Back Again in the Same Year

Well, working on my book Of Time and Magic took longer than I thought it would. What I had hoped would be a week or so stretched out to a couple of weeks or so. No surprise. Such things always take longer than expected. There is still more fiddly editing to do, but the major work is done, and we are on track for a late fall publication, the end of October or the beginning of November.

It wasn’t all work and no play at our home by the edge of the woods. A good friend, whom I’ve known for thirty years, turned eighty in August. I made a little chocolate cake—vegan, no less—and we met on the patio for tea, coffee, and cake. I gave her eighty Hershey kisses tucked in a special glass commemorating this milestone birthday.

How lovely it was to make the cake, pick some flowers from my garden, and get together on an afternoon that was so fine—warm but not hot with a deep blue sky—that we both wished we could  somehow preserve this weather for days when the sky is gray, and the slush is deep. (March, I’m talking about you.)

Impossible, of course. But at least the memory of chocolate cake, fine weather, and black-eyed Susans will be there to cheer us up.



72 thoughts on “Back Again in the Same Year”

  1. A very nice occasion.

    I like the idea of bottling the good weather. I expect some entrepreneur reading your post is even now working out how to monetize the scheme.

  2. What a pretty picture you paint of your afternoon with your friend. Reading your description, it felt very much like a perfect time to me: relaxed, comfortable, and sweet. Of course, chocolate and a few plucked flowers could make any occasion special!

  3. It is such a bonus when we get warm sunny days in early autumn. And to have one to share with special friend is even better.

  4. You’re a good friend, Laurie — what a “sweet” idea for a birthday gift! I might have to borrow it for one of my friend’s milestone birthdays! And congrats on the progress with your book — yes, editing always takes more time than we intend!

  5. Welcome back and what a wonderful celebration with your friend!🙂 Cake looks delicious and what a great gift! If I recall, aren’t more wonderful birthday celebrations happening soon?! We’ve had a few beautiful days that I wish could last for a few months. Congratulations on the book and looking forward to ordering it as soon as it’s available!🙂

  6. Welcome back, Laurie. So glad your major book editing is done and you can take time to celebrate special milestones, like your friend’s birthday, and to smell the flowers (black-eyed susans, from the look of it). These little events become big and treasured in our memories.

  7. Awesome work on the book, Laurie, and October is right around the corner! What a sweet (pun intended) thing to do for your friend. It sounds like a lovely way to spend a beautiful Maine day. 🙂

  8. Welcome back! A lovely post. Your birthday celebration for your friend looks and sounds wonderful. Thinking of you as you slog through the end of your labors on your book. xo

  9. I’m just getting back into the WordPress Swing after a busy summer, and of course, I had to catch up on your Maine-iac goings on. 😉 Congrats on the book! Hope you enjoy these last Summerish days!

  10. Happy birthday to your long-time friend. I like the idea of 80 Hershey’s kisses. I may borrow that idea one day. It’s nice to have you back in the blogging world, Laurie.

  11. Welcome back, Laurie. Glad to see that you continue to make steady progress with the new book. Your celebratory tribute to your friend looks and sounds wonderful. A gooey chocolate cake AND eighty Hershey kisses…I’m drooling all over my keyboard!

  12. Almost done, Laurie … on on !
    What a lovely celebration for you friend – homemade cake, flowers from your garden, time for tea & chat … wow.

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