Monday, August 31, 2009

The Simple Women's Daybook

I haven't' done this in such a long time I think perhaps I might give it another try. I had such a wonderful weekend that I just wanted to share it with you all. After you visit here please visit Peggy at The Simple Woman and journey along the path of life we all share.

~~Outside my's dark, for it is only 5:00 a.m.

~~I am thinking..."Glory be to God, it's a grand morning!"

~~I am thankful for...Family near and far!

~~From the kitchen...I can hear the kettle boiling for my tea.

~~I am wearing...My robe and nightgown

~~I am creating...The Book of Wit 'n' Wisdom for Jimmy and Kelly's Wedding

~~I am Carson City, NV this weekend to visit brother, Tom, and wife, Kathleen.

~~I am reading...Zapped by Carol Higgins Clark

~~I am hoping...the weather continues to be so glorious.

~~I am hearing...the humidifier running. The humidity is still 75%.

~~Around the house...Ron is putting up the molding on the stairway finished last Fall.

~~One of my favorite to do counted x-stitch. I have a project I trying to finish now.

~~A few plans for the rest of the week: 1) Send out the letters to participants in Christ Renews His Parish on 9/12/2009; 2) have laundry finished by Wednesday so I can pack for the trip; 3) attend group, share and pray with dear sisters in Christ.

~~Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Glorious Color
A Friend's Garden

Thanks be to God!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Meet Dorothy Dale Kloss...Amazing!

Before I leave on another weekend adventure to visit the kids in INDY and share in the fun of Marianne's baby shower, I just had to share this with you all. Wishing you all a lighthearted, carefree weekend! And thanks, Mom, (she's 84) for this fun video!

Thanks be to God!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Picture Puzzle Day

Click to Mix and Solve
Antelope, Rocky Mountain National Park
July, 2009

Here is the link to JigZone so you can create and submit your puzzle. And Mr. Linky is available below for you convenience. Please leave a comment and join in the fun!!! I can hardly wait to put your puzzles together! Remember you can change the number of pieces you wish to put together.
Thanks be to God!

Bad Haiku Friday

Maxine is a kick
She is life's foremost cynic
Life's too short for that!

Have a grand day!!!

Thanks be to God!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Word Play or How To Have a Way With Words

This week as been a treasure of pictures and words. Bev offered me this gift and I offer it to you! I hope it makes you smile as it did me!


1. The nicest thing about the future is that it
always starts tomorrow.

2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness
will make him wag his tail.

3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you
probably don't have any sense at all.

4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is
when you're in deep water.

6. How come it takes so little time for a child who
is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who
wants to stay out all night?

7. Business conventions are important because
they demonstrate how many people a company
can operate without.

8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel
younger than everyone else looks?

9. Scratch a cat and you will have a
permanent job.

10. No one has more driving ambition than
the boy who wants to buy a car.

11. There are no new sins; the old ones
just get more publicity.

12. There are worse things than getting
a call for a wrong number at 4 AM.
Like this: It could be a right number.

13. No one ever says 'It's only a game' when
their team is winning..

14. I've reached the age where the happy
hour is a nap.

15. Be careful reading the fine print.
There's no way you're going to like it.

16. The trouble with bucket seats is that
not everybody has the same size bucket.

17. Do you realize that in about 40 years, there
will be thousands of old ladies running
around with tattoos? (And rap music
will be the Golden Oldies!)

18. Money can't buy happiness ---
but somehow it's more comfortable
to cry in a Corvette than in a Yugo.

19. After 60, if you don't wake up aching
in every joint, you are probably dead!

20. Always be yourself. Because the people
that matter, don't mind. And the one's
that mind, don't matter.

Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Thanks be to God!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Optical Illusions

Optical Illusions have always been an inspiration to me. I am awed by the skill an artist has. They can make something FLAT appear to have texture, form and beauty. Here are some pictures sent to me by a friend, Juliene. You may have seen them before but if you have not I hope you will marvel at them the way I have. There is real art and beauty in these BIG trucks.

Here are 7 pictures of European trucks whose trailers are decorated to look like the sides are missing. The products they are hauling are painted on the outside, side and back, but it looks as if you are looking at the interior of the trailer.

The first one is of a beer bottle and looks so real. It looks as if the bottle is coming out the side of the bottle

Here is a canvas tote bag.

