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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Maundy Thursday


Above: A photo of a bit of the stained glass windows at church. The pieces of glass are about an inch-and-one-half thick! I hadn't realized stained glass was that thick. Since it's spring, I tried to capture mainly the pastel tones. The church is dark and somber during Holy Week, making the windows even more striking than usual. Today is Maundy Thursday. The birds are valentining, the buds bursting, but within, all is very still and quiet.

I love to roll out obscure words, and my everyday speech is peppered with them. I know it's odd, and that I'm odd, but to quote that wonderful philosopher of the ages, Popeye, "I yam what I yam." I told something my father used to say to me in an earlier post. Now I will tell a very quick story that my mother told about me: When I was three, she rebuked me for something I did, some behavioral misstep. And she said I looked at her and said, "I am what I am." The End.

I must have heard that on Popeye. But I didn't like cartoons as a child; the way the characters were drawn, defying the laws of physics, always upset me. I can remember trying to get my legs to spin around as depicted on many cartoons, and trying to get my hair to move in that strange, undulating way of a Disney cartoon princess's hair. And to this day, Gumby makes me feel ill, off-balance.

Anyhoo, my love of archaic terms - well, that's why I always use the old terms for many things, especially holidays. Today is "Maundy Thursday," or Holy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper, the day that Christ gave us The Lord's Prayer, and so much, much more. 

virgin mary holy card with sand verbena purple


I am always moving things around on my indoor shrine. I like to move some pieces to a little nook at the corner of my bedroom window. My shrine is to Mary. I have a very old statue of her that is guarded by a fierce-looking china tiger family (told you I was strange). I keep the statue guarded, but the Holy Cards I like to rearrange. This is the "nook shrine" today, with one of my favorite Holy Cards and some sand verbena in a Cracker Barrel restaurant maple syrup bottle. Reduce, reuse, recycle! I will dust the shrine nicely and show it off in a future post.

purple sand verbena in a cracker barrel maple syrup mini bottle


But THIS I will show off now! This is the incredible giveaway I won from Rugs and Pugs <---Link!. If you haven't visited that delightful blog, you are missing out. Rug hooking (wool!), cross-stitching, pug-loving, wit, wisdom, and beauty, it has it ALL. Go ahead, click that link, go see! 



Wherever you are and whatever your beliefs, if any, I hope you are having a lovely Maundy Thursday!


33 comments :

  1. I love that you are who you are, so many people are afraid to show their true selves as they just want to blend in. I've always been a bit of a rebel that way. I like uniqueness, (is that a word? lol
    Thankyou for your kind comment on my embroidery it is appreciated and keeps me going when I sometimes doubt it is worth bothering.
    Briony
    x

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    1. I think you have an extraordinary talent in needlework. The stuff of heirlooms.

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  2. Dear Dame, I find you most interesting, not peculiar in any way. You walk to the beat of your own drum. I like your use of words, and how you entwine them into the story. Your shrine is very pretty.

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  3. Always interesting when I visit. congrats on your win!
    Cathy

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. I am so looking forward to your next post (hint hint)!

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  4. You are definitely a super find in blogland...by that I mean you live by your own beat of the drum. And I find this to be one of your fine qualities (I mean this in a GOOD way)...too bad all too many don't realize life is too short to always be part of the herd (so to speak,)

    Loved viewing your images!! Continue to be I am.

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  5. Your indoor shrine is beautiful. How special you are to have this, Holly. The stained glass window at your church is so pretty. At the church in the town I grew up in there are stained glass windows also, and Yes, they are so thick that looking out it isn't a clear view. But I have always loved them and they are all different colors too. What a nice giveaway you got. Our blog friends are wonderful people. I'd love to see your statue of Mary sometime. : )

    ~Sheri

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    1. I think you will just fall in love with my little statue. I am picky on my Mary statues! I agree with you wholeheartedly: Our blog friends are wonderful.

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  6. I am SO far behind. I may never catch up, but I loved seeing your win (CONGRATS BTW). I also enjoyed the stained glass. It looks quite old and shows signs of melting in spots. It's beautiful.

