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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday with Sheebie--Old Fart Edition

Friends and Kittehs!

Sheebie here, at last.

I took some time off blogging for my Half-Century Birthday, and a wonderful time was had by all--my parents, Scott, the cats, and most importantly, me!  Because it's all about me, really.  At least around my birthday.

I flew down to Tucson to visit my Mom and Dad and Shadow--who has turned out to be the most comically athletic cat--and got to be a kid again for four days.  It was totally relaxing.
Mom cooked some tasty seafood meals (and a bean soup that was a bum-burner, heh heh) and there was cake and coffee every afternoon.  Very civilized.  Of course there were desserts, too!  Dad and I did not officially compete in the Slowest Dessert Eating contest but secretly I was keeping score, and I won, every single time.  I admit, I may have had an edge because I asked for humongous servings.

Scott sent me a lovely floral arrangement.  I LOVE flowers!  Because of our elebenty-teen cats I can't have flowers at home so they were a real treat.  Shadow wasn't in the least bit interested (although the balloon intrigued her) so we didn't worry about the lilies. 

Mom baked me three TWO cakes!

One of them didn't bake right...for years Mom has used the same Angel food cake mix with nary a problem, but the past couple of cakes have poufed up uncontrollably, run over the pan and charred.  Ugly.  So...we decided to try the high altitude adjustment of adding cornstarch--they are at 3000 feet--which was an Epic FAIL.  As soon as she inverted the cake to cool it plopped out of the pan onto the counter, an unbaked mass of white goo.  Mom almost cried she was so mad!

Fortunately, I had the batter bowl as consolation.

While I pigged out, Dad and Mom convoed a back up plan, which was a second cake.  Yellow, with thick chocolate buttercream frosting. MMMMmmmmmmmm

My birthday was saved!

Of course, I was royally entertained as well as stuffed to the gills.  Mom took me shopping and I got a couple of pairs of pants at a boutique I like, some shirts at Kohls, and I went with both the Peeps to visit some friends of ours and see their new house, (which was gorgeous) and next-door neighbor Bill came over for dessert one evening and we had a lovely long visit.  We also hit a cool housewares store where Mom found a new cake pan, which led to--you guessed it--cake numero tres!  There was one Angel food cake mix left in the pantry and we decided to Take our Chances with one last try...

...which was a resounding success!

You should have seen us, sitting on the floor, peering through the oven window with a cookie sheet at the ready, waiting to catch any spillage.  It was hysterical.  

"Is it gonna go?"  
"I think it's OK"  
"Uh oh...the other side looks suspicious"  
"No, I think it's fine"
"Holy crap get the pan she's gonna blow!"


The Inspector was, as usual, on duty.

When I got home I had a surprise waiting for me from Scott: 
He had pimped my ride made my car into a Hello Kitty edition!

I love it.

Mom and Dad gave me some money for achieving my advanced age (nice!) and I bought a KitchenAid mixer, which I have already used a bazillion times. 
OK, six times.

What is with my photographer?  Must he take such unflattering shots?  And what in the HELL was I doing?

Thank you!  I love my mixer.  

I also ordered some extra attachments, slicers and graters and such to support my mostly vegetarian lifestyle.

You-know-who got the box.

There's a TON of other stuff to tell y'all about related to this post, but I'll save some for next week.  Plus I have cool park photos; the lights are on!

Happy Sunday and have a Great Week!

XX  Sheebie  XX


  1. Well, for a Human of your advancing years, you write a pretty mean blog, and the pictures weren't bad either. Loved the Saga of the Angel Food Cake. (Someday the Human will write of the Saga of the Cream Puffs).

    But, of course, you saved the best picture for last. And The Baby has been featured on three of the past four days. Score!

  2. It looks like a festive time was had be all.

    I hope you had a lovely birthday.

  3. What a great way to celebrate a special birthday! Wes so very happy that yous had fun and most importantly, the cake worked! Yous knows, if they is in the cupboard and on the shelf too long, those angel food cakes can fail...
    Nellie and Mommy

  4. Happy Birthday! Love those HelloKitty edition. Purrs!

  5. My mom says you have a lot of nerve showing those mouth-watering desserts at this time of night when all she's got is some ancient icy ice cream in the freezer!

    Anyway, we ALL enjoyed your birthday adventures!

  6. What a great birthday. You will love your KitchenAid - I have two; one is 32 years old and one is 3 years old. Guess which one works better?

    The pasta roller attachment, albeit pricey is spiffy as all get out.

    Happy birthday!

  7. I have been meaning to message you for weeks, because right now I am at LAX about to get on a flight to Vegas for the week with my girlfriends. If you are not too busy this week I would love to co-orindate schedules or hear what we should be doing while we are here for the week.

  8. Well, it looks like you had a thoroughly wonderful time in Tucson, but it is a pretty fun town...Looking forward to seeing new park pictures too. T.

  9. Sounds like a great birthday! Our Daddy turned 50 this week, but we promised not to tell, so...

  10. That looks like a pretty good birthday for a human... although I did note the lack of a tuna cake. Which only proves you people don't really know how to LIVE!

