Monday, August 24, 2009

A Visit to Saint Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Monastery

 

Yesterday I had the unique pleasure of visiting a Monastery in Washington,Texas with Sharon and Ernie Sarandos , Ernie’s sister , Georgia and her husband Louie. Ernie, Georgia and Louie are Greeks.

Three nuns  came there originally and all they had was a beautiful home and a large barn.  Since their arrival, with the help of Monks, they have built a beautiful church and a visitor reception center with a gift shop.

 

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The home was built by a builder for his wife, but he died shortly after the completion and she sold it to the Greek Church.

We arrived about 11:30 and were greeted by the Abbess and one of the Sisters.  We were required to wear a skirt and cover our heads the entire time we were there.

After introductions were made, the Abbess  took us inside to see the church. It was breath-taking.  I was allowed to take pictures of anything but not the Sisters.

 

 

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We were then taken to the reception center and served Greek coffee and a Greek sweet. What a treat.  We visited a while and toured the Gift Shop and then were told they were preparing lunch for us.

I have to tell you it was very hot and the scarves we wore on our heads got very hot.  The Sisters do not use hardly any air conditioning, but did turn it down some when they realized we were burning up.

They raise grapes and make two kinds of wine, they have 4 goats that are milked twice a day.  They drink the milk and make cheese. Of course, I had to go and visit the goats, and I offered to buy any that they do not want.

They hope to soon make soap and lotions.They make the Icons they have for sale in the Gift Shop.  As a first time visitor, I was told to choose any thing in the gift shop, I ask for an Icon of the Saint for which the Monastery was named after.

 

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This is Saint Paraskevi, and the Icon I chose to receive.

The Sister dress in solid black, they have no mirrors, TV or internet. The are allowed to go to town to buy things.  They do not eat meat. Three days a week, they have dairy products and eat fish.  They work in the beautiful gardens and live a very simple life devoted to prayer.

 

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Our lunch was wonderful. Stuffed Bell Peppers, Shrimp, Green salad, potatoes, and  marinated veggies.  Wonderful rich bread and wine, from a near by Vineyard. Oh, I almost forgot the cake and fruit for dessert.

 

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I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful day it was and how gracious the Sisters were to us.  Sharon had been there many times before and today she brought them towels, water pitchers, place mats, magazine or wood rack, yarns, a beautiful tray and a lovely plant. Sharon is a very giving person and the Sisters were all so happy to see her again.

 

 

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The Gift Shop.

 

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Sharon standing in front of cross in courtyard.

Regardless of your religion, if you ever have the chance to visit a Monastery  or Convent, you should go and experience the devotion and peace that surrounds you in the presence of women who have given their life to God.

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I Am So Blue on Blue Monday

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I don’t know how she does it every single Monday , Sally is there hosting Blue Monday for all of us trying to get back in the swing of things on Monday. Visit her at Smiling Sally and see the Blue Monday People……..thanks Sally.

I have searched high and low for something blue in my house, outside my house, around my house, under my house, on top of my house……get the idea. I can’t find anything blue I haven’t already shown you, so I am feeling very blue.

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Then just when I think all is lost and my head is hurting from searching high and low, I decide I need an ALEVE………

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YEA, THEY ARE BLUE…I DO HAVE SOMETHING NEW THAT IS BLUE TO SHOW YOU. I am so happy, I didn’t need the Aleve after all.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

PINK SATURDAY AND DOMINOES

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Many, Many thanks to Beverly for her continuous hosting Pink Saturday.  Visit her  for other Pinkers at How Sweet the Sound.

 

A lot of people are wearing dominoes like this one, I made for my daughter, Tara.

I have made others and they are gone.

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In Hobby Lobby, I found these little trinkets and thought what cute necklaces they would  make especially for teenager.

 

 

Isn’t the little cat darling

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Not much to post, but sending you bushels of good wishes for a great Pink Saturday,

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

don’t panic…I am rearranging my blog !

 

Since I went back to 2 columns because I like to make my pictures bigger and I thought my blog would look more organized.

