November 1st: All Saints Day: The History And Traditions Behind The Holiday : Reposting

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When Is All Saints Day : What Is It And Who Celebrates It.

Now that spooky season is officially over and our Halloween costumes are packed away for another year, our thoughts may start to turn to Christmas.

But don’t be putting up the tinsel just yet, because directly after Halloween is the Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day.

While it may be easy to forget the religious origins of Halloween, November 1 marks a special holiday observed by Roman Catholics and most Protestant denominations worldwide.

All Saints’ Day is an opportunity for worshippers to remember saints and martyrs throughout Christian history.

So why do Christians celebrate All Saints’ Day – and what is it? Here’s everything you need to know.

A cross stands at the Chartreuse cemetery in central Bordeaux on October 26, 2018 ahead of All Saints’ Day. (AFP/Getty Images)

When is All Saints’ Day?

All Saints’ Day – also known as All Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas, is celebrated on November 1, the day after Halloween.

It comes just after the pagan holiday of Samhain and is directly followed by the Mexican Day of the Dead festival and another Christian holiday, All Souls’ Day.

In Eastern Orthodox and associated Eastern Catholic churches, All Saints’ Day is observed on the first Sunday following Pentecost.

Why do Christians celebrate it?

All Saints’ Day has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century AD, but it wasn’t until 609AD that Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all martyrs.

Originally the Feast of All Holy Martyrs, as it was then known, was celebrated on May 13.

Then in 837AD Pope Gregory IV extended the holy day to remember all saints, changed its name to the Feast of All Saints and changed the date to November 1.

It’s thought that the date was chosen to replace the end of harvest time and the Gaelic festival of Samhain, known as the festival of the dead.

In Catholic tradition, the holiday honours those who have passed on to the Kingdom of Heaven.

In Methodist tradition, it relates to giving God earnest gratitude for the lives and deaths of his saints.

Pope John Paul II stressed the importance of All Saints’ Day in 2003: “We celebrate today the solemnity of All Saints. This invites us to turn out gaze to the immense multitude of those who have already reached the blessed land, and points us on the path that will lead us to that destination.”

How is All Saints’ Day celebrated?

Catholics are expected to attend mass on All Saints’ Day, although Bishops in many countries don’t make this a requirement if the holiday does not fall on a Sunday.

There is usually a reading of the Beatitudes, the eight blessings recounted in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew.

Some also leave offerings of flowers to dead relatives and others may light candles and visit the graves of lost loved ones.

How does it relate to Halloween?

The Christian holiday of All Saints’ Day has close associations with Halloween (freestocks/Unsplash)

While nowadays we may associate Halloween with trick or treating and scary movies, Halloween started out as a holy Christian celebration.

‘Hallow’ in Old English means ‘holy’ or ‘sacred,’ so Hallows’ Eve or Halloween simply means “the evening of holy persons” and refers to the evening before All Saints’ Day.

Halloween is a mixture of Celtic religious ideas and Christian martyrology.”

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All Saints Day – November 1st

All Saints Day: The history and traditions behind the holiday By CNN
“Every year on November 1, many Roman Catholics and other Christians around the world observe All Saints Day, which honors all saints of the church that have attained heaven. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, All Saints Day is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Here’s a look at the history and traditions of this holy holiday. ”

“Where All Saints Day came from

Although now observed in November, All Saints Day was originally celebrated on May 13, although the origin cannot be traced with certainty, accoring to Encyclopedia Brittanica. Pope Boniface IV formally started what would later be known as All Saints Day on May 13 in 609 AD when he dedicated the Pantheon in Rome as a church in honor of the Virgin Mary and all martyrs.
The current date of November 1 was established by Pope Gregory III during his reign (731-741 AD) when he dedicated a chapel in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica in honor of all saints. While this celebration was originally limited to Rome, later in 837 Pope Gregory IV ordered the official observance of All Saints Day every November 1 and extended its celebration to the entire Church.

All Saints really means ALL saints

While many canonized saints are celebrated with their own individual day (such as St. Patrick), saints that have not been canonized have no particular holiday. All Saints Day recognizes those whose have attained heaven, but their sainthood is known only to God. Even so, Catholic observances tend to focus on known saints, those canonized by the Catholic Church.

