Thursday, March 31, 2016

Today's Song

How Soon is Now?
The Smiths

When you say it's gonna happen now, 
When exactly do you mean? 
See I've already waited too long 
And all my hope is gone

You shut your mouth 
How can you say 
I go about things the wrong way 
I am Human and I need to be loved 
Just like everybody else does

Be courageous

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

Today I would like to share some beautiful gifts given to us.
These are all pictures from my yard today.
Feeling thankful
Happy Easter

 Wild Columbine

Double Daffodil

 Creeping Phlox

Red Bud Tree

Snow Ball Butterfly Bush

 Peach Tree Blossoms

Wild Violets and Purple Hen bit

Dogwood (it has just started to open and is still a bit green. 
It will turn white and have pink on the tips)

Dogwood Legend
Photo from google

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Natural Beauty

 I try to stop, pay attention and really take in the unique qualities of each thing we are given everyday. Some people walk right past them. Either too busy to notice or think they will be there to enjoy later. But that later may never come.
Enjoy what you have because it may not be the same the next time you want or need it.
This could be your only opportunity.
Seize the day. 

Take the Dandelion for example.
It starts out as a little green leaf and grows a beautiful bright yellow flower.
It looks like a little sun in the yard. Attracting bees and butterflies.

Then it transforms.
It grows old.
Does anyone pay attention to that beautiful flower anymore?

It is now just a dull weed to some.
To others it is a WISH.
It is a dream in a little puff ball.
It is still just as beautiful as the flower.

You chose how you want to see it.
I choose to see the beauty.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Today's Song

You Can't Always Get What You Want
The Rolling Stones

You can't always get what you want.
But if you try sometimes
well, you might find...
you get what you need.

Sometimes that is a sad day indeed.

-I hope what you need is what you want.-

Friday, March 18, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016


My (new) guitar.
She just got new strings! 
Her name is Abilene.

Today was beautiful! Got to spend some time outside playing after

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Song of the Day

Today's Song

 We have beautiful weather right now so I am trying to soak up as much sun as I can before the rain hits this weekend.
We have been working in the yard and doing our running/walking.
Stopped at the music store yesterday and got a capo for the guitar. 
 Practiced a bit today outside on the grass. 
Learning a new song

Wish you were Here
Pink Floyd

P.S. Not using the capo for this song ;p

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Burns Night

Burns Night Dinner

Every family has traditions. Even if it's just the regular ones that everyone celebrates - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and Easter. We want to make things fun and memorable by trying to create the "perfect" experience like we see in movies or remake the fond memories we had when we were young.

As time goes by it's harder to recreate them. Grandparents pass, children grow, things are never the same and they never will be again. We try and are disappointed by the results. We must remember that. To LIVE in the moment, not the past. Make new memories not just try to relive the old ones. Because every new memory will be an old one one day.

As my children grow they are not as interested or excited about the little things anymore. Like the Easter bunny leaving a basket to find or the egg hunt they loved when they were little. It is really hard for me to accept this. I want them to stay little, I want to hide eggs and help them find them. I want to see the excitement on their little faces..

So, I have to come up with new things that suit older children ( they are 12 and 14) and hopefully grow with them and they will want to carry them onto their children.* I have another post about Easter and growing children in the works.

 Being a Burns and of Scottish descent I wanted an interesting way to celebrate and start a new tradition with the kids. It is actually an old tradition but a new one for us. Burns Night Dinner.

 Robert Burns was a well known Scottish poet in the 1700's.  I won't tell his whole life story you can read it here or here. He was liked by many and they wanted a way to remember him. So his friends started having a dinner on the anniversary of his death the following year which was later changed to his birth date Jan 25. 

So for the past few years I have been making a faux "traditional" dinner. The reason it is not exactly the same is because for one I do not like the taste of Haggis :P  so I make my version of it using ground beef and a mix of spices.

 Part 1 (2015 dinner)
The first year I made "haggis" neeps and tatties, bacon wrapped asparagus and Parmesan -garlic carrots a cheese tray and brownies with vanilla ice cream and strawberries. 

I stacked the neeps and tatties on the haggis to make a tower, 

We had a cheese tray with sharp cheddars, pepper cheese and Irish Guinness cheese 
and a bottle of Drumguish Whiskey.

For a sweet treat we had brownies with vanilla ice cream and strawberries and more chocolate of course :)

We did part of the traditional dinner but tried to just enjoy making memories the rest of the time. Hopefully every year we can add more to it!

Part 2 (2016 dinner)

This year I wanted to try something a little different. Last year we had "Haggis" and it was good but there are other yummy Scottish foods to try.
So I chose a menu of Scotch Eggs, neeps and tatties.

Scotch Eggs
Scotch eggs are boiled eggs wrapped in sausage then fried and baked
They are delicious!

Neeps are turnips peeled, boiled and mashed with butter and pepper

Tatties are potatoes boiled and mashed with butter and spices. I added green onion

We had McClellands Highland whiskey 
and some sparkling juice for the kids.

We also went to a Burns Dinner hosted by the local Celtic society. They did an informal- formal dinner. This was their first and hopefully will improve each year as well.

Happy Robert Burns Night 
(January 25)
Friggle Fraggle

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Song of the Day

Today's song
Here Comes the Sun

Today was cold and cloudy again. I was sitting at the table working on wand orders when the sun all of a sudden came out of the clouds and shone so bright. I broke out into "Here comes the sun" by the Beatles. My 12 year old son joined in, then my 14 year old daughter. We started laughing so hard we couldn't sing anymore and the sun went back into hiding for the rest of the day.

I am happy that it peeked out long enough to make us laugh!
Hope you had a bit of sun in your day