the bee’s knees

you’re probably familiar with this phrase, but if you aren’t, it means “excellent, of the highest quality.” and if you want to get technical, there is an explanation here. anyway, there are, at the end of this seemingly long week, quite a few thing that i think are the bee’s knees. here is my list:

-reading the adventures of tom sawyer-with a southern(?) accent

this movie, which i watched with one of my sister-in-laws-who is patiently waiting for me to make her this dish. please say bourguignon a few times. i love the way it rolls off of the tongue. forgive me if you wish you were french after watching this film the way i did. and no, i am not excited to make the dish because the recipe happens to call for wine.

this idea-but don’t watch the little dance number by the bees if the thought of bees dancing provocatively offends you.

-seed packets for our own honey bee friendly garden


-fresh air, after a few days of being in the middle of so many different fires. i don’t want to say “wake up californians! could this be a chastisement…???” but there. i just did.

-the yummy combination of wine/popsicles that i am really starting to love. my brother-in-law-thanks d-just gave me a new idea-watermelon flavored jolly ranchers with midori. i am a temperant woman, but after the week i’ve had i thought i deserved two glasses. (it was cheap wine). and it was friday nite.


michael’s sale on stamps and art supplies-i saved $30.00 yesterday on some good stuff!


-progress on: my cloth grocery bags. i am using recycled linen curtains and vintage sheets. i have 4 finished bags. and 3 more cut out. is it terrible that they are so pretty that i hate to think of using them for just grocery bags? i am using one of them as a purse for now. and: 2 handmade gifts are just about completed and almost ready to be sent off. a “dolly carrier” for my girl is all done except for a button and some elastic. and i have doll plans in my head-almost ready for paper-got to get sewing on them asap.


-the HUGE bag of vintage-y lace-y, frilly, cotton-y goodness given to me by my mother-in-law. i have plans for some head coverings for mass with some of the lace….forgive my giddiness, but i am in love with the beautiful, austere way that women look when their heads are covered…but it’s ok if you don’t. i disliked it for years too. the veils always slipped off, they looked “old-fashioned” etc. but it was when i set MY pride aside-and read st. paul’s words-that i just knew-it needed to be done. there is an informative-though not catholic-article explaining many feelings/ideas that are similar to mine here.

– these words from st. augustine, who happens to be one of my FAVORITE saints, so much so that my littlest one bears his name for a middle name….

“Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But here is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you. Look below you. Note it. Read it. God, Whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things that He made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? Why heaven and earth SHOUT at you: “God made me!”

i am reading his confessions right now, and am looking forward to reading his city of God  next, so i might be jotting down some more of his wisdom in the days ahead. anyhow, i guess i should get off of here. i ate a hostess twinkie (gross, i know). and we are out of milk, but i am extremely thirsty, so i guess it’ll be a glass of cold water for me. i cannot believe we are going thru 2 gallons of milk a week. if we had room i’d invest in a cow. i wonder what the people at the law office next door would think? would they think it was the bees knees…..

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5 thoughts on “the bee’s knees

  1. I really like the title of your post and your list of things that are *the bee’s knees* You always come up with really great titles, BTW =)

    I am glad to hear you liked the movie … I tried to read the book, but I thought it was too vulgar, so I couldn’t get past the first few pages. I was hoping the movie wouldn’t be, too …

    Your grocery bags sound lovely. I’m sure they’re just adorable …

    I plan to read that article. It’s something I’ve been wanting to know more about, wearing veils in Mass. We go to a parish where no one wears veils, even though it’s pretty orthodox. But I am so intrigued by the idea that I have to look into it and pray about it, too …

    And I love that quote! It is definitely one to print out and post somewhere!

    Happy Saturday! =)

  2. notjustlaura on said:

    I really enjoyed this post so thanks for sharing. I’ve bookmarked that article on headcovering to read later …

  3. We wear veils and it did take a while to let the idea sink into my brain and then we just did it and haven’t turned back. When you do decide to start, you will feel that everyone is looking at you (and some people are) but you will get over it pretty quickly. I was blessed with some vintage veils by our deacon’s wife that are beautiful, so that was nice.

  4. If I could find the gorgeous one one of my friends made me, I’d be veiled at Mass . . . still unpacking . . . and my 3/4 read Confessions is in the lost boxes, too. Eventually, all will be unpacked! I also have City of God to read . . . I’ve had my copy over a year and still haven’t opened it’s cover. Soon.
    Love the bee’s knees.
    I think you are a super gal!!

  5. must. dig up. my Augustine. I may just try to join you on this one. do you mind?

    i’m starting to panic. my computer is in our “library” and i’m looking around and not seeing my augustine. was it left behind in the last move?

    breathe. breathe.

    and where do you find the time to do all this sewing, crafting, pattern making, homeschooling, embroideray and reading? and i mean reading your own stuff – not the homeschool stuff for the 4th time around?

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