Birthday, blooms, and Fur Babies

My daughter Sarah turned 17 yesterday. She and Hubby made a mint chocolate checkerboard cake that turned out amazing!.

We had dinner out to celebrate at the newly remodeled Mahi’s at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Photo of our cool water bottle. They both had sushi and I had a chicken dish that was yum (no photo, too busy eating!)

I love seeing everyone’s blooms at Altered Book Lovers “T” for Tuesday posts, so I took some on my neighborhood walk this week. The Yellow is Forsythia I believe and the pink and yellow is a camellia bush, I have several beautiful bushes in different colors in my yard.

This is my grand dog Wilson, he’s a golden doodle and an absolute love! He lives in Raleigh NC with my oldest daughter Katie.

At left is my other cat Izzy, she was getting annoyed that I haven’t blogged about her yet. She sits on my office chair while I type. Mojo is at eye level sitting on my scanner keeping me company as well. Have a great week and thanks for allowing me to share my part of the world today!

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21 thoughts on “Birthday, blooms, and Fur Babies

  1. Good morning, I enjoyed seeing your kitties, and your grand dog too-he looks likes a sweetie.
    we do not have any signs of spring as of yet except for grass beginning to green up a bit-enjoyed seeing your spring blooms. The cake looks delicious! Happy T wishes Kathy


  2. Hi Karen, great to see your family, including your furry kids. Happy birthday to your dear daughter, the cake looks amazing, wow! Glad you had a great day together. Happy T Day and have a great week, Valerie


  3. OMGosh, Karen. I left you a LONG response and somehow it disappeared. I am so tired and ready for bed, I’m not sure I can even remember what I wrote.

    I know I wrote how much I LOVED that cake your daughter and your husband made for her birthday. I would have taken a ton of photos because it turned out so good. Also, happy belated birthday to your daughter,.

    I remember wondering why you called Wilson your “grand” dog, until you explained he lives with your other daughter. Then grand made sense. Izzy is adorable, but Mojo stole my heart last week.

    I remember commenting that spring had truly arrived where you live because of all those early spring flowers you found on your walk.

    Finally, I remember saying I had a glass bottle similar to the one you were served at the restaurant. You don’t need to show food. Sometimes when people share food, I get really hungry afterward. Water is always a good choice. Thanks for sharing your cats, your daughter’s cake, her birthday, your springtime blooms, and your water at the restaurant with us for T this Tuesday. Let’s hope the internet gods are good to me this time.


    1. Awww I’m sorry you lost your first response but I’m thankful you didn’t give up and left me a 2nd! it’s 9:30 AM on Tues. here but get some rest and Blessings on the rest of your week ~


  4. The checkerboard cake looks so good. I have a checkerboard pan, but haven’t made a cake in it since my girlies were little Happy Birthday to your daughter. I had a great year at 17. Wishing her the same. Cute animal faces. Headbutts and cuddles to all. Happy T Day


  5. Oh, I know my hubby would devour that cake!! Wonderful birthday celebration. Wilson is so sweet looking. I’ve always heard only good things about the Golden Doodle breed. Nice of your kitties to keep you such good company nearby:)
    Only signs of Spring here so far are the snowdrops although I am seeing some budding on the trees and bushes, and early tulips and daffodils are beginning to break through the ground. It can’t be too much longer… happy T day!


  6. Happy Birthday wishes to your daughter and Wow, the cake looks so amazing and I bet it tasted delicious! I’m loving your photos, the fur babies look super cute 😁. Wishing you a happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x


  7. That cake looks great. I love seeing all of the blooming plants. It’s still a few weeks away for me here in Connecticut. That dog is adorable. And I like how the cats insert themselves into your work area, to get your attention. Happy T-Day!


  8. What a lovely cake! Mint and chocolate are such a good combination. Well done your daughter and hubby! And a belated happy 17th birthday to the birthday girl.
    Your great Doodle Wilson looks so sweet. Our daughter has a similar breed (apparently they don’t lose so much hair) and he is called Oscar and he is the sweetest dog.
    It’s lovely to meet your cats too.
    Yes, spring is coming. Thank you for the beautiful photos. So positive!
    Happy T-Day.


  9. Hi, Me again: I forgot to ask you how you are getting on with Worldpress. I tried to change over from Blogger to Worldpress as I use my iPad a lot and Blogger doesn’t work on iPad, so when I blog, I have to boot up my desk-top.
    Did you have help setting it up? Do you have the paid version or the free version? I gave up in the end (I have nobody techie to ask really, unless I pay someone).


    1. Hi again ~ I did the paid version and to convert from blogger wasn’t hard but trying to get it set up the way I want has been a struggle. The online tutorials weren’t very helpful, but they more help available that I haven’t stopped to try yet. I’m not techie either and I got this far so you can do it! My phone wouldn’t let me upload pics from blogger anymore so I had to make a switch. Blessings to you ~


  10. Aw, your dog photo is adorable, Karen. It hurts my brain to try to figure how one makes a checkerboard cake, but it sure looks delicious. I love seeing all your fur babies.

    Happy T-day! Eileen xx


  11. Happy Belated to Sarah. How exciting. That cake looks so yummy. And sounds delicious. And those fur babies really got my attention. What a cute pup. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika


  12. Oh wow.. a fantastic cake …. my daughter , I have only one and got her late. She turned 19 last month.
    And I am in love with your drand dog Wilson—he is simply ADORABLE!!!
    And your cats are muse cats as it seems!
    Have a very happy belated T-Day! I appreciated your visit and comments on my blog and hope to return more often to your lovely place here!
    Happy rest of the week Karen!

    Susi xxx
    Greetings from Austria


  13. What a lovely post Karen! It’s lovely to see that people are busy making birthday cakes the world over – and wow, what a cake! You had me at the photo of Wilson peeping over the back of the sofa but I loved seeing the flowers coming out everywhere and the restaurant and then those cute little cats! Happy Tuesday (although it’s Wednesday here, so maybe it’s happy Wednesday!) Vicky x


  14. Happy belated birthday to your daughter. My birthday is on the 2nd March.
    I loved meeting your cats and dog too.


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