Monday, March 31, 2008

Week Three- Decor-a-tea.......







I think some of you may have seen my bone china tea set before. If you haven't, and would like to know more about it, you can go to Tea and Tea Parties in the archives of my blog. It was given to me by my paternal grandmother so it has great sentimental value to me. It's very delicate and beautiful. I don't have many things from my childhood, so I absolutely treasure this little set, and very proudly display it in a secretary desk in our living room.
I also have several tea sets displayed in a china cabinet. I especially love to use the silver tea pot and tray for my tea parties. For some reason I don't see them used that much anymore. I love the fact that they go with just about anything and look sooo elegant on a tea table.
I have a teapot and cup combination which I dearly love. It is so whimsical and pretty. It is decorated with a little assortment of flowers in a multitude of colors. Anne and Mike gave it to me years ago so it to has sentimental value.
Well that's it for my contribution to Decor-a-tea. I look forward to seeing how all of you use a tea theme in your decor.

Week three- Gracious Hospital-i-tea Bog-a-thon


The blog-a-thon continues............
This weeks theme is called Decor-a-tea.......
The idea of this theme is to share ideas and pictures that incorporate tea or a tea theme into our home decor.
La-Tea-Da at www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/ asks the following question; Do we display art, artifacts, prints, fabrics, or other tea related collections in our home, and if so, how? For further information or to join the blog-a-thon please contact the above site.

Good luck to the Detroit Tiger's


"Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack,
I don't care if I ever get back,
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game."
From the lyrics "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
Jack Norton
Another sure sign of spring................... Opening day baseball..............
Good Luck to the Detroit Tiger's.................

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Thank you Sandy........


I am very surprised and excited to know I have received an award for excellence in blogging. It certainly made my day! Thanks again Sandy.........
There are several requirements to accepting this award. I must agree to award it to at least ten people whose blogs I find to be worthy of an Excellent Blog Award. I can feel free to give the award to more than ten blogs if I choose, to a blog that has already received one, or to the person or blog that gave it to me. I must also notify the blogger who gave me the award that I accept it with the conditions imposed. Then I must list the name of the blogs I am giving the awards to in my post and notify those bloggers that they have received one. Now that's where I have really ran into a problem. It was quite a dilemma because there are so many great blogs out there. Certainly everyone on my favorite list deserves to have one. I think they are all exceptional bloggers and I enjoy reading each and every one of their blogs.....
The following is the list of blogs I have chosen:
Curly's Corner at www.curlyscorner-sandy.blogspot.com/ Curly is my mentor. She is the one who got me interested in blogging in the first place. She lives with her husband and two cats. Her blog is a hotchpotch of this and that. Usually funny little tidbits and always interesting to read.
Aayden's Mommy at www.aaydensmommy.blogspot.com/ A story of a young girl's struggle to juggle family, home, and career. It contains songs, quotes, and her personal thoughts on every day life.
Kathy's Cottage at www.kathyscottage.blogspot.com/ What I most love about Kathy's blog is her creativity. Stop by and check out her hearts and birds. They are just beautiful.
Shelby at www.shelbydupree.blogspot.com/ Shelby is interested in law but so much more. Her blog is notable, appealing, and even funny. I love how she show cases different musical artists from time to time.
Julie Marie at www.juliemariesart.blogspot.com/ Julie is an artist who is also interested in poetry. She incorporates song lyrics and poetry into her art which makes her interpretation very engaging and unique.
Alice at www.teainmycup.blogspot.com/ I love this blog. Alice has to be the number one tea planner in all of blog world. She has so many wonder ideas for tea party themes. She even includes all of the recipes for each tea. Each recipe looks sooo delicious and I have already tried several. They were great.
www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/ This blog is all about family, garden, and home. It's a very warm and inviting site. Right now La-Tea-Da is hosting a Tea-A-Thon, which has been so much fun. It's not to late to join so stroll over to her site and climb on board.
Louise at www.thehomeiswheretheheartis.blogspot.com/ This is another wonderful blog about family and a whole assortment of different things. I love the poetry on this site. If you get a chance check out her bears.
www.nurse-ratcheds.blogspot.com/ This is the place you want to go for the latest scoop on any thing to do with nursing. It can be very funny at times, and if you are a nurse, you will truly appreciate the humor in this site.
Irish Girl at www.lifeasIdidntplanit.blogspot.com/ A great blog about a girl who decided to change her career to become a nurse. You can follow her travels through the nursing program. She also throws a little personal stuff into the mix.
Mable's House at www.mabelshouse.blogspot.com/ An inspiring young writers blog. It's also about Mable who is a little schnauzer like Charli. We especially love this site. Charli loves to hear how Mabel is doing and what she has been up too.
Vee at www.ahavenforvee.blogspot.com/ This is another wonderful blog filled with many interesting and delightful things to read.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Abandoned Animals.............





