Wednesday, September 29, 2010


It's funny that going to bed a few hours later than usual can make the whole next day a wash.  Sunday, I got home at 2:30 am, then last night I went to see Christina in the hospital and didn't get home till 1:00ish.  Blagh.  (Christina's okay).
Today I didn't do much and napped a bit.  Note to self, go to bed on time.
Since I didn't go to mass, eat raw or knit today, I have no relevant pictures for today.  Here is a picture from the courtyard of Spencer's school.  There are roses all over.  I think the boys do all the landscaping, too!
God bless!

Monday, September 27, 2010


I had a super-great weekend on retreat!  Thanks to all of you who helped make it possible.  Special thanks to Ginny for taking responsibility for the kids and taking them to the museum!
This is me in front of Pine Lake (I think it's called) which is close to the Sacred Heart School.
I was on retreat with the other Moms of boys at the Apostolic school.  On Sunday, we went to mass with the boys and then visited with them for a few hours.  Spencer is happy and peaceful.  Yea!
Here are the boys singing a few songs.  Spencer is in the middle in a burgundy sweater.  Wish you could hear them! 
I did get a lot of knitting done in the car, but didn't finish up my striped socks just yet.  (I think that idea was a bit sanguine!) So, my beautiful fall socks will start soon.  Angela suggested a knit along, so I want to invite all of my knitting followers (that means you, Ang) to pick out some fall sock yarn and we'll knit together!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Weekend knitting plans

The fiber-snob in me says that I shouldn't love this because it's Patons from Jo-Ann's, but I DO Love it!
This week is a big coupon extravaganza at Jo-Ann Fabrics, so all of them were 40 % off.  Yea!  It's soft and the colours are totally nice.  I am going to bring the fall-coloured one on retreat this weekend in honour of the first day of Autumn (which was yesterday).Here are the socks I've been knitting recently, getting a lot done at physical therapy.

So, I'll finish these and start my fall ones.  She who comments the most frequently, may receive one of these beauties for Christmas!
P.S.  Like how I used the British spelling of colour, Christina?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Today, I finished the scheduling of the 40 hour devotion in Pittsburgh.  Yeah!  But I didn't get much else done.  Meatballs in the crockpot, what a great thing! 
I had lunch with my sisters, Susie and Ginny today.  We sat outside on campus.  The sun was warm, there was a nice breeze, we visited, it was lovely.
I have eaten clean and I feel good.  I sort of want some pasta & meatballs, but really, I don't.  You know?
I am going to Indiana on Friday with some of the other moms of boys at the apostolic school.  We are going on a moms' retreat.  I am looking forward to it!  I would like to pack a lot of raw food, but don't want to be the crazy woman with a cooler of her own food.  I think I'll just pack some fruit and nuts and stuff.  Any suggestions?

So, on Ravelry (the knitters' online community), projects that have been put aside for a while are said to be hibernating.  Here I am showing a hibernating sweater.  Cardigan made out of a beautiful Noro yarn.  I am showing this picture because my sweet sock-sisters are supposed to be sending me pictures of their socks.  And they're not.  You know who you are...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Knitting Corner

This post is for Christina, who wanted to see my blanket.  The knitting of this throw was inspired by the one Christina bought when she was in Ireland.
This is my knitting/journaling/prayer corner.  Everything is within reach and it's very cozy.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Eileen's Socks

After much quarreling with my phone and searching through discussion topics online, I learned that verizon phones don't want to cooperate in the normal way with Blogger.  However, a generous soul took the time to share an alternate way to send photos from my verizon phone to my blog.  Thank you, generous soul! 
So here we see the socks that I knit for Eileen.  The toes are different because of the yarn, so don't be too harsh in your comments!
Yarn: Opal ZwergerGarn which is thick, so I only needed 56 stitches.  And I did a short-row heel instead of my usual heel-flap.

The Lowest Place

One of my favorite prayers is "Take me to the lowest place."  Sometimes, I say "Hail Mary, Full of Grace, Take me to the lowest place" because I like to bring Mary into it and it rhymes.
It puts things in the right perspective for me in many areas of life.  When I don't get my own way, when I need to put others' first, when I'd like to be exhalted.
Being an extravert, going to the lowest place means not being where the real party is.  Missing out.  But when the Lover is at the party, I want to be with Him, wherever that is.  Amazingly, Jesus asks us to go to the lowest place and when we do, He's already there waiting. How great is our God!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yummy Knitting

Would it be leading people into temptation to give these as Christmas gifts?

Here's the link, if you want to tempt your friends as well!

Eucharistic Adoration

This month, I am scheduling adorers for a 40 hour devotion being held in Pittsburgh.  So, I have been calling and emailing my little heart out.  I now have great admiration for those responsible for perpetual adorations!  That would be 168 hours to be covered with 2 adorers each = 336 adorers!  I only need 80 adorers and we are almost there!  (Thank God for little old ladies!)  The intention for the devotion is priests and priestly vocations, one of my favorite intentions!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

Hello Friends!  This being my first post, I will give you a general idea of my life right now.
School started last month.  My oldest does an online school (when he can fit it in around his xbox-playing).  Halo Reach (a greatly anticipated game) was released on Tuesday, so we haven't seen too much of Christopher. 
My second-born, Theresa is a freshman at the public school.  She loves her youth groups and singing in the choir.
Child #3, Spencer started his first year at a minor seminary (boarding school for boys discerning the priesthood).  It's about 7 hours away.  I sent him a care package that cost more to ship than to fill!
My younger 3 kids are doing school online for the second year.  Tim loves lizards and Halo action figures.  Rebekah has been watching "I Dream of Jeannie" this week.  Sarah spends a lot of time playing with the neighbor kids.
Hopefully, this is not sounding like a bad Christmas form letter. 
This week my former mother-in-law was hospitalized due to kidney failure. The medical people said it's time for hospice.  So, say a prayer for Fabby and the family.
I was a slacker and didn't get to daily mass this week, except for Monday.  Haven't been having my morning prayer, either.  There, that doesn't sound like a Christmas form letter!

Saw Phantom of the Opera this week!!!  It was Amazing!  I am so thankful to my mother for giving me the tickets for my birthday!  Thanks Mom!
As for the raw food and knitting aspects of life, not so much this week.  Some sock knitting in physical therapy.  And everyday this week I was raw until I wasn't. ;)