I’m putting all other plans for this week’s Monday Musings aside because Monday, December 12 is Tracy’s birthday. Happy Birthday dear and no, I’m not saying which birthday this is. That’s Tracy’s job if she so chooses. My lips be sealed.
My mother and I pulled off a successful birthday surprise for Tracy after dinner on Sunday. I bring mom over to our home each week for Sunday dinner. It gets the old girl out of her house for a few hours and Tracy likes to cook a nice meal on Sunday because it’s the one day of the week when we can relax and enjoy.
I suggested Chinese takout and both Tracy and mom liked that idea. All Tracy had to do was pick up the phone and order. Mom and I stopped on the way back to my house for the food. When I brought the big bag of Chinese food in, I snuck the surprise into the refrigerator.
Ok, Ok — I’m getting to the surprise. Remember, we had to pig out on Chinese first while I put a fresh pot of coffee on to brew. When we finished our meal (not quite because we always have dessert and coffee after our Sunday repast) I slipped the cheescake out of the refrigerator, turned around and both mom and I sang happy birthday.
Tracy didn’t jump up and down clapping her hands but she came close. “OH Wow, cheesecake!” Tracy loves the stuff. Mom and I had gone to the Amish Market on Friday where we bought 1/4 cheesecake, the rich kind — smooth, creamy and smothered with cherries. We stashed the cheesecake in mom’s fridge so Tracy wouldn’t catch on.
Cheesecake and fresh coffee are foods of the gods. I got the idea from Ann Marie’s birthday post — Happy Birthday, Dammit. It never occurred to me that cheesecake would make the perfect birthday cake. Thanks Ann Marie.
Did I mention that mom and I love good cheescake too? We do, especially when paired with good coffee (I already said that). Mom gave Tracy a nice card with a couple of twenties inside. Tracy loves to shop so I’m sure she’ll have fun with the money.
I’ll put my card on the kitchen table after Tracy goes to bed so she’ll see it first thing in the morning (I’m writing this post on Sunday night). So what am I giving Tracy for her birthday this year? I already did.
Tracy mentioned that she’d love a nice cozy robe for her birthday and I was all set to go out shopping. For me, shopping for clothes is like going to the dentist or taking out the trash. You have to do it but you don’t have to like it. Tracy loves to shop for clothes.
I was all set to buy a long fuzzy robe when I had an idea. I had three gift cards from Tracy’s favorite department store that I’ve been carrying around in my wallet for months. I asked Tracy if she would rather pick out her own robe. She thought that was a splendid idea so I gave her two of the cards.
Good thing I did because Tracy bought a short robe and a nice pair of warm cozy pajama bottoms to match the pair she bought (and loved) the week before.
But everyone should have a surprise on their birthday and Tracy got her cheesecake. Happy Birthday Tracy!
PS — I took the photo of my nephew Tyler ten years ago. The occasion was Tyler’s first birthday party. The mess was the remains of his birthday cake. I titled this image “Tyler’s Lips” for obvious reasons.