Tuesday, March 04, 2014

News from Planet Chris

Hello, out there in Blog Land!

I have a new computer! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Ariba! Ariba! Ariba!!!

It came last week and deposed my seven and a half year old Dell Windows XP, which served me well and is still usable for my dad's purposes for awhile.

Seized Hewlett-Packard's return to offering Windows 7. I did NOT want to do Windows 8. After twelve plus years of XP and after fifteen years of Outlook Express, I've been busy learning all of the intricate delicacies of Windows 7 and Mozilla Thunderbird email client (says she of the epic, gigantous email archives).

Anyway, I've also been ill. Nothing life threatening, just the same old-same old. As cold as this winter has been (twenty below yesterday morning here in Marshfield again!), I'm not really that sick of it. Still, when Spring "springs" and the birds return, it will be a good thing, even though the infernal, evil, dastardly, villainous, nasty, and nefarious bad actors (various tree pollens) will return with it.

In fact, I have purchases numerous hour long nature MP3s from Amazon to listen to - birdsong, autumn in the forest, summer rain, thunderstorms. Makes for prodigiously marvelous and relaxing sleep. My kitty (Maggie McGee, the Still Wild Celtic Kitty) absolutely LOVES listening to these tracks. We play them on the computer and on Amazon Cloud Player on the Roku on TVs.

In the meantime, my dad continues to brave the elements on the most frigid mornings to fill up the bird feeders so our local feathered flock residing in the two stately spruces in our front and back yards can warm up a bit and get a bite to eat. I really and truly hope that this Siberian-esque winter hasn't killed any of them off.

Well, that's all for now. Time for morning prayer. You are in my prayers, one and all. Will write again and visit blogs as soon as I can.

Love in Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

- Chris

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Consolations on Planet Migraine

I am on another long trip to Planet Migraine and need to exercise me wee, puny, little gratitude muscles while I summon my energy and physical muscles for making my bed before I try to get some sleep again. 

I must have 39 pounds of blankets and comforter (some mine, some the kitty's), 23 pounds of pillows, 17 pounds of magazines, and 12 pounds of technology (CD player/radio, Kindle Reader, Kindle Fire) on my bed. Yes! I hibernated last week when the North Pole moved south and now it's time to "dehibernate". Speaking of geography and weather: St. Petersburg, Russia has been quite a bit warmer than Wisconsin this winter! I keep on checking on my Accuweather app. File that under "Obscure Information". Fortunately, we do the budget plan on our natural gas heating. I guess the gas bill is no biggie this year; it's more Wisconsin "normal". We won't have to pay that much to reconcile the balance in spring.

The past couple of days have been a real struggle, and "I'm on the canvas sometimes, but not without a fight!" (to quote an old, old, OLD Geoff Moore and the Distance tune from way back 'round 1988 or 1989). This here girl is a Type A personality trapped in a tired, ill, Type B body. Some days I deal with it more gracefully than others. And some days I so much do NOT deal with it gracefully.

Ahem! There were bright spots in my day on Monday. They were:

* Listening to a few hours of the Charles Dickens classic Pickwick Papers as wonderfully narrated by Simon Prebble. Laughter and tears galore! Thirty plus hours left to go, and I'm looking forward to every single minute. I find it a good deal easier listening to Audible books on the Kindle Fire than I do on MP3 players. Charles Dickens will always, always, ALWAYS be my favorite author.

* Listening to several hours of Chopin. I have to be in certain moods to listen to Chopin for that long. Today was a Nocturnes mood. I grew up listening to Arthur Rubinstein playing Chopin. My mom gave me the Lang Lang Chopin CD and DVD for Christmas... I'm still getting used to Lang Lang. So far it sounds like he's really banging the piano keys more than I like and sounds too technically proficient and "modern" for my taste, but I hear that on certain pieces he is "poetic" and "lyrical", so we shall see - or do I mean hear?! Anyhow, I enjoyed the Rubinstein interpretations, and I also enjoyed the Abbey Simon interpretations of the Nocturnes. Rubinstein had more polish and style and verve, and Abbey Simon played things a bit more delicately though still with style. I like both. 

