Happy Saint Patrick’s Day One And All


I was inspired to write this little update on the Menesses this morning, after reminiscing about my Leprechauns on St. Paddy’s Day poem.  I hope you all enjoy it.  Don’t forget to watch Darby O’Gill and the Little People-you’ll love it-again and again!

St. Patrick’s Day at Church – The Menesses Stike Again

I knew that funny feeling in my gut was right on, as I was getting dressed this morning.  St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday couldn’t be a good thing with those Meness kids around.  I was right…

Nobody’s Choir robe fit this morning.  It seems all the tags were mixed up.  The church bulletins were all printed backwards, so you had to hold them up to a mirror to read what they said.  “Ah,” said the Pastor when the deacon called him.  “It’s just someone’s idea of a prank on St. Patrick’s Day.  We must have some ornery little leprechauns about.  Don’t worry yourself; just tell everyone to read them when they get home.”  He laughed as he hung up the phone and headed out the door.

The Pastor wanted to keep the sermon short this morning, so the choir only needed a lead in song and a closing song.  The first song they were to sing was Word of God Speak.  Thankfully, that one went off without a hitch.   Everyone sat down and the Pastor went up to the pulpit.  He opened the service with the usual prayer, blessing everyone.  The congregation said, “Amen,” and everyone sat down.   That’s when the trouble started.  Came a voice from the big Bible on the pulpit, saying, “That’s not how I taught you to pray, Son.”  The Pastor jumped back a couple of feet at first.  “Oh, I see,” he said.  The little leprechauns have been at my Bible too.  Very funny!”  He picked up the Bible and turned it over a couple of times.  Then he turned it this way and that, and rand his hands over the front and back covers.  He found nothing out of the ordinary.  “Would you stop that, please; you’re making me dizzy,” the voice said.  “Alright,” said the Pastor.  “That’s about enough.  Who’s in the sound room this morning?”  The front cover of the Bible opened and closed as the voice came again.  “I’ll let you know when it’s enough.  And there’s nobody up in the sound room right now.  Where’s your faith, Son?  You sang, “Word of God Speak, and I’m speaking.”  “Be still,” he said to the Bible.  There was some muffled laughter from somewhere in the sanctuary.  “That’s “Peace, be still,” replied the voice.  “Shut up!” – The pastor was now just a little rattled.   “My son, is that nice,” asked the voice.  “I mean, have you read 1st Corinthians 13?  You know, the Love Chapter?”  The pastor, feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment, decided to call the choir up to sing the closing song.  He thought that would give him time to get to the bottom of the talking Bible and put a stop to these shenanigans.  Then they all could get on with the service.  The choir members all took their places on the platform and the music began.  They finished the first verse and went smoothly into the chorus…” Bring me joy, bring me peace.  Bring the chance to be free.  Bring me anything that brings You glory.  And I know there’ll be days when this life brings me pain.  But if that’s what it takes to praise you, Jesus bring the rain…”  That’s when the sprinklers went off in the sanctuary.

Some were screaming, some were laughing, and those little Menesses were all but doubled over on their pew.  “Oh, my God!” The pastor was shouting now.  “What on Earth is going on in here today?  Jesus have mercy on us,” he shouted.  Came that voice from the Bible again…”There you go again.  Did you forget that I answer prayer?”

Well, somebody got the sprinklers turned off, and somebody else handed out some towels.  Things got calmed down, and the service resumed…right after those little Menesses “unrigged” that talking Bible, and turned their little recorder over to Mom and Dad.  They’ll get to wear little leprechaun costumes when they’re cleaning the sanctuary for the next six weeks.  Leprechaun moms don’t mess around.  The pastor?  He’s still laughing.

Love you from Café du Mondieu                                                                                           Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 17, 2019, 1:05 p.m.


Saturday Silly – March 9, 2019


Tuesday morning of this week, I said my morning prayer and sang a little praise song to the Lord…”Jesus, as I walk through this world, let me know you’re with me too…Jesus, wherever I may go, Lord, please let me find you…”  A bit later, as I was leaving Catholic Charities after the community meal, I saw a UPS driver almost hit a janitor who was cleaning the parking lot.  The two looked at each other, and each one as if to challenge the other.  I could see the driver’s face, and I had to laugh,  I thought to myself, “Yep, I’m a UPS driver-I don’t look where I’m going, I just deliver…that’s why they call us “OOPS!”  A little further up the hill, about four little sparrows flew down to the ground, looking for food. Just as they alit, a little mockingbird hurriedly stepped forward toward this little pile of Doritos that someone had left on the ground.  It was as if he was saying, “Do not approach the Doritos…”  I had to laugh.  I said, “Okay, Lord, what are you trying to tell me?”  Came the answer in my Spirit, “Make sure you’re watching for me, and stay away from the salty chips; they’re not good for you!”  …and don’t quit your day job just yet…LOL  (I had sandwich and chips three days in a row-the weekend and Monday)

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                  Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 5, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

Saturday Silly – March 2, 2019


March 2nd is “Old Stuff Day.”  Just yesterday, I was discussing aging with someone.  I told him, he’s not getting old; he’s just getting older.  There’s a difference.  That’s my attitude, anyway.  I’m going to laugh as I look aging right in the face!  Anyway, in celebration of getting older, and Old Stuff Day, I’ve posted this little cartoon I found.


I love being an older young lady.  I love it, I love it!  Photo/cartoon is courtesy of Freaky Club.

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Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, March 1, 2019, 11:11 a.m.

