Weekend Coffee Share – Birthday Party & A Light At The End of The Tunnel

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Welcome! Let’s have some coffee, or tea? I think that you might prefer sitting inside today. The temperatures are still in the three digits, and we are expecting a high of 110 Sunday. How is your week so far?

It’s been a busy week here. Besides the usual work, the first days of the week was dedicated to getting things ready for my little girl’s 7th birthday. Thursday was her birthday, and we had a party at our house.

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Before the guests arrived. She was very excited.

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I let her pick a new dress for her party, and she picked this crazy taco cat party dress

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I made the cake from scratch, following her directions. My Princess wanted 6 layers; 4 of them being a fluffy chocolate cake, and two of them being a Swedish sticky cake (similar to brownie.) Inside the cake there was homemade vanilla custard, raspberries/blueberries, and chocolate cream.

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I think it turned out pretty good, and the kids liked it. My daughter was super happy with her party, and said that it was the best birthday party ever. Of course that made my heart insanely happy. I do believe that a big part of her happiness had to do with the fact that her dad actually came. It’s the first year that he actually took the time to attend, bringing his lady and her daughter. It totally made her day. It was a couple months since she last saw him. It’s often like that, so just seeing him is like Christmas. She was super happy to see her step sister as well. So happy that she asked to have a sleepover at their house, she’s there now. I’m very pleased that things went so smooth, and that she really got the fabulous birthday she deserves. She’s the light of my universe.

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Since I’m all alone at the moment, I’m going to take some time to write in the journal I wrote about last week. Having had a little extra time to think due to this latest allergy challenge, I’ve decided to start a new type of journal. With my beautiful, intelligent daughter as intended audience. I’m going to write about every day happenings, and thoughts, but also include stories from my childhood, about relatives that no longer are with us, and anecdotes from her own childhood. I hope that maybe one day she’ll find comfort in those stories. I feel more motivated to write, with a more defined purpose.

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This is the journal. I’ve already started to write in it.

Would you like a refill on your coffee? I think I could use another cup. I got the test results from my allergy testing. Turns out I’m very allergic to shell fish, and eggs. I have some experience with egg allergies, since I’ve had kids in my care that been allergic to eggs. There’s eggs in a whole lot of things; pasta, ice cream, dressings, mayonnaise, bread, pastries etc etc. I’m extremely allergic to them (like don’t go nowhere without your Epi pen.) Despite all my efforts to eat healthy, I’ve been poisoning myself, sort of..I just found out the results late yesterday afternoon. I’m relieved to know what caused the constant choking pressure on my throat, that I’ve felt since the allergy attack a couple weeks ago. I’ve had other less life threatening symptoms for almost a couple years. Now I can finally do something about it, avoid eggs (and shell fish, but I don’t eat a whole lot of that.) I spent some time last night, and this evening learning about what I need to avoid, and trying to figure out what I actually can eat. I do feel very positive about knowing. It’s a big relief. It’s going to take some time for my body to recover from this abuse, but that’s OK. Now I know that there’s a light by the end of the tunnel. I’m so grateful for that. It’s been a good week.

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?  I hope your week is fabulous, and that your weekend is even more so!

Love,

Ms Zen

47 Comments on “Weekend Coffee Share – Birthday Party & A Light At The End of The Tunnel

  1. Wow, i’m glad you found out what caused the attack Maria, yay! Your situation is a bit similar to mine in having to avoid salt. So difficult. I love your daughter’s kitty taco dress, so sweet! The cake looks and sounds divine! I’ve had my one cuppa for the day, thanks though. Stay cool, it’s another scorching day. 😎😍

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    • Thank you John! I bet it can be very challenging to avoid salt, that’s literally in everything. I’m going to have to start thinking about where I go, and what I eat more, I’m sure its going to take some time. I already breath easier, so its definitely worth it. Be safe in the heat 🙂

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      • Thanks, you too. Fast Food is 100% out. Far too many foods and products in the grocery are far too salty. Our food supply in this country is really contaminated with salt, a great way to force the blood pressure of Americans up. there’s a very good reason why high blood pressure is called the Silent Killer. It’s epidemic.

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        • It’s probably always a good thing to avoid fast foods. I never eat that. It would be awesome if there was more healthy fast food alternatives, as affordable as the junk. LOL

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  2. Glad you found your allergens, Maria, now begins the intense label and menu scrutiny! My great-nephew has an egg allergy and my niece has to be so careful, it can be quite scary when he goes to school and parties – eggs are in so much.
    Your daughter’s party sounds like it was wonderful – 10 points, Mom! 🙂

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  3. So happy your daughter had a very special birthday!

    It’s good you found out about the allergens. At least now you can detox your body to assist in mending. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t eat eggs, I LOVE eggs. 😂

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    • Thank you!
      It feels good to know what I need to avoid. I try to focus on that part. It is going to be challenging to avoid eggs. …and my daughter is set on having chickens again. She even had a chicken piñata at her party.

