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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day


Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated worldwide by those of Irish descent and increasingly by people of other ethnicities as well, notably in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and North America.

Celebrations are generally themed around all things Irish and, by association, the colour green. Both Christians and non-Christians celebrate the secular version of the holiday by wearing green, eating Irish food and/or green foods, imbibing Irish drink and attending parades, which have a particularly long history in the United States and in Canada.


thanks for the St. Patrick’s Day jokes, Vicky

Q. What bow can’t be tied?
A. A rainbow.

Joke of the Day

thanks, Mary

With all this talk of Corona Virus, the people who make sanitizing gel are rubbing their hands together.

Q. Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?
A. Because they are always a little short!

Word of the Day

Canterbury tale

MEANING:
noun: A story that is long, tedious, or absurdly implausible.


ETYMOLOGY:
After The Canterbury Tales c. 1400 by Geoffrey Chaucer. It’s a collection of 24 stories told in verse by a group of pilgrims as they travel from London to Canterbury. Earliest documented use: 1575.


USAGE:
“If someone had told a Canterbury tale in hopes of getting his part of the bounty — well, I’m sure Mrs. d’Aubigny’s brother would pay just as well for the truth.”
Madeleine E. Robins; Petty Treason; Tor; 2006.

“What he had forgotten was whatever Canterbury tale he had spun to achieve his objective.”
Elisabeth Kidd; For Love of Celia; Walker & Co.; 1988.

Q. What sits outside all year long and is Irish?
A. Paddy O’furniture.

Idiom of the Day


What does ‘At arm’s length’ mean?

If something is at arm’s length, it is a safe distance way from you.

Q. What do you get if you cross poison ivy with a

four leaf clover?

A. A rash of good luck!


DAILY SQU-EEK

If You Were Born Today, March 17

As sensitive, changeable, and deep as you are, you are also very determined and self-motivated. Inner restlessness is likely, especially in your youth. Many of you feel that you have a calling, and it can take some time to tune into the right path. Spiritual and perceptive, you are one who looks for a higher meaning to your existence. However, you seek love first and foremost and make a loyal and loving partner. Famous people born today: 

1834 Gottlieb Daimler, German engineer and inventor, designed 1st motorcycle, born in Schorndorf, Kingdom of Württemberg (d. 1900)


1910 Bayard Rustin, American civil rights leader (March on Washington organizer, Social Democrats USA), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1987)

1919 Nat “King “Cole, American jazz pianist and pop vocalist (“Unforgettable”, “Mona Lisa”), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)

1951 Kurt Russellactor (Thing, Overboard, Mean Seasons), born in Springfield, Massachusetts


(Not So) Totally Useless Facts of The Day:

Japan has a LOT of islands! I’m talking a LOT! To be exact, this country has 6,582 islands, of which only 6% are inhabited. The four main islands of Japan are Kyushu, Honshu, Hokkaido, and Shikoku.

Swearing gives you a sense of calm, control, and well-being. Doing it can also increase circulation, elevate endorphins, and boost your mood.

It takes your brain somewhere between 90 seconds and 4 minutes to decide whether or not you like someone.

READERS INFO
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March 17th –


2.

March 18, 2019 –

Female astronaut Jerrie Cobb (March 5, 1931 – March 18, 2019)


In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass the grueling  
astronaut testing. Altogether, 13 women passed the arduous 
physical testing and became known as the Mercury 13. But 
NASA already had its Mercury 7 astronauts, all jet test pilots 
and all military men.

3.
Coronavirus Style by Sylvia, CAN DO Correspondent

Today my young friend texted me and asked if there were anything she could pick up for me from the grocery store. And when she came to drop it off, I was so happy to see someone I know and love in the flesh that I ran around behind her and gave her a big squeezy hug. It made her pretty happy, too, even though she is married and gets big squeezy hugs all the time. Both my cat and scritch budgie have avoidant personality disorder, so I can scratch the one’s head, but like a frigid virgin, that’s as far as I can go, and that’s all the sweet love I’m gonna get. The bird has not yet figured out that I’ve never hurt her and have only fed her beautiful seeds and fruit, bought her toys with my last dime, and let her chirp the whole time the TV is on. They get along fine, these two avoidants.

So yeah, I grabbed the first physical human contact I’ve had in many weeks.

What kind of music do leprechauns love? Sham-rock.

COFFEE

thanks, Ella

Pictures of the Day

A skilled baseball pitcher often throws a variety of different pitches in order to prevent the batter from hitting the ball well. The most basic pitch is a fastball, where the pitcher throws the ball as hard as he can. Some pitchers are able to throw a fastball at a velocity of over 100 miles per hour (160 km/h). Other common types of pitches are the curveballsliderchangeupforkball, and knuckleball. These generally are intended to have unusual movement or deceive the batter as to the rotation or velocity of the ball, making it more difficult to hit.

NICE

A man holds an umbrella on the Promenade des Anglais, as heavy rains hit

Q. When does the leprechaun cross the road?
A. When it’s green!


knit
thanks, Connie

Petite Purls – Issue 13

knit
thanks, Dawn


knit

Agatha Gradient Throw

Q. How do you know when an Irish person is happy?
A. When they are Dublin over with laughter!

Knit Patterns of the Day: 
thanks, Valerie, Canadian Correspondent

Count Your Chickens

Q. Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day?
A. Real rocks would be too heavy!

crochet .. Easter
thanks, Sharon


crochet 
thanks, Alexa

Crocheted Necklace


crochet

crochet

Geo-Pop Crochet Pillow

Q. Why can’t you iron a four-leaf clover?
A. Because you should never press your luck!

RECIPE
thanks, Patsy

Q. Where will you always find a leprechaun?
A. In the dictionary!


Quarantine Cooking Recipes

thanks, Debbie

This gained fame during the depression because unlike traditional cake recipes, the wacky cake didn’t need milk or eggs. It is still delicious!

