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Welcome to Florida during another one of balmy Winter seasons! This is the season where we enjoy balmy Florida sunsets and sunrises, depending on which side of the state you are on. Weather during December, January, Feb., and March is 40s at night, and 60s and 70s during the day. Residents steer clear of crowded Themeparks during the holidays. We have sense. Don't say we didn't warn you. This is not summertime. Ask a resident how we live here. Answers will be various yet the same. Life is different here than "up north" or "out west". Enjoy the gifts of God, we do!Forget about what you should do and just live and try not to be rigid. The sun is shining. Look up and smile. We do.


Reaction on the “inside out” to the post about Over the top Catholics during Lent has been uhh, interesting.

I have heard it all and seen it all — just about.

But I do have to say this:  it is a soap opera when it comes time to watch how some over the top Catholics judge others they think are not good enough.  It is more like “As the regular pew folks  eyes roll inside their heads” while others stay away from the church, which is one way to deal with these nagging Catholics who by no means in my estimation ever really want “real sinners” to ACTUALLY COME INTO THE CHURCH AND BE FORGIVEN.  

To do that would take too much work and well,  the further judging by these folks would tire them.  It is too much work to ACTUALLY BRING THESE PEOPLE IN.  THEY HAVE BEEN TO JAILS AND HAD KIDS OUT OF WEDLOCK AND OTHER ICCKY STUFF LIKE THAT.

I PROPOSE THIS:  THROW THE JUDG A HOLICS WHO more JOY IN NOT NOT NOT EATING MEAT ON FRIDAY INTO THE COLD GULF OF MEXICO ON A WINTER DAY.   REASON:  GIVING UP CHOCOLATE AND NOT EATING MEAT ON FRIDAY IS ALLLLLLLLLLL THESE CRAZED FOLKS DO. THEY DON’T PRAY. .  But I also hear some got crazier and added Wednesday to really get the “ONE UP ON EVERYBODY ELSE ON THE SUPERFICIAL BANDWAGON.”

TO those people I wonder and ask this:  when was the last time they read Scripture and took the initiative beyond their judging ways?   When was the last time they really and truly went the EXTRA MILE AND ASKED the Divine Spark of God’s Love that is in us all about this?

Just a thought.

And to clear the air,  I am not mad.  I am more mad and angry at the superficiality of some of these folks and others on the other side of the spectrum of life.  We are being used to play into their special need to show off.  I am mad how people use others in relationships and do not keep their word to others.   They are greedy and well, don’t care.  They lie and don’t care.

Maybe we ought to start not paying attention to them and advise everyone to really pray beyond having to run their mouths on and on and on and ACTUALLY HELP PEOPLE FIND THE TRUTH in a quiet manner that doesn’t draw attention to yourself or their selves.

Remember  to love and not pay these attention getters any heed.  But do pray to go deeper.  Pray against the superficial on  both sides of the spectrum of life.  Turn off the club music  of bad relationships and Fox News for ONCE.

Really pray this Lent while eating a burger .   Pray in your own words and mean it.  You are going to be surprised.

Got that?


Why all the fuss about this Estate garage sale stuff? The real reason: Here’s my FIL”s sofa set and chair and here’s the FB competition. Ugh.

fb comp sofa   See this sofa?   It is listed on a FB sell site.

The BIG Q IS THIS:   IF MINE IS CHEAPER AND HAS BEEN LISTED FOR 40 DAYS ONLINE THEN WHAT IS WRONG WITH MINE?


FOR CATHOLICS ONLY A GOOD LAUGH. MY CELEBRATION OF LENT IS THIS. I wrote this letter to this local guy WHO MAY VIEW everyday Catholics as not Holy or good ENOUGH.

Although I did not name this person by name here,  he was put on notice and knows who I am speaking to.  I cannot be sued because his name is not on here.

wARNING:  THIS IS FOR CATHOLICS ONLY OR THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE PEOPLE NEED TO BE SHOW OFFY ABOUT THEIR FAITH AND ALL THIS LENT STUFF.  IT IS WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR HEART AND HOW YOU ARE TO PEOPLE EVERYDAY.   BEING SUPERFICIAL AND SHOWY SUCKS.   They only do it when people are watching and  don’t want to go and visit jails and hospitals and places where Jesus really is in His people.

Warning:  Jesus is not in Fox News. HE DOES NOT OWN FOX NEWS. 

wARNING:   I don’t need others to watch what I am doing for Lent.  I believe what you do for Lent must be quiet and secret with a knowing smile.  And just shut up and do IT.   I AND THE REST OF what you call unholy Planet US DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS.

