A Birthday Cake for “BRADFROD”


It’s just a name… “Bradfrod”


Hello and welcome to the blog.  It’s that time of the year again.  I turned 54 on Saturday.  Some things are inescapable.  No biggie though, birthdays are just the number of laps this class M planet makes around our yellow star during a lifetime.

So what’s with the “Bradfrod” thing?  My birthday cake was messed up – ordered correctly but the name was misspelled when the grocery store made it.  Here’s what happened…

On Friday I stopped at the store to pick up the cake.  A sheepish young girl told me about their error and I told her not to worry about it.  At first I was irritated and contemplated putting the story on Facebook.  But that wouldn’t make anyone feel better.  Rather, for fun I cut a first piece of the cake and removed the mistakenly spelled name.


It says “BRAD”  and nobody is any the wiser!


As a fast food worker, I know things happen and most of us feel badly when a customer’s order isn’t right.  The cake bakers tried and heck, we’re all human; things happen.  While a couple of friends said they would have been mad and/or asked for a discount, I realized there was no need.  If I’d thrown a hissy fit or said something stupid, it wouldn’t have helped any.  Kindness helps keep a clean conscience clean.  Besides, it was a cute and very tasty cake.   🙂  🙂  🙂


Cooked in the van and enjoyed on the fold-down table, there’s nothing like a little comfort food in cold weather!


Earlier in the week, it seemed like fun to take a little camping trip and celebrate the upcoming birthday.  I stayed in town and cooked supper in a crockpot at the Wapsipinicon campground.  The meal was unusual.  Swedish meatballs were partially cooked at home and finished in the crock pot.  In the process of preparing food, a great idea came to mind.  Why not make the other items needed as well in the crock pot at the same time?  Inside the slow cooker with the meatballs, there were two other items –  a foil packet with buttered noodles and another packet with broccoli and cheese.  Everything came out perfectly!  In all these years of cooking, it had never occurred to me to use the bloody cooker for making more than one meal item at the same time!


Snowflake using worsted weight acrylic yarn


After that wonderful meal, for the next four hours I sat in the easy chair and crocheted 13 snowflakes.  Sis wanted some for Christmas and she liked this pattern.  The white yarn has a metallic looking stripe running through it, causing the snowflakes to sparkle.  The next step is to shape and stiffen the snowflakes with a solution.  They will be hung in windows in her home.


Wapsipinicon Campground — beautiful and peaceful in November


In the meantime, I was watching Star Trek on TV and then switched over to some old detective shows on the laptop.  There was nobody else camping and the evening was tranquil.  It felt good to sleep in after hitting the sack at midnight.  The van was nice and toasty despite the outdoor temperature plummeting to 16 degrees that night.  Th9ugh 6 weeks away, it sure felt like winter!

That’s about it for now.  It’s nice to have Sunday off and rest up a bit.  Then it’s six days in a row at work.  There’s no rest for the reliable people.  🙂  We’ll have to see what the weather holds in store for the next excursion outside.

Take care and thanks for visiting!  Safe and happy travels!

Brad and Jenny and Mister Duke
Jones County, Iowa