A holy obligation

According to Catholic Online, within the Catholic Church, All Saints’ Day is generally considered a Holy Day of Obligation, meaning all Catholics must attend Mass unless they are prevented by illness or another sufficient excuse. After the Protestant Reformation, many Protestant sects kept All Saints Day. Methodists, for example, acknowledge it as a day of giving God earnest gratitude for the lives and deaths of saints, according to Christianity.com.

Observances around the world

Although not a public holiday in the US, All Saints’ Day is observed publicly in many countries. In France and Germany, people have the work day off and businesses are closed. In the Philippines, All Saints Day is known as “Undas” and isn’t just for remembering the saints, but for honoring and paying respects to departed loved ones, usually with prayers, flowers, and good offerings and graves.”

Making Your Home A Haven Series : From All Over The Internet   (Comments From Sarah)

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Making Your Home A Haven Is A Fall Series/ Challenge that Women Living Well Has Been Doing For  Years.

From Sarah: I love this series. I can’t stop sharing posts about it.

This is a review of some of the MANY MANY POSTS written about Making Your Home A Haven.

Many  of the Internet photos and quotes are from Women Living Well.

Over the last few years I have looked for any and all articles written About The Home. Family Life.

Darlene’s Quieting Your Heart Series . Time Warp Wife.

I firmly believe that this includes posts about the home and organization of it. I love anything to do with :

Crystal Paine’s Making Over Your Mornings And Make Over Your Evenings.

Crystal Paine

Simplified Organization:

Morning Motivated Mom :

SIMPLIFIED ORGANIZATION :

AWAINS :

There are a number of awesome Facebook groups On Make Over Your Mornings.

Check out this short video.

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Most importantly that also includes Bible Study And Quiet Time. To READING Books Of Faith And Family

Women  Living Well By Courtney Joseph

You Are Forgiven Bible Study : Love God Greatly

Rosilind Jukic Of A Little R & R

Blogging Through The Bible With Good Morning Girls
Proverbs 31 Ministries OBS.

Uninvited  Bible Study

Quieting Your Heart Series By Time Warp Wife

Womenlivingwell.org

2016 :It is never too late to start. NOVEMBER would be perfect.  

2016 Bible Verse

Courtney Joseph And Karen Ehman : 2016 Making Your Home A Haven

Making Your Home A Haven : Women Living Well

Week 4

Listen Love Repeat :Karen Ehman

Fling Open Your Doors and Let Others In!

So…keep lighting those candles….
Keep loving from the oven….
Listen for those
Reach out and gather in.

Don’t just make loving your family your aim during this challenge. As a family, reach out and bring others into your circle of love! Brainstorm as a family a person—or perhaps even another family—whom you can make the object of your love and kindness this week.
Maybe it is a “necessary person”—someone who helps your family to get life done like the:
mail carrier

grocery store clerk

dentist

garbage collector

first responder

or teacher.
Perhaps it is a family new to your church or neighborhood.
Do something as simple as thanking them verbally and offering a small gift, such as a gift card or other small token. Or, light that candle, fire up that oven (or order pizza—it’s all good!) and open your home for a little old-fashioned hospitality.
Stir up one another to love and good works—just like our verse instructs us to! Not so others will be wowed by your family’s generosity but so others will be pointed to Jesus.

It is a series  I have been sharing on http://sarahsatticoftreasures.com

Sarah’s Attic Of Treasures

From Week 1 2016 : Women Living Well

The smells and flavors of Fall.

When I was a girl, people seemed more willing to stretch whatever food they had and welcome others to their table. I often heard people of my mother’s generation say how their parents—who lived through the Depression—simply used to throw another few cups of water in the soup to make it stretch further when company dropped by. But today, in a culture saturated with Pinterest images of perfection that showcase lovely tablescapes, stunning décor, and gourmet fare, we aren’t so willing to have others into our home to break bread or share a plate of nachos.

Mandy Kelly :Worshipful Living 2014

And all over Facebook.

It is also a series many have written about on there own or with Women Living Well.

This week we are focusing on the kitchen – the heart of the home.  At the bottom of this post you will find this week’s challenge, some fun conversation starters for kids and Women Living Well’s Favorite Recipes! The kitchen is not just for cooking but for connecting. God created taste buds, the sense of smell, and the eye that is drawn to beautiful things – to please our senses. […]This post will be sharing multiple photos and quotes from the various articles.

