Tuesday, July 27, 2010
1. A Simple Twist of Faith. Meet Mary, a new blogger who became a stay-at-home mom at age 45. Today she posted a new challenge that was just too good to pass up: A 30-Minute Blog. That's right; the objective is to write, edit, and post a blog in thirty minutes. That's a HUGE challenge for me, because I'm constantly reading and re-reading what I've written, not to mention adding links and photos, which are EXTREMELY time-consuming. I have 25 minutes left for this post, so I'm doing pretty well so far...
2. Scrutinies. This is a blog by Dorian, a homeschooling mom in Texas, who I stumbled across via a tweet from Jennifer from Conversion Diary. Dorian posted a photo contest which, like the 30-minute challenge, sounds too much fun to ignore. All you have to do is send her pictures of the ways you make your home into a domestic church. I took a photo of my favorite Rosary, the two holy statues we gave Curly and Moe for their respective First Communions, the Benedictine crucifix in our bedroom, and the beautiful Crucifixion engraving I gave my husband for his birthday. Later this week I'll download them to my computer and send them. 20 minutes left, although I'll need to go back and add the links...okay. Next one.
3. Counting Stars. This blog is one of my favorites, because it's written by my cousin Jamie. Actually, she's my first cousin once removed, which means she's my dad's brother's son's daughter. Actually, I've been following her blog since she started it several months ago, but in May she revamped it, gave it a new look, and has been posting almost daily. The other day she shared a beautiful poem she wrote; check it out here! 17 minutes left. Now to add the links...
Ok, links are added; a little more than 12 minutes left...proofreading done, nine minutes left...Let me see if I can find a photo to add...
Oh, Wait! I almost forgot! I'm almost finished reading The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and it's FANTASTIC!! I have accomplished almost nothing today because I've spent so much time with my nose in the book. I'm hoping to finish in the next day or tw. I'm not sure what I'm going to read next; either A Handbook for Catholic Moms by Lisa Hendey, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, or maybe Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver.
(I made this image too big, but I only have 3 1/2 minutes left so I'm not going to delete it and re-post it. It's a big book, so I guess that's all right.)
If you want to join in leave a comment! Blessings!
(I did it! One minute left!)
Monday, July 26, 2010
1. Last week, we all travelled somewhere different: my husband (I wanted to nickname him Shemp for this blog, but he preferres Joe. Apparently there was a stooge with that name, too; who knew?) went to Hawaii for a work-related conference. I thought about bringing the kids and/or myself along, but for various reasons (one being that he would be spending most days in meetings), we decided to let him go alone this time. I was only the tiniest bit jealous when he sent pictures like this,
but he had a lot of work to do, and the rest of us were busy with swim practices and meets, as well as our own visits with family. He is back home with us now after more than a week away, Praise God!
2. Every summer for the past several years, one of the kids has spent a week with my in-laws. This is a great way for each of the boys to get to know them and to nurture their relationships with them. (Praise God for my husband's parents, who raised and nurtured him; and who love spending time with our boys!) This year it was Curly's turn. His first day, they visited an aviation museum on a naval base; he got to ride around on top of this bus,
Curly and his grandparents had a lot of other outdoor adventures, too, that he didn't take photos of (they are sending me the ones they took; if there are any more good outdoor photos I'll post them here later): they went to a waterpark, played golf, and took the puppy for many walks. (click here for my earlier post about this.)
Curly is back home safe with us now, Praise God!
4. With Joe and Curly gone, Larry, Moe, and I decided to spend a few days with my parents. My dad's radiation treatments for his prostate cancer are going very well; he is experiencing minimal side effects, the doctors expect the cancer will be gone once they're finished, and he only has two weeks left to endure them. Praise God!
and visited the historic Mabry Mill.
and Moe looked for critters in the stream.
There are many other interesting things to see there, too; the millrace,
The next day the boys and I took a walk along an old railroad bed that has been converted into a walking and biking trail.
Some of the old tracks are still there.
About a mile down the trail is a bridge
that crosses a railroad track that is very much in use.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
We took a break from our running hither and thither to quietly enjoy the throngs of urban waterfowl who make this pond their home.
I don't think they looked both ways before crossing.
I'm not sure what kind of ducks these are. I suspect they may be mutts, but I don't even know if there is such a thing as a mixed-breed duck.
Mom was trying to keep her babies out of sight. We tried not to get too close.
We stopped at a nearby coffee shop for a treat. As we were parking, we saw a man entering the store suddenly get attacked by this crazed mockingbird. One of the regular customers inside told us that she--as we suspected, a mother protecting her nest--had attacked him too. She swoops down on unsuspecting customers, flaps her wings, and hisses menacingly into their ears. Needless to say, we were pretty quick getting back to the car.
*UPDATE* Our local paper ran a story this morning about the very same mockingbird attacking people! ... here's the article. The photo of the bird is much better than this one. They're professonals, don't ya know.
Yesterday evening we were surprised by a brief but intense thunderstorm. Since the day had been hot and humid, and the rain cooled things off a bit, we all ventured out for a walk in the neighborhood.
It's hard to run in flip-flops...
Moe took some pictures, too.