Sunday Respite – ‘Walking on the Air’


What better way to start the Christmas season than something from Andre Rieu. I discovered this last year and put this in my “must” for Christmas each year.

For today’s Sunday Respite I have chosen “Walking in the Air” – André Rieu from “Snowman.”  By all means be sure and watch it in in full screen.



I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Sunday Respite: Celebrating Lammas – Feast of the First Fruits



Since the beginning of time we have been dependent on the earth to sustain ourselves with her bounty. Since the time of the ancients, in gratitude, honor has been bestowed throughout the year with festivals in thanks to Mother Earth’s goodness. Various religions and traditions have named it differently yet the intention was the same. The Wheel keeps turning. The cycle of life and seasons repeat. A reflection of our own life cycle.For those in Biblical times, the harvest was a most important event. The gathering of things planted, a natural time of reaping in joy what has been sown and produced during the year.

 “Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.” “Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.”

The Sun is now beginning to wane. It is a time of change and shift. Active growth is slowing down and the darker days of winter and reflection are beckoning…

Lammas   Celebrated the beginning of August.

The word Lammas evolved from Old English “hlāfmæsse” (hlāfmeaning “loaf” and mæssse meaning “mass”). It originated from the fact that on August first of each year, the early English church celebrated the harvesting of the first ripe grain by consecrating loaves made from it – hence, “loaf mass.”

In many parts of England, tenants were bound to present freshly harvested wheat to their landlords on or before the first day of August.

In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it is referred to regularly, it is called “the feast of first fruits”. The blessing of new fruits was performed annually in both the Eastern and Western Churches on the first, or the sixth, of August.

On Loaf Mass Day, it is customary to bring to a Christian church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide, which falls at the halfway point between the summer solstice and autumn September equinox.

Lammastide was also the traditional time of year for craft festivals. The medieval guilds would create elaborate displays of their wares, decorating their shops and themselves in bright colors and ribbons, marching in parades, and performing strange, ceremonial plays and dances for the entranced onlookers.

For more: (source Wikipedia

Shakespeareans will be sure to add that the eve of Lammas is Juliet’s birthday, as her nurse tells us in Romeo and Juliet, “Come Lammas Eve at night shall she be fourteen.” In addition, the phrase “latter Lammas” was used humorously to refer to a day that will never come, as in “he will pay at latter Lammas.”



On mainland Europe and in Ireland many people continue to celebrate the holiday with bonfires and dancing. On this day it was/is customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop.


As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter,
day and night will never cease.’
(Gen 8:22)


From Faith and Worship

Music: Deora Ar Mo Chroi by Enya



Prayer for Lammas

Now is the time of the First Harvest,
when the bounties of nature give of themselves so that we may survive.

O God of the ripening fields,

Lord of the Grain,
grant me the understanding of sacrifice as

You prepare to deliver Yourself under the sickle of the Goddess and journey to the lands of eternal summer.

O Goddess of the Dark Moon,
teach me the secrets of rebirth as the Sun loses its strength and the nights grow cold.

Scott Cunningham Author.


Wishing you a bountiful Lammas.

Best wishes for a happy and enjoyable Labor day

Here is wishing everyone a great Labor Day. Hope your day is filled with pleasure and happiness with friends and family. Always important to keep a perspective on our lives and that which does bring us joy. I have been taking a few days off from blogging, resting up for the next push!

I chose the song “Money” by Pink Floyd. It brings to mind the early days of my working career when $5 Bucks an hour sounded pretty good!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!

Best wishes go out to everyone for the coming year. Thank you for taking the time to pass my way, and to those who have shared your thoughts. I appreciate the new and old “virtual” friends who feel very much more than that. For those who have not seen any snow, some nice pictures in the video,


Carol of the Bells – Boston Pops

 Carol of the Bells, music and lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky, adapted from the original Ukrainian choral work “Shchedryk” by Mikola Leontovich. Performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart.

Eggnog Gestapo rides again!

While looking for something to get us in the Holiday spirit, what should I come upon but this grand news. Ah, the dreaded Eggnog. What could go wrong. So let us harken back to the days of yore, and following the post, I have a video of making Eggnog, which soon no doubt will be a thing of the past.

Would George Washington’s recipe for Eggnog meet government standards?  Here is George’s recipe CD Kitchen. Sure would put hair on one’s chest.

From National Review: Against the Eggnog Gestapo

Here is a sentence that makes me want to burn my passport and move into a fortified rural compound:

The FDA dictates that U.S. nog have at least 6 percent milk fat.

The subject is Southern Comfort eggnog, dissected in Wired magazine’s always-interesting “What’s Inside” series. (Spoiler: Southern Comfort eggnog contains no Southern Comfort.)

Somewhere in the vast array of federal rules and regulations — the 10,000 Commandments — is one specifying the minimum of milk fat that eggnog shall contain. Did the men who fought at Lexington and Concord do so in order to set up a new regime that would manage their lives on this level? King George III would never have dreamed of such imperious behavior. Is there nothing too trivial for the federal government to micromanage?

I do not think for a second that SamBarbieri, purveyor of the Sam’s Serious Eggnog that has enriched more than one National Review holiday party, would poison us all if not for the nog police, and I do not think that American children, much less American adults, require a federal intermediary to monitor milk-fat levels. I do not see how this sort of thing can possibly be defended, or why Americans put up with it.

UPDATE: And then there is this:

Annatto and turmeric (for color) The use of these two natural food colorings—which add a yellow tone—is technically forbidden in eggnogs under federal regulation (it might make revelers think the drink contains more egg than it really does). But eggnog makers pushed back, and that rule has been stayed—pending a public hearing—for the past 30 years! The FDA is now looking into it.

I shall now set something on fire.

Safest Choice™ shows you how to make a holiday tradition: classic homemade eggnog. This simple recipe is made even better when using pasteurized eggs because it takes all the worry out of serving a drink using raw eggs. Learn more about safe eggs at

Now for the fun holiday variations … enhance your eggnog recipes creating different flavors this holiday season including:
Chocolate Curls
Maraschino Cherries
Cinnamon sticks
Orange Slices
Extracts or flavorings
Peppermint sticks or candy canes
Flavored brandy or liqueur
Plain brandy, rum or whiskey
Fruit juice or nectar
Sherbet or ice cream
Ground Nutmeg
Whipping cream

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