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Getting Away From False Positivity

Getting Away From False Positivity

  There is something I feel deep down I have to address, and its the pitfalls of the positivity trap.  Now in my last post I talked about surrounding yourself with positive people.  Some may interpret that with a chipper and upbeat kind of temperament.   Positivity Does Not Mean: Make Yourself Feel Happy All The Time   First of all, I’m human.  I have moods that goes up and down and I have feelings.  I would be crazy to tell you that you must be happy all the time.  That’s just not going to happen. Too much of this positivity business has been about making yourself feel happy, even though you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. That’s okay. Focusing on the good things in your life can change your mood.  Not going to say it works all the time, but it does help.  I think we have gotten away from the idea that we will feel what we will feel every given day, and that has to be okay.  You’re going to have an off day / week.  That’s life. But you’re not a failure if you have an off moment in life.  It’s about the ups and downs.  Now with that being said, let’s focus on some ways we can focus on some positive things.   Gratitude   I constantly remind myself, how would I feel if I woke up with only the things I was grateful for yesterday.  It is a great blessing to wake up in the morning, and honestly, that’s it–wake up in the morning! To be thankful from the minute you wake up, and...
Wool Children Knitted Gloves–In the Round and Flat

Wool Children Knitted Gloves–In the Round and Flat

For the past several weeks, I’ve had something on my needles.  I’ve even had the occasion to have several things going on at once (even though that is not my knitting style).  Recently, the weather in my area dropped, and my middle son was caught without having gloves!   There were several prerequisite that was needed to make these gloves a success.  These requirements were that it had to be warm, and it had to fit my middle son’s hands.  He’s a very active boy so asking him to sit still for measurements can be an adventure all by itself.  Eventually I settled on Lions Brand Wool Ease (because they had a sale on wool yarn), and this color way because he just adores green.   There were so many cast on’s that I could have tried with this, but I stuck with the long tail cast on.  Next time I’m thinking about doing the cable cast on (or whichever cast on that is for ribbing).   Something very interesting about these gloves–I was using a pattern (then decided to do my own thing) and ended up making these gloves two different ways.  One glove I knitted flat (my favorite way to knit), and the second glove I knitted on double pointed needles.   So, if you look closely, the top glove has a green string running up the outside of the mitten.  I couldn’t help that, since that was the way the yarn went.  But that glove was the one that I knitted flat, and learned how to sew it up without having a ridge on the inside.  I’m...
Too Much Curisity Is a Vice?

Too Much Curisity Is a Vice?

Last night while preparing dinner, I was listening to podcast. It’s the best time to drown out the noise of the kids playing in the background. It’s when they are quiet I’m worried. Anyway, I was listening to Pints with Aquinas (totally geeking out) and the episode on curiosity piqued my interest. I was curious on what Aquinas has to say about curiosity. Oh the irony! To be curious is to want to gain knowledge, which is not a bad thing. It only becomes bad for these two reasons: 1. It is an inordinate desire for learning. That is—to learn something that (Pardon my French) we have no business learning about. 2. The knowledge gain will with lead to sin or teach us how to sin.   Curiosity Killed The Cat?   I always though about the phrase, “Curiosity killed the cat,” but I never fully understand why. What do we gain from learning about the different gods that the ancient Egyptians worshiped? For a person who doesn’t study world religion and history, outside the Old Testament—the knowege is only to understand why the plagues were done as the were. However, we don’t need to know the rituals they performed while they sacrificed things to their gods. That is information we really don’t need to know. The second point was that the knowledge will teach us how to sin. So let’s talk about a popular topic (it’s really not popular), chastity. A person who was looking to avoid getting in the near occasion wouldn’t even skirt with the idea. However, a person who is curious about it, would try...
Sunday Prayer: Hope

