Today is the first day of Spring. Here in Mobile, Alabama, that means we have already had hot, sweaty days and some frigid “brrrr” days during February.  January, even had its fair share of warm days.  But, you know it’s Springtime, because of the rain, the pollen, and the rain.  We are on Daylight Savings Time and everyone is enjoying the longer days, even if it means more rain.

Today, the Sun was warm and the skies were mainly clear; but a cold front brought chilly winds in the shade.  Colleges and Universities are starting the Spring Break season and gas prices have risen in the last 48 hours to welcome thousands of “spring breakers” to the Gulf Coast.

I’m ready Spring…Bring On The Heat, The Humidity and Time in the yard. Bring on  Time at the Beach and Time under the Air Conditioner.  I’m ready!


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

–Margaret Atwood

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“Sunday Thoughts”

irish-friends-toast“May the lilt of Irish laughter
lighten every load.
May the mist of Irish magic
shorten every road…
And may all your friends remember
all the favours you are owed!”

–Irish Toast

“Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold pint– and another one!”

–Irish Toast

“May your heart be light and happy,gold-clover-coin
May your smile be big and wide,
And may your pockets always have
a coin or two inside!”

–Irish Toast

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2018!

According to genealogical records, my ancestors came from Scotland and Ireland, as well as Native America. So I feel comfortable saying I am part Irish. Although as a non-Catholic, I did not know that I should wear Orange on Saint Patrick’s Day. No matter the religious or cultural differences, I, like most Americans observing the day, am decked out in Green.

“Ye Olde Blog” is also adorned in the Emerald Isle Green today. I even added custom St. Patrick’s Day-themed banners to celebrate the day.

otrwd-irishcastlebannerotrwd-stpatrickheaderotrwd-corlea-trackway-irelandotrwd-shamrockbannerotrwd-darkhedgesballymoneyirelandAnd because it is Saturday, I picked out a few diversions for you as you drink your green beer, Guinness, and various green alcoholic cocktails.

And because, you may be fecked, gootered, banjo’d and three sheets to the wind at this very moment, then you might as well sing about it and learn a little something on the way; with this Biologist’s Irish Drinking Song.  Be impressed that he doesn’t waste time with rhyming anything as mundane as “orange’. He tackles “allosteric modulation and wins!


And what St. Patrick’s Day would be complete without a few stereotypical Irish jokes. Here are two of my favorites.

Patrick walks into a bar in Dublin, orders three pints of Guinness and sits in the corner of the room, drinking a sip out of each pint in turn. When he had finished all three, he went back to the bar and ordered three more.

The barman says, “You know a pint goes flat soon after I pull it . Your pints would taste better if you bought one at a time.”

Patrick replies, “Well now, I have two brothers, one is in America and de other in Australia and here I am in Dublin. When we all left home, we promised dat we’d drink dis way to remember de days we all drank together.”

The barman admits that this is a nice custom and says no more.

irishpubPatrick becomes a regular customer and always drinks the same way… 0rdering three pints and drinking a sip out of each in turn, until they are finished. One day, he comes in and orders just two pints. All the other regulars in the bar notice and fall silent.

When he goes back to the bar for the second round, the barman says, “I don’t want to intrude on your grief but I wanted to offer my condolences on your great loss.” Patrick looks confused for a moment, then the penny drops and he starts to laugh, “Oh no,” he says, “Bejesus, everyone is fine! Tis me … I’ve quit drinking!”

And next comes a story about a fellow who should probably attend Mass just a little bit more.

Patrick O’Malley hoisted his beer and said: “Here’s to spending the rest of me life between the legs of me wife!” – and he took home the top prize for the best toast of the night. In bed later that night. In bed later that night, he told his wife: “Mary, I won the prize for the best toast of the night.” She said, “Aye, Paddy, what was your toast?”

So he told her: “Here’s to spending the rest of me life sitting in church beside me wife.”

“Oh,” she said, “that is very nice, dear.”

The next day, Mary ran into one of Paddy’s drinking partners in the street. Mischievously, the man said: “Did you hear about your husband winning a prize in the pub the other night for a toast about you, Mary?”

She replied: “Aye – and I was a bit surprised. Till now, he’s only been down there twice. Once he fell asleep, and the other time I had to pull him by the ears to make him come”.

These have been your Saturday Diversions!



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Multi-Level Decorating

For those readers thinking this might surely be something new from me regarding multilevel marketing or network marking…sorry, it is not.  I have not joined another network marketing company selling interior design products.  I have not revived the bankrupt Home Interiors company, nor have I joined Princess House.

I’m just doing a little interior decorating at “ye olde blog.  I’ve been getting some visitors to some old MLM and Amway entries and decided to spruce them up and update them a bit with some new MLM and Amway-specific banners and background.  I haven’t finished all of them, but I’m adding the new photos as the referenced articles pop up with notifications during the daily management of the blog. And boy, let me tell ya, I was pretty prolific for a time with the network marketing focus.  It will probably take a while to edit all those entries; but I’m dedicated to the two of you that still visit.

In the meantime, you can see the new banners and background, tonight. Right here.  Right now. Click on any photo to see the full-size slideshow.

And the new background will surround the entries; as it is doing on this one.

Feel free to search the “Old Roads” to read any of the old blog posts and to check if I have made the changes at a specific entry.

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