Feb 24, 2008

Surprise B'day Party!

Yes, it was a total surprise! My Uncle Charlie's 80th b'day was this past Thursday (2/21) and in honor of that, my Aunt Margie (Elaine to most people) and I planned a special surprise party for him. He and my Aunt Frances are living near Tyler so we made arrangements for them to be picked up (by their nephew and his wife, Eddie & Sue) on the pretense that they were going to the The Shed in Edom, Tx (http://theshedcafe.com/) for lunch which they were...they just didn't know what awaited them when they arrived. And when they did arrive, we were there along with a few other friends, Loraine, Mickey & Frank. I don't think he or Aunt Frances could have been any more surprised. I made a sugar-free cake w/sugar-free icing (both Sweet-n-Low mixes) which was good and lunch at The Shed was terrific. They are quite well known for their chicken-fried steak and people drive or ride (motorcycles) from all around to eat there. Our waitress was a real sweetheart and took care of everything for us. We wandered around Edom (http://www.edomtexas.com/) for a bit and enjoyed a little more 'family' time together before parting. While wandering around we discovered this great little shop full of the most whimsical birdhouses (http://www.arborcastlebirdhouses.com/). Apparently, Edom is well known for more than 'The Shed'....it is full of craft & antique stores as well. Who knew??? And what a terrific day full of truly terrific surprises!!!! Lots of love to the family and to Edom, Texas!

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