Saturday 27 June 2009

Bits & Bobs (Ruth)

Here are a few photos of what we have been getting up to lately in the MacCarthaigh household...Niall spotted this today; Apparently Smyths are selling babies;0)
This was Blackrock today; five minutes later the fog was gone and you could see that the tide was in.
Earlier on this morning Sean and I started working on a cardboard city. We let off for a BBQ lunch (first one I ever cooked!) and after that we took the tv & DVD player out into the garden to watch a movie.
It was Artem's 9th Birthday so he had his party in JJB on Thursday.

WE went out to the beach a couple of times this week to home school and play. The weather is really nice now.
We bought Sean's wet suit and booties for his sailing on Monday. I am looking forwards to his sailing, he always enjoys it, well almost always... Have to write a seperate post about the time that he went adrift without anybody noticing....................

Friday 26 June 2009

Just look at this cake!!! (Ruth)

Heather L made this cake for her Uncle Bill's Birthday...

I think it is brilliant, mostly because you don't have to bake anything:0) There is ice cream in the middle of it.

I put it up there with Jean's cake she made for her son's birthday a few years ago when the cooker wasn't working...

And these were a great idea too I though.

Cute & a bit sad... (Ruth)

Yesterday morning I got out of bed and as I walked out into the landing I startled Sean. He cried, 'I thought you were and Angel!' He was looking out his bedroom door and saw the sun light streaming through the window onto my night dress.

What is really kind of sad about this story is that later Sean explained to me that when he saw me he immediately thought that the Lord (as he called Him) had come back with his Angels and that the Angel was taking me. He also thought that because he isn't converted that he was being left behind...

Poor wee fella.

Wednesday 24 June 2009

Sunny weather. (Ruth)

We have been enjoying some great weather these past couple of days, real scorchers. We also have a lot of news papers and envelopes to deliver so I am getting plenty of exercise and tan:D

Yesterday Sean and I went to the beach to do the schooling. The tide was in and we had a fab day. Sean hauled a HUGE log from the beach into the water and really enjoyed playing with it. He had his wet suit on which means that he can stay in the water much longer than he normally could.

We have spent the morning delivering papers. We took on with an extra 1,000 to be delivered around this area (got 700 done already) because Sean wanted to earn extra money to buy himself a pair of roller blades. He is finding out just how hard it is to do that!!!

Soon, we plan to spend an hour at the beach to cool down and then Sean and I can go to the Library to do some work there.

Hope you are all enjoying your own Summer wherever you are.

God bless.

Sunday 21 June 2009


This morning somebody different preached. His name is Rom Baines, a pastor from Mane, USA and he was VERY good. We invited Kevin over for lunch and then went back to the Church Centre early for a special tea and service. A Church from up North came to visit us this even bringing their own music (which was lovely) They are from Dungannon.

Anyway, we had great fellowship and now I am at home with my great nephew sleeping in my bedroom. He is a wee pet:0) About 6 months old. Sean is asleep on my bed and Niall is just pulling into the drive so nitey night!

Birthday BBQ

The MacCarthaighs were busy yesterday. We collected Sean from Belfast Airport, went shopping, dropped granny off at her home, had lunch, watched Transformers (save yur money and don't go) then we went to a Chruch members 50th Birthday BBQ. What a day! It was great being there and just chatting to everybody. Thanks for the invite Marguerite:D

Billy the birthday boy.

Thursday 18 June 2009

Any ideas?

I have two years left to teach Seán and then he is off to secondary school. In two years he will be a teenager. (13) There will be lots of reasons to give thanks, soooo...

I would like to celebrate the completion of his home education, to anticipate his school education and to celebrate his being a teenager in some way.

I am looking for ideas from you guys so please, no matter how small your thoughts may be on this subject, will you join with me on this project and help me out?

We will be able to use the Church Centre for the celebration. It can seat up to 200 people and has another room that is used for lunches/teas etc.

I am thinking of inviting our Church family, my family, Niall's family, Sean's first dad's family, friends, neighbours, other home schoolers and people who have been involved in his education so far like his Russian teacher etc.

I am keen to have the whole thing as low key as possible, but having said that there will be a lot of people invited...

Here is a short video you can look at to see what the smaller food hall looks like.

This is the stage area where we have a large projector screen. (this photo was taken when a visiting choire were performing)

This is the main hall.

Wednesday 17 June 2009


Today seven years ago Niall proposed to me. I only know this because he took me out for a surprise Tea! He is a remarkable man and great at remembering our anniversaries... I'm not ;0)

His dad proposed to his mother during WWII using the above beautiful ring and when Niall proposed to me he gave me that same ring. Niall has five sisters and I always feel a little guilty getting their mother's engagement ring, especially when I never knew her...

