Usually, my 7 Quick Takes has some sort of theme. Not this week. Totally random, mostly unconnected stuff tonight, which was probably the original intent, anyways…
1. Some friends we made during the 40 Days for Life prayer/protest are making a movie on parental rights. The U.S. is considering signing onto a UN document about the “rights” of children, including their “rights” to sexual expression and freedom of/from religion imposed by anyone, including their parents. As usual, the UN takes a good idea (children deserve respect) and warps it into a program destructive of the family and those the idea/program allegedly helps (children). See the trailer! (and, no, I’m not promoting it just because my kids are in the trailer. 🙂 ) Please pray for them as they travel this summer to do interviews and research for the movie.
2. For those of you who might worry that the critics are onto something, that homeschoolers are hampered in their creativity and social interaction by being home with mom and siblings all the time (?!), I offer some support. In the trailer in #1, did you see the shot of my three kids in the pool? They’re doing a shrimp dance. Interpersonal coordination and, um, creativity. Followed this week by the ottoman-as-animal-washing-machine. Put the animal in, shut the lid, swishing noises ensue, and- ta da!- the animal is clean and ready for towelling off. I’m told it also does dishes.
3. In case you missed it, the son of the cleric in Iran who supported the protesters’ rights under Islamic law to protest their unjust government was imprisoned. Comments were made that this was to punish the cleric, who the government was afraid to arrest. The son was recently murdered in prison, killed by other inmates. The Iranian government wrote it off as prison violence and has duly charged the murderers in court.
So, I would point out, did King Henry, after his knights murdered Bishop Thomas a Becket. “Shall noone rid me of this troublesome priest…” got Henry a public flogging as penance, although he executed the knights who took his hint and actually did the murder. I’m not holding my breath for a public flogging and mea culpa from anyone in the Iranian government. (And, apparently, most media in this country think some singer’s drug rehab is more interesting, anyways. So it’s not like we’re likely to hear anything, if the Iranians actually admitted anything.) Pray for the Iranian protesters; they aren’t gone, just ignored.
4. On a lighter note, my friend with the knack for weird names (The Sarah Winchester of the Fiber Arts) has opened a business. She is now designing knits. So, for those of you good with pointy sticks (said category decidedly not including me), go check her out. The new blog is Magpie Knitter (“trying to get from ‘ooh, shiny!’ to a pattern”). Good luck, Jen!
5. Speaking of “ooh, shiny!” we’ve been trying a new craft. After reading the lovely book From Dawn til Dusk and appreciating the beautiful woodcuts, I suggested we try some. I made a simple thing to hold the board still while I carved, got the DH to chop some leftover MDF into manageable sizes, and… let it sit on the workbench for several months. I finally got going on it. Tomorrow, the kids are going to color the prints and mail them off to friends.
Why am I doing this when I have a new loom? Because I wanted to catch up on the neglected projects before tackling something new. Which included the wood block printing, new housewyfs, varnishing the foyer floor, etc.
6. After all the fretting about the muskrats, they seem to have mostly moved on. Well, not moved on, exactly, since I still see them around, but at least they aren’t tramping through the garden anymore, that I can tell. The first figs and peaches are coming in, and I have pounds and pounds of chopped tomatoes in the freezer. Life is pretty good.
7. A quick recipe for all you gardeners out there with extra tomatoes and beans:
- 1-2 lbs sausage, precooked (Italian, sliced, or tube, crumbled)
- 1-2 small red onions, minced (saute in the sausage pan)
- 1-2 lbs tomatoes (any kind, chopped into rough chunks)
- 1/2 lb green beans (sliced crossways, small)
- Rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper to taste
- Garlic (optional, minced)
- 2 bay leaves (optional)
Cook sausage and onions. Add everything else and simmer to desired doneness (I stop before the tomatoes loose their “fresh” taste). Remove bay leaves. Serve with bread or over noodles.
Use leftovers the following night to dump into red beans and rice (2 cans kidney beans, rinse cans with water and add to pot. Add leftovers and 1-2 tsp Worchestshire sauce. Add another bay leaf or two. (I have a tree; I tend to be generous with the bay.) Add about 2/3 cup of rice for each full can of water. Stir to prevent sticking. Cook until rice is tender.).
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