Friday, February 16, 2007

Happy 83rd Birthday!

Today is mommason's 83rd birthday. I was going to take her out to breakfast since I had to be out early this morning, but it was only 17˚ƒ. I don't want to risk her getting phnumonia. I did, however, pick up two birthday cakes for her while I was out. I was told about a new mom & pop bakery in Brentwood, so I headed over there and picked up this little vanilla number. It smells so good. Then I had second thoughts that it looked a little puny. (Don't want mamma to think I'm being stingy! hehe) So I ran down the
street to the big bakery, The Puffy Muffin, and picked up the strawberry one (the larger of the two). I think I have it all covered now. That along with my brother's February chocolate-of-the-month--heart shaped gelato truffles--should do the trick.

We went to Cracker Barrel for lunch. I was going to take her to Ihop, which is about 20 minutes away; but she started looking at her watch. This is a sign that she doesn't want to go far, in "mom language." The fireplace at CB was a welcome assett today. It only warmed up to a whopping 32˚!

I had placed a dozen helium baloons around her kitchen so when she woke up, she would have to walk through all the strings to get through. She seems to enjoy that. I never know what Frankie, her dog, thinks about it all. She received calls from my oldest brother and MJ. I now have a call into my middle brother, who will be calling me back when he can to talk to her. We're trying to get her to go out to dinner, but she doesn't really like getting out much at night. I'm hoping the hub gets home before dark so we can coaxe her out! If she doesn't go, we'll just have dessert first. No problems there!

Today, I also picked up a sample of my new kitchen cabinetry. I'm doing a two-tone color in simple off whites. I think it's going to look gorgeous. I'm still deciding on my farm-house sink. I had chosen to do it in soapstone (the large piece on the bottom--not oiled); but I may be going another direction after having to choose the countertops. I'm not sure if I'm going dark or light there. All I know is, I want the feel of soapstone, no gloss on the stone at all. I prefer the more natural warmth of the matte stone counters. Decisions decisions. But, we are a step closer. Now comes the price of the cabinets. Now that I have agreed I like this look, the pricing comes next. Ka-ching. I don't want to know. And I certainly don't want the hub to know. Hmmmm. Wonder how I could manage that?

Yesterday, I met up with Beth. It was her birthday; and we met at an art store half way between us. They have these gorgeous hand-made Italian papers that we have fallen in love with. And, since they knew Bethy so well, they gave us half off! Way to go, gf! We settled in at Buck's (as in Starbucks) and chatted for hours. It is so refreshing to have a new friend that seems like a persone I have known forever. We just talked about everything under the sun and felt so comfortable. That sure is a rarity, and I am counting my blessings that blogging brought us together.

The hub came in with these sweet valentine presents last night. I told him not to get me anything; but the sweet hub he is, he bought me a book on love poems and a journal. So sweet.

I have been really out of the blogging circuit. Haven't been reading a whole lot. I'm going to try and catch up this weekend and see what everyone is up to.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum!!! Those cakes look very good!

Your husband is a sweetheart. What nice gifts!...

Connie said...

Sounds like you did a wonderful job celebrating your mom's birthday. Love the balloon idea. Those cakes look yummy. Hope you get her to go out for dinner...Have fun.

How great that you met up with a friend. Blogging has been a blessing in so many ways.

Great presents from the hubby. He has very good tast.


Susie said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! The cakes look so delish and festive..
Hope it was a good day even if a bit chilly.
How fun to have a blogging friend turn into a real life friend. I could see that happening with many of mine!!

PEA said...

What a beautiful birthday girl she makes:-) Congratulations to her and it certainly does sound like she was having a fun filled day:-) Those cakes look so delish and the chocolate truffles...yummmmm! You also had a fun day out with wish I could join you:-) Take care!! Hugs xoxo

LisaOceandreamer said...

How lovely and sweet, your mom looks so happy. Happy Birthday to her!! How exciting you are redoing your kitchen, we did ours 16 years ago and I SO want to redo it!! I like your cabinet choice and the idea of using soapstone, very natural.
Lovely gifts from the Hub. I have the Laurel Birch coffee mug with that image on it and copied the birds when I painted my jean jacket.
I can't wait to hear about all your final kitchen decisions!

Tammy said...

Your Mama is such a sweet looking lady!! Happy Birthday to her!!

weirdbunny said...

I love the front of your journal. 2 cakes for your mother lunch out, and possibly dinner, what a wonderful 83rd birthday she had !!!!

Peggy said...

beautiful lady your mom. Can't wait to see your kitchen when its finished. I keep putting mine off as I am dreading it being torn apart for any length of time.

FarmgirlCyn said...

I really love my farmhouse sink, but if I had it all to do over again, I would hold out for one of those really old, huge, single sinks. Had one once, years ago, and would have loved it in my new "old" farmhouse. Regrets, I've had a few...but then again, too few to mention...Frank Sinatra oldie, for those of you too young to remember!

miss*R said...

I love my farmhouse sink - I wonder if they are the same here as over there?
83 years! wow! happy birthday xoxo


Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mother. I so love your cabinet colors. That's what I wanted to you, but my husband and I had to agree together so "together" we choose a cappochino color.

judie said...

How sweet to make your mom's birthday so wonderful. Is that a Laurel Birch journal? Wonder why the tear? Your hubby is a sweetheart to get you such lovlies.

Paris Parfait said...

Happy birthday to your mom! Lovely cakes and so thoughtful of you with balloons and all that. And how much fun to spend time with a bloggy buddy. Your husband is great at thoughtful presents - too bad most men aren't! xo

Gypsy Purple said...

Lovely what you did for your mom...LOVE those papers!!! Adore them


Beth said...

Yummy,, the cakes look great, I know your Mom was a Happy Birthday girl. She is so cute with that sweet smile.
Your kitchen is going to rock when you get finished with it. So sweet of the hub to bring you those presents,,you are loved girl!
Have a great sunday!!

cityfarmer said...

me too, just trying to stay caught up with everyone and their cozy muse!!!!

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

What a greta post! Happy Belated Birthday to Mamasan!



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