A Walk through the Garden

Golden Bleeding Heart resting on variegated Solomon’s Seal

We’ve had a lot of rain in the past 24 hours…not much to see in the gardens but a lot of leaf debris.

The storms last nights were intense! Lightening strikes and strong winds broke a lot of trees. My Jonagold apple tree took a beating…the canopy collapsed under the storm (kind of hard to see the broken limbs in this picture). Some severe pruning will take place this winter.

The sturdy Royal Standard Hosta, one of the few perennials still remaining in my yard, stood up well through it all.

(Images by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB. All Rights Reserved.)

 

 

Quote, 8/27, Equus Passage

A sweet little prayer, this comes from the Roman Breviary.  It is one of those shooter-prayers that I carry in my heart and offer for those encountered throughout my day…and God knows, you may have been one of them.

I hope you’ll memorize it, too, and pray it often.

 

May it please you Oh Lord,

to reward with eternal life

all those who do good to us for your name sake.

Amen.

 

 

Everyday Products You’ve Been Using Wrong

This is a fun post by Gabby Noone over at Buzz Feed! I am a bit suspicious about how sanitary the spoon would be in #3.

Never knew about the Chinese take-out containers.

And built in coasters?!

Here are just of few of my favorites:

1. You’ve probably been ignoring this feature.

Most aluminum foil boxes have press-in tabs that secure the roll in place, so you don’t have worry about it flying out every time you rip off a sheet.

2. You’ve been dispensing Tic Tacs the hard way.

You know how when you violently shake a container of Tic Tacs into your palm it seems as though you always end up with zero or seven? Avoid that altogether by letting a mint gently glide into the tiny lid crevice.

4. You’ve been storing peanut butter the wrong way.

Never arm wrestle with a jar of peanut butter, just to make sure it’s not oily on top and crumby on the bottom, again. Store it upside down, so the oils distribute evenly.

5. You haven’t been using ketchup cups to their full potential.

Instead of grabbing multiple cups of ketchup, simply pull apart at the edges for twice the space.

7. Chinese takeout containers are actually made to fold out into plates.

The containers actually are meant to unfold into a makeshift plate, which you can easily reassemble into a box for storing leftovers.

More info here.

9. Greek yogurt containers are meant to be folded in half.

Chances are you’ve been scooping the toppings with your spoon onto the yogurt.

But, have you realized, the topping holder folds over, so you can pour the toppings DIRECTLY ON TOP?

11. Soda tabs double as straw holders.

Turn the tab around so that it acts as holder that can stop the straw from raising out of the can as the soda fizzes.

14. You’ve been serving juice boxes the wrong way.

Pull the sides out so you child has something to grasp onto, stopping them from spilling.

16. You probably don’t realize it, but your pots come with built-in spoon rests.

That hanging hole doubles as a spoon rest, in a pinch.

17. There’s a much easier way to floss.

Tie floss into a loop and never strangle your fingers again.

18. Soft-drink lids can double as coasters.

Take the lid from the top of cup (or grab an extra) and use it as a perfectly sized coaster.

Thanks Gabby, now go to her  fun post  over at Buzz Feed and see the rest!

 

 

Quote, Equus Passage 8/20

These past two weeks have been filled with joy, and some powerful sufferings. In the past three days alone I have come to know of a friend facing infertility, another’s crippling physical pain, and a woman with emotional challenges so deep that I fear for  her soul.

We all face suffering–physical,  emotional, or spiritual. It is always personal…even when we anguish over the sufferings of another. And it always changes us.

As Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote in his  Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 2/11/84:

It is suffering, more than anything else,

which clears the way for the grace which transforms human souls.