When we hear a heart drop, we can brush it aside and go on our busy way. Or, we can respond with an act of kindness. It may be words of reassurance, a clever small gift, an act of service, or gift of your time. Making Your Home A Haven is not a new concept.

Women have been doing it for centuries.

Live In Gratitude:  The Tidy Mom

This week, focus on the kitchen, the heart of the home.
Super simple. But oh, so important!
By that, I don’t mean that making gourmet dishes is key or that presenting them in a fancy-fied way is the goal—although if you are the gourmet and fancy-fied type, then go for it! The issue is to make the kitchen a warm, inviting place where people are fed and souls are nourished—however that looks in your home.
Gourmet and fancy? Sure. If that is how you roll.
Good ol’ meat and potatoes with a homemade pie for dessert? Fabulous!
Dine on organic veggie main dishes and fresh fruit to end it on a naturally sweet note? Awesome!
Or, does your schedule only allow for a menu tonight of a frozen pizza tossed into the oven and store-bought salad as a side? No problem!

Women Living Well.

CREATE AN atmosphere of coziness in your home.
Make it your aim to create an inviting, welcoming spot for your family; a haven with an aroma and look that is pleasing to the eye.

From Women Loving Well :

Cook things with pleasant aromas like homemade bread, pies, and cookies. Don’t wait to have a reason to make something special – do it simply to show love to your family. Invite your kids and/or hubby to cook along side of you – make memories in the kitchen – test tasting, being creative, laughing and loving. Remember the importance of dinner time around the table as a family.
Live out the fruit of the Spirit this week by showing

love, goodness and faithfulness to your family.

Grace Filled Moments

My Snippets Of Inspiration

Fall And Winter

Strangers And Pilgrims

Strangerspilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com
Creative Home Blogger

Tiny Owl Creative

Making Your Home A Haven means everything done within your home.

Bible Study : Mercy Is New

Sarah Jarrett

A Wise Women Builds Her Home

Norman Rockwell

Reading With Your Kids :

Shared from Club 31 Women,

Matthew Jacobson And His Sons

Open Your Doors And Let The Neighbors in.

Fix their favorite meals.

Chaos To Peace : Meal Planning frees up time for your family.

Family Time

My Snippets Of Inspiration :

Womenlivingwell.org from 2015

Mercy Is New

Week 4 Making Our Home A Haven : 2016

Women Living Well

Karen Ehman

Womenlivingwell.org

Story Time : Annie Of Green Gables
Modern Mrs. Darcy

Seasonal Homemaker

Kathi Lipp

Women Living Well : Years Past

A Home Should Be A Place Of Rest.
The Encouraging Home :

Grace Filled Moments :

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I Am Thankful For My Bobby Moments Reposted

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 From
2015

I was just finishing a post for this morning.
I have been up all night. Hurting. I was hoping to make it through today and tomorrow …then crashing on Sunday…..

I won’t be going in this morning.
They really don’t need me there. I was just going to be checking out the last minutes details for the Event.

I know it isn’t necessary. I have done it all already.

So I am staying home today.
Staying off my ankle as much as possible/

So I can be there Saturday for The Grand Opening Event.
I have borrowed a good camera to take photos all day.

Anyway, I was still feeling a bit sorry for myself.
Until I happened to glance at my Number Of Followers.
I have gotten use to the ups and downs of it.  At least the get a few , then a loose a few.
So I don’t pay quite as much attention to it any more.

Tonight I did.
717.
Bobby was born on 7- 17.
7:17 PM
Weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces.
I was in room 17.
He loved the numbers 7 and 17.

A silly thing to make me smile. Nothing special.
I love those moments.

My Bobby Moments.

Quieting Your Heart For The Holidays/ Update from Sarah On Week 1 And Life In Our Neck Of The Woods/ Week 2 / By Time Warp Wife

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From Sarah :
I will write about THIS PAST WEEK IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS later on in this post. I held off starting this week even though I posted Week 1 last week.

