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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Yesterday was a busy day.  I priced all of our odd weight soaps for the festival this weekend.  I made a batch of Chocolate Peanut Butter fudge - but I wasted a batch because I mistakenly thought it would be okay to make it in something other than my special fudge pot.  Lesson learned.  Now I have to go to town and get evaporated milk because that left me one can short.  That's okay because I have to mail a package.  Yesssss!!!!!!!!!!  I got my second soap order off of Etsy.

It's been a real treat trying to work in the basement.  I am so thankful that this is not the first time it has taken on major water because all of our stuff is on plastic platforms.  I would have been one very unhappy camper if our inventory had been ruined.  That puzzling part is that Harold spent a lot of time last year trying to prevent this very thing.  We dug a new tile and put in drains, but still we have water.  I am so glad that I didn't trust the basement to be dry and took precautions against the water.

I cut up the Prairie Rose soap.  It's good soap, but a bit cosmetically challenged so it will go for a sale price on Etsy.  If you click on the pics, you can see a closeup of the imperfections.  Because this batch accelerated so quickly, I had to get it in the molds fast. It has a very nice scent so I am going to have be sure that everything is ready to go the next time I make it.  I didn't have my piping bag ready and I was stressed the day I made it so next time I will make sure I am in my "soap zone" before I attempt it again.

I mixed lye water for a batch of soap I had planned to make last night, but I think I will wait until my work for the day is done and all the bins are loaded for the craft show. 

Word of the day:
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
Saint(s) of the day : St Gianna Beretta Molla (1922-1962)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 24:35-48.

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread.
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you."
But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have."
And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.
He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.
And he said to them, "Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things


Monday, April 25, 2011

The Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival is coming up at the  end of this week. Nicola and I will be in the 5K race so I will have  to get up really early tomorrow and Wednesday because I will have the  little girls at 8:00 The house is a wreck, I have a ton of stuff to  do, but the pressure of Holy Week is off.; Phew!!!; I went up to  Shepherd to make a donation for one of the students and stopped in to  visit with the gal who replaced me at the school. She was in dire need  of aroma therapy. I remember well those days in the media center.We  visited for a while and I saw a couple of other teachers that I've  really missed since I left.

Ugh,  I had no business making soap tonight I have been chomping at the bit  to try a new fragrance oil which we will be calling "Prairie Rose."  I'm not a huge fan of rose scents but I like this one. The supplier  reports slight acceleration, but my soap accelerated to thick mashed  potato stage within minutes of adding the oil. I'm glad I wasn't using  my slab mold because these would have been ugly bars. I glopped it into  the molds and piped a ridge, sprinkled with glitter and I'm hoping for  the best. At worst, I can rebatch into soap balls that should be pretty  fragrant. I also made three gloppy cupcakes. Hopefully I can trim  them up when the soap hardens and they'll look nice. Thank God for  glitter.


Word of the day
Monday in the Octave of Easter
Saint(s) of the day : St Mark, Evangelist
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 28:8-15.

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened.
They assembled with the elders and took counsel; then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, "You are to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.'
And if this gets to the ears of the governor, we will satisfy (him) and keep you out of trouble."
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present (day).

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen, Alleluia!

Word of the day:
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord - Solemnity
Feast of the Church : Easter Sunday
Saint(s) of the day : St. Benedict Menni, Priest († 1914), St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Capuchin Priest & Martyr (1577-1622)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 20:1-9.

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him."
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Just wanted to pop in quickly before I leave for Easter Vigil Mass.  I want to wish you all a very blessed Easter!!

Word of the day:
Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil, solemnity
Feast of the Church : Holy Saturday and The Easter Vigil
Saint(s) of the day : St. George, Martyr (280-303)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 28:1-10.

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply, "Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.' Behold, I have told you."
Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tonight, with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, we will officially end Lent and begin the Sacred Triduum - the three most holy days of the church year. My tradition is to join the St. Mary's school students at their Holy Thursday Retreat. I love to watch their faces as they re-enact the events leading up to Good Friday and Easter. Holy Week is a very trying, taxing, and busy week, but I love it.

I listed the new Honey Blossom Soap in our Etsy shop.  I really love how it turned out and it was a joy to cut it with my new cutter.  Nice even slices - Ahhhhhhhh

I can't wait until things slow down a bit.  I have a ton of ideas I want to try.

Oh, and in other news, there will be another Sugar Bush baby arriving in early December.  Melisa and Justin are expecting.  Claire and Clayton called to tell me about it and they are VERY excited.  They have been having a ball with their younger cousins and I am sure they will be a very big help to Mommy and Daddy.

Madison and Meghan were here yesterday.  Meghan is really growing fast now.  I see big changes from one week to the next.  Yesterday Madison arrived at our house with a new hat.  She just cracks me up.  Her favorite thing to watch at our house is "Froofy."   (Max and Ruby)

Don't forget about the fantastic giveaway that our Etsy team is having!!  The winner will receive everything shown in the display at our team blog!

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Word of the day:
Holy Thursday
Saint(s) of the day : St. Anselm, Archishop an Doctor of the Church (1033-1109)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 13:1-15.

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Master, are you going to wash my feet?"
Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later."
Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me."
Simon Peter said to him, "Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well."
Jesus said to him, "Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all."
For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he saidjavascript:void(0), "Not all of you are clean."
So when he had washed their feet (and) put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, "Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet.
I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Yesterday I received a fragrance oil order that I have been wanting to try. It's a dupe for Lush's "Honey, I Washed the Kids." This fo is named, "Toffee Sugar Crunch." but I don't smell honey or sugar or toffee in it at all. I mean, usually my sniffer can pick up even subtle notes. The scent is pretty, but not foodie. So I'm wondering if I wasted the bubble wrap technique on this scent. Anyway, here is the result.  The soaping went wonderfully.  The loaf gelled, which surprised me.

I had some pink dollops left from the Fairy Tale batch so I topped a few cupcakes.  I am much more confident with my piping technique now.

Here is the loaf this morning.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  The honeycomb looks really nice.  I'll cut it tonight with my new cutter.  I had said that it was coming yesterday, but I forgot that I had received a delayed shipping notice on it.  It should be here today when I get home from the Cathedral.

Word of the day:
Tuesday of Holy Week
Saint(s) of the day : St. Elphege, Archbishop and Martyr (954-1012)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 13:21-33.36-38.

Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, «Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.»
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.
One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was reclining at Jesus' side.
So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus' chest and said to him, "Master, who is it?"
Jesus answered, "It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it." So he dipped the morsel and (took it and) handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot.
After he took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly."
(Now) none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, "Buy what we need for the feast," or to give something to the poor.
So he took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.
When Judas had left them, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
(If God is glorified in him,) God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, 'Where I go you cannot come,' so now I say it to you.
Simon Peter said to him, "Master, where are you going?" Jesus answered (him), "Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later."
Peter said to him, "Master, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times."


Monday, April 18, 2011

If you look over on the side bar you will see that our Etsy team, Old Farmhouse Gathering, is having a fantastic giveaway.  If you click on the graphic you will be taken to our team blog where you can sign up to win all of the wonderful prizes you see there.  The winner will receive a everything shown in the power point.  Very cool!~!!  I'll make it even easier - you can click right here. Some lucky person will be winning a treasure trove of primitive goods!!
Sweet Summertime Hugs Giveaway

My cutter should be coming today, but I don't think I'll get a chance to use it this week.  It's Holy Week - a very busy time for church musicians.  Tomorrow we go to the Cathedral to receive the blessed oils that are used throughout the church year.  It's a long day because we also have RCIA tomorrow night.  And then the week gets more hectic from there.

We are in the process of re-thinking our packaging.  We don't want to make a big change because we like the labels that Anna makes.  We just want something that will set us apart and reflect our "country" theme.  I love all the pretty packaging I see on YouTube, but it's a bit too fancy to fit into our line. We'll save the fancy packaging for our heart soaps and cupcakes. This is what Anna and I came up with yesterday.  The picture is a bit fuzzy, but you get the idea. 

