Thursday, March 25, 2010

A good day to have a birthday

Yesterday was my dad's birthday. I woke up thinking about calling him, but before I could, Libby-12 came running in, breathless, saying Eleanor had had kittens.

Eleanor had been fat for so long (since, like November!) I finally decided it was worms, and even started feeling a little guilty that I had let her pot-bellied-ness go on so long (and to think I call myself a nurse). Here's her profile last week (even after de-worming).
Ya'd think after five kids I'd recognize a pregnant bod. Oh, but aren't they tiny?
A mama cat is known as a "queen," so we thought deserved a castle to keep out the rain.All babies are miracles, even if they are kind of ugly and their eyes are glued shut. Look at those tiny claws!
It was a good day to have a birthday. My parents were here last week, so we got to celebrate Dad's birthday a little early and try to fill up on hugs. Dad, I love you!
And to celebrate, Dennis shooed us from the kitchen and whipped up his mom's Amazing Oatmeal Cake. All we had to do was sing happy birthday to each other (our birthdays are both in March).Thought you might like the recipe:

Pour 1 1/2 c. boiling water over 1 c. quick oats. Let sit a while.

When it's cool, add oat mixture with:
1/2 c. oil
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1 c. raisins
1 c. chopped nuts

Pour into greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for approx. 40 min.

1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. (1 cube) butter
1/2 c. milk or evaporated milk

Mix all together in a saucepan. Boil for about 5 minutes and pour over cake while it's hot. Sprinkle with 1/2 c. coconut.


Anonymous said...

happy birthday one and all! my mom and i shared a birthday on march 19th. and 2 friends of mine just had babies this month. yay for march babies!!

mholgate said...

Happy birthday to both of you! :)

Those kittens are so cute! Makes me think of when I was little and our farm cats had their kittens. Those little claws can really dig in...OUCH!


Julie said...

cute kittens!

se7en said...

So nice to have a post from you in my feed!!! Your kittens are too sweet - love their tent!!!

bass family said...

Happy birthday! And those kittens are so cute :)

Susanne said...

Happy birthday to you both!

My daughter loves kittens. She'd be in heaven if our cat had some. That ain't gonna happen though. Well now I feel stupid but I had no idea a fat cat might mean worms. Guess I'm visiting the pet store tomorrow for dewormer.

Maureen said...

Happy Birthday to you and your Dad! Nice to see you back on here! I miss you.