Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Horrible News!!! I think?????

I wanted to write about the HORRIBLE news about the spike in chocolate prices, but the link is dead & now I cannot find any reference to it. BUT I did find this!

Could this mean we can buy those shoes (Stride Rite, Keds, Sperry Top-Sider, Tommy Hilfiger Footwear, Saucony and Robeez) at Payless??? Or will the deal affect the quality of the shoes?

I remember when Thom McCann had their own shoe stores (there used to be one at the local mall). Now you can find them at K-Mart. I think the quality is just as good as it was when they were their own store. Let's hope this is the case for the above mentioned shoes - what a blessing it would be to be able to buy inexpensive shoes that are also cute and well made!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Shear Madness!

Once upon a time, there was a homeschooling mom, Mommia, who had two children, Queen Lucy & King Peter. Along with academics, she tried to teach them the merits of hard work, and skills that would build their characters. One day she heard of a homeschool family that was new to the area. They had a farm, Quiet Waters Farm, where they offered for sale organic produce, hormone free meat, wool, and much more. Mommia wrote this family to see if they needed any help on the farm; she was always looking for places to volunteer with her children & what better place than on a farm!

Oh the joy! the day she got a reply. There would soon be a sheep shearing & they would need help. King Peter & Queen Lucy were most excited.

The day dawned bright & sunny. Out in the country there was a nice breeze. They arrived early enough for King Peter to make friends with the owners’ son, and for Queen Lucy to make friends with the horses. There was even time to feed some of the lambs a bottle with the owners’ adorable granddaughter.

At first, Queen Lucy helped to pick the burrs, stick, & grass off the sheep, as they passed through the chute waiting to get their hooves trimmed.

King Peter's job was to help keep the sheep still, while the adults trimmed the hooves.

Meanwhile, a skilled shearer sheared the sheep (yes, there is a real, live sheep under all of that wool.)

One of the owners, a lovely lady named Jean, "skirted the fleece". Mommia helped carry some of the fleece over to the table, and boy did she itch! Who would ever have thought something so soft would itch so much! It was worth it, as her hands ended up soft from all of the lanolin.

Soon it was time to do the llamas & alpacas! Queen Lucy got to walk them around as they waited to be sheered.

...and walk them....

...and walk them. (Let's just say she was in her element!)

That is going to make some lovely fiber!

The day ended with a delicious meal, fresh cows milk, and great friendships!


P.S. - There was no "madness" as it all went smoothly, but how could I resist a catchy title?!?!?!?

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Have a Blessed Mother's Day!

(Sorry, blogger is not letting me upload anything else right now - I will try to remember to post an image of Our Lady of Fatima later.)
“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God, is the heart of a mother.”
—(Thérèse of Lisieux)

While you are wishing your mother on Earth a happy Mother's Day, don't forget your mother in Heaven!
Mary, Mother of God and our mother, Happy Mother's day!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Motu Proprio - Will the days of "Great Dissapointment" soon be over?

Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker

I wrote in a previous article about the Motu Proprio. I was discussing it with a priest who asked me if I knew any Jehovah Witnesses. Umm, no, not personally. He told me about the day of “Great Disappointment” when the end of the world and the second coming of Christ was predicted – that it was a day of great disappointment when that day came & went (and came & went, and came again, & went, etc.) He related that with the many predictions that have come & gone concerning the Motu Proprio.

Well, this article gives us another prediction. It says the Motu Proprio will be released on May 5th, the feast day of Pope Saint Pius V.
“That is apparently the date Pope Benedict has chosen for his announcement of
the lifting of restrictions on the celebration of the beautiful Latin Tridentine
Mass, introduced by St Pius in 1570.”

While I am glad that this is coming out, I am not sure how much affect it will have. The Motu Proprio is supposed to give any priest who wants to say the TLM the right to say it, without getting permission first from their Bishop. But don't you think a Bishop, if he really does not want the TLM said, will find other ways to control it?

hat said, in the Orange County, California diocese, the bishop ended the TLM a few years ago in a controversial way. That same bishop has now allowed a "trial" TLM since it has become clear the Motu Proprio is coming out. Brown nosing?????