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The cake’s in the mail – almost- well, after school Monday

Last year or the year before, I forget which year, I didn’t get a birthday card mailed.

But this year………

since it’s my sister’s birthday Monday,

and she’s going to visit our brother and his wife in Okanogon WA on Tuesday,

I thought I’d bake a cake with our mother’s old recipe. The Happy Day Cake.  I decided to cook the old fashioned penuche icing, you have to put your hand on the bottom of the pan after it sits in cool water, then add the 10x sugar and beat it, just like our mom did and frost the layers.  Tomorrow after school,  I’ll ship it off for them to share.

I put it in a tin, packed it up and it’s in the front hall, taped in a box, ready to mail.

 It’s a Happy Day Cake  recipe from Swan’s Down Cake Flour box from way back.  You can see it written in my sister’s hand on a quilt square from the fiftieth anniversary quilt we made for my parents in 1989. 

And I put in a pound of Zeke’s coffee beans to go with it.   Happy Birthday Mary.  

love,

Ruth


Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

A November day, three years ago, my sister Mary and I were visiting the family in Ohio.  She was walking with her two great nephews and youngest great niece and Murphy the Airedale (RIP Murph we miss you) to greet Anna as she came home on the school bus. 

The adventure may not seem epic in scale compared to some of the other entries, but when you’re almost 3, 4+ and 6, walking the dog and riding scooters down the block to welcome your big sister( 8) home is pretty exciting.

 I like the feel of the wind, the weather, the line of the five of them, making their way to the bus stop at the end of the road.

An adventure, close to home.

An adventure, close to home.

 


Marlene’s Virginia Garden’s Yellow- Guest Blog

Guest blogger Marlene, (Mark’s MIL- Erika’s Mom) sent me these photographs of  flowers in her garden at the end of June.

 I searched for them to put on her birthday post yesterday (What We Share) but couldn’t find them.

 Then I remembered – she sent them via iPhone, not email. Spent a bit “loading earlier messages” but was able to find and save them.  

 Here is her garden and flowers around her house at the end of June. Near Roanoke Virgina.  

“All the flowers around my house that are yellow or have yellow in them.”

 Now I thought that was perfect for Cee’s Photography Challenge for YELLOW.  

Thanks Mar.  

 

Hope I got the labels all right!   Glad you had a nice birthday. xoxoxo 


What We Share

An enjoyment of baked goods. I didn’t eat any of these but I am sure we would have had fun together if we did.

flower cakes

Cake flowers from NYC shot last Spring

The enjoyment of flowers (although you’re a good gardener, I like to look at them)

flowers for marlene

Real flowers and bird eggs 

We are fortunate to share the love of grandchildren.  That’s the best thing to share.  Shared love and laughter. 

Have a wonderful birthday, Marlene! 

Happy Birthday Marlene.

(And you share a birthdate with my mother Marian VanSickle Hendricks born 1912)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

The challenge arrived this afternoon via email.  Dialogue.  

I looked for two photos from the suggestions below and this exchange jumped out first.

The creator of this week’s word is Frédéric Biver.  He ‘s an architect (UK and Switzerland)  and  a photographer – some cool examples of dialogue on his blog. 

The challenge is 2 images “making the two images talk to one another”

“Not sure how to foster dialogue between two images?

Try:

*Photos of the same subject from different perspectives.
*Photos with similar color palettes, textures, or geometric shapes.
*A before-and-after or cause-and-effect composition.”


My Grandmother’s Quilt and About to Jump in Monday

Fray.  

A verb.  

A noun.

Hopefully not my nerves or the rope

I hang onto with my best grip.

I sleep with the comfort of the worn red calico and

yellowed muslin quilt my grandmother stitched decades ago.  

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892 Farmersville, Illinois

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892
Farmersville, Illinois   She’s the one who taught me to knit when I was four.

 

. I told my friend V what the photo challenge word of the week was and she said,

“Fray? That’s an easy one.  You start school Monday.”

The classroom is ready

The classroom is ready.  I’m jumping in. 


