Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

It was… a Wednesday.

I told Dave what Sabby said, and he laughed.  Then he turned serious.  Then he said that if I don’t someday end up being his wife he might swear off all other women.

I melted like the chocolate I make.  I don’t know if he’s serious.  I kind of hope he’s not.  Because if he’s serious then he wouldn’t be happy and I want him to be happy.  But that’s the kind of thing you tell a girl when you want her to turn into a puddle of melty goo.

So once I resolidified and made sure no little gooey bits of me were left, I got in the car, drove over to his apartment, gave him a hug and the biggest kiss I could muster, waved at his family, got back in the car, and drove home.

Hahah!  He wasn’t expecting that!!!

He told me he has an idea for what we can do on a date this weekend.  He says it’s the most obvious thing and didn’t know why he didn’t think of it before.  Now I’m curious!!!

I’ve been doing a little research on the Rittenhouses.  I haven’t found anything useful at all.  I actually wonder if I ever will.  But I looked up my name – Yuriko Rittenhouse – and I found a few things.  It looks like that recital I did was not the first one.  Wow.

Oh… did I tell you?  I’ve got a holiday recital coming up!!!  I’m going to be doing some Christmas carols!!! Yes, I don’t talk about it much, but I’m still taking piano lessons!!!

I do lots of things I don’t talk about much!!! It’s a diary, not a captain’s log!  Hahaa!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

Meow! Meow meow!!! Meowmeow!!!

Hahaaha!!!!

I spoke cat!!!

I’m a silly billy!!!

Woof!  Woof woof!!! Hahahaah!!!! I spoke dog too!!!

I’m lying!!! I spoke politician!!!

HAHAHAHAH!!!!!

I HAD CHOCOLATE!!!!

BUZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!

It was a day.  Just… a day.  I don’t know if David’s happier but he seems to like his tutor so there’s that.  And Sabby thanked me for listening to her.  I said “what’s a daughter for?”  She smirked and said “eating all the chocolate and making me worry about you getting pregnant.”

I blushed.  Sabby’s back to her old self.

“I’m not -”

“I know,” she said quickly.  “But I worry.”

I sighed.  “Sabby, do you know what happened when I got weak and wanted to… you know?”

“What?”

“He refused.  He said he wanted to, but he knew I’d regret it, so he wouldn’t do it.”

Her mouth dropped open.

“Lily?”, she asked.

“What?”

“Marry that boy.  Promise me you’ll marry that boy.”

I blushed.  “Sabby -”

“I know, I know. But that’s rare.  Every boy I knew would have.  Every one.  Marry him and give me lots of grandkids. When it’s time.  Okay?”

I just hugged her.

Ai is really looking forward to coming to visit.  She want to try Texas BBQ and get a cowgirl hat and boots and see some real live horses and cows (I don’t know where to go for that, I don’t even know where to see real live horses and cows).  And she wants to see a rodeo and even go to church.  She wants to see it all!  She’s a good girl, I’m sure she’ll have lots of fun.  I guess Hiroshi’s a little jealous and wants to go to Texas too, but he’s a bit young.

She asked if we made our KFC reservation yet.  I laughed and told her that we don’t do KFC, but she’ll love what we do.  You could hear her bouncing through the headphones.  Haha!!

Meow meow meow!!! ❤

Hi! It’s me! Lily!

Last night I was thirsty, so I went downstairs for a glass of water, and I found Sabby already sitting there, just kind of staring into space.  She had a cookie but it was clear she hadn’t eaten much of it.

So I just made a couple of mugs of hot chocolate instead.  I gave her one and sat down across from her.  She sipped it but didn’t say much.

I sat there and sipped mine as well.

“He’s right, you know,” she finally said softly.  I didn’t respond.

“You’re not supposed to have favorite children,” she said after a moment.  “You’re supposed to love your children all the same.  Having favorite children makes you a bad person.”

“You have a favorite child,” I said softly.

She sighed.  “Not really.  But David…  he’s my son.  I love him.  But… but I never really wanted a boy.  Boys… are dirty and smelly and break things.”

I sighed.  “And take advantage of young girls who have foster parents who don’t take care of them.”

She cringed.  I mean, actually winced.  “That hurt.”

I didn’t say anything.  I sipped my hot chocolate.

