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#1

Cool Guy decides that he’s going to do a magic trick for me.  “Watch this, mom.  See the marble in my hand?  Ok, now don’t look.  (I close my eyes).  “Now you can look.  See? the marble disappeared!”

#2

I wore flip flops this week.  Loving this weather.

#3

Boys and I went to Pittsburgh yesterday for a doctor appt. for Cool Guy.  I hate driving in cities.  It makes me a nervous wreck.  However, there is one thing I love about going to Pittsburgh: that is the point when we emerge from Fort Pitt Tunnel, and there is the whole city spread before us.  It is the coolest site ever.

#4

I saw crocuses (croci?) on Wednesday.  Loving this weather. 

#5

Daylight Savings Time spring forward is NOT my favorite.  I need that hour!  Also, since I am an earlybird, I don’t want to suffer through another month of darkness in the mornings.  But I suppose that I will enjoy the light in the evenings.

#6

Cool Guy found an old bird’s nest from last year, and now he is on the hunt.  I just hope that he doesn’t find any new nests, or will leave them alone rather than wanting to hatch baby birds himself.

#7

Today is Fun Friday for us.  I plan on posting our adventures later on.  In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great weekend, with bright, beautiful weather.  Thanks to Jennifer at Conversion Diary for hosting the 7 Quick Takes!

 

 

#1

Yesterday, we had sunshine.  I didn’t realize how much I missed it until we had it!  The boys, too, were so much “sunnier” (yuck, yuck) yesterday.

#2

Signs of spring: mud, goldfinch getting gold again, and suddenly the days are just so much longer!

#3

Yesterday, Encyclopedia and I participated in another rite of spring: going to the garden center.  We got lots of sunflower and morning glory seeds for a sunflower house that we’re going to plant.  We decided on this project from many in Sharon Lovejoy’s Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots.  And just for fun, we got a small Venus Flytrap and Pitcher Plant.  What is it in boy-wiring that draws them to the weird/grisly/macabre?

#4

For some reason, this Lent, I keep hearing “happy” or “joyous” preceding “Lent.”   As in “Have a happy Lent.”  What is up with that?  Is this new or am I just noticing this for the first time?  I get it, but I’ve just never heard it before.

#5

Last week, I was at a quilt retreat for a week, and this week, we took a week off school to clean and reorganize.  I think everyone is ready to get back on track now.

#6

For Lent (happy Lent!) I decided to do the 40 bags thing, where I gather things from around the house to either donate or toss, one bag per day during Lent.  This is set high on my daily priority list, and so far, I have not been challenged AT ALL to find stuff to fill up a bag each day.  Of course, I have been cleaning out the classroom, but still, we are well into the season, here.  We are lucky enough to have a library at our parish, so I was able to donate quite a few books there.  Goodwill got the rest of the stuff yesterday.

#7

Encyclopedia is WAY too interested in WW points.  Every time I’m about to taste something yummy, he asks me “How many points is that, mom?”  I mutter something like points not counting during basketball games or on Sundays.  Anyone want to borrow a boy to jump-start a diet? 

Thanks to Jennifer at Conversion Diary for hosting 7 Quick Takes!  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

#1

Most people around here have been complaining nonstop about the snow.  I say, as long as it’s going to be cold, let it snow!  Snow  is pretty and fun.

#2

I will be out of touch, as in offline for the next week, as I embark on my annual Quilt Retreat at North Bend State Park.  I go every year as my getaway, and Burt this year is taking the entire week off to stay at home with the boys so that I can go a whole week.  Isn’t he wonderful?  For an entire week, I will have nothing on my to-do list exept eat, sleep, read, and quilt.  I will be joined by about 40 other ladies who share my passion.

#3

I plan on making all those quilted Christmas ornaments and stockings I’ve been meaning to do for years.  And finishing some baby quilts for my cousin’s grandbabies. Burt plans on teaching the boys how a car works, and how to create spreadsheets while I’m gone.  I’m sure everyone will enjoy the change in routine at this ruttiest time of the year.

#3

No Fun Friday today.  Monday was Cool Guy’s birthday, and Encyclopedia’s half-birthday, so we took the day off.  But since I’m going to be gone for a week, today is a workday for us.

#4

As much as I would like to attend Stations of the Cross on Fridays, each Friday during Lent, I realize that this is more church than Cool Guy can handle.  Sunday Mass is very hard for him – so long to sit still – and it becomes a weekly trial for the whole family.  Daily Mass once a week works well, but I think adding Stations on top of that would send Cool Guy over the edge.  We’ll do one during Lent and leave it at that.

