Friday, March 17, 2006
St. Patrick's Day
Top of the morning to ya, and a Happy St. Patricks Day! My very Irish kids (shown here, wearing their "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" pins) asked me why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I said if I had to pinpoint an ethnic background for myself, it would be ... Scottish. But my ancestors did stay over in Ireland for a while, being labeled Orange, then traveled to America, where they were thrown out of town after town til they settled in Kentucky. Of course, that’s just a small portion of my ancestors, who come from all over. Why do we celebrate St. Patricks Day in a bigger fashion than we do Chinese New Year or Diwali or Mexican Independence Day? It MUST be the green beer. Thats it!!
Marti has some history and folklore about St. Patrick.
Tennessee Chick ran a St. Pats Day Limerick Contest! The ultimate winner was Xmichra, who won both first and second place. Also find an Irish Coffee Recipe. (yum) h
Find the four leaf clovers game. This should keep you busy til time for the green beer!
I myself love Guinness a Stout that's a very dark, almost black full-bodied beer!Nothing like it! But for this you'll need a lighter beer like an IRISH AMBER, Irish Red Ale, or a Golden Irish Lager Style BeerPint Glasses (16 oz). I make this for fun on St. Patty's Day. For the kids use a clear juice with coloring.
16 ounces golden irish lager beer
3-6 drops green food coloring
2 minutes 2 mins prep
Molly and the Tinker have an appropriate song called God Bless The Irish.
James Bond on a mission to find a leprechaun.
Leprechauns Against Drunk Driving.
Two Irishmen, Patrick Murphy and Shawn O'Brian grew up together and were lifelong friends. But alas, Patrick developed cancer, and was dying. While on his deathbed, Patrick called to his buddy, Shawn, "O'Brian, come 'ere. I 'ave a request for ye." Shawn walked to his friend's bedside and kneels.
"Shawny ole boy, we've been friends all our lives, and now I'm leaving 'ere. I 'ave one last request fir ye to do."
O'Brian burst into tears, "Anything Patrick, anything ye wish. It's done."
"Well, under me bed is a box containing a bottle of the finest whiskey in all of Ireland. Bottled the year I was born it was. After I die, and they plant me in the ground, I want you to pour that fine whiskey over me grave so it might soak into me bones and I'll be able to enjoy it for all eternity."
O'Brian was overcome by the beauty and in the true Irish spirit of his friend's request, he asked, "Aye, tis a fine thing you ask of me, and I will pour the whiskey. But, might I strain it through me kidneys first?"
I found lots of awesome St. Patricks Day ecards from an environmental group. This one I selected for you! It has a game in it.
An aging man lived alone in Ireland. His only son was in Long Kesh Prison, and he didn't know anyone who would spade up his potato garden. The old man wrote to his son about it, and received this reply, "For HEAVENS SAKE, don't dig up that garden, that's where I buried the GUNS!!!!!"
At 4 A.M. the next morning, a dozen British soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, but didn't find any guns. Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next.
His son's reply was: "Just plant your potatoes, Dad, it was the best I could do from here."
Napoleon Dynamite explains St. Patrick.
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
Lots more on St. Patrick’s Day.
Thought for today: Erin go braugh-less! -Hale McKay
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