It's Monday so that means it's a Meg and Maddie day.  But, we have a surprise for them because Madison's buddy Claire is also here this morning!   They are Max and Ruby fans.  As soon as Madison hits the door, she says Frooofy, which means Max and Ruby.  It's fun having all the grandkids so close by!

Word of day:
Monday of Holy Week
Saint(s) of the day : St. Apollonius, Martyr (+ c. 186)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 12:1-11.

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

Saturday, April 16, 2011

This morning's funeral was one of the hardest I've had to do in a long time.  The kids were troopers and I had 4 students come over to help with the music.  As long as I didn't look at the parents, I was okay, however during Communion one little girl walked over to the red casket and just stood looking up at Owen's picture.  I had to look away.  I can't imagine the kind of pain those parents are going through.

Tonight we had Palm Sunday Mass.  It went well, but we had to have a short procession because of the rain.  Tomorrow the choir will be there. 

Here is the Fairy Tales soap cut up and also the 3 cupcakes I made.   I listed the slices on Artfire and it has had 14 views already!!! 

Word of the day:
Saturday of the Fifth week of Lent
Saint(s) of the day : St Engratia, Virgin and Martyr and Eighteen Martyrs of Saragossa (+ 304)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 11:45-56.

Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him.
But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs.
If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation."
But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing,
nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish."
He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.
So from that day on they planned to kill him.
So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples.
Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves.
They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, "What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?"

Friday, April 15, 2011

This morning's Mass was bittersweet. We all dressed in red. Red was Owen's favorite color. Father's homily was about the tough week that the kids have gone through. It was hard to look out at the little ones and know that a face was missing. After Mass, the students gathered in the parish hall. Each was given a red or white balloon. We all headed out to the courtyard. Father gave a short tribute and the balloons were released. This is something these kids will remember the rest of their lives. This afternoon the kids will go to the funeral home. Such a hard lesson for such young ones.

Tomorrow is the funeral. The school kids gave me suggestions for music. Those students who attend the funeral will be invited to sing with the cantor.
Tomorrow is going to be a hard day.

 As I usually do when I am feeling down, I made some soap. There is something soul-satisfying about doing things like making soap or baking bread. I made a soap that I will name Fairy Tales. It is swirled with pink and lavender, sprinkled with pink and lavender glitter, and decorated with candy pearls. I made 3 little cupcakes and our usual maple leaf sample sizes. It is so pretty. I can't wait to cut it.  I even had enough left to make a couple of flowers.  I still need to wait a little longer before piping the frosting, but I am getting there.

Late night update:   We were featured in an Artfire Collection!!

Word of the day:
Thursday of the Fifth week of Lent
Saint(s) of the day : St Peter Gonzales, Dominican Priest (1190-1246)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:51-59.

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Thirty five years ago, 10 days after our wedding, I got a call from my grandfather telling me that Daddy had died.  I can remember it like it was yesterday.  He was 48 years old.  Does that seem young?  Does it seem old?  Tomorrow I will play a funeral for a lady who was 101 years old.  On Saturday I will play a funeral for a 6-year-old.  Sometimes nothing makes sense.  I have played one other funeral for someone over 100, but I have never played a funeral for someone so young.  I can't even imagine the agony of the family of the little boy.  Owen was a kindergarten student at our church school.  Friday he was in school.  He received an award after Mass.  Monday he was gone.  Seize the day and treasure the moment.

Last week I got my very first order of soap from my Etsy shop.  Yesterday, Deb from Springvale Soap wrote about us in her blog.  She is such a sweetheart!!

I received notice today that my loaf cutter for my soap is shipping today.  I cancelled the mold that I had ordered with it because I ended up buying some other molds because I couldn't wait.  From what I have heard, the workmanship is awesome.  I just wish he was more truthful about arrival times on his products.  His communication is much better than it was, so that is a good thing.  I can't wait for it to get here because I have an order for soap for wedding attendants and I want all of the slices to be the same size.

