My mom turned 82 last weekend. I know that some of you are big fans of Charlotte, the elder. She's had a really tough year with fewer bloggable moments to share here. Gratefully though, things are looking up and this birthday warranted a big Grammy-style celebration. Maggie started the festivities with a sweet family party at her house. Cake, hats, streamers! She brought out this old photo of Mom. Wow, right?
On Monday we whisked her away to the historic 1869 Victorian Mohonk Mountain House in the Catskills for a mini-vacay. Downton Abbey style.
For the middle of January, we enjoyed mild weather and maximum fun.
By the fire in the Lake Room where we camped out when the afternoon clouded over, we read, stitched, wrote and talked the day right up to its scrabble tournament finish.
82 and she still comes up with "coyote" off the letter tray.
We explored the historic building and hotel grounds.
Hiked up to the skate house.
Marveled at the layered history and natural beauty all around.
Mohonk mountain is a hiker's paradise. When the sun warmed things up, we managed a little of that even with the wheel chair.
The days at Mohonk finish with a four-course fine dining experience. Mom loved the dress for dinner elegance. She was so happy surrounded by family, tradition, the energetic bustle of life. And all the love in the world.
Happy, happy birthday to the original, matchless Charlotte!