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Thursday, December 30, 2010

I have been sooooo lazy today.  I did get some work done, but my schedule went out the window due to an unexpected shipment of part of an order that I placed a few days ago.  We try to have a variety of inexpensive, but very cute items which help cover our booth fees.  We don't make these ourselves, so we can't take them to all of our shows.  Because I was so harried this past fall, I am already getting things together for the shows next fall.  We have started the Christmas stockings.  I have made some small wreathes, several batches of candles, some night lights, and packaged up quite a few of our primitive tealight ornaments.  These are the ones that came today.

I couldn't resist keeping one and he is living on my stove. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

First of all, a huge Happy Birthday to my lovely daughter, Nina!!!  We had a celebration yesterday with Anna, Melisa, Clayton and Claire.  We went down to Ionia and had lunch and then did some shopping.  Just a kind of lazy day that stays fondly in your memory.

Seems like forever since I've been here.  Time really got away from me this year, but I am vowing that it will not happen next year.  I had a really productive day.  I made pastacchina for dinner and put 3 recipes of sauce in the freezer.  I got the music folders ready for this weekend, did some music planning, made a stocking for an order, made 2 batches of candles, did some organizing in the dungeon (needs a ton more work, though),did a couple loads of laundry which I still need to fold and put away.  Not too shabby.  

I recently got an ipod which I bought with amazon credit card points.  It's pretty cool and I have my calendar and to do lists on there.  I am setting up a recipe schedule so that I can do what I did today and have things in the freezer ready to go.

I sorted some of the primitives downstairs - rusty bells etc. I also packaged up a lot of the ball shaped tea light ornies for next Christmas.  Tomorrow I am making night lights. 

Word of the day:
The Holy Innocents, martyrs - Feast
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 2:13-18.

When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him." Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I called my son." When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.

Thursday, December 15, 2010

I never got on here yesterday so I didn't wish my wonderful daughter, Anna, a very happy birthday.  Today all of us girls except Kelli are going out to celebrate with shopping and lunch.  Yay!!!!!!!


Thursday of the Third week of Advent
Today the Church celebrates : St. Eusebius, Bishop († c. 371)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 7:24-30.

When the messengers of John had left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John. "What did you go out to the desert to see--a reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine garments? Those who dress luxuriously and live sumptuously are found in royal palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom scripture says: 'Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you.' I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." (All the people who listened, including the tax collectors, and who were baptized with the baptism of John, acknowledged the righteousness of God; but the Pharisees and scholars of the law, who were not baptized by him, rejected the plan of God for themselves.)
It has been a very long week.  I had a commitment every single night.  Monday I played for a prayer service for the celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  There were 5 of us that showed up.  I love our Hispanic community, but this celebration is THEIR tradition.  They get upset when we try to cut back, but they don't participate and they don't show up.  It's frustrating.  Tuesday night was Mass for the Holy Day - very nice turnout, excellent homily.  Wednesday we had choir practice - again, a very nice turnout.  We mostly practiced for the Lights of Love celebration for Thursday night.  Thursday we showed up to sing for the celebration.  No one seemed to know what to do with us.  We were told to be there 45 minutes early and then we sat and looked at each other for half an hour.  I felt bad for the choir.  No one greeted us, no one welcomed us - and after the ceremony was over, no one thanked us - although they did clap.  We were not invited to share in the refreshments or fellowship.  It was disappointing to see such a lack of hospitality - particularly since we were at a hospital.  Every single person in the choir had many other things they could have been doing, but they sacrificed that night to do something for the community.  Don't get me wrong, no one there showed up to be praised or thanked, but manners are manners and they were certainly lacking on Thursday night.

On a more positive note, we ended our craft show and stocking season having topped ourselves from last year.  Now is the usual loose ends time.  I have half of a stocking order that never made it to its destination.  I shipped the order in 2 packages because it was going to Canada and it's cheaper that way.  The second package is a no show so I will send a new package out on Monday.  A friend's daughter had a baby and I have made stockings for the family since the couple was married.  Now I have the honor of making one for their newest daughter.  Plus I also have the happy task of making stockings for our newest little addition.

This morning we had our first rehearsal for the children's choir for Christmas Eve.  3 little girls showed up.  There was dance today so we should have more next week.  On Christmas eve about 20 more will show up.  It always happens that way. 

I made some candles yesterday to fill an order.  Jen ordered Hazelnut Coffee jar candles.  This was a scent I was considering discontinuing, but hadn't removed it from the website.  Now I think I will leave it in our line.  The same with the Creme Brulee that someone else recently ordered. 

I went shopping for our boxes that we will be sending out to the troops.  I need to get the special flat rate boxes and then those will be sent.  The house is slowly getting put back together - slowly being the operative word.  The laundry room needs a lot of work as does the piano room and living room.  I haven't even finished putting out the decorations in there.

Word of the day:aturday of the Second week of Advent
Today the Church celebrates : St. Damasus I, Pope († 384), St. María Maravillas de Jesús (1891-1974)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17:9-13.

As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, "Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead." Then the disciples asked him, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" He said in reply, "Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

Sunday, December 4, 2010

Last night our Deacon, John Cremin, gave another of his very thoughtful homilies. About how we should remember what this season is all about. How while we are busy Christmas shopping and going about the hustle and bustle of the season, we should remember that there are others in the world for whom this season has lost its hope. It brought to mind a quote that Deacon John Wilberding used frequently in his homilies: "I shall not pass this way again, I expect to pass through this world but once;any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature,let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it,for I shall not pass this way again"

Deacons are very wise people. :)

I am having some challenges lately in relating to certain people. I guess I just do not get the whole "self-absorbed, it's all about me" mentality. I won't go into specifics, but it's just interesting to watch how people interact with one another. How some people can show one face in public and a totally different one in private.  I have seen this time and again in ministry, but then most of the people I interact with are in ministry so it may not be a higher proportion here than anywhere else, it just may be my perspective.  I just don't understand why cognitive dissonance doesn't kick in more often. I know that I am bordering on being judgmental so I will leave it at that. I am going to just do my job, live my life, and treat people the way I should (which I, also, don't always do).

I have one more stocking to make and then I am finished for the season. I took an order for 4 more after the deadline. Now I have 2 more to make for our newest little addition to the family, Miss Meghan Mae Moeggenborg!

The stockings will be bigger that she is.  I have one to make for us to keep here, and I will make one for her other grandparents, Jan and Gary.  All of a sudden, her big sister Madison, is talking up a storm.  She was here yesterday and she chattered all afternoon.  Mom and baby came home yesterday and we visited last night. 

Our craft shows are done for the year and we did very well, thanks be to God.  We were able to contribute tithe money to a number of worthy causes. This year we tended to concentrate on the military because the sacrifices they and their families make can never be appreciated too much.  We have several family members in the military, and a couple of friends so next week I will be putting together Christmas boxes for them. 

Word of the day:
Saturday of the First week of Advent
Today the Church celebrates : St. John Damascus, Syrian monk and priest (c. 675-749), St. Barbara, Virgin and Martyr (3rd century)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9:35-38.10:1.5-8.

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest." Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness. Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, "Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.