Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Blessed are they whom You have chosen
and received, 0 Lord.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
They are remembered from generation
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!In blessed repose, grant, O Lord, eternal rest to the soul of Your departed servant, Lois, and remember her forever. Eternal Memory! --Excerpts from the Byzantine Office of Christian Burial
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I've always loved the story of John's conception. Especially how Zachariah is struck dumb because he does not believe the angel who tells him he will have a son! I often feel like I should be made mute at my frequent doubt. After all God has done for His people, why should we not believe in His promises? If He has promised, it will be granted. Elizabeth says, at the close of the passage in Luke's gospel: "Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men." And thus the Lord shall do for all those who have faith in His promises.
Sing, O barren one that didst not bear, for thou hast conceived the lamp of the Sun Who is to enlighten the whole world suffering blindness. O Zacharias rejoice and shout: 'The Prophet of the Most High is to be born.'
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Beautiful soup, so rich and green, Waiting in a hot tureen! Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup! Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup! Beau--ootiful Soo--oop! Beau--ootiful Soo--oop! Soo--oop of the e--e--evening, Beautiful, beautiful Soup! Lewis Carroll
Well, our soup tonight was brown, but it was pretty yummy! And it was in a nice tureen, too (a Thanksgiving present from my Taylor-Love). (Yes, Kayleen, the pot matches our stovetop tea pot. We love it!) Doesn't it remind you of a cauldron? It's my favorite pot :DBrown lentil soup with sour cream, served with sour dough toast and artichoke and olive hummus. Mm... Nourishing Traditions) 3 medium onions, peeled and sliced (or 3 leeks, washed, trimmed and sliced) 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 2 T butter 2 T extra virgin olive oil 2 quarts (8 c) beef or chicken stock (or combination of stock and water) 2 c red or brown lentils (soaked in water for 7 hours) several springs fresh thyme, tied together 1/2 tsp dried green peppercorns 1/4 c fresh lemon juice or whey (not powdered whey!) sea salt sour cream In a large pot, cook onions (or leeks) and carrots in butter and olive oil for about 30 minutes until tender. Add stock and lentils and bring to a boil. The lentils will produce a great deal of foam--be sure to skim this off. Reduce heat and add thyme and crushed peppercorns. Simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, another 30 minutes. Remove the thyme. Purée soup with a handheld blender (best gadget ever, if you like blended soups). Thin with water to desired consistency (if necessary). Reheat slightly and add lemon juice or whey. Season to taste with sea salt. Ladle into heated bowls and serve with sour cream.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
"Their faces were good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red-cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them). They were hospitable and delighted in parties, and in presents, which they gave away freely and eagerly accepted."I have recently refreshed my interest in Hobbits (to be expected when one sits in on a class concerning the philosophy of Tolkien). I want to be a Hobbit! I'd probably be most like the Fallowhides, who still loved the peace and quiet, but were fond of adventure and knowledge and learning (most Hobbits prefer genealogical books to others, especially books with information they don't already know). I want to live in a Hobbit house, with bright round windows and a big round door.
My Hobbit house would have lots of green and yellow in it, those being favorite colors of most Hobbits (and me too!). There would be no stairs in my Hobbit house, though I'm not sure it would be actually underground, like the smials of the real Hobbits.
If I had a Hobbit house, it would always be full of good food to share with everyone who visited. And, no matter when you visited, you would always be invited to stay for one of the six meals common in Hobbit households (breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, (tea,) dinner, and supper). There would be lots of laughter and smiling, too :)
We would have (at the very least) a nicely tilled fruit and vegetable garden, maybe even a full farm with goats and chickens and wide green spaces to enjoy. We would wear shoes only when necessary.
But did you know I already have a Hobbit husband? At least, he's part-Hobbit. He is close to the earth, has hairy feet, hates shoes, loves presents and green and yellow (but usually blue and yellow), and--most important of all--he loves mushrooms. Maybe he's Elven and Hobbitish--with his straight blond hair, slender facial features, and giant-esque height (for a Hobbit), he could well be descendant from both races!
Also, I think my parents are part Hobbit. (Good) food was certainly a prominent feature in our house growing up, and despite all the wonderful blessings and enjoyment of good things, they are "curiously tough." They also have mountains of mathoms all over the house :) So here's to Hobbits and our dreams!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
My friend, on how to display a pretty link to photos in my blog:
"Uh, I had trouble with that too. I forget how I eventually made that work."It takes some dinking around [with the program]. "Then you get some Java mumbo jumbo, then you go back to your blog and put the Java in a page edit linky place." Ah, how I love the technological world we live in!