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Craft show today. I am hoping that this show brings us out of the red. Stocking orders are coming in again and I think once November hits, we will be swamped with them! The girls and I agree that if we do 5 craft show weekends in a row, we will need to do some summer planning. :)

Saturday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Quintin, Martyr (3rd century), St. Wolfgang
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 14:1.7-11.

On a sabbath he went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, 'Give your place to this man,' and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, 'My friend, move up to a higher position.' Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."


Friday, October 30, 2009

Omigosh, so much to do so little time. I did catch up on the stockings though. See?

Back later.

I actually do very well with the Christmas Budget thing. I use our stocking money for Christmas and set my budget accordingly.

Word of the day:
Friday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Marcellus, Martyr (3rd century), St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 14:1-6.

On a sabbath he went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, "Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?" But they kept silent; so he took the man and, after he had healed him, dismissed him. Then he said to them, "Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?" But they were unable to answer his question.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

I got 6 stockings done yesterday. That leaves seven to finish. I have to go in to the office today to finish up the "Saints" wall for this weekend. It's really hard to believe that November comes this weekend. I hope I won't have to be there too long because I have a ton of stuff to do before Saturday's craft show. I also have to make a stop to stock up on Goblin Food for Saturday.

I got yesterday's mission done and did a little online Christmas shopping.

Here is today's mission - I'm posting the URL because I think the embeds are making my blog load too slowly.

Flylady Holiday Cruising Mission


Word of the day:
Thursday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Narcissus, Bishop (2nd century)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13:31-35.

At that time some Pharisees came to him and said, "Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you." He replied, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.' Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. (But) I tell you, you will not see me until (the time comes when) you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Today I am going to do stockings all day long until I get caught up. Then I'll think about other stuff. But I will do the holiday mission!

Flylady's Holiday Mission #8


Word of the day:
Saint Simon and Saint Jude, apostles - Feast
Today the Church celebrates : Sts. Simon and Jude, apostles (Feast)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:12-19.

In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. And he came down with them and stood on a stretch of level ground. A great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and even those who were tormented by unclean spirits were cured. Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Flylady's Holiday Mission #7

After I posted the link to Flylady's video, I never got a chance to get back here. Today was a Maddie day, and then Clayton and Claire decided that going shopping with Mommy was boring and they would rather come to Grandma's house so it was a fun Grandma-Grandkids morning. After Maddie went home, I had to go up to the church to work on the names for the Saints wall. Every year on All Saint's day we put up the names of parishioners who have died the previous year.

Didn't get much done craft-wise, but I did make a dent in the laundry, dishes, and taxes. I am just about caught up on the Sugar Bush Primitive taxes, but the farm taxes are another story. They are not fun.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I am a huge fan of Flylady. Each year in October she starts her Holiday missions
Today is day #6 and I am just now getting on board, but as Flylady says, "you are never behind. Just jump in where you're at!"

Monday's Holiday Mission

I have a batch of chocolate peanut butter fudge made, Maddie McDoogle has a full belly and is practicing her roll-overs, I have a load of laundry drying, and I am tackling my washer-dryer hotspot.

Word of the day:
Monday of the Thirtieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Demetrius, St. Evaristus, Pope and Martyr (+ 112)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 13:10-17.

He was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, "Woman, you are set free of your infirmity." He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, "There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day." The Lord said to him in reply, "Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?" When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wow, yesterday's craft show went very well. We had misgivings at first because our setup was awkward, but once things got moving, we did great. Business was very brisk until around 1:30 or so which is the norm for most craft shows. I think people plan their morning around craft shopping and end with lunch. Then, after lunch, the crafters take advantage of the slow down to do their own shopping. I will have my work cut out for me with re-stocking the primitives. I have some Ebay orders to fill also, not to mention the Christmas stockings that have to be made and shipped. I love this time of year!

