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Taming Lillian Pratt July 10, 2011

Filed under: happy thoughts,Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 10:58 pm

Lillian in my vegetable garden

SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

Lately my life has been very VERY thorny. Perhaps you’ve guessed that that’s why I have not been blogging. I won’t drag you through the pointy details. But suffice it to say that I’m finding it hard to get by sometimes. I do tend to rely on my friends a lot for encouragement. And with the incredible amount of things that I must do and the additional things that I want to do, sometimes it’s hard to see the precious moments in the day.

I thought perhaps I’d blog about my rose. Because I was thinking about the precious moments I spent on her today. She’s called Auntie Lillian Pratt. A very close friend of mine moved away to Florida in October. I miss her a lot! Before she moved, she asked if I wanted Lillian. They dug her up, put her roots in a bucket of water for several days in the last terribly hot dry days of  summer last year. She was attached to the trellis and I got her to the yard and installed in her new home. She immediately decided to lose her leaves. Oh how dramatic she was!

So what’s with Miss Lillian? Why does she have a name? No it’s not the name of the plant that the breeder gave. She’s affectionately called Auntie Pratt. You see there was a real Lillian Pratt and she lived in Galesburg, IL. It was my friend’s neighbor.

This 7 sisters pink climbing rose travelled to Galesburg through Iowa on a covered wagon 100 years ago!!! I definitely find it amazing that I have a plant that is older than the house I live in (which is over 90 years old). Auntie Pratt gave them this plant and when my friend moved she could not bring herself to leave it to people who didn’t know her story. Being a gardener, she knew I’d appreciate and take care of Lillian.

Well I’m happy to say that not only did Lillian bloom last week, but she’s putting out lots of new branches for me to scratch myself on while I wind her around the trellis. She’s reminding me that with the bad comes the good. The thorns and scratches of my life are always there. But the beauty of things are there too.

Last year, I took a bunch of cuttings and stuck them in the ground under a cloche to root them. And when I visited my friend in Florida in May, I brought her a cutting of Lillian to put in her own garden. She was very surprised and happy. And she couldn’t wait to tell her folks that now Lillian has moved to another state. Only this time it wasn’t by covered wagon, it was by plane!

Today, I trimmed off her old dead wood, took more cuttings and put them under the cloche. I’m hoping to make enough cuttings to share with my garden club. Because I think Lillian would be happy to know that her plant is getting around!!!!

New cloche cuttings

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.”

Isn't she pretty?

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Help me Angel June 28, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:05 pm

TUNES TUESDAY – (enjoy grooving on a Tuesday with some
music, especially an old favorite or something totallynew!!)

Went to a baptism on Sunday for my friend Rachel. It was amazing. Here she is before and after the baptism. People all on the grass with their picnic baskets. Made me think of Ravinia without the booze. hee hee Old people and young people and ones in between all waiting patiently in line to be dunked in the lake and cleansed. Too bad I didn’t have a spare pair of clothes cause I woulda dunked too. I just love new life experiences.

Giving thanks and happy!

So this got me thinking about all things spiritual. God, angels, kindness, helpfulness, life and death. Since a friend of mine calls me angel and this song just played on the radio, this is the clip for today.

Steve Winwood’s Help me Angel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqFmzVbe_l8

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Big Fat Guy June 27, 2011

Filed under: Drink Recipes — celebrationgoddess @ 9:31 pm

MARTINI MONDAY – (enjoy the first evening of the
week with a cool cocktail and a easy snack!)

Let’s play a game! What was in my shopping cart? Grapes, 2% milk, unsweetened apple juice, skinless/boneless chicken, bananas, asparagus, kitty food and okay I admit it a bad bag of cheese popcorn that I opened in my car.

What did the guy behind me in line that weighed 400 pounds have in his shopping cart? Three gallons of ice cream, two bags of potato chips and 5 pizzas. I tried not to stare but he saw me peeking. Oops!

So since it would not be too exciting to have an unsweetened drink with some asparagus, tonight’s drinkie poo for the night has to be ice cream based. I’d say drink it as dessert but first order yourself a pizza!

Banana Split  

■   1/2 oz Kahlua
■   1 oz. Vodka
■   1/2 Cup Milk
■   1/2 piece Banana
■   1/2 Cup (Softserve) Vanilla Ice Cream

Mixing Instructions

Put Kahlua, vodka and banana in a blender; blend til smooth. Put milk and soft-serve in a shaker with ice and shake until mixed (soft-serve should be slightly melted). Pour alcohol mix into glass then fill the rest of the way with the “milkshake”. You may choose to use the ice if wished, or leave it out (it is used in the shaker simply to help it mix better).

Here’s to you FAT GUY! May I never have that type of crap in my shopping cart!!! 

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Tribal Revolution June 25, 2011

Filed under: Interesting — celebrationgoddess @ 2:28 pm

SO MUCH FUN SATURDAY – (the greatest day of the week!)

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful summer day! I’ve been playing with my new kitty, mowing the lawn (boo hiss), and gardening. Got my fancy dress on and headed out watch Tribal Revolution. It is going to be a specatular show as it always is!!!

