Sunday, March 31, 2013

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For some reason this just cracks me up. I love how the tail isn't long enough to cover both feet...

(source)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Innocent's Two Year Memorial


It's been a busy day. We spent several hours working at the church cleaning day, came home for a bite to eat and a bit of rest, then went out to the cemetery for a memorial service. Tomorrow is actually the day, the 31st, the feast of St. Innocent and Innocent's 2 year memorial, but it's a Sunday and traditionally memorial services aren't done on Sundays. 

Azaleas from the yard.

The lilies we've planted in previous years are coming up.


(The koliva looked better before we left the house. Oh well...)

Andrew

Innocent

Our little boys.

 We planted two more lilies so there would be something flowering. It should be lovely later when they're all blooming.

Memory Eternal!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Lovely Surprise

This afternoon we received a lovely gift of tulips. I have no idea whom they are from, but I appreciate them! So if you're reading this, thank you so much. They're just beautiful.


(There are blue too but they haven't opened yet.)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rainbows

For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him:
Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord.
[1 Sam 1:27-28]

Two years ago today I was lying on a table, not hearing Innocent's heartbeat. Three long days later they told us he had died.  I was but lent him for a little while, and had to give him back. I rebelled, not surprisingly.

Several months after that I was lent another little baby...for a little while. I had to relinquish him as well after a few months. Christmas felt bleak.

Time went by. Lots of time. The wounds from the loss of the boys scarred over but still ached. We prayed.

Now, we have been lent another baby. We don't know how long he or she will be ours to keep and love on this earth. We pray that whatever happens God will not abandon us. Please keep us in your prayers as we try to walk this road...again...with calm spirits.



(EDD 11/24/13 for the curious)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Review of Miscarriage Paper

For those who are interested, I just posted a review of Fr. Peter J. Gillquist's unpublished paper "An Orthodox Pastoral Approach to Miscarriage" on Lost Innocents. The original paper is available as a PDF on request. Hop over to read.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

 
We venerate Thy most pure image, O Good One,
and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ God. 
Of Thine own will Thou wast pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh 
to deliver Thy creatures from bondage to the enemy. 
Therefore with thanksgiving we cry aloud to Thee: 
Thou hast filled all with joy, O our Savior, 
by coming to save the world.
 


 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Questions Answered #4 (etc.)

10. How about non-fiction [that you keep returning to as an adult]?

Gee, ready for a list?

Well, first of all, I accidentally included Kon Tiki under fiction, but it's not! Delightful story. I recommend it.

The Brendan Voyage by Tim Severin.......................................sea faring, history
Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdal......................................................sea faring, history, archaeology
A Speck on the Sea by William H. Longyard............................sea faring, history
A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols.................................sea faring, single-handed
Fastnet, Force 10 by John Rousmaniere..................................sea faring, storm
Close to the Wind by Pete Goss..............................................sea faring, single-handed
The Ship and the Storm by Jim Carrier...................................sea faring, hurricane
A World Turned Over by Lorian Hemingway...........................tornado, history
Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R. A Scotti.....hurricane, history
Roar of the Heavens by Stefan Bechtel...................................hurricane, history
Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 by Willie Drye
...............................................................................................hurricane, history
The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin.................................blizzard, history
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.........................................epidemiology, history
Krakatoa by Simon Winchester...............................................volcano, history, geography, paleontology
Failure is not an Option by Gene Kranz.................................space program, history
Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis....................................................Scrabble, psychology
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss....................................grammar, humor

This is not exhaustive, this is merely what I felt like carrying over to the computer. (:

[ETA: LOL, I titled this with "etc." and didn't add any "etc."]

So, it turns out I had a cold, not allergies, although I suspect I have new allergies and then caught a cold. We'll see how I do as the cold goes away. Still sick but I can breathe better now. I was unable to attend the first two nights of the Canon, sadly, but was able to go last night and should be there tonight. It finally feels like Lent! The music is so lovely.

Finished my project for a sick friend; now to get it in the mail to her. (Hopefully without extra germs...)

I think I'll list all the categories/interests that my non-fiction books cover, even if I don't list all the titles.

