Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hi ho Hi ho, off to the ER I go...

Sheesh, I had to go to the ER on Thursday again. Same awful abdominal pain. It reminded me of contractions this time. The ER doctor said that I had an air bubble in my intestine blocking normal function and causing spasms/pain, which explained why it felt like contractions. It appears that this pocket of air formed at the surgery site. (The place where they had to cut out some of my bowel.) It had been suggested that there is a lot of scar tissue on the outside of the bowel, that is causing this problem

Fortunately, this time they allowed me to go home and deal with it rather than stay on an IV with pain meds at the hospital. I was hesitant at first but they gave me the same meds that they would have put me on in the hospital. Also, I was put on clear liquids.

Glad to be back home. Yesterday I spent the day in bed, sleeping mostly. My dh and kids took care of the daily chores, meals and the little ones. It was nice. Today I'm feeling just sore, but I was able to clean 3 bathrooms and do some laundry. This isn't a very exciting post, but it is therapeutic for me ... helps keep things in perspective, keeping panic attacks away. It is always in the back of my head that it could be a twisted bowel with gangrene again. So writing it and seeing that it is NOT that serious, just painful, helps tremendously.

Thanks for the prayers. God bless you all!


Friday, June 22, 2007

Our 22 Anniversary, & St. Thomas More, feast day June 22

Today was our 22nd anniversary. I was pampered with a
french manicure and a pedicure with rocopoco red polish.

When Rick got home from work, I was greeted with a romantic card & a lovely pool bag in pale pink. Something I had mentioned that I needed. I was tired of carrying plastic grocery bags to the pool. But I was impressed at the 'pink' ... too sweet.

We then went to dinner ... I had grilled salmon and shrimp, Rick had the grilled seafood platter with lobster tail ... and a Movie, Mighty Heart. It was a good movie but quite sad. One line I appreciated in the film was when the Marrianne, wife of Daniel Pearl, said after all that had happened, not to be terrorized by terrorists (not exact quote). I don't want to give too much away. It was great.

My tidbit of married wisdom is this: do not ask "what has HE/She done for me" ... but rather ask yourself "what have I done?"

Remember this, you can not change anyone but yourself.

Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." Matthew 10:9


ST. Thomas More

June 22, 2007

His belief that no lay ruler has jurisdiction over the Church of Christ cost Thomas More his life.
Beheaded on Tower Hill, London, July 6, 1535, he steadfastly refused to approve Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage and establishment of the Church of England.

Described as “a man for all seasons,” More was a literary scholar, eminent lawyer, gentleman, father of four children and chancellor of England. An intensely spiritual man, he would not support the king’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Nor would he acknowledge Henry as supreme head of the Church in England, breaking with Rome and denying the pope as head.

More was committed to the Tower of London to await trial for treason: not swearing to the Act of Succession and the Oath of Supremacy. Upon conviction, More declared he had all the councils of Christendom and not just the council of one realm to support him in the decision of his conscience.


Four hundred years later, in 1935, Thomas More was canonized a saint of God. Few saints are more relevant to the 20th century. The supreme diplomat and counselor, he did not compromise his own moral values in order to please the king, knowing that true allegiance to authority is not blind acceptance of everything that authority wants. King Henry himself realized this and tried desperately to win his chancellor to his side because he knew More was a man whose approval counted, a man whose personal integrity no one questioned. But when Thomas resigned as chancellor, unable to approve the two matters that meant most to Henry, the king had to get rid of Thomas More.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I'm HOT ...

... not in the pin-up sense of the word, but more in the hormonal sense. I keep the a/c normal cool during the day but at night I sneak down and lower it as low as I can before feeling too guilty. My family is freezing. I peek in at them when they are asleep and they are all dressed for winter, quilts and all. I've got an ice water and a cold compress next to my bed. I keep expecting to wake up and find that I've created my own weather conditions in the house and it will be snowing... A girl can dream eh?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Eating healty on a budget

  1. Get veggies and fruits that are on sale and in season, they'll taste better too ... fortunately today we have the advantage of cheap canned veggies with no salt.

  2. Cut out salt, but if you must, get sea salt.

  3. Use fat sparingly, buy olive oil and canola oil. BTW, you should not notice much of a budget change by switching to of olive oil, because you use it sparingly. (store it in a cool place or in the fridge) Margarine may be cheap but it is really bad for you, so if you have to spread something go for the smart balance that has Omega-3 in it or if you can be trusted with butter, use it sparingly ... like never. NO REAL MAYO unless you can spread it so thin you can read through it. Try the fat free, or the new smart balance mayo. Get natural peanut butter with no corn syrup, and your heart will thank you (Skippy has a nice natural PB)

  4. Oatmeal for breakfast is cheap and good for all that ails you. Steel cut is the best, but frankly good ol' Quaker oats is definitely good for you. If you don't like hot cereal, then find an alternative like shredded mini wheats. We love those!

  5. Switch out white for brown ... pasta, rice, breads. Whole grain Pasta by barilla is marginally more expensive but worth it in medical bills if you KWIM ... not to mention very tastey. GET RID OF WHITE BREAD it is like eating spoonfuls of sugar. Find a bread store that has discount bread day and load up your freezer with 'whole grain' breads instead.

  6. Make all the same recipes you have before except swap out the healthier stuff like instead of fried, bake. Baked fries with a sprinkle of salt-free seasoning, skins on for fiber, and a dab of olive oil is much tastier than deep fried fries or frozen crud. When it comes to the casseroles, do the same ones only use brown rice, and whole wheat pasta, change from ground beef to ground turkey. It will cost a little bit more but it will be better for you. TIP: get some very lean ground beef and mix it with the turkey and use less of it. You do not need as much protein as you think.

