Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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Happy Irish Day, Everyone! I wanted to dedicate my blog day to the Irish everywhere and celebrate their rich history! Enjoy!

Blarney Stone
Blarney stone The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence. The legend says that an old woman cast a spell on the stone to reward a king who had saved her from drowning. Kissing the stone while under the spell gave the king the ability to speak sweetly and convincingly. It's difficult reach the stone. Kissers have to lie on their back and bend backward or downward, holding iron bars for support.


St. Patrick's Day Pinch
School children have started a little tradition of their own. They pinch classmates who don't wear green on this holiday. Wearing green is strictly a U.S. custom, as the color green is not popular in Ireland. Green is connected to the old green flag and a time when Ireland was not free. Green is also a color connected with hope and nature.


Toasts
Here's to absent friends and here's twice to absent enemies.

Here's to the light heart and the heavy hand.

Thirst is a shameless disease so here's to a shameful cure.

Here's to a wet night and a dry morning.

May we always have a clean shirt, a clean conscience, and a bob in the pocket.

May you be across Heaven's threshold before the old boy knows you're dead.


Superstitions
Moon, moon tell unto me,
When my true love I shall see?

What fine clothes am I to wear?
How many children will I bear?

For if my love comes not to me,
Dark and dismal my life will be.


This verse, recited by a maiden as she gathered special herbs by the light of the first full moon of the new year, could reveal a future husband and cause the girl to have a true dream about the man--if she first complied with certain requirements. With a black-handled knife she had to cut out three pieces of earth, bring them home, tie them in her left stocking, and secure the bundle with her right garter. The completed package then had to be placed upon her pillow.


When yawning, make the sign of the cross instantly over your mouth, or the evil spirit will make a rush down and take up his abode with you.


It is unlucky to offer your right hand in salutation, for thee is an old say, "A curse with the left hand to those we hate, but the right hand to those we honor."


If the palm of your hand itches you will be getting money; if the elbow, you will be changing beds.


Breaking a mirror brought seven years of bad luck, while two people washing hands in the same basin at the same time courted disaster.



Sayings
A man that can't laugh at himself should be given a mirror.

A man takes a drink; the drink takes a drink; the drink takes the man.

A narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in one swig.

Morning is the time to pity the sober. The way they're feeling then is the best they're going to feel all day.

You can lead the horse to the well, but you can't make him drink.

Better the coldness of a friend than the sweetness of an enemy.

Be nice to them on the way up. You might meet them all on the way down.

If a man fools me once, shame on him. If he fools me twice, shame on me.

Let your anger set the sun and not rise again with it.



Irish Humor
What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control his wife?
A bachelor.


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Definition of an Irish husband:
He hasn't kissed his wife for twenty years, but he will kill any man who does.


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Courtship is a time during which the girl decides whether she can do better or not.

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Dinny was standing in the street the other day when an English chap came up to him and said,
"I say old chap, could you show me the way to the nearest boozer?"
Says Dinny, hopefully,
You're looking at him."


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An Irishman who had a little to much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road. A cop pulls him over.

"So," says the cop to the driver, "where have you been?"

"Why, I've been to the pub of course" slurs the drunk.

"Well," says the cop, "it looks like you've had quite a few to drink this evening".

"I did all right," the drunk says with a smile.

"Did you know," says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, "that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?"

"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk. "For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."


Irish Coffee

Mmmmmmmmmmmm.......how about an Irish nightcap?


1 shot Irish Whiskey
1 tbsp Sugar
6 oz. Coffee
Whipped Cream for garnish


Pre-warm a stemmed glass. Add the whiskey.
Add the sugar and stir in the coffee.
Float the whipped cream on top.
Drink the coffee through the cream.
Do not stir after adding the cream.

I'd like to thank the folks at Marvelicious St. Patrick's Day Page for all the cool St. Patty's day information!

Marvelicious St. Patty's Day Page

May you find a four-leaf clover and a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow today!
~Blessings and Happy Reading!
Alisha Paige

11 comments:

Sierra Wolfe said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

LOL! You made ma laugh. I loved your post today. I love to read about old wives tales and traditions. Some of these I've heard before, some are new to me. It was a lot of fun reading them all. Thanks for sharing.

Mark Alders said...

lol

I needed that. Thanks, Alisha!

Tierney said...

Happy St's Paddy's Day!!!

Tierney O'Malley
Irish through and through---hmm...maybe.

Alisha Paige said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my blogging partners...man...that sure does sound Texan...lol! Glad I made you laugh, Mark and Sierra! Tierney, you sound VERY Irish!

Hugs,
Alisha

Carrie said...

Belatedly, Happy St. Pat's Day!

I'm still celebrating my birthday which was this past Saturday.

I was just made aware of your site today and I think it's awesome!

I had a lot of nice chuckles today. Well done!

Carrie from Wisconsin

Sierra Wolfe said...

Happy belated birthday, Carrie!!

Carrie said...

Thanks Sierra!

Tierney said...

Hey there Carrie,

Happy belated big day!

Glad you found us!!

Tierney

Sierra Wolfe said...

You're welcome! Mark's post is coming up soon, you'll like it! He's so fun!

Sierra Wolfe said...

Ha! Tierney, you snuck in just before me. Didn't know you were sneaking around here right now. I'm watching you, mwaaaahhhhhhaaaahhh

Alisha Paige said...

Sorry I'm late in chiming in but I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Carrie!

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