22 & Catholic

a journey of disillusionment and re-enchantment

My 4 favorite gardening tools

My four favorite gardening tools right now are the spading fork, weeding hoe, weeding tool, and hand rake.  These things can make your life a hellova lot easier and can be very useful. Continue reading “My 4 favorite gardening tools”

Ordered more tea from!  Great teas, great service, great warm feeling inside every time I drink tea 🙂

5 tips for beginning vegetable gardeners


(Above: a small peanut plant)

[Written two weeks ago.]

It’s almost too good to be true – this week of rejuvenation.  Easter Break is a beautiful time, but not – I am somewhat ashamed to say – because I am particularly religious.  Ten days of not teaching were indeed a gift from Heaven – and if I relished yard work more than the Mass, who can say I didn’t worship God?

Now, however, it is Friday.  Only three days of freedom left.  But I am reluctant to begin the process of returning.  So instead, I’ll use this stolen time to write the advice I would love to give. Continue reading “5 tips for beginning vegetable gardeners”

Dug a new bed so I can plant peanuts when the soil is warm enough.  On the far right, I marked a plot for strawberries.  The secondary compost pile (leaves on the left) will evtually be a pumpkin patch as well.  I want to be roasting seeds in the fall!

A rich life

It’s been too long since I’ve written, but I was relieved to know that it’s only been 3 months.  Let me share some of what I’ve learned and done. Continue reading “A rich life”

I think… we should deemphasize, when possible, this idea of people as role models. I’ve yet to meet or hear about anybody that is actually anywhere near perfect. In my experience and the experiences shared in literature, thinking of ourselves as role models or idolizing others as role models sets us up for big problems. We should, certainly, be aware of how our behavior affects others, but I’m real enough with myself to know that, even on my best days, I don’t want anybody modeling themselves off of my life. I never know what I might do.

Teaching – what a rough life

Life has been going really fast since school started.  I miss blogging.  But if I’m honest, I know that the reason I haven’t blogged has nothing to do with not having time.  It has more to do with lack of mental willpower and energy, and maybe with laziness. Continue reading “Teaching – what a rough life”

If life is really like a box of chocolates

Maybe depression is so alluring because it opens our eyes to truths we don’t want to forget.

Today is a blessing after a long week of teaching, traffic, and exhaustion.  It’s quiet, it’s slow, and I stayed in my PJs most of the day.  My husband was home with me until he heard about some trouble his grandfather was having with a new washing machine.

But all day I felt dissatisfied, lonely.  I kept thinking, I should turn off the TV, I should focus on planning for next week, I wish….  I wished my husband wasn’t playing video games and that we were doing something together. Continue reading “If life is really like a box of chocolates”

Trusting God

If we were having coffee….

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord
Who abide in His shadow for life
Say to the Lord
“My refuge, my rock in whom I trust!”

And He will raise you up on eagles’ wings
Bear you on the breath of dawn
Make you to shine like the sun
And hold you in the palm of His hand. Continue reading “Trusting God”

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