Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shamrocks rock!

"May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks, may your heart be as light as a song, may each day bring your bright, happy hours that stay with you all year long"
 Irish Blessing


Today the storm continued and it snowed on and off all day. Freezing temps and chilly wind made it mighty unpleasant. A wee bit of sun for a few minutes before it became dark and threatening skies again.
Assessing some of the damage, we were pretty lucky. We heard a loud, muffled crash last night but it wasn't worth braving the cold and wind to find out what it was. This morning, however, we found out!
A large branch from one of our patio trees had fallen. It probably weighs 100 lbs so it was a good thing no one was around when it fell! 

A few other minor damages but for the most part, it's all fixable! 
Tomorrow we will continue with our topic of Planning Your Garden!

Couldn't let St. Patrick's Day weekend pass without mentioning shamrocks. Doesn't everybody associate shamrocks with St. Patrick? This is because the leaves are divided into three leaflets, a symbol of the Trinity.
For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way.
 Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.
What is the difference between a clover and a shamrock? A shamrock is a common name for clover. There are many different kinds of clover. The Irish word "seamrog" from which shamrocks comes, means "little clover".

The shamrock was first used by St. Patrick as he explained the Holy Trinity to his followers, but the history of its magical powers dates back further than St. Patrick. The Druids considered the four-leafed clover good luck, and the Celts considered the shamrock a powerful charm against evil. It is even rumored that Eve wore a shamrock in the Garden of Eden!(Maybe she needed extra luck after that snake incident). Each leaf on the clover stands for something different- one for hope, one for faith, one for love and the fourth one for luck.

Clover is definitely a cool-season plant because they need mild weather to be their best. They like fairly moist soil and hate hot sun.  Keep them in partial or afternoon shade. It is likely to be invasive and some strains are considered a weed.

As soon as she had finished parochial school, a bright young girl named Mauve shook the dust of Ireland off her shoes and made her way to New York where before long she became a successful performer in show business.
Eventually she returned to her home town for a visit and on a Saturday night went to confession in the church which she had always attended as a child. In the confessional Father Sullivan recognized her and began asking her about her work. She explained that she was an acrobatic dancer, and he wanted to know what that meant. She said she would be happy to show him the kind of thing she did on stage.

She stepped out of the confessional and within sight of Father Sullivan, she went into a series of cartwheels, leaping splits, handsprings and backflips. Kneeling near the confessional, waiting their turn, were two white-haired ladies. They witnessed Mauve's acrobatics with wide eyes, and one said to the other, "Will you just look at the penance Father Sullivan is givin' out this night...and me without me bloomers on!"


Make your own shamrock box!

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