A Little About Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

Alrighty,

*cracks knuckles*

(Actually, *just hurts fingers trying to crack knuckles*)

(And I lied to you. I can and actually did, crack my knuckles)

(Anyway)


Tomorrow we begin our first novena of May!

The Novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots!


......







But who is she?


All You Lovely Readers: Well, obviously, it's another title for Our Lady, but come on, Kat. Give us DETAILS!


Well, actually I was looking for better details explaining her and found this lovely article over at Mary, Undoer of Knots.com.

So, here is the link: TA DA!!!! 

But I'm also just going to copy and paste part of it here for you all, ok?

"EVE BY HER DISOBEDIENCE, TIED THE KNOT OF DISGRACE FOR THE HUMAN RACE; WHEREAS MARY, BY HER OBEDIENCE, UNDID IT"
                                                        -Saint Irenaeus                    

"But what are these knots?They are the problems and struggles that we face for which we do not 

see a solution. Knots of discord with your family, lack of understanding between parents and 

children, disrespect, violence, the knots of deep hurts between husband and wife, the absence of 

joy from the home. They are also the knots of anguish and despair of separated couples, the 

dissolution of the family, the knots of drug addicted son or daughter, sick or separated from home 

or God, the knots of alcoholism, the practice of abortion, depression, unemployment, fear, 

solitude. Ah. The knots of our life. How they suffocate the soul, beat us down and betray the 

heart's joy and separate us from God." 




So there you have it. 

Also, her painting as Undoer of Knots: 


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Yep. That big woddy ball DOES look kind of like my life....


-Kat



Book Review: Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle by Georgette Heyer

"Sylvester or The Wicked Uncle" by Georgette Heyer 

This book!

*GASP*

I finished it last Sunday. Monday morning actually. Because, yes! It IS a stay up until 3 AM kind of book. If you liked Pride and Prejudice, you NEED to read this book. It's....it's.....

I can't even explain it right now, so I'll just post the blurb from the back on here, ok? 

Sylvester, Duke of Salford, has exacting requirements for a bride. Then he meets Phoebe Marlow, a young lady with literary aspirations, and suddenly life becomes very complicated. She meets none of his criteria, and even worse, she has written a novel that is sweeping through the ton and causing all kinds of gossip... and he's the main character!

*sound of me gasping like a dying fish on the floor.*

Please, PLEASE read it and comment below about whether or not you liked it!

P.S. Lia REALLY needs to read this. What IS she doing with her time? School. Ha! That's crazy. Who wants to do school when you have regency novels?


-Kat

Marian Novenas For The Month of May



I will be putting up two novenas this month in honor of Our Lady.

Now these particular novenas, Mary Undoer of Knots Novena and The Three Hail Mary Novena, (which isn't really a novena because it goes for 3 days instead of 9, but whatever) have a different prayer each day,  so I will post that days prayer each morning.

Prayers will be up by 7 AM!!!

(Pinkie Promise!)

Now, the Three Day Novena will begin May 22, so we will end on the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians. The Christians in the Middle East need all the help they can get, so please mention them in your request!

And the Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots will begin on the first  of the Month.


HOLY DAYS AND FEAST DAYS THIS MONTH:

May 1- Our Lady, Queen of May
May 13- Our Lady Of Fatima
May 24- Our Lady, Help of Christians
MAY 25- Feast of the Ascension! (This is a Holy Day of Obligation!) 
May 31- Visitation. Also the Queenship of Mary

(BTW: This is my favorite picture of the Visitation)

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Ok, have a blessed day.

-Kat

Music of the Week #14

Hello all!


This week is going to be about Hunter Hayes!.......again




Rainy Season



Cry With You


Storyline


Amen


Young Blood



Enjoy!

Love,
-Lia
Happy Easter everyone!

Sorry I haven't been blogging lately. Holy Week was a little chaotic. Yeesh!

I've also been soul searching lately. My mom and I recently had the 'what do you want to do after high school talk.' Which was interesting. I'm trying to figure it out. I've been praying for a while and I honestly am so confused. So I would appreciate if you guys would keep me in your prayers.

I mean, I have some idea what I want to do. I just don't know if it's what I'm meant to do with my life.

I want to go to college and major in theatre. When I was in my church's play in January, I felt so at home on the stage. I felt happy.


But I suppose this is one of my fears about it. I'm not the most outgoing person. I am a little shy and have some anxiety. I want to go for it.


Thanks guys. Thanks for reading our blog and commenting all the nice things.


Love,
-Lia

Awkward And Awesome: Skirts

AWKWARD: 
  • The weird looks you get
  • Good skirts are hard to come by
  • That one skirt you loved and wore everywhere just died,...because, well...you wore it everywhere
  • Wanting to be comfortable yet modest, so you pair your knee length skirt with your fandom T shirt and you just look like "Lazy Fangirl" on the top and "Classy Lady" on bottom. (Lets here it for the Classy Lazy Fangirl Ladies!)
  • When it's windy and your skirt decides to do an impression of Marilyn Monroe.



