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Don McLean Botanical Gardens Album & US and European Tour Dates

So excited for March 24 when Don McLean “Botanical Gardens” album to be released via BMG. Yes, we still believe in Rock N’ Roll and  that music can save your mortal soul. Thank you for teaching us to dance real slow.

Official Tracklisting
1. Botanical Gardens
2. The Lucky Guy
3. A Total Eclipse of the Sun
4. Waving Man
5. When July Comes
6. You’re All I Ever Had
7. Rock ‘n’ Roll Your Baby
8. I’ve Cried All The Tears That I Have
9. Ain’t She A Honey
10. The King Of Fools
11. Grief And Hope
12. You’ve Got Such Beautiful Eyes
13. Last Night When We Were Young

Don McLean U.S. & European Tour Dates:

Mar 23 City Winery – New York, N.Y.
Apr 13 Greenwich Odeum – East Greenwich, R.I.
Apr 14 The Birchmere – Alexandria, Va.
Apr 29 Southend Cliffs Pavilion – Westcliff-On-Sea, UK
Apr 30 York Barbican Centre – York, UK
May 01 Victoria Theatre – Halifax, UK
May 02 Sage Gateshead – Gateshead, UK
May 04 De La Warr Pavilion – Brexhill-On-Sea, UK
May 06 Wales Millennium Center – Cardiff, UK
May 07 The Bridgewater Hall – Manchester, UK
May 09 London Palladium – London, UK
May 10 Symphony Hall – Birmingham, UK
May 11 Colston Hall – Bristol, UK
May 13 Philharmonic Hall – Liverpool, UK
May 15 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Glasgow, UK
May 16 Usher Hall Edinburgh, UK
Click here for Don’s entire tour calendar

Family, recipe, Time of the Season

Corned Beef with Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots #Recipe #TastyTuesday

This was my third time making Corned Beef and usually I make a mess at the end when I go to cut it. My friend at work suggested that I take the corned beef out when it is done and let it rest while the vegetables are cooking. I did and it worked, I was able to cut perfect slices across the grain and I was thrilled. Here is the simple recipe I used, I just followed the instructions on the corned beef label on the back of package. Another friend at work suggested I use Guinness Beer (optional)  and I am glad I did.

Cover the  rinsed corned beef with cold water, add the spice packet included in meat package, add 1 bottle of Guinness Beer,  2 cloves of garlic and 1 whole onion peeled. (the garlic and onion were my idea – optional). Bring the covered pot to a boil and quickly reduce to a slow simmer and let simmer for 3 hours covered.  After 3 hours  remove corned beef  to a platter to rest, (Do Not Throw Out Water) discard onion and  add the potatoes, carrots and quartered cabbage to corned beef water.   Bring pot back to a boil and reduced to simmer for 30- 40 minutes until vegetables are cooked. Slice the beef across the grain and  serve meal  with store bought Irish Soda Bread (or make your own) For dessert we had some  cookies from the same bakery I bought the soda bread.  Hope you try this easy recipe and enjoy a hearty meal with your family and friends.  Wishing you a pot of gold and all the joy your heart can hold. Happy St. Patricks’ Day.

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You Have To Laugh To Keep From Crying ~ How To Parent Your Parents by Charlotte Canion

Charlotte Canion, author of You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying: How to Parent Your Parents, beautifully  offers advice to those who are struggling to manage responsibilities of their aging family members. The hardest part of growing up is knowing your parents are growing old.

In the end its all about making time, not having the time. My mom is a stroke survivor but before that at the age of 86, she was still cooking, cleaning, shopping for the family and she was still playing poker with her girl friends every Friday night. All that stopped and then changed after her stroke. She does not cook or clean any more. Happily she did start playing her Lotto numbers again, she goes to the corner deli with my sister once a week for her numbers and a few things like milk and eggs,  believe me we are so very happy that she is interested in gambling again. This makes us smile.

My daughter and niece both help us and spend as much time as they can with their Nanna.

Canion says, “The thought of our parents aging is a frightening one, but my book will teach you how to laugh through the journey. Discover the power of laughter and see how it will help you cope with the task of parenting our parents, a task that will be inevitable for most of us. Whether you are on the threshold of seeking a nursing facility for an aging loved one, have a parent living with you, or think these issues are far down the road, my book helps prepare for and face obstacles you may have never dreamt.

To care for the ones who once cared for us is one of the highest honors. Truth is, it does take a village. Love. Respect. Patience. Forgiveness. Memories are all you will have left once your parents are gone.

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community, Family, Travel

Cape May #NewJersey #IrishTown #UglyMug

Cape May- is considered the Queen of Seaside Resorts. Cape May has the largest collections of 19th century framed homes.   Cape May, is also a national historical landmark, and the first seashore resort in America.  The best time to visit this seaside resort -Cape May- is when the climate is conducive to outdoor activities.  Like walking.  A March visit, with icy temperatures, not suggested.  Burr!

Being that  Cape May was a short drive from Atlantic City ,it seemed like a perfect short trip to do.  I did always want to see Cape May.  However,  even though we walked from the car to the shore, and then back to the car, at a rapid pace, the seaside view was appreciated.    

Certainly, not much to do during the winds of March.  We did find Cape May Brewery, which was just the place to keep our hands and feet warm.

We spent most of the time deciding on which beer to purchase and hoping to make the right beer choice.  A very helpful server allowed us to sample a few of the beers before we decided which to purchase and drink.   Didn’t take us to long to finally make a decision.

As we sat drinking our fresh brewed beer (I think it’s was fresh), we were happy we found refuge from  winter’s hold.  Yes, it’s crazy.  A cold beer!  Not a hot Toddy!

After the brewery off we went to dine at the Ugly Mug, in Cape May.

We laughed when we realized the name of the eatery was not referring to people’s faces.  LOL!

Yes, more beer!  Not in ugly mugs!  As we rested, our driving feet, we sat and enjoyed the quiet of the town.  For soon,  Cape May will be hopping with beach goers, bikers, families, and many more visitors.  All coming to escape their day to day busy lives. As it has been since the 19th century.

Entertainment, Family, Travel

Atlantic City #Gamble #Resorts #Pier

Atlantic City!  I forgot what this town was like. It was fun returning to Atlantic City, even though, the weather was colder than we would have liked it to be.

As we drove into AC the changes to the landscape was apparent. Wind turbines strategically placed along the outskirts doing the job they are suppose to do, turning kinetic energy into energy.

Some hotels are still there, yet some hotels have long vanished.  Still there, the SHOWBOAT Hotel.

We stayed at the RESORTS Casino Hotel.  The boardwalk was pretty empty.  My husband and I were the only boardwalk walkers.  Like I said, “It was cold.”

Like the Steel Pier.  The Steel Pier is there but it no longer provides the diving horse as entertainment.  The diving horse attracted many visitors to the old AC.  Simple entertainment, for a simpler AC.   Now the Pier has an amusement park for summer entertainment.The new AC does have decorative beach chairs strategically placed along the boardwalk.

Of course, no visit to AC is complete without friends you enjoy spending time with.  We  four created new memories, this weekend at AC, to add on to the old ones.