Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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My three tidbits for today:
1. I love office supplies/school supplies. They are fun, and they make me happy! :) My favorite one that I recently found when doing a big purge before the school year started: my staple-less stapler! What is your favorite odd thing?
2. I only wear skirts/dresses. Why? Because I love being a girl and boys cannot (or at least should not) wear them! And, I cringe to see slacks riding up or bunching on women. I think skirts and dresses modestly and beautifully frame a woman's figure. I also love they way I swish when I walk! What is your favorite thing to wear?
3. Lilacs, roses, lilies, and sunflowers are my favorites. What is yours?
This is Christmas 2008, all of my children. End of the year, beginning of a new one. End of the Blessed Mother's pregnancy and beginning of the life of Our Saviour.
This one is a new beginning. I have submitted my first post to Catholic Mothers Online. I am not sure when it will run, I will let you know when it does. My first post talks about endings and new beginnings, so it does fit here with the theme.
And on that note, if I am absent from my usual haunts online, it is because of all those changes we are facing in our lives. But, I will be back, so don't forget about me. And I will try to keep posting :).
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tea at Trianon: What is Vulgarity?
Friday, August 27, 2010
1. A young friend of mine, a college freshman, who had been named captain of his college soccer team just received word from his physician that due to an injury he will not be able to play for ONE FULL YEAR. This is devastating news for a young athlete, who at this present moment, is on his way to the surgeon to discuss options. Please pray for Nate.
2. My father-in-law had valve replacement and bypass surgery earlier this week. He is doing well so far, and we do not anticipate any problems. He is in his late 70s.
3. My friend Sweet Mary who has started a cancer blog, and has a personal blog as well. She is in stage 4 cancer.
4. My friend who has a non-viable baby she is carrying to term. We are praying for a miracle. She is due in a few short weeks.
And for non-medical prayer requests:
1. For my husband to have continued success in his part-time job. This is helping us, but he really need full time work as well, in order for us to survive financially. Part-time work is wonderful, and we are grateful, but 8 people cannot survive on a part-time income based upon a 16-hour work week.
2. For my children as we gear up to start our homeschooing in the next two weeks, and The Oldest, who will resume college classes as a sophomore, in early September.
3. For myself to get through my classes so I can start earning an income with benefits as soon as possible.
4. For Randy, who has a very important interview at 2:20 p.m. today. Please pray for him to get the job, he has been out of work 24 months now!! He is Angie's husband, Angie hosts Fearless Friday.
And please feel free to add your own prayer intentions. I am praying for all of the prayers in your heart, both those spoken aloud and those shared. I welcome prayer intentions in the comments section and will visit all linked to Fearless Friday over the next few days. Also linked to Lighthouse of Prayer. I have had some devastating personal news today. We could use all the prayers we can get while we try to determine the best course of action.
May God bless all of my blog readers and followers.
I have had this button on my blog for a while now, and have not actually linked up yet. I usually do Fearless Friday (which I will today) and the Book Blogger Hop on Friday, but this week I wanted to find some other bloggers out there in my *cough* age bracket *cough*. LOL! So welcome to those over-40 Bloggers, I'm looking forward to meeting you! Have a cup of coffee and take a look around! And by way of an introduction:
I am Lily, which is a pseudonym that I use to protect my children from the ramblings of their mother, and my husband from having his wife's name found on a google search while he is job hunting. He has been out of work for over a year now, laid off when his company decided to relocate to Singapore.
So, Lily Thorns (me), is married for 20 years to Mr. Thorns, and together we have six children. They are The Oldest (girl) who is in college, The Big Guy (boy) who is in high school, Tiger (girl) who is 12, Boo (boy) who is 10, Bananas (girl) who is 8, and Missy (girl)who is 6. I occasionally put up pictures of them, and you can see the blog of my children ( a new endeavor in our homeschool) here. And there is another bit of information, I am a 14-year homeschool veteran who need to pull out a new bag of tricks this year to freshen up our homeschool. We will be adding transliteracy to our curriculum this year.