AWESOME

  • You're being modest and pleasing God
  • You look awesome!
  • Skirts are awesome! They are literally the best for ANY weather! Hot during the summer? Wear short shorts under your skirt and Viola! Nice and cool. Cold during the winter? I know everyone says pants are warmer then skirts....but guess what! LIES! A skirt with pants under it is the warmest. thing. EVER!
  • Cold in the morning and don't want to change out of your nice warm pajama pants? Wear a long skirt and tuck them into your fashion boots. (FASHION BOOTS) 
  • When you find that magical skirt with:  POCKETS!!!!
  • Just wait. Eventually you'll go to a formal event....and them *evil laugh* you'll be able to walk, jog up stairs, dance, climb a tree, slay a dragon, etc. And everybody else? All those jean wearing girls are going to trip on their face walking on flat ground *Another evil laugh*
  • You can hide stuff under your skirt. Like a kitten (#LauraIngalls) 
-Lia and Kat 



Pros and Cons of Cutting Your Hair

 I love my pony tail. But I'm cutting my hair because I've been wearing that pony tail so long, I think it will become self aware pretty soon. (And then it can love me back and we'll be best friends. "Sorry boys. Me and my bestie here are going to town for coffee." *hair flip*)
Honestly, I haven't  had my hair shorter then shoulder length since I was three. So while I love my long fluffy pony tail, I want to try different things.
So to deal with this big step, I decided to make a blog post about it!
....

Obviously, that was written BEFORE my lovely locks were chopped off. It went ok. My hair went from mid-shoulder length hair that I always wore in a pony tail to....this. It looks kind of like Rapunzel, after her hair cut. Not quite that short and its kind of....fluffy. Oops. I forgot how big my hair was. Anyway, ON WITH THE POST! (Because you really don't want to hear me whine about my hair.)


Pro:
The more hair you've got, the more time you have to spend brushing it, drying it, washing it, etc. If you have REALLY long hair, it can take HOURS to dry. What should you do with this extra time? This new found freedom? Read a book? WRITE a book? Learn something utterly useless and pointless like how to sing that one lullaby from Brave....in Gaelic. (WHY?)

Con:
That mini heart attack you get when you go to run your fingers through your hair and...it's not there. Or when you go to look in the mirror. Who is that person? Where did my hair go!?!  Oh, wait. That's right. I had it cut a couple days ago.
It seems like no matter how much you cut off, you miss it. You can even tell if you cut off an inch or two.

Pro:
Your shampoo and conditioner lasts longer. (Unless you have sisters. Then it will still disappears quickly)

Cons:
MY HAIR. MY BEAUTIFUL HAIR. I JUST LEFT IT LYING THERE ON THE SALON FLOOR. *Sobbing* (Yes, I'm a little attached. But maybe that is a good reason to cut it...)

Pro: I felt REALLY smug though when ever somebody came by and was just like "Whoa! That's a lot of hair!"

Con: You actually have to do something with it EVERY DAY (or at least everyday you leave the house, which for me, isn't all that often). You can't just throw it in a pony tail and go. And you have to do new things with your hair. (Because I'm lazy, I will probably end wearing a bandanna around my head like a biker all summer long...)

Pro: It's fun to get your hair cut in a salon.

Con: Sometime, it doesn't turn out like you expected....

Pro: It's an adventure!

(Whee)

Comment below and tell me about your own hair experiences? What is the longest and shortest you have ever went? Go to style? Rando hair problems?

-Kat





How To Deal With Birds In Church

So, this morning there was a bat in church. Just flying around, swooping over people's head and creeping them out (I was enjoying it. Bats are cool, plus the book I just finished....with the bat inspired stuff....)

So, I decided to write this post! (Obviously.) This works with bats or birds.


1. Look at the bird. Is it a small bright red songbird with a triangle crest on its head? If no, skip to step two. If yes, then laugh at the irony, because that is a cardinal.
Image result for red cardinal
(Obviously, this isn't my photo.)

2. Examine said flying invader.

If the bird is flying around, then look for a door. If you have more then one door, pick the one that opens to the outside. If not, pick the one with the easiest route out. If you have more then one option, pick the biggest one. That will help them find it. You don't have to get up and shut the door right away, they don't want to come back!

If they are sitting somewhere, try and catch them. If they hop up and fly around, then yay! They're now flying. If you catch them, them yay! You now have captured the bird! (Gently) toss it out the door. (You should probably shut the door before you toss it, just to be on the safe side)

If you pick them up and they're dead, then yay! You now have a dead bird! Throw it in the trash (or you can bury it, give it a viking burial in a tiny flaming long ship. Whatever floats you boat.)

