Saturday, September 24, 2016

Daybook post, since apparently, I've forgotten how to blog

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 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.

I Am this homeschool year will go. I'm pretty excited about the coop we joined. I haven't participated in one since Lilly was a baby and do not have pleasant memories of that while experience. 
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 am Watching...A Man For All Seasons about Saint Thomas More. The kids are starting a study of Saint Thomas More and Martin Luther next for history. 

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)

Euly and Nick were sworn in as officers in their 4-H club:
Euly is Secretary and Nick is Historian

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:

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed

For the pie:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée (not pie mix)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Easy Whipped Cream
For the crust:
  1. 1Stir the butter, oil, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl until evenly combined. Add the measured flour and stir until a soft dough forms.
  2. 2Sprinkle the dough in small clumps over the bottom of a 9-1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate. Using a measuring cup or your fingers, evenly press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the plate (flour the cup or your fingers occasionally to prevent sticking). Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
For the pie:
  1. 1Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the lower third. Place a baking sheet on the rack while the oven is heating.
  2. 2Place all of the ingredients except the whipped cream in a large bowl and whisk until smooth and combined. Pour into the chilled pie crust.
  3. 3Place the pie on the hot baking sheet and bake until the top starts to brown and the filling is set but still jiggles slightly in the center, about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving. Top slices of the pie with whipped cream.
A few pictures from our annual county 4-H banquet last night:

With my sister who has helped us figure out 4-H:

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!


  1. Yah, a post :-)
    Wow so much happening, interested to have an update on the cow/sheep situation.
    As co-ops are totally unknown to me, intrigued. Why do they have a 'uniform'?
    As for the Church update, oh my! how wonderful but you've so much to do in such a short time!!
    Talking books have you heard of/have The Mass Explained by Maria Montessori, it's fantastic
    years ago I began writing a Unit Study on the Mass using her book
    and another book Treasure and Traditions, beautiful

    1. Hi Erin,
      The co-op chose uniforms to help modesty choices and it helps to quickly identify if kids belong in the school section of the church or not.

      Thanks for the links!

  2. Oh, I always love seeing photos of your farm and your children and catching up on your goings-on. I live in the city but I am a country girl at heart... I am always inspired by your perseverance and quiet optimism. We tried a form of homeschooling coop way back, but it didn't really work out. It seems to need a good manager who can assign and monitor activities on top of managing her own homeschool... thanks for the quotes from Saint Mother Teresa!

    1. Hi Marcia,
      Your comments are so kind and uplifting.
      I've always considered myself a country girl even when I was a suburban girl.
      The Co-op thing does seem to take a special mix to work. I've watched friends enjoy this one for years and I like the structure of the program. It's a good balance for us this year. Year to year always need revaluation since my kids change so much.