The Girl's Road Trip...

This past Sunday our lovely daughter decided, on the spur of the moment, to go on a road trip with her two dogs. It was unclear as to where she was going but she was heading out with her infinite play list on her computer, sleeping bag, pillow, bed pallet, clothes, food, dog food and water. She planned on sleeping in her car with the dogs. To be honest I would not want to tangle with her dogs. When she got to her destination she bedded down in a hotel parking lot just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She said that the back end of her car was like a jigsaw puzzle with her and the dogs arranged for sleeping but that she ended up being quite comfortable. She has a Jeep.

She stopped in Memphis around dusk and took the dogs on a walking tour of Beal Street. She said that they both did well on the walk especially with all the people and distractions, except the big boy decided that he wanted to play with the horses because they looked like big dogs to him.

So she cut her walk short and got back on the road to her next spot.

The next day she toured Frozen Head State Park and went to Edgar Gap Falls.

The header picture is one of the pictures she took of her and the dogs on their hike. She said the drive was lovely and she enjoyed it very much. She first drove through a mountain pass because as always she missed a turn somewhere but she said it was so beautiful it was worth the drive.
The kids in front of Edgar Gap Falls

The only problem she had with her dogs was they would go psycho if she left the car and they could see her leave. Therefore the big boy upset a jug of water and it got all over the back end of her car and her bedding. She tried to find a laundry mat to dry out her bedding but was unable to do so, so she turned around and drove back home sleeping in truck stops along the way, she got in Tuesday morning around 10. Brave Girl!!!


My Birthday...

It's not every day that one gets to celebrate their 61st birthday. But Wednesday is my birthday. So happens it falls on a very famous person's date of death. Yes, St. Patrick's Day. So each year I don some green, have a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef, red potatoes, carrots, cabbage and homemade Irish soda bread to celebrate my birthday. Oh to be me! And yes, after looking into my ancestry, I am part Irish.

I remember one year when I was in elementary school my mother volunteered to help in the school lunch room. She went to the hairdressers that morning before she showed up at school, you guessed it, green hair! You see mom was a bleach blond and she thought it would be "cool" to show up on my birthday in the lunchroom with green hair for St. Patrick's Day. I was mortified but the other kids in my school thought it was great, I ended up being the talk of the school plus I got use to it before the day was over. One year she showed up at school with pink hair for Valentine's Day. What can one say, Mom was unique!

For my 18th birthday she had my second cousin who was a outstanding baker in Tulsa make my birthday cake (he also made my wedding cake). It was covered with musical staffs and notes as I was performing in my first opera on my birthday. The candles were made of rolled one dollar bills. How cool was that!

However I never really understood the pinching part of my birthday and why some people just had to pinch the fire out of my arm. I always ended up with some pretty hefty bruises. I got ornery enough to hide my green and when they would pinch me I would show my green and pinch them back.

Would I want to be young again? I don't think so, I like where I am now. Getting ready to retire in the next year or two, hitting the open road and see what adventures I can find. Especially with a new grand baby on the way.
The cake pictured above is a box cake (white) with each layer sliced in half. stuffed with sliced sugar glazed fresh strawberries and whipped cream and then the whole thing covered with whipped cream and topped with strawberries.It has to be refrigerated. But it is sooooo gooood! Yes, I made it.

Happy Trails and "Tut ,,Hibb Juibba Langlang.."


It's A Boy!!!!!!!!!

Our daughter in Texas had her appointment yesterday to see what the sex of the baby was going to be and was delighted to find out that they are having a boy. Of course the little guy would not turn around so they could see his face. But they saw the important part!

We are so happy for them. So grandma-to-be needs to get on the stick and start getting some sewing done. Problem is I don't knit and everything I have to pass on is pink from when the girls were little. I've never made a quilt so this should be an interesting challenge. I admire those people who can knit and crochet and make quilts. I guess I've never be patient enough to be able to sit and do it. However I can do the large needlepoint baby blocks on the plastic forms. I did those for the girls and put jingle bells in the blocks when they were babies. Lots to do before the little tyke arrives. We can hardly wait. I do have one request though from my daughter, I have to make a lullaby CD of me singing. That is one of the fondest memories that my girls have, is of me singing them to sleep.

A Boy! How fun is that going to be?

Automatic Sprinkler ~ Author Unknown

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Amore and Arrivederci For Now...