Friday, August 28, 2009

Forever Strong

I stayed up way too late last night and watched this movie instantly on my computer - thanks to Netflix. It was actually really good. I was expecting to fall asleep to it, but I made it all the way through. And then my battery died. Perfect timing.

Rugby is the sport in this movie - pretty rough stuff. I had no idea.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Cause I found my blog song again!

I had it many moons ago, and then took it off, got other songs, had no songs, tried different playlist providers.... all the while trying to find my Rainbow/Wonderful World song. On one occasion [with attempted tries] I put it on my blog, only to have it play under a minute of the song. Pooey.

But, alas, here it is.

I know music on blogs can be mighty annoying. Heck - my own even annoys me. But this song just makes me giddy on the inside!


- on socialized medicine...


Our Beach Vacation!

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Through My Most Grievous Fault

UPDATEHere's a link to show the assembly's parts and the priests'  parts.  Maybe we should all start PRACTICING at home :)

Priest: The Lord be with you.
Faithful: And with your spirit.


The Confiteor

"I confess to Almight God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault [...]" the faithful will now pray at the beginning of Mass.

Yep. These are some of the liturgical changes happening at a parish near you... in the very near future.
I had more things to post here, but for some reason, things are not cutting and pasting anymore. Bummer. Puts a damper on all my informative posts y'all love from me :)
Anyway, go here and read the article! I really like the last paragraph about poetic prose.
again! what's with the "no spacing" btwn my last paragraphs!!! UGH!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

St. Ted?

He sure sounds like one in this statement:

"“Edward M. Kennedy—the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply—died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”"

May he rest in peace.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Green Tomatoes

We have sooo many nice big tomatoes that have just started to turn and lots more that are nice and big [and some little] which are only green.  We usually wait to pick them but sometimes a slightly yellowish one [but mostly green] will get picked.  We usually would plop them down on the sunny kitchen sill and give them a couple days to ripen up. But now we have so many... I wondered what could possibly speed up the ripening.  So I googled it and found this hopeful solution.

This is the method I'm trying tonight:                                                                  

Paper bag method - For a few tomatoes

1.Open paper bag and insert ripening banana and amount of tomatoes as will fit.

2.Store in a warm, semi-humid area away from sunlight.

3.This method is useful where you don't have a lot of room and you only have a few tomatoes
Also here are some great tips:
•The bananas must be "ripening" - they are at their most useful when they are yellow with green on the ends. All ripening fruit produce ethylene, a gas that helps ripen the fruit. Bananas are not the only fruit you can use but they generally produce so much ripening gas in comparison to other fruits that they provide the best "booster" source of ethylene. And, unlike tomatoes, bananas ripen very well after they have been picked.

•Humidity is also an important factor for indoor ripening. Too much humidity can encourage rotting (and the dreaded fruit flies); too little humidity and you might end up with dehydrated tomatoes. Keep a close eye on their progress and adjust things as you see fit.

•For the best flavour, eat the tomatoes as soon as they have ripened. They will gradually lose their flavour after about one week of storage in the refrigerator.

•This makes a great science experiment for kids as well. It is another way to enthuse them with the joys of harvesting from one's own garden.

Friday, August 14, 2009


This is a bittersweet week - lots of leaving going on 'round here ...

First, my sister left this morning. Hopefully, we'll be able to go out to LosAngeles in 3 yrs for her first vows. Other than that, she won't be home for 4 yrs. All for the glory of God, right? Right. But it's still very hard to see her off. And it's harder for me to see my children sad.

Secondly, our first baby bird leaves the nest tomorrow! I still can't believe it! She's local, but she'll be living on campus. Still, she won't be here. It'll definitely be strange - but it's exciting as well to see your first going off into the world. Praying that she holds fast to all those things you tried to teach her since she was yay high. Praying that she'll keep her Faith close to her heart to guard it from life's evils. Praying she finds great friends who'll keep her grounded. Praying that she'll ask us for help when she needs it. And praying that she... prays. It's so easy not to. Believe me, I know.

I love you, Kayla. And I'm sad. But, it's a happy-sad kind of sad :) Strange, I know, but true.

You have a beautiful soul!
Thirdly, Kayla's Bearded Dragon, Cicero, left today. Kayla can't take him, and frankly I didn't want him in the house anymore - so after much asking from the homeschool group and no takers, he went to a pet store today.
That leaves us.
Fourthly, we're leaving Sunday for the beach! Yay! We won't have Kayla with us, which is quite sad - I know her cousins will miss her being there, as well as us. And Karen won't be there. But we'll just have to make the best of it ;)
Today was a fantastic birthday for me! My children are just the best & my dh is awesome too. I'll have to post pictures of my treasures tomorrow.
I pray you have a great week everyone!
WHY OH WHY do i have such troubles with the spacing on part of my posts at times? As much as I go back to "edit" the spacing of these last few paragraphs, it doesn't take! Anyone else have these probs?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

You've Got to See This!

If you haven't seen this movie on Padre Pio - St. Pio, that is; it's difficult to stray from simply calling him Padre Pio - at any rate, IT IS AN AMAZING account of his life. Wow. Wow... double wow!! The actor leaves no doubt in your mind that he IS Padre Pio. An incredible job on his part. I have no words to describe it [WoW!], really, but I will say that I woke up with puffy eyes this morning. What a beautiful story about a beautiful soul!

I will also add that this is definitely one to buy for your home collection - and it happens to be on sale now at

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Little Update

The kids didn't really care for Despereaux.  So back to Netflix it goes... with no wailing and carrying on.  Good riddence!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sr. Sister

I have to tell you that it's been really great just hanging out with my sister.  Not that I expected anything different . It's just so neat to have her back, so to speak.  Paul calls her Sr. Margarita.  I'm not sure why.

Since Karen got here we've been working on sewing her nightgowns which she'll need as a postulant.  She has to have 4.  She has one that was given to her at the convent - a hand-me-down of sorts. That leaves three nightgowns.  Karen had this insane great idea to have us actually make them instead of her buying them.  She calls it bonding.  I call it I don't really know how to sew + you don't really know how to sew - what the hell, it's for you - you're in a convent - and no one will see you in it.  So, we've been.... bonding.
The first gown was "how you say"... too tight?  LOL  It's now Dani's.  [I have a picture of her in it somewhere.  It's in PC Limbo].  And, I might add, the only reason it was a tad on the small side is because it's a jersey fabric.  It's got some stretch to it.  So we have the second one almost done.  Which, in the grand scheme of things, is really only the first of three gowns.  So I will definitely have a great update post on that! 
Happy Monday!!!