Friday, August 29, 2008

Its Palin!

Real life Mom.
Exposes corruption to the dismay of established GOP's.

I finally feel like I can VOTE.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This and That

I had a funny today. Ester tagged me in a Meme: "what picture I would use for my holy card, should I make it to saint, and of what cause(s) I wanted to be patroness."
Just as I thought: Well I can't scan an old picture, I take one of my messy desk and coffee cup and be patroness of over scheduled, highly caffeinated, techno-moms, in came Zoe. She had just dropped the small digital camera. I think my Guardian Angel is saving me from utter embarrasment!

In other news, we did visit my inlaws and the children they stole borrowed over the weekend. Leslie was brave enough to stay, I burned the top of my chest where I missed with the sunscreen, we saw fireworks: almost ion the beach but the threat of lightnight sent us to her back window. It was both my inlaws birthdays this week. We gave my FIL new BBQ tools with foldable handles like a swiss army knife. For MIL we had the local garden shop make her an herb garden in a terra cotta bowl-shaped pot.

Since then I've spent hours trying to promote our New England Catholic Homeschool Conference. We have a lot of work to do but have reached a wonderful arrangement with Seton. That makes me far more confident. Did you know there are over 20 yahoo groups for homeschooling Catholics in New England and New York! We have GOT to condense people.

What else? September's schedule needs to be prioritized. Its more than a little crazy. And last nigyht Jeff and I shared the wine my parents gave us for our anniversary: a 2006 Bella Sera Pino Grigio! It was lovely!

Blog Plans for fall involve --- consentrating on the group site. To keep you busy here are some things I've read from The Carnival of Homeschooling:

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers

Who's Running the Show-- on overcoming obstacles in learning something new/hard.

Now that School is a Choice

100 Essential Web Tools for Homeschoolers

Possible idea for GodParent Grandparent Xmas Gift

With Love,

PS I have started trying to added RSS feed but I'm not sure its up correctly. I started trying it at the same time BlogSpot was updating and adding tons of new things. If you try and it worksd let me know.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Marraige and First Anniversary's

Faith and Family's new site is running a series on marraige and its been a running theme here so I thought I'd continue it. For us Anniversary's have been very rael markers of how we're doing. Maybe because so many doubted we would last, or at least that we would be happy. The prevailing opinion was we were too romantic and poor and different. We met at 13 and DH told his best friend that day that he would marry me.
When we were dating other people and his friend that I dated was not being kind, DH reminded him that he liked me more and would ask me out again in a heartbeat. At 18, during the biggest fight of our lives, we decided to marry. We knew in our frustration that our problems stemmed from meeting the right person while too young to do anything about it. We knew either we would never see each other again, or be married forever. Period. It was not romantic. It was factual. It was Faith. It was Real.
Our first anniversary was silly. We bought ourselves camping gear. My parents gift was in a huge cardboard box and they made us guess what it was.

You know don't you?

The Gin Game . Remembering The Dick Van Dyke Show . Mary Tyler Moore PBS

Ok have you laughed at the video of her favorite episode?
Yep, we got an inflatable Rubber Raft. (not self inflating but still very funny)

I, of course, am the impulsive one and wanted to go camping ASAP. Jeff claims he told me the weather didn't look promising but I must not have listen well. We should have slept in the boat. Water poured under the tent while we tried to sleep through thunder. I was so sure if we didn't camp right away we never would. It didn't put us off but still we should go more often.

So what was your first anniversary like?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Anniversary Update (and college)

Our anniversary Saturday started with plumbing. It was not quite as messy as our Mortar anniversary (#16, good story, Tell you all about it someday) but still an adventure. My husband of 22 years no longer swears when he has a surprise plumbing job and that sink hasn't drained so well since we moved in 8 years ago.
Mum and Dad stopped by with a bottle of wine in a thermal wine carrier. They hugged me even though I was wiping and oiling the drain snake. Those are special parents. Our card was Daffy Duck. ( Knock Knock! Who's there? WOO! WOO who? WOOO HOO its your anniversary!)
They also awarded Jeff with the BOO of the month award.
Later we (finally) went blueberry picking. Not enough for the year but its been hard to get out between thunderstorms.

We watched a little Olympics (not boycotting the athletes-- a swimmer could change all of China?) while I froze berries.
Grilled some burgers. Then Jeff and I got out.

By then I was filthy but we decided not to make it fancy (I'll wear the blue dress again eventually- at least its stretchy.) We picked up Ben & Jerry's pints to eat on top of Mount Tom and watch the sunset. Of course the park closes at 8PM and sunset was at 7:58 PM so we were asked to 'call it close enough' at 10 of.
We did not want to go home before they were tucked so we went to sit over a beer at Elizer's (named for Elizer Holyoke, founder of much of the area) because there is no dress code. We are SOOO not bar people. Its a great pub but we were barely awake.
It was nice to get home.

(I got into college but have not heard back from the academic advisor and still have to figure out finances. Last night I spent over $200 on Lissa's dorm stuff plus bought toiletries and snack for Jeffery. Do you think they'll use the Clorox wipes?)
(No? me either.)

Monday, August 11, 2008


I have a child who is fearless. Late last night the neighbor rang the bell asking what to do when a snake gets in your house. (In the kitchen! When you're moving! When you are 7 months pregnant! When your football playing, giant teen is afraid of snakes!)

What do you do? You invite a 12 year old peanut of a girl who LOVES snakes.

Perfect love casts out Fear. John 4:18

Tried to find a picture but it may have been an escaped pet. Horizontal Black and white pattern. It was only 1/2 inch around with a tiny head but fairly long.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


May I suggest a visit to Hawaii? My friend Ester is up and running again after being one of the blogspot sites accidentaly labeled spam.

Discuss through her recommended links: the Poverty of Inconvenience, being a great Dad, Manners, How to Kill a Homeschool Support group, and visit her side bar with lots of wonderful daily prayers. She also has a reminder list of those in need of prayer.

Ester, you are an inspiration!


Monday, August 4, 2008

Poor Leslie-Lou

Tried to do a new trick on the swings and now has 3 stitches.

Just for fun


> A recent study found the average American walks about 900 miles per year.>

> Another study found Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of beer a year.>

> That means, on average, Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon.>

> > Kind of makes you proud to be an American.

Friday, August 1, 2008


Registration and Vendor forms are now available at

for the First Annual
New England Catholic Homeschool Conference
June 6, 2009
9AM -5PM
Chicopee, MA

Hope to see you there!

With Devotion to His Sacred Heart,

Mary Brazeau and Christine Hebert