Monday, February 13, 2017

For the Love of Love!


How many ways do we show love?  Well, that's a question that requires not much thinking, right?  Because when one is in love, he or she CAN'T think clearly!  We jump into a frying pan and stir up ways to please the one we love, and, we worry about making that person happy with our offerings.

Are we very clear on the subject of love...knowing its true meaning?  Well, I'm not an expert on the subject, but, I have been known to love!  Of course, there's my "White Knight" on a horse, just waiting to rescue me from the perils of loneliness, lol!
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Hey!  I said "White Knight", not unshaven  "cowpoke"!  What are you doing here, Elvis!?!  I mean, couldn't you have at least cleaned up before you made an "unannounced visit"!

~Elvis Presely in 1969 film Charro
The only time Presley ever appeared in a film, bearded!

So...where were we?  Oh, yes! (actually, that was a very pleasant interruption, wasn't it?)  As we all know, there are many kinds of love.  I can't even begin to list all of the facts, meanings and, kinds of love that exist.  From Philosophers, to Biologists, Proverbs, and Psychologists...take your pick, you will find some interesting information!

*  Love can be  *
*  to be delighted by the happiness of another
*  a condition of absolute value
*  unconditional selflessness

Other examples are:

* Interpersonal Love - a feeling of warm, personal attachment, such as love for a family member.
* Impersonal Love - loving an object or a goal to which we are committed.  "I love music."
* Unrequited Love - this is when the one who is loved, does not return the love.  A lot of times, the recipient is not even aware of the other's feelings.  I think many of us have been in this scenario before, and it can be sad and stressful.  However, sometimes it is a blessing that the recipient is not aware of the feelings of another, making it easier for that person to move on.
*  And, then there is  Love of sexual passion or desire

For Valentine's Day, I dug deep into my mind's eye for a favorite, short, love story!  And, guess what I found?  Actually, it is a Christmas story, but, love is love anytime of the year, isn't it?

I'm taking us back to around 1905, New York City, where author O. Henry is allegedly sitting in Pete's Tavern.  He wrote a Christmas story about a poor married couple, barely able to make ends meet, but, are determined to give each other something special for Christmas.
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The young wife, Della is sad and tearful, that after paying bills, she only has $1.87 left to spend on a Christmas gift for her husband Jim.  She believes, that after all of his hard work for a meager $20.00 per week, Jim deserves a more worthy gift, than what $1.87 could buy!


After having a good cry, Della wiped her eyes, and dabbed a bit of powder on her cheeks.  For some moments she thought more about how she had saved every penny she could, and wanted to do something special for Jim.  Then, Della just happened to glance at her image in the pier-glass between the windows of the room, when the idea came to her.   

With tears in her eyes, she threw on her old brown jacket, and old brown hat, then whisked out the door and into the street.

Della ran into Madame Sofronie's Hair Goods shop, and asked, "Will you buy my hair?"  And, Madame replied, "I do buy hair.  Take yer hat off and let's have a sight at the looks of it."  With that, down rippled the brown cascade of Dell's prized hair.  "Twenty dollars.", Madame said as she lifted the mass of hair with a practised hand.  "Give it to me quick," said Della.


Two hours later, on what O. Henry describes as having "tripped by on rosy wings," Della finally found the gift that had been made for Jim and no one else.  It was a platinum fob chain simple and chaste in design, so worthy of the grand watch Jim looked at on the sly because of the old leather strap that he used in place of a chain.  Della paid the $21.00 for the chain and went home with the remaining 87 cents in her purse. 
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When she heard her husband at the door, after his day at work,  Della's heart sank in fear that Jim may not think her pretty anymore.  Little did she know that he had been through a similar experience just that day.  His expression as he looked at her, terrified her-not of anger, nor horror, or any sentiment that she could read.  He simply stared at her with that peculiar expression on his face.  "Jim, darling," she cried, "don't look at me that way.  I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you a present."

Then, after a few seconds, Jim took a package from his overcoat pocket and threw it on the table.  He assured Della that a haircut could not make him like his girl any less, and asked her to open the package.

