A Winnie the Pooh day

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I found out that January 19 is Winnie the Pooh Day. Don’t know why. But I decided to go with a Pooh theme today. Considered waiting until later in the month but then I decided who knows maybe on January 19th I won’t feel like Winnie the Pooh – at least this way the cards and puzzles are up to play until the day actually comes. Though perhaps if you are a Winnie the Pooh friend – any day and every day is a good Winnie the Pooh day.

I am continuing to read  the book by Paul Wilkes about himself. In Due Season. It is sort of scary – like God picked this book just for me. He is like very, very fervent for awhile and then very, very not, and then on again and off again. And I think that is the way life is. Ultimately the only way I’m going to get into heaven is God bopping me on the head finally and saying, “Enough, already, come on in.”

I took down my Christmas tree today. I was going to keep it up longer but I decided I was done with Christmas even if the 12 days of Christmas are still going on. Buddy has been having fun with it. I had the lights on a timer so they would come on and go off at certain times. He stepped on the timer and added a few more hours for the tree to be on. So far he has only broken one small, gold ornament so that’s not too bad. All in all, he’s been quite sane with the whole thing.

Hope you have a nice day – we had some sunshine today which was wonderful.

Rosary Book Update for Saturday – Jan 4, 2014


Day 60 of Book Production
114 days till Publication
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A Purrfect Day

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Today’s Hangman: January 2
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Happy and Blessed New Year 2014!

Today was a good day. I went to work at Oakville because I was behind in a lot of things and it seemed as good a way as any to start the New Year. I was actually able to get everything caught up so that felt good.

I have added a new category of eCards today. Cats & Kittens.

I found a new book to read on my Kindle. I like to download books from the local library and while I was searching  for something with a bit of Catholic to it – I decided to search using just the word “Catholic.” I didn’t expect to find any books but surprisingly I did. I am now reading a book called, In Due Season: A Catholic Life by Paul Wilkes. So far it is very good and I am loving it. I’m only on chapter 4 but I expect I will like it all the way through.

Pudge wants his evening snack but I am making him wait 15 more minutes. I told him when he wanted to eat at 4:00 that he was going to want his night snack earlier! I told him and I was right. I’m holding out for 12 more minutes.

I am also reading a children’s book called, The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup.  Just a fun book. I like to read different kinds of books at the same time.

And if you really want to know, I am also reading, What the Plus! by Guy Kawasaki – which is about Google+. I am praying about taking an online Google+ boot camp course. I think, I hope, I pray it will be good.

AND HERE’S A QUESTION FOR YOU! I am wondering if any of you would like to get together for a retreat week at the Oregon shore sometime in the summer?

The theme would be of course, Joy in Jesus – living a life of praise, trust and hope. What comes to mind is that depending on how many (if any) are interested – I would rent a beach house and we would have a fun week of faith sharing, life sharing and listening to God and each other and just enjoy the ocean, read and rest. This is just a crazy thought that comes to mind. It would be a sort of co-op faith week. Split expenses so we could keep it low cost. If enough people were interested maybe I could even ask a priest friend I know to give some retreat talks.

And of course it doesn’t have to be in Oregon. We could do this anywhere in the country. Wouldn’t it be fun to get together? Maybe every year in a different place? Anyway this is all middle of the winter thinking of what do in the Spring or Summer thinking. Let me know if you have any thoughts.

Whooops! Two minutes past Pudges snack time!

Rosary Book Update for Thursday – Jan 2, 2014


Day 58 of Book Production
116 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary bit from First Book:

Spread the rosary…
The rosary
puts all
who have trust
in it
into communication
with Our Lady.

Pope Paul VI

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God Loves us

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Today I had a nice surprise. A friend that I met at the Bible study I was going to called and asked if I would like to go to a movie sometime. There was one playing in Corvallis that she wanted to see. Her  daughter had told her about it and was unable to take her but suggested she call and see if I wanted to go. So she called, and I thought it was a great idea and we went and enjoyed it very much! The movie was, “Saving Mr. Banks ” the story of the making of the movie Mary Poppins. If you get a chance to see it I’m sure you would like it. Walt Disney is played by Tom Hanks.

