Thursday, July 31, 2008

In case you can't get enough...

here's another Irish song that's superb.  25 points (and a kiss) to the person who knows for what this song is used.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sing to me

my Father's side of the family is 100% Irish.  Immigrants who came over from Ireland to find a better life, to get away from famine and British rule.  Some on that side of the family were teachers, some farmers, one was an architect, one ended up as an Olympic judge, some were maids for the rich of Philadelphia, one was a hobo.  Very interesting family, to say the least.

Their hearts, however, never left their homeland and that longing has been passed down from generation to generation.  i have a dream to go to Ireland, to see the homeland of my Father's family, to breathe the air and drink in all of that country's goodness.  It is almost a homesick feeling, one that is hard to explain, but one, i understand, is common in those of Irish heritage. 

There is a song done by Celtic Women, called "Send Me a Song"  the first time i heard it, i immediately thought of my ancestors leaving their homeland for the States and knowing how hard goodbyes are for me, it's a rather heartbreaking concept for me to understand.  In today's world we have IM and cell phones, and good satellite phones and email and regular mail and sheesh - eight hours on a plane and you can be back home - but for them - it was the final goodbye...ugh - that just hurts to think of it.  Letters took weeks, traveling just the same.  But in my Irish-romantic mind, i think they sang songs of each other to remember those gone or those left behind.

Here's the YouTube of the song...

Send Me A Song

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

One i forgot

There is one sound i forgot to mention

and it's my favourite of all

A summer thunder storm

We're having one right now -so i'm going to go sit on the porch and enjoy it


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sounds of July

i grew up in the mountains of this great Commonwealth which is Pennsylvania (oh no, my friends is it NOT a state....check it out.).  Living in and around the woods and very close to the Juniata River, brought it's own wonderful sounds and smells all through the year.  However, July seems to be the one,for me, that is the most pungent and noisy.  For instance, corn is very sweet smelling in those hot days of July, not to mention grass and tomatoe plants.  Flowers are in full bloom and willing to give off scents that make you stop and smell.  Everything seems sweeter.

And the noise!  Locust, frogs, crickets all chirping and making whatever noise they make,not to mention the birds and even my cats!   But it is the kind of noise that, like the ocean waves, is always 'there' in July-reminding one that life goes on.  Life, no matter what your problems or trials, has cycles and is steady and true. 

It's also a month that i love to go swimming and since the sun is shining and i don't have to work until 5pm, i'm gonna get a cup of a whoopie pie...and head on over to the pool.

Autumn is my favourite season, but i sure do like July!

Happy Summer!

Friday, July 25, 2008


It's Friday.

i'm wearing the cutest pair of heels i own...or at least one of the cutest.  They are new. They are gorgeous. They are high.

i almost feel like a Queen.

A Queen from France.

An Irish-German Queen from France.

Who lives in Pennsylvania and wears gorgeous heels.

Yup! That's the ticket for today.

Just call me "Queen"

No need to bow or least not until after lunch.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Oh my!

This morning, feeling a bit weak in self-control, i picked up a fresh box of Oreo's Fudgees Cookies.  i shared them with my co-workers and had two of the cookies myself, while sipping on some nice tea.

i think this could become my new favourite comfort food.  Yes. They are that good - rich and chocolately and just lovely.  i really want more but then the thought occurs to me that if i take more, i'll just have to work harder at the gym and well, that thought doesn't thrill me.


But mercy! good cookies....

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Just because i can..

Rarely do i make any news references or political statements here.  One reason is because, to be totally honest, i don't care if you agree or disagree with me on my views and so by not posting there are no arguments.  Yes, i know - i am an ostrich...  The other reason is that sometimes, it's just not worth the effort to write it all out.  Sloth, anyone?

But today, this sunny day in July, i found some of the headlines on to be a bit humorous.  Some will have comments.  Others will just stand alone.


1.Wiconsin Law Bans Sex with Dead.

    There is nothing i could say or would want to say about that one.

2. Smithsonian Put Mysterious Crystal Skull on Display.

   Might it be best to take it to the local county fair and have the gypsy woman look into it?  i bet she'd get alot more business if she was telling futures from a crystal skull than just that plain ole ball...

3.  Drunk Referee Helped Off Field After Soccer Game

    Just too funny for comment.

4.  (not so funny) Hybrid Drives Engineer to Death

    Seriously?  If your work is stressing you out that much, even it's for the better good of the environment, it's not worth it.   Human life is always, always more important than anything and while i DO believe in caring for the earth in the best way possible and with integrity, i think caring for our human bodies and those of others is way more important.  Do you really think that those starving in other countries, or even the horrid things going on in Burma really care about Hybrid automobiles?  um..probably not so much, unless those cars are bringing them rice seed, fresh drinking water and helping them to respectfully care for the dead.

(i think everyone needs to read The River, Part I and II:  )

5.  Iran Test More Missiles; Rice Issues Warning

  If you've ever met or known any Iranian people, you will know almost right away that they are warm, loving, wonderful folk.  i personally know a few and have met some in Germany and other countries and really enjoy their culture and personalities, not to mention their food.  Oh my stars, it's good!  The government, however, is not so gregarious and seems to be like that bratty three-year old who pushes every boundary to see how far they can go.  Testing missiles in the Persian Gulf pointed toward Israel is not in the best interest of Iran or the world, for that matter, because we all know that the government means to do harm and no good..and we all know that the missiles are pointed towards Israel and should they release those missiles on Israel, we all know - or should know- that the world will erupt in total and horrid war.  Iranian government knows this too and they will keep pressing and pushing boundaries and not heeding any/all good advise from leaders all over the world who say, "Dude? Seriously?  Stop with the missles and the threats and the nukes and just learn to get along on the playground with everyone else."


So there's the headlines for the morning. 

Might want to go check out the crystal skull....but please don't drive with that drunken referee....

Monday, July 7, 2008

Not such a great beginning to the week

Today, at 0423. i was woke up.  Harshly.  Writhing in bed, breaking out into a sweat, moaning over and over "Oh not that, please not that...ohhh make it stop - please not that...breathe girl breathe...nooooooo..."

And then panted and tried to relax my left calf muscle which had gone into a charley horse spasm.


Ever been awakened that way?

Yeah...not so hot.

It's still quite sore and i babied it this morning at the gym - only walking for 30 min and then did upperbody weights.  By tomorrow it out to feel a bit better and hopefully i won't wake up the same way either.

Here's hoping!

Oh and if you see Charley - give him back his dang horse - i don't want it anymore!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

This just made me laugh....



Everyone's favorite drunk, you're fun, flirty, and charming.
Unfortunately, you often spark jealousy - and unintentionally start bar fights.

You should never: Drink and dial. You'll just end up with multiple booty calls at your door!

Your ideal party: Is huge and lively. You love to work a crowd.

Your drinking soulmates: those with a Blueberry Martini personality

Your drinking rivals: those with a Dirty Martini personality