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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Meteorological Autumn Begins Very Soon!

I am SO EXCITED that I can barely type!!

Meteorological autumn begins here in the United States on Monday, September 1st, 2014, and lasts through November 30th. Hallelujah! I know some of my friends think I'm a nutty nut and a kooky kook, but I actually thrive on the shorter daylight hours and the cooler temperatures which will soon be headed our way. Conversely, my fellow migraineurs and some of my fellow CFS/CFIDS/ME patients will join me in the rejoicing. Summer is wicked for migraines - too much heat, too much humidity, too much daylight, and way too many allergens. I loved having my petunias this summer, and I loved time out in the yard enjoying our beautiful and majestic glowingly green maples and stately spruces, watching the birds and other wildlife this summer. But I am breathing a sublime sigh of relief that the "baddies" - the allergens are going sooner to their graves, to leave me and the other summer allergy sufferers to recover and bounce back to vitality.

Fall is one of my two favorite times of the year, the other being the season of winter (even when winter is one long Polar Vortex such as last year!). My hometown has many, many, many lovely maples which turn gorgeous shades of orange, red, and gold in September. I haven't been out on a leaf peeping photo shoot walk in a few years, so I think I'd better get my cameras and batteries all gussied up to take a local tour. My mom will be here from Florida during the fall colors this year, so we are certain to get some pictures.

Spring was cruel to our little back yard "orchard", and froze a good number of blossoms of the apple trees. So, there aren't as many apples to pick this year. However, we will have enough McIntosh apples for noshing, and for baking pies and crisps (heavy on the cinnamon!), as well as turning into apple butter (a good low/no fat alternative to butter or olive oil on home baked breads).

Just over one month and we'll be taking the window air conditioner units out! It seems like it wasn't that long ago that we had them put in. Last year, our friend Al from church took them out for us on St. Francis Day (October 4th). This means that I had better begin the work of organizing and cleaning my room already! Baskets of sewing and crafts, books, books, and more books all in the way. Dust, and dust bunnies rearing their vicious heads. Errant missing socks and Isotoner slippers given up for lost, shall be found, and rejoiced over more than the ones that didn't stray! I could write volumes about "Prodigal Socks and Slippers", which is part of why I have acquired so many new socks and pairs of slippers!

I have been doing a lot of reading, and have decided to do more in the realm of book reviewing. Am currently in the process of reading four different books to review, three for Ave Maria Press, and one for Revell. I am thoroughly enjoying this, and hope to be able to provide some good reviews. The reviews will indeed be here on my blog in the next month to two months, as well as on Goodreads.com. Will need to brush up on review writing basics. Basically, my plan is to not run off at the keyboard. In short, to keep things simple, and to provide information in a somewhat brief and to the point fashion. Unlike how I blog, ha ha ha. :-)

It's a very rainy Labor Day holiday weekend, perfect for reading. Did you all see that Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird was released for Kindle in July? It was about time!

I've got other not-to-be-reviewed books on my bedside table and on my Kindle. I'll post about those this coming week. In the meantime, 'tis behooving me to draw this post to a close and then to set up my new/old custom domain for the Saintly Quotations blog. It's going back to Saintly Quotations (saintlyquotations.com) by Monday, September 1st. Just waiting for my domain server to be set up tonight before I redirect the blogspot url for it to its custom domain. I'll edit this post later once the deed is done!

PLEASE KNOW THAT I CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR ***EVERYONE*** WHO VISITS MY BLOGS - those past, present, and future. May the peace of Christ be with you in a tangible way; may it be "Shalom" peace: Peace of spirit, peace of mind, peace of body. God bless you, sisters and brothers in Jesus. Know and fix in your heart that He who created all things is watching over you with the tender care of a loving parent doting over His beloved child, as if you were the only one to love. You don't have to compete with anyone for His love. You get it ALL! May He enable you to receive and experience more and more of His deep, tender, intimate, personal love for you with each new day... even each new hour!

Holy Hugs in the Lord to you! 

