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08 February 2012

...February is My Favorite Month (part 2 of 2)

In the previous post I mentioned that Grandpa and I shared this month celebrating our birthdays. It has been really rough on me, missing him.  In spite of the grief, I still celebrate Grandpa's life for he is an amazing man! You noticed that I use present verb tense regarding Grandpa? I refuse to put him in the past because I am part of him... living!

A while back I saw a cake on Pinterest and said to myself "I am going to make THAT cake for Grandpa and I.

LOOK! Isn't that divine?
Chocolate Christmas Cake

I checked out the recipe and decided to do it my way with the short cuts! After all, I wasn't really in the mood to all the extra work. I'd rather enjoy the cake than labor over it. I used these items below for my version! Much easier, don't you think? Also, since this was to be the special birthday cake... all the diets were off!

I think that I did a pretty darn good job of this cake! No, I don't think... I KNOW I did!

Happy Birthday Grandpa, I love you always!

Heavenly! Yummy! Scrumptious! Chocolaty! MMMMmmmm! Lip-smackin' good! Want some?

I dug up some wonderful pictures of Grandpa and Grandma. I smile. I laugh. I cried. I close my eyes and remember the love, the fun, the caring, the honesty, the love, the life, the love, the joy, the love.

Grandpa & Grandma
in love

Grandpa and Grandma
still in love to eternity

Something yummy arrived in the mail today...I was expecting it! I am in love with that creamy pale lemon yellow and those comforting blues! These are recycled Sari Silk Ribbons, from Napal and other places which it supports the women in those areas. For more information, go to this link Darn Good Yarn. I got these from an Etsy Shop of linniedarling.

I have two skeins of the yellow and the blues. They came in the twist form and I already wind them into yarn balls. This process gave me the opportunity to feel the silks with my hands as I wound them into the balls. I love them! Now I am waiting on another order to come in but I will leave that to your imagination of what it could be! Any ideas to what these will become? Hum? I know... I know and I'm not tellin' until I create the masterpiece! Muwaaahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

P.S. Thank you to those who have contributed to my daughter Krystle a.k.a. Dr. Von Threadmore's travel fund so far! (upper left side) Thank You! No pressure...the fund raiser is on going and the funds will go toward the airfare for Kyrstle to attend and teach at the Palmetto Tatters Guild's 2012 Tat Days

04 February 2012

...February is My Favorite Month (part 1 of 2)

February is one of the many months that I enjoy tremendously.
There many special occasions within this month.

In the years past, My Grandpa and I had fantastic way of celebrating our birthdays.
We perfected it (celebrations) to fine art! He and I would begin few days before my day by take me to the local deli store owned by my Great Uncle Ken and get some penny candy. Yes, those existed in my youth! Then we would drag in the rest of the family to celebrate with us. Many birthday wishes before, during and after! Then my day would officially arrive on the 3rd and have the official cake and party. I had many wonderful party and most of them were at my Grandparents' home at the lake.

Now, picture this... the location of this home at the lake is located at one of the minor Finger Lakes in New York. This is February, remember! That lake typically freeze every year but do not know about it these days with Mother Nature being temper-mental these years! I have had party on the frozen lake with friends and ice skates, also a bonfire with s'mors & hot cocoa! 

Okay, back to Grandpa and I, we would have special treats for my birthday for few days to hold us over! On the 5th, we would begin again with celebrating in full force because it was Grandpa's birthday. Yes, we would have another cake and special dinners, another party! This does not end until few days later because there are left overs to finish up! 

For 50 years, Grandpa and I had this private bond because our birthdays fell closely together. I am thankful for these memories of my Grandpa because they help me get through these empty times without him. I miss him dearly.

My Husband, last night treated me to my birthday dinner at Natalie Jane's Tavern in a nearby town.
It was our first visit there. The picture below will show you of our wonderful time. I still enjoyed my birthday because it is MY special day, I was wonderfully made!

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Hubby had the shrimp and I had the eggplant fries

I enjoyed the spaghetti and all that was missing from Hubby's choice was the newspaper

...wonderful Server, wonderful Owner, wonderful time

Oh! Ooooh My! So heavenly! Grandpa would have liked this too!

Hubby's Cake

Us! Enjoying my special day and good food!

A wonderful ending to my day!

...thinking of another special day or excuse to go again!

Catch you next time,