We have been busy and feeling busy with nothing notable to write about. The busy-ness has stopped me, and I feel I may not have anything significant to say, but that hasn't atopped me before, here I go.
Outside My Window.... Growing up in the South, you learn September 22 is just another summer date on the calendar and Fall doesn't make a solid appearance until November, hints starting in October. We may see the end to the 90's after a week or so. Kids don't mind, they still enjoy swimming.
Temperature won't stop us dressing like it's fall when we go out, and participating in fall type fun. Our county fair just began, and we are looking forward to rodeo, carnival and country western entertainment.
We aren't showing animals this year, Nick is participating in the talent show at the Fair with his magic.
I Am Reading....Betsy Tacy series, The Saturdays, Father Laux Church History, and various school stuffs.
I Am Enjoying...hummingbird migration. We missed helping with the hummingbird festival at Kleb Woods, but we have our own activity out our window. We hang two feeders of the den windows and the little guys find them. We have fierce competition for the feeders and it is amazing to watch. We find ourselves watching much during the day.
Around The Farm....we have pinned up four sheep to prepare them to go to processing. We have quite a few interested in lamb. We will start with four, and we may go ahead and take some others to the sale barn. With fall coming on, grass growth slows and I don't want the sheep eating all the good stuff I need the cows to eat. Hope is In there to keep them company, ok, really, just to keep her off the porch.
We have one cow looking pretty skinny so we have added a protein rich snack to the days. I'd like to get her alone but I hadn't worked out, so all the cows get a little something extra twice a day. We applied the pour on the back de-wormer, after Euly lassoed and caught her. I hope we see results and less of her back bone.
We Are Going....to commit most Saturdays to to work on the church property with Craig and the kids. We have the date for the Cardinal to bless our Saint Athanasius Hall at the end of October, which begins our move to the church property!! Five years in the making. So much needs to be done in time remaining! I'll be happy to help wherever we can.
Lately it's been fencing, to separate he animals to an AG dedicated acreage.
Except for today, we had plans to be away, and busy with the fair. Craig took the rest hunting with an old friend.
This is a new experience, at a country church. Many families I have known for years, many more I'm just meeting. I feel comfortable right off. I think the kids do too. It's a Thursday once a week commitment, three classes a day. I'm teaching grammar to 4/5 grades and monitor study hall with Nicholas doing math during that time, (for the fall session).
The coop hosted a swim party. We all had a good time visiting and meeting new people. Catholic homeschoolers are modest at pool events, which help the overall tone right off the bat. I felt with friends right away.
I don't have any other series to watch right now (until second season of Poldark starts this month!). and I'm staying off news channels about politics. I am much less stressed this go round. I am praying the 54 day novena for our nation and I do have fun discussing all the conspiracy theories out there. It's a crazy election cycle this round.
I Am Thankful....for our life, all the people in it, how our days are spent and our health. I'm thankful for optimism and hope and a buoyant spirit. And for a good health check up for a daughter I was worried about.
I am listening to...a fun rebelling of Huckleberry Finn on Cd in the car. The story teller is quite entertaining but, there are those trouble some words we don't use in polite society anymore. I think my little ones understand that... But I flinch every time he rattles a stream off.
A favorite quote/verse/prayer for today...
Silence is the root of our union with God and with one another.
In silence we are filled with the energy of God Himself that makes us do all things in joy.
The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.
(St. Teresa of Calcutta)
In The Kitchen.... Ceci wanted the smell of fall and made her first pumpkin pie.oh my, it is the best I've ever had and a bonus, the crust is easy too.
For the crust:
For the pie:
A few pictures from our annual county 4-H banquet last night:
I Am Thinking About... our Latin Mass Parish and was happy to find this mass missal To Know Your Mass online. it is also available in print.
This video explains why the mass is offered Ad orientem.
Our parish priest is represented at 1:08 and other churches around Houston, and the last consecreation at 7:57. We are so blessed!!
Have a great weekend!