Divine Mercy Sunday and today’s necessary shopping have little to do with each other except that I frequently plead for mercy on most shopping excursions. I do not like shopping. I don't mind grocery shopping. I am good at that! I know what to get, where, and how much we need. I can usually estimate my total within pennies of my planned amount. Any other shopping is painful to me. I am certain that clothes shopping is a tool of the devil.
I am tall, modest, and don't really have a cash flow for clothes. Tough criteria for clothing purchases. However, having worn the same few outfits for several years now, winter and summer, there might be room for improvement on my current look. A look that could be described as: 'European grandmother from a remote mountain village in mourning’. I thought I would get bold and add a little color and lighter fabrics. Brown wool in summer is just...
I did find a few things. :)
As if my personal shopping needs were not odd enough, I needed to find: 1) cheap Shakespearean looking shoes (at stuff mart) 2) manly looking mascara so Caliban won't be so disturbed by wearing stage make up and 3) plain white baseball socks... after baseball season has started so the shelves were cleaned out. Guessing from the look of horror on big Mr. Sports Guy's face when I explained they had to be plain white because I wanted them for a Shakespeare costume, not baseball, I don't think he would have sold them to me even if they had any.
Tech week for The Tempest begins tomorrow. During tech week our dear director owns our children. Though we moms still have to feed them, plus about 50 or so more. Past experience tells us that this is one of our most grueling and fun filled weeks in the whole year. Let it begin.
I love Holy Week. It's not like the end of Advent when mom's are crazily trying to finish creating all that Christmas magic and Christmas food and trying to be spiritually prepared. We keep the Easter baskets and food pretty simple here. In fact I am truly an Easter bunny scrooge. The focus is strongly on the Triduum and walking through it quietly with our Lord.
Palm Sunday was the schola concert. The middle and high school kids still have finals on Wednesday. Monica works. I have a funeral to attend this week. Kevin has to make the trek to VA to get the college boys. (They could hang out on campus but we want to see them for Easter.) Never in my childhood did Good Friday arrive with our house not thoroughly cleaned. So sometime this week, We. Are. Going. To. Clean. House.
In the meantime, the scola concert was balm for the soul. Truly beautiful.
Dad the fearless den leader took his cubs to visit Sacred Heart seminary
See that St. Joseph statue back there? For years I have been praying for one. Recently a parishioner who was moving dropped off garden statues at our parish. So I was gifted with this big St. Joseph! He really belongs outside but I'm keeping him in.
This is one of Rebecca's pictures. Greece. Is this not completely charming??!!
Maria (8) finished the entire Narnia series. She is one of us now. :)
Regina sewed up this angelic looking nightgown for Lydia out of one of her flannel baby blankets