Archive for June, 2007

Health Woes

June 28, 2007

Two nights ago I was out at a restaurant with some friends.  You would think I would know better than to eat at a place with the word “shack” in the title.  Immediately after eating, my chin started tingling and breaking out with what looked to be little tiny blisters.  Nothing like that has ever happened to me before.  It got worse the next day.  That day while I was exercising (not very hard, either), my back went out.  That is only the second time in my life that ever happened.  Then I had a slight pain in my tooth that had a root canal and crown.  Well, the pain got much worse until I was calling around to find someone to look at it.  I found out that a lot of dentists and root canal specialists go on vacation for a few weeks this time of year.  The outcome?  Oral surgery on Tuesday morning and severe pain.  Hopefully the antibiotics will help soon.  So, please don’t expect any posts for the next few days and please say a little prayer.

This Morning at the Pumpkin Patch

June 24, 2007

Here it is.


(That is our neighbor’s house, not ours.)

Kevin’s Nature Notebook

June 24, 2007

I’m not sure if I consider our pets “nature” or not, but since Liga is gone, I sure am glad that Kevin drew here.  Also, our cat Fancy is very skinny, but this was drawn the  day before she had her kittens.  This is part of a page from Kevin’s Nature Notebook.


Aunt Mary Lou, the Favorite Aunt…

June 24, 2007

Once again, thank you.  You did not have to send any more, but I can tell you that James is very thankful.  He has mentioned that you are his favorite aunt several times this week.  He called you yesterday to thank you himself, but he was too shy to leave a message.  So, thank you!
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Late Spring Field Trip

June 21, 2007

Happy First Day of Summer! I am late here, but please go over and visit the Late Spring Field Day at By Sun and Candlelight. It is a delightful adventure!

Note:  I noticed that the link was wrong here.  It has been fixed!

Today’s Shots and Activities

June 20, 2007

Well, didn’t do much this morning, only the usual 3 loads of laundry and making the bed.  I also tried to braid the girls’ hair.


After that I went outside for a walk around the yard to see what was going on.  Big mistake.  Once I get out, I can’t get back in.   First of all, out to the sorely neglected garden to see what needed to be done.  (What doesn’t need to be done at this point?  The zucchini is not even planted!  Ugh!)  While there, I took my camera out.  I tried to take some pictures of the little tiny tomatoes that are starting, but just when they were in the site, the wind blew so the pictures are blurry.  Here is the lettuce and one nice tomato plant.

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The radishes really need to be thinned.  The problem lies with Charlotte.  She usually follows me out there and when I try to thin, she really thins (not good, not good.)   The other picture is my Beauregard sweet potatoes. Having never grown sweet potatoes before, they were planted in a bit of a raised bed.  Perhaps they are way too close together.  Also, I had no idea they would vine like that.  Yes, I was unprepared, but when they arrived they needed to be in the ground immediately.

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Can you guess why we picked Beauregard?  Yes, he was one of our favorite War Between the States Generals.  After all, my children are members of Children of the Confederacy.  Their mother is northern by blood, but “Southern by the Grace of God.” And the Beauregard Sweet potato is also a Southern performer.

OK, out of the garden because water is on the stove for noodles.  I pass Liga’s pen and fill the cat food and water.  Oh, perhaps I’ll run up to the pumpkin patch, it will only take me a minute.  As I crested the hill, all one could see was a bunch of green that did not belong in that patch.  Next thing I know weeds are being pulled.  Suddenly the water on the stove is remembered.  Back to the house I go.  The next thing that comes to mind is the order at the health food store that needs to be picked up.  We load everyone up in the van and go get it.  When we get back, everyone is hungry so the water goes on again for noodles.  Mom promises that she will not leave the kitchen until noodles are made.  A while later Mom was able to return to the pumpkin patch with MaryEllen who kept her ever so entertained with her non-stop talking.  MaryEllen leaves, John comes up.  “Wow Mom, you’re really doing good with weeding this pumpkin patch.”  Mom responds, “Yes, and no thanks to you.”  Good son asks if he can help weed.  Mother responds with a resounding  YES!  That helped get it done faster.  Mother knows, especially as she types this that she will be sore tomorrow.  What a workout.    Before we went down the hill and to the house, the plants needed to be watered.  While watering Mom found this spider on one of the pumpkin plants…

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This was the last thing that was seen at the pumpkin patch…

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After the coveted peanut butter crackers were made and the watermelon cut, Mom snuck out again to the pumpkin patch.  She knew with one half hour of daylight left she might be able to get some more winter squash planted.  She thought right.

Catholic Care Packages for the Soldiers

June 20, 2007

In case you didn’t know it, will send Catholic care packages to soldiers upon request. If you did know it, did you even wonder who puts them together?

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Notice MaryEllen’s shoes and ring! How lovely she is!

Rain, Glorious Rain!

June 20, 2007

We here in southern middle Tennessee have been in a drought.  On Monday morning at Mass, Fr. B. told us that Nashville was getting rained on pretty hard.  We got nothing.  On Monday night after the children went to bed the wind started picking up.  Then I heard a strange noise, opened the door and realized it was raining!  Yesterday morning it rained some more.   We even got a nice thunderstorm.  How exciting.  It rained for all of the morning and there were scattered showers in the afternoon and evening.  I’ll have to go to the creek today and investigate.  Here is the picture from yesterday morning…


Daddy Long-Legs

June 20, 2007

We had a pretty big Daddy Long-legs hanging around our back door for a few days.  I managed to get a pretty good picture.  does anyone know what those red things might be?  I looked in a few books and they lay eggs just before winter’s onset when most will die, so I don’t think they are babies.  In Comstock’s nature book it also said they are very particular about keeping their legs clean.  Those red things were on it all three days that it stayed around.

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Happy 7th Birthday, James!

June 12, 2007

Wow, it is so hard to believe that my baby boy is 7 already.

Here is what our day looked like:

– Bible school. (on the way to and from, James asking if he had any presents.)
– Dad made James a wooden machine gun. How cool. (James had been pestering Dad for that gun non-stop for the last 2 weeks.
– James went into town with Dad.
– James opens his presents and is very pleased with them. An air rocket thingy, a remote control helicopter to fly in the house, and a leatherworking kit.
– Helicopter flights. In an exciting turn of events, Dad bugs James to let him fly it.
– The Gabbetts surprise James with a visit for dinner and cake and a couple of knight figures. (Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Gabbett!)
– Pizza or dinner!
– Cake for dessert! (Singing of Happy Birthday, he blows the candles out, etc…)
– More helicopter flights and playing with knights.
– Outside to shoot off more air rockets.
– MaryEllen picks a lettuce leave to eat.
– More helicopter flights.
– Gabbetts leave while more knight play goes on.
– MaryEllen has the lettuc leave which looks as if it is covered in mud. When she is eating it I ask what is on it and she gets a big smile. Chocolate icing!
– Bed time and prayers.
– James exclaims that this is the best birthday of his whole life.

What a lovely gift, even if I did spend all afternoon cooking. It was well worth it.