Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Shamrocks and Irish Lace

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Can I admit that one of my pet peeves is the pairing of four-leaf clovers with St. Patrick's Day? Silly, I know, but during my grade school days I enjoyed the story of the Irish saint illustrating the story of the Holy Trinity using the shamrock. Now  I keep wondering what comes after the Father, Son and Holy Spirit if you use a four-leaf clover? Elvis?  Don McLean?  The Fairy Godmother? Anyway, I blame the whole mix-up on Lucky Charms cereal and  mischievous leprechauns.

I was hoping my liturgically-correct shamrocks would resprout from their winter doldrums in time for March 17th, but they're just little brown nublets today. Sigh. No four-leaf clovers in evidence either.  We used to have a four-leaf clover plant--I still check each clover plant before I do my weeding!

Must be a wee bit of lace-curtain Irish in me.  These look fine from outside but inside...high water!

Recently I found a match for the soft ivory color and the filet-lace look and on Monday I added a few inches to the top.  Voila!  Long enough to brush lightly against the carpet, short enough not to tempt my Electrolux.

Happy St. Patrick's Day,, my friends! Don't forget to wear your green today or...ouch!


  1. I have some high waters too, from Pottery Barn. I washed instead of dry cleaned. I finally moved the couch in front of them til I get them replaced.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day any way you want to celebrate it. I celebrate it as my son's birthday

  2. Took me forever to figure out what the "ouch" meant. Then I remembered...the pinch! :)