Hello, everyone and Happy St. Paddy's Day. Have you noticed my green font? I'm not crazy about the color green, at least in my clothing, paint colors, my clothing...did I say that? I own nothing green. We celebrate this huge, huge day on the Sunday before the actual March 17th here on the Southside of Chicago. Our parade rivals the one in Downtown Chicago big time as we are predominately an Irish Catholic neighborhood. So many from "over on the boat' as we say of the Irish who leave family and friends behind to join relatives here in Chicago. In the past I've posted pictures of our parade and the traditional dying of the Chicago River to a brilliant green. And as always, rest assured people, it's vegetable dye and wouldn't harm a carp.
Loving my carnations. My grocery store (yes, Jane was haunting the grocery stores again this week) had a deal...3 bouquets for $12. I hopped on it. They were huge bunches. Carnations, or mums, last SO long. Change the water often, it gets a little smelly. :(
I had enough of those carnations to make a vase for my coffee table. I am always sort of amazed at how this glass table looks like an optical illusion when I take photos. Everything seems to be floating on air. Then you can see my rug underneath and I always wonder if I missed picking up a few wayward cracker crumbs or peanut shells that someone may notice.
I love candy dishes filled with chocolates. I'm pretty much over my sweet faze and I like when my kids come by and scoop a handful up. I'll be known as that crazy old Mom/Grandma that always had candy.
And the last of my three bouquets are these white mums. I'm in flower heaven. Even better, I am seeing so many new green shoots in my yard. Daffs, tulips, day lilies, crocus and hyacinths. We had a very mild winter here however, and the last time this happened my spring plants such as these came up very stunted. I didn't think the bulbs would ever bloom nicely again. Here in the Midwest they really need a good 6 weeks of very cold temps, even a few freezes. I'm wary of what might actually be my spring garden. Fingers crossed for the best.
A new sign. I think it's darling. I'm a little embarrassed to say I have not yet brought up anything spring-like from the storage. Not one bunny or egg. I'm on the go and when I'm not, I feel like doing absolutely nothing. I will get to it tomorrow as I really have nothing planned for once. The Husband thinks I should schedule appointments and errands in one or two full days. I, on the other hand, like to spread them out over the week thinking its good to get out every day. I don't simply do one thing, I throw in a few errands and my little trips to the store (I know---I'm insane).
At the risk of boring you as far as the never ending skin issues, and this might just wrap it up, I am so improved. I started the photo light therapy at a dermatology clinic in a suburb nearby. Actually, it's 20 minutes away, I sit in the waiting room about 15 minutes and the time spent in the area where I get the 'rays" is 45 seconds. But I'm not complaining. I no longer have the horrid rash or blotches, nor the hive like symptoms on my face and neck. The spots where I scratched like crazy and drew blood are healing so well. I feel hopeful each and every day. 2 days a week...a little over an hour of my time. Thanks for listening to me and weighing in on your problems with eczema or someone you know, and your ways of dealing with it. We're helping each other. :)
I am really getting excited about our trip to Vancouver. It's been over 10 years since we've been there. My brother-in-law met a lovely girl visiting Chicago who lived in Vancouver. After a long distance relationship he moved there and they were married. Of course we were all there and what a great time it was from the wedding to the reception at the Vancouver Yacht Club. Yeah...a great way to celebrate the marriage and our first trip to this incredibly beautiful place, but little time to explore. We re meeting up with Jack when we visit and we are so looking forward to that. I'm planning to meet a blogger friend (or two) as well and I want to thank these ladies for giving me some great tips on what to pack, wear, see and explore. And my friend, Lynne, from Dreams On 34th Street who lives in Seattle ...she's given me a wealth of info. Thanks, Lynne!!!
I have pretty much all I need. The weather is up and down there. Layers. And a trip up to Whistler in the mountains...iffy. As per usual I overpack but I'm really trying to plan ahead and stay clear of that. Yes, I know it won't happen but give me credit for trying. Above you can see a pair of flats I found today. Are they not cool? They certainly go with the basic black I wear every single day. Can I say slimming? The clothes, not the shoes. Although the shoes may help. Mentally.
Lastly, a picture of Elsie all decked out for the Southside Parade this past Sunday. Sadly it rained like cats and dogs. But Kevin and Mary Clare soldiered on with a huge golf umbrella. You can't stop the stubborn Irish! Elsie is looking a little skeptical here but I know she had a great time.
My son, Kevin, MC and little Elsie all bundled up. Mary Clare's mom, Peggy, you know her...my partner in crime/Elsie's other grandma, had a brunch the morning of the parade (she lives about 4 blocks from the route). It was delicious and so fun. A wonderful spread of pastries, egg casseroles, sausages and bagels. And of course, mimosas. We had a great time with little Elsie, and Katie (MC's sister) and Kevin's little girl Margot toddling around and making us laugh. Katie's little girl, Cecilia, born just before Christmas is precious. How full our family has become. I skipped the parade...I'm not a fan of crappy weather unless I'm on a shopping spree (!) and I'm not totally Irish--I have a bit of German on my mother's side. Her maiden name was Doll (imagine if her name was Barbara what she could have been called for short). Terrible. The food in Germany I am sure is wonderful, but when my grandfather visited and cooked, and he was the one who cooked in the family, it was so bland. I sincerely think it was his way, I have no inclination to insult the Germans for anything. I'm sure I would totally enjoy a visit, in fact my sons went to Cologne to stay with friends when they were in their early teens.
Long story short. Parade Sunday. I left the brunch with Abby and her boyfriend Tom and we went to a restaurant a few blocks from home and met up with Tom's (huge) family. So fun. I had two glasses of wine on top of two mimosas at brunch and all I wanted to do was go home and take a nap. But corned beef and cabbage called and that's what I worked on once home. Me and a huge pot of coffee.
As I write it's still Wednesday. I have no plans to make anything remotely Irish, German or even Italian or Guatemalan. Maybe we will have Corn Flakes for dinner.