Tuesday, June 30, 2015

{Counting Gifts} June Thankfulness

Storing away sunshine for a rainy day...
Taking time to note times God's work in my life especially with the very little things as well as the big. I'm thankful for all the gifts in life. Helping me to keep perspective...

The machine that made Nick's new teeth. Thankful for dentistry innovation!
Pretty sheep on a neighbors property. Fun to see on our walks.

Cactus flower

Snuggling tails

I love when music is being practiced.

Euly's signature angry chicken 

Uncle Jerry and Aunt Sharon finally visiting Texas! 

First year blessing 

Visiting Kleb again. Hoping I get back in the swing of nature journalling.

Nature class

These cows always seem so interested when Molly and I walk past. They all look identical.

Chickens growing big and healthy. I love to watch them.

Playing cards with Aunt Mar revealing true competitive spirit. 

Licensed! He did great! Passing a mile stone I thought this dyslexic kid would have had trouble passing. He aced it!

Peggy's tulips to remember her daily.

Sand pile! A project in waiting.

A happy wall. Full of books and flowers.

Big brother to swim in the deep end with you.

Befriended by the sweetest kittens!

Working out concerns about m-i-l


Sleeping beauties

Waking up to this view

Consoling Lilly

Making yummy food!

Queen Tatiana


River valley- but not flooding at home.

Back to a place we love.

House of Blues- cool decor. I want to copy!

Evening out with Molly and Craig - that was fun!

Where there is great love there are always miracles,' he said at length. 'One might almost say that an apparition is human vision corrected by divine love. I do not see you as you really are, Joseph; I see you through my affection for you. The Miracles of the Church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop

Mexican blanket-ing the road sides

La Kings

Ice on demand!!!


Being home enough to get cabin fever

Talking house plans with Max

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lost and Found Kittens

Molly and I went for one of our long walks. Way down the way where there are no houses two little bundles were bounding down the road toward us. Then they adopted us and wouldn't let us take two steps with out tripping underfoot.
They followed us home so we decided to put signs up in case anyone was missing kittens. Haven't heard from anyone yet.
They are the age typical of dump kitties. They were quite flea infested that it would be hard to imagine they are someone's pet.  I can't imagine driving down a country road and booting these cuties out the door to fend for themselves, but that's what some people do.
We had some puppies run through not that long ago. I didn't make eye contact with the puppies and they moved on quickly. My neighbors took them in.

The kittens were too cute to ignore. The wouldn't let us. They love each other and snuggle the way kittens do. They wrap their tails around each other's back. It is so sweet!

When they followed us into our property a weird behavior happened between them and the sheep. The sheep seems very curious, aggressively so. They came very close to us to see the kittens. The kittens reacted with arched backs and spats. I think the sheep are just curious, but it was strange stand off.

When we walked up to the house the younger girls thought it was Christmas morning! So much joy and happiness. 
 They gave them water and food. Flea bath was the next thing to do. 
If we don't hear from an owner, I'll let the girls name them next week. I need to make a visit to a vet for shots.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Flash flooding and Answer Me This Daybook

Outside my window...we got some rain over night. It was a little crazy getting out for mass. We made it.

I am thinking...about Natural Law, not knowing who and where enemies of The Church are, End Times...digesting the news.  

I am praying for..this sick culture. And for marriages. Especially the many marriages that are under attack under various means. Fortunately I have little sweet souls willing to pray rosaries with me.

I am thankful...for a good, good priest. For my sacramental marriage nearing 28 years! For my parents' and in-laws sacramental marriages. Such good examples of love, sacrifice and dedication.

In the kitchen...Craig is slicing up our 684th watermelon of the summer of 2015. His very favorite thing about summer! Our town has a watermelon festival mid July, I have a feeling we will go.

I am going...to help Max move out! We apartment shopped yesterday and he found one he loved! I think it is pretty great too. Nice and new, great view, 44 acres wooded private walking trail, Olympic length pool, elevators and individual parking included.

I am reading...Willa Cather's Song of the Lark. We finished Death Comes For the Archbishop. Such beautiful descriptions of the landscape of New Mexico, much like Texas. So much wisdom in life and having lived, and in relationships with each other.
So many wonderful quotes:

“The old man smiled. 'I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die of having lived.” 

“They ravaged neither the rivers nor the forest, and if they irrigated, they took as little water as would serve their needs. The land and all that it bore they treated with consideration; not attempting to improve it, they never desecrated it.”  (reminded me of the goal of Scouts Leave No Trace policy).

