"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Monday, June 30, 2014

~ Around the Home ~

I love to decorate for the Fourth of July.

We are a very patriotic family and celebrating the Fourth is always time spent with family and friends, usually with the same enthusiasm.

I fell very ill last week and have been slowly recovering.  My children, especially my Butterfly, have been nursing me back to health and taking very good care of me.  I am one, very blessed lady.

My husband gets good points, too.  He came home in the middle of the day/week to brighten up the "convalescent" room with a lovely bouquet of flowers. 

My decorating began, before I fell ill...and I am glad that I was able to get the Easter decorations down and the Fourth of July decor up before I became too sick to do anything.  
Some things old, some things new, some old things in new places.

Besides, I wanted to get things in place before the World Cup USA vs Portugal game.  We should have won that one.  Oh well.  I had both patroness set out, no surprise it ended in a tie.

Patroness of the Americas: Our Lady of Guadalupe
Patroness of Portugal:  Our Lady of Fatima
(Although I believe that both countries invoke The Blessed Virgin Mary - Immaculate Conception as their principle patroness).

Everyone brought lots of great dishes and we supplied some All American Hot Dogs and Portuguese Sausages...American...Portuguese...that was my husband's idea.  It was his and the teens party; I was just asked not to bring out the 'fancy' dishes and to use paper plates.  No dishes?  Why, sure.  You cook?  Oh-K.  No problema.  
We had some trimmings for the dogs & sausages and a few appetizers and snacks...and chili.  I love chili.  And I love it, even better, when someone else makes it.

Our friends baked and brought some fabulous homemade desserts...as well as a delicious store bought for two birthdays that we celebrated.  Happy 9th & 14th dear friends!
We can't forget the Red Velvet cake...

Just some things that have been happening around the home...


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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Twenty-Four Years {p,h,f,r}

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for some pretty, happy, funny & real stuff...

My husband and I have just celebrated our Twenty-Fourth Wedding Anniversary.  To celebrate, we flew to New York.  Why New York?  My husband had a business trip to NY planned for the following week, so we decided to take advantage of the travel opportunity.   

It was an absolutely wonderful getaway...

I have been to New York once before.  The first visit was a stop over on our way to Rome.  We ended up having Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral and visiting ground zero and the Empire State Building, among other things.

This trip was also jammed packed with fun...lovely, exquisite dinners; Yankee's Game at Yankee Stadium via Grand Central Station; Horse-drawn carriage ride; NY City World Trade Center Memorial Site; St. Peter's Church; Times Square; and of course, Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, which was celebrated by Cardinal Dolan.

So without further ado...

It may seem very touristy, but this is the best way to see Central Park.  It is so pretty & BIG.  We had such a blast.  At the end, it started to rain, and the driver pulled over and set up the canopy...IT WAS LOVELY.  It could not have been a more perfect ride.  HAPPY 24TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!!


As a kid, I have always wanted to go to a Yankees game.  It just seems so All-American.  Well, my dream came true...

Funny, so many people asked me if my husband and I were going to the theatre while in NY...to me, this was quite the show.  And we WON!  Happy, happy, happy.
There were also the fun perks of enjoying a 'foot long' and washing it down with an ice cold 'beer here' (imagine saying this, loudly, with a NY accent).


I have been to Roma four times...this reminded me of the little cafes and ristorantes that we frequented.   The very large cannoli was unreal!  And the mini ones were delicious! :D 


Of course, we went to Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.  The Choir was beautiful (almost as wonderful as our Children's Cathedral Choir).  
His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York celebrated the Holy Mass.  His Homily was inspiring.  At first he began by apologizing for the condition of his church...then he mentioned that one of the con-celebrating priests was visiting from Egypt.  He went on to explain that the priest, also, had a church that was under repair...however, because of vandalism and terrorists.  Cardinal Dolan humbly thanked the visiting priest...

The last time I attended Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, it did not have all the scaffolding.  It is a truly a magnificent Cathedral.  You can read more about the restoration of this beautiful iconic landmark here.

More {REAL}

Honoring the victims of the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

~ Table Manners ~

I was so tempted to purchase this sign...but the frugal part of me said that I could make this myself...but then the (alpha) procrastination part of me laughed. 

So, I think I will print it out on some pretty card-stock and frame it...or better yet, just pin it to our kitchen bulletin board.  

Because the occasional reminders are still needed: 

Wouldn't these make great place mat holders?!?