Evening update:
Spent the day steaming and packaging stockings to ship. Finished a couple more that needed sewing, packed up the Ebay orders, poured a grubby Scarecrow and did a cinnamon oil rub on it. Haven't gotten a chance to re-stock anything from yesterday's show. We are getting a lot of orders off of Ebay this year (aside from the usual stocking orders) and that's neat because I love making candles and soap, but there is only so much room for it here. Eventually all of those things need to find loving homes.

We sold a few more choir CDs this morning. We won't make our goal of selling out by the 27th, but that's okay. Once the people who have bought them start listening to them the word will spread about what a great CD it is.

Word of the day:
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : Sts. Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs (+ c. 287)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10:46-52.

They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, he is calling you." He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Had morning mass this morning. It is pouring rain out right now. Today will be spent working on Christmas stocking and getting things ready for tomorrow's craft show.

Word of the day:
Friday of the Twenty-ninth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. John of Capistrano, Priest (1386-1456)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12:54-59.

He also said to the crowds, "When you see (a) cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain--and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot--and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny."


Thursday, October 22, 2009

It's a gloomy day out today. I actually enjoy these kinds of days, odd as that may seem. I just light a few candles and get to work. I have tons to do today. We are still getting stocking orders so I need to catch up on those. I also have lots to pack and get ready for shipping.


Thursday of the Twenty-ninth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Mary Salome, St. Mello, Bishop
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12:49-53.

I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Good morning all. I have 2 batches of maple fudge to make today; one with nuts and one without. I have a bonus day with Miss Maddie McDoogle, but she is snoozing at the moment. Lots of stuff to get done before our first craft show of the season which is on Saturday. I feel very unprepared, but tomorrow I will spend the day getting inventory ready and that should help. Today I have a large order of room spray to get ready.

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Ursula, Virgin and Martyr (+ 453)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12:39-48.

Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." Then Peter said, "Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?" And the Lord replied, "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant says to himself, 'My master is delayed in coming,' and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

So far it's been a fairly productive morning. I have 2 batches of fudge setting up and I've made 2 batches of room spray. Made a dent in the dishes and rocked Maddie McDoogle to sleep twice. :)

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin, Virgin (1888-1922)
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Saint Ambrose : "Ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks"
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12:35-38.

Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Busy day ahead. The guys are combining soys, the girls are packaging mixes, and I am doing stockings. I have 10 to do, and then I have to steam those and the 10 I did the other day. All those have to be packaged and shipped out tomorrow. Then we got another large order of room sprays so tomorrow night I will be making more room spray.

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Luke, Evangelist (Feast)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10:35-45.

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." He replied, "What do you wish (me) to do for you?" They answered him, "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" They said to him, "We can." Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink, you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right or at my left is not mine to give but is for those for whom it has been prepared." When the ten heard this, they became indignant at James and John. Jesus summoned them and said to them, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's a beautiful fall morning. I got out on the road early today because a radio turned itself on at 6:16 this morning. Hmmmmmm
Anyway, I needed to be up because tonight is our bonfire to celebrate our CD. They are due to arrive at the church office today!!!

At the moment I have a pot of maple cream fudge boiling on the stove. Lately I have had issues with it not hardening like it should. I also haven't been using my special fudge pot. So today I have my fudge pot and a candy thermometer.

Yesterday I did some inventory for our craft shows. Made a lot of room sprays. Next week I'll pour more candles and tarts.

Friday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Hedwig, Religious (1174-1243), St. Gerard Majella, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Virgin (1647-1690)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12:1-7.

Meanwhile, so many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. He began to speak, first to his disciples, "Beware of the leaven--that is, the hypocrisy--of the Pharisees. There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tons of stuff to do today. I'll breathe a lot easier when this week is over. I got virtually no cleaning done yesterday, but I did get a lot of stockings done - 3 more and I'll be caught up. I have to go to the eye doctor today. I can't really afford the time, but the last time I was there, the eye doctor found cataracts and I think it's getting to the point that they have to be removed.