Oh, the outpouring of emotion was incredible!  Screams of joy, hysterical tears and wails, for the beautiful tortoise shell combs with jeweled rims that she had yearned for, having adored them from a shop window.  Looking up at Jim through dim eyes, Della said, "My hair grows so fast, Jim!"  And, with that, handed him the beautiful present she had bought for him.  "Hand me your watch.  I want to see how it looks on it."  Jim sat down on the couch and smiled.


And, the rest we know...the young couple agreed to put their Christmas presents away for the time being.  You see, Jim had sold his prized watch to get the money for the combs!



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Now, is that one great love story, or what?  To sacrifice your most prized possession for the "love of love", and, to delight unselfishly in the happiness of the one you love, is a...well, I can't really explain it, but, to say it is a 'blessedness' !   

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I so hope you enjoyed this Christmas story for Valentine's Day!  I believe we've all experienced that type of love at some time in our lives as teens, young adults, and, older adults.  And, I also believe that there is a true love for each of us at some time in our lives! Most of the time we don't even have to look for it!

And, now, it's time to thank:
Wikipedia
Yahoo images
Blogger
Google
Dictionary.com
O. Henry (author)
Elvis

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Ok, ok...Here he is folks!  Our "White Knight" is all cleaned up!
I'm so glad you could make it Elvis!
"Uh, Thank ya...thank you very much.  I just wanna say one thing!"
"All the Stars will tell the story of our love and all its glory...
Let us make this night of magic, and make it a night of Love!"
~Elvis Presley, surrender

♥ And, I want to thank all of you, my dear readers for coming by today.  I hope you've got something special planned for the one (s) you love.  Me?  Well, I believe my little grandson and his dad will be my escorts for a nice dinner and some cake later!  ♥

Happy Valentine's Day to you all with hugs from Fort Worth, Texas!  If you get the chance, drop in and say hello!  I'm always happy to see you!  Take care and be safe!
See you next time! 💖

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gather Around The Fish

~ Illustration by Chloe * 1st Grade * Kearney, Missouri

Today I am exalted!  It is a cool, crisp, winter's day at 43°, and I have managed to get some things accomplished before day's end.  However, I will check my thermometer later, and we'll see if it has changed any, once my post is done.   Sometimes it takes me a few days to complete a post, even with prior research and notes, and, we could be back in the 70's, lol!  

***  I do want to welcome you all, and extend New Year's salutations your way, once again.  It appears as though the celebrations were successfully launched on the eve.  There were a lot of fireworks going off in my area, but, I chose to stay in and watch TV while I ate my Hoppin' John.



~photo by Suzanne * 12-31-16

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And, now you ask, "Why did you call this meeting?"  Well, I learned something new during the Christmas season.  A custom that has been around for many years, came across my desk at the KardKorner, and I was challenged to do a bit of  research on it.

Yes!  It is "The Feast of the Seven Fishes", also known as "La Viglia"!  I know you all probably beat me to the punch, and already know this...it's been a Christmas Eve celebration of the Italian-Americans since the early 1900's.

In Southern Italy, this celebration is known as 'Viglia di Natale' for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.   Actually, Christmas Eve is a fasting day, dating from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat certain times of the year.  However, there is no such feast noted on the Roman Catholic calendar. 
 One or two types of fish are prepared 7 ways, or, seven different fish are prepared, or up to nine or more different fish or dishes are prepared in order to discourage the eating of red meat until Christmas day.   The Italian-Americans believed that the tradition would encourage the families to feel more rooted and connected to the sea, and, to Italy.  I can sense the happiness and joy of sharing this feast with family and friends, laughing an reliving older times!



~ Italian Immigrants

  
Some say the adoption of the number seven is derived from different Catholic symbols:
1.  The 7 Sacraments
2.  7 Days of Creation
3.  7 Deadly Sins

*So how did they  come up with the term "Feast of Seven Fishes"?   Well, that's what I'm here for!  It seems as though, (one tale) it started with a fisherman who couldn't catch any fish!  Then, one day a fish came up to him, and, somehow 7 types of fish were caught that day!

*** I don't buy this story! 

Well then...how about this one?  Rizzi DeFabo, restaurateur of Rizzi's Malabar Inn, in Crabtree, Pennsylvania says, "Some say the term came from the 7 hills of Rome, or the 7 Winds of Italy, or the 7 Wonders of the World."   DeFabo also stated that, "The Northern Italians don't really know about this custom.  It's from Naples on down."  