    Wow, I learned a new word today. Maundy. Thanks for sharing this archaic bit of history with us, too. I LOVED the back story with your mother.

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    1. Don't worry, you will catch up on all the blogs. But don't sacrifice your art time -- because I love seeing what your create each day!

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  7. You were lucky to have won the giveaway.
    It is also my sentence I am what I am!
    I have an icΓ΄ne I brought from Greece and an incense holder from the same country in one corner of my bedroom.
    I wish you a Happy Easter time,

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    1. Knowing that you are extremely tasteful and artistic, I bet the incense holder and the icon are beautiful!

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  8. I use a lot of Southern terms that some people don't understand...and I'm not sure I always do either! lol Love your pretty giveaway gifts. Have a beautiful week!

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    1. I grew up in the Deep South and sometimes I still throw in those terms!

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  9. Maundy Thursday is what we say here. I enjoy reading about your Shrine. I have one on my nightstand.

    The giveaway gifts are beautiful. Happy Easter, Carla

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    1. Happy Easter! I would love to see your shrine sometime!

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  10. You have such a way with fun words and I love it.
    AND...you take the most amazing pictures!
    Happy Easter.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I am saving up for a camera. My little phone camera frustrates me a bit, but I am grateful for it!

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  11. On one of our first dates I guess I used words that my future hubby found out-of-the-ordinary ( although I can't remember what or why) and he said I sounded like a walking dictionary. That almost ended our relationship there and then. I have always read a lot and I seem to choose British books. I think many words find themselves in my head and I naturally use them. It's what we do, right?

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    1. A walking dictionary! Well, the nerve! But he must have been very glad to hear you say a simple "I do"...I love British books, too!

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  12. That bit of stained glass makes a lovely photograph.

    Your story about Popeye is funny. I can't stop smiling about it.

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    1. Thank'ee for stopping by -- your comment makes ME smile!

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  13. Gorgeous stained glass window photo...

    "I am what I am" Love it. Hope it stopped her, in her tracks!!!!!!

    Love you my Dear.

    Gentle hugs,

    Happy Easter!

    πŸŒ·πŸŒΊπŸŒΈπŸŽ€πŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸŒ·

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    1. My mother had a very sharp tongue, but I think that statement made an impression!

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  14. Happy Maundy Thursday to you as well. My mom's church has the prettiest stained glass windows I have ever seen in a church, and I have been in many. I love them! So pretty when the sun shines in. Janice

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    1. How I would love to see those stained glass windows at your mom's church!

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  15. Oh that stained glass is breathtaking! I confess thtat I often get distracted at church with the stained glass windows. And while I felt an immediate "connection" with you from get-go, the more of you you reveal, the more I think we have some kindred blood in us. I am a word whore.... (nicely at "the firm" I was at, they called me The Resident Wordsmith). I am not sure why but I love words too. And the more archane or strange, the better. It likely is partly due to my love of reading and I was one of those who could not pass over a word that I did not know...I HAD to look it up (and I mean in an old-fashioned dictionary BOOK). At one time, I could always be counted on to have an English, Spanish, and French dictionary somewhere within reach. However, I learned early on to try to conceal my zeal for words at least in verbal conversations. I did not want anyone to think I was trying to impress them or was in any way more knowledgeable than them. In many ways that tactic served me well...it always added an element of "surprise" and I could "fit in" where others might not...but I also found myself having to "prove" that I was an attorney, professor, etc. way too many times LOL. My apologies for the loquacious comment LOL. πŸ˜‰ ~Robin~

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    1. The longer your comments, the better, Robin. I love to read your thoughts and how you express yourself! It is very interesting to me that I, also, always had a huge old dictionary on top of a chest-of-drawers, and would hop up to look up any word I didn't know.

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  16. Holly, you asked if WalMart bags would work in place of cling wrap. Here is a post I created to answer that question. You will probably not want to read the book review, so skip down past the book (which was photographed with my old worthless camera) to where I begin creating the art associated with the book I read.

    https://alteredbooklover.blogspot.com/2013/06/arc-selection-for-june.html

    I'm sure you'll be glad you saved all those plastic bags. Thanks for asking.

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  17. Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!

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