since I'm putting it on the internet), I thought I'd start out with a some highlights, or not-so-high-lights, of Summer 2012.

Highlight #1:

    Summer just can't start in Fort Wayne without a trip to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. I always love to see this albino peacock strut his stuff.

   Pretty much everything at the zoo was as usual, except that the alligator had recently smashed the
glass of his tank with a wicked tail swipe. So we didn't get to see the alligator this trip. Never one of my favorites anyway, since he mostly just lies there on the grass or in the water, so no big loss.

Highlight #2:

    Getting our dog, Shadow's, hair cut off may not seem like much of a highlight, but it makes a huge

difference in the amount of hair we have to clean up. He is also much happier all summer, as well as smelling clean for a change.

Highlight #3:

     Early in June, we were able to go again on a bus trip to Cedar Point. Jim's company pays for all the employees and their families admission, as well as getting us there. Thanks, Sweetwater Sound!

Highlight #4:

    Well, not all highlights can be positive, right? At the end of June, a derecho hit several states, including our area, leaving over a hundred thousand households and businesses from Indiana to the East Coast without power for days to weeks. Tree limbs were downed all over the place.  Our neighborhood with all its big, old trees, was hard hit. The picture shows a big limb from one of our trees blocking the street out front until burly neighbor men came and hauled it down the street until the city could pick it up with the other debris.  We were among the lucky ones, though, who only went without power for a few days. Still, it was not our favorite experience.

Highlight #5

      In early August, our beloved Franciscan Sisters Minor allowed the public to a one-time open house
of their new monastery before they became cloistered nuns the next day. We miss being able to interact with them, but are so glad these Poor Clare nuns are here, praying for all of us. The pictures below are from a newspaper article covering the Enclosure Mass.

   We love our Poor Clare Sisters and Franciscan Brothers!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Catholic Sistas Giveaway

One of my new favorite blogs, Catholic Sistas is having an incredible giveaway, including a signed copy of  this book:

as well as cute crocheted baby hats, pro-life rosaries, wine, and a bunch of other great Catholic items.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My two favorite Dads

My kids' dad and my lovin' husband, last Saturday at a family party.

My dad, on a trip to the Smoky Mountains in the late 1980's.