Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 7: FINALE!

Today is the final day of my birthday week cakewalk, because today is my birthday! To celebrate, I decided to go all out and get nine cakes instead of just one! Is that wrong? It's okay, they're minis! Mini cupcakes from The Cake Cottage in Wells! These cupcakes are amazing. I haven't eaten every one of … Continue reading Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 7: FINALE!

Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 6

Getting to the home stretch! Today's cake was a present from my friend, Jane. Thanks for taking the pressure off with the cake-finding mission today, Jane! Actually, I should have said today's cakes, because Jane gifted me with a Cake Trifecta! Lemon, Chocolate Bomb, and Fruit Tart (because fruit is healthy!). Oh, and the cakes came with … Continue reading Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 6

Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 4

Wow, Day 4 already! It is going by TOO FAST. Today's cake is from Spiller Farm in Wells, and it's a Boston Cream Pie. I grew up eating these cakes, or pies, as they are officially called. I know not why. There is no pie crust. There is no (traditional) pie filling. What there is is … Continue reading Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 4

Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 5

Day 5! Today's cake had to be great to make up for yesterday's fail. I went to Mike's Clamshack Fish Market. My friend Barney said, "It's that time again already?!" I bought cakes here for last year's cakewalk too. Anyway, I got the Lemon Blueberry Cake with Lemon Buttercream made by Something Different. This is … Continue reading Birthday Week CakeWalk (BWCW) Day 5

Birthday club

I am part of a great group of nurses who all work from home. Once a month we (mostly) all get together for breakfast and to celebrate a birthday, if there is one that month. This month we went to Two Hands Crepe and Juice Bar in Brunswick. Okay, it's a hike to Brunswick from … Continue reading Birthday club

To boldly go, part one

My daughter has been asking to go to Disney since she was about 9 years old. I would always listen to her ask, nod, smile, and say that tried and true line that I'd borrowed from my own mother: "We'll see." I got away with that for, oh, 5 years or so. Five years during … Continue reading To boldly go, part one

Telling our story

I was at a craft show a couple of weekends ago. The weather was awful--freezing rain coating the icy snow on the ground that fell overnight. As soon as I got through the door, I stopped to shake it off of me. The first thing I saw was a table of scarves and hats, and … Continue reading Telling our story

Mental health break

I took a two-day break from Nano writing and went away overnight to celebrate my husband's birthday (and, you know, to take a break from sitting! At the computer! Writing! OMG! I haven't been able to feel two of the fingers on my left hand for a week!).  We had supper at Nolita,  a new-ish … Continue reading Mental health break

Time: is it on my side?

I made a decision the week that I turned 50 and also was on vacation: I wouldn't wear my watch. I had a couple of goals. 1. To stop being so ruled by the time of day it was (eg: "time for breakfast" or "time for bed") 2. To make my vacation feel longer. So … Continue reading Time: is it on my side?

Staring down fifty

I'm going to be 50 this year and have been thinking about what I want to do about it. It seems like a great opportunity for it not to be "just another birthday". I have had a lot of ideas about how to mark the milestone as well as how to celebrate the day. I … Continue reading Staring down fifty