…and You Start to Wonder If You Might Be the Butt of a Jane Austen Joke

What is it about entering Holy Week that invites spiritual attack on all fronts?  


Pardon my whining for a moment.

First off, I was sick recently and my meds are all out of whack.

Next, several personal relationship issues cropped up recently (most of which have been resolved, thank God).

Next, my son’s behavior has been particularly difficult to deal with, and I’ve been particularly impatient.

Then, yesterday I had in-depth testing for environmental allergies…


…and found out that, out of the 15 allergen combos they tested, I was allergic to all 15.  Commence freak out.

And THEN (forgive the yelling + whining), we woke up this morning to this:


When they predicted snow, I thought it might be a dusting, overnight, and no more.  Not TWO FREAKIN’ INCHES.  And of course my seedlings are outside.  Not to mention Ben’s tricycle.

All right, Holy Week.  Let’s get ready to rumble!

I feel like poor Mr. Woodhouse, upset over a half-inch of snow and altogether too dependent on Mr. Perry the apothecary.

Then again, less Mr. Woodhouse and more of a melancholic grump.  Mr. Palmer, perhaps?

But there are also good things happening:  I had another plotting + character breakthrough on the novel.   I also have the novel’s title—I think.  99% sure.

And, my parents are coming to visit in a few weeks.

And, Easter is almost here.  Let’s not forget that.

I’m ready for some Resurrection Joy.

End Whine Fest.


Looking to Give the Best Birthday Gift Ever?

Today is the anniversary of my launch from the womb.  And I’m totally going to go shameless on you and use it for self-promotion.

ethel_250Rhonda’s Birthday Wish List:

  1. Go to my latest online project, Real Housekeeping (www.realhousekeeping.com).
  2. Read as many articles as you have time for.
  3. Leave comments on them all.
  4. Share.  Click those little social media button thingies at the bottom.

Then come back over to my place and we’ll blow out the candles on my cake.  Thank you, everyone!


Ten Years of Being Catholic, and a Little Something on the Mother of God

One thing I’ve hardly discussed here is my conversion to Catholicism.  Thursday marks my tenth anniversary within the Bark of Saint Peter.  I converted when I was a senior in college and haven’t looked back.

If I’ve learned anything in ten years, it’s that conversion is not a one-off deal.  It continues.  For example, reading the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church has had the effect of making me more liberal… and more conservative… in my old age.  My (very Americana) social and political assumptions have sometimes blinded me to the more obvious and explicit of Christ’s teachings.  Yes.  Still learning.

The hardest Catholic thing for me to grow into has been devotion to Mary.  Ten years of happy-idol-worshiping-confessing-to-He’s-Just-a-Man-Whore-of-Babyloning and I still have my Protesting knee-jerk reaction at the mention of her name. (Behind this reaction is a trust issue, I’m sure, but I’ll leave that in the confessional.  With that He’s-Just-a-Man.) Continue reading

Popcorn that looks and tastes exactly like Cap't Crunch.

7QT: [Of course I clicked "Publish" without putting in a title]

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I’m over at Real Housekeeping today, doing the Clean-Up Link-Up and showing off my mad painting/office rearranging skillz.

Everyone’s welcome!  Clean your house with us, one little task at a time.

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Speaking of Real Housekeeping… I am looking for contributions of the quality kind.  Read this and this and, if it interests you, shoot me a post/inquiry at editor “at” realhousekeeping “dot” com.

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Hope is on Spring Break, so Jared, with all his free time (ha), took us all on a little mini vaycay Monday and Tuesday.  Destination?  The Great White North…


…a.k.a. Traverse City, Michigan.

Jared found a super-duper great deal on a nice hotel (because what crackpot people go NORTH for Spring Break? I ask you) and so we went.  We paid cash for everything, too!  Dave Ramsey would be proud of us.

Old Mission Lighthouse, and the 45th Parallel.  The 45th also runs just north of my parents' house, but it's a bit warmer there in OR than it is in Traverse City.

Old Mission Lighthouse, and the 45th Parallel. The 45th also runs just north of my parents’ house, but it’s a bit warmer in OR than it is in Traverse City.



Interesting buildings downtown.

Interesting buildings downtown.

Popcorn that looks and tastes exactly like Cap't Crunch.

Popcorn that looks and tastes exactly like Captain Crunch.

We asked a friend from Traverse City what we should do and see.  She then queried her TC Facebook friends.  Top must-see tourist attraction?  The Germ Tree at the mall.

I think they were joking.

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I’ve read that writers should keep track of their work time as a means of increasing productivity and word counts.  I’m not one to keep up an Excel sheet, but being a happy Ubuntu end-user, I went in search of a (free) timer program in the Ubuntu Software Center.  I found this.

Yesterday I had both the early morning and the morning to work (woohoo!). I tracked my time for each task, then sorted from greatest to least.


Interesting, no?  At least it’s interesting to me.  The “Household” time was spent doing taxes.  That I only spent 20 minutes wasting time is, I think, a HUGE accomplishment.  That I spent zero time reading blogs (not quite true, but close) and working on the novel (very true) is telling.  Makes me want to flip those numbers around.

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Added to my design portfolio (click image to enlarge):

FINAL_motherwithgrace_concept5_vertical_nohalo_BLACK FINAL_motherwithgrace_concept5_vertical_nohalo_GREENThe fine ladies requesting this logo wanted something Marian in feeling, with a rose.  Last I heard, however, they hadn’t decided between green or no green in the type, so I include them both here for your viewing pleasure.

Another logo:

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This one was for my husband, who wanted something very specific for a new project of his.

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Last week I mentioned the possibility of doing April’s Camp NaNo.

The jury’s still out on whether or not I will, in fact, do it.  I’ve got a “feeling” that maybe I shouldn’t.  I wasn’t going to set an outrageously high goal for myself, but… still.  Gut feeling.

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I wanted to share some videos with you, but I’m already 22 minutes over my allotted time for 7QTs.  Next week, then!


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No Words But Six

I’m thinking almost everyone in the Catholic online world knows about the WCC couple losing their two girls in a car accident the other day.  Pray for them!  My heart goes out to the mother in particular.  Becca, if, by some random, minuscule chance you happen upon this here blog and see this post, please accept these words: God holds you in His arms.  Perhaps it seems lame, coming from a random almost-stranger (we met once—I know your mom), but please know that I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

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Baby goats!

7QT: Of Lambs, Goats, and Sardines

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Quick Takes.  Here we go…

We I (what is up with my co-dependent self, always writing in the third person first person plural I-wrote-this-very-early-in-the-morning?) have a lot going on right now.  My to-do list is unbelievably long, plus I’ve had some personal circumstances crop up that require my tending.  I’ve been tackling that list in order to clear space for the more important things: family, yes, AND…

…the novel.

I hate it when I don’t work on it for weeks at a time.  So much so, that I’m thinking of doing this:

The beautiful thing about Camp NaNoWriMo, as opposed to regular NaNoWriMo, is that participants are allowed to set their own word counts and project types—novel, short story, screenplay, even nonfiction.

I’d love to bring my rewrite to the April Camp, with a goal of making it to the midpoint.  That’s a reasonable goal for me, and it would give me the impetus I need to finish Draft #2 by sometime this summer—perhaps during the July Camp?

Of course, I have to clear the to-do list if I really want to be able to do this.  It’s feasible, but only if I get some more pressing tasks done first.

Anyone else up for a month of writing?  Even if it’s only the minimum 10K?  My username is rcmfo—request me and I’ll request you back.  Cabin buddies! Continue reading