Friday, March 17, 2017

Kiss Me, I'm 1/32 Irish



I might as well say that I like to pretend I'm Irish. 
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I know very little about my Irish ancestor, who hailed from Tipperary, beyond his name, whom he married, and who his children and descendants were and are. The one thing I am intrigued by is that the family stories about him have proven true... When family stories can be verified, it really is exciting. 

My children are a lot more Irish than I by virtue of having 1/64 Irish blood on my side and 1/8 Irish on the paternal side. Let's see if I can do the math — 9/64? 14%? Wow. Cool. 

Are you Irish, too? Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, right? 

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Before the snowstorm fades into oblivion...


Okay, this thing...Stella was it...will not be fading into oblivion any time soon if the temps below freezing and the amount on my deck are any indication. (And I have been hearing rumors that the white stuff will continue... Shhhhhh... )

Don't worry, I had my comforts.









And then! A new pretty package in the mailbox...





















Mrs. T from Across My Kitchen Table sent me this beautiful doily that she thinks her great-grandmother may have crocheted. She tells me that it had my name all over it. ☺ I think it is wonderful. Just look at that intricate work and yellow is my favorite color. The tea containers are so cute. I have already enjoyed the rooibos tea and have the breakfast tea to look forward to, perhaps today. Wonder if the specialty tea bag wrapper is something Mrs. T. printed. Must ask. Thank you so much, Mrs. T!


What are you doing today? I am going out for lunch...no corned beef hash, though maybe I shall bake some soda bread. Thanks for popping by! I appreciate you.


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44 comments:

  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Vee. What a lovely and thoughtful gift from Mrs. T! With all the snow you have, the bright yellow doily is certainly a welcome sight! Enjoy your day. xoxo

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  2. I am one-half Irish....and I love it! What a beautiful gift of the handmade doily Vee. Just a treasure to receive. I must tell you how I admire your photos today...so warm and just speaks of home and hearth! Great job! Wishing you warmer days ahead....hugs from me to you!

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  3. A very Happy St. Patrick's Day...my husbands family is from Ireland and Scotland and oh the stories I could tell you...and of course, you know my sons name is Liam Patrick. I am Yugoslavian, so, there you go...we all have tempers, giggling.

    Oh, sweet friend, we got 24 inches of the white stuff here in western NY---enough already. What a lovely gift you received...no corn beef here, the first ever...its high in sodium and trans fat....smiles

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  4. I am 100% Irish!! Love this day and your pics are darling. Have a great weekend.

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  5. There's a wee bit of Irish thrown into my mix. It comes from my grandma's side... the Maguires. That, however, is about all I can tell you about that.
    I would imagine you are getting weary of the snow by now. I do like the creative way you chose to document the snowstorm today.
    Mrs. T. knows just how to lift the spirits on a late winter day. What a lovely package and that doily is just beautiful. I think that tea might taste especially good with a slice of soda bread.
    I'm off to have lunch with my sister-in-law today. Stay warm over there and have a nice weekend.

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    1. Me, too! (My sister-in-law, not yours. 😏) Great minds think alike.

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  6. Top 'o the morning' to ya Vee!!! Enjoyed your post very much and hope that snow soon disappears for you. Can't say there is any Irish blood in me but we sure loved visiting that beautiful emerald island some years ago!

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  7. Yes, I think everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. What a lovely gift from Mrs. T. Yellow is such a happy color. Enjoy your comforts as the snow melts! Happy Friday!

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  8. I am a bit Irish, along with several other nationalities. Today I am making corned beef and colcannon (mashed potatoes with chopped cabbage and leeks, lots of butter too)

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  9. There's some Irish in me but probably less than you. I enjoyed your snow anatomy and hope you don't get any more. The ground will be well watered. What a sweet little doily and just your color. A double cheer up--in it's arrival, and in it's color!

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  10. Isn't yellow your favorite color? Someone knows you well and knows that you will find a most creative way to use that beautiful doily. ~ I'm suppose to have some Scottish ancestry, but I don't suppose that counts today.

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  11. I am at least part Irish ... not sure how much. My dad has a very Irish surname, but his own dad passed away very young and so he knew almost nothing about his "roots". So I claim undocumented Irish ancestry!

    I enjoyed this post so much; the "Anatomy of a Snowstorm" was such a great idea. I never thought to do anything like that. It was sweet of you to share my package -- and I must say, the doily looks even nicer thanks to your amazing photography skills. The tea bag envelopes were a free download. You can find them on this page: Wonders and Trinkets. I've had them for awhile and had to go look and see if they were still available. They are. One could get lost on The Toymaker site for quite awhile, so you may want to make a cup of tea to enjoy while browsing!

