Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Randomness

I sneaked away this past Friday to Michigan where my cousin and I celebrated our 60th birthdays by throwing a party for ourselves!  Our immediate families were there, including her 95 year old mother who is my godmother and the only one left of the 13 children my grandparents had.  Several of our many, many cousins and their spouses were there and a few of my cousin's friends joined in the celebration, too!  40 people to wish us happy birthday!  We had a great time!

Here's a photo of our birthday cake:

It tasted even better than it looked!

We also managed to squeeze in a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory where we watched F-150 trucks being assembled and a visit to Frankenmuth where we feasted on their famous chicken dinner and left a few dollars at an antique store and at Bronner's.  We rounded out the weekend with a quick visit to the Strawberry Festival at St. Florian's Church where my cousin and I were baptized 60 years ago this month. (Don't click on that link if you're at work -- the singing choir will tip people off that you aren't working!)

My sister, Glenn and I flew home this morning and touched down at Lindbergh Field in the pouring rain -- a rare thing at any time, but especially in May -- a month that typically brings us what we call "May Gray" but usually no rain.

Pumpkin and Darby were happy to see us and kept me company while I took the following random photos of rain drops, and flowers and vegetables that are growing so fast you can watch it happen!

On the left, a little more than a month ago.  On the right, yesterday.
On the left a month ago.  On the right, yesterday.


Laurie in Iowa said...

What a beautiful cake! Happy Belated Birthday.

scotsmad said...

We just came from Sasha's blog and his mum abandoned him and went to Frankenmuth, too! Must be some chicken.

That cake looks too good to cut. Glad you celebrated in style.

Happy Birthday.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Taryn said...

Happy B-Day! Sounds like a great party!

Rachael said...

Happy Birthday!
Your birthday cake looks sooooo beautiful!

Sarge said...

Wow, what a pretty cake! Happy happy barkday to you. I bet that tasted any leftovers?
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Anonymous said...

So glad you had such a nice birthday! Family really makes it special! Look how your garden grows! Beautiful!

Jackie Bouchard said...

What a beautiful cake! Happy Birthday!

I'm also in San Diego and was just talking to someone this a.m. about how strange all this rain is! I mean - we're used to May Gray - but not THIS gray!

Lois said...

Happy Birthday ! Sounds like a really neat, fun time all round