Be prepared to toast on St. Patrick's Day!
Sophia, my art mannikin, Cookie, and I will mix something or other up today.
Raise your glass and toast your Irish friends with one of these phrases from Slainte on the History Channel.
May your fire be as warm as the weather is cold.
Health, and long life to you
Land without rent to you
The partner of your heart to you
and when you die, may your bones rest in Ireland!
As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.
May you get all your wishes but one,
So you always have something to strive for.
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
Here's to your coffin...
May it be built of 100 year old oaks which I will plant tomorrow.
May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.
May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.
An old Irish recipe for longevity:
Leave the table hungry.
Leave the bed sleepy.
Leave the bar thirsty.
May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.
May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Or remember what is best forgotten.
May you be in heaven one half hour before the devil knows you're dead.
May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The insight to know where you are,
and the foresight to know when you've gone too far.
May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.
May God bring good health to your enemies enemies
May you never make an enemy
When you could make a friend–
Unless you meet a fox among your chickens.
And if you are still in pretty good shape after your toast, you might want to try this History Channel Irish Quiz. Let me know your results. I got 6 out of 10. My knowledge of Ireland mostly comes from my priest and nun friends--and my dear Mary Lou.