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Thursday, April 30, 2009

I didn't make it to the blogs yesterday. It was one thing after another it seemed - starting with my morning routine of vacuuming up water in the basement. It never fails, I just start to make some headway getting it in order down there, and we have a deluge of rain. The same thing happened last year. Oh well, nothing is ruined, I just have to add an extra little chore to my cleanup routine.

I have been making a lot of soap this week. I did 2 batches of regular soap - Country Roads and Apple Jack 'n Peel. I have had a lot of requests for a plain soap made only with olive oil. I did a batch of that last night. No swirling and scenting - not nearly as much fun. I cut it this morning and I should have waited. Because there are no hard oils in it, it takes a lot longer to harden. Next time I'll leave it in the mold for a couple of days. I didn't have any of the olive pomace that I usually use, but I did have a large can of extra virgin olive oil. I doubt that there is any difference when used in soap, but this batch came out a beautiful creamy color. We shall see what we shall see.
I'm finalizing the dates for the CD that our choir plans to do. I'm waiting to hear back from our recording guy.
Staff meeting this morning. No my favorite way to pass the time, however, this one is in St. Louis so I shall reward myself with a trip to the quilt shop. They inadvertently gave me an extra set of blocks and an extra border set in my packet. These things aren't cheap, so I am dropping them off this morning - and treating myself to looking at cool stuff.


Word of the day:
Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
Jn 6:44-51

Jesus said to the crowds:
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,
and I will raise him on the last day.
It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.
Not that anyone has seen the Father
except the one who is from God;
he has seen the Father.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes has eternal life.
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world."

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I'm very late getting here today. Too much fun to be had, too little day.

It was a long day today. Harold and I took Clay and Claire to Midland to see the Lizard and Snake museum. Anna, Melisa, and I attended the Youth For Christ fundraiser banquet. In between there I made a batch of Apple Jack 'n Peel cold process soap and shipped out some orders. The soap smells Mmmmmmmmm. Reminds me of crisp fall days.


Word of the day:
Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
Jn 6:30-35

The crowd said to Jesus:
"What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

He gave them bread from heaven to eat."

So Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world."

So they said to Jesus,
"Sir, give us this bread always."
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst."

Monday, April 27, 2009 - Happy Anniversary Justin and Melisa

Seven years ago today Justin and Melisa were married. Since then, Clayton and Claire have arrived. The next generation is taking over and Harold and I are now the old folks on the road. My how time flies.

The Syrup Festival is behind us. Our local community band director will no longer take "no" for an answer to the question of whether I will play in it. Now that I'm retired (semi) I have more time. Anyone who has retired is laughing at that statement. However, I told him I would be there tonight and be there I will! He may want to re-think his invitation after hearing me tonight. It's been several years since I've touched my horn.

We arrived home last night to the sound of the water vac in the basement. That's never good news. Harold was trying to keep ahead of the water that was coming in. We had 3 inches of rain over the weekend. The basement is my work area. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on how you look at it) we have had this problem before so all of my stuff is in plastic bins or up sitting on supports to keep it off the floor. I will be working on soap this week for the upcoming Highland Festival so I won't have to be down there much, slogging through the wet.

My friend Barbara sent me a link this morning. Another of our prayer quilt ladies has died. We have a meeting today so we will be praying for her.
Late Afternoon update:
This week's soapmaking marathon began with our Country Roads soap. It's a crisp outdoorsy scent that I formulated for the guys, but I like the woodsy smell too.
I think I have finally perfected my recipe and procedures for soapmaking. I was thrilled at how much we sold to repeat customers last weekend. It makes me feel really good when someone comes looking for us at craft shows.

When this soap cures, the cream colored parts will darken to a beige color and the bar will look like camouflage.

Word of the day:
Monday of the Third Week of Easter
Jn 6:22-29

[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
"Rabbi, when did you get here?"
Jesus answered them and said,
"Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal."
So they said to him,
"What can we do to accomplish the works of God?"
Jesus answered and said to them,
"This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Today is the last day of the Syrup Festival. We always have a big parade on Sunday. As is usually the case, it is raining out - storming, actually. But I am hoping the old adage "rain before 7 sun by 11" is true because I know one little boy who will be sorely disappointed if his parade is rained on.

We were blessed beyond our expectations this weekend. I was hoping to do at least as well as last year, but with the economy the way it is, I knew that there was a possibility that we wouldn't do as well. Yesterday alone surpassed all three days of last year's festival. The two pictures above were taken on Friday after we set up. That side of the table is virtually empty now. Anna went home last night to make some more stuff to fill in those spaces. My side of the booth is looking a little bare too. I'm bringing up some of our fall scents to fill in the blank spots.

We tithe 10% of our gross from each craft show. For the past 3 years that has gone to a family who has quintuplets (in addition to 3 older children). One of our high school students took on the challenge raising funds to build them an extension on their house as his Eagle Scout project. This was finished up this past year, so our tithe, this year, for the Syrup Festival is going to the Youth For Christ organization. One does not tithe with the expectation of receiving anything, but it never fails to bless us when we do it.

