Hoping that you and yours are blessed this day and always.
I know this because my allergies have been acting up. And, although I love the season, the dull, nagging, sinus headache that’s been courting all day is thinking of victory.
“New flash, you insistent bore, I’m going to crush you.” I revel in Headache’s cowering. ” I think a drive to the health food store to get my favorite allergy/sinus herb is in order.
Headache quakes in fear.
“That’s right you little sneeze, crawl back to where you came from.”
I grab my keys, slide my flip flops on, and sneer. “Ha! You can’t stop me now.”
Headache intensifies thinking to bring me to my knees.
My resolve is strong, I will make it five minutes (well, maybe ten) and drive to said store.
Headache pounds on the front of my skull.
“That won’t do you any good. You’re just a measly sinus headache. Toast! That’s what you’ll be.”
Eyes water, nose runs, Headache is joyful. It’s as if it says ‘See, I can affect all your senses.”
“Ah, no you don’t. You can’t effect my sense of self preservation.”
I screech to a halt, fling myself out the car door, and run into the store ignoring the stares from patrons and clerks. I reach for my precious Springtime remedy. “Curses! They’re out. The suffering populace has beaten me to it.”
Headache rolls around my noggin, laughing.
I hang my head, supporting the pathetic thing in my hands.
“Never fear, dear lady.” A kind, young clerk says. “I’ve yet to restock the shelf. Here is the first bottle of the new shipment.”
“Huzzah! My hero.” I cry out.
Headache sinks it’s nasty little, slimy claws into the sinus cavity above my nose. ‘Noooooo, I’ll drive you to bed, yet.”
I open the refrigerated unit and select a bottle of water, strip off the safety seal and rip off the cap. “Take this you insipid cur.” A couple of capsules, a swig of liquid. “Just wait, you primaveral fiend, twenty minutes and you’re gone.”
I laugh and hand the clerk my trash and opened treasures.
“Don’t you just love Spring?” She asks.
“Actually, I do.”
Happy First Day of Spring, Everyone! ~ RG
March 16, 2013 at 23:59 (dreams, green, Holiday, Irish, love, March 17th, poems, poet, poetry, St. Patrick's Day, tradition, Uncategorized, writers, writing)
Tags: holiday, Ireland, Irish, poem, poet, poetry, St. Patrick's Day
May your day be filled with love and laughter
and may all your dreams come true
may it be what you’re runnin’ after
is the best thing ever for you.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona ~ Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~ RG
March 14, 2013 at 23:59 (Food, Holiday, Irish, Irish Stew, March 17th, recipe, recipes, St. Patrick's Day, tradition, Uncategorized)
Tags: food, Guinness, Ireland, Irish, Irish Stew, recipes, St. Patrick's Day
You can use lamb or beef for this stew. My preference is lamb. Serve with steamed cabbage and dark or whole grain bread.
8 bacon strips, cut in small pieces
1/3 Cup all-purpose flour
A teaspoon of salt (I use Kosher salt)
A half-teaspoon pepper (I like cracked pepper)
3 pounds of meat (lamb or beef), cut into bite sized pieces
1 pound of fresh mushrooms, quartered
3 leeks, chopped (use white part)
2 medium carrots, chopped
¼ Cup celery, chopped
A Tablespoon of vegetable, canola, or olive oil (your preference)
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
A Tablespoon of tomato paste
4 Cups of beef broth (I use reduced fat/sodium, your preference)
1 Cup Guinness Stout (if you don’t want to use stout, add more broth)
2 bay leaves
A teaspoon of the following: thyme, parsley, rosemary (crushed)
2 pounds potatoes, in bite sized pieces (Yukon gold or red is best)
2 Tablespoons each; corn starch & cold water
Optional: add a Cup of frozen peas and/or corn
Using a stew pot:
Cook the bacon until brown and crispy.
While the bacon cooks, put flour, salt and pepper into a large, zip-lock bag and a little at a time, coat the meat by shaking in the mixture.
Remove bacon from the pot (slotted spoon is best to leave grease behind) and drop the meat into it to brown.
Once the meat is browned remove it with the bacon.
Add the oil and sauté the mushrooms, leeks, carrots and celery until tender.
Add garlic and sauté a couple minutes more.
Stir in the tomato paste and blend, and then add broth, beer, bay leaves and other herbs.
Return meat and bacon to the pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 2 hours.
At time, add potatoes and simmer 1 hour longer or until potatoes are tender.
Combine the corn starch and water, mix until smooth and stir into the pot.
Bring back to a boil and cook, stirring until broth is thickened.
At this point, remove bay leaves and if you want, add peas and/or corn and let them heat through until tender.
Makes approx. 12-15 servings, and is freezable.
Bain sult as! – Enjoy! – RG
March 13, 2013 at 23:59 (children, fantasy, green, Holiday, Irish, love, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, tradition, Uncategorized)
Tags: fairies, Ireland, Irish, leprechauns, sprites, St. Patrick's Day
This time of year there are all kinds of portrayals of leprechauns. Most of the silly, cartoon versions.
These are fairy folk, people. I think they deserve a little better representation. By definition they are mischievous fairies, no larger than a small child. And, I’ll prove it.
LOL! This is my son Dillon, at age fifteen months. He’s now twenty-six and could probably pass for a larger version of his little leprechaun self.
Is Féidir luck agus grá a fhaigheann tú! – May luck and love find you! ~ RG