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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today I have all three little monkeys here.  Today is the last day of August.  If the weather cools down enough, I will be starting the fudge for our fall shows. 

The wood stove is coming along nicely.  Hopefully, it will be done in another couple of weeks.


 
Word of the day:
Tuesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : Saint Raymund Nonnatus (1204-1240)
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.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

This morning I woke up to a yard full of guys.  About a month ago we began building a wood fired pizza oven in our yard.  I will have a table full of hungry mouths at lunch time.

I have a lot that needs to be done today.  I have to package up a gift for a dear friend who turns 80 today.  Happy Birthday, Marian!!

I also have to make that dinner for the 6 guys out in the yard.  The house is a wreck, again.  I am detecting a life-long theme here.  LOL!


 

Word of the day:
Saturday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 25:14-30.


It will be as when a man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one--to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master's money. After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.' (Then) the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.' Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.' His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'

Friday, August 27, 2010

Last night as I was doing a little more in the dungeon, I knocked my scale on the floor. The little thing where you plug in the ac adapter came loose. It didn't occur to me to check for a battery compartment until after I had ordered another one. Oh, well, I did need a backup, but we didn't need another expense going into the fall shows. We are already a thousand in the hole. But we've been here before and made it through. I just keep remembering that one of the most popular sellers on the circuit told me that she had to live off of her credit card for 5 years. We're 4 years in. Plus, we ordered such large quantities of some of our supplies, that we won't need to do that for another couple of years - I hope.


Word of the day:
Friday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Monica (332-387)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 25:1-13.

Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.' While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

First of all, Happy Anniversary to my son, Sam and his wife, Kelli.  It's hard to believe that 4 years have gone by already!

Clay and Claire were here this morning.  Claire found out yesterday that she will be starting pre-school this fall.  Clay to Claire, "Claire, you are going to LOVE pre-school."  Hmmm,  Interesting.  I don't ever remember hearing him say HE loved pre-school.   Hahahaha


 When my daughters and I were getting our little family business started, we didn't have a set direction, no focus. So when there was a sale, we stocked up on whatever we thought we could use. Eventually we settled in our theme - primitives, country wares, and country mixes. We now have a ton of stuff we will never use. It's good stuff, but it still takes up room. It needs to go. Some of the smaller things I will take to craft shows and give away as freebies to our favorite customers. (They're all our favorites, actually.) We have things like Christmas mugs, baskets, ornaments - a ton of stuff.  All of that stuff is down in the dungeon looking for a home.  This year I vow to get that dungeon in shape!!

Now that we have our focus, we know what to keep and what to give away.

Thursday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Zephyrinus, Pope and Martyr († 217)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 24:42-51.

Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to himself, 'My master is long delayed,' and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the 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 hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Over 40 years ago today, my brother-in-law, Lenard Moeggenborg, was killed in Viet Nam. Seventeen years ago today, our last baby, Joseph, was delivered after dying in utero. Thirteen years ago today, Richard Packer, another brother-in-law and one of my favorite people, was killed on a Sunday morning while getting the newspaper out of his mailbox.



Word of the day:
Saint Bartholomew, apostle - Feast
Today the Church celebrates : St. Bartholomew, Apostle - Feast
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 1:45-51.


Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth." But Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." 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."

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Melisa and Anna are getting the ingredients for our fall shows. We had hoped to go into the fall shows in the black, but it's not going to happen. The good news is that, at least for me, each time I stock up, I get a bigger quantity so that hopefully, next year we will start the year with money in the till.

The guys moved the cabinet downstairs so hopefully I will soon have a place to wash my hands and not need to run up and down the stairs. I am hoping that I can store the soaping oils over there. My project for this winter is to try and get that basement dungeon into some kind of order. (I know, I said that last year.)



Word of the day:
Saturday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Pius X, Pope (1835-1914)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 23:1-12.


Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens (hard to carry) and lay them on people's shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation 'Rabbi.' As for you, do not be called 'Rabbi.' You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called 'Master'; you have but one master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Word of the day:
Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church (1091-1153)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22:34-40.

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them (a scholar of the law) tested him by asking, Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The kids got here about 7:15 and Grandpa had the pancakes going. It's fun having faces around the table again in the morning.

