Sunday, December 22, 2013

Snow Day

Today is a snow day. Yep, it's a Sunday, but Mass was cancelled so we stayed home and shoveled out the driveway.  It's been an odd week; I've slipped and fallen on the front steps due to the ice storm a few days ago. This morning I was going down the back stairs to release the flock when I slipped and fell again.

Minion Slippers
My right leg has taken quite a beating so far. I'm going to take it easy for the rest of the day. We've gotten the tree decorated, and I'm making peanut butter balls.  They are coated with chocolate, so I will need to refridgerate them for a few hours before that happens.  I'm finishing up a pair of Minion slippers for my cousin. The pattern I'm using is the Aunt Maggie's Slippers and it's working up pretty fast. Of course, it would be faster if I could figure out where I put my size 9 double-pointed needles! Meh. I'll just seam them up when I am done.

School is done. I've had 4 whole days of nothing to do. So I'm reading the Mortal Instruments Series and knitting stuff. Mittens made from handspun wool. These are wicked warm ones that I made by doubling the yarn. There is also a mens sweater being knitted from Lion Brand Fisherman's wool. I had originally started it for Dave, but the sizing is coming off small. So it will be an Alex sweater.

The snow has stopped for today and I hear it's going to get butt-cold out there. So we'll need to keep an eye out to make sure the animals stay warm.  So far, the roosters are showing a bit of frostbite on their huge combs, but as it's on the tips, it's par for the course.   While Dave was out snowblowing the driveway, Sissy the goose was wandering trying to find her flock. She waddled up to me near the house and then took off to beside the goose house which was far from the rest of the flock .

I took pictures, and this one turned out the best. Wouldn't that have made a great Christmas Card? Now that Dad is done making lots of noise with the snowblower, she's back to laying on the straw in the garage next to the van. She's not a cold weather goose, nor a very hot weather goose. She is a very friendly goose, however.  She loves Dave though.

Last weekend, it was below freezing, and Sissy was acting odd. So I picked her up and took her inside to make sure she was OK.  I went outside to get some feed for her and came back in to this:

A Goosie girl on top of Dave. No, I didn't ask why.  Dave has a pet goose. That girl can do a lot of things to him and he just lets her. That morning, it was stand on top of Dave. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I am NOT happy, happy, happy

So A&E essentially fired Phil Robertson, Patriarch of the Duck Commander/Buck Commander clan. Why? Because he spoke in an interview with GQ (why I have no idea) about his Christian beliefs and what the Bible teaches about the sin of homosexuality. aaand this is where I lose my last follower. But let me clarify another misconception about the Catholic Church:

You can BE a homosexual and still belong to the church. You just can't practice homosexuality, which is considered a sin. What level of sin it is..I do not know, but the PRACTICE of it is the sin..not the being.

There are millions of people out there that have the same opinions as Phil. I am one of them. He did put them out succinctly, albeit a bit more crass than I would. I'm not going to quote the whole article because most of the news outlets online have made sure that the first two paragraphs are alllllllllllll ooooovvvvvvvvvvvvver the place, but this is the paragraph that I remember the most:

"Robertson released his own statement in response to the flap early Wednesday: "I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other."

OF COURSE most of the news outlets took out the part of Phil's quote that stated that God taught Christians to love one another regardless of their sins. The judgement of a sinful person is left to God. Our role as Christians is to love one another, treat them with respect and continue living our lives according to the rules set by God. Or as we say, 'love one another, let God sort them out'

I find it very interesting and very telling of today's media in general that two days after reading that particular paragraph in an article, I cannot find it now. All I can find is the crass statements, and the extremely skewed and hypocritical response from somone calling themselves a 'spokesman' of the Gay group.

A&E can stick it for all I care. There's a whole lot of condemnation of anything that smacks of Christianity lately. There's a lot of reasons for it, but most center around the fact that these are rules set by God and not by man. Man wants to rule this country, but by rules they've set out. The biggest one is that *they* are God and any other God is just a figment of imagination, a 'balm for the ignorant.' as they say. I've seen a lot of people who profess to be Atheist and moral stick their noses up in the air and state, "I'm moral not because a fake thing told me to but because *I* told me to." Well whoopty ding dong!

It's a lot harder to follow rules made up by God. The choice of what rules to follow are already set. Whether or not you follow them is up to you, but if you don't, you die and go to Hell. If you follow rules that you did not make, but are set to make you a better person. You die and get to go to Heaven.

Yet, in a way, it's easier to follow rules made up by another. You do not need to keep resetting the rules, adding one or taking one away; the rules are set! I follow the Commandments of God, and most of them are based on one thing: Don't be greedy. Don't take stuff that's not yours: Material or non-material.

God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have been around for over 2,000 years. The presence of God -and God's rules - will be around much longer than even USA. Hate to tell those who pretend to run the country, those who try to spin their evil ways on the media, and those who stick their noses in the air pretending to be God.............but in the end.............God wins.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

For those of you with a Non-Christian, Non-Catholic background: There actually was a St. Nicholas. He lived in the 4th Century in Greece. He was known for putting coins in the shoes of orphan girls so that they had dowries to get married. Over the centuries, that's been turned into Santa Claus.

We all know I'm married to a man who resembles Santa Claus. We get that all the time. Some child will come up to him or me and ask, "Is THAT Santa Claus?" We play along. Our favorite was a child who was touring this old log cabin in the center of Dinosaur National Monument at the same time we were. We were there in June on our Great American Vacation II. This child was whispering to her Mom as we walked around, and finally her Mom said out loud, "I don't know if that's Santa Claus. ASK HIM!"

Now this log cabin is like a 4 room shack -no running water, heated by wood. The woman who lived there was reputed to be a lover of Billy the Kid. So we're milling around checking out the construction and stuff.  Dave walks by the child and says, "Yep. I'm Santa. This is what Santa does on his vacation. He goes camping with his family."  I walk by from the other side, saying. "Now if you want to ask him something, you better do it now. He'll remember when he gets back to work." By now this child is talking to Dave and Mom is smiling. Dave asks the usual, "Have you been a good girl?" and she nods.

Alex walks by then and without missing a step, "YOU think it's hard being good for Santa? Try being his Son." and we continue on our visit.  It's entertaining for both us and the children.  I mean, if you're going to resemble someone, it might as well be someone good, right?

I must confess that I am more positive about Christmas than I have been in a long while. Perhaps the fallout with the In-Laws' was a benefit. All that stress is gone and I'm truly looking forward to a holiday at home with MY family.