Friday, October 30, 2015

Wild Irish Rose: Remembering Maureen O'Hara

In memory of
one of the most loveliest woman
to ever grace the silver screen...

Irish American Beauty
 Maureen O'Hara

Some of my favorite
movie memories....

Maureen as the
Irish lass
Mary Kate Danaher,
in the John Ford classic,
"The Quiet Man"

 Maureen with co-star
Natalie Wood in the
Christmas movie favorite,
"Miracle On 34th Street"

Maureen as the mother of
scheming identical twins
both played by Haley Mills
in the original
Walt Disney film
"The Parent Trap"

Wild Irish Roses At Sunrise
 County Clare
James Truett

Daniel O'Donnell
"My Wild Irish Rose"

"My wild Irish Rose,
The sweetest flow'r that grows,
You may search ev'rywhere,
But none can compare
With my wild Irish Rose."

Maureen O'Hara
Born Maureen FitzSimons
in Dublin, Ireland
August 17, 1914-October 24, 2015
May She Rest In Peace

Hannah's Prayer

Hannah, the barren wife of Elkanah,
was a woman of remarkable faith,
who asked the Lord for a son.
And the Lord answered her prayer.

"Hannah became pregnant and in due time
she bore a son and named him Samuel,
(heard of God)
Because, she said,
I have asked him of the Lord."
1 Samuel 1:20

When Samuel was about
three years old, his mother
took him to the temple
in Shiloh and dedicated
the child to the Lord's service.

 Hannah Presenting Samuel 
In The Temple
Jan Victors

A Matter Of Faith...


Hannah's Prayer
"My heart exults and triumphs in the Lord,
my horn (my strength) is lifted up in the Lord.
My mouth is no longer silent,
for it is opened wide over my enemies,
because I rejoice in
Your salvation.

There is none holy like the Lord,
there is none besides You;
there is no Rock
like our God.

Talk no more so very proudly;
let not arrogance go forth from your mouth,
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by Him actions are weighed.

The bows of the mighty are broken,
and those who stumbled are
girded with strength.

Those who were full
have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry
have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children
languishes and is forlorn.

The Lord slays and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol
and raises up.

The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
He brings low and He lifts up.

He raises up the poor and makes rich;
He brings low and He lifts up.

He raises up the poor out of the dust
and lifts up the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with nobles
and inherit the throne of glory.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's,
and He has set the world upon them.

He will guard the feet of His godly ones,
but the wicked shall be silenced
and perish in the darkness;
for by strength shall no man prevail.

The adversaries of the Lord
shall be broken to pieces;
against them will He thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge all peoples
to the ends of the earth;
and He will give strength to
His King and exalt the power
of His Anointed.

Yeshua Hamashiach
The Greatest Of All Prophets!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Trick Or Treat

" Whooo... Whooo... Whooosss... afraid
of  Halloween?"

You can never be sure
what you might see
while looking out the window
on All Hallow's Eve...


Is this a creepy photo
or what?

Nothing reminds me more of
Halloween than candy corn...

...not to mention those fabulous
dark brown spice wafers that I called,
"Halloween cookies" when I was a kid!

My favorite
Halloween movie classic...

"Arsenic and Old Lace"

"A Halloween tale of Brooklyn"
featuring the deadpan
comedic genius of
legendary actor
Cary Grant

Cary with co-stars (from the left)
Priscilla Lane,  Jean Adair (top)
and Josephine Hull (right)
in Frank Capra's
"Arsenic and Old Lace"

Treats, but no tricks,
from Pamela's Kitchen...

Some classic Halloween goodies...

Old timey
popcorn balls..

Spicy mulled apple cider...

And, some old-fashioned

The following recipe for
  "Opera Creams"
comes from a
 very old cookbook 
which belonged
 to my maternal grandmother.

Perhaps these delightful treats were
inspired by a beautiful opera singer?

Italian Opera Singer
Lina Cavalieri 

Opera Creams

2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 T light corn syrup
1  tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans

In a large saucepan, cook all ingredients
together, stirring constantly until the
soft ball stage is reached (236 degrees).
Cool until lukewarm, add vanilla,
and beat vigorously until candy becomes creamy
and loses it's shiny appearance.
Add chopped nuts and pour into
slightly buttered pans.
Cut into squares when cool.

 "Pumpkin Moonshine"
Tasha Tudor

Have a safe and happy
Halloween everyone!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Autumn Splendor

October, baptize me with leaves! 
Swaddle me in corduroy
 and nurse me with split pea soup.

 October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets
 and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins.
 O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!
-Rainbow Rowell 

The Apple Gatherers
Fredrick Morgan 

To everything on earth
there is a season,
A time for every purpose
under the sun.

From the beginning
of life's journey
to the finish,
We run the race
until our days are done. 

There is a time for mourning
and a time to dance,
Every favor, every blessing
we're receiving is a
gift of God,
it does not happen
by chance.

For our God,
in never failing mercy,
watches over us 
from day to dawning day.

In His hands
He hold's life's 
changing seasons 
As time continues on
without delay.
-Regina Wiencek 

"How great are
Your works, Lord!
How profound
Your purpose!"
Psalm 92:6 

Abraham Hunter 

 The trees around the lake
Adorned in shades of Fall,
In crimson, rust, and yellow,
Standing so straight and tall.

Adorned in colors of Autumn,
Reflecting all of their glory,
Shining down into the lake
Telling Mother Nature's story.

And further on along the road
Were trees still dressed in green,
Refusing to be hurried,
In Autumn colors to be seen.

The landscape was breathtaking,
Spreading out over the land,
The work of a Master Artist
With a very loving hand.
-Erna Gwillim

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Little Orphant Annie

Halloween is just
around the corner...

"Little Orphant Annie"
 from the book,
 "James Whitcomb Riley Hoosier Poet"
 By Jeannette Covert Nolan 
Illustration by Robert S. Robison

A time for ghostly legends 
and creepy tales
about things that
go bump in
the night...

...and this famous
poem by 
James Whitcomb Riley

 The Children's Poet
James Whitcomb Riley

"To all the little children:-
 The happy ones; and sad ones;
 the boisterous ones and glad ones;
 The good ones- Yes, the good ones, too;
 and all the lovely bad ones."
-James Whitcomb Riley

 "Little Orphant Annie"

 Little Orphant Annie's come
 to our house to stay,

Little Orphant Annie
Lawton Doll Company

      An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
      An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
      An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an'-keep;
      An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
      We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun
      A-list'nin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
      An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you
      Ef you
      "Little Orphant Annie"
      Stained Glass Window
      By Tiffany
      Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,--
      An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
      His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
      An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
      An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
      An' seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
      But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:--
      An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
      Ef you
      An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
      An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
      An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
      She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
      An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
      They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
      An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'fore she knowed what she's about!
      An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you
      Ef you
      Little Orphant Annie
      Robin Woods
      An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
      An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
      An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
      An' the lightnin'-bugs in dew is all squenched away,--
      You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
      An' churish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
      An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
      Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you
      Ef you

      "Little Orphant Annie" 
      Illustration By Gertrude Elliot
       "Little Orphant Annie"
      Sung By Anne Hills