Support Groups and Heatlh

I’m hating the fat suit and doing something about it.  I’m changing my eating habits and am participating on a forum full of other people struggling the same way as I am struggling and who are cheering each other on and losing weight together. Personally, I have decided that I don’t want to be tied to the scale as the measure of my success.  I am choosing to measure based on excess energy availability and the fit of my clothing.  For example, yesterday I wore a skirt that hits the top of my shoes and is thus a very long … Continue reading

Of Fat Suits and Dancing

Two quotes inspire me and keep me trying on the weight control goals.  They are the following: “We are 118 lb women working our way out of fat suits” –Maria, my first workout partner “Ballroom Dancing beats aerobics any day, my personal goal is to be able to Quickstep or Viennese Waltz without a break for a full hour.” –personal fitness goal I’ve kept these in focus through long workouts with a trainer.  Sessions with the chiropractor to put back what moved out of place as I worked out.  Hours of ballroom dance classes and belly dance classed followed by … Continue reading

4-H is not just for Farmer’s kids and AKC Canine Partners Programs

I read a post here that led to me thinking about 4-H. Growing up my friends all did 4-H with various kinds of livestock (dairy, horses, hogs, chickens), or they participated in sewing or cooking or some other indoor skill taught in 4-H.  I admired the program then and I am of the opinion that 4-H is more valuable now than it was 40 years ago when I was a kid.  Especially as a resource for home school. The most wonderful developments have been in the expansion of programs for children who are not living on farms but would still … Continue reading

Drafting one’s own patterns yahoo group

Anyone interested in making their own patterns?  I found this great yahoo group here.  How-to-Make-Sewing-Patterns which is also a book that can be found on here. I haven’t yet read the book, but it is in my cart waiting for me to have enough money to make a book order.  I’m excited about it because the comments on the book indicate it is good for learning to draft a pattern for a less than perfect body! This is important because most women do not have the “perfect” body; you know the one I mean, tall, thin, just barely an … Continue reading

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary–recommendation

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary is a wonderfully orthodox school for the development of priests who know the Extraordinary form of the Mass and have studied in great depth the truths of our Faith and are prepared to give sound homilies. This is the seminary for the English speaking members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter which was established by Blessed John Paul II in the year 1988.  The training the men receive from the fraternity is highly orthodox, along the lines of St. Thomas Aquinas, and incorporates Vatican II properly. For someone seeking a place worthy of donations … Continue reading


I recall the library in Wapakoneta Ohio as a kid, it was wonderful with lots of books and a librarian who would help you find something if you simply couldn’t find it.  I remember the smell, the quiet peace, the card catalogs I loved so much, the wonder of books.  The pleasures of a library can get deep into your mind and stay with you for life. My collection started with books given to me as a child, or books chosen from bookstores or book order forms sent home from school.  The books multiplied and my mom humored me and … Continue reading

Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi on the situation with Fr. John Corapi

  The Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi writes at his blog  ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP and specifically, he has commented on the situation with Fr. John Corapi here. The Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi is a voice of reason in a maelstrom of unrest.  After reading what he has to say, I have come to the conclusion that while I do think the lack of good due process is an issue to be worked out in the Church, it is not good to condemn decisions being made here just because of that issue.  Separate them, deal … Continue reading

Issues of Faith: Sacraments

Catholics believe in seven sacraments, some of which cannot be undone once they are done: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.  Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage and Holy Orders are one time and permanent. Once Baptized, a person is permanently marked by God and will never lose that mark, even if they repudiate everything Christian and live a debauched life, never repent and end up in Hell by their own choice–the mark will remain.  The same is true of Confirmation, Marriage and Holy Orders. Marriage and Holy Orders are entries into a state of life.  This … Continue reading

Bible Christianity

The Bible is why I am Catholic.  There is a lot to be said about a Church whose theology uses ALL of the Bible.  Even the most obscure teaching from Tradition is founded on Scripture.  Something to consider about the Bible is that the Bible tells us that if everything Christ taught were written down the world could not contain the books.  Yet the Bible also teaches that the Holy Spirit was promised to the disciples so that they would have everything Christ taught to them brought to their minds so they could teach others.  In the book of Timothy … Continue reading

Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering

Oh, how I wish I were going! This is the premier autoharp get together in the Eastern Half of the United States and very possibly the best of the best for the entire hemisphere. There are a lot of things to do at the Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering, from classes which begin before the official starting day and run through the Gathering, to the competition, the jam sessions, the catering so you can enjoy meals right there, and finally just the great fun of a huge gathering of talented autoharp musicians and your opportunity to experience the entire mix!   … Continue reading