Friday, October 10, 2014

7 Quick Takes: Pins, days off, Synod on the Family

1.  First world Problems II - It's my day off and they're HOME! and one has a cold.

2.  On the upside of things, my husband can wear shoes again.  He has not worn for shoes for almost three months.  Here's a picture of what was holding his toe together
The skinny silver pins are about 2" long and the fixator about 3" long.  They were sterilized and sealed in a bag.  We are going to give them back to the doctor to donate to doctors in Guatemala.  As much as we thought we'd keep them as a memento, it'll be better if someone else can use them.  

3.  I work in a parish that has many seasonal parishioners.  They are slowly migrating back.  I have to look when I cross the street to go to the church or rectory, there are longer lines at the stores, and more personalities to handle everywhere.  

4.  Liturgical changes question of a mundane nature for your input please.  Back when the changes occurred, we purchased cards for the pew of the prayers that changed.  Now, after almost three years, the cards are looking a bit ragged.  Some are torn and more than a few have been thrown away.  A few parishioners with lots of personality (see #3 above) want the cards replaced.  We (staff) thinks that people can use the missal if they still need to read the prayers.  Care to tell me what your parish is doing?  

5.  Lately I've been considering have different email accounts for different projects or purposes:  shopping, personal, ministry, writing, blogs, but then I think I'd just ignore certain accounts when I didn't want to deal with that area.  So that's not good.  I  get so many emails during the day that I never even open, just delete, delete, delete.  Other emails that are important get lost in the junk mail.  My inbox is getting like my mail box.  Not sure where I'm going with this, so I'll stop now.

6.  Apparently when you are responsible for religious education or faith formation or parish school of religion or whatever the heck you call it you can make up stuff.  Here's the latest I've heard, "RCIT".  I'll buy you  a coffee if you can find it in a Catholic rite book.

7.  I am a bit behind on following the Synod on the Family.  Last night I spent some time on Twitter with #Synod14 and found two good sites to catch up and follow along with:  from Catholic News Service, the Synod  of Bishops on the Family blog and also CRUX.  Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend with more Quick Takes!  My weekend has an extra day off!  Yea for me.

Friday, October 3, 2014

7 Quick Takes: the week in review

1.  So I started the week feeling a bit, okay very BLAH as evidenced by my word art.  The act of making and posting it seemed to help me as it put my feelings into words and a very small action of kinda maybe whining about it.  It was good in that I validated myself and was able to move on to un-blah.

2. The shift can be attributed to a few things:  this Ignatian retreat which gave me much to think about in prayer; some conversations with various people; some positive feedback of some writing I did at New Evangelizers and Catholic Mom; writing and focusing on gratitude.

3.  I have a long to-do list for today.  Then it was confirmed that our wandering son will indeed be home today, which is of course wonderful news! and this now adds to my list while also subtracting to my list.  The net result is more work, but it's worth it to be together around the table.  We'll celebrate our two September birthdays (father and son) and the pin removal!

4.  Oh yes, my husband no longer has any devices holding his toe together.  We were so excited about the doctor visit yesterday.  When the office called to confirm the appointment on Wednesday my husband actually reminded them that the doctor needed a special instrument to remove the pins so please make sure he had it.  It was duly noted on the call sheet.  We sat down, did few preliminary things and then teh doctor came in and asked for the instruments.  There was one all sterile and ready to go and the nurse said "here it is,"  "I need the hexthingamajigy" (ok, he used the right word, I just have no idea what he said!) "Oh, this is what you said you needed."  "Oh, (mild expletive) I forgot to bring it from home."  My husband is not happy.  I start to pray, #MemoraraeUP and reassure my husband.  The doctor calls his surgical tool guy and he is there in the office in less than ten minutes! With the tool!   A few quick turns of the screws, and viola, he's unpinned!  I posted a quick report on Facebook and my fav comment was from one friend who said"Unpinned, pinterest is gonna be pissed."

5.  I have a confession, I'm burying it way down here.  I think I am killing my friend's mint plant.  My son was no help, "mint, it's the easiest thing to grow, how can you kill it?" I've given it more water and will trim it again and move it to another window.  The tomato plant is flowering though, doesn't that count for something?

6.  We interrupt these quick takes for a coffee refill brought to you by Mystic Monk coffee, Pumpkin Spice blend.  Oh so yummy, and made even more so in my favorite mug.

7.  I have tons more to say but I need to get to work on that list, especially now that my lunch book study has been moved up.  See how I make that sound less like meeting my girlfriends for lunch and more like a very important intellectual pursuit.  

Hosted by Jen at Conversion Diary who found driving in DC the nightmare I did!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Be Nice

Seems like a simple concept, one taught to us by so many when we were growing up.  We are called to Be Nice for a reason.

Writing Retreat

Online Writing Retreat 2014I'm late in posting, but I am participating in this on-line writing retreat with Vinta Hampton Wright this week.  Very enlightening!  Join in any way you choose.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Sewing Machine

The sewing machine is in my family room now, a visual reminder of a person I love and miss and learned so much from while I was a child.  The machine is old, but not yet an antique; black with Singer written across the front in gold.  The casing where the needle is brass colored, dulled with age and use.  I no longer keep a needle in the machine and I’ve removed the motor and light to keep it safe for little ones to touch and look less utilitarian.  It has one knob to turn to set stitch length.  I don't remember how we wound the bobbin.  

Once though, long ago, when I was a girl Nonna (grandmother in Italian) taught me how to sew, guiding the fabric to the needle as I applied steady pressure on the foot pedal while making sure my fingers didn’t get caught.  I made so many clothes on that machine.

At some point I was given a new Singer machine which I kept in my own house.  It wasn’t very pretty but it had a few more features than Nonna’s machine.  But I still liked to sew on the other machine, mainly because it was in Nonna’s house.  The machine reminds me that Nonna taught me so much that I carry with me today. 

My daughter asked long ago if I will pass the machine on to her; I agreed though she never knew my great-grandmother she does know how I feel about her.  I trust she will treasure it as I have all these years.