I will slowly start to put things back I have taken of and saved like Awards. Blue Monday, etc.

For me to do this takes a lot of time, so please be patient. I am also going to make a list of Texas blogger and  all other dear ones.

 

Working on it now!

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this is not really me, I would never wear yellow shoes with a purple dress…….

Barbara

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday

This is my first time to participate in Vintage Thingies Thursday hosted by the fabulous Suzanne at Coloradolady.blogspot.com., who I might just add lives in TEXAS.

Thanks Suzanne and we understand if you still like Colorado, just as long as you stay in Texas.

 

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This old tea pot belonged to my Mother and she got it from someone else, so I would estimate the age as 80 years old and probably more.  We used it every Sunday and I always wanted to make the tea.  It was crackled then, just as you see it now.

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It says it was hand painted in Japan.  The colors have never changed.  I have treasured this teapot and carried it with me.  One day my daughter will do the same.  I have never seen another like it, but if any else has and knows anything about it, please let me know.

Happy Thursday to everyone, I am off again to Houston, so I will be late visiting your blog again.

Barbara

Monday, August 17, 2009

Blue Monday and We are off on An Adventure

 

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Blue Monday, Oh Blue Monday….Thanks to Sally for hosting is first day of the week for Blue Stuff.  Visit her at Smiling Sally’s and get your fix of blue stuff……

We are off to Dallas and beyond……

 

 

Today is our  dental checkup in Dallas.  So I decided we needed to make it a fun trip.(Notice the blue hat on the toy on the right side of the picture.)

Tonight the Rangers (baseball team) have a game and we got some great tickets at about 1/2 price.  I have never been the new Stadium, but according to Roy it is something to behold.  I like baseball so this is a double treat.

 

  We will spend the night and then drive to Waco on the way home for Roy to weigh  in.

Roy is on a strict diet and lost 9 lbs the first week, I am so proud of him.  This will be his second week.

 

 

So for you Non-Texans this is a 328  mile trip, but just a hop-skip-and-a jump for Texans.  I drive 60 miles one way to shop at least once a week. Yes, there are times when it does get old, but that is Texas and we love it,

See you all Wednesday with a new blog design.

HAPPY TRAILS.

Barbara

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Praying for God’s Will and the Strength to Accept It/ Amy

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This morning, I am trying to remember to pray for the right things and not be angry with God.

This young beautiful girl has suffered so much and is still suffering. Debbie and Richard are stressed and strained beyond words as is  extended family, especially Sherrie and Heidi.

So as I sit here with tears and a broken heart, I do not want to question God (although is it hard to understand).  My dear friends, I am struggling with questions and looking for answers.

Amy’s condition had gone from bad to worse and she needs a tracheotomy  and a Peg tube. There will be no quality of life for her with things to sustain her life.  So, I ask myself what do I pray for….

What do I pray for.

Barbara

Thanks to Charlotte and Ginger for hosting this Most Holy of Days. Visit the Enchanting Cottage for list of others Giving thanks to God.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Your Little Pinky/ Pink Saturday

 

Pink_SaturdayMany, many thanks to Beverly for hosting Pink Saturday.  Drop in on How Sweet the Sound and you will get a large dose of PINK! 

Have you ever given much thought to your little finger, sometimes called your PINKY, well I didn’t either until I needed something pink.

There are a lot of traditions and different meanings associated with this finger.

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In the USA a pinky swear or pinky promise is made when a person wraps one of their pinky fingers around the other person’s pinky and makes a promise.  Traditionally, it’s considered binding, and the idea was originally that the person who breaks the promise must cut off their pinky finger.

Chapman University students hold up one pinky as a sign of professionalism.

MOST IMPORTANT…..IN TEXAS SPORTS

This hand gesture is associated with fans of the Texas Longhorns ---George W.  Bush has frequently used the “Hook ‘m Horns” hand gesture.

 

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In sign language I Love You is made using a combination of the letters 'I', 'L', and 'Y' . It is made by extending the thumb, index finger, and little finger while the middle and ring finger touch the palm.
However... you should be aware: this hand gesture is the symbol used to curse someone in Italian .

