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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Every birthday is a good birthday

Yesterday was my wonderful husband's birthday. I feel so bad that it fell on the day we woke up to a new president that we both despise. But as Gregg pointed out, at least he was here to see it. Less than 5% of people with the kind and stage of cancer he had are alive five years later. His five year check up is next month. I don't care what happens in Washington as long as he's here and healthy.

 I love that man to pieces...


....and so does Ginger. Those two are the best of friends. Of course he loves George too, but Ginger is special. She was by his side every minute of his recovery (and chemotherapy) and they were tightly bonded long before George came along. They adore each other!

Gregg liked the business cards I had made for him. I also bought him a new planner book for 2017. Being self employed requires good notes to keep everything straight, so every year I buy him a nice new leather bound planner.

He had to work yesterday until late (he opted not to take the day off) so we had his birthday meal a couple of days ago. I grilled the most wonderful ribeye steaks for us! They were expensive, but delicious. I had intended to make him a homemade cake yesterday (pineapple upside down) but after a terrible sleepless night, and then waking up to the news about Trump, I found I didn't have the heart to do much of anything. I ended up going to a bakery and buying a birthday cake instead.


It's a Hummingbird cake with cream cheese icing. Hummingbird cake is a classic Southern cake that has pineapple, banana, coconut, and spices inside. Delicious!

No matter what the next 4 years hold, I'll be alright as long as Gregg's by my side. Every birthday is a good birthday!

18 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to Gregg, and best wishes for both of you.

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    1. Thank you Yael. I appreciate how kind you always are to me.

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  2. Happy Birthday from far away across the pond! Your post is a wonderful tribute to your husband and like another birthday present for him, I think. The cake sounds great - I love anything with coconut in it :-)

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    1. Thanks, Meike! We like coconut, too. In fact, I almost bought a coconut layer cake instead.

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  3. Receiving the news that Trump is to be your president for the next four years is one of the worst birthday presents anyone could get. But that lovely cake must have sweetened the day.

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    1. It did, indeed, sweeten the day. The cake is so sweet it'll make your teeth ache!

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  4. Best wishes to your husband! ....and I echo Y.P. above about Trump being the worst birthday present...

    A friend sent me a recipe for the hummingbird cake; I had never heard of it before. Will try. (I think the "iconic" Cleveland-area is a cassata cake, which is also delicious.)

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    1. If you are a good baker, you should definitely make one! I bake so rarely that I have to dust off the mixer before I use it! Haha!

      Thank you for stopping by my blog. I love "meeting" new people here.

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  5. Happy birthday to Gregg. Trump will be gone in four years' time, if not before.

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    1. Yes, he will be gone soon, but I worry about the Supreme Court vacancies he may fill....and those are for life. His legacy could be damaging to our country for a very, very long time. All we can do now is hang on and see.

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  6. Sweet post. We have hummingbird cake here, but I don't think it is the same. Yours sounds better.

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    1. Thanks Andrew! I'm glad to see you here. I like your blog a lot! :)

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  7. I love you two; you are both very strong together!
    And rather late than never, "happy birthday Gregg"!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I love YOU, Maria! 💕You're always so warm and cheerful and kind. I wish you would write a blog so I could visit you there!

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  8. You are so right. I have a lot of catching up to do on your blog, but my day is already better thanks to you. Wishing Gregg (and you) another healthy, happy, grateful year!

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    1. What a nice comment! Thank you for the lovely wishes! And thank you for taking the time to read my blog.

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  9. Dear Jennifer, I always like to read your comments at blog sites we both visit, After the election, I am trying to let people know that I appreciate them.

    May I also wish your husband a belated, but very Happy Birthday! One of my best friends turned 75 on November 8. He has a dark, but good sense of humor about what that day also included.

    I grew up in Virginia, and had close relatives in Columbia, SC. Let's see what else...oh, I like coconut cake and pie, too.

    Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you Frances!!

      Columbia is not too far away....I am in Florence. My grandmother made a wonderful coconut cake, and would use fresh coconut in it. Talk about a labor of love!

      Thanks again for visiting here and spreading some positivity. I need all I can get right now...it's been a rough week.

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