  11. Happy belayed birthday to you ! Wow ! what a wonderful celebration and what an adventure with the cake, lol !
    I remember I celebrated my 50 in the States, we were just in the Sequoia National Park and I had a hamburger under a sequoia tree, lol ! That's all I can remember. It also was 20 years ago !

  12. Fantastic birthday stuff, and we are celebrating here with you: Äiti wants the cakes and we want the box!

  13. What a story -have still have a smile on mine face I see the hole story passing by... ..

  14. Congratulations on your birthday! Sounds like a great way to celebrate it.

  15. The angel food cake story was priceless. I must admit, I'm salivating over the yummy photos, what with my sweet tooth. :-)

    I noticed that there was even a "Happy birthday Tricia" sign on the corner buffet/cabinet. Nice touch!

  16. Well happy old birthday to you!!! I am coming at 50 from the other direction. Got a way to go ;)

    SO SO SO jealous of the Hello Kitty makeover. Don't suppose Scrotch wants emigrate does he? :D

  17. Well, that looks like the most fun 50th evah! And how is it that your mother has a 50 year old daughter? Because you could be sisters. srsly!!!

    My Kitchenaide is old... and well-loved. I have the pasta attachment which, oddly enough, I have never used. I love chicken, fish and pasta, not necessarily in that order. Mostly, I combine my love of chicken and pasta fairly often. My bil makes his own pasta and ravioli and it's to die for. Me? I must be lazy in the pasta making department.

    I turned 50 a bit more than 8 years ago. I vaguely recall that fifty was nifty. Enjoy!

    big hugs xoxo

  18. That looks like a pretty good birthday for a human...
    Glad the last try with the cake was a success :)
    My mom-person LOVE your Hello Kitty pimped ride <3

  19. I enjoyed every word and picture! Happy Birthday again though I am sure I prodded Mommy on your FaceBook. MOL.

    Loved the blog. And the box will live happily ever after!

  20. Looks like Sheebie had a great birthday. Wow, three cakes, and there weren't even 50 candles. 50 is still just a baby to us. But glad you had such a good time at the parents. Take care.

  21. Happy birthday!
    It was my birthday last week...I only got one cake!!
    Jane x

  22. What a great birthday you had! There's nothing like being pampered and spoiled for a few days, right? I celebrated that one a few years back, I must admit.

    I LOVE your pimped ride! Good going, Scott! And I've got one of those mixers too...but don't use it nearly as much as I would like. Enjoy yours! And enjoy the box, The Baby! :)

    The Mom

  23. Good for you, what a great "get away" special time with your parents is priceless!
    I have a Kitchen Aid mixer too, it's the best mixer out there and worth every dollar!!
    Love the car bling, for me it would be poodles.
    My big fifth was great too, I got a royal standard black poodle, Luke.
    Can't wait to see the park lights!!=^Y^=Holly(theCatStreetBoyzMum)

  24. Happy (belated) Birthday, Trish! Our mouths are watering at the sight of all that scrumptious cake, and we love your Hello-Kittiefied ride!

  25. Wow... glad to see you got some 'ME' time (away from the Horde), but I'm sure glad you're back!!! Happy 50th, and many more to come. Stay healthy, happy and most of all, 'bloggy' (I've been suffering withdrawal symptoms ever since you went on your blogcation), lol!

  26. Happy birthday! It looks like quite a celebration. We didn't know you could turn a car into a HelloKitty edition. This may have to be investigated further....

  27. What a great birthday you had! Love the story of the cakes! Scott did real good with the Hello Kitty pimped ride! Love it!

  28. Happy belated birthday and what a birthday! Think of all the yummy things you can make with that Kitchen Aid! Love the Hello Kitty makeover :)

  29. My 53rd was the 4th. I have had angel food cake every year for my birthday since I was a tiny girl. Mom used to use a mix back then but now its store made. I've always used her from scratch icing recipe too. Tradition.

    Hello Kitty! I was at Taco Bell one day and a little girl came in with the sweetest H.K. knit cap. It was a H.K. face with stick up ears on top. Seriously I thought about bribing her a buck for it. She would have taken it too, she was only 3!

  30. Sheebie what a wonderful wonderful well deserved holiday/bday/anniversary vacay!!
    I love you and your dad having a slow eating contest. I well remember my first taste of real NYC cheesecake at a Deli in NYC...I'm told it took me an hour to eat it.

    Hello Kitty wheels WTG Scott man!!
    Lots of brownie points for you.

    What a great fun post!!
    Hugs Madi and Mom

  31. I am so glad you had a fantastic time, you deserve it!!!!!

  32. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Happy belated birthday.

