Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St Patrick's Day

Rich asked me in January, where I wanted to go
if I could go anywhere. Without hesitation, I 
said "Ireland".   We will go !!!
when I am done with treatments & well
to travel.

Tis my dream!

My Joys 


sleeping until 9 AM

dreams of Ireland

woodpeckers at the feeders

hot coffee

skim milk

Please share your joys with me!



  1. Happy St. Patrick's Day, deena! i loved the video......beautiful pictures and such beautiful fitting words.....thank you for that this beautiful morning.....

    a beautiful new day

    playing with daughters and grandbabies today

    coffee making

    hope you have a blessed day, deena.
    love and hugs,

  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Deena!! Can't wait 'til you are off to Ireland!!! My dear Mike (Kearney) is just about a full-blooded lad, and I'm half....but neither of us have been to Ireland. It's on the list!!! I have many music friends that tour's grand!! Start planning your itinerary, my dear!!! Hugs and happiness, Trudy

  3. Deena...good to you are feeling better. My place to go visit is Hawaii. And my husband took me there after my first round of chemo. It was truly a dream come true. Had to go with a wig, that was the only real drawback....but I whipped that baby off and went snokeling...wasn't going to miss that opportunity.
    My blessings today...hubby is home
    I feel good
    I can blog with you!

    Have a great day!

  4. Happy St. Patrick's Day. Hope you have a great day. I look forward to traveling one day too. Traci

  5. Hi sweetie,
    It is a wonderful dream; I heard that Ireland is one of a kind. Can't wait to hear your journey stories.

    Have sweet dreams of Ireland. Suzy

  6. Deena,

    I loved the video and I wish the same for your and yours. Very beautiful and inspiring.

    I have always wanted to go to Ireland since I was a child. My paternal roots are there. I want to see the stone fences, lambs frolicking on the hillsides, the green rolling hills and a castle or two.

    My joys for today:

    Sleeping in a little.

    Talking to Michelle on the phone and knowing she is feeling better.

    The sunshine and milder temperatures.

    Visiting your Singing Woods.

    Love you.

  7. How wonderful to plan a trip like that. I bet your smile is a mile wide! Or should I say wider! You deserve it! Can't wait to hear about plans.

  8. Deena..the video was beautiful and so was th message....

  9. My joys today: being able to finish my step workout this morning without interruption (other than 4-year-old Frances bounding downstairs to say she was finished playing in her room!); Jesse (my almost-2-year-old boy) sleeping in late and breaking into a huge smile when I peered into his room to say good morning!

    My friend and her father went to Ireland last year and loved it! I know you'll have an awesome time too. Having something to look forward to post-treatment is a wonderful "carrot before the nose" during treatment! Mine was Disney with the kids, plus a weekend of my own which I took a few months later.

    Enjoy today! Katie

  10. Oh tis asking for trouble ye are when ye talking bout the Irish Isle! Do ya know just what it is ye be expectin now lass?! I'm second gen Irish American. Raised in Irish Catholic Girls Schools back East in all Irish area...what a day this was back in my past.
    Every Lass in their Plaids/Green skirts flying round their knees and Tams and kneesocks with Green Garters for each family tribe! All the week before would be the gettin ready for the dancin dontchaknow and jigs on the stage you see, with parents takin off work to watch and go home to celebrate with all the Aunts and Uncles and Cousins round the tables in kitchens singing and dancing till late into the night! What a sight! What a time to remember! It is raining hard here and thundering and lightning all the morn till after the noon. I'm thinkin that with all of them up there they are carryin on so that they make a ruckus for me to hear! The Irish Tribe's drums are drummin the beat for their feet! Oh, what a party it must be cause I know they bribed St. Pat himself to look away just a moment or two while they have their way with whatever they have a will to! ;-)God Bless them all, I miss em ya see. God Bless me and ye too!
    Top of the morn to ye and the rest of the day to meself! Church/Saints and Haints

  11. Deena, Happy St.Patricks Day to you also. The video is beautiful and inspiring. My dream vacation is to visit Australia someday. I am 4th generation Irish--my great grandmother was a McFarlain and got my red hair from there.
    My joys today are many
    God has given me a new day.
    My family.
    Your beautiful music.
    Crown getting back in.
    Making an Easter bouquet
    for mom and dads grave.
    Love and Blessings, Pat

  12. Happy St. Patty's!!

    My "post-treatment" trip is Hawaii for two weeks this coming summer. We were supposed to go last summer, but health problems prevented it. Not this year, though!

    In five years (our 25th anniversary) we're going to Scotland and I'd like to see Ireland as well. My family started in the Highlands, moved to Ireland and finally ended up scant years before the Revolution. So Scotland and Ireland are a dream of mine as well. :o)

    I'm looking forward to hearing about your trip and seeing the pictures!!

    Blissin's ta ye,

  13. Ireland looks to be a beautiful place to visit.
    Have a great week and take care

  14. My joys are reading you are better...Having my children and grandchildren around me this past son mowed all my yard..wonderful children that come to help me out...being able to cook for them and hearing them say how much they love my children asking me to pray for others that are in need...being able to go to church yesterday morning and request special prayers for you in the heart of Texas...and giving God the glory for prayers answered....

    My joy of today is remembering 50 years ago, given birth to my 1st born a son, on St St.Patricks Day ...Oh what a happy day that was!

    My shield of faith is held up for you, Deena and for your dreams to come true!
    Be safe in Jesus!
    Hugs to you!

  15. My joys are, having the sun shine, the bulbs pushing up, family, hot coffee and skim milk just like you! My mother and father went to Ireland late last year,they really enjoyed themselves, the people were wonderful, very friendly.

  16. Ireland would be a wonderful vacation spot!

    My joys today are my kids, shortbread, hot chocolate (it is cold and snowy today!) and the pile of fabric that is waiting for me.

    Blessings to you today!

  17. loved the video...and think it's a simply wonderful place to plan a trip...
    gives you something wonderful to look forward to...a good reason to push yourself to be stronger and stronger

    my joys today:
    beautiful spring weather,-
    a loving husband who sings for me,-
    the same loving husband who cooks me dinner on the days I am working,-
    two sweet puppies who love my unconditionally,-
    a wonderful Jesus who died for me, and loves me in spite of myself...

  18. Happy Saint Patrick's day Deena...i hope you are feeling well...i hope you get your trip to the Emerald Isle soon...i know you'll both have a magical time.


    First day back to treatment over
    Had a nap this afternoon
    Giving gifts to my love, Tim
    Mother is having a good day
    Birds chirping
    Sun shining...but there is still snow on the ground!

  19. Hi Deena, just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy St. Patricks Day.....your music is very relaxing....what a wonderful trip to look forward to....Bless You, judy

  20. Deena, keep up the fight...You will be well...You are pretty in pink, yes, and in all colors of the rainbow...
    May God bless you and keep you.
    Thank you for the music and the Irish blessing!

  21. How beautiful.

    My joys today:

    My son is closing on his first home
    He and his wife took us out to a nice dinner for our anniversary.
    God is helping me prioritize
    I am healing
    The sun is shining today even though it was supposed to be deary.
    Corned beef and Cabbage in the crock pot.
    My online friends.

  22. Ireland is absolutely lovely, dear Deena - so green and clean...

    Thinking of you on St. Patrick's Day :)

    Hugs/Loving thoughts,
    Loving Annie

  23. I too would love to visit there more than any other country outside of the US. I enjoy the Celtic Woman and my sweet hubby thought he was buying me a set of 3-D's by them but it wasn't Celtic Woman. He said to make it up to me he would take me to Ireland to see them in person. Maybe a 25th wedding anniversary.
    Take lots of pictures because it sounds like you will be going before me.

  24. Blessings dear friend! I loved the video and I receive all the wishes gladly. Thanks for sharing your joys. Mine today are of time alone to play and pray, company of our kitty Joy, to do as I choose, and especially for being given a place in eternity to forever be with My Lord. What Joy unspeakable! I am thrilled you will go on your dream trip. Sending a [[[[[ HUG ]]]]] full of healing and love, rilda *U*

  25. Hey Deena.
    WOW....I posted the exact same video on my site as well. Great minds I say! HA! I did think of you when I saw it the other day and decided to stick it on there for today.
    Ireland is wonderful....YOU HAVE GOT TO GO! It's just as green and lush and beautiful as you can imagine it being. They say there are "50 shades of green in Ireland" I believe it.
    I remember looking at the hills and thinking..."this can't be real."
    But it "tis."
    Have a "Grand" day.
    I'm thinking of you..

  26. Oh, yes...and you are going to have the most lovely time in Ireland with your sweetie man.
    hugs and love, bj

  27. I have never traveled outside of just surrounding states, but my dream is to go to Ireland......I cannot wait until you can go, I look forward to you sharing it!


