We got an order for 13 tealights last night. Whoo hoo. The stocking orders have come to an abrupt halt. We have done 98 so far this year. Last year I did 65. We had 3 sources of orders this year; Country Sampler, Etsy, and Ebay. I would like to do at least 2 more to hit an even 100, but 98 is good. My Christmas money is earned and the girls have a little for their shopping. (They did the hand sewing this year.) We only have time to do about 20 more anyway. It's just strange that last week's Ebay listing netted absolutely no orders. That's a first. But then, people began ordering in September and that's never happened before either.
I have fudge and white chocolate snack mix to make for the 3 remaining shows we have. I finish off the stockings, get them sent out, and start work on that. It's my tradition to make gift baskets for our friends for Christmas. The girls and I used to have a marathon session on the day after Thankgsgiving, but since we started doing craft shows in the fall, we have all of that done ahead of time. This is one of my favorite times of the year. I love making gifts and gift baskets.
I think the cold is on its way out and I think the Zicam may have done its work. My nose is stuffy, still, but I'm not miserable like I usually am with a cold.
The kids will be here in a bit to celebrate Harold's birthday with a breakfast. I am on pancake duty. I've gotta get crackin. Update later.
Word of the day:
Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters
is also trustworthy in great ones;
and the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones.
If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is yours?
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.”
The Pharisees, who loved money,
heard all these things and sneered at him.
And he said to them,
“You justify yourselves in the sight of others,
but God knows your hearts;
for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God.”
Thoughts from the cornfield:
Mammon is an Aramaic word for wealth. Wealth in and of itself is not a bad thing. It is when wealth supplants God that the problems begin; and wealth doesn't always mean money. When anything takes precedence over God, it becomes our "mammon." When we serve "things" instead of using things to serve God and others, then our priorities are skewed.
God bless our troops!