Monday, March 14, 2016

Weekly Challenge #259

Good Morning all!

The weather here has turned, and it feels like it JUUUUST might be spring - but don't be fooled... i'm sure there's a good snowfall left before we can really call this winter quits.

It's funny, in Saskatchewan the winters are so cold that you never see your neighbours.  But the minute the temperatures are above freezing kids are outside playing, walking dogs, and generally feeling the freedom from Winter's cold embrace.  (how poetic)

Our neighbours got themselves a Mini Quad and so the boys were outside with them driving it up and down the sidewalk, pulling a wagon behind.

Daredevils!
Artoo even had a turn driving, with a little help from B-rad on the throttle.  Chewie did pretty great driving too.
Faster, dad!
 We also played a fair bit of "What Time Is it Mister Wolf?"  I don't know if you're familiar with this game?  The Wolf stands on one end of the yard, and the pigs stand on the other end and scream "What time is it Mister Wolf" and the wolf yells, "3 o'clock" and the pigs take 3 steps closer to the wolf.  The idea is to get to the wolf before the wolf screams LUNCHTIME and chases the pigs and has them for lunch.   But in Artoo's world, the wolf doesn't eat you.  If the wolf catches you, you have to give him your lunch.  Over the course of the weekend i "ate" a taco, a grilled cheese sandwhich, spaghetti, avocados, mango smoothie, and pizza.

This one can be found reading pretty much anywhere in the house,
but his favourite spot is the kitchen table, or the hallway stairs.
 I gotta say that i am REALLY diggin' this 'playing outside' thing.  Go away, Winter.  We're done with you.

swinging little monkeys
 Let's get on with the challenge!

Weekly Challenge #259: "Touch of Irish"

This week is Saint Patrick's Day.

For the past two weeks, i feel as though Ireland has been following me around.  It's kind of weird in a way.  I have had several dreams, of late, that i have been visiting friends in Ireland.  (Except that i don't have any?) And i can even see the detail in the Pub we were in.  Now, i typically have lots of weird and random dreams.  So i didn't think too much of it.  But the next night i had another dream of driving a car in a small Irish town.

Okay - so two dreams in a row about Ireland? It's not like i was really immersing my waking life in all things Irish.

Then it got kind of weird.

I was leaving for Ottawa early in the morning - having just woken up from my Irish Driving dream, and i made my way to the Saskatoon airport.  The woman who was scanning our boarding passes before airport security said good morning and have a nice flight - with a very telling Irish accent.  SO i thought that was odd and i mentioned it to Tara and told her about my two dreams about Ireland.

In the plane, i randomly picked up the in flight magazine and was thumbing through it... and there was a two page spread on the beauty of Ireland.  I showed it to Tara.... "NO way!"

When we got to Ottawa and we were sitting in the first session of our Patient Engagement workshop - one of the main speakers of the night was a "humble country Doctor" with more letters behind his name than anyone i'd ever seen... and he got up to talk about some programming he was part of in his hospital in Vancouver, BC....  and.... when he started speaking, i was floored because -- the man was Irish.

I looked at Tara and mouthed "He's IRISH??" and she nodded and laughed.   what is happening??

The rest of the trip was pretty non-Irish eventful, and on our flight home - on a different Airline, with a different In Flight magazine.... a full page advertisement about Ireland being the new Europe.  I kept both in flight magazines, cuz, my brain was turning into mush.    So, i thought i'd take in a film.   I watched the film "ROOM"... and as the opening credits began, i threw my hands up in the air, and Tara laughed.  The film was produced by the Irish Film Board.

There have been the few odd moments here and there since i got back, but nothing in quite a succession than that weekend.  So. [raises glass]  Here's my Irish Coincidences!! [glasses clink] cheers

This week, bring a touch of Irish to your tile.  Whatever that means to you.  Green pens, green washes, green paper, or maybe gold, a pot of it, or a touch.  Maybe a rainbow? A shamrock string? or maybe you just want to drink a McDonald's Shamrock Shake or better yet, some Irish Whiskey as you tangle.

Here's to you, Ireland.  May i someday walk along your fields of green. 
Have a wonderful week.
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

17 comments:

  1. Wow, maybe you don't know yet but perhaps you will visit Ireland in the future. If you do you must be sure to come over to my side of Ireland, I would love to show you my village beside the sea. It has everything, a beach, a harbour, islands just off the coast, two windmills and a castle nearby. Your boys would love it. So, in a way, you do have a friend in Ireland :-)

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  2. This challenge brought back memories of our trip to Ireland and another trip to Turkey because that's where I did last year's Saint Patrick's Day challenge. Erin go Bragh.

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  3. Did you also know that the name 'Tara' is a traditional Irish name? Pronounced- 'TAH-RAAH.' So the Irish vibes were really with you since your companion's name was of course, Tara. (I grew up with an Irish girl named Tara). The luck of the Irish was really with you!
    Sarah

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  4. Almost spooky. Better buy a lottery ticket today so you can win and take that trip!

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  5. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Hope there's a trip to Ireland in your future!

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  6. With my Irish heritage I would love to visit Ireland someday! Waves from Ontario!

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  7. Woopsies, I'm really sorry, I linked to the wrong challenge. Not sure how to delete my linky :(
    *Wave from Ontario too!*

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  8. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun on your trip and that you better start planning that trip to Ireland soon!

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  9. Love all the Irish coincidences!

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  10. All those Irish things! Myself I have no connection to Ireland except I love Irish folkmusic! And green ofcourse! Love your story!

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  11. Hooray, I actually got something done, photographed, and posted!

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  12. Love your tale of all things Irish!!!

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  13. To be sure you will be off to Ireland sometime in the future and when you get there it fells like home! Then drop into Australia as well. You know you have friends all over the world who read your blog even if they don't join in the challenge. We have a spare bed!
    Mary

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  14. I made this celtic heart recently and my pattern Ijsblomme could also pass as some kind of clover.

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  15. I hope you get to visit Ireland soon; and then you can tell us all about it so we can drool and be jealous.

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tangle me some zen, baby!!