Saturday, March 18, 2017

Of Birthdays, Bowls ... and Cars that go "Zoom!"



Hello friends!

Like my high school boyfriend recently quipped,
"Now I get to tell everyone, I'm only 67!"
(Oh, com'on ... my face is far too time-stamped to fib about my age!)

... plus, I regard each St. Paddy's Day as my very own (fiscal) New Year. 
Another chance to get it right.  Right?


So, yesterday Tom took me shopping at my favorite consignment shop in Phoenix ..... then to what I call, the Happiest Place on Earth (i.e., Cheesecake Factory).



I've never worked in the food-service industry, but that place seriously amazes me.  I was telling my son, their menu is like 12-13 pages long and we've never had even a less-than excellent meal.   (I keep thinking about what Troy said: "Wouldn't you love to watch their kitchen in action?"   Why yes. Yes I would!)


Tom had his usual Colby burger and fries, and me the Firecracker salmon rolls.  As is tradition, we each ordered our desserts to go ... and enjoyed for supper last night:  Carrot-cake/cheesecake and lemon-meringue cheesecake ... Tom pronounced better than any of the chocolate varieties he's ever had.   Hungry, yet?
(Alexa even sang 'Happy Birthday.'    Ha!)

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Not a birthday present, necessarily, but Tom sure gladdened my heart when he took an off-hand remark and ran with it.

I love these olden mixing bowls ... a wedding present to my parents back in '38.


While the mid-size (aka, tapioca bowl) acts as a catch-all in my 'ish' room, I was crushed when Mother's dough bowl took an unfortunate spill.   Knowing I was reluctant to part with it, Tom did his best to repair the break ... but still it leaked.
What to do?

Well ...


He drilled some holes for drainage ... hot-glued a section of screen to the bottom ... added a wee bag of aquarium rock and soil, and would you lookie here!

If I listen real hard, I swear I can hear my mother chuckling!

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Today's back to the tile store (I'm sooooo confused!) then running errands .....
when what I'd really, really like to do is run over to P.I.R.
DH's enjoying sitting out back and watching the private jets flying low over the house!

Unfortunately, there's no 'running over.'
With Tom's limited mobility, my dislike of crowds -- and today's 96-degree forecast -- that's probably not a great idea.   (And, there's little likelihood we've enough disposable income to get anywhere near the pits!)

I won't go so far as to call myself a true-blue fan, but I sure respect NASCAR's patriotism and values.
Any questions?




Have yourselves a great weekend!

Hugs from Phoenix,
Myra







29 comments:

  1. Tom is so clever with the bowl! I loved how he fixed it! Looks great :)

    Seemed like you had a lovely birthday! Happy belated wishes! Those salmon rolls sound delicious; I took a peek at the recipe.

    It cools down some a bit next week; too bad Nascar is this weekend.

    Its too bad we don't live closer. Hubby is really good about matching colors; he did a great job with what we chose for the pool. I get confused with things like that too; I have no fashion or design sense :)

    Tom's way of fixing your bowl reminded me of how hubby fixed a pumpkin last Halloween. The stem accidentally came off a pumpkin and of course you need the stem if you are going to want to put a candle in it. Makes it easier in the process. He got a nail and a washer I think and basically reattached the stem back to the top of the pumpkin. Very clever and it worked!

    Happy weekend!!!

    betty

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    1. Thanks, Betty!

      What a 'think-outside-the-box' is your hubby! Methinks he sure enjoys being a grandpa? :)

      I think we finally settled on a transition tile today. Stay tuned!

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  2. Tom is really creative, love the new planter. Happy belated Birthday and your meal sounds perfect. i have never eaten in Cheesecake Factory and in fact thought it was a bakery. My hubby is a NASCAR and NHRA fan and all things that go round and round, plus football, tennis but thankfully he skipped basketball and baseball or i would never get the remote. did you buy something new at the thrift shop? may we see it?

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    1. I knew there was something I liked about your Bob! (*smile*) I've little use for basketball or baseball either. In fact (true story!), last Fall I over-estimated Tom's hearing loss. While he was engrossed in some baseball game I muttered in which I thought was a soto-voice: "Is there ANYTHING in the world more boring that baseball?"
      ... to which Tom said - without taking his eyes off the screen --
      "Yes. Total strangers looking for houses to buy." Touche'!

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    2. Forgot to answer your question! Yes, we found a dress and 3 'work' blouses/tops for only 50-something. I included my favorites in the first pix (collage) above. (Thanks for asking!)

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  3. Belated birthday wishes - it sounds like you had a very lovely day.
    Much like Sandra (the above comment) I always thought the Cheesecake Factory only offered cheesecakes. I had no idea they served meals. I'll personally devour ANY cheesecake - I'm not particular about the kind...