In Japan, among the members of the Japanese gangsters, the penalty for various offenses is removal of parts of the little finger.

In Turkey and in Colombia, it’s tradition to link little fingers when two people are making a bet.

In  Russia, when two people are French-kissing, it is customary to often link little fingers together.

Hope you enjoyed this post concerning YOUR PINKY.

HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR DEBBIE AND AMY!!!!

BARBARA

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

There must be something wrong with me…I am worried!

 

I was so excited to post my first White Wednesday today and my second Crock Pot Wednesday…….but I can’t find where you sign up for either one.  Last week several people said my Link to CPW wasn’t working and today they are all hiding from me…that’s  life.  I enjoyed writing the post.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY IS YOU HAPPEN TO COME BY!

Barbara

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

white wednesday/ bed linens

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Thanks go to Kathleen at Faded Charm for hosting this beautiful day…White Wednesday.

I just love soft white bed linens and this company is a little pricey, but they have beautiful linens.

 

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this is my  favorite…..

 

Enjoy and check out other white linens!

Barbara

Crock Pot Wednesday/raisin bread pudding

 

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Many thinks to Debbie for hosting this  day filled with thousands of wonderful calories.

Visit her and see the list of recipes.

 

 

raisin bread pudding

Cook Time: 4 to 5 Hours

8 slices bread, cubed

4 eggs

2 cups milk

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Sauce:

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place bread cubes in a greased slow cooker.  In a bowl, beat eggs and milk; stir in sugar, butter, raisins and cinnamon.  Pour over bread; stir.

Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cook for 3-4 hours or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees.  Just before serving, melt butter in a saucepan.  Stir in flour until smooth.  Gradually add water, sugar and vanilla.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Serve with the warm bread pudding.

Serves 6

Happy Crock Pot Wednesday.

Barbara

Monday, August 10, 2009

NO SURGERY FOR AMY!

 

 

IT IS WITH A BREAKING HEART THAT I WRITE THIS POST,  IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TO SHERRIE’S BLOG… THIS IS THE LATEST NEWS….DEBBIE CALL ME ABOUT 2:OO O’CLOCK .   THE SURGEON CAME OUT AND TOLD THEM  HE COULD NOT REMOVE THE MASS, IS GOES FROM HER TONGUE TO HER SPINAL CHORD.  THEY WILL KEEP HER AND TRY TO CONTROL THE PAIN AND THEN DEBBIE SAID SHE COULD EITHER COME HOME OR GO TO HOSPICE.

HOW HOPELESS DEBBIE SOUNDED AS WE CAN ALL UNDERSTAND. I HEARD THE ANGUISH IN HER VOICE.

   PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR AMY,DEBBIE, AND THE FAMILY. 

BARBARA

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Triple Post Today/ Most Important Happy Birthday to Roy!

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Today is my Dear Husband’s Birthday.  He is at work, so there will be no party, cake or favorite dinner.

He is the love of my life and I could not have found a better man to spend the rest of my life with.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROY. I LOVE YOU.

MOSAIC MONDAY/ I DID IT!

 

 

DROP IN ON MARY AT LITTLE RED HOUSE TO SEE THE LIST OF EVERYONE POSTING MOSAICS.  THANKS MARY.

I have been trying for several weeks to make a mosaic and I finally sat down yesterday and said “I Can Do This”, and I did.

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I wasn’t concerned this time with the content, but with the process, I see that I must learn to remove the frame.

Happy Mosaic Monday.

Blue Monday/ WOW!

 

 

Bet you can’t guess who our hostess is for Blue Monday….in case you are new, it is the famous Sally at Smiling Sally.  There you will find all the Blue Mondays you could possibly want. 

 

download[2]  I started wondering about how many shades of blue there were and boy are there a lot.  So here are some of the ones I found listed  in Wikipedia. You can see the color chart below.

