Monday, May 27, 2013
Monday Musings--27 May 2013
Right now...it's a bright and sunny morning, around 6:30-ish, and so far only Adrian and Gabriel are awake.
This weekend...was wonderful, if somewhat busy! On Friday, since Bret wasn't working, we went to do our shopping and avoid the Memorial Day weekend crowd, which wasn't bad at all at the early hour we went shopping. Once home, Bret went to work on our pasture fence, which we have been trying to replace in the week spots. I put away groceries and boiled eggs and potatoes and fried bacon for a potato salad for Sunday, and made sure everyone was bathed since we had two Masses this weekend.
On Saturday, we went to an ordination Mass at the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Ricardo Pineda was ordained to the priesthood and Br. John Broussard was ordained to the diaconate. It has been so nice, in the decade we've been here in Tennessee, to watch young men go through formation, from novices to priests. And almost all of them have been young men, some just out of high school. It's very encouraging. The Mass itself was beautiful, but very long for the little ones (I believe it ran over two hours), and the reception had, for once, perfect weather--so often in the past it has been appallingly hot, but this time there was no humidity and it was sunny and fine. We stayed on until we were nearly the last family there. At home I changed clothes and set about doing some laundry and baking a sheet cake to take to my sister's on Sunday.
Sunday we went to an early Mass in Gallatin, and got home around 10 a.m. We changed clothes and I tossed together the potato salad, and then we just hung around and took it easy for a while. I watched Seeds of Death on YouTube, which is about GMOs and their impact on our health and on the planet. It is a much, much bigger problem than you might thing, and the movie is being screened on YouTube for free right now--I don't know how long they'll leave it up. I highly recommend it.
We had a great time at my sister's. The kids were all over the place playing with their young cousins, and the food was great. My sister made 3--count em'--three flavors of homemade ice cream: chocolate, strawberry and lemon. We stayed until 7:30 or so, and Gemma was asleep practically before we go out of their driveway. At home we kicked back and watched an episode of the old Mission: Impossible, and then I read a few pages of a novel before going to bed at 10:30.
Some plans for this week: No doubt, this week will speed by just as last week did and the week before. I have a lot on my agenda. Today we are going to pick up some organic pig feed from a friend. It will be the last feed we buy for Pink Floyd, as he goes to the butcher next week. I need to make up my cut list for the butcher. I have to report grades for the year by the 15th of June to our umbrella school and spend some time in the office printing out Gabe's math drills and the boys' grammar work for the week (I usually do that on Saturdays, but wasn't able to get onto the office computer this weekend). I have an Etsy order to ship off today, and I need to reschedule my dental appointment.
I am grateful for...the lovely weather this weekend, and for my friends and my family.
Some prayer intentions for this week: for Una's friend, Haily, who has a birthday today and for her friend Mary Rose, who also has a birthday this week; for employment for Bret, as it is always scary to see the money go out when nothing is coming in! for our friends who are celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary tomorrow. For all those who gave their lives and service to this country, God bless them on this Memorial Day.
Something that makes me smile: goofy kids.
Have a great Memorial Day and a great week, and please stop by Wild Armadillos ...they are hosting a giveaway for us later today, and you can have an opportunity to win a sword and shield set from our Etsy shop!