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 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 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!


  1. Mary, somehow I have to get my crew down to your area! :)

    Teen dances. They have some throughout the summer up in the Metroplex. Swing dancing. Always a good time.

    I always feel so relaxed after reading your posts. The images you share and living where you do...I have my cup of coffee in front of me, and always feel good after reading your posts.

    Enjoy your week!

    1. Wow Patty, you are so kind! Your encouraging words are very appreciated and make my day!!

      It would be wonderful to have these visits in person instead of just online.

      I watched something on how the Texas dance halls are dying off from lack of interest. My husband and I danced through our dating years. It was our social outing with friends. I am so happy these kids love to dance and warms my heart to see the kids enjoy the tradition.