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    1. Oh Thank You for revealing your source! ☀️

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  12. Glad to see the snow does not stop the mail from being delivered! Yikes, that's a good accumulation. Ahh yes, it's fun to be Irish for a day or two. We just found out recently that Dear has some Irish in his genes. Not even a sliver of Irish in me. Now should I wear green or orange today? I think I'll wear a wee bit of both colors! Glad you can still get out with all that snow on the ground.

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  13. What fun and beautiful mail you received! So nice to get something besides snow, isn't it. You've got a lot more Irish blood in your veins than I do. So happy St. Pat's Day to you. We Scandinavians are just pressing our noses against the window, looking in.

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  14. Vee you get the prettiest packages. That doily is just beautiful and a pretty sunshiny yellow. I'm sure it will brighten the haven during these last winter days. I do have a bit of Irish blood from paternal and maternal sides. Not much celebrating around here, but I did make some Irish soda bread. Have a great lunch. ♥

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  15. No green on my body today but a Happy St. Paddy's Day to you! I have no idea about the percentage of Irish in me. Does it count that I want to go there more than any other country? The Ray side of the family is where any Irish blood would be found...red hair, freckles and all...not Jim, but his father and many related to him :) I do like your anatomy of Stella. It seems you got more from her than you expected at first...oh well, this too shall pass. Your package from Mrs. T was so sweet...LOVE that gorgeous doily!

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  16. That is a beautiful doily! And it even got delivered in all that snow. If we had a snow like that around here, everything would just shut down. We've had a total of maybe 2-3 inches altogether this winter. Strange weather here. We're very dry now.
    I have ancestors from Ireland, Scotland and Germany. My late aunt traced our roots back to Robert the Bruce aka King of Scotland who would be my great, great (count great 27 times) grandfather. That was interesting to find out. :)

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  17. Dear Vee, yes, I am actually writing to the person I intended this to be for! LOL! Mine and your little joke. Lord help my mind! Happy St. Patrick's day! I so wish I could stay home this afternoon and make some corn beef! Instead we must go to a wedding that we feel we must attend. Some things you just gotta do to keep peace. Hoping things are well with you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  18. The doily is so pretty. No, I'm not Irish but I am wearing a green (very bright) tee shirt over a warm turtle neck shirt. On this day I think back to our Irish vacation a few years back when we walked the Ring of Kerry.
    Not doing anything special, just a regular happy day. I got to walk outside today. : )

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  19. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Vee! I was surprised when I had the Ancestry DNA test done to learn that I have 40%Irish DNA. I only know of Scottish ancestors, but they were from southwest Scotland, Ayr, and that was settled centuries, if not millennia ago, by Irish. So there you are...I'm celebrating quietly at home.
    I love that yellow potholder you received. It does seem as if meant for you, just you!

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  20. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Vee! Yes, I have some Irish in me as my great-grandmother was Irish. Ah, I do love the Irish.

    I so enjoyed visiting with you this afternoon. THe gift from Mrs. T. is truly amazing and given from the heart - she is a sweetie pie!

    And I love your header with the tea pot and tea cups. It's simply lovely.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

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  21. Oh my. That snow. Great pictures. I hope it is all melted by now.

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  22. Such a sweet pkg. from a sweet blogger...
    I must tell you that our grands have been swimming, tanning and hot tubing all week...just beautiful, warm weather.
    Bill says to tell you THANK YOU so much for the sweet card....xo

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  23. I have Irish blood. Our Scottish ancestors went to Ireland before coming to America.

    I am hoping that we are all done with snow for now and that we can move into real spring temperatures!

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  24. No Irish blood for me, but there's some in my husband's family. Can't say we're doing much to celebrate the day. My daughter came over from the mainland and I enjoyed the afternoon with her, and will have dinner with her husband and mother-in-law, as father-in-law is in the hospital. They're there now, which is why I have a few moments before finishing the last bits of dinner.
    Your window glimpses show such pretty vignettes made even cozier by the snowstorm outside. Hope the white stuff melts quickly.

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  25. I do have Irish in me, Vee, and fixed an Irish meal last night and had some friends that have been mine and my late Beloved's for about 40 years. They moved to the Dallas area, from Ohio, six months before we did. There's nothing like sharing memories and friendship with dear friends, over good food.
    Your doily from Mrs. T is a work of art! That was so sweet and the color must cheer you while looking at all that snow! Happy weekend, Vee! xx

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  26. I've never had the DNA ancestry test but I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't some Irish in me since Denmark is just a short Viking boat ride away from the British Isles ;) Sheesh! We only got 10-12 inches of snow and we thought that was a lot.

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  27. The yellow crochet doily is amazing! Soo pretty for one who's been deep in snow for so long!

