Monday Wasn’t Good to Me

Today was Monday. My printer kept acting up, which made it very difficult to prepare for my class. I did manage to make it through but I had to settle for some less than perfect handouts.

I also did some knitting. Then, because I’d been intending to do it all day, I sewed a couple of pockets and some hardware onto Jasper’s cloak.

Fill All My Vision

Fill All My Vision

Avis B. Christiansen


Fill all my vision, Savior I pray,

Let me see only Jesus today;

Though through the valley Thou leadest me,

Thy fadeless glory encompasseth me.

Fill all my vision, Savior divine,

Till with Thy glory my spirit shall shine.

Fill all my vision, that all may see

Thy holy image reflected in me.


Fill all my vision, every desire

Keep for Thy glory; my soul inspire

With Thy perfection, Thy holy love

Flooding my pathway with light from above.

Fill all my vision, Savior divine,

Till with Thy glory my spirit shall shine.

Fill all my vision, that all may see

Thy holy image reflected in me.


Fill all my vision, let naught of sin

Shadow the brightness shining within.

Let me see only Thy blessed face,

Feasting my soul on Thy infinite grace.

Fill all my vision, Savior divine,

Till with Thy glory my spirit shall shine.

Fill all my vision, that all may see

Thy holy image reflected in me.


From Donuts to Rugby

Today ended up being a no-sewing day. It started with a drive to get donuts for the family. After breakfast, Lina, Jasper and I picked up Mercy’s friend Daniel and dropped him off at the plasma donation place. Then we dropped Jasper back off at the Boat and RV show, where he worked all day in the 4-H room.

Lina and I continued on to the yarn store because their semi-annual sale will be ending at the end of the month. We both found a couple of things we couldn’t live without!

By the time we made it back to our side of town, Daniel was ready to be picked up, so we got him and dropped him back off at the university.

After lunch and a brief rest, we headed over to the campus for Spencer’s rugby game. It was windy and chilly, and I was not dressed warmly enough, so my enjoyment of the game was hampered somewhat. Spencer played the whole game. His newly-married buddy Britton and his wife also came to watch. My husband came too–I think maybe this is the only game of Spencer’s he’s been able to go to. He yelled very loudly. I bet that lots of people who know my husband don’t know that he undergoes a significant personality change when watching a soccer or rugby game. Normally he’s very mild mannered–but not at a game!

Our team lost, but it was a close game and we were very proud of Spencer. It takes several opponents to take him down!

After the game, Lina went to fetch Jasper and I ran another errand. Then I put together one of my classic Saturday meals using virtually all the leftovers in the fridge. It was pretty good! Afterwards my husband wanted to watch a movie so Lina and I watched with him and got some knitting done.

Aldi, Robots & Handwork

Today was a busy day. I had to go to Aldi. I watched a poor young mother with a very lively toddler who did not want to stay put for even a second. She was wearing a rainbow princess dress and she was adorable. But the mom just wanted to get her groceries into the car and she had a newborn baby strapped to her chest and the little girl kept wanting to run off. The mom was terrified she’d run into traffic and not physically able to keep her corralled and still load groceries. The little girl reminded me of myself as a kid and I took a moment to feel sorry for my mother.

Then at lunchtime I drove Jasper over to the convention center, where he spend the afternoon in the 4-H room at the Boat and RV show. He was demonstrating robots and helping with the shooting booth. They are very short on volunteers so he will be going back again tomorrow.

While Jasper was gone I got some more work done on his cloak. I hope I have time to make some real headway on it tomorrow. He can’t wait for it to be operational!

I also finished knitting a hat for Lucy. It wasn’t exactly a Christmas present, just something I had promised her. I was glad to be done with it. So at the moment my only knitting project is the capelet I’ve started with the very fine alpaca from Bolivia. It will take months to make, I’m sure. But it will be so lovely and lightweight and suitable for this climate.

Spencer and Lucy were otherwise occupied this evening, so the rest of us sat down to watch a movie together and that’s why I got so much knitting done!

Up for tomorrow: a donut run, taking Jasper back to the convention center, yarn store, and rugby game!

Only a Month Late

Today we did school and then I had to rush off at lunchtime to get my name on the account for 4-H. It was a much more complicated process than I thought it would be, so we were at the bank for an hour. It turned out we needed a third signature, and fortunately the boy in question was free to drive over and sign!

I took a nap this afternoon–still dealing with the dregs of my cold and now dealing with some allergies too. I also tried out the new washing machine to prewash some fabric that I’m hoping to make stuff with.

In fact, since I finished a big writing project, I’m going to focus on sewing for a while. At least until I finish Jasper’s Christmas present! Last summer when I made the Desert Assassin Cloak to be raffled off at Realm Makers, I had Jasper model it and as a result he really wanted one for himself. At the time I was very burned out and I just said no. However, as I thought about it in the ensuing months, I was pretty sure I had enough fabric left over to do it.