Oh yeah  one more thing,  some of us in Florida are Yeah that is unrelated and well,  if you are too serious  about faith you cannot laugh and snarky me just made you at least grin.  You gave up snarling for Lent.  How unholy.

Made by Samsung DVCSo  here is the letter that I wrote.  I copied it below.  It apparently sizes up how I feel.  I do stuff on my own without the egging on of some of the ultra Catholics egging me on.

I wrote it after reading that there was going to be a special Adoration event locally, so everyone can see me there.   Well that is nice and all,  but some of us ACTUALLY DO GO ON OUR OWN .

What I am talking about  is this:  a local church in our dio is having confession and adoration one Saturday night.  I went last Fall after moving and settling in.  I drove 35 miles two ways in the solid lightening and rain and was condescended to when I said a mere, “hello”.   I even had to cross the bridge to go to Tampa.   This person asked me if I was Catholic and “saved”.   I like going to a prayer event but I found them a bit showy and patronizing.   He even asked me if I’d ever been to confession.   The only people there that night were Tampa charismatic or traditional prayer group regulars.   And he kept going on and on  and onnnn about how his preaching was sooooo good.

Well dude who is in sales and thinks church is a place to sell Jesus to the choir:  IT IS MY TURN.  READ BELOW.  The rest of you all enjoy!   The reason I did this was actually this:   in the 1970s my folks had a prayer group in our converted garage on El Greco Drive in Brandon,  a burb of Tampa.  I saw every  show off known to the Roman Catholic Church and every rude person that my Dad kicked out.   Then my mother went to the then pastor who mandated it moved to the church hall,  so he could handle them.  Their slammo.

But read my letter below.     MY TURN HAS COME.    O yeah ,  Jesus hated Pharisees and their actions. 

AND ONE MORE OH YEAH:  PEOPLE LIKE YOU KEEP REGULAR FOLKS AWAY FROM CHURCH.

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Hello:
I am very nice, but when you do all these adoration events, you act like no one ever ever goes to confession except when YOU ALL HAVE THEM.  Some of us work our butts off and well,  we are tired on a Saturday night, but we go at other times.  Some of us are Franciscan U grads who live in the Tampa area. I am a 2x FUS grad. I am Jeanne   I fInd the whole idea of what you are doing as merit able but needing serious maturity.  I found last fall’s even as very condescending and even a bit patronizing.    Some of us ACTUALLY GO ON OUR OWWWWN. Some of us are NOT SUPERFICIAL CATHOLICS WHO live here. Some of us have brains in our heads.  Some of us go once at month or more.  Some of us ACTUALLY ARE MATURE AND HAVE sPIRITUAL DIRECTORS.  I HAVE HAD 2 DIRECTORS FOR ABOUT A COMBO OF ABOUT 20 YEARS OFF AND ON.  One I have had for about almost 14 years.  I think of them as mentors and two people that I trust.   I keep it quiet as to who these two are because people manipulate, one.  Two,  it is not your bleeping biz as to who they are. Who do you have?   50 bucks you say duh to this.  Or huh? Or what?  Or a superficial Praise Gooooood or Geeeeyuuud? 
People are not stupid.  People do actually pray.  Things are not half empty but half FULL.  Maybe they are even more full than you think they are.   People are smarter than you think they are and yeah, they actually do sneak into church when you are not going to pat them on the back.  So there. 
I grew up in Brandon in the 70s and 80s before there was an interstate 75 and saw too many people being too demonstrative and show offy and then they would ride off into the Route 60 “no one is watching me do this for God sunset.”  I went to Nativity. 

I grew up not having to worry about the same crap you worry about and refuse to watch Fox News.  I would advise you to stop watching all that dumb stuff too and turn more on to the Blessed Trinity. You may see yourself mature in you Christianity.  Imagine that.
This is where about 100 of my Catholic friends a few of them actual priests in good standing that I grew up with are at.   I grew up with them.  
More prayer and less talking about lookie me life would be better and great for your maturity. 
It is not about hating Obama, but what you do for others and how you show up for God when no one is looking. 
Remember this when you get up to preach.  I don’t have to.  I don’t have to drive across the bay to go to heaven.  I already made this past month’s appointment.  I don’t need your drama.  Got that?

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Now,  I can see that many people are and will be upset that I did this,  but I like real interior stuff ,  not just exterior drama.  I believe in getting very real with these folks,  just like Pope Francis.

