Monday, January 16, 2017

Foggy January Days - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

It's been really foggy the past couple of days, very eerie looking.  The setting makes for a good murder mystery or crime movie, doesn't it?




What I am thankful for ~

* a relaxing weekend

* Stan the man serving for the Bishop and doing a great job

* all of the pro-life warriors out there (God bless you!)

What we've been reading ~

I started (and can NOT put down) ::


The basic plot takes place in the early to mid 20th century, when this female character gives up her prestigious lifestyle to enter a Benedictine Monastery (convent for nuns).  From there, multiple plot lines start bubbling up; all are so fascinating.  Where it is not a super easy read, it is not too terribly complex either.

From the school room ~

Heading into the new semester a couple of weeks ago, we had a nice momentum going.  A slow re-entry into the extra curricular activities was in our favor.  However, this week we will be back at full capacity.  (I'm going to miss the quiet days of early January.)

I am praying for ~

* an end to abortion

* for all those who will be making the trek to Washington D.C. for the March for Life!  God bless them and keep them safe!

*  the victim involved in this despicable hate crime

* and I'm really having difficulty with this one, especially since I have an Asian son.




Around the house ~

Miss Clementine has been learning to walk the dog.  :)





Here's a few of our snowmen that have been popping up around the house since we took Christmas decorations down last weekend.



Stan the man (#33) has been enjoying playing on his basketball team :)  They practice one night a week, and have one game on Saturday.  No Sunday games or practises!!

(I'm telling you, my phone takes the worst, indoor photos.)


From the kitchen ~


I made this platter 3 or 4 years ago.  It was for a moms' night out, and we met up at a ceramic / paint store that could be rented out after hours for private, painting parties.  It was such a fun night!

The last of the cut out cookies were taken out of the freezer to be frosted and devoured.  :)



It was only 76 degrees out when we decorated them.  But who cares!  Cookies taste good anytime.

I am listening to ~

* the coffee pot getting ready to percolate on the stove top.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - Basketball practice
Tuesday - Middle school youth group starts back up.
Wednesday - Children's choir starts back up.
Friday - Girls' night out (for the homeschoolers, 8th-12th grade)
Saturday - Basketball game
Saturday - David and I are going to see Cardinal Burke at a benefit dinner for BirthChoice Dallas!!  I can HARDLY wait to hear & see this man in person!

A last photo to share ~

From Instagram::


Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.  Stay safe; there's so much bad weather out there!

~  Patty  ~

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Letter H

Hot glue guns scare the poop out of me.  (One nasty burn is all it takes.)  But last Sunday, I got the crafting itch when I saw this idea come across FB from a friend-of-a-friend's page.

This little project is far from perfect, but it has added a splash of Valentine color on our front door.

I'm happy.

So here we go...








Taa Daa!

Scrap fabric pre-cut square, heavy paper stock letter H, and ribbon all from JoAnn Fabrics - with teacher discount card... $12 and some odd cents.

The only thing that really bothers me is that I wish it would have been an 18" letter instead of a 12" letter.

~  Patty  ~

Friday, January 13, 2017

Grab It While You Can

Growing up in the Midwest, late spring  and early fall weather were my seasons.  There was so much outdoor time to be had.  All that glorious sunshine!

Our winters in North Texas remind me of those Midwest seasons with a sprinkling of cold weather every now and then.  I think we are actually at a nearby park more in winter then any other time of the year.

We took a study break the other day and headed over to the big one by our house.


When we first moved into this subdivision, this park hadn't existed yet.  (Look at the slide in the above picture.  See how much the Texas sun has severely faded the color?  It's not quite 10 years old.)  

There's a nice .4 mile jogging/walking path that curves around the perimeter of the park and hosts  picnic tables and charcoal grills here and there.  You can find a basketball court to the right of the slides and a large field where kids play soccer or football.


This park is known to be a landing spot for hot air balloons every now and then.  (There's a hot air balloon club that launches just south of our city and the warm, southern winds blow them up our way.)


A creek runs through the park next to the trees immediately behind the slides.  I tell the kids to avoid it since it is home to snakes in the hot weather and lots and lots of poison ivy.



When we bought our house, we decided against putting a wooden jungle gym in our backyard because, at the time, there was a smaller park in the other direction next to our subdivision pool.

And can you believe there's also a third park??  They built an elementary school the year we moved in and it hosts a beautiful playground (open to the public during non-school hours).

So, we have three, gorgeous parks, all within four blocks of our house on either side. We have no excuse to get out and enjoy the weather.  Except for today.

Today's weather is rainy and chilly.  Yuck.

Wishing you all a safe weekend!  I heard there's quite a storm moving across the Midwest.

~  Patty ~

Monday, January 9, 2017

January Snow - Daybook Post

Outside my window~

"Snow" on Friday.


Miss Clementine saw it coming down and asked, "But where's the ice?"  That speaks volumes about the ratio of ice:snow we receive.


Up and outside before breakfast, still in pj's :)

And I love the rosy cheeks and noses!



We are expecting 70's again, by Tuesday.

You know, I've completely turned to the warm side.  My blood has thinned.  I tell you, it really happens!  That's why I love the southern winters; you get a cold wave, but it is soon replaced with balmy weather.

What I am thankful for ~

* a warm house and warm food

* students who work hard

* the joy that "snow" brings

What we've been reading ~

A couple of new additions to our winter books  collection ::



From the school room ~

I took Miss Ester and Miss Mabel on a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art last week.  Another mom coordinated it for our group, and we saw Art and Nature in the Middle Ages exhibit.

Oh my gosh, SO amazing!!





After the exhibit, the girls and I ate lunch in the cafe and then checked out more of the museum on our own ::



(I want that bed!  Ha ha.)



I am praying for ~

* for so many souls, too many who are walking and breathing, and completely engrossed in hatred and bigotry

* our priests

* an end to abortion

* for the health of my mom and MIL

Around the house ~


Tea for her dollies and tea for me.


Miss Mabel loves homeschooling since she can be doing her math online and cuddle the doggy at the same time :)


From the kitchen ~




What??  Don't you dress and pose like this when you bake?

I am listening to ~

The little jingling noise of Belle's dog tag as she prances around in the living room.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Monday - Basketball practice starts up again.
Tuesday & Thursday - Miss Ester starts up again teaching swim lessons in the evening.
Friday - Little Flower / Little Women Bunco Night
Saturday - Mass for the Unborn (Right to Life)

A last photo to share ~

From Instagram ::


Stay warm, my friends!

~  Patty  ~


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Crowned Cupcakes and Hot Ruby's Cranberry and Citrus

Cupcakes are so easy to make, aren't they?



A quick dessert.

I crowned ours for the Feast of the Epiphany and made a festive punch.  Actually, the punch was suppose to be for New Years, but we never got around to making it.

Better late than never, right?


Use about 1 liter of ginger ale and 1/2 a bottle of Hot Ruby's, stir and then sprinkle a little bit of cider spices on top.


It was delicious!

And I LOVE this platter!


I found it six (or so) years ago at Hobby Lobby during their after-Christmas sale.  It's perfect for the Epiphany!


And as we packed away our nativity set, we watched the SNOW flurries fall!  (Our first "snow" in almost two years!)



Happy Feast of the Epiphany!


~ Patty ~

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