Spring has arrived and with it, St. Patrick’s Day. My Niece, Michele and her Mom will be visiting from New Jersey again this year over the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend and we have a nice visit planned. I am cooking Birthday Dinner for Michele on Friday and we will Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday. Included in our Weekend Celebration is the Solivita St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Street Party. Solivita put on a great Street Party for Mardi Gras this month; the Parade was fun, the Street was packed, and the weather was beautiful. Seems like the Solivita Parties just get better and better. It is always fun to Party in Solivita, we have No Driving Worries, We Party with our Golf Carts, We are Close to Home, and We Have Fun in our Own Community with Our friends and neighbors. Time to tiptoe through my closet to find something Green to wear. My Mom and Sister are turning their Lanais into Gardens of Green for St. Patrick’s Day. The Clover has been planted in Pots, the Dining Tables will be covered in green, the good china, and lace napkins will come out of the cupboard and we will sit down to our Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. My favorite part is always the next day, when I make a Corned Beef Sandwich on Rye Covered with Spicy Mustard. In our Family we are all Irish for one Day and We share the following Irish Blessing. May the Good Lord take a liking to you…..but not too soon! We then share a cocktail. Some of us drink wine, some of us beer, and one of us water, but there is always a Signature Drink. My brother-in-law is the Bartender at most parties and he has been busy mixing and testing recipes and it looks like the winner is an Apple Ginger Martini. Gregg has provided us with this year’s Signature Drink Recipe here: http://bellaverderealty.com/greggs-recipe-for-a-green-apple-ginger-martini/ Part of our Holiday Weekend with the family will be spending quality time together. Michele is a Graduate of the University of Miami, and has been an Event Planner with the NBA for over 10 years, she is a world traveler and always on the road. A few days of R & R in Solivita will be a welcome break for her. Although most of our family is up North, we do seem to spend more quality time with family now that we live in Florida. When family and friends visit Solivita we have Pajama Parties, we share leisurely meals, and spend afternoons together at the pool, we do a bit of sight seeing, or we play some golf. Entertaining is Easy in Solivita, there is so much to do. Seems that we have Much More Time to be together now that we live 1,000 miles apart. A nice bonus to living in Central Florida; everyone wants to visit. See you at the Street Party I’ll be wearing Green! From Our Family to Yours Happy St. Patrick’s Day: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sunshine be warm upon your face May the rains fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.