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Dear Ones,

There has been a hue and cry (okay, maybe just a hue) for the story behind the nuns and their bovine friend.  And so the story goes…like…this.  I have a wacky family.  And into my wacky family married wacky "in-loves," as I call them in my mind.  One such love, my sister-in-love, is a traveling geneticist.  Which, oddly, has absolutely nothing to do with the story.  (the geneticist part, that is).  Anyway, one day my SIL tells me she got me a present on her recent trip to "headquarters,"  which is conveniently coincidentally located in Des Moines.  Now I’ve been to Des Moines – only the bus station, but Des Moines, nonetheless.  It’s not so much a happening town as a town that happened.  (Okay, I just wanted to sound clever there.  Did I?)  Anyway, SIL while there apparently purchased the three nuns and the cow and decided it was just the thing to give me.  Can you say "random?"  I thought you culd.

Anyway, it took weeks for her to remember to bring them over and give them to me.  She brought them on the day we were enjoying playing with my neices and nephew and generally goofing off.  The whole wacky clan was there.  At least the whole wacky clan who could be.  And the wacky clan decided the nuns (and the cow) should travel.  And so they are.

And then… they were introduced to Sr. Mary of the Research who is also known as Sr. Mary, the Producer.  Sr. Mary of the SetUp…

She’s also Sr. Mary of the "Oh my goodness is that Mary Magdalene at the Last Supper???"

Other sisters got in on the act too….  Sr. Pat of the Photographical Contortions:

And Sr. Patty of the Sunglasses on a Plane fame: Rafter7_august_2006_009

Honest to goodness.  We are just that silly. 

As to the questions of where to find nuns of your own… Sr. Mary of the Research (see above) who is leaving Reno even as we speak to head to Portland for a CPE program (Susan, you just had to go this year, didn’t you?!)…. Sr. Mary received a gift of a "nun chuck" Seen here in it’s natural habitat:

Which leads to the question… where did the cow come from?  Well, glad you asked.  Check it out:

You can get your own Nun Chucker and your own Cattle Pulter at perpetualkid.  Or apparently in a bowl next to the register in some little shop in Des Moines, Iowa.  Good luck. 

Of course you can google them and find them at other sites too.  There’s even a flying nun refill packet as well.

And yes, Steph, there is a Benedictine nun too!!!  As they say in the movies, "Have fun storming the castle." 

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You want to see the whole "nuns" ouvre?  (at least all there is so far?)  Click the pic which will take you to my Flickr page where you can select the three nuns and a cow set and then "view the slideshow".  Enjoy.  You know, or whatever.

"Those who cannot laugh at themselves leave the job for others."

We see in these swift and skillful travelers a
symbol of our life, which seeks to be a pilgrimage and a passage on
this earth for the way of heaven.

Pope Paul VI

When in doubt (or Nevada), pray.  🙂

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher


David wasn’t thinking of being king when he was tending sheep; he was just doing what God sat before him. 
John Fisher 


In Medieval Europe, Monks and Nobility were the only brewers.
Lagering Cellars in the Monasteries were locked, as the Monks guarded
the secrets to their craft. The monks carried keys to these lagering
cellars on their cinch – or belts. It was this key from which the
"Church Key" opener gets its name

(alleged) Source: Anheuser-Busch Knowledge Base; Internal Dbase -via wikipedia


And so by the fifteenth century, on October 8, the
Europeans were looking for a new place to try to get to, and they came
up with a new concept: the West.

Dave Barry

Dscn5409The west was really big (bigger even than this.)

April 2020