~ Rizzi's Malabar Inn, since 1935



~ Rizzi DeFabo

Here is DeFabo now!  The restaurant serves smelt, calamari, shrimp, eel and baccala three different ways -- stewed, in a salad, and, deep-fried. It is accompanied by spaghetti with raisins, walnuts and breadcrumbs with garlic and oil. His grandmother always made cauliflower battered and deep fried. The signature dessert is panettone, a holiday cake.
DeFabo considers baccala, which is dried cod, the most popular holiday fish.







* This is some great & delicious looking food, isn't it!

"No expense is spared to buy the fish for Christmas Eve," DeFabo says. In over 85 years, his own family has been host for 32 or more family members for the traditional Christmas Eve dinner at their home near the restaurant.  Family togetherness is important, DeFabo says, if you want to follow the popular Italian saying "Natale con I tuoi; Pasqua conchi vuoi," which means "Christmas with your family; Easter with whomever you wish."


* An Italian family celebration

Here are some of the popular dishes for the Feast:

* Octopus Salad * Hey!  I have tried that one...it's a bit chewy!
* Deep fried shrimp * Yum!
* Cod Fish balls in tomato sauce * sounds good!
* Stuffed, baked Lobsters * I bet this is to die for!
* Linguine with Anchovy, Clam, Lobster, Tuna or Crab Sauce * Yes!
* Shrimp Cocktail * You bet!
* Deep Fried Cod * Can do!

What do you think?  It all sounds good to me, and I'm considering this feast for my next Christmas Eve meal (of course, I'll probably be the only one eating it too, lol).  Not all of my family members are fond of all of these dishes, but, we'll see!

*** Many thanks to all of you for stopping by today.  I hope you will step in and say hello!  I look forward to seeing you all during the year, and, maybe some of you shy ones will step up and give us all a shout out! 🐟

I also want to thank my resources for helping me with this post:
 Yahoo images
Google
Blogger
Wikipedia
www.ibtimes.com
etaly.com,
 old.post-gazette.com,
 history-denverlibrary.org
Rizzi DeFabo

***  I am extending a special thank you to my mom, for the inspiration leading up to this post.
 *** And, a great thank you to my featured artist Chloe for her beautiful fish drawing!

Soooo...as I said at the beginning of my post, "It is a cool, crisp 43° today."  Well, dear readers,  life sometimes jumps in, and I had to put this post on hold for a few days, (about 1 week).  Upon its completion, I am looking at temperatures of 74° today!  Go figure!!!  It's a beautiful springlike day in January, 2017!




"Good things come to those who bait!"  Honestly, I don't know who said that, haha!

Friday, December 30, 2016

The News is In!

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Twas the eve before New Year's Eve, and all through the nation...wait a minute!  Is it going to be a  New Year everywhere?  YES!!!  As a matter of fact there is a web site showing the time left until year 2017 around the world.  It's called  timeanddate.com
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Here we are at the end of a year that brought about so many changes...some good, and, some not so good.  I believe we're going to be a stronger people for it.     

I came across some vintage New Year's Eve party photos to share with you tonight.  Boy, these folks took their New Year's Eve parties seriously!

~New York party celebrations, late 1930's

"Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits!"
~author unknown


~ New York party

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves!"
~ Bill Vaughan (1915-1977) in The Kansas City Star

~ two cuties keeping time 

I came by tonight, with not a lot to say, but with best wishes for the New Year from my heart!

I hope you all will be careful on this New Year's holiday.  Be considerate of others, drive safely, sing and laugh a lot.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please drop in and say hello...I have an open door policy here at the KardKorner.



Thank you:
Google
Yahoo images
Blogger
giffy.com


~Burning the midnight oil!
photo by Suzanne

Hugs to you all * See you next time

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Crib of Christ...in a Cave.




Hello, my dear blogmates!  What a fantastic month it is!  December sashayed into our lives a couple of weeks ago,  dropped some Christmas spirit on us, and, now it's beginning to draw down, and come to a close!   The New Year, 2017, is coming up fast and furiously!