I have a batch of maple creme fudge to make and I may try to make a batch of maple walnut so I tomorrow will be free to get ready for the choir party. The CDs will be in - whoo hoo!!! I was hoping they would get here in time to give them out at the party.

Thursday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515-1582)

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:47-54.

Woe to you! You build the memorials of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute' in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter." When he left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

On tap for today is cleaning and checking show inventory. I also have lots of stockings to do today.

Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Callistus I, Pope and Martyr (+ c. 222)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:42-46.

Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk." Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, "Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too." And he said, "Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Woke up to find several stocking orders this morning. Guess what I'll be doing today. :) Little Maddie McDoogle will be here soon. I'll get her to help me. She started on cereal today so she should have lots of energy.

It's funny how people seem to start gearing up for Christmas in mid-October. I know that October 15 is when I start looking at my plans. It always seems so early, but the next thing I know it's the middle of December and I'm behind the eight ball. Not this year. (Of course I say that every year.)

Today I'm going to test a new fudge flavor. We usually stick to our basics, but this one sounded really good for fall - Pumpkin Pie. Anna is gong to take some to work where there are lots of willing taste testers.

The time frame for our CD is October 13-20 so they should be arriving any day now!

Tuesday of the Twenty-eighth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Edward the Confessor
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:37-41.

After he had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, "Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

It's 28 degrees out this morning. I have a Harvest Home tester burning and the house smells wonderful. Harold and the guys went fishing and I'm fairly well caught up on stockings so I think I'm going to have me a quilting day, by golly!

I got home from church yesterday to find that Anna had dropped off some of the supplies she had bought for the making of the fudge. Piles and piles of white chocolate and peanut butter chips. Mmmmmm

There was a family wedding yesterday and Anna babysat little Maddie McDoogle. Of course that meant a photo shoot. Here are a couple of gems from last night.

I call this one "Let Us Pray."

It's a real challenge to get pics of her laughing because the camera has a delay. You almost have to anticipate the laughter. Anna did a good job.

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Firminus, St. Tarachus and his Companions, Martyrs (+ 304)
Saint John Chrysostom : "You will have treasure in heaven"
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10:17-30.

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.'" He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth." Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to (the) poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me." At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, "Then who can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God." Peter began to say to him, "We have given up everything and followed you." Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Today is my last free Saturday for a while. We have our family apple butter day next Saturday and then the craft shows begin. I'm just about caught up on stocking orders which means a new onslaught will occur. :)

Today I need to package up a wedding gift and do a little more inventory for our show on the 24th. I also need to finish the sample stockings I'm doing since we will be taking orders at that show. We don't usually sell many stockings at shows and I'm not quite sure why, but we're going to try one more time just to see how it goes. November is usually pretty steady with stockings and by November 30, we have to turn people away. It always goes that way. I guess people don't really get in the Christmas groove until after Thanksgiving.

Word of the day:
Saturday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Francis Borgia, Priest (1510-1572), St. Ghislain
Saint Peter Damian : Blessed are they who welcome the Word of God
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:27-28.

While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed." He replied, "Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."


Friday, October 9, 2009

President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Huh?

I have mass this morning. Then I have to pick up a few things for the Sugar Bush. I start the fudge next week and I noticed that I'm low on some of the supplies. More stockings to make today. I got 5 done yesterday and I have an order for 5 more as soon as I find out what the lady wants on them.

Friday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Louis Bertrand, Dominican (1526-1581), St. Dionysius and his Companions, Martyrs
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:15-26.

Some of them said, "By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons." Others, to test him, asked him for a sign from heaven. But he knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that (I) drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, 'I shall return to my home from which I came.' But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the first."

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lots to do today. I have to get some stockings made because next week I'll be in the fudge! I also have to check the inventory for our shows and start packing up the travel carts that we will be taking with us. Plus the house is a wreck. I wasted too much time on dumb stuff so I am going to limit my facebook time to 15 minutes. I sit down at the computer intending to just check orders and the website and the next thing you know I'm planting sunflowers in FarmVille. Enough! LOL!

