We had the most amazing weather on Sunday January 10, 2016.
Balmy weather. I wore shorts! Stop n start rain. Couldn't find a rainbow, tho. Grace, 5, and I were out in the back yard and we looked up. She was attempting to chop down a huge bean stalk in the back yard.
At party's end, there was a driving wind. The lights went out a few minutes at Mom's house.
Sarah was up ALL NIGHT cooking at Nikki's house in Clarksboro, N J.
After the party she caught a train back to Brooklyn since her husband Ethan would be home in the morning. The Bad Plus had been playing in St Louis.
Thank you Martha the Hunter!!!
Stopped at Mom's this morning. My sister Amy had brought Mom a small quilt.
It was FUN showing off my house.
Lillian said she liked my matching red couches. I said I had to make sure they were napworthy.
Scott just brought over Season Four of Homeland. Due the morrow.
"You better have a marathon watching session," he said. They're the best season yet, as my sister Donna said.
Can't wait to go over to Mom's later today.
Onto my desk I spread a pretty tablecloth, a sheet actually. These were some fab appetizers Sarah made. She's been making em a while.
Crab meat, shrimp, and a base of cream cheese on some sort of nacho chip.
Black bean soup is in the container of left.
She really worked hard. How I can ever thank her enough!
Don't tell her. I'll mail her a card. She doesn't read my blog. Who has time?
Oh, YOU do! Well, I appreciate it.
It's also the day after David Bowie's death.
Artist Elaine Klawans on the pink chair I bought from the now defunct Furniture Lady.
Kamellia is in the background. Great parenting produces great kids!!!
Did you know Kam was a chess champ in Ukraine?
My pet tiger, Richard Parker, was well-behaved at the party, as was my dog Pal.
What a wonderful birthday cake! A tower of tiny cream-filled cream puffs. Told Sarah that when I was a lil girl I used to make em. That and pudding. Creamy things are my favorite.
Mom arrived in a wheelchair operated by Lynn's BF Neil.Thank you Neil!!!!
Ron Abrams is another great photographer. Always a spiffy dresser, he's enjoying his retirement years and will volunteer for Big Brothers and other causes he believes in. I have a photo of a guy with a tattoo on the back of his leg that Ron took.
It's in my upstairs office where I write. I stare at what's on my wall when I think.
AND Gerry and Teresa (Tree) Forstater. "Dutch" as we call Gerry is a big fan of The Bad Plus. Have I mentioned that Ethan couldn't be here as he and the band were flying home from St Louis?
Tree gave me some great books as a gift. They came in the mail. Fancy that!!! I started The Mare about, well, horses. Excellent. Thing is, I have all the time in the world to read em, b/c they're mine.
Which means I may finish them quickly or never at all.
They gave me a Macy's gift card.
My sister Donna said this a.m. that's bc they see what a bad dresser you are.
That's my sister Donna!
The Fleishers just got back from NYC where they saw some great plays, including King Charles.
Amy's son Harry goes to Wesleyan University, Rachel attends University of Delaware and is on holiday, I believe, in Venice, and youngest Eli is a senior in high school.
Empty nest! Well, we've all survived it, and so shall Amy and Mitch.
The Russell Family used to drive to Vermont to visit her dentist father. They moved tho to Colorado ski country and enjoy skiing.
Amy works at Merck. Husband Mitch does well in finance.
They live in Chestnut Hill.
On their name tags, I wrote.... Tony, music lover... Mary, cat lover.
Oh, you eat pork? Lillian asked me.
Sure. Each generation of Jews gives up the old ways - unless you're Orthodox - I do have Orthodox Jews in the family - and justifies it in their own way.
The kosher laws did make sense, health wise AND humanitarian-wise for a thousand years. Hey, I'm 70 BUT mankind is far older than that.
On my name tag I wrote "Ree-Row" as that's what my late brother called me.
My sister Donna was interested in how I referred to David.
He's the youngest one, I said. He was 27 when he died. He had autism.
I didn't say he was the family photographer, took piano lessons from the late Mrs Tamaccio, and was very regimented, doing his back exercises every day.
Don't retire yet, I said to David. They're gonna move to Colorado.
Mom's mock chipped liver - Ellen made it - is vegetarian-friendly and made from green beans and nuts... either cashews or walnuts. Great!
Linda's poem is on the fuschia colored paper.
My sister Donna knows what I like. She quizzed me over the phone about my fave kind of pretzels and bot em for me.
I keep a scissors on my dryer as things get stringy over time, so I cut em off. You can also see the ruler. I stuff recalcitrant garments down with the ruler when the machine is running.
We knew a woman - Tia Someone - who got her fingers crushed when she tried to do the same thing.
Freda Samuels and Bernie - we missed you! Thanks for checking in with me.
When I lay down in bed, my feet were killing me!
Now, I'm off to Mom's for another rendezvous with The Greenwold Family.
My daughter and kidney donor, Sarah Lynn Deming, is making a party for my 70th Birthday!
My real birthday is on Christmas Day.
Stop in on Sunday, January 10, 2016, between the hours of 1 and 6 pm for fantastic h'ors d'oeuvres and drinks. She makes a mean margarita!
204 Cowbell Road
Willow Grove PA 19090
Find the house by my Bird bath and swinging birdhouses on lawn of my yellow house.
We'll cut the cake around 5:30 pm and sing the Birthday Song.
You may RSVP or simply show up at the last minute.
My phone no. is 215 659 2142.
Gifts I don't need, but would love a donation of any amount to my support group, New Directions. Cash or check is fine. Tax-deductible.
If you're not able to attend the party, please send check made out to New Directions to:
PO Box 181
Hatboro, PA 19040
Looking forward to your help in celebrating this milestone birthday!!!