Monday, May 11, 2009


I had a MARVELOUS day!
Have I ever mentioned that my family is a wee...high strung? Irish you know!
I probably should have written something about Mother's Day on Monday..but I really didn't have all that many pictures to I had, as usual simply forgotten about picture taking.
I had a really nice day..starting with breakfast with my Granddaughter. And it went beautifully from there. You see all the daughters are in Florida on vacation together. The sons and grandchildren are we all got together..

This is just a shot of three of my 18 Grandchildren. Eian, Ireland and Joey on the far right. Me in the middle. The sun was blinding as you can see. We had a cookout by the pool and the menu was extensive as my wonderful daughter in law and son did the cooking..and they own Jammin'Bread Bakery and restaurant.

Me in all my wrinkled I said...I was short on pictures. you do see the look on numbathreeson's handsome face...right?? see, he bought me a card. One of those that you can record your message and then the recipient plays it back. There is a tiny didn't work. We pushed and pulled tabs and pushed some more..nothing. Numbathreeson was getting more and more impatient and..yes..disappointed as he had spent lots of time composing just the right sentiment..for me..his beloved Mother! Everyone was talking at once..
Dan was beginning to use language that should not be used in front of children..oh..I forgot I guess they are all adults now.
Anyway..the card became more battered...and ragged as everyone attempted to help..
FINALLY...without Dan recorded..and here is what he played back for me.
Sorry..but I'm truthful on this blog. "She just doesn't know how hard I worked on this. I just wanted to do this one (explitive) thing right!!" see..he was NOT a happy camper. Now me...I treasure this is Dan in all his Duffy glory! I love that young man. Oh..I forgot again! Dan is 48 but he will ALWAYS be my baby boy!

You really MUST enlarge this photo of these HUGE delicious cupcakes! We had these and tall glasses of ice tea and everything was back to normal! I had a most Happy Mother's Day this year. One I will remember but I missed my daughters!


P.S. Dan looks EXACTLY like his Dad in that picture! Yep! EXACTLY!


  1. Haha. How funny. Well it looks like it was just lovely! Those cupcakes are fantastic looking. :) You all look adorable!

    All the best,

  2. Mona,
    Love the pics of you and the son and the grandkiddies! It's so nice to see your blogging friends pics! I'm a wee bit Irish too! Got to love the Irish! And those cupcakes, OH MY, they are fabulous. Hugs, Cindy

  3. Funny story, I can just picture the chaos, LOL! The cupcakes are absolutely yummy looking. I want to thank you for helping me with my blog, I really appreciate it! By the way, don't think for one minute you are not beautiful. God didn't make junk!

    God Bless!

  4. The cupcakes look delicious but the family looks even sweeter:) I am 1/2 Irish too!

  5. Love your wrinkled glory and am catching up with you each and every day. So glad you enjoyed the day and that family was there to spoil you.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  6. LOL, your number three son sounds like one of my daughters, so I can relate to his reaction!

    wonderful photo of you Mona, don't ever apologize for your wrinkled glory as each line is characteristic of a part of your life.


  7. I'm laughing out loud - talk about your "Hallmark" moment! Love it!

  8. Good morning Mona,
    Your Mom's Day sounds great.Your kid sounds like my son. Which one of those cupcakes did the lady of the day choose? They look wonderful.

  9. How fun! Dan's frustration with the card sounds exactly like my hubby. :)

  10. Those cupcakes look delicious! Nice looking family you have. It's nice to see a pic of you, love seeing what my friends look like.

  11. Wonderful!!! Is there anything better than family? It sounds like a wonderful day to me. A day filled wth love and laughter!!!

    Your cupcakes look amazing...send one this way!!!

    Have a glorious day!!!

  12. I don't know which is better looking~ your family or your cupcakes. It's a compliment to both I assure you. But the cupcakes might have the edge on this one!!

