September 30

Kim guessed it first.   In the picture yesterday, I am in the second row, all the way on the left…red dress.   Applie, that should make you so happy.

I took 3 years of French, during high school.

I loved the way the language sounded, rolling off the tongue.

It is a  beautiful language, and I wanted to sound just as cool, just as sophisticated, and just as gorgeous as the French.

When I lived in Oklahoma, my best friend and I were in the same French class together.

I spoke better French, but she understood it better.  I was all about sounding cool, and not about learning the language.

All those conjugation of verbs and making sure each verb was in the right form. It made my head ache.

We would go to the mall on the weekends, and we would walk into a shop, both of us speaking French to each other, pretending not to know English.

We would make sure that one of the employees heard us.   They would, without fail, come over and try to help us.

We would take turns “translating” for the other, pretending to speak English with a thick French accent.   It was great fun, and it also made the store’s employees extremely attentive.  It was even greater fun to have one thing said, and translate something totally different.

Today’s TWD is Crème Brûlée.  Crème Brûlée is French for ‘burnt cream’.

I have never had crème brûlée before, and I couldn’t wait to make it.  Not only because it was French, but becasue I got to play with fire and not get in trouble for it.

Crème brûlée has all the ingredients of vanilla ice cream, so if you like vanilla ice cream, you’ll love this.

You can infuse the cream with all sorts of flavors…espresso, lavendar, cinnamon, chocolate, anything that you would like.

Since I had never had it before, I made it plain.   It is wonderful plain.

If you’d like to see the recipe,  Mari from Mevrouw Cupcake has the recipe on her blog.

Laissez les bon temps rouler.


September 29

A very long time ago, when my sister and I were teenagers, the youth group we were in was so large that we went on Choir Tours.

We’d practice for months before hand, the youth leader’s wife would schedule church’s for us to sing in, we’d load up in an old school bus and for a week or so, we’d be away singing praises, and having tons of fun.

(Can you find me?)

At one point, we had stopped at a restaurant.   One of the boys (the one in the white tie) had a piece of parsley on his plate.   He picked it up, held it in front of his face and said “hey!  Camouflage”.   Of course, at 16, we all thought it was a riot!

Later that year, right before school started, my parents took us to Elephant Rock, a state park in Missouri.  We, still being the goofy teens that we were, ran ahead of the parents, found us some branches, crouched in the pathway with those branches in front of us as our “camouflage”.

Kind of like this….I wonder if he realizes what he started.


September 27

Thursday morning found us scrambling around trying to get to the Fair Grounds around 8am.   We really didn’t need to be there till 8:30, but I really like a good parking spot, and the way the Fair Grounds are situated, good parking spots are gold, Internet, GOLD.

A golden parking spot was acquired, and in we went.

We got to the Art Building only to realize that the girl had scooped up the wrong exhibitors ticket.

Superman to the rescue.

Out she went to the front gate, while I set up our chairs.

About 2 minutes later, I went to stand with her at the font gate.

She was just a bit worried that Superman wouldn’t get her the right ticket on time.

Our conversations went a bit like this.

She: Mom, where IS he?

Me: Honey, it takes about 7 minutes to get here.  You have only been waiting about 2.

She: Oh..

He came valiantly to the rescue (5 minutes later) and we had an hour to spare.

How did we spend this hour, you ask???

We walked around the building for awhile looking at the 600+ photography entries.

I stared at her feet for awhile.

But the majority of the time, I spent in lens envy.

Oh…and someone placed.

September 26

Hey Internet!   It is Friday, and I am nosy.

It is Fair week here in Pothole, Ohio.   So today’s question(s) will be Fair related.

  1. Do you attend your county fair?
  2. Why? or why not
  3. What is your favorite fair food?

I am fortunate enough to live in the county seat, and live 7 minutes from our Fair Grounds, so we go.   We generally just go on the days that the chips enter items in the fair.

If I were to go on another day, it would be totally for fair food alone.

Favorite fair food???   French fries, funnel cakes, Italian sausage, Stromboli, and deep fried Snickers.

September 25

Thank you for all your Happy Birthday wishes for the girl yesterday.

She had a great day.

Yesterday was busy with the girls birthday.

Today is busy with taking the girl to the Fair to have her embroidery judged for the fair.

Tomorrow will be busy with taking in the boy’s food to be judged at the Fair.

Fortunately, the Fair is a 7 minute drive from my house.

Pictures tomorrow.

Oh….I miss my camera.    sigh….

September 24

Whenever I thought of having children, I always wanted a girl.

I couldn’t wait to have someone to dress up in pink.



Or to sit and do her hair.

Today is my girls 16th birthday, and I thought that you might like to see the many faces of my girl.

You would?   Great.





This is one of my most favorite pictures of her.   It captures her personality so well.





4 months old at Christmas, 1992.








Happy Birthday, my dearest girl.   You are all I ever dreamed of and more.