“Where there is great love there are always miracles,' he said at length. 'One might almost say that an apparition is human vision corrected by divine love. I do not see you as you really are, Joseph; I see you through my affection for you. The Miracles of the Church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.” 

“In those days, even in European countries, death had a solemn social importance. It was not regarded as a moment when certain bodily organs ceased to function, but as a dramatic climax, a moment when the soul made its entrance into the next world, passing in full consciousness through a lowly door to an unimaginable scene. ” 

 Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was away, the thing all about one, the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!

I am watching...the weather forecasts. We were hit bad overnight and I have a few deliveries and repairs scheduled this week and I am hoping they can bring big trucks down the road.

I am listening to...sounds around the house, Craig is watching the history of the Eagles, Lilly and Ceci are playing playmobile and just sang Happy Birthday to one of the playmobile kids. Nick and Euly are writing a grocery list. Nick offers to run any errand needed since he's licensed!

I am hoping...to get started on Our Civil War studies this week. We will focus on states' rights and events from all views, learning about Confederate heroes from my native Tennessee and Alabama. 

I am looking forward to...doing this again soon. Thanks Kathy!!

One of my favorite things...seeing the kids have so much fun at their teen dances.

 And how kind they all are to invite Lilly to join in!

A few plans for the rest of the week...stove repair, sand delivery, fireplace repair estimates, July 4th party planning, Finance Council meeting, Ceci 10th birthday celebration and preparation. And another dentist appointment for Nick's front teeth. Sigh. 

A peek into my day...we lit a few more sparklers. Lilly tried again because having dad home gave her courage.

1.  How long have you lived in your current home?
Ten months. Renovating. We have made so much progress, but sometimes I slip into worrying over the projects remaining.
I think I need to do some before/after shots to make me see progress.



2. How do you find out about news and current events?

I don't have cable- by choice. I have a Drudge  app on my phone I might occasionally pull up. Talk radio if I'm ever in the car by myself, very rarely. Facebook feed. I have a lot of like minded fb friends, so not a lot of drama there. Otherwise mostly from my husband. 

3. Would you be able to make change for a twenty right now? For a dollar?
A dollar: yes, a twenty: possibly.

4. What's the craziest food you've ever eaten?
Octopus and eel.

I'm not crazy adventurous with food.

5. Which of the commonly removed parts have you had removed? (tonsils, wisdom teeth, appendix, etc.)

Wisdom teeth before braces in middle school. I woke up during procedures and have vivid memories of the nurse scrambling to get me back to sleep.

6. What's your favorite sport to watch on TV? 
Hmmm...Now that Texas and Texas A&M don't play football together, nothing comes to
I love watching any sport in person in which someone I know is playing. 100% fan!

Have a great week!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

{pretty, happy, funny, real} Chicks, Sheep and Sparks

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Euly named this little lady Jupiter. My kids name all animals here, and they get attached, and learn personalities. They enjoy watching animal behaviors. Chickens are especially entertaining. The kids see idioms acted: out: pecking order, hen pecked, etc.

Sheep are fun to watch too. They have a expressive faces, and I feel like if they could just verbalize, they would have a lot to tell us. Mostly I think they would complain about Pocahontas (the only goat) and her bad eating habits. She was named by previous owner.

Like hogging the food trough by standing in it, and not getting out when it's time to potty.

The sheep could be jealous because Pocahontas is the only one who can eat like this:

These two, always intense, play all day. Every day. They do get tired of each other and when one leaves for a visit somewhere else, the one behind is mopey, lonely and checking the minutes until the other arrives home. I pray they are good friends when they are grown. 

Happy and Real
Our stockpile of fireworks for the 4th arrived today. The girls couldn't wait to test out the sparklers. Lily had an immediate reaction of terrified horror of the sparks shooting off around the sparkler.  It reminded me of another child's reaction to fire at a hibachi restaurant ever over twenty years ago. I had learned then, this fear is intense and no words will help erase the fear.
She didn't want to leave, didn't want to tell her sisters to stop, but was utterly unhappy and uncomfortable. She almost seemed mad at herself that she couldn't enjoy the fun because she was so frightened. It may have roots in worrying for us and our safety, but once we put it all away and cleaned up, she was back to her happy self.

Go visit the sweet ladies at Like Mother Like Daughter.