Mercury Retrograde

I had so many miscommunications and disappointments this weekend that I figured the planet Mercury had gone retrograde.  I looked it up and sure enough, Mercury is retrograde from August 3rd until August 26th.

What does Mercury retrograde mean?   Well, I looked at and it states: Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray or awry.

So that it explains it.  It started on Saturday morning.  I had my morning all planned out.  I had to do a number of errands before going to visit my mom at the nursing home in the afternoon. I was hosting a small birthday party for my Sister in the evening.

I mapped out my route for maximum efficiency, a quick stop at Pondview Florist in Winchester to place an order for flowers, a stop at Cake in Lexington to select a cake, and then on to Bedford for a stop at the tea shop Tea's Studio and Jack and Toba for a gift for my sister.

Things went well at the florist shop, then I went to Cake and picked out a cake and paid for it.  I told them I would be back in about two hours and they were going to write Happy Birthday on the cake.  I drove off to Bedford to the tea shop, walked up to the door and it was locked!

Guess I won't be serving my favorite tea blends with the cake! Then I drove the length of the town and never found Jack and Toba.  The owner had mentioned she wanted to move locations. I guess she did!

So I went back to Cake to pick up my cake.  You know the cake I had already paid for. When I got there I told the clerk I was picking up my cake and she said, "We don't have any cakes." I told her to check out back because I already paid for this cake. She did but still no cake. They had sold my cake!  Luckily, a cake had just come out of the oven so I had to wait for them to decorate it but it would be mine.  They told me 7 minutes, it took longer.  While I was waiting, the man who took my order and my money walked in the door. I said to the clerk, "he's the one who took my order!" He said he didn't remember me until I reminded him with more details.  So I waited for the cake and I was not offered a discount of any kind or even a free cupcake while I waited.  Poor customer service, Cake!  I will say the cake was delicious.  It was hot out so I went home with the cake and then headed back to the florist's to pick up my arrangement.

They are so sweet at Pondview Florist.  The flowers looked wonderful.  They always do a great job and they are not expensive and no attitudes there.  They are professional and very accomodating.

Anway, despite my troubles prior to the party.  It all went well. Here's a few photos from the party.

Of course, I had to take a close up of the fruit and cheese tray.

Remember the lavender table runner I used at Easter, it had lights running down it's center? Well I bought more colors of the same style runner.  This one was green.

I used my crystal glasses with paper plates and napkins.  I call it casual elegance.

Shortbread cookies made to look like cameos served as favors.  

The cake was beautiful and delicious.

Although, it was a little warped.  Probably because they decorated it while it
was still warm!

Percy waited for his cake but he never did get any.

 And there you can see the warp of the cake again.

Did I say it was yummy?


Robin Larkspur said…
Believe me, I know all about mercury in retrograde, and it truly has been showing its ugly face around here! Sorry you had such a time with the cake; really unacceptable. If I lived in your town, I would boycott the place!!! But at least it tasted good, though slanted! Here's hoping the rest of mercury's influence goes easy on us all!!
Deb said…
I agree Elaine, you should never go back to Cake again. There are better bakeries who will treat you much better. They should remember the customer is always right. The party looked very nice though. I'm glad it turned out in the long run. :)

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