Monday, March 14, 2022

Monday Musings and Preparing For St. Patty's Day

Good morning! It's Monday! 😊

And what a beautiful Monday it is, too! Mostly sunny, windy, and 55 degrees! The tail end of last week's snow has completely disappeared and a high of 58 is expected. From here on out it look like smooth sailing with highs (most days anyway) in the 60's and 70's and lows in the 40's and 50's. Spring is definitely winning out as Old Man Winter slowly, but surely, loosens his frigid grip. 

To be honest this has been the longest, loneliest winter on record. (Not that there haven't been people around, because there has been. This is the kind of loneliness that prevails even if you're in a whole room FULL of people. There are no words to describe it.) Usually, I enjoy winter, but not this year. I'm so thankful that spring is on its way! I'm determined to enjoy each and every moment of it as I bask in its beauty and glory! 🌷

I've found that I've pulled in on so many fronts since my husband's death. In dealing with (and not dealing with, in some cases) my thoughts, feelings, and grief, I have built walls...some to protect myself; others to keep out what, up to now, I've been unable (or not known how) to deal with, but, little by little, I'm finding my way. I am determined that, no matter what it takes, I'm going to fight through the brokenness, the fear, and the grief, and, some way, some how, tear down walls and bust through to the other side of all that God has created me to be and do...period! I think that part of that process will take place through just being me and sharing thoughts and, in my own arena, without guise nor pretense. My intentions are good at the moment. We'll see if I can stop flying by the seat of my pants now and actually settle myself down to do it. I appreciate those of you who stick with me no matter what. It means a lot. here we are...the Monday before St. Patrick's Day! 

As most of you know, St. Patrick's Day has always been a special day for our family. It's a great day o' fun for the wee ones (young and old alike) and, generally, just a good overall excuse to call for a gatherin' o' the clan. We are celebrating this year tomorrow (on the 15th; I have to work the 17th).

We have always scheduled the event around Amanda's schedule. She and Aaron and Alysia, were supposed to arrive this evening, but, unfortunately, Aaron is not well, so they will be unable to attend. (Please pray over him. I just found out that they spent last evening in the ER.) The gatherin' o' the clan sure won't be the same without them and this is our first St. Patrick's Day without John. 💔

I love and miss you, my Darling! 💚

St. Patrick's Day 2021
Most of the clan had already come and gone last year
when our youngest son took this photo by doing a flyover
with his drone. I'm so thankful that he thought to do it.

Amber and I went shopping Saturday for the St. Patty's Day feast. I'm serving the same thing that I serve every year...corned beef and cabbage, baked potatoes, and Emerald Isle Cake. I purchased both deli corned beef and flat cut corned beef roasts (super nice and really lean). I cooked the roasts in the crockpot yesterday, then cooled and sliced them last night. I'm preparing to bake the cakes this afternoon and will bake the potatoes and cook the cabbage in the morning. I am greatly looking forward to having the children and grands here, even if some of them can only come for a short time. 

Well, it's almost lunch time. I guess I better stop for now and get busy. It's been good to sit down and visit with you this morning! You have a great day and I'll be with you again soon!

Until next time...

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  1. Top of the mornin' to ya and don't get into too many shenanigans as ya celebrate with the family :-D

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

  2. Ahhh! Top o' the mornin' ta ye, me dear friend! Yer sweet Irish blessin' brought a tear to me eye! The same to ye, me dear friend! The same to ye in return! Blessin's, Dear Becky! Thank you! (You made my mornin!)


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