    Your Mother's mixing bowl makes a lovely planter - what a great idea!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Like y'all, I used to think Cheesecake Factory was a bakery, too. Tom thinks they've the best burgers he's ever tasted, and that's saying a LOT.

      I'm not fond of many sweets, but like you, I'm bat-s*** crazy for any cheesecake.

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  4. What your hubby did with the bowl turning it into a planter is genius. I'm glad you had a funfilled day and delicious meal. It makes all the difference.

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    1. Aw, thank you! I felt very spoiled, indeed.

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  5. I love the elegance of The Cheesecake Factory and the menu is beyond wonderful. I've never had a bad meal there either and if I lived in Phx, that's where I would choose to celebrate! In fact, I did one year when Tom picked me up at the airport on my birthday. The clothes in the first pic---did you buy them? They are your colors for sure. I'm so glad you enjoyed your day. You deserve it and thanks for sharing about it with us!

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    1. Btw, I love what Tom did with that bowl. Oh, my heart....love those kinds of gifts!

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    2. Yes, Mary, those are a couple pieces I found at Second Look. I love that there's quality to be had, I couldn't normally afford ... at a fraction of the price I would pay for 'normal' clothes. LOL!

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  6. Belated Happy Birthday, I am late because we just completed a 200 mile trip to Melbourne and back to celebrate a BD of a good friend and RV'er.
    Now that Tom 'done good' I like that. Yes, the Nascar bunch is patriotic and I get it and also agree.
    Love from Florida!

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    1. Thanks, Jack! My son Troy actually attended h.s. in Melbourne, at Florida Air Academy. Neat little city!

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  7. A very Happy Birthday to you ! Hey birthdays can last for more than one day. I usually celebrate for the entire week! I love the sounds of your desserts! I too have one of my Mom's old bowls that mostly sets on the shelf. I do like that idea of Tom's, but with my luck if I drilled a hole in mine it would shatter to a million pieces.

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    1. Thank you, Ma! Lawdy, if I were celebrate any more than 24 hours, I'd have to exchange my clothes for a bigger size. Ridiculous, the way I enjoy food. :)

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  8. Very pretty clothes. I have never found a shop that has nice clothes like that in my size! It sounds like your birthday was amazing! I love what Tom did to the bowl. You will probably enjoy it more like that than as a bowl! I have never eaten in a Cheesecake Factory either. Yummy!

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    1. Promise! If you come visiting I'll treat you to an amazing dinner. :)

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  9. Happy birthday! Cheesecake....yum.... :-)

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  10. You have a very thoughtful and creative husband!! Awesome gift! Glad you enjoyed your celebration!

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    1. Come to think of it, yes ... yes, I do. Thanks for your well-wishes, m'friend! :)

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  11. I do love the Cheesecake Factory! Love the bowl as a planter, great idea. You have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Debby. Best wishes for a smooth and uneventful flight tomorrow!

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  12. Your birthday celebration sounds delicious. I love the repurposed mixing bowl. How clever and creative. Wishes for a great week!

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  13. Sounds like a great birthday. Is there anything better than cheesecake?
    R

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    1. Offhand, I can't think of a thing! I keep telling son and DIL they need to go when T has appointments in Bham at the VA.

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  14. Hello birthday lady! I use to chuckle at MaryKay Ash (MaryKay founder) who said a lady never tells her age! Hey MK when you passed over to the great beyond they vyour dob and DOD in granite for goodness sakes! HaHaHa Some do hold their age well but as my friend MArgie use to say I worked long and hard for this head fullof graying strands and I ain;t coloring it! She would say read the bible, Proverbs 16:31 because gray hair is a crown of glory! Gosh I have not seen Margie in years.....
    colorado has lots of auto racing,maybe not NASCAR but Bandimere Speedway is humming every summer and lots of folks I know live to go there. Somewhere in my possession I have an autograph, of Aldo Andretti, the twin brother of Mario, the Indy 500 winner once or twice! My friend Jane who stills sees me at FB gave that to me when she babysat for his kids eons ago! Jeremy has a few autographed mini cars still intact int heir packaging that my nephew Charles gave him from working the pits at the Datonya 500!Both of the race car drivers passed away so I am sure Jeremy is hanging on to something valuable and wonderful. Time to get my hubby at the bus. Oh where did this day go?We had cooler temps with on and off again rain which we need due to a terribly dry winter. Somehow I think the mountains will cascade their melted snow to us soon enough. Have a beautiful evening. HUGS

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Thanks so much for dropping by! Your words are like hugs from afar.... and who doesn't love a hug!