Saturday, January 31, 2015

for the hell of it


The school filed across the road to a church service lately, so my daughters stayed behind with the few other non-Catholic children to caper and giggle. I asked Pink Daughter why they'd have Mass at such an odd time of year, as I wasn't aware that it was the feast-day of any of Ireland's A-list saints.  She thought about it, and said that no one had given them a reason, and that the school probably had Mass just for the hell of it. 




I hope you won't think this is incongruous in the midst of my trumpeted clear-out activities, but I have bought a new tea towel.  It hangs above my shelf of mugs, and, in the spirit of Kondo anthropomorphism, I feel it encourages my crockery to be picturesque.

20 comments:

  1. 'A Mass for the hell of it'. I like it.

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  2. My children were non-catholics at catholic schools (daughter still is), this didn't excuse them from mass much to their annoyance. Incidentally, my daughter was born on the feast day of Ireland's number one saint and never forgets to point out that if we lived in Ireland she would have the day off on her birthday.

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  3. That's so cute! Both her reply to your question and the tea towel.

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  4. I frequently find that an impulse purchase can provide excellent motivation for a clear out. And even if it doesn't, what the hell.

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  5. Darling Mise,

    It strikes us that there is rebellion in the air Chez Pretty Far West.

    First, the children of the household are capering about and giggling instead of attending Mass. And, a tea towel has been bought.

    What next?

    Well, we predict anarchy, or something similar, from Scottish Husband. But will he or won't he take the copper lidded saucepan with him? For the Hell of it, of course!

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  6. Lance and Jane have me in stitches. Your tea towel has me in raptures. I highly approve of one's kitchen decor maintaining a positive influence on the rest of the household implements.

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  7. When I was at my convent school a Mass could be called at any moment in time for anything and classes would be abandoned. The non-catholics like me would run riot in the corridors left unattended only for the ugliest, more horrible nun to suddenly appear and grab us by the tunics and tell us what ungrateful little sods we were. On important saints days, your A list I suppose, we got the day off and went tenpin bowling.

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  8. Mise, although I have no personal experience of religious schools, I do think your Pink Daughter is a wit. Inherited trait, no doubt about it.

    I do have much experience with tea cups and am also very fond of well-designed tea towels. Your new acqusition also has wit.

    In preparation for tomorrow night's forecast snow, some very fierce winds have been blowing (up a storm is the cliche I seek) and preventing my toting any more sequestered clutter to the neighborhood thrift shop. It's just too cold. Much better to stay indoors near the warmth of laptop and tea, with knitting at the ready.

    xo

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  9. I'm feeling a weird kind of vertigo looking at that teatowel ... as if the cups were about to topple, for the hell of it.

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  10. Catholics and teacups …… it has a nice ring to it like ' Jam and Jerusalem ' . Will that be one of your ' three special tea towels ' now and, if so, which one is going to be demoted ? !! XXXX

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  11. A mass for the hell of it is a wild idea indeed. Excellent tea towel. How is the big clear out going? I need you to inspire me, I have ground to a halt. You have made me wonder about getting a new tea towel though. CJ xx

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  12. It's the closest to fine art I've seen on a tea towel. And isn't all religious observance, in a way, for the hell of it?

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  13. I love your tea towel! What a joy to use it. As to Mass: son (Catholic, as Husband - I am from Northern Germany and thus Protestant-la-la-nothing-with -a-big-shot-of-Taoist) was at a lovely Catholic school - I am very thankful to them. And thankful for Lent (I join in it!): it is a wonderful way to find out that son (he smokes) is not addicted because he can wait for 40 days (same to alcohol). Knowing the proverb "Hell is paved with good intentions" he makes no good intentions, but smokes after that again :-)

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  14. Dear Mise,
    That is how I felt about Mass when I was young as we had it every single day before school AND on Sunday! Not sure if all of my prayers were heard , some I hope!! I won't even start about the nuns!
    Oh I do think you will like the artist I am currently featuring, come over when you have a moment...love your new tea towel!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  15. Tea towels and Mass - your posts are certainly diverse if not slightly mismatched - only you could put the two together successfully.

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  16. I was baptised a Catholic to please my grandmother. A religious great-aunt sent rosaries and handmade prayer books and a nun cousin put in an appearance from time to time. It went very little further than that. I wanted to go to the Catholic grammar school because they had purple blazers, but this was not to be. I remember attending Mass with my grandmother once without a hat, a scandalised woman in the pew behind, offered a handkerchief for me to cover my disrespectful head. That just about put the tin lid on it.

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  17. I don't remember any reason needed for Mass ... or Benediction . Or the yearly retreat . Or the rosary .
    But it has meant that I have a heightened ability to switch off at will .

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  18. Just for the hell of it. I like that!
    Tea towels don't count as purchases in my life. I too am trying to declutter.

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