Year of the Pig


Before the whole month gets away from us, I thought I’d address Chinese New Year, which started on February 5th.  This is the year of the Pig.  It’s an Earth year according to their zodiac.  It just so happens that I was born in 1959, the year of the Pig.  So, I looked up my Chinese zodiac sign…

Pigs might not stand out in a crowd. But they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite.  Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security.  They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. They believe that only those people have the right to speak, and that’s what they want.  (according to Chinesenewyear.net)   Hmm…Well, it’s mostly true about me, but, I do believe in letting everyone speak their piece, and I’m not the least bit insecure without a solid object to hold on to.  However, I absolutely do strive to have financial security; for myself and my heirs. 

Women born in the Pig year are full of excitement. They attend social events whenever possible and treat everyone genuinely. Combined with their easygoing personality, they gain everyone’s trust.  However, they are sometimes over-friendly. In their excitement, they can forget to give others personal space.  They also have good fortune with wealth. As long as they keep at it, the efforts will not go to waste. Though they don’t start with an advantage, their hard work will keep money flowing in.  At home, they are highly organized. If the room is messy, they’d stay up the entire night to clean it up. These women love children too. Playing with children is one of the things that bring them the greatest joy.

Some characteristics of Pigs associated with the Earth element:  These Pigs are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life. They have a lot of support in both work and life. They have fortunate lives and can find happiness. They are successful later in life. However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on that.  –I beg to differ on that romantic thing!  Oh, yes, I do!  By the way, Pigs are most compatible with tigers, rabbits, and goats.  Not just any old goat, though.  He’s got to be the Don Juan DiGiorno type…LOL  

Now, I got all this information from chinesenewyear.net  and you can fins your sign and have fun learning a little something about your Chinese zodiac sign.  There’s other cool stuff you can learn too, so go check it out.

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                    Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, February 25, 2019, 12:28 p.m.


Saturday Silly – February 23, 2019


Oh, my goodness!  Superhero craze…Someone was talking about Batman today on the bus.  Batman this, and Batman that, and  Cat Woman and Bat Girl, and I think they named off every character in the series.  They were like little kids talking about the stuff!  I loved the original Batman series too.   But I don’t think I’ll ever pop a cork over any of the characters.  I did have lots of fun playing Cat Woman and Bat Girl…roller skates and towels tied round our necks like capes…There wasn’t a villain in the neighborhood who stood a chance against us!  LOL

So, my question is, does anyone know who Batman’s sidekick became when Batman and Cat Woman got married and had “bat kittens?”

Give up?    The answer is Rockin’ Robin!  Ha! LOL!  Ha Ha!  I couldn’t resist…Oh, c’mon now, it wasn’t that bad, was it?  Don’t answer that.  I love you all…

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                            Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, February 22, 2019, 4:54 p.m.

Saturday Silly – February 16, 2019


I don’t  do this personal sharing too often, but…Wow!  What a week!  I just read the message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, for today.  It’s about being calm and unruffled when stuff happens.  Again, what a week!  It’s all part of the plight of the homeless…But, I think I did pretty good, all things considered.

I said my prayer every morning, and even prayed extra prayers for the people dealing with all that snow and cold.  We got rain, and lots of it.  In fact, the bottom of my tarp kind of folded in, and the rain came in.  I was alright, though; didn’t feel a thing all night long.  In the morning, I discovered that was because the edges of my sleep roll had soaked up all the rain.  I thought, well, they needed a little washing anyway.  So did my socks.  That’s why, when the rain started coming down hard again after breakfast, I was wishing I’d tucked a bar of soap in each shoe.  LOL  Yeah, I took it all in stride.  But when that little pigeon left me a present on my favorite blanket, well, it was just the last straw.  I said, “I’m gonna find someone with a BB gun and tell him how fat you are, and tomorrow you’ll be Bourbon street chicken!”  He sure took off-right after he left another bomb on my tarp.  valentine’s Day was a kicker too.  Some guy said, “You’re so beautiful, honey.”  I said, “Aww, thank you,” and turned around to find a couple embracing one another and giving me the evil eye.  OOOPS-my bad; so sorry…carry on.  All I have to say is, “Thank God it’s Friday! LOL  And how was your week?  Have a great Saturday!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                          Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, February 15, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Saturday Silly – February 9, 2019


February is the month of Romance…Valentine’s day is just around the corner…I love the Romance languages, too.  My choice is Spanish.  I have a friend who loves French.  She loves it so much that she took some lessons.  After about four months of them, she asked me if I’d go to dinner with her at a French restaurant, so she could use her French.  I accepted her invitation, and was really excited for her.  I couldn’t wait to hear her speak if “officially.”

We perused the menu and I found Coq en Suce au Vin (Rooster in wine sauce).  I decided that was a pretty safe dish-I’d never really eaten French food before, but I’d heard about Escargot (Snails)-and I’m just not big on eating slimy things.  Anyway, my friend said, “I don’t want the Rooster; they’re meat is tough.  I’ll order it made with Chicken.”  The waiter came back to take our order a few minutes later.  I said, “I’d like the Coq en Sauce au vin, please, with a small garden salad, and bread.”  He jotted everything down and turned to my friend.  “And, you, Madame, what would you like,” he asked.  My friend gave me a sideways glance and a wink, took a deep breath, and said proudly, “I will have une Coquine en Sauce au Vin, silvouplait.”  The waiter bit his lip and looked like he was going to burst for a second.  He looked as if he was struggling to maintain control of himself, but finally answered her.  “Well, Madam,  I can get you the Coquine, but you’ll have to get her sauced yourself.”  My friend had asked for a hussy in wine sauce.  I think I’m sticking with Spanish and Italian.  Love that Don Juan Digiorno!

Love you from Cafe du Mondieu                                                                                                  Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, February 9, 2019, 2:49 p.m.