All of what I write about here is true, just the names have been changed. Starting in September, I have been invited to write for Catholic Mothers Online. I am very excited and have my first deadline coming up on September 1st.
I am finishing up my classes to become a medical transcriptionist so I can work from home. It is a lucrative career, and I'm probably a month away from finishing. I'm not exactly certain when I will be done because I have gotten sidetracked preparing for our homeschooling year. I also have two other part-time jobs as a librarian and a receptionist.
That is me in a nutshell! Maybe when I lose a few more pounds I will post a picture. I'm probably down over 40 pounds at this point, though I'm not exactly sure because we do not own a scale. I will have to weigh myself, when no one is looking, at Rite Aid or some other public scale!
Have a great day, and WELCOME to all of the Over 40 crowd!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
My nearly-seven-year-old daughter, Missy, has been sporting a loose front tooth all week. It was crooked on one side and stuck in tight on the other, so it hung oddly. Poor thing, being the youngest of 6 she suffered the teasing and torment of her brothers. "You look like a Nanny McPhee" they told her, and had her nearly in tears. Of course, big sister, Tiger, came to the rescue and told her that when she was six, she had a chipped front tooth she couldn't wait to be rid of! Gotta love big sisters!
For nearly every tooth she's lost, Missy has been taunted into yanking it out herself, by those bigger brothers. Of course they were never brave enough, but always one to rise to a challenge, when she's had enough she will yank it out, sniffle a little, and then place it under her pillow.
That's where the lousy durned tooth fairy comes in. That slacker is constantly forgetting to pick up teeth around here. Feeling especially bad about the circumstances that caused this latest hole in her mouth, I was determined to call that tooth fairy right up and make sure she showed last night!! But when I went to check on the kids, who's little eyes popped open? So I left a note for hubby (who was working late at his part time job) to make sure he calls that tooth fairy.
This morning, there was a very excited little girl who came down the stairs with cash in hand. "Mommy look! I got $10." Ummm, no, that was not a ten, lol. There'd be mutiny if Missy had a $10 under her pillow!!! "Wow!" I said, "It has been a while since the tooth fairy showed up on the first night!" which was echoed by a chorus of yesses. *LOL*
Savoring the moment, Missy sits on the couch with her siblings to discuss how happy she is there is no wiggly tooth in her mouth, and now she is going to have BIG teeth, etc. But then her voice drops down to a whisper, which of course causes me to perk up. She tells her big sister, "Tiger, I think the tooth fairy beat me up when she came last night. My ankle hurts!"
BWAHAHAHAH!! That poor Tooth Fairy cannot get it right, even when she gets it right! I always thought the tooth fairy was a sweet, perhaps an air-head, but sweet fairy, I guess perhaps the picture above is more like it. After all she beat up Missy last night!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Back to work! We are in the throes of "must get worse before it gets better" and it is not fun!!!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I am praying for safe journey today, as I drive with The Oldest back to NJ, and attempt one more time to get to the bus, or perhaps the train this time, without incident.
I am praying for The Oldest, her Futbolista, and his family.
I am praying for Sweet Mary, who started a blog about her journey with the BIG C...Catholic, Cancer, Cured. Please visit her blog and pray for her. Tell her Lily sent you :)
I am praying hubbins gets a full time job very, very soon.
I am praying to get through my classes very, very soon so I can get myself a good paying job.
I am praying for my children to stay on the straight and narrow.
I am praying for a good school year, last year was so difficult with hubbins losing his job. I had to work so many hours outside the house, I'm praying this year will be a better one for my children.
I am praying for a more Christ-centered existence in our home. Unemployment has brought me more spiritual challenges than I ever imagined I would face, and that MUST change now.
And lastly, I am praying for all of you who read my blog. Feel free to share your prayer intentions either in the comment section, or in an email to me. I would be honored to pray for your specific intentions. If not, then you can be assured I pray for the intentions kept within your heart.
This post is linked to Fearless Friday at Angie's Free Spirit Haven and Sweet P's prayer on Tea with Tiffany. God bless!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Here you see Missy perched on the couch, showing off the wall colors, and that fabric next to her is the fabric we are going to use to make curtains. Tiger and I are working on that next week, I think.