A Florida Rainbow Appeared When Michael was Born

Tampa Florida is his birthplace.

You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.

Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.  

Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool. 

Happy Happy Birthday Michael.  

love, your Grandma

Mark holding Michael

Mark holding newborn Michael in Tampa Hospital with a rainbow in the background

With Mom Erika at Cousin Vicci and Ben’s Wedding  2014IMG_5724and dancing at the wedding

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Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog

Michael and murph

And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!


Trombonists Play Hang on Sloopy for Family per Jack’s Request

Trombonists of The Best Damn Band in the Land of The Ohio State University. 

“It is one of the few all-brass and percussion bands in the country, perhaps the largest of its type in the world” wikipedia

TBDBITL is in the media a lot lately, most of it negative and all of that mess is being sorted out but-

Just look at what happened after the Ohio State Swim Club Swim Banquet.

Today as we left the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion we saw this fine group of band members headed our way.

Now if there are four steadfast and loyal fans in Ohio, it is my grandchildren.  Even Michael our native Floridian in his Orange and Blue.

Jack did his rendition of “dotting the i “and taking a bow which gave them a chuckle.

Then Jack (a native Buckeye) asked if they could play Hang on Sloopy  (Wes Farrell /Bert Russell  1964 song)    and they complied. As they played, Jack did the motions O-H-I-O with his arms and body.

What fun.  A cool memory and experience for us all. but especially the kids.

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Michael sporting his U of Florida colors

 

 

The  scarlet and gray plumes had to be covered in plastic due to the rain.

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Jack’s swim towel served as a banner as the trombonists posed with the grandchildren.

Best Damn Band in the Land

 

 

 

IMG_2245The Ohio State University band members received iPads yesterday that have an app that will have the formations that they execute so masterfully.  Of course I had to ask how they learned them so well and it used to be charts on paper.  Now it will be on iPads.

 

Four years ago the kids marched to the drums at the tryouts and I posted a blog about that in August 2010   so some of these trombonists were at that very tryout I photographed.

 

And here they are in concert last year so no watching their amazing marching but it’s the song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5_1J8Z5Z34

 


Preparing Socks for Monkeys and the Front Porch Swing

The girls and I went to Aunt Lala’s today.  Uncle James was at work.

Aunt Lala did the girls hair.

Then we hung out with Penny the Golden Doodle on the front porch and the girls loved the porch swing.

Anna and Penny traded bandanas and headbands.  We had a relaxing summer afternoon.

Trying to not think about my return to school on Tuesday.

 

Aunt Lala's front porch

Aunt Lala’s front porch

 

porch swing and dog

 

 

 

Penny wearing Anna's headband

Penny wearing Anna’s headband

 

 

 

Socks ready to make into monkeys

Socks ready to make into monkeys

I used Laura’s sewing machine to stitch up the legs, arms and tails and now the two monkeys for Anna and her friend are ready to turn, stuff and stitch by hand.   The socks were on Clearance for 93 cents at Target last year.  I bought way too many thinking I would make a ton of monkeys.


Lala and Her Lap Dog

Happy Birthday Laura.  

(Didn’t  Erika coin your nickname, Lala? )

What is the definition of a “lap dog”?

A dog who is able to sit on your lap.

Laura and her Lap Dog 1

 

Penny is a lap dog.

 

 

Laura and familyYou at the farm with husband James and his sister Kim and Penny, and niece Anna.

 

 

Laura and AnnaEveryone loves Aunt Lala.

 

Laura jumpigCorny.  But fun.   A jump at the farm.  Hope your birthday feels just like this.

I am so excited you are here in the Burgh. Good timing on the wedding weekend so you get to come to Pittsburgh.

 

 

Angel Food CakeI baked an Angel Food cake. Not sure why I did it in this Angel Food loaf pan this time.  Looks a tad cracked on top.

You always called it CLOUD CAKE.

We’ll add some fresh berries and ice cream.

 

Laura and Her Lap Dog (1)

Without the shades this time. Thanks.  love you lots.

Happy Birthday dear daughter.  Love. Ma

 


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