Mondays with Melitas – March 28, 2016

Kathy's Kookies

Kathy’s Kookies

KATHY’S DELIGHTS ON WHEELS                                 MARCH 28, 2016


We have a neighbor, Kathy, who, with her husband, Steve, live down in the cul-de-sac at the end of our street, Dandelion Drive. We met them several years back when our neighbor, Lori introduced us at her first ‘hood party. Lori was our Social Director, and when she moved away to Houston we don’t have any more soirees to celebrate birthdays, or 4th of July, or any other old day we need an excuse for.

Whenever Kathy and Steve arrived at one these social gatherings, I would know some sort of delightful dessert most probably had arrived with them. (All I took was my Tequila on the rocks, salted rim, squeeze of lime, in my tall insulated tumbler to keep it cold and enough of it to last a couple of hours.)

Kathy is an inspired Baker. She absolutely loves and adores to bake, and she puts her whole heart and soul into it. The oven is always on “bake.”

Same ol’ stuff does not come out of there. Her kookies, or cakes, pies, or whatever she has dreamed up, is always decorated, and looking like a graduate of that cooking school in Paris had accomplished the results.

She spends so much time baking, I am hoping she doesn’t move her kitchen into the living room to be a little more comfortable in the easy chair or on the sofa.

You would think the two of them, both Kathy and Steve, might be on the corpulent side with all that bakery stuff sitting around; but no, both are as slim and trim as can be. I get the picture — Kathy just adores baking — but they don’t eat it! She packs them up in colorful containers, and are put in their “delights on wheels” (their SUV) and deliver the “sweets on wheels” to friends and neighbors. She probably was noticing how I was looking, thin and half dead; so for months now, the “wheels” parks in our driveway, and Steve gets out to deliver the goods. This week for Easter, it was a basket with Easter Bunny grass in the bottom with Kathy’s Kookies very professionally laid out on top. Just take a look at the photo. Two alike cookies, decorated — big ones, small ones, dark ones, yellow ones, white ones, different flavors.

Right now I am sitting here scribbling away, munching one of those big kookies, and washing it down to my happy tummy with a bottle of Boost High Protein. Five or six months ago, I was weighing in at 101#, and this morning the scales were creaking at 108.5#. It’s a good thing I have loads of sagging onion paper skin to fill out.

Thanks, Kathy, for all those treats, and thanks to your punctual deliveryman, Steve. He’s a keeper.

Especially if he doesn’t forget how to find 79613 Dandelion Dr.


MELITAS FORSTER                                       MONDAYS WITH MELITAS


14 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – March 28, 2016”

  1. Well I laughed all the way through. Thank you for the nice tribute! I do enjoy the baking. It’s the one thing I can still do. I don’t move like I used to to so baking is my way of creating. I used to paint on canvas now I bake. I’m glad you enjoyed. I hope you two had a nice Easter. We had nine for dinner so it wasn’t to quiet but now we have lots of leftovers 😊, which I’m happy about. No cooking for a few days. Thank goodness Steve eats them so well.
    I’m sure I’ll be back down with something else.


  2. Melitas dear, can’t tell you how much I love Monday mornings, up before the world, reading your articles. Thx for starting my mornings off right!

  3. Melitas dear, can’t tell you how much I love Monday mornings, up before the world, reading your articles. Thx for starting my mornings off right!

  4. Happy Easter. Kathy sounds like an egg-cellent baker!
    Love Roberta

  5. Thanks again, Melitas for another delicious story… a really nice way to start the morning. Now if only the ‘delights on wheels’ could find it’s way to Mission Viejo!

  6. Happy belated Easter! Loved the blog. Think I met Kathy at your 95th birthday party at Lori’s house. Can’t believe you’re still doing so well at almost 98. That’s coming up soon. Hope you get some more of Kathy’s goodies. Love, Marcie

  7. Keep those stories coming Melitas! You are
    Like our personal version of NPR’s Story Corps!



  9. Melitas,

    Loved your cookie and hope that you found your olives.

    Nephew John

  10. Another Easter present for you.. and Alba.. the book on Softball is coming out in June, “Fastpitch” is the title, written by Erica Westly. I hope she talked to you, as one of the “originals”… your stories are just the best, treasured memories that cannot be replaced.
    By the way, Joann McLaughlin and Kay Rich send their greetings, they came to Sonora for a great playhouse presentation of” My Fair Lady”, truly professional for being in the boondocks………I see them bi-monthly,at least. nice to check in with Mom’s friends.
    Glad to see you back in form again, we all enjoy your humor and insights…..enjoy you cookies and tequila chaser…… love janice

  11. Miss Mel, your memory and your life is so wonderful I never tire of reading about it. I hope you and my wonderful sister-in-law had a wonderful Easter. You sure have nice neighbors that make all those beautiful goodies. So proud of you for typing out your Mondays with Melitas but I am happier still that you have put on some weight. God bless you Mel. May we all be blessed with enjoying more years with your wonderful memories. The Xochihua’s in Gilbert love you and miss you.

  12. Happy Belated Easter greetings to both of you. Yep, those goodies in the picture would really be a treat. Love your stories.

  13. Hi!
    Friends and bakers are sweet treasures!!
    Great story!

    So glad you are up a few pounds. Fantastic. Besos

  14. You are too much girl. Very funny! Love it!

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