    I don't know if I have any Irish in me. There's English, so somewhere in there, there's bound to be a bit of Irish.

    I wear green on St. Pat's Day to keep from getting pinched (and depending on the shade, I look pretty good in green).

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  28. This comment has nothing to do with this post, at least I don't think so, other than I know I am part Irish just don't know exactly how much. There must be a lot in me as I have always wanted to visit Ireland! Hmm Did I say this comment had nothing to do with the post?
    One thing for sure I so enjoyed reading some of your previous posts, especially your thoughts about instagram, and bloggers leaving!The jury is still out on that as far as I am concerned, it is quicker as you say, but to me not as personable, unless you already know them as friends on blogger! I am seriously thinking about trying my hand at blogging again! But if my memory serves me right, I think I have made that statement before! ha ha!

    It was nice to catch up on you and your Father, I must say he does not look his age, I will be praying for his health to continue improve! And I was so blown away by how mature Sam and Jake seemed, have I been away from blogging that long??? The redoing of the room is so nice I love that shade of blue in the room!
    I wish I had more time this evening to read more posts, hopefully a little later, as I have so missed reading about your "haven" as it has always been one for me too!
    Much love,
    Sue

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  29. Happy weekend to you, Vee. I love your claim to being Irish. My grandmother Owen was Irish Catholic and met and married my Church of England (English) grandfather. They married and both families disowned them so they came straightway to the USA. Granddad bought a farm on top of a mt in PA in an Irish community and settled there. I was born and raised three miles from the old homestead. He was a farmer and school master. I was always a little afraid of him because he was so stern. My grandmother died in childbirth (#10) when my dad was young and granddad raised 7 of the 10 kids to adulthood. Kind of a sad life really...

    Hope you have a good night- xo Diana

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  30. Oh, my goodness, all that snow. We were out all afternoon readying our patio and back porch for spring and burning up. Happy rest of your weekend!

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  31. Wow that's a lot of snow! So glad I'm living in the South now :-) What a wonderful little package to receive, how sweet of her to do that :-) Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

    blessings,
    Jill

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    1. We'll see what you think in August. =D

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  32. I am not Irish but I do love a good corned beef and cabbage meal. I'm 100% Finnish and March 16th is Happy St Urho's day :) I love your new doily, my grandmother used to make them.

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  33. I have no Irish blood whatsoever...however, I have an award-winning Irish dancing granddaughter. Does that count at all? There was nothing green in the closet to wear on Friday either, so I ate a salad for lunch as my token celebration of St. Patrick's day. :) My husband's grandmother crocheted doilies(and hot pad covers)that looked identical to that. Brings back good memories! Love the nicely packaged tea too. Hope spring is nearby for you. I saw my first robin outside my kitchen window this morning. There is hope.

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    1. It's got to count for more than being 1/32 Irish...

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  34. I hope you are thawing now and have a good week ahead. I love the tea cup and whatever photo effect you used! Very nice! Thanks too for the prayers...they are appreciated and very much needed. Hugs, Diane

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  35. I didn't have much opportunity for blog visiting or commenting while I was away, so I'm a tad late.
    With the maiden name of Kelly, one would think I had some Irish blood. I don't think so, but as you said, we all claim to be Irish on the 17th! The calendar tells us tomorrow is the first day of spring. I hope Ma Nature is paying attention. It can start to warm up anytime now! Let's hope our snowstorms are done!

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  36. Yep, we definitely have Irish in our family on both sides. We are primarily Scots-Irish-Welsh. The two red-headed children and red-headed cousins on both my husband's and my side of the family are dead giveaway's to our Irish roots. We celebrate St. Patrick's Day (corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, etc.), and I love that I was able to visit his grave when we were in Ireland (which I posted about on Friday). I learned a lot about this man who was taken into slavery by the Irish, only to escape but then feel God called him to go back and share Christ with his captors. Amazing. Oh, and loved the photos over the course of the snowstorm. Wow... a LOT of snow.

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  37. You are fortunate in your friends, Vee, that doily is wonderful, especially knowing its history. Stay warm!
    Amalia
    xo

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  38. Not Irish, but I do have red hair so I suppose there could be an Irishman in the woodpile somewhere ;) What a sweet happy mail package! You certainly have some thoughtful friends :)

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  39. Such beautiful gifts, Vee!
    My father was of Irish ancestry and my mother Ukrainian. I had my DNA tested and found out I have 68% blend of Irish, English, French and German ancestry and only 15% eastern European. The rest was Scandinavian and the Balkans. So I guess we are all a little bit of many backgrounds if we do this test!

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  40. What a beautiful gift! Hope you are faring alight with the weather.

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