  13. GM Dear Mona...Loved to seeing your beautiful smiling face my friend..looks like you had a wonderful those cupcakes YUM!! Now I just love the card and Dan how funny is sounds like something my kids would do..Girl I send Picket one of those cards at Christmas time and she did everything to get it to work...told me I was a doodlehead and forgot to record on it then all of a sudden it played ha ha!!
    Hope you have a great Tuesday my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  14. Mona, you are a very attractive woman. Glad to hear you had a lovely day with your family. Those cupcakes....oh, those cupcakes. Hugs, Kathleen

  15. Have I ever mentioned how beautiful you are! And Good Lord, Mona. I just gained 10lbs looking at your dessert plate.

  16. Hi Mona, gorgeous pictures!! Happy family.


  17. He, he! Just typical isn´t it :-)
    Sounds as You had ereally great day!

  18. OH, Dear Mona, this was so funny! Probably not so funny for Dan! But he's a cutie even if he's not very happy! All your children are so pretty, just like their pretty mommy!
    Oh, silly one, I wasn't gonna dare and tell you not to send me pictures of the bathroom! I loved it all and Blogland did too!
    Yes, you just have to stand in front of a bathroom mirror and snap your gorgeousness. That's all! And you can do it as many times as you want and I'll always post your snap!
    Love ya, Dear One!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. What great photo's! Those cupcakes look yummy! Come see me!

  20. Hi Mona,

    You are such a good story teller. I enjoy hearing about your big happy family.

    Happy belated mother's day.

  21. Hi Mona, It looks as if you had a wonderful day on Mother’s Day despite a few family members off on a holiday jaunt. I’ll have a look at the blog you recommended; I just wish I could have one of those cupcakes for the road ;P

  22. Oh Mona, I'm giggling here reading this. It sounds so much like something that would happen at my house. :)

    Thank you so much for all your sweet comments! I feel so bad that I am not able to visit everyone each day and leave a comment; and I'm sure you feel the same way. But you are such a sweetie!

    I have really enjoyed seeing your beautiful little cottage and garden, and your rooster tablescape! Your pink guestroom looks SO comfortable and welcoming -- I'm sure any guest would feel very pampered. :)

    Happy belated Mother's Day, dear Mona!

  23. Mona, you look beautiful!! I am so happy you had a wonderful day. You deserve all the love your family sends your way. (And your online friends too!). xo

  24. Dear Mona, you are also my 100th follower...thank you so much.! I love your blog and its peaceful and cheerful feeling.

    The cake in my header is faux...scroll down on my sidebar and click on the cake picture...I show you how to make it. I used to make these for craft shows...they were very popular.

    So pleased to get to know you!!

    Hugs, Barb

  25. Beautiful everything Mona!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day despite the faux pas!

  26. Sounds like a wonderful and fun time, all the photos..especially the cute one of you.

  27. I love that pic of you!!!! I'm at work and my lunch break. John worked outside on the yard with me last night. That's the first time he's been able to do anything. He picked up his event monitor yesterday and is wearing it. We'll see.

    Have a great day!

  28. So glad you had an Awesome Mother's Day.. That's a handsome group..


  29. Allidink...I'm glad you love the cupcakes. And..thanks for the compliment. You're pretty darned adorble yourself!!

    Cynthia...I happy that you liked the pictures..such as they were! The cupcakes were delicious!
    I need to learn to decorate cakes like that!

    Cottage Pink Perfection...There are always crazy times when everyone gets together..I can't wait until there are little ones around again!

    Joyce...Hi Joyce! I'm happy to see you! Thank you for the compliment!!

    The Blue Ridge Gal....Thanks Di!!
    You be SO cute!!!

    Gaston Studio...Problem daughters are the same as the guys!
    Now the grands are all growing up...same thing.

    Mid-Atlantic Martha....You are funny! Yes...a Hallmark moment for sure!! LOL

    Balisha...I ALWAYS choose chocolate! I don't know..I just felt bad for him! I knew he was disappointed!!

    Stacy...I am glad I am not the only one that has family members like Dan. Easter was a wee bit of a nightmare! LOL Cranky, cross Dan was a charmer that day!!

    Wunderwoman...Thanks so much! I love seeing family pic's too! Then when they talk about the son or daughter you have a bit of a pic of them in your mind!

    Cathy....Thank you, Sweetie..yes it was!

    A Stitch in Thyme....Those cupcakes were winners...that's for sure!