Anyway he took me to a beautiful B&B called Innisfree Guest House. It's no ordinary B&B - it's a fully restored and refurbished Edwardian house! They offer among other thing afternoon tea/coffee with tiny sandwiches, buns, cakes etc all for €10. You get served by a very smart and friendly waitress wearing a black dress with white gloves using Sterling silver tea/coffee pots. Winter or Summer there is always a small fire, oh! it's just a beautiful place! They have professional singers there on occasion singing and playing their baby grand piano and also have murder mysteries weekends.

I know it is as common as muck, but I had to get a couple of photos to show you lol!

I have already posted some photos of this Guest House here if you want to have a look. However, you would be better off checking out the web site.

Take a closer look!

When is the last time you cried laughing? Well have a read of this!

This is a good post about suffering...

Want to find a new use for the cardboard inside of toilet paper? Check this out!

Slán to Seán.

See you Saturday!

Our Daily Bread

This is a little something I tore out of Our Daily Bread years ago and kept. Just found it yesterday while going through my files. (I dumped a half bag of rubbish and a half bag of papers from the class room clean up!)

Anyway, I remember reading it and thinking that it was pretty close to how I look forwards to dying and being with God.

It is possible for us to anticipate death with the gladness of school children when a day's classes are over. An unknown poet had written:

Someday the bell will sound,
Some day my heart will bound
As with a shout, that school is out,
And, lessons done, I homeward run.

Come Lord Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

300 post

I've nothing profound to write about this :o)

Just thought I wouldn't let it pass by without some little thing.

I enjoy my blog.

Couldn't keep up Face Book and this, so FB had to go. (I still have a peep on Niall's every now and again!)

I enjoy hearing from my Blogger friends and enjoy even more visiting their blogs.

I love being a Christian and having Ciber fellowship with others:-)

I just love home schooling Sean and have been encouraged reading and hearing from other home schooling mums.

Am off now to see you guys!

Have a good day!!!


John McArthur

I like John MacArthur's teaching. I started listening to him when I was first converted almost eight years ago. The Church gave me the job of caretaker in the Centre and while I was cleaning I got into the habit of putting on any of the tapes I found there and I listened to them. I had no idea who he was or what age he was (I think the tapes were about 20 years old) but I enjoyed the teaching and hope I took something in along the way. Since then I found out that he is the pastor of a Church called 'Grace to You' in the US. I bought some of his books and over the years have received many free cd's and books through the post. This last year I have been receiving free pod casts on my iPhone which I really, really like listening to. Yesterday I listened to several on the subject of worrying about money and I picked up this quote from someone called Charles Mayo from the Mayo Clinic. (not sure about the spelling here)

"Worry effects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system, and I have never met a man or known a man to die of over work but I've sure known a lot who died of worry."

Friday 12 June 2009

Faded Glory.

Today is cold and cloudy but yesterday was a scorcher so because Niall had a job out in Cooley Sean and I headed off to the Bally Mac again. This time we had a picnic lunch in the orchards, finished off with a pot of hot drinking chocolate:0) In my books, it's never too hot for hot chocolate.

The orchard has the look and feeling of faded glory and reminds me of my grandmother's gardens. She had orchards, rose gardens and tennis courts, and I have memories of walking in them in the hot sun many years ago. Here, in the Bally Mac they have rose gardens and rhubarb beds alongside the apple trees.

I took a few photos of the roses especially for Heather L. Hope you like them Heather.

We had our first BBQ of the Summer and Niall taught Sean a thing or two. Here he is, all excited that it went on fire!

Tuesday 9 June 2009


Last night we had our women's meeting in Marie's home. She taught us on meekness and did a very good job on it. I feel very grateful to God for our Church having a mature Christian woman who is able to teach. I gained a lot from last night and hope to continue thinking on what I heard throughout the rest of today. Let it sink in so to speak.

After the study we all crowded into her kitchen, peeled and chopped fruit and spent the remainder of the evening making smoothies. They were just delicious! Beats sitting around eating cake/buns/biscuits. Much nicer and healthier! I finally got home after eleven. No harm. It wasn't that long ago, before my conversion, when I might have stumbled in way after two...

Ah, God is good:0)

Yesterday morning Brian called over with his son and spent the morning and some of the afternoon blocking up the doorway between the sitting room and the kitchen. It was unnecessary having the doorway there and a bit of a nuisance so I am DELIGHTED to have the work done. He said it may take up to four weeks for the plaster to dry but who cares? I waited over six years!

