Thursday, February 28, 2008

Taking the good with the bad

The good: My seeds are sprouting. Isn't amazing how something as simple as sprouting seeds can make you feel better?

The bad: Things are bad at school. Really, really bad. People saying all sorts of mean things about me and the woman who is my co-chair. Oh, and the whole boycott thing. I'm really fighting with myself to not let it get me down. I'm losing. Fortunately, I have only 15 more days or so until I can let this whole thing be history.

I'm off to have a drink now.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I got this from A Soldier's Wife

You Are a Question Mark

You seek knowledge and insight in every form possible. You love learning.

And while you know a lot, you don't act like a know it all. You're open to learning you're wrong.

You ask a lot of questions, collect a lot of data, and always dig deep to find out more.

You're naturally curious and inquisitive. You jump to ask a question when the opportunity arises.

Your friends see you as interesting, insightful, and thought provoking.

(But they're not always up for the intense inquisitions that you love!)

You excel in: Higher education

You get along best with: The Comma


I truly believe that we, as Christians, are meant to have a community together and a formal building that is set aside for worship only. That being said, I do (and I mean REALLY DO) understand why there seems to be an increasing movement among Protestants for home churches. It is much "safer" and you are much more "in control" of what goes in in the environment. I can see the allure right now. But I also believe that what does not kill us will make us stronger, and that God has a lesson for us in both the good things and the bad things that happen in our lives. So, teach me O Lord. I really need to get SOMETHING out of everything that is going on in our Parish right now. UGH!!

We have sold 12 tickets out of 250 for the Late Nite Catechism 2 show. The show is March 15th. I have been told that we are being boycotted by members of the church because of things that are going on in the Parish and School. But this falls into the category of cutting off your nose to spite your face. We need the money from this fundraiser to be able to keep the school open. Boycotting us because the Priest has made budget cuts to keep the school open while we try to increase enrollment just doesn't make sense. We really need people to support this so that we can make money to end the budget cuts. So, we are going to outside parishes to try to sell tickets. If we do not sell these tickets we will LOSE over $4,000 that we cannot afford to lose. Pray for us please. We need all of the help that we can get right now. We're in big trouble.

I can't wait for spring!! I am so ready to get out in my garden. I have been neglecting my seedlings a bit, but they are struggling along. As soon as the weather breaks I am going to go out and spring clean my garden, double dig, add my soil amendments, and let it rest (if possible) for a few weeks before I plant my heavy duty feeder stuff like broccoli. I'll plant my peas directly outside as soon as the weather permits.

Well, that is all of the blogging that I have time for today. Have a great day!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Playing Catch Up

Hmmm.... Where to start, again. There has been lots of stuff going on in my boring old life lately. I have been much too busy planning for a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and Late Nite Catechism 2 show at the school. Lots of people aren't happy with the way that I am planning for it and are saying some really awful things about me, but those same people haven't purchased a ticket or offered to help. I have a delicate heart. I cry when people say mean things about me. So I have been really sad about this whole thing (that I am doing only because I was ASKED to by the Priest, not because I volunteered). I am just gritting my teeth and trying to get through it with my dignity semi-intact. But it has really left me in a state of wanting to just go hide in a corner and lick my wounds. Please, if you could be so kind, say a little prayer for me that I might take the higher road through this mess and make it through without making a fool of myself. This all ends after March 15th, so I have less than a month left.

Also, there has been alot going on at our school lately. We were blessed with a new Priest a little over a year ago, but many people are unhappy with the direction that the school and church are being taken in. It has been a difficult year. We have lost lots of students. More are saying that they are going to leave. I am wondering if we would be better off leaving now to the Catholic School that is just down the road from us. There are pros and cons. It is weighing heavy on my heart. I just don't know what to do.

So, these are some of the reasons why I have been a bit absent in bloggy land. I'm working through them. Guess I just need some time to think this all through. I'll keep you all updated.

Have a great weekend!

Has my "Rebel Yell"......

turned into a Rebel Whimper? I shudder to think.......

You Are 39% Non Conformist

You conform a normal amount. And the amount you don't conform is also pretty normal.

So congratulations, you're a conformist nonconformist!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Soil Mix

In my previous post, I mentioned that I make my own seed starting mix. I started thinking that some of you may be interested to know how I make it. (Cuz I am just SO interesting, LOL!!) My mix is very simple and I have no exact measurements. I simply use 1/3 peat, 1/3 compost, and 1/3 soil with just a sprinkle of lime. This really works well for my garden, but your garden may have it's own needs so I will include this handy link to give you some ideas of other soil mixes. Enjoy! :)

Cheater, Cheater pumpkin eater

Ok, ok. I admit it. Sometimes I cheat a little here and there in my garden. I am a bit pressed for time lately because there are a few (ok, quite a few) projects at school that are finishing up this month and next. Usually when I start my seeds I pull out my reusable windowsill greenhouse, carefully wash and bleach it, mix up my perfect starter soil and carefully plant each seed. This year, I just really need to get my seeds started fast so I found this little gem (#p036) at the grocery store. It seems easy enough, and I figure that some extra doses of compost tea when I water the seedlings will help make up for the lack of nutrients in the seedlings because I didn't use my regular starter mix. Right now, I am going to start my green peppers and jalpeno peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. I'll start my tomaotes, lettuce, and spinach in another week or so. Wish me luck, and I will let you know how it turned out.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I'm not lost!!

Really, I am still here. And for those of you who have been checking in on me occasionally to see if I really do still blog: Thanks for not giving up on me. :)

Hmmm.... Where to begin? First, we had a wonderful family vacation. Yep, vacation. Our very first one as a family unit and we all survived. And it was great. On January 18th we flew to California. In a whirlwind 2 day tour, we did Disneyland and San Diego Zoo before we boarded a big beautiful ship and set sail for Mexico for 7 days. We went to Cabo San Lucas. (Cabo Wabo Cantina RULES!! We love Sammy Hagar! But I swear that I will remember to take the Dramamine with next time that we go whale watching on a choppy sea with empty stomachs.) Mazatlan and Puerta Villarta were the other stops that we made. It was so BEAUTIFUL and if I ever get the pictues downloaded onto my computer and take a few minutes to learn how to post pictures on blogger I swear that I will show you all some pictures. But trust me, it was beautiful.

I am behind on getting my seeds started. But I will get it done before the end of this weekend. Bad Kitkat, Bad!! I have been more focused on planning our Late Nite Catechism II and Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at school. I have been slacking on everything else and I desperately need to stop and pay more attention to my family and home. It's so easy to get caught up in the things that matter less. It's a personality flaw that I am working on. But it sure is a hard flaw to fix.

I have officially given up Pepsi for Lent. Oh the pain! But I am doing ok except for one small incident at a Taco Bell where I TRULY did forget that it was Lent and got a pepsi from the fountain out of habit. :(

Well, that is all that I have time for today because I SWORE to myself that I would get my house something that resembles clean today. And I have a slightly sick kiddo at home so that makes it all the more challenging. Better get cracking!!

Take care and have a great day!! :)