Family, Time of the Season

Happy Mothers Day and Happy Anniversary – Two For One

Every year we go to Mercis’ home to celebrate Mothers’ Day together and every once in a while the day happens to be Merci and Bills’ Wedding Anniversary. This year was that year. Two reasons to celebrate is always better than one. When I asked Merci how many years, counting on her fingers she looked at me and said I think…. 46? Happy Anniversary you  crazy kids!

Our sisters and children were there. Damian and Erin went over for breakfast because Damian is a NYC Police officer and he had to work and then Erin went to her moms’ with the kids. We did miss them. My granddaughter was home with strep and her dad stayed with her. We missed them too. My daughter brought the boys over to wish my mom a Happy Mothers’ Day and she was so happy to see them. Kisses all around.

We were a cozy group and everyone got a chance to catch up with each other. It was raining so we spent the day inside and really enjoyed the great food Merci prepared for us all. She always goes way out. I had a little of everything and it all was delicious

Lentil soup, lamb, baked ziti, pork, green beans and roasted potatoes. Everyone gobbled it up but we were sure to leave room for dessert. Life is too short to skip cake.

Mother: A Person Who Does Work For Many. For Free. Thank you Merci for another beautiful Mothers’ Day. She reminded me that last year, we were not there because my family  were at the hospital with my mom who had suffered a stroke. I could not believe I forgot that, I am good at not remembering hard days gone by. So this day was extra special Three In One.

Love these guys to the moon and back and more than all the stars in the sky. Understand?

A Mother is like a flower, each one beautiful and unique. I pray we will get to do this all over again  next year.  Happy Mothers’ Day!

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Looking For Splasher The Little Tasmanian Devil by Nancy Walker #Bookworm

Lets’ take a walk on the wild side. Looking for Splasher is a childrens’ book that teaches young readers about Tasmanias’ natural environment and the many native animals. The story is filled with colorful pictures, that tell the story of four Tasmanian devil siblings – Nipper, Growier, Tugger and Splasher – who are playing hide and seek.  Guess who goes missing? This lovely book is educational and engaging for children and adults alike. In Australia as in the whole world there is a growing concern over the natural wildlife, reading this sweet book will encourage young and old readers to engage with nature and protect their local wildlife. Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures and kill nothing but time.

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Celebrate Summer! With Woman’s World #Summerpartyfun #Temptingrecipes

Summertime!  We can celebrate summer with picnics!  At cocktail parties!  On Father’s Day!  Summer Birthdays!  The best summer celebration of all the 4th of July!   Celebrate Summer with Women’s World magazine is  summer party fun!   Celebrate Summer!  With Women’s World  magazine offers  87 tempting recipes that will satisfy every summer sweet tooth.

Check out these no-bake pies. It’s summer so who wants to turn on the oven.  Not me!  But with these no-bake pies recipe you can keep the kitchen cool.  Strawberry Key Lime Pies, Pina Colada Coconut Cream Pies, and Chocolaet-Covered Cherry Cream Pies, all served in a 8 oz glass jar.

How about these Hi-Hat ice-Cream Cones Cupcakes!  No paper for these cup cakes.  All baked in an ice-cream cone, topped with layers of red and white frosting.  Oh, let’s not forget the cup cake that is chocolate dipped.  What a treat!  A picnic delight.

Now for the 4th of July don’t just let the fireworks create a bang.   Offer up a Flag Brownie Cake – made with cherry pie filling that keeps them moist and yummy, along with Hooray-for-the-USA Cookies – these lemony cookies are easily made with store brought cookie dough.
Three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!

My favorite cake in the entire magazine is The Unicorn Cake.  A true masterpiece.  I know your thinking you’d have to be Michelangelo to create this artwork.  No, a template is given and the directions are the guiding hand.

These are just some of the wonderful ways you can Celebrate Summer!Celebrate Summer! magazine combines sweet treats with cocktail fun and offers easy snacks to turn any gathering into a summer party.  Get your Celebrate Summer! with Woman’s World while it’s summer hot!!

Did You Know, Family

Saint Andrew (Sant’ Andrija) The Patron Saint of Hal Luqa, Malta

The celebration of saints (feast days) are a big deal on the island of Malta.  Malta is predominantly a Catholic country.  So it is easy to understand why every village, on the island, have these religious festivities which are part of the island’s culture.   A festa or Village Feast occurs in the summer months.  If you have never been to a Maltese village feast you are missing out on a cultural experience of a life time.  I recently read that there are nearly 60 festas in Malta.  However, I know of a village feast that is close to my heart.  The village is Luqa, and the patron Saint of Luqa is St. Andrew (Sant’ Andrija)

Why is Saint Andrew the dedicated saint of the village?   His being a fisherman could be the reason why Saint Andrew was chosen to be the patron Saint of Luqa, since, at one time, many fishermen lived in the village of Luqa.    Saint Andrew is a very big deal to the village people.   So big is the deal that in Luqa many babies are baptized with the first or middle name of Andrew.  My dad is one of them.

Saint Andrew’s feast always starts at the parish church in Luqa.  The church was founded on the 15th of May, 1634.   The parish church was always dedicated to Saint Andrew the Apostle.  The church is located in the center of the village square in Luqa and is one of the oldest parishes in Malta.  Saint Andrew’s feast is celebrated every year on the first Sunday of July.  The whole town comes out for the celebration.   Along with a display of  Fireworks  that keeps both Maltese and foreigners in pyrotechnic awe.

Hal Luqa is all about Saint Andrew.  All about the man who was one of the first to follow Christ.  Who was the brother of Peter (Simon).  Who was called to be a “fisher of men”.  In Luqa, Saint Andrew will never be forgotten.  I mean who can forget when you are honored with a week long celebration that no one one could replica.

July, 2018 is almost here.  The church doors will  burst open and the church bells will toll.  As the statue of Saint Andrew is processioned out.

One more item.  I was baptized in the church of Luqa and my middle name is Andrea (female version of Andrew).

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Promo Uffjali- Festa Titulari ta' Sant' Andrija Appostlu f' Ħal Luqa – 2018

Il-Festa Titulari ta' Sant' Andrija Appostlu se tkun iċċelebrata bejn l-24 ta' Ġunju u l-Ħadd l-1 ta' Lulju. Il-Promo huwa xogħol – Raoul BriffaBil-filmati u ritratti ta' Emanuel CauchiNeil Zammit Nick Cam Rayden MizziChudyseuszTVBernard CutajarKearon BrunoAndrew BorgCapture Me Photography

Posted by Parroċċa Sant' Andrija Ħal Luqa on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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Cohens’ Fashion Optical #WhatIWore #EyeWear

So the idea is give a girl a new pair of glasses and she can conquer the world. It is time for a new pair of glasses.  That’s the place I started at and the place was at Cohens’ Fashion Optical. Got myself an eye exam and came out with flying colors and two new pairs of glasses.

I used my Eye Vision Medical from work, I need bifocals and I wanted two very different styles. There were plenty of styles and colors to choose from and they were having a special. Love when that happens!!

One pair of glasses that stay at  work and one pair of glasses that stay in my bag and go where ever I go. Because honestly, I cannot think without my glasses 🙂