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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Rest in peace, Terri

Word has come that Terri Schiavo has died. May she rest in peace. The controversy won't end with her death, I'm sure. The questions raised about the right to live despite the inconvenience or perceived "value" of an individual life will rage on. God help our country. Will we look back in 25 years and see this as a turning point? I'm sure we will, just as we look back to January 1973 and the Roe decision.

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother. To thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer us. Amen.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Pie

oh man, was this tasty tonight! I had some apples left from a nice batch my uncle had brought me a couple of weeks ago, and only one Pillsbury Ready Bake crust ;) So, I googled, and found this recipe! Yay Better Homes and Gardens! Here it is:

Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Pie

Pastry for Single-Crust Pie
1/3 cup sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 to 8 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (6 cups)
1/4 cup margarine
1/3 cup sugar

Prepare Pastry for Single-Crust Pie, except roll dough between 2 pieces of waxed paper forming a circle about 10 inches in diameter; set aside.

For filling, in large bowl stir together 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon peel, lemon juice, and ginger; add apple slices. Toss until apples are coated. Set aside.

In 10-inch oven going skillet melt margarine. Add remaining 1/3 cup sugar and cook until mixture is golden, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Arrange apple slices in skillet. Remove waxed paper from pastry. Place pastry atop apples. Cut slits in top of pastry.

Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Using a knife, loosen sides of crust from skillet, if necessary. Invert onto serving plate. If some of the apples stick to the skillet, lift them off with a spatula and rearrange them on top of the pie. Spoon any remaining syrup over apples. Serve warm. Makes 8 servings.

Note: I baked at 350 for about 40 minutes or so. This was so EASY and looked very elegant. Note also that your skillet should be oven proof!

Monday, March 28, 2005

Hallo, Dahling!

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Happy Easter!

Well, we survived all the excitement of Holy Week, Triduum services, late nights, too much candy, aging parents and the change of traditions.

And now we are back to Monday morning. Yawn. Long night, with DS waking constantly, and capping the night off with wetting the bed, with me in it. I stayed dry, I stripped him and the bed, and put him in bed with DH while I bailed into DD's double bed. Off to dress and feed the wee ones, start school, and handle the day.

Did I mention the washing machine isn't working? They're coming tonight to repair it. I'll get to test it with approximately 9 loads of laundry, plus the wet bedding. Gulp.

Resurrexit! Sicut Dixit! Alleluia!

Friday, March 25, 2005

My first blog post!

Just testing...I am a Luddite when it comes to this sort of thing.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

What is your favorite Easter Time film?

I've not seen Mel Gibson's Passion, so I can't speak to that film. But I did catch the 1925 silent version of Ben Hur the other night on cable TV (kept me up waaaaay too late!). I'd like to watch Ben Hur, the "talkie", lol, and I'd like to re-watch Jesus of Nazareth too. What was the TV movie about Jesus that came out a few years ago, I really liked that one because it showed Jesus and his friends acting like, well, friends. It had a funny scene at the well where they came to drink and wash up, and they got into a water fight.

What about you? I'm sure I will think of more.

Oh, and growing up, remember how the networks would play films on Easter night, and Christmas night, too? Things like The Ten Commandments and The Sound of Music? It seemed like it wasn't a holiday unless you watched one of those that night. And now, we have so many choices, it's not that special any more.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Snoop Patrol...

A game from Ellyn, via the Summa Mamas....

Snoop Patrol:

1. One thing on your nightstand? Cute red phone from Pottery Barn.

2. One thing on a wall in your living room? Feruzzi's Maddona of the Streets.

3. Three things we would find in your medicine cabinet? Toothbrushes, toothpaste, fingernail clippers.

4. Do your dirty dishes go in the sink or dishwasher? In the sink,unless the clean dishes in the dishwasher have actually been unloaded.

5. Maker of your everyday dinnerware? Corelle.

6. Maker of your fine china? Noritake.

7. If you had to save one “thing” from your home, what would it be? Hmmmm, pictures I guess.

8. Color of your living room sofa? brown nubby-ish.

9. What reading material would we find in your bathroom? DH is the only one who leaves reading material there, so it would be some sort of nerdy textbook.

10. Most embarassing thing inyour home that you hide when guests come over? The pile of dirty laundry on the floor outside of the downstairs bathroom.

Sunday, March 20, 2005


I can't begin to pretend to have something profound to say about the Terri Schiavo situation. All I know is that it is heartbreaking and an occasion worthy of going down on your knees in prayer. I'd also suggest that no matter your age, you take the time to educate yourself on Catholic moral teaching regarding end-of-life issues, write down your wishes for yourself, and update them as needed, if you find your mindset has changed in one way or another. And pray. Pray hard. I also recommend this site to keep up with the latest in this case.

