Nippy Irish Festivities in Fort Collins

st patricks day parade-3-15-14-6I went to a St Patty’s Day parade yesterday. The streets were lined with people of all ages, tons of strollers, lots of dogs and everyone was bundled up. When the parade began the sky was clear, as it progressed the wind began to blow and gray clouds covered the sky. There were over 80 entries in this parade so it lasted a very long time. I walked to the beginning so I could see all 80 entries but I was unable to stay for the whole event. I was chilled to the bone.

One troop of dancers that came along was dressed in very short dresses. They didn’t have any leggings on and it was evident they were EXTREMELY cold. As I watched them, I remembered how my legs used to look like that when I walked home from school in my plaid uniform skirt. Whether it was sub-freezing weather, blowing snow or just winter weather … I remember it was brutal.

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Warm and happy to be in the parade!

Arriving at school it took forever for my body to warm up and feel normal again. The return trip home was dreaded just as much. Somewhere along the line, I started to wear long pants under my uniform. It wasn’t cool – in fact, it was pretty dorky but finally my legs were no longer tender to the touch.

I haven’t been that cold in a very long time but seeing those young dancers put me right back in my school years in upstate NY. It was a relief to get home and get warm again!

I is for the Irish in your bonny eyes my dear
R is right for when you’re right, you have no cause to fear
E is for Eileen, my mother’s name I mean and
L is for the love I have for that sweet colleen
A is for the angels who are watching over you
N is never fear, keep smiling through
D is for your daddy’s lesson that I pray will be a blessing

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

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The Generations by Joe Mutasa

A beautiful day in my neighborhood!

It’s amazing weather here on this lovely evening in Northern Colorado.

The birds are singing, the children next door are playing, geese are flying south and the sun is shining. My head cold is gone and my body is happy to be in motion again.

hotThe yard is raked, the bike ride is over and now with the daylight savings time in effect it is light and bright and warm outside.

How warm? Currently at 5:48 pm on this gorgeous Sunday March 9 evening it is 72 degrees!

Spring has sprung and it’s evident by the amount of people on their bikes, in their yards, on the trails and just outside. It’s a thing of beauty.

And this lovely weather will be here with us until Tuesday. Then more snow.

For now –true bliss!

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Ahhh Chew!

ginger brandy, honey and lemonI have a head cold today. You know the  drill – runny nose, sneezing, sore body, fullness in the head.

Therefore I am drinking my special tea…

In the daytime the tea consists of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, honey and hot water.

When the sun goes down and I’m in my warm jammies and robe then I add ginger brandy to the mix. It’s sure to stop the cough and put me to sleep.

I don’t get colds very often so when I do I treat it like a holiday!

Lucky me, huh?

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