If I survive making my bed (wan smile), I would like to listen to Rubinstein play Chopin's Mazurkas. Or, I might listen to some Grieg. Ah, ixnay on the Grieg (that keeps on coming out "grieF"...). I don't feel Norwegian enough tonight to listen to Grieg (ha! it typed out "grieF" again the first time!)

I digress! I am also grateful tonight for:

* Taylors Earl Grey tea. (Can't drink coffee with a migraine, so at least with black tea, I get SOME caffeine.) Delicate Bergamot flavoring, doesn't hit your taste buds over the head like Bigelow.

* Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer Tea. Tastes positively "yuk-barf" (to quote Calvin and Hobbes), but sometimes I swear it works better than Xanax and chocolate. (Hmmm... anyone for chocolate covered Xanax?! *giggle*)

* The color BLUE. If I bought all of my own clothes/pajamas/whatnot, my wardrobe/pajamadrobe would be 98% blue. 

* My mom, who has fashion sense and gets me to try new colors. (I have just learned that I look great in L.L. Bean's "Elderberry" color for comfort fleece (my mom gave that to me a few winters ago, and it's taken me this long to "get" the fact that I look good in it.

* Honest people in the forums on Got a mailer the other day from someone wanting to know what to do when she "feels like eating the entire house". I much prefer the honesty to the super saccharine sappy sweet perky cheerleader perfect type people. The sappy sweet people make me want to... commit cyber flaming.

* Honest people with CFIDS/CFS/Myalgic Encephelomyelitis/Fibromyalgia in the forums. (Don't look for my user name in any of 'em, you'd never guess it).

* The fact that God healed my broken wrist six years ago without my needing the orthopedic surgery which the orthopedic surgeon swore I needed to function, which would have included a hardware store's worth of metal being put in my arm. After the cast came off at the end of the healing time, he was amazed and said that my wrist healed just as well if not better than if he had done surgery.

* For all the men whom God has told me "NO! NO! NOOOOOOO!!!" about, I am forever grateful. I am too ill to be married. My parents' marriage didn't survive my dad's CFS, and I have more strikes against me than that, so there! Thank You, Abba Father for putting so many roadblocks in the way to certain relationships, even though some of those roadblocks felt like they were going to kill me. My vocation is single Christian womanhood, and trying to be a good daughter to my parents - and I'm truly happy and proud about that calling!

And now 'tis time to face the battle of deconstructing the Abominable Snow Bed by several pounds, make some more tea, watch some British TV, and hopefully get some sleep.

Happy Tuesday! Now that the worst of the holidays (WE here at Chez Mademoiselle Chris are STILL celebrating Christmas until Candlemas on February 2nd), I am more focused on praying for yall again. And, I have certain peeps from the old Tatterdemalion list which I pray for every single day.

Blessings to one and all!

- Miss Chris

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


I am celebrating!

Yesterday, it snowed enough to stick to the ground for several hours! Wheee! Snow before my birthday week always bodes well!

Also, it turned COLD. Right now, it's 14 degrees Farenheit with a minus one windchill! YIPPEE! Die, die, die, die, DIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE all you nasty little pollen allergens - die every single last one of you! Yeehaw! Only going to be a teensy little bit warmer for a high temp today. I LOVE WISCONSIN!!!!

Maggie the Kitty is a domestic shorthair, a breed known for liking cold weather better than warm. She is EXTREMELY "Bouncy Tigger" this morning. Praise God! Love to see my little fur child feeling playful and happy and very alive!

I've got my L.L. Bean fleece socks on this morning instead of my Bean Merino Ragg Wools. I'm headed upstairs to the loft (probably even colder up there than outside right now), to bring down my heavy comforter for my bed. That means that I will have to rearrange all of the plush flamingos, kitties, bunnies, jackalope, etc. which are in my "Intensive Prayer Care Unit" on my bed. (Each critter represents one of my friends whom I secretly pray for much every day, especially when I am bedbound with migraines).

