Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Love You!

How to say I Love You in 100 Languages

English - I love you
Afrikaans - Ek het jou lief
Albanian - Te dua
Arabic - Ana behibak (to male)
Arabic - Ana behibek (to female)
Armenian - Yes kez sirumem
Bambara - M'bi fe
Bengali - Ami tomake bhalobashi (pronounced: Amee toe-ma-kee bhalo-bashee)
Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu
Bisaya - Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bulgarian - Obicham te
Cambodian - Soro lahn nhee ah
Catalan - T'estimo
Cherokee - Tsi ge yu i
Cheyenne - Ne mohotatse
Chichewa - Ndimakukonda
Cantonese - Ngo oiy ney a
Mandarin - Wo ai ni
Comanche - U kamakutu nu
(pronounced oo----ka-ma-koo-too-----nu) -- Thx Tony
Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
Cree - Kisakihitin
Creol - Mi aime jou
Croatian - Volim te
Czech - Miluji te
Danish - Jeg Elsker Dig
Dutch - Ik hou van jou
Elvish - Amin mela lle (from The Lord of The Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien)
Esperanto - Mi amas vin
Estonian - Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian - Afgreki'
Faroese - Eg elski teg
Farsi - Doset daram
Filipino - Mahal kita
Finnish - Mina rakastan sinua
French - Je t'aime, Je t'adore
Frisian - Ik hald fan dy
Gaelic - Ta gra agam ort
Georgian - Mikvarhar
German - Ich liebe dich
Greek - S'agapo
Gujarati - Hoo thunay prem karoo choo
Hiligaynon - Palangga ko ikaw
Hawaiian - Aloha Au Ia`oe
To female - "ani ohev otach" (said by male) "ohevet Otach" (said by female)
To male - "ani ohev otcha" (said by male) "Ohevet ot'cha" (said by female)
Hiligaynon - Guina higugma ko ikaw
Hindi - Hum Tumhe Pyar Karte hae
Hmong - Kuv hlub koj
Hopi - Nu' umi unangwa'ta
Hungarian - Szeretlek
Icelandic - Eg elska tig
Ilonggo - Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu
Inuit - Negligevapse
Irish - Taim i' ngra leat
Italian - Ti amo
Japanese - Aishiteru or Anata ga daisuki desu
Kannada - Naanu ninna preetisuttene
Kapampangan - Kaluguran daka
Kiswahili - Nakupenda
Konkani - Tu magel moga cho
Korean - Sarang Heyo or Nanun tangshinul sarang hamnida
Latin - Te amo
Latvian - Es tevi miilu
Lebanese - Bahibak
Lithuanian - Tave myliu
Luxembourgeois - Ech hun dech gaer
Macedonian - Te Sakam
Malay - Saya cintakan mu / Aku cinta padamu
Malayalam - Njan Ninne Premikunnu
Maltese - Inhobbok
Marathi - Me tula prem karto
Mohawk - Kanbhik
Moroccan - Ana moajaba bik
Nahuatl - Ni mits neki
Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni
Ndebele - Niyakutanda
Bokmaal - Jeg elsker deg
Nyonrsk - Eg elskar deg
Pandacan - Syota na kita!!
Pangasinan - Inaru Taka
Papiamento - Mi ta stimabo
Persian - Doo-set daaram
Pig Latin - Iay ovlay ouyay
Polish - Kocham Ciebie
Portuguese - Eu te amo
Romanian - Te iubesc
Russian - Ya tebya liubliu
Scot Gaelic - Tha gra\dh agam ort
Serbian - Volim te
Setswana - Ke a go rata
Sign Language - ,\,,/ (represents position of fingers when signing 'I Love You')
Sindhi - Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sioux - Techihhila
Slovak - Lu`bim ta
Slovenian - Ljubim te
Spanish - Te quiero / Te amo
Swahili - Ninapenda wewe
Swedish - Jag alskar dig
Swiss-German - Ich lieb Di
Surinam - Mi lobi joe
Tagalog - Mahal kita
Taiwanese - Wa ga ei li
Tahitian - Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Tamil - Nan unnai kathalikaraen
Telugu - Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
To female - Phom rak khun
To male - Chan rak khun
Informal - Rak te
Tunisian - Ha eh bak
Turkish - Seni Seviyorum
Ukrainian - Ya tebe kahayu
Urdu - mai aap say pyaar karta hoo
To female - Anh ye^u em
To male - Em ye^u anh
Welsh - 'Rwy'n dy garu di
Yiddish - Ikh hob dikh
Yoruba - Mo ni fe
Zazi - Ezhele hezdege
Zuni - Tom ho' ichema

