Friday, April 18, 2014

Artful Friday~ Palm Crosses, Rosettes and Knots

~Friends, welcome on this Good Friday~
Well, this has been a week of,
among other things ( ! ) 
crazy and beautiful palms~~
 examining step by step rose making and
sticking creations behind pictures, in pots, on windowsills
and hanging from doorknobs all over the house!
For those readers who may not be Catholic/Christian~
Palm Sunday, also known as Passion Sunday, 
falls on the Sunday prior to Easter and commemorates 
Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. 
This event is mentioned in all four of the Gospels:
Matthew 21:1-11
Mark 11: 1-10
Luke 19: 28-40
John 12: 12-50
This Bible is our mainstay as well as this resource
for Bible and Church history.

If you'd like to know more about the Catholic faith,
or 
if you left  the Church  and would like to return home,
nothing would make us happier!
Please email me and I will gladly connect you with a priest 
who will help you and 
with whom you can share your thoughts and concerns........

Now, here's a collection of some of my son's crosses and roses~~
the rest were given away to friends, neighbors, his guitar teacher...










For my previous "Artful Friday" posts, 
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:

 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)



And, my son's popular  guest posts on crafting rocket balloons,
 both of which include instructional videos:
I hope you get a chance to click over and enjoy one of his posts!



Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time here at my home on the web!

Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
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I'd love to stay in touch regularly.

Until next time,

~Chris

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Theme Thursday: Bread and Wine 4/17/14

Hey there and welcome back!
Wow, after not blogging for a week,
here I am...twice in one day! 
After linking with
Jessica's Throwback Thursday party earlier,
I'm popping in  to join
 with  Cari's too-fun TT hop.....
I can't resist the allure of these linkies!
This week's fitting topic:
Bread and Wine

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Sunday April 11, 2010




~Friends, have a blessed and beautiful Triduum~
As always,  thank you for spending some
of your precious time here at my home on the web!

Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
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I'd love to stay in touch regularly.

Until next time,

~Chris

Throw Back Thursdays~ Angels in Our Lives and Fireplace-Cozy Winters

Throwback Thursday Stories

Welcome, friends, on this gorgeous, but chilly
(at least, here in the Northeast)
Holy Thursday!
Wow, I can't believe that it's almost a week since I've stopped in 
to jot thoughts and say HI to you, 
my friends within the blogosphere.
  Happenings with the family
and the events of Holy Week, never mind a bathroom flood
and the ensuing cleanup ( ! ) ,
have taken precedence over blogging!
We've done several lovely Lenten activities for
Holy Week,
which I adapted from my  friends
Lacy and Jen
 which I hope to blog about next week, 
but for now.......
........there's a pretty wonderful and brand new
link up hosted by Jessica of The Mom Creative and
I can't resist joining in with many of the lovely 
memory sharing bloggers
for "Throw Back Thursday!"

I have been compiling a collection of stories on my childhood
So here goes with one of them~~~
It's  mainly about one of many afternoons 
we spent waaaay back in the 70s
with my parents'
good friends..... my Dad's old army buddy from WWII
at their  home.
I can't do the feeling or the atmosphere justice.
They're all gone now, to the heavenly reward, 
but I remember them always...

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:21
      I am 4. I am 7. I am 10, 13, 18. 
There is Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, New Year’s Day. 
There are birthdays, graduations, retirements, housewarmings, christenings.
     And there is the everyday. 
Not occasions. But very special indeed.
     Backyard barbeques on crystal summer days. 
Charbroil and hickory wafting to seemingly endless summer sky, creating forever an imprint of happiness, bliss. 
 Of togetherness. Of safety.
      Emerald grass, lemon yellow marigolds and neon pink petunia, trimmed. 
Lawn chairs, neatly arranged earlier, now haphazardly strewn. 
Yanked by eager friends joining burgeoning, lively conversations. 
A day, lingeringly, gratefully, spent with friends sans daily rigor. Heightened by comfort, familiarity, ease. Love.
     There are Sunday afternoons slogging through wintry woods
 to a frozen pond deep within. 
Ice skates flung over shoulders and bumping with each step.
 Bright sun, radiant at eye level. 
Yet hiding behind full beauty of firs and leafless beauty of maple, oak. 
There is the anticipation, the newness of the adventure. But more so, the reveling in now.
     The walk. The talk. 
The silence in between. The being together.  
     And festive casseroles await in best china on hand embroidered linens. 
Aroma of roast beef, garlic mashed potatoes, buttered asparagus 
waft throughout the house. 
We enter and bring frosty January air with us. But only briefly.
 For candles and dimly lit inviting den, leather Queen Anne chairs straddle 
cracking fireplace casting welcome glow on shelf after shelf of inviting tomes.
     There is a high pitched hearty laugh here; the murmur of quiet, deep conversation there; the scrape of a pot, the multitude of sounds made by those comfortable, enjoying life. Appreciating life. 
Thankful for Life.