A roofing company in Michigan -Michigan Metal Roofs - credits the success of their business in these trying times to the fact they they put God and then family at the forefront. In these days of political correctness, where anything goes, but heaven forbid we should offend someone by talking about God, it is refreshing to turn on a secular radio station and hear someone praising God for his blessings!
Word of the day:
Third Sunday of Easter
Lk 24:35-48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them
in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
"Peace be with you."
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have."
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things."

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tomorrow starts the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. I consider that event the official start of Spring. I've been trying to get everything in order for our booth. Things are more organized this year and we actually have a starting inventory. I have hauled all of my bins up from the basement. That's no small feat. One of the carts broke apart on me. Not fun. I still have another batch of candles to make and then we should be good to go. I ordered 2 shirts for Nicola and those should be done tomorrow - hopefully. I have a sub lined up to play for Mass this weekend - the former organist, so that should be fun for her and for those who miss her.

I may be scarce the next couple of days to to our show schedule, so if I don't get time to check in here, have a great weekend!
Word of the day:
Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
Jn 3:31-36

The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I cut the lavender soap this morning. It looks much less dramatic in color than the pics I took of the raw soap. It is still beautiful, though. It needs time to cure before I can package it. The process I use makes the soap safe to use immediately, but until it has cured for a couple of weeks, it is a bit drying. Once it is cured it is wonderful.

Yesterday was lavender day. Today I make honeysuckle candles. I also need to check the rest of the inventory. I can't believe that it gets packed up tomorrow!!!!I am excited about the Maple Syrup Festival. We have refined our setup throughout the year. We now use carts with drawers. It helps us to confine the clutter and to find things easily. That way we don't have to have so much on the table. In the past we used stacking bins. That meant that if a product wasn't on the table, we had to dig for it to find it. The carts are heavy, but they save a lot of headaches during the 3 days of the show. At the Syrup Festival we can't use our carts because of the way we have to get in and out of the school.

I'm off tor the dungeon!!

Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter
Jn 3:16-21

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.



Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Well, I got up to the news that our wonderful bishop has been named the Archbishop for the St. Louis diocese. We knew when Bishop Carlson came here, that we wouldn't have him for very long. He is going to a beautiful state. I hope our next bishop continues the great work that Bishop Robert Carlson started here. The upsurge in seminarians has been most heartening! I am sad to see Bishop Carlson leave but am excited for him as he answers his newest call.

Yesterday I spend the day making candles, room sprays, and cleaning the basement where I work. We had water come in a few weeks ago and it soaked some pieces of carpeting that I had down there. It's a mess. I had one small area that I could work in. I am slowly getting my bins organized but between that and the rest of the house, I have my work cut out for me. On the slate for today:
Lavender soap
Lavender candles
Lavender room spray
Finish laundry
A visit from the Tweetlebugs
General chaos containment
There's more, but that's enough to deal with for now. Guess I'd better get to it.

The soap is done and ready to sit until it can be cut into bars. Unfortunately, it won't be ready for the Maple Syrup Festival. It will have to cure a few weeks. It will definitely go with us to the Highland Festival.

The candles are done too:

The Tweetlebugs have been and gone. Didn't get a lot of chaos contained, but had fun. I'll do the room sprays when I get home tonight.

Oh, I saw this cute graphic on someone else's blog and I just couldn't resist.


Word of the day:
Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter
Jn 3:7b-15

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
"'You must be born from above.'
The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Nicodemus answered and said to him,
"How can this happen?"
Jesus answered and said to him,
"You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this?
Amen, amen, I say to you,
we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen,
but you people do not accept our testimony.
If I tell you about earthly things and you do not believe,
how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?
No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."


Monday, April 20, 2009

Sorry to be a no show yesterday. The day just kind of got away from me. There is still so much to do before this weekend. I need to do a better job of keeping on top of things. I still have 2 batches of peanut butter fudge to make. I also have lots of candles and room sprays to do. I am slowly getting things in some kind of order in the dungeon, although you wouldn't know it to look down there.

I worked on my Thimbleberries quilt again. I finished the February set of blocks. I am not quite as pleased with my 12 inch block. It was more challenging with points etc and bulky intersections. I ended up taking it apart and re-sewing it, but it is still a bit off of its measurement. I have so much to learn.

I developed a new fudge flavor - maple cream and maple walnut (only difference is the walnuts). The girls have never raved about my fudge before, but Anna asked me to please keep this one away from her. I can't believe that I like the maple better than the chocolate.

Word of the day:
Monday of the Second Week of Easter
Jn 3:1-8

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
He came to Jesus at night and said to him,
"Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God,
for no one can do these signs that you are doing
unless God is with him."
Jesus answered and said to him,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
Nicodemus said to him,
"How can a man once grown old be born again?
Surely he cannot reenter his mother's womb and be born again, can he?"
Jesus answered,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless one is born of water and Spirit
he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
What is born of flesh is flesh
and what is born of spirit is spirit.
Do not be amazed that I told you,
'You must be born from above.'
The wind blows where it wills,
and you can hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes;
so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I made the maple fudge yesterday. It tastes really good, but it didn't cut as nicely as the others. I'm guessing the maple syrup had something to do with it. I am going to make a batch with walnuts today and do a little tweaking.