Sunday Prayer: Hope

Dear Lord, Thank You for hope. Not just for things that are to come, but for the expectation that something–anything is coming our way. Sometimes, we take advantage of what we have around us, and we become complacent. It’s not until we take a good look at our surroundings that we see so much possibilities and that alone gives us hope. My hope is that today will be better than yesterday, and, it always is. Its better because You have given the knowledge that only we can make it better or worse. We also know that it can always be worse, so thank You for opening our eyes to that. Thank You for allowing me to see that sometimes we could be our bubble popper; we don’t need anyone to put us down if we’re doing it ourselves. With that being said Lord, we really don’t have a reason to put ourselves down. My hopes for tomorrow is that we continue to grow with our families, and continue to be open to Your words. With Your guidance and help, please help us to keep our hope alive. Amen. Originally published on...
Toy Photography:  The Battle

Toy Photography: The Battle

Well it’s been some time, and I wanted to get back into what I liked.  Also, let’s be honest–the kids found it a blast as well.  So this week, we’ve decided to set up a battle scene.  I liked it a lot, and the kids had fun setting things up for me. It’s been a while since I picked up my camera.  What I enjoyed the most was toy photography–its what I have around, and plenty of.  But since my subject lost his head…sadly (poor Linus), I’ve shelved the idea, and life just went on. Okay, so here are just the battle scenes from our epic (non-moving fight).     “You’re never going to get away with it,” Simba said as he corned off the enemy.  “We are going to stop you, even if it means we fight you!”   “If it is a fight you want, then it’s a fight you’ll get.” Shadow said.  Snarling his teeth at his foe.  Simba and his brother crouched down, preparing to fight.       As the crowed looked on, the tension in the air grew thicker.  The noise around them died down, to silence.  They couldn’t hear anything around them–just the fight that loomed before their eyes.       Simba smirked to himself, as he saw the weakness in his foe and figured out how to use it to his advantage.  Shadow, just imaged pure power that was going to win this battle.   Who….will….win….? *** Overall, I think this was okay for a rusty person, and I love the fact that I’m learning from what I shot. The...
Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

One can wonder, how can I write mainly about faith and yet stay silent the crisis that’s going on in the Church—that’s it, I’m not ignoring it. There is just too much going on with the crisis in the Church that one can either lose yourself or become disheartened by what’s going on.  There is a huge scandal going on where many people are losing their faith. Since the summer, news and scandals and bad behaving Churchman have come out. It’s been one story after another. The whole end of summer turned somewhat depressing.  What was even more depressing was the silence from the Church leaders who decided to not say anything about the abuses.  They decided to “say not one word” officially, but yet use their office to call people accusers and slanders. The truth is, abuses has been covered up.  People who have done really bad things has been moved around to different parishes, and sadly, some have been promoted.  There is a link between the abuses and sexual deviance (which I will not name here).  But there is no “consensual encounters going on when you’re a priest. It just shouldn’t be happening–period. There is no consensual encounters going on when you have authority over another person and what you say will either have them progress or removed from moving forward.  I don’t like how these men tried to paint a picture that is consensual.  It’s breaking of a vow–a vow of celibacy and no matter which way you put it, it’s a break.   As married person, we take a vow as well–to forsake all others.  There is...
First Snow of the Year

First Snow of the Year

What an early surprise for us! For the first time that I can remember (that is since I really started paying attention to the weather) we had snow in early this year. It was a huge surprise to see this much snow so early in the fall. Usually snow comes to us in maybe late December. Usually some in January and the worst of it in February. But it seems that this year is different–hopefully for the better!  When I looked at the forecast on Tuesday last week, and saw snow forecasted for Thursday, I just figured that it will be rain instead. I mean come’on…snow so early in the year? Still, I notified my husband before he went to work about the snow so that he could expect it. All the while doubting that anything would come of it.  Cause snow in November was just not heard of. When my youngest went down for a nap, the sky was grey but nothing was happening. Then it started to snow…then snow…then really snow!  I couldn’t believe it!  It started out as a light dusting, then huge chunks started to fall, then it looked like this: It’s so weird how the weather in the country is.  We have plenty of snow, meanwhile, across the US in California there are people who are suffering and losing their homes because of the wildfires.  Just the change in place means so much difference in the weather. Since it was very cold for us (again, too early for this), I made sure to make something that will fill Mr. C’s belly and thaw him...
Fall Is Here! Pumpkin Spice Knit Shawl

