Monday, August 20, 2007

blog blah blah



i dont know - i've just been lazy as far as blogging goes.


i dont know why but i'm here to remedy my blog blahs.


i've been working a lot of Suzy things and hopefully i'll post there again today or tomorrow.


I've been working on a little project i'm calling Postcards from Home - here's the first one with the little monkeys. The Postcards from Home is something i decided to do for my son. He just left for school. (moved into his first off campus apartment this year too.... sigh). Anyway the last few years I've become pretty lax in sending him mail. I do send the occasional goody box but i've never sent him a lot of mail mail. In this age of email - hey - i just jump on the computer and send him a little note, you know what I mean?

When i was in school (a bazillion years ago it seems) my father would write me a letter every week - on a Monday. I'd receive it on Wednesday. I so looked forward to getting those letters. They were special. They didn't say anything earth shattering - as a matter of fact they were recounting what was going on around the house or he'd tell me who was sitting in the coffee shop where he wrote the letters (he'd write them somewhere in NYC - he worked in Manhattan and he'd often see some movie or Broadway person in the shop - that kinda thing). But the thing about the letters is that #1 he was writing them. Not something I ever would have bet my Dad would do - he just never seemed to be that guy. But, this many years later I realize of course he was that guy. He adored his kids. He wasn't overly mushy about it - but just try and say something not nice about any of us... Well you'd have him to deal with. He was a total softie but with a kinda crusty, but very funny, exterior. (now how'd i get off on that tangent... oh well)

So i was thinking this year I'd try my best to send my son a postcard a day. Maybe that's ambitious - i may need to re-evaluate (certainly several a week). When my oldest nephew was away at college I used to send him postcards too. I got a stack from the post office and I'd draw pictures of mostly my kids - cartoonlike drawings - doing funny stuff. Later he told me how much he loved getting those postcards.

So the Monkey Smile postcard is the first one. Actually I have made 20 of them already. I just pulled out a whole slew of stamps and just went crazy wild. It was a lot of fun. And I think i'll be making a whole nother slew in a few days just so i have a nice stock! I'll post them probably in groups - they're not any great art - just something to decorate the outside - and so he knows i'm thinking of him all the time.

Oh yeah one more thing I thought i'd post - You remember my mentioning my sister was visiting last week with her 2 boys. Before she left they came over for dinner one last time. My older nephew was holding a tupperware container when they arrived. He told me it was a suprise and I couldn't look. I said okay (we love a surprise!) Of course it didn't take long for my younger nephew to say "can we have a cupcake now?" (don't you just love little boys?) As my sister wouldn't be around for my birthday (which is not for a few weeks) she decided she'd like to celebrate it with some cupcakes. We both love those recipes you can find wherein you can duplicate a product at home. In this case - Hostess Cupcakes. The interesting thing about these particular cuppy cakes is that my sister is a vegan so that creme you see inside that cupcake isn't really creme per se. But it sure tasted like it - the whole cupcake was absolutely delicious. And isn't she the clever one - turning the squiggles on top into my name?
Ok... gee now i feel bloggy better! Just need to get here and start-a-postin! Maybe now i'll post on Suzy and then maybe i'll actually go look at a few blogs too!

9 comments:

Joan Y said...

Hey Tracy, great blog and I must add that I LOVE your monkey postcard. I think it's a lovely thing to do for your son. My dad and mom would write to me when I attended college and I've since kept all of their letters. They mean so much to me now that they're both gone. Your son will love them!

Sue McGettigan said...

Cute, cute, cute! Nothin' says love like a cupcake - happy pre-birthday :) Vegan eh? Might need that recipe ...

I love real mail, there is no substitute. Daily mail might be hard to do, but a coupla times a week will be such a smile provoker for Joe :) You are the perfect Mom!!

Will said...

There's nothing better than getting a handwritten note from home. I have every single letter my Dad wrote me my first year of college. He met his 2nd wife my 2nd year of college and the letters came to a scretching hault, but at least I have the letters from home for year one. Love to read your blog.

Babsarella said...

Love the postcard idea!! Bet your son will love receiving them too!!! Oh my, those cupcakes look mighty yummy!!! Too cute with the nephews...he he he

June Houck said...

The post card idea is wonderful. My freshman year I sent letters every day to my boyfriend (before I met my Dougie), and he sent them to me everyday. Oh how I looked forward to those! It was hard when sometimes I did not get one, but then the next day two would be delivered. I love the cupcakes! Especially the tracy one. I'm a Tastycake girl myself; I always liked theirs better than Hostess. In fact I ate two Tastycake cupcakes last night...

Lisa Renéa said...

What neato cupcakes! They look yummy! Ok, I'm encouraging you now, get busy on those postcards! Dakota, is going to school closer to home this year, but I did manage 3 cards a week last year. He said he loved them, time and time again. Get jiggy with it Tracy! We'll all be looking forward to these, as well!!

Linda M said...

Oh, I love the Hostess cupcakes. How sweet and fun. Glad the nephew popped the secret sooner than later.

Also love your postcards from home idea. Let's see more!

lauren said...

i LOVE the pc idea--that's one lucky dude! :) plus, AWESOME cupcakes--clearly creativity AND thoughtfulness run in your family!!!

Donna Layton said...

I love the story of your dad writing those letters. I know how much they meant to you. Joseph will love the cards. Of course monkeys would be on the first card! Sounds like, at the rate you're going, you might actually be able to send a card a day. That's a-lot-a cards!
BTW....what was in the middle of those cupcakes??