Thursday, January 19, 2012


This is my friend Homer, who turned 89 back on December 2nd. He owns the farm where I feed the stray cats every day. I love to listen to Homer talk about the old days and the things that have happened to him in his life. His wife passed away almost 2 years ago. I know he gets lonesome so I try to stop in and visit with him when I can. I know some people don't care to listen to the old folks since they tend to maybe tell you the same story several times. That's okay. I enjoy hearing about the old days. My Dad would have loved talking to Homer! 

Homer was telling me that he once drove a frieght line. It only went on an 11 mile run. He said he used a team of 6 mules to pull the wagon. If someone wanted to ride on the trip he charged them a dime.  It's hard to imagine a trip over a rocky/dirt road at that time of 11 miles. Today in a car 11 miles is nothing. I'm sure it was quite the adventure back then.

I made this cake for Homer for his birthday. It's an Italian Cream Cake, 3 layers with frosting between each one, and coconut and pecan bits pressed onto the sides. I asked him how it tasted and he said it was wonderful and didn't last no time. Homer likes cake, and at the age of 89, I think he ought to be able to eat as much cake as he wants! Don't you agree?


Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

That cake looks delicious, Rachel....And Jomer looks like a very interesting character....I bet he enjoys your visits, a lot! And I LOVE that you are STILL feeding those kirrens and cats every day---AMAZING, my dear.....!! You are so sweet to visit Homer as well as The Cats...!

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Hi Rachel ~~ Yes, Homer should be able to have all the cake he wants to eat at 89. I do believe that the 'cake lady' feeds his cats.

That is another good deed. It probably keeps the mice population way down for the both of you.

Adi and I had been visiting the folk in senior assisted living home here. Most of them would tell us their same stories over and over also. Especially about their dogs. People love to talk about their dogs.

Now Adi can't hear and has to get shots for her arthritis. Before the shots she was walking around on only three legs.

4:52 AM  
Blogger Donna. W said...

Oh, that cake looks so good!

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Hi Rachel - Your cake looks absolutely lovely and I know Homer enjoyed it for his birthday!

It is really nice to visit with people and I love hearing stories, even if they are ones that I could finish them as I've heard it quite a bit. My grandmother used to tell the same stories and I could finish each and every one of them - but I loved every second of it!

I hope your weekend is very nice!


5:01 AM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

Okay, I am a very interesting old person with lots of stories to tell. When should I expect my cake?

5:04 AM  
Blogger sonia a. mascaro said...

Congratulations, Homer!

The cake looks delicious Rachel! How sweet of you!

2:23 PM  
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9:09 PM  
Blogger Tipper said...

Yes he should eat as much as he wants! I'm so glad you visit Homer : )

8:41 AM  
Blogger Janell said...

Oh my, that cake looks DELICIOUS! Wish I could join you in listening to Homer's stories. Thanks for sharing them.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

That cake really looks good. At 89 I hope he gets all the cake he wants !!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Ralph said...

P.S. " I know some people don't care to listen to the old folks" those people need to realize with any luck - we (including them) will all get old someday.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Miki said...

Rachel, let the man eat as much cake as he wants! That is my motto for Great post!
Letting you know that I am sporatically on the blog! Miss all of my blogger friends!

5:21 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

You have a sweet spirit Rachel. It is so nice of you to take time for Homer and I'm sure he looks forward to your visits. The cake does look lovely. I have a recipe for Italian Cream Cake that my sister gave me years ago but I have never made it. From the looks of yours I think I will!

4:52 PM  
Blogger sonia a. mascaro said...

Hi Rachel,
Just stopping by to wishing you a pleasant week ahead!
Many hugs!

5:33 AM  
Blogger possum said...

You are a wonderful friend.
Your turn to be blessed will come.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Sandy Hatcher-Wallace said...

You are such a sweet and caring person Rachel always helping out stray animals and making old people feel good by endlessly listening to their stories and baking them delicious cakes.

Love your new puppy Rusty. He's so cute.

10:40 AM  
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