my St Patrick's Day wish for u is

May you live to be a hundred years With one extra year to repent.

May those who love us, love us And those who don't love us, May God turn their hearts And if he can't turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles So we will know them by their limping!



CuddleFish March 14, 2010 @ 7:03 p.m.

LOLOL!!! Thanks, nan, you cheered me up! xxxx


nan shartel March 15, 2010 @ 5:55 p.m.

thx da was 100% Irish...and could even speak Gallic...or as he would say The Tongue"

oh he could tell such enchanting lies...what a guy!!!

i loved him this much


MsGrant March 15, 2010 @ 7:30 p.m.

We Grants may be Scots, but we love ourselves some Irish!! Thanks for the wish, Nan!


Robert Johnston March 15, 2010 @ 8:47 p.m.

We Johnstons may be "border reviers" that put plenty of fear in the forces of the Longshanks, but there are plenty of Emerald Island folks who have found our clan rather loveable. My great grandfather Jesse Nichol came from Belfast (Born & Bred there), made his home in Wenatchee, WA; and his daughter Frances married my Grandfather Bob--starting the current line that ends with me.

And if only many folks we know of would heed this saying:

"True strength lies in gentleness."

then we need not have much reason to take up arms against each other, true?



nan shartel March 15, 2010 @ 11:29 p.m.

Ms Grant ..i lived among the Scots for 16 years...and my favorite all time thing there was Robby Burns Birthday party every January in out little town...north central looked much like Scotland in Spring...with it's rolling Green treeless hills...if u ever get a chance to travel the Columbia Gorge River route on Hwy 84 in Spring u'll know what i mean

the pipes in winter...the quiet pride as the Haggish was piped in for the festivities...YES!!!



nan shartel March 15, 2010 @ 11:38 p.m. country!!!!

what a simply beautiful area in Washington!!!

at one time all of Washington, Oregon and most of Idaho was the property of Canada...what silly peeps they were to give it up...and Scots and Irish abounded as trappers and woodsmen there long before Clark and Lewis came...the relationship those original settler had with native people was respectful and pow wows with whites were and are still called Rendezvous in that part of the a more intimate connotation to the affairs

as u can probably tell LPR...i surely miss the Northwest


nan shartel March 15, 2010 @ 11:40 p.m.



CuddleFish March 15, 2010 @ 11:42 p.m.

What lovely memmories, nan, thanks for sharing them! :)


MsGrant March 16, 2010 @ 7:52 a.m.

Thanks for the travel tip, Nan! I'm long overdue for a road trip. LPR, that was very nice. I think I'll make a poster of it and tape it to my wall at work. Maybe I'll paint the entire wall with it. Calm down the bullies.

Has anyone had haggis? They serve vegetarian haggis all over Scotland now, and it's actually quite good, with neeps and tatties. My husband gets the real deal and thinks it is quite savory, but I think what they serve in the restaurants might not be traditional. I did not see a stomach anywhere.


CuddleFish March 16, 2010 @ 8:26 a.m.

I've never had haggis but I hear it's delicious. The veggie style sounds even better!

MsG, might be good to paint that on a rock, if reading it doesn't work, you can always bash heads with it. ;)

(Come on, Daniels, waiting on you to scold me for that.)


Robert Johnston March 16, 2010 @ 9 a.m.

Haggis--nay on that! If I'm going to have anything made with oatmeal, I'll have mine straight and dry, with a bit of maple syrup or honey, thank you very much!

Give me some decent shortbread and a liter of chilled Earl Grey tea, and I'm a happy lad!



nan shartel March 16, 2010 @ 9:36 a.m.

ah people...u make my heart beat just that bit more steady as my old Da would was baked in a cows stomach with lots of oatmeal involved...but a great deal of meat and other root vegetables involved as Scotland it was like Thanksgiving stuffing a kitchen sink meal...and another version of meat loaf

tee neeps and tatties Ms Grant??...why sounds to me like u could recite "Ode to a Mouse" in the Tongue

may i send u a bouquet of purple thistles for Spring...hahahahahaha

and LPR...the shortbeard for sure and the Earl Green..with some peppermint leaves in it...hoecakes for u then fine sir...or corncakes...sometimes eggs were baked in the haggish...are u sure u DON'T want any LPR???


nan shartel March 16, 2010 @ 9:45 a.m.

~~tisk tisk tisk~~ Cuddles...hahahahahahahahaha...impulse control u hot blood Mexican!!!

i think Ms Grant should host a Robbie Burns Birthday party next year

~~wha da ya tink Cuddles~~???


CuddleFish March 16, 2010 @ 10:10 a.m.

Great idea, nanners! I'm up for a Robbie party! :)


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