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Fun Monday – Theme Song

This week’s hostess, the Crown Princess, has what I think is an uber-neato name for her blog. And this week’s assignment is neat-o as well. She wants to know what ONE song most describes us, our theme song, if you will.

I had to take a poll to figure this one out. The checs voted for The Four Seasons’ “Oh What a Night” since that song mentions in a vague way my birthday, and the chorus of Uncle Kracker’s “Follow Me”… I asked my mom (when all else fails, go ask mom). Without hesitation she came right back at me with something that really fit. Something that, the more I think about it, the more I realize she’s really got me pegged.

Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.” (Here you can see a video of a guy playing it on the piano).

Other songs I briefly considered, not necessarily in any order, are: Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman”, Mike & the Mechanics’ “The Living Years”, Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” (this was our senior class theme song from high school), the arrangement of “Lord of the Dance” from Michael Flatley’s Irish Dance spectacular, and the following hymns: “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us”, “Jesus Makes My Heart Rejoice”, “Come Now to Us, O Christ”, and “Give Me Your Body, O Christ”. Oh, and I forget who sang this, but there’s one more…..”The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (Rules the World)”.

Having been entertained by my entry, off you go to see what others have listed! Have a wonderful week!


Fun Monday – My “Bucket List”

Tiggerlane, the Neophyte Blogger hosts this week’s Fun Monday. She wants at least 5 things on our personal “bucket list”…..a bucket list comes from the movie of the same name, and is a list of the things you really want to do before you – yep, you guessed it – kick the bucket.

I admit to having a hard time with this assignment.

The very first thing that popped into my mind upon reading the details of the assignment was that I would like to go dancing somewhere – one of those places where everyone is dressed up fancy, men in suit and tie or tuxedo, ladies in evening gowns or nice cocktail dresses, there is a live band playing cool old-fashioned music. I only know how to waltz and polka (neither very well) but I would still like to do that just once.

I’d like to visit a certain courthouse and discover the ‘rest of the story’ of my family tree.

I’d like to visit Rome and have an audience with the Pope, whomever he might happen to be, in order to give him a set of Communion linens I have made.

I really want to go to Ireland!

I’d like to go back to Turkey and take my children with me, for about 3 months; I think that might just be barely long enough to cram in all the stuff I’d want to see (and show them) one more time.

I’m wondering if anyone else has a boring and mundane a list as I – let’s go check out the others’ lists, shall we?

PS.  I will be out today and won’t have time to visit others until later on, but I will come and read your list, I promise!

Fun Monday

Angie over at the Lurchers is this week’s hostess, and she gives us the following assignment:

So continuing in the spirit of “being interested in people”, I would like to know, or see, what’s on, in or under your bedside table! So open those draws and bare your soul to us! Is there anything special there that has a story or a memory that you can tell us about? Books that you keep there to delve into from time to time? Trinkets that you don’t know where else to put? Let’s see!

I will give you the boring list, but there’s a picture at the bottom of this post for all you visual folks!

First, the actual bedside stand on the far side of the bed:

On the top shelf: a flexible gooseneck lamp, for reading/crocheting in bed; my journal and a pen for writing down prayer intentions and requests (read over every night before turning off the light, and again in the morning before crawling out from under the covers)

On the lower shelf: a mug warmer for my nightly mug of herbal tea; nail scissors and a cuticle trimmer – sometimes an emery board; a composition book for notes on the reading group book; leather-bound Douay-Rheims Bible; paperback copy of The Way of Divine Love by Sr. Josefa Menendez (reading group book); package of Crayola Twistable Crayons for marking passages in Bible; old journal; the Autobiography of St. Margaret Mary; The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr. John Croiset, S.J.; The Deceiver byLivio Fanzaga; They Knew Jesus by George W. Cornell; The Way of A Pilgrim; and a few devotional pamphlets – one on the Sacred Heart, Msgr. Bozyk’s Holy Communion Prayers, a Byzantine booklet of Examen and Confession prayers, and a Sacred Heart holy card.

Then on the dressing table on the other side of the bed:

A carved wooden box, lined in velvet, from Turkey (purchased in Istanbul near Hagia Sophia), containing a Sacred Heart badge, a St. Anthony chaplet w/instructions, a ring Rosary, a St. Jude chaplet, a Precious Blood chaplet w/instructions, a St. Ann chaplet w/instructions, a Crucifixion chaplet, and a miniature Crown of Thorns; generic muscle rub for achy muscles; lavender salve for dry hands & feet; a 100-knot chotki, lemon cuticle cream; an emery board; the tv remote; my alarm clock; and the 4-volume Philokalia with the Master Reference Guide (Philokalia from and the Guide from Light & Life Publications).

Bedside table

Bedside table 2

The white linen dresser scarf is part of a set of three inherited from my great-aunt Edna, and was probably made by her or one of my other great-aunts. The edging is hand-crocheted and is about size 30 thread (one-third the size of the crocheted tablecloths available in stores).

Be sure to visit Angie and from there go around to see everyone else’s bedside stash! Have a wonderful week!

Happy Anniversary, Fun Monday!

Our assignment this week is “the view” – specifically, the view from our front doors.  So, here’s mine:

The View

One of the limitations of a camera phone is that it only takes nice pictures close up.  You can’t see the ‘skyline’ as clearly as I can when I look out the door…..and in the summertime you can’t even see the house across the street for the leaves on the trees.

Also taken from my fornt porch:

view 2

As you may have guessed I live on top of a hill!

Fun Monday

Ann, over at For the Long Run, wants to hear about a website that has changed my life – one that has really made a difference to me.  There are lots of those, but I’d have to say that my top two picks are the Google search engine and Amazon.

I’m a homeschooling mom and my kids ask questions all day, every day.  when they stump me, I just turn to my handy-dandy Google box and type in what I want to know.  Like the Wizard of Oz, I always get an answer and it’s usually just what I need.  Likewise, when I want to know stuff about what’s different in the Byzantine Catholic Church as opposed to the Roman Catholic, just type it in the box and voila!  Recipe for fudge that uses Velveeta cheese?  It’s in there.  Pea salad with Velveeta and mayo?  That too.  It’s the Ragu of search engines.

Amazon……I could have a wish list over there that is a million items long.  I’ve found books on Amazon that I read as a child, and now can introduce them to my checs – especially those wonderful Marguerite Henry horse novelettes that girlchec is devouring now!

I don’t necessarily visit Amazon every day, but I’d hazard a guess that Google gets my business several times a day, every day.