And He answered and said unto them, "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."

Saturday, February 1, 2014

St. Brigid's Poetry Tour 2014

Here is my small contribution. One of my favorites.


We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample an empire down.

We, in the ages lying
In the buried past of the earth,
Built Nineveh with our sighing,
And Babel itself with our mirth;
And o'erthrew them with prophesying
To the old of the new world's worth;
For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Theme Thursday 010214

This weeks new theme is ONE!
One down and 364 more to go as of Thursday. 
Wow does it seem as if a whole year has gone on by? 
What do you say, does it feel that way to you? How did you celebrate the New Year?
Please come back on Thursday and let us know how you feel about ONE.
Do you like two better, or three or four? Are you okay with ONE? See you on Thursday!


On the second day of the year I did a little of everything around the house. I dropped my son off at a friend's house. I hope and pray it went ok. I had to force my children into doing chores and they found out that there are other parents who are doing the same thing with their children.

I suppose I am starting things off very different from last year. We have cleaned off the table so we will be eating at the table together for the first time in years. Depression is a powerful enemy of anything good and productive. I let depression run my life. I'm trying to take it back because I'm tired of this arrangement.

I'm also working on losing weight. Again. This time I think I have some tools that will help me. I am using Sparkpeople to track what I do and what I eat. We'll see if it works. I am hopeful that it will this time. We have 2 Ipods now so between the computer and the two of them, it should help.

The biggest thing that I will work on is having people over. My house is not set up to have anyone over except our immediate family. That has worked out okay but I am feeling the need to branch out. I have begged my husband and my kids to clean out the basement. 15 minutes a day or so. No one is doing it. We are stuck and I don't know what to do. I am sure that I am resourceful enough to figure something out.

It has always been hard to pick just one thing so this year I won't. There are several and it involves other people other than just the one of me.

Three Word Wednesday 010114

The words for Three Word Wednesday are:
  • Gorgeous, adjective: Beautiful; very attractive; very pleasant. 
  • Jittery, adjective: Nervous or unable to relax. 
  • Outrageous, adjective: shockingly bad or excessive; wildly exaggerated or improbable; very bold, unusual, and startling.    
Family Breakfast

January mornings in Chicago are cold, particularly if you own an older home. They are not insulated well and the cold seeps through the walls and windows. The first dash to the bathroom when you wake up means you get up. There is no snuggling back in bed. The brisk ambient air and the chilled floor beneath your bare feet takes care of that. I could have slept in. We weren't going anywhere, not even to the store. But I was up.

I had shopped the night before and planned what we would eat. I felt like I was stripping the shelves when I went through the check out line. My teenagers go through a lot of food. I was an only. I didn't know.

For some reason, I find winter mornings gorgeous. I love the snow sparkling in the sunlight. We didn't have that type of morning. The sky was a pale-ish gray and flurries whirled jittery around the corner of my neighbor's gutters. When I went to the gym, I was able to watch HGTV. We don't have cable or dish or any "good t.v.," as we jokingly call it. Whenever I am there, the show happens to be about couples buying some gigantic, expensive house in a much better neighborhood than mine. It kills me when they say, "The houses are so close together. You can see everything." Really. The house that I see on television is half a block away; our neighbors are so close we know when their dog is ready to come into their house.

I took everything out to make the casserole big enough to feed 6-8 people. Yes, yes, there are only 5 of us, but they are teenagers with a tapeworm-like appetite. I dream about going to a brunch buffet, with cloth napkins and quiet music. People do that, I'm told. Instead, I'm popping open a tube of crescent rolls, spreading the dough in a pan and layering with some thawed Potatoes O'Brien, eggs and as expected, cheese. And I'm doubling the recipe, more or less.

I wanted to serve fruit. We cut up some apples and pears. It was fine but I can see why the good cooks opt for some type of berries. They're just the right size, no prep work. Kiwis would work. Starfruit would be a little outrageous for our family but I've tried them and think they would be eaten without drama.

For the past week and a half that they are off school so we have done the impossible. We've all sat down at the table and eaten with each other. That is a huge feat in itself. They eat without complaint, except for my youngest. He decided he didn't like the crust of his first piece. The other three pieces were eaten without notice. And I had to ask them to clear off the table. I didn't like having to ask them but at least they did it.

When they were young, eating together was normal and exhausting and routine. Now family breakfast is a luxury.

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