  7. When it comes to cream sauce in a casserole, I use skim milk instead of cream or whole milk, and I use smart butter and flour. I got a tip from a healthy cookbook that used regular cheese but just much less. So you get that nice sharp cheese taste on top of your casserole but with less calories. If it calls for a cheese topping, make some bread crumbs with whole grain bread, a dab of olive oil and just a couple ounces of real cheese. Mix together and top the casserole with it.

  8. Most soda is loaded with sodium, and really bad for you so switch to ice tea and it can be pretty cheap. Tea is a natural antioxidant and if your budget will allow throw in a couple of green tea bags ... I did and it is delish!

  9. My kids have become expert dessert makers too. Because I do not buy desserts, occasional ice cream but no cookies, cakes, candy etc. Elizabeth has even created a hand dipped chocolate... to die for... using smart balance instead of butter, and dips them in dark chocolate. They are filled with sugar of course, but the point being, they can't (and I can't) stand at the pantry and load up on that junk, and it takes effort to make something from scratch.

My family has eaten healthy my whole life (thanks MOM) . We may have big rear ends but we all have good hearts! Even when my parents were on a budget, they made healthy foods. We never had chef borardee, or hamburger helper, unless it was a 'treat' ... same with frozen foods, sugary cereals, or pop tarts. And let me tell you, it was RARE. Always at least one veggie but usually 2 with dinner, meat was portioned out and not overflowing with extras.

Some of these suggestions you may want to try in doses. But if you take the attitude that you are going to enjoy this new adventure then you will. And to treat yourself occasionally to a treat is the way it should be. I would not be able to maintain this life style if I said I could NEVER have coke and movie popcorn again. And to never have an ice cream Sunday???? NO way. But if they are treated, as 'treats' then your heart will thank you and you the treat will be that much sweeter when you indulge.

Best budget/health tip of all, when you walk into the store, ask Our Blessed Mother to help you get what you need to feed your family healthfully on a budget, and help you to leave the things you don't.

Boy I hope this makes sense, I've been interrupted so many times, sheesh. Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

If you would like to receive communion more often and you are not able to attend daily Mass you can practice the Act of Spiritual Communion as often as you like:

Act of Spiritual Communion by St. Alphonsus Liguori (A.D. 1696-1787)

My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. ... (pause) ... As though thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.

Motherly advice

I know we've all heard that phrase, "eat everything on your plate, because there are people starving in China." It was debunked for years by modern psychology saying that mothers were making glutens out of their children. Children were becoming obese because their mothers made them eat everything on their plates. In the beginning of parenthood, I too bought into that belief, having weight issues of my own I didn't force anyone to finish their plates. It does make dinner time pleasant and the kids are happy that there is no pressure to eat anything they don't want. However, could I be neglecting my kids souls?

I think it is important to teach our children to appreciate what they have and not to take it for granted. I also believe that when you are given much, much is expected of you. I think it is our obligation to look out for out children, body, mind and soul. Though the later is not the least but rather I was saving the best for last. Yes we must nourish their souls as well.

In parenting there are many opportunities for lessons. For example, when the tragedy of Va. Tech happened I asked my kids to not take their education for granted because there are kids that will no longer be able to further their education. Kids that can't even wake up in the morning and go to school I let them know that it is like a slap in God's face to skip homework when He has given them many blessings to be able to do their homework. When they want to stay home from school, I let them know that they are healthy and able to go and that there are places in this world where the kids are forced to work and not allowed to go to school. Is this Catholic guilt? Perhaps, or perhaps it is nourishment for the soul.

When much is given much is expected.

I have been practicing this in my own life, and thinking about the mundane tasks as gifts from God. Thank you Jesus for giving me the ability to fold laundry, to care for my family and to have a home to clean. Thank you Jesus.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

If you give a Moose Mom a muffin Magic eraser...

She will use it to remove the crayon marks on the kitchen door. When she is done with the kitchen door she will notice the black marks on the light switch. Next she will see the scuff marks on the kitchen floor that lead to the family room where she will wipe off the marks along the walls where the furniture has been pushed up against the wall. This will lead to the stairway and she will see the dirty banister and while wiping that on her way up the stairs she will see the bathroom, when she reaches the bathroom she will see the soap scum on the tub and will use what is left of the Magic eraser to wipe it down... then most likely she will plop down in a recliner and call the local pizza parlor and have them prepare dinner.

I love the series of books by Laura Joffe Numeroff, and when I was doing some cleaning today with my Magic Eraser, which I think is the best invention since sliced bread, I was hopping from one task to another and that story popped in my head.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Live and Learn

I recently purchased an Itunes song by Rufus Wainwright. Blah. I purchased going to a town, and learned my lesson to google the lyrics FIRST. This is just yet another waste of talent. A bitter lyricist taking his bitterness out on Jesus Christ and America. Blah. Talents are given from above so it seems that a more careful use of them would be warranted. One of the lyrics "Tell me do you really think you go to hell for having loved?" I can answer that Rufus, NO. Duh. I have never found a passage in the Bible nor a Christian writer that says, one goes to Hell for having Loved. And frankly I dare say that any of the other religions out there carry that philosophy. But perhaps your definition of "LOVE" is something that is offensive to God and therefore you are trying to justify that action by calling it "LOVE." My suggestion is to save your money and spend it on something else like toilet paper.