Sea faring (obviously)
All areas of meteorology including forecasting, history, regional storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards
Paleontology, archaeology, vulcanology and history
Medicine and epidemiology (especially historical)
History
U.S. space program (especially history)
Astronomy
Evolution (specifically debunking)
Grammar and language
Biography (to an extent)




Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Penny Hats Tutorial (Crochet AND Knit)

By request of Calvin's Hats I'm posting a photo tutorial for making the tiniest hats. They're as big as a penny, hence "Penny Hats". I'd call them thumb hats except that they're too small for my thumb. (:

The first is crochet, the second is knit.


 Penny Hat Crochet Tutorial

I used a size D crochet hook and baby yarn for this tutorial.
1. Start with a magic loop. Ch 1.


2. Sc x 5 in loop.



3. Pull loop tight and then join last sc to ch st with sl st. Ch 1. (do not turn)

 

4. Sc in stitch of joining. *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc* repeat from * rest of round (9-10 st total). Join with sl st, ch 1. (do not turn)

 
5. Sc in each sc. Join with sl st. Ch 1. (do not turn)


6. Repeat previous row. Use blunt end of crochet hook to assist in turning hat inside out.

 
7. Repeat previous row.


8. Cut yarn and weave in ends. Gently turn up edge of hat, using fingers and blunt end of crochet hook to shape hat.




 Penny Hat Knit Tutorial

1. Cast on 12 stitches onto double-pointed needle.


2. Distribute stitches evenly (four apiece) onto three double pointed needles.


3. Using needle shown on right, knit first stitch of needle on left (to join circle).


 4. Continue to knit around using fourth needle. [tip: After knitting off one needle, use the same needle to knit the first stitch off the next needle. This keeps your work from having vertical rows of slightly stretched out stitches.] Knit approximately 7 rows.

after about 3 rows

after about 6 rows

5. Cut end of yarn leaving about a 4 inch tail. Carefully slide the stitches from the needle next to the tail end of yarn onto a small crochet hook.



6. Use the crochet hook to pull the tail end of yarn through the stitches.



 7. Repeat this twice more until there are no more stitches on knitting needles.


8. Pull the yarn end tight to cinch in the stitches. Pull the yarn end through the center hole using the crochet hook. Tighten it, weave in the end, then cut.


9. Weave in the beginning tail of yarn, then gently roll up the 'brim' of the hat.





So, there you have it, one knit and one crochet penny hat:


Questions Answered #3

9. What books as an adult do you find yourself returning to read?

Oh, tons. The first ones that leap to mind:

Pride and Prejudice
Persuasion
Mansfield Park
Out of the Silent Planet
Perelandra
That Hideous Strength
Gulliver's Travels
Robinson Crusoe
Kon Tiki
A Girl of the Limberlost

Anyway, these are by no means exhaustive and this only includes fiction.


Any more questions? I'll tack them onto this post since there was only one from yesterday.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Always exciting to have a little recognition. I posted several of the hail photos on wunderground (I have a weather blog there) and got a request from Steve Caparotta, a meteorologist with WAFB in Baton Rouge, to use some on the weather tonight! (: Nifty! Wish I could see it myself.

from last night: pile of hail where it came off the roof

Questions Answered #2 and Update

First, an update on the storm last night:

All over the street, sidewalks, etc., you can see these marks where the larger hailstones hit. Remarkable.


My poor daffodils! The one in the center of the picture looks like it was attacked with a pair of scissors; just mown down.


The azalea festival started yesterday...uh oh. Most of our azaleas look like this; blossoms mostly on the ground. They should recover though.


It doesn't look too impressive now but the small debris (leaves, branches, twigs) last night was covering the road so much you could see tire tracks in it. I suspect there are roads (with overhanging trees) that still look like that.



Sounds like our congregation in Hattiesburg fared well - no hail there (at least that was one report - thanks, LV!) but the hail up in the Jackson/Clinton area was something to behold. At least baseball and sometimes softball size.

So, back to questions:

5. Is there a book when you were a kid that you went back more than once to read?

I read and reread all of my books until some of them fell apart. Some that leap to mind: Madeleine L'Engle's trilogy, Anne of Green Gables series, The Narnia books.

6. What is your favorite Lenten recipe?

I think my favorite go-to recipe is marinara with pasta (with a side of fasting garlic bread and salad).

7. Do you/have you ever watched Doctor Who?

Yes! My favorite doctor is the tenth (played by David Tennant). I really love The Christmas Invasion. (c;

8. What is your favorite prayer service?

Oh, there are so many good ones. Of the regularly recurring ones I'd have to say Great Vespers. Of the less frequently done services I'd have to say a Panakhida.


More questions?? (: