Friday, August 27, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different...

"It's not pining, it's passed on. This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker.This is a late parrot. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot."


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Blogging and comments were covered by two people this week - Lee at Tossing it Out and Alex J. Cavanaugh


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I’m still dealing with my mom’s situation. She’s out of the hospital and in a rehabilitation facility now and I’m taking care of all her bills and such. Fortunately, she finally decided she couldn’t go home and has selected a nice studio apartment at an assisted living facility. I’ll be making at least one more trip back to Oregon soon…


I recently attended the wedding of my nephew, and this was the Groom's Cake! Looks good, doesn't it?


Natasha said...

Good to know your mother made what I consider the right choice.
And that cake looks AWESOME.


Loved your post. so pleased that your mother is better and have made her choice. Looking at that cake and cutting doen on cakes and the likes was mouth watering,

Have a great week-end.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks for the mention! And that's my kind of cake.

Janet said...

Hilarious,and very unique cake! I will admit that I have not seen one like it before.

Mary@GigglesandGuns said...

Best part of the blog -- the news about your mom.

Oh yeah, I would LOVE to have that cake.

njuoy the weekend. (Enjoy-blame the excitement from the cake.)


Mason Canyon said...

The news about your Mom sounds good. Hope she continues to improve. Love the cake.


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Laura S. said...

That's an awesome Groom's cake! I haven't seen one like that before. Creative and different!

I hope things are going well with you and your mom.

Thanks for the links, and have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

Wow, so much news! Love the cake BTW, I also love the cupcake cake. SO much easier and no cutting.


Karen Walker said...

That's wonderful news about your mom, Diane. You'll rest easier knowing there are staff available to assist your mom when she needs it.

Jemi Fraser said...

LOVE that cake! (I've never heard of a groom's cake before - neat idea!)

Glad your mom has found a place!

Kitten said...

Are those Hostess cakes? That's a rawther clever take on a groom's cake!

I once went to a wedding where Twinkies were served with the cake, because the groom gave the bride a dozen Twinkies on their first date instead of roses.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Thanks everyone - I'm so relieved knowing mom will be safe.

And the groom did not share his cake.

Kitten, that's absolutely adorable - how romantic!

Helen Ginger said...

What a cute idea for the groom's cake! I love it.

So glad your mom's doing better. I hope she continues to improve.


Arlee Bird said...

Thanks for the mention! -- And not for berating me for the alliteration altercation I created on my Thursday post.

Interesting cake concept.

Good to hear that your mother is getting settled in. Aging entails making so many adjustments to what we have previously been capable of doing, and half the battle is the acceptance of our situation. It's good that your mother will have assistance when she needs it.

Tossing It Out

Elana Johnson said...

Awesome links. Fabulous picture. I'm glad your mom is doing better. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Lee, that was key - getting her to realize she needs assistance.

Anonymous said...

Interesting looking grooms cake. Thanks for sharing the picture.

Glad to hear your mom is doing better.

Hart Johnson said...

It's pining for the fjords!

"It's only up there because you've nailed it to the perch!"

*snort* I LOVE that sketch. And I loved that the fossils they found a couple years ago in Norway were cheekily given the name 'Norwegian Blue' (parrots in Norway--HA!)

That grooms cake is excellent!

Talli Roland said...

Wow, that cake looks fab! Thanks for the round-up.

RaShelle Workman said...

Diane -

"This is an ex-parrot." Uh, yah. heh heh

Thanks for all the great links.

And, I'm starving! Sadly, the "groomscake" looks delicious.

Glad your mom is doing better. =D

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Hart, that's funny!

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Thanks for the links, I plan to check them out.

I hope your mother recovers quickly and enjoys moving to her new home.

And, what a wonderful groom’s cake – the photo made me laugh out loud!

The Old Silly said...

Wow - I've seen some fancy wedding cakes in my day, but THIS one 'takes the cake' - lol.

Debbie's World of Books said...

Love the cake!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

It was hard for your mother to make that choice. It was admitting life had changed for her and she was no longer the strong person she wanted to be.

But wisdom is a more sure, more precious strength than physical health. Your mother was wise.

My prayers are with you as you help her in these difficult times. Roland

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Marvin, it's pretty cool, isn't it?

Roland, thank you so much for your kind words.

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I just had to send my daughter a pic of the grooms cake. This is her fiancé all the way.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Lisa, isn't it great? I'd never seen one before.