Yesterday, Claire helped me cut the latest batch of soap. Later she was my helper as I boxed fudge. She handed me the boxes. It's nice to have another pair of hands around. While we were doing that, Clay was busy crafting some more pictures for me. He loves to make the pictures and then he will snuggle up in the chair with me and show me all the little details he put in them.

I had a few sales last night so I have to make sure I replenish the inventory for next week.

Here is a picture of our booth from last year's Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival. Pictured are Anna and Summer.

Word of the day:
Saturday in the Octave of Easter
Mk 16:9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form
to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
They returned and told the others;
but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
because they had not believed those
who saw him after he had been raised.
He said to them, "Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature."

Friday, April 17, 2009

I had a productive day yesterday. I made 2 batches of chocolate peanut butter fudge and a batch of Raspberry jasmine spice cold process soap. Both turned out beautifully. The soap won't be ready for the syrup festival. I didn't realize we were so low on that. I noticed some low stockpiles on other soaps. I'll need to get those made so we have them for the Highland Festival. I don't do a lot of soaping in the summer due to humidity and other issues. I do measure my oils out though. When I went to get last night's bucket of oils, I noticed that one of the buckets was leaking. Grrrrrrr. I hate to waste so what is left will be divided up one ounce at a time in future batches.

The soap is still warm so I will cut it into bars tonight. I can't wait to use some of this!
Word of the day:
Friday in the Octave of Easter
Jn 21:1-14

Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
He revealed himself in this way.
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus,
Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
Zebedee's sons, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing."
They said to him, "We also will come with you."
So they went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore;
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, "Children, have you caught anything to eat?"
They answered him, "No."
So he said to them, "Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something."
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in
because of the number of fish.
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord."
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad,
and jumped into the sea.
The other disciples came in the boat,
for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards,
dragging the net with the fish.
When they climbed out on shore,
they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you just caught."
So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore
full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, "Come, have breakfast."
And none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?"
because they realized it was the Lord.
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them,
and in like manner the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples
after being raised from the dead.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Yesterday I finished piecing Olivia's baby quilt. I started quilting it last night. I am quite pleased at how it turned out. Notice the John Deere yellow and green - every country kid needs a John Deere something. :) The green marks are the quilting guides and will disappear when I wash the quilt.

I am getting ready to piece another prayer quilt, but first I want to try a reversable tot bag pattern that I bought the other day.

Yesterday I began the pre-show inventory for the Syrup Festival. We have decided that we would rather sell-out than have leftovers so we are only taking 2 batches of each of our traditional fudge flavors and one batch of our new Maple Walnut. I made 2 batches of chocolate yesterday and ran out of sugar. Today I will make the chocolate peanut butter.

I also started sorting bins for the show. It's really hard to limit what we take because I love all of it. But we will be limiting the scents we take to these:

Apple Jack 'n Peel
Berry Pickin'
Blueberry Cobbler
Candy Apple
Country Apple
Country Roads
Hot orange Danish (Country Orange spice)
Honey Oats 'n Milk
Country Maple
Maple Syrup Festival
Raspberry Jasmine Spice
Strawberries and Cream
Strawberry Blossoms

This is about half of the scents we carry. We bought an extra table this year. We actually had it last year too, but that's because someone was a no-show. We needed every bit of space we had. I am taking fewer of the specialty pieces - the electric grubbies etc. They just take up too much space. I am thinking that those will be reserved for special orders. We are still streamlining our operation. This year we won't be taking the "ready-to-eat" stuff like caramel corn and check mix. There is too much competition at the syrup festival and while it sells fairly well, it takes up space that could be used for the things that sell really well. Fudge is the only exception because we are known for our fudge.

Word of the day:
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
Lk 24:35-48

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way,
and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
"Peace be with you."
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have."
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - Happy Anniversary to Jamie and Nina!

Happy 4th anniversary to my youngest daughter and her hubby - We love you!
Happy Tax Day to the rest of you.

Today I absolutely have to get going on stuff for the Syrup Festival. I can't believe that it's a week and a half away!

Word of the day:
Wednesday in the Octave of Easter
Lk 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus' disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them,
"What are you discussing as you walk along?"
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
"Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?"
And he replied to them, "What sort of things?"
They said to him,
"The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning
and did not find his Body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see."
And he said to them, "Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?"
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, "Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over."
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
"Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?"
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the Eleven and those with them who were saying,
"The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!"
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Woke up this morning to the chirping of 2 little Tweetlebugs wanting their breakfast. They went home with Mommy for a while but will be back when she goes to coach her Girls on the Run team.

I forgot to note on yesterday's blog that my dad died 33 years ago on April 13. I didn't forget the date, just forgot to note it.

