Think about those times in your life when you have felt inspired to something really great. Where does that inspiration come from?
The Holy Spirit. God inspires us to do great things with our lives.
----Matthew Kelly

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{SQT} A Week of Snow Days

I actually have time to join other bloggers at This Ain't the Lyceum for a Seven Quick Takes post! Since I've been off of work all week (one of the perks of working for a southern school system that includes some mountains!), here's how I wasted a week's worth of time spent my time:


I was able to begin most mornings with an extra cuppa. And it was marvelous. I sat my butt down in front of the tv and watched my favorite local news team, checked email and Facebook, all while sipping my Publix Raspberry Chocolate coffee with Amaretto coffee creamer from a real coffee cup (not a travel cup!).
I love my coffee cups! This is one of my favorite.


One of the things I said I wanted to do more of this year is write. So, that's what I did this week. I not only caught up on my speech blog, but I wrote ahead and have next week's post already scheduled. I have 2 posts scheduled on my personal blog...I'm finally getting around to writing about my October trip to Ireland. I'm spacing those posts out and posting on Mondays and Thursdays. My SIL & I saw so many things that it's going to take a while (and several posts) to go through it all.
Our first leg of the trip (Dublin) is "live" on the personal blog.


I caught up on Netflix and I'm not ashamed to admit it! There were new seasons on some of the shows I watched:
Peaky Blinders. Since the show is about a mob, there's violence. If you can get past that, you'll like it. (Sidenote: My SIL & I past Cillian Murphy-who plays the lead character- as we walked to our hotel our last night in Ireland. I didn't realize who he was until the other day when I caught up on this show. Probably a good thing...I would have chased him down if I realized it!)
Disjointed. Kathy Bates is an attorney turned shop-keeper...of a dispensary in So.Cal. If you can get past the pot-smoking and f-bombs, you'll like it. 
Broadchurch. This is a BBC show that is just marvelous. David Tennant (Dr. Who) plays one of the main characters. Every time you think you have things figured out, there's a twist.  This season was no different. Excellent show!
Travelers. I started watching the new season but haven't finished. It's kind of a weird show...the travelers inhabit people's bodies who are scheduled to die and take over their lives. (Told you it was weird!) Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) plays the lead in this one.
Episodes. This is a new show I'm watching; I don't know how I missed this one before.  It's another BBC show: a couple writes a successful British show and is asked to bring the show to the USA. After they agree and move to LA, they find that the British show won't fly here and it gets a total make-over. Matt LeBlanc (Friends) plays the lead actor (as himself) in this one. It's a little over the top, but I'll finish watching this one. The show portrays Hollywood with extramarital affairs and "embellished body parts".
There were some shows that I just couldn't watch:
Ozark. I was given the recommendation to watch this one from a friend. Jason Bateman is a financial advisor who is laundering money for a cartel. After his partner embezzles millions of dollars from the cartel guy (and is shot), Marty (Bateman) makes a deal with the cartel to turn the $8 million to $500 million in 5 years. He takes his family to the Missouri Ozarks and gets to work. I just found this show disturbing. (Yeah, I know...go figure. I can watch Peaky Blinders and Disjointed with no problem but find this show disturbing!) My husband liked it and continued to watch, but I had to stop after 4 episodes.
Grace and Frankie. I watched the first 2 seasons, but for some reason, I just can't keep watching. 
Hinterland. Another British show, but this one is exceptionally dark and bloody. I couldn't get past the 2nd episode.
I probably didn't make the best choices with the shows I watched!


After 2 days of not setting foot outside of my house, I had to run a couple of errands in town. As I left WalMart, I thought about what day it was (yep, I really had to stop & think!) and realized it was Thursday...a day when my parish has noon mass. (My parish is across the street from WalMart.) I had enough time to go home, put things away, slap some makeup on, and get back over to the church for mass. It was exactly what I needed yesterday after throwing somewhat of a pity party for myself, I was reminded that I am in my profession to help children...not for recognition. This was even after a previous post I had written.  I would have sworn that the priest had been in my head that morning because he said the exact same words I did: jealousy, negativity, and focus. You've gotta love when that happens!
We still have snow on the ground, but the main roads are clear.


This little ragamuffin requires quite a bit of attention.
This is our house guest until June...hopefully.
She's in, she's out. She goes out and doesn't want to come in, so I leave her out until she starts barking. She belongs to one of our sons who realized after he took her that he can't have her in the house where he's living. She can be really sweet, but she's a pain the butt since she's not 100% house-trained and is over a year old. 
She was napping next to me, then woke up and moved over with her "nap head"!


Last Friday, my principal allowed me to take a half-day to attend the mass funeral of a family friend whom I have known my whole life. Today I will attend the funeral mass for a friend of my parents. One of the precepts of the Catholic Church is to bury the dead. That doesn't mean to actually dig a hole and literally bury them, but to attend masses and pray for the repose of their souls. As bad as this sounds, I was relieved that we didn't have school today so I could attend the mass. I just feel in my heart that I need to be there as a representative of my parents. So, I'll have to get out of my jammies, get showered, and appropriately dress for the mass. It's not the most favorite thing I've done this week, but I'm glad I can be there to show support for the deceased's wife. 


There were some things that I halfway did:
I cleaned up our back spare bedroom. I really should have done a better job, but I did get all of the stuff off of the bed. I'm bad about putting stuff on the bed, thinking that I'll come back later and put it where it belongs. But then I close the door and forget about it and it piles up.
I kept the kitchen clean, but I didn't reorganize the pantry. I don't think it needs it since it's only been a few months since my kitchen was complete.
My pantry "before"
My pantry "after"
But you know what? I don't feel an ounce of guilt for not doing some things that really need to be done! Maybe I'll save that for our next round of snow days!

The Sacred Heart fountain at church is partially flowing, partially frozen. 

This was day 3...there's a saying that if snow is on the ground for 3 days, it's hanging around waiting for more.


  1. So glad you got an extra week! Snow is wonderful. I find it so cleansing!!

  2. There is nothing like being able to sit back and relax with a warm beverage. I'm more of a tea drinker, but it's all good!


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