Here is our Queen Cat, the momma, sitting in the picture window that will be curtained with that striped fabric.
And, here are three more of those red doors (we have 5 in the dining room). You can see here that the dining room is adjacent to the family room. The dining room is gold, navy, and red. The family room has the red below the chair rail and the pink on top.
Soooo, why did that red paint drive my husband batty? Aside from needing a million coats, we had multiple catastrophes with that red paint. One gallon, nearly full, spilled across the dining room floor (thankfully before the old was pulled up and the new laid down). Another gallon was outside, too close to the hose when one of the children decided to clean brushes. So yep, that one got drowned. And of course, because we needed a million coats, we always underestimated the amount of paint to buy in that drumbeat red color.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Calpurnia Tate is my hero, one who has inspired me to cultivate the naturalist in my children more this year. As you may know from reading my blog, I homeschool. Calpurnia Tate is the protagonist in the book written by Jacqueline Kelly called The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.
I recommend this book for all homeschooling parents, for anyone interested in science, for people who grew up in large families, or for anyone wishing to remember how it was to be a child. Also, it is a good read for women's studies both from the homemaker's perspective and from the women's rights point of view.
Set in the summer of 1899 Calpurnia is a nearly-twelve-year-old girl. She lives with her parents, six brothers, grandfather, cook, and housekeeper on a cotton plantation of over 600 acres in Fentress, TX. Known as Callie Vee, she is sandwiched between three older brothers and three younger brothers in the birth and pecking order of the family. They are a wealthy and well respected family within the community. The times are such that Callie is expected to be a homemaker, and she is at that age where she is to start learning the domestic arts. She is a lost soul within her family, her mother is looking forward to her "coming out" in a few years, and Callie is just plain not interested.
She, unexpectedly, finds a kindred spirit in the grandfather she has been afraid of all her life when she musters up the courage to ask him a question about why there were two kinds of grasshoppers, the usual green and huge bright yellow ones. His answer was, "I suspect that a smart young whip like you can figure it out. Come back and tell me when you have."
Callie's reaction was:
So, that was that. My audience with the dragon. I counted it a wash. On the one
hand, he hadn't breathed fire at me, but on the other, he'd been no help at all.
The result of this exchange was Callie decided to hitch a ride with her eldest brother when he went to town, so she could use the library to try and get her answer. Her grandfather, being retired, had taken up the study of nature. He had a little laboratory in the shed out back, and a library filled with books and specimens, which was off limits to everyone. Through dinner conversation between her grandfather and the local minister, she had learned of Darwin's The Origin of Species and felt the controversial book was the one to consult.
At the library Callie is humiliated by the librarian, who thoughtlessly and somewhat cruelly states that such a book is not to be housed in her library, and if she wanted it she would have to pay 50 cents to have it shipped. Did she have 50 cents? Callie's red-faced answer was no. Then the librarian told her she would need a note from her mother before she could read that particular book, did she have such a note? Of course Callie did not. To that the librarian replied, "I thought not. Now, I have books to be shelved. You must excuse me."
Callie was outraged. But she continued to think of the grasshoppers, came up with a theory, and presented it to her grandfather. He was surprised and asked her if she had come up with that idea on her own, or if she had help. She told him about the library, how she could not get the help, or consult the book, and reiterated that it was her own idea. Her grandfather walked her into the inner sanctum of his private library, unlocked the cabinet of extra-special books, and presented her with his copy of Darwin's book, to read at her leisure. After that they were inseparable in their study of nature.
The book makes you want to get a blank journal, go draw pictures, and record your own nature observations. It highlights the awesomeness of nature, and the beauty of inter-generational family relationships. Anyone who reads the book will be entertained and will find themselves more observant of the world around them. This is a J-Fic story and would make a wonderful read-aloud for the entire family. There were parts that were hilarious, and there is overall a lot of love in the book. There is much to discuss, within the pages, and it will get young minds churning. If I had a rating system, this book would get the top rating. It is just that good !!
In light of my beginning thoughts, I shall look for books to inspire the budding naturalist, in both myself and my children. I also plan to read The God of Mischief which is the second book of Paul Bajoria's trilogy. My reading is slowing down between my own classes and my planning of the children's homeschool year.
This post is linked to It's Monday, What Are You Reading?
Friday, August 13, 2010
Well, I have more than one shelf, more than one nook, more than one tabletop, more than one windowsill. All of which are filled with books to be read. It would number into the hundreds. But my "next up" books number approximately 15. These are the ones I will get to soon, very, very soon.
This post is linked to the blogger hop, all of you hoppers...WELCOME!!
I am also thankful for my paycheck today.
I am thankful for my daughter's tuition getting paid.
I am thankful for the amazing people in my life.
I am thankful for a young transplant recipient who had a cath this week which showed zero rejection. And I'm thankful to have this family in my life.
I am praying for a mom who is due to have a child who will not survive.
I am praying for my friend, Sweet Mary, who can use lots of prayers this week, and always.
I am praying for husband to find full time work.
I am praying for all the unemployed.
I am praying for my children to stay on the straight and narrow, and to lead good lives they can be proud of.
I am praying today, for you. If you want particular prayers, please leave a comment or email me at thorns dot lily at gmail dot com.
This post is linked to Fearless Friday.
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Start scrolling down. (The scroll has been added for dramatic effect.)
...one more time, because I'm just loving the dramatic effect...
I have been invited to write for Catholic Mothers Online!
(You can applaud because I just love that.) If you read my Rednesday post earlier this week, you will be able to see on display in this post that red personality that I usually keep under wraps. I let it out today because I am so excited! I am pleased and honored to have been invited to write for Catholic Mothers Online, I love the blog and I love being a Catholic Mother.
I am not sure when my first post will be put up. My first submission is due on September 1st, to be published at a later date.
Stay tuned, time for me to get to work!! :)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
You can see the floor is all torn up! The one strip of reddish flooring is what hubbins and the children put down. You can also see the red trim. We coordinated this trim to match the family room, where under the chair rail is also red. I will show you that next time :).
Sunday, August 8, 2010
The latest trap:
I could tell, he was proud of himself. He knows I enjoy reading YA to preview books for my children, make suggestions to our library director, and because some of them have been very good. He also knows that my heart belongs to the classics. "This is a young-adult book, written in a Dickensian style, it says on the jacket," he tells me with a grin. "I thought you might like it."
I look at it and shrug, thinking to myself, "Probably not Dickensian in style. Probably not something I want to read, it is about a print shop!" But then he looked crestfallen. I had disappointed him. I added the book to my bag, but first managed to read Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Darkside by Beth Fantaskey, and Fang by James Patterson. Then I thought I'd better tackle the book hubbins brought home.
Well, it has some aspects that remind me of Dickens. The feeling of the desperation of London at that time; Dickens was really good at weighing his readers down with the bleakness of it. Bajoria accomplishes that same sense of understanding of the filth of London both figuratively and literally, and the injustice served upon the children who were poor or orphaned. We follow the story of Mog, a 12-year-old printer's apprentice, which is commonly known as a printer's devil.
Mog is a bit too curious and gets tangled up in an intrigue of drugs, criminals, and the London subculture that lurks in the shadows and most would like to ignore. There are many twists and turns which required me to go back and re-read passages to discover a clue I had overlooked or to reacquaint with a character I had dismissed. This story held me captivated. The bravery of Mog never ceased to impress me.
I am sick today, too sick to go into work, and ended up in bed most of the day. When I was not sleeping, I was reading this book. I got to the end...and...was...left...hanging. Darn. He did it to me again. It is part one of a trilogy. I ordered the next book from ILL and now I wait. I recommend reading this one, but having book two waiting before you are done, you will want to pick it up and keep going. I know I wanted to.
It's Monday, what are you reading?
**NOTE TO LIBRARIANS**
I was intrigued enough that I mentioned the book to the librarian who does the purchasing. I looked it up in the catalog to find it is categorized both as J-Fic and as YA within our system. I would maintain the subject matter of working children, child abuse, drugs, murder, and intrigue put this solidly within the YA, and I would go out on a limb and say it could hold its own categorized as Adult Fic.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Additionally, I worked about 50 hours last week between my two jobs, not counting commuting time, that is extra. Some of those shifts were overnight shifts. I have learned through this experience I am not really cut out to be in the workforce. Not full time. Not out of the house. I do not like it. I'm not a person I like when I have to be out of the home, I miss my children, I'm crabby.
I also drove twice, in the past two weeks to see my daughter, three hours each way, down and back in a day. That is tiring.
Now, I'm not complaining, I am grateful for the income, my husband is unemployed. I feel blessed to have had this opportunity to make extra money. I love visiting my daughter, she is so worth the effort to drive down, and being tired the day after!! I am also glad to have had time with each of my children when they were sick. But, I am tired.
I have been reading, and on some of my overnight shifts I watched movies to stay awake, so I have lots to talk about, if my energy level picks up. I believe my immune system thinks it may want to succumb to the illness of my children, just so I will stop for a day or two, but that is not an option. So my immune system and I are at odds this past week. Not sick, but not 100% either.
If you've wondered where I've been, not on FB, not visiting blogs, not on the web anywhere, I'm just tired these past two weeks.
The rest of this week I will be working (through Sunday). I will be up late tonight polishing a presentation for some local tweens (my daughter, Tiger, being one if she is well enough) about podcasting. The library director, and myself, are doing the presentation, and I feel like we are not as prepared as we ought to be. Again, exhaustion taking over my preparations.
I do have some books to talk about, and some films as well. I also have an announcement to make in the near future (how's that for a teaser). Hint: It is blog-related, and I'm pretty excited about it!!
There is one book I haven't looked at in a while, but would like to mention because one of my blog friends was talking about nutrition in her preschooler. I think I would be less exhausted if I took this book out again, I'm guessing I need to sneak a few more nutrients into my own diet! Thank you to Katherine for bringing this book to my mind today, time to open it up again!
You can buy it here, on Amazon, pretty inexpensively. I love this book. I used it when my children were preschoolers, and I think I need to pull it out again!! This book recommends family-friendly recipes, packed with sneaky nutrition tips. One that I remember was how to increase vitamin A using milkshakes, pumpkin milkshakes. That one became a favorite in our household, and The Oldest, who is a vegetarian, still uses smoothies and milkshakes to make up some nutrients.
Using the many tricks up her sleeve, nutritionist Evelyn Tribole can get just
about anyone to eat healthy. Hate the thought of tofu? Try her Chocolate Marble
Cheesecake, with tofu replacing some of the cream cheese. Her daughter did, and
now she's a convert. Don't want to add fiber because it sounds so bland? Try her
Dark Fudge Brownies, with puréed black beans giving each brownie as much fiber
as a slice of whole wheat bread.
With more than 100 recipes that sneak
fiber, calcium, and other nutrients into the diet, Stealth Health can turn even
the most devoted junk food junkie into a health nut. For "vegetable haters"
there's Chicken Chile Verde, which features finely chopped spinach masquerading
as green chilis. For "fruit skimpers," try the Purple Cow sMOOthie with mixed
berries and nonfat frozen yogurt. And if you're a "milk miser," drink up your
calcium in the delicious form of Home Express Coffee Latte. (Tribole came up
with these and other labels to describe nutritional problem areas, and you can
take her diagnostic quiz to find out which one fits you.)
Each of the
book's eight chapters features recipes, nutritional information, and charts
showing five ways to "sneak" healthy foods into meals. And if you still need
more convincing, Tribole weaves in the scientific evidence for the role of
nutritious foods in fighting everything from cancer to osteoporosis to heart
disease. Tribole, who has celebrity clients and has appeared on Good Morning
America, says the way to get finicky children to eat healthy is to whip up one
of her recipes without telling them the ingredients. "This approach works well
with adults, too," she writes. "The basis of Stealth Health cooking is tasting