Fall Is Here! Pumpkin Spice Knit Shawl

Hey ya’ll!  Its been fall for some time now, but here in where I am really feels like fall.  I don’t even think we managed to get through the light jacket phase long enough.  I just remember it being humid one day, and the next we needed  hat and scarf!  Tall about changing weather really quickly! As I have mentioned in a previous post that I have a wonderful new hobby that I’ve been doing for about a year now.  Just some background story on that here.  So I had this beautiful Caron Cake Yarn that I bought a year ago.  Sadly it just sat in my stash looking so tasty and beautiful.  I loved the colors and was trying to figure out what to do with it.   Knowing that the season would soon be upon us for Pumpkin Spice, in July,  I decided to knit a shawl for the upcoming cooler weather  I’m now ready to share it with you!     When I first picked out the pattern, I thought that I wouldn’t like it much, but who can go wrong with the pretty colors of this yarn.  For those of you who are not into knitting, the colors in the picture above barely does it justice!  Anyway, I managed to pick out a pattern and in the hot July weather I was knitting away. This project taught me so many humbling lessons:  It’s okay if it’s just garter stitch. Garter stitch is very cozy! This is a long project with a very simple stitch.  Wondering if this would look well in other colors . I love the colors...
Changing Directions for a Blog

Changing Directions for a Blog

I’ve debated for a while if I should still write on my blog. I’ve wrestled with the idea of quitting, or just changing directions.   Funny, I’m still at the same place (nursing-or breastfeeding) nine years later, but mentally, I’m in a whole different space.  When I look around me, it seems like I’m standing still, while everyone else is moving forward, but I know that’s not the case. I’m not in the same space as when I started this blog.  My oldest is going to be 10 soon, and my youngest is going to be 2.  I’ve been through the baby phase, and still in it.  And…to be perfectly honest-I feel I’m not done yet. What makes me get so hung up on my blog is that I taken this space to be what I want it to be about.  However, I’ve noticed that I lost sight of what it is that I wanted.  I wanted things that I didn’t even like. Chasing an idea that doesn’t even fit with me.  I’m happy to say that I don’t have everything together.  There are just some days when I’m overwhelmed, and other days that I feel like I can do this all over again 😍. I think, I’ve taken this blog down so many directions, that it totally doesn’t bother me what I do with it now, as long as I’m having fun and just using my space the way that I want to. With that being said, I’ve noticed that I’ve stopped sharing a lot of my interests and hobbies on this blog.  I still love my faith,...
Sunday Week 19: Having Faith in the Lord

Sunday Week 19: Having Faith in the Lord

Tied, cranky, hungry, and exhausted—I am no stranger to these feelings. In the first reading of today’s gospel we see a prophet at the end of his rope, and just about to give up. While having faith in the Lord, he simply recognizes how weak he is in his circumstance. The weakness of man During the first reading, we’re given an image of the profit who is just exhausted. He’s walking—while hungry—and he sun is just bearing down on him. Not saying that we have physically walked through a desert, but there are times emotionally when we’ve been there. He just about had it and is just about to give up and decided to go to sleep in hope of not waking up again. This is what I know I can relate to. Sometimes the burden is just too much handle, and all seems it is for nothing. What touched me so much with this part of the reading is that it’s so human, and so vulnerable. Yet–it was a simple prayer of someone who had enough and felt that they could not do it anymore. The Strength of the Lord When the angle woke him up and told him to eat so that he can regain his strength, he did so–but then went back to sleep. An angle woke him up and was told to eat because the journey is too much for him. ,He ate everything, and that sustained him for forty days. I love this! Alone, we can do absolutely nothing. We are weak, and frail and always close to our breaking point. But when we dine on Divine food,...
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