...oh wow is all I can say right now, a friend had discovered that I'd starting blogging by stumbling upon my blog and realising it was me. She said she'd left a comment, when I checked there were 3 comments. I started the blog so that people can read it and follow my journey, so why am I soooo surprised when that happened...one of those mysteries of life I guess!
Yes I made the cake..."hallelu" as they would say from my neck of the woods. So how did I get the money for it? It came from my darling husband..again! As the day for having the cake ready loomed ever so near, I had to bottle up courage and ask hubby for the money, which was hard for me as he had so kindly given me the money before, but I had spent it on other things. One of them being to help out a friend. Anyway I proceeded to mention to hubby that a friend of mine needed some help and I explained how I helped her out. My dear husband had a lovely smile on his face, saying how wonderful it was of me to do that! (Okay so I'd buttered him up, now was my chance to drop the bombshell.....) "honey", I said," that meant I had to spend the money you gave me to sort out the cake on my friend" his smile dropped! after a while he surprised me by saying..."you know what, God is in control and somehow we will get the money together for this cake"
.....so all is going well, yep! ummmmmm ! I have one day to get the cake sorted as our local newspaper was coming round to do an article on the cake and the reason for my making it. By this time I also realised that the person I was liaising with, for the TV programme the cake was for , had not given me details or where and when to drop it off. All I knew was that it had to be ready for the Saturday of that weekend! I send him another e-mail only to get a call from him in the evening to say the launch of the TV programme had been postponed! "po...what", I said. Due to not enough advertising, they had decided to re-launch in 4 weeks time! What was I going to do with the cake, bearing in mind that they had asked me to donate the cake to them, so in short it is no skin off their backs as they are not paying for it! You know what, the guy seemed like a nice chap, but I was freaking out as to what I was going to do with the cake. what story do I tell the local newspaper when they come round? Will they think I was lying in the first place just to get some publicity? what to do, what to do...
Somehow the thought of putting the cake up for auction came into my mind and then donating the money raised to a charity based in our local community. And so that is what I did, the reporter from the paper was very happy with that and mentioned a few charities I could choose, she and the photographer she brought loved the cake as it was very unusual - two African clay pots with a floral designs on them. The article went out and everything was honky dory! Well kinda off, I only got 3 bidders call me up, and the cake went for a third of what it would normally cost (I thought people loved giving to charities) but the very positive side to all that was that I did pick a charity, and I chose this one purely on the basis that it deals with helping kids, although the kids are aboard, the charity is based in our area. Initially when I got in contact with them, I thought what if they were not a proper charity and I'm just throwing money away! But the more I communicated with them, the more I thanked God for leading me to their path the way he did. They are a lovely couple that are very passionate about what they do, and I don't mind shamelessly plugging their cause via their website www.querico.org.uk .....every cloud has a silver lining right!
p.s: ignore the date on the photo, I use my daughters digital camera and she hadn't programmed the date properly!