The Pepsi cases look as if they are stacked on the ceiling

Here is another truck with the windshield faceing the back, a drived painted in the drivers seat looking back over his shoulder to appear as if he is diving backwards. (How this one is just palin scary, even when the German reads, "On the wrong way?"

Here is an aquarium with fish in it.

This one is of a bookshelf with books lined up in it and a post-it-note with an advertisement on it with the advertisement for the book supplier no doubt.

Finally, here is the ad for Pringles Hot and Spicy. The "inside" of the trailer has the appearance of having been through a fire.

This gift was sent to me with this Chinese proverb attached. "When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, you have the moral obligation to share it with others. " Of course, we all have different thoughts on the value of things. I have placed a relatively high value on this gift from Juliene. It was entertaining. It is artful. It means that she was thinking about me, because she knew I would enjoy it. So, each of you that see this, please enjoy. I'm wishing you a grand day, for I place a great deal of value on each and everyone of you!

Thanks be to God!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Praise God!

Today I have much to praise the good Lord for. This weekend was again glorious. Please journey to Jennifer's Chocolate Heart and share in the "praise."

1) The weather was grand for the Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles, MO. (Often referred to by the family as the "Sweating of the Little Hills." It was an absolutely wonderful day to walk the streets of the city and peruse the stalls and eat the wonderful food with John, Rhonda and Ron!

2) Praising God for John and all his work in investigating some of the hotels in St. Louis for the upcoming Stubbs Family Reunion in June, 2010.

3) Praise God for breakfast with Rhonda, John, and Ron on the Blackstock screened in porch. August seldom offers us such a treat. It's always soooo hot there.

4) Praising Him for the opportunity to acquire ingredients needed for the rehearsal dinner in December. UMMMM Key Lime Pie!

5) Praising God for His Mass and Communion today. Left me full of joy and gladness!

Thanks be to God!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bad Haiku Friday

Puzzle day was fun
Keeps the mind working and playing
Next week's puzzle is ready

Rocky Mountain National Park

Here is next week's puzzle picture. I had a great time and hope you will join in the fun next week. Know that when you put the puzzle together it is not mandatory that you put together the number of pieces shown in the puzzle. The site allows you to change the number of pieces you use to complete the puzzle. And ignore the clock...It's not a competition. If you get stumped you can always restart the puzzle. I just want you to relax and have fun!

Today we trek to St. Louis to visit family and go to the Festival of the Little Hills in St. Charles (in years passed dubbed by Ron as the "sweating of the little hills because of the heat and humidity). Weather seems to be cooperating as it will be cool according to the weatherman...I will HOLD him to that!

Wishing all a cool, delightful weekend. Enjoy!!!!!

Thanks be to God!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Picture Puzzle Day

Click to Mix and Solve

Starting today and following every week I am going to try Picture Puzzle Day. I will try to post a photo each week as a puzzle. You can put it together and play along. If you like you can offer a picture puzzle so others can join us to share and play along. I have always loved puzzles and as a child a table was always set with a puzzle-in-the-making. I must give credit where credit is due as I got the idea from Elena at Precious Treasures. She posted a puzzle the other day and wow did I have a good time. So jump in, the water is fine and we can all have a lot of fun!

Here is the link to JigZone so you can create and submit your puzzle. And Mr. Linky is available below for you convenience. Please leave a comment and join in the fun!!! I can hardly wait to put your puzzles together!


Thanks be to God!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Life of Saint Brigid: Abbess of Kildare

I was visited here at A Bit of the Blarney by Jane Meyer, author of the book The Life of Saint Brigid: Abbess of Kildare. I'm honored that she left a comment. I am most excited about her book about Saint Brigid. One can never have too many role models, especially little girls. I think little children need role models that have lived a life of success, not in material wealth, for that is fleeting, but those who choose the path of service. For it is in service that the reward is most great! I think it is so important that there is "holy" glamor in this world and it is not in the body of physical beauty but in the gifts and talents manifested in the person who offers self for the aid and good of others.

My thanks to Jane Meyer for her visit.


And my sincerest

Thanks be to God.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Road to Providence

As I have journeyed this Road to Providence these last months I learned early on that one can define oneself, if she so desires, in poetry. I learned from reading and practice that one can pray, reflect and learn in the poetic form, Cinquain.

