Happy Birthday Hannah!

Number 25.  A very important one.  No more important than any other but very important just the same.  Hannah has become such a beautiful young woman.  Strong.  Determined.  Disciplined.  Focused.  Brave.  Brilliant.  Hilarious. Motivated. Honest. Trustworthy. Conscientious. Accomplished. She a wonderful daughter, sister, cousin, friend, student, employee…human.  She feels strongly about women’s rights.  And being raised to believe she was at least equal to every man she knew, she expects every man she meets to comprehend this as well.  She doesn’t instigate any confrontation, and will play the roll of peacemaker to a point, but don’t hurt her family or friends unless you want the full hurricane force response from Hannah.

If you have followed my blog you know Hannah spent a year at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Yep, that happened. I missed her more than I said.  And more than I realized.  But she is back and attending LSU Shreveport and is moving into her first apartment this very week.  She is so excited to have her own home. It is a beautiful apartment in a safe, gated community.

What a birthday!  She has a great job with an accounting firm (her field) and of course they love her and seem to appreciate the gem they have found in her.  She just started the semester and of course loves school, loves learning, loves grades and new books and classes and lectures and assignments, sticky notes, highlighters and notebooks. Not to mention new clothes, make-up and shoes 🙂

She won’t spend her birthday with us and won’t get a birthday cake unless someone at work gets her one.  But I don’t think they know she’s gluten free so…maybe just a “Happy Birthday” would be best.  We will go up tomorrow because Jerry, Ben and I all have doctor’s appointments and will take her TV and a few of her clothes.  Then Saturday will be the big haul.  All of her chotchkies, books, shoes (she has a LOT of books & shoes), posters etc.

Jerry and I honestly couldn’t be more proud of her. She is goal oriented and disciplined enough to accomplish those goals.  She made up her mind a long time ago that she wanted to be able to take care of herself financially and she has set about to get the education that will insure she can do that.  She decided she would get married and have a family when she met someone she couldn’t live without and who couldn’t live without her.  She realized she deserved to be loved and treated like her dad loves and treats me.  She also realized those kind of people aren’t just coming out of the woodwork.  She knows her own value as a person and that she doesn’t have to “settle” for what comes along just to be able to say she’s a wife.  That’s when things begin to go wrong in a woman’s life, if they are good to begin with.  I have always wanted and believed my daughters would grow up to be strong, independent, determined women and to believe that their worth is in no way tied to their marital status.  Do I hope the two that aren’t married get married?  If they want to.  If they choose to.  More than that, I hope they find love.  I hope they meet a person like their dad.  If they don’t meet that person and fall in love with them, then I hope they don’t ever feel pressured to marry the next best thing.  That would break my heart.  You shouldn’t marry “good enough”.  You should marry The One.  And as far as I know both my unmarried girls are straight but if they aren’t, all this still applies.  I want my children to be healthy and happy and know they are always the lights of my life.  I want them to be who THEY are – not who someone expects them to be.  They are way more than anyone could ever expect anyway.

Well, that turned into more than a birthday tribute, didn’t it.  I get long winded sometimes.  But that’s what you love about me, right ? LOL




Wednesday’s Woman – Tasha Tudor (1915-2008)

Today would have been Tasha’s 98th birthday.  I would rehash my admiration of her but that was tainted a couple of years back when her family started fighting over her estate and ultimately her remains.  I wondered what kind of woman actually raised such a passel of idiots.  I invite you to read my original thoughts on the matter here. It was interesting to go back and read how strongly I felt about it at the time and how just a couple of years will change the strength of feelings about something you are so removed from.


I still very much appreciate her art and her ability to live her life as she wanted.  But even as the years have passed I wonder at what cost any or all of it was to the health of her family life.  But what do I know of it?  Not much.

Happy Birthday Tasha.  I wish your apparent peaceful life had had more of a positive influence on your offspring because they seem to have turned out rather badly.  Nonetheless, your cookbook still graces my kitchen shelf and your print hangs in my shoppe.  RIP.


War of the Tudors

Today is also our nephew Patrick’s birthday and 50th Anniversary of  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” speech.  RIP Dr. King.  We have made progress, but we still have an awfully long way to go.   But thank you for your courage and convictions.



Tree-hugging (and Testy) Tuesday

So after my promise to post a little something (almost) everyday, my internet has been down since last night! That’s how things go sometimes.

Back in the day when I was a regular blogger Tuesdays were designated Tree-hugging Tuesday. In fact I designated a theme for each day of the week. And it worked well so I think going back to those self-imposed guides will help me stay on track.  I found this yesterday and found it fascinating.  I will be in New England in October, and Plymouth is one of the planned destinations and I think visiting one of the first fruit trees planted in America would be pretty great. You can click here and read the article.


I will post my own pictures if I get to make a pilgrimage.  Get it?  Plymouth, pilgrims, pilgrimage?  A little lame?? oh well.

It will take me a while to get back in the blogging habit and I hope you will bear with me.  To set aside time to do it AND find something interesting to tell you.

Have a great Tuesday filled with peace and love.