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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

First of all, Happy birthday to Monica Cleary. Monica's birthday is easy for me to remember because September 29 was my mother's birthday. She would have been 77 today. She's been gone since 1964. I still miss her.

I poured several batches of primitive soap and grubby tarts yesterday. I'm pouring primitive soap again today. I keep forgetting to add the fragrance oil. Not a huge deal since I can re-pour it, but annoying because I keep forgetting. The flies are plastered to the window screens which means the weather is cooling. Doesn't seem like we even had a summer. I can tell fall has arrived because that is when our orders pick up.

Word of the day:
Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael, archangels - Feast
Today the Church celebrates : St. Raphael Archangel, St. Gabriel Archangel, St. Michael Archangel
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 1:47-51.


Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true Israelite. There is no duplicity in him." Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." Jesus answered and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this." And he said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."

Sunday, September 27, 2009

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Vincent de Paul
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 9:38-43.45.47-48.


John said to him, "Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in your name, and we tried to prevent him because he does not follow us." Jesus replied, "Do not prevent him. There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us. Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe (in me) to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, where 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Yesterday was Shepherd's homecoming and Shepherd won! Whoo Hoo!
I canned 9 pints of pears yesterday, but I don't think I'll be doing that again.
Harold and I also bagged umpymillion bags of cut-up chicken parts. We emptied and defrosted the freezer last week and it looks pretty good in there.

Our CD is officially in production. All artwork has been approved and all the necessary papers have been sent in. The bonfire is set for Friday, October 16 so now the next project is to clean the garage.

Remember the shutters I was working on? I left the top off the paint and it dried out. Now I have to wait for Harold to get some more.
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Saturday of the Twenty-fifth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : Sts. Cosmas & Damian
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:43-45.


And all were astonished by the majesty of God. While they were all amazed at his every deed, he said to his disciples, Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men. But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

I never got on here yesterday to wish our wonderful deacon, John Cremin, a happy birthday - so here it is!

I got notice yesterday from Nationwide that our disc has gone to production. Now we wait. That time frame for getting them is October 12-20. The celebration will be on October 16. I really hope they're here by then so I can distribute them to the choir members.

I haven't gotten much done for craft shows. That will pretty much be limited to Thursdays and Fridays so I am going to have to focus on getting stuff done. I get side-tracked far too easily.

Maddie was here yesterday and Claire came to visit for a few minutes. The girls tried on the party favors from Erin's Viking Wedding.


After that, Claire helped me haul up the fall decorations and I got the house ready for Autumn.










I love Autumn!!!!

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Okay, I find this highly disturbing. In an age where God is ousted from schools and any mention of Him is considered offensive this is very scary. Oh, and some of those lyrics were borrowed from "Jesus Loves the Little Children."





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Word of the day:
Today the Church celebrates : Our Lady of Mercy
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:7-9.

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, "John has been raised from the dead"; others were saying, "Elijah has appeared"; still others, "One of the ancient prophets has arisen." But Herod said, "John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?" And he kept trying to see him.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Clairy-bear is here today. 'Nuff said
Tonight we are going to a wedding. The wedding is a Viking wedding and there will be mead.
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Word of the day:
Tuesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel
Lk 8:19-21


The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Lots to do today. I have laundry, bills, I need to get some hard oils measured for soap, I have a couple of stockings to make, and some orders to get ready for shipping. I also have my little buddy Madison here today. I didn't realize that I was totally out of coconut oil. I ordered another drum and also some sweet almond oil. Seems like we're always running out of something.

Word of the day:
Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist
Gospel
Mt 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It will officially be autumn in a few days. Time to haul out my fall decor and have Harold cut my corn shocks. Clayton and Claire are already talking about what they are going to be for Halloween. Clay seems so much more grown up lately. He's getting tall and he's quieter.

I didn't get much zone work done this week. Actually, I got NO zone work done this week. I did get the area underneath the kitchen sink cleaned thanks to the leaky faucet which Harold fixed with one twist.

