the last day in April

The last day of April was the Philosopher’s birthday. We used all the candles in the candles package on his cake.

Matthew, Birthday, 2016 April 30. Logo

  That means next year I’m going to have to buy two packs just to keep up.

And, that also means he’s getting old.  

I think I’m going to have to start lying about his age. . .  too. 

Happy May 

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Gifts:

rain pouring down so hard you hear it hit earth

so many birthday candles you need another pack

great dinners

hard talks

help in the kitchen

giant puppies acting like they are small

~ A Grand Party for a Grand Lady ~

The party was grand I tell you! Just GRAND! 
The table was set with only the best: Waterford, silver,  and fine china.

The cake was made of chocolate, chocolate and a little chocolate thrown in for good measure. 

We invited new friends,


dear friends and their daughters, 

neighbors, 

and dear, dear friends of years gone past. 

The grandchildren came. 
They wore their finest. 

Of course Auntie and her Jim were there. They would never miss such an occasion. 
Aunt Georgia drove in from Florida and was the prize of the evening. 


There was great conversation, 


singing, a little bit of singing, then of course there was singing and don’t forget  “the song”


a little bit more cake, laughter and tears of joy.

  

There was real happiness. 

Happiness that fills your heart with pure joy ran through the house that night.  You could just feel it.  It was a grand party for a grand lady.     

         ~  Just as it should have been. ~ 


“I believe in loyalty. When a women reaches an age she likes, she should stick with it.” ~ Eva Gabor



Ni Hao Yall


Unknown Mami

About the Party Later. . .First the Song

The birthday party was amazing! I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I wish you could have all come.  Everything was perfect. 

 

Today, I want to share the song Margaret and her friend Audrey wrote and sung for our mother.  It was a smashing hit! 


Audrey’s son, Adam, played the song to the tune of the hit T.V. show “All in the Family”.   


Gracie’s Birthday Song

(Sung to “All in the Family” theme)

Our Gracie’s sweet as she can be,
Came from a big family,
Born back on the 12th of May,
This is her day.

Grew up with a rowdy crew,
Bernie, Ed and Carolyn too,
Don’t forget there’s Bob and Ray and Ann an Oh! Mary Lou.

From Boston she moved to the South,
Some thought she had a big ol’ mouth,
Talking about politics,
Who could you blame?

Married her Prince and it was grand
They built Coachwood’s Graceland,
Married 58 swell years,
She was his Dear.

She danced and sang out in the rain,
Til she got some sharp knee pain,
She headed for the mystery books,
And she CAN cook!

Her Carolina cake with fudge icing,
Has us running and a slicing,
She says, “Who cares how it taste!?”
“But don’t set that table in haste!!”

Takes her grandkids on those special flings,
And she sure likes pretty things,
Can solve your almost anything,
She’s generous too.

Loves to garden, travel, go to Mass
Not much into fishing bass
Chocolate, yes and movies too
This gals no fool

Loves her kids and grandkids too,
But mess with her and she’ll get you,
Love this lady oh so much; we called her cuz Georgia up.


Turning 80 ain’t so bad.

Can’t wait til 100’s had,

Life with Gracie’s always rad,
THIS IS HER DAY!! 


Song written and Sung by: Margaret Hoverath and Audrey Mosley.


Playing along with Communal Global  



Happy 13th Birthday BUT!

Last weekend was Bailey’s 13th birthday. 
A Great Big Party was thrown.
                                                    
13! 
Now, everyone knows behind every great party there is a great Nana who will throw that party.

And It was so. . . there were presents,  

games, 

a zip lines, 

and new friends to be made.

But,

There was just one thing. . . There is a slight. . . well I think it’s a huge mystery when it come to the cake.  Okay, I said it ~ It’s a huge mystery when it comes to the cake! 

Now again, everyone knows the cake is the most important thing when it comes to the success of that party. 


RIGHT???


Of course! 

You see, my mother makes a killer cake. As Auntie says, we may not know good fruit BUT we know a good chocolate cake when we smell one.  

Monday my mother told me she was making a cake for this party. I know my mother. She doesn’t mess around when it comes to chocolate cake. She makes this out of the world chocolate cake. It melts in your mouth. 



Melts! In your Mouth!



