That caught the rat
That joined the mouse
Brought out of the rain
And laid in the hall
(Both dead)
That woke me up at 4:30 a.m.
Meowing to announce his prowess
and Scared me to pieces –
All in the house that Laura built!

Happy Saturday!

I went across the creek to a produce stand this a.m. to pick up a cantalope for breakfast (I am determined to TRY to “do it right” in this weight-loss business, and that means eating three meals a day – so I have to learn to eat breakfast of some description, right?) –

I love this time of year! Even with flies and other bugs (I did put a fresh fly strip up in the kitchen this a.m. – flies will slip in the open windows and door especially in the face of a weather front) – I love the way everything smells, and the way I feel.

The produce had just come out of the cooler. I wish they’d leave it out, but it would go overripe in no time if they did that. We need to develop a better marketing system for fresh produce, you know? – anyway, the cantalope was warm enough to have a light perfume to it and a nice firm texture, so I bought it, and in a few minutes I’ll go into the kitchen, cut it up and eat it with a 1/2-cup of cottage cheese. Wonderful flavor combinations!

and I bought a small basket of peaches. Six peaches in a basket for $2.50 – that’s a little more than $.40 per peach! ridiculous! but we’re lucky to have any peaches at all after the hard freeze, Easter weekend.

And then – the Lamberts have just started carrying flowers this year – I found the sweetest flower. Have you ever heard of – Indian feathers, I think it’s called? It’s sweeping grassy stems with the most deliciously pale, delicate pink blossoms. I just had to have one – at $4.00 for a little plant.

I got the first squash out of my garden yesterday, both yellow and zucchini. I picked the little squash while they were still tiny enough the blossoms were still attached. Later on today I’m going to try a squash blossom omelet from the book French Women Don’t Get Fat. the squash themselves, I sauteed last night in butter and olive oil – they were crisp but light and had the most wonderful flavor!

I’ve struggled all these years with self-image, not knowing what to do with my womanhood – all those “feminine gifts” seeming so alien to me. I feel as if the blockage is being shifted, and bit by bit, in trickles and sometimes gushes, like water escaping a dammed-in pond, I’m discovering what a delight it is to be a woman, and to live as a child of God, revelling in His many gifts of beauty and sweetness.

Happy Summer Saturday, y’all!

Gee, Angela – give a gal a chance to recover –

from a trip to the dentist’s!
I thought the tooth was going to have to come out; instead my favorite “Caters to Cowards” (yep! that’s me!) dentist – Mark Thompson – actually was able to do a gorgemous composite filling. My chipped incisor looks like new, and my poor old molar looks good enough to move around to the front of my mouth!

but I do need a nap. Badly.

Hello Again, Naturally –

Back in… March, was it? I announced my intentions to drop off the face of the earth where Catholic Match is concerned. Well, it wasn’t as easy as I thought.

One of the reasons these sites are so popular is that the fora are entertaining. CM offers the options of on-site emails and brief messages they call “emotes” – a charming easy way to exchange brief messages between members. It’s fun.

And for a gal living with two cats, it’s an easy and mostly-pleasing distraction.

Okay – I’ll make a public confession: I also had a little bit of a “following” over there – a group of women ranging in age from their late teens to their 60s, who thought (or at least said) I am wise and witty and simply wonderful…

Not wonderful enough to stay in touch with now that I’ve actually pulled the plug and removed my profile, mind you… ah, the public are such a fickle bunch! LOL –

But certainly wonderful enough to gush to me and generally feed my ego in a major way.

So – I’m back. and frankly, I’m not sure I have an awful lot to say. I wrote four articles for CM/4Marks magazine – you can go to http://www.4marks.com and click on the magazine link: look for my wit and wisdom (choke!) in January, February, March and May. The March article is trash – literally a rough draft I sent to the editor because he was begging me to send him something – so of course it is the article that has received the most attention. My best article, “Spiritual Warfare,” for the May issue, is buried in the Apologetics section while a poem of questionable quality and an over-circulated email text received Headline status.

I want to break into paying markets. That is my career goal for this summer.

and, meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to posts in here more often, even pontificating a bit and being a general BORE, right?

I see I get an average of 3 views per day. Angela – how many of those are yours, Dear Heart? Well, here’s a crumb. We’ll see how long I can sustain this blogging stuff this time.

Love y’all – you’re in my prayers.