My Week

Moments of Gratitude

~ I had a bad bout with allergic rhinitis last week, and was breathing through my mouth for a couple of days. I think it was a convergence of allergens from deep-cleaning some parts of  the house, weather extremes, and maybe just a bit of stress. Doing much better now.  
~ We have a new pet cat that chose to be alone since she got here, making herself almost invisible under the shoe cabinet. We let her be, to give her time to get used to the new humans around her. One morning we could not find her anywhere. We just lost a beloved pet dog, so the possibility of losing another pet so soon was disheartening. Well, guess what. Only Son found her behind the washing machine. Thank you, Saint Francis and Saint Anthony!

~ For families preparing for the next school year
~ For myself, as teacher-mom to Second and Youngest Daughters
~ For the professors and teachers of Eldest Daughter and Only Son, who attend the university and "regular" high school, respectively
~ For my children, as they start the next school year in late May/ June
~ For families affected by weather extremes
~ For old people who have no one to spend their days with
~ For those who have nobody to pray for them

Still trying to keep up with the Suscipio 2013 themes :-)
~ Hallowed Be This House by Thomas Howard
~ The Virtues of Mary by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Wandering Around the Web
~ I am rediscovering Mercator. So many articles to read on topics that we don't always want to talk about, and would rather sweep under the rug. For sure, faith has to be the sole parameter by which a believer reckons topics, such as sweatshops, same-sex marriages, and rampage killing. This must be where the Holy Spirit does overtime work. 
~ I am also getting reacquainted with my once go-to site for math speed drills Free Math Worksheets. The site is so much easier to navigate now, and yes, as the site name says, it is still free. Just before Saxon 5/4 and after Saxon 8/7, which carry daily Facts Practice exercises, I look around for speed drills, and math-drills.com doesn't fail me. 
~ Finally, I did a Pinterest search on "freezer meals", and was overwhelmed by the sheer number of pins! If you don't hear from me in a week's time, I hope you won't find me still hunched over Pinterest.        
Around the House
~ We are almost done classifying and reshelving our books. We (primarily I) also managed to say goodbye to about a good number of books appropriate for the lower grades. Second Daughter wants to donate them to a new school library in a rather remote area in the provinces. She joined a rural service team that helped paint the school. I had thought of keeping the books for my grandchildren (!), but I finally decided that it would be selfish to hang on to the books when many schoolchildren can benefit from them NOW.


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This post was originally linked with the Catholic Woman's Almanac, a Monday online linking activity started by Jenny who now blogs at The Littlest Way.


  1. Thank you for reminding me to pray for those who have no one to pray for them. It's a blessing.
    I will add your intentions to my list.
    And - Pinterest can be overwhelming. I follow a blog called Good Cheap Eats, she has great Freeze ahead advice. When I am on Pinterest, I set a timer. I could get lost there for days. It's something I have to consciously avoid.
    Have a great week.

    1. Thank you for the timer idea! My kitchen timer will now have another use :-). And thanks, too, for recommending Good Cheap Eats. I really have to free up a block of time on weekends to make sure that we are well fed on weekdays!

  2. Marcia ~ Sorry to hear about your allergic rhinitis...and happy to hear you are feeling better!
    Your new pet cat is very sweet looking (I love siamese cats!!!). I'm sure she will come around...soon she will feel the love and comfort of your family.
    How thoughful and generous of you to donate those books. Your charity will be re-paid in abundance. I need to work on my attachments...
    God bless you and keep you and your family!

    1. Thanks for the reassuring words! You are right; our new pet is coming around and is now more trusting :-)


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