There are so many tragic stories in the news these days. I almost hate to pick up a newspaper or turn on the TV. Today I saw this picture in the Detroit Free press and when I read the story it broke my heart...............
So many people here in Michigan are losing their jobs and homes. As a result they are making the heart wrenching decision to give up their animals because they can no longer afford to keep them. The Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society shelter has reported the number of people leaving animals at shelters has increased by approximately 30% this year. The Michigan Humane Society has reported an increase of 150% in complaints relating to abandonment of animals since 2004. The sad fact is the animals found or taken to shelters today have less of a chance of being adopted because of the economy. The shelters are becoming over crowded and as a result are asking for donations of food, blankets, and cash. If you would like to give a donation please go to http://www.michiganhumanesociety.org/
What is even more disturbing to me is the way in which some people are making the decision to give up their pet. Pet's are being left in abandoned houses with no way of getting out. They are left with no water or food to die alone of dehydration and starvation. Some pets are literally dumped out of cars and found running the streets, scavenging through garbage, dirty, and cold. According to the Detroit Free Press, in these situations, neighbors can play a role in getting these pets the help they need by calling the police so the animal can be picked up.
The little dog in the picture above is yet another sad example of what is happening to these pets. This dog was left behind in January of this year by his owners. They literally drove off and left him as he was running to catch up with their car. When he could no longer keep up with the car, he went back to his porch, and sat there alone in the cold waiting for them to return. I can't help but wonder what he was thinking. Luckily for him one of the neighbors saw him and reported it. He is now in a shelter waiting to be adopted. Quite frankly I don't understand how someone could do such a thing to their pet. Couldn't they have at least taken him to a shelter?
I look at that little dogs face and think about our Charli. She is so sweet and trusting. I think about how vulnerable she is. She is totally dependent on us for everything. Maybe I love her to much, because she is much more than just an animal to me, and I could never imagine leaving her anywhere, much less under those circumstances................

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Isn't this amazing!.........


Isn't this amazing!............
My cousin Cindy sent me this and I just had to share...........
This is a picture of the Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C., Canada. It was taken in the fall of the year. I have never seen anything quite like it. It's sooo beautiful. I would love to be able to go there some day. They say it's an example of what Paradise will look like...........

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Week two...... Litera-Tea.......







I currently own three books about tea which can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/
The first book is called Time for Tea with Mary Engelbreit. It is by far my favorite tea book because of it's sentimental value. It was given to me by Anne and Mike. I love the artistic quality of the book. All of the illustrations have been done by Mary Engelbreit. It is a sweet little book that would complement any ones coffee table. It contains a wealth of information about tea and tea parties. I have posted one of the poems in the book on my blog previously but I would like to do it again here.........
"It feels so good to have a friend
on whom you can depend.
A friend can mend a heart,
boost you towards a brand-new start,
clown with carefree, schoolgirl glee,
share a quiet cup of tea."
-Jan Miller Girando, Pals
The second book is called The Charms of Tea. It also contains recipes for various teas, breads, and treats. It contains photographs of table settings meant to inspire the novice or seasoned tea server. My absolutely favorite thing about the book though, is that it contains excerpts from wonderful books and plays like: Rebecca, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The portrait of a Lady, Peter Pan, and Love in the Time of Cholera as they relate to tea. The following is an example:
"...So there he lived, at Mrs. Wickett's with his quiet enjoyments of reading and talking, and remembering; an old man, white-haired and only a little bald, still fairly active for his years, drinking tea, receiving callers, busying himself with corrections for the next edition of the Brookfeldian Directory, writing his occasional letters in thin, spidery, but very legible script. He had new masters to tea, as well as new boys. There were two of them that autumn term, and as they were leaving after their visit one of them commented: "Quite a character, the old boy, isn't he? All that fuss about mixing tea..."
James Hilton
Good-bye Mr. Chips
The third tea book I own is called The Great Tea Rooms of America. This book takes you on a tour of some of the great tea rooms in the United States and Canada. It has the most marvelous photographs in it. I love how each of the tea rooms are described and some of them contain a little history of the tea room or the town the tea room is situated in. It is a wonderful book to look through as your sipping a cup of tea.
Of course my own little tea story appears in the archives of my blog and it is called Tea and Tea Parties.
One of the things I can remember my grandmother, and mother doing, was serving us tea and toast when we were sick. I carried on that tradition with my own children. They used to love to have tea and toast served to them in bed, on a large tray, or bedside TV table. It made them feel sooo special. I know this because they have mentioned it to me as they have gotten older. Most of the time I would also add a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup. It always seemed to lift their spirits and make them feel so much better.......