And I ask the q:  why can’t more people do  it when I try to do this.  There is something wrong when you have to show off and be so so demonstrative and lookie me.

So I am hitting the put this on the blog button to ask this question.   And folks,  I think you can see why those people don’t like me.

Good.  They don’t like me EITHER.

That’s why I am smiling.

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THEN THE GUY TXTS ME LIKE THIS. 

my blog that likes Pope Francis’s common sense.
TRuth Known Fr. Jorge since I was six. aka Pope Francis.
this know it all person:   I am nice and withholding his name. 
txts me :
I will pray for the troubled souls that have to read your legal briefs as part of their work. Any thoughts on paragraphs 1883-1885 of the catechism
Our ministry is for terrible sinners… You obviously don’t need us. God bless.
 
Me:   Most of the people I saw there were choir people like us.  I went in October. There’s also confession March 12 around the dio those people sneak in.  Oh yeah, when’s the last time you went to the local jails and preached. ???
Oh yeah, when’s the last time you went to the local jails and preached. ???  That’s where they are. We are a law office that helps those folks.  

JD Stark

my blog that likes Pope Francis’s common sense.

TRuth Known Fr. Jorge since I was six. aka Pope Francis.

you’ll find out

  • JD Stark

    YOU SO LOVE JUDGING PEOPLE RIGHT

    READ MY LEGAL BRIEFS?

    I AM A 51 YEAR OLD WOMAN MARRIED 16 YEARS IN THE CHURCH NO KIDS AND WHAT ELSE DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ME?

    My hub writes the briefs. So unless I HATE OBAMA I AM NOT GOING TO HEAVEN ACC TO YOU

    WHAT ELSE DO YOU KNOW

    WHERE WAS I CHRISTMAS NEW YEARS HOLIDAY 1969?

    69 POND PLACE NORTH BABYLON lONG ISLAND ny TALKING TO THE NEWLY ORDAINED fR. Jorge AFTER BREAKFAST WHO CAME TO VISIT HIS FRIEND FOR HIS WEDDING DEC 29, 1969.

    MY UNCLE

    YOU KNOW SOOOOOOOooooo much.

    keep praying for your maturity.

    Me:
    I don’t know what you’re hoping to accomplish via this conversation. I understand you are very angry. I understand that you like Obama a lot and you met the future Pope Francis when you are six years old.
  • HIM:

    I’m not in any position to judge your immortal soul, and you’ve never heard me say or write anything in that regard.

    That said, I would invite you to read Galatians 5… anger is a big obstacle to receiving the fruit of the spirit.

    I will pray for you to let go of that anger… it might help you to think more clearly in a host of ways.
  • God bless.

  • me

    what anger?

  • HIm The anger of WRITING IN ALL CAPS on the internet.
  • ME: 

     

    I am laughing .. there are so many local ppl that have to show off

    what do you mean by God bless. ??? I am better than you?

    keys stuck

    make me laugh some more

    oh well. point bef my bat runs out and my typing is not fast enough is this: go to the streets and get ppl

    but you all won’t

    btw, what you write is on my blog

    HIM:   

    People have different charisms. you don’t know me, have likely never heard me speak. I’m not questioning what you do… you initiated this conversation with me.

    God bless.

    ME. 

    GO IN TO THE JAILS AND START THERE .. .IT IS ALL ABOUT LOOKA ME FOR YOU AND PPL .IKE YOU. KEYS STUK AGAIN

    BYE

    Here’s my point until the battery runs out here. So many like you have to show off. Sick of it. Just go preac at the jails. Some of these ppl will never see you do it. Real sinners there

    But no one is watching you in the big time there.


Crap and road trips I have missed since perpetual Estate Sales in a house we inherited that ate our life. Here’s that list: read it.

Tis Monday and I love lists.

Here’s what I missed since this house and getting rid of all my FIL’s stuff ate my life.