I got a little quilting in this morning. It's amazing how much more accurate I can be when I'm working with expensive material. I am learning that a little more time spent working slowly and carefully saves a lot of time down the road. Here is my progress so far on my Thimbleberries Heirloom Quilt.


Word of the day
Tuesday in the octave of Easter
Jn 20:11-18

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?"
She said to them, "They have taken my Lord,
and I don't know where they laid him."
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?"
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
"Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary!"
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni,"
which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her, "Stop holding on to me,
for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
'I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.'"
Mary went and announced to the disciples,
"I have seen the Lord,"
and then reported what he had told her.

God bless our troops!


Monday, April 13, 2009

Sorry to have been awol the last few days. We use a cell phone tethered to the computer for our internet. Something happened to the USB port on the phone and we had to get a replacement. This happened on Friday and today the new phone came in. It felt very strange not to have internet access. I had a couple of orders that I needed to get out. I am really glad that we are back up and running.

Finally, some of the stress is lifted. Harold ended up filing an extension on our taxes. The Triduum went very well. Attendance seemed to be down on Saturday night and on Sunday morning. I can remember Easter Sundays when it was so packed that I had to stay at the piano because there wasn't a seat to spare. Not this year.

Our little Tweetlebugs are spending the night tonight. I accomplished a first. I got them both in the tub and in bed by 9:05. By the time Harold got home at 9:20 they were both asleep. They are growing up so fast, I hate to miss an opportunity to have them come down. Clayton was excited all day. He says he just loves to come visit. (They live on the next farm over.) We were down there last night and Claire kept telling me I needed to take of my coat. As soon as I took it off she said, "now read a book." That little mind is always working.

This morning I went to my first Thimbleberries Club meeting. It was great. But I realized that I have a long way to go before I can call myself an accomplished quilter. The room was packed but no one minded at all. I received my 4 packets (this session started in January). I started my January blocks (three 6 inch blocks and one 12 inch block). I tried to be as careful as possible, but my blocks are still off a bit. I'll post pics when I finish the first packet of blocks. I'm not sure what I'll do when it comes time to quilt it. I prefer hand quilting to machine quilting, but it seems that most of the group quilts by machine. There are several ladies who have long-arm machines who do machine quilting for hire. I don't know, I kind of want to do the whole thing myself. We'll see when the time comes. The club uses Thimbleberries fabrics. I could immediately feel the difference between that and the less expensive stuff I get at Wal Mart. I may become spoiled very easily. I can see that this is going to be a bit of an expensive undertaking, but I used to spend more than that on cigarettes back in the day.

Tomorrow I want to finish the 12 inch block and then finish Olivia's baby quilt. Then I need to concentrate on finishing up inventory for the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival.

Word of the day:
Monday in the Octave of Easter
Mt 28:8-15

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me."

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city
and told the chief priests all that had happened.
The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel;
then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, "You are to say,
'His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.'
And if this gets to the ears of the governor,
we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble."
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

God bless our troops!


Friday, April 10, 2009

Today is another long day. I just discovered that I have not run off the Good Friday song sheets yet so I will have to go in earlier than I planned to get them done. (Noted for next year.) After the service, I will be part of the decorating team for Easter. That's another couple of hours because we also have to drain and refill the baptismal font.

Then it's off to Walmart to do my Easter Bunny thing. Tonight we have to finish taxes. I just realized that Holy Week is not the source of my stress this year - it's the taxes. Now that I am not at the school, I should be able to keep on top of them so that next year we don't have this end of the year stress. I figure if I enter receipts monthly, I should be good.

As for Holy Week, I set up a notebook with all of the things I need for Holy Week, worship aide setups, orders of worship, notes for next year, etc. Wish I had thought of this earlier. Fr. Kevin was looking at it yesterday and laughed because there is an entry that says, "tell cantor to remind Fr. Kevin to turn off his mike before the Palm Sunday procession." He laughs, but his day will come. My mind used to be sharp as a tack. I never had to write anything down. Yesterday I found a note on my music reminding me to pick up a choir member on my way to church. It had totally slipped my mind - good thing I wrote it down.

I can't wait until next week, when taxes are done and I can retreat to the sanctuary of my quilting room with no guilt.

Word of the day:
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Jn 18:1—19:42

Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley
to where there was a garden,
into which he and his disciples entered.
Judas his betrayer also knew the place,
because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
So Judas got a band of soldiers and guards
from the chief priests and the Pharisees
and went there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
Jesus, knowing everything that was going to happen to him,
went out and said to them, "Whom are you looking for?"
They answered him, "Jesus the Nazorean."
He said to them, "I AM."
Judas his betrayer was also with them.
When he said to them, "I AM,"
they turned away and fell to the ground.
So he again asked them,
"Whom are you looking for?"
They said, "Jesus the Nazorean."
Jesus answered,
"I told you that I AM.
So if you are looking for me, let these men go."
This was to fulfill what he had said,
"I have not lost any of those you gave me."
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it,
struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear.
The slave's name was Malchus.
Jesus said to Peter,
"Put your sword into its scabbard.
Shall I not drink the cup that the Father gave me?"

