First and foremost, thank you to all the readers who lately have used the donation button on the Feeder Feed posts. Your help is deeply appreciated. I’ll probably be coming back to you for something else that is shaping up, but for now the birds will be fed for a while longer.
I am particularly happy to receive requests for prayers for certain intentions, some of them quite serious. I have asked for your prayers from time to time and you have responded well. I am happy to remember your intentions in prayer as well. When I read your emails, I stop and on the spot pray for you and I remember you in my rosary or office, whichever is next on the list.
On Friday 30 July, morning, I will make a list of those who have sent donations or other things since the last time I did this, and remember you all and your intentions at the altar during Holy Mass, which I offer periodically offer pro benefactoribus.
Also, many thanks to FGZ who sent, I am not making this up: manna. Yes, I have received manna, not exactly from heaven, but from Italy.
The manna arrived with a block of bottarga.
I kid you not, when I opened the box and saw the package on the right I actually said, "What is this stuff?"
I also received from a reader, CS, a copy of Avery Dulles’ book Magisterium: Teacher and Guardian of the Faith. It was on my amazon.com wishlist.
A good friend who is one of the best working theologians I know says that this book is an excellent basic source for the Church’s understanding of the Magisterium. I look forward to reading it. Thanks CS!
Also, someone – not sure who perhaps "D" – sent a copy of The Voice Of The Church: A Forum on Liturgical Translation by Gilbert Ostdiek. I will look at it with interest.
Moreover, thanks to those of you who have not only sent seeds for the birds, but seeds for my morning coffee. They are nearly exhausted, but they have been great!
In addition, I must send out a huge renewed thanks to those of you who in the past have sent me, again from the amazon wishlist, uninterrupted power sources (UPS). This summer there have been some bad storms with lots of lightning. The other day a near strike would have probably blown away some equipment. Instead, it blew away my UPS. It was an older unit, alas, and so it can’t be replaced by the manufacturer. In the past when I have had problems or strikes with newer units, the maker replaced them free of charge. But… older unit gave its last full measure of devotion and died. I renew my thanks to anyone who ever sent a UPS. If you don’t have UPSs, you may be at risk of real losses. Get a big one, get a little one, whatever. Just think about it. I have read about people who, during blackouts, kept their medicine cool in a small fridge powered on a UPS until the blackout passed. I know someone who waited to get a surge protector and UPS after getting a big flat screen TV. Bad move. I have read a story about a person with an embroidery home industry/company whose computerized sewing machine was saved when there was a strike.
Anyway, many of you have been very good lately, thanks. It is a pleasure and duty to pray for benefactors in prayer, as well as those who simply have intentions.
The garden is producing broccoli and more broccoli. That would be bad for some. I think it is great. Except… what to do with it all?
This is what I came up with the other day.
I had things coming from the garden: peppers, eggplant, and the aforementioned broccoli. I had some things in the fridge I wanted to use up. What to do?
I grilled eggplant and peppers.
Then I started layering it together with some pasta/tomato sauce that I had made and hadn’t eaten, together with some cottage cheese which I drained a bit (lest the final product get soupy).
I used also a little bit of shredded "mozzarella" (oh, how unworthy of the name), which would soon have turned green.
Into the oven at 350F for 45 minutes.
This lasted for four days, and not because I didn’t want to eat it all at one sitting.
Penjing, star of Z-Chat, has never looked so good. You will recall that as winter was wending to its conclusion, Penjing looked dreadful and like to lose the number of his mess, as the Captain of HMS Surprise might put it. Not so.
One of you readers suggested shots of coffee (and the Captain of the HMS Surprise would approve). I repotted with a different soil composition and have been leaving Penjing in the sun, which Fukien Teas have liked in the past. Success. I have never seen the leaves look so good.
And it has been flowering periodically… little white blossoms. But not right now.
Meanwhile, Irohamomiji is looking great as well.
Here are two shots, with different angles of sunlight, so you can see how nicely this Japanese Maple is doing.
Finally, there is Penzai and the Pandas. Penzai needs a trim.
By the way, Penjing wants the NCR and The Tablet – both – to be shut down.