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Published on February 10, 2014

This past weekend was a bit of a whirlwind as some thirty-five ladies showed up for my daughter May's baby shower on Saturday, which was held in our recording studio. May is due in a few weeks and you can feel the anticipation in the air.

Now I didn't actually see these ladies because they went directly to the studio and I did not. There were no men invited. I was part of the home team, a small group who helped put the whole thing on, and who began arriving around Thursday. And it was cook, cook, cook from Thursday to the event Saturday afternoon. Let's see, aside from cheese and munchies, there was deep-dish polenta with roasted-root veggies, topped with a thin layer of cheese. Then there was a very nice salad, followed by huge pans of organic blueberry cobbler and whipped cream. And of course there were urns of fresh coffee and tea.

I am told that everyone shared and added a bead they had brought to create a necklace for May, and that the whole thing was very moving.

My daughter Anne, who is a professional cook, cooked and the rest of us got out of the way or helped as best we could. As for myself, I was mainly the dishwasher, and that was no small task as the flow of pots and pans never seemed to stop.

Some ladies stayed overnight at our center, so I saw them Sunday morning for a bit breakfast. As for highlights of the event from my point of view? I got to spend some quality time with Iotis, my oldest daughter, and with my dear friend Tecla Loup from back in the day.

I also got to listen to the baby's heartbeat. Strong. And to top it all off, after everyone left for the studio, I had a private dinner (and spent a number of hours) with a lovely young lady, Miss Emma May, who is now two-years old.

Among other things Emma and I watched episodes of Kipper the Dog, listened to some of my daughter May's songs on YouTube, and topped it off with a shot of Tyler Duncan and his group "The Olllam," modern Irish music.

After all, I am half Irish.

[Photo taken of some of the flours from the event.]