Monthly Archives: February 2009

Thursday Special ~ Cartoons

I suppose you could say I am in transit at the moment!  Half way between Co Antrim & Cork.

There is also another form of transit happening.  The guy with the white beard, no not that one, the Santa fellow brought me a present and left it at the wrong address.  Only now do I get to open it up & play with it….

A shiney new laptop 😀

This might be s l o w! In the meantime a little something to make you smile.

and another…

Handy Hints for Wednesday ~ 15

Another week has flown by and we have five more household hints to share.

Watch out for coffee filters that look like large cupcake papers at the ‘£’ shop and use them to over bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.

Recycle frying oil.  After frying, first cool and then strain the oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

Place fabric softener sheets in chest of drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come.  You can also do this with towels and linen.

Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of white Vinegar.  Wait a few minutes, and then run the hot water.

Ants, ants, ants everywhere. Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line.  So, get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march.  See for yourself.

I have not actually tried the last one and am not sure if it works for uncles! 😉  I am sure someone will tell me.

Hollywood Hollywood!

I think I need to sit down!

Hollywood are after me now……….

Is my hair ok?  Are my seams straight?



Well we can blame the Damien fella and his Fluffy links!  Well it was not quite a fluffy link, it was more of a blog post… go easy on me I am all exyrite and delyrite  about this Hollywood business.

Oh, I need a cip of coffee, hang in there a minute………..


Are you ready now?

We have all seen the filums of the way into Hollywood with the name up there on the hills.  Thats not Hollywood at all at all; Hollywood is in Dundalk.

Well Made in Hollywood are in Dundalk and they have a blog!

Being the nice little old GM, I added a little comment and what do you know I got an email back!  Now I know you are a nosey lot and want to know all about it…

Dear Grannymar

thanks for your comments on our site.

“Could you make me a Toyboy? I need one to take me to the Irish Blog Awards”
Of course we could, but i wouldn’t recommend it as he wouldn’t be much craic, he could end up falling to bits if he was abused, he be a bit of a lightweight and he wouldn’t have a Euro to his name. Now if it’s the name Toyboy, we will do that no problem and have “him” at the blog awards.

Thanks again for your input.

Please let me know where to send you foam name Grannymar or Toyboy. It will be approx 6 – 8″ tall and 2″ thick so that it will stand on a shelf or desk.

Best regards

Fran Hollywood

I wrote back to thank the nice Fran:

Better make it Grannymar, so that when dementia sets in I know who I am! 🙄

I’m starting to pack!

I’m absolutely thrilled and excited to have made it to the finals of the Irish Blog awards in the category of Best Personal Blog.

The list has some great talent and I am amazed to make it through this year.

Best Personal Blog – Sponsored by Microsoft Ireland’s Developer and Platform Group

Thanks so much to Damien Mulley for all the background work and the category sponsors Microsoft Ireland’s Developer and Platform Group

Best of luck to all nominated:

The party continues….

UPDATE:  For anyone flying to Cork with Ryanair:  BRING YOUR PASSPORT all emails from them this week say that it is needed for check-in.  I had been told previously that my driving licence was sufficient!

Nice Day Thank God!

Our snow has melted and with it the memory of the bitter cold days and nights…  On the other side of the world the fires still burn and the work is only really beginning…  I wrote about it here a week ago. 

Friday’s email message

The radio is getting sad

Talk back radio have people appealing to know if their friends and relatives are alive

But we are not getting as many positive answers

The death toll still remains the same at 182 but

Today both the Police and the Red Cross begged for people to register their where abouts.

The missing have increased to over 120 and more

The government suggest that the toll will rise to over 300

The cheep press suggest that it is closer to 400

Tragically the firey’s and police came across 8 bodies huddled together over a baby on Friday. Now they are identified in their new names of 1 to 9 with their GPS map reference

It was easier to find people in cars on the roads

A different thing in the bush and in some of the houses

Facemasks and gloves are only now being handed out to volunteers to start the meticulous search through the devastation of what remains. The temperatures are forecast to jump up by Wednesday.

This refreshable map tracks where the fires are:

All that some survivors have left is their dignity – Their knickers or jocks have come from somebody else!

It kinda puts our recession into perspective!

Food Monday ~ Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers
Preheat oven 180°C

2 Green Peppers
12 ozs minced steak
1 small onion
2 teaspoons of tomato puree
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon of sultanas
4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
1 egg
Pepper & salt
Oil for cooking
flaked almonds.

Wash and cut the peppers lengthwise, remove the seeds & cook in boiling water for 10 minutes.  Drain and brush the outsides with oil.  Fry the onion in oil for five minutes, add mince steak & continue frying for 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat & stir in tomato puree, curry powder, sultanas, breadcrumbs & egg to blend.  Season to taste.

Fill pepper halves with meat mixture & place on a an oiled baking sheet in a pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.  Sprinkle with flaked almonds & cook for a further 10 minutes.

Serve with mixed salad.

Morning after the night before…


I’m home, are you?

Shhhh! Don’t tell Elly I left with a Toyboy!  She worries!  Does anyone remember his name? 😉

We had…








See, I was sober!

Now I am off to study my Valentine card..

UPDATE: You didn’t believe I got a card..

And the inside….


I was sitting in the bath last night having a long soak after a busy day. Suddenly, the words of a song came flooding into my head and the long handled back brush was transformed into a microphone:

For Dublin can be heaven
With coffee at eleven
And a stroll in Stephen’s green
There’s no need to hurry
There’s no need to worry
You’re the king and the lady’s a queen
Grafton Street’s a wonderland
There’s magic in the air
There’s diamonds in the lady’s eyes
And gold-dust in her hair
And if you don’t believe me
Come and meet me there
In Dublin on a sunny Summer morning
And if you don’t believe me
Come and meet me there
In Dublin on a sunny Summer morning

I could hear Noel Purcell’s gravelly rendition of the song and it brought back memories of walking up Grafton Street hand in hand with my granny. I knew where we were headed; because once we passed Switzers I could smell the coffee. Mmmm!

In those days Bewley’s was a double fronted shop and in one window stood a large coffee bean roasting machine. A man in a brown shop coat supervised and controlled the machine. Under the window was a large vent or extractor fan and the smell of roasting coffee invaded the street. One lungful of that aroma and you were hooked. The marketing men back then sure knew what they were doing!

Grafton Street has changed since those far of days and so has Bewley’s. I hear there is something special going on there right now and hopefully next week while I am in Dublin a trip can be arranged…..

A photography exhibition started yesterday, yes at Bewley’s of Grafton Street and it will run for 2 weeks. It’s a celebration of Fairtrade Fortnight and there are images of people who work on the Fairtrade farms that supply Bewley’s.

Entrance to the exhibition is free.  Anyone can drop in and check it out.

  • Bewley’s is giving away a free trip to Nicaragua including flights, accommodation, and guide.
  • Bewley’s is also giving away free afternoon treats for two every day throughout Fairtrade fortnight.
  • There are also some rather stylish bags to be had made out of hession sacks used for coffee.

It’s incredibly easy to win the afternoon treats… all you have to do is visit the Bewley’s Facebook Page (, become a fan, and post your answer to the question on the wall and you’re in with a good chance to win!

The exhibition started Thursday 12th February and runs until 8 March.

The competition to win afternoon treats for two at Bewley’s is from 23 Feb – 8 March.

With thanks to  Maryrose Lyons Brightspark Consulting for the photos.