Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

For those with Irish descendants, thank you for corned beef and cabbage.  I almost forgot about it yesterday as I was cleaning up a storm in my sewing room.   I know it was a day early, but the Elks had a big feed and it was WONDERFUL!!
In all the running around I did the day before, I picked up more shelving units.  I did so well in the first round of construction, I should have known these wouldn't be that easy.  That top nine square unit was HEAVY!!  I thought it was just a little wobbly and for once I was right.  Two of the screws had gone into thin air instead of the board.   

Luckily St. Patrick's Day bled over a little early and I was able to turn the unit sideways and fix it easily.  The empty space on the left was filled with a six unit square and I was in business ... almost.  I had to secure them both to the wall.  We have earthquakes in California.  Not here where I live, but you can never be too careful. 

THAT part was a nightmare!!  Where's a man when you need him?  The bottom unit was the pits, trying to screw UP.  I finally changed the drill bit ... four times to be exact ... and drilled a pilot hole.  Of course the screw dropped to the floor BEHIND the cabinets, requiring tweezers and a large magnet.
In between all the runs for tools, Cooper discovered a new toy and wouldn't leave me alone.  Remember the old Beanie Babies?  This was the Eskimo.  I took it away from him once and placed it on a high shelf.  He sat and barked until my head exploded, so he got it back.  A short time later, when he was totally distracted by a Beggin Strip, I hid it in the laundry room.  I'm a BAD mom!!
With all the shelves loaded up and the three lamps stashed in the spare bedroom, it's actually beginning to look like a sewing room.  That means it's time to start the embroidery machine, since St. Patrick saw fit to let me find the cord.
It wasn't long however, before I headed off to the Elks Lodge for some of the best corned beef I've had in a VERY long time.  Mostly because mine never gets tender.   Salt also seems to be a factor.

I didn't wear any green in the hopes I would get pinched ... you know, being a single gal and all, but it didn't happen.  Huge plates were served, filled to the brim with corned beef, boiled new potatoes, carrots and cabbage, topped with a slice of bread the size of the plate.  I brought half of mine home.  Corned beef hash for breakfast ... YUM!!  

My diet is still somewhat in tack and I've lost two pounds.  Hopefully I can keep it up.  There's a big dinner dance in two weeks, for which I have NOTHING in the closet that fits.  It's a formal affair, meaning no boots allowed.  If I can find a dress, I'll go ... maybe.  It's not that I don't have a dress ... I have three gorgeous long ones in the closet, never been worn.  I wasn't a bridesmaid, I just kept three dresses in case there was a function.   That was fifteen pounds ago.

So get your Saint Patrick's Day green on and have a little green beer.  Which reminds me ... one year I made green potato salad for a potluck at work.  Hardly anyone ate it.  Your eyes said YUM, but your brain said NO WAY!!  It was hilarious to watch people try it.   Just add a little food coloring to the mayo dressing and watch the fun.

I hope you have a great food and fun filled day.  HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!!


  1. My father served us blue milk one time. None of us would drink it.

    1. Now THAT'S a new one Linda!! It's funny how changing the color tricks your brain!!

  2. Shelving looks good. Doesn't it feel even better that you did it all by yourself?

    1. It sure does Joanna ... it's always a sense of accomplishment when I actually put something together and it doesn't fall down!!

  3. He went from Saint Anthony to St. Patrick's now you must be green with envy
    Now how to get the salt out of corn beef very easy boil it for five minutes dump the water out re-boil it again for five more minutes dump the water out do that three times and that'll take the salt out of the corn beef otherwise you're just cooking it in salt water
    I forgot that goes for a ham to

    1. I never thought of it that way Ed ... your really ARE cooking in salt water!! I'll remember that next time.