The flowers are a birthday gift from an anonymous admirer. This year in brilliant yellow! Sure Katie would have loved it!
And from the undersigned:
Katharina (Katie) was born on January 29, 1499, to Hans and Katherina (nee von Haubitz) von Bora, a family of the lower German nobility. She was most likely born in the area of Hirschfeld near Meißen in Saxony. Although nobility, her parents were not rich. Her mother died and her father remarried when she was 5 years old. She was then sent to live in the convent at Brehna. She lived here for five years until the age of ten when her father moved her to a convent at Nimbschen near Grimma where two of her aunts, Margarethe von Haubitz and Magdelena von Bora, also lived.
In the convents, Katie lived a simple life with a strict routine. Her day consisted of regular worship and chores. It was here that he learned many things about cooking for large groups, sewing, beer making, and other domestic chores that would serve her so well later on when she was the mistress of the Black Cloister. -Rebecca DeGarmeaux
Happy birthday to the backbone of the Lutheran branch of the Reformation.