Please stop by Jessica's for more 
#TBTstories!


As always, friends, thank you for spending some
of your precious time here at my home on the web!
Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
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Until next time,

~Chris

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five Minute Friday~ "Painting" + Weekends with Chesterton

        

The thought this week ~ "painting"
And so I think of nature's paintbox...:
No editing, no overthinking. Go:

        The lake that captures western sun and turns glassy waters pink like salmon as day draws dusky. That captures eastern sky with new day’s brightness,
 flourishing crystal waters as an orange never-used crayon. 
That dawns with possibility and newness. Each day, as if untouched.
        The lake that sees summertime memory making. Whose permanence
 is landscape to our memories. The backdrop for so little, yet so much:  Horse shoe clinks. Badminton swishes. Dock jumping. Fledging friendships begun over sand castle building. Catching first fish. Rowing first boats. Grilling quiet dinners.
       The lake that mirrors staggering old growth pines from island to shore. 
Alone. Unrippled. Undisturbed. Perfect. 
          And even in the weeds, beauty. Rooted dozens of feet below surface in muddy, silty lake bottom. Lily - pad clustered flowers. Delicate mauves and lucent yellows. Pinks, pastel and radiant. Greens, lush and lime-y. Radiance brimming as we approach and admire up close their inviting newness in screeching, clunky rowboat.  Nature’s decorations. These petals curving skyward. Giving homage it seems, to their creator. 


.....and these memories lead me to think of Chesterton's wit...his wisdom here is just   so reminiscent, to me,  of our long days spent idly in nature, in God's playground... of how we create our own vision and forge ahead during these empty days, where we create nothing but memories:
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds
Please visit Sarah, for Chestertonian talk and Lisa Jo for
"painting" at Five Minute Fridays!
They host some pretty exhilarating parties each week!
(Actually, I just read on Sarah's blog that WWC is taking a hiatus through
Palm Sunday and Easter....
soooooooo, go to Sarah's blog anyway to enjoy, 
say hi and be inspired.....
And then ckeck WWC the Sunday after Easter, okay?
Thanks!)


Provident Films and Purex 
for tickets to see
the awesome new movie, "Moms' Night Out?"
Well, get in the game!
Enter to win right here for either a trip to
Hollywood or a trip to your local
theater with lots of other goodies too!
All the details and the super easy entry form await.
Good luck!!

As always, friends, thank you for spending some
of your precious time here at my home on the web!
Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
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~Chris

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How Would You Like to Win Tickets for "Moms' Night Out" AND Loads of Goodies? Watch in Your Hometown OR in Hollywood!


Welcome, friends!
So, regular readers may remember that as a columnist for the lovely
Catholic Mom.com,  I was 
granted tickets back in February for an advance
 preview of "Moms' Night Out," a new release from 
Provident Films.
 If you have a minute, here's my review
 wherein I gush about all things 
so-likeable Sarah  Drew, 
so-real Patricia Heaton,
as well as supportive hubbies, 
unexpected evangelists and 
pinterest lovin' bikers.....
 Photos : MomsNightOut movie


Now, you guys.........
Wait til you see what's in store for you from the creators of 
"Moms' Night Out."
Ready?
Get clicking and"liking" because you might soon be  packing!
 YOU could win
your very own  Moms' Night Out!
In Hollywood 
OR
 In your own hometown, along
with dinner, limo and $100!!


Really.
Enter here to enter through Purex's generous offering
 for 6 passes to 
 a local showing of Moms' Night Out, which includes
limo, dinner and $100 for snacks ( ! )

AND
Click to the rafflecopter widget right at the bottom of my post to enter for that
cool trip to Hollywood...
GOOD LUCK!!
The contest ends on 
April 15, 2014!
(And when you do  your facebook
"liking," to enter the giveaway,
can you  please click over to Campfires and Cleats' page and
follow us too?
That'd be awesome...
thank you!)


Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time here at my home on the web!

Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
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I'd love to stay in touch regularly.

Until next time,

~Chris

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Daybook/Currently 4/5/14~ Pogo, Violin, Snow, Liturgical Year Reading, Linear Functions......

Welcome to my weekly gathering of photos, 
ramblings, my homeschool log, of sorts!
I'm happy you dropped by!

