Friday, February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019 ~ Gifts

It's a beautiful day for a posting of gifts (1,000 gifts continued on-going) 

:: I ❤Friday mornings
:: Tommy, just Tommy.  Always and forever. 
:: Az finally getting his hair-cut.  And it looks great! 
:: getting motivated.  Crochet project, cleaning out some drawers in the office, top of the desk is completely cleaned off!  Those drawers... I keep asking myself, how did all that non-office related stuff end up in my office?? It feels empowering and freeing to get my mojo back.  I just love knowing where things are when I need them.  
:: The Omaha Steak order we ordered early in the year!  Good stuff, and there's always something to pick from for a home-cooked meal in a jiffy.  
:: just a few more weeks of winter...….(hopefully) While fall is my favorite season, spring comes in a close second.  
:: one of my blankets will be in a raffle drawing soon at church.
Tickets still available!
:: a resolution regarding an intention in my novena.  🙏 Thank you, sweet Lady of the Rosary.  
:: improvement for one of my sisters hospitalized with pneumonia.
:: Az's good friends from church.  Good family, good boys.  Love this family.
:: I've had a lot of thoughts lately about some day building my old childhood home if we ever moved from here. (It burned to the ground when I was 15 yo.)  Truth is where-ever we are together in good health and peace IS my dream home. I've had a lot of fun drawing up the floor plan though.  Just in case. 
:: we are blessed to have not been badly affected with crazy winter weather as has so much of the rest of the country.  Praying that remains with what winter there is left. 
:: the cardinals and blue birds have arrived, so I bought them some seed yesterday on my Walmart run.  
:: I also managed to drop a large jar of picante sauce out of the front of the shopping cart, and everyone was extremely nice about it.  I felt horrible! 

Captured:  the evening of Feb. 21st.  I thought surely it would be an uneventful sunset due to the cloudiness, but it took my breath away.  I kept running to the back door to see the changing light, all the while making the guys wait on their taco dinner.  They tolerate me.  

Pax tecum, til next time. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

February 11, 2019

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes ~

As a teen in the 70's, I was introduced to Catholicism.  One of the first titles of Mary I was ever introduced to was Our Lady of Lourdes.  That introduction made such an impact on me that I chose Bernadette as both my Baptism and Confirmation names.  Ok, that might be kind of weird, but true.  Then, our first daughter was also given the name Bernadette.  

I have since, of course, learned most of Our Lady's special titles, but Our Lady of Lourdes will always have a special place in my heart.

Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes!  Our Lady of Lourdes has been with me since the beginning of my spiritual journey of faith.  Ora Pro Nobis Mater Dei!  

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!

Pax tecum ~ until next time,

Saturday, February 9, 2019

February 9, 2019

A reflection ~

Blessed are the poor in spirit.  

This isn't a romanticizing of economic poverty.
Nor is it a demonization of wealth.
But rather, it is formula for detachment.

How blessed are you if you are not attached to material things.  Detachment is a form of spiritual freedom.

When you are detached from worldly power, you can follow the Will of God even if it means walking a path of extreme powerlessness.  

Detachment, or 'being poor in spirit' has nothing to do with money or ownership of things.  A very poor person can fail at being poor in spirit.  A wealthy person can excel in it.  It is about understanding that all we have comes from God, and what good we have been given must be used for His honor and glory.

From Bishop Baron's 'Catholicism'.

Pax tecum ~ until next time,

Monday, February 4, 2019

February 4, 2019 Gifts


:: some warm, sunny winter days, but the cold has made a return.  It was 63 degrees yesterday!  

:: seeing ATM complete another carving 

:: February birthdays and anniversaries; both daughters have anniversaries, a daughter and a son-in-law have birthdays.  

:: envisioning what can be

:: confession

:: St. Blaise blessing of the throat

:: brunch-y pastries and coffee after Mass to re-connect with parish friends. 

:: feeding the birds

:: healing

:: A new read that is quite promising right away!  More about that later.

:: a beautiful enameled cast-iron dutch oven.  I'm new to the enameled cast-iron world, and I am loving it!  
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:: Something that made me laugh a lot recently.  It was just so cute and it tickled me to pieces.  Laughter is a gift! 

::  Az asking me to make enchiladas every Friday.  😁  He is so funny.  

:: When one of my kids sends me something BG related...….

Pax tecum ~ until next time,

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

January 29, 2019

A journal...……

Listening to: 📻 talk radio, a chainsaw in the distance.  😉 

Grateful for:  sunshine this morning 🌞, 
warm clothes and home 🏠, 
Allie's restful snoring 🐕, 
Tommy making me laugh - hysterically 🤣, getting back to 'normal' after last week's dental surgery, (remember: normal is just a setting on your dryer!)
good hair days,
the family I was born into; and the family Tommy and I have together,
Father E. R. and his kind smile,
glad the new year mayhem has settled into regular routine (work-wise).

Reading:  Not anything particular at this time, but am starting Bishop Barron's 'Catholicism' series on dvd.  

Pondering:  How are we going to ever heal the divisions that have been created between us as a nation?  It's 'us' against 'them'.  The gap widens on a daily basis, and the media isn't helping.  How can a nation, who's motto was 'In God we Trust' allow the death of unborn children----at any stage?  We may have come a long way, baby; but boy do we have a long way to go. The evil one has certainly sowed seeds of confusion in the hearts and minds of so many.  

Praying:  Well, I always say praying and pondering are attached at the hip.  So, there's that.  But also still praying the Rosary Novena (now in the thanksgiving phase).  Praying for safety and protection of both Mama and baby for Leigh.  Praying for a couple of special intentions.  Ok, a few.   

Looking forward:  Having a belated birthday lunch with my baby sister later this week.  Maybe we'll go to Goodwill!

What's cooking:  I plan to make potato soup in my quick cooker today and serve it with bisquits.  It just sounds like the quintessential comfort/cold day dinner.  Ohhhh.  Pie would go good with that!  I've never made potato soup, so we'll see how that goes.  It does look like you can't mess it up.  Maybe I shouldn't say that. 

In the crochet basket:  I just finished a pretty purple throw and pillow.  I'm starting something new using the waffle stitch.  This is going to be in greens and spring colors.  I hope it looks like a spring garden when I'm done.  


Allie and I have matching sweaters.  💕

Pax tecum ~ until next time,

Saturday, January 26, 2019

January 26, 2019

The Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

The Resurrection

Ascension of Christ

Descent of the Holy Ghost

Assumption of Mary

Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. 

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  

Pax tecum,

Friday, January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019

The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Agony in the Garden

Scourging at the Pillar

Crowning with thorns

The Carrying of the Cross

The Crucifixion

May the Divine Assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

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