“It could be argued that there is an element of entertainment in every pie, as every pie is inherently a surprise by virtue of its crust.”

I woke up at six this morning and heard the rain. It was a quiet rain. I wasn’t ready to stay up so I went back to bed. When I woke up, I noticed that parts of the deck were dry. The rain didn’t last long, but it lasted long enough to ruin the day. The sky is cloudy. Despite the breeze, it is hot and humid, hot enough to need the air conditioner. I’m going nowhere today.

My birthday was wonderful. Edible Fruits arrived with a gift from my sister. I’m thinking few foods taste better than pineapple half covered in chocolate. I had dinner at my friends’. We had the sweetest corn, burgers, one of my favorite all time foods, potato salad and a marinated onions, cucumbers and tomato salad. I think I smacked my lips at the aroma of the burgers cooking. I wasn’t disappointed. I opened presents and ate lemon meringue pie, my favorite. The lemon was wonderfully sour. To top off the day, we watched the Sox win. It was the best birthday.

When I was a kid, on the days leading up to my birthday, I’d sit on the front steps and wait for the mailman certain he was delivering my birthday cards. If none came, I was always disappointed. I’d wait the next day and the next. When one finally came, I’d tear open the envelope and shake the card before I even read it. A dollar usually fluttered to the floor. I was a rich kid. A couple of more cards would come from aunts and uncles and more dollars would flutter to the floor. I’d count my stash, a Scrooge McDuck move. On the big day I’d have wrapped presents from my parents and from one set of grandparents, my father’s parents. My mother usually chose the gift they’d give. I was never disappointed. My mother knew what I’d love. I still have a few Bobbsey Twins books inscribed with Happy Birthday and signed by my grandparents, really just my grandmother for the both of them. I still recognize her handwriting. I was a big fan of the Bobbsey Twins, Nan and Bert and Freddie and Flossie.

Today I’ll have some chocolate fruit and a piece or two of lemon meringue pie.

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10 Comments on ““It could be argued that there is an element of entertainment in every pie, as every pie is inherently a surprise by virtue of its crust.””

  1. Bob Says:

    I’m always surprised the day after my birthday that I don’t feel any older. Although the accumulated birthdays has changed my body in my mind I’m still only 30 which seems like a good age to keep in mind. There is nothing that I need in the way of presents but a good meal and at a favorite restaurant that I only visit on special occasions is just fine.

    My wife likes to have a minor celebration n your half birthday and the birthday person gets to pick their favorite food the entire weekend closest to the birthday.

    The third week of each month my company celebrates employee birthdays and employment anniversaries for that month with an afternoon break of sheet cakes and fruit. I always go for the chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

    We again hit 101 degrees with nary a cloud in sight. It hasn’t been the hottest summer on record but it’s been among the top ten.

    • katry Says:

      By now I should feel decrepit, but I don’t. Like you, the day after my birthday doesn’t change how old I feel. I too don’t need much but my friend’s gifts and those of my sisters were just right.

      I like your wife’s half-birthday celebration. Cooking favorite foods is an act of love.

      I also love chocolate cake. I have never been a lover of white cake even with chocolate frosting. I’d be happy with a lemon cake as well.

      The article I just read said every summer will continue to be hotter than the summer before, and that the Southwest will stay as high as over 100˚ all the time in the summer months.

      Have a great Sunday!

  2. Rowen Says:

    A somewhat belated Happy Birthday. Sounds like a great day. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Rowen! It was a wonderful birthday. Both my sisters called to harass me for being old-I didn’t add that one!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’m glad Your birthday was great 🙂
    I must admit that I’ve never had chocolate covered pineapple but I can imagine how yummy it must be 🙂 🙂

    I know I got birthday cards but I can honestly not remember any of them or that I waited for the mailman to come. I probably did because mine also contained some money 🙂 🙂 The money I do remember though 🙂 🙂

    We’ve had a really nice day over here, normal summer temperatures almost feel chilly now 🙂 but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Thanks-it was a wonderful day. Those pineapples are unbelievable. They are sweet with chocolate and the pineapple is cool and also sweet in a fruit way.

      I waited every year for those cards which felt just a little bit thicker than empty cards. It was always a dollar back then.

      We have not had a good day in quite a while. Maybe this week!!

      Have a great day!!

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