Wednesday, July 30, 2008
An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven.
The date was set from vespers of the first of August until sundown on the second of August, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels.
It is said that St. Francis was given this day by Our Lord because the Feast of the Chains of St. Peter celebrated on August first is the day Peter was released from prison and his chains removed. This is an extraordinary demonstration of God’s mercy in removing the chains of sin from those who devoutly and faithfully seek to gain the indulgence by completing its requirements.
The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi is (for oneself or for a departed soul) as follows:
-- Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during eight days before or after.)
-- Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist
-- Recitation of The Apostles Creed, Our Father and a prayer for the Pope’s Intention.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Moles are no minor issue, unless you consider their size which seems an advantage when you are trying to find the one tiny mole responsible for all the destruction. It is not an easy proposition getting rid of these critters. It seems that everyone and their brother (and their cousin) has a special method of mole extraction, but the problem is that none of them so far have worked for us.
Here is what we have tried: stomping down the tunnels, which is kind of fun but they just make new ones. Letting the dogs after them; not a good idea, unless you like your yard looking like a million Claymore mines were detonated all over. Then we tried gopher gas-- this one we're not sure if it works, but it was the most fun. After all, it looks like a stick of dynamite, what's not to like about that? It makes you feel like you're doing something constructive, and it is entertaining to watch the smoke trickle up out of the connected tunnels.
We have tried spreading around the mole repellent, designed to be safe to use around kids and pets, which is great but it also seems to be a little safe for the mole as well. The traps? nada. They are too complicated and if they aren't set right the mole doesn't get caught. We tried flushing them out with the garden hose but we only got waterlogged. Then we added laundry soap which is supposed to kill their food source, at least that's what we are told. I hope it doesn't kill all my plants in the process. This one probably takes a while before you see results, and we want them gone NOW. Then again, we could always just be done with it and dig up the whole entire yard to find the little bugger but then we would have a whole new set of problems!
It has become quite clear to me in this complicated process why the gardener in CaddyShack went a little postal. Don't they say that art imitates real life? Come to think of it, my husband did look a little bit like that gardener this weekend.
Just for fun, I Googled "getting rid of moles" and found some more ideas. Although I do hope the person who posted about putting broken glass down the hole was kidding. I think they were. One person suggested burying a transistor radio set on a heavy metal or rap station. I think he was kidding, too. Or not.
Now about the only thing left besides calling out the exterminator is to try the sonic wands which are supposed to make a high frequency noise that drives them crazy. That would be fair, since they've already done that to us.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I was thinking that signing up for a before/after would force me to actually get it done, but then, life keeps getting in the way. In the past few weeks, we have gone on a summer houseboat trip with another family (which was awesome!); taught the fourth grade for a week at Vacation Bible school; sent the hubby and kids to California; and starting on Monday, we have had a crew of painters changing the color of our pink victorian to a very beautiful green. (I still can be pretty in pink, though!) So, we have had plenty of excuses to not do the projects, even though I have to say that I really need to get busy now that I have some extra time! Thanks Boo Mama for the extension on the deadline!
Monday, July 21, 2008
A handsome maitre d' greeted me upon my arrival to "A Nice Place to Eat", as you can see by the sign. Inside, we were taken to the best seats in the house and given extra special attention. As I looked over the menu, I was sipping the house wine and finally decided on the "Chef's Special" of the evening: rib-eye steak, king crab legs, and rice pilaf with a tossed green salad. While we waited for our meal to arrive, we were entertained with a comedy routine (that maitre d', he's talented!) which included a mime impression which was quite good. The chef himself served the meal-- cooked and presented with perfection:
Around the "restaurant", I noticed a large number of bouquets in vases. They were stunningly beautiful. My husband told me that there were 16 dozen in all, one dozen for each year of our marriage. I later gathered the roses together in one place to photograph them:
After dinner, we were escorted to the "movie theater" to watch my favorite show, "I Love Lucy". One of the episodes just happened to be Lucy and Ethel scheming to get their husbands to take them out for dinner and a night on the town for their anniversary. I think they ended up having a great time, but I think I had an even better time.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
|Make a Smilebox postcard|
Saturday, July 12, 2008
1. given to whimsy or fanciful notions; capricious: a pixyish, whimsical fellow.
2. of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy, as thoughts or actions
3. erratic; unpredictable
Perhaps I can qualify for the third definition. I know that if I had visited some of the other blogs first, I would have never entertained the thought of even thinking that I understood whimiscal in the least bit. These ladies have fabulous taste and they know whimsy. I visited each blog and was in awe of all the talented people that before Katydiddy's party, I did not know. I bookmarked every single one and plan to study them and visit them every day!
I love that vintage doesn't always mean expensive. Nikki, at Whimsy Love, has a way with taking something ordinary like a desk drawer and turning it into something entirely different. I really loved her vintage alphabet idea so much, it is a great idea for a young child's room.
Twinkle Shabby Star at Eye Candy Creations really knocked my socks off! Can you come and stay at my house for a few weeks and help me do my daughter's room? Her rooms are incredible, you really have to click over and see it for yourself. My jaw was on the floor! Her style is impeccable and it doesn't surprise me at all to know that one of her rooms was featured in Romantic Homes magazine.
Sarah from Frills Fluff and Trucks is the winner! Her room is just beautiful. You really need to visit her site.
Be sure to visit them all, I'm sure you'll soon see them sometime soon on Design Star.
Jill at Bella Lulu Gorgeous and Elegant!
Kari & Kijsa at Ask Kari and Kijsa Wow! Speechless.
Thanks ladies for all your inspiration. I am hoping that you are giving a Whimsical 101 seminar in my vicinity sometime soon!! Thanks for the great blog party, Katydiddy! I have so much to aspire to now! I loved each and every room.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some work to do!