The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
We had the honey harvest…
It’s a little more than 33 lbs (some not pictured), with about 7 more lbs of what I call “Cooked Honey” (you can see two of the darker jars in the back there) — that’s what I get after I boil down the stuff that’s mixed up with the comb wax and left in the buckets after jarring. I got some wax as well — not a lot, which is just fine, but some!
The adventure this time was that when Phil staged the frames in the vestibule — the section between the two front doors — some of them dripped quite the puddle of honey on the floor. Last week I wasn’t feeling too well; he kept muttering about what we would do to clean it all up, and I just could NOT cope. Besides, the frames were still out there (no longer dripping) — we had to move them before we did anything. That is, we had to start the spinning before dealing. And the weather had to dry out too.
This is the bad phone pic of the area I’m talking about, with the outside door open.
There’s nothing like really not wanting to do a job to motivate you to find the solution! I figured it out (possibly while talking to Rosie who also figured it out!): Just open the doors (and shut that inside door but tight) and let the bees clean it out!
Yes, there were some stunned bees lying about, but as of now, most of them either revived and flew away or were swept out by Himself. All the honey is gone! Not a drip left! It’s dry and — not sticky!! Phew! And gooood thing the honey didn’t spill inside the house!
On to our links!
- Bridget, Thomas More College senior and likely provider of a good bit of the hospitality you will experience should you decide to attend, wants you to know about the upcoming Fall OPEN HOUSE at the College, October 8 and 9, Columbus Day weekend. Not only will you see New Hampshire in all its autumnal glory, but you and your upcoming college student will be able to get a good taste of life and merriment at this little, but mighty, school. Do sign up!
- PSA: don’t cook kidney (or lima) beans in your slow cooker without boiling them and draining the water first. I first found out about the poisoning effect of improperly cooked kidney beans when Rosie posted about her bean tray that the kids played with — a reader cautioned about having kidney beans included, as one swallowed (not even chewed!) can cause death in a young child. I couldn’t believe it, but it’s a true fact. Luckily, Pippo was and is all about finding every last bean and disposing of it properly, or whatever else can be accomplished by paying attention. Usually I don’t go for this sort of thing, not being super alarmist, but gosh.
- Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ, ponders the satirical and other talents of Evelyn Waugh, a man who was “all but incapable of writing a boring sentence.” I may or may not have previously linked to a talk he gave at the University of Chicago from which this (or many bits of this) essay derives, but it’s good enough to want a written version, anyway.
- Conscience and Truth: an address not given by Cardinal Caffarra, alas, who died a few days before the conference he was to have attended.
- At the end of the essay, the Cardinal (who was one of the signers of the Dubia put to Pope Francis on the subject of Amoris Laetitia), says, “Last but not least, there is an urgent need for a clear-cut proposal for a true Christian education of children and young people.” For the all-but-forgotten (except by moi!) teaching of Saint John Paul II, see Familiaris Consortio. This exhortation brings together Scripture and tradition on marriage and the family, explaining how the family is the original and irreplaceable “School of Virtue” as a “Domestic Church” that imparts teachings on truth, life, and love to its members in the context of love and mutual forgiveness. (It could be great to read the Cardinal’s address and the relevant portions of Familiaris Consortio — especially paragraphs 36-38 — in your St. Greg’s Pocket!) Could any program ever replace the family? No!
- Are architecture and liturgy connected? I loved this article — so many amazing thoughts about how the art of architecture can express love — and worship — of God.
- The New Liturgical Movement site is killing it with these articles — here’s another, that would make an amazing art class with your older children: A Baroque Confessional. A quote from the article that is definitely going on an index card over here:
“The true purpose of sacred art, as of good theology, is not to say something about God, but to be a medium through which the believer can participate in the realities signified by the work; ultimately, to insert us into the ongoing action of the Mystery of Christ.”
- Nurturing Children: Why ‘Early Learning’ Does Not Help. The Neufeld Institute on socialization and other early childhood issues.
- The art of Japanese samurai sword making, in case you need a 20-minute nap while the kids watch (if you are reading on your phone or a non-supporting browser, you may have to switch to something else to see what you think you are not seeing here):
Today in the Liturgical Year – Padre Pio! Great articles on the Catholic Culture site about this amazing saint.
From the archives:
- I wish I could post more recipes! Maybe you remember this one: Frugal Baked Beans (we have at least one Kosher reader, dear Debbie, who loves this recipe — if you aren’t using ham, try a different smoked meat, like a smoked turkey leg).
- Are you in full lunch-making mode over there? Here are my thoughts on how to streamline.
- As mentioned, we just harvested the honey! This tutorial is from a couple of years ago — still how we do it, basically.
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