Friday, March 1, 2013

7QT: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi edition

The first quick take on March the 1st! Happy St. David's Day! Sunshine (with the lovely Welsh middle name) crocheted little leeks for those who wanted to wear them in their caps, like the good little Welshmen they are (just a few generations removed).

We will be having our traditional potato leek soup for dinner and Daffodil Cake. You can find my recipes and past St. David's Day posts here.

Yesterday was an historic day for Catholics and quite a unique opportunity. I am so thankful that my husband is in the technology industry and we had the means to mirror play the live stream of all the events yesterday on our TV and watch all that history in the making. Who needs cable?

I fully expected to cry. I didn't put on any makeup because I thought, "What's the point? It's just going to end up on a tissue" but then I read what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said to the College of Cardinals before leaving for his retirement. I posted this on FB:

I was totally prepared to weep today, seeing him leave, hearing the bells, listening to the Catholic pundits talk about how alone and sad we should all feel, but then I read what he had to say to the College of Cardinals...

"I want to tell you that I will continue to be close to you in prayer, especially in the next few days, so that you may all be fully docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in the election of the new Pope. May the Lord show you what is willed by Him. And among you, among the College of Cardinals, there is also the future Pope, to whom, here to today, I already promise my unconditional reverence and obedience."

We are not alone. The Pope Emeritus is prayerful tending to the Church and the future Pope is already among us! We will pray that God's will be done and that that Pope is elected quickly and decisively.

And we might just have something special tonight. Everyone gets a retirement cake, right?

Well, we decided to skip the retirement cake but we did have brats for dinner with cream of veggie soup and pretzels. I wish I'd thought to pick up some German wine to toast with. :(

If you haven't seen this yet, please go look at it. It's a lovely virtual picture book of the Pope Emeritus with quotes from his writing. The internet design snobs will tell you that the parchment background and comic sans font makes it hard to take seriously, but just ignore them. It's a very sweet tribute.

For all you UD fans... never have I been so proud to be a former Spring Romer!
From the University of Dallas FB page
More than 100 UD students dressed in multi-colored togas took a break from the Geek Olympics to send a message to Pope Benedict XVI, as he flew within 300 yards of the UD Rome campus on his way to Castel Gandolfo.



  1. I saw the picture book yesterday, after the countdown to Benedict's papacy ended. :-(

    I can live with the parchment background, but seriously, Comic Sans is a terrible, juvenile choice for anything that's supposed to be professional, formal or serious. (Okay, truth be told, I cringe whenever I see it used, but especially in any of the situations I mentioned.)

    Hopefully Papa Bene saw the sweet display of the UD students.

  2. I haven't seen the photo book yet, I am sure I will tear up... I teared up when I first read the announcement, when he spoke at the last audience, when he blessed everyone at then end of his last Angelus and yesterday from the balcony at Castel Gandolfo... and when the doors closed at 8pm, especially! My husband thought I was nuts, especially when he asked if I cried when JPII died and I said no... I think that is because I was younger and less aware of the richness of our faith, plus I was about a week postpartum with our first baby! I think we all kind of knew JPII wouldn't be with us much longer at that point too... it was more of a shocker to me when Pope Benedict made his announcement. I so loved the faithfulness and solid belief of this Pope. If my last baby had been a boy, I was planning Benedict for the name!! And I will still use it if I ever have a boy, I think. But I know the holy Spirit is with us and have peace that the next Pope will be a strong leader for us!

    The leeks are adorable - your Sunshine is quite talented!! How did she learn to do that? I'd love to be able to crochet little toy items, like play fruits and veggies for a toddler play kitchen!

  3. My girl has quite an artist's eye. I showed her a picture of leek and she created them on her own. Crochet is easy to learn and there are lots of little patterns out there for food stuff. Check out youtube videos for visual instruction!

  4. I know one of the students who formed the letter "S"...according to her mother (who is my George's Godmother), she (the student) said they could see Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI looking out the window at them as he flew by.


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