Monday, December 16

Merry Christmas from Maude

This time of year is for reflections. Over the years I have had some so called friends that weren’t really there for me when I was questioning life events, but then I have some that were there for me.  As we take this journey we find the real people in our life and hopefully we see the good in people before we see the bad.  We all have an effect on each and every person we meet and hopefully they see the good in us when we don’t even know we are showing it.  I hope this Christmas season makes you realize the importance of that word.   Love is all around us, if we are ready to receive it.  
                                                     Merry Christmas to all

Wednesday, September 4

My Summer

It's been a fast Summer.  New grandson, lost a friend, and another friend did exactly what I had always ask her not to ever do. My grandson is the most beautiful person.  He smiles all the time and I don't think I have ever really heard him cry.
I was there to see my old friend who would have been 95 in October to cross over.  She crossed over with the angels all around her.  Her daughters had a baby monitor on her and you could see the angels  all around her.  She went peaceful to her maker. 

Friendship is a funny thing, when you get tramped on you have to step back and assess the fall out.

Mad and hurt.  I heard the word Mad used but I never heard the word hurt used.  Concern is a funny thing, when you don't back it up with actions is it really concern or are you afraid that person might get mad at what you did?

My Summer has been full of ups and downs and in this it flu by.  I'm a hot weather person and I am not looking forward to Winter, but on the other hand when it's here I have Summer to look forward too.  I know this coming year is going to be wonderful because in all of the bad this year, lots of Beautiful things happened.

Thursday, April 25

Time to review

It’s been a while since I posted something.  I’ve been watching for several years how social media has been evolving.   Four years later they are still saying the same things.  They have not come up with anything new which means, experts are saying the same old story but all you need are two words.  Common Sense.
Do you have common sense are do you think it won’t caught up to you.   I was looking at Twitter and I’m not seeing the fun chit chat that I use to see.  Has it become all business? Or is it all scheduled?  Either way,  will that bring you the business you want?  Maybe you need to rethink what you want to accomplish and make a plan. If you build it they will come, does not work if the chit chat is not there.

On the home front
I've been painting, making new curtains and baking.  I visit FB to keep up with what family and friends are doing but sometimes the links they drop all the time from other sources get to be annoying.  A comment made me sad yesterday.  Cloudy days and rain makes me sad.  What do you do when you are sad?  I rearrange, redo my home or get into a project to get my mind off it.
I have a new grandson.  That is the sunshine in my life, my grandchildren.   
Take time for family and friends and the world starts shining.

Monday, October 29

As life moves along

My Great niece got married this past week and I spent my Birthday making a cake.  I reached out to her to see if she had ordered her cake yet and she hadn’t.  I told her I would love to make her wedding cake and she gave me the OK, along with some pictures of what she would like. 

 It took me 3 days and an hour and half to finish her cake.  As I started the process of baking her cake, first came the supplies.  If you have never baked a cake for 100 people, you have to figure out size and batter needed for 100.   A cake mix has 3 cups of batter and one pan required 71/2 cups of batter.   

Well all calculated and cakes were baked on my Birthday, as I was baking my thoughts went to my younger days.  I was real close to her father.  He spent a lot of time at our home when I was young.  I guess I’m about 11 years older than him.   

Back to the cake, you see this cake was made with memories of my life.  When I came to Waterloo many, many years ago, I thought one day I would get to go home to Kentucky again in my lifetime but I don’t know if that is going to happen.  

 The second day of the cake process was putting the first icing on and it was a butter cream.  After they were finished I store them in the refrigerator. The third day was the fondant icing, the week before I made homemade fondant and it turned out good but with the amount I needed, I decided to buy it all ready made.  I made orange leaves, brown leaves and marzipan leaves. Acorns made with fondant turned out really good. For the last month I’ve been practicing with fondant and marzipan to create the dimensional decorations. 

The next day I had to transport cakes and assemble them and put all the decorations on.  I loved doing this for her she is a special girl.  I took a picture of her dad as he was leaving and boy did I get a shock.  When I look at this picture, I see my dad walking away, even the ear that stuck out that my dad had.  It’s funny why we do the things we do.  Why we do something for one that we don’t for another. I think that is what life is.  It’s not that we are showing favoritism in the things we do but it’s what we should do at that time in our life.  Life is a highway and we don’t always travel it like someone else thinks we should.
Home made card and recycle the supplies bag into a purse
Practice Grooms cake with home made Fondant