Pudge is bugging me – like he should be having another treat. Let me tell you he has already gotten over his quota for the day. There is something about that dog that reminds me a lot of me!

Only two more days of 2013 – very hard to believe. This last month I concentrated as much as possible on not worrying about anything but “loving Jesus.” I can hardly explain what a difference this month has been for me by doing that. Most amazing. Every day I try to remember to ask Mary to help me love her Son. That is the only thing differently I have done. Just ask Mary to help me love her Son.

I haven’t prayed extra prayers or done anything different except when I ask Mary to help me love her Son she has showed me how much her Son loves me! Just as I am. Not telling me to do more or be more. But every day I have become more and more aware of God’s love for me in so many ways. Now with the start of the new year that is going to be my focus for the year – keep asking Mary to help me love her Son.

One thought that has been coming to mind the last couple of days is this. “What if I put as much energy into living a life of  “Joy in Jesus,” as other people do in their pursuit of other things. What if I didn’t care if people thought me but only cared about what Jesus thought of me. Wouldn’t that be different?

Maybe not so different from going into a Monastery and living 28 years there but still there is always a holding back, a not giving all to the cause because “whatever would people think?” One thing that going to Guest House did for me was to reveal how much of a “people pleaser” I am. It’s in the very fiber of who I am. That is why I pray to Mary to help me to love her Son because on my own I get caught up in being respectable. You know, holy and all that but not really crazy holy more like the “respectable holy.”

And not that there is a lot of me that is not holy at all – not going into that – but the essence of life as I see it today, is not what we do for God – but that we just become aware of what God is doing for us, that no matter what happens God is loving us and doing everything every single day to make us happy. That’s it. God wants our happiness more than we want it ourselves.

Rosary Book Update for Monday – Dec 30, 2013


Day 55 of Book Production
119 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:We do not hesitate to affirm publicly that we put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times.
Pope Pius XII

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Just a bit of winter fun

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Not much new on the horizon for today. Worked at Oakville, wrote a couple of articles, read my book, ate another brownie.

Tomorrow is Saturday. Hope to write some more articles and eat my last brownie. Life is good.


Rosary Book Update for Saturday – Dec 28, 2013


Day 53 of Book Production
121 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

Mary’s Healing Intercession

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Explore, Dream, Discover

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I had the most amazing and blessed Christmas day. It was very simple but so nice. I hope yours was as well.

I am reading a new book on my Kindle (yes I got a new one for Christmas!) and I really love it so far. I downloaded it from our public library but I think you can also get it in print as well. It is called, Abigail’s New Hope by Mary Ellis. It is really, really good. At least I like it! It is an Amish story which  I sometimes like and sometimes don’t. Depends on how well they are written and how syrupy they get. This one is very well written and no syrup. And as soon as this little post is on its way I’m off to read some more of it.

Today’s Word Search puzzle is a quote from Mark Twain.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

— Mark Twain

Guess what?

I’ve found the real secret to writing more articles in a day!

Start off with a super rich, delicious brownie. Amazing. Here I have been eating oatmeal with nuts and raisins for brain food and hardly able to crank out even one article. One super fat, delicious brownie and I wrote four articles. Somewhere I’ve been inputting wrong information to my brain. Obviously health food is not what my brain really wanted! :-0


Rosary Book Update for Friday – Dec 27, 2013


Day 52 of Book Production
122 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary tidbit from First Book:

Hail, full of grace,
the Lord is with you;
through you salvation
was brought to the world.
Saint Bonaventure

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Christmas Star

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Christmas Eve is my Dad’s birthday. He is celebrating it in heaven. My mom always made him a pecan pie for his birthday. Since they are both up there together now – maybe they will get some heavenly pecan pie. Course I always thought my mom’s pies were pretty heavenly anyway.