  33. "Happy Birthday" from all of us. So happy the cats got to join in (even if it was only in the box). You will love your 50's, you'll see. How is it that your mom looks 50? Good genes. Hugs, Deb

  34. Wow Mum, you had a blast!! Love the part about watching the cake...
    That mixer is alright too! What a nice, fun 1/2 century celebration! Lol!
    Loretta & Kitty

  35. Trish, happy birthday! You are much loved. Hello Kitty, KitchenAid and angelfood cake for a kitty angel. Enjoy!

  36. Happy Birthday Again Mom Trish !
    I'm so happy you have a wonderful time, and lots of cake ! mom said it looks so yummy !!! My dad got the mixer for present too but Christmas present : )
    and We love " Hello Kitty " car !
    Lots of love

  37. What a fabulous way to celebrate your birthday and so many cakes!! It's fun to be pampered for a change isn't it!

  38. What fun, and your Mom is beautiful!
    Glad you had such a good time, and know the kittycats are glad to have you back home!
    ~ The Bunch

  39. That sounds like a grand time!

    #1 would like to know whether you would be interested in lending out your parents for a short period and shipping them to France...

    The Chans

  40. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great one. Mine is next month...can I spend it with your folks? ;-/ Love the Hello Kitty car accessories - want!


  41. Awwww your cakes look GREAT!! Wow!! Awwww happy happy happy birthday oh great and wonderful Shebie!! And yay for such great pressies - especially the furry ones!! :-) Take care

  42. Happy belated birthday! Love the HK car blingie and cake #3 looks yummy!

  43. Looks like you has a wonderful time. I love the Hello Kitty accessories on your car.
    In the second of the Kitchen Aid photos, if you were trying to pick your nose, you missed, but at least I now know what those dots in the 0s are.

  44. What a awesome birthday! Getting spoiled by mom and dad never gets old, does it?

    Sweet mixer, I've been wanting one of those but I'm too cheap to buy one.

    Enjoy 50, it's the new 30!


  45. What a great birthday week you had!! How wonderful. I have a milestone birthday coming up in May (40) so you're making me feel better about celebrating it. :-)

  46. Angel food cakes are my most favorite!! Looks like you had a terrific birthday. And I love all your Hello Kitty! stuff! Fun!
    xo Catherine

  47. thank you for showing Mrs. Whatsername how to reach the 1/2 century mark with style and panache and mad angel food cake rescue skillz! The clock is ticking on her as well, altho she remains sadly in denial. Way to go and CHEERS to many, many more happy days and angel food cakes!

  48. Happy Birthday, old girl! Heh! Heh! (I can only say that because my 50th is in August. EEK!)

    Your mom looks like your SISTER! Criminy! And she bakes you all those cakes?! Can she adopt me, please?

    LOVE the Hello Kitty car! :)

  49. Loved the flowers, cake saga, mixer, and kitty vehicle!
    Happy, happy B-day to you =)

  50. So glad you finally got your angel food cake. Our mom really likes those too. And your Hello Kitty car is the cat's meow. We want our mom to get one of those. Looks like you had a fantabulous birthday. Congratulations. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  51. How strange is it that when I came over there were exactly 50 comments!!!?? Sorry to ruin it by being number 51 !!
    You are truly blessed to have such wonderful parents, your Mom seems incredible....I always wished I had a Mom that was like that. So loving.
    You deserve elebenty billion birthday cakes!
    Love the pimped out ride too!

  52. Happy Birthday Old Fart!! I think I am finally past contagion status - mybe we could get together soon.

  53. Happy Birthday!!!! Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate!

  54. That sounds like a wonderful and special birthday for a wonderful and special person! We are glad you had such a good one. :)

    LOVE the pimpy-syle Hello Kitty ride! Just awesome!!!

    Hugs to you all.

  55. Happy belated Purrthday! Looks like you had a great time =^.^=

  56. Tryin to,leave comment, will leave a better one latter. Hate iPad for this use. Paw hugs Savannah

  57. Oh I'm sorry I missed your birthday!! Happy belated birthday anyway!!!
    Ooo angel food cake! I love to heavily frost those with coolwhip that has the dry mix from strawberry jello stirred into it, yum! But yours looks extra yummy!
    Pimped Hello Kitty ride! How awesome, love it!
    And a kitchenaid! I adore mine, I hope you get as much use out of yours because they rock the mixer world! MOL!

  58. I can't believe we MISSED your big day post!!!
    There's NO excuse for THAT!!

    Happy, Happy Birthday!!! What a wonderful time you must have had. TWO cakes??? Yum. But the Hello Kitty pimping of the ride, well that takes BOTH cakes!

    Glogirly & Katie

  59. Well alla we can say is we iz glad That Woman finally is be gettin over her own sorry self & lettin' us visit! Happy Furbday! Man you got like TOTALLY alla stuff That Woman would want too. That mixer thingy! WOW.. (though we tell That Woman it's only for folks who actually COOK!) MOL. Happiest of Birthdays to you wonderful Crazy Cat Lady!

    Ms. Stella O'Houligan
    and The Kewl Kitty Krew!
    (oh ya, and That Woman too)

  60. Well, I am way late but still happy Birthday from me and Teddy. Looks like you had a great one. 50 was my favorite! Really! It was then I decided to just be my ditzy self.


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