Thursday, August 23, 2012

Uncensored Quick Takes: Summer & Cute Animals

1. Yes, you guessed correctly- my post title is a shameless attempt at a traffic spike. It worked. You will get your cute animal by the seventh take, but 'uncensored'? Hmm...something scandalous...I did swear under my breath when Girl #2 splashed pool water very, very close to my laptop. And the family-room/garage/pantry/storage/school-room/dog-dorm is not quite perfect! Look for photos on Tuesday- I have the 'before' pictures. Now I am working on the 'after.' I posting photos whether it is done or not- can you tell I need the motivation?

 2. I've been back to teaching since last Thursday (part-time- only 8 hours, but 4 evenings per week). Boy started half-day kindergarten this Tuesday. Baby Girl does 'love bug' class (coloring, painting, a song, some 'writing', story time) )whenever we remember. I am signing the big girls up for their activities, and I got their textbooks from the charter school library. One could go a bit barmy comparing education philosophies. Hence, my next quick take: 

3. Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. --Oscar Wilde
A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated. --Horace Mann

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education. --Albert Einstein
He who opens a school door, closes a prison. --Victor Hugo

I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That's what I call a liberal education. --Tallulah Bankhead
Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. --Abigail Adams

4. There are many places to give money. I'm sure my fabulous readers are frequent givers at their churches as well as other important works of mercy. May I suggest you click on and read Kristen's blog 11 On My Own and see if God is calling you to help her just a smidgen as well? Her daughters sell custom-made saint dolls in this etsy shop, and her older children work part-time to help the family finances, but their car just died. She could use basic cash. Thanks for considering her family!

5. “It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife and sometimes must leave God at the altar to find him in housekeeping” --St. Frances of Rome --Alright, St Frances...I guess I'll pick up that broom. With brooms, I am in good company. I always think of the Little Flower, St Therese.

6. I thought of you, Mom, while making dinner. We had scalloped potatoes (I finally figured out that the potatoes have to be parboiled before being added to the recipe...I think you kept that a secret) and ham with vegetarian 'hippie hash' (sauteed green peppers and onions without the meat).

7. okay...I promised you a cute animal, and here's the cute animal- Duke the Magnificent


  1. Replies
    1. haha- last time, I promise! ;)

      except I have a great photo of the cat....

  2. Mmm, scalopped potatoes. Now I know what we'll have for dinner.

    1. They are easy- but the longer they are in the oven the bettter

  3. Re: number 5: traditional Jewish law calls for women to be exemmpt from timebound positive commandments (meaning you have to do something at a specific time, rather than abstain from doing something, or doing something, whenever the circumstances come up), and it is explained as being because women need to be able to be responsive to their families first. On the one hand, every friend who has had a baby has told me how much that can be true. On the other hand, it feels absurd for most women, most of the time, in the modern world. I am part of a movement that practices egalitarianism in our observance- but that background of "sometimes there are things that come before formal religious service" still rings strongly in my ears...

    1. Maya- Byzantine Catholics are normally obligated to attend Liturgy every Sunday, but after the birth of a child, she should remain home for forty days- tradition, yes but also practical

  4. What a great quote from St. Frances... though I always feel a little like a Martha when I'm worrying about the state of the house :)

    The ed quotes made me giggle. It is almost a "how do you keep a wave upon the sand" kind of issue...

  5. Summer are days during which you can stay with your family and enjoy those days very joyful. Many people are goes to sea shore and other wonderful place with their family as well as animal. It is really a great time which you are spending with your home members.

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