Week two- Gracious hospital-i-tea blog-a-thon



The tea blog-a-thon continues..........

This weeks theme is called Liter-tea.

This week we are supposed to share our tea experiences from the perspective of literature by telling a tea story, posting a quote, a poem, or a verse. We can also share with one another some of our favorite tea books, or share how we have used tea in the past to help other people. For further information please go to www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 24, 2008

Everything I need to know, I learned from the Easter Bunny....

I received this today in an e-mail from my cousin Cindy.........
EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW, I LEARNED FROM THE EASTER BUNNY......
Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Walk softly and carry a big carrot.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There is no such thing as to much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off of other people's jellybeans.
Good things come in small-sugar coated packages.
The grass is greener in someone else's basket.
An Easter bonnet can cover the wildest hare.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of your shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

A happy Easter was had by all....















We decorated the house and filled the Easter baskets. Then set out the cake and dressed our little butter lambs. We hid the eggs for our annual Easter egg hunt and a very happy Easter was had by all.........
Two special things of note happened this year....... Two wonderful things to celebrate.....
Kyle, our granddaughter's significant other, completed his RCIA classes. On Holy Saturday he received all of the sacraments of the church and is now officially a member of the Catholic community.
Then our son Kurt gave his significant other Rhonda, who we all dearly love, a promise ring! It is very beautiful and our family is sooo excited for them!
Charl and I hope all of you had a very special Easter too......

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Easter......





HAPPY EASTER!.........

Charli and I will be taking a short break until after Easter. We want all of you to know we will be thinking about you....... We hope each, and everyone of you, have a wonderful day! We pray that each of you are blessed this Easter season with all of the things that are most important to you.......

Until we meet again....... God bless you!.......

With warmest regards, Charli and me



A time for contemplation...........

Happy Spring.......


A sure sign of spring........
When you see upon the walk
Circles newly made of chalk,
And around them all the day
Little boys in eager play
Rolling marbles, agates fine,
Banded, polished, red as wine,
Marbles crystal as the dew,
Each with rainbows twisted through,
Marbles gay in painted clay,
Flashing, twinkling in your way,
When the walk has blossomed so,
Surely everyone must know
None need wonder who has heard
Robin, Wren, or Peter-bird;
Sure the sign as song or wing,
It is spring!
by Evaleen Stein

