Monthly Archives: February 2013

Weekends are for vet visits, sledding, pizza and gardening

Our weekend began with my dear husband leaving for a men’s conference with some friends for the day on Saturday. After my prayer time with my cup, ok, entire pot of coffee, the rest of us headed off to the vet with our lame little bunny.




If you have a squeamish tummy you may want to skip the first few photos of his abscess.

This is what it looked like before the vet saw him this time.


This is what it looked like after he removed the “necrotic flesh” and some of the infection.


Yeah, it’s kinda gross, but the prognosis is good.  More antibiotics and another visit scheduled in the middle of this week.

When we got back we got all ready and headed out to meet some friends for an afternoon of sledding.





I didn’t get a ton of photos or very many “quality” ones because I was having too much fun sledding myself. :)

We then shared pizza and hot cocoa with the gang of us.


Once the husbands/fathers returned we all had dinner and shared stories and fellowship until well after dark.  Wonderful day!

We spent Sunday morning beginning our planning of a veggie garden.  I took some measurements with a super cool tool that I borrowed from my neighbor.  This was SO much easier than using a short tape measure all by myself.


I found a great idea on the web to start seeds in the window using a binder page designed to hold collector cards.  I placed an order for a bunch of heirloom seeds, but the haven’t arrived yet and I had these seeds in the garage, so I thought I would at least begin with them rather than just tossing them out.


Here is the first round of broccoli and Cabbage all hung up and ready for the magic to happen.



Perfect beautiful day for planting seeds…lol  Can’t wait to see some green sprouts in there!  Also can’t wait for my load of heirloom seeds to arrive and for my husband to get my wonderful raised beds built.  Guess I should start looking around for where to get a whole lot of good dirt and compost.


One of my sweet little boys slept with some silly putty on Saturday night.  Needless to say we have a mess on our hands.  After some research, I discovered some suggestions for getting it out of his shirt and his blankie.  I instructed him, so he put on his headphones and listened to his PlayAway audio book and went to work.  I must admit that there were tears and attitude before I suggested the book.  Brilliant suggestion!  Worked like a charm.  Must remember that one for the future!




That wraps up our weekend.  I will keep you posted on the growth of our garden/compost/rain barrel experiments as the season approaches.  I am sure we will make plenty of mistakes but I’m still hoping for some delicious home grown veggies and fruits this year.

What are you up to?




Weekends are for animals and rosaries

Our weekend was filled with animals…live, stuffed, and used to be alive.  Starting with the live one….he somehow injured himself and has been quite crippled and just not himself.  We still aren’t sure if he is going to pull through this, but he is more active now, so we are hopeful.  He has spent a lot of time sleeping.  Even on my keyboard.  He did something to my firefox browser and made it unusable.  Oh well, at least there are other options until I decide to really figure out what he did.


Sleepy boy.


Lots and lots of napping


The stuffed animals feasted on popcorn.


Then came the “used to be alive” animals.  Good thing too, because I wouldn’t want to get in the middle of this staring game.



There were a few live animals in the water…large yummy looking fish



Lot’s of love in this photo.


Where there are boys….there is boy food.  Baked beans and cheddar bratwurst.



We have instituted a new system for pay jobs around the house.  Each job is on a small card in a sheet protector. As the kids want to do the extra job they grab a card, do the chore, bring the card to a parent who checks the job and then immediately pays them for satisfactory completion.  These are the jobs that just make my life easier.  Some things are non-negotiable and non-pay chores.  Everyone must clean up after themselves and take care of their own belongings and messes….no pay for that. :)


Our Lady of Fatima came for a two week visit and was greeted by our family and a couple of other families as well.  We all prayed together and she will remain in our home for a couple of weeks as a reminder to pray together as a family until we all congregate at another home for her to visit.  Beautiful statue.




Prayer with friends and then mass followed by a rousing game of  The Great Dalmuti with the kids (Need to get some hats to play this properly) was a perfect way to end the weekend.

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Weekends are for snow, dogs, and more birthday celebrations

What a whirlwind weekend…but filled so much goodness.

Friday started with an honest to goodness snow day.  Yes, we homeschool, but it was the first time in a few years that we actually got a great snowfall.  Of course is almost gone now after a rise in temps and rain yesterday but they kids enjoyed it while it was here.


