Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Friday, July 22, 2011


52 weeks of daily life in pictures: trials and celebrations, 
the extraordinary and mundane -- 
whatever is unique to the week. 
Join me if you like.

This week started quiet, somewhat somber, after last weekend. But we kicked the mood about mid-week, after a few drop-offs from the Brown man (I admit, things make me happy...sigh) and a dinner and evening out with Doug's mom and dad.

 Little girl play in the shade of the porch. Abandoned for a friend.

 Our first tomato. It's perfect, but rather...um...small. Is this what happens when you grow tomatoes in pots?

 The Mac Mini needs a repair and the Apple Store suggested I back everything up on an external hard drive. I am embarrassed to say I have never done that.  But, I am proud to say I bought the hard drive and did the whole process by myself. This was a big deal (for me), hence making it part of my ordinary and extraordinary this week.

Unfortunately I am taking the mini in today and it might be gone for a couple days. No computer for me. Luckily I can still read blogs and check email on my phone. Yay! (This photo might be confusing but the image of Mary and the angel is my mouse pad).

 One drop-off from the Brown man: some new Fiestaware. We always run out of bowls and small plates, and the butter dish broke a few weeks ago (it was not a Fiestaware butter dish -- Fiestaware generally does not break). The bread plate was a bonus item (as in I didn't need it but bought it anyway). As I was unpacking, I noticed that Fiestaware in made in the U.S. and I was pleased with that. Can't say that about much these days.

Another shipment included --but was not limited too ;-) -- this table runner. I have my kitchen Madonna on the table, but her color blended with the wood table. I felt she needed a little pick-me-up. This yellow runner is very pretty (Crate and Barrel) and makes the statue pop.

Because you couldn't see the Blessed Mother from the other angle.

Warning: some poor quality phone photos ahead ;-)

My in-laws took us to dinner as a treat in payment for some work Doug did in their yard (which we told them they don't have to do, but which was a really nice treat -- one we don't often give ourselves). We went to Abuelo's and the kids really enjoyed it. Noah being silly here. He doesn't let me take pictures of him often.
 Yours truly...not a flattering picture, but to be fair...

 Not a flattering picture of Joshua either, but he was busy eating for 90 minutes. Not kidding. Chips...sodas...big plate of food.

 Doug and my father and mother-in-law.

Faith...silly girl.

 After dinner we walked to the Apple Store and my in-laws bought an iPad -- very fun!

 The kids fooled around with the Apple computers.  Very funny. They could play with them all day!

Faith was faking mad here, but it's a very good fake -- she looks just like this when she's mad. And sometimes it does look like she has two heads! ;-) Doug titled it "The Two-Headed Pink Tornado."

Below you'll find a linky list for the lovely women who have decided to join me in my 52 Weeks project. There are no rules (except the two below) -- if you want to start your 52 Weeks this week, go for it! I will keep the links up until next Friday, so you have a week to do it.

(1) Make sure you copy and paste the URL of your 52 Weeks blog post ( and not your main blog URL). You could also use of Flickr photo page if that's how you do things.
(2) Include a link back here in your blog post or flickr photo page.


  1. Hah! I love the pic of your two headed girl and the caption. A question about your Fiestaware: I received some of their dishes a few years ago and I noticed, very quickly, they were scratched up with these little grey lines. Not just from knives, because even the bowls got them in a pattern that was obviously from a spoon. These were just white dishes though so I'm wondering if that's why it was so noticeable. Since you have colored dishes, could you tell me if you've seen this happen to yours? Thanks!

  2. It has happened, Charlotte, but it is only noticeable on the white and light-colored dishes. Common cleanser removes it -- and a little elbow grease. I have about 10 colors and most of them are dark. Mostly I don't worry about it but when I am taking pictures of food for my food blog it is sometimes annoying!

  3. It is fun to have the brown man show up on your doorstep! We are awaiting our new school books, some clothes from Lands End, and I received my knitpicks order yesterday!

    I love the pictures!

  4. Ah, yes! The St. Anne Chaplet Giv-a-way! St. Anne, mother and grandmother is one with whom I like to emulate. I too am a mother of one (and one in heaven)and a grandmother of two darling girls. They call me nonni.

  5. I love your "52 Weeks" posts, Barbara--LOVE them. They make me feel like I'm getting a newsy letter from a very dear friend...which, in a way, I am!

  6. Love today's pictures! I've never been in an Apple store (closest one is 1 1/2 hours away), but my obsessed BIL loves them (I can see why!)

    I have a question about your Fiestaware - did you purchase pieces randomly or actually by place setting? I'm specifically wondering about the colors and if you have place settings that actually "go" together or just complement one another.

    And don't be too hard on yourself - everyone loves a visit from the Brown man!

  7. Jenny, the Brown man brought a package from Lands end too and it was all Faith's. (lucky girl -- I love L.E.)

  8. Great pics, Barbara - so much fun! I really like my brown man too! Hope your 'puter is fixed and quickly!!!

  9. Love the brown man!
    I also buy Fiesta and am glad they are made in the USA. :) I also get those gray streaks on mine (I have a variety of colours - just like the ones I ate off of when my grandma had them - incidentally, my brother inherited those originals from way back). That is what is fun about Fiesta - mix and they all match!

  10. Oh, the picture of Faith and the caption was great fun!

  11. Happy talk, I will put your name in the hat! :-)

  12. Mary,
    We actually have two Apple stores -- within 15 minutes of home. Not sure what that says about Columbus, OH!

    The funny thing about the Fiestaware -- my mother-in-law started it and all of us (Doug and his two brothers) use it at home. His mom started herself and bought placesettings, but mixed colors. Ten she started buying them for the kids so now we all have them in many, many colors. They do sell solid placesettings, however, so you can buy all of one color or several or all!

  13. Margaret,
    I'm so glad you like my weekly news, boring or not! ;-)

  14. Cheryl,
    I have it back already tonight!

  15. Thanks, Sarah. She really is a pink tornado -- all over the place and wreaking mass destruction! ;-)

  16. Hi Barbara~ I'm coming in late from your post last weekend but I saw this quote and thought of you and your son's situation:
    "Children have more need of models than critics."
    ~Joseph Joubert~ form The Catholic Parent Wisdom Book:) God Bless you and your family!

  17. I've used the Fiestaware Cobalt (blue)dishes for a couple years. Mine probably have marks, too, but I don't mind because they are everyday dishes and used every day!

    BTW, my tomatoes haven't hardly any fruit set, yet. So while your tomato may be small, it is admirable to me!!


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