CLOSE YOUR EYES. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. OPEN YOUR HEART.

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, April 24, 2017

105 Candles: Picture Yourself at Margaret's 105th Birthday Party!


Tom Anderson back with you today on this very happy occasion. They're here!
Hours ago, I received the pictures taken last week as our dear friend, Margaret Elizabeth Brown Schneider, affectionately known as
The Oldest Living Dell Rat, celebrated her 105th birthday. Here to bring you the story is Margaret's daughter, my good friend and guest blogger, Kathleen Mae Schