Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Watery Wednesday #133 & Wordless Wednesday - Charleston Swamps - March 30, 2011

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Geraniums - March 29, 2011

Ode to a Geranium

You bring such joy into my day,
With petals bright and cheery,
Your brilliant colored clusters,
Keep me from feeling dreary!

I need that color for my lips,
I think it looks vivacious,
And with a geranium in my hair,
I'd be my most flirtacious.

Carmen Henesy

Copyright (c) Carmen Henesy
March 28, 2011

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday #114 - Yellow San Francisco Car - March 28, 2011

I guess this little car does resemble a yellow bumble bee so buzzy seems like a
good license plate!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sundays in My City - A Bit of Color in the Sunset - March 27, 2011

San Francisco is always a delight to me.  My friend, Joanne Olivieri ( aka Poetic
Shutterbug ) has posted pictures of this house before but, a couple of weeks ago,
on my way back from my wonderful dentist, Dr. Quoch, I was driving around and
decided to get some photographs of this place myself.  I guess the owners must be
used to folks poking about with their cameras. 

I am taking part in Unknown Mami's Sundays In My City.
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Weekend Reflections #79 & Camera Critters #155 - Charleston Scenes - March 26, 2011

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Friday Flash 55 - Rest In Peace. Elizabeth - March 25, 2011

She was a living legend,
Stunning eyes a violet hue,
Her beauty made us gasp,
But she suffered her life through.

She spent her days in pain,
And eight times was a bride,
But when death came to call,
She had no husband by her side.

may you find
 that elusive happiness
in heaven.

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Thursday Challenge - Green - March 24, 2011

Gunnera tinctoria at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

According to Wikipedia, there are forty to fifty species of this herbaceous flowering
plant, with leaves varying in size.  The stalks of the plant shown above, grown in
Chile and Argentina, are edible.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Magpie Tales 58, The Eve Before Battle, March 22, 2011

 The Eve Before Battle

He looked out at his armies,
Vast and mighty they,
Poised again for battle,
At the light of day.

The moon lit up the valley,
That soon would be blood red,
With thousands of young warriors,
No life for them ahead.

His beautiful black stallion,
Was restless in the night,
Perhaps the steed could sense,
This would be the final fight.

He prayed for God to guide him,
With his family shield held high,
Using swords of his forefathers,
He would give the battle cry!

Carmen Henesy

Copyright (c) Carmen Henesy
March 21, 2011

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Mellow Yellow Monday #113, Napa Valley Poppies, March 21, 2011

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sundays in My City - San Francisco Beauties, #1 - March 20, 2011

I was almost late for my dermatology follow up last Thursday because I kept
stopping en route to take pictures.  I went down Scott Street on the way to
Mt. Zion on Divisadero and, afterwards, I drove home via Castro Street.  I
got quite a few shots for several week's worth of "Sunday in My City."

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Alphabe Thursday - "W" Is For Wearing of the Green - March 17, 2011

Remembering Mayra

Today everyone is Irish,
And enjoys a festive whirl,
But while most are celebrating,
Edith mourns her oldest girl.

Toasts are raised on high to Ireland,
And folks remember the old sod,
But in one California city,
A saddened mother questions God.

On this very day, ten years ago,
In far El Salvador,
Four children told their mom goodbye,
As she went off to the store.

She never came back home to them,
A speeding driver took her life,
This daughter, sister, mother,
And a loving husband's wife.

So Edith doesn't dance a jig,
Tears always dim her eyes,
Every 17th of March, my friend,
Spends time in prayer and cries.

St. Patrick, I beseech you,
I know that Mayra's there,
May all the saints and angels,
Keep her in your care.

Carmen Henesy
Copyright (c) Carmen Henesy
March 17, 2011

I know that St. Patrick's Day is usually a joyous day, filled with festivities, parades,
corned beef and cabbage, a bit ( ? ) of intoxication, the wearing of the green, and
Irish music and dance.  For Edith Vukasinovic, my dear friend and the stepmother of
my sons, Alex and Jeremy, it will always be one of the most tragic days of her life. 
It is the day her first born was killed in El Salvador, as she went to the grocery,
prior to a beach outing with her family.  This St. Patrick's Day is the 10th anniversary
of Mayra's death, an especially sad anniversary.

Since I was going to be gone much of the day ( off to UCSC Dermatology to get my
stitches removed ) and wanting to be with my youngest son tonight as he prepares to
move away from home, we decided to celebrate St. Patrick's Day together with
breakfast at a well known Irish pub in Millbrae, California.  We called and were told
that, because it was St. Paddy's Day, it would be open at 7AM, instead of their usual
8AM.  We met at 7:30AM - the only women there - but there were about thirty men
present, absorbed in some sport on Irish t.v.

Fortified with a wonderful Irish coffee  ( I think that is a great way to start the day ), I
polished off a full Irish breakfast, complete with Irish bacon, Irish sausage, black and
white pudding ( blood sausage ), eggs, beans, toast and potatoes while Edith had
scrambled eggs and corned beef.  I could barely waddle out of the place when we
were done. 

Edith will be meeting another friend this evening at an English pub for dinner!  I hope,
though, of course, she will have moments of sadness on this terrible anniversary, she
knows that her friends cherish her and hold her close.  I never knew Mayra but she
must have been a lovely daughter.  She has one terrific mother.

Rest in Peace, Mayra!

Erin Go Bragh

Sign - Fiddler's Green, popular Irish pub, Millbrae, CA

Edith Vukasinovic

Beer selection

Bar at Fiddler's Green

Cheers from Edith

Cheers from Carmen - with steristrips on my nose!

Edith's corned beef and scrambled egg

My full English breakfast

Starving friends!

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