Friday night and all day Saturday my youngest and I spent at my parents dog sitting the cutest dogs ever!!!  So, no bunny pictures from this weekend…darling dogs instead!






While I was there, I couldn’t help but admire my parents beautiful new bathrooms.  They did an outstanding job on them and I just love my mom’s decorating style.



Sunday was busy with the kids singing in the choir and then helping with St. Vincent DePaul collections after mass.  From there a quick trip to Bass Pro Shops and a wonderful wonderful friend filled birthday celebration for a sweet two-year old girl!!










Finally, the boys did some work on making Valentine cards for our celebration coming up this week.  Ok, they actually did that today after school, but it was worth adding in.






I hope your weekend was filled with family, friends, and laughter.  :)


When Your Compass Just Spins

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Do you ever stop and question the road your on?

the choice you made?

the steps you took?

When you look for direction and instead of pointing N the needle just spins and you can’t find the right road, what do you do?

I have been overloaded and paralyzed and unsure of the right direction. One moment, I can be sure of a direction and start marching off into the sunset with the beauty of a pastel skyleading the way.  Peaceful and content and certain.  Then the sun goes down, and I wander in the dark.  Still heading in the direction in which I started.

The sunIMAG0211 comes up and I don’t recognize where I am.  I check my compass and there it is…a spinning needle.  I am lost and don’t know which way to go.

Here is where my faith is tested and I become even more unsure than if I had never set off toward that beckoning sunset.  My compass…my internal “feelings”, my family and friends with whom I consult-just spinning.  All pointing in different directions.  No clear answer about where to go.

I know that it is never a good idea to make any changes or decisions when you are in a place of inner (or outer) turmoil.  I know that God has a plan. I just don’t know what it is.  So, I am trying to be patient and not make any decisions until after things settle.  There are events and things to be done outside of my dream this coming week.  A couple of gatherings, some other appointments, and I recognize that I need to clear these things off my plate and off my mind before I can really put my energy toward fixing my compass on Him.

I’m trying hard to be still and know that He is God.  I am trying hard to not panic and search and question.  I am working on growing those muscles of patience and of listening.  And especially that one word that is part of my new year:


I will trust that as I am patient and alert and work my way through the next busy week things will become more clear and the path will be illuminated.  My compass will stop spinning.

The hardest thing is to just wait.  To wait, consult, and not make any decisions.  My first urge is to decide, to solve, to move.  Being still is not my strength. Being still is just what I have to do when the way is unclear.

What do you do when you thought you were moving in a specific direction and all of a sudden you don’t know if that direction is right any more?
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Weekends are for birthday bowling, boy scouts, coupons, and nursing.


Nothing like celebrating a couple of birthdays with girlfriends at the bowling alley!

I must say that my phone failed me a bit in the building and the pictures are rather blurry, but the smiles and the love just had to be shared.

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And a very yummy extra extra chocolate cake.  Can’t ever have enough chocolate in one cake.066


Most of the gang was all here.  A couple beautiful ladies had already left and a few more weren’t able to come and were missed.


It was Scout Sunday at church and we got a photo of those who were able to make it. Don’t they all look so handsome?


After getting home from church and picking up a couple of newspapers, I decided it was time to tackle my growing stack of coupon inserts and get them filed.


This is my mess after throwing the scraps on the floor.  Just brought in the recycling bin and tossed them all in.


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After spending what seemed like FOREVER in my kitchen clipping and tossing and filing.  I still had four sets of inserts left, but I had no more time or energy and my back hurt.  So, they will wait for another day.


And what is a weekend post around here if there are no bunny shots?


They are beginning to tolerate each other.  We are still hoping for a friendship to develop.

The nursing part is for my poor dear husband.  He pulled a muscle in his neck on Tuesday night and woke up very very sore.  It has been getting worse since then. Lots of awful awful spasms and horrendous pain.  Trip to the urgent care resulted in some muscle relaxer and heavy duty pain killers, which almost touch the pain.  Three sleep deprived nights later and my brain is a bit of a blur.

Hoping and praying for some relief and healing.  (and sleep).

How was your weekend?