I have shipped out almost all of our orders with the exception of 2 stockings that I still have to make and an order awaiting payment.

I have a wedding today, but this morning is fling boogie time so I'd better get to it.

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Saturday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Januarius, Bishop and Martyr (+305)
Saint John Chrysostom : "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear."
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 8:4-15.


When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to him, he spoke in a parable. A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold." After saying this, he called out, "Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear." Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, "Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that 'they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.' This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the word of God. Those on the path are the ones who have heard, but the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear, receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe only for a time and fall away in time of trial. As for the seed that fell among thorns, they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along, they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life, and they fail to produce mature fruit. But as for the seed that fell on rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embrace it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Good morning. I have morning mass with the kids this morning followed by a funeral. Then it's home to get this house in some kind of order. I can't use my kitchen sink because it is leaking - grrrrr. I have a wedding rehearsal tonight and in between I have to get some stockings made. I am shipping out a couple of orders today, including one large order from the website. It included several of our pillar candles which I pour to order so I have been a bit busy.

Harold has been in Canada and he gets home tonight. I had hoped to get a lot accomplished, for instance the 14 shutters that need to be painted. I got 3 of them done, but that's because yesterday I canned spaghetti sauce and made candles. I can only do one of them at a time because my hand cramps up. They were black. I am painting them burgundy. I left enough of the black showing through to give them a nice aged look. I think they're going to look really nice on the house.

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Word of the day:
Friday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : Saint Thomas of Villanova (+1555), Bishop
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 8:1-3.

Afterward he journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No kids today. :( but then I have to get the shutters painted. Painting's not my favorite chore but it's going to make so much difference in the way the house looks. Harold put the vinyl porch bottom back up and it looks really nice.

I have a couple of orders to get out today, a bunch of stockings to make, some candles and tarts to pour, and a batch of soap - not to mention a cantor rehearsal. Off I go.
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Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : , Saint Cyprian, Bishop, Martyr and Saint Cornelius, Pope and Martyr
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 7:31-35.


Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.' For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, 'He is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good Tuesday morning! It's going to be a girls morning here. Claire is coming down to visit with baby Madison while Mommy goes to help out in Clayton's classroom.

We received a stocking order last night so I need to get that done some time. Didn't finish laundry yesterday although I did get the bills done. I haven't even looked to see what zone we're in today. Bad me. LOL!
Okay, I looked it up.
Zone 3: The Bathroom and One Extra Room (September 14 - 18). The extra room will be the guest room. The bathroom isn't too bad. I do need to declutter the closet, but not while little ones are here.

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Word of the day:
Our Lady of Sorrows - Memorial
Today the Church celebrates : Our Lady of Sorrows, memorial
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 19:25-27.


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.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Little Miss Maddie is here this morning. She is helping me burn an extra master for our CD. After that she will be doing laundry and paying bills. After lunch we will be going to the post office and then to visit our little friend Torri Rogers. Torri will be going to the Shriner's Hospital tomorrow so we want to be sure and visit her today.

Tonight Anna and I will be doing the label inserts for the CD. I am hoping that tomorrow I can mail everything out.

Oh, and by the way - here is how ACORN uses our tax dollars



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Word of the day:
THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS , feast
Today the Church celebrates : , St. Maternus, Bishop of Cologne (+ c. 325)

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 3:13-17.


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." For God so loved the world that he gave his only 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.

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Friday, September 11, 2009 - Let Us Never Forget

Let us all take a moment to remember the innocent life that was lost on this day eight years ago. Let us also pray a prayer of gratitude for our policemen, firefighters, medical personnel, and the men and women in the armed forces who sacrifice so much for our freedom. I am all for service to others, but today is a day for remembrance. We can have a National Day of Service on September 12.



The above logo is courtesy of Deb's Lost Treasures Thank you, Deb!

