Putting up Vegetables, Catholicism and Relaxing on a Grey Day

I sip Earl Grey tea and think of what a beautiful grey day it is. Pun on the grey.

Yellow juice squirted out of the tomato as I sliced delicately across its belly. I have been putting up a lot of vegetables in our freezer this fall hoping that we will have a healthy veggie filled winter. My gosh, it’s going to be Halloween before we know it. Goodness.

Here’s the tomato soup I’m making tonight.

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/creamy-tomato-soup-buttery-croutons

The sunrise this morning was breath-taking as I prayed over the mass readings today. I don’t have access to going to a mass everyday but I’ve taken up praying over the daily mass readings. I also discovered that you can bless yourself with holy water, yourself, at home. Previously, I had been under the intuition that you could only bless yourself with holy water in a Catholic Church.

Also this morning, in my mass readings I learned that it is Saint Isaac Jogues and Jean de Brebuef and companions Feast day, today.

These saints were the first martyrs of the North American continent. Saint Isaac Jogues had several fingers chewed, burnt and chopped off on his first mission to evangelize. He returned to France, his home. Later deciding that his mission was not done he returned to evangelize and was tomahawked and beheaded.

I only mentioned one of these saints please read more from this detailed article provided by Franciscan Media.

Please read more about these saints here: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saints-isaac-jogues-jean-de-brebeuf-and-companions

Drinking an Albatross while Studying

Albatross- N. animal. A very large oceanic bird, related to the shear waters, with long narrow wings.

Funny enough, my new favorite coffee shop’s Albatross is the name of their three shot espresso drink with white chocolate drizzles and a good inch of delicious foamy goodness.

This is quickly becoming my favorite espresso drink.



As I sit looking out over a golf course at the sedum, also called stonecrop, and ditch lilies (well that’s what we used to call them in my part of KS but they’re actually day lilies) outside.

They’re such pretty flowers I don’t know who originally came up with that name.



Yesterday, I went to my fiance’s school for a class day. He is an incredible teacher, honestly, that’s his jam. Which is really awesome!

There has been a power outage in much of this county this morning and it’s been a big problem for my studies. Urrrgh… the negatives of being a virtual student.

Thankfully, my neighbor got an update from the power company that service should be back on at 3:30 pm. So, that’s a relief. I’ll be able to get home and make dinner.



Corinthians and Enchiladas, after a Long Day

I peep into the oven to see the enchiladas I just made glistening from the glow of the oven light.

I am drinking a glass of layer cake wine as I wait for the enchiladas to finish baking. One of my new favorite wines. The wafts of smoky cheese on top of freshly made enchilada sauce are cheering for me after a long exhausting day.

I think enchiladas are one of my favorite foods.

Yesterday, was Sunday and I went to my churches synod meeting.

Our mass reading, 1 Corinthians:12, yesterday was about how everyone is important and how we should accept others.

The gospels message was describing the body as a metaphor for others. With your eyes you’d be able to see but without your ears you wouldn’t be able to hear. So, as, if the body had a mouth but no tongue it wouldn’t be able to taste.

Because everyone has something to contribute in this world from the smallest baby to the oldest woman and everyone should be included and loved.

Everyone has a purpose like every part of our body.

It was a beautiful comparison and a wonderful reminder that everyone has a place and contribution to this world and we need to be patient and kind to everyone.

It takes a lot of us to make a world.

We must be kind, compassionate and patient to everyone even if we don’t agree with them .

A great reflection for me as I wait for the enchiladas to finish baking.

Carrot Cake on a Rainy day, Unfinished Puzzles and Rigors of Being a Student

As I sit here thinking of the list of assignments that I need to complete for the day I sip a cup of strong French roast coffee. As of now, I think West African coffee is perhaps my favorite.

I just love stepping out on my balcony in the brisk morning air with my coffee.

Right now, it’s very strange outside. The clouds are smoky and there’s fog everywhere, literally, blanketing the trees. Very humid too.

I just popped into the oven a carrot cake—because, Friday. Friday’s, I feel like, sometimes just require cake. Haha!

Before
After

Really, though, I think that cakes should set a day in the fridge after frosting for maximum flavor.

Wow, this cake bakes for an hour!

For me, baking, is a form of love. Baking is the perfect way to spread love to others.

I have a long laundry list of assignments I’m working on starting at 8:00, sharp. Unfortunately, knowing myself, that time will probably be not as sharp, as I would like, because sadly I don’t have wedding shoes yet. Honestly, I have tried on so many beautiful “no-go” shoes, so far. Sadly, none of which fit, so, I will persevere in the search. I’m thinking, though, that I will section out some time after lunch for that.

Aaah, psychology, it’s a hound for your time.

Though, I am so happy to be able to go to college and complete a degree. I think, often it is easy for me, to forget about how lucky I am to be able to pursue a degree or any further education at all. I think it is easy to forget how lucky we are to be able to pursue higher education as many people don’t have that option.

I enjoy getting wrapped up in studying the complexities of how the human mind works. How people think.

I am looking forward to putting all I have studied into practice. In my everyday life, I love listening to people.

My assignments for today consist of buckets of reading. I just developed a little office which makes for a good dedicated reading place.

And!! It’s going to rain today, hopefully. I just love watching the rain. And studying with the rain coming down outside my window really helps me.

I find it so mesmerizing.

Inspirational Quotes After a Long Taxing Day

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long difficult words but rather short easy words like what about lunch?

⁃ A.A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

If the person you were talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.

-A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“The Lord has loved me so much, we must love everyone, we must be compassionate!

-St. Josephine Bakhita