Here's the good stuff:
I just had my 60th birthday!
Oh, My God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Yep, it's
It really was the coolest weekend. Wait 'till you hear:
First, both of my sibs came over from Texas for the celebration. To have them both at once is a special treat in itself.
This is my brudder Bill, sittin' on the wheel of a hot-rod he built and playing a sheet metal Dobro he built.
Here's my baby sis, Susan, with Spider. Little did I know; she's turned out to be a Karaoke Queen!
So... The invitation said no gifts, of course, so friends started coming by about Wednesday to drop off the gifts they didn't want to bring to the party. I guess that if they come early, they don't count.
This year it was all fun! Cool candles, a Rolfing session, sweet treats, a barefoot Contessa cookbook, and Susan gave me a ...wait for it...
Karaoke Machine!!!! Boy did we have fun.
I'd put up a picture of that, but I just have video and I don't know how, yet... No, I won't load it on YouTube. well....maybe... :)
Saturday was both the birthday AND the parties - yes, there were two on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Party #1 was my gift to myself ~ a cooking class with a local personal chef, Bonnie Snyder of Savories. Six of us attended. We started at 10:30 with Mimosas and muffins and listened to Bonnie talk about our menu and some of the wonderful basics of the Asian appetizers we were about to prepare. We had such a great time!
And here is a shot of Joel when the fiery chili sauce hit the pan!
Here's an over-flashed picture of the cake; it was really pretty.
We spent about 2 1/2 hours at Bonnie's preparing most of the food for the cocktail party to follow. Bonnie finished it all up, added the flowers to the cake, and got it all to my house in time for the 4pm party. That's party #2 - cocktails and...
me and cake, of course the boys in the backyard
We were planning to keep a small bunch of guests (about 10) at the house for pizza and Pictionary after the cocktails, but we were having too much fun to send anyone home and the Karaoke was a big hit. So we just played and hung out at the house. Wonderful guests; wonderful food; great memories.
Two very dear friends accepted the rolls of bartender and food monitor so I never had to give a single thought to anything that might need refilling or washing or anything! What a treat! Nancy and Sherry, I owe you for that. How about a fancy dinner from the Contessa?
Then on Sunday morning four of us went to breakfast at The Greenhouse Cafe in Capitan, NM, about 20 minutes away. People, this restaurant is worth the trip even if you live in West Chicago! ALL of their herbs/lettuces/and I-don't-know-what-all is hydroponically grown in Capitan in their own facilities. Food is beautiful and beautifully presented and a joy to savor.
Sunday afternoon, I took a nap!