Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Today, thank goodness, it is bright and sunny and WARM! I think we hit 60 today!
I read this fantastic book over the weekend.
It is the story of a Korean girl named Regret who realizes that her life in Korea in 1915 holds nothing for her. She manages to get herself married off to a Korean man in Hawaii. She gets there and realizes that life in Hawaii was not going to be the golden life she hopes for. Her husband turns out to be a real creep and she escapes him and goes to Honolulu.
She changes her name and furiously works toward a new life. There are a lot of historical facts woven into this fictional story which I liked. I lived in Honolulu for awhile in 1981 and could imagine the city in the early 1900's.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Did you watch it? I remember seeing it but not
really being into it!
She was beautiful but wondered why she was marrying him. I still don't get the "I will be with him because he is somebody" thing.
The wedding I was obsessed with in 1981 was Luke and Laura's wedding. I remember standing in the TV department at K-mart where I worked, watching the wedding in between getting my work done and helping customers. I worked in the sporting goods which was right next to the tvs. It took 2 days for them to be married.
I wonder what happened to them. I no longer watch soaps.
Are they still together? We know Charles and Diana are not.
Are they both alive? We know Diana is no longer with us.
Will we ever find out what really happened with her death?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A street shown in front of the house is believed to be the old Bloomingdale Road. Early city directories refer to it as a continuation of Broadway.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
It looks nice! It keeps me warm while I work on it.
This is the yarn I have leftover. I want the blanket a little longer so I started crocheting with the green yarn on the bottom. When I have used all of it I will crochet the yellow on the top.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Today is the day to honor my Irish ancestors. My maternal grandmother's grandparents came to America on the 1880's. I also have an Irish great great grandmother on my maternal grandfather's side.
I have my corned beef in the crockpot for later! I made Julie's Caramel Apple Cake. http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2009/03/13/sour-cream-caramel-apple-cake/ I will be making the potatoes and cabbage later.
I don't think we would be eating corned beef in Ireland though.
When I was a little girl, my sister and I would wear green on this day but our mom made us wear a little bit of orange because we are Protestant.
What do you know about Patrick?
From history.com It is known that St. Patrick was born in Britain to wealthy parents near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17, around 460 A.D. Although his father was a Christian deacon, it has been suggested that he probably took on the role because of tax incentives and there is no evidence that Patrick came from a particularly religious family. At the age of sixteen, Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders who were attacking his family's estate. They transported him to Ireland where he spent six years in captivity. (There is some dispute over where this captivity took place. Although many believe he was taken to live in Mount Slemish in County Antrim, it is more likely that he was held in County Mayo near Killala.) During this time, he worked as a shepherd, outdoors and away from people. Lonely and afraid, he turned to his religion for solace, becoming a devout Christian. (It is also believed that Patrick first began to dream of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his captivity.)
After more than six years as a prisoner, Patrick escaped. According to his writing, a voice-which he believed to be God's-spoke to him in a dream, telling him it was time to leave Ireland.
To do so, Patrick walked nearly 200 miles from County Mayo, where it is believed he was held, to the Irish coast. After escaping to Britain, Patrick reported that he experienced a second revelation-an angel in a dream tells him to return to Ireland as a missionary. Soon after, Patrick began religious training, a course of study that lasted more than fifteen years. After his ordination as a priest, he was sent to Ireland with a dual mission-to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish. (Interestingly, this mission contradicts the widely held notion that Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland.)
Go here to take an Irish quiz! http://www.history.com/content/stpatricksday/all-things-irish-quiz
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
1 box (15 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1 egg white, slightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag (16 oz) frozen red cherries, thawed, drained and juice reserved
1 box (10 oz) frozen strawberries in light syrup, thawed, drained and syrup reserved
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Maraschino cherries, if desired
Fresh strawberries, if desired
1. Heat oven to 400°F. In 9-inch glass pie plate, unroll 1 pie crust; brush with egg white. Set aside.
2. In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, tapioca, cornstarch and salt. Stir in reserved cherry juice and strawberry syrup. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 to 10 minutes or until juice becomes thick and boils. Remove from heat. Stir in cherries, strawberries and lemon juice. Pour into crust-lined pie plate. Dot with butter. Place second crust over filling. Flute, and cut slits in top crust to vent.
3. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool completely. Decorate pie with cherries and strawberries. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This is a famous church near where we are going to move in Sicily. It is in Tindari. At the top is the Black Madonna. Every May people walk up to the church. our niece took this photo when they were there this year. I cannot wait to see it. It looks very ornate!
You can see the church on top of the mountain. My SIL and her husband had photos taken up there after their marriage ceremony in 1969.