  28. I hope you have had a good day today, Deena.

    Did I say "thank you" for the gift you sent me. Did you make that sweet bear?

    Have a good night and a good day tomorrow.


  29. Hugs to you!! I so love all your beautiful pictures!!
    And my joy today is the good night hug from Slick!!

  30. Hi Deena- I usually have my volume turned off when I visit blogs but for some reason I knew better when I stooped by tonight. Sobeautiful. I hope your day was lovely, like you.

  31. Hi Deena! I am on dial up so I cannot view the video, but of course we all know Ireland is wonderful! Sending you wishes of strength today. If you feel up to it come visit my blog again, baby doves, baby chicks, some baby booties too! Might bring a smile, thinking of you....Katie

  32. Oh, Deena. The video brought tears to my eyes. You have the same dream I do. Ireland calls - listen - you can hear it! There must be something deep inside our soul if we are the least bit Irish that waiting to go home. When you go, take me with you!!!

  33. I hope this dream comes true for you real soon Deena... You are always in my prayers.


  34. Hello Sweet Friend...
    Ireland it shall be!
    I would love to go there & Scotland! You wanna come with some day?

  35. Top of the mornin to you sweetie! I do a mean Irish accent....

    Have a blessed day!

    LeAnn :)

  36. Psa 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

    Ireland!!! what a wonderful trip you will have....... My grandfather on my Dad's side was born in Dublin on St Patrick Day.. you do not get more Irish than that..... I am 1/2 Irish and the other half is native american and dutch...... Mercy I used to have a temper..... whew!!!! I am glad that I was born again...... ahahhahah

    Keep those dreams alive sweetie and watch the Lord bring them to pass......

  37. hope your day was joyful, deena...and good to you! :)
    sleep well...sweet dreams,
    love and prayers,

  38. Hugs Dear Deena~

    I've been away much too long, but joys! The simplest of joys come from the gift of others that touch us in many ways. They are a gift to be opened and cherished. Be them family or friend, it is people dear to our hearts that hold the biggest joy. I have seen how you have touched so many lives here for year. You Deena are a rare gift. You have taught me much.


  39. Good morning, Sweet Deena, I hope you are resting, regaining strength, building yourself up....IRELAND is waiting for you!
    Love and hugs, bj

  40. Oh, I am so excited that you get to go to Ireland! What an insentive to get well! I hope you have a beautiful day today Deena!

    Love Sharon

  41. Happy Wednesday, Deena. Hope that you are feeling lovely today and if slightly not lovely, then that lovliness will surround you =)
    My joys: Him and those He gave me! Spring (even though it's not here yet - I take joy in the anticipation of it), The silky corner of a blanket next to my cheek. Being able to buy groceries and get gas for the truck. The muffled sound of birds singing out my kitchen window. A clean bathroom and dishes that I didn't have to wash (little helpers). A puppy that hasn't peed inside yet today =). Having my husband upstairs working away. Lots of joy to you today! Blessings... Polly

  42. Hey Mickey! Your so fine! It's comin up that time! Must be taken those pre chemo meds huh? I've got flowers, migrating masses of all kinds of birds that fill every branch of all the area trees and making a Spring racket. Jack Sprat won't go out and keeps looking up and running back to the door....his first Spring. On the dryer cycle of washing fabric to get ready to cut. Drafted the pattern for last couple days. When she's all together I'll put her in a dye bath too. Life is's the simple good things that sustain us. church

  43. With tears in my eyes Deena, I just got caught up on your blog. You look so cute in those hats. Love the Irish Blessing Video too.

    Today marks the date my mama suddenly left us four weeks ago and I'm still so sad. But I too have joys:

    that I had my mother for 51 years and have so many memories of her to take me through the rest of my life.

    joy that my mama doesn't have to worry about my cancer stuff anymore.

    Lindsay is home from Iraq!!! A great joy for me and my family. My mom got to see her too and know she was home safe and sound. Lindsay was her first granddaughter.

    Joy that my mom left me a beautiful face painting for me to create with.

    Joy that God is on my side and that He is good ALL the time.

    Joy that spring is in the air.

    Joy that I'm in Jesus and He is in me.

    Joy that I have so many caring and loving friends.

    Joy that my friend Deena is doing well and is fighting this beast called breast cancer.

    Joy that you are going to go to Ireland. After my treatments last year I went to New England and taught art classes and made so many special new friends.

    Love to you sweetie.

