Auntie M and Doc had a well-deserved lie-in this morning after last night’s festivities.  I’m glad to say Mom’s 75th Birthday went off without a major hitch.

The one hitch turned out when we arrived at St. James Parish House of Mom’s church, where the party was to take place.  We unpacked our truck and neither one of us could find the coffee urn.  That’s because it was still sitting back home in our shop, where I’d left it. Ditto the coffee.  I had sugar, cream, Splenda, cups, even ice and iced tea–but not the hot beverage or the place to make it.  Tough to fudge when people expect coffee with their cake.

Thankfully we were in a church, an Episcopal one at that, which means they never throw anything out.  Sure enough, a quick rec of their kitchen turned up FOUR coffee urns of different ages.  Decaf Folgers in the fridge, too, easily replaced.  Saved by the church, literally.

The cake made it, too, with only a small dent when the easel we were bringing to display her photo collage fell on it as we turned a corner.  We repaired that.  Everyone oohed and aahed nicely over our homemade but respectable cake.  Since I’ve talked about it so much, here it is:

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Unfortunately, here also is all of the other stuff on the page Doc emailed me, sorry about that.  This Luddite can’t figure out how to get rid of that stuff.

The top reflects Mom as I know her:  on that bench are a pair of glasses (always on her nose), a coffee cup (always by her side) and a book, ditto.  The little book is Agatha Christie’s “Murder at the Vicarage” which gave her Fr. Jim a big smile.  The black dog is her companion, Pixie.

And it tasted good, too, thank goodness.  Alternating layers of chocolate and yellow cake with cassata filling: the creamy choc-chip filling that’s in cannoli’s.  I spent today cleaning the kitchen well and scrubbing sugary buttercream and powdered sugar most surfaces and putting away pans and tools we won’t use again for a while.

She loved her Birthday tree, filled with over fifty cards from friends and family all over, as far away as Australia, Wisconsin, New York, etc.  And the photo collage was another big hit.  The blow up of Mom as a child sitting on a ride at Coney Island was adorable.  We gave away the remaining butter mints, took home the leftover pecans and fruit salad, and are ready for a night doing nothing more strenuous than watching the Olympics.

I’m glad we made the effort.  She’s the only parent we have left between us.  So for all of us, it was a night to remember.

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