Birthday Tree Friday, Jul 18 2008 

Auntie M’s mother, the only parent Doc and I have left between us, turns 75 in a few weeks.  She married at 17 and I was born 12 mos later, so she is a very young mom for a 56 yr-old to have.  After deciding she didn’t want a big party, she decided what she REALLY wanted was a new big screen TV, which Doc and I got her at the beginning of the summer and she’s been enjoying.

On the Big Day we will have a nice dinner with her in a new local restaurant with Paramedic Son and his wife, then head to her church parish house for coffee and cake with her friends and neighbors.  I’ve insisted on this last bit, some sort of festivity to honor 75 years, and her cottage is too small to accommodate more than a few people at a time.  Plus, most of her friends revolve around her church, and, it’s free.

I wanted to do something special for her and a few weeks ago came up with the idea of a Birthday tree:

I sent out flyers to everyone back in the northeast who knows her, to family we no longer see routinely, so old friends.  I included a mailing label to me and a stamp, and asked everyone to mail ME a birthday card for HER.  My plan is to punch holes in the cards and string ribbons on them, then hang them on a funky lime green metal Christmas tree we usually put on our porch.  I’ll use it to decorate the cake table and she can have fun reading the cards later.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the response!  The actual birthday date is August 13th, but as of today I’ve already received 31 cards for the tree.  Most senders have written a short note inside with good wishes and news.  A few sent photo’s of their grandchildren or added longer typed notes of what is going on in their lives.

This was such an easy thing to do and I know Mom will enjoy it long after the cake has been eaten.  Just thought I’d pass that along to anyone searching for ideas for a special birthday~

Funny Friday Friday, Jul 18 2008 

Earlier in the week I promised you a heads up to new Friday night summer shows worth watching, and tonight’s the night: On USA channel at 9 Pm we have the return of Monk, the ocd detective Tony Shaloub has perfected to a T, or should i say, M?

More brain candy follows at 10pm on the east coast with Psych, the oreo detecting team who manage to get there without a clue to how they did it.  Cybil Shepherd guests tonight.  Little redeeming social value, tons of giggles on a Friday night.

If we eat dinner out, we’ll watch them on DVR without commercials and still have time for reading in bed…

Love my summer Friday nights!

Last evening we sat on our dock and the dogs and I watched Doc as he threw his casting net several times to great effect, collecting enough tiny silver slithering fishies to feed the crabs that are in his three traps.  What is the fate of these collected crustaceans?   Doc is yet to decide if we are to eat them, release them to further pepper the breeding grounds, or use them for bait for bigger fish. . .

While he was fussing with the traps and the wiggling fish, I was watching the sun start to dip, bringing a pink glow to the edge of the few flossy clouds in the pale Carolina blue sky.  In the distance we heard a dog bark, not ours, who were busily sniffing the traps and hoping a stray leg would fall off.  Otherwise, the only sound was the occasional splash of a jumping mullet in the river or a passing martin overhead.

Doc sat down beside me and for a few minutes, as the dogs settled at our feet, we sat there just enjoying our immense good fortune in living in such a beautiful place.  Lately we have been talking about taking a Trip, to England/France, maybe, possibly, down the road, but living here is like being on a kind of vacation every day~one we don’t take for granted.

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