Happy St. Patty’s Day

Today is the feast of St. Patrick.  On this day everyone claims to be Irish.  Celebrations with parades. corned beef and cabbage, green beer, potato candy and dancing the Irish Jig while wearing of the green are happening all over not only the United States, but the world.

March 17th marks the saint’s death. Patrick died in 461 in Saul, County Down. It was here that he had established his first church in a small and simple barn, after arriving nearby at the mouth of the Slaney River. He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick and a memorial stone, made from local Mourne Mountain granite, marks his grave. For those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal.

Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland at all, but in Boston in the United States in 1737. This was followed by an “official” parade in New York in 1766. Ireland was a little further behind – their first parade was held in Waterford in 1903, while Dublin joined the club back in 1931. Today, the parade in Dublin is a huge, colourful, theatrical event that snakes through the historic city centre, with vivid displays and international bands.

Raise your glasses to Luke Wadding, an Irish Franciscan friar from Waterford whose persistent efforts turned March 17 into a feast day. Born in 1558, Wadding died in Rome in 1657 and his remains are interred there in the college of St. Isidore’s, which he founded. If you visit the National Gallery of Ireland, you can see a painting of the friar by Carlo Maratta, in Waterford city he is commemorated with a statue outside the French Church (Greyfriars).

St. Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland, where he was abducted at the age of 16 and brought to Northern Ireland as a slave. Once there, he was sent to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim to herd sheep. But on his escape, he had a vision and returned to Ireland to spread the word of Christianity. It was on this island that he remained for the rest of his life, preaching, baptising and building churches until his death in 461 in County Down.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Today is the feast of St. Patrick.  On this day everyone claims to be Irish.  Celebrations with parades. corned beef and cabbage, green beer, potato candy and dancing the Irish Jig while wearing of the green are happening all over not only the United States, but the world.

March 17th marks the saint’s death. Patrick died in 461 in Saul, County Down. It was here that he had established his first church in a small and simple barn, after arriving nearby at the mouth of the Slaney River. He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick and a memorial stone, made from local Mourne Mountain granite, marks his grave. For those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal.

Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland at all, but in Boston in the United States in 1737. This was followed by an “official” parade in New York in 1766. Ireland was a little further behind – their first parade was held in Waterford in 1903, while Dublin joined the club back in 1931. Today, the parade in Dublin is a huge, colourful, theatrical event that snakes through the historic city centre, with vivid displays and international bands.

Raise your glasses to Luke Wadding, an Irish Franciscan friar from Waterford whose persistent efforts turned March 17 into a feast day. Born in 1558, Wadding died in Rome in 1657 and his remains are interred there in the college of St. Isidore’s, which he founded. If you visit the National Gallery of Ireland, you can see a painting of the friar by Carlo Maratta, in Waterford city he is commemorated with a statue outside the French Church (Greyfriars).

St. Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland, where he was abducted at the age of 16 and brought to Northern Ireland as a slave. Once there, he was sent to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim to herd sheep. But on his escape, he had a vision and returned to Ireland to spread the word of Christianity. It was on this island that he remained for the rest of his life, preaching, baptising and building churches until his death in 461 in County Down.

Prayer to St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland.
Dear St. Patrick,
in your humility you called yourself a sinner,
but you became a most successful missionary
and prompted countless pagans
to follow the Saviour.
Many of their descendents in turn
spread the Good News in numerous foreign lands.
Through your powerful intercession with God,
obtain the missionaries we need
to continue the work you began.
Amen.

NASCAR Sunday

 

No. 5 LiftMaster Chevrolet SS

Today was the third race of the 2017 NASCAR Schedule.  Kasey Kahne drove his No. 5 Liftmaster Chevy SS and finished 12th.  Not the best finish he has had so far this year, but respectable.  So far he is off to a great start over the past two years.  This kid can drive so I just don’t understand why he has struggled so much.

Anyway, if you didn’t catch today’s race the end was priceless.  Kyle Busch, the driver of the 18 M&M’s Camry wrecked in the last lap after he tried to push Logano into the 2 car.  Logano countered with a move to forge ahead of Busch and Busch wrecked.  He lew off the handle at Joey Logano and tried to attack him after the race.  Joey’s team surrounded him and finally Kyle was subdued by officials and was escorted from the area.   Now, if you know anything about Kyle Busch, you know that he is notorious for wrecking people to secure a win.  It has never mattered who or when or where either.  Kasey has been left in his wake many times.  I just can’t muster any sympathy for Kyle Busch.

So, next week it’s Phoenix.  I’m hoping the 5 Team finishes better.

Second Sunday of Lent

LENT DAY 12
MATTHEW 17:1-9

The Transfiguration of Jesus.

1 a After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.*
2* b And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.
3* And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him.
4Then 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.”
5c 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.”
6* When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid.
7But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”
8And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
9d 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.”

Reflection

Friends, today’s Gospel recounts the story of the Transfiguration. Here the glorified Jesus represents the fulfillment of the Old Testament revelation, symbolized by Moses, representing the law, and Elijah, representing the prophets.

