Saturday, August 25, 2012

Local air show

This summer we have been treated to a number of “air shows.”  It seems if we sit in the backyard long enough we will be privy to some sort of interesting aerial event.

A month or so back I heard a loud buzzing.  Since this summer has been so dry, I knew it wasn't any of the neighbors mowing.  All I had to do is look up to see what was happening.   

Just passing through.

These were much quieter visitors.

Somehow I never get tired of seeing the Redtail hawks.  They are so majestic.  I am not quite sure what the Swallow thought of him, though.

These are by far my favorite part of our air show.  Despite having two feeders with four holes each, the hummingbirds continue, daily, to chase each other away, as if there isn't enough to go around.  The male are particularly aggressive, going after both other males and the females. 

If they can't even feed together, it kind of makes you wonder how they get together to make more hummingbirds!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

A new role

This Sunday Himself and I will take on new roles – Godparents to Sara Roisin.  We’re honored and excited and thrilled at this event.  We will welcome in a new member of our family to Our Family. 

Along with that honor comes great responsibility.  And it is starting to scare me.  There is no standard for being an aunt.  Who can tell if I’m a great one or I fail miserably?  But I do believe there is some sort of measure of a good Godparent.

When we stand with my sister and brother-in-law we take on the responsibility that Sara will be brought up in the Faith.    We want her to know God, to love God and to serve Him in this life so that she can be with Him in the next.  Wow!  This role demands a lot, doesn’t it?

Please pray for Sara this Sunday.  Also pray for her Godparents, that they are worthy of the task before them. 

‘Cause this God-momma is a little nervous about the road ahead.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Funny Foto - #5

It's a what????

Mutant Ninja cucumber!!


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What do you call 82 tomatoes?

How about just the beginning?  Or a good start?  Or tomato sauce!

That's what's been keeping me busy.  How about you?  How's your summer going?


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Picture This

A while back Stacy over at Catholic & Crunchy had a giveaway and I was lucky enough to win.  It was for a $25 gift certificate at Efavors.  It came in really handy as this past weekend I hosted a baby shower for my sister and new niece.  I chose a bunch of different, pink frames and Himself printed a selection of pictures of baby Sara.  Everyone had a little gift to take home with them.  Thanks Stacy!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Opposite Ends of Life

To say the last month has been eventful is a bit of an understatement around here, so much is happening and is changing.  I do love our good Lord’s timing, however.  It is so perfect.

My job hunt is going well and opportunities, some unexpected, are presenting themselves.  I pray for discernment and to make good and wise decisions in that matter. 

I am grateful now for the timing of this all.  My last contract ended at the end of July and the time between jobs could not have come at a better moment.  That was very apparent yesterday.

Early Sunday morning my father-in-law was taken to the emergency room by ambulance and was later admitted.  Although what ails him isn’t life threatening, it has him down and out for a while.  Yesterday we needed to take care of some business for him and afterwards we went to visit him along with my mother-in-law.  We saw up close how age and frail health can beat a person down. 

But, in the evening, we were witness to the opposite end of life – the start.  We watched our niece and soon-to-be God-daughter while Sis and BIL went to baptism class. 

Baby Sara is just four weeks old and seems to be growing and changing right before our eyes.  Everything is new and her life is full of endless possibilities.  Who will she become?  How long can we protect her so she doesn’t have to know the feeling of being beat down by life’s difficulties? 

I know already, especially after yesterday, she has reinforced one lesson Himself often tries to teach me.  Be fully present in the here and now.  Enjoy who she is at this moment.  Enjoy who I am, too, at this moment. 


Monday, August 6, 2012

Shampoo Warning!

Hello Friends:

I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!
I use shampoo in the shower!
When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and printed very c
learly on the shampoo label is this warning,  "FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME."

No wonder I have been gaining weight!

Well! I got rid of that shampoo and I am going to start showering with Dawn dish washing liquid instead. Its label reads, "DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE."

Problem solved!

If I don't answer the phone I'll be in the shower!

Gotcha!  ;-)


Thursday, August 2, 2012

You say tomato . . .

. . . I say tomahto.  It's too late to call the whole thing off!

Back in June we put in our vegetable garden with the help of my father-in-law.  The last few weeks we have been seeing the fruits of our labor, literally.

We put a nice variety of plants: squashes, potatoes, peppers, beets, carrots, cabbage, egg plant, green beans, and, of course, tomatoes.  Lots and lots of tomatoes, nearly forty plants in all.  We have quite a mix: beefsteak and early girl, red and yellow, cherry and Roma. 

We've been able to pick a few and, wow, are they good!  There is nothing like a home-grown, vine-ripened, juicy tomato to scream summer.  They also will be yelling "Can me!  Can me!" fairly soon.  Looks like my week or so off is going to be busy.