1. A few months back the Muscular Dstyrophy Association contacted me and said they wanted to use a photo of Fulton, taken at summer camp, for their Shamrock campaign. I was like, sure, no problem, not fully realizing he was one of only six kids picked from across the country to be featured during the MDA’s nationwide campaign.
You can purchase a Shamrock at Burger King, Walgreens, Applebees, Pizza Hut and many other vendors. If you’re out and about and see this smiling face, purchase a Shamrock and snap a picture. Share it on social media with the hashtag #wheresfulton so we can follow his grin across the country.
MDA has helped our family personally by allowing Fulton the opportunity to go to camp for free (which also equals a free week of respite for Tony and I). Additionally, we’ve received free medical equipment from their used equipment closet. And when faced with insurance problems, they covered visits to our preferred doctor at Johns Hopkins. It’s easy to see why we’re happy to let Fulton be their poster child.
2. I managed to not bore you with another whole post devoted to my Hildegard experiment, but you’re going to have to deal with a few takes. First, my reads this Lent are ‘Hildegard of Bingen: On Natural Philosophy and Medicine”, her book on the spiritual and physical makeup of men and women, how we’re to care of our body and souls given our temperaments, and how to treat various ailments. It’s fascinating, especially how candidly Hildegard writes about human sexuality. There’s no pretense; she just lays it all out there, much more so than I think one would expect from a 12th century nun. I’ve also checked out ‘Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen’ from the library. It features many illustrations of Hildegard’s visions along with some of her writing, plus commentary. I haven’t read it too closely so I don’t know how I feel about it yet, but the illuminations are beautiful and provide good illustration for Hildegard’s concepts of man and the universe.
3. So what does the Hildegard diet look like on a daily basis?
Breakfast: lousy organic herbal tea, oatmeal with dates, almonds, cinnamon, and honey
Lunch: vegetarian soup with bread
Supper: a slab of meat, vegetable, bread, cheese, and wine
To be honest, I’m already tired of oatmeal for breakfast so I’ve also been eating toast with homemade jelly or the occasional egg. And I hate drinking herbal tea. I miss coffee so much, not just for the caffeine, but for the experience of sitting down and starting my day with a warm and delicious drink. It messes with my whole morning routine to not sit and peacefully enjoy a cup of coffee. I can’t sit and enjoy tea because the taste is so bad. Tony attempted making spelt coffee in various ways and we’ve concluded it is in no way a suitable substitute for the real deal.
For the soups, I’ve relied on ‘Twelve Months of Monastery Soups’. I make a large batch once or twice a week and it lasts Tony and I several days. I’ve made a white bean, a chickpea, split pea and next up is french onion soup.
4. Since we can’t eat pork or turkey, and lamb is expensive, I’ve been cooking a lot of chicken and cuts of beef. I’m also trying to prepare seasonal vegetables when possible. Without potatoes, corn or carrots I’ve tried a ton of new vegetables; parsnips, turnips, and fennel (which Hildegard especially liked), plus new variations of old “favorites” like cabbage and cauliflower. I’ve learned to cook unfamiliar cuts of meat with mixed results.
I’m saving most of the winning recipes on my bloated Pinterest ‘Food’ board if you want ideas.
5. The hardest part by far was giving up coffee due to the caffeine and the lack of a substitute. A close second is dealing with the kitchen being an even bigger mess than usual because I’m caramelizing, broiling, marinating, sautéing and all sorts of stuff that requires using every pot and pan in sight.
6. A friend mentioned wanting to join 7 Quick Takes after an absence and needed a refresher on linking up. I thought it couldn’t hurt to post the Quick Takes template again along with some basic instructions for any new readers who might want to join. I’ll include these instructions on my Resources page so they’re easier to find in the future.
2. Highlight everything and copy it.
3. Paste it into the HTML editor on your blogging platform. (To get to the HTML editor in Blogger or WordPress, click on the tab at the top of the new post screen that says HTML.)
That’s it! If you’d like to download the text file to your computer for future reference, just right-click on the link and choose “Save Link As…”
Remember, it’s SEVEN quick takes; seven items that happened in the last week that were noteworthy but didn’t require their own blog post. You can also do a list of SEVEN related items like your favorite toothbrushes, pieces of advice to give to a naked man in an airport, whatever! Don’t stress too much about content; just have fun and link up. It helps to visit other blogs participating in the link up and comment. That’s how you meet people and seem less like an internet stalker and more like a socially awkward acquaintance. It also helps when you remember to include a link back to this post. Your readers can find new favorite blogs and you don’t look like someone who just randomly joined a link up to try to drive traffic to your site.
7. Are you going to Stations of the Cross tonight with your whole family?! I know for many years, Tony and I would alternate going rather than take everyone and subject the quiet sanctuary to the cries and questions of our younger kids. Where was Michelle’s book ‘I Walk With Jesus- A Simple Way of the Cross’ then??? Where was Michele’s book when we tried to read the stations of the cross at home and only made it to the 4th station before tears interrupted and ruined everything?? Now, I can’t be sure ‘I Walk With Jesus’ would have made things 100 percent better but it couldn’t have made things worse. I mean, it’s so light it wouldn’t even make a good projectile or weapon. Bang it on the pew and it will hardly make a sound. We’re going to stations tonight as a family and I’ve already got ‘I Walk With Jesus’ packed in Teddy’s backpack should things get out of hand. Would you like to win your own e-book copy ?? Enter below and it could be in your possession before next Friday.
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How was your week? Write it down then link it up below. Be sure to include a link back to this post so your readers can find the rest of the Quick Takes. I look forward to reading your posts!
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