Sunday, November 5, 2017

DB, are you listening?!?!?

Via Father Joe, as outlined in the October 2017 issue of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing's Faith magazine:

... So, I'm going to share with you three things: the name of each of the heavenly virtues, what those virtues look like, and the deadly sin they counter.

Virtue: Humility
'Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.' - CS Lewis
Putting others first.
Not drawing attention to yourself and what you do
Recognising that all yo have comes from God
Counters pride

Virtue: Chastity
Holding fast to our knowledge that we are children of God and that our body is a temple
Other people do not exist for my secual gratification
Not reducing other people to things I must have
Counters lust

Virtue: Patience/Forgiveness 
Enduring situations and/or people with dignity and a good spirit
A sense of peaceful stability and harmony
Giving the wounds other people have inflicted on us to God and asking Him to forgive them
Counters wrath

Virtue: Kindness
Compassion and friendship for others, empathy without prejudice for its own sake
The refusal to do harm to others
Counters envy

Virtue: Temperance
Constant mindfulness of others and one's surroundings
Self-control, moderation, delayed gratification
The proper response at the proper time
Counters gluttony

Virtue: Charity
Generosity, self-sacrifice, loving with our actions
Giving of ourselves
Counters: greed

Virtue: Diligence
Giving all we have in that hich we are given to do
Strong work ethic
Not giving up on our tasks because they are challengin
Using our time well and being on guard against laziness
Counters the sin of sloth

Read the list slowly and carefully, asking god to help you pick one (not two or more, just one!). Take your time on this. Clear your head. Don't 'run ahead' of God and decide which one you want to go after, wait for his voice in your heart to show you. When you feel that you've got the one you are to go after, write it down and carry it with you. Pray every day that God will strengthen that virtue within you. Ask Him to bless you as you pursue it.
Next, make sure that each day you practice the virtue in some practical concrete way.
Wash, rinse, repeat. Do this every day and realize two things:
One, sin is rarely, if ever finished in us. I don't know that any of us will get to a point where we can say that we have safely put a sin behind us. Be vigilant!
Two, don't give up. Never, ever give up. God will not give up on you When you fall, if you fall, get right to confession. Tell the priest what you are doing with these virtues and wait for the mercy and grace to come pouring down.
I pray that God bless your efforts and that you find great life and joy in taking these first steps toward becoming a saint.
Enjoy another day in God's presence.

Young Messiah 1990

Rich Mullins - Sometimes by Step

Friday, November 3, 2017

Father, speak to me this weekend; through Your creation, through Your sons and daughters, through Your Word speak to me. And help me, please, to listen. Not just listen, but really hear You. 
Change my heart LORD, change it because I am nothing without You.
You are our strength and courage; Your Word is a lamp to our feet, and a light to our path.
Praise be to You always: Father, Son and Spirit!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Terrific Tuesday

Snow this morning and oh i finally turned on the home heater last night as i crept into bed.

Tonight is Halloween and I have candy ready.... Skittles and Nerds and Gummis and other such brands that i am not particularly fond of, so as to avoid the temptation.

Dry out now but it has been cloudy all day.

Cold and cloudy. Need to make a fire tonight for sure. <3 p="">
Listening to George Winston, Mannheim Steamroller, and Windham Hill artists... it's beginning to sound alot like CHRISTmas.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Cool and cloudy this week. About a week ago the forcast for to-day was sun and 62. As it is, it's cloudy getting ready to rain and maybe 50. I still have half of the deck left to finish painting and now I wish I would have started sooner (hindsight).
WS game three tonight, MSU plays at Northwestern 3:30 and Michigan hosts Rutgers at noon.
God is love

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday evening

Another glorious weekend here in southeast lower Michigan! mid 70's with a nice breeze all weekend, MSU won!, Michigan lost!, and I'm actually winning my fantasy week (thanks again, Dak).

Got out to Howell this morning, put almost a whole coat of paint on the front deck, finished the MSU Jambalaya, and got our Halloween candy.

Took a long nap this afternoon and now will be up late I am sure.

Thank You, Father for answered prayer.

We continue to lift up mom and dad and mom and dad, aunt Pam, Jeanie's dad, and all those suffering dis-ease. Be glorified through these circumstances, be glorified always and forever!

All praise and honor and glory to YOU, Holy Father, Son, and Spirit!

Wyandotte, by my nephew Carlos Luis

Lets buy a house somewhere in Wyandotte

Lets empty our pockets and give what we've got

Abandone this whole in the wall that we own

Let's go to Wyandotte buy us a home

Let's go buy a house somewhere far from this town

Where the roof isn't leaking - the waters' not brown

Far from that corner where someone got shot

Lets go and buy a home in Wyandotte

With a white epicket fence and a siding of brick

that old big bad wolf blows down all straws and sticks

Lets go buy a house some where far away from here

Where the air isnt toxic, it's fresh ...  and it's clear

Not a cabin or condo, apartment or flat

Just a nice place with Welcome spelled out on the mat

I'll find us a place where our family will roam

Let's go to Wyandotte and buy us a home

Friday, October 20, 2017

my garbage pickles from this years less than bountiful cucumber harvest have found their purpose:::

diced up in the tuna/mayo mix!

to die for.

if i had some good bread, i'd make a sandwich and take a picture of it.
as it is, i'll eat it out of the bowl with my fork and right along side my Aldi Original Shells and Cheese. ... *slight anticipatory drool*

Picked Jalapenos


So easy. So spicy... you won't know what hit you!
Yield: 1 pint sized jar
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


15 large jalapeños, sliced, stems discarded
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup filtered water
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons kosher salt


In a medium sauce pan combine the garlic, water, vinegar, sugar and salt.
Heat to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Once at a boil; add the sliced jalapenos pressing them so they are submerged under the pickling liquids. Remove the pot off of the heat and let them sit for 10-15 minutes.
Use tongs to transfer the jalapenos into a clean jar. Ladle the pickling juices over top until you've reached the top of the jar. Let cool at room temperature before securing a lid and popping them into the fridge.
I personally, would treat these as I would any opened jar of jalapenos. They should last a long while if kept refrigerated in the airtight jar.
**REVISED: I've found that 20 medium jalapenos will fill a quart size jar. I upped the water and vinegar to 1-1/4 cups each. Sugar and salt stayed the same.