Cloudy With a Chance of Rain . . . Some Favorite Quotes

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

“The sun always shines above the clouds.”
Paul F. Davis

“Yesterday I inhaled a cloud, and immediately my eyes started raining.”
Jarod Kintz, Whenever You’re Gone, I’m Here For You

“The humble Cumulus humilis – never hurt a soul.”
Gavin Pretor-Pinney, The Cloudspotter’s Guide

And in the morning: To day there will be a storm, for the sky is red and lowering. You know then how to discern the face of the sky: and can you not know the signs of the times? Matthew 16:3


Joy is Like the Rain – A Memory from My Childhood!

When I was in fifth or sixth grade, the ballad-type music was popular. I remember the nuns at our school teaching us this one, probably because it was with the times and had a religious aspect. Up until this morning, I could only remember the first verse and wondered if it was even still around. Much to my delight, I not only found it through a Google Search but discovered the remaining verses I had forgotten. A win/win morning!

Joy is Like the Rain

I saw rain drops on my window, Joy is like the rain.
Laughter runs across my pane, Slips away and comes again.
Joy is like the rain.I saw clouds upon a mountain, Joy is like a cloud.
Sometimes silver, sometimes gray, Always sun not far away.
Joy is like a cloud.

I saw Christ in wind and thunder, Joy is tried by storm.
Christ asleep within my boat, Whipped by wind, yet still afloat,
Joy is tried by storm.

I saw rain drops on a river, Joy is like the rain,
Bit by bit the river grows, ’til all at once it overflows.
Joy is like the rain.


California Rain . . .


Well, in California, we don’t often get a drenching rain but we are always happy when we get some rain! We got some rain, yesterday . . . not enough to alleviate our current drought condition but enough to put some sparkle on the blades of grass and tree branches. It brought to mind a few interesting quotes on the subject, too.

“What so looks lovelily
Is but the rainbow on life’s weeping rain.”
F. Thomson: Ode to the Setting Sun 19th century

“I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.”
Charles Chaplin

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.”
Vladimir Nabokov

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
Roger Miller

“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enought to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.”
Frank A. Clark

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
Dolly Parton

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Brownies – Pre-Lenten Chocolate Fix

Me, I enjoy a plain brownie, no nuts, not frosting, just the chewy, moist chocolate decadence of a chocolate brownie. However, when the day is hectic and you need something extra to get you through, I believe getting our caffeine from chocolate is the way to go! 🙂 What better way to medicate ourselves than adding chocolate to our chocolate?

Double Your Chocolate Cookies

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
½ cup butter
3 eggs
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup nuts

Melt one cup chocolate chips and butter in small pan. Remove from heat. Pour into bowl. Add eggs; stir well. Add flour, sugar, soda and vanilla. Stir well. Stir in on cup chips and nuts. Spread onto greased 13×9-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes. Cool completely.

Ideas . . .

Cutting back on chocolate? Use a different flavor chip for the mix in ones like white chocolate, peanut butter, or butterscotch.

Really, really need the chocolate charge? When the brownies come out of the oven, scatter yet more chocolate chips over the hot surface, let them soften, and spread them out to cool down into a glaze. You would also sprinkle on some colorful decorations before it hardens.

Left-Handed Compliments and Interesting Condemnations!


We’ve all been the victim of compliments that were not really meant to flatter but point out our flaws to others under the guise of a person ‘being nice’. I’ve run into a few of them  and thought I’d share! Fortunately, I laughed about the remarks at the time and considered the source. I still get a kick out of them just writing them down here today. Good example of people not thinking before they open their mouth.

The first time I met one of my future in-laws was meeting them for dinner. The moment I walked in, the ‘kindly’ female in-law sweetly said, “Would you like to borrow something nice to wear to dinner?” Uh, I was nicely dressed!

The first time the same female visited out home after we were married, she inquired, “Would you like me to help you match your soaps in the bathroom? They won’t work if they don’t match? I didn’t even want to bring up the subject of towels!

I suggested to a ‘friend’ that we meet for morning Mass and then go on to a field trip for the children afterwards. She told me that she would not be exposing her children to the liberal garbage probably spewed out by the priest at that parish. Okay . . . then we can meet directly after me and my brood pray ourselves to hell.

Someone asked for help with a recipe and I got two remarks. The minute I mentioned using something other than salt and pepper, she exclaimed, “No wonder your food tastes good. You cheat and use herbs and spices!” “I wish I could say she was joking . . .”  Then she stopped short and said, “You are just reciting the recipe not showing me a page in a cookbook. Wow, you cheat and don’t use a printed down recipe!” My last ‘cooking’ session with this particular person!

A home schooling mom actually said to me, “Gosh, I wish I was like you and could scrape my hair back in a pony tail and not care what people said about me.” Excuse me?

When we first got married, a relative asked me what Waterford Crystal I would be collecting for my drinking glasses. She seemed to take it amiss when I said, “I’ll probably use whatever the jelly came in that week.” One of us has socialite aspirations and guess who it isn’t?

A favorite from another home schooling mother was, “Here is a bag of Harry Potter games and stuff my family gave my children for Christmas. I don’t want my children to have this kind of garbage. You can give the stuff to your children.” How do I say ‘thank you’?

I finished a company meal with a special dessert. One of my relatives took a bite, put down her fork, and said, “It tastes like crud!” Her husband chastised her but she came back with, “I would think Barbara would like an honest opinion.” By the way, I cleaned up her language description of the dessert! And, she finished it!

A relative on my husband’s side told me, “The children used to look like your side of the family until they got older and good looking.”    Hey, you let someone in your family marry into a family of trolls . . .!

My all-time favorite is someone watching me run around to get dinner on the table and saying, “Gee, you make it look so easy!” No, she didn’t offer to help . . . at all!

Petitioning St. Peregrine

St. Peregrine Novena Prayers

Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing.
Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing of…
(Mention your intentions)

These intentions bring us to our knees seeking your intercession for healing.
We are humbled by our physical limitations and ailments. We are so weak and so powerless. We are completely dependent upon God. And
so, we ask that you pray for us…

Day 1 – Pray for us, that we will not let sickness bring us to despair
Day 2 – Pray for us, that we may persevere in hope
Day 3 – Pray for us, that we will have the courage to offer up our suffering in unity with the Cross
Day 4 – Pray for us, that the loneliness of our suffering will be consoled
Day 5 – Pray for us, that the fear of death will be replaced with the hope of everlasting life
Day 6 – Pray for us, that our suffering will not rob us of joy
Day 7 – Pray for us, that in our pain we will not become selfish but ever more selfless
Day 8 – Pray for us, that this sickness will teach me to depend more and more on God
Day 9 – Pray for us, that our lives will glorify God alone

We know, St. Peregrine, that you are a powerful intercessor because your life was completely given to God. We know that in as much as
you pray for our healing, you are praying even more for our salvation.
A life of holiness like yours is more important that a life free of suffering and disease.
Pray for our healing, but pray even more that we
might come as close to Our Lord as you are.