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

And so goes Mrs. Glover's..... The making of a craft




For as long as I can remember I have wanted to make crafts but I have just never found the time, patience, or talent for that sort of endeavor. However, since I have retired and started looking at the wonderful craft blogs out in Blog land, like www.kathyscottage.blogspot.com/ I began to start thinking about it again. I thought to my self just how difficult can this be? One day I watched the Martha Stewart show and she had an episode on animals that were make out of gloves. I went to her web site at http://www.marthastewart.com/ and down loaded the pattern. Then I tucked it away in a drawer. One day I strolled over to www.fallingdowntherabbit-hole.blogspot.com/ to find one of those little hand made rabbits posted on her site. I thought to my self I can do this... I took the pattern out of the drawer, found some gloves I had packed away, and began working feverishly on my own little hand made bundle of joy. The out come wasn't quite what I expected. I am thinking now that I probably should have watched the video first and perhaps taken some embroidery lessons. It was much more difficult to do then I expected.
As I was finishing my little project my hubby walked into the room and asked me what I was doing. I proudly held up my rabbit for him to see. He immediately started to laugh and said it looked more like a little alien to him. He has been teasing me about it ever since. However I have decided to pay him no mind. I will cherish my tiny rabbit because she will always be a reminder to me of one of my very first craft experiences. I have decided to call her Mrs. Glover's. I don't care if she is silly looking I love her just the same. Besides, who can really boast about being perfect and flawless. It's our little imperfections that make us all so unique. Wouldn't that apply to a little cloth rabbit too? Mrs. Glover's has taught me a lot about crafting. It isn't as easy as it looks. I am going to need a lot more experience, but as the saying goes practice makes perfect, and I don't intend to give it up....

Lasting impressions........

Safe in their Alabaster Chambers-
Untouched by Morning-
And untouched by Noon-
Lie the meek members of the Resurrection
Rafter of Satin-and Roof of Stone!

Grand go the years-in the Crescent-above them-
Worlds scoop their Arcs-
And firmaments-row-
Diadems-drop-and-doges-surrender-
Soundless as dots-on a Disc of Snow-
Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Quote......

"Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age."
James Joyce

Tea cup a story


My Favorite Tea Cup

This is a picture of my favorite tea cup. I don't think this picture quite captures the beauty of it. It is a fine bone china tea cup and saucer that was made in Staffordshire England. It is so pretty! The basic cup and saucer is an egg shell white, with ribbing throughout, and a gold rim. It has clusters of flowers in yellow and white, with orange centers, and dark green leaves. The inside of the cup, as well as the saucer, has some very delicate lavender flowers with leaves, and in the center of those is the word March written in gold.

The reason I chose it as my favorite tea cup is because of it's sentimental value. It was given to me years ago on my birthday, which is in March, by my daughter-in-law Anne, who I love dearly and consider my daughter, and my son Michael, who I cherish. This is the tea cup and saucer I take to my tea seminars at our local historical village and I have received many lovely compliments on them

The Gracious hospital-i-tea blog-a-thon


I strolled over to one of my favorite blogs a couple of days ago and found out there was a tea inspired blog-a-thon going on. How exciting is that! Each week we will be invited to share in a different theme about tea. This weeks theme is called Tea cup a story. We are supposed to share a picture of our favorite teacup, or tea cup collection, describe it, and share a little history about it. We can also make up a story if we choose to do so. This weeks theme runs from March16, through March 22, so it's not to late to get on board. All you have to do is go to www.gracioushospitality.blogspot.com/ to get the in dept details. It is going to be lovely to see all of the different types teacups and saucers and interesting to read the stories that go along with them.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!






HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!





A wish for a friend.........
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers-
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours-
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
and a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

An Irish blessing.....
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.


A warm pot of Irish tea, a yummy slice of Irish Soda bread, and a wee bit of Devon shire cream. Sigh.... What a wonderful way to spend a quiet afternoon.......


Of all the songs my family used to sing, songs like: Danny Boy, My Wild Irish Rose, The Wearing of the green, Sweet Rosie O'Grady, Peg O' My Heart, The Band Played On, The Rose of Tralee, and Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra, my favorite has always been When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. If I close my eyes, I can almost see and hear my family singing this song........


"When Irish eyes are smiling, Sure it's like a morn in spring.____ In the lith of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing.____ When Irish hearts are happy,___ All the world seems bright and gay,_____ And when Irish eyes are smiling, Sure they steal your heart away.___
Charli and I wish you a wonderful and peaceful Saint Patrick's Day!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

A spring day...and an Easter tradition.......