Please Note: IF YOU TOUCH A BIRD, DEAD OR OTHERWISE, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS!

So now you know!

-Kat

(By the way, I'm putting this under a "funny" label because I happen to think I'm funny.) 

Awkward and Awesome: Assorted Stuff


Awkward:


  • When you see a cute skirt and then hold it up to show your Mom. Oh never mind. You can see right through it. 
  • When your reading a great book and you get to one of those parts where you just have to put the book down and give your brain time to register what just happened. Then you glance at your alarm clock and see it's 2 am and you notice that your eyeballs are being to burn. (But there is only five chapters left so you finish it.) 
  • When your walking through the parking lot with your Mom and see a giant pick up truck. You can't help, but stare a little. (What? I happen to like pickup trucks)  Then you notice the person inside (read: guy) staring back at you with an amused smile. Oops.
  • That one day you don't shower, just throw in whatever and run to the store to buy ice cream...well, apparently your lazy days are "ALL CUTE BOYS GO GROCERY SHOPPING DAY"

Awesome!




  • Taking my permit test as the end of this month
  • REACHING 1000 PAGE VIEWS ON THIS BLOG!!!!!!
  • New York Style Cheesecake
  • Actually doing stuff on your bucket list
  • High Heels. The awesome sound of the clicking heels. Such a power walk. I could be going to buy bread or kill somebody. You never know (Best sound ever)
  • Period Drama. and Besties
  • A new book *looks to see if anyone is watching* *Smells book*
  • Hoop Skirts. Completely impractical for day to day life but they're so fun to wear. *swish.*swish*
  • Horseback riding
  • Finishing an awesome book...... but the book made me cry!
  • My sister made bread pudding for dinner and she was telling us all the ingredients she used to make it. She said she put eggs in it. My brother spits his drink everywhere, shocked and says, "You put raw eggs in this!!!!!!!!" Clearly I need to have a talk with my brother how the oven works.....
  •  Brownie Mix (Maybe I shouldn't have put this right under Lia's story...) 



Music of the Week #13

Hello peoples!!!

Wow, I can't believe I've been doing this for thirteen weeks.......
How time does fly!

This week..

Maddie and Tae!




Downside of Growing Up
This song hit me hard. Every word that they are singing is so true. I have been listening to this song a lot lately. I hope others that are growing up will listen to this and take something from it.

After the Storm
Beautiful words, beautiful music.


No Place like You
I REALLY LOVE THIS SONG OKKK?


Fly
This song is just gorgeous and I love it!


Shut Up and Fish
This is such a country song. It's hilarious



Hope you enjoyed this week guys!


-Lia

Music of the Week #12

Hey all!


This week I will be doing a collection of songs by different artists!

YAY!!!!



Brett Young- In Case You Didn't Know
Literally, the first time I heard this song. I melted. I didn't know what words were. Couldn't form a complete sentence at all.


Carly Pearce- Every Little Thing
THIS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!


Maddie and Tae- Sierra
I laughed really hard when I heard this one the first time. It's so funny!


Trent Harmon- There's A Girl
I melted. Again.


Carrie Underwood-The Girl You Think I Am
This is a daddy's girl song. I love it.




Hope you enjoy!

-Lia

Book Review: The Phantom of the Opera

                                          This picture really captures the Phantom of the Opera mood, I think.




Hello all!

So as I said in my Music of the Week #7 I promised to review Phantom of the Opera. Well, here it is, as promised!

The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. Fun Fact! The novel was inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the nineteenth century and a apocryphal tale, concerning the use of a former ballet pupil's skeleton in a production of Der Freischutz.

Creepy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Summary:
Deformed since birth, a bitter man known as the Phantom lives in the sewers, underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorizing the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles.

(Sounds like a real charmer there, doesn't he?)


I went into this book expecting to be exactly like the musical. Boy, was I wrong. This book is so terrifying! The Phantom is psychotic and kills left and right basically. NOTHING LIKE THE MUSICAL!!!!!!!!!!! So I was a little disappointed.


Characters:

Erik (or as he's known the Phantom, Opera Ghost, and the Angel of Music) is creepy. I did not like him in this book. He kills so many people! Yeesh!


Christine is sweet and a little ditzy. She doesn't see who the Phantom is really, until it's too late and he's already taken her captive.


Raoul. Where do I begin with Raoul. Ok, he is 21 years old  and I swear. Every. Other. Chapter. He is sobbing like a little boy. He is nothing like musical Raoul and it drives me crazy.


All the other character are pretty much like the musical ones.


This book was very enjoyable (though there was a lot of murder)


There's my review!

Let me know in the comments if you have read Phantom of the Opera and what your thought are.


-Lia