Today we had our first staff meeting of the year. It was also the first staff meeting with our new pastor. I had so many misgivings at the beginning of the transition (I don't deal well with change) but things are going very, very, well. This pastor is a very positive person. He likes to laugh a lot. Is in love with his ministry. All very good traits in a pastor. We haven't had one like that in a while. Our new pastor has plunged into the life of the community and there are very few people who don't know who he is. It's great!

During the meeting, Clay and Claire went to their mommy's friend's house. She has a daycare. I told them they would get a surprise if they behaved. Clay had a hard time at first (he's like his grandma and change is hard for him) but settled in for the morning. Claire was taking a nap when I got there to pick them up. Since they were good, we went to the Scripture Palace to get some stickers.

I poured some candles for an order and then snuggled with the kids while they watched Dora.

It was a fun day.

Word of the day:
Thursday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. John Eudes, Priest (1601-1680)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22:1-14.

Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying, The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast."' Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.' The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.' Many are invited, but few are chosen."

Monday, August 16, 2010

You know, I often wondered just how I was able to get so much done when I had 4 small kids. I did it all - I cooked and baked from scratch, I made all of their clothes, I shopped with coupons, and I ran a small business. Now I'm finding out. When you are working around kids, you need to be organized and flexible. The last few years I fell into a routine. That has been changed up - in a good way. I am much more focused on what I need to get done. Here is what today's schedule looks like:

I have Madison until around 5:00. She is helping me with,
laundry,
taxes,
cleaning,
bill paying
music organization (funeral tomorrow)
cookie baking (I made the dough on Saturday - planning ahead is a good thing.)

While Madison is napping I am making Christmas stockings.

Then the parish manager called about prayer quilts. So, tonight I will be making prayer quilt sandwiches.





 
Word of the day:
Monday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Stephen of Hungary (977-1038)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:16-22.


Now someone approached him and said, "Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?" He answered him, "Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments." He asked him, "Which ones?" And Jesus replied, " 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother'; and 'you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Word of the day:
Saturday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr (1894-1941
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:13-15.

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." After he placed his hands on them, he went away.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Friday the Thirteenth. I, personally, am not superstitious so I am planning to have a great day today. The house is totally in chaos due to a busy week so today I am going to spend the day cleaning because that is the kindest thing I can do for me. When the house is clean, life is better.  I am babystep cleaning today.

We received another stocking order and a candle order so I have my work cut out for me today.

VBS ended yesterday.  I am so glad it is behind me.  VBS is a total energy drain for me, but I think it is very important for the kids to have this experience.  There are so many bad influences in their lives these days that anything we can do to offset those bad influences, we need to do. As you can see, VBS was fun for kids of all ages; even older ones in long black robes.

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Even Madison got into the act, spurred on by cousin Claire!

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Friday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Radegundes, Queen of France (519-587)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:3-12.


Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?" He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female' and said, '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." They said to him, "Then why did Moses command that the man give the woman a bill of divorce and dismiss (her)?" He said to them, "Because of the hardness of your hearts Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery." (His) disciples said to him, "If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry." He answered, "Not all can accept (this) word, but only those to whom that is granted. Some are incapable of marriage because they were born so; some, because they were made so by others; some, because they have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Good grief! I don't remember a hotter, more humid summer. I can take a few days or even a week of hot - but hot and humid just zaps me out. We are on the third day of vacation bible school and it is going very well. The kids seem to like the music. I hear them singing it at the tops of their lungs as they leave. Tomorrow is the last day. It seems we just get into a really nice groove and then it ends. Clay and Claire have enjoyed it. The first day Clay wasn't liking it too much, the second day he said it was boring, but I took video. He didn't look bored to me.

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Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Clare, Virgin (1194-1253), St. Philomena
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 18:15-20.


