Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Come to-day
as only You can come; 
empower through Your good Spirit those who are striving for holiness, 
tug on the heartstrings of those who haven't yet given themselves fully to Your kingdom,
walk alongside those struggling with addiction and mental illness,
change the hearts of those who would take from, hurt, or murder others.
Be our Strength, be our Sufficiency.
Come, Lord Jesus;
come Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of the faithful.

Sunday, June 9, 2019


Arrogance, mixed with ignorance, is a dangerous thing for the soul.

 ~John Martignoni

Friday, May 31, 2019

My grandpa had a friend he called Lefty.

Friday after Memorial Day

On the morrow we shall see the turn of another month - from May to June. The beautiful spring-time greens and pastel blossoms will be giving way to even deeper fuller greens, garden phlox's and Queen Ann's lace, and the blooms of Hamburg Township's famous day-lilies.

Our mid-latitudes winter was long and cold, and it has been good this past month to be out working in the yard planting, feeding, nurturing.

Our herbs have taken well and are filling in our wash-tub container with fragrant greenery. The annuals are for the most part bursting with color and filling in their respective places around the house. The vegetables in the ground are slower this spring, but we will not lose hope: red and yellow cherry tomatoes, a beefstake hybrid, Anaheim, jalapeno, and sweet red bell peppers.

The cucumbers in their own box show the most umption early - inches of growth daily. (kind of like the moon at night. if you stare at it, it doesn't seem like it's moving. but if you look at it, go away for a couple minutes and then look at it, you can surely tell it moved. so it is with the growth of the cucumber plant)

The lawn is green and lush (much rain we have had in the past 21 days), and the weed-whip has been working furiously to give the margins that well-groomed look.  Mr Cat-mint is competing with Mr Hosta again for the largest-single-plant-in-the-garden award.

Novena to the Holy Spirit Day 1

Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of the faithful,
enkindle in us the fire of Your love...

Friday, May 24, 2019

Recipe #33; Honey Cake

I got this recipe from my old friend who has been called Nemo. I sometimes call him Kevin, or Russell, or Mr. Fredricksen - for he has many names.

2 cups AP flour
2 tsp baking powder
smallest pinch of salt, I have heart failure. If you can tolerate it, use a half teaspoon
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup honey
2 large eggs
1/2 c vanilla yogurt
2 tsp vanilla

Soften the butter, then cream the butter and honey.

In a mixing bowl, whisk the first three ingredients until well mixed. Set aside

Add the eggs, one at a time; and beat until well incorporated.

Add the yogurt and vanilla, and beat until mixed well. Then add the flour mixture.

Mix on low speed until you have a nice batter

Grease your favorite cast iron pan - I used about a tablespoon of butter this time

Pour in the batter

Throw the cast iron into your oven heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes.

When a toothpick comes out of the center clean, she is done.

Let it cool on a wire rack

Enjoy with fruit, lots! or none at all. If you prefer, add a dollop of cream


Have it with ale, cheese, and dwarves.

Pretty darn good. Moist, not too sweet, but very rustic.

Thanks to Feyd-Rautha and A Taste of Home.