Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spring time in the Rockies

Thursday it was OVER 70 degrees F In Cheyenne WY… tonight –the same Thursday– we have a winter storm advisory with travel restrictions – snow and freezing rain. The short of it is, stay ready for bad weather and bad times. YUP, this tidbit IS that short.

Update for Saturday after the BIG storm….. The ground did get wet and it was down to freezing…. fizzled

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St Patrick’s day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I thought you might enjoy this.
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, but just how much do you really know about Ireland’s patron saint? The pictures didn’t copy, but it’s interesting.
Why 17 March?
Simple – the date marks the saint’s death. Patrick died in 461 in Saul, County Down. It was here that he had established his first church in a small and simple barn, after arriving nearby at the mouth of the Slaney River. He is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral in Downpatrick and a memorial stone, made from local Mourne Mountain granite, marks his grave. For those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal.

When Was the First Parade?
Interestingly, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland at all, but in Boston in the United States in 1737. This was followed by an “official” parade in New York in 1766. Ireland was a little further behind – our first parade was held in Waterford in 1903, while Dublin joined the club back in 1931. Today, the parade in Dublin is a huge, colourful, theatrical event that snakes through the historic city centre, with vivid displays and international bands.

Who Invented St. Patrick’s Day?
Raise your glasses to Luke Wadding, an Irish Franciscan friar from Waterford whose persistent efforts turned March 17 into a feast day. Born in 1558, Wadding died in Rome on 1657 and his remains are interred there in the college of St. Isidore’s, which he founded. If you visit the National Gallery of Ireland, you can see a painting of the friar by Carlo Maratta, while in Waterford city he is commemorated with a statue outside the French Church (Greyfriars).
Are There Any Unusual Parades?
Short, long, silly or serious, you’ll find every manner of St. Patrick’s Day parade all over Ireland, from the biggest in Dublin to the earliest in Dingle, County Kerry, where it kicks off at 6am. There’s a week-long festival in Armagh, and a carnival parade and concert in Belfast. The shortest parade in the world used to be in Dripsey, County Cork, from one pub to another. Sadly, the parade is no more but you can still celebrate in the town with the annual Dripsey Vintage Tractor and Car Run.

Was St Patrick Really Irish?
No, he wasn’t born here. St. Patrick was thought to have originally come from either Wales or Scotland, where he was abducted at the age of 16 and brought to Northern Ireland as a slave. Once here, he was sent to Slemish Mountain in County Antrim to herd sheep. But on his escape, he had a vision and returned to Ireland to spread the word of Christianity. It was on this island that he remained for the rest of his life, preaching, baptising and building churches until his death in 461 in County Down.

Where in the World Goes Green?
Not content with just donning green hats, everything from buildings to rivers goes green for St. Patrick’s Day (a huge source of pride for the Irish here – and for all the Irish people across the world). This year, the Colosseum in Rome, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Paris, the London Eye, the Empire State building, and Christ the Redeemer in Rio will all turn a shade of green on March 17. In Dublin, buildings and bridges all over the city are illuminated green also.
Where Did He Go in Ireland?
There are sites all over Ireland associated with St. Patrick, which goes to show how far this 5th century saint travelled. The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary, and Croagh Patrick, County Mayo, are among the most famous, but there are lots more besides. Follow St. Patrick’s Trail in Northern Ireland and you can visit Armagh’s two impressive cathedrals dedicated to the saint, as well as Saul Church and the St. Patrick Centre in County Down.

Did St. Patrick Really Banish Snakes?
Tradition has it that the reason there are no snakes in Ireland is down to our patron saint, who chased them into the sea. It’s a good story all right, but most scientists now believe that snakes never existed in Ireland in the first place. Interested in more of Ireland’s natural history – including reptiles? Drop into the wonderful Museum of Natural History on Dublin’s Kildare Street, to find out more about our island’s fauna in a lovely old Victorian building.

Why Do People Wear Green?
Green is a color now synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, as people of Irish descent all over the world wear a piece of green clothing on March 17. But the wearing of green only became a tradition in the 19th century. Up until then, the color most commonly associated with St. Patrick was actually blue. Today, it’s all about jade and emerald, moss and olive, so if you’re visiting Ireland on or around March 17, make sure to pack something green.

Jan Czaplewski
Castles and Cruises
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Sausage Wheat Chowder

We hear about food storage all the time but most folks fail to learn HOW to use it. In addition to being able to eat healthier as well as cheaper so that you have better use of your money.

Sausage Wheat Chowder

1 lbs pork sausage
1 ½ tsp salt
4 cloves garlic minced
4 cups water
½ tsp thyme
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups cooked whole wheat kernels
2 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
¼ tsp black pepper
½ green pepper chopped
1 cup chopped potatoes

In a large cast iron kettle, brown the pork sausage. Drain off fat and save for later. Add all ingredients except potatoes and green pepper. Simmer covered 1 hour. Add potatoes and green pepper and cook covered an additional 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Serve hot. Makes 8 servings

note that you can also cook this faster in a pressure cooker.

This can be made totally from food storage items.

Cross ref —

Monthly Preps 3

Month 3 [per person]

Food storage
powdered milk #10 cans 6 each,

Put $10-20 from each payday in one or fives in your kits. Back pack or wheeled bag for kit, copy of ‘lost card’ for the person the kit belongs to AND a complete set of lost cards for the party in each large’s kit.
Your basics & BEYOND
gather 2 weeks worth of paper dishes & flatware.

If you are new to this site please cross ref to the beginning of this thread