I mean it’s so good you will plan ahead and think to your self. . .SELF. . .we have the cake tomorrow. Do you really want to eat that today and worry about big numbers on the scale after we have had the cake?  

NO! 


You starve and wait for the cake. Because it has frosting made from heaven! 

HEAVEN! 

See, you can see it here. . .This was a cake my mother made for Kathryn’s birthday week. Can you see how wonderful it looks?


Her cakes are always home made. The frosting is about a half-inch thick of . . . F-U-D-G-E . . . This is a Fudge frosting that melts in your mouth. Fudge like only your Great Aunt Betsy makes and my mom has the recipe!  


It’s Drop dead delicious Fudge Frosting that will send you to your knees. Fudge that you will run that extra 6 miles for! and say THANK YOU JESUS!!! THANK YOU for making fudge and putting it on cake. 


Now, here’s the thing:



I don’t want to accuse anyone of anything. That’s just not the kind of  blog I’m running here…but you know…I’m kind of upset…because there was canned frosting on this cake. 


NO! FUDGE! 
CANNED!  Betty Crocker. . .

I‘ll say it again. I know your shocked! CANNED! BETTY CROCKER! NO! FUDGE! 

NO! FUDGE! 


You can only imagine my disappointed. . .I skipped meals for this cake. . . I ran a few extra miles in the morning to have this cake.  


 My mother “says” she put the fudge frosting on the cake and sent it out to have it decorated.  I’m not going to tell you who decorated this cake at all because, like i said before. . .that’s just not the kind of blog I’m running here. 


BUT! 


If you guys figure out it was her mother ~ I can’t help it that you’r smart. 

YOUR JUST SMART! 



The cake looked really nice! It was decorated into a paint ball target thing or whatever.  Our girl is very talented!


 VERY TALENTED! 

But, can she be trusted??? Did my mother even put the fudge frosting on this cake??? Can my mother be trusted?



I just don’t know where to turn.

I heard something said about the cake being easier to decorate with a different frosting on it.  I just have one thing to say. . .



WHAT???

I just want to know one thing?

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FUDGE FROSTING???

What happened!?

Did I tell you I was really looking forward to the cake. . .Did I mention that at all???  HELLO???

Unknown Mami

The Big One

It’s you know who’s birthday today.
No, not mine. 
Mark, Mary Elizabeth, Matthew, Kathryn and Stephen



The one on the left holding Liz. I’m not going to tell you how old he is. . . 
But, I will tell you he is MUCH older then I am. 
MUCH older! 
It’s like. . . WOW!!!!
Even though he is getting up there ~ I still really like him.

An August Up Date for "One of my many Cuzzins"

Are you kidding me? It’s September all ready!

The whole month of August seems to be a great big jumble in my mind.

So now what? How do I sort it all out? Where do I start? What do I do?
WHAT DO I DO???
Should I pick up in September? 
OR
 Do I go back to where I left off?
MMMMMMMMM
I think I’ll go back. . . Gee, that really was not as hard as you were making it.
Let’s see where should I start?
The beginning of August. . . Brought us to another birthday. . .  for Anthony.
11 years old
This kid just maybe the easiest kid in the world to please. If he is asked how his birthday went . . He will eagerly reply with a huge grin and even more delight 
“It was the BEST BIRTHDAY ever! “

and we ask
“???EVER???” Better then the last Best Birthday ever?
There is an ever bigger grin accompanied with an even more enthusiastic
“YES!!!!”
and so it was
The Best Birthday Ever!
Of course the usual crowed would never think of missing the “Best Birthday Ever”.

I think these boys can smell cake from miles and miles away!
When “The Amazing Trips and Henry” heard we were hosting the ”Best Birthday Ever” they just couldn’t resist and had to stop by. 
There was Gracie who told me she was the oldest of the children; She said, she was the oldest by at least a year. Strangely enough, she is the baby of the Amazing Trio.
There was Elizabeth who has never seen a camera in her life and just didn’t know what to do.
There was William, who became Mary Elizabeth very good friend.
AND
 Last but not Least, there was Henry….Who does not share his Oh Henry Bars . . .


There was a soccer game and the men were ready to rumble.

The competition was fierce.
In every nook and cranny in the great yard of Graceland there was something going on. 
Ideas and friendships were being formed. 
The celebration was grand.


There was an obstacle course to test the highest skills. 