My friend over at Bleeding Espresso had some great photos of other things you can see up there.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
1. Who was your FIRST prom date? Only got to go to the Prom in 11th grade. My date was Barry Bross.
2. Do you still talk to your FIRST love? No, I sometimes email his wife.
3. What was your FIRST alcoholic drink?I can remember taking sips from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer when I was a kid.
4. What was your FIRST job? I worked at a local Christmas attraction.
5. What was your FIRST car?A 1965 Chevy Impala.
6. Who was the FIRST person to text you today? I don't have a cell phone.
7. Who is the FIRST person you thought of this morning? My husband
8. Who was your FIRST grade teacher? I think it was Mrs. Bramlett at Flour Bluff in Texas.
9. Where did you go on your FIRST ride on an airplane? Probably when I was 9 months old when we moved to Newfoundland, Canada.
10. Who was your FIRST best friend & do you still talk? I don't remember.
11. Where was your FIRST sleep over? Don't remember that either!
12. Who was the FIRST person you talked to today? My husband
13. Whose wedding were you in the FIRST time? My own wedding, it's the only one I was in.
14. What was the FIRST thing you did this morning? Put on my slippers and made coffee.
15. What was the FIRST concert you ever went to? I saw Styx in 1977 in Corpus Christi, Texas. My dad bought the ticket for me. It was $5.50!
16. FIRST tattoo? none, nor will I ever
17. FIRST piercing? I pierce my own ears with self piercing earrings when I was 10. I was in pain for weeks! All because I was too chicken to get them done at the store.
18. FIRST foreign country you visited? Canada, does that count? Mexico, second
19. FIRST movie you remember seeing? I can remember seeing Tora, Tora, Tora on Christmas Day 1970. My mom made matching red Christmas outfits for my sister and I that year and we wore them to the movie.
20. When was your FIRST detention? Never!!
21. What was the FIRST state you lived in? Pennsylvania
22. Who was your FIRST roommate? Glenn and Frank, we lived in Galveston, Texas
23. If you had one wish. What would it be? To move to Sicily
24. What is something you would learn if you had the chance? To speak Italian fluently
25. Who do you think will be the next person to post this? Good Question!
Try this questionaire on your blog!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Here is a new one - Mark Strong - with an old one - Gerard Butler. This photo is from the movie Rocknrolla. The latest Guy Ritchie film. It's a great film, if you like Ritchie's style.
Review from about.com:
When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London's criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant, a corrupt politician and down-on-their-luck petty thieves conspire, collude and collide with one another in an effort to get rich quick.
Mark Strong was Hani Salaam in Body of Lies, Mr. Knightly in Emma (one version with Kate Beckinsale), Nick in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and Septimus in Stardust.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Then I started my 2 other strips which I will sew together to make the blanket when they are as long as the first.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Barbie Dolls send the wrong message to young girls in West Virginia and a member of the House of Delegates believes they should no longer be sold in the Mountain State.
Jeff Eldridge (D-Lincoln) is the lone sponsor of a bill introduced Tuesday that says "Barbie" and other dolls that influence girls to be beautiful should be banned."I think we send not a very good message to our younger children in school that if you're beautiful you don't have to be smart," Eldridge said.
The one-page bill likely won't get much consideration according to Eldridge, but he wants to send a message. "Let's concentrate on our education for our kids," he said. Eldridge says several people have come to him in recent months talking about the pressure put on young girls. The delegate says it's time to change the message. "Girls are impressionable when they're young," he said. "Let's be smart. I think if we give that message I think our kids would accept that faster than 'I'm beautiful I don't have to be smart.'"
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Barbie Doll.
What utter BS! Like a doll really makes youngs girls want to be really thin with big boobs! It didn't to me. How about you?
What about these supermodels or ultra thin actresses OR these diet commercials telling you that you need to be thin to live a good life. If these girls have pressure maybe it is coming from their parents or their teachers. Do people forget that they need to build children up? Do people forget that children need encouragement, not negativity?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
It starts with an older man, Hector (Laz Alonzo) that works in the post office. A man comes to his window and he shoots him, dead. What??
A reporter (Joseph Gordon Levitt) comes to a policeman (John Turturro) who is investigating the murder. The policeman sends him with some other policemen that are going to look through Hector's apartment. They find the head of a statue. The head is from an Italian village. It is very valuableand has been missing since WWII. The reporter goes to Hector and asks him about the head. Then we get the story told through a flashback. 4 black soldiers cross a river in Tuscany, surrounded by Germans, find a child, and meet up with some Italians and what happens after. I won't give it away.