this week at the FPL


A rainy day at the FPL. I knew we would be doing everything indoors so I didn’t bake the cake. Mr. John and the twins took care of that. Spurning the electric mixer they used the old hand-crank egg beater–Mr. John confided, “It might be over-mixed, the boys were exuberant.” I said, “I didn’t know a cake could be over-mixed.” He assured me it could. We ate it warm with drizzle icing–it seemed to have survived the zealous mixing of Harper and Danny.

I brought over my guitar. It was our volunteer, Tiffany’s birthday and I wanted to hear her play (I know, I should have done something for her, but she was very nice and obliged). So did our other volunteer, Michael. Boy were they good. We had background music for the whole two hours.

Meanwhile, Jorge and Talese tackled the back room (this could happen once a week and we would still be suffering relative chaos as donations appear on the porch regularly). For now, this minute, the storage room looks good.

Johnny brought a whole new crop of kids over to shoot hoops, then the rain started and everyone came inside to read and draw and eat warm chocolate cake. One girl who likes to cook went home with a donated copy of Joy of Cooking. This group came from the nearby trailer park, the Meadows, and the next neighborhood over, Mabry Manor. Our great volunteer Hunter (who can’t get away from the library because he lives next door) drove them all home in the rain (thank you Hunter!).

We did one more song, then the twins piled into a volunteer’s car and were driven to the corner–yes, it was raining that hard.

A great, musical day at the library–and the warm chocolate cake was to die for.

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