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“If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!”

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

You know Saint Patrick, right?  He lived in the fifth century and used the shamrock as a metaphor to explain the Holy Trinity.  He is also credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland.  Now, most naturalists agree there were never any snakes in Ireland, but does that really matter?

This day seems a good time for me to take note of all that makes me feel lucky.

Mom and GrandmaI am part Irish through my mom’s mom.  It is a great legacy through two great women.  I love the memories that come to mind of them, especially when I am wearing green in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day.  That both Mom and Grandma enjoyed gardening, I thought of them especially the other day when I noticed some shamrocks sprouting near my apartment.


I also feel lucky that this year’s El Nino is ending the drought in California.  Well, that might be an overstatement—perhaps I have kissed the Blarney Stone? The truth is that the nearly 20 storms that have come through my area this year have provided enough rain to almost reach our norm for the year.  That is a good start at helping to break the drought.

IMG_9024The weather has been glorious lately—making it seem like spring with flowers blooming all over.  I was able to take a short trip to Death Valley to witness the Superbloom erupting there this spring, a maybe once a decade event.  It was wonderful!  But I am also lucky that flowers are showing the wonder of nature all over town.

You just have to take the minute to notice them!






In general, I am just lucky to be as healthy and happy as I am. Sure I am not thrilled with the current political rhetoric that is igniting fear and hate throughout the country, but I am hopeful that truth, charity and community responsibility will eventually generate a wise outcome.  That hope makes me feel lucky to live in America where even crazy people can run for office and crazier people can vote for them.

Saugaro NP Rincon & West 115Saugaro NP Rincon & West 124In my day-to-day life, I have good family and friends.  I have plans for a couple more trips this spring to enjoy Nature.  One later this week—in fact—where I might see some desert blooms!  I have recently discovered some new authors I am enjoying like Stan Jones and R. Allen Chappell and rediscovering others who are worth re-reading like Stieg Larsson and Alice Walker.  I am working on some projects—and completion is in sight.  My federal tax refund just showed up in my account, Cadbury mini-chocolate eggs are just so good, and a neighbor’s cat was enjoying the sunshine on my patio earlier today.  Overall, gratitude and appreciation regularly help make my life better in every way possible.


 What are you feeling lucky about today?

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 A Little Irish Wisdom

 “May the road rise to meet you.  May the wind be always at your back.  May the sun shine warm about your face  and rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

“Health and a long life to you.  Land without rent to you.  A child every year to you.  And if you can’t go to heaven, may you at least die in Ireland.”

“May God grant you many years to live, For sure he must be knowing the earth has angels all too few, and heaven is overflowing.”

“May the roof above us never fall in, and may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”

“May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.”

“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.”

“May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.  May good luck pursue you each morning and night.”

“Bless you and yours as well as the cottage you live in.  May the roof overhead be well thatched, and those inside be well matched.”

“May those who love us love us, and those that don’t love us, may God turn their hearts.  And if he doesn’t turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles, so we’ll know them by their limping.”

“Praise the child and you praise the mother.”

 “’Tis better to buy a small bouquet and give to your friend this very day than a bushel of roses white and red to lay on his coffin after he’s dead.”

 “Humor to a man is like a feather pillow.  It is filled with what is easy to get but gives great comfort.”

 “God is good, but never dance in a small boat.”

 “Life is like a cup of tea.  It’s all in how you make it.”

 “May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.”

 “May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks.  May your heart be as light as a song.  May each day bring you bright, happy hours that stay with you all the year long.”

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures.”

 “May you have food and raiment, a soft pillow for your head.  May you be forty years in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead.”

“May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends.  And may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.”

“May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.”

 “May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.”

 “A life making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing at all.”  George Bernard Shaw

 “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” Oscar Wilde

Comments on: "Feeling Lucky: Happy St. Patrick’s Day" (12)

  1. Love your post, Patti! You’re so right that there is beauty all around, if we take the time to look. And you’ve clearly taken the time — your photos are lovely! Thank you, too, for your list of things you feel lucky about. One resonated in particular: We are indeed lucky to live in a country where a crazy person can run for president. But I can tell you right now I won’t feel at all lucky if said crazy person gets elected! As for all those wonderful quotes at the end … ah, pure Irish gold. Thank you. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by. I do agree with you–feeling lucky does not mean I am downright scared about the prospects of someone crazy being elected. Maybe it will be wise–if the worst happens–to move to Canada. But then I know I saw somewhere online that if Trump wins, Canada plans to build a wall along the border and charge USA for it! Happy St. Pat’s Day!

      • HAHA! I hadn’t heard that bit about Canada building a wall, but I suppose it only seems fair, doesn’t it? What a strange time we’re living in, Patti …

      • Yeah, it will be pretty bad if we all want to run away from home. Let’s think happy, lucky, sane thoughts.

  2. Lisa M. Schwerdt said:

    Those Irish toasts are the best! Erin Go Bragh!!

  3. Barbara Yong said:

    Very nicely done. On Mar 17, 2016 12:38 AM, “Learn More Every Day” wrote:

    > Patti Ross posted: ““If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky > enough!” Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! You know Saint Patrick, right? He > lived in the fifth century and used the shamrock as a metaphor to explain > the Holy Trinity. He is also credited with dri” >

    • Thanks. This year Mom and Grandma have been on my mind more than usual. I think it is getting out and about seeing all the flowers lately.

  4. Beautiful. I am blessed to have had the opportunity this afternoon to sit in the sun, a warm breeze drifting through the backyard, birds singing, and a good book on my lap. It was difficult to concentrate on the book with spring booming all around me. 🙂

  5. Deborah the Closet Monster said:

    I feel lucky to have the family, job, and overall life I do. Though finances will be rough for probably a couple of years, that’s but a fraction of my overall experience.

    On Monday, I’ll be glad that my 40 days of strictly clean eating are up, and plan on celebrating with a beer and a little chocolate. (I love Cadbury Eggs, so that’s a likely contender!)

    I, too, am glad for the El Nino rains, both for the water they bring … and for the sense of home in them.

    • So true. Finances can make things complicated but the best things in life are there whether we have bills or not! Enjoy your beer and chocolate when you can. I had a Guinness for Saint Paddy’s Day! I had nit thought about how your OR roots would miss the wetter climate, but do understand. Thanks for stopping by.

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