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


In England and other countries around the world the beginning of Mardi Gras is
celebrated with Shrove Tuesday.
It is the day before the beginning of Lent or Ash Wednesday
when all fats and flours are removed from the household.
In many places, particularly in Olney, England,
this is celbrated by a pancake race.
While having been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans a couple of times
and to an Ash Wednesday service once,
I have never been to a pancake race.
We'll have to give to give it a try some day.

Happy Mardi Gras!
Ruth Ann

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Lovely Winter's Day

It's winter in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. No snow today and the temperature was supposed to be in the mid 40s. It is currently 35 degrees and cloudy. We are enjoying a huge oak log in our wood burning fire place. (The other 6 are gas, but we're considering changing over.)

I don't know how wood will do in the kitchen as I always raise my bread on the hearth. Will the heat be sufficient? We shall see.

We're expecting 7 guests for dinner this evening. We'll be dining in the kitchen because the dining room is slightly narrow and whomever sits in front of the fire gets roasted alive.
Ray is cooking, of course. A ham has been baking for hours, blending it's aroma with the fire. Pure Heaven! We're having our special creamed potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese. Fried corn that was scraped from the cob only a few months ago. And green beans with bacon, mushrooms, pimentos, and almonds. A greater feast, you couldn't ask for!

The guests are bringing dessert and wine. A fine evening!

Ruth Ann

Sunday, February 7, 2010

About RaggBaggs


Ruth Ann Swanger

Business Name:




Southeast Tennessee

What is it that you design and create?

bead weaving, embroidery, designer purses - I have also published 2 cookbooks with afternoon tea recipes

What is your favorite part of the design process?

Taking someone else's pattern and creating my own design from it. We live in an area with no bead stores for about 200 miles, so I buy kits to be sure that the beads co-ordinate.

How did you come up with your business name?

I started out making limited edition embroidered purses. After a serious accident, I was no longer to keep up production, so I switched to beadwork (which I've been doing for more than 40 years) as my main source of income. RaggBaggs was well known, so I just kept the name.

When and how did it all begin?

I've loved craftwork all of my life. Mama taught me to embroider by hand before I started kindergarten. Daddy taught me to knit and crochet. I learned beadwork in 4-H. My mother-in-law taught me to quilt. I learned to do machine embroidery in the 80s. Kumihimo is my latest learning experience.

Who or what inspires you?

I just love to make things. I have never been able to sit down and do nothing. There is always a project close at hand.

What advice would you give other independent artists who are just starting out?
Find something you truly love to do and do it. Except for very special people on very special occasions, never give your work away. Make pieces that you really love and keep them if you want to or have to. Never undersell your work.

Make your husband feel like he's the most wonderful person on earth (mine actually is!) so that he'll do most of the housework while you play. Uh, I mean work. Yeah that's it. Work!

What music are you listening to?

Live Irish Radio

What TV show are you hooked on?

Anything on the food channel.

What was the last movie you saw?

White Christmas

What is your favorite food?

I love our local southern food, but I'm always game to try something new. We went to Atlanta and had Lebanese food the other night. The prices were outrageous, but I can't wait to go back. We love Chinese food here in the states, but spending a month in China just about starves us to death. We have great passions for Indian, Mexican, Irish, and Portuguese cooking.

What is your favorite candy or treat?

Coconut pie loaded with meringue.

Coffee or Tea?


What store could you walk around in for hours and be happy?

