My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Outside my window...
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I am thinking...

about a performance, I was in yesterday. I was squashed into the corner of a chapel for a memorial service. I think the choir performed very nicely, but we outnumbered the actual mourners by quite a bit! I wonder why?

I am thankful...

that the hustle and bustle of fall is winding down. Now we just have to make 12 monk outfits and then maybe Mr. Pete and I can get some of this other stuff done around here!!

I am pondering...
the etiquette of picture taking at weddings. In the old days, there was a photographer for the wedding, and anyone else who wanted a snapshot had their old Instamatic or Polaroid . Very few people had a camera with lenses, and probably fewer of those actually knew how to use it! So people waited and waited to see the wedding album when the couple finally got it and it had a lot of very nice posed pictures. Anything not posed was taken by the above-mentioned shutterbugs. Those pics had to be developed at the drug store or Fotomat, and then they languished in scrapbooks to be discovered months, years or decades later.

But now, everyone has a phone with a camera and many people do have DSLR cameras and most of those folks are taking pictures during the weddings I help at. As an amateur photographer, I think it's great! I think many of those people will get shots of things that a professional wouldn't have even considered or had the opportunity to get. Many of those photos will be treasured in the years to come as aunts, uncles, grandparents, and parents pass on. So I'm all for other amateur photographers in the wedding.

BUT I don't think anyone should be sharing on social media while the wedding is going on! I think that could be particularly hurtful to people not invited to the wedding!

One of my Favorite Things

Happy Holiday Break Celebrate Party Enjoyment Concept

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I am hearing...
Tinnitus and listening to Noah get ready to leave for his classes. He only has three more weeks of school and then he will be half way done with the sophomore year!

In the kitchen...
I think chicken is on the menu for tonight! Also turkey later this week since it was only 59 cents/pound

I am wearing...
Black pants, brown sweater, grey hoodie.

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day with Pfilates  - starting to transition to my basement workouts. Rosie ran 20 miles last week and I walked while she ran, so I know I got in at least 5 hours worth of walking. What I have been neglecting is more upper body work and some core to go along with it! Also I have been having an arthritis flare up in my left knee that is slowly abaiting. When I start walking I'm in a lot of pain, but as I get warmed up it goes away. I started massaging my leg at night and that seems to have helped get me over the worst of this flare up.
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of
  • Finish cemetery indulgence work and am reading up about other indulgences I can work toward. 
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations and Intermittent Fasting.  
  • Back to scraping on the flip house.  
  • Taking Izzy to work five times this week!  
  • One more wedding in November to coordinate!  
  • Teach my last General Science class for the semester!
  • Help Mr. Pete with his monk costumes!
  • Continue my practice for my big performance in April. 
  • Get my Christmas shopping done before Advent!
I am reading...

This is a pretty good read so far! Really fills in the gaps of information I had about this important historical figure.

This is the book my flute teacher recommended to me years ago, It's about mastering your inner self and giving your best performance! It's applicable to musicians too. In fact, another musician friend who plays a keyboard instrument got the same book recommendation from her teacher! 

I have the Audible  app on my phone as I walk the trails during cross country practice or work on the flip house scraping paint.

From the Learning Rooms...

Rosie did this study of an abandoned car in her art class.
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She also made this St. Martin de Porres peg saint - including his mice friends and the dog he saved.
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So now I have two St. Martins!!
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Adobe Spark (20)


Prairie Primer  -  Little Town on the Prairie

Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op and with the parish choir. 

Rosie is also taking a writing class online using the Once Upon a Time Saint series as the writing

We have a schedule!  Rosie writes her history paper every Monday based on what she has read in her history the week before. Also on Monday, she reads her assignment in Once Upon a Saint. Then on Tuesday she writes her assignment for that class and turns in her paper. Thursday is for revisions.

A quote to share...
When I was desperately looking for ways to help Calvin learn to read, the Writer's Jungle by Bravewriter's Julie Bogart was a source of great inspiration to me. This fall, I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite parts that really helped me teach my kids to write - from the absolute most recalcitrant writer to the kid who has prose and poetry just dripping out of her!

The Writer's Jungle

The faster I write the better my
output. If I’m going slow I’m in
trouble. It means I’m pushing
the words instead of being
pulled by them.
—Raymond Chandler

A Photo to Share

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