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Thursday, May 22, 2008


St. Rita of Cascia is the saint who chose me to work on this year. She's the patron saint of the impossible. When I was studying the lives of the saints and about the Catholic church she stood out as one of the brightest saints. There is even a large statue of her at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
(For private use only)
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Mother of purest love, pray for us.
Holy Mary, pierced with a sword of grief, etc.
Holy Mary, comforter of the afflicted,
Holy Mary, Queen of all saints,
Holy Mary, Protectress of St. Rita,
O Saint Rita, our advocate and protectress,
O Saint Rita, predestined by the Lord,
O Saint Rita, gift of Heaven,
O Saint Rita, foretold by an angel,
O Saint Rita, remarkable in childhood,
O Saint Rita, enamored of solitude,
O Saint Rita, example of obedience,
O Saint Rita, united to the Divine will,
O Saint Rita, of untiring patience,
O Saint Rita, model of gentleness,
O Saint Rita, type of the Christian mother,
O Saint Rita, mirror of Christian spouses,
O Saint Rita, miracle of fortitude,
O Saint Rita, heroic in sacrifice,
O Saint Rita, generous in forgiving,
O Saint Rita, tender benefactress of thine enemies,
O Saint Rita, martyr in penitence,
O Saint Rita, abased through humility,
O Saint Rita, embracing voluntary poverty,
O Saint Rita, exemplary as a widow,
O Saint Rita, beloved of Jesus,
O Saint Rita, permitted to converse with thy Divine Spouse,
O Saint Rita, prompt at the Divine call,
O Saint Rita, mirror of conventual life,
O Saint Rita, mystical rose of every virtue,
O Saint Rita, sweet honey of the comb,
O Saint Rita, bouquet of fragrant myrrh,
O Saint Rita, wedded to the Passion of Christ,
O Saint Rita, pierced with a thorn,
O Saint Rita, deep sea of contrition,
O Saint Rita, in ecstasies before the Blessed Sacrament,
O Saint Rita, consumed with Divine love,
O Saint Rita, bidden to the Bridegroom's throne,
O Saint Rita, received in Heaven with joy,
O Saint Rita, arrayed in unspeakable glory,
O Saint Rita, incorrupt in thy chaste body,
O Saint Rita, Advocate of the Impossible,
O Saint Rita, Advocate of Desperate Cases,
O Saint Rita, light of Holy Church,
O Saint Rita, cure for the unfaithful,
O Saint Rita, balm for every sorrow,
O Saint Rita, balsam for every ill,
O Saint Rita, persevering in prayer,
O Saint Rita, confident in thy prayer,
O Saint Rita, who can obtain everything from thy dying Jesus,
O Saint Rita, who knows the way to His Sacred Heart,
O Saint Rita, our powerful advocate,
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Thou hast signed Thy servant Rita
With the signs of Thy Love and Passion.
Pray for us, Saint Rita,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let Us Pray
O God, who in Thine infinite tenderness hast vouchsafed to regard the prayer of thy servant Blessed Rita and dost grant to her supplication that which is impossible to human forethought, skill and efforts, in reward of her compassionate love and firm reliance upon Thy promises, have pity upon our adversity and succor us in our calamities, that the unbeliever may know that Thou art the recompense of the humble, the defense of the helpless, and the strength of those who trust in Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


While visiting the local Council Of The Blind Thrift Store this morning looky what I found. Quite a bit of acrylic and even some wool. For $2.92 per bag that's not a bad deal and what a good cause.

This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given us this day to use as we will.
We can waste it ~ or use it for good,
but what we do today is important
because we are exchanging a day of our
life for it! When tomorrow comes,
this day will be gone forever, leaving in
its place something that we have traded
for it. We want it to be gain, and not loss;
good and not evil; success and not failure;
in order that we shall not regret the price
we have paid for it.
~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I chose St. Anne as my patron saint because I was raised by my paternal grandmother and thought Jesus's grandmother might help me through the rest of my life.
There are many sites that have information about her and have some of the prayers to her.
I hope you get to know this special saint and are blessed by her.

(For private use only)
Saint Anne, Grandmother of Our Saviour, pray for us.
Saint Anne, Mother of Mary, the Blessed Virgin and Mother, pray for us.
Saint Anne, ark of Noah, etc.
Saint Anne, ark of the covenant,
Saint Anne, root of Jesse,
Saint Anne, fruitful vine,
Saint Anne, issue of royal race,
Saint Anne, joy of angels,
Saint Anne, daughter of the patriarchs,
Saint Anne, filled with grace,
Saint Anne, mirror of obedience,
Saint Anne, mirror of patience,
Saint Anne, mirror of mercy,
Saint Anne, mirror of piety,
Saint Anne, bulwark of the Church,
Saint Anne, liberator of captives,
Saint Anne, refuge of sinners,
Saint Anne, consoler of the married,
Saint Anne, mother of widows,
Saint Anne, mother of virgins,
Saint Anne, mother of the sick,
Saint Anne, harbor of salvation,
Saint Anne, light of the blind,
Saint Anne, tongue of the dumb,
Saint Anne, hearing of the deaf,
Saint Anne, consolation of the afflicted,
Saint Anne, help of all who have recourse to thee,
Our Father, Hail Mary.
V. God has loved Saint Anne,
R. And delighted in her beauty.
Let Us Pray
Almighty and Eternal God, Who didst choose Saint Anne to be the mother of the Mother of Thine only Son, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who keep her in remembrance, may, through her prayers, attain to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.