All you holy men and women, pray for us.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

An Irish Prayer for today...

May God grant you always
A sunbeam to warm you
A moonbeam to charm you
A sheltering angel
so nothing can harm you
Laughter to cheer you
Faithful friends near you
and whenever you pray
Heaven to hear you.Amen.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

A great article on Parkinson's and Stem Cell Research

This is a great article about Parkinson's Disease and the use of stem cells to treat it.
After 14 years with Parkinson's, Patricia Payne would give almost anything to be free of the debilitating tremors that are characteristic of the disease and the constant pain caused by bone disintegration around her lower spine.
But as a Catholic and the mother of five, she will not consider any treatment that would involve the destruction of human embryos.
"I don't want to see cures, even a cure for my terrible disease, to be obtained by destroying a fellow human being at the earliest and most vulnerable stage of their existence," Payne recently told a joint committee of the Massachusetts Legislature in emotional and exhausting testimony.
This story lays out pretty clearly the situations in which the Church does approve of the use of stem cells, so it is very informative.
I found a link to this story on a great new blog, Flying Stars. Check it out!

Monday, March 14, 2005

"Saving Milly" - just another Hollywood viewpoint?

I watched "Saving Milly" last night on CBS, the TV movie about Milly Kondracke, wife of Mort who had Parkinson's Disease. As I have an aunt who died of it, an Uncle-in-law who is struggling with it, and a father who probably has it but hasn't been diagnosed yet, I had a great interest in watching it.

It was extremely moving. To watch this beautiful vivacious woman waste away was heartbreaking. To see the tender care that Mort gave her, especially in a very sensitive scene where they were cuddling, and then she wet the bed.... well, it sure pointed out that he meant his vows when he said "in sickness and in health."

But then it came to where she wanted to die. And his answer was that when it came time for a feeding tube, it would be her choice, and if she chose no tube, he'd support her even though it was not what he wanted. It was heartbreaking to watch this, I have to say I was sure it was going to turn into a "let's kill the poor suffering woman" TV movie.

There was also a point where she wanted to know why God was punishing her. And I always ask "why do people blame God for inflicting tragedy upon them, when that is not how God works?" I've had my share, and I'm sure more is in store in the course of life, but you can quote this back to me at any appropriate time and I do hope I feel the same way. God doesn't do things to us just to watch us suffer. "Hmm,", God might say, "kinda bored here in heaven, think I'll zap the hell out of that family over there just to watch them suffer" (like one would put salt on a slug, just to watch it shrivel). Well, the God I know and love and follow does not do things like that.

Anyhow, at the end, Michael J. Fox came on board with a plug for more research dollars, and a website. I checked it out. And of course the big plug is for MORE MORE MORE embryonic stem cell research for brain implantation. This is plain cannibalism, and I find it horrifying.

This is a terrible disease. It does terrible things to people. But does this give us the right to do more terrible things, in the name of research and medicine??

What do you think?

Thursday, March 10, 2005

have you ever moved?

I don't mean the college level "pack your stuff in 3 duffel bags and 2 boxes from a liquor store and schlep it back home in someone's station wagon" type of move....

I'm talking "sell your house, cull your clutter, call a van, pack then repack one hundred jillion boxes, cramming it into one big day of closing on one house, and then closing on the new house" kind of move.

We've talked about it for ages, but have never seriously investigated it. But a chance comment about possibly getting serious led to someone's grown son and wife coming to see our house. And they love it, and want to know what we'd ask for it, so they can talk to their mortgage company.

And I'm up at wee-dark:thirty with a sick stomach at the thought of doing all this. Oh my. I must go check and see how Jamie over at the Selkie blog is doing, because she's doing this while PREGNANT, on top of just everything it really entails.

Oh, I am so sick/nervous/excited/terrified/overwhelmed/slightly hopeful?!?!?!?!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Lenten Reconciliation

Tonight is our parish reconciliation service. We have 8 priests coming for confession, with evening prayer as the format. I'm taking the kidlets, tho' only DD1 will go to confession (only her 2nd time since she began receiving this sacrament in December).

The funny thing is when it came up at breakfast, as we reviewed the day, she says to me that she doesn't have anything to tell him. Oh, I pointed out, remember two weeks ago when you out and out lied about your sister, and I believed you and she got into trouble? Oh that.... I guess I DO have something to tell Father! LOL!

I like these services. I like seeing people being reconciled to Christ and the Church, I like the prayerful attitude of those waiting, the quiet music over the buzzing whispers of confessions, the smiles shared as people go up and then back down the aisle, the sense that we are all in this journey together.

Thank God for our Catholic faith and the chance to receive this beautiful sacrament. Please pray that I am able to make a good confession, myself.

We are on the downhill slide into Holy Week; where did the time go?!?!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Where have you been? Where are you now?

bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /

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