“But you’re probably right,” she said sadly.  “It’s not fair to him.  I’m hard on him.  I always yell at him and tell him what he’s doing wrong and leave him to do things by himself and then yell at him when he doesn’t do it right.  Or… when he rebels.  And now…  now he’s almost their age.”

“I…  I’m not the nicest to him either,” I said sadly.  “I don’t hate the kid, but…  but he’s not like the girls.  He’s harder to get along with, I guess.”  sip

“You have an excuse,” she said, “though it’s not a good one, really.  He’s your little brother.  That’s what little brothers do.  They annoy their big sisters and maybe grow up to be decent men, and…  I don’t have an excuse.  He’s my son.  He’s not my little brother, or one of my boyfriends.”

“Have you considered a therapist?”

She sighed.  “No.  But…  maybe I should.  Clearly I have some…  resentment.”  She finished her hot chocolate and gave me a hug.  “Don’t ever change, Lily.  You are one of the most gullible and oblivious girls I know… but you understand people better than anyone I know.  That’ll get you far.”

I guess that’s a compliment.  Heh.

She went upstairs, and I washed out the mugs and went upstairs too, and back to sleep.

She went to her shop this morning, Beth and I went to classes, but after dinner Sabby and Dave took David aside and had a very long talk with him.  I don’t know exactly what they said, but I’m pretty sure it was something like “You were out of line, but you were right.”  And Sabby hired an online tutor for David for the rest of the year.  It’ll cost a bit, but at least he’ll get the one on one attention he needs.  Then maybe next year it’s private school.

It’s for the best.

Good for David for standing up for himself.

I think I know what to do for Sabby’s birthday, but I need to talk to everyone.

Love you all!!! ❤

 

Hi! It’s me! Lily!

And there’s a bit of drama today.

So the normal stuff:  We went to church this morning.  I still…  well, you know the drill.  I don’t understand it.  Any of it.  They keep talking about this and that and the other thing, and I just nod and stand up and sit down and sing and it makes no sense.  But I guess they’re nice people.  That’s why I go.  I probably wouldn’t be where I am without them, so…

And we had chocolate pancakes today!  Yum!!!

But…  we got home.  David’s still grounded from games, and, well… he blew up.  I’ve never seen him actually blow up before, but he did.  And the problem is, he wasn’t entirely wrong.

After dinner, He asked Sabby if he could play games.  She said no, he’s grounded.  He started whining and complaining, she said if he would just do his schoolwork then he wouldn’t be in this mess, and that’s when he blew up.

“Do my schoolwork?”, he said.  “All you ever do is give me stuff to do on the computer and then you run off to bake stuff and dad’s doing his work and no one cares if I learn anything or not!  Lily and Beth get to go to college classes and you just leave me alone, and then yell at me when I get bored!  Why don’t you just send me to boarding school to get rid of me, like you did sending me to camp?”  Then before Sabby could go off, he ran upstairs and slammed the door.

Sabby looked, well… both steamed and sad.  Because I think she thought he was right.  At least a little bit.

The thing about Sabby is, she has a strong personality.  She wants what she wants, and she usually gets what she wants.  She wants what’s best for us, but she is kind of a force of nature. Beth’s usually the one to stand up to her and tell her where to shove it, but David’s usually pretty cowed by her and just seethes.  I think this is the first time he’s ever actually blown up at her.

She just looked at me, Dave, and Beth…  then she went upstairs too.  Then we heard the bathtub running.

I just looked at Dave, shrugged, and went to the corner shop to get her a chocolate shake.

When I gave her the shake, she had been crying.  She accepted the shake, and then closed her door again.  She and Dave have been talking for a while, and David hasn’t come out of his room at all.

I don’t think they sent David to camp to get rid of him.  But…  I couldn’t say that for sure.  Maybe David gets to feel how he feels.  Right?

Oh well.  I guess these things happen.  I need to take Marie for a walk.

Love you all!!! ❤

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

And today was busy!!! but nice!!!

Oh, there’s some patreon content in this post – you know the drill.  You won’t miss anything important.

So this morning I went to work at the shop.  It was busy!!! I guess people like cookies on Saturdays!!!  It wasn’t a line around the building this time, but still pretty bustling!!!