The rosary story today is one that my brother Roy submitted. Hard to believe it has been ten years since doing the book and how so many things have changed. He was in the Caribbean for a long time but came back to Washington State a few months ago. Still haven’t seen him yet – probably not till Spring the way life goes.

Well I must give you a book report on my Christmas books. Finished the first one – and truthfully – didn’t like it that much. So I’d give a pass on that one. The second book I was suspicious of. I thought, “Have I already read this?” Turns out once I got into a bit I realized I had. But it’s good and I have such a poor memory I don’t remember exactly how it turns out so reading it again and enjoying it. This is the one by Mary & Carol Higgins Clark – Dashing Through the Snow.

Hope you all have a very wonderful and blessed Christmas! I am not sure if I will send out a post tomorrow – I think it might be a rather busy day.  🙂

Rosary Book Update for Tuesday – Dec 24, 2013


Day 49 of Book Production
125 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

A Special Grace From Mary

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Christmas stove, Christmas books and days before Christmas

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kitchen_stove Today has been an almost Christmas day and it hasn’t even arrived yet. I woke up this morning and went out into the kitchen and there was my beautiful new stove. Somehow it took a day for it to settle in and feel at home but it looked just right and where it should be this morning. I made myself a pancake and wonder of wonders I didn’t even have to swing the frying pan to a just so position so that it would lie flat on the burner. I just set it down and it was perfectly flat. How nice is that? And of course it cooked more evenly. I hadn’t really even thought what a difference it would make to have burners that were flat and not a bit turned up on end.

Then I went to Oakville for the service there. My friend Edith who lives at the Villas has gone to that church for over 25 years I think and now most Sundays I pick her up and we go together. We have such a fun, gossipy, chatty time on our way too and fro. Lots of times we just come home after the service but today we stayed for a bit of fellowship and that was very fun and of course delicious as they had yummy treats.

When I came home the sun was shinning and the world was inviting me to go back out into it. So Pudge and I went for a short trip to the library where I finally got some Christmas books to read! I got three.

A Christmas Blizzard is what I am reading now.  It is by Garrison Keillor – you may know of him from his radio program A Prairie Home Companion. So just like his radio show it is very funny, wry humor. It is the one I decided to start first. It is in very large print so even though it is over 300 pages I will probably get through it today or at least tomorrow.

Then I have Dashing Through the Snow by Carol Higgins Clark. I am hoping this will be good, but no idea. One book I read by her I wasn’t so excited about but this one looks good. So we shall see.

And the last is Christmas Jars by Jason F. Wright. No idea about this book either but someone recommended it in the comments of the posts I shared a few days ago that Cathy sent me. So I made me a list of possible Christmasy books, checked online to see if they were available and then went and got them.

Rosary Book Update for Monday – Dec 23, 2013


Day 48 of Book Production
126 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

My Parents Prayers

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Almost Christmas

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Today’s Word Search Puzzle: December 22
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Went to Mass this evening. Hard to believe Christmas is only a few days away. Father T told us about this young 13 year old boy who is on hospice. I have seen him once in the church in a wheelchair bed – he had such a beautiful smile and loving mom and sisters. How hard that must be for them this Christmas. I wish someone with the gift of healing would help him, so hard to figure out why some people get healed and some don’t. And only God in his great love knows why.

My new stove came today. It is really nice. So far all I have used it for is to boil some water which it did very nicely. I will have to try out the oven soon and bake something. Lately I have been eating too many sweets and since I have zero resistance to cookies better not do that!

I still didn’t get to the library to pick up a Christmas book. I really could use one tonight. Something nice, warm and comforting. I bought two used books from Amazon about the Miracle stories collected by those two Jewish ladies and they came in the mail today. I am keeping them in their package though as a Christmas present to myself.

Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow with miracles! I think every day should have a miracle in it. Just makes the day so much more exciting.


