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Catholic Woman's Almanac :: my first edition

Moments of Gratitude
~my month of vacation in my home state full of many more moments than I can share in this small space
~finding enough coffee grounds left in the cupboard this morning to be able to make a full pot of coffee (after standing in the coffee aisle yesterday and not purchasing coffee because I was certain I had an extra bag)
~a break in the heat wave
~air conditioning
~doctors, nurses, medicine and x-rays
~friends who welcome me home

Beauty in the Ordinary

honeybee at the farm

From the Kitchen

farmer's market shopping

Stopped at the Farmer's Market yesterday and picked out some lovely scented strawberries.  On the docket: strawberry jam.  I am also looking forward to grilling some chicken and veggie kebabs this week.  Plus this post from last summer is also calling out to me.  As for baking, I have missed out on three Baking with Julia recipes and so must get back on track. I believe the next recipe on tap is Semolina Bread.  I must try it!

~for my niece and nephew going away to college in the fall that they may stay strong in their faith and true to themselves
~that our country will not become overly dependent on the government for 
just plain everything

"Say what you mean but don't say it mean."

What to do with my boys for the next few aimless weeks of summer.  Now that we are bereft of cousins and activities and have no scheduled camps or sports this summer, I fear we may just stay home and destroy the house all day.  Not. Good.  Must. Plan. Something.

Just finished listening to The Shoemaker's Wife by Adrianna Trigiani (I give it 4 stars) and immediately began The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (Elizabeth McGovern is narrating and is wonderful at it).  I adore listening to audio-books on my phone, computer and iPad.  I have been using but am not pleased with their cost plans.  Anyone have another (i.e. free) option? 
~in print~
The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy and Dinner {a love story} by Jenny Rosenstrach

~Melt in Your Mouth Chicken (looks divine)
~Crock Pot Applesauce (yes I am getting excited for Fall days already!)
~Outdoor Fireplace  (just dreaming here)
~Summer Manifesto by Ali Edwards (must make one too)

Looking Ahead
Cannot wait to drive south for a lazy summer visit at my sister's house later this month


KC wandering in the wheatgrass of North Dakota

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  1. Misty your photos are beautiful. Thank you for your meditation. I have heard those words before, but really need to hear them again...and again...and again...

    1. Those words are new to me but struck a chord right away! Now to get my boys to live by that rule...

  2. have some photographic talent. What kind of camera do you use?

    Oh...I have been there...standing in the grocery check out without only took once to make that mistake now I am 3 bags stocked at all times LOL!

    Great almanac!

    1. Thank you for the compliment. I use a Canon Rebel Ti and It is the only reason I appear to have any talent. It does all the work!

  3. I just love this....and it has made me want to get back to my blog and to face some of the tough stuff that's been happening. Beautiful, beautiful pictures, my friend. :)

    1. So good to hear from you my almost neighbor!


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