Since I was so busy doing Christmas knitting before Christmas, I didn’t get much of a start on the cloak other than to get it cut out and get some of the pockets made. Today I made some headway–got the side seams sewn and one of the zippers in. Since I am 100% sure that Jasper will not be an actual desert assassin, I am leaving out the veil on this one, but all the other features should be there. It feels good to be sewing again.

Hay Fever

So you know how when we talk about “hay fever,” we actually mean “vague seasonal allergies to any type of pollen?” Allergies are the reason I don’t really look forward to spring that much. Today, as I was driving to the Dallas airport, I had a severe allergy attack. Uncontrollable sneezing, eyes watering and swelling, etc. Guess what I was driving behind? A pickup truck loaded with bales of hay.

I couldn’t stop sneezing until I sped up and passed the pickup truck. Then my symptoms went away like magic. So now I know–in addition to many other things, I am also allergic to actual hay.

I was driving to the airport to pick up Lina, who was returning from Colorado. It is good to have her back! After I got her, we stopped by the Indian grocery store to get some chai spices and then went on a very frustrating drive to the Ethiopian restaurant. I don’t know what Holly’s problem was. She made me drive all over the metroplex before we finally pulled up to the restaurant! It took way longer than it should have.

Apparently Wednesday night is not a big night for eating Ethiopian food. Lina and I were the only customers the whole time we were there. The food was so delicious. After that it was an easy but long drive home. I spent over seven hours driving today.

Meanwhile, Jasper was building robots with his 4-H agent so he can again demonstrate them at the RV show this weekend. He enjoys doing that.

Back in the Clothes-Washing Business

If I had blogged last night, I would have told you that the big news of the day was the arrival of our new washing machine. My husband went and picked it up and then spent a considerable amount of time setting it up, but we are finally back in business! For the next few days, I have a feeling that we will be washing some “backlog” loads, but thank goodness we can!

This morning I completed what for me is a momentous task. I finished a manuscript for the first time in a couple of years. I will blog more about it on my writer blog but I’m mentioning it here too just because I’m so happy about it and no one I know in person cares one way or the other! It feels so good to finish a story that I really love.

Today’s big task was cooking African food for the “Our World Café” international food tasting even that the university has every year. We have been making Zambian food for quite a few years now. Lucy mostly put it together. I cooked the chickens for her and also made a huge batch of dough for the mandazis. Bri and Janet came over to help her make them, and then Daniel came to help stir the nshima. It sounds like all of it went over well. There was even a Zambian girl who came from another university and was so excited to find some Zambian comfort food!

While they were getting ready to haul the food over to the university, I went to my critique group and writers meeting. We didn’t meet in December, so it was good to see my critique partners again. It’s kind of interesting to me how my world has shifted over the last ten years. Ten years ago I was very much involved in my home school group and felt that the moms there were “my people.” Now I don’t feel that I belong in any home school group and can’t figure out how to fit back in. There doesn’t seem to be a “niche” for me anymore. I’m back to being mostly on my own. However, I do feel that I fit in with my writer friends, so that is the meeting I try to make a point of attending every month.

Tomorrow I will be driving in to Dallas to pick up Lina from the airport. She has been very busy in Colorado helping Flynn move from his apartment into temporary quarters for the next few weeks. Then he’ll have to move again . . .

Firmly I Believe and Truly

Another one that I haven’t heard sung since childhood.

Firmly I Believe and Truly

John Henry Newman

Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three, and God is One;
and I next acknowledge duly
manhood taken by the Son.

And I trust and hope most fully
in that Manhood crucified;
and each thought and deed unruly
do to death, as he has died.

Simply to his grace and wholly
light and life and strength belong,
and I love supremely, solely,
him the holy, him the strong.

And I hold in veneration,
for the love of him alone,
holy Church as his creation,
and her teachings are his own.

Adoration aye be given,
with and through the angelic host,
to the God of earth and heaven,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


This morning I got up well before dawn to see Mercy and Lina off. Two of Mercy’s friends also got up that early and helped load the car. They finally drove off a little before 5:30. I went back to bed, and then felt exhausted the rest of the day!

I did manage to drag myself to Aldi and get Jasper to do some school. And then, early this evening, Lucy came home from campus with the news that she was experiencing severe abdominal pain, and had been for several hours. Her friends were very concerned. After talking it over with her, we agreed she needed to go to the emergency room. Her symptoms sounded a lot like appendicitis, and as I know only too well, that is not something to mess with.

So, Bri came with us and we went to the hospital and did a lot of sitting around. Eventually they did a CAT scan, and the dye they used caused Lucy to break out into a miserably uncomfortable red rash. However, when the results came back it was such a relief. Not appendicitis, and not an ovarian cyst. Her bladder was inflamed so they are assuming it is an infection, and have put her on antibiotics. After four long hours, we were free to come home. I’m so relieved it was not as serious as we thought, and hope she feels better soon.

Oh, and Lina and Mercy made it safely to Colorado Springs.