So the band of soldiers, the tribune, and the Jewish guards seized Jesus,
bound him, and brought him to Annas first.
He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year.
It was Caiaphas who had counseled the Jews
that it was better that one man should die rather than the people.

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus.
Now the other disciple was known to the high priest,
and he entered the courtyard of the high priest with Jesus.
But Peter stood at the gate outside.
So the other disciple, the acquaintance of the high priest,
went out and spoke to the gatekeeper and brought Peter in.
Then the maid who was the gatekeeper said to Peter,
"You are not one of this man's disciples, are you?"
He said, "I am not."
Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire
that they had made, because it was cold,
and were warming themselves.
Peter was also standing there keeping warm.

The high priest questioned Jesus
about his disciples and about his doctrine.
Jesus answered him,
"I have spoken publicly to the world.
I have always taught in a synagogue
or in the temple area where all the Jews gather,
and in secret I have said nothing. Why ask me?
Ask those who heard me what I said to them.
They know what I said."
When he had said this,
one of the temple guards standing there struck Jesus and said,
"Is this the way you answer the high priest?"
Jesus answered him,
"If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong;
but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?"
Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Now Simon Peter was standing there keeping warm.
And they said to him,
"You are not one of his disciples, are you?"
He denied it and said,
"I am not."
One of the slaves of the high priest,
a relative of the one whose ear Peter had cut off, said,
"Didn't I see you in the garden with him?"
Again Peter denied it.
And immediately the cock crowed.

Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the praetorium.
It was morning.
And they themselves did not enter the praetorium,
in order not to be defiled so that they could eat the Passover.
So Pilate came out to them and said,
"What charge do you bring against this man?"
They answered and said to him,
"If he were not a criminal,
we would not have handed him over to you."
At this, Pilate said to them,
"Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law."
The Jews answered him,
"We do not have the right to execute anyone,"
in order that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled
that he said indicating the kind of death he would die.
So Pilate went back into the praetorium
and summoned Jesus and said to him,
"Are you the King of the Jews?"
Jesus answered,
"Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?"
Pilate answered,
"I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?"
Jesus answered,
"My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here."
So Pilate said to him,
"Then you are a king?"
Jesus answered,
"You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
Pilate said to him, "What is truth?"

When he had said this,
he again went out to the Jews and said to them,
"I find no guilt in him.
But you have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at Passover.
Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?"
They cried out again,
"Not this one but Barabbas!"
Now Barabbas was a revolutionary.

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged.
And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head,
and clothed him in a purple cloak,
and they came to him and said,
"Hail, King of the Jews!"
And they struck him repeatedly.
Once more Pilate went out and said to them,
"Look, I am bringing him out to you,
so that you may know that I find no guilt in him."
So Jesus came out,
wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak.
And he said to them, "Behold, the man!"
When the chief priests and the guards saw him they cried out,
"Crucify him, crucify him!"

Pilate said to them,
"Take him yourselves and crucify him.
I find no guilt in him."
The Jews answered,
"We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die,
because he made himself the Son of God."
Now when Pilate heard this statement,
he became even more afraid,
and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus,
"Where are you from?"
Jesus did not answer him.
So Pilate said to him,
"Do you not speak to me?
Do you not know that I have power to release you
and I have power to crucify you?"
Jesus answered him,
"You would have no power over me
if it had not been given to you from above.
For this reason the one who handed me over to you
has the greater sin."
Consequently, Pilate tried to release him; but the Jews cried out,
"If you release him, you are not a Friend of Caesar.
Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar."

When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out
and seated him on the judge's bench
in the place called Stone Pavement, in Hebrew, Gabbatha.
It was preparation day for Passover, and it was about noon.
And he said to the Jews,
"Behold, your king!"
They cried out,
"Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!"
Pilate said to them,
"Shall I crucify your king?"
The chief priests answered,
"We have no king but Caesar."
Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, and, carrying the cross himself,
he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull,
in Hebrew, Golgotha.
There they crucified him, and with him two others,
one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.
Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross.
It read,
"Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews."
Now many of the Jews read this inscription,
because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city;
and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.
So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate,
"Do not write 'The King of the Jews,'
but that he said, 'I am the King of the Jews.'"
Pilate answered,
"What I have written, I have written."

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus,
they took his clothes and divided them into four shares,
a share for each soldier.
They also took his tunic, but the tunic was seamless,
woven in one piece from the top down.
So they said to one another,
"Let's not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it will be,"
in order that the passage of Scripture might be fulfilled that says:
They divided my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.
This is what the soldiers did.
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved
he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."
Then he said to the disciple,
"Behold, your mother."
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

After this, aware that everything was now finished,
in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
Jesus said, "I thirst."
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
"It is finished."
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Here all kneel and pause for a short time.

Now since it was preparation day,
in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
and that they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
they did not break his legs,
but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
he knows that he is speaking the truth,
so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the Scripture passage might be fulfilled:
Not a bone of it will be broken.
And again another passage says:
They will look upon him whom they have pierced.

