Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Musings--28 February 2011

Right now:  It is 1:00 p.m.  I am ready to fall asleep, due to another bout of insomnia last night.  I fall asleep easily enough, but when my sleep is interrupted--as it invariably is--I sometimes lay awake for hours until I get back to sleep.  In spite of a chaplet of Divine Mercy and a dose of sublingual melatonin, I was still up from one until well after two a.m.  Gemma is sleeping, and I am contemplating a nap myself, only I have a dozen things to do and this "quiet time" is tempting.  I want to read to the kids, but that might really knock me out!

Dominic is off to the ENT again.  Yesterday he finished his second course of antibiotics in just over a month (oh how I dislike using them!), and he is still messing with his ears incessantly.  When I ask him if they hurt, he says no, "they tickle".  I want to be certain he doesn't flare up again, hence the appointment today.

This weekend...was very pleasant in spite of all the rain and mud.  Una was delighted to be invited to be penpals with someone she really wanted to be penpals with, so it was like an answered prayer for her.  I received a box of yarn from a friend whose mom frequents yard sales, and I now have enough cotton yarn to keep us in dishcloths for the rest of my life!

Yesterday I received the grace of a wonderful confessor and a real feeling of peace.  Fr. Bill Casey, CPM was the celebrant at Mass and had a wonderful homily on trust in God, which is so timely now with all that is going on in the world and in our country.  Gas and food prices are making me very nervous, and I am ever more grateful for our dear cow, our chickens and our annual hogs.  We want to add meat chickens to our production this year. And our resolve is strengthened by seeing Food, Inc. from Netflix last night.  It is very, very good without being terrifying (I was afraid I would be compelled to throw out everything in my pantry after seeing it, but it is informative in a not-aggressive way).  I also met the lovely author of the blog, Wellness Mama, after Mass, and I never knew of her blog until yesterday, but I am so delighted that she lives [relatively] nearby!  Her blog is really full of great nutritional information and recipes.  We ended the evening with me knitting and all of us watching Lark Rise to Candleford, which we are all kind of hooked on.

Some plans for this week:  Right now I am so tired, I don't even want to think about doing anything at all.  I want to photograph a few things for the Etsy shop and paint a few more.  I have birthday presents to wrap for my nephew and niece.  I need to make some granola.  And yogurt.  And butter.  I really need to sit down and  get some sort of a menu plan in place.  I have had that particular thing on my "To Do" list for the last 5 or 6 months, I think.  And I need to start bracing myself for the dreaded "Changing of the Wardrobe" with the milder weather.  And I want to make plans this week for some Lenten activities.  Reading that list make me want to crawl into bed.

If I find some time for myself, I want to:  sleep.

Some prayer intentions for this week:  First and foremost, for my dad, whose 67th birthday is today.  For my nephew, whose birthday is on Wednesday, and for his mom, my sister, who hasn't made it to Mass in three weeks because of illness in the family.  For Marilyn, who is feeling stressed and anxious lately, that God may grant her strength and peace, and for her son Michael, who has been suffering from mysterious and alarming allergies as of late.  For Cindy and Dale, that God sends them a buyer for their farm, and for God to send some jobs Bret's way as well.  And for Dominic--that all this trouble with his ears comes to an end.  Quite a list, isn't it?

Something that makes me smile:  My daughter's wit.  One of the many Fathers of Mercy who has known us since our children were toddlers was joking with Una after Mass, saying something to the effect of her Mama having picked her up "on special at Wal-Mart."  Hardly missing a beat, she responded, "I'm not Chinese."

If you are interested in joining in with your own musings, go ahead and grab the header image, and then leave me a link to your post in the comments here.  Have a blessed week!


  1. Yesterday's homily at our Parish was exactly what I needed to hear, in light of the gas and food prices increasing. I can take most everything in stride. Another baby? Bring it on. A pay cut? We can survive. Gas $3.35/gallon? Now that scares me.

    I have learned about some farmers market's down here that sell tomatoes and other foods at dirt cheap prices. The local FFA's have deals too where they set up the local high school gym into a canning factory, for putting up tomatoes and other things. We have also been growing a few things of our own, so come harvest time, we will all over putting up our own food.

  2. Hi, I'm new to your blog, but I wish I could grow something out here in Albuquerque. The soil is terrible for gardening anything but cacti and if I do manage to get something going either the bunnies eat everything or the heat kills it too fast.

  3. Welcome, Natalie! You know, I've the Black Thumb of Death in gardening, but I can usually manage herbs and tomatoes. I lived in Tucson for 9 years and we managed to grow some decent tomatoes in containers under shade cloth, but we didn't see a lot of gardening being done out there either!

  4. Hi Nadja... I'm just getting to your Monday Musings today! How did the appointment with the ENT go?

    Have you tried Hyland's insomnia tablets? They seem to work quickly, and I don't feel groggy the next day. If I take them, it is usually during the wee hours after being up with a child and then being unable to fall back asleep.

    I am familiar with Fr. Casey from EWTN. What a blessing for you!

    Hope you are well-rested today. God bless.

  5. Your daughter is witty.:)

  6. Try a little bit of vicks behind the ears or a warm cloth for Dominic


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