Wacky Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, sugar, salt, soda, and cocoa together into an 8×8 inch ungreased cake pan. Make three depressions. Pour oil into one well, vinegar into second, and vanilla into third well. Pour water over all, and stir well with fork.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes, or until tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Frost with your favorite icing.

Q. What do you call a fake stone in Ireland?
A. A sham-rock!

CROCKPOT RECIPE

thanks, Betty

Q. Why do frogs and alligators like St. Patrick’s Day?
A. Because they are already wearing green!

VEGAN/ VEGETARIAN RECIPE

Both vegetarian and vegan diets may provide health benefits, including reduced body weight, lower cholesterol levels, and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. However, it is important for vegetarians and vegans to ensure that they are meeting all of their nutritional requirements.

thanks, Alice

Q. What happens when a leprechaun falls into a river?
A. He gets wet!

COPYCAT RECIPE 
thanks, Jenny

Q. Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland?
A. He couldn’t afford their air fare!

RETRO
thanks, Ann


Q. Why are leprechauns so hard to get along with?
A. Because they are short tempered!


SWEETS

thanks, Shelley, New York Food Correspondent 

Vegan Mug Cake

Q. What would you get if you crossed a leprechaun with a frog?
A. A little man having a hopping good time!


ADULT COLORING


  • What kind of spells do leprechauns use? Lucky Charms!
FUN

thanks, Bev

1. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side? 

2. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel? 

3. How many sides are there on a standard pencil? 

4. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who’s missing ? 

5. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package? 


answer:


1. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side? LEFT 

2 How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel? 5 

3. How many sides are there on a standard pencil? 6 

4. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who’s missing? BASHFUL 

5. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package? 8 

  • Why are leprechauns so good at gardening? They have green thumbs!

CRAFTS

thanks, Jeri

DIY Safety Pin Bracelet

  • Knock, knock. Who’s there? Irish. Irish who? Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

CHILDREN’S CORNER

thanks, Gwen


  • What do you call an Irish spider? Paddy-long-legs.

PUZZLE

Pine Blast Jigsaw Puzzle


Why do leprechauns hate running? 

They would rather jig than jog!

WORD SEARCH



around

beer
brand
bread
breakfast

counter

drive

enjoy
enter

field
flush
fresh

gadget
gang
great

happy
hero

injury

mere
morning

nation

performance
poker

raise
ramble
read
rear
relax
require
river
royal

shape
spend

there
tower
trail

warning
wealth
while
whisper


  • What did the leprechaun say when the video game ended? Game clover!

SUDOKU .. hard



solution:



  • Do people get jealous of the Irish? Yes, they’re green with envy!
ICE BREAKER ..
thanks, Kris

You can use ‘ice breaker questions’ to build a rapport, enabling strangers to engage in back and forth conversion. With a little practice and possibly a beer or two, you’ll be breaking more ice than the Titanic. 

Re: What Are Your Pet Peeves Or Interesting Things About You That You Dislike?

  • What instrument would a show-off play on St. Patrick’s Day? The bragpipes.

QUOTE

  • What did one shamrock say to the other when it saw a leprechaun? Look clover there.

What kind of music do leprechauns love? Sham-rock.

CLEVER 

Paint bobby pins with nail polish to glam them up

  • Knock, knock! Who’s there? Warren. Warren who? Warren anything green for St. Patrick’s Day?

EYE OPENER 
thanks, Winnie
Funniest Movies
The American Film Institute asked more than 1,500 members of the film community to pick the 100 funniest fiWhat kind of music do leprechauns love? Sham-rock.lms of all time.
Rank Film Year
1. Some Like It Hot 1959
2. Tootsie 1982
3. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964
4. Annie Hall 1977
5. Duck Soup 1933
6. Blazing Saddles 1974
7. M*A*S*H 1970
8. It Happened One Night 1934
9. The Graduate 1967
10. Airplane! 1980


American Film Institute’s Greatest Movies of All Time
The criteria for inclusion was historical significance, critical recognition and awards, and popularity determined by box-office revenue, syndication, video sale and rental figures.
 the Rain

Rank Film Year
1. Citizen Kane 1941
2. Casablanca 1942
3. The Godfather 1972
4. Gone with the Wind 1939
5. Lawrence of Arabia 1962
6. The Wizard of Oz 1939
7. The Graduate 1967
8. On the Waterfront 1954
9. Schindler’s List 1993
10. Singin’ in 1967

What do you say to the smartest person you know on St. Patrick’s Day? You’re very clover!

An Irishman, by the name of O’Malley, proposed to his girl on St. Patrick’s Day. He gave her a ring with a synthetic diamond. The excited young lass showed it to her father, a jeweler. He took one look at it and saw it wasn’t real.

The young lass on learning it wasn’t real, returned to her future husband. She protested vehemently about his cheapness.

“It was in honor of St. Patrick’s Day,” he smiled.

“I gave you a sham rock.”

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When an individual is protesting society’s refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him. -Bayard Rustin, civil rights activist (17 Mar 1912-1987)

  • What do you say if you lose a game on St. Patrick’s Day? Game clover.
OPTICAL ILLUSION

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