I drove to town today with a bagful of green beans and cherry tomatoes, a few squashes and three dozen eggs to give to the children. Also, the cake.
Man. That cake. Not only did I forget to put salt in it, I forgot to put an egg in it (I told you I was a mess yesterday) and because it was a very dense cake to begin with with apples and prunes and raisins and nuts, it was somewhat brick-like but I had made a sort of salted-caramel icing for it which compensated and it was fine. Not a fluffy cake in the least but a flavorful one.
I met up with Hank and Rachel at El Patron but dammit! someone else had a birthday and they had the entire patio taken up with their carefully and cheerfully laid tables with tablecloths and decorations and even little bottles of Purell laid out like party favors.
No room for us.
Then Lily remembered that there was another Mexican restaurant down the road with a patio so we texted everyone and moved the gathering to that place and it was nice, sitting under a giant lime or lemon tree or some sort of citrus tree and although it was a bit humid and hot, no one collapsed from heat stroke so...winning!
We sat around the tables and ate and chatted for a long time. Everyone told stories about bugs. We took turns. Since we live in Florida, everyone has a bug story or two. The one Lily told about what happened to her just last night was a classic example of TOO MUCH NATURE and involved a giant spider whom she rescued and opened the door to let out at which point a giant Luna Moth flew in and batted her about the face with its massive wings while she tried to get it back outside without hurting it. We all laughed a lot.
I have to say that the food was not impressive. Not nearly as good as El Patron's but it wasn't really about the food, was it? It's the sort of "Mexican" restaurant where they serve ranch dressing with the chips which I had never seen before and which disturbed me greatly but the salsa was pretty darn good. Our server was good at his job although he seemed rather cranky but he cheered up when he saw the tips we left him. One thing you can say about our family is that we tip good, every one of us having worked in the service industry at one time or another. Well, except for the children.
Here's what we looked like today.
God knows that's true.
At least that's my plan.