Friday, January 9, 2015

7 Quick Takes - Happy New Year!

I've been writing these in my head since last night,  It's just been that kind of a day and I didn't even go to work!

1.  What seems like forever ago I started my husband's alb.  And it was finally finished by the time he needed it and not really a moment sooner.  I was happy to be done with it.  Oh, did I say done with it?  Well, I suppose I was DONE with it, but it wasn't done with me.  After a few wearings and comparing it to the other albs men were wearing around the altar, I determined it was too short.  There was no way around it; something needed to be done.  Last night the SOMETHING was finally  accomplished.  If you know how to sew, I beg you,  do not look closely, If you think sewing is akin to making puff pastry or painting a masterpiece or flying to the moon, go ahead and look and be amazed.  And, honey, I love you and am so very proud of you and this journey you are on, but another alb from my hands is not in your future.

2.  It passed the laundry test!  Yea. You know, with really special pieces of clothing, so not that often, I get nervous that the clothes I make will fall apart in the washing machine.The alb is okay; washed quite well and needed minimal ironing.  It was not easy ironing an alb which is 5 1/2 feet long.  It may be longer than that, since now it is almost ankle length.   I'm not making this up, my husband is tall, very tall, as in 6'5" tall. Are you done listening to me blather about this alb?  I'm done talking about it, again, for the last time.

3.  I set a few goals for myself this year, the most important in regard to prayer.  So far, it is working out in a most excellent manner.  The other big one is to stop saying yes automatically.  I was good at it with our children, but I seem to have lost the skill once I stopped using it regularly.  I hope to recapture it soon.

4.  Check lists, to-do lists, packing lists, book lists, lists of lists - love them all.  However, lately I've forgotten to look at my lists so stuff is falling into an abyss and I find myself back-tracking and putting out fires.  Not a fun way to start the year.  Need to make the lists and then use the lists.  I think that's key.

5.  The other day Trip Adivisor sent me an email with the subject line, "Deanna, You need a vacation"  How did they know?

6.  The rational part of my brain is saying "finish these takes and go to bed."  The other part of my brain is saying, "stay up and work on those lists".  The question is, is that the irrational part of my brain, the hard working part, the crazy part, the part that really hopes the iced coffee at 5 pm was decaf or the fun part?

7.  I went to the gym today and a mom was nursing her son on the couch in the locker room.  So sweet and I thought, "wouldn't it be nice to have a baby again?"  I LOL'd in my head.

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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.

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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