Later today I'll be pouring some more of our grungy Harvest Home candles. I love the scent of Harvest Home!!!

Thursday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Pelagia
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:5-13.

And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.' I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : Our Lady of Rosary, St. Mark, pope (+ 336)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 11:1-4.

He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Today is my brother Jim's birthday. I called him last night and left a message. I also called Aunt Molly since her birthday was the 3rd. It's been a long time since I talked that long.

I went for a walk early this morning and stopped to watch Clay get on the bus. It seem like just yesterday he was so tiny. There's not a day that goes by that I don't marvel at how blessed I am to have all three grandkids just a stone's throw away. Clay likes to visit our house so he and Claire are coming over after he gets home from school.

I made a lot of wildlife soap yesterday. I think I'll make some more today. It's easy to do when the kids are around and I don't have to worry about the lye. Then tonight I need to make a batch of the cold process kind.

I also have to start checking the inventory for our upcoming shows. In another week or so, the fudge production starts.

Word of the day:
Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Bruno, Priest (c. 1030-1101)

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:38-42.

As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary (who) sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me." The Lord said to her in reply, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."

Monday, October 5, 2009

Had all three cutie bugs here this morning. Always makes for a very fun morning. :)

Word of the day:
Monday of the Twenty-seventh week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Placid, Martyr (6th century)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:25-37.

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?" He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live." But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.' Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers' victim?" He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Today is a lazy day. The kids are coming to spend the night so I need to get things picked up, but first I think a nap is in order. I have been living on a fairly constant diet of criticism and it is making me tired.

But first some good news. We have taken enough orders for our choir CD to pay for all of the production costs! That is a very good thing.

Word of the day:
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 10:2-16.

The Pharisees approached and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him. He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses permitted him to write a bill of divorce and dismiss her." But Jesus told them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts he wrote you this commandment. But from the beginning of creation, 'God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother (and be joined to his wife), and the two shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate." In the house the disciples again questioned him about this. He said to them, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery." And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

I am now completely caught up with our orders. In another week or so, I will start in with the fudge. I also have to fill in the craft show drawers and replace what we sold this year.

Word of the day:
Saturday of the Twenty-sixth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Gerard of Brogne, Abbot (+ 959)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:17-24.

The seventy (-two) returned rejoicing, and said, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name." Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven." At that very moment he rejoiced (in) the holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him." Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

As I write this I am looking out the window at the frost covering the ground. That last 2 tomatoes from our garden are ripening on the windowsill. Our tomato crop was a bit pitiful due to blight, but I did get 20 quarts of spaghetti sauce out of the deal. Harold covered the peppers.

I usually love Thursdays, but today I have a staff meeting. Not my favorite way to start the day, but still, I am grateful to have a job that allows me to help out with the grandkids and to do the stuff for our website.

I've been working on primitive soap. I love the primitive soap because it lets me use my detailed molds. I have been searching for my wildlife molds but I can't find them. I think today I will concentrate on getting my work area organized. It was looking good there for a while, but then I cleaned out the spare bedroom which had been housing a lot of the Sugar Bush stuff and now it's a pit again.

I'm off to the meeting where we will be discussing feminist Christology. Give me a break.

Update 1:00 pm: I'm home from the staff meeting and my castor oil and room spray bottles are here. Guess I will finish measuring oils for my soap batches in between re-claiming my work space from clutter.

Update 5:00 pm: I have finished measuring out all of the oils for my soap batches. Packaged up some laundry soap, poured some tarts, and moved some stuff. Still haven't found my wildlife molds.

Word of the day:
Thursday of the Twenty-sixth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Therese of Lisieux, Virgin & Doctor of the Church (1873-1897)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 10:1-12.

After this the Lord appointed seventy (-two) others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.' Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, 'The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.' Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town.