By the way, it was Sean's 11th birthday on Sunday so will you pop over to his blog and leave a message for him?

Sean's holday/my holiday!

The Easter Bunny train 'Sea Lion' at Lhen Coan.

Sean is going to the Isle of Man on Monday with his grannie for a week.

It's just not sinking in, you know, the fact that Niall and I will be on our own for six days and six nights...

No home schooling
not much cooking
no minding
no checking up if Sean has gone to bed/washed/ate etc.
no answering questions
no other boys around to mind/feed

There again,

no hugs
no kisses
no love from Sean
no fun with him


I think I can live with this for a week!!!!!

Overlooking Taubman Terrace Douglas.

Saturday 6 June 2009

30 things I like about home schooling...

A long time ago Sean did a post/list about what he liked about being home schooled and seeing that the Summer break is only a few weeks away I think I will make up my own list, so here goes.....

1 There is no set starting time.

2 I can teach in my p.j's.

3 I can teach & clean at the same time.

4 I can teach Sean in my bed when I am under the weather:0)

5 We can have off days whenever we like.

6 No homework!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7 No lunch boxes to make up.

8 No smelly school bag to bug Sean about cleaning.

9 No teachers to deal with.

10 No bullying from school kids.

11 It's very cheap.

12 No uniform for Sean.

13 I love being with Sean a lot.

14 I choose what to teach him.

15 No head lice!

16 We can work at our own pace.

17 I love it.

18 Sean loves it.

19 I am learning old stuff all over again and loving it.

20 I can teach him in Costa and have the best coffee in town!!!

21 I can take holidays any time of the year.

22 Sean can have an off day on his birthday:0)

23 I love the lifestyle.

24 We can go on field trips when ever and as often as we like.

25 Sean is a much nicer kid because of it. (This is a proven fact)

26 We are a closer family.

27 It makes people think outside of the box.

28 Lord willing Sean will have some pretty amazing memories to look back on, and so will I.

29 We can HS on the beach, park, garden etc.

30 I can talk to myself and say I'm having a parent/teacher meeting:0)



A shot in the arm.

My schooling Seán needs a shot in the arm.
After Seán took his Drumcondra reading test the other day, I spent a while talking some things through with Kate, the teacher who comes from Dublin now and again to help me out. I told her that I am struggling with a lack of enthusiasm for teaching Seán and that things have become a bit stale. Kate assured me that this is quite normal for this time of the year. All over the country teachers are feeling over stretched and drained as they come to the end of their teaching year.

I hadn't thought of it in that way... I have about three weeks left with Seán before the Summer holidays and the week after next he is going to the Isle of Man with his granny for a week.

I am thinking about the two years I have ahead of me with Seán and so far have decided on a few changes.

I am going to step up my work with Seán. He is doing fine with his work but Niall and I feel that going to secondary school in two years may be tough on him. If he does experience problems, most likely his grades will suffer. There will be enough life changes for him to cope with without struggling with his work. So Lord willing, I am going to step up the work so when he goes to school he will have good grades. That way if his grades do suffer for a time he can take the loss.

I made a decision years ago not to hot house him, which would be really easy, but rather, let him enjoy the experience of being taught at home and ensure he had a reasonable standard of education. However, come September I will work with him more. It's amazes me how much more a child can learn on a one to one basis.

I'm also thinking about what work books to use with Seán and what projects to work on. Months ago I started giving him assignments to work alone on and complete within a certain time limit. This is working out well. So far I have been suggesting different subjects for him to source on the net, books etc., such as the Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean and Labradore dogs. I allow him a week to write the essay. However, I plan to involve him a lot in choosing different subjects and generally having more of an input in his own education. I need to work more on Irish history and geography. Other things I am working on and plan to work more on during the next two weeks are Christian science/geography books. I bought some excellent books in a Christian book shop last year and am enjoying using them with Seán.

I need to continue as I started with regards to music. For example, because Seán is learning Russian we decided to study Tchaikovsky. We listened to The NutCracker Suite (a favourite of mine since second class), got library books about the composer's life, sourced information on the net, kept a scrapbook and finally went to the Point in Dublin to see the Nut Cracker performed by a Russian ballet company. Later we met one of their ballerinas, Seán spoke a little to her in Russian, posed for a photo with her and she signed the scrapbook for him. It was a fun and interesting long term project and we would love to do something similar again.

