Irish Blessings, The Gods of Good Health ...... and Chocolate.


It's been a pleasant couple of days really, all things considered.

Having Mother's Day and St Patrick's Day within days of each other, and no school in between, was a bit of genius really; resulting in a kind of a bonus, 'Happy Long Weekend'! Of sorts.

If you were a cynical person you might think that the commercial gods of economic recovery had something to do with it, with pubs and restaurants filling up within days of each other and Greeting Card companies taking their share.

In honour of the latter, Mother's Day - and Father's Day too in fairness - is more commonly known as 'Hallmark Day' in this house!



                                                    Yum.......


Nevertheless a card and some chocolates ......shh, don't mention the diet!.... were dutifully presented and a family meal out was had, and enjoyed. No mean feat considering the recurrence of Teen Boy's sinusitis, despite strong antibiotics. Sinusitis really is a horrible, painful infection and shame on the gods of ill health for inflicting it on him, yet again!

Of course pubs and restaurants weren't the only busy places this Mother's Day. Mother's Day can be difficult for some and sadly cemeteries and Nursing Homes had a fair amount of traffic through them on the day too.

I consider myself very lucky to have been visiting the latter on Sunday. It is a blessing that we still have her to visit. Not that the gods of good health necessarily have anything to do with it. It's more ...... the 'blessings of a medical miracle'! It was a lovely, yet difficult visit. Being both the daughter and a mother is a given on these visits, but one perseveres as one never knows when these visits will be no more.....

Then suddenly it was St Patrick's Day. Although we've never attended the Dublin St Patrick's Day parade, noisy crowds and long waits having never been our thing, we have supported local, shorter ones over the years. I knew last year's local parade would be our last. We're far too grown up and too damn cool for that these days! A family day out with swimming, relaxation and more lovely food was the plan. But swimming and sinusitis are not good bedfellows and it would really be tempting fate to go, now that he's feeling better, Besides, exams are beckoning - *gulps* - as is the ton of homework that has to be done.

So, no signs of patriotism in chez Jazzy on this the day of great Irishness, where everyone in the world can be an honoury Irish person if they so wish.

It was just business as usual really.

I'm hoping the fact that I did some of my aran knitting on this our national day, with 'The Quiet Man' on the TV in the background, will redeem me!




However, I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day and that you enjoyed St Patrick's Day, wherever in the world you are.

May we all go forward, with all the Irish blessings there are and the hope that the gods of good health will shine upon us all!



                                        Author unknown, I think. I did try to locate!
                                        The photo however, is all mine.



                                               Lá fhéile Pádraig sona libh go léir 
















13 comments:

  1. Happy warm and fuzzy weekend with both those celebrations. I'm with you on shunning the crowds. Love that you got Milk Tray - And all because the lady loves.... Milk Tray. Remember those adverts? Did he ski down a mountain and climb the drainpipe in the dead of night to deliver them? :)

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    1. @Midlife Singlemum: Yes!! I do remember the ads! Milk Tray are my favourite. As for the James Bond act? Got his Dad to go to the local Tesco store more like!!

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  2. I hope you enjoyed the day off and the chocolates on Mothers day. I milk these days for all they are worth.
    As for The Quiet Man, maybe I shouldn't but.. I love that movie. I laugh so much the whole way through. It made my day that it was on today and I got time to watch it.
    Hope you're young man improves soon, it's an awful dose.

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    1. @1tric: I did, and I do too! D'ya know what, haven't seen the movie in years. it's so non-PC that it's hilarious! I secretly enjoyed it ;)
      The boy is much better thanks.... kicked him out to school this morning!!

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  3. Oh I think that you celebrated St Patrick's Day in a totally appropriate way: and I seem to remember that all diets are allowed to be ignored on March 17th :) xx

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    1. @Looking for Blue Sky: I did feel a bit cheated! But there's always next year.... and Easter is just around the corner ;-)
      Yes! You are right.... diets and Lenten promises ignored on March 17th!!

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  4. Oh fab knitting. We've had such a busy time lately that I didn't even get chance to protest my quarter Irishness and join in the St.Patrick's Day fun :/ but wishing you a happy belated one anyway! x

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    1. @Steph Curtis: Thanks Steph! Ahh, you don't have to look too far to find someone with some Irish in them! xx

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  5. Much of my heritage is Irish, and I loved every word of this!

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    1. @Shelly: Thanks Shelly, although I wasn't feeling too patriotic this year! We're going a little bit further in the world with your Irish heritage.... Steph is from the UK and you from the US. And we all meet here on my blog. I quite like that :-)

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  6. Sounds like you had a lovely time of it. I got treated to buttermilk pancakes and a lovely meal made by Younger Dad. Yes, it was a good day. Are you out watching the eclipse tomorrow? X

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    1. @Older Mum: Oh how lovely... you were spoiled! I will definitely be looking out for it. Must check the time. I've been reminiscing with an ex-work colleague over on facebook just now about which offices we were both in at the time of the last one!
      Great to hear from you by the way, must pop over to yours to see what's been happening with you :-)

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  7. I am glad you had a nice day, and chocolates too! :) Can I come and stay so you can teach me to knit like that? Incredible! :)

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