After this, Joseph of Arimathea,
secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews,
asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus.
And Pilate permitted it.
So he came and took his body.
Nicodemus, the one who had first come to him at night,
also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes
weighing about one hundred pounds.
They took the body of Jesus
and bound it with burial cloths along with the spices,
according to the Jewish burial custom.
Now in the place where he had been crucified there was a garden,
and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had yet been buried.
So they laid Jesus there because of the Jewish preparation day;
for the tomb was close by.

God bless our troops!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Today will be a long one. This afternoon I experience a retreat for the school children and St. Mary's. It's my favorite way to prepare for the Triduum.

I didn't post yesterday for various reasons, mostly because I just couldn't make myself. In addition to Holy Week, our taxes are looming over our heads. They aren't done and I don't have time to deal with them this week. Sometimes things just get to me. I try to be organized and get things in order, but it seems the more I try to organize, the less organized I am.

This morning, before I leave for church, I am going to get things picked up. When the house isn't too bad, my inner chaos is easier to deal with.

Yesterday I tried a new wax. It seems to be fine. It gets rave reviews. The wax I used to get was really nice, but I am reading some disturbing reviews on declining quality. I haven't had a problem, but I can't afford to get a bad batch. The company will not take it back. So I have switched allegiance and have moved to another company. I made a batch of Berry Pickin' candles. I am testing one now. It seems to be great.

Once I get the taxes out of the way, I am going to have to hyper focus on getting everything ready for the Shepherd Maple Syrup festival.

Word of the day:
Holy Thursday - Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
Jn 13:1-15

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples̢۪ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
"Master, are you going to wash my feet?"
Jesus answered and said to him,
"What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later."
Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet."
Jesus answered him,
"Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me."
Simon Peter said to him,
"Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well."
Jesus said to him,
"Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all."
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, "Not all of you are clean."

So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, "Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another's feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do."

Thoughts from the cornfield:
Tonight begins the Sacred Triduum - the holiest 3 days in the Church year. Tonight we celebrate the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. Tomorrow we remember the death of our Lord, Saturday we celebrate the Vigil of Easter and welcome the catechumens and candidates into full communion in the Church. And Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection - our cause for hope and joy! My prayer for today is that I can get my inner self in order so that I can enter into the experience.

God bless our troops!


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

I'm up early today. As is usually the case on the Tuesday of Holy Week, there is a lot going around in my head. Today I will be attending the Chrism Mass as part of the diocesan choir.
Many have asked me what this is. Here is an article I found on the 'net.

by Paul Turner

The Mass of Chrism comes once a year to the diocesan cathedral. If you've never celebrated it, you're missing one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our church. During the Mass, the bishop will bless the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of chrism. We use the first for adult catechumens and infants, the second for anointing the sick, and the sacred oil of chrism for baptism, confirmation, Holy Orders (priests, deacons, bishops), and the consecration of altars. All three are basically an olive oil; chrism spices the air with the scent of a perfume, traditionally balsam. For pastoral reasons, another vegetable oil and perfume may be used.

Bishops have blessed oil ever since the early church. They baptized catechumens at the Easter Vigil and prepared chrism fresh for the occasion. While they were blessing chrism, they blessed the other oils as well. Rather than overburdening the Vigil with this ritual, bishops blessed these oils at the previous celebration of the Eucharist, Holy Thursday. This also allowed time to transport vessels of oil from the cathedral to all the churches in the diocese. For more than one thousand years, bishops blessed the oils at the cathedral Holy Thursday liturgy, but in 1955 we added a separate Mass earlier in the day at the cathedral for that purpose, the Mass of Chrism. Today it may be celebrated on a different day shortly before Holy Thursday to give the celebration independence and so that more people may attend.

Since the bishop is the only minister in the diocese who may consecrate chrism, this Mass highlights his ministry and our union with him. He will not baptize and confirm everyone in the parishes of the diocese, but he will be symbolically present in the chrism which the priests and deacons will use. In recent years, this Mass has also acknowledged the ministry of priests. It invites them to renew their commitment of service and to receive the prayers and support of the people. The Mass of Chrism gathers the faithful of the diocese at their mother church with their shepherd to prepare for celebrations of Christ in all our churches throughout the year.
I started work on Olivia's baby quilt. I am quite pleased with how it is turning out. I did, however, spend too much time in the quilting room yesterday. I didn't think that was possible, but I found myself joining the wrong pieces of another quilt I am working on.

I also made a batch of vanilla soap. With a previous batch I had tweaked my method and found that I didn't like the result. The soap developed a light film of ash which is not harmful but doesn't look aesthetically pleasing. It can be washed off, but that's a pain. I returned to my former method. I had been toying with the idea of changing my soap recipe to a simpler one, but I think I am not going to do that. Other than using goat's milk for lather, I am going to leave well enough alone.

My workroom is flooding again and that's also a pain. Harold said that as soon as the ground is firm enough, they will be digging up and replacing the tile. Hopefully that will solve the problem.