#5

I am trying to read a little bit of  Blessed Mother Teresa’s Total Surrender each day and apply what she has written for her order to my daily life.  Right now, the challenge is Cheerfulness in spite of everything.  If I can be cheerful while boys are bickering, being stubborn, or being uncooperative, then I will have achieved much.  Taking the long view, that is such a small thing.

#6

One of these days, I’m going to figure out how to make the Catholic Mothers Online Button show up on my sidebar.  I got so frustrated with it last weekend, that I almost switched away from WordPress.  But surely that would be an even bigger hassle.  I’ll work on again sometime.

#7

Encyclopedia and I went to see the Percy Jackson movie last weekend.  We both loved it.  For Encyclopedia, it was the first time that he read the book before seeing a movie, and it was funny to see him in agonies about the parts left out.  I pointed out to him that to include everything would mean that the movie would be 5 hours long.  He think there’s should be a Lightning Thief Part 2.

I hope everyone has a fantastic next week.  Thank you to Jennifer at Conversion Diary for hosting this Weekly Takes!

#1

Still on a learning curve here: I did OK with actually doing the link of my page to Conversion Diary last week, but I forgot to put Jennifer’s link on my post.  My bad.

#2

This goes under the category of  What is Wrong With This Country.  Burt takes the boys to Kroger to take pictures of the aisle signs so that he can engineer the uber grocery shopping spreadsheet.  He takes boys because he plans on teaching them how to construct an Exel spreadsheet, so they must be present to gather raw data.  Whatever.  I’m not sure which astounds me more: that Burt asked permission to take pictures of the aisle signs or that he was denied.  That’s right, permission “could not be authorized.”  Yes, that tall bespectacled man with two boys in tow must be a market spy from a rival grocer.  Or what?  A communist?

#3

I would have just taken the pictures.  Not even asked.

#4

We are getting music ready for Lent in choir.  Oh, I’m excited.  It is going to be so beautiful.

#5

The snow is so beautiful and I never get tired of seeing it.  Never.  I do get tired of shoveling, but the beauty makes up for that.

#6

I’ll be posting this one either early or late, as we are leaving the house at 5:30 Friday morning to go skiing in Wisp MD.  We’ve never been there.  In fact, it’s been over 20 years since I last skied.  I have wanted to take the boys since they could walk, and things have always interfered.  Well, not this year!  Enough of the tangles of life, we’re going skiing.

#7

And yes, this Takes post was late.  What I find that I’m liking about blogging is that it forces me to think about the events in my life more deeply.  for example, the ski trip.  It was fun, I am tired.  But what could I write about it besides that?  Oh, I have loads of ideas.  I could do a whole SERIES on skiing as a metaphor of various aspects of my life.  Most of which I will not post, so you don’t have to worry about slogging through that.  But the point is that blogging makes me think about things beyond their surface.  Yes, I could do that without blogging, but I wouldn’t.  So I like blogging because it makes me think.

#1

I took a break today, had a sitter come, and went to Border’s and Panera.  It was bliss to SLOWLY BROWSE the aisles, and bliss to linger over my hot tea while thumbing through my new purchases.

#2

I’ve seen other blogs do this 7 Quick Takes, and I like it.  I hope that I’m following OK blog protocol by using Jen’s logo from her blog here.  I can’t seem to find out if  this is OK, though .  I’m guessing that someone somewhere will let me know if I’ve committed some horrible faux pas. 

#3

My day was made today when a friend told me that she checked out my blog.

#4

We are supposed to get several inches of snow over this weekend.  One constant source of irritation on my part is that the boys do not take advantage of the snow and hills that they have nearly to the degree that I think they should.  If I were a kid again, I’d be out sledding like crazy, and especially since I have boughten them such fantastic snow gear.  After many winters of total frustration on my part where I have to MAKE them go outside and play in the snow, I’ve finally realized that hey, it’s not my childhood they’re ruining.

#5

Speaking of snow gear, when I was a kid, we put plastic bread bags over our tennies when it snowed.  Kept them on our feet with rubber bands around our ankles.  I am not making this up.  Do people still do that in unsnowy parts of the country?

#6

We don’t have days like this very often, where Burt and I merely perform a passing of the kids.  He worked a little later than usual, and got home right before my Christ Renews meeting.  I got home, and he was asleep.  I guess we’ll catch up tomorrow.  I am glad that days like this are rare.

#7

I bought a book by Mother Teresa of Calcutta today.  I’m hoping to be guided and inspired by her words.  I look forward to spending the year getting better acquainted with her.

 

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