Shades of blue

Air Force blue
Alice blue
Azure
Baby blue
Blue
Brandeis blue
Cambridge Blue
Carolina blue
Cerulean
Cobalt blue

Columbia blue
Cornflower blue
Cyan
Dark blue
Denim
Dodger blue
Duke blue
Egyptian blue
Electric blue
Han blue

Indigo
International Klein blue
Light blue
Majorelle blue
Maya blue
Midnight blue
Navy blue
Periwinkle
Persian blue
Powder blue

Prussian blue
Royal blue
Sapphire
Sky blue
Steel blue
Teal
Ultramarine
Yale Blue

 

 

I decided I would look up a few of these blues.  The first one was  Brandeis Blue,   I knew there was a Brandeis University and sure enough it is associated with the University.

Next I looked up Majorelle Blue.

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Majorelle Garden, Marrakech

In 1924 the French artist Jacques Majorelle constructed his largest art work, the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco, and painted the garden walls, fountains, features and villa this very intense shade of blue, for which he trademarked the name Majorelle Blue.

Hope you enjoyed a little lesson in the color blue.  I thought it was quite interesting and may look up and post about some other colors later.

HAPPY BLUE MONDAY!

BARBARA

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

 

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men"

St.Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Trip to Round Top, Texas/ OUTDOORS WEDNESDAY

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OUR SWEET SUSAN IS THE GRACIOUS HOST OF THIS DAY AND YOU CAN VISIT HER AND SEE ALL PARTICIPANTS.

THANKS SUSAN!

Round Top is home to the James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts and its sole project, The International Festival-Institute at Round Top, were founded in 1971 by world-renowned concert pianist James Dick. Begun with a handful of gifted young pianists in rented space on the town square, the project is now an internationally acclaimed European-styled music institute for aspiring young musicians and distinguished faculty.
Over a thirty eight year period and with the help of its patrons and friends, The James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts has developed superb year round education and performance programs. It has created also an unique 210-acre campus - Festival Hill - containing major performance facilities, historic houses, extensive gardens, parks and nature preserves. Through its singular collection of rare books, manuscripts, archival material, music and historic recordings, photographs and objects, the Festival-Institute is also known as an important center for research and scholarly study.

AND THE FAMOUS ANTIQUE WEEKENDS HELD TWICE A YEAR, ONE IN THE SPRING AND ONE IN THE FALL.

The crowds are tremendous and people come from all over the US and even foreign countries.  I have never been.

They have some permanent shops and a restaurant called Royer’s that has been written up in tons of magazines.

So off Roy and I went for lunch and some sight-seeing.  When we arrived, we put our name on the waiting list for lunch, I got a glass of wine and Roy a beer and off we went to the shop next door.006 click to enlarge…this is Royer’s007

This is Lizzie Lou’s and to my surprise, I recognized one of the ladies.  She is the owner and was from Beaumont and had a shop there at the same time I did. Small world, but wait…a lady in there visiting was from Lake Limestone and was neighbors with one of my friends.  We have a house on the lake also.

We returned to Royer’s in time to here our name called and first had stuffed and fried jalapenos. The were stuffed with broccoli and cheese.

Then for entrees, I had a stuffed quail with mashed potatoes and balsamic vinegar  veggies and Roy had snapper with a wine sauce  with  veggies.

Dessert for me was a creamy key lime pie and Roy had cinnamon bread pudding to go.

Wow…yes you are right.

We then decided we needed to walk around the square and so while I went in shops, Roy took pictures.

 

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This is a shop called Crazy Emma’s.  I think…

 

 

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This is a private home and it is much prettier than the picture shows.

 

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The above 3 pictures are all of the home and its  surroundings.

 

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Another private home.

 

 

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Old tub and bottle tree behind one of the stores.

 

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Area in center of shops.

The remaining pictures are shops.

 

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We left hot, tired and very fluffy, but enjoyed our day.  It is about 130 miles one way, but in Texas that is just considered a hop, skip and a jump away.  Did I buy something, yes, but it is a gift for a friend and she will see it.  Nothing just breath-taking.

Hope you enjoyed your trip to Round Top, Texas.