Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ABC Wednesday, Watery Wednesday, Seven Days - Seven Answers, and an announcement!

This is an extremely INTRICATE gingerbread replica of the Ca d'Zan, made by the chefs at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Sarasota, Florida.  It was on display at Christmas time.

Here's a shot of the real thing

The intricacy of the details is just amazing - remember, this is gingerbread.  To read about the Ca d'Zan, please go here.

Here is a shot of our local dog beach.  There is a small fenced park before that, then you walk to the beach.  It is quite small, but they just had a meeting last week about extending it to the south.  It is a VERY popular place.  None of my dogs care for the moving water, so it's not very popular with us - we prefer the really big dog park, with no beach.  But it's fun to go and look

Just found out my Romeo and Juliet story was a winner last week on this mind bending meme.  That was probably my consolation prize for my DUH moment : )  Anyway, here's today's challenge
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

All Irish
Now What?: Write what comes next.
Today is St. Patrick's Day!
How do you celebrate, if you do? Or if you don't, how would you respond if someone tries to pinch you for not wearing green?
And here is my answer:
Oh the angst of growing up an Orangeman!  I tried to ignore it and just wear some green and let it go, but I had trouble not being true to myself.  Well half of myself.  I know that half of me is Irish and I love it and I'm proud of it and I wanted to celebrate it.  But I'm not Catholic.  So I am, traditionally and historically, known as an Orangeman.  I think those two groups are still fighting wars over that aren't they?  Through the years, as I matured, I went through the many different phases we all experience.  Sometimes I was very belligerent - that's when I wore orange.  Sometimes I just gave in - and wore green.  Sometimes I was a sissy about it and said "Ooops, I forgot". And still other times, I just decided perhaps the other half of me was Irish too and Catholic, and wore the green : )  Here are some of my Irish ancestors who came over on "the boat" (not the baby or the one on the left, she's my grandmother)

Here's how I celebrate it now:  (a) I eat Ricepatty's Irish Soda Bread and (b) I plant my peas.  I was always told while growing up that St. Patty's Day was the day to get the peas in the ground.  Exciting, huh???

This is our new Greyhound girl, Joy.  She came to us Monday night.  She's wonderful!  She's so beautiful and part of her beauty is that she's not perfect - she has a short little Roman nose, an underbite like a bulldog, a big ginker in her tail, very long legs, the funniest little ears that can do oh so many things, a wonderful soft pretty coat, she's the first non-brindle Greyhound we've had, she's as sweet as can be, we love her already.  And the eyes - oh the eyes are just delightful.

To join in on any of the fun memes above, please click on the appropriate button to the right - and enjoy!  Happy St. Patrick's Day, whether you wear green, or orange, or your birthday suit - doesn't matter, just celebrate life.  And don't forget to get those peas in the ground.  Peace.  B : )

I would be honored if you would visit my new on-line store and see some of the cards I have been making. Feel free to purchase some if you would like : )


chubskulit said...

Congratulations on your winning!

My not-so-watery entry, happy St. Patrick's day!

siromade08 said...

Happy St. Patricks day, Beautiful replica.

Joy had a good stretch on her photo, beautifull photo of beach as well with Joy again.

Ricepatty said...

Never heard about the peas before. Love Joys bow shot she is so pretty and of course the collar is perfect ;) The gingerbread house is stunning great job promoting lil ol' Sarasota and some of our history here. "Erin Go Braugh" - Green or Orange!!!

Sherrie said...

WOW, for that gingerbread house! Indeed Intricate. Beautiful dog. Have a great day!

Sherrie's Stuff

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm wearing green today. Of course, I'm Green all year.
GREAT pic.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

Mellodee said...

I, too, enjoy the Seven Days -- Seven Answers challenge!! I stopped by to read some of your entries and really enjoyed your blog....sooooo, I'm following you!

Sorry that my links don't link!! But a little copy/paste works fine. Stop by sometime, if you've a mind to....


Mellodee said...

I grew up in Lake Wales, Fla. (about 60 mi. east of Tampa) and visited Sarasota many times. Buildings like the Gingerbread house is modeled on are how I would define Sarasota in my memory....beautiful, amazing, and elegance from a bygone era! It's a lovely town. Lucky you for getting to live there! :)

Johnny Nutcase said...

aw! Joy is beautiful- she looks happy to be part of your family! :)

Tumblewords: said...

What a stunning piece of gingerbread art!

Martha said...

I can certainly understand why her name is Joy. Congrats on the new baby! Love all the other shots too :-)

Call Me Cate said...

Congrats on your lovely doggy!

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