Saturday, June 07, 2014

Family Rosary Beads

A few weeks ago I saw a picture of a "mother's" rosary on Pinterest. Initially I thought I would contact the Etsy creator and purchase a set from her, but the item was no longer available. It did give me the idea though to create my own "family" rosary, and so I did just that over the past few days. 

Each decade contains the name(s) of either one of my children and  their spouse, my granddaughter or my husband and myself.  The idea being, when I pray the rosary, as I touch the names, I am remembering that person in my prayers. The last decade I used heart beads, no names, to represent all the special friends and family members whom I hold dear to me and offer prayer for them.






People often ask me why I pray the rosary, and there seems to be a lot of misconception about the rosary, saints and other Catholic practices. So, I will give you a very brief dissertation, based on information from Catholic.com

*"The Rosary is a meditation not just a repetition of the same prayers.  Meditation for Catholics is different than other religions.  Most people think of meditation of a clear mind or conscious but Catholic meditation is active and reflective.  While praying the rosary Catholics reflect on the mysteries of Jesus Christ.  This reflection brings us closer to Christ’s suffering and sorrow, joys, teachings and glory.   The Rosary is an extremely powerful prayer and should be prayed daily."
*"Many Protestants now say the rosary, recognizing it as a truly biblical form of prayer—after all, the prayers that comprise it come mainly from the Bible. "
*"The most problematic line for non-Catholics is usually the last line of the Hail Mary: "pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death." Many non-Catholics think such a request denies the teaching of 1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." But in the preceding four verses (1 Tim. 2:1-4), Paul instructs Christians to pray for each other, meaning it cannot interfere with Christ’s mediatorship: "I urge that prayers, supplications, petitions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone. . . . This is good, and pleasing to God our Savior." 

*"We know this exhortation to pray for others applies to the saints in heaven who, as Revelation 5:8 reveals, intercede for us by offering our prayers to God: "The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints."
*Info from internet search/Catholic.com

I am pleased with how my rosary turned out and plan on making a set for a good friend as a gift. I am able post and say that here without worrying I will spoil a surprise, because I know she does not read my blog! 

Click on the photos to get a closer look!





Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Baby Sweater for Mrs. B.

Today Miss A.'s class had a baby shower for their teacher, and Miss A. gifted the sweater I knit for the soon to be June baby.

By the pictures sent to me it appears Mrs. B. likes the sweater!






Friday, May 30, 2014

Projects From Others

Although I did not knit/crochet either of these two projects, I would like to highlight them for those who did such marvelous work.

This adorable sweater was knit by my good friend, Nancy W.  Nancy is part of my knitting group, but because of personal circumstances hasn't been able to spend much time with the group. However, she is still knitting.

Great job,  Nancy!

This incredible afghan was crocheted by a friend of a friend, of a friend....LOL...I don't  know her name, she was contracted by a friend's daughter to crochet the afghan as a gift for "Carol" whose name you can see down both sides of the afghan. Carol was a teacher, hence the alphabet incorporated into the project, as well as, symbols representing Carol's other interest. 


The afghan is done in the afghan stitch and then designs were cross-stitched on to each square. An incredible amount of work!  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Pool Days Done

After twenty-two years, and lots of fun in the sun, we are closing another chapter.
Today Hubby is in the final stages of demolition. Good-bye pool; thanks for the memories.





Three generations have enjoyed splashing around in our pool; time to find something new to do!


**Double click on any picture in the collage to enlarge.




Saturday, May 24, 2014

I'm a Gardener Too!

Memorial weekend, the official start to summer!  Many will be picnicking, swimming at the beach and partying, all stuff I totally enjoy doing. However, this year Hubby and I are working to get our yard back into shape. We took down our pool of twenty-two years and now we are left with a GIGANTIC hole and a lot of construction.

Today's post will only be about my perrenial gardens, but once the backhoe arrives and Hubby begins excavating, I will take pictures to show you this year's summer project. I do mean 'summer' because it will probably take all summer to get the work completed.

This garden runs along the back of our property and took three hours to edge and weed this morning. Still need to mulch!

This is a lilac bush that my sister-in-law gifted me two years ago for my birthday. It was just a seedling when it arrived, but has grown beautifully. No buds yet, but soon there surely will be. The bush is in the same garden pictured above.

