Friday, December 19, 2014

7 Quick Takes about stuff, really important stuff

1.  Okay, I can't help myself, so I'll say it and be done, it's my birthday!  I am officially in my fifth decade of life. Maybe just a foot in, but in.  A friend called to remind last night that it was my last night of being fifty.  Wasn't that kind of her?  I mean I knew it but wasn't really thinking about it until she said something.

2.  Due to poor planning and then a toe emergency, I have no Christmas decorations down from the attic.  This means my house looks very bare and un-Christmas like.  I was going to decorate today but I can't figure out how to get into the attic and get the boxes down on my own.  I can go up the ladder and hand down the boxes or someone else can to do that and I can take the boxes from them, but I can't get down the ladder with the boxes.

3.  It's ironic though, about the boxes.  My son was up in the attic about ten days ago and asked me if I wanted my decorations down and I declined.  I didn't want them sitting in the garage for so long in the way of our cleaning out the garage. Now he'll have to get them tonight when he comes over.

4.  The toe emergency was Wednesday.  It started on Tuesday night, when I looked at my husband's toe at his request.  I'll leave out the conversation and description, trust me on this.  Wednesday morning we just went and sat outside his doctor's office until they opened.  It was a very busy day for them, but they put us in a room and eventually took care of the toe.  Not the toe from the summer, but the second toe.  It was bad, very infected, possible gangrene so it's good we went right away and had it taken care of.  We'll know more on Monday as to the prognosis.  We are back to dressing changes, two times a day this time.  Fun times this holiday season.

5.  Okay, how about something fun. Birthday dinner tonight with my family cooked by my son chef.  Or should I say chef son?  It will be fabulous.  I'm going to use my favorite table linens and dishes.  I have a little bit of of Aperol for cocktails to remind me of Italy and we'll all relax.

6.  I went to see Fiddler on the Roof.  It was a birthday gift from my husband but sadly he couldn't go.  I went with a friend and we enjoyed it very much.  My favorite song, well one of my favorites, is Sunrise, Sunset.  It was the song I choose for my father-daughter dance at my wedding.
7.  Our annual Christmas gala for work was last week.  Here's a picture of us all ready for the party

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Friday, December 12, 2014

7 Quick Takes instead of housework

Because really, who wants to do housework? Not me!

1.  Working in a parish this time of year is nutty.  We have all these events for Advent and Christmas and in the meantime, the mail is full of materials for Lent and Easter.

2.  A song by Casting Crowns, reminding us of our need for salvation.  

3.  If you are looking for a devotional based on the daily Gospel, look no further than this:  
Available for your Kindle from Amazon now!  
(full disclosure, my reflections are in there)
4.  I don't plan on putting up a Christmas tree this year. If someone puts it up, it'll be a small one for the table, but my plan is my nativities all around, some poinsettias and that's it.  I feel confident we will recall the Incarnation without a tree.

5.  Very little shopping going on either. Yes, there will be presents, just not tons and no stockings. I'm just into into stuff this year.

6.  I'm not Scrooge or the Grinch; I'm just tired of all the commercialism and need to do stuff.  I want to be - with my family, my friends, the Holy Family.   I want to celebrate Jesus.

7.  I'm going to go sit by my Advent wreath.

More Quick Takes over at This Ain't the Lyceum.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Advent Wreath

A day late to the link up, but yesterday was an all day work event until about 6 and then I had a date to see the sand castles.

I've always enjoyed have an advent wreath at home.  When the children were little it was a good tradition to have to teach them to wait and have patience and to pray together.  For some years I stopped having a wreath since the children were gone.  But then I decided to have one anyway.

This year I saw a wreath on Pinterest I liked and copied it as best I could.
Basically, it is four different sized white pillar candles on a white cake plate with some greenery between the candles.  I painted wooden letters purple; they are under the wreath and say "Advent".  I know that was a surprise!

Enjoy your Advent.  May it be filled with hope, joy and peace as we await the coming of our Savior.

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin pancakes, perfect fall food to match our fall weather.  Okay, there is no matching our fall weather because we don't have fall weather.  That's  not entirely accurate, we have fall weather, for Florida.  Which means you can walk around in jeans and be comfortable.  And, there is far less humidity, which means your hair looks good even if you don't pull it back.
Oh, wait, you clicked on this to find a recipe right.  Okay.

Pancake Ingredients
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon coconut flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
dash allspice

Blend together, grease a pan, drop batter, a heaping tablespoon at a time; flip when dry on the edges; cook until browned.  Serve warm

Now you can put whatever you like as syrup or topping, but I made my own.

1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin, cinnamon, dash vanilla

melt, butter, add glycerin, remove for heat and add cinnamon and vanilla, pour over pancakes

Friday, December 5, 2014

7 Quick Takes + Small Successes+shopping + mom stuff

Quick Takes has moved from Conversion Diary to This Ain't the Lyceum; be sure to drop by after you've read all this week's excitement in my life!

1.  First my small successes which I usually try to do on Thursdays to link up over at Catholic Mom, but, well, I am not perfect.  So we finally have my husband scheduled for his cardiac rehab which took three days and more phone calls than seemed reasonable but it's done and he goes next week.  A big thank you to the nurse who is going out of her way to make it happen at "not the usual time".  I put together a lovely Advent wreath, not very traditional, but since we are all adults around these parts it works.  If you want to see it come back on Sunday for the Advent Wreath Link up Party! Of course, it's also on Facebook if you can't wait.  And, I've started to de-clutter.  A box and a bag are leaving the house today.  I hope to be done by Christmas Adam.

2.  Tonight is our St. Nicholas party at work.  We have pizza and a craft, but the main point is to collect toys for a needy families.  My office looks like a toy store already with everything people have been dropping off.  It should be a fun evening.

3.  Speaking of crafts, I had ordered the Styrofoam supplies I needed to make angel ornaments.  We are going to give them away to the folks who to our annual healing Mass during Advent.  Every day I kept asking if my boxes had arrived.  Everyday, no boxes.  Well, on Tuesday I went on to the site I ordered the supplies from, clicked on my previous orders and NOTHING WAS THERE.  You know why, it was all still in my shopping cart.  Thankfully Michael's had everything I needed.

4.  Yesterday I went shopping at three different stores for food.  First, Restaurant Depot for our Ministry Appreciation Party on Sunday and the healing Mass lunch.  Then Costco for stuff for the house but I forgot romaine lettuce for the husband's lunch so then I went to Publix for that and stuff for tonight's and Sunday's party.  I also had our maintenance man pick up stuff at Sam's Club.  Which was to take the place of Costco but it  didn't.  I will say, that no place was crowded and that at Restaurant Depot I was with my son and my partner in crime from work which made it all much nicer.

5.  I went to the dermatologist yesterday and joined the"we should probably take a closer look at this" crowd.  I went because I had a little raised bump on my face that was new.  Turns out, it's nothing.  It's my mom's fault.  I told her already so I get write this, otherwise I'd be in big trouble.  Anyway, he says, let's look at your neck and says, "how long have you had this spot?"  I can't even see the spot, it's about an inch from my ear close to my hairline.  He tries to show it to me, I see my eyebrow.  It was two colors, which is no bueno, so he took a little scrape and I'll know something in about ten days.  Not concerned, it is quite small and if it's something, I'll get it taken care of.  And by then, my mom will be here, so she can help.  She'll be thrilled to have something to do!

6.  Speaking of moms, I mentioned the other day that sometimes I don't feel like a mom so much anymore.  My daughter informed me that I was still a mom and would be forever.  I guess she's right.

7.  I would have so much more to say if I either could remember my ideas or would stop long enough to write them down.  I try to write them down sometimes, but the word or phrase that should jog my memory just doesn't work.  I need to use full sentences I suppose.  Wouldn't it be great if we could attach external hard drives to ourselves so this type of thing wouldn't happen?