I'm between migraines right now but celebrating anyhow! I say, "Pooh!" to the Migraine Fairy. I say, "So what, Planet Migraine!" :P ::Chris sticks out tongue::

My dad is doing early bird Senior discount grocery shopping pretty soon this morning. He is so nice! He buys all of the baking supplies for me to bake goodies to give to my mom and others. Daddy is going to shop for all the sugary, buttery, flavory, wonderful things for me, as I have a cold and also seeing as how the grocery store has some of the most AWFUL fluorescent lights on earth which always trigger off epic migraine marathons in me. So, God bless my dad for doing the shopping for me. I don't envy him! Those little old ladies shopping the baking aisle in November on a Senior discount day are something to contend with - OYVEY!!!! :)

Now, off with me to venture to the North Pole which is the upstairs bedroom and loft and to retrieve my comforter. After that, it's time to go through my sock drawers (plural) and sock boxes (again, plural) to see what needs a tiny bit of mending, and to match pairs of winter woolies! I don't have a handbag fetish, I don't have a shoe fetish, but I do have a socks fetish (and a slippers fetish as well). And I intend to get to Younkers this week to buy MORE socks!

Off with me! And yes, for the File of Obscure Information: my Christmas tree is up (still) and LIGHTED. 

Time for me to fly! Happy Tuesday!

PS: I'm still praying for everyone! 

Much love in Jesus,

- Chris

Lemon Spritz from my kitchen


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Happy Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Quick update on life at Chez Miss Chris. Depressing stuff first, funner stuff after

Depressing stuff:

*One cold.

* One case of influenza.

* One stomach virus.

* Migraines.

* More migraines.

Funner stuff:

* God healed me of the cold, the influenza, the stomach virus! Hooray, Jesus! Don't EVER take it for granted when God heals you of these things. The human body and all of its systems is an amazing thing.  Wow, our God is some kind of wonderful!

* Getting a cold, influenza, and stomach virus this early in the game makes it more likely that I will *ENJOY* baking Christmas cookies starting around my birthday instead of dreading it. (Actually, it's not baking, but rather *CLEANUP* that I "dis-enjoy").

* By God's grace and my parents' prayers, I have been able to wean down my Lyrica (fibromyalgia pain med) by a third. The withdrawal was hell on earth, but I was able to do it by the grace of God. I really still "need" that extra third, but the nightmares it was giving me simply could not be tolerated any longer. So, thank You, Lord, for the grace to wean down.

* Fringe benefit of weaning down the Lyrica by a third: I lost 8 pounds without any effort. I must've spent two weeks peeing. I know - TMI - but there are other people with fibromyalgia who read this blog and they take Lyrica, and they need to know "the facts".

* Fringe benefit of being excited at losing 8 pounds effortlessly and having my clothes and pajamas fit me a bit better, I got back on board with after several years. I mostly track my calories, track my exercise, and read a lot of things which motivate me. It's all the easier to do since SparkPeople has a Kindle Fire app (free) which is really cool once one learns how to use it. I never took the tracking of foods and exercise seriously before, but I find that the days I bother to track, are the days I behave better, so that is incitement to keep on tracking.

* Now, my Evil Cookie Baking Twin ;) has been looking up Christmas cookie recipes and having fun doing that. I'm ready to break into the realm of creating various new flavor combinations of biscotti this year. Also, I have up my sleeve a couple of new (secret to family members until they receive them) flavors of Spritz. No Gum Drop Cake this year. It didn't ship well. I will, however, share the recipe here closer to actual baking season. That was Nani's recipe. We don't do fudge here, but my Grammy had the recipe for the quintessential fudge. I will share that, too, eventually.

* I just downloaded a new book of crocheted snowflake patterns from Amazon the other night. After I finish up this entry (IF ever I do!), I will crochet a snowflake or two. I'm a very mindful person in my middle age. I can't multitask anymore like I did when I was younger, so no longer able to crochet while watching TV or carrying on a conversation. BUT... I am able to interceded for others while I crochet and knit.

* I found some plastic canvas in my craft stash, and want to  make a couple of coasters.

* I found an "old" snowflake design fleece jacket on which I have not the patience to replace the zipper. Spying it when carrying Maggie the Kitty around the basement for my walk after the Air-Dyne, I thought: "Self, who says that Maggie wants a knitted or crocheted cat sweater this winter? Self, doesn't Maggie love fleece? Self, wouldn't it be smart of me if I cut down the pretty fleece jacket, and make a nice warm coat for Princess Maggie?" Myself can be so daggone smart (ha!) sometimes! ::grin::

* Someone gifted me with a couple of much desired Audible books for my Sansa MP3 player. One is the Charles Dickens classic Pickwick Papers, as narrated by Simon Prebble - all 38 or so hours of it (don't worry, I actually ENJOY that!), and the other is an almost equally as lengthy George Weigel book on Pope John Paul II. I am in audiobook listening clover!