  1. The Swamp Cabbage Festival in Labelle Florida.  That was to my knowledge LAST WEEKEND. It is usual to go.
  2. The State Fair this year.  THAT THING USUALLY RUNS IN February for the first two weeks. Forget that.  We are still trying to get rid of the last dust in the garage.
  3. Any Festival.  No festival is in the summer or Fall.  It is too hot.
  4. The Bollywood Festival.  Forget that last summer.  We were still unpacking.
  5. Eight road trips that we never went on.
  6. Two non tourist months of Disney World.  Florida residents HAVE THEIR OWN LINE.  Pay show your Fla DL and get in.  Wave to the tourists.
  7. Shopping for new clothes.  I don’t have space for my old clothes. O well,  maybe.
  8. The local Shell Festival here in town.  I was stuck at the Estate Sale that has lasted almost 5 months. We have done nothing but Estate Sale after ES since the weather got uh,  cooler and tolerable.
  9. Hopefully,  we will not miss the Strawberry festival east of Tampa.
  10. A REAL VACATION.  I GOT TWO DAYS BACK IN September.  Better than nothing. We went to the Florida seminary to visit the REv who was at our wedding in 1998. 
  11. Spur of the moment road trips.  Forget it.  Our car needs replacing.  I wrote car.  No way will I THE cOOL FLORIDA CHICK EVER EVER EVER BE CAUGHT DEAD IN A MINI VAN. 

That’s all folks.


I have hope that one day this household renovation list will totally be done done done. Read this. I have the grace of hope.

.  Just in case you all forget that I need all your good thoughts and prayers.

Here’s our household renovation list of things I want to tackle now that we have our house. Somehow,  someway we are going to get this done.

Here’s the list: *We need to do this after the TAxes.

1.   Get a new AC unit.  Prevention in Florida is a pound of cure when the sweat is dripping off your nose and the heat is so so bad that you cannot breathe.  Get this now before all heat and hell break loose. Spend a summer with snarky me and find out.   You’ll see here.   This is how we earn our Disney world cheap ass tickets of $134 for three days in non tourist season.  TRust me  after one summer here,  you will see how we have earned it.  I feel sorry for Mickey Mouse. Even Disney folks gave him an AC room during the heat of summer.  Go Mickey go.

2.  Check out getting a new roof with solar.  I dream of going totally or semi totally off the Duke Energy grid.  I am already sick of power bills.  Solar is the wave of the future with wind turbines.

3.  Master bedroom and Master bath renovation.  Put a window where there is none and widen the bath and take out that nonusable  old folks tub in Pop in law’s old bathroom.  Add a new tile floor and redo our closet.  Add a bath and separate shower and double sink.   Make more light come in with a new French door.

4.  Build a laundry room with a semi cool Sat. TV in the garage.  Add another front loading washer and dryer. I can’t wait to dance around while doing ironing and waiting for the wash.  I am going to add an airvent to AC that place once we close it in with an insulated wall close enough to fit the  car in there.  Level the floor with cheap tile and add a decent cabinet.

5.  REdo the kitchen and living room in one boom swoop.  Ditch the cabinets in the kitchen and pull the whole now pet accident prone yucky yellow gold  rug in the dining and living room.   Tile the whole thing and add rugs and new appliances in the kitchen.  Convert the kitchen to gas.  During a hurricane,  the power can go out before going off the grid,  so gas rules.  At least you can cook.   Add a French door that goes out to the new and redone patio near our pool.

6.   Redo the back porch and patio last.  Level the concrete and extend the patio and resurface the pool deck and get a new fence to make the escape of the Beagle,  our Beagle impossible.

7.   Make a garden in the backyard that is very edible and delish.

8.  Make a meditation garden with statues and maybe a cheapie water fountain or fish pond.

9.   Sigh

10.   Party with friends and celebrate in my own civilized and silly way when it is done.

See what I mean?  We used to take road trips.  Now we are glued to this house that is paid for.

What did I get myself into?


Why do I live here? Why do I blog here? Let me advise you why. Welcome to all my non church readers. I like you better. You listen.

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I am not going to say or write much in here today.  It is Lent though.  I am doing STUFF.   I am not that theological.  Most people don’t care when I write that.  But those other strange and unusual characters snarl at me.

God Bless them and Good.  Most of you regular readers I love because writing for these folks,  you have to preach to the choir.   AND WITH THEM THE CHOIR OR the nah nah chorus only speaks Latin and nothing is ever good for THEM.

But welcome to new readers.  This blog is bout everyday sanctified life in Florida. It is the little things that get blessed and to make people realize that great things come in regular packages and not getting on one’s high holy horse to save the day.

I don’t have to prove anything to you regular folks.   To them and with them it is a nonsense fight.

I gave those people up for Lent.   Forget chocolate — they are not getting my stash.  THEY ARE NEVER GETTING MY STASH.

But coming before the end of Lent is a good story that we are going through now.  I just wonder how those perfect pinch butts would handle this.

I love my semi new house and I love living here.   Winds are coming from the south and there’s fog on the roads and well,  there is nothing churchy or theological about that.  It is just warm and I am thankful for that.

Enough said.   Got that?