Testing balance 

Speed
And Endurance
The skills were amazing! 

Until! 

It was Kathryn’s turn.
AND

She got stuck!

Soooo,

Like the good sports they are


the Winners decided to sit on her.

Until…


It was time for cake and Gracie decided it would be best to just roll her away. 


There was cake, fireworks, presents and stuFF and that was the end
 of the “Best Birthday Ever” for  2010.
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And then it happened

There was a comment  left  by One of many cuzzins!

“And where have you been? What’s going on down there? Let’s go girlie, post an update!

~R :)” 

MMMMMMMMMMMM

  ~ Where have I been? ~ 

That’s a good question. . .

Alrighty, here goes. . . You READY?

August was one of those months. . . Those busy months filled with this, that and the other thing! Just one of those “Topsy Turvy” months. You know exactly what I’m talking about. We have all had them. 

To start off with, August is usually the time I get our class room together for school. 



I take all the books we don’t want and put them in a pile. Then I take all the books we do want and put them in a pile AND then. . .  I walk away and I let the pile sit there for days because I think, “Why am I doing this again?”  I also think, Maybe I should just set fire to this room and start over FRESH!

 But, then I think 

No, rebuilding would take to long and the smoke would give me headache.   

I then do the same thing with all our papers from last year: I take EVERYTHING we did,  put them in folders and boxes, I make sure all our important papers are properly recorded  and then  I think. . . WOW! We did a lot of work last year.  I put all this in piles on my desk and then. . . get over whelmed and walk away. 

AND then I think. . . Why am I doing this again? Maybe I should just set fire to this room and start over.

No, that would just be to messy and the smoke would give me a headache.

I still have lots of work to do here. 

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Both cars died! 



But, have no fear!  MacGyver ((A.K.A Mark)) laid the healing touch on them. We are back in business! That man can fix anything. I don’t even worry about these things any more. I usually just say, “Oh, you’ll fix it.” and then go about my life. 
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That’s when August really happened. People and animals were going down all around me. I spent my days taking care of the injured, wounded and sick.

Kathryn fell down the stairs spraining her ankle badly and “tweaking” the growth plate.  

At the orthopedics office we are waiting forever ~ For a laugh, I whip out my phone and take her picture.
 Kathryn was not amused! 
This fall left her on crutches for more then a week. Today she is walking in a boot and seems to be healing quite nicely. 
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But! Wait! I’m not finished.

The very next day I am out running. I am on my fifth mile at a very slow pace. 
I am wondering “Why am I doing this again?” 
I have a little over a mile to go  . . . 
Matthew calls.
I dropped Matthew and Stephen off at 6 A.M. to work up at the vineyards down the street. They were cutting vines preparing for the grape harvest. The phone had one of those panic rings. . . I stopped and answered:  “Hello”  Matthew says “Hi, Mom. What are you doing? I say, “Running.” ” What happened?”

He replies with a cool. . . “How do you know there is something wrong?” I say, “I just do.” “Is Stephen okay?”
 
“Well, Stephen cut his finger and it’s pretty bad.” I tell him, I will be there as soon as I can. 
I was off!  
I ran home,  ran through the door grabbed the car keys, called Matthew told him I was on my way. Pick up my sons. . . take them to my mothers and miss my father terribly. He was the one who always knew what to do in these situations.  

I make some phone calls . . . Our doctor is not in the office today. (( of course! )) I find out the best place to take Stephen is the new medical center down the street. I am told they could handle all kinds of things. I get there, pay my $75 fee ~ they say they will bill for the rest later. 
We see the doctor: She says, “Oh! I can’t touch this.” and sends us to the emergency room.  
I think. . .  Should I ask for my money back or should I just leave right now for the emergency room? 

I left for the emergency room but I think of my $75.00 often.

At the hospital we are waiting forever. . . I whip out my phone for a laugh and take Stephen’s picture. He tried to smile and didn’t mind very much. He even thought it was a little funny. Five stitches later and lots of care, he is fine and his finger has healed nicely. 


The next week, Matthew started his college classes at the local college and I think I am so glad he is still home. I get him settled in his school life with books and supplies.
Both dogs were sicks and the fun still did not end. 

This guy hit us hard! 