The term "CINQUAIN" (pronounced SING-cane, the plural is "cinquains") as applied by modern poets most correctly refers to a form invented by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey ( William Soutar,the Scots poet,was also a prolific writer thereof). The first examples of hers were published in 1915 in The Complete Poems, roughly a year after her death. Her cinquain form was inspired by Japanese haiku and Tanka (a form of Waka).

I personally enjoy this form. And I thank Laura at Catholic Teacher Musings had no idea what an influence she would be on me when she started Bad Haiku Friday! Since then I have found a lot of solace in writing poetry.

My offering today is this:

Cinquain on Providence

Loving destiny
Omnipotence of God

Thanks be to God!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Praise God!

We had a grand visit with Jimmy and Kelly this weekend. And so it is that I have so much for which to be grateful and give PRAISE. Please journey to Jennifer's Chocolate Heart and share in the "praise."

1. In glory and praise for the wonderful weather we experienced. The temperature was comfortable and the humidity LOW!

2. I praise him for family. Meeting Kelly's parents, Ross and Kathy, was such a pleasure. They are delightful people. (Imagine now a family in December with 3 Kelly[ie]s and 2 C[K]athys. Gatherings could be soooo much fun!!!

3. In praise and thanksgiving for the willingness of all to work together for the good of Jimmy and Kelly and their holy union in December.

4. I praise him for the beautiful liturgy at St. Brigid's yesterday morning.

5. Again, I praise and thank him for our safe and uneventful travel.

Wishing all a glorious Monday!

Thanks be to God!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

On the Road Again...

I credit Willie Nelson for our theme song, cuz this evening we leave to visit Jimmy and Kelly in Alpharetta, GA. We will meet Kelly's parents and discuss what they have planned for the wedding in December. If you don't hear from me for a few day, just know I'm having a wonderful time!!!!

Thanks be to God

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Loyal Friend Award

Much to my surprise and delight Sue at In Him I Live and Move and Have My Being offered me this gifts. She is a delight to visit as her blog offers insight and reflection. I will offer this award to those who have been loyal to me since the very beginning.

Here are the rules:

1. Copy the loyal picture above and post it on your blog.
2. Pass it on to who you think who is/are deserving.
3. Leave a message to them
4. Pass as many as you want.
5. Message back or leave a comment to the owner.

Right now I'd like to echo the words of Saint Paul.

I give thanks to you God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work to you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right that I should thing this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, confirmation of the Gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every ind of perception to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. (Phil 3-11)

I offer this first to my daughter-in-law Kelly at Musings as she was the one who gave me encouragement.

Then to Esther at Catholic Mom in Hawaii and Therese Aussie Coffee Shop, friends on the journey.

Lisa at Are We There Yet invites me into her home and makes me welcome in the "Garden of Colorado," the Eden I can only visit now through her gorgeous pictures.

Mike at This I Do who offers words of wisdom and some of the grandest photos anywhere!

Finally to Ann at Prayer, Poetry and Praise and SuzyQ at Sailing by Starlight who inject beauty into my world with their use of words and poetry.

Thank you again Sue and thank you to all who visit here! To everyone who visits here you are most welcome and I cherish all your words and wisdom.

Thanks be to God

Mayonnaise Jar and Two Beers...

When I read this I knew this had been "around the world" a zillion times. I am posting this for three reasons.

1. It was a gift from my friend Ruth. Thank you.

2. It is never too often to have a GOOD lesson reinforced.

3. I wanted to save it to my blog so it wouldn't get lost in our file cabinet. I'm saving it for posterity.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 Beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him..

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly.

The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.

Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.

The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you..

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children.

Spend time with your parents.

Visit with grandparents.

Take time to get medical checkups.

Take your spouse out to dinner.

Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter.

Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.

The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.'

The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Thanks be to God

Aside: If ever in Dublin you must visit The Gravity Bar at the top of the Guiness Brewery. The view of the city is exquisite!!!!!

Picture Ireland 2007 - Guiness Barrell Originally uploaded by adileo

Monday, August 10, 2009

National S'mores Day

Originally uploaded by cremesoda!
This is too much fun to ignore...I heard about this on the way to work this morning and have been dying to share this all day! I LOVE S'mores!!! I didn't even know there was a special day until today! OH!!! How yummy they are!

