Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mystic Monk Rocks

Man alive, where is the time going?  No time to blog, but not a lot is getting accomplished around here.  Time to grab the bull by the horns, so to speak, and just do it.  So, here we go:

We've started a coffee of the month subscription to "Mystic Monk" coffee and we love it.  The coffee and tea is produced at a working monastery in Wyoming by genuine monks.  Fantastic products, and I love that we are supporting the monastery by our purchase.  I highly recommend it.  You can find it by following the link to Father Z's blog on the right of my home page, and then clicking on the Mystic Monk button from there.

Knitting updates: very little to report, I'm afraid.  one or two rows on mom's ribbed sweater, which I'm doing in pieces instead of seamless.  I have a feeling I will regret this in a big way, but what's done is done, and I'm not ripping that thing out again voluntarily...

Green striped socks are half complete -- that is, one down, one to go....We have a four day trip to Las Vegas planned next week for the youngest son to compete in an AAU basketball tournament, so I'll probably finish the second sock on the trip.

And, for a little distraction:

This is our lovely Lucy, the sweetest cat in the world, but you wouldn't know it from that glare, would you?  She can get the most intimidating looks on her face, but has the gentlest little soul of any cat I've ever owned, and I've owned quite a few.  The funny thing is, the more severe her expression, the harder she's purring and the happier she is.  We get a kick out of it.  She loves the knitting.  The observant among you will notice that she is lying on the pile of finishing that I've been promising to do for several months now, with no discernible progress.  She is also lying atop a package of my youngest's basketball team pictures from this past school year.  So, yes, I am behind in cataloguing the photos as well as everything else around here. 

And the pupster is now current on her shots and will be attending puppy obedience classes so very soon.  We invested in a gentle leader collar for her walks and the pulling has been drastically reduced, but she still tries very hard to leap at people in her excitement and friendliness.  Like most labs/goldens, she loves everyone and wants to show them SO MUCH...Oh, and we've given up on the fight to keep her off the couch.  She won that battle.

One more little tidbit, then it's off to do laundry:

Little sister came over this past weekend and we whipped up a batch of homemade powdered laundry soap.  I use this all the time and have had great results with it.  I made her do the hard part - grating the Fels naptha bar.  It isn't that hard, really, as I have a labor saving tip -- I heat the bar up in the microwave until it puffs up like a sea sponge, wait for it to cool down, and voila, it practically crumbles into dust with the slightest friction against the grater.  I follow a basic recipe and add oxiclean, and a super-secret ingredient of my own (the stuff in the large plastic container in the center of the top picture) that traps and removes dirt like a little laundry fairy.  It only takes a tablespoon of the product to do a large load, so it lasts a long time and is very economical.  Plus, it's something I can do with my sister, and that is always a good thing, as Martha Stewart would say.

Well folks, not kidding about that laundry, so I'll talk to you later. 

Have a blessed day.

Oh, if anyone of faith is actually reading this, I have a prayer request: my children's former 2nd grade teacher is asking for urgent prayers for her son, named Kekoa, and his troop.  He is in the Army, stationed in Afghanistan and this is a particularly dangerous time for our troops, as Ramadan will soon be under way.  His unit has already taken on enemy fire from Taliban troops and there have been some injuries.  Please join us in prayer that Kekoa and all his fellow soldiers will come home safely and that the families waiting at home will experience the peace of Christ, which surpasses all understanding, while they await their return...

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