Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Two of the Most Beautiful Women in the World

Yesterday was my mother's birthday. A milestone birthday.

We don't always make much of birthdays... Most of us would just asoon forget that getting one year older bit, though most of us really like the cake part.

For the parents, my brothers and I have been in the habit of taking them to lunch somewhere for the last few years. This year, I took Mom to lunch - but not just any lunch.

You might remember the "Bad Week Luncheon" I had with some friends from work. It featured Chocolate Crossiant Bread Pudding for dessert (for some reason I cannot find that post now, so I can't link to it). Anyway, the little restaurant, Paula's Cabana Cafe is located on the grounds of Goodwood Plantation. My mom was immediately entralled by my lunch story. So of course I had to take her there for her birthday lunch! I invited her best friend "Duffy" and we went today.

Paula's Ladies at Lunch

The restaurant building was actually a cabana for the swimming pool on the grounds. Each room is good-sized and has a fireplace in it. They're all different colors too. We got the yellow/green room. "Duffy had a salad, Mom had chicken salad, and I had the ham, asparagus and swiss quiche. It was ALL delicious! And of course, we had to have this for dessert:

Chocolate Crossiant Bread Pudding

We met at my house at noon to go to lunch, and returned to my house for presents afterwards.

Mom Unwraps Presents

Mom got a goodie bag with all kinds of interesting Mom-ish presents. A dishtowel with chickens on it, a neat journal, a tin of Earl Grey tea and a scrub brush.

Duffy Yose

After all these years, I'd say that "Duffy" knows my mother pretty well. Mom was absolutely thrilled with everything that came out of that bag. Isn't Duffy beautiful? Her voice and her smile have been a part of my life for about 40 years.

70's not so bad

And of course THIS smile has been a part of my life since before it was MY life! Happy birthday, Beautiful Mom! I love you!


Island Rider said...

Happy Birthday, Mama! You do have a beautiful smile.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday cousin.

Jan said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. Happy Birthday to your Mom.

Patience said...

Happy, happy day, Mom!!

PinkPiddyPaws said...

Ahhh...so YOU were the Goodwood luncheon gal. How very cool! She also said *Dad* took her out for a lovely French dinner. Sounds like *Mom* was well fed and VERY well loved! But of course, with your family, there was no doubt in my mind it would be that way.


nikki said...

Happy birthday mom!

Dang, now I really want some of that chocolate bread pudding stuff.

penelope said...

How nice to see women of this age looking so vibrant and ALIVE!! I wish the same for everyone as they grow older....

SophieMae said...

They really are beautiful and vibrant! I keep thinking I oughta take a day trip up there and check out Goodwood. I haven't been able to stir up any interest in the guys, but a nice dinner might do the trick.

movin' down the road said...

LOVELY!! and my, it looks so WARM there! (in all regards). (10 degrees, high wind, here)

Liane Michel said...

Happy Happy Birthday Aunt "Mom". You look just like your daughter.