This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

1. I'd really like tea and cookies right now.

2. OWWWWW!is the word you'd most often hear me say if I stubbed my toe.

3. Possession is victory.

4. Willy Wonka was creepy but I love Captain Jack Sparrow.

5. Marshmallows and fire go together like steaks on the grill???

6. Driving everyday just goeson and on.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to our Friday night dinner, tomorrow my plans includegoing to the museum where the ballet is performing and then going to Massand Sunday, I want to sleep!

Find more people filling in on Friday or join in!

Inquiring Minds

Do you go for bulk or individual/normal serving size when you shop?

Like everyone else, I'm always wondering how to save money. I'm not so sure I'm good at it, but I think about it a lot. With two growing boys, the food budget is increasing, the clothes are getting outgrown quicker and there's just always "something more" that needs to be had.

I don't mind paying a little more for quality (not brand names, but quality), but if I can buy something cheaply I am never too proud for a bargain. At Sam's or Costco the perception is that by buying in bulk, you are saving money. But I've found, like everyone else I'm sure, that if you do the math it isn't always true.

And when things are bought in bulk there can be waste. I hate throwing things away. It makes me sad and it is frustrating. An example is green beans. We eat them often enough that I could see buying a case, but the quality seems to vary so much from can to can, let alone brand to brand. It is a blessing I suppose that we are not hungry enough to eat them even if they are rubbery and tasteless. I would hate to buy a case, only to find the quality is poor. So I continue to buy two or three at a time at the "regular" store.

What do you find worth buying in bulk? What do you buy regular size at the grocery store? And then the million dollar question--Where do you store all the stuff?? Is it really cost effective if you are piling stuff up in the hall way and tripping over it?

And the off-shoot of the topic is, if you do fast food do you super-size and split meals, buy just what you want, buy individual servings, but no supersize?? I know the correct answer is, "Stay out of the fast food joints!" But sometimes life gets in the way.

So what do you do? Inquiring minds want to know.

Well, Maybe...

They didn't have the right answers, so I just picked the closest ones and came up with this:

What Your Home Says About You

You come across as somewhat intellectual. You can be quite insightful at times.

You have poor hygiene, whether you know it or not. Time to clean up your act!

You are a very domestic person. You enjoy decorating, cooking, and making things homey.

You are a very nurturing person. You find meaning in taking care of others.

You feel settled in your life. You have enough time to focus on little details.

You are a very self sufficient person. You can get along well without much help.

Your friends see you as honest, humble, and responsible.

What Does Your Home Say About You?

What the answers really were:

1. How many books do you have out in the public areas of your house?

* You have a small bookshelf
* You have a few bookshelves
* Just a few
BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! I have several bookcases! With piles and piles of books "artfully" stacked.

2. What would a guest think of your bathroom?
* It's pretty disgusting
* It's spotless
* It's normal - a little messy but usable
Well...It's not white glove, I suppose "messy but usable" would suffice.

3. How would you describe your kitchen?
* It's stocked with spices, cookbooks, utensils, the works!
* It's empty
* You have a couple cookbooks and appliances
Not enough cabinets and "good buys" overflowing to the counter tops.

4. Do you have any plants or pets?
* You have several or many
* You have at least one plant or pet
* No
I have a smelly old cat and a neurotic dog and a solitary pleco. I don't qualify that as several.

5. Do you have any artwork on your walls?
* Yes
* Not really
Artwork is an opinion. I have maps and pictures of the boys. I have calendars, bulletin boards and a white board. Is that "functional art?"

6. What would someone see in your fridge?
* A well stocked fridge
* Hardly anything
* A half full fridge
Not enough shelves--really! It is not that there is too much food--just lack of space in a very small fridge. We are woring on replaceing that!

7. What color group best describes your walls?
* Neutral colors
* Warm colors
* Cool colors
* White
There is this new color. It is called "Paint Me!!" After painting the boys room the rest of the house is screaming.

What does your house say? I'm sure it is nicer than mine.

What Color is Your Rainbow?

Your rainbow is shaded white.


What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate quiet moments. People depend on you to make them feel secure.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What's On Your Nightstand?

Five Minutes for Books offers the monthly meme--What's On Your Nightstand. I thought that would be a nice one to join. So here's my "nightstand" also known as "scattered around the messy house:"

The Restless Sea (The Morland Dynasty Book 27)
by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. This series is fabulous, thirty books deep so far, covering the history of England. I've learned so much and enjoyed it all the way.

When Mothers Pray by Cheri Fuller. Can you ever pray to much for your children? I don't think so. I've enjoyed re-reading this book. My husband gave this to me when the boys were tiny; I think it's meant more for me this time.

Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom Book 2) by Garth Nix. I read Mr. Monday for the Fall into Reading Challenge 2008. I didn't think I would go back for more at the time, but Roo, my oldest has really gotten into the series and I want to be aware of what he is reading. This is in his words, "a bit gratuitous" in the weirdness, but hard to put down, nonetheless.

It's Not the Same without You
by Mitch Finley. This was a "stumble on" from the library. As a Catholic returning to the Church after a long absence, I've been blessed by every page.

The Last of the Mohicans
is sitting's not reading itself, either. I'm having a hard time getting into that. I think it will be the last one I read for the Winter Reading Challenge.

I have been starting my mornings with prayer and reading before I start the computer and it has been a blessing. Morning readings are from:

Abide in My Word
St. Joseph's Daily Prayer Book
But Who Do You Say I Am? by Bishop John A. Marshall
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

I am participating in the Winter Reading Challenge and the Chunkster Challenge 2009. They are overlapping, so I hope I can finish.

What's on your nightstand?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Trying a Daybook

I thought I would join the "Daybook" meme for a jumpstart this week...

FOR TODAY Monday, January 26, 2009...

Outside my window...It is dreary and cold. The weathermen promise snow for the next few days. I wouldn't mind if they were wrong.

I am thinking...I'm glad I did my daily reading and exercised.

I am thankful for...Time with people I love this weekend.

From the learning rooms...The boys will do their online test this morning for their religion class tonight. Roo is reading The Andromeda Strain (among other things). Boo is reading Ralph S. Mouse. We've jumped back into more worksheets for a time. Even though I prefer a more laid back approach, there is a sense of accomplishment when we see completed work.

From the kitchen...I actually cooked and baked this weekend! There is leftover chili and pumpkin cake.

I am wearing...the clothes I worked out in. I need to change!!

I am creating...I need to repair the necklace I made my sister (Sorry, Sue! I'm slow.) And I need to work on the one I promised her for Christmas.

I am be "driving to dance" and religion class.

I am reading...books for the Winter Reading Challenge and the Chunkster Challenge 2009.

I am hoping...the roads will not be difficult tonight.

I am hearing...very little. Peaceful, peaceful oasis for a moment.

Around the house...the Christmas lights and decorations are still up for one last week.

One of my favorite things...holding my children even though they are exceeding my lap limit these days.

A few plans for the rest of the week:Another doctor's visit. More driving. Book reviews.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...A warmer memory...

Visit Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook and see who else is keeping a "daybook."