I spent the day working on music for Holy Week and for tomorrow's funeral.  People have no idea what goes on behind the scenes of the Mass to make sure that the liturgy runs smoothly. The actual playing at Mass actually takes up the least of my time.  It is the preparation that bumps up the hours I spend working.  But I love it.  Just wish I was more organized - I try, but I am not gifted in that department.  :)

I got some new fragrance oils in yesterday and I am itching to try them out, but not until I have time to do it without rushing.  

Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Fifth week of Lent
Saint(s) of the day : St Hermenegild, Martyr († 586)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:31-42.

Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples,
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
They answered him, "We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, 'You will become free'?"
Jesus answered them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.
A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains.
So if a son frees you, then you will truly be free.
I know that you are descendants of Abraham. But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you.
I tell you what I have seen in the Father's presence; then do what you have heard from the Father."
They answered and said to him, "Our father is Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works of Abraham.
But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God; Abraham did not do this.
You are doing the works of your father!" (So) they said to him, "We are not illegitimate. We have one Father, God."
Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and am here; I did not come on my own, but he sent me.

Friday, April 8, 2011 - Warning to Soapmakers

Hi everyone.  I want to start off today with a link from another soapmaker's blog - Naturally Made Soap.  I will let the link speak for itself.  I really do not get how people can exploit other people and be fine with it.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Today my Grandpa Caputo would have been 103 years old.  He was born on Palm Sunday, so his middle name was Palmerino.  I miss my grandparents.

I received my box from Deb at Springvale Soap.  I made a haul video.  When I started back in on You Tube, I didn't know about haul videos, but apparently, they are all the rage.  So Deb, this one's for you!

I should have made the video AFTER trying a bar of the soap.  It smells so nice and it's so creamy.
The bars are lightly fragranced so you don't have to worry about the scent clashing with whatever else you might be wearing.  I just loved the bar I tried.

Today I worked on some things for the Maple Syrup Festival.  Made 2 batches of candles - Lemongrass and Honey, Oats & Milk.  I also made room sprays.  Anna programmed my TV down there so I can watch Netflix through my WII console.  Ever since the digital switch, that TV has been useless.  Now I have company(of sorts) down in the dungeon.

I also measured out 4 batches of soap oils.  I had to spring for another pail of coconut oil.  I also had to order lye - so our resources are a bit strained until after the Festival.

Word of the day:
Monday of the Fifth week of Lent
Saint(s) of the day : St. Stanislas, Bishop and Martyr (1030-1079)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:1-11.

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?"
They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
She replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Didn't get much done today because my back was hurting. I stopped on the way home from church and bought a small container of lye thinking I would make soap today, but after struggling to get in and out of the car, I decided to take it easy.

Harold and I finished up the taxes tonight.  This is the first year in a few years that we haven't had to file an extension.  I hate tax time.  Farm taxes are the worst thing for me.  If I had my choice, they would be done by the end of January.  When the kids were in school we had to get them done for the FAFSAs for college.

It dawned on me today that we only have 3 weeks until the Maple Syrup festival.  I have a lot to get done before then.  I have been so sidetracked by making soap that I now have to scurry to get candles and lamps done.  Anna has been working on mixes and Melisa is going to get the "ready to eat" stuff done.  I have a batch of fudge to make yet plus the other things I mentioned.

I also have a ton of church work to do in preparation for Easter.  Easter is a challenge because we share liturgies with Mt. St. Joseph so not only do I have my own ducks to keep in order, but Jeannie and I have to make sure we are working with the same flock of ducks - and by ducks I mean paperwork.  It seems no matter how hard I try, I always manage to mess up the choir folders.  Last night poor Monica went to check the psalm book and found that the copy I put in there had been mis-fed through our printer.  It's a good thing she always checks ahead.  We definitely need a new printer.

Word of the day:
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 11:1-45.

Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.
So the sisters sent word to him, saying, "Master, the one you love is ill."
When Jesus heard this he said, "This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."
The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in a day? If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
He said this, and then told them, "Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him."
So the disciples said to him, "Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved."
But Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.
So then Jesus said to them clearly, "Lazarus has died.
And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe. Let us go to him."
So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go to die with him."
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.
And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.
Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
(But) even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise."
Martha said to him, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day."
Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."
When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying, "The teacher is here and is asking for you."
As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him.
For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him.
So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there.
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled,
and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Sir, come and see."
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, "See how he loved him."
But some of them said, "Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?"
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, "Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days."
Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?"
So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, "Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me."
And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, "Untie him and let him go."
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I am so late getting on here today. I started the day with a 2 mile run, followed by a staff meeting. Picked up a few things after the meeting and came home and made dinner. After dinner I decided to make a video of me cutting up the lemongrass (posted below). Well, Harold came in and decided he needed to be part of the process so I added him to the video. It took me most of the afternoon to do the video, edit it, and upload it. Those of you who have seen it, just scroll on by. LOL!  Harold has been frantically checking for comments.  It's so funny.  He thinks he needs to borrow my ipod so he won't miss a posting. 

Later, I managed to pull a muscle in my back while reaching for something while I was putting up a new soap shelf. The one I have downstairs is nice, but the chicken wire is cutting into my softer cold process slices and loaves. No quilting tonight because my back hurts.

I did manage to make a loaf of Monkey Bars because I think that's going to be a favorite of mine. I sprinkled orange and yellow on top to represent bananas and peaches.  I also made 4 Maple Leaf bars for samples.  I can feel heat coming off of this loaf.  I like these green silicone molds for small batches, but I think my favorite is my 60 oz. wooden mold.  I don't mind lining it because it came with a wooden form to mold my freezer paper on. 

I used up the last of the lye. I am hoping my new supply comes tomorrow. I got a shipping notice on it today.

As stated in the video, Deb from Springvale Soap took pity on me (ahahahaha) and placed an order so I now have an official soap sale off of Etsy.   Thanks, Deb.  I hope you enjoy the soap.  Don't forget that the Honey, Oats and Milk has a cure date of May 2.

Oh, I forgot to tell you the reason I am so late getting on here.  At the moment we are again a "one computer" household.  Our PC is having boot up issues.  Of course when we take it in, they have no problem booting it up.  "It could be one of a thousand things."  Not good news.  

Word of the day:
Thursday of the Fourth week of Lent
Saint(s) of the day : Bl. Sr Josaphata Hordashevska (1869-1919)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:31-47.

Jesus said to the Jews: «If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.
But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true.
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth.
I do not accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may be saved.
He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John's. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me.
Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.
You search the scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf.
But you do not want to come to me to have life.
I do not accept human praise;
moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.
I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope.
For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

I made a small batch of Lemongrass today. I am out of bars but I hate to make a batch of those because I have to make such a big batch. I just did a small loaf today because I am down to my last few ounces of sodium hydroxide. I have some coming but really wanted to do some soap.  There's no "fanciness" in this bar as far as swirls.  I did do a textured top with glitter.  I put in some lemon balm that Clay and I collected from across the road.  It's been dried and stored for several years.  Clay doesn't remember picking it with me.

I got a facebook message from Diane Davis.  Her goats are giving milk again.  I really want to try some fresh goat's milk in the soap.  I have heard that the homogenized stuff from the store reacts differently than the fresh.  I am hoping to work out a soap or product trade with her.

We got a large soap order last night.  That's good because my coconut oil is almost gone.  We use 8 different oils in our soap formulation and I've often been tempted to scale down the number because of the cost, but I love the way this lathers and moisturizes and I really don't want to change the recipe.

I'm a little discouraged about my Etsy shop.  I haven't sold anything but stockings (which is good, I'm not complaining), but I'd love to sell some of my other things.  I think I put out a quality product, but at this rate no one's going to find that out.  :(  Oh well,  it's not that expensive to list, it's more of an ego thing. 

Wednesday of the Fourth week of Lent
Saint(s) of the day : Bl. Notker, Benedictine monk (c. 840-912)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:17-30.

Jesus answered the Jews: «My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.»
For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.
Jesus answered and said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also.
For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.
Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son,
so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.
Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself.
And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.
Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice
and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.
I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.