Bearded Flag Irises, which were started  my Nonna Rose. No blooms this year because last year I divided and replanted. The mother rhizome was very old, and now new 'mothers' are taking root. I expect to have a fuller patch with blooms next spring. My nonna planted these irises when I was a very little girl, my mom took some when she moved to her first house, then she gave me some to plant at my first house and when we moved here 30 years ago, I dug a few up and brought them with me. Two years ago I gave a few plants to my cousin, Camille, so she and I are now the keepers of Nonna Rose's Bearded Flag Irises.

My newest Hosta bed; taken from the plants that surrounded our pool for twenty-two years. 

The same perennial garden from the opposite end of the yard.

I love how the ferns look in the spring and early summer. Once it gets too hot they brown and start dying off. This year's patch is very lush. 

This garden run along the right side of our property. At the opposite end is where the patch of fern is located.

It must be prom weekend! Actually, prom weekend in our area was last weekend, but generally speaking that is when my azalea bushes are in full bloom. I so wish they were a summer long flowering bush; they are so pretty.

The azaleas wrap around to the side of the house.

Next to the last azalea bush starts my rose garden, where Hubby is patiently removing a carpet rose bush that has totally overgrown and was half dead. I had 12 rose bushes, but the winter was hard on them, and I lost my Summer Sunshine, John F. Kennedy, Angel Face and two carpet bushes!  

Monday, May 19, 2014

Knitter's Edge 5th annual Knitting Retreat

For the past five years, The Knitter's Edge has held a retreat day at St. Francis Retreat Center for Renewal,  where many knitters from the area gather to do a charity knit project. One year we made bibs for babies in need, we have knit booties, and hats. This year we knit/crochet premie hats for St. Luke's Hospital and chemo hats for LV cancer patients.

It is a great day of fellowship, meditation, and crafting.  Each year a few of the knitters from my Thursday evening group attends with me. This year, we were five knitters and we welcomed two knitters who traveled from New Jersey to share the day with us.

Ann and Lonni
Ann was proud of her completed premie cap.

Me (sitting) with my buddy, Sharon.

New friend, Linda with Bev and  Me

One of my favorites moments at the retreat is when we have our hands blessed with oil.
The prayer is that God bless our creative hands that do much for others.

My finished premie hat.



Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Knitter's Day at the Metropolitan Art Museum, NYC

The Temple of Dendur
This is part of the Dendur complex which was brought to NYC from Nubia in 1963.
The temple was built about 15 B.C. by Empoeror Augutus for the goddess Isis of Philae


Young Woman Drawing
Marie Denis Villers (1801)
It may be a self-portrait.

The Holy Family with Saints Anne and Catherine of Alexandria
Jusepe de Ribera (1648)
Oil on Canvas
The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John Baptist
Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) (1520's)
Christ holds the traditional symbols of a goldfinch (symbolic of the resurrection) and a cherry (signifying the delights of the blessed).


The Entombment
Moretto da Brescia (Alessandro Bonvicino) (1544)

The Garden Cafe, on the rooftop of the Met.
It was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, and an amazing view from the rooftop.

The Entombment
Carved from limestone
French, Bourbonnais, ca 1515

The Garden Cafe on the rooftop of the Met.

Head of Christ, From a Pieta Group
Limestone with traces of wood thorns
Netherlandish (North Lowlands), Diocese of Utrecht, about 1470

Altarpiece
Depicts episodes from the life of Christ
Made about 1390-1400
(Workshop of Baldassare Degli Embriachi)

Bouquet of Sunflowers
Claude Monet (1881)

Irises
Vincen van Gogh (1890)

At the Milliner's
Edgar Degas (1881)


Reliquary Monstrance (1450-1500)


Life of the Virgin (1444)

Young Mother Gazing at Her Child
William Bouguereau (1871)
oil on canvas

Breton Brother and Sister
William Bouguereau (1871)
oil on canvas
The Knitter at the Museum (2014)

I am always enthralled by the pieces dating back before the time of Christ! 
The last two pieces of William Bouguereau just are absolutely amazing; they look like they could have been taking with a camera. Such talent, not to mention how the colors have lasted over hundreds of years.
I could use a week to go through every exhibit, the museum is a collection of collections and one day hardly does it justice.