Celebrating Pi Day and St Patty’s Day and Lucky Charms with Coffee!

You know what today is, don’t you? It’s Pi Day! So maybe I should make a pie like this to celebrate:


I need to do something, right? is all over the idea of a fresh baked pie. Better get busy!

Speaking of Princess Nagger… She’s been a bit scarce in pictures lately, because she’s become quite camera shy. She’s at that awkward age, y’know. I remember being camera shy when I was 13, too.

But I did get some shots of her recent huge – and by huge I mean ginormous – change a week ago, when she decided that she wanted to get her hair cut.

And when I say cut, I mean chopped the hell off. Say what?!

Here, let me show you:

PNHairBefore PNHairBefore2 PNHairBefore3

She has thick hair like her mama, so taking care of it has caused her great stress. You know, because I nag her to brush it every day, and when she skips a day (or 5), I get subjected to torturing her when she asks me to brush all the tangles and snarles out of it.

And trust me, it’s no picnic for either of us! So her request to have it cut short-short was granted:


Look at that ginormous braid!! She wants to donate it to Wigs for Kids so someone who needs some awesome hair can benefit. I don’t have an after-shot after the cut was finished and styled, she went really short – so you’ll just have to until next week for the final great reveal. I’m proud of her for making the choice to donate her awesome hair to a kid in need somewhere – I’ll keep you posted on that action.

Being that this week is also St. Patrick’s Day, I don’t know about you, but I can’t think if ‘Irish’ without thinking of The Lord of the Dance and Riverdance – so prepare to be amazed. This performance is the finale for ‘Riverdance’ – Michael Flatley moved on to do other things (still in his Irish Dancing amazing way), until he retired in 2015:

Have a Happy St. Patty’s Day – try not to drink too much green beer, and refrain from pinching too many people!

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Coffee Chat!

The question or prompt for this week is:

“Where are your Lucky Charms? It’s St. Patricks Day this week, whether you are Irish or not, do you have any special totems or symbols of your culture?”

Oh man, for this one I’ve got absolutely nothing!


I have no Lucky Charms, and I have no special totems or symbols – I better get busy finding some, eh? Oh wait, hold on – for my Swedish heritage, we do have a symbol, the Red Dala Horse:


These red-painted wooden horses have become a global symbol of Sweden. If you do a search for “symbol of Sweden”, you’ll see a bunch of gold crowns on a blue background, a few flags, maybe some peace signs… and plenty of red wooden horses.

The Dala horse (Dalahäst) is undeniably an international symbol for the country – but it apparently it hasn’t always been that way.

The red-painted wooden horses, a traditional toy from the Dalarna region in Sweden, first made its international debut in Paris in 1936, where they received enough attention that the Swedish committee at the fair decided to take them to , where it became famous at the World Fair in New York in 1939.

So obviously I need to get one of these red painted horses to keep on hand for good luck, and to celebrate my Swedish heritage, don’t you think? What about you? Any Lucky Charms or totems or symbols?

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I’m way behind on blog-hopping, commenting, and replying to comments – I’m going to try to get caught up for the most part this week! Thanks for being patient with me!



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8 thoughts on “Celebrating Pi Day and St Patty’s Day and Lucky Charms with Coffee!

  1. Wow! Love Princess’ new haircut. What a big change. And so sweet that she wants to donate it. That is a selfless daughter you’re raising. I love reading about the red horse! Have a great week!

    • Thank you very much, Dee! Definitely a big change – she’s loving her short ‘do for sure, and I’m a proud mama she wanted to donate all that awesome hair! 🙂

  2. Stacy, Whew, PN’s hair WAS really long! I was 13 when I got my hair cut boy short. It came down to the middle of my back but my hair is the opposite of yours & your daughter’s. I have fine locks. The volume and weight made my hair frizzy and somewhat straight. I had a mop top. I have kept short hair ever since my 13th bday. The longest it’s ever gotten is to my shoulders but that’s too long. Sporting a short doo makes my hair bouncier and it makes the gray less noticeable. There’s no washing that gray out of my hair with a home hair dye kit. Maybe a salon can cover it up completely but I can’t achieve that from store bought dyes. 🙁 Although I do not believe in good/bad luck, I think it’s great fun having cultural totems of one’s heritage in the home. It’s quaint and it helps us to remember where our roots lie. Have a good day, my friend!

    • It WAS long, wasn’t it, Cathy? She’s been growing it out for quite some time. 🙂 My sister keeps her hair short for the same reasons you keep yours short, though she’s also blessed (or cursed, whichever way you look at it…heh!) with thick and wavy hair that tends to be frizzy when it gets long. I think I was about 13 when I let my younger sister cut all my hair off to boy short – I loved it for about a month, but then I missed my long hair, grew it back out and have kept it mostly long ever since! It’s naturally wavy, so I prefer it long so the weight helps pull the wavy out (except on those days I *want* the wave, where I’ll scrunch it) and also helps keep the frizz down (although that’s more the job of the good ol’ flat iron…heh!)

      I’m with you on not believing on good/bad luck, but it’s fun having cultural totems of one’s heritage. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend, Cathy! 🙂

  3. You should definitely get a red horse. I learned something new today, I did not know they were considered good luck. That was a lot of hair to part with, she is very pretty so short or long hair will work for her.

    • I really should get a red horse. Besides, it would go great with my red accents in my house. 😉 I’ll pass along your compliments to Princess Nagger! Thank you! 🙂

  4. Good for her donating her lovely locks!! That must have been hard decision though. I remember when my hair was so long, and then I just spontaneously cut it – I’d had enough babies pulling on it at the time!! ha. And I did love it being shorter for years, but now that I want it long again, I find it won’t grow fast enough!! Ugh.
    I do like those red horses – definitely should get one and share a pic with us. It’s so fascinating what a culture chooses as representation and I think it’s very important for the rest of us – the outsiders – to learn exactly why the object has such deep meaning. It’s not enough to just say, “oh I like that – I am going to take that” without knowing the entire story. So it’s wonderful today that everyone has shared.

    • Her decision to get her hair cut short and donate it was long time coming – it did take a few years for her to choose that route. 🙂 She looks adorable with the short ‘do! Like you, I spontaneously cut my hair super short one time – and loved it for about a month, but then missed my long hair (and was impatient with how long it took to grow out long again, so never cut it short again!) 🙂

      I’m definitely going to get one of those red horses – seems wrong *not* to have one! 😉 And I’m with you – I’ve enjoyed reading the ‘why’ the talisman or tokens or symbols are part of each culture – it’s been an educating day! 😀