Any bead store. Every jewelry store in St. Thomas!

Any pets?

Our 10 1/2 year old Shih Tzu named Poppett.

Favorite place to visit or would like to visit?

My favorite thus far has been Ireland, but I'm itching to spend a year in Greece!

If you could be a superhero, what would your name be and what superpower would you have?

Super Traveler!

Celebrity crush?

Higgins from that show that took place in Hawaii. Can't remember the name of the show, but Higgins was so well mannered and elegant. Not to mention so very British!

Favorite holiday?

Hallowe'en and Christmas.

If you were a shoe what shoe would you be

Woolly Mammoth Crocs.

What do you secretly wish you could do or be?

A world traveler with an unlimited budget.

Favorite piece of clothing?

Any type of formal wear that's both comfortable and elegant. Tea with Her Majesty anyone?

Do you speak any languages or want to learn one?

I speak English fairly well if you overlook my southern accent. Any country we visit, I learn to ask 'where is the bathroom' and 'how much does it cost'. Ray learns to order beer and to say 'that's too much!'

Plans for yourself/business?

I buy lots of unusual jewelry components and focal pieces when we travel. I buys lots of fine fabrics. I eat lots of exotic food. So my plans are to travel a lot!

Have a great evening!
Ruth Ann

Brazilian Caipirinha Recipe

My niece recently returned from several months in Brazil.
Last night she taught me to make this marvelous cocktail.

  • 3 limes
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 quarts ice
  • 1 cup cachaca (Brazilian brandy made from sugar cane)


Cut the limes in half, and then cut each half into 8 pieces. Place 12 pieces of lime in each of 4 double old-fashioned glasses (or other 12-ounce glasses.) Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar into each glass. Using a muddler or the butt end of a large wooden spoon, mash the limes into the base of the glass. Try to dissolve the sugar as you do this, and stir occasionally. Fill each glass with 1 1/2 cups of ice and 1/4 cup of cachaca. Pour the contents of the glass into a shaker, and invert the glass into the shaker to act as a lid. Shake the glass and shaker to combine the sugar and cachaca for several seconds. Lift the glass from the shaker, and pour the contents back into the glass. Repeat the process with the remaining 3 glasses.

Yield: 4 caipirinhas

Friday, February 5, 2010

Chicken Salad Recipe

We're having a singing at church tonight. We're expecting about 500 people from all over the southeast. What fun it will be for our little country church! Here is the recipe for the chicken salad I'll be taking. We sing really well, but we eat better!

Provisions Market Chicken Salad

1 ¾ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled

½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

3 green onions, sliced

3/8 cup green seedless grapes

3/8 cup red seedless grapes

6½ tablespoons mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon honey


Ground pepper

Cut chicken into ½” cubes. Place in a large bowl. Add almonds, onions, and grapes; toss.

In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over chicken mixture.

Ruth Ann


The 2010 Loveland Valentine's Card Remailing Program

This 2010 Loveland StampEach year, thousands of people bundle up all of their Valentine cards and send them to the Loveland post office, where they're stamped with a special poem and cancellation mark (this year's stamp is at left). This is the 64th year of the program!

If you want to get in on this neat event, send your bundle of cards and letters to Postmaster, Attention: Valentine's Postmark, 446 East 29th Street, Loveland, CO 80538-9998.

For cards within U.S. and outside of Colorado, your cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 9; for within the state of Colorado, your cards should be in Loveland by Feb. 12.

Show your Valentine how much you love her with a special piece of jewelry from

Have a great day!
Ruth Ann

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Groundhog day

Thank you, Phil!

Yesterday Phil said there would be 6 more weeks of winter and I'm so greatful! Not that I like the cold weather, but I do love snuggling down in front of the fire instead of mowing the lawn!

I love spring and fall, but we only get about a week of each here. Not enough! If it were dry enough, we could mow today, but we keep hoping for another freeze.

Knitting socks and playing with beads in front of the fire really suits my life style.

Enjoy it while it lasts!
Ruth Ann