Alex

Don’t let that Opie Cunningham face fool you; He packs a mean virus that should be feared far and wide. Rummer has it. . . He even gave his own mother strep throat. His own mother! 


I really shouldn’t say anything. . . because you know, It almost seems like gossip and he is a child and all. . . AND I really don’t like to point fingers  ~ I’m just say’n

THE KID GOT US ALL SICK! 

So, my Dear Cuzzin. . . Here’s your update. . . Thanks for noticing. . . Thanks for asking.
Love! 

Just a "Little" Birthday Party

July started off with a great big BANG!

No pun intended…It DID!

Now everybody knows that homeschoolers never socialize…

Or at least that is what they tell me.  
But, you see….Brian had a “little” birthday party that he shared with his buddy Phillip.
Brian and Phillip were both eight within days of each other.

Just like little boys do, they both wanted to have a great big birthday party. 

AND

They wanted to invite all their home-schooled friends to help celebrate the festive occasion.

Because they are bright and creative women, the mothers of these two guys thought it would be fun to have the parties together. 

One GREAT big BASH!!!
One full day of Fun for everyone!
Lots of Fun!
 
AND 
More Fun!
Phillip and Brian
These guys had a Fourth of July party of a life time.
They played games.

Swam
Everyone came.
 
Strangely enough…for a group that does not socialize…
There were over 35 people at this “little” birthday bash.
All the kids had so much fun! 
 They are  already talking about whose party is next and can we do it ALL again tomorrow.

The Thing I Came to Tell You

You know, I just haven’t had much time to post lately. My kids have been busy with term papers, research papers and more papers.

It seems their teacher has really loaded them down with quite a lot of work to do. And being that we are a little one room, one computer school house…….I have to share.
Mother’s Day was grand….my kids shower me gifts! The boys have been unloading trucks at a nursery and got some great Mother’s Day deals.
It warms a mothers heart to see her kids shopping for a bargain.
But, I have to tell you all about that at another time. I have so much to do today and typically the clock is moving faster then I am.
The news of the week! The the thing I came to tell you.
Yesterday was my mothers birthday. One of the many first we have been through this year…..since….well, you know.
We had a little party. Stephen made dinner and I threw together…….THE CAKE!…….which is always home made and never boxed!
Then we where off to the baseball game.
 It was great!
We all went and really enjoyed the night. However, I do think  Auntie’s Jim enjoyed the night the most…
Do you recognize him?
He is Jimmy Cooney’s little boy…the famous baseball player.
Oh! Now you see it. I just had to give you a little hint………That’s all.

Black and White Wednesday & A VERY Special 13th Birthday

I sat down to write about Kathryn and her 13th birthday today and how I can’t believe the time has past. How lucky I feel to have been privileged enough to be not only her mother, but to be her school teacher as well.

I thought I would tell you for her birthday everyone showered her with the most beautiful gifts.

DSCF6018-1.jpg picture by marka5477

I thought I would tell you about the ring my mother had made for Kathryn out of an old earring. My father had bought a set of earrings for my mother over 50 years ago in Filen’s Basement and when my mother lost one earing she held on to the other one saving it for years. I thought I would mention my mother had the remaining earring made into a MOST fabulous ring this year just for Kathryn. I wanted to say just how delighted and truly special this gift is to both Kathryn and me.

I thought I mention how Margaret bought Kathryn a beautiful jewelry box just to put the ring in.

13 for Kathryn this year will be a year to remember.

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I really have wanted to post all this for the past couple of days but I couldn’t get to it for one reason or another. Tonight I decided this post may be a great post for Black and White Wednesdays.

So now here we are and Kathryn is not only another year older, she is making advances into the cooking world.

Tonight she was trying to boil water for a nice hot cup of peppermint tea before ending her great day and calling it a night. After putting a pan on the stove to boil the water in, she covered the pan with a plastic cover that was way to big for the pan AND she walk away!

Mark and the boys were not home and before I knew what had happened the house was covered in black soot, the stove was on fire and I couldn’t get the fire alarms off…….WHAT A MESS!!!

Uuuuuuu

Soooooo, now I’m just think-en

Maybe we should take a little closer look at Lisa’s cooking posts after debate class for dinner tomorrow night……and then hit a few of my cousin Anne’s Simply Sweeter posts for dessert.

Maybe we should consider tutor. ANNE??? Lisa??? What do you think?