I was going to wait to show you guys this hundred year old house until we had, ya know, bought it. But . . . I got tired of waiting. It is the best of houses and the worst of houses.

Living room: Yay!

Kitchen: Boo.

Schoolroom: Yay!

Mummified Rat: Boo.

And it’s still not (quite) ours. But things have taken a turn for the hopeful . . .  nearly three months into escrow.

It’s all been a decidedly unconventional house-buying experience.

Jack and the husband and my dad have been spending weekends patching and painting and replacing the pool equipment, of a house that IS NOT OURS, and our contractor had to demolish a very cute (but rather ramshackle) little groundskeepers cottage on the property because of some super random banking regulations. Again. Not our house.

Still waiting to hear back on the appraisal. Prayers appreciated.

Annnnd . . .

In all these months of not moving and having half of our belongings packed up in the garage, it’s been nice to have a little side project over on Etsy. Actually it’s turned into a bigger project than I ever thought it would be. (Who needs sleep?) I’m so grateful for all your support. And I’m having lots of fun making custom orders for people. You guys come up with the BEST ideas!

My friend Jacque made my Superhero Guardian Angel Prayer print INTO A PILLOW!

Seriously, how genius is that?

The image is in my shop here: Superhero Guardian Angel Prayer
And there’s a Groupon for Shutterfly to order a 16×16 pillow for $15!

Here’s a look at the new items I just put in the shop . . .

For Veteran’s Day next week, because St. Michael is the patron saint of police officers and the military, I made up six new versions of The Saint Michael Prayer:

  1. The St. Michael Prayer
  2. Marine Corps
  3. Navy 
  4. Air Force
  5. Police
  6. Army

AND I made them into printable two-sided Holy Cards, that you can download and print at home or at your local copy shop. They print well in color or in black and white.

  1. The St. Michael Prayer
  2. Marine Corps
  3. Navy 
  4. Air Force
  5. Police
  6. Army

Update . . . by popular demand, here is the St. Michael Prayer in a Coast Guard version:

  1. 8×10
  2. Holy Cards

Also new in the shop, FIVE versions of the Magnificat, in English and Latin . . .

  1. English on White 
  2. Chalkboard English
  3. Chalkboard Latin in Color
  4. Latin on White
  5. Chalkboard Latin

And the OFFICIAL Catholic beer blessing from the Rituale Romanum . . .

Also could be a good pillow?

And, last but not least, two sets of Princess Bride Movie Quote Printables . . .

Set 1:
As you wish . . .
When I was your age, television was called books.
Have fun storming the castle!

And Set 2:
No more rhymes now, I mean it! Anybody want a peanut?
Mahwidge. Mahwidge . . . is wot bwings us togevver today.
You keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

I can put them in there individually upon request.

So . . . hope you guys like ’em!

Custom orders are available here. If you want a prayer, but can’t afford the $5, please email me at catholicallyear@gmail.com, I might be persuaded to accept payment in rosaries.