Monthly Archives: March 2011

More Computer Woes

The mother board on our home computer crashed/failed/expired last week; I don’t know what the proper term is, but I think you get the idea.

My husband and sons have been trying to solve the issue with spare components because I’ve insisted we shouldn’t spend money on new toys right now. And as much as I enjoy having a handy-dandy computer right here in our living room, it is a toy. We don’t use it for work or anything vital. Therefore, it is expendable.

That being said, it seems to be up and running right now, even though it’s not up to the high standards of the men in my family.

Hopefully, now I can do a little better at posting consistently.

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Oddity

Yesterday Joe saw a Rolls Royce pulling into the gas station at Wal-Mart. He said the car was one of the vintage ones with the fancy grill on the front.

That’s Texas for you.

Eccentric millionaire? Chauffeur? Thrifty person who can afford a hand-built automobile after a lifetime of conserving money?

Obviously, not a snob.

Boy, would I like to know the rest of that story!

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Happy Anniversary, Darling

March 17, 1973

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Contentment at Home

Natasha Burns has a lovely post about her home and her attitude about it. It’s called “loving what I have rather than wishing it was more.”

And over at Domestic Felicity, Anna has written a thoughtful post titled “No Cost Home Improvement.”

They both reminded me of a story by Amy Dacyczyn in one of her Tightwad Gazette books. I’ve looked through them and can’t find it, so I’ll have to keep looking, then post it. She told about going to the home of an older person – their furnishings weren’t expensive or even nice, but the home was spotlessly clean and welcoming.

Just what I needed to hear.

As I about to go to sleep a few nights ago, I sensed the Lord nudging me about the stashes of clutter everywhere. It’s a lifelong problem that I have to deal with and I simply hadn’t been dealing with it for awhile.

So yesterday, I tackled 3 problem areas and cleaned them up. The difference was amazing and so fulfilling. On days that I’m home, I hope to clean out at least one more area per day. On bad fibromyalgia days, I might be able to do only one, but one is progress and it’s one more step toward a clean house and organization.

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Paddy Whack, Irish Jig

Taken from The Treasure Chest of Irish Songs (Jigs and Reels), 1943, Treasure Chest Publications.

Jigs are folk dances and the accompanying music. Go here for more information

Reels are folk dances; Irish reels are defined by the time (as in 4/4). It’s much more complicated than that and if you want further information, click here.

Go here for The Bells of Shandon.

Go here for I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.

Go here for Killarney.

Go here for Londonderry Air.

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The Bells of Shandon

Taken from The Treasure Chest of Irish Songs (Jigs and Reels), 1943, Treasure Chest Publications.

Go here for I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.

Go here for Killarney.

Go here for Londonderry Air.

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I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

Click on images to enlarge.

Taken from The Treasure Chest of Irish Songs (Jigs and Reels), 1943, Treasure Chest Publications.

Go here for Killarney.

Go here for Londonderry Air.

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