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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

35 comments:

  1. Well...happy birthday Marion! I am loving the look of those jams. Yum. Love jam.

    I have been to Pinterest and I hear it can be addictive.

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  2. I loooove Pinterest. I am using it for some of my "recipes to make" finds and hope I won't be losing as many ideas as I used to. Happy Birthday to Marion!

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    1. That's so funny, Inger. I'm yet to make a category for "recipes to make" I should get on it soon! Where are you on Pinterest???

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  3. what lovely and nice post Louise!!I m happy to know Marion! and whish her a happy birthday!!

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    1. Marion says "Thank you" Gloria. She would visit herself but she's crocheting another poncho. This one is for an adult, lol...

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  4. hi louise, please say 'hi' to marion and wish her " happy birthday' for me! She;s such a lovely woman, oh camera shy?? please also let her know that the hat and mattress she crocheted are very pretty ! i know that pinterest has been going on for some time and believe me, i'm quite bad at these..now i'm embarrased to learn that even marion is getting to it while me knows nothing much about it! well, we all are never too old to learn! happy day!!

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    1. I sent your kind words to Marion, Lena. She said "Thank you" I can't even tell you how many darling sweater sets she has crocheted for the hospital since this post. She is amazing!!! Don't be embarrassed to learn Marion is a Pinterest lover. One of the reasons she enjoy it so much is because it is sooooo easy. If you should decide to give it a whirl, the first place you should go is here. It's a link to you're yummy images on Pinterest with links to your yummy blog. Have you seen an increase in visitors to your blog?

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  5. Happy birthday, Marion!!

    I love Pinterest. I have it on my iPhone and my iPod, and I "pin" when I have a few seconds in the car or ... wherever. I'm finding it a great way to flag all the recipes that catch my eye.

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    1. There's an App for that??? I don't have any of those tools, Channon. Good thing too:)

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  6. LOL LOL 'finger licking' Louise! ♥ Happy happy official birthday Marion. I hope it's a very special one for you! You get to celebrate twice.. your birthday & the first day of Spring! Lucky ewe!

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    1. Thank you again, Jady. Marion enjoyed her birthday and her gifts:)

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  7. Happy Birthday to Marion for sure!!!
    She is fabulous!
    I am hooked on Pinterest and started following you. Always love to come an visit your blog; always full of interesting and fun things I NEED to know. Thanks Louise.
    Rita

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    1. I saw you on "Pinterest" Rita. I may have even re-pinned one of your pins. In a million years, I never would have thought we would be having this conversation, lol...The only "pinning" I remember from my youth was stories of other girls getting Pinned! I think it meant they were now going steady, lol...Oh well as Marion says, "You gotta go with the times" in moderation of course:)

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  8. Ahhhh! Finaly we get to see Marion. wow 93!! CONGRATULATION!! =D Thats a respectable age Marion!

    I can imagine pinterest is a new attraction, its so easy to use it too. Great crochet work, I should start maybe too again.

    Lovely garden louise! ;)

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  9. Hi There,
    A very happy birthday to Marion and happy spring !!!Thanks for sharing info on pinterest. Have a wonderful week ahead. Thanks & Regards, Sonia !!!

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  10. Happy birthday, Marion! Being computer savvy is helpful, no matter what age!

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  11. Happy Birthday to Marion…Sounds like God has blessed her with a wonderful mind and health! What could be better. I so enjoyed your post!

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  12. Happy Birthday to Marion! It is clear that she is a treasure!
    All the best,
    TW

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  13. Your posts are always so satisfying. Marion is the cutest, sweetest lady! There is no way she is in her 90s. No way! I just got myself a new MacBook since the little Kate dumped juice on my old macbook. It was a sad day and a marvelous day all at once. Isn't apple the best? Anywho. Here's to Marion and us for being so tech saavy!

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  14. Happy Birthday to Marion! Pinterest! And I do not even know how it works and what it is for!! Lovely presents!
    The baby clothes she crocheted is beautiful! Cheers to Marion, here's to good health and happiness!!

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  15. Everyone keeps telling me to get on Pininterest...

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  16. Happy Birthday, Marion! What a lovely post. The jellies and the soap sound--and smell and taste, I'll bet--wonderful.
    I joined Pinterest, but need to find out what to do with it. I'm on a social media panel next week, so it will be by then, I hope.

    Have a lovely Spring!

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  17. Happy Birhday Marion and Happy Spring to you, Louise.

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  18. I had no idea I'd been pinned! I've never even visited Pinterest. So glad Marion has found a new diversion. And congrats to Marion for the new baby granddaughter. That's a lovely little outfit she made! (I still have every knitted or crocheted baby thing anyone ever made me, and I'll give them to the appropriate child when the time comes.)

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  19. Happpy 93rd birthday Marion! What a lovely poncho you whipped up! I wish I knew how to crochet! A few months back I've also discovered that some of my clips have been pinned. I was so happy to see them.

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  20. Hi Louise! How are you?
    Happy birthday to Marion!!

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  21. Happy Belated Birthday to Marion!

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  22. Hi Louise! Just dropped by to see how you're doing:).
    Loved reading your post. Ah, Pinterest... lots of goodies out there:).
    Marion looks just beautiful...Happy birthday to her! And what a gracious heart Jady has! So sweet of her... it's a beautiful thing to make someone feel special.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  23. Happy birthday to Marion! Lovely post, as always, Louise. I had missed your watermelon turtle the first time around, so how fun to see it (over and over and over!) on the Pinterest link :) I can see how you could get hooked on Pinterest. Ack! Like I need another thing to get hooked on!

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  24. Happpy belated birthday Marion - you are so sweet and beautiful :D
    And I love how you know how to use a computer better than me ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Colossal Caramel Peanut Monster Cookies

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  25. Happy birthday to Marion! It was such a delight to stop by, Louise :)

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  26. Gosh! I've been so busy & missed out all these great posts!! BTW Happy belated birthday to sweet Marion! To tell the truth I'm a PC dummy & wanted to join Pinterest but don't really know how go with it. But thanks to your awesome post, I think I can do it myself! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Have a lovely day, dear Louise! :)

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  27. I am behind, happy belated birthday Marion. What wonderful personal treats to share on a birthday. Those jams and soap looked divine, and the perfect way to spread the cheer.

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