And Emiko and everyone came!  And they loved the cookies!!! Of course they did!!!  Bill bought a whole box for the family and a whole box for his work on Monday!!!  They went to the house to have dinner with the family, but I had a date, so…  I went over to Jack’s house – and his parents had conveniently decided to take Grace out for kiddie fun.

I missed Jack so much.

We sat on the couch with Lily and watched a movie.  It was nice, being cuddled up to him.  Then some food arrived and we ate and watched and it’s always so nice.  His parents came home and I spent a little time with Grace too.  She wanted to play with me and Lily, and those two are always fun.

But now I’m home and tomorrow, more stuff to do!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

Hi! It’s me! Lily!

It’s FRIYAY!!!

Umm… and I was busy today, as usual.  After I took Beth home from her classes (and had a couple of mine as well), we ate dinner and I went to help Sabby at the store.  Saturdays seem busy, if last week was any indication.  So she baked stuff and I helped take inventory and figure out what we need.

When I came home, all the girls were here to see Beth except for Liz, and I’m really too tired.  So they’re playing games.  To be young again.  Haha!  I bet some of you are saying “You ARE young”, but there’s me young and there’s Beth young.  I’ve got things to do.  Aww.

But we did have a nice dinner, and that was good.  Crystal seems to be doing better.  The light is in her eyes, finally.

After she, well…  her school started to actually pay attention to the bullying, and they finally took care of it.  Some girls were also bullying her on social media too, and, well…  turns out Crystal has a mean punch.  And she’s not afraid to use it.  After clocking one of the bullies, and the school just slapping her on the wrist for it (I think she got two days of detention and the other girl’s parents got involved) things seem better.

Crystal’s got spunk.  It’s just too bad that got squelched for a while.

I hate bullies.  Especially seeing how they treated Jack.

Jack’s doing pretty well.  I’m not sure he really likes school, but he says it’s better than Ohio, and he does like the fact that he’s not walking there in snow.  Yay Texas!!!  He’s made a few friends too.  I want to meet them.  He doesn’t mind, but it’s just never worked out.  He doesn’t do many extracurricular activities, but he’s learning how to play the trombone and maybe will join the band someday.

I told him that’d better make him better at kissing me!!!

He said “what’s wrong with how I kiss you?” and I had to do some fast talking out of that one.  Nothing, actually.  He’s a fine kisser.  But no one’s perfect, right?

Okay, enough babbling about kissing Jack.  I’m looking forward to our date tomorrow night!!!  It’s been a couple of weeks!!!

Oh Emiko and her family are coming over tomorrow to see the store!!!  Yay!!!  Bill’s coming too – he does love Sabby’s cookies.

Love you all!!! ❤

Hi! It’s me! Lily!

It’s DECEMBER!!!

And Sabby’s birthday is nine days away!!!

I have to think of a present!!!

But I don’t know what to get her.

I can’t really do the letter thing again, like I did last year… but I guess it has to be something like that, because I can’t think of anything I could buy her.

You know, I don’t think I ever told you why we don’t meet up with Dave’s parents for holidays.  I mean, they’re alive, they’re somewhere in the country…

They don’t like Sabby.

Remember how I said that Dave is white and Sabby is black?  And how they met, and how she was kind of a… well… whore?  I hate that word but it’s true.  She had a hard childhood and had a lot of boyfriends.  She cleaned up her act when she set her sights on Dave, but… his parents never forgot.  And when they got married, well, that was it.  They didn’t want anything more to do with them.  They didn’t quite disown him, but made it quite clear that as long as Sabby was in the picture, they wouldn’t be.

I’ve never met them.  I don’t think Beth and David have either, but maybe earlier.

It’s sad.

But I don’t want to meet them.

Sabby’s my mother, and has been nothing but nice to me.  I don’t think there’s a mean bone in her body, except for when it comes to protecting her family.  She’s everything I could have ever wanted in a mother, and more.  I love her and if someone doesn’t love her then I don’t want to be around them.

I love her with all my heart.

Anyway…

Otherwise, a busy day.  The dooter is still a bit slow but is picking it up, the sign-waver is really pulling in business (she wants a slightly more revealing costume and a modest raise…  the raise might be warranted but Sabby doesn’t want people coming in just because of a nice set of… ahem).  Sabby came around and is going to hire a baker.  That’s going to be expensive but she does think it’s a good idea to have someone around in case she needs to be somewhere – I can’t right now.