What a glorious day we are having! The sun is shining and it's forty nine degrees. Charli and I have been out and about running errands, walking, and playing ball in the yard. Charli is especially enjoying herself. We didn't get very far on our walk because she has discovered all the wonderful smells of spring. We had to stop every second so she could smell this or that. Sometimes she would sit down in the middle of the side walk, hold her head up to the sun, and sort of shake it back and forth as if to say, "Oh it just doesn't get better than this." She is such a funny little Schnauzer. This afternoon she has been following the sun rays through the house looking for the best place to take herself a little nap. She is tired from all the activity of her travels.
Earlier Charli and I went over to the Polish market in our neighborhood to pick up the butter lambs for Easter Sunday dinner. It's a family tradition we have had as long as I can remember. The lambs come plain, but we always add cloves for the eyes, and wrap a little red ribbon around their neck. They always look so festive on the table. It just wouldn't be Easter without them! One year I was very upset because I couldn't seem to find them. Then I decided to try the Polish market and I have been getting them there ever since. That year my family knew I was looking for them but I forgot to let them know I had found them. Everyone knows how important those little lambs are to me. As our family arrived for Easter dinner, in they would come, holding little butter lambs! No one told me they found them and they didn't tell each other either. All of them wanted to surprise me but the surprise was on all of us! That year we had a total of SEVEN butter lambs. It was a wonderful Easter and I have never felt more blessed, loved or cherished. We talk and laugh about it to this day. Memories and traditions are wonderful things.
Charli and I hope each of you have a beautiful day!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Some gentle thoughts for today.....

I received these gentle thoughts in an e-mail from my friend Cori. I thought it would be fun to share..........

A penny saved........is a government over site.

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

He who hesitates....is probably right.

Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are "XL."

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take the time to look for it. For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

Did you ever notice: When you put the two words "The" and "IRS" together it spells "theirs?"
Aging: Eventually you will reach the point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quotes

" Every day we should hear one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Flower Chorus

FLOWER CHORUS
Such a commotion under the ground,
When March called, "Ho there! Ho!"
Such spreading of rootlets far and wide,
Such whispering to and fro!
"Are you ready" the Snowdrop asked,
"Tis time to start, you know."
"Almost, my dear!" the Scilla replied,
"I'll follow as soon as you go."
Then "Ha! Ha! Ha!" a chorus came
Of laughter sweet and low,
From millions of flowers under the ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow.

"I'll promise my blossoms," the Crocus said,
"When I hear the blackbird sing."
And straight thereafter Narcissus cried,
"My silver and gold I'll bring."
"And ere they are dulled," another spoke,
"The Hyacinth bells shall ring."
But the Violet only murmured, "I'm here,"
And sweet grew the air of Spring.

O the pretty brave things, thro the coldest days
Imprisoned in walls of brown,
They never lost heart tho the blast shrieked loud,
And the sleet and the hail came down;
But patiently each wrought her wonderful dress,
Or fashioned her beautiful crown,
And now they are coming to lighten the world
Still shadowed by winter's frown.
And well may they cheerily laugh "Ha! Ha!"
In laughter sweet and low,
The millions of flowers under the ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow.
Ralph W. Emerson
1803-1882

I am sending you my flowers to enjoy.... My beautiful splash of spring....

It's hard to live with a nurse.......

It's hard to live with a nurse because........

When you forget to flush the toilet, you get a complete analysis with a plan on how to correct any noted problems.

Thanksgiving dinner comes in pre-cut small pieces because she doesn't want to have to perform the Heimlich maneuver and be reminded of work on the only holiday she's had off in years.

You've been awakened from a dead sleep in the middle of the night to find her shaking you because your breathing patterns were a little too close to a Cheyne-Stokes rhythm.
www.angelfire.com

Monday, March 10, 2008

But it's sooo good! Charli agrees....


Do you say I love you often enough?

I stopped by an interesting blog the other day where a question was posed to us fellow bloggers. The question was.....
Do you say I love you often enough?
(Authorblog www.david-mcmahon.blogspot.com/ )
After deep thought I would have to say the answer is no. I tell my family all the time that I love them but how much is really enough especially in these difficult times we live in.