Our week at a glance~~
*violin lessons
*orchestra rehearsal
*jazz ensemble rehearsal
*linear function/nonlinear function/continuous and discrete graphing
arithmetic and geometric sequencing
 and so much more algebra <sigh>
* a whole huge bucketful of fractions
*shoveling and shorts in the same 48 hour span of time
*baseball THIS WEEKEND
*play practice for a local production in which
hubby and son were cast  (Comedy of Errors )
*orthodontist
*lotsa cleaning and Easter sprucing!
*pink furry slipper CAN be worn when playing basketball!
*Stations of the Cross
*guitar lessons
*What we covered this week in our homeschool?
A ton, as I know, have you!
 It was full, busy, fun and challenging.......


*Reading reading all the time:
Family read aloud~ Amon's Adventure: Family Storybook for Easter. 
The Pontiff in Winter~ amazing~ First of, it was the 9th anniversary of his death this week; secondly, of course, we're psyched that his canonization is upcoming and third, my son is choosing the name KAROL for his confirmation in just a few weeks. So I guess you could say we're just a bit  JPII crazy around here!
Read aloud with my 13 year old ~ Alex O'Donnell and the 40 Cyberthieves
Read aloud with my 11 year old ~ Red Pyrmaid: Kane Chronicles #1
My 13 year old's independent readingThe Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
 and Divergent #1. He is heavy into Poe. Heavy. And as for Divergent...loves it.
My 11 year old's independent reading ~  Ramona the Brave 
and Arthur's Mystery Envelope.Drawn into both titles. Loving them both.  We're not talking high quality lit here folks....but can I tell you what a huge accomplishment this is? My sweetie is dyslexic, as you know, and this time last year, even six months ago, he was not capable of reading either of these titles. So, yeah...this is a really big deal..
.My own reading... What Alice Forgot

The liturgical year~
*We're creating one or two of the crafts that I posted about here,
*And I loooove Jen's Good Friday watercolor art!
Go take a peek and then dig out your watercolor stuff!

*April is National Poetry Month~
and of course we're celebrating!
*Shakespeare's sonnets and this fun stuff to celebrate the 
450th anniversary of The Bard's birth!!
*I stumbled upon this amazing site, all things Will!
Have fun clicking around~
*So go have some Elizabethan fun
Lots of Poe, read aloud by my older son, who's a huge fan.
Anyone he can nail down long enough for a Poe obscurity is fair game.......

Watching~
Once Upon a Time!
Are you, too, a OUaT junkie??
Great YT clip here of Rumple/Gold's best moments
Seriously a show whose concept, this captivating,
whose acting, this stellar, has not come along for us in a loooooooong time.
We don't get cable as we find it expensive and unnecessary.
We stream current shows such as this that are not available on DVD yet.
If you're not watching OUaT and you're for something
unique, clean and creative, this is it.
So today, during an algebra/geography/lit/history break.....
yup, a OUaT reward. woohoo.


Listening to~
The slap/thunk of the ball into the mitt out back during a catch
The laundry cycle
A starling peeping away in our birch tree by the back deck

Thankful for~
phenomenal resources which are getting us through some tough higher level
math, fortitude, persistent and God's grace

Thinking about~
lots and lots...
* primarily, confirmation in a month,
*how much of the curriculum
we have left to accomplish until summer arrives
*not having that homestretch/almost done feeling that is
prevalent among other homeschool bloggers
 and wondering what the heck I'm doing wrong!
Photos of our week~~
 ~ a duet
~my boy's to-die-for friend chicken for my birthday dinner

 
~ while my other sweetie sets the table

 ~and helps out with the main course too!
 ~Gotta love him!
 ~ Rocky Road ice cream for my birthday dessert!
My kids look great in this picture and I look like a horror show.
See? 
I told you I love you guys.
When I post icky pictures of myself here
 without a second thought, you know it!


~And then 5 inches of snow on Monday
                 

~How did I not get a shot of these crocuses poking through the snow?
Because the very next day, here we are?
Spring!


~Our honey, our pet turtle, who appears quite a bit here on my blog!

~ A little pogo fun
Remember this extreme pogo post,
Look Ma, No Hands?
Go enjoy...my son created the video and added the music!


 ~ Sometimes you need a new notebook with a doggie cover,
even when there's only 2 1/2 months
left in the school year.

 ~Reading up on vertebrates for our classification study
and research paper:

~  squares and square roots:


My posts this week~~



Five Minute Friday: "Writer" + Weekends with Chesterton



Artful Friday: Perler Bead Original Designs



Wordless Wednesday: Crocus and Rose

Daybook 3/29/14: Homeschool, Birthday, Fragrant Laundry, 
Liturgical Season Crafts

Weekly Scrapbook/ Wrap up 3/28





As always, friends, thank you for spending some
of your precious time here
at my home on the web!

Don't forget to subscribe to Campfires and Cleats
 by scrolling to the subscribe button at the  top left sidebar.
I'd love to stay in touch regularly.

Until next time,

~Chris