Grass in My Hair and Plants Everywhere

oriental vase

friend's painting of the sea

orange table with aloe vera

On Saturday we took a 2 1/2 hour drive to Redondo Beach to visit my mother-in-law. She is blessed with such good health for 94. One wonderful thing about her quaint home is that houseplants grow nicely in every room indoors. I especially like this beautiful oriental vase of hers, the seaside painting from a friend and mosaic table. How about you... any luck growing houseplants?

Photos for Blue Monday and Mandarin Orange Monday

children's egg craft
Eggheads with Cress Hair
I found this adorable craft for children online. It looks like fun and I'll give it a go with my grandchildren. I suppose you could use grass seed or anything really.

tales from old ireland barefoot book

Tales from Old Ireland HC w 2 CDs

 About The Book

Celebrate the wonder of Ireland with the seven enchanting stories in this captivating collection. The rich traditions of Irish storytelling are honored with larger-than-life characters, myths and legends around every bend, and plenty of magic. Book with double CDs include stories read by Grammy-nominated singer Maura O'Connell.
Ages 6 and up
Retold By: Malachy Doyle
Illustrated By: Niamh Sharkey
Narrated By: Maura O'Connell

illustration from children's book
Both author and illustrator are Irish. Tales From Old Ireland is an anthology of seven folktales steeped in Irish history, culture, and tradition. Here's one example inside the book; the illustrations are great.

leprechaun hunting game
Photo Credit: Rebekah P (The Golden Gleam)

I discovered a fun, outdoor activity that is just right for my grandchildren now that we have prepared the garden soil and have pretty much mowed down the weeds on 2 1/2 acres. Well, this game could easily be played on the lawn. Thanks to +Rebekah P for her great illustrations and instructions for The Leprechaun Hunt.  What fun and so timely for this week, going into the weekend.

How to Play Leprechaun Hunt
  • Make leprechauns out of toilet paper tubes with materials such as paint, markers, construction paper, and glue.  
  • Allow the leprechauns to dry.
  • Use something from your home to represent jewels or money.  We used crafting jewels, but pretend coins, crafting marbles, or costume jewelry could work well. 
  • Hide the jewels in your house or garden.  If the jewels are small, do not hide them in the grass because they would be difficult to find and could get kicked up by a lawn mower.  
  • Tell your child that leprechauns have stolen her jewels and/or money, and she needs to find them.
  • One person hides the leprechauns by camouflaging them in grass, clover, or other green plants.  
  • The other people playing find the leprechauns.
  • Once the leprechauns are found, find the jewels the leprechauns have hidden.  
  • Take turns hiding the leprechauns and jewels.  
***To make this game simpler, play a game of hunting for only the leprechauns OR only the jewels.  You don't need to have both to enjoy this game. ****

This post is shared on the Weekly Kids Co-Op.

flower collage

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
Enhanced by Zemanta


  1. Thanks for sharing your MIL's gorgeous blue vase.

    I used to do well with houseplants, but now, I have only one. The others are on my back porch.

    Happy Blue Monday, D.

  2. So much too see in your blog. The photo of the houseplants with a woven texture is really nice.

  3. Beautiful photos. Love the eggheads.

    My Blue Monday.

  4. I love your post :) so interesting!
    Our party is on at:

    Please come and join us. Have a great weekend!


“I love to read all your comments, thank you!”