You may ask yourselves, has Spring sprung this past February? After quite a slew of intense storms and bone chilling, tooth chattering cold days it seems winter is officially on its way out. Well, dont let Mother Nature fool you. Those of us living in Rio Nido remember last years nice sunny and warm weather turning into a rather loooooong winter. Last year we had nice weather that turned wet, cold and windy up until the last week of May. Although the cherry blossoms are blooming dont put your winter clothes away yet. The good news is there’s plenty of time to get into swim suit shape (can you believe the stores already have swimsuits out?)....The official start of spring this year is March 20th. By the way, speaking of swimsuits, how are those New Years resolution’s working out for you?
St. Patrick’s Day and all that Jazz
St. Patrick was born in Wales in AD385. He considered himself to be a Pagan. At the age of sixteen Irish marauders kidnapped him and sold him into slavery. It was during this time that he became a Christian and took the name Patrick. Eventually he managed to escape and travelled to Gaul. He then took to studying in a monastery.
St. Patrick’s calling had been to convert the pagans to Christianity. Eventually he was appointed as the second bishop to Ireland. His mission lasted somewhere in the vicinity of 25-30 years. He died on March 17th in AD461. Hence, St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Patrick’s Day custom came to America in 1737. Nowadays people celebrate by drinking beer (sometimes green colored beer), by wearing green clothes and/or accessories and attending a myriad of parades.
Symbols of St. Patrick’s Day
The Shamrock: The Irish consider shamrocks as good luck symbols. The shamrock is a three leafed clover native to Ireland.
The Leprechaun: Meaning little body. Leprechauns are small fairies. They are usually little old men two feet in height. They spend their days making shoes and as legend goes have in their possession hidden pots of gold. (We must get our hands on a few of these little guys as gold is quite the commodity in todays economic times!)
The Harp: This is the symbol of Ireland. It appears on the presidential flag, official documents, irish coins and uniforms.
Rio Nido Roadhouse March 17th
Come one, come all and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at the Roadhouse. No worries, for those of you who dont fancy green beer. There will be none of that at the RNR. Keep your eyes and ears open for the famous “Catapult and Trebuchet Peeps flinging contest” on Easter. For more info, please contact the RNR. 707-869-0821.
Pet of the Month
This months pet is Sin-a-Min. Sin-a-Min belongs to her two dads Romy Neri and John Bennie. She is a three year old long hair, apple head, baby doll faced chihuahua. She weighs in at a whopping three pounds. Sin-a-Min has been the light of her two dad’s eyes since they adopted her and has brought them much joy. She has endless energy from sunrise to bedtime and always finds something to entertain herself with. Training her was a definite challenge. Chihuahuas consider themselves to be “elitists”, which they are and fancy themselves with doing their own thing. The dog whisperer would be proud as she is smart and wants to please her daddies. Sin-a-Min is a Diva and loves to dress up in doggie couture. She craves attention and every moment of her life should be spent having someone brush or pet her. When she eventually settles down, she is either atop of her little perch on the back of the couch or nestled next to whoever is closer and loves to snuggle under the covers.