“Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake.”

Today is sunny but really breezy. I have been busy. I spoke to my sister for about an hour then I made a chocolate cream pie to celebrate my friend’s birthday. It is chilling in the fridge. I used a spoon to clean up the pan then I ate the chocolate on the spoon. It is thick and delicious. Later, I’ll whip the cream, and I have presents to wrap.

When I was a kid, my mother made the birthday cakes. She never used a box. We hung around watching her so we could lick the beaters. The frosting was always a buttercream frosting, sometimes chocolate and other times vanilla. Most times she put jimmies (sprinkles to you non New Englanders) on the top. She’d add ice cream to the plate with the cake slice. I never liked combining the two and always had my ice cream in a separate bowl. The candles were lit and everyone sang happy birthday. For my birthdays now I get my favorite lemon meringue pie.

I remember waiting for the mailman when it was almost my birthday. I’d check to see if I had any cards. They always had money. My grandmother put in $2.00 and later it never got any higher than $5.00. My aunt, my godmother, always put in five. All those bills made me giddy, and I’d take my time choosing what I wanted to buy. I never saved it much to the chagrin of my father, the only ant among a family of grasshoppers.

Tonight is game night. We haven’t had one since last winter. We’ll play Phase 10 and Sorry. Pity the loser who doesn’t win a game of either. We, the winners, are merciless. We point and snicker.

Cat2 has had a breakthrough. I was sitting in the guest room after I’d cleaned boxes and filled their food dishes. She was staring. I called her, and she actually came over to me so I could pat her. She purred loudly. Next time I’m going to bring scissors and hope she’ll let me cut some of the hanging clumps, but I’ll stop if she seems uncomfortable. Cat1 is far too comfortable. He stands in the kitchen and meows for treats. He knows where I keep them. I know it is my fault, but I felt bad for him when he first came. I can’t stop now. I’m stuck.

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13 Comments on ““Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Mixed weather over here, lots of clouds and some rain but also sunshine every now and again. Made it tricky to guess when it was safe to take walks πŸ™‚

    I won’t even mention what my mother made for our birthdays but I can say that she actually tried πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and one would be in heaven if one loved butter cream bacuse she used that for everything πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I must admit that I don’t think I’ve ever given my cats treats, how odd since I always gives treats to the dogs. To be honest, they never want anything I give them but they do enjoy taking things they aren’t supposed to πŸ™‚ Last week Bertil tried to take what I had put on one of my sandwiches, the one I was holding πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We had sun most of the day, but the breeze is still strong. It will get cooler tonight. The weather will stay the same all week.

      My mother made the best cakes and her frosting was wonderful. I liked chocolate cake and chocolate frosting. I am still the same. I like vanilla cake okay but wouldn’t buy it myself.

      I buy Tempt nations for the cats. They both love it. I keep some downstairs and upstairs. The big cat, the boy I think, is always hoping for a treat. The other cat is glad for one, but she hasn’t yet been spoiled. The dog is the worst. He hangs around hoping for something. He usually gets a bit at the end.

      Have a great day!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Ice cream cake was the best birthday cake πŸ™‚
    Have fun tonight and good luck!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Birgit,
      I make a great ice cream pie, sort of a hot fudge pie with three layers. The top layer is meringue which is tricky as it can’t be under the broiler too long.

      Thanks on tonight. I’m hoping for at least one championship, but I would still be happy winning something!

    • katry Says:

      I was the ultimate loser!! The chocolate pie was delicious so the evening wasn’t a total loss!

  3. Hedley Says:

    Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

    There is was, the Lenny movie. I can now report that I have seen the documentary on tales of Lenny, his nocturnal activities, consumption of illegals and his lifelong love of Marianne. Running just over 90 minutes, they resisted the temptation to fill it up with β€œsingalong a Lenny” rather taking you chronologically through their journeys and conclusions

    As the official cheerleader for Mr Cohen on KTCC I am pleased to report it was just lovely. Carefully thought out and presented.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I know this movie has to be amazing if you have kind words for anything about Lennie. Now you have me wanting to see this movie. I know a bit about his life but only a bit. I do love your adjectives: “…lovely. Carefully thought out and presented.”

      I’m going to make this event a holiday!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, it’s really super duper, it was onBBC2 last night and I watched it via the VPN. It fits brilliantly in our never ending dialog about our boy.
        It did not give me the urge to run out and buy the Lenny Boxset as I think 2 or 3 discs might cause me to try to take flight off the roof.
        Still it’s a terrific movie and I know that you will love it

      • katry Says:

        I’ll hunt it down. I hope this causes tender feelings toward our boy Lennie. Perhaps you can start with Lennie’s first album: Songs of Leonard Cohen.


      • hedley Says:


        Judy Collins took credit for getting Lenny to sing (if credit is the right word) and intimated that they were close, which frankly was not something unique

        I did buy “Songs of Lenny” many years ago but soon realized it was music to jump off a bridge to, and I moved along very quickly

        Lenny is Legend

      • katry Says:

        I loved my record of Lenny’s music. I got to it through Judy Collins who sang some of his songs. At least you like the film!

  4. Rowen Says:

    Fun set today.

    I never liked crumbs in the ice cream, so I’m with you there.

    Hooray for cat2!

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