Another thing I have not done since the Christmas break is organise boy fun/sport/educational times in the local community centre for Seán and his friends. The ones I held in the past were fun and interesting for the boys (at least that's what they told me!) and are very important for so many reasons, one being Seán being able to work with his peers.

There is more I plan to change with Seán's education but I won't go into the rest of it now.

Something I can do that is pretty immediate is to re-decorate the class room. We live in a three bedroom house and we have given over the largest bedroom to the class room. Seeing as Seán has two more years HS ahead of him and many more years of homework/study after that, I think it will be worth spending a few euros giving it a much needed face lift. I will take away some of the babyish/childish elements and get rid of the excess "stuff" that has gathered over the past few years. So when Seán is off gallivanting in the Isle of Man in a fortnight time, I can have fun dumping, giving away, painting, planning and enjoy taking the classroom asunder:0)

Any advice or ideas on any of the above will be very welcome, so don't be shy!


For some really lovely photos take a quick look here:0)

Marxism in the US?

Here is an interesting post on Amy's Humble Musings....

Normally, I would just link this article in the sideblog, but there were some sleazy ads on the website. Glenn Beck read this article on his show, and I had to share it.

You know that hypothetical question, “If you could have anyone over for dinner, who would it be?” My quick answer is Glenn Beck and Jack Bauer, but I’m sure I could answer that better if I had time to think. Christians are supposed to say, “Jesus.”

Anyway, this article is from the Russian propaganda news tank, Pravda. I know, I know. But listen. The author is basically pointing out that Americans have their collective head in the sand. On the heels of that, during Timothy Geithner’s recent trip to China, the Chinese laughed loudly when he said that the dollar was safe. Is anyone asking why are we the last to know this? Is everyone else wrong or are Americans drinking up the ObamaRamaLama (as my buddy likes to say)?

You can take this article two different ways. The first is that the only way to support the thesis that we’re on the path to inflation is to find obscure Russian journalist with an axe to grind. Or second, that maybe along with the Chinese and the rest of the world, he’s right. You decide.

Here’s the translation without grammar corrections, emphasis mine:

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics.

Remember, the author has already seen how this happens. He ought to know. This isn’t a rah-rah point for the homeschooler or private schooler, but rather a point to make sure that we are teaching our children well whatever schooling choices we make. Substandard education happens everywhere.

Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.

The economists who predicted the housing bubble pretty much say the same thing. Most, however, give the hope that we are not past the point of no return. We’re close, but a radical course-shift could avoid this situation.

These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?

Not only does Goldman Sachs get a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, but they are given the keys to run the whole system while we sit back and watch.

These men, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarchs and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American congress (parliament). Again, congress has put up little more then a whimper to their masters.

Then came Barack Obama’s command that GM’s (General Motor) president step down from leadership of his company. That is correct, dear reader, in the land of “pure” free markets, the American president now has the power, the self given power, to fire CEOs and we can assume other employees of private companies, at will. Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions.

So it should be no surprise, that the American president has followed this up with a “bold” move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies. I am sure that if given the chance, they would happily try and redesign it for the whole of the world, too. Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our “wise” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.

Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper…but a “freeman” whimper.

So, should it be any surprise to discover that the Democratically controlled Congress of America is working on passing a new regulation that would give the American Treasury department the power to set “fair” maximum salaries, evaluate performance and control how private companies give out pay raises and bonuses? Senator Barney Franks, a social pervert basking in his homosexuality (of course, amongst the modern, enlightened American societal norm, as well as that of the general West, homosexuality is not only not a looked down upon life choice, but is often praised as a virtue) and his Marxist enlightenment, has led this effort. He stresses that this only affects companies that receive government monies, but it is retroactive and taken to a logical extreme, this would include any company or industry that has ever received a tax break or incentive.

The Russian owners of American companies and industries should look thoughtfully at this and the option of closing their facilities down and fleeing the land of the Red as fast as possible. In other words, divest while there is still value left.

The proud American will go down into his slavery with out a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.

Stanislav Mishin

I often tease my husband for his “it can’t happen to me” attitude. When we came home the other night, we found our door had been blown open. If I was back in Orlando, I’d have immediately thought, “We were robbed! Don’t touch anything. Fingerprints!”

Greg would’ve said, “Guess the door blew open. Hm.” Well, in fact, if we were in Orlando, we would’ve been robbed. Maybe murdered. It’s in the top 10 most dangerous cities. I hate that place. We were robbed in the middle of the day once, and our brother-in-law was mugged not long ago.