    Happy to Be.... :) then you know exactly how Dan felt..well..ok..times that by ten!!

    Kathleen...Well..thank you SO much. You stay right there...I'll bring one right over to you!! :)

    Smart Mouth Broad...the feeling is mutual!! Yep...and I was actually eating them!! Yikes!

    The Cottage by The Cranelake...Typical is right!!

    Shelia...Oh..well...I have learned a lot since then! Thank you for your kind compliment.

    Glimps of My World...I did come and see you ...last night. I had a nice visit!!

    Marsha's Mpressions...The Irish tend to be story tellers...I can't seem to help myself... :) Thanks!

    Bumble Bee Cottage....Thank you for stopping by!! I missed my girls! I wish you had those cupcakes they are on my behind!!!

    Mary...I am so totally flattered when you visit me!! Little Red House is ..well..thanks!! And I completely understand. I didn't even blog when I began reading yours! You made me want to try it!

    Marcia...You are just always so sweet and kind! :) Thanks so much for saying that!!

    Barb~Bella Vista...Yes..we each put one another over the top..on the same evening. I thought it interesting! I had thought I was your 99th. Thank you for stopping by..and congratulations to you also!

    Debbie..yep. But that happens a lot when there are SO many people..and there are a lot. Hope you are well and back in the pink! they say!

    bj...Thanks so much. You're pretty darned cute yourself..with a cute family! Are we lucky or not? :)

    Patti Cakes...Glad you stopped by. Happy to get your email and now John is doing better. :)

    Cat..I am always happy to see your little face..but I cannot for the life of me figure out which blog to comment have a main one? Hugs!

  30. Ahhh sweet! I just love the photo of're such a beautiful woman and you can just see the joy written all over that pretty face!!! Loved seeing some of your grandkids...they sure are a handsome bunch and Ireland so pretty!!! Now, I just got the biggest kick out of your Dan and his Mother's Day card to you!!!'s memories such as these that make life sooo GRAND!!! I love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing a part of your family and special day with all of us!

    Warmest wishes,
    PS...mmmm, those cupcakes doooo look yummy!!!

  31. What a lovely story and what a nice Mother's Day. Thank you for stopping by and being a follower.

    The Raggedy Girl

  32. Hello
    What a perfect Mothers day treasure .The card and the moment :)Love the pictures .
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful true to life story.
    At least I think it is for most of us. I had a great time visiting your blog.
    Have a fabulous week.

  33. looks like a wonderful time was had by all!!! thanks for the birthday wishes

  34. Mona, what a great post! And I would treasure that card forever. I knew that was what you were going to say happened. That is just too funny.
    What a special day!
    I can't wait to have grandchildren. But something tells me, with y boys being 24 and 20, it's going to be a while!
    oh well!!!
    Hugs! Karen

  35. Chari...WHAT a wonderful comment. Thank you so very much! Made me smile all over the place!!

    Raggedy Girl...It is my honor to become a follower! Thank you for your sweet comment!

    Terry ....Thanks for your was just the nicest! I appreciate your kind words!

    Tootsie... Your birthday wish was meant sincerely! Thank you for stopping by.

    Karen...I absolutely will treasure my card from Dan! He was not pleased about his Kodax moment..but..we all teased him out of his bit of temper! Actually, he did very well for DAN! :)

  36. That is too funny Mona! I love the pictures and oh those cupcakes are killin' me. I just started a diet...just returned from the gym and now I need something sweet...urrrgghhh!


  37. Thank you for this lovely story of your Mother's day! You have a wonderful couple of children and grandchildren! I like your photos!. Thanks for your visit!

  38. Looks like you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Did son number #3 ever tell you what he said in the card? Those cupcakes are AMAZING!!! I need to know where I can find the pan to make those, my daughter would flip and do a cartwheel if she got one of those!

  39. Dena~Swaddle Cottage....Just be grateful your family doesn't own a bakery!! I need something sweet every hour of every day! Those cupcakes DO look good, don't they?

    Reader Wil...A couple of children? LOL Try 7 and 14 grand and 4 greats with one on the way! :) I never thought the day would come when I would be the oldest...odd.

    Acorn Cottage... hope you got my note...Hugs!


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