Word of the day:
Tuesday of Holy Week
Jn 13:21-33, 36-38

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified,
"Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus' side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus' chest and said to him,
"Master, who is it?"
Jesus answered,
"It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it."
So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas,
son of Simon the Iscariot.
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.
So Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly."
Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him,
"Buy what we need for the feast,"
or to give something to the poor.
So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said,
"Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
and he will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
You will look for me, and as I told the Jews,
'Where I go you cannot come,' so now I say it to you."

Simon Peter said to him, "Master, where are you going?"
Jesus answered him,
"Where I am going, you cannot follow me now,
though you will follow later."
Peter said to him,
"Master, why can I not follow you now?
I will lay down my life for you."
Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for me?
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times."

God bless our troops!


Monday, April 6, 2009

The choir did fabulously well yesterday. I am so proud of them. It is made up of people who are very busy in their personal lives but still make time to be a part of the choir. It's been my experience that as Palm Sunday goes, so goes Holy Week. I have lots to do before then, but I have declared Monday my official day off.

After the kids left yesterday, I spent the afternoon in my quilting room. I finished another pillow top and practiced my half square triangles some more. I think my problem may be in the cutting. I'm not sure I am hitting dead center of the square, but I will keep on practicing. I also started sorting my stash. I bought another 3 drawer cart and put it underneath the existing cart. I have 4 drawers: Neutrals (brown, black, undecideds), Red/Pink, Yellow/orange, and Blue/Green/Purple. I still have a few boxes of fabric that will never fit in there so I am slowly going to use that up (prayer quilts and practicing) until the whole stash is more manageable. I need to clean out the 2 closets and get my yarns organized. I want to make matching sweaters for the grandkids this year. Oh, and I will need to make 2 more Christmas stockings for the new baby - one to keep here and one for Kelli's folks to keep at their house. I also finished a present for Kelli's next baby shower. I would post a pic, but - like a good daughter-in-law- she reads the blog so it will have to wait. :)

I have been downloading episodes of Flylady and Prim Talk Radio to play on the laptop in my quilt room. I've decided that its permanent home is going to be in there. :) I was annoyed last night that my DVD of NCIS was unplayable, but Netflix is shipping out a replacement today. I also used my last Amazon certificate on some quilting books. I am reading my way through the Elm Creek quilt series. I have gotten the volumes out of order, but they pretty much stand on their own.

Word of the day:
Monday of Holy Week
Jn 12:1-11

Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair;
the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
"Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days' wages
and given to the poor?"
He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.
So Jesus said, "Leave her alone.
Let her keep this for the day of my burial.
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."
The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came,
not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.
And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him.

God bless our troops!


Sunday, April 5, 2009 - Palm Sunday

Good morning on this first day of Holy Week. My vow is to remain stress-free. You know, it isn't the liturgies themselves that stress me out. It's remembering all of the details that go into Holy Week such as remembering to change the colors on the cloths, that last rehearsals for Easter, making sure the robes are ready for the choir, making the worship aides, getting the Vigil candles ready - it's not the doing, it's the remembering and keeping track. Our key person on the Liturgy Team is having some health issues and is in a lot of pain so we are commiserating with her, but at the same time, scrambling to cover everything that she does. But in the midst of all of this, we need to remember why we are doing it. The best and most perfectly planned of liturgies will fall flat if we are so stressed that we forget to enter into the prayer.

Word of the day:
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion - At the Procession with Palms
Reading 1
Mk 11:1-10

When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,
to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples and said to them,
"Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately on entering it,
you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone should say to you,
'Why are you doing this?' reply,
'The Master has need of it
and will send it back here at once.'"
So they went off
and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street,
and they untied it.
Some of the bystanders said to them,
"What are you doing, untying the colt?"
They answered them just as Jesus had told them to,
and they permitted them to do it.
So they brought the colt to Jesus
and put their cloaks over it.
And he sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
and others spread leafy branches
that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Hosanna in the highest!"

God bless our troops!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

I'm very late getting on here today. It was just one of those mornings where I just seemed to be spinning my wheels. I mentioned yesterday that I cleared some "sanity" space in my sewing room. I also finished the "Kitties" prayer quilt that I want to get done this weekend. The rest of the group will hand sew the binding down and tie it off.

I am also practicing my sawtooth borders with "Cinnamon Hearts" mini quilts (Thimbleberries). I am going to make them into pillow like the one shown. Piecing is a real challenge for me - especially something like the sawtooth borders. But I am determined to master those half triangles because I love the way sawtooth borders look.

I also made a batch of our new scented candles: Maple Syrup Festival I can't believe that the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival is less than a month away. All of a sudden I feel pressed for time - but this year I have a little more of it available.

