Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Housework, is it necessary?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Another one bites the dust...

Well we dropped off dd #2 at college this weekend. It doesn't seem to get any easier. What a weekend though! She forgot to get an ID made, so we had to find someone to issu a temporary one until the id place would open on Monday. For those that don't know... an ID gets you into your dorm, into dining halls, into class... etc. So this was vital. When we arrived home, she called to say we needed to come back and bring her H.S. picture I.D., because without one she could not get an ID. So Rick was wonderful and after noon mass he drove all the way there with Julia and Mary. Elizabeth requested this so that they could see her dorm. I've had frequent phone calls but they are happy things, and she seems content.

Daughter #1 starts the semester later this year, so I get to enjoy her for another month.

Thursday, August 16, 2007


I'm watching the news and I'm stunned at all the Elvis fanatics out there.

I remember when he died. "Isn't that sad?" was about all my family said of it. We were sad that he lived such a sad life (sex, drugs and booze) and that his child would be fatherless. There was a neighbor who bought shirts for her entire family to wear for the occasion. The black T-shirt had his picture on it and the words, "The King Lives." I teased her son a few years after Elvis' death, but he was quite offended raised his fist and shouted he'd fight anyone who made fun of the KING. He wore the shirt proudly each year.

You know at the time I just took it as odd and thought maybe they had perhaps dipped in the gene pool a few too many times. But as the years passed and the attention to Graceland grew I just thought that Elvis must have represented a special time in their lives and it was just hard for them to let go of the memories they had during the Elvis years.

My thoughts have changed though as I watch the various news reports of the thousands of followers who are stopping at Graceland. The news reports that many followers are here to visit the "meditation garden" and visit with Elvis. I can't imagine Elvis or anyone would want to be 'worshiped' like this. Even Saints ... who lived their lives completely for Christ ... have no desire to be worshiped less they take any attention away from the real King, God Almighty that is. Of course this is no fault of Elvis... just the countless lost souls who looking for love in all the wrong places.

The channel I'm watching now has interviewed some of the bystanders. "He's my King. I will love him forever." shouts one woman from Australia. Another says, "They say he is still alive, and I believe he is alive."

There is only one King and we all know who that is.

I was going to put up a picture of Elvis as I like visuals with my blogs, but when I googled his picture up came a picture of "The sacred heart of Elvis" sick sick sick.

I rest my case.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Feast of the Assumption

Today's gospel moved me to tears... I do believe it is one of my favorites.

Lk 1:39-56

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.
We had a visiting priest from a Vietnamese parish. He had a wonderful homily and it would be impossible to repeat it in it's entirety but something he said is worth sharing. He said simply that Mary is OUR mother, the mother of all of us and that she will always protect us, in everything and every way. I know this is a simple thing that we already know. We know when Jesus was dying he gave her to all of us. So simple yet it is a clear picture of Our Blessed Mothers role is in all our lives.
It occurred to me at that instant that I am a mother and that I would do all within my power to protect my children... anything... we have this instinct like a mother bear to protect the children. And so it is with Our Blessed Mother she would do anything to protect us ... anything to bring us to heaven to be with her son. I hope I've done this justice... so hard to explain what I felt when I read it.
Blessed Mother Mary we love you, pray for us.

Rescue Dawn rated PG-13

Rescue Dawn is the true story of Navy POW, Dieter Dengler's survival in vietnam.

Great film. It is a tough one to watch and I can't imagine it would be easy for a parent or spouse of someone currently serving in Iraq to view. I think it should be seen by all ... especially the young, 14 and older that is. Often war is glamorized, but not in this film. On top of that it is a true story of survival under the most extreme conditions. Fortunately it did not have political innuendo, so we were able to focus on the soldier and his story.

Directing, and acting were outstanding. It is very realistic and easy to get caught up in it. The POW's look as if they are starving and it is not due to a great makeup artist, but the actors really lost weight for their parts. Dieter has an infectious personality and a tremendously positive outlook that proves key to his survival. He has decided to survive and that he does. Sadly it will be leaving theaters soon so you may have to wait for the video. This would be one for your video library.

Here are some pictures of the actor Christian Bale who portrayed Dieter in the film. He not only had the acting down pat... he lost weight during the film. An amazing transformation.

Before being captured he was normal weight:
After he is a POW:

Here is a link to his life story: Dieter Dengler

Monday, August 13, 2007

Movie Mom Reviews

I love Movies... good movies that is. Sometimes I review movies at different websites, and so I thought I'd start keeping track in this blog entry. It will be updated from time to time. Some movies I do not bother seeing but I will put a review from a reliable source if I think a warning is necessary.

Movies are so expensive, why waste your money, right? The ones with 'blah' next to them are a waste of time, money and emotion.

