Thursday, April 9, 2020

Strangest Triduum ever coming up, and just trying to hang in there...

A very blessed Holy Thursday to all of you. *hugging* I'm going to be honest and admit that this entire Holy Week has not felt like Holy Week to me at all. Being cut off from the liturgies is making me feel so disconnected, and well, depressed. I've been struggling. As have we all, I know. So I'm not expecting much tonight, as I know my kids won't exactly be all excited about watching all of these liturgies on TV (Sunday mass is hard enough), so I'm not sure what I'll be able to experience tonight. As the title of this post indicates, I'm just trying to hang in there. I did make two curbside pickups yesterday for Easter chocolate and handmade seasonal soaps and lip balms for the kids' baskets, which perked me up a bit.

I've also been working away on my Our Lady Star of the Sea shawl:

I'm now into the blue lace section as you can see, and will soon begin melting that color in with a blush pink! I also experimented with a new local farm share box this week, and I have to say, I'm quite pleased!

There are mushrooms in the paper bag, and potatoes underneath the bananas! They ran out of micro greens, so substituted in non-local bananas, but my family loves bananas, so this worked out well. We're very basic produce consumers, if that makes any sense, so this box is perfect for us. Lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, potatoes, eggs, bell peppers, seasonal fruit...these are things that we eat in abundance. Lesser known vegetables are a harder sell. ;-)

Henry was busy with his online school work this week (which he is much more independent with, being in 9th grade), but Anne still requires quite a bit of guidance and intervention from Mike and I. Given that it's Holy Week, I chose to have her work on the banner for her First Communion, although our date for that has been pushed off, and we have no idea yet when it will be rescheduled. *sob*

My cutie pie

Finished product!
Besides knitting and crocheting, I am decidedly *not* crafty, and so these pre-cut out kits are a life saver for us! I also meal planned for the week:

Takeout this week is pizza from a local Italian restaurant, and you can see that our Lenten Friday meal is potato soup in the crockpot.

This isn't the exact recipe that we use, but it's very close. Instead of mashing the potatoes after they cook (???) I recomment using an immersion blender if you have one! Substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth and eliminate the bacon for the full-on vegetarian/Lenten Friday version!

How is your Triduum starting out, friends? What are you planning to do over the course of the next 4 days to keep our traditions alive at home? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Yes, it's been a very strange Holy Week -- and will feel even stranger with no Easter Vigil on Saturday night. Glad to hear that you and your family are holding up during this interesting time.

    On the bright side, I found out that my local library purchased a digital copy of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament (which I've always heard is the gold standard of study bibles) and my turn on the waiting list finally came up today. I think I will dig into that during Triduum. Hope you and your fam have a very blessed Easter!

  2. We have been doing the Rosary everyday as usual. Sometimes we do them more than once a day. We are doing The Stations Of The Cross daily. We are doing numerous Novenas. We just finished Joan Of Arc and started the Saint Therese Novena. Starting tomorrow we will do the Divine Mercy Novena also. We have been watching EWTN for their specials] and of course their daily Mass. We will have a chicken dinner for Easter. We did buy some candy. Guess we are still kids at heart. The Communion Banner Anne made is beautiful. Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Joyous Easter.
    God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn


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