I remember driving to church for a staff meeting on this day 8 years ago. As I drove in, Art Lewis was talking about an attack on the World Trade Center. I remember thinking he was talking about the attack in the 1990s. As I entered the office building, Marilyn Lorenz came out of her office in a state of shock and said that 2 planes had flown into the twin towers. I remember thinking that this couldn't be an accident. Our pastor at the time herded us into our meeting area seeming unconcerned about the whole thing. One of our parishioners, a man who voluntarily and selflessly takes care of our parish grounds, entered the room and tried to update us. Our pastor dismissed him as if he was a paeon and informed him that we were trying to pray. ?????? This same pastor, in a later homily made an offhand comment about the 9-11 attacks being in response to something we did over here. What????????????????? Thankfully, this man is no longer a priest.

Let's talk a bit about non-violence. What constitutes non-violence? Is it simply the absence of institutional war? I don't think so. Non-violence begins in the heart. Don't talk to me about non-violence and then in the next breath talk say something like "I could just kill so-and-so." Non-violence should be evident in our speech and in our actions. Jesus likened anger to murder. It is my observation that the people who talk most about non-violence seem to be the most intolerant of anyone else's point of view.

I feel a rant coming on so - in the interest of promoting non-violence - I am going to end this post for today.

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Word of the day:
Friday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Paphnutius, Bishop (4th century)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:39-42.


And he told them a parable, "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Last night we finished up the final mix on our CD. The recording technician took $1620 off our bill as a donation to our parish. Grateful does not even come close to covering what I feel. Our budget was $1500. Our final cost is $1748. I'd say we came pretty darn close! Now that I know what the costs are going to be, I am really getting excited. The reaction to this whole thing has been very positive - with the exception of one person, and I am going to just ignore him. LOL!

I didn't see the Healthcare speech last night, but from what I hear, President Obama is still telling us that abortion will not be federally funded. He's either ignorant of how the system works, or he is being disingenuous.





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Word of the day:
Thursday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor (+ 1310)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:27-38.


But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit (is) that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as (also) your Father is merciful. Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."

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Wednesday, September 10, 2009

Yesterday was my first Maddie day.
Of course we had to start the day off with a mini photo shoot.





Tonight we finish (I hope) the final mix on our choir CD. The response has been pretty good. We have sold about 40 so far and we haven't even really tried. The formal announcement will be in a couple of weeks. I am puzzled, however, by the supreme disinterest of one person. After hearing umpty-million times about how we had better break even on this venture, this same person doesn't seem to be all that interested in the progress. Maybe he's heard me talk about it too much, but then I heard the "we'd better break even" lecture more than I cared to also. Oh well, I'm excited. We all worked hard on this and it is gratifying to see that the parishioners are excited about it too.

I have to finish up some stocking orders today, and make a few batches of candles. Plus, I have a lot of Flylady work to do. Got a little off track yesterday. What would you rather do - clean a fridge or make a baby laugh? LOL!
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Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Peter Claver,Priest (1580-1654)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:20-26.

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”


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September 7, 2009 - Labor Day

Happy Labor Day all. It's hard to believe that today is the unofficial end of summer. Did we have summer? We had a few uncomfortably hot days, but that hardly constitutes a summer. I actually prefer autumn, but seasons should be what seasons are, don't you think?

This week's Flylady zone is the kitchen. Weren't we just there?????



Anyway, here is the Flylady info for today.
"We are in the Kitchen this week and we are going to work our way
through from top to bottom!!

Mission: look UP!
Today we are going to look up, set your timer for 10 minutes and take a broom or a
Swiffer and get those dusties and cobwebs that are hanging on the upper walls that are taller than you, the corners of the ceilings and the ceiling. If you are feeling adventurous ask someone in the house to help you and take a damp rag to the light fixture and/or ceiling fan. Please be careful!! Check out the top of your refrigerator as well. "

I have a ton of stuff to do today. I have to re-send an order because on of my customers received an empty package with a postal disclaimer on it saying that the package had been unsealed and box empty. Uh, I don't think so. That package did not just "come unsealed." Needless to say, the poor lady was not a happy camper. She will be getting a replacement package and the post office will be getting an earful and we will be taking a loss on this particular order.

