Monday, November 30, 2009
Apparently, my textbooks will be moved here because they do not look as impressive on the bookshelves in the living room.
Above is another look at the bookshelves, a ladder, and a green chair. Below, the guest bedroom awaits the painters.
A bit of romantic graffiti adorns the chalkboard in the school room.
Speaking of romance, since we are running out room for books in our house, we have asked for advice from our interior decorator, who has advised us on how to manage our book purchases prudently.
She advised us to only shop for books during certain periods when we are unlikely to complete online credit card purchases. This takes some sacrifice for both of us, but it makes the times we do manage to purchase books more meaningful for us as materialistic consumers.
Speaking of materialism, it is time for another musical video. This one comes from Japan, and is a tune we all recognize. It was a big favorite in the family last year, and so it will be the second video for Advent:
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tomorrow, St. Andrew's Feast Day, begins the St. Andrews Christmas Novena.
The following prayer is repeated 15 times per day up until Christmas:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)
+MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York
New York, February 6, 1897
Just to show we have been doing something other than looking for prayers on the internet, I show you this video of Bernard at Brazos De Dios, a community of homesteaders near Waco, Texas. Every weekend after Thanksgiving they have a huge craft fair. Here we are tempted with buying chicks to start raising our own poultry.
Last year, I tried to put up a video for every day of advent. I shall do something like that this year, but more of the 'home grown' variety. There are only so many times one can see Jon Anderson in tights. So here is one of the children playing Greensleeves:
That would be Genevieve, Noisykid #7, in December 2007.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
We anticipate being back in our bedroom by Thanksgiving.
Note the fan in action.
Below is a picture of Friday night's dinner on call at the hospital. It was the second time I had ever gone to the cafeteria, and I got a vegetarian wrap. I basically asked for everything on it, and the lady kept piling on stuff. Just before wrapping it up, she asked if I wanted some black beans on it.
"Of course," I said.
She stared at me for a second, then put some on and proceeded to wrap it up. Beads of perspiration popped out on her forehead. She called for help from a co-worker. I wandered off to grab an apple, and when I came back, it was done.
"There you go. Enjoy," she panted. Her colleague leaned over the counter, breathing heavily. He looked a little pale.
"Never again. Don't ever let him order that again," he said.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I am sure the circulator has already called a 'time out' to verify that surgery is being performed on the 'correct patient, correct location.'
Sadly, the artist neglected to include the anesthesiologist; perhaps he was out of view, changing the CD at the moment this was painted.
Please say a prayer for a priest friend of ours who is having a surgical procedure on Monday.
Here is a prayer for those who are undergoing surgery:
PRAYER BEFORE SURGERY
I believe in You, my God, because You are eternal truth.
I hope in You, my God, all good and merciful.
With my whole heart, I love You.
I am truly sorry for all my sins because I have thereby offended You, so good and worthy of all my love.
Grant me Your help, especially now that I am about to undergo surgery.
In You I place my full confidence and trust.
I realize that You are with me and shall assist both the physicians and nurses to help me regain my health and strength.
I have not published prayers for a while, but this one certainly goes in the list of Prayers You Should Say Before You Die.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Is it not beautiful, Linda? It is beautiful....
This is the younger girls room. It used to be hot pink, now it is cooled down a bit.
It reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream or the color that original Bianchi bicycles were painted....
I am getting hungry.
Here is the view into the bathroom. Let's go to the bathroom, whether you think you need to or not!
The girls bathroom:
Here is the older girls room. The colors are a bit off. The lower wall is a nice brown color, not black:
The iPhone doesn't do justice to the colors of the walls:
On to the master bedroom!!!!!! Purple maroon on bottom, some sort of brown on the top.
Another view. Note the scaffolding. We are really into the 'industrial waste' look in our house which was really in vogue in the early 2000's in Dallas:
Speaking of waste, here is a view of the master bathroom. Note the stark contrast between the light brown walls and the gently used stepladder in the foreground. What a statement!
