SPD-1 (St. Patrick’s Day Minus One)

Today is St. Patrick’s Day Eve. Is there such a thing?

Oops! Burp!

At 7:00 am prompt, our trusty sidekick, Mr. O’Scout, placed his cold nose on Mary’s arm, which was the equivalent of raising the dead!  After the first blood-curdling scream, I popped up and let Scout to the great outdoors.  I managed to flip on the house heater to melt the icicles from the coffee pot; the day had officially started.

What do you call a fake Irish diamond?  A shamrock!

No, Scout, you can bite St. Patty tomorrow, not today!

Irony Of The Day: The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever to 47 million people as of the most recent figures available in 2013.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us, “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is that “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

It’s off to the Elks via Scout’s hairdresser; he wanted to be pretty for the 17th! We then did a b-line for the Elks arriving there in plenty of time to get a ringside seat for today’s frivolity!

Just me!

It was wear-a-hat Thursday, we had to be prepared!

Cut as a bug’s ear!

We departed the Elks at about 1:30 pm and stopped by Albertsons for Irish soda bread and non-alcoholic beer for me.  We called the groomers, and Scout was ready; he had repeatedly been prancing back and forth and requesting applause from the staff.

From there to the gas station where we pulled in on just fumes!  How empty was the tank? $94.50 worth of empty!

After getting home, we unloaded the groceries (mostly unleaded beer), Irish Soda Bread, and some odds and ends.  We took a short nap, and then Robin arrived to assist us this evening.  Robin and Colleen talked via Alexa for quite a while.

Two chatterboxes at work!

Mary said to get the remaining corned beef from the outside frig, and we had six more to add to the two we already had in the frig!  The corned beef seemed smaller this year, and we do not know why!

The crockpot, Instapot, and oven-baking pot were getting ready to be filled/  Robin jotted down the times as we would be at the eye doctor at 9:30 am for a pre-test for the coming eye surgery.   She will get things started; she is so helpful to us!

Robin to the rescue!

The potatoes, onions, carrots, and garlic are ready; they only need eight hours of heat.  We are timing dinner for 5:00 pm tomorrow, and we also expect Zachary and Remi to show up to add to the merriment!

How do you know if an Irishman is having fun? He’s Dublin over with laughter!

All it needs is a nice slow heat!

Mary is now adding the secret ingredient, a newt’s eye, and a frog’s toe!  Now it is really ready!

Eyes of newts are difficult to come b these days!

We watched a great movie called  “Forsaken” with Keifer and Donald Sutherland. Summary: In 1872, an embittered gunslinger named John Henry Clayton attempted to make amends with his estranged father, Reverend Samuel Clayton, while ruthless land-grabbers besieged their community.  John Henry returns to his hometown hoping to repair his relationship with his estranged father, but a local gang is terrorizing the town. John Henry is the only one who can stop them; however, he has abandoned his gun and reputation as a fearless quick-draw killer.

While watching the movie, Mary made St. Patricks Day deviled eggs; green, of course.  It was difficult to find green chickens, but we managed it anyway!

Ready for the party!

It somehow became 10:30 pm so we all turned in for the evening.  Tomorrow will be a big day1

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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