Since we live in Nowhere, Kentucky, we both knew that everything was fine. Around here, the mailman just comes in your house if you don’t hear him knock. (Somebody better tell him about me and what I do about noises…)

My point it that people think they live like us in Nowhere, Kentucky. One day they will realize that this Mayberry has turned into Orlando—or worse, Detroit—and all along, they thought that collapse could never happen to us. Every civilization has fallen. Every single one of them. The only question is when and how much you decide to help it along.

Birthday beach party video.

Here is a short video clip of us singing 'Happy Birthday' to Sean at the beach. It was a fab sunny day and as you can tell by the dirt of the children, they all had a fun time:0) It wasn't until I looked at the video that I noticed the graffiti on the wall... pity.

It was a long good day and we stayed there until about eight. Although it's Sean's birthday tomorrow (Sunday) Niall and I are very glad to have the party last Tuesday and that it is behind us!

It was Kevin's 30th Birthday on Monday so we had a small cake for him and sang to him too. He was embarrased!

Koke bites the dust.

We have been having so much fun with Koke these past weeks I thought I would share this short video clip with you. Yesterday Sean and I were up stairs in the class room working and Koke notices the dust dancing in the sunlight and, well, you'll see for yourself the fun he (and we) had!

Last night we were having our supper in the kitchen. It was dark outside and Koke saw his reflection in the kitchen door. He gently barked at it twice, walked away,went back and sat looking at it for a few moments. He must have liked what he saw because his head went from side to side looking at himself and his tail began to wag:0)

It reminds me of a story Sean's granny Tess told me once. She and I were at a wedding in a hotel and she had to visit the ladies room. Well, when she walked in she saw a nice looking woman there. She went along with her business and when she went to wash her hands she saw this nice looking woman again. On her way out she paused to say 'hello' and realised it was her reflection in the full length mirror!

Monday 1 June 2009

The broad road....

God says that there are lots of people travelling on the broad road that leads to destruction...
Today as I sat on a step among thousands of women waiting for the Dublin Mini Marathon to start, this scripture came to my mind and I almost cried. I looked around at all the Irish women, just like me, thousands of them and thought of how many of them are currently travelling this broad road to Hell.

Not long afterwards, while we were all walking, we passed over a bridge and there was a lone man, in his mid thirties, standing on the bridge with a small sign in his hand. It was only about ten inches long and maybe three inches high but I couldn't make out what was written on it. As I walked past him on the other side of the street I kept looking and then I saw it. The word Jesus was on it, front and back.

There he was, standing on top of a small stone bridge in the middle of Dublin City, with thousands of Irish women passing him by. (There were only women there as it was a women's Marathon) He looked slightly embarrassed and had a small smile on his face. I thought about how he is prepared to look a fool to the world, for Christ's sake. I thought about how bright his light was shining at that very moment and I thought what a beautiful crown he will have in Heaven.

I couldn't go back to him to encourage him. There were just so many people there so I continued to walk, and cry and pray for him and thank God for him.

Niall sent me this email...

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! ..... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO - Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:
'Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO, What a Ride'

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Catch up

Today the sun in splitting the skys, again, and we are heading off to Dublin for the Women's Mini Marathon. It's a 10k walk/run which I am walking(!) Niall is taking me, Becky and Jacinta.

We had a lot of fun yesterday in St Helena's Part during "The Big Day Out' that the council puts on every year. We met Annie and Dylan there and just hung out together.
Falcons & Owls
The battle of the boys!

Annie. She bought me the most tasty tart!
There were six different bouncy castle/thingies. All free;-)
4 different tee-pee's. This one was for story telling.
While Sean was in his grannies for a sleep over, Niall and I played! We had a very busy few days giving out newspapers and christian magazines so we finished Saturday with a romantic picnic, lovely!
And on our way to the picnic look what we found!
Hundreds and hundreds of newspapers & magazines...
On Wednesday Sean took me to Costa for a birthday coffee, the wee pet. He had his cup of earl grey, Jean Luc Picard has a lot ot answer to!

This is the beautiful dress gem ring Sean gave me as a gift.
My Birthday tea.
This is my sister Patricia holding the newest addition to our extended family, Oisin. We met them at the Art Exhibition in the Library on Tuesday evening.
Sean's favourite stance looking at his favourite painting:-) My sister painted this oone and said she will paint another for his birthday which is on Sunday.

Got down to some serious weeding & planting in the community...
and some serious cleaning in Sean's shed.

This is Niall's brother-in-law Tommy. He is a chef living in rome with one of Niall's sisters and as you can see had some fun cutting up my pineapple:o)

Pizza night at the O Hares.

Oh, and Sean took his Drumcondra Reading Test during the week and Kate said he did very well:0)