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Cutting Honey Oats and Milk Goat Milk Soap

I cut the Honey Oats and Milk this morning and the whole house smells wonderful.
Haha, I just noticed that the cuckoo clock was going. I didn't even notice it at the time.

Friday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. Zephyrinus, Pope and Martyr († 217)
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.

Making Honey, Oats,and Milk Cold Process Goat Milk Soap

I am still queasy about seeing myself on video, but in the interest of showing the soapmaking process, I put aside my misgivings.

Thursday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. Louis, King of France (1215-1270)
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.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Viet Nam war was the war of my childhood.  It was a highly unpopular war and the servicemen who survived it arrived home to find more battles to fight.  It was a sad, sad time in American history no matter what side of the aisle you happened to be on.  Harold's brother, Lenard Moeggenborg was one who did not make it back. Today is the anniversary of his journey back to God.

It is also the anniversary of the death of another brother-in-law, Richard Packer, and of our last baby - Joseph Lewis.

Today I packed up a rather large order which included two of our small pip grubbies.  I love to make these!

These were scented with Peppermint and they smell wonderful!!  I delivered the order to the school and ran into several former co-workers.  I love Shepherd.  It is a beautiful little town.  As someone who comes from the big city, I find it wonderful to have such a beautiful place in my life.  After dropping Carol's order off at the school, I stopped that the bank and the post office.  It is rare that I go to Shepherd and don't run into at least 2 or 3 relatives. 

We received another stocking order off of Etsy today.  That makes 4 this week.  I can only wonder what September, October, and November will bring.

We are considering doing another show in October next year.  This is one we've done before, but we have learned a lot about craft shows and feel that we could really do well if we were to go there again.

Word of the day:
Saint 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."

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Whew! Been a long day!
Started with my two little sweeties, Madison and Meghan.  I am not allowed to get Meghan's bottle ready.  That is Madison's self-appointed task.  She gets very huffy if I do it.

After they went home I checked my email and found a large order of soaps, bath fizzies, and 2 small electric pip grubbies from Carol M.  I hand-pour those to order, but I have only one mold so I got on that right away. The pip grubby mold holds about a pound of wax so each one needs about 6 hours in the mold before I can take it out. Both are poured now.  Tomorrow I will insert the silicone bulb and cord.  I also ran short of the peach bath fizzies so I made a batch of those.  I had an order for a Christmas stocking so that is made and ready to ship out tomorrow.  I'll drop Carol's order off when I go to the post office.  I also made a dozen autumn nightlights.  It was a productive day.  :)

Word of the day:
Monday of the Twenty-first week in Ordinary Time
Feast of the Church : The Queenship of Mary - Memorial
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 23:13-22.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven before human beings. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves.
Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'If one swears by the temple, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.'
Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred?
And you say, 'If one swears by the altar, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.'
You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it;
one who swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it;
one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who is seated on it.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I unmolded my Fairy Tales soaps.  The minis were really hard to unmold.  I had to put them in the freezer.

 This song has been running through my mind all day.  LOL!  Makes me think of my dad who loved Frank Sinatra (except Dad's voice was even better.)  I grew up with scratchy 78s and the cool 45s

Oh, it looks really nasty out.  It is as dark as dusk and the air smells damp.  There is a cool breeze coming in the back door and it is thundering and lightening.  Harold and Howard are over at Anna's and they were working on the roof.  My guess is that they are done for the day.  I sure hope this gets it out of its system before the 5k tonight.

Well, the power just went out - you can feel that the air is lighter now that the humidity is dropping.  The storm is moving east so I am  hopeful about tonight.

Word of the day:
Saturday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
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 19, 2011

Well, Deb E., you have created a mini cupcake monster. I don't know why I didn't try this before.  They were so much fun to do.  I may need to include them in my regular soap routine.  Maybe do 5 large cupcakes and 5 small.  These are just way too cute!!! Thanks for the prodding, Deb.  Of course I will set aside one of them just for you as a thank you.  I also have 3 little granddaughters who will love this soap.  It's scented in Fairy Tales fragrance oil.