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        • Maybe, if I could, that would be fun. I like chickens. I’m trying to find out if I can handle eggs at all, like cocking for my family. I don’t know yet. I’m not allowed to be in the same room as shell fish, like going to a buffet, sushi restaurant, Japanese restaurant, seafood place, Chinese restaurant etc.. etc. but maybe that allergen is stronger. I would very much like to have chickens.

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  4. First, I’m so happy you found out what your allergy is… that is 99% of the battle. And, as we age, allergies can change as I found out a few years ago. For me, it’s tomatoes…well, not all tomatoes, just raw ones, their juice and their seeds. I can eat a little ketchup (1/2 teaspoon). Funny, but this morning I bought a green tomato at the farm market. Haven’t had one in maybe a decade or me. Epi pen at my side, I fried it up, ate it, and watched for symptoms. Been three hours now and not even a sneeze, itch, or wheeze. It’s weird how that is. Glad to hear you’ve had a better week. You have a beautiful angel there! Happy Birthday to her. I think your journal is a wonderful project for her to enjoy years from now. 🙂 ❤ ~Shalom, Bear

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    • Thank you for your positivity! It’s a big relief to know what I need to avoid. Now I just need to be more aware of my surroundings (the shell fish part..no more Vegas buffets for me..) and what I eat. Happy you finally could enjoy your tomato 🙂 They are so delicious. Sounds like your weekend is great!

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      • It has been. I finished sewing a new skirt for church this morning… this morning at 0730! 🙂 I met with a Lady who chairs the Farmer’s Market and found I can set up a booth free… I’ll be so happy to get back into selling my arts and crafts. Now, I can include weaving, too.

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  5. Whoa! Your allergies are serious. So glad your daughter had a special birthday. I love that beautiful journal. And where is it in the 3 digits, temperature-wise??? Yikes!

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  6. Glad your daughter had a good birthday, and I think the journal is a great idea. Hope you can improve things now that you know the cause of your symptoms.

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  7. Glad the birthday party was the best ever. The cake looks great! Also good that you are getting the allergy thing figured out. It’s easier to avoid things if you know what they are. I hope your weekend is going well and that you have a great week ahead 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! I worked as a baker for 9 years, before becoming a teacher. I like to go the extra mile on special occasions 🙂 It’s fun! Feel free to try a piece, goes great with that coffee 🙂

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  8. I love the taco cat dress!! So happy she had a great birthday… ❤ What a great journal idea, I know that will mean so much to her.

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    • Thank you Kathleen! It was a little funny with the dress. I let her pick a dress from Amazon. She picked that one, the only one that wasn’t pink and cute. LOL. Thanks for having coffee with me today!

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  9. Hi Maria. What is this draw from a nicely constructed journal?
    I only kept a few short ones myself when I was younger but one in particular proved to be so valuable as it described some events that were both important and long forgotten until I picked it up one day and gave it a read. I was such a weak writer, but the voice still felt so much like me – it was like stepping into a time machine to watch myself almost 40 years ago.

    You are such a mom regarding your daughter’s birthday.
    I am such a dad for cheering on your success.
    One of our highest callings is making great memories for our children.

    I missed your visits the pas few weeks but life and work kinda ganged up on me.
    Blessings.

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    • Thank you for dropping in for coffee today. Life happens, that’s just how it is. I read your coffee share earlier, but I couldn’t leave a comment? It sounds like you had a great time with your friend. Friends like that are invaluable.
      I am very happy that the birthday party turned out the way my daughter envisioned. Her Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and Easter are the Holidays I’ve always celebrated with her. She knows that I plan for those, and no matter what our life situation is at the moment, we are going to make those days special. I wouldn’t want to let her down 😉
      I hope you’re having a great weekend, and get some time to relax 🙂

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  10. I loved having coffee with you this weekend and what a BEAUTIFUL birthday party with the most delicious cake! (I imagined tasting it, and it was so delicious!) Yummy!! Your daughter is so adorable and I love her dress. I’m glad her dad was able to come and step sister! 😀
    I’m also so happy you discovered what you are allergic too. I think shellfish will be pretty easy to avoid but eggs, oh dear, more difficult but nowadays soooo many more options available! I’m glad you are feeling better everyday! My coffee was delicious too! Have a great rest of your weekend dear friend! 🥰❤️😘

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    • Thank you so much my friend ❤️ it’s always great having coffee with you 😊 it has been a great week in many ways. I hope your weekend is filled with love and laughters. That little kitty you’ve been watching sure is a cutie.

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  11. Awe, thank you so much! Wolfie (my daughter loves classical music and Mozart so the kitty is named Wolfgang, Wolfie for short!) She took him home and after an exhausting drive (lots of traffic, and he never stopped meowing) they are comfortably at home! ❤️ She loves animals, like me and this will be so therapeutic and loving for her to have a kitty in her house! 🐱🥰

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  12. Your daughter looks so happy, Maria! What a doll! Love that cake! I’m glad you found out your allergy to eggs! How annoying, though, because like you said, eggs are in everything! Take good care and thanks for the coffee!

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  13. Happy Birthday to your little princess. You made a wonderful day for her and you as well. Good job, mommy.

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