Let’s look at the two basic divisions. God gave the Torah, the law, to his people, in order that they might become a priestly people, a holy nation, a people set apart, in the hopes that they would then function as a sort of magnet to the rest of the world. But the law didn’t take. From the very beginning, the people turned away from its dictates, and became as bad as the nations around them.

And then the prophets. Repeatedly we hear the call to be faithful to the Torah, to follow the ways of the Lord. The prophets constantly turn on Israel itself, reminding her of her own sinfulness. And then came Jesus, God and man. Jesus did what no hero of Judaism had ever done. He fulfilled the law, remained utterly obedient to the demands of the Father, even to the point of laying down his life. He brought the Torah and the prophets thereby to fulfillment.

Bishop Robert Barron


I thought I would share this with you today.  

Review: NYPD Red 4

NYPD Red 4 NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The fourth book in a series. I do love to read series books. It is a great standalone book as well.

In true Patterson fashion the hero’s, Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDoanald are members of the elite NYPD Red, which is the police department for the stars. Zach and Kylie have a history which complicates Zach’s relationship with Cheryl his new girlfriend. During this drama, they are investigating a murder which occurred during a robbery of a movie star on the way to her premiere.

While busy with this investigation, several hospitals have been robbed of expensive medical equipment and the mayor insists that Zach and Kylie be put on the case. The thieves are caught, but a new twist creates some creative politics to make the mayor come out of it a hero.

I loved the book.

Could It Be the Flu?

If I didn’t know better I would swear I have the flu.  I am achy and have a sore throat and I think I have a fever.  I can’t be sure about that because my thermometer has a dead battery.  I never had a problem telling if I had a fever years ago, the thermometers didn’t have batteries.  They were glass and filled with mercury.

Anyway, I have been feeling increasingly worse since I got back from Lexington.  I even gave up a day of sewing with my friend Iris yesterday.  Now that is saying something.  She lives several hours away and is only here a few months out of the year.  They have a family home at the beach and this is one of the months she is here.

I spent Monday cooking for the week and was so tired when I got done that I couldn’t even clean up the kitchen.  Needless to say no one has done it for me so it still waits.  I live alone, so the only one who gets bothered by my mess is me.  Guess what?  It doesn’t bother me a bit today; and if I am no better tomorrow I don’t think it will bother me then either.

Since I started this paleo life style, I do all of my cooking for the week on one day.  At least mostly I do.  I made sweet potato chili, herb fried chicken thighs, baked zucchini, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and broccoli.  I have salmon and tilapia fillets in the freezer that I thaw right before I cook them.  I always have frozen vegetables in the freezer in case I run out of fresh.

Although I was doubtful that I would get used to doing without certain foods,(wheat and other grains, dairy, legumes) I can honestly say that I am not only used to it, but I don’t miss them.  And, I am feeling so much better.  Well except for whatever crud I have caught right now.  My fibromyalgia has improved immensely and I no longer require insulin for my Type II diabetes.  That’s right, no more insulin.  My A1C is 6.  Not only am I not taking insulin anymore, but I am not taking anything by mouth either.  I am so stoked.  And all I had to do was to teach my body to use fat for energy instead of  carbs.  Easy peasy right?

For anyone who has been having a difficult time losing weight, or has a chronic illness or just wants to get healthy, give Whole 30 a try.  You start with a 30 day challenge and go from there.  Here’s the link:  Whole30.  They have written cookbooks, but the website has delicious recipes for free and they have all the information about the 30 day challenge on the website.  It is free.

There are actually several places to get recipes for the paleo life style.  Here are a few:  Free Paleo Plan RecipesPaleohacks, and Paleo Newbie.  I have taken to experimenting in the kitchen.  Now that I know the types and quality of food I should be eating, and the spices that aid in good health, I become a mad scientist in the kitchen.   I have not ever enjoyed cooking more.  🙂

There are also online markets to purchase needed items for your Paleo diet. Here is the one I use. Thrive Market.  Their prices are good and they ship fast.  I have been very pleased with them so far. Tessemae’s All Natural carries a line of paleo items.

So, if you have been thinking about making a change in your lifestyle, give Paleo a try.

Reflections on Lent

Every year I subscribe to Bishop Robert Barron’s Lenten reflections.  I receive them right in my email.  I have found them to be most helpful during this time.  I thought I would share them with you. Here is the link to his reflections for 2017.  Lenten Reflections Archive.  You can sign up to have them sent to your email there as well.  These reflections are short, concise packets of inspiration. I highly recommend them.

A Change of Heart

It’s been a while since I have posted here.  I had decided not to continue with this blog and actually deleted it.  But, I hadn’t deleted it permanently.  I guess I knew that I really didn’t want to get rid of it, just needed some time to reflect on what my purpose is in having this blog.  So, I have given it some thought and I still don’t exactly know the purpose except that I feel that I am supposed to keep it.  So, hopefully it will be a blessing to someone who reads it.

