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Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Paddy's Day ~ Princess Maggie ~ Family Name ~ Elk's Dinner ~ Irish Coffee ~ Winston&Sophie

Good wet 36ยบ morning. Told you it was going to rain.. had my truck washed the other day. Rain started when I was leaving here at 4:30 yesterday, heading for Grants Pass and the Elk's dinner.

A wee top o' the mornin' to ye. The half of me that's Irish wish you a day filled with Irish tales, Guinness beer, soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and all things Irish.

(listen while you read.... for more Irish spirit!)


My father's family, Irish, Laney ......

The name Laney in its original Gaelic form was O'Dubhshlaine and first appears in recorded history
around A.D. 950. The O' means "grandson of" or later, "descendant of." Dubh means "black." Shlaine is a territorial name referring to the district from which the river Slaney takes its name--a section of Slieve Bloom mountains in the County of Laois in southeast Ireland.
Dubhshlaine is best
translated, "the dark-haired ones of Slaney." (funny my name being Susan and Laney! Slaney!)

Daddy had black hair (so thick he could hardly get a comb through it)...

but he married a pretty Scottish Lass with light red hair... ergo mine was blonde.

Chief Dubhshlaine, whose ancestral home was at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountain (1,733 ft.),
is the patriarch of all the families whose names are Laney, DeLaney, and DuLaney, with numerous
variations in the spellings of each. According to some genealogists in Ireland, the Laney name was
once spelled "Leighneigh." It is in the district of the Slieve Bloom Mountain and the section east of it
in KilKenney County where the greatest number of DeLaneys are found today.
So there... now you know more about me than you wanted to!

Saint Patrick was a gentleman,
Who through strategy and stealth,
Drove all the snakes from Ireland,
Here’s a toasting to his health.
But not too many toastings
Lest you lose yourself and then
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see all those snakes again.

'Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!'
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Last night was the Elk's Irish dinner. I was joined by my friends Dee & Dale, Tom and Kathy. Bill Jackson, lodge volunteer and friend joined our table with his friend Pat (yes, another one!). Dinner was buffet style...corned beef, cabage, potatoes, carrots. All really good! For those not wanting corned beef they had New York steaks, which apparently were great too! Here is Bill getting an award for his volunteering with the lodge with regards to military (he served in Viet Nam, wounded there, twice!)

.... and here is out motley crew....
Dale Dee me Tom Kathy.....
Nice evening!

Here you go, coffee for breakfast!
This classic recipe for Irish Coffee comes direct from Limerick, Ireland, where it was created by Chef Joe Sheridan in 1942 in an airport terminal that passengers passed through on their way to and from North America.

1 teaspoon brown sugar
6 ounces freshly brewed coffee
2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
Lightly whipped heavy cream

Place brown sugar in coffee mug or heat-proof glass. Fill with hot coffee, stir well to melt sugar, add whiskey, carefully pour cream over coffee so it floats. Do not stir after adding cream, as the true flavor is obtained by drinking the hot coffee and Irish whiskey through the cream.

These little Weaton Terriers belong to Laura (Vincent) Virant (former Temple City neighbor)

Winston and Sophie! Sooooo cute!!

Historically this date....
1963Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing 11,000.

1969Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel.

1985Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the "Night Stalker", commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles, California murder spree.

2008Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson becomes New York State governor

And births this date include...
1919Nat King Cole, American singer (d. 1965)
45 years old, died of lung cancer.

1930 – James Irwin, American astronaut (d. 1991)

1936 – Ken Mattingly, American astronaut
1949Patrick Duffy, American actor

1951 – Kurt Russell, American actor

1955 – Gary Sinise, American actor
One of my favs! LOVE CSI NY and just about anything he does.
He is a true American Hero for all he does for our troops!

1964 – Rob Lowe, American actor

All I know. Nuff said. Happy St. Paddy's. Off to put my corned beef in the crockpot.....

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand

xo Sue Mom Bobo
March 17th
National Corned Beef & Cabbage Day (DUH)