Quieting Your Heart For The Holidays – Week 2 /

November 28, 2015 by Darlene Schacht 
https://timewarpwife.com/quieting-your-heart-free-resources-week-2/

This Week’s Resources:

“Welcome to week two of Quieting Your Heart for the Holidays. Here are the resources for this week…

In the guide (find link below), you’ll find that I have selected scripture to read on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. On the alternate days it’s my hope that you’ll dig a bit deeper. For example, you could… look scripture up in your favorite commentary, read it in the interlinear Bible, look up words you want to gain a deeper understanding of, and watch sermons on the topic.

WEEK AT A GLANCE – FREE Printable Below Week at a glance is a synopsis of the study guide. It can be used as a book mark for your Bible, or you might want to put it up on your fridge as a reminder of each week’s focus. I printed mine out on card stock, and I’ll be keeping it in my Bible.

WEEKLY QUESTIONS – For those who want questions for reflection or group study, I’ll have new ones each week.

BIBLE VERSE CARDS – FREE Printable Below

Each week I’ll give you seven cards. There are 30 in total. I cut mine out, hole punched them, and put them on a little binder ring so I can meditate on one scripture/day. They’re so cute. I love them! These cards are a keepsake you can use for years to come. I picked Bible verses that remind me of the REASON for the season.

PRAYER JOURNAL

You don’t need to pick up a copy of my prayer journal to do this study with us. That’s totally optional. You can use any journal you have. In fact you could use a simple piece of paper. What I encourage you to do is to use your journal to journalize daily prayers, and to give thanks for a few things each day.

You might also use the journal to diarize the holiday season, making it a keepsake you’ll want to hang on to.

THE BLOG

I’ll be posting on the topics each week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Come here to glean encouragement and share in my thoughts.”


WEEK AT A GLANCE

Week 2 at a Glance

WEEKLY QUESTIONS

Questions Week 2

BIBLE VERSE CARDS
You’ll get 7 of these each week (30 in total)

 Bible Verses Days 8-11   |      Bible Verses Day 12-14


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Open to view the last 3 days.

28-PAGE STUDY GUIDE

Click here to download a free copy

From Sarah :
I am starting this wonderful study today. I wasn’t prepared for it when Advent started last week. I could blame it on the fact we were in Plant City until Tuesday of the first week. I had plenty of time to get ready for it here. I could have shared the first week on time but I chose family (In my case , Danny) and held off. Lighting Advent candles at a B & B could have been done. We had the whole house to ourselves. I still chose not to. I wasn’t ready (in my heart ) to begin.
My HEART WASN’T QUIET.
I am beginning Quieting Your Heart For The Holidays today, Sunday, December 8, 2019. I will continue the 4th week after Christmas.
That will work for me because I celebrate Advent / Christmas through January. I always have.
I haven’t begun to get ready for Christmas this year. I still have my few Thanksgiving Knick Knacks out. Not really wanting Thanksgiving to be over.
I am Still waiting for MY HEART TO QUIET.

MY HEART hasn’t been QUIET in a very long time.
I was praying that our mini- vacation would bring us closer and in a way it did. Yet, NOT IN THE WAYS I NEEDED IT TO.

Danny really has no clue how unhappy I have been . Yes, I have tried multiple times to tell him. He shuts me down every time.
He believes I should forgive him . That I should have been able to get past what happened last February. What happened long before that.
He doesn’t believe he betrayed me when he was TEXTING OTHER WOMEN. SEX-TEXTING EVEN. That is wrong no matter how you look at it.
He has never once said he was sorry.
Even if he wasn’t wrong. That it wasn’t cheating. That it wasn’t a betrayal. Danny hurt me and continued to hurt me and THAT WAS WRONG. WORSE IT WAS CRUEL. There was no hiding it. I was confronted every day. Every time he was on his phone. All day and night.
He isn’t texting ANY OF THEM NOW. NOT BECAUSE HE BELIEVES HE WAS WRONG BUT BECAUSE HE LOST INTEREST.
Danny has women that he texts every day. He’s not SEX-TESTING them or doing anything really wrong, EXCEPT THAT IT BOTHERS ME. He texted the WHOLE TIME WE WERE IN PLANT CITY. THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE IN OUR ROOM AT THE STRAWBERRY HOUSE.
I REALLY DON’T CARE THAT HE TEXTS CERTAIN WOMEN. HE HAS A LOT OF FRIENDS ONLINE.
What bothers me is when he texts them 24/7. ESPECIALLY DURING OUR TIME TOGETHER.