Check out the Blue Lotus Tribe. I love this improv group that has been running the Tribal Revolutionf or 10 years: http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=blue%20lotus%20tribe&tnr=21&vid=877758645446&l=292&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts3.mm.bing.net%2Fvideos%2Fthumbnail.aspx%3Fq%3D877758645446%26id%3Dc8ac8e6accb6362063618cbc16aaa2c1%26bid%3DeBi1ZMwYEgHrLw%26bn%3DThumb%26url%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.com%252fwatch%253fv%253do9EvTjdLO8I&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Do9EvTjdLO8I&sigr=11audu4ji&newfp=1&tit=Tribal+Revolution+2009+-+Blue+Lotus+Tribe+Part+1

The Saturday show is the culmination of our great event, with performances by the Tribal Revolution instructors and some very special guests, including the celebration of Blue Lotus Tribe’s 10th anniversary with performances by former Loti.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ballroom Doors open at 7:30pm. Show begins at 8:00pm.

Tickets: June 23, $25 at the door

Featuring the talents of:

Tempest (RI)
Celeste (IN)
Eliza (IL)
Ashar (WI)

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Kitty Litter Cake June 24, 2011

Filed under: Dessert - Just apply to thighs — celebrationgoddess @ 5:09 pm

FOODIE FRIDAY – (enjoy a
new recipe to try this weekend!)

hahahaha I never had any idea that…

#1 I’d be the owner of a new little mewing kitty cat today. Her name is currently Ramona the teenage girls told me that I got her from.
#2 That my recipe for the day would be kitty litter cake. Oh how appropriate!

My old fat cat Persia has been lonely for a couple of months now since my sweet other kitty passed away. So happiness all around!!! Persia, Ramona, and me!!! Now if I could just bring myself to eat that cake….Wonder if my evening holds any more surprises???

Kitty Litter Cake


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
  • 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 (12 ounce) package tootsie rolls
  1. Prepare cake mixes and bake according to package directions.
  2. Prepare pudding according to package directions and chill until ready to assemble.
  3. Crumble sandwich cookies in small batches in a food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup add a few drops of green food coloring and mix.
  4. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with 1/2 of the remaining cookie crumbs, and the chilled pudding. You probably won’t need all of the pudding, you want the cake to be just moist, not soggy.
  5. Line kitty litter box with the kitty litter liner. Put cake mixture into box.
  6. Put half of the unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until softened. Shape the ends so that they are no longer blunt, and curve the tootsie rolls slightly. Bury tootsie rolls randomly in the cake and sprinkle with half of the remaining cookie crumbs. Sprinkle a small amount of the green colored cookie crumbs lightly over the top.
  7. Heat 3 or 4 of the tootsie rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle lightly with some of the green cookie crumbs. Heat the remaining tootsie rolls until pliable and shape as before. Spread all but one randomly over top of cake mixture. Sprinkle with any remaining cookie crumbs. Hang the remaining tootsie roll over side of litter box and sprinkle with a few green cookie crumbs. Serve with the pooper scooper for a gross Halloween dessert.Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!Bethsheba

Gay Pride! June 23, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — celebrationgoddess @ 8:52 pm


learning something new!)

DATE: Sunday June 26

TIME: 12 Noon

STARTS at: Halsted & Belmont

LINE UP: Halsted Street (from Belmont Avenue to Fullerton Parkway)

ROUTE: Step off from Halsted/Belmont corner, proceeding north on Halsted; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey, to Cannon Drive (in Lincoln Park).

Ok yet AGAIN this year I’m gonna miss the parade. I’ve been wanting to go and watch it for years. Just like I’ve wanted to go to the St. Pat’s Parade AND Shefield Garden Walk. Dern it…

The parade will feature 250 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents.

The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members.

Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street).  

The Chicago Pride Parade, also colloquially (and formerly) called the Chicago Gay Pride Parade or PRIDE Chicago, is the annual gay pride parade held on the last Sunday of June in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It is considered the culmination of the larger Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, as promulgated by the Chicago City Council and Mayor of Chicago.

The first parade was organized on Saturday, June 27, 1970, as a march[1] from Washington Square Park (“Bughouse Square”) to the Water Tower at the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues, which was the route originally planned, and then many of the participants extemporaneously marched on to the Civic Center (now Richard J. Daley) Plaza.[2] Today the parade takes place through the main streets of Lake View East, a neighborhood enclave of the Lakeview community area. Recent parades have started at noon on Halsted Street, proceeding north from Belmont Avenue, passing the Center on Halsted at Waveland Avenue; south on Broadway (at Grace Street) to Diversey Parkway and east on Diversey Parkway to Cannon Drive.

With the increasing political participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and the community’s relatively high financial resources through political action groups and as individual donors, Illinois politicians have increased their presence at the Chicago Pride Parade. Both the Illinois Democratic and Republican parties have been heavily represented, most noticeably by former Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, and former Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican. Both had strong support from many gay and lesbian voters.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!



Cute Chick and the Old Crow June 22, 2011

Filed under: Meet a goddess! — celebrationgoddess @ 10:22 pm

The Cute Chick and the Old Crow


Barb and the Spoiled Brat - the dog not the Old Crow

(enjoy learning about a goddess!)

Our Barbie was the sweetest woman. She used to be my step mother in law. And I had the privelege of carrying her train all around the church when she married while hearing a beautiful rendition of Ava Maria. It always makes me cry.  And today I cried as well because our sweet Barb is gone.

She battle hep C so hard for the past 10 years. She had 3 kids, a bunch of grandkids, a spoiled puppy dog, and a well-trained husband – Don! They spent many an hour together laughing and enjoying life.

Barb loved flowers and angels. Years ago I bought them a cute little birdie couple for the garden. The sign said Old Crow and Cute Chick and from that point on, I have always lovingly called them by this name.

I came upon this poem and wanted to share it on this day of rememberance:

“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.” – David Harkins

I’ll miss you…