Sir John and the Knights of the Long Table

Eleven of us live here at beautiful Schamelot, and we have a small 20 acre farm of chickens, emus, two dogs, 13 or so cats and a cockateil named Sassafrass.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Choices, Choices

I tag Ruth, Cathy, Bonnie, Liv, Karen H., and John.

If you HAD to choose one or the other would you choose...

  1. Thai or Mexican
  2. bubble bath or back massage
  3. boots or sandals
  4. the 90% "pro-life" good chance or the 100% pro-life long shot
  5. a cruise ship or a mountain cabin
  6. Rome or Paris
  7. Ordinary or Extraordinary
  8. Rosary or Stations
  9. surf or hang glide
  10. Regal Cinemas or Netflix
  11. sweet or salty
  12. pen or pencil
  13. how-to book or fantasy novel
  14. crossword or sudoku
  15. lose a leg or lose your sight
  16. North or South
  17. a power outage at home or a dead car battery at Cosco
  18. classic rock or country
  19. wool or linen
  20. lots of good friends or a few great friends
  21. soup or salad
  22. Merlot or Chardonnay
  23. Picasso or Da Vinci
  24. charades or trivial pursuit
  25. Evangelical Protestantism or Orthodox Judaism
  26. stone age or dark age
  27. Steven Spielberg or Ken Burns
  28. Thermopylae or Alamo
  29. Big Foot or Loch Ness Monster
  30. babies or teenagers

    Have fun!

Book Meme

Ruth tagged me for this meme:



1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the next three sentences.

5. Tag five people.

On my desk is Particular Examen: How ot Root Out Hidden Faults. Page 123 falls within the chapter entitled "Sloth as a Predominant Fault." Sentences 6, 7 & 8 are as follows:

"They were holy all the days of their life, growing more perfect and close to God, the longer they lived and, consequently, the longer they served. Their perseverance in the zealous labor never wavered; in fact it constantly increased. What tabernacles such souls must have been!"

That's from page 123. I won't tell you which page I had bookmarked!

Friday Photo Fun!



I love photoshop!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for:

  1. bananas--we made 3 loaves and one bundt pan of banana, oat, flax bread this morning
  2. piano lessons--my children have been serenading me all day with lovely music
  3. highly energetic five-year-olds--I've burned at least a thousand extra calories today chasing one out of my living room over and over again
  4. Ruth--for our shared love of food and the delicious sounding Puerto Rican recipe for Arroz con Gandules she gave me and which we're trying this evening
  5. Scythian--whose happy energetic Irish music helps me keep up with the five-year-old
  6. free-range chickens--whose fresh eggs helped out the bananas this morning
  7. teen-age daughters--whose proficiency in the kitchen frees me up to fill the emotional tank of the highly energetic five-year-old
  8. wonderful children's authors--whose delightful stories make for much fun and enjoyment when it comes to filling the emotional tank of the highly energetic five-year-old
  9. the much needed survival mechanism God gave me of being able to tune out the cries of a highly energetic five-year-old who desperately wants a piece of chocolate
  10. my sense of humor, which Fr. Canice warned us during our Nuptial Mass would be absolutely necessary to surviving the next 70 years

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tickle Me Tuesday

video

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Out of the billions of parents in the world, God gave you to us...

Last night Caeli was lavishing kisses on Marian and she said that she was so beautiful she loved her more than any other baby in the world. I explained to Caeli that we would love her that much even if she were the ugliest baby in the world. I told her that we loved all our children, because God gave them to us--"out of all the billions of parents in the world, God gave you to us!"
Caeli, who seeks understanding in all things, said, "God gave us to you guys because He knew we would be best for you!"
There are two ways to read that, but either way, she's got a point!

Happy Parenting!

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Week in Review


Schamelot had it's first snow day yesterday! Gwennie and Blue loved it! I spent the day continuing my organizing frenzy inside. The rec room is done, my bedroom, closet and bathroom are done; the kitchen is amazing, and today's my office day. Hope I can keep it up!








The snow definitely brought out the puppies' more rambunctious side!












Marian Ireland got a Bumbo today! She has just enough head control to be able to sit up in it. It gives her a whole new perspective on life!










Talk about perspective! Here she is on the top shelf of the pantry. Unfortunately the picture doesn't show the 14 arms waiting below to catch her should she decide to make a jump for it!

It's been a good week!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tagged by Ruth

Inquiring minds want to know...

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Not really, but everyone thought I was named after my Grandfather, Robert Winston Linsley

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Friday night.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Only in the first few lines, then my hand gets tired, and my handwriting turns into kindergarten scribbles--yucky.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Boar's Head Smoked Turkey.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? All of them!

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Depends on what other person I was.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? On occasion--seriously!

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Homemade granola.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No. I wear flip flops most of the time, or my "new" Merrell Mocs (GW $7.50). No laces.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? In the seventh grade I could beat all the boys arm wrestling. Woopsie, did you mean interiorly?

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Rocky Road.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Hair--then eyes.

15. RED OR PINK? Scarlett (O'Hara).

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF? Bad temper/emotional outbursts of any kind.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Me, when I was on top of my game!

18. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? I usually don't wear pants--I'm wearing a kakhi Eddie Bauer skirt with my quintessential Rocket Dog chunky flip flops, in kakhi.

19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? A cup of hot coffee, cream, no sugar.

20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? My dear friend, Ruth, talk about corn bread and split pea soup.

21. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Scarlett.

22. FAVORITE SMELLS? Clean babies, clean husbands, bacon and onions frying in the kitchen, fresh baked Pane Rustica, liturgical incense--in Church or in my living room.

23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Ruth.

24. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Baseball and folk style wrestling.

25. HAIR COLOR? Brown.

26. EYE COLOR? Brown.

27. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No, nor glasses.

28. FAVORITE FOOD? Everything Thai.

29. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Murder mysteries in which the startlingly handsome detective tricks the killer into giving himself away.

30. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? 3:10 to Yuma was the last movie I wanted to watch, but it was unavailable--the original is great!

31. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? A beautiful, soft, lilac, merino wool, fine-knit, v-neck sweater (GW $4.75).

32. SUMMER OR WINTER? Autumn & Spring.

33. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs & Kisses.

34. FAVORITE DESSERT? Chocolate Nocino Mortal Sin Cake.

35. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? She's Gonna Blow (anger management for moms)

36. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Ron Paul 2008.

37. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? Nothing, Criminal Minds wasn't on.

38. FAVORITE SOUNDS? Dogs barking, keys jangling, kids running (some to greet, some to finish cleaning their rooms) as John comes through the door at 5:30 every night.

39. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Johnny Cash.

40. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Okinawa.

41. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? jack of all trades, master of none.

42. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Norfolk, VA (pronounced "Nawfik")


Monday, January 7, 2008

Sunny and Seventy on the Seventh of January!



Thank God for good friends!