Much love in Jesus!

- Christine






Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Today is Saturday, August 9, 2014. On the Church calendar, it is the Memorial of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a martyr for the Faith in the Nazi death camps. She was born Edith Stein. I will try to post a quotation or two from her on the saintlyquotations.blogspot.com blog; there is already one there somewhere. I have sadly neglected that blog. Since I let the custom domain expire, its once thriving readership from around the globe has gone down to the single digits per day, as it is no longer listed in the search engines. I can do two things to boost traffic again: (1) post more posts/quotations on a regular basis, and (2) buy back my custom domain when it's available again.

Speaking of custom domains, I had let lifeisapolka.net expire this summer. I just bought lifeisapolka.com this morning, and am waiting for the company to set up the info so I can set up the redirect from blogspot to lifeisapolka.com . The lifeisapolka.com URL had been my main domain since going back to, let's see, 2005 when I had it with Xanga. I still have friends ask what happened to the blog. So, it will be back.

It's August. The days are getting shorter (hooray!), and we are progressing toward autumn. It's been a fruitful and satisfying summer, but I am looking forward to fall, to changing leaves, to crisp, cool, clear blue skied days, and to cooler, crisper nights. Not that we've had off the chart heat to deal with here in central Wisconsin this year - not by any means. But I do not enjoy summer, and while trying to live gracefully in the present moment, I still anticipate autumn and winter, too, with glee!

I could go for my Great Aunt Margaret's carrot cake. No one - absolutely NO ONE could make carrot cake like Auntie Margaret. 

My dad is at the mid-point of a trial gluten free diet to see if that will cure him of excessive bloating. It's not easy, and it's expensive. It also doesn't seem to be helping, even after four weeks of him being gluten free. He's got four more weeks to go. I've still been baking wheat bread for myself in the bread machine, but I've not eaten pasta in over four weeks. Note: I am 1/4 Italian, and that 1/4 of me loves pasta passionately. I think Fettuccine Alfredo is going to be on the menu for me this weekend - with Italian meatballs! :)

I've been reading a good deal this summer (Wisconsin stuff, mysteries, Christian literature), and I've also been enjoying a moderate amount of really good comedy. Prayer and daily chores are my priorities, but when I get into a bad fibromyalgia flare or get the perimenopause blues and angst, I need to watch something which will make me laugh - and laugh hard. My programs of choice the past few months are the British show from the 1990's Keeping Up Appearances, staring Patricia Routledge, The Andy Griffith Show, and Blandings, the British program based on P.G. Wodehouse's series of books about Blandings Castle. Lord willing, tonight I will watch some Monk and I Love Lucy on DVD.

I've been exercising on the Schwinn Air-Dyne in our nice, cool, dehumidified basement - usually in the middle of the night on a fairly regular basis. With CFS it's a dicey thing knowing when to stop so that I don't get post exertional exhaustion for two days afterward, but with hot flashes and perimenopausal anxiety and such abounding as I approach my 50th birthday in November, it is a necessary evil to exercise enough to calm down those hot flashes and especially to get those lovely, pain killing endorphins coursing through my veins to put the kibosh on pain and the blues.

If I ever get significantly healthier - such as through a medical cure(s) or a miracle of God, I would love to work at the city library at the circulation desk. My grandmother was the cataloger for the library for many years prior to her retirement in the mid 1980's. That's not something I would necessarily enjoy. However, as my academic interest veer toward library science and such, I have found a number of free courses available online. And that's what I'm going to buckle down and focus on this fall.

Well, this hasn't been the most lively or mirthful blog entry. I'm in the midst of a narsty fibromyalgia flare. Back to my bed, to my electric blankets, to my eight - count 'em - eight! fluffy down pillows, and to listen to some Old Time Radio Comedy. Am currently enamored of Fibber McGee and Molly, and an offshoot of the Jack Benny Program featuring Dennis Day. Laughter is indeed very, very, very good medicine.

I continue to pray for all of you.  Much love in Jesus to you!

Blessings,
Miss Chris