Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ordinary Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

The mocking birds are chirping and the sun is rising as I type.

I am thankful for ~

* Miss Ester's scoliosis team
        ~ Ester will always have scoliosis.  The only thing that would ever permanently correct it is surgery, which is what we have wanted to avoid.  The brace she's worn for almost 2.5 years has successfully stopped her two curves from progressing while she went through her growth spurt.  So, it has been very successful.

* living in an area that is rich in doctors and hospitals

What we are reading ~

I am waiting for a book club, WINE book club,  to begin in June.  We will be reading this::

Stan the man is eagerly anticipating the sequel, The Green Ember Falls (due out sometime in mid-May).

From the school room ~

* We are on week 34 (out of 36), and the kids are moving along at a great pace.  They recognize how how quickly time is passing and soon summer break will be upon us.

* The older two are busy wrapping up their required lab experiments.  They each of one dissection left. (I make David help them with the big dissections.  Yuck.)

* Miss Sally just enrolled at the community college for dual credits.  She plans to take a health course this summer and then a math and science in the fall.

I am praying for ~

* myself.  I leave for a retreat on Friday!

* mothers everywhere

Around the house ~

I found this new coffee cup on Zulily.  I just love it!  It makes that first morning cup of java even more delicious :)

Miss Clementine loves her magnetic play church set by Wee Believers!

It kept her so busy the other weekend while the rest of us were in line for Reconciliation.

(I had found it in a Catholic gift shop in Dallas this past winter, planning to put it in her Easter basket, then completely forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago.  Oh well... It still made a fun surprise one day.)

From the kitchen ~

Every now and then I pick up a box of these ::

The kids love 'em and David refers to them as "carcinogenic starch plains"  (sigh).

I am listening to ~

* the coffee pot and David's eggs frying in the pan

Coming down the pike this week ~

* Monday - Ester had a successful scoliosis back brace check up

* Wednesday - Clementine's ballet, Confirmation class for me

* Friday - Little Flower/ Little Women end-of-year tea party,  I leave for a retreat

* Sunday - Mother's Day

Last Photo to share ~

Have a wonderful week and a blessed Mother's Day!

~  Patty ~

Monday, May 2, 2016

Scoliosis Update

Today we celebrate Miss E retiring her scoliosis back brace for good!!

This is a picture of her with her medical team, Dr. John Herring, MD (left) and Joe - Prosthetic Dept (right).

Her doctor, Dr. Herring, is a true legend, and Miss Ester has received only compassionate care.  We've seen a lot of suffering that others go through and are grateful for the good health we do have.

She will head back to Texas Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in 9 months for a post-brace follow up.

It's a great way to start the week!

~  Patty ~

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kitchen Make Over - New Stone Bar Wall (DIY)

Two Sundays ago, while perusing through, I saw a bar/island wall that had stone on it.  The rugged look of the limestone really made it unique and very Texas-looking.

I showed my hubs, "Dude, isn't this gorgeous?"  Guess what?  One week later he had 2 out of 3 sides completed!  Check out the photos...

Before ::

During ::

He decided to throw a coat of brown paint on the wall in case there would be any gaps between the stones.

The stones were put on one at a time with a mortar mix.  He did cut and trim a few as he pieced it together.

After ::

Isn't that great?!!

David worked hard on this project, (he said it was easy, but tedious), and it turned out absolutely fabulous.  

The product is called Airstone.

His next plan is to outline the fireplace.  :)

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Making Memories - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

I'm sitting here listening to some rain drops beginning to hit the windows.  We are due for a Texas-sized storm in about a half hour.

I am thankful for ~

* Miss Sally's recovery from wisdom teeth removal

* shelter

* modern conveniences

* my friends

What we are reading ~

I pulled out our summer book bin and it is definitely in need of some new summer -themed books.  I ordered these 4 for starters :

* If interested, I put up this post that lists the books we have about Mary.  (The month of May is dedicated to Mary.)

From the school room ~

* Miss Sally's ACT score came back.  She'll definitely land some nice scholarships!!

* Last week, the younger kids went on a field trip to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison (suburb of Dallas).  

Plane enthusiasts, check out this link to see a list of all the amazing planes we saw!

I am praying for ~

* this bad weather to pass without any catastrophes

* an end to abortion

* our priests

* our country

Around the house ~

A couple of weekends ago, Miss Ester and Mabel took part in another goat tying clinic.

This goat tying clinic 2.0 focused on riding in on your horse, jumping off, capturing the goat, and tying its legs.

(They made a movie out of it to present at the homeschool talent show next month.)

From the kitchen ~

I just posted the recipe to this amazing Key Lime Pie. (Recipe here)

I am listening to ~

David's ham radio and all the storm chasers reporting in.  I hear thunder in the distance and the rain right now is intermittent.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Wednesday - Ballet for Miss Clementine
                   - I teach Confirmation class

Friday - David and Ester take Penny to the vet for horse vaccinations
           - The dads of Troops of St. George will be smoking the pulled pork for the family field day

Saturday - Troops of St. George family field day

Last batch of photos to share ~

Someone got a new set of wheels!

Wishing you all a great rest of your week!

~  Patty  ~

Books About Mary

With May being dedicated to the month of Mary in the Catholic Church, we have a small collection of Mary books that I pull out.

~  Patty ~

Monday, April 25, 2016

Key Lime Pie - II

There's an amazing pie restaurant in our town.  They have scrumptious, homemade pies, except for their Key Lime Pie.  I'm a lover of Key Lime Pie but found theirs so tart that I could barely finish it.

I think my Key Lime pie recipe is much better and decided to make it for Sunday dessert.  Then I started thinking, I wonder how many Key Lime pie recipes are out there??

Sure enough, I ended up finding this new one from Food Network.

I'm calling this Key Lime Pie II since I already have a Key Lime pie recipe on my blog.

Have you ever heard of sour cream and powered sugar together?  I had not and never would have conceived of such a thought.

That cream topping is actually sour cream with powdered sugar, and it was delicious!  It offset the tart taste of the key lime juice perfectly.


1 no bake graham crust
1 cup key lime or regular lime juice
2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
2 whole large eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp lime zest


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2.  In a separate bowl, combine the condensed milk, lime juice, and eggs.  Whisk until well blended and place the filling in the pie shell.

3.  Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

4.  Once chilled, combine the sour cream and powdered sugar and spread over the top of the pie using a spatula.  Sprinkle the lime zest as a garnish on top of the sour cream and serve chilled.


~  Patty  ~


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