If your brother sins (against you), go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, (amen,) I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday nights are soapmaking nights. I didn't do it last week so last night I made a batch raspberry jasmine spice. All went well. To back up a little, when I make soap I use a Cold Process/Oven Process method. After putting the soap in the molds, I put it in a 170 degree oven for 2 hours. Normally I will set the oven to turn off after two hours and then I leave the mold in there overnight. This morning I got up to hear the timer beeping. My stove timer will beep every 2 minutes after the time is up. The stove had been beeping every 2 minutes all night long. I hadn't set the stove to turn off, I had only set the timer. So . . . the soap sat in a 170 degree oven - not 2 hours, but all night. But the soap looks fine!

I haven't gotten a lot of business stuff done this week due to VBS. Last night I received an order for 3 stockings from Etsy so I need to get those done and then next week, I get back on track with Moeggenborg Sugar Bush stuff.



Word of the day:
Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr - Feast
Today the Church celebrates : St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr († 258)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 12:24-26.


Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Today was a lazy day.  Normally we all get together on Saturdays or Sundays, but today everyone kind of went his own way.  Harold is in Canada and he is the ice cream instigator so we all saved some calories on this fine Sunday.  I came home from church and spent some time reading blogs.  Today there was a memorial service for our family doctor who died in the plane crash a few weeks ago.  I didn't know his family very well, and I knew there would be hundreds of people in a very small space, so I didn't go to the service. He was one excellent human being and he will be missed.

Anyway, I came home, laid down and didn't wake up until I heard Anna come in the back door.  She was dropping off some soap labels and some packing materials.  It was after 5:30 so I guess I needed the sleep.  I don't think I've been sleeping very well in this hot weather. 

We have Vacation Bible School this week and this year Clay and Claire are going.  They are really excited - so am I!  I took a walk down there tonight and Claire was hopping all over the place because she is so excited.

We have less than a month before we begin our fudge production for our fall and Christmas craft shows.  The summer has kind of sped by.

Word of the day:
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Dominic, Priest (1170-1221)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 12:32-48.


Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. 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. 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.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

It's a gorgeous day out today!
My plan today is to get some cleaning done as this house is driving me nuts!!!



Word of the day:
Saturday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. Cajetan, Priest (1480-1547)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17:14-20.

When they came to the crowd a man approached, knelt down before him, and said, "Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him." Jesus said in reply, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him here to me." Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, "Why could we not drive it out?" He said to them, "Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

Friday, August 6, 2010

Finally, the heat and humidity have lifted. This is the warmest, most humid summer I can remember in quite a while.  Clayton is spending the day here to escape having to be at a garage sale all day.  He came armed with notebook and markers so I think he will be quite busy and I will end up with many, many, pieces of art work.

I spent last night making cookies and zucchini bread for Harold's big Canada Fly-in trip. I have plans to get ahead on the stocking production for this winter.  I have also been filling in the inventory for our fall shows.  It's always so hard to plan what to take.  Each show is unique and with a specific clientele.  For instance, I know that I won't be taking many candles to our St. Louis show because those ladies tend to buy the ornaments and lanterns.  That is where I will take my primitive lamps.

Today I will be doing some cleaning.  I ordered a new vacuum and it arrived yesterday.  It just seems that when the vacuum doesn't work, cleaning is pointless.  LOL!



Word of the day:
The Transfiguration of the Lord, feast
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 9:28-36.

About eight days after he said this, he took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my chosen Son; listen to him." After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy St. John Vianney day to all of our priests:






I need to get motivated to get organized. I am getting things done, but not in an orderly way. Today, on a whim, I made seven grungy lamps.  I managed to burn my finger on the hot glue gun.  I love these lamps and I love making them - well, except when I burn my finger.


I also made a batch of Cinnamon Stick candles.  Our money resources are always low at this time of year and it's always a struggle to get the supplies we need for the fall shows.  We often have to wait until after the first show to pay ourselves back for ingredients and supplies.


I am continuing to try and get our supply of Christmas stocking bottoms ready for the orders for this fall.  When it's hot and humid like this, it is really hard to make myself go into my craft room to get them done.  So far we have 75 made.  That's about half of what we need.  I am now headed for the craft room.



Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time
Today the Church celebrates : St. John Mary Vianney, Priest (1786-1859) - Memorial
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 15:21-28.

Then Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, "Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon." But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, "Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us." He said in reply, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But the woman came and did him homage, saying, "Lord, help me." He said in reply, "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters." Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed from that hour.