Monday, February 24, 2014

Why Would Anyone Fly to Pennsylvania in the Winter?

I must be nuts! So why am I doing this crazy thing?

To help celebrate my father's birthday! Be sure to read his shirt.

My one-and-only cousin, Linda, and her daughter, Rebecca, put on a great party, along with their husbands, Terry and Terry.

The next day we drove down to Virginia to visit my son, Mark, and daughter-in-law, Carisa. My son whipped up a stir fry for lunch. How he got to be such a good cook is totally beyond me.

I also got to visit with my grandcat. Paka (Swahili for "cat") is a Savannah, a cross between a serval, an African wild cat, and a domestic cat. He's about 16% serval. Don't worry, he's not being abused. He loves this kind of acrobatics, and totally trusts his daddy.

The official family birthday portrait. Sorry Carisa's not in it but we needed a photographer and she volunteered.

My father still lives alone in his house and takes care of himself. Here he's changing the battery in one of his 3 vehicles, his Lincoln Town Car.

He also owns a Triumph Spitfire, and on Sunday the Triumph Club had their Winter Picnic nearby. I'm sure glad the picnic was indoors. (Notice I made him wear his birthday sweatshirt all 3 days.)

Anybody want a little sticky bun? Just one of the many desserts.

The food was wonderful. And they had free wine! And did I mention the sticky buns???

Turns out my father was the only one who drove his Triumph to the picnic. What's wrong with everyone else? Just because they all have convertibles?


  1. That was a very good reason to be so nuts. Those sticky buns look wonderful. But not as good as your Dad looks. What a guy for 93.

  2. That is an excellent reason to fly north in the winter! Glad you were able to visit for such a special occasion!

  3. Your dad sure seems to be an amazing man. 3 vehicles at age 93 and a convertible between them! He really is a good looking guy. I just hope that I can live up to THAT standard. I don't it's crazy to fly north in the winter if your dad celebrates his birthday!

  4. Love that shirt.
    Seeing your Dad is an excellent reason to fly north.

  5. Love Dad's car and Dad looks pretty darn good, too. It is wonderful to see someone in such good health and someone who stays active in his community. Looks like you had a delightful trip and thanks for sharing these photos.
    Have a great week and keep smiling.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  6. We've got to get our dads together. My dad is almost 93 and drives a convertible sports car, too.

    But it's a Mazda MX-5 Miata, hope your dad wouldn't look down on him for not having a proper English car! ;c)

    PS: He did own an MG back in '69.

  7. That is some serious pan full of sticky buns!!

    If I can be as spry as your Dad at 93 it would be OK. With his good genes & good example you should have a lot more travelin' in you.

  8. That is a really great reason to head north this time of year. I was I still had my Spitfire and I am a bit younger than your dad:)

  9. How wonderful for you to be part of Su h a great celebration. How wonderful for your dad to be in such fantastic health. My father is also 93 but his quality of life has plummeted since macular degeneration has taken his eye sight.

  10. What a great trip for all of you and especially your dad. He's living the recipe for a good life - staying active, mentally and physically and spiritually to self. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Love it! Your dad is my new role-model.

  12. Sounds like a good reason to brave the weather in Phillly. A happy birthday to your dad ... that he is living on his own is quite an achievement.

  13. Your Dad is quite a guy! Fixes his own cars, still drives a sports car AND has a great sense of humor! No wonder he's celebrating his 93rd birthday! That bodes well for you. And oh. my. That's a sticky bun convention--don't think I've ever seen that many sticky buns in one place!


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