This past week IN OUR NECK OF THE WOODS was NORMAL.
Meaning Danny went to work. The rest of the time, EXCEPT FOR A FEW MINUTES IN THE MORNING AND MAYBE 20 MINUTES WHEN DANNY GOT HOME HE WAS IN HIS COMPUTER ROOM.

For those of You that are late getting started WITH THE HOLIDAYS this year here is :

Quieting Your Heart For The Holidays – Week 1.

November 21, 2015 by Darlene Schacht 41 Comments

“I don’t want to overwhelm you today, but I have a lot of resources to offer you for this study. You’ll find all of the links below the descriptions. I hope you enjoy them!

THE STUDY GUIDE – FREE Printable Below

We officially begin our study today. However, today is only the introduction. We don’t start in on the study guides or the prayer journals until Monday. I wanted to give you the resources early so you were ready to go on Monday morning.

In the guide (find link below), you’ll find that I have selected scripture to read on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. On the alternate days it’s my hope that you’ll dig a bit deeper. For example, you could… look scripture up in your favorite commentary, read it in the interlinear Bible, look up words you want to gain a deeper understanding of, and watch sermons on the topic.WEEK AT A GLANCE – FREE Printable BelowWeek at a glance is a synopsis of the study guide. It can be used as a book mark for your Bible, or you might want to put it up on your fridge as a reminder of each week’s focus. I printed mine out on card stock, and I’ll be keeping it in my Bible.

WEEKLY QUESTIONS

For those who want questions for reflection or group study, I’ll have new ones each week.

BIBLE VERSE CARDS – FREE Printable Below

Each week I’ll give you seven cards. There are 30 in total. I cut mine out, hole punched them, and put them on a little binder ring so I can meditate on one scripture/day. They’re so cute. I love them! These cards are a keepsake you can use for years to come. I picked Bible verses that remind me of the REASON for the season.

PRAYER JOURNAL 

You don’t need to pick up a copy of my prayer journal to do this study with us. That’s totally optional. You can use any journal you have. In fact you could use a simple piece of paper. What I encourage you to do is to use your journal to journalize daily prayers, and to give thanks for a few things each day.

You might also use the journal to diarize the holiday season, making it a keepsake you’ll want to hang on to.

THE BLOG

I’ll be posting on the topics each week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Come here to glean encouragement and share in my thoughts.

FIND ME ON THE WEB

Look for my daily journal entries on Instagram. Here’s my URL: @timewarpwife

I don’t even think you need an Instagram account if you’re just looking. If you do have an account, then you’ll know what I mean when I say, use the hashtag #quietingyourheart

Find us in our Facebook group: Bible Journaling. I’m sure that many of the readers including myself will be sharing their journal entries.

Follow me on Facebook. Click the like button in the header. And if you’re not getting my notifications on your homepage, click the “like” button and choose “get notifications.” Facebook changed their algorithm about a year ago and started hiding the pages we like. Argh!”

From Sarah:
BEFORE I CAN REALLY START ADVENT AND THIS BIBLE STUDY, I NEED TO FIND MY ADVENT CANDLES.
Have a wonderful week. Happy Sunday,
Love and Hugs, Sarah

Four Days In Plant City : Trains/ Large And Small

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Danny And I were in Plant City for 4 days and 3 nights.
We left our house around 10:30 AM Saturday Morning, November 30th. If it would have been up to me, we would have left the night before. LOL, Probably not though.The traffic would have been a lot worse than it was Saturday morning. Thanksgiving Weekend is not the time to travel for a relaxing trip.
I don’t remember Danny ever getting Thanksgiving Weekend off. He always works Thanksgiving, Friday and the weekend.
It was also a first for me. I didn’t volunteer at all.I didn’t even spend the day there with Danny like I usually do. He ended up WORKING. They had a few problems that needed to be taken care of Thursday morning. Not the relaxing morning it usually is. So I stayed home.
It tooks us almost 2 hours to get to Plant City on Saturday. Traffic was terrible.
The first thing we always do when we get to Plant City is head to The Strawberry House.
We had hoped that we would see a train on the way to the Bed And breakfast but no such luck. The first one we heard was as we were walking up to the door.
I can’t believe that I didn’t take a photo of the house from the outside . Not once in the 4 days we were there. That is UNUSUAL for me. I always take lots of them.
What is even more surprising. Danny never did either.
I would post a photo of it from our last trip IF I COULD ACCESS it on the computer. Having trouble finding the pictures. ALBUMS not showing .
I will try later.
Oh Well, this post isn’t about the Strawberry House anyway. Except for where it pertains to trains.

