Sunday, March 8

Pumpkin cake goodness...

getting ready for pumpkin goodness...

I have been wanting to bake something for our neighbor. After being in ICU for more than 2 weeks and then in a rehab facility... she is finally home. I witnessed her walking up to her front door when just weeks before they thought she would never return home.

step one

They have two dogs, Abbey and Twitt, who have become really good friends to my two little ducklings. We fed the dogs each night while Bob stayed with his wife at the hospital. The kids looked forward to going over each night and still ask if they can go feed them.

step three

Corbyn helped in every way possible. He measured the three cups of flour. He used every bit of elbow grease that he had stirring and whisking in all the spices. He even cracked the eggs!!! Recipe here.

We later took the mini cakes over to surprise them and stayed to talk and hang out for bit. I was surprised at how well she looked and moved about. She is an odd lady, but one of the most friendliest people ever. I haven't spent much time talking with her the past couple of years it seems, probably because she can be so odd. During the time of taking care of her babies and entering her home without her being there, I begin to regret not making more of an effort of saying hi. Now that she was given a second chance, I feel like I am too. My kids crawled through their doggy doors and all over the furniture and I never felt like a bad mom... they are great people and I am very thankful for all the wonderful support I have in my life. Go bake a cake and say a prayer for everyone that is important to you. take care.

author and illustrator...

a lefthanded person's book

look and find

his book idea... look and find

flower period

he was reading his title page
The above picture has a weird angle but I was trying to get the book and the fact that he was reading.

Several things are special to me about these photos. Most for the obvious, but other things I noticed are the fact that he, even though his words are correct and not backwards (that sometimes still happens,but not as frequent) his book opens from his lefthandedness. The staples are flipped to the right side. (I make these simple books from thin cardboard (think cereal boxes) and use printer paper cut in half and then stapled to it. No cover to deal with and bend back. very simple.
Another is that I watched him draw the car and his hands were quick with the motion to design the wheels first and then the body of the car, window and then the handle.
He thinks his leaves aren't any good (the last picture with the flower). I asked him if he was a loony patuny because his leaves were fabulous leaves. (he had me draw the one that is labeled, though he extended my stem and wrote the word). He is a man of detail when he draws and when he speaks.