Friday, July 23, 2010

7 Quick Takes

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I recently discovered and am loving it. It's designed for the Billings Ovulation Method of NFP (Natural Family Planning) charting, but it can easily be adapted for the Creighton Model. You get the first month for free, and it's $2.50 a month after that. I think we can afford that.

What I like about it? It doesn't require stickers or paper charts or FINDING A PENCIL. That alone is worth the price of admission. You can e-mail your chart to your instructor (or doctor) and print it off for your appointments. If you're lucky enough to own one, it's also available as an app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.


Somebody get me out of the homemade cherry butter and English muffins. Thank you.


A while ago I attempted to cut the budget down by turning off the A/C. Feeling perpetually sticky, wilted, and drained, I'd never had a grumpier week in my life. Sure we were saving money, but at what cost? (Sorry, I crack myself up sometimes). So we're cutting corners elsewhere (not sure where yet, actually... but we'll think of something) and turned it back down to a comfortable 74 degrees. This is livin'.

Well, this was livin'. Today the infernal thing broke and is leaving the infernal house in infernal temperatures. I can feel my mood souring as quickly as that milk I left out last night.


I have a black thumb. Every six months my husband gives me an indoor Azalea bush. Every six months I am deliriously happy. Every time, within three weeks, I'm crushed. I don't think my dried parsley shatters as much as those Azalea leaves do. Do I overwater them? Underwater? I just don't know! It's crispier than a potato chip now, though.

It's 4 o'clock already!??! Good gravy! How did that happen?

I've been playing the piano for a children's choir rehearsal. I'm pretty rusty, but it's pretty fun. They're going to sing at Mass on the Feast of the Assumption. They sound great! I'm really impressed that elementary kids can sing in two part harmony.

This beautiful painting makes me happy. Slowly but surely, I'm working on replicating it in real life (er... canning, not painting).

Jeffrey T. Larson
Pantry by Jeffrey T. Larson (1962-), Image from Art Renewal

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Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith said...

#3, you poor thing, no manner how much we budget, we cannot give up the a/c. We do set it on 79 to save money, but the thing is constantly going. Today in SE Virginia it was a heat and air quality advisory starting at 11:00 AM, the low tonight is 80 degrees! I now it's hot when my little girls don't want to play outside!
Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith

Mary said...

Don't feel bad, I can't keep an azalea alive for anything. I've killed more than my fair share.
AC- we used to live in a house with only window units that barely worked. I'd spend my days with the baby at the mall. My husband decided it was cheaper to buy new units after that. ;)

Kate said...

cute new look! :3

Holly said...

I was looking at that painting thinking "WOW your pantry looks AWESOME!" ;) if you get too hot, use an ice cube on the "pressure points" Danny told us about :)

Cassidy said...

homemade cherry butter and english muffins sounds delicious! do you have a recipe for that cherry butter?

BTW I gave you an award today on my blog.

Nadja said...

Our thermostat was broken and wouldn't shut the AC off automatically, so often I was freezing before I remembered to shut it off. This month's bill is sickening. Bret put in a new AC which I set at 80 degrees (I can take the heat as long as it sucks the humidity out!) and am hoping for a less catastrophic bill next month.

Love the new look, and thought the painting was a photo...

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