Irish Soda Bread (Spotted Dog)


Irish Soda bread (Spotted Dog)
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp double acting baking powder
5 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup butter milk
In a small bowl, pour boiling water over raisins, and let stand 5 minutes. In a large bowl, sift flour, soda, baking powder, and sugar together. Cut butter into mixture until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Drain raisins and stir into flour mixture. Add butter milk all at once. Stir vigorously with a fork.
Shape into a ball. Place on a greased 8 inch pie plate. Bake 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 400 degrees, lower heat to 375 degrees and bake 30 more minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.
Remove from pie plate. Cool 1 hour. Cut into wedges or slices.
This bread has a scone like consistency.
Mrs. Biddy Gahan
Cahir, Co. Tipparary, Ireland
According to an old Irish custom, when baking bread.......
Make the sign of the cross lightly with a knife over the bread to bless it. Then poke four holes in it to let the fairies out prior to placing it in the oven.
I like to bake my bread, wrap it in clear plastic wrap, and put it in a plain green gift bag lined with white tissue paper. I cut a rectangle out of green construction paper, and type the recipe on a slightly smaller piece of white paper. Then I laminate it, punch a hole in the top, thread a beautiful satin green or white ribbon through it, and tie it to one of the handles of the bag.
This is a nice way to transport it to school, take it to a tea party, or give it as a gift.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Irish Stew


I actually obtained this recipe, approximately fifteen years ago, while watching the Good Morning America show. It was on a segment where they were touring Ireland and sampling the various foods. According to the young lady, who was demonstating how to make Irish stew, you are supposed to add ingredients according to how many people you are planning to serve. This is a delicious recipe! The Irish say, it's because the vegtables are layered, and the potatoes are always on the top.......
IRISH STEW
Small baby lamb chops
garlic (one clove)
A small amount of celery (I use approximately one stick)
White potatoes (Peeled and cut in half)
Carrots (quartered)
Onion (quartered)
Chicken broth
Brown the baby lamb chops in a stewing pot with a small amount of olive oil. Then add the vegetable's in layers making sure the potatoes are on top. Season the meat and the vegetable's with salt and pepper as you add them to the pot. Add enough chicken stock to cover the vegetable's. Bring to a boil and simmer until done. Serve with large chunks of warm bread.

Lifes little pleasantries.....

As I was reminiscing about family this afternoon our son Kurt stopped by. He sometimes does this when he is on his way to or from a job. I feel so blessed! When I was working I missed out on so many things I can truly enjoy now. The little pleasantries of a call or someone stopping by just to say hello. I always enjoy our lively conversations. Today we hit on politics among other things. We had the most interesting and spirited debate. I feel so fortunate to have this type of quality time with Kurt, other family members, and friends. To get a hug or give a hug to someone in the middle of the day is a wonderful thing.......

The wearing of the green......


I have a thousand things I should be doing today, but instead, Charli and I have been pulling out some of our Saint Patrick's Day decorations and I have been reminiscing about holidays past. When I say Charli and me I mean that literally. Charli senses the excitement of a holiday and she has her little nose buried up to her ears in all of the boxes.
I love Saint Patrick's Day! How could I not coming from a Irish Catholic family on my mother's side, but then again, as my son Michael has so lovingly pointed out, I really don't have a favorite holiday because I love and celebrate them all..... and with great enthusiasm I might add.......
I love the way our house takes on a grassy green hue, which is yet another reminder that Saint Patrick's Day is right around the corner and spring is on it's way. Little shamrock decorations set out here, and there, that seem to brighten up every one's day. Every year I get a couple green carnations with babies breath from our local florist. I ask them to to add a pretty green ribbon. Then I put them in a crystal vase and set them on my table. They always look so beautiful and festive especially if they are sitting on a lovely lace tablecloth. I always add little green foiled shamrocks, in crystal bowls, to either side of the flowers when they are available. If I can't find them sometimes I will use cookies instead. Oh joy! Fresh flowers, candies, and cookies! It just doesn't get better then that. Except of course if you were to add a nice pot of tea to the mix.
I also love the music associated with Saint Patrick's Day. When I was a little girl I used to love to listen to my aunt's and uncle's sing the old Irish songs. My uncle would play the guitar and sometimes even the clarinet. One of my other uncles would play the banjo. Everyone would sing along and stomp their feet to the beat of the music. Two of my Aunt's won awards for their Irish Jig. Sometimes they would dance to the music and try to teach us cousins some of their fancy foot work. It was great fun for all of us kids! Today there is no one left to play instruments, sing, or dance so I get out all of my Irish CD's instead. Although it's not the same I still love listen to all of those old songs and think about my family.
I like to cook and bake for holidays. Sometimes I made shamrock cookies, cupcakes, or Irish soda bread for Saint Patrick's Day. My mother always had corn beef and cabbage but I have opted to make a very simple Irish stew.
Another thing I have always loved about Saint Patrick's Day is the little tricks the Leprechauns used to play on us like hiding the green clothes we laid out the day before to wear to school, or tying our shoe laces together, or maybe putting cookies in the mail box. Those traditions have certainly been carried out in this home. Through the years it hasn't been unexpected to wake up and find that the milk had been dyed green, a room papered from top to bottom, or little shamrocks taped to the bathroom mirror. Our children, and grandchildren would hear me exclaim, just as my mother had done through the years," Oh my goodness! Look at what those darn little Leprechauns have been up to now!" Charli especially loves finding her little treat which usually consists of several doggy bones wrapped in a clear plastic bag and tied with a bright green ribbon.
All of these things are truly enjoyable and great fun to do! Besides, don't you think every one is just a wee bit Irish on Saint Paddy's Day? Charli and I of course will be wearing our green...... What about you?............

