Monday, September 30, 2013

Catholic Women's Almanac {CWA No. 8}

This is a "sick girl" edition of CWA, since I seem to have picked up the kids' cold and I fear a gentle breeze could blow me over at any second. I have lots of interesting stories from the weekend, including our new dance costumes arriving and related tales of what we affectionately call "boobadashing," apple picking and Mass with the kids over the weekend, and adventures with my new Nook tablet. Stay tuned tomorrow for hopefully a coherent post on all the frivolity (not sure if that's the right word, but I really like it and wanted to use it).

Thanking God for...

 The wonderful weekend I had with my husband and children. Beautiful fall weather, and two happy children running around an orchard. Life is good.

My mom and two sisters, who always support me no matter what.

My online community, which is all of YOU! I feel like I have a happy little enclave here, that I can go to when my mind is upset or awhirl, and I always feel better afterwards. :)


For our government.

For peace in our world.

The St. Therese novena, her feast day is tomorrow!


Am I doing a good enough job in being *patient*, specifically with all of my kids, that is, my children and the students that I serve at work. :0 Well, I suppose if I'm asking, that means I can do better. It's easy when you've been doing something for a long time to become desensitized to struggles others have when they are new at something. I'm always kind, but I can do better with this.

In my Home...

We went apple picking over the weekend, which means I now have three sacks of Macintosh apples in my kitchen looking luscious.  I've never mastered baking (*snorts*) but the spirit is certainly willing. I'm thinking of trying a simple apple pie, like this one. I don't want to try crusts yet, Rome wasn't built in a day. If I can experiment with pie fillings a bit, while cheating on the crust, I may feel confident enough to try my own crust for a Thanksgiving pie.


Shirt of Flame: A Year with St. Therese of Lixieux, by Heather King, for the October edition of Catholic Book Club. I just started this, and it's bringing back to me how much I love St. Therese's passion for the Lord that we see in her writing.

A Cowboy's Touch (A Big Sky Romance), by Denise Hunter. I like this book, but it's taking me some time to get through it. There's one particular plot point that's bugging me, I hate when that happens. I just don't see that plot point as all that realistic, but I suppose this is just the norm in romance fiction. The conflict is often very manufactured. But all the same, I'm interested enough in the characters to keep going, so on I read.


More Christmas gifts crocheted, which of course I cannot picture nor speak of.

*rubs hands together evilly*

I did order the yarn for my contribution to the Jesse Tree ornament swap, which I detailed here And speaking of that project...


There's my little lamb prototype, ready to be duplicated for the Jesse Tree ornament swap! Well, currently he is taking a vacation sojourning in Anne's little pink shopping cart, but later this week he'll be put to work as a measuring stick for soon-to-be-crocheted brothers and sisters!

Check out other almanac posts over at Suspicio! Have a blessed week everyone!


  1. I LOVE that lamb and showed everyone I could this weekend because he's just so cute. I followed up the picture with "and I get one!" Had to gloat. About that apple pie...I agree on the crust bit. So what about a cumble?! Or a cobbler? That kind of makes it (to me anyway) less intimidating. Pie crusts = intimidation.

    It's almost time for my delish carrot cake cupcakes! The secret? Crushed pineapple - OH SNAP!


  2. You are just so precious. :) I LOVE carrot cake!! My lamb yarn is due to arrive Thursday or Friday, so excited!

    Love you, girl!

  3. Squeee!!! the lamb is TOO CUTE!! Where did you find the pattern? I want to make an entire herd and march them across the mantle to our creche!

    1. Hi Angela! This lamb is based upon the lamb in this crocheted nativity pattern: I am using worsted weight yarn, and just used the head instructions to improvise a smaller chubby lamb. :)

  4. I can't wait to get my lamb. By now, I hope you are feeling better.
    Hugs & Blessings,

    1. Oh yay, me too! I think you're making the stars, right? So excited to get all my ornaments!! Hugs to you too, Emily!!


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