In the garden...
..mud. The weather doesn't know quite what it wants to be. Yesterday was sunny part of the day, and part of the day enormous snowflakes fell in showers. It's gray today, just slightly warmer (36 degrees) and the weather man says light rain showers expected. The dog comes in muddy each time she goes out. Grrr.
...my mind is rather empty, and I suspect my brain is shutting down as a defense mechanism -- my to-do list is so very long. I was on such a good roll blogging regularly, but my brain shutdown just flattened me.
Today I am blogging as I sit here trying to move Faith along in her schoolwork because I have some errands to run outside the house today (although pushing always seems to result in schoolwork taking twice as long).
I'm still trying to get that very first practice dress sewn, but I ran out of lace. I decided to try to use this beautiful edge of the lace for the hem, but that involved modifying the pattern and I used more fabric for the skirt than the pattern calls for, thus I ran out (one of the errands today). I'm not certain the modification is going to work as the dress is supposed to be rather fitted and though I cut for minimal gathering at the waistline, the modification requires some gathering in the lace layer (unless someone else has a better idea for getting this lace edge at the hemline).
The kids (the happy couple) did make some headway on Monday by choosing all of the hymns for the Mass. Mostly Taylor chose them because other than a few vetoes, Joshua wasn't disagreeable (or actively participating). It is rather unfair that most men just show up at their own weddings, and participate very little in the planning and execution.
They still have to choose all of the prayers and readings, which is going to be about a ten-hour session, and Taylor will probably have to order pizza, get Chinese carry-out, and bake cookies to keep Joshua interested. I have looked through the planning book they were given and post-it noted the prayers and readings I think will be their favorites, but there are still over a dozen decisions to be made regarding the Mass.
Even a simple Catholic wedding isn't simple (but it's all for Our Lord!).
...a brown skirt, brown v-neck and a scarf. I'm stocking footed because I'm not sure which shoes will be necessary when I leave the house.
...The Storyteller on my Kindle. This is a long book and I haven't picked it up in a couple days.
I am creating...
...a sweater for Faith is on the needles. Yes, still. I have about 20 rows of sleeve left and then the attached i-cord collar. The end is nigh.
I am also working on a commissioned rosary and Stations of the Cross chaplet, and nine scapulars. See note above about brain shutdown.
In the kitchen...
...I just baked some of these yummy biscotti. I made a batch over the weekend and they were such a hit I made another this morning. I followed the ingredients and most of the directions but I didn't fuss with neatly smoothing the rolls -- just rolled them out on the parchment and then flattened them. I also bake them on their sides and flip them halfway because I like them to get a little color and be very toasty. I also added a large handful of sliced almonds. Delish!
Last week I made a pot of Wild Game Chili (for those of you with hunter husbands -- mine is not, but our wonderful neighbor shares). I used half vension and half beef (fresh out of boar!), and I added two cans of spicy chili beans. The gang loved it (just don't tell Noah it had venison in it!). Cornbread here.
...at the moment, a math test which is going on an hour (better to blog, my dear). Cranking away on everything else. I think a field trip to the conservatory is in order as science lessons are on Carl Linnaeus and scientific names for plants.
Plans for the rest of the week...
...surviving -- no plans.
A few of my favorite things...
...almond biscotti and a cup of tea
...daily Mass, especially on Saturday, which I have neglected until recently
...Simple Solutions English -- this has been such a help and Faith actually enjoys it. It supplements our Voyages in English and Exercises in English, and works as a daily review of many topics
Prayers sent heavenward...
...for my husband and children, to do God's will every day
...for all priests and religious, especially our priests Fr. Sill and Fr. Schmit, and for Fr. Howe
...all babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion, for a change of heart
Photos for the day...
The Epiphany Blessing (scroll down)
My lumberjack husband. Some enormous trees (like 30 inches across) came down the creek in the last rain and threatened to dam up the creek behind our house. It was all fun until he stepped in a deep spot and the water went down his boots. Some good firewood was retreived, however, so it was worth it.