Catholic Family Vignettes

A collage of literary snapshots from the life of a large traditional Catholic family


December 14, 2008

Last minute gift idea…

Take one unattractive, itchy, unwanted sweater (purchased for $1.99 at the thrift store!)…

A sharp pair of scissors, a sewing machine and a little ingenuity…

And you end up with a rather nifty bag, just perfect for toting a couple knitting projects, library books or whatever else suits you!

The entire project took only a few minutes, from start to finish. It’s not too late to give a couple handmade gifts…and look at how much sweater is left!! I foresee a couple needle bags or maybe even cut-and-sew mittens.

The thrift store is waiting for you…grab a couple sweaters and get started!

Speaking of gifts…those lovely walnut knitting needles?  Hand-turned and finished by my dear husband, three years ago.  My favorite needles, by far.

Nothing says “love” like handmade!

Rejoice in the Lord always…

The view from my backyard, this morning:

A magnificent sunrise, accompanied by a rainbow heralds the coming day…

It is Gaudete Sunday, and the countryside, bathed in hues of rose and gold, is most suitably attired for this feast of joy!

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice; let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.

Alas, though it is one of my very, very favorite feast days in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, I’ll be staying home.  The twelve year old has a temperature of 102.5.  It seems the public library is not our friend.  This is twice in two months that we’ve been to the library only to return with a virus.  The good news:  whatever this is, it comes with fever only, a headache , body aches and leaves within 24 hours.

May God grant that it continues so…

Despite all obstacles real and imagined, let us cast aside doubt and fear, embracing hope and joy!

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