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

Monday, December 01, 2014

Where the heck did the weekend go? Daybook

In the garden...

...it's dark, and it's cold, and I believe weather is coming because I have a weather headache. I get those -- weather headaches -- and they are convenient if you need to predict precipitation, but other than that they are just a pain. No pun intended. I think I heard freezing rain for rush hour in the morning. Good plan. Not.

I'm thinking about...

...where the weekend went. We had Thanksgiving here and a houseful of wonderful family and friends, and adult children who used to be the little kids, and now we have no little kid table any more. It is so odd to look into the family room and see all adults, where there used to be kids. 

Then on Friday, Faith came down with a fever and a cough and I lost track of the weekend. We were supposed to have all of our family back over for dinner but they declined to be exposed, not that I blame them. I thought she was better on Saturday and everyone planned to come back, so I cooked a meal with lots of dessert, and then at 3 o'clock I checked her temp and it was back up to 102. My company declined to be exposed, again.

On Sunday, Faith and I spent a veerry interesting several hours at the Children's urgent care, and when I say interesting I mean not in a good way. Bottom line, no pneumonia, no bronchitis, no flu, just a two plus hour wait (in a waiting room with flu, fevers, snot, and barf dishes...ugh) and five minutes with a doctor who told me to go home and do all the things I was already doing. I can't imagine all the souvenirs we took with us, and when I say souvenirs I mean not in a good way. The only reason I went was so that our pediatrician would prescribe codeine cough syrup, which he would not prescribe if there was a chance she had pneumonia. I really wish we had waited a day and just seen him at his office.

By the way, did you know St. Blaise is the patron of coughs? Yup.

I am wearing...
...do you care? 

I am reading....
...I have several books going at once. The Honey Thief in real paper book from the library and Still Life with Bread Crumbs on Kindle. I have The Gift on audiobook but I haven't been able to listen to anything in the last few days because I need to keep both ears out for my patient upstairs who calls out "come up" every fifteen minutes or so, usually to see the digital thermometer, which either shows that it has gone up by leaps, or down.

I am creating...
...I have a baby blanket on the needles and I should be finished with it tonight. I got a lot of knitting in at the urgent care {wink}. That's all I'm working on until the beads I ordered arrive. I realized too late that I wanted to put some St. Andrew chaplets in my shop. I have the medals but the beads have taken two weeks to arrive. If you need one, sit tight.

At the school table...
...there was no school last week, and it's not looking too good for this week. Wednesday at the very earliest.

Plans for the rest of the week...
...I have an MRI scheduled for Friday evening -- I'll take prayers for that. It's to diagnose a possible urethral diverticulum, and you know how I love MRIs. Not much else, especially if Faith stays sick. I'll be at the pediatrician's some time Wednesday is she's not better.

A few of my favorite things....

...Advent candles
...my Jesse tree (which I am going to get out tonight, a little late, but potiusque sero quam nunquam )
...The St. Andrew novena, which Jennifer Miller conveniently reminded me of today (see above) and also has some nice printables. I love that prayer.

Prayers sent heavenward...

...my daughter, to be better soon 
...for my husband and children to do God's will
...for all the priests and religious
...for all the babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion this week, for a change of heart

A few photos...

...I only got pictures of one table -- it was just too crazy with all the bodies. But I have a picture of an awesome apple cake and a link to the recipe. If you're not afraid of our germs and you're in the neighborhood, stop by for a piece, or a brownie, or some leftover pumpkin or pecan pie -- I'm working on all of it, but I think I'm about done.


  1. Sorry Faith is sick. No weather headaches here, but I do have a meteorologist, thanks to her summer school course. She very accurately predicts the weather, but she can't guess the temps. :-) She's better than the weather channel, though!

  2. Friday was sick day for us too. C had a fever with everyone else in differing degrees of sore throats/coughing/general congestion. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Happy Advent!

  3. Prayers for a speedy recovery for Faith. Your Thanksgiving table was lovely. We invited some friends over for Thanksgiving, but I did not have a nice table set like that. I wish I had. We did enjoy the food and the company regardless.

    1. I'm not sure my company cares about the table, but it's my favorite part. :-)

  4. I hope she feels better today. There is a lot going around in our area, too. I have a question for you?? Have you ever knitted those boot cuffs/toppers that are popular this year? If you do or would be interested in doing a couple pairs, doesn't necessarily have to be for Christmas, I'd be willing to reimburse you. My email is nd dot bisonfan @ gmail dot com

    Btw, I laughed out loud when I read the 'do you care?'. I guess I always enjoyed the thought of picturing you in whatever you said you were wearing...odd since we haven't met in person, but that's how my mind works with that question in the daybook! Happy Advent!

    1. Suzanne,
      I've never knit boot cuffs. I don't even think I've ever seen them. Maybe Ohio is not boot-fashionable!

      I always feel funny answering the question about what I'm wearing. Maybe because it's never very interesting, but I'll keep your comment in mind. ;-)

  5. Beautiful table setting, Barbara! I'm sorry to hear about how you cooked and baked and darn it anyway, the fever reappeared. That is the pits.

    The ER scene? Know those souvenirs. Dislike them. Enough said.

    Will be praying for you on Friday!

    Thank you so much for all of your prayers. They truly are appreciated. I'm living by my phone in case the new spectacles arrive sooner than anticipated.

    Have a blessed week! Wishing you a fruitful Advent season!

    1. Thanks, Patty. Faith is still sick, but we've been to the doctor since the urgent care and he also says its just a bad cold. I really worry about this long-lasting fever. You know all about worry though. I'll keep praying for Sarah.

  6. I hope Faith is getting better! Sounds yucky. xo

    1. I'm sad to say she still is not one bit better. Longest lasting cold ever. And the fever -- ugh.

  7. Oh, dear! I hope Faith is feeling better by now. Also hope you didn't pick up any nasty 'extras' at the clinic.
    Your table looks so beautiful! (maybe I'll have real china when I'm grown up?)

    1. Faith is still sick, but I am hopeful that we would have known by now if we had taken anything with us from the urgent care.

      The China is my mother's. She gave it to me about 15 years ago. I have wedding china, but somehow we lost the dinner and bread plates in a move. I have enough for tea -- dessert plates and cups and saucers.


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