Rosary Book Update for Sunday – Dec 22, 2013


Day 47 of Book Production
127 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

Don’t Give Up

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Put a smile on your Christmas

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Have you ever heard the old saying, “Champagne tastes on a beer pocketbook?”

Well, that is me in the matter of some things. Not clothes or food or houses but when it comes to working on different projects that is me. Always and totally. Now I am thinking of something new to do and of course don’t have the means to do it. But – that is not going to stop me I think. One thing I believe in and that is that if God brings you to it, God will see you through it.

Step by step God leads us into new adventures if only we are bold enough to say yes to them. I don’t know exactly what this new adventure is yet – but I see a bit of it today and I think it will be good. And it is part of the mission I am on with the rosary book. It’s like an impossible, impossible thing and yet I believe, hope and pray that it will all happen.

But if it doesn’t – that is okay too. I have put it all into Mary’s hands – so what happens, happens with her blessing. And if it doesn’t than it wasn’t supposed to be and that will be just as fine because something else is to be. I believe walking and living with God should be full of joy and freedom and love at all that is and happens.

BUT I also believe in taking risks and stepping out of the boat when one hears a voice that says, “Come.” Being a Christian is not for the faint-hearted!

Of course I am faint-hearted more days than not I expect, but still – sometimes – God fills me with an inner joy and conviction to move forward. And this is the thing. I knew it was God that led me out of the monastery – and I knew it was for a reason. I wasn’t sure what and I’m still not clear. But today, I got an inkling, a glimpse that it might be something fun and exciting. Part of it begins with learning Google+ and doing something that is called “hangouts.”

Now I don’t know exactly what a Google hangout is – but I guess it’s like a live television show in which the people on one side of the screen can interact with people on the other side of the screen. Anyway, that is what I am going to step into and see if I can do. My hope is that it might be a way to promote the rosary book and move things along in that direction.

It will take some time. Just little steps at first – but I am going to start by taking a 6-8 week course on learning Google+ and then see how things proceed from there. Will let you know how it goes . . .


Rosary Book Update for Saturday – Dec 21, 2013


Day 46 of Book Production
128 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Story from First Book:

Mio Papa

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Come, Divine Messiah

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Well, it finally happened! I got in the Christmas Spirit and put up a Christmas tree! Will wonders never cease. Last year I just had a tiny little one on in my Kitchen but this year I went all the way and put up a real tree.

It all started when I picked up a few Christmas things from my sister this morning. And once I started adding a bit more Christmas to the house it all of a sudden seemed like a good idea to go and get a tree! And so when I took Pudge to get his Christmas grooming session I went looking for a tree. The first place had only big trees that started at $25.00. I did not want a big tree nor did I want to pay $25.00. So I decided to forget it but then driving back I found another place that was selling trees from straight from a tree farm. (Little know Oregon fact: “Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees – 8.6 million were harvested in 2001). )

Well, it certainly seemed like a good idea to support a local tree farmer so I drove into the lot. I found a beautiful, beautiful tree for only $5.00! It’s about four feet high and fitted perfectly with just one inch to spare into the back seat of my car. I had put up a tree the first year I moved to Albany in 2010 that was about the same size so I had just the right amount of lights and decorations. It looks very nice and so I have now officially decked the halls!

When I had finished decorating the tree it was time to pick Pudge up from the groomer. He was so happy to see me and he looked so much better. Poor little guy he had gotten terribly matted because his hair was so long and he loves to roll and roll in the grass and everywhere else (carpet will testify to that). Last night I could tell he was rather miserable so I made up my mind that would be his Christmas present.

Rosary Book Update for Friday – Dec 22, 2013


Day 45 of Book Production
129 days till Publication
Today’s Rosary Excerpt from First Book:

Such is the greatness of Mary,
such the favor she has with God,
that he who when in need of help
would not run to her,
would wish to fly
without the aid of wings.
Pope Leo XIII

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