This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 23

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Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: The Feast of St. Rose of Lima next Thursday! Daniel made an unforgettable meal last year to celebrate with dishes from the Philippines and Peru. We posted both recipes on our severely neglected liturgical year blog: Feast!

In the Garden:

I finally cooked up this Green Cushaw Pumpkin, the biggest thing we’ve ever grown in our garden: Pumpkin and Sausage, Winter Squash bars (Gluten-Free), Lentil and Squash Curry, and Stuffed Squash all with one pumpkin! There’s still pumpkin seeds to be roasted. Mmmmm.


I usually have multiple books going at a time. Right now I’m re-reading Wuthering Heights because I have the most beautiful clothbound edition that was given to me for my birthday last year by Daniel’s sweet parents. Also enjoying Praying with Icons by James Forest. I’m also reading a Russian novel called The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov but I haven’t really fallen in love with it yet. Anybody read it? Worth finishing?


How Reading Anne of Green Gables Helped Me Chill Out as a Parent: Simple Homeschool (If you’ve been hanging around Carrots for very long, you’re already familiar with my undying love for everything Anne-with-an-e. Loved this post.)

Encouraging Kids to Drink Water: Simple Kids (We haven’t kept juice in the house for several months. It’s so much easier to just offer water and sometimes milk and I know that B isn’t getting tons of sugar from the juice anymore. It also makes special drinks like Bubble Tea and Icy Raspberry Tea all the more exciting for him.)

What Drowning Really Looks Like: Family Your Way (Until reading this, I didn’t know how still and quiet a drowning child appears. Totally terrifying and worth learning about.)

Homeopathy for Morning Sickness and Homepathy for Post Partum Healing: Mama and Baby Love (As a super miserable morning sickness sufferer during pregnancies, I will definitely try some of these remedies if we’re blessed with more pregnancies.)

Escape from Babyland: Simcha Fisher (I love Simcha, as always)

The Quotable Benjamin:

“I don’t like it when you leave my room after you tuck me in. I really feel like I want to put glue in the door so that you have to stay in my room with me forever.”

Instagrams Worth Sharing (If you want to follow me, I’m haleyweasley):

 Little Duckling!

Special Breakfast with Daddy after morning Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. What a treat!

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy week since I started back teaching ballet and started our unofficial preschool homeschooling with Benjamin. Looking forward to a fun and productive weekend: Thai food date night tonight, working in the garden to prepare the beds for Fall planting, pool party at a friend’s house Saturday, Mass and family breakfast Sunday, and hopefully some reading and writing time for me. Got any fun weekend plans?

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  1. says

    Praying with Icons…I must read! Thanks!!

    Praying your first “unofficial” week went well. I’m putting it off until the first week of September!

    • Haley says

      I’ve been reading it during my Holy Hour and really enjoying it. Beautiful explanations of lots of the familiar icons and lots about the theology of icons. I love anything about Christian art and theology. Interesting reading a book from an Eastern Orthodox perspective because according to their tradition icons seem to be the only theologically correct style of Christian art. Although I love the icon tradition, I’m also really grateful for Michelangelo and Botticelli and the diverse styles of Catholic religious art. Great read, though.

      And thanks for your prayers 🙂 Needed and much appreciated, Melissa!

        • Haley says

          I am. We are so lucky to have Perpetual Adoration in the chapel at our parish (right up the road from our house!).

          • says

            Us too 🙂 I have been convicted recently to attend each week, but I’m sometimes so blind-sided by the silence that I’m not sure how to conduct myself. I know I should be spending the time in prayer, but it has been so long since I’ve had that kind of time to myself and I’m having a hard time focusing. Do you find reading a book helps center you when you’re there? Sorry for any dumb questions, hey, I’m new.

          • Haley says

            I have a really hard time focusing, too. It feels strange to have silence. I start out by praying the Rosary at least once. Then I read a book about spiritual devotion like St. Frances de Sales Introduction to the Devout Life. Right now it’s the Praying with Icons book and I’m also going through Karen Edmisten’s Through the Year with Mary which has a beautiful quote about Our Lady for every day of the year. And sometimes I feel convicted to just sit quietly and try to listen. An hour isn’t a long time but it does feel long to me sometimes which is embarrassing. Having a holy hour to be signed up for helps me get there because I HAVE to go. If I didn’t have an assigned hour I’m sure I would be lazy and not go because that’s how I roll. I need accountability.

  2. Ellie says

    Master i Margarita was suggested to me too! Our library only has it in Russian, however. It’s supposed to be amazing? I’d appreciate your finishing it and telling me all about it! Yeah?

    • Haley says

      I’m 60 pages in and I’m not sure if I like it yet. But I definitely haven’t read enough Russian novels so maybe it’s just the Russianness of it that’s throwing me off. I will finish it for you, dear, and mail it to you when I’m done. Deal?

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