We received a large order for stockings yesterday so those need to be done. I have to do the next cantor roster for the season, send in some craft show apps, make some grubby tarts, and this being Monday, I have laundry and bills to do. I also need to get started on farm taxes and our business taxes. Guess I'll be laboring on labor day. :)

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Word of the day:
Monday of the Twenty-third week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Cloud, Priest (522-c.560)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 6:6-11.


On another sabbath he went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him. But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up and stand before us." And he rose and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?" Looking around at them all, he then said to him, "Stretch out your hand." He did so and his hand was restored. But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

We have finalized the dates for our shows this fall. We will have 5 consecutive weekends of shows. Anna and I went to Saginaw and she laid in the supplies she will need for the mixes. We will head into the first show in the red. Hopefully we will make enough to put us in the black so we can pay ourselves from the remaining shows. The first show is in Carson City and that is supposed to be a pretty good show. We shall see.

The house smells of cinnamon. That's a good thing if you like cinnamon. I do, but not too strong. I've been making scented coasters so the cinnamon smell will be here for a while. Blended with the scent of 2 kinds of appley soap, it smells like October in her.

Word of the day:
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Eleutherius, Abbot (c. 585)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 7:31-37.


Again he left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man's ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, "Ephphatha!" (that is, "Be opened!") And (immediately) the man's ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. He ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were exceedingly astonished and they said, "He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and (the) mute speak."

Friday, September 4, 2009

Today I have a funeral to play for and then a meeting. Then it's home to get a late start on stockings and candles. It's another gorgeous day - makes me glad to be in Michigan.

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Word of the day:
Friday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Rosalia, Virgin (+1160)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 5:33-39.


And they said to him, "The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink." Jesus answered them, "Can you make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days." And he also told them a parable. "No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one. Otherwise, he will tear the new and the piece from it will not match the old cloak. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined. Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins. (And) no one who has been drinking old wine desires new, for he says, 'The old is good.'"

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

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Word of the day:
Thursday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church (c.540-604)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 5:1-11.


While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch." Simon said in reply, "Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets." When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It is a beautiful day out today. Feels like fall, but the temps will warm up again by the end of the week. This little taste makes me look forward to autumn.

Last night we mixed for more songs for our choir CD. We will mix 3 more tonight and hopefully record the master and then it's time to duplicate them.

I checked the garden this morning. Tomatoes are still green except for the 3 that I picked.

Yesterday Harold removed the skirting from the front porch. Then he power washed the porch. After that he removed the shutters from the front and sides of the house and power washed those. While he is on his fishing trip I will be staining the porch. Then I'm going to paint the shutters burgundy. I can't wait!

Yesterday I was working on stockings and cinnamon coasters. Today I will do the same.


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Wednesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : Bl. Ingrid of Sweden, (+1282)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:38-44.

After he left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon's mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, "You are the Son of God." But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Messiah. At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, "To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent." And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Today is the day I officially start my fall decorating. I don't haul out pumpkins just yet, but I do bring out the apples. I love fall.

I never got back here yesterday, but I did get a lot done. For the first time in a long time I did all of the laundry and got it ALL put away. I also paid all of the bills. I made a batch of apple jack 'n peel soap and a batch of crisp green apple candles. I did my stint in the living room, made 2 stockings, and checked the garden. I found a huge zucchini that I missed. I didn't have shoes on so I'll do a better check today.

The CD mixing session that was supposed to be last night was re-scheduled for tonight. Hopefully we'll only need one more session after this. We already have people giving us money to reserve a copy.

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Word of the day:
Tuesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Giles of Castaneda, Abbot (640-720)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 4:31-37.


Jesus then went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out in a loud voice, Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are--the Holy One of God! Jesus rebuked him and said, "Be quiet! Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man down in front of them and came out of him without doing him any harm. They were all amazed and said to one another, "What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.

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