Photos From Google Photos from 2017
https://goo.gl/photos/iJLBkSZPDdg1fKPc7

Brian AKA JAWTOOTH
Just having fun.
Watching Train Videos Online.
I only ORDERED TAKEOUT THE FIRST NIGHT.
I ordered TONS OF SUSHI And DANNY HAD 3 DIFFERENT MEALS.
I had enough SUSHI for SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. I PIGGED OUT ON IT.
Danny had enough food for all 3 nights and plenty to take home.
Sunday Night In The Henry B Plant Room
The Train Viewing Platform In Plant City, Florida
It was unusual not to see people there. Sundays and Monday were quiet days.
The town shuts down.
I didn’t take pictures of the Train Depot this time, except from this location. Sorry about that. We never ventured over there this time. Not sure why except Danny was really into videoing the trains and didn’t want to miss any.
CSX headed to Tampa.
Or sit a spell on the bench .
Headed West To Tampa. Danny videoing.
CSX Headed North
View Of The Museum Area From The Whistle Stop Cafe. CSX Headed To Tampa.
It’s IMPOSSIBLE to Really RELAX AND ENJOY a meal when there are trains coming.
When Danny WASN’T Videoing the trains he was texting another RAIL FAN.
The Whistle Stop Cafe.
An Amazing FAMILY OWNED cafe.
Fun.
There is a small HO Scale Train Model inside. Plus an O Scale Engine runs above us.
Great viewing from 2 sides of the building. Lots of seats. An easy walk to take even better photos.
Danny just WAITING.
I got comfy.
Comfy And In The Shade.
It was 84 degrees.
Sorry, Not the best photo. I love the graffiti.
My good camera for fast photos broke the night before we left.
Crews were working on the tracks and equipment Monday and Tuesday.

I took time away from watching trains. I left Danny at the platform and went shopping.
Spent almost $200 . What did I get? I went into an Antique store. Walked out with baskets for me. Christmas ornaments for our Christmas Tree. Cookbooks and Books. PLUS A WHOLE LOT OF TRAIN STUFF.

Danny spent almost ALL OF HIS TIME WATCHING TRAINS OR PLAYING WITH THEM. IN BETWEEN TIME HE TEXTED ANOTHER RAILFAN. THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE THERE. NOT QUITE THE ONE ON ONE TIME I HAD PLANNED ON.
I wanted QUALITY TIME. I REALLY WANTED ROMANCE. CUDDLE TIME AND SEX.
Briefly had the CUDDLE TIME. Not sure he remembers what SEX is.
FAMILY TIME. Just the TWO OF IS. BRIEFLY.

A previous Post from 2017
https://sarahsatticoftreasures.com/2017/04/17/rail-fan-festival-in-plant-city-florida/

Cock-a-Leekie Soup — Of Goats and Greens

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Contains: Gluten, grains. Is: In this case, a soup with home-grown poultry. This one is for the Scottish feast of St. Andrew, which occurs November 30th, a Saturday this year. It’s Scotland’s national holiday, according to Wikipedia, which provides the Scots (language) name: Saunt Andra’s Day , and the Scottish Gaelic name: Là Naomh […]

Cock-a-Leekie Soup — Of Goats and Greens

BLUE BIRDS OF HAPPINESS – Marilyn Armstong — Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

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I kept wondering why I never saw a bluebird. Ever. Not here or in New York. And I know they live here. But this morning I got up and looked out my back windows and the deck was full of bluebirds! A good sign for Thanksgiving, isn’t it? Here are some of them.

BLUE BIRDS OF HAPPINESS – Marilyn Armstong — Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth
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