I'm a Proud Grandma

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Well of course I'm proud of both my DGC EVERY day, but this
is a special day:  DGD danced five dances at the Portland
Highland Games today, placed first in three(Scottish Lilt,
Highland Fling and Seann Triubhas), second in one (Sword
Dance), and was disqualified in the fifth (not her fault the
other dancer in her four-person Highland Reel stumbled and
threw DGD off). DGD was awarded the Aggregate Prize (Best
dancer overall) in her age/category.  :-)

AND (to stay on subject for this group), she is looking
forward to coming here for a few days in August to make her
costume (under my supervision) for the new dance she is
learning, the Highland Jig.  It will be green, with flashes
of red showing at the hem and waist.  I stopped at the
Fabric Depot on the way home and bought 5 yards of medium
green poplin, thread, 3 serger cones and  a hidden zipper
(40% off all fabric 30% off everything else!).  I have the
pattern created in Pattern Master "Celebrations", so now all
I have to do is clear the sewing room.

Beverly, thrilled the temperature didn't go over 85 this
year!



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Congratulations
mirjam

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Give DGD a big congratulatory hug from me!!  She is a real Scottish dancer.
As the old saying goes, "She did her DGM proud. "
Making the dress together should be great fun for the both of you.
Emily


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Emily Bengston wrote:
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Thanks Emily, she enjoys it very much when I tell her my
online friends send along congratualtions.  ;-)

I put a few pictures from today here:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=jwqxlbn.5p9nu0n&x=0&y=-e2lnlm&localeid=en_US

Beverly



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She is adorable.  Great outfit, too -- one of yours?
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Joanne
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No this is still the borrowed kilt and vest, although I
practically re-made the vest and recently let down the hem
of the kilt.  However, today she informed me that she would
really love it if I would agree to make her a kilt of her
very own.  She will choose a tartan and her teacher will
purchase the fabric in Scotland this summer, and I'll get
started on her kilt this fall..

In addition, both my DGS and DSIL asked me today to make
them kilts (or utilikilts, they aren't sure) for next year's
games.  Looks to be a busy summer/fall/winter.  ;-}

I just added a couple of pictures of DGD in the Nationals
outfit I made to the start of the album.

Beverly



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Oh that's so wonderful!!!!!!!!!!  Tell her I am very, very proud of her.
And she looked gorgeous!!  Give yourself a hug for me.

Sharon
--
Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.

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Thanks Sharon, I'll pass along your compliment.  I can
hardly wait to get started on the next outfit, working with
her will be fun, and she is a very apt student.

Beverly



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Whoo Hoo!  Dancing me own wild highland fling in her honour!  Well done,
lassie.

--
Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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She will be thrilled to have such a complimet from a true
Scotsladie!  ;-)

Beverly



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Hit send too quickly, that just doesn't look right.  How
about "Scotslady"?  Hmm, my spellchecker doesn't approve of
that either.  What is a "woman form Scotland" called anyway?
Surely not "Scotsman"?

B



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S/B "from"

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<sigh> "Scotswoman"

I think I'll lie down for a nap...






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Made me giggle.  ;)

Have a chocolate and Banana Smoothie!

2 slightly too ripe bananas
1 heaped desert spoon of cocoa powder
1 desrt spoonful of vanilla sugar
half a pint of milk

Zizz with a blender (hand of jug type) until smooth and gloopy.

Slurp up for breakfast, accompanied by 100g or so of nice ripe local
strawberries.

I use skimmed milk and you can use Splenda and a dash of vanilla extract
if you want to avoid the sugar.  James is off out to school for the
penultimate day of the year on this.  I call it 'brat fuel', but it's
equally good for grandmas!


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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Kate XXXXXX wrote:
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So glad I brightened your day. ;-}

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Sounds wonderful, I have a couple of too-ripe bananas right
now, I was going to make banana bread.  I'll give your
smoothie a try.  Sadly the best of the local strawberries
are about done, we have a very short (but delicious) season.

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I drink skim milk regularly, it makes the best mocha!  My
one and only (tall) cup of coffee every day is a double
espresso, chocolate syrup, two packs of Splenda, and frothed
skim milk. Yum!

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Thanks!

Beverly



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Here's how to make it even better:
Peel the bananas, slice them into 1 inch rounds, lay them on a baking sheet
and freeze. Once frozen, toss them in a ziplock bag. Then when you make the
smoothies use frozen bananas and it comes out thick like a milkshake! Even
with fat free milk. My local grocery store sells all kinds of cut up frozen
fruit year round to mix it up a bit.
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Mine usually come out thicker than commercial milkshake as it is, and
not too cold - I don't want to freeze my old lady sensitive teeth, and
son has 'tramline' braces on his uppers, so has to be careful with cold too.

But frozen is great if that's how you like it.  :)
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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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That's fantastic.  Well done to all including the proud grandma who helps
with costumes!  You may have already covered this, but how did your
granddaughter become interested in Scottish dancing?  My daughter does Irish
dance here in Australia and although she had an Irish grandfather, he had
died before she was born and her interest came from watching some Irish
dancers on the Wiggles.  I'm curious about your link, given that you aren't
in the country where the dancing originated like us.

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She was enrolled in ballet when she was a three-year-old.  I
think she first saw Highland dancing at the local Highland
games several years ago, and expressed an interest.  There
is a very good teacher in their neighborhood (she has
several students who have gone to the National and even
International competitions) and DGD loves learning the
dances.  She practices several hours a week without any
urging from her parents.

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Irish dancing originated in Australia?  ;-)

I have Scots ancestors and my son-in-law  (DGD's father) has
Scottish forebears also, so DGD comes by Scottish heritage
legitimately.  But *being* of Scots lineage is not a
requirement for doing competitive Highland dancing, there
are many girls and boys here (in the USA) of many
ethnicities who compete and do very well.

Beverly







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It's fascinating how kids get into a particular type of dance.  As long as
they are participating in something healthy it doesn't matter what it is -
as long as the dreaded bagpipes are not involved.  The definition of a
gentleman - someone who can play the bagpipes but doesn't.

Irish dancing is a big deal in Australia - even if it didn't originate here.
Like in the US, there is a very big Irish community.  Scottish dancing is
very popular too.  They both seem to have had a surge in interest in recent
years, possibly as the 2nd and 3rd generations of Irish and Scots take an
interest in their family history.

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