My story begins with St. Francis of Assisi.  We know he was born into a wealthy family...I think he had six siblings, and his father was a silk merchant.   He was actually baptized as Giovanni, but, it seems as though  his father wanted a french name for him, and later started calling his son, Francesco. From my research, I detected some conflict in the original decision of his name when he was born.

At about the age of 20 or 21, Francis went off to a war, between Assisi and Perugia.  During that time he was taken prisoner, and upon being released, after his father paid a ransom, his life ventured in a new direction. Francis channeled his focus toward Christianity and God, preferring to live his life in poverty. However, Francis did need to earn some money, in order to pay his Father back for the ransom that freed him from prison.  He did eventually pay his back his Father, and even went so far as to strip down to bare necessities and give dad the clothes he was wearing!
  That was the last time he and his father spoke.

After Francis had visited the historical birthplace of Christ, he talked the Pope,  Honorious III, into allowing him to construct a manger with hay and the use of 2 live animals.  This was done somewhere around the year 1223, in a mountain cave above Greccio in Italy.  Francis would invite the villagers to come and view as he preached a special Mass, and told the story of the "Babe of Bethlehem".  It is not known for sure, but some sources say that live villagers would sit in and enact the Nativity scene as it was told.

Below is a photo that is said to be the first Nativity location in Italy.
  However, I cannot verify its authenticity.  
*the photo is available on Wikipedia and Yahoo images *


The Nativity became so popular, it soon spread to Europe, and, today, we have continued the custom of building and reconstructing this holy scene during the Christmas season, to celebrate the birth of Christ.  

Here are a few pictures of  Nativity scenes I have taken in my daily travels around town.  I hope you enjoy them.  I know...you're wondering where my Nativity scene is.  I don't have one for the yard, but hope to display one next Christmas.  I do have a small Nativity that I will set up soon near my Christmas tree.

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* St. George Catholic Church *  Fort Worth, TX * photo by Suzanne


* A neighborhood in Haltom City, TX * photo by Suzanne




* Grapevine Hwy * North Richland Hills, TX * photo by Suzanne



* Branson, Missouri * photo by Suzanne


And, who might this be?
Why it is the 'keeper of the grounds' himself, St. Francis of Assisi!
* photo by Suzanne * my back yard * Fort Worth, TX

During one of my trips back to Kansas City, oh around 1995, my mother sent me home with this wonderful statue of St. Francis.  He has watched over my yard and the critters that visit for many years.  He tolerates nature's moods, he has been knocked over, and, pummeled with mulberries and pecans.  Yet, he still stands tall, and remains devout in his purpose.

So, dear readers...that's it for today.  We'll be celebrating Christmas in a few short days, and, remembering the great story of the birth of Christ!  Until just a few years ago, I had no idea that St. Francis was so compelled to take on a project that would travel the world 'round, and be a lasting symbol for such a precious event.   I am grateful for St. Francis' devotion to all people and animals during his lifetime as a priest.

***  My appreciation goes out to:
Wikipedia
Google
Blogger
Yahoo images
smithsonianmag.com
The state of Texas
Branson, Missouri
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***  And, I wish to thank you all for coming by just a few days before Christmas and visiting my blog.  I just want to remind you to be safe on this important holiday, in your travels.  And, please don't overload your electrical sockets to keep the beautiful Christmas lights aglow!

I've already blown a fuse in my house by plugging in one too many items.  Thank goodness I thought to check the fuse box, or I would have no TV, and, no Christmas lights...go figure!


Flashing Lights from AnimateIt.net


***  Please stop in and say hello if you get the chance!  And, have a very
Merry Christmas, from the family of KardKornerKrib! 

Love, health, and happiness to you all! ♥




Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Great Log!


Christmas in America is made up of many holiday customs from foreign countries.  Bringing in the Yule is one of these customs.

The Yule log, Yule clog, or Christmas block is a log specially selected to be burned on a hearth as a Christmas tradition in a number of countries in Europe.   The origin of the folk custom is unclear.    Numerous scholars have observed that, like other traditions associated with Yule, such as the Yule boar, the custom may ultimately derive from Germanic paganism holiday customs from foreign countries.