Word of the day:
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Jn 11:45-56

Many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him.
But some of them went to the Pharisees
and told them what Jesus had done.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees
convened the Sanhedrin and said,
"What are we going to do?
This man is performing many signs.
If we leave him alone, all will believe in him,
and the Romans will come
and take away both our land and our nation."
But one of them, Caiaphas,
who was high priest that year, said to them,
"You know nothing,
nor do you consider that it is better for you
that one man should die instead of the people,
so that the whole nation may not perish."
He did not say this on his own,
but since he was high priest for that year,
he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
and not only for the nation,
but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.
So from that day on they planned to kill him.

So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews,
but he left for the region near the desert,
to a town called Ephraim,
and there he remained with his disciples.

Now the Passover of the Jews was near,
and many went up from the country to Jerusalem
before Passover to purify themselves.
They looked for Jesus and said to one another
as they were in the temple area, "What do you think?
That he will not come to the feast?"

God bless our troops!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Thirty-three years ago today, Harold and I were married. It's hard to believe that so much time has gone by so fast. We're going out to dinner tonight and then we're going shopping at Penney's. Penney's is Harold's idea believe it or not. He needs a new suit and I am looking for something dressier for Sundays.

Today is kind of a lazy, rainy day. I know it's odd, but I like days like this occasionally. When the kids were growing up I used to bake cookies on days like today. I got sidetracked by my quilting/craft/knitting room. I do not like to work in chaos so I thought I would just straighten up around my sewing machine. I wish I had taken a before picture because the room really looks different now. I have a lot more work to do in there, but it is greatly improved.

The other day I redid my cutting/ironing surface (the red thing on top of the dresser). My next big project will be to organize my stash. I need to sort colors and types so I quit buying stuff I already have.

I would like to paint it and put up a border. I also want to paint the guest bedroom and get a new bedstead for in there.

Word of the day:
Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Jn 10:31-42

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.
Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from my Father.
For which of these are you trying to stone me?"
The Jews answered him,
"We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy.
You, a man, are making yourself God."
Jesus answered them,
"Is it not written in your law, 'I said, You are gods"'?
If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came,
and Scripture cannot be set aside,
can you say that the one
whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world
blasphemes because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?
If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me;
but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me,
believe the works, so that you may realize and understand
that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."
Then they tried again to arrest him;
but he escaped from their power.

He went back across the Jordan
to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.
Many came to him and said,
"John performed no sign,
but everything John said about this man was true."
And many there began to believe in him.

God bless our troops!


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Today is our monthly staff meeting. We have homework for these meetings. We read theological books. As I was reading last night's chapter for today's meeting, I was struck by how much verbage the author used to get the message across that we ARE our brother's keepers. My thought is that anyone reading the book is, hopefully, already doing that. And if they're not, nothing that I read would make them. It amuses me that we are required to read all of this stuff when Jesus said it so much more succinctly in Matthew's Gospel. "Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me." Maybe our time would be better spent reflecting on the Word. But, different strokes for different folks. Maybe someone with an IQ of 200 may read what I read and be moved to go do something nice for someone who needs it.

Update: There was no staff meeting today. It was changed to another date and I forgot to delete this one. However, since I was in St. Louis anyway, I stopped at the local quilt shop and signed up for a quilt group. I am really excited. I am not the most skillful quilter around, but I love doing it! We are making a Thimbleberries Quilt.
Word of the day:
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Jn 8:51-59

Jesus said to the Jews:
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever keeps my word will never see death."
So the Jews said to him,
"Now we are sure that you are possessed.
Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say,
'Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.'
Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?
Or the prophets, who died?
Who do you make yourself out to be?"
Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing;
but it is my Father who glorifies me,
of whom you say, 'He is our God.'
You do not know him, but I know him.
And if I should say that I do not know him,
I would be like you a liar.
But I do know him and I keep his word.
Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day;
he saw it and was glad."
So the Jews said to him,
"You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?"
Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you,
before Abraham came to be, I AM."
So they picked up stones to throw at him;
but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area.

God bless our troops!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Okay, so I open my email today to find that Barack Obama has confirmed me as a relative on Facebook. Someone's having a little April Fool's day fun.

Yesterday I began work on a new prayer quilt. This one is really going to be cute. The lady who requested it supplied the fabric. I decided to simplify my patterns for prayer quilts in the interest of getting them done in a more timely manner. I decided to alternate the Kitten pattern blocks with 4 square blocks in coodinating colors. There were some scraps with it so I may do some appliques here and there.


Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Jn 8:31-42

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him,
"If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham
and have never been enslaved to anyone.
How can you say, 'You will become free'?"
Jesus answered them, "Amen, amen, I say to you,
everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in a household forever,
but a son always remains.
So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free.
I know that you are descendants of Abraham.
But you are trying to kill me,
because my word has no room among you.
I tell you what I have seen in the Father's presence;
then do what you have heard from the Father."

They answered and said to him, "Our father is Abraham."
Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children,
you would be doing the works of Abraham.
But now you are trying to kill me,
a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God;
Abraham did not do this.
You are doing the works of your father!"
So they said to him, "We were not born of fornication.
We have one Father, God."
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me,
for I came from God and am here;
I did not come on my own, but he sent me."

God bless our troops!