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 06, 2012


I don't think I have said this yet: Can you believe it's July already?

Any day it will be Autumn and then Christmas. That's how fast time flies.

Every day my husband and I take turns asking the other, "Is it bedtime yet?" It's our way of saying "this day is getting old, can we just move it along?" Today, with it being so dang hot, I asked, "Is it September yet?" to which he answered "How about October or November? Or better yet, 72? or 80?" Whoa. There went my life. There are days that are so tiresome you just want to fast forward to another place and time.

It's on days like that when you need the power to go out just so you can roast marshmallows over a candle. I'll be happy to take matters into my own hands and just shut the lights off and keep the air conditioning.


My brother's Fourth of July party contributions

I mentioned earlier this week that I am doing a wheat-free trial to see if I feel any better -- less aches and pains, more energy. So far, nothing. It feels like it's been weeks since I stopped eating bread, but it's only been five days. And if anything I feel worse. My IC flared up so now I have even more pain than on an average day. That's probably because when I took wheat out of my diet I added more fruits and vegetables and they tend to trigger flare-ups. Or it could just be from all the stress since last Thursday (Supreme Court ruling + storms and power outage + holiday). The funny thing is I rarely feel stressed. I think I must internalize it a lot (not to get all head-shrinky on you).

Anyway, I miss toast. A lot. I thought I could do this with little sacrifice, but it turns out toast is my comfort food. Sigh.


Which leads me to the next topic of this oh-so-uplifting blog post: prayer (which I need more of when I give up my comfort food). My mother-in-law gave me a CD of Fr. John Riccardo (isn't he awesome?) talking about prayer (you can access some of his podcasts here, but I'm not sure if the prayer talk is there). He makes so many great points, I can't really even tell you a few, but the primary thing I heard was that I need to sit and pray for a block of time each day, or I won't be able to hear God. I really already know that, but this summer I have been waking later each day and skipping prayer time, and end up having a kind of running commentary all day with God, the Blessed Mother, and a variety of saints. Mostly I'm just shouting out my needs and wants and not listening. I need to make sure I get up earlier and do my daily bible study, read the Divine Intimacy, some Imitation of Christ, and just listen.


I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I have to tell you, those of you who read yesterday's post, I deleted Helen Keller in Love last night (I couldn't stand another page) and started That's Why I'm Here by Chris Spielman this afternoon. Maybe this weekend I'll pretend we're having a blizzard and cast on a pair of socks while I listen. What are your plans?


  1. Oh I am sorry that you are in such pain. We had to eliminate wheat out of our diet about four years ago, which lead to eliminating gluten and evtl. all grains. It took a while for us all to feel better, but it was worth it. Hang in there. I have found that paleo recipes are the best for giving you a satisfied and happy tummy. There are a lot of great recipes out there. We eat bread again, but it is grain free. Good luck finding yummy things to eat. You are in my prayers. I truly know how hard this must be. God Bless.

  2. Hi Barb,

    I am sorry you are in a flare up. I hope the no wheat thing works for you. I know it is me and my stubborn tendency to be skeptical but I have felt that all this gluten free business was a bunch of malarchy except for people that have been truly diagnosed with celiac disease. The more I read though there does seem to be increasing evidence of more wheat sensitivities due to new types of wheat we are eating. So I hope it works for you. Heck though if you don't feel better after 3 months I say add it back in. Life is short we all need some comfort food. :)

    I laughed when I read about your sock knitting plan. I laughed because often in the midst of a heat wave I will hole up in the air conditioning and read a book about either a blizzard, or a Christmastime romance, something winter themed! It always makes me feel better even though I would take summer any day over winter. I am not a fan of having to drive in snow or ice. Plus, I love being able to just run out the door without gearing up in multiple layers.

    Have a peaceful weekend and I hope you feel better asap.

  3. A few years back, we celebrated "Christmas in July", complete with flag-decorated tree, carols, and confetti "snow". I think something like that would be good right now, along with some peppermint ice cream. :) Rosemary

  4. Oh, boy. I need to do the same thing with my prayer time. I pretty much have lost my morning prayer time that I used to have.

    I'm sorry to hear you've been in pain. Maybe you're just in detox and by next week you'll start to feel the benefits of being wheat free. That's what I'm hoping, anyway.


I appreciate your comments -- sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself!