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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Marion's Gift

Happy Spring Everyone! Guess what? We're celebrating something else at our house today; Marion's Birthday!!! You remember Marion:) I wanted to take a more recent picture of her but it seems she has become internet shy. These pictures are 2 years old but I can guarantee you, she hasn't withered not one bit!!!

Don't laugh, oh go ahead if you like. I have a "secret" to tell. Marion, who is celebrating her 93rd birthday today, has become quite computer savvy. Yep! You heard me. One of the reasons why I had to buy a new Mac notebook was because I see me losing desk time at the computer real soon. Her favorite thing to do online is, are you ready for this, Pinterest!!!

For those of you who may not know about Pinterest and "pinning", here's how the folks at Pinterest view it:

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.

Marion is a browser. Although she hasn't created any virtual bulletin boards; yet, she can spend hours looking at what others are pinning. Hours I tell ya!!! I know everyone claims how addicting it can be but I just never expected Marion to need intervention at 93!!! And, perhaps the most ironic part about the whole thing, she isn't really enticed by my endeavors as a new Pinterest participant. I don't know, I think it looks rather good, don't you? (for a beginner that is:)

Click the picture to see it "live." (I think:)

Oh, I know what you're say, believe me I do. You're saying "I don't have time for yet another social enterprise." Fact is, neither do I! However, when I discovered that "clips" from my blog posts had already been pinned, unbeknownst to me mind you, I just had to check it out. Anything look familiar? It appears we weren't the only ones who enjoyed Watermelon Month, lol...

Click the picture to see it "live." (I think:)

Marion truly enjoys browsing the bulletin boards and if that makes here happy, that's just fine by me. It's also helping me lose my winter weight because she has this habit of calling me to "come see" all the time!!! I'm planning a Pinterest post later this week but, I did want to let you know what you can do to see if you too have been anonymously pinned.

It's pretty simple really. What you need to do is copy this URL into your web browser after the http. (no need to add the www) and substitute your blog name where you see mine in bold.

pinterest.com/source/monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.com/

I did a bit of checking myself and I know for sure Marjie hostess of Modern Day Ozzie & Harriet has be pinned. (notice the URL while you are there) Yummy Chunklet has been pinned also. T.W from Culinary Types has been pinned, lots!!! Mind you, none of these people are active Pinterest users as far as I can tell.


Enough of this, let's get to Marion's gifts.

So sweet:) And what a delightful surprise too!!! Have you ever met Jady? If you look at that note in the picture you'll notice it is signed by her. Jady is the gracious hostess of Cucina Panzano. Like many of you, Jady is an amazing person!!! Through the years we have become rather close and when I mentioned to her in passing that Marion was celebrating her 93rd birthday this year, she sent her home made jellies and Rosemary soap as a gift for Marion's birthday! Now wasn't that awfully sweet of her??? (Knowing how much I adore Rosemary, Marion was kind enough to let me smell the soap:) The jellies are off limits!!! But let me tell you, when I prepare Marion's English muffins or toast in the morning, she insists on being smothered in jellies, on the bread that is:) However, I get to do all the smelling and finger licking, lol...yummy!!! Thank you again Jady:) Not only does Jady, who lives in Maine, make her own jellies and soaps, she is a frequent attendee at the local farmers' market too. And, she has a few other blogs also. I try to visit her blog Thyme Goes By as often as I can. Last visit she was talking "wooling" It seems it was lambing season in her neck of the woods and I just loved reading Ewe Don't Say.

Marion is a sugarplum too. Just look at this adorable poncho, hat and blanket she crocheted for one girls at the diner. When she found out her daughter was having a baby girls after years of trying, I told Marion and she whipped this up in no time flat! I'm so bad at pictures but let me tell you, it is just precious! The soon to be Lily (that's what the baby's name will be:) should "wear it in good health" as Marion says:)

I've been wanting to remind you that the Rose is still the Herb of the Year for 2012. Perhaps, this recipe for a delicate Rose Dessert from The Miniature Book of Flowers as Food will inspire you to think Spring!!! (and Summer too: click to enlarge)

Spring is shining on the mound this year. Here's a whiff! (everyday is a new surprise:)


Chorus of Violets:)

Carnations

Marion bought me this Rose last year. It's the only Rose in the garden:)

FYI: The first tweets were published on March 21, 2006, I guess Twitter is celebrating a "birthday" tomorrow.

Resources
1. 20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now
2. Candied Edible Flowers