Treasure Chest Thursday ~ My Fortune Cookie

My husband proposed to me (a long time ago) at a beautiful Chinese restaurant called The Mandarin. He had taken my son and I out for dinner and in between the meal and dessert he pulled a diamond ring out of his pocket and asked me if I would marry him. Of course I said yes and cried and we were all very excited about what had just happened. Eventually we settled down enough (well, I didn't) to continue our dinner with coffee and dessert, followed by the opening of our fortune cookies. On that night, in that place this was the fortune I got...

It's a keeper, just like my husband and will remain in my memory box forever!
(PS - He swears he didn't *rig* this and I believe him)

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Treasure Chest Thursday ~ The Case of the Missing Pocket Watch

My husband who is a man of very few material wants or needs decided that he would like to bring something 'special' home for himself as a keepsake of our trip to Ireland. He finally decided on a pocket watch, and after looking at several, he found 'the one' in a little shop in Connemara in the west of Ireland. It was made by Mullingar Pewter in Westmeath Co and is embossed with an image of the Ha' Penny Bridge in Dublin.

We got home and unpacked our bags and then he realized that something was missing. His watch was not there. We searched and searched through our bags until we finally accepted the fact that it just wasn't there. He was so disappointed because this was the one memento he had to remember this trip.

Since we had last seen the watch on the bed in our hotel room in Dublin when we were packing, we decided to email the hotel to see if there was any chance it had been turned in. Much to our amazement, we received a reply that they had checked the room and had actually found it on the floor near the bed. It must have been knocked off when we were packing. About a week later my husband was ecstatic to receive a package in the mail from Ireland containing the missing pocket watch.

It was 'meant' to be his ;-)

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Tombstone Tuesday ~ Asphyxiation by Gas

Mary Louise Hiscott (St. Mark's Anglican Cemetery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)
From the Hamilton Spectator
HISCOTT (Toronto, Ont.) Feb. 19, 1897 - Miss Mary Hiscott, who with her younger sister, Miss Harriett Hiscott, daughters of Major Hiscott, M.L.A. were found on Wednesday morning in their room at the Grosvener house in an apparently lifeless condition from asphyxiation by gas, died this morning about 3:30 o'clock. There is no improvement in the condition of the other Miss Hiscott.

Note: Thankfully the other Miss Hiscott DID recover from this tragedy...
The Misses Hiscott are my 1st cousins 4x removed

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Nostalgic: For Ireland Pt 5

And then back to Dublin for a bit before heading home...

The Temple Bar
Grafton Street (Pedestrian Shopping Heaven)
Living Statues on Grafton Street
Sir Arthur Guiness in St. Stephen's Green
Flowers in St. Stephen's Green
Hard Rock Cafe with Eddie K. on the big screen ;-)
Main Lobby of the National Library of Ireland
Georgian Door in Merrion Square
Trinity College (Book of Kells & Long Room Library)
Ha' Penny Bridge at Night

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Nostalgic: For Ireland Pt 4

Thursday we went south from Westport to Galway & Cong...

Near Leenane, County Galway
Kylemore Abbey
Roadside Shrine near Letterfrack, County Galway
Ballynakill Harbour, County Galway
Cong Abbey
Bridge at Cong Abbey
Monks Fishing Hut at Cong Abbey
Cong Abbey
Quiet Man Cottage (John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara Movie)
Ashford Castle

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Nostalgic: For Ireland Pt 3

On Wednesday we headed north from Westport to Glencastle (this is my Ancestral Home)...

The Road to Glencastle
Oh yes, they are EVERYWHERE
Glencastle, County Mayo
Glencastle Cemetery on a Hill
Glencastle Old Cemetery
The Full Shilling Pub (Free Lunch Here)!
Belmullet, County Mayo
Belmullet, County Mayo
Heading to Geesala
Munnelly's Store & House (they're Pub is across the street)

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Nostalgic: For Ireland Pt 2

On Tuesday we rented a car and headed west to Westport, County Mayo...

The Wyatt Hotel (on the Octagon) is where we stayed
Clew Bay
St. Patrick on Croagh Patrick
Murrisk Abbey
Old Celtic Cemetery at Murrisk Abbey
National Famine Monument at Murrisk
Westport Town
Carrowbeg River and the Mall, Westport
Matt Molloy's Pub (Member of the Chieftans)
Mourners walking behind Hearse down Main Street

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