Friday, April 25, 2014

Red Door

I apologize for the blog silence lately.  We are deep into reconstruct and have had to spend several days out of the house while our wood floors were installed, sanded, and finished.  We had a lovely Easter with all the children at home.  More on that another day.  Today I am just thrilled to post the photo of my newly painted front doors.  I painted the exterior and interior a deep red.  I have always wanted a red front door.  I think they look fantastic! I adore them.  Next up will be sanding and painting the white trim.  But that will have to wait until May.





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Thursday, April 17, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} Holy Week 2014



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{Pretty}


This will likely be the last of the tree blossoms from Ogden.  They were at peak on Palm Sunday.  We  are still waiting on trees to bloom here in the valley.



 {Happy}

My asparagus is up and nearly ready for some harvesting.  This is nearly a month earlier than last year, and because I did such a good job weeding last summer, I am able to see where each plant is this spring!



{Funny}



The Arbor Day Society offered me free trees for joining their "club".  My trees arrived this week and I was a little taken aback that they were not much more than 1/2 to 1 foot tall each!  I planted 9 Colorado Blue Spruce in a temporary "nursery".  It will two years before they are ready to be transplanted to their permanent location.  It's quite alright.  I really need to plan ahead before selecting a permanent spot for each tree.  2 years should be just enough time for me to figure it out.


{Real}


Holy Week is upon us.  It's my favorite liturgical season.  We are hoping to attend the Triduum this year in full. Hope y'all have a very holy week.


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

365 Project-April 16

Holy Week by Maurisa · 365 Project








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365 Project-April 15

Sleeping Boy by Maurisa · 365 Project








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365 Project-April 14

Bridge by Maurisa · 365 Project






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365 Project-April 13

Screen Lit by Maurisa · 365 Project






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365 Project-April 12

Blooming by Maurisa · 365 Project




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Tropical Banana Bread . . . and It's Healthy Too!

Don't expect this banana bread to be overly sweet, and if you have naughty little boys like mine, you may want to skip the nuts altogether.  Lil' Lamb picked his out and chucked them across the table.

Tropical Banana Bread


3 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup coconut sugar (white sugar will be fine if you can't find coconut sugar)
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup canned coconut milk or 1/4 cup yogurt
14 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts; toasted
3/4 cup coconut (unsweetened would make this a bit healthier)

In a large mixing bowl beat bananas and sugar until combined. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated.  Mix in vanilla.  In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients and stir to combine.  Add half of the dry ingredients and the coconut milk (or yogurt) and mix until just incorporated.  Add remaining dry ingredients and the pineapple juice and mix until just combined.  Fold in macadamia nuts and 1/2 cup of coconut.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Sprinkle with remaining coconut.  Bake on center rack of oven preheated to 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Cool for 10-15 minutes and turn out onto a serving plater.  Cool until room temperature. Slice and serve.



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Monday, April 14, 2014

Trying to Make a Home

We have been truly blessed in finding the parish we belong to in Ogden.  Our priest, Father Richtsteig, is a fantastic priest and the Mass is said with great love and care.  Still, I'm having a hard time feeling we are truly home.

We were in our parish in Maryland for 11 years.  We put down roots.  Many of our children were baptized, received their First Holy Communion and First Penance, and were confirmed there.  We formed attachments not only to our priests and deacons, but to the people within our parish.  Our oldest son was a fixture within the Altar Boys and by the time we left, he served almost every single Mass we attended and was the Master for High Masses.  We have our lost baby buried there. I miss our Sacred Heart family deeply.

I know we've done what we should to make this parish our home.  Wingnut has joined the Knights and serves as financial secretary.  He joined the men's Saturday morning Bible study.  I've taught Blue Knights, joined the women's prayer group, joined the homeschool support group, joined the meals ministry, and have been a presence with the youth group.  We've had dinner parties and celebrations with new friends.

Still I feel isolated and not a part of our parish community as fully as I would like.  I think it really has to do with the fact that the four mothers of the families I have felt the strongest connection with have or are leaving Utah for one reason or another.  One moved to Canada last summer, two more are moving away this summer, and the fourth I cannot even think about without tearing up. My dear friend, Joyce, is in the last days of a long battle with cancer.  How can I even complain?  I really need to just buck up and make new friends.  Unfortunately, being an introvert, new friendships just take me forever to forge.

This spring, two of our children will receive sacraments in our new parish.  Lil' Wingnut will have his First Holy Communion and Skoshi A will be confirmed.  I have a firm belief, those two events will go a long way in solidifying our parish as our home.


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Adoration Today from 3-4 pm Mountain Time


Joan de Joanes (1510-1579)

My girls and I are going to Adoration today during the Hour of Mercy.  If you have an intention we might offer you can leave it in the combox and I will check right before we enter the Sanctuary.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} Finally Spring

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 {Pretty}


The trees are in full bloom in Ogden.  We have a few more weeks out here in the mountain valley before our trees burst into bloom.  These are on the trees surrounding our parish property.




I had a bit of fun with some post processing adding some light leak.  I love the ethereal effect.




{Happy}


This is the historic building of Ogden High School.  I have admired the art deco detailing since we moved here and have always wanted to photograph the building.  Have you ever seen such a beautiful school building?



{Funny}


My girls confiscated my camera and took a few candid and silly shots of each other.







I love how I'm in the background not oblivious to the girls snapping away.



{Real}


Lil' Lamb was my little helper the other day.  Helping me plant 70+ bulbs and then watering for me.  He decided the veggie garden needed a soak too.  Unfortunately, there is nothing to water except the weeds so far.  I'm hoping we hook up the tiller to the Husqvarna this weekend and work the soil for early spring planting.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Demo--Now We're Having Fun

The exterior guys arrived Saturday and began demo on the front of the house.  Oh, do I have tales to tell, but that will need to wait for a separate post.  Let's just say, these subcontractors left a lot to be desired and our main contractor will be hearing about it.



The front entrance--on Monday they removed the rock veneer beneath both windows as well as the rest of the stucco.  




You can see we have extensive water damage beneath the stucco and rock veneer.


All of the exterior sheeting needed to be removed due to the mold seen here.


East side of the entry.




West side of the entry.

We are down to 22 days for this project to be completed inside and out.  Insulation was blown in today and hopefully dry wall goes up Wednesday.  Our flooring guy delivers wood on Friday for install on Monday.  All the floors will need to be sanded and finished once before painting the walls and then again after painting.  I have no idea when the exterior guys return to replace rock and re-apply stucco.  This is a nail biter!




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Thursday, April 3, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real} Is it Really April?

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Winter has returned with a vengeance.  It is bleak and gray and my photos this week really reflect that.  I am so looking forward to the return of the sun!


{Pretty}



My pretty little boy loves to sit on the window sill.  I love black and white portraits.






{Happy}


Even though it is April, we've had snow everyday this week.  K didn't mind.  She very happily traipsed outside and built snowmen.






{Funny}


Here are her finished snowmen.  She very affectionately refers to the leaning one as "Bad Back Bessie"





{Real}


We had managed to stay healthy all winter.  It figures that come April we'd all be hit by a nasty virus. It's been slowly making the rounds through the family.  My two little guys are still sputtering and coughing.





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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him

Please pray for the repose of the soul of our friend Dave, who fought cancer so bravely. Pray for the comfort and consolation of Dave's wonderful wife, Maura, and their six young children.



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