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, January 11, 2013


It's already the 11th day of the year, and I truly have nothing (well, almost nothing) to show for it.

I do have a rather messy house to show for it, and a Christmas tree still up, and stockings still hanging by the fire. And the never-ending piles of dirty laundry.

I guess I also have a sinus infection to show for it. Do you feel like I am always sick, because I know I do. This is the third antibiotic I've been on since November when I had cellulitis. Of course, one antibiotic does not work for another infection because each bug has its "own" drug. I am hopeful that I will, at some point in the near future, be able to sleep through the night. I've been coughing at night for weeks. My throat is sick and tired of coughing. I can't find my absolutely-must-have-for-cough original Nyquil anywhere. My Kroger used to carry it behind the counter at the pharmacy, but they stopped carrying it. I guess they didn't make enough money on it to make it worth the few minutes it took for the pharmacist to have me sign my life away with proof of identity. I was desperate enough to try wild cherry bark and horehound tincture in hot water with honey and lemon, and then tea made with apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, clove and ginger. Nada. I finally broke down and went to the doctor this morning. I'm sick of doctors too, and I have to see two more next week. Bleh.

On the schedule for tomorrow is a much-overdo dinner with Joshua's girlfriend's parents. At our house. I look forward to seeing them, and we have really come to love Taylor, but I don't look forward to cleaning tonight and cooking tomorrow. I am seriously considering ordering pizza, and making a big fresh salad and tiramisu. I know a lot of people would consider that perfectly game supper for company, but I am having a really tough time with it. Stupid, I know.

I wanted to update you on Kelly from The Careless Catholic, but I don't know much, and she hasn't updated on her blog. I do know that she is home, and her sweet baby girl is still in the NICU. Hopefully she will be ok with me telling you that much. I won't divulge any more details, but I do want you to be able to pray for her recovery and for her sweet little dolly to get bigger and come home.

A few of you asked to see Faith's gingerbread creation after I posted that she requested I leave her completely alone with it. Because we used a prepackaged gingerbread village, it wasn't quite as cute as it could have been, but she did make one of the buildings into a church after all.

I am a little behind the crowd this week -- I recorded Downton Abbey on Sunday but I haven't watched it yet. Tonight...hopefully. I won't fight for the television, so it's rarely mine to view, what with football, basketball, and all. I saw a few of you posted about it, and I'm not ignoring you (Hi Jamie!), but I was afraid to read a spoiler, so I skipped over the posts. I will secretly admit (I guess it's not a secret now) that I am rather annoyed that Downton has become so popular, because secretly (or not) I am not at all a joiner. I greatly dislike the popular anything. Are you shocked, or did you know? So now I am a bit torn about watching. I suppose I can just not admit that I do (silly), but I really do enjoy it. I was trying to explain to a friend why I watch (because she is also not a joiner) and I had to admit that the show is rather soothing to watch. Any conflict is handled so properly, and even that one now-infamous episode with Thomas, was just not that shocking in the way it was depicted. Maybe I am talking myself into being a fan, but I know I can't BE a fan of anything. It's just not in me. Not since Andy Gibb anyway.

And by the way, if you are a fan of Downton, please do call it by its proper name. This afternoon I watched Downton Revisted, which aired just before the show in our area, and two higher-ups at PBS called it "Downt'n Abbey," with a very soft "t" and entirely skipping the "o." It's most definitely Downton, proper "t" and "o." Thank you.

Last Sunday we celebrated both the Twelfth Night and the Epiphany with a cake (same BIG cake).

This Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus. In past years, I have made Christ's Diapers for dessert on this feast day, which is actually kind of funny if you can imagine Our Lord's diapers, especially since Jesus was Baptized as an adult. If you don't feel like celebrating with fried dough (and I don't think I will), the feast day provides a good opportunity to talk to your children about their own Baptism, get out their Baptismal clothes and candle, and remember when they were so tiny, and freshly cleansed little Catholics.

To close here are a few pictures of some of my daily backyard visitors. We feed the Blue Jays peanuts every day. I know a lot of people don't like them, but Blue Jays are my favorite bird. Whenever they come to eat, they call all their friends, which I find incredibly endearing...a tea party for the jays. Mr. Squirrel is my friend, too. After living here for 14 years I finally have my husband feeding them (this one has an almond in his mouth). When we first moved here he wanted to shoot them. {wink}

Hello, Mr. Squirrel.


  1. Sinus infections are so awful. I go in asap to get drugs.

    Hope the meal goes well...I would love to go to someones house and have pizza and salad. Perfect meal for me!

  2. So sorry to hear you are still not feeling well! You made me laugh out loud by mentioning Andy Gibb - that name is like way way back in the annals of my brain's memory - didn't even know it was in there! And I'm sure your dinner party will be lovely whatever you serve.

  3. I think you are the one who mentioned Vicks for my kiddos way back when they were coughing....last year? It works for adults too, Vicks rubbed on your feet, put socks on, go to bed....seriously, really works. I also have some essential oil..I'm pumping right now, can't remember which one, I'll look and let you know, it works the same way, gosh, was it Eucaliptis? I'll look later.

    Maybe that won't work for an infection though, not sure--worth a try for sleep though.

    Great photos of your backyard visitors!

    Pizza and salad, and a fancy dessert sound wonderful to me too, light and not too much pressure. BUT if you can't do that, make your Colorado White Chili (our favorite)--make a big batch---OK, putting it on my grocery list for this week....talked myself into it. Anyway, you can still do a salad and cornbread and dessert!

    OK, now you have to come back and read after you watch Downton Abbey...You are the whole reason I finally gave in and watched!! I don't consider myself a "follower" in fact, Tracy from Pinewood Castle mentioned some board or something like that, but I really am not interested...just in people who I converse with on my blog and the blogs I read. You know, my friends online. Anyway, I do consider the source when someone is recommending something and make my decision. I worry now that it is more popular, that it will not be as good. We'll see.

    I see Kelly on Facebook, she posted a beautiful picture of her sweetie pie, she is able to hold her...just a miracle--I think she was only 29 weeks along. I'm sure if you ask she will email you the photo!

    Yay, Faith, love your gingerbread creation!

    Not sure if I could eat something with the name "diapers" in it...but happy feast day anyway!

    Hope you are feeling better soon and able to sleep, and you have to let us know what you decide to serve for dinner tomorrow!

  4. The Essential Oil is Eucalyptus Globulus...in case you were wondering, put a few drops on your feet, rub in, and put socks on....works! (for coughing)

  5. I hope you're feeling better soon! I agree that sinus infections are awful. Can I suggest the perpetual chicken broth in the crockpot? It really is amazing!

  6. Get-well wishes from your fellow Andy Gibb former fangirl! I'm not into being a "fan" of anything anymore either, but I do enjoy watching Downton Abbey.
    Faith's little village is so cute! I bet she had a lot of fun making it.
    And yeah, pizza, nice salad, dessert is a perfectly fine dinner. Your guests might appreciate an easy, casual, relaxed evening.


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