Shopping Sunday

I got up early and went to church at 8 AM.  Something I rarely do.  I like to go to Mass on Saturday during the vigil.  I am not known as a morning person.  Worked too many years on night shift I guess. Anyway, I picked up my girlfriend Iris and we headed to Wilmington to do some shopping at Joanne’s.  I needed some buttons for a couple of table runners I made for gifts and needed a long length of Christmas fabric for my guild’s Christmas Party that is on Tuesday.

We stopped at Denny’s for breakfast first.  Oh it was so good.  I haven’t had breakfast food for ages. We both had the pumpkin pancakes.  Can I just tell you they were delicious.  They may have just slipped into the my favorite pancake spot.  So with full bellies we hit the Joanne’s store.

I found really nice fabric for the table cloth I need for the party.  Found my buttons, and picked up a few things I just had to have.  🙂

Of course it seems we can’t leave the house without hitting at least one food store.  I am however, so glad we did.  I picked up some lamb chops.  Oh my word, they were too good.  I haven’t had lamb for a long time.  Gary didn’t like lamb, so we never made it.  Once in a great while I would have it while out to dinner over the years.  I miss my mom’s Lamb and Turnips.  Now that was some good eating.

I only have 19 days to read 5 books if I want to meet my goal of reading 100 books for the year.  I just downloaded some Christmas themed books to finish out the year.  Think I’ll make it?

Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. The Introit for Gaudete Sunday, in both the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo, is taken from Philippians 4:4,5: “Gaudete in Domino semper” (“Rejoice in the Lord always”).

In the Catholic Church, Advent is a period of preparation, extending over four Sundays, before Christmas.  The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, “to come to,” and refers to the coming of Christ. First to our celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas; second, to the coming of Christ in our lives through grace and the Sacrament of Holy Communion; and finally, to His Second Coming at the end of time.  We should keep all three comings in mind as we prepare our souls to receive Christ worthily.

Traditionally the priest wears rose vestments on Gaudete Sunday to signify joy in passing the midpoint of our preparation for the coming of the Christ.  The candle we light on the third Sunday of Advent  is also rose colored.

Happy St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas was born sometime in 280 in Patara, Lycia, an area that is part of present-day Turkey. He lost both of his parents as a young man and used his inheritance to help the poor and sick. He was a devout Christian.  Later, St. Nicholas served as bishop of Myra, a city that is now called Demre.

There are many legends about St. Nicholas of Myra. One story tells how he helped three poor sisters. Their father did not have enough money to pay their dowries and thought of selling them into servitude. Three times, St. Nicholas secretly went to their house at night and put a bag of money inside. The man used the money so that one of his daughters could marry. On the third visit, the man saw St. Nicholas and thanked him for his kindness. He also reportedly saved three men who were falsely imprisoned and sentenced to death.

St. Nicholas is believed to have died on December 6, 343. Over the years, stories of his miracles and work for the poor spread to other parts of the world. He became known as the protector of children and sailors and was associated with gift-giving. He was a popular saint in Europe until the time of the Reformation in the 1500s.

The Dutch continued to celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas, December 6. It was a common practice for children to put out their shoes the night before. In the morning, they would discover the gifts that St. Nicholas had left there for them. Dutch immigrants brought St. Nicholas, known to them as Sint Nikolaas or by his nickname Sinterklaas, and his gift-giving ways to America in the 1700s.

In America, St. Nicholas went through many transformations and eventually Sinterklaas became Santa Claus. Instead of giving gifts on December 6, he became a part of the Christmas holiday.

St. Nicholas is the patron saint of bakers, brides, children, Greece, grooms, pawnbrokers and travelers.

Follow this link to discover more about St. Nicholas and the traditions of celebrating St. Nicholas Day.  St. Nicholas Center.

Sewing Sunday

Today Iris was over to work on my jacket she is making for me for Christmas. I have always wanted a quilted jacket made from a sweat shirt, but was too afraid to try one on my own. Anyway, it’s coming along nicely. We have done our own thing with the pattern, but I like it. We may work on it again tomorrow.

After she left, I started working on the pillow covers for Samantha again. Here’s number 2.

Number 2

Started My Christmas Sewing

I know, I know it’s a little late…but I’m giving it the ole college try anyway.  My youngest wants Christmas pillows.  I suggested that she just get covers because she is short on storage space.  She loved the idea so we went shopping on Saturday and she picked out fabric for her pillow covers. I am making them for she and Stephen for Christmas.  So, I made the first one.  I still need to add a trim, just haven’t decided if I want to put tassels on it or just do some top stitching.

They decorate with a lot of blue for Christmas.  Samantha is slowly introducing red and green into the mix.  I’ll post the other pillows as I finish them.  My friend Iris and I are working on a sweat shirt jacket.  So I am working on the pillows in between when we are working on that. 
Happy Sewing!