Thursday, September 1, 2016

There's a Whole Lot of Living Going on Right Now

JC had a Happy Birthday! It came a day later this year. That equals two cards--one for his birthday eve--and one for the morrow. Can you imagine how long it took to draw that many balloons? Some don't have strings. That little creature, his words not mine, is too weird. I ran out of draw. Can you tell? That has never happened to me before. The arms don't match. It doesn't have true legs. One is the size of a plank while the other is a mere stem. The hairy eyebrows look like fake lashes. I cannot explain it.

This is card two. I meant to mail it. He didn't mind that I didn't. And he enjoyed having it as much as I enjoyed making it. The video seems to confirm my belief, or he's a better actor than I give him credit for being. Besides, at our age we have more than enough store-bought cards; we certainly have everything we need,and just about everything we might want. Neither of us felt like burning so many candles at both ends, and neither of us probably had breath to spare had we done the cake thing. So this is what I did.

I drew him an accidentally crappy IOU birthday dinner card. It's the thought that counts because he knew I wasn't up to snuff. Neither was he, but I had to try. There are days when we rip and run like we're thirty. We'll eat out too often and then we'll go down the list of restaurants we frequent on our don't know-what-we-want-to eat days. I have too many I-don't-know-what-to-cook days lately. Please tell me you have them too. One week I ordered so much Chinese delivery, one rainy night the Chinese delivery dude offered to put the trash can in the garage for me. Seriously. He asked if there was anything else I needed done. Wait. That might have happened because I'm a good tipper. (grin) But anyway! 

No, JC is younger than this, but tradition dictates that I get it wrong. And so I do.

This is our leap year joke. Shucks! I hope this is still a leap year! If not, the joke's on me. Okay, every year we're able to leap is a good year. (wink) BTW, that bun atop my head is becoming a nuisance. You know how it comes undone, and tendrils tickle your neck and cheek and forehead? Well, it's time for a haircut. Before I end up with a self-induced concussion. It's all Zika's fault! Our mosquitoes are as big as flies so you have to hit 'em hard or they hit back. I end up with bruises and knots on my forehead from all the hard knocks and slapping. I'm kind of getting used to liking not looking like a newly shorn sheep,but I miss the I-don't-even-need-a-brush hair days. So, this is page three of JC's greeting.

Page four isn't as private, and y'all don't know any of the names, which means it's okay to show this part. I'm just tickled to have thought of something clever to do with this stack of tabbed cards I've had for too-too long. 

Del is his best friend from college. JC likes craft beers. Dang! I should have bought him a home still, huh? Then he could make his own beer. Oh, well. Maybe next year.

Ever try making something for someone who's home when you're working on it? You never know when they'll pop in to ask a question, ask what you're working on . . . He never suspected the cards were for him, seeing as how I never draw for him anyway. This is the first year I haven't had a waiter cut and serve that special cake he likes either--both of us pretending like it's a surprise. But, there's always a good day for a surprise because it's never too late to celebrate. We've just been so busy lately. Feels like staying home yesterday and today are rare gifts in and of themselves. They're as rare as dry days in Katy. 

Be well.


  1. wow great card but then again I expect nothing less from you my dear friend ... I bet he will keep that card forever . You be well too and May the Good Lord watch over you and yours .

    1. You'd have made a great mother for me. :D I'm glad you're too young to be more than a mom though. I think JC has kept every note, card, and letter I've given him since high school. LOL.

      Thank you. You be well.

  2. Aw, sweet offerings! Happy belated birthday to JC.

    1. You are so sweet! JC blushed like a school boy when I told him you wished him a belated bd. LOL. He's always in the background of my life. Thank you. :D

  3. Since we moved, we have become quite familiar with Jacks Chinese and Pizzazz Pizza down the road! I hear you all too well. Seems like when I try to make enough dinner so we can have it for two nights theres never quite enough. So I add to it the next night then theres too much and we don't want to eat it 3 nights in a row...1st world problems hey?
    Your cards are the best present ever!!
    By the way...still unpacking the studio and will write soon as I find everything!

    1. Gosh, but I guess you can tell I feel guilty over not cooking as often as I used to. :) I'd never make a good poker player. Blogs are great confessionals though. LOL. Thanks for making me feel better.

      I've always had Fridays and Saturdays off from cooking. Big Sunday dinners made up for that. Now I'm grateful that we're able to eat out or have delivery; I remember way back when being able to afford pizza with a coupon was a luxury. We were so young then. LOL. Yep, first world problems indeed. :)

      Aw, thanks for saying that. Sometimes homemade feels like there's more love in it in this day of hurry-hurry. So thanks again.

      Take your time. Enjoy putting your studio together again in a whole new way. I look forward to seeing your new surroundings. I loved the home you had. Griffin will always be there in my mind's eye, keeping watch over the memories there. You be well.

  4. Please give JC a Happy Birthday wish from me. I got your note and mail is headed your way. It was so good to hear from you.
    P.S. A way to remember Leap Year is that it falls the same year as the Presidential election.

    1. {{{Patty}}} Hard hugs! It's so good to see you. I'm glad you are well. I still check your blog, hoping and praying.

      I will try to remember how to remember which year is a true leap year. With us it's a leap year if we're able to leap across a line. :D Thanks for the tip though. :)

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    1. Thank you! I love your words, and two of your photographs hang on one of my walls of pride. :)