On our way to my mother’s we stopped for a chocolate cheesecake for her birthday. This was not any cheese cake but a Bernard Callebeaut chocolate cheesecake. I thought it was ok but a little too rich for my liking. Plus, I am not really a big chocolate fan. I would much rather have something far less sweet and fruity. I love cherry cheesecake or strawberry. Although I do have to confess that they ‘Rolo’ cheesecake looked mighty fine!

Once we arrived we made up a cheese plate with crackers. Deb had this amazing cheese plate at the Delta hotel last night. The presentation was awesome. I should have taken a picture but I didn’t think of it. We were tired and pretty stressed out and hungry. I had a beef dip and managed about 4 bites and that was it. I am not sure why I bothered.

Anyway, the w00t part of this post is about a topaz ring my mother bought on the cruise. She bought it knowing it would have to be sized as it was too big. When she took it in to get it sized she was told they couldn’t make it smaller as it would compromise the structural integrity and make the stones lose. She was showing it to me and I decided to try it on. Well, it fit me perfectly! I have never had a ring like this before. The setting is very high and it is very big. I love it! It catches the light very well. And we all know how much I love shiny things!!!

We did have dinner with my sister, who, in spite of melting down earlier on the phone, held it together. We also got to see my step-sister and her husband. We always enjoy getting together with them. They are fundamentalist Christian but we don’t hold it against them!!! To their credit, they do not proselytize.

Anyways, must sign off as I am being asked what I am doing for 10 minutes on the iPad with a keyboard. ‘What are you writing?’ ‘Who are you emailing.’ Not much more to add at this point. I will post a picture of the ring, on my hand, once we get home.

Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘I can’t believe it’ edition

  • My mother regularly gives my sister and me money. She has done so again. Yet my sister continues to treat her like shit. Apparently today she told my mother that she was selfish and never did anything for anyone else! WTF? My sister has a serious problem assessing the situation. Why would you yell at your mother when she gives you enough money that you don’t have to work? My sister is also mad because my mother and I had a good time on the cruise. My mother also told me that Kathy is upset because we are coming for her 75th birthday. Seriously, she thought we wouldn’t come for my mom’s birthday? I really wish she would get over herself and turn into a human being.
  • I am very glad that our soldiers have ended their combat role in Afghanistan. We need to learn that we cannot force our values on other countries. It just does not work. If there is ever to be real and meaningful change in Afghanistan it needs to come from the people. Whatever solution does work is likely nothing we have thought of yet. Afghans must come together and decide what kind of country they want to live in. Imposing our values on them is never going to work. In fact, no outside force has ever been able to take Afghanistan. It is high time that we learned this lesson and let them figure it out for themselves. To do anything else is insulting to Afghans.
  • We still cannot figure out what is up with the cat. She is so much happier since she was shaved about a month ago. She is purring and affectionate like never before. I am guessing that we are going to have to keep her shaved from now on – she clearly likes it. I wonder if she was just too hot under all that hair.

No blog yesterday

I cannot believe I forgot to blog yesterday. I blame my sister. In fact, I think I will blame my sister for anything and everything that goes wrong for the foreseeable future. I will write a real blog later.