As I have said before, Linda, you must come and see it in person. All of your many friends in Dallas are hoping you will be able to see the 'unveiling' before New Years!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Here is Bernard, ready to start his evening workout:
And he is off! Either that or he is going after the electrical plug. Note the rolltop desk is now re-assembled in the living room:
Friday, November 13, 2009
I think every time he looked back at me I got a picture of him with his eyes closed. He looks so angelic in this picture:
Several of the younger boys were outside playing their version of baseball. Their backyard baseball field is still a bit moist from all the rain we had back in October. It is time to take the plug aerator to the back yard and back field.
Maximilian has just hit the ball - and thankfully did NOT throw the bat back towards us - and is heading for first base. Bernard is trying to figure out what I am doing.
Another picture of this happy little boy. He was clapping for his brothers.
Here Bernard studies the game so he will be able to play it when he is bigger.
Since Carolyn was gone today, I had to stay up and watch Bernard. I made lentil soup and wheat bread for dinner, and broke one of the attachments on our mixer. I realized too late that there is a special attachment for making bread.
At least the lentil soup didn't turn into paste as it has on previous occasions....
Today is the birthday of Fr. Denis, one of my older brothers. Please remember him in your prayers on this day.
As an aside, here is a video from our All Saints Day Party. The children dress up as saints, and we have to guess who they are. This one included a dramatization:
No one was injured during the making of this video, but note that it appears as if St. Stephen's soul was caught in the ceiling fan.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Phase Two will consist of working on the girls' rooms as well as the master bedroom. This requires that we move out of our bedroom and stay for a while in one of the boy's rooms. They will stay by the school room until the bedrooms are all complete.
Even poor Mr. Walrus has to suffer the imposition of moving....
So we have our king-sized bed in one of the remodeled rooms. Not much room for anything else, except for Bernard's crib, and a rocking chair.
Here is where our bed used to be. If you look closely, you can see why carpet was not such a good idea. Oh well, live and learn; we'll do better on our next house!
For the present, Bernard will be so close we could almost reach him without getting out of bed....
Phase Two starts proper on Wednesday; tomorrow I have to move this monster out of our bedroom. I have to remember how we got it in the room in the first place:
Thursday, November 05, 2009
I thank God that we are able to do this work to make our house look a little nicer, last a little longer, and make more pleasing to Carolyn. It gives me tremendous joy to make Carolyn happy.
First pictures, then a movie.
Here is a picture of the bedroom hall. You can see one of the girl's bedrooms open at the end of the hall.
Here is a look down the boy's bedroom hall, showing the wall colors:
The big boy's bedroom:
Dominick and Theodore's old bedroom, complete with TILE!! We are really excited about that:
Another shot of the same room:
The boy's bathroom:
Detail of the wall and the counter colors. A perfect match!
More of Dominick and Theodore's old room, showing more of the wall:
The little boy's room:
Another shot of the boy's bedroom, complete with Benedict and Jacinta posing. Jacinta is holding a pillow sham which matches the wall color:
As you know, Linda, you are always welcome to come and see this for yourself. Hopefully soon. Now on with the movie version of this little photo tour:
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
The first in a series on Catholic Urban Legends.
Catholic Urban Legend
"Welcome to the 'emergency permission for sterilization' line. Please listen carefully to the following menu, as our options have changed.
"If your belly is open, and the obstetrician is demanding sterilization, please press 1.
"For any other reason, press 2."
(Press 1 or 2)
"You have completed the 'bishop's emergency permission for sterilization' procedure. Thank you and have a nice day."
As I said, there is no proof that such a protocol exists, yet I have heard about it more than once. I am willing to invest some of my time and a lot of someone else's money to prove or disprove the existence of this 'emergency permission for sterilization' legend. All I need are some investors, and perhaps one day I shall be featured on a show on the History Channel.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I copied the criteria for obtaining a plenary indulgence for the Poor Souls from this site:
On all the days from November I though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed.
Conditions for both indulgences:
1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.
2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.
3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general.)
4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.
5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.
6. A sacramental concession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.)
Here is Theodore's grave. We shall be getting a headstone for him soon. Unfortunately we can't have an upright monument, because I would prefer a Celtic cross for him. I took this picture from the head, and Marc is by his feet.
Prayer to Our Lady of the Mysterious Decapitation
Lead me away from all occasions of sin.
Guide me in fulfilling your last words in the Gospel,
"Do whatever He tells you."