I am going through a time of prayer difficulty.  I can’t seem to keep my mind on my prayers and I actually fall asleep while praying.  Even when I am sitting up.  I am trying to work through this problem, but I don’t seem to be able to get anywhere.  At confession two weeks ago I tried to talk to Father about it, but he just said not to worry about it that it will straighten itself out.  I am not so sure. It seems that my husband’s death is hitting me in ways I had no idea it would be possible.  I am angry over the mess he has left me.

I have faith that God has me where I belong in my life.  That He is leading me in a new path for my life.  But, I sometimes let things worry me a bit.  Unfortunately, my husband left me in a financial bind.  I have been trying to refinance my home so that I can stay here. God has other plans for me.  I am unable to obtain a mortgage.  So, it looks like I will be living with my daughter and her family. They are building a mother in law suite for me.  I am blessed to have such good children.  🙂  I will have to give up much when I move, but those things aren’t important.  I will be able to continue my quilting and will have plenty of room for my sewing machines.  And I will be close to my grandchildren and can see them daily if I want to.

My three children have been worried about me living alone.  This is the perfect solution.  🙂

We are in the season of Lent.  A time for repentance, fasting and contemplation on the gifts God has given to us.  His only Son, Jesus Christ, came down from heaven, became man and was crucified for us so our sins would be forgiven.  As Catholics, we say those words a lot.  But how much do we think about what we are saying?  The idea that an omnipotent God would love us so much is just awesome. I feel so blessed to have been born with Catholic parents and have experienced my faith throughout my life.  Although there were time when I am sure Jesus was disappointed in me, but the fact that He has never given up on me says so much.

I have decided that I will say a prayer for anyone who leaves me a message to do so.  I do not save contact information or share it with anyone, so if I can pray for you please fill in the form.

God bless you.

Dance Weekend

I spent this past weekend with my granddaughter Alannah and my daughter Kelly in Lexington, SC for Alannah’s dance competition.  We got to our hotel at 6:30 on Friday evening.  The traffic was unreal.  Unpacked the car, checked in and headed to supper.  We went to Chili’s, I’m not really a fan, but it was close. We were tired from the drive and starving.  Here’s my little dancer waiting for her supper.  Of course on a Friday night it took forever to get our food.

Saturday started early, we were up at 5AM.  Alannah was to dance her solo at 8AM and she needs to be there dressed an hour prior to going on stage.  It takes a while to get ready as she needs hair and makeup done.

Just before she went on.  Better When I’m Dancing was her music.  She got High Gold and First Place and 3rd overall for her tap solo.  Great job Alannah!  She also got High Gold, 4th overall in Hip Hop group, 2nd High Gold 2nd overall in Tap group, High Gold 2nd overall in Clogging group and Gold 2nd overall in Jazz group.  She had a great weekend.

I love going to watch her dance.  She truly loves it and you can see it on her face.  I am always amazed at how talented many of these children are.  Some of the performances were just outstanding. Of course, you always have some schools who dress these young girls inappropriately and have them dong moves that adults shouldn’t even do to music that is beyond suggestive.  I wonder what their parents are thinking permitting their young girls to participate in a school that is promoting such vulgar routines.

Anyway, Alannah dances for a studio that edits the music and teaches age appropriate dances and uses tasteful costumes.  My daughter takes Alannah quite a distance for her to attend this school while there is another school right up the street from her.  I am so grateful that Dynamic Footworks is owned and run by a woman who is just as interested in teaching the girls to respect themselves.

Here are a couple of pictures of Alannah dancing.

Alannah’s Tap Solo

Alannah’s Clogging Small Group

It was a busy but fun weekend.  We’ll do it all over again in April.  🙂

Have a good night.

Happy March

I just got home from my visit with my son and his family in Miami Beach.  What a great time I had. Isabella is starting to walk and is just so cute.  It was so nice to get reacquainted with her.  She sees me all the time on face time, but in person she was a little shy at first.  By the time I left we were great friends.

For Isabella’s birthday, her Aunt Kelly made her a tutu.  It is so cute.  Here is my little angel in it.

On Monday we went to the Miami Zoo.  It was such a nice day to be out walking.  The animals were all so cooperative and active.  I fed a giraffe.  It was pretty cool.  Isabella had fallen asleep before we got to them.

I hated to leave Isabella in Miami.  It’s just awful when you live far from your grandchildren.  I finally got my other three living close to me and now I have another one so far away.

My flight home yesterday was just awful.  I was at the airport at 6:30 in the morning.  After boarding the plane, we sat there for over 2 hours.  Then deplaned!  Sat in the terminal for another hour before boarding the same plane again.  Finally took off, but missed my connecting flight.  By the time I got into Wilmington, it was 4 in the afternoon.  My suitcase didn’t arrive until later and was delivered sometime last night.  It was a very long day.  Needless to say I won’t be getting much done today.
Except maybe some laundry.  I leave again on Friday for Alannah’s dance competition for the weekend.

Glad to be home.