Birdsong

Before the grass turns green with the Spring rains, I am on the lookout for red-winged blackbirds. Why? Because in our family these small black birds with the red and orange stripes on their wings were the earliest harbingers of the fairer season. Most people look for robins in the Midwest. I always look forContinue reading “Birdsong”

Acts of Service

During Lent, especially, some people try to do extra acts of service. One year, the children and I did the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Some modifying had to be done, but it was accomplished and turned out better than I’d hoped. This year we were not specifically trying to practice any of theContinue reading “Acts of Service”

Luscious Lemon Frosting

Today was the day! We have had quite a few lemons hanging around, looking pretty. Well…maybe not so pretty by now! So today child #2 decided was the day for juicing lemons. Now usually we would zest the lemons before juicing them, therein making sure to get all we can from said fruit, especially ifContinue reading “Luscious Lemon Frosting”

A New Addition

I have been considering a new addition to my blog. It is something that I’ve been struggling with for a while. First, is it something that would be of interest to my readers? Is it too “Catholic?” Is this where God wants me to go? I have decided to take the leap. As my WordPressContinue reading “A New Addition”

Money Savers – Stretching Plants

I love plants! Flowering plants; green plants; even succulents. They help to purify the air and are aesthetically pleasing. One of my favorites is the African violet. Yes. I know they can be difficult to grow, but they’re so beautiful. I also have a weakness for amaryllis, as you might have guessed from my blogContinue reading “Money Savers – Stretching Plants”

What Are You Doing for Lent?

As Christians we “celebrate” (or more accurately endure) Lent. Lent is the forty days before Easter (minus Sundays) when we fast, pray, and deny ourselves some earthly pleasure. This is why a common question in my faith is “What are you giving up for Lent?” In fact, child #3 was asked this very question lastContinue reading “What Are You Doing for Lent?”