  44. What a wonderful place to visit. I can't wait for you to be able to do that.

    Sharon just told me that your pretty in pink blog is your breast cancer blog and that you had another blog. I guess I was not paying attention. This is the only blog I've known about you. I will also visit your other one.

    I always like to see how thankful you are, even though you are going through so much. Hugs and prayers, Kathi

  45. Sweet Deena: Please stop by my blog and see my beautiful Easter banner that I won from you and was created by Mary at Isabella's Closet. Thank you again so much.

    I hope this finds you well today. The birds are singing to you outside my window!

  46. My joys? My joys are inspiring women like you!! :)

  47. just stopped by to tell you I love you,,,rest up for Friday...
    My prayers are still going up every strong...{{Hugs}}

  48. hope you are having a wonderful day, deena....wonder if you are crafting some delights for the weekend? thinking of you and sending love and prayers....another of our friends just found out she has breast cancer......just feel so helpless sometimes, but know i CAN do my part in fighting this terrible disease....and i will continue to do so.
    have a wonderful evening...joys and rest well,

  49. How very wonderful Deena! I am so excited for you. I would love to visit Ireland too. Someday...

    Hugs! Nancy

  50. Hubby's brother is in Ireland right now, but it's Nothern Ireland. I have two great grandmothers that came over to the UK from Dublin but I've never been myself.

    My joys: my Lord, my hubby and girlies, my Bible, my church, a huge bar of chocolate, red tulips, quiet afternoons, piano and oboe music, tea and scones with clotted cream and jam.

    Hugs and love

    Sarah x

  51. ...oh and I forgot cats, lots of them...if hubby would let me, lol!

  52. I'm so glad your hubby asked you that and followed through! This is wonderful. I've never been to Ireland but my mom was Irish-English so I hope to go someday.

    Keeping you in my thoughts. I don't post every day because I don't want you to feel pressured to answer back, but I send you my love.

    My joy today is a writing project to start. So much blank paper to fill. This will be fun.

  53. Lots of love and best wishes to you Deena for the coming Easter weekend. Hope you are well and resting.

    Take care sweet one

    Kim x

  54. Hi, Deena. I love you in that little blue hat--adorable! I'll be phoning you to see when I can visit you. I'm glad to finally be home.

  55. I agree, Deena, you couldn't be more beautiful with your blue hat and lovely smile!

    My husband and I are both 1/2 Irish, and would also love to see Ireland some day. Anyone I know who has been there says it is the most beautifl place they've ever been.

    You must go, Deena!!


  56. Just checking in. I hope you are doing well Deena. Rest and enjoy your singing woods.

    Love Sharon

  57. Dearest friend,
    I am just wanting you to know that I am thinking and praying for you all the time. You are the sweetheart of know that, don't you?
    hugs, bj

  58. Good Morning Deena,
    I am back online and am now trying to catch up with everyone. Oh my, I do hope you can go to Ireland soon. I have seen so many beautiful pictures from there and I know it would be a beautiful place to visit. I hope you had a great St. Patrick's Day. I didn't do much myself. I was so tired from all the moving over the weekend and sore as well. I am just doing a little each day. The video is just breathtaking and the words are very touching. "THANK YOU" for sharing such a wonderful video with us Deena. I hope you are having a good week so far and that you and Rich are feeling much better. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

    Love, Hugs, & Prayers,
    Karen H.

  59. Hi Sweetie,

    I've been so busy with work and study that I've gotten terribly behind on visiting. I just wanted to stop in and give you a hug :) My joys today are finding spare moments to spend with good friends.


  60. Just popping by to send good thoughts as you get your next chemo tomorrow. Hope is goes well Deena - with much love.

    Today's joys -
    Keeping granddaughter tonight and she requested grilled Havarti cheese sandwiches!
    Stopping at my beauty salon where it was 'customer appreciation day' with fab. food, a free massage (super!), and lots of fun friends to chat with.
    Visiting Goodwill and finding old sheet music, two great books and two ironstone platters - all for
    dh bought me a dozen gorgeous yellow roses after I picked them out at a sweet, tiny florist shop named The Ming Rose.
    Spring - and all it's beauty!

  61. Elizabeth and I want to go to Ireland this Summer. If all pans out we will. love nita

  62. A belated happy st. paddy's. :-)

    I've never been to Ireland, like yourself, but have always wanted to go too. The green isle as they call it, a soothing lull both in the scenery and the accent and the Guinness, :-), you will have a wonderful time when you go without a doubt. Jigging in the back street pubs etcetera etcetera etcetera.


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