In olden times, everyone had a fireplace.  It was the only source of heat.  At Christmas time it was the custom to bring in a "great log"...larger than any that would be burned during the year.  In the far north, the Scandanavian peninsula, the Christmas season was also known as the Yuletide, and, the great log burned for days.


Early colonists brought the custom to this country.  And, while the log burned, nobody worked...I don't know-can we get away with that today?  Sometimes the log would burn for about 12 days!  I guess that's why they would cut from the largest tree they could find in the forest!

But, just before the log would burn entirely away, the fire was put out, and the remainder of the log was saved for the next Yuletide.

I think we all feel warmth and joy from a lively, crackling fireplace.  They say a blazing hearth is the sign of a happy home.

Do outdoor fireplaces count?  I love to sit outside when it's cool weather and bask in the warmth of this little fireplace.   A nice hot cup of java, and my radio humming the old classic rock tunes is quite a treat.

~photo by Suzanne

Thank you so much for coming by today, on this first day of  December.  I'm already busy here at the KardKorner with plenty of Christmas projects.  I helped my mother compile a booklet of Christmas customs, including Christmas carols, for her Christmas party with the seniors at her church.  They will have a pianist playing the Christmas carols, and are inviting members from another church to join in on the fellowship.  It promises to be a wonderful program!

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Here is my cute little mom, and my sister, Leta, on a recent trip we made to Branson, Missouri.  Mom turned 90 years old in July, and is still very active in her life.
~photo by Suzanne * November 16, 2016
Branson, Missouri


***  If you have the time, please step in (you don't have to knock), and say hello!  And, come back anytime!  

Thank you to:
wikipedia
google
yahoo images

Some of the information on the Yule log came from an old booklet that mom acquired in the late 1950's, and still has today. 

Have a safe and Happy December!  Be kind, laugh, and love!  
See you soon, my dear readers!♥ 



"There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward."
~Kahlil Gibran




Sunday, October 30, 2016

October's Final Hoedown!

~ photo by Suzanne * 10-30-2016

Scary, huh?   Well, today is one of the days reserved for Frankenstein/Monster Day.  I believe the other Frankenstein Day is observed on the 30th of August, in remembrance of its creator, Mary Wollenstone Shelley.  When she was about 19 years old, or so, Miss Shelley was on holiday in Switzerland, and, a storm brewed up heavily, forcing her to stay indoors.  She and some friends had been reading monster stories for fun, and, Mary became compelled to write her own monster story.  Thus, in the year 1818, Frankie (I mean, Frankenstein the monster) was born!  


Frankenstein, the Monster

Would you agree, that this has been one fast-moving month?  October just WHIZZED in and back out again at a pace that would make even "Frankenstein's" head spin!  As if that would be possible with those bolts holding it down, lol!  Nevertheless, hold on to your hats, because November just may sweep us right out of Autumn and into Winter!  Let's hope not just yet!

Meanwhile, maybe we can recap a few of the events that brought my neck of the woods through this exciting month.


~ photo by Suzanne * October 6, 2016
Lots of Mums, many colors available everywhere-
-what a beautiful crop in Texas this year!



WOW!!!  What have we here?
Pumpkins, anyone?







~Not quite into the Scarecrow is he?


~Shrimp Boil?  Well, okay...YUM!  (Oct. 27, 2016)



~Late October Birthday!



~Golf...now THAT'S my game!


...or, IS it???  LOL!


~And, it's off to the races with Dad!




~Okay, Okay...Ladies and Gentlemen, please!  I concur that we are all in agreement ...
October has been one TERRIFIC month!




***  Trick or Treat, my dear readers ***

Please don't worry about giving me something good to eat...believe me, I've already had plenty!

But, allow me to remind you all to be safe this Halloween night. 
Watch out for the children, and, have a Wonderful time!

Thank you so much for coming by.  Please stop in and say hello-I'd love to hear from you!

also thanks to:
Blogger
Google
Yahoo images (Frankenstein ONLY)
My adorable Scooter
Son Rusty
All of the participating Fort Worth Farmer's markets

***  All photos except the Frankenstein photo are property of Suzanne/KardKornerKrib ***



~Which way is it, really???