Word of the day:
Friday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. John Eudes, Priest (1601-1680)
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 18, 2011

Today was a "putter" day.  Madison and Meghan were here for a bit while Sam and Kelli went to a funeral for Kelli's great-grandma.  Meghan took a nap and after she woke up, Madison wanted to go on the front porch and sit on the swing.  So we did.  We watched cars go by, we heard birds squawking, Madison rang the dinner bell and threw a ball around the yard.  The guys were gone for dinner so it was just a fun kind of lazy morning.  After the girls went home, I shredded up a batch of lard and lye soap to put into our homemade laundry soap kits.  A salad shooter sure makes the job a lot easier.

I also measured out oils for 4 more batches of soap.  Tomorrow I will be doing a batch of Fairy Tales.  I have some bars left so I will concentrate on cupcakes, itty bitty bars, and perhaps some mini cupcakes.  (tee hee, Deb)

After I measured the oils, I packaged up some laundry soap kits, made a couple of stockings, and then baked the batch of cookies I mixed up yesterday.

Went for a short run tonight and just finished cooking up a batch of liquid laundry soap.
Time for bed.

Word of the day:
Thursday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, Priest (1901-1952)
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."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One of the really interesting things about soapmaking is that you never quite know what you will end up with. Remember this batch from yesterday? 

Here's what it looks like today.

I have a ton of stuff to do today.  I got my maple cigar bands last night so I will be finishing up the Maple Syrup Festival packaging.  I want to make some more nightlights today - we sold out of all we had last spring.  I want to do some more cleaning in the dungeon, and I need to start getting our inventory ready for the fall shows.  I am anxious to see how the new look of our soap goes over.  The slices cost a little more than the bars, but they are bigger so the price really is the same for the amount of soap.  The tricky thing is that our batches are smaller now and since I've switched over to cold process, the cure time is longer.  I may switch to cold process/oven process for the loaves just to keep them at a good level in the inventory.

Our Harvest Home candle has been featured in an Artfire collection. WhooHoo

Word of the day:
Wednesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. Hyacinth, Dominican Missionary (1185-1257)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 20:1-16a.

The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
Going out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.'
So they went off. (And) he went out again around noon, and around three o'clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o'clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?'
They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.'
When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.'
When those who had started about five o'clock came, each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage.
And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner,
saying, 'These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat.'
He said to one of them in reply, 'My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
(Or) am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?'
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Here is a pic of yesterday's batch of vanilla soap. Vanilla causes soap to turn brown depending on how much vanilla is in the fragrance oil. Since this IS vanilla, it will turn a chocolate brown. The loaf slices are darker because the soap gelled so it turned more quickly, but eventually all of the soaps will be the same dark brown.

Word of the day:
Tuesday of the Twentieth week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. Stephen of Hungary (977-1038)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 19:23-30.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, "Who then can be saved?"
Jesus looked at them and said, "For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible."
Then Peter said to him in reply, "We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?"
Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.
But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

Monday, August 15, 2011

I am SO pathetic. The new purse I bought was too small so I made a new one. LOL!  That bottom center panel is a pocket.  There is a matching one on the back.  and 2 on the inside.  Like I said, I'm pathetic. Hahaha

 I packaged up the Maple Syrup festival soap set, made another lamp, some Harvest Home Grungy Candles,

and grunged another candlestick for another lamp.  Anna needs to cut me some cigar bands for the Maple Syrup festival and then I will take pics.  I'm planning to make some vanilla soap tonight, but we will see.  VBS last week put me a bit behind on housework.

Madison and Meghan were here this morning.  Madison can say "Moeggenborg" now.  Meghan is pulling herself up on the furniture.  That one will be walking early.  Madison has learned how to turn the the CD player and is quite proud of herself.  She loves to listen to the same CD over and over again.

Now I'm off to make some more stockings.  Anna has just about caught up with me.

Word of the day:
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 1:39-56.
During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."
Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Got quite a bit done today. Made some lamps. Packaged some products. Did some photography. Made some night lights.

We got a nice package in the mail today!  Take a look at these wonderful products.  Beth has a wonderful website,  Appalachian Heritage.  Head on over and check it out!!

Word of the day:
Friday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641)
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."

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I am way behind on things. This week is VBS and it takes up a lot of time. The morning is spent at VBS and then I come home and learn the music for the next day.  The music is very energetic and we're all kind of dragging by the end of the morning.

I came home today and packaged up the Rainbow Sherbet and Honey Blossom soaps.  Next week I really have to get on the stick and make some more.  I mailed out a couple of orders and did a little more cleaning of the dungeon.  I also finished a set of 5 Teddy Bear stockings for Anna to sew up. I'd like to have at least 100 done by the end of August.

