Why don't you plan to read a banned book to celebrate? By clicking on the link above, you will see a list of the 10 most frequently challenged books in 2012. I've read two of the books, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Glass Castle.
I have not read The Kite Runner, but I have a copy of it. I believe I will read it next week as my protest against book censorship.
My 27th birthday, in 1986, was not good. I was desperately unhappy.
I made a number of difficult decisions that year and changed my life for the better.
The milestone birthdays that people struggle with? All were good for me! 29, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 - fun, fantastic, lovely!
Not so much.
I think a lot of my feelings have to do with my Mother's increasing age. She had her right knee replaced a couple of months ago. She needs her left knee replaced. She has a shoulder bone spur that requires surgery. We are taking her to physical therapy twice a week. She has other, miscellaneous, issues that require one-off doctor's visits.
It is exhausting.
She's 81. I'm 54.
27 was a bad birthday for me.
27 + 54 = 81
Is my 81st birthday going to be bad?
I guess 3 bad birthdays in a life span of 81 years isn't bad at all.
Hi. How was your holiday weekend? Ours was great. We were invited to cook outs on both Sunday and Monday. My contribution on both days was Mom's Macaroni Salad.
A few years ago, my sister-in-law started making Paula Deen's Gooey Butter Cake. My niece had a piece at a family function and the rest is history. I believe the quote from the niece was, "I want to marry this cake, I love it so much!"
The cake was made today:
A happy niece!
Funny thing, when I googled "gooey butter cake" to find the recipe I found a Wikipedia page about the history of the cake. Very interesting!
The Sister also wanted to make Mom's Banana Pudding. She tricked Mom into standing and stirring it for her. (That's the B-i-L in the background.)
Finished product. The individual servings of pudding without the bananas or the wafers are for me and the little niece. We are picky.
This is a long standing family favorite.
Mom's Banana Pudding
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 cups cold milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 or 5 bananas sliced
Mix sugar, flour and salt in a cast iron skillet. Blend in 3 eggs and milk. Cook, uncovered, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
Layer custard, bananas, Nilla wafers on the bottom of a 1 1/2 quart dish. Repeat layers twice.
Cool completely. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with Nilla Wafers just before serving.
We took a nap every afternoon when the clouds rolled over the mountains and the thunder, lightening and rain came.
We read books.
There was a car show on the Taos Plaza our last night in town.
We drove home through Texas.
See those big fluffy clouds and beautiful blue sky?
The sky was beyond gorgeous the day we left New Mexico.
We stopped in Amarillo for the night so we could eat at The Big Texan.
No, we didn't eat the 72 oz steak.
There was someone there who was close to finishing it,
but we didn't stay to see the final result.
I knew I could check the Hall of Fame later.
He didn't conquer the steak dinner that night.
Home the next day.
Laundry storted and started.
Suitcases stored away.
Sunday, July 28th we took the train out of Chicago to the western suburbs. We visited the daughter of some of The Husband's oldest Connecticut friends. We met her adorable twins and spent a pleasant couple of hours visiting and playing with the babies.
The Husband was very happy to meet the babies. When he moved back to Oklahoma from Connecticut, their mother was about the age they are now!
We returned to Chicago by train and started walking. It was a glorious day.
Below is the post I drafted to describe my BlogHer13 experience. I just can't seem to get the mojo to finish it and we've even been on another trip since then. So, I'm going to hit "publish" on this post and just move on to new blog posts!
I started off by attending Evening at the Expo. On the shuttle bus from the hotel to McCormick Place, I met Juliette of Mahogany Mommy and Francesca, who uses her Facebook page as a type of blog. They were kind enough to include me in their conversation, when my shuttle seat mate didn't want to talk to me.
We all checked into registration and then waited for the Expo to open. We walked around and took silly photos.
Here I am with the Lazy Boy guys. Their suits are made of upholstery material available for their furniture.
After walking through the entire Expo, I took the shuttle back to the hotel and met The Husband for a bite to eat at Shula's Steak House. The Husband left me and I chatted with Kel and another very nice lady. I would tell you who, butI can't find her business card. (bad blogger)
I'm ambivalent about attending BlogHer14. While I enjoy traveling to different cities for the event, I'm not sure I learn enough new information to make the trip worthwhile. However, once they announce the location for next year's event, I might change my mind!