* I am enjoying my new computer monitor. I've finally gone widescreen. Now, for finding a good desktop CPU before Microsoft cuts off support for Windows XP in April pf 2014... that will take me into High Definition computing.

And now, my crocheting muse has tapped me on the shoulder and I simply MUST go and crochet for awhile!

Tuesday is "Catching up on Email Day". Oy. My inbox runneth over.

Much love to all of you in Jesus! Still praying for all yall.

- Chris


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Prayer Intention October 24, 2013: Healing of Families and Marriages

Today, I invite you to join me and the others who read this blog, in praying for the healing of families and marriages. Broken marriages and families are so devastating and painful. These things break our hearts, and they also make us more vulnerable to sin, which in turn is dangerous in our failing to obey God's commandments and thus go to hell. Yes, there is a hell, and it IS possible for any of us to go there - not just the murderers and rapists.

Our adversary's servants fast and pray to him for divorces and broken relationships. They hold black masses, place curses, hexes, and spells on the world. They want everyone to suffer and go to hell. 

We should not fear, but we should plea the Most Holy and Precious Blood of Jesus upon us, repent of our sins, fast, and pray for the protection of marriages and families.

Fasting is powerful. It doesn't have to be an entire day on bread and water. We can fast from some of our favorite things - such as worldly music, television, Internet, etc. It's very powerful.

The future of many souls is at stake - including yours, your children, your grandchildren. Please! Join me today in praying for the healing and restoration of marriages and families. Pray especially for the children, who are the innocent victims.

God bless you all! Thank you for praying and fasting! God WILL hear and answer us. He is greater than all, yet somehow He deigns to "need" us to cooperate with Him in bringing about His Kingdom.


My special word for the past couple of years is REDEMPTION. Jesus is my Redeemer, and He is yours, too! 

I like to prayerfully ponder redemption often. It's a terrific antidote to Satan's blatant, evil, ugly lies about what I should think and feel about my past (and present) sins and life mistakes. Thinking about redemption helps me get the Lord God's point of view on things.

When I go through summer depression (it's a fact; there IS a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder which afflicts people like me in the summertime). 

I digress. 

When I go through summer depression, those lies of the adversary are close to overwhelming. However, the Holy Spirit always, always, ALWAYS comes to my rescue if I will be quiet and make myself open to His still, small voice which pours - which LAVISHES - truth, deliverance, healing, comfort upon comfort, strength upon strength, grace upon grace into my broken and bleeding (my, I sound melodramatic today, do I not?! *snort*) heart.

The big, big temptation to believe the enemy's lies is that God is punishing me vindictively for sins and life mistakes, and that since I made my bed, I must lie/lay (I can't think straight today!) in it.

But... the TRUTH is: God loves me (and you, too!) so much that He has a plan to bring great, wonderful, powerful, amazing, life-generating, joy-filling, immense GOOD out of even our mistakes and sins! And get this: He makes up for the years which the locusts have eaten. And, get this: Just because it seems like His answers to our prayers for good to come seem to delay or not be coming, He WILL and DOES bring good to us. He even has the desire and will and power to heal people like us (I know a lot of you are chronically ill like me) who have been sick in bed and homebound for many years. 

Our God is some kind of wonderful!! Can I get a witness?! *big smile*

He is in business and habit of working miracles, and of redeeming not only our souls for the sake of getting us to Heaven for eternity, but also of redeeming our earthly lives. So if you have something/someone you are tempted to despair about, please don't give up hope! God's miracles are seldom early and they are NEVER LATE. He is our good Daddy-Father. He wants good things for us and our loved ones even more than we do!

May God bless each of you this week and weekend and coming week, until you can't contain any more blessings! May His joy in you be contagious!

Please know that I remember you at Mass and in my Rosaries and other prayers. I don't know most of you, but God has given me a heart to pray for each one of you. We will know each other when we get to Heaven. Thank you very much for praying for me as well!

- Christine