Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A quiet day of rest

Picture from St Anthony's Monastery.
I hope to share more soon about last week and weekend.
So beautiful.
Today I rested a lot.
I may be coming down with a chest cold, 
so a lot more resting is in my near future!
I am so thankful for the life I have with my Husband 
and for the special time we had at St Anthony's!
We are supposed to have a snow day tomorrow
so I am guessing Mr Husband will work from home,
which will be really nice!
We had takeout for dinner tonight
and my Sweet Husband came home with
yellow and white flowers for me!
I love them!
May God bless and help us all!

Monday, March 19, 2018

A week of Firsts in Great Lent 2018

A week ago Monday I flew to CA to be with my quilting friend while Mr Husband
was in CA for work. 
I've never been to California and it was a wonderful Monday-Friday morning.
And I got to see St John in SF!!!! 
On Friday my beloved Husband and I flew to AZ to see
dear friends and spend time at St Anthony's Monastery,
also a first for me.
It was a really blessed time.
I hope to write more about all of this later and share more pictures.
Meanwhile, I am still reordering our home (suitcases etc), resting up and 
continuing on with Great Lent.
We just got home this afternoon...
I pray that each of you will be given the mercy you stand in need of; we all 
need God's help so much!

Friday, March 09, 2018

Thursday, Friday of the 3rd week of Great Lent

Well, here we are, nearly at the end of another week
and a week of Great Lent.
It's not been the best sleeping nights this week,
so am tired.
The unbloggable stuff is hard.
But am appreciating what we have... 
a very funny cat, 
a loving home, good food to eat,
a church locally to go to.
Lots of patience needed, trust in God.
May God help us and have mercy.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Cranberry Apple Cake for a Snow Day

I used the above recipe and did the following changes:
1/3 or so cup of cranberries (I would add even more next time! yum!)
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vanilla sugar, big chunky sugar; raw sugar, also big chunky sugar about 1/3 cup or so, brown sugar about 1/3  cup a finer grain sugar; these sugars (the first 2) were mixed with the 
slightly OVER 2 cups of apples sliced into chunks and the brown sugar mixed with the cranberries,
which were added after the other sugars mixed with the apples. 
I added about 1/2 cup or so extra flour
about 1/3 to 1/2 extra of cinnamon and cloves
a bit of a heaping tsps of the baking soda 
1 cup exactly of cold (in fridge for over 12 hours) (instant!) coffee
1 cup canola oil (or maybe just a hint more, it was added first).
fruit was added after the batter was mixed.
I sprinkled a bit of the raw sugar on the top of the cake.
The heart shaped tin was done first, about 35 minutes or so.
Round one last I think.... 
a nice cake, not too sweet. 
I think I could of added even more cloves.
Maybe some ginger? (am thinking of my Koek recipe!)
It was really nice to do!

Well, it was a nice snow day.
Mr Husband worked from home.
Presanctified liturgy was cancelled because of the 
weather and rescheduled for Friday.
I got books delivered today!
I have a lot to do...
I am grateful.
We still got the same old unbloggable stress
but God is helping us enjoy what we have each day
and trust Him for the rest. 
I know we are very blessed!
God bless and help us all!
I know so many are suffering and I pray God's mercy
and deliverance for each! 

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Home with my Sweet Husband

My weekend at the Monastery was a blessed time!
Monday I had lunch with my Grandma,
saw my Aunt K who is ill in the afternoon with my parents,
gave her the beautiful stone from HDMonastery
with the verse
My grace is sufficient.
She really liked it. 
My flight home was uneventful thank God.
Today I cleaned, organized, tidied, did laundry and walked
downtown, to the water front, which is where you can see NYC.
I bought some food at the upscale grocer nearby 
as tomorrow we are in for some snow it seems.
I am glad to be back home
and in an orderly space.
Cleo is glad I am back too!
Read dear Gloriade's blog and found out that she has been
laid up form an accident; pray for her healing please!
There is so much need for prayer.
May the Lord protect and help us all!
ps: I am going to be quite busy in the next 2 weeks, so if I don't blog much,
that's why.  Don't fret if you don't hear from me consistently right now!
Just busy! :)

Friday, March 02, 2018

A Friday with Sunshine in Michigan

A full day. 
Did a bunch of pictures to begin documenting 
the story of my family through beauty in their home. 
Listened to / saw parts of Billy Graham's funeral. 
Dinner out with family. 
Preparing DV to go to the Monastery tomorrow for a brief stay.
I loved the sunshine that we were blessed with here. 


Thursday was a nice rest day.
My Mom and I watched a nice movie in the afternoon.
Everything she makes always tastes so good.
She made stovetop popcorn with a little bit of oil and some salt
and it was just perfect.
We had a really nice dinner, with masala burgers 
and my Mom's mashed potatoes, homegrown beans, 
and homemade applesauce.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Wednesday Recap of my Aunt's home + thrift store fun

My sister-friend's great Aunt wrote this book... 
it is incredible how our lives are weaved with various 
connections between them... 

My Aunt H's home and the lunch she always sets for her
sister (my Mom) and her 2 daughters (my cousins)...
I love the beauty and sameness of this... she is a special Aunt to me
and one that I think has a lot of perspective and common sense,
not to mention her love of God... her husband my Uncle J loved the Lord very much... 

I had fun seeing things at the thrift store...

We had a nice tea time when we came back home!

I found this cake tin + book by Ruth Bell Graham and her daughter

So the main things I found were various linens; 
towels, a really fluffy wash cloth, napkins, two good quality tea towels 
and a pretty embroidered napkin too! 
I am excited to use these, I find cloth napkins are such a blessing and nice touch
to the dinner table.
Well, I hope everyone is doing well.
God bless and keep you!