Saturday, May 17, 2008


Daniel and I made it to the Fiber Fair in Marshfield and we had a good time. Don't you love the knitted banner at this booth. What a beautiful quilt that was being raffled. Daniel was quite taken by the multitude of rabbits. One got to have its luxurious fur spun right from its pelt while sitting on the spinner's lap. We got to feed sheep and saw a bit of one getting shorn, but Daniel's seen that before so we went to pet more bunnies. We saw our friends Carol and Zarah! Daniel came away with a new "friend" Mr. Carl Cheeseball. I came away with some goodies as well. When we got home Daniel was a little late for baseball practice where he accidentally got hit by the pitcher at his elbow. He'll likely have a nasty bruise tomorrow. We stopped at Krispy Kreme and had some sugar therapy;~D It's been a full and fun day.

Friday, May 16, 2008


Another child's hat from the pattern found in The Workbasket is completed and is checked out by the new dinosaurs (perhaps they are yarnivors?);~)
What lovely colors! Legos for creating anything and everything.(first a mess) Michael is wearing his favorite Superman shirt. I will have to put this shirt back for him for sure. It was another garage sale find:~D


This picture was taken a few days ago when Daniel and his class went to the zoo. Unfortunately it rained that day and he was disappointed that the spiders weren't out to take pictures of. That's life. Full of ups and downs. We've been having quite a bit of rain these past few weeks. Today the sun came out and after taking Daniel to school Michael and I went garage saleing. There were a couple of neighborhood sales that were packed with vehicles. I picked up a nice picture, some books, and some dinosaurs. Oh, how I've missed going to sales whether garage sales or estate sales. It's so entertaining and recycling at it's funnest:~)


But it's just not my size. Too bad. So sad. Somewhere some larger lady will enjoy this sweater and that will be very good. I won't feel bad for too long. Just as people date other people to see whether or not they are truly compatible this sweater and I had a nice long time to get to know each other. So, we aren't meant to be. There will be others. After all, tomorrow is another day:~D

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Well, there's been a lot of stuff in the news that I'd thought about blogging about, but then life got in the way...So here are some random thoughts:
*I agree with what another blogger had to say about the Duggers.
*I'm shocked at how high gas is becoming and how high everything else is becoming.
*I was touched by my son Daniel's card he made for Mother's Day. He's a good artist and has a very sweet heart. While he and I were at Simply Fibers I might have picked up some more Cascade 220 for my Mother's Day gift. He'll have sweet memories of winding his Mother's yarn at Simply Fibers.
*The sweater didn't get finished, but I'm ok with it since it'll be done in time for a wedding. Just need to do the neck ribbing and sew up. (The bride and her family were duly impressed with the tablecloth.)
*My doctor's appointment went as expected. The lab results looked good and the x-rays showed no problems. My weight over the past few years has stayed the same, which I find incredible since I haven't been able to move very well for at least a year.
*Michael plays well with his friendly neighborhood Spiderman and loves getting his picture taken. He also likes getting into Moms crafting stuff and the staples. Oh my but we are having FUN.
*It looks like this summer I'll have less time to knit and more time to play with my three boys. This is good. I feel like I've missed out on so many things this past year or so. Thank you God for letting be get better everyday!
*I've contemplated putting the blog on hiatus for the summer, but I know I'll post the FOs as they happen probably once a week or two. I just want to focus more on making good memories for my boys. They don't stay little long!
*I'm so proud of my dear hubby as he made the Dean's list. Way to go sweetheart!
*Well, that's it for now. Hope ya'll are keeping the love of God in your hearts:~D

Friday, May 09, 2008


Carol called me this afternoon to tell me a woman had dropped off two big boxes of yarn for me. Wow! What can I say but THANK YOU! There appears to be all kinds of yarn to knit up or sew up. The green wool is on the biggest spool I've ever seen. I haven't sorted through it all yet. I'm just really bowled over by this woman's generosity. So, thank you again and may you be doubly blessed:~D

Monday, May 05, 2008


An anonymous visitor asked about the pattern for the Christening gown I made for my children. The pattern is from McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine April 1988 issue. I bought the magazine many years ago, but you might find it at your local library. Perhaps you could ask a Freecycle group near you. Sometimes I find old magazines at yard sales for free or at least a quarter apiece. Good luck in finding what you are looking for.


Saturday, May 03, 2008


A blessed day indeed!
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have you present so that I do not forget you. You know how easily I abandon you.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for you are my light and without you I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear your voice and follow you.
Stay with me, Lord, if you wish me to be faithful to you.
Stay with me, Lord, as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for you, a nest of love.
Stay with me Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close and as life passes, death, judgment, and eternity approach. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need you. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. How I need you, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
Let me recognize you as your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the eucharistic Communion be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to you, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Lord, for it is you alone I look for, your love, your grace, your will, your heart, your spirit, because I love you and ask no other reward but to love you more and more.
With a firm love, I will love you with all my heart while on earth and continue to love you perfectly during all eternity. Amen.

15 GOING ON 5?

A friend of Eric's just turned 15 and has a hatred of all that is Elmo from Sesame Street. You know, trying too hard to hate Elmo. Well as a gift I sewed a pillowcase with one side Elmo print and the other a much cooler scene with cars and tropical islands to dream about. Included was some Hershey bars to help with his sweet dreams. The gift was a hit:~D

Thursday, May 01, 2008



So, here we are at the first day of May 2008! It's always a lovely and lively month. Today is the feast day of Saint Joseph the Worker. May is Mary's month. Fittingly Mother's Day is on the 11th. If you want to find out more about what went on in history during this month take a look here.
Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing;
You reign now in splendor with Jesus our King.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

In heaven, the blessed your glory proclaim;
On earth we, your children, invoke your sweet name.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

We pray for the Church, our true Mother on earth,
And beg you to watch o'er the land of our birth.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!