Visit for all the information!!!! Before the summer is over get yourself some graham crackers, Hersey Chocolate and MARSHMALLOWS and have a blast!!!

And if you really want to have some fun visit Alton Brown and try the recipe for homemade marshmallow! OOOH!!!

Wishing you all a grand evening!!!

Thanks be to God!

Picture originally uploaded by cremesoda!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Praise God!

Another lovely weekend here in Indiana. It was much warmer than it had been in past weeks but a grand weekend all the same. Now it's time to give credit where credit is due. I offer much praise and thanksgiving to the one who made it all happen. Glory be to God. Please journey to Jennifer's Chocolate Heart and share in the "praise."

1. Praise be to God for the wonderful time Ron and I had just doing something as mundane as grocery shopping.

2. Praise Him in the quiet of this Sunday afternoon.

3. Praise Him for his assistance in completing the final unit in my Providence Associate process.

4. Glory and praise for the affirmation of friends and family.

5. Finally, praise God! I have finished the baby afghan before Daniel's arrival. The baby shower is in three weeks.

Daniel's afghan

Now I am ready for the new week to begin. How about you?

Thanks be to God!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Dignitiy of Life

A few days ago I was visited via email by someone who offered both a compliment and criticism of A Bit of the Blarney. It was suggested that I had a nice blog, but I was mistaken in my views and opinions on ProLife. I was slightly taken aback as A Bit of The Blarney really is not a forum for the ProLife Movement, just a place where I can share and offer who I am to you.

Though I find that I don't pointedly make reference to the movement itself, I do promote the quality of life and that, indeed, is ProLife. I went to this person's blog and found it a dark place to be. It was cold and without life. I deleted the email, accepted it for what it was worth, and went on my merry way.

Apparently, the Good Lord has other ideas about how I should handle that particular email. For two nights ago I was visited in a dream. Lest you be skeptical about the reality and value of dreams one only has to go to Holy Scripture to find it used often to instruct and embolden.

So it is that I ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in this endeavor. First, I enjoy a debate as well as the next person. But when I am right, and in this case I am, and it becomes an argument for the sake of arguing, then I don't want to continue the dialog. That's why I initially discarded the email.

I have been guided to say, in the gentleness of our Savior this.

Whether you believe in a Creator or not, one must understand that in order for the conception of a child to take place it requires two living cells (life). For those cells to begin to grow into this life they must be joined (living life). When these living cells grow and divide they become a living work of art (viable life). And by any law, Divine or man made, to end that life is murder.

Perhaps, this is way too simplistic but if it gets too complex then somehow the true meaning of life loses its value in the mechanics of science. It then is no longer personal. And life is personal!!!! It is real!!! It has value!!!!! The point is that life is valuable at ALL times!!! The life of a person should have dignity from its conception to natural death.

When someone does not see or accept the concept and value of the life given to us all I have to ask that person to rate his/her value. Is the dignity they share with the rest of us greater than the lowliest of us? And if so why? Who places the value on the life of a human? Finally, I think the most important question I'd like to ask is, "Do you like who you are and does this affect how you value the life and gifts of others?"

And so to the one who sent me the email I must say thank you! And to the One-Who-Visits-Me-I-My-Dreams I must thank heartily for giving me the words and the courage to post this offering.

Let it be known that I will post all comments from those who chose to do so, whether in agreement or dissent. But I will not argue or debate the point. For I am right. Abortion is WRONG and LIFE IS THE MOST VALUABLE THING ANY OF US WILL EVER HAVE.
For as Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "Life is worth living."

Thanks be to God

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Weeping Angel II
Originally uploaded by Eric Webb Photography

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Bad Haiku Friday

Summer is fading
The school year is advancing
Have fun while it lasts!

Dedicated to my kids and grand-kids, teachers and students all!
School starts here on Monday!

Thanks be to God!

Judy Garland - Meet Me in St. Louis (song)

The Duchess asked which movie was a favorite for a summertime hot spell. So for for your perusal I offer one of my favorite "heatwave" movies! What might you add to the list of Heatwave Movies? Please stop by and thank her for asking! Have a grand Summer's Day!


Thanks be to God!