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Spring.......

Spring is supposed to be right around the corner although it's hard to believe after the snow we were bombarded with last night. After battling the elements, and shoveling the snow, this is a fun little thing to do. Go to www.procreo.jp/labo/flower_garden.swf and click your mouse on the page. It is guaranteed to brighten your day.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Quotes

"Optimism: A cheerful frame of mind that enables a tea kettle to sing though in hot water up to it's nose."
Anonymous

Happy birthday Thomas!


Today our grandson Thomas turns fourteen years old. It's very hard to believe because it seems just like yesterday that he was born. Where has all of the time gone? When I think of him, I think of that song, In my Life. The lyrics go,"There are places I remember," "Places have there moments,"and "No one compares with you.".........
When Thomas was just a little boy, learning how to write, he wrote, "I love Grandma" on one of my note pads and left it on my desk. It's still sitting here on my desk after all these years. I never get tired of looking at it. He used to love to leave little surprises like that all over the house for me to find. I have kept them all. I love going through my journal periodically looking at them. Just recently another little surprise was bestowed on me, in the form of a little orange spider, I found laying on my pillow one night after he had gone home....
Thomas is a fine young man fourteen years old. He's very into music and guitars,.... acoustic, electric, and that infamous game Guitar Hero. Oh I shouldn't leave out girls and football. He's handsome, funny, charming, and witty, with an all round fabulous personality. When I look at him now though I can't help but remember that little boy and all the things we used to do. The memories come back in little clusters like snow flakes and stars. So many wonderful, wonderful memories......
Looking back in my journal one particular memory I have was that Thomas never wanted to leave when it was time for him to go. He would always say "I gonna miss you Minga." Then I would say "Oh come on you'll be back before you know it. I'll tell you what, when you miss me, put your hand on your heart and think of me. I'll be thinking of you and that way we will always be together." He seemed to like that idea. Sometimes he would come back, and say, "Minga I was thinking of you in my heart."
With my hand on my heart, I'm thinking of you Thomas, just as I always do each and every day.
Happy Birthday! God bless you! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I love Saturday mornings...

I love Saturday mornings because I spend them with our little grandson Ryan. What a blessing and a joy to have grandchildren! Ryan and I have had a very special date every Saturday for months now. We have found something to do that we both enjoy. We go to craft class. Ryan actually makes the craft but I am one heck of an assistant. Last Saturday he made a shamrock, the Saturday before that a log cabin out of pop cycle sticks, and the Saturday before that a little felt bag to carry his Valentine's in. What fun! When we come out of class we are covered with paint, glitter, and glue. We have such a wonderful time together. I know Ryan enjoys these outings as much as I do because when I pick him up he is dressed and ready to go. He's usually watching for me in the window. Anne told me, one day she and Ryan were talking, and he asked, Mom if grandma can't take me anymore can you? When I heard that my heart just melted with love and joy.
On the way to class Ryan and I usually talk about all of the things he is doing and learning in school. This week he is learning about Polar Bears. Of course we always try to guess what we are going to make in craft class.
After our class we usually go shopping. Ryan loves to shop so we go from store to store. What a little angel he is! I am so happy to have someone to shop with again! Time goes by so fast and I treasure these moments with Ryan. I just can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning!
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