Texas state law – underage employees can’t use mechanized bakery equipment.  I might be able to get away with it because I’m part owner, but neither of us want to test it.

Lunch hours are really busy and there’s a huge demand for corporate events, like I said.  Maybe we should eventually have some light snacks, but one thing at a time.

And I’m getting better at making chocolate!  And candy!!!

Okay.  Gotta go.  Tomorrow’s Friday!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

And I’m a busy girl!!!

So yesterday I went in early and trained the new dooter.  Nice girl, but… ummm…. how to put it nicely.  A little spacey?  But I finally got it through, I think.  I let her be and Sabby tells me she’s a bit slow bit should speed up in time.  It turns out that on weekdays, people mostly come by during lunch.  Otherwise, it’s businesses like hotels calling in big orders for pickup.  You know, corporate parties, big meetings, that kind of stuff.  Sabby’s fine with that, but is going to make a 24 hour notice policy for the really big orders.  She also signed up for some of those food delivery services and they’ve been doing pretty well too, so…  things are going okay.  Is it like Elon Musk levels of business?  Nah.  But it’s pretty brisk and there always seems to be demand for really good cookies.

She also hired a girl almost as pretty as Beth to put on the costume and stand outside with a sign, like Beth did.  That really worked!!!  She just stands there and waves the sign and smiles…  and hey.  I’m not pretty enough for that.  Well, maybe I am, but I’d rather just hire someone to do that.  But she says the increase in people coming in is measurable whenever she’s standing outside.   Sigh.  that makes it worth her pay.  She drives a few cookies an hour, and she pays for herself.

I’m also going to set up a website for her!!!  That should be fun!!!  I mean I’ve maintained this site, it can’t be that hard, right???

Right???

Sigh.

I also told Sabby she should train up a second baker.  She’s resistant to that idea, but I told her that she shouldn’t be there all the time baking, she’s got more important things to do.

She pouted but agreed.  That might be a bit more expensive, but I think we need to do it.  Besides, how’s she going to open a second store if she’s too busy with the first?

She just looked at me funny.  I don’t think she’d ever thought of opening a second store.  But we should!  One in South Austin!!!

Ai’s coming around Christmas!!! That should be fun!  She’s really looking forward to it.

Okay!  Two more days until the weekend!  Yaaayyy!!!  And Jack and I are going on a date this weekend too!!!  Double yaaaayyy!  With coffee sprinkles!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

Hi! It’s me! Lily!!!

It’s Monday, and Beth and I needed to go to school.  So we did.

Love you al – oh wait.

The challenge was that Sabby needed to do her store thing, David needed to do school, and, well, things got a lot more challenging.  So David did his school at home – and Sabby told him that he’d better do it, or else, and she’d know.  So she went to the store early, we went to school, and came home and we all did our homework.  Sabby interviewed a few people today when she got a spare moment, and hired someone to be a dooter!!!  She has a delivery driver now too, but he doesn’t start till tomorrow.  So Dave ran the important clients before work, and they put off the rest until morning.

I didn’t meet any of them, but Sabby is a pretty good judge of character. I’ll go tomorrow before school to meet them and train the dooter.

Dooter just means cashier, but I think dooter is funnier.  Don’t you?

Speaking of Sabby being a pretty good judge of character, she was right about David.  She put up a camera in his computer area, where she could see the monitor, and didn’t tell him.  So, he did a few minutes of work, and then went right for a game.

She came home, checked the footage, and then went mega-Sabby on him.  She was PISSED.  Told him that she was trying to set up a store so we all could have nice things, and that she had wanted to do something like this for a long time, and there was NO WAY he was going to ruin it for her.  Then she grounded him from games for a week, gave him a bunch of chores, told him he couldn’t call his girlfriends while he was grounded, and told him to go to his room until dinner was ready.  And she roped Dave into checking on him, which Dave was pretty pissed about as well because he has to work.  Sabby and Dave got into a bit of a heated argument over that.

David always seems to get in trouble.  I’d say poor David, but I don’t feel sorry for him.  He earned that.

I haven’t spent much time with Jack lately.  I need to.  I miss him terribly.

Dave joined Twitter, and now he’s spending his evenings scrolling through his feed and laughing.  I guess something’s really funny there.  I should check it out.

Love you all!!! ❤