HA!! Little did I know that an even more serious bug had established a base in my body, and that the next several weeks would be spent battling an
awful fever, extreme aches, utter exhaustion, and a serious bout of pneumonia.
I have been very sick but I am on the road to recovery and have enough of that latest black-listed antibiotic Azithromycin in me to be a government test case.
And although I don’t have a drop of lucky Irish blood, the medicine is working!
~~thank you to all of my friends who were worried~~
I wasn’t sure I would make it to the annual blog crawl party at Cuisine Kathleen, as the only things I have been doing for the last month are lying on the sofa, aching, occasionally hallucinating, and when I could finally get up, playing the piano, which is part of my finger therapy after I crushed my left index finger in a window last November.
(I have the most wonderful therapist who makes me play with silly putty and blocks and velcro and my piano!)
But I knew I was getting better when one day recently, after I finished practicing, instead of wondering as usual if I would have to crawl from the piano bench to the sofa, I spied the shamrock on the piano ~~ and thought ~~ hmmmm….CENTERPIECE!
I couldn’t do anything as strenuous as dish shopping (see how I suffered??) but I did hear “use us, use us!” coming from some dishes tucked away in the cupboard. Suddenly I was determined not to miss a party celebrating all things GREEN !
Slowly, over several days, I set a pretty table with my well-used green checked V&B placemats, Pottery Barn chicken wire chargers, my everyday white Wedgwood Nantucket Basket dishes, and then added the fun with these “instructional” dishes.
It’s easier to
~~ “go green” ~~
if you can
~~ “tip your glass” ~~
and get a
~~ “kiss for luck” ~~
(I didn’t catch a leprechaun but I did catch the blue hour!)
~~ tip ~~
~~ If you are using a tiny glass or dish for appetizers or dessert, put it on your saucer instead of on a bread or dessert dish, as the little circle will hold it securely in place! I do this all the time! ~~
but it is just too huge!
Then I went to rest.
~~ another tip ~~
~~ Even when I’m healthy I always try to set my table over the course of a few days if time permits, as fresh eyes can see things … you know how that is! ~~
I’m blaming mischievous leprechauns, attracted to the shamrocks and whimsical dishes.
Place cards with strange, unpronounceable names!
… Fianna, Ciara, Maire, Grainne…?
*****Luckily, Pulitzer Prize winning author and storyteller extraordinaire,
Frank McCourt, can tell us*****
~~~~~ HERE ~~~~~
All the wonderful Irish names and our American versions, with descriptions,
pronounced properly with the charming Irish brogue, by Mr. McCourt.
You MUST visit! You will feel lucky to have heard him.
I can blame it on the pneumonia but you and I will know the truth. Any other fans?
Now it’s time for you to choose:
~~ place setting ~~
~~ beverage ~~
~~ a little flower ~~
I’m going with:
So what are your choices?
And was your name on the Irish list?
Or did you choose another, like I did?
Since there is nothing even close to LINDA there, for the next few days I will be answering to AINE. She’s the Queen of the Fairies!