Movie Reviews:

Blah. Delta Farce PG-13

Blah. Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her

Blah. I know Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

Rescue Dawn PG-13

A Home of Our Own, starring Kathy Bates

Elizabeth Graduates!

She will be leaving for college soon. Boy this part is probably the toughest... second time saying good-bye and it still doesn't get any easier.

We had a nice celebration at my sisters house yesterday ... a farewell celebration for the college kids. She leaves this weekend. :(

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Motherhood, penance

I've no doubt that mothers are doing penance here on earth. Sheesh. Right now I want to cry, but I feel that someday I MAY laugh at this, so I'll jot it down and then YEARS AND YEARS and yearssssssssssss.... LATER I will get a laugh out of it. big deal.

1:20PM Mary and Julia used a gallon of skim milk, and 3/4 of a container of Ovalteen. This was in a matter of minutes. Julia looked like she had gotten caught in a sewer, but Mary was clean.
M: I should not be punished because I'm a real good chocolate milk maker. Julia is not.
J: (just big smiles, so proud of her chocolate mess)

2 time outs later, and a thorough job of cleaning the kitchen. I had to remove chairs from the floor, move the dining room table, scrub cupboards, I'm sweating like a pig right now... still working while...

1:45PM Mary and Julia take a package of cookies... up to Shiela and Elizabeths room... no clue where they got it, I'm sure one of the teens purchased it. It was not in the kitchen because that is where I am.

Nicholas: Mom there are cookie crumbs up the stairs, down the hallway, and into Elizabeths room, and on her bed.

I SURRENDER. poor Elizabeth. She is in Washington today... wait until she returns. aye yi yi.

Me: Nicholas, lock their door, Mary and Julia back on the stairs!!!!

Julia: But Mom it was real easy to get the cookies.

What a smart cookie! She recalls me saying things such as this to the older ones: "If you leave it out you are responsible for the mess." Well I'll be changing my tune on that B.S. (bologna sandwich)

from the stairs I hear whispering: I can see the TV can you Julia?


While on the stairs... yes there is more...

Nicholas: "MOM!!!!!!!!" (who incidentally is thoroughly ticked off by now as he has been my helper in these cleanups. 'MOM THERE IS FLAVOR-ICE ALL OVER THE STAIRS, IN CHUNKS, MELTING EVERYWHERE'

What sort of imp is this kid???? Julia somehow got flavor-ice, scissors, from the kitchen, while I'm in there!!!!!!

Mary: Mom she did not cut her hair, that is good right?

HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! There should be a 911 for mothers who need intervention... QUICK.

I'm just barely done with the kitchen. So I know that this has got to help make my time in purgatory much shorter. However this just occurred to me ... the totally angry thoughts I am having over this is probably making the time in purgatory longer... so I suppose in the end there is no difference.

My mother called to invite me to lunch... I've spared her the details here... but I'm taking her up on this. Of course lunch won't be until 4pm, when Shiela gets home from work.

Oh this story is not over yet.

Big mess in the game room...

me: Mary and Julia, come here, NOW. You have a mess to clean up.

Mary: I'll come when I feel like it.

Me: to myself, 'she did not just say that?'
Me: Mary what did you say?

Mary: I said I'll come when I feel like it.

......... spank .........

Mary: very cocky, "Why did you just hit me?"

spankings are rare in this house.

Me: Mary that was a spanking. When you get a time out, and it doesn't seem to make an impression with you, I sometimes make a longer time out. When that doesn't seem to work, I sometimes send you to your room. But sometimes, when you are sassy...

Mary: what is sassy?

Me: When you speak back to ...

Julia: I love you mommy. (master manipulator)

Me: I love you too Julia, but when you are bad, you have to get a spanking.

Julia: (Julia cooing and hugging my leg)

Mary: Are you going to hit me again?

Me: as I was saying, when You are sassy, you will be punished, and today I decided on a spanking. Now sit on the stairs until I tell you to get off!!!!!!

There is not enough calgon on this planet to take me away...

Thursday, August 2, 2007


I think Hollywood didn't want to be predictable so the endings of movies over the past few decades did not follow the normal 'happy ending.' No, wedding bells, all sorts of endings, but definitely no weddings. They are old, trite and been done before.

However if you ask me, this approach is tiring and old. Movies of long ago ended with the couple getting married and living happily ever after. I miss those endings. Now they end with pregnancies or babies and no marriage, new homes ... with doggies and yet still no marriage, couples in love ... in business together ... in bed together ... yet no marriage. Frankly I think it has become predictable again. I'm not sure but I can't help but think that all those living in sin, in Hollywood can feel less guilty because the masses of movie goers are in on it now ... simply by getting a ticket and sitting in a theater. It eases the natural conscience. But easing the conscience does not make it right. It is still wrong.