Anna and I went up to the rail trail again tonight.  My time for the 5K is slowly improving and my knee isn't bothering me much tonight.  I think the stretching at night has really helped.  Kelli won't be running the 5K with us in August.  She doesn't want to put too much stress on her ankle.  Sam probably won't do the race either.  :(   But Nina is coming up (hopefully her knee will be better) so she and Anna and I will run it together.

VBS is over on Thursday and then I have to get busy cleaning and making snack mix for a pizza party that Harold is hosting.  The patio is finished, but the guys still need to come back and put another coat of sealant on it.  It's rained the last couple of nights, so hopefully it will be done before Saturday.

I got our papers for our first craft show of the season.  It's coming up fast.  This show is in Carson City and it has been our lowest show in terms of sales.  This year we won't be taking candles and the only soap we'll be taking will be the cupcake soap.  People there like our nightlights and Christmas novelties and our mixes sell pretty well, but my stuff doesn't go as well in Carson City.  Not sure why because we sell out of a lot of soap and candles in this area, but each show is different. 

Word of the day:
Tuesday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time
Feast of the Church : In Europe: St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin, Martyr, patron of Europe - Feast
Saint(s) of the day : St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), co-patron of Europe (1891-1942)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 18:1-5.10.12-14.

At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
He called a child over, placed it in their midst,
and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.
What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?
And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.
In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Clayton and Claire stayed over last night. Clayton drew me a picture.  Be sure to click on the picture so you can see all of the hilarious details that Clay puts in his drawings.

Let that be a lesson to any of you baddies out there who think robbing banks is cool.
 Claire helped me clean the bedroom. Her pay was a Bubble Cuppie bath fizzie

and a card for McDonald's for a fruit smoothie free with the purchase of another fruit smoothie. Wonder how long before she'll start charging some real money.

We did our 500 fans drawing tonight.  The winners were Markeeta Jones and Amanda Gomez.  Congratulations, Ladies!!!

Word of the day:
The Transfiguration of the Lord, feast
Feast of the Church : The Transfiguration of the Lord - Feast Saint(s) of the day : St. Hormisdas, Pope († 523)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 17:1-9. 
Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, "Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and do not be afraid."

And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone. 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."

Thursday, August 4, 2011

It's been a long, hot, week so far. Monday was Theresa Conroy's (Harold's aunt) funeral.  Since I am the family church "organist" I was asked to play at the funeral.  Therese was a fun-loving and really neat lady.  She and the other aunts and uncles were of a generation that knew how to have fun.  Most of them farmed so when chores and work were done for the day, they were done for the day.  It's hard to see them all slowly moving the party heaven-ward.  Only her sister Loretta is left.  The great thing about living in an agricultural community is the wonderful stories that are told at the funerals.  I feel really blessed to have left the city and made a life here.  I wouldn't want to raise kids anywhere else.

Tonight was quilting night.  I got another block done for Justin's quilt.  I am hoping to have it finished for his birthday in February.  I'm still hand-quilting Anna's quilt.  

I have made absolutely no soap this week.  I can't believe it.  I have, however made a dent in the 200 Christmas stockings we want to have ready to go when stocking season starts. We are way behind, so I have made ONLY a dent.  There are about 60 made.  The girls have some to sew up and there are more here waiting to be picked up.  Our ad in the Country Sampler will be coming out soon and we got caught short last fall.  I did get some soap packaged, but I ran out of ingredient labels for the Apple Jack 'n Peel.  Anna won't be home until Saturday so those will have to wait.

The guys poured the cement for the patio that will be surrounding our wood-fired pizza oven.  It's going to be very nice.  They have stamped it.  Tomorrow they dust it off and seal it.  I will post pics when that is done.

I have a wedding to play for tomorrow night.  John's doing the ceremony and the bride has a friend who will be singing.  Jan Caputo and Al Bartholomew will also be there so it should be fun.  I've worked with both of them at different times.  We found out that a few years ago that Jan is a distant cousin.

Word of the day:
Thursday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time
Saint(s) of the day : St. John Mary Vianney, Priest (1786-1859) - Memorial
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 16:13-23.

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, «Who do people say that the Son of Man is?»
They replied, "Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah.
From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.
Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, "God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you."
He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do."