Amhráin Ghrá

May the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load.

Irish Blessing

If Google translate is working today, Amhráin Ghrá means Songs of Love. We need more of those today. If it’s not, if there’s an error in what my title says—and I’ve just said something insulting—please forgive my ignorance. 😉 Just trying to spread some Irish love today.

Anyway, I couldn’t resist adding this to my Going Green series. Nothing says GREEN more than St. Paddy’s Day!

I’ve never mentioned this before, but my laptop is falling apart. I can’t close the lid because something broke and the monitor screen is barely attached—it’s hanging by a thread. The battery no longer charges as well, so if I’m working and the cord somehow disconnects, the PC shuts off instantly and I lose what I’m working on.

Needless to say, I don’t use my laptop to take quizzes or exams for school. If it disconnects during those, it’s pretty much an automatic fail. Fortunately, my sister gave me a hand me down. Older sisters are cool like that! It will work for now, until I’m ready to invest in something new and improved.

Anyway, I bring this up because the borrowed PC is still on Windows 7 and I can’t load my Photoshop on it. Bummer! That being said, another blogger mentioned the free program GIMP. I’ve been trying it out, and this morning I used the Kaleidoscope effect to make the image I’ve featured here. I think it’s pretty fun!

I thought I’d add a gallery here to show the original, the kaleidoscope version, and a square version (that I call lights) that I made in Photoshop last night. It’s a fun and unusual display of Green. I’m not sure if the reader will distort this, but I will give it a shot…

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you found something enjoyable here…

Sláinte! (Cheers!)

Trees on a mountain

Down to Earth

First things first: I made it to 10,074 steps today… Yay!

Second, it’s just weird out there. I took my mom to the store today and—after zigzagging through the aisles for what felt like hours—I realized that making “healthy food choices” will be MUCH harder than I anticipated. Why? Because there was NO food to choose from! Nothing good anyway. It may come down to take what you can get if people keep stockpiling their bunkers.

My mom has a cabinet that I call her Doomsday Cupboard. She says she likes to keep food in there because “she’s always worried that something may happen.” It’s a great concept, I’m just not sure how much nutrition we’ll get out of minute rice, baked beans, canned chili, and marshmallows. I’m glad we have our garden!

It’s nice to open my reader and see that it’s business as usual around here. To a certain degree anyway.

So… I’m going to do a new series. School is slow right now (that old WordPress class is a little too easy!) and I’m afraid there’s not much to talk about on the lifestyle changes at the moment (Yawn). I WILL be doing more Food Fun Facts, but I’m going to wait a couple of weeks for things to settle down out there.

Anyway, since Everything Red was so much fun, I decided to stick with the color theme. This new series is called….. drumroll, maestro…….

Going Green.

According to color psychology, green is the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. Green renews and restores depleted energy. So today’s green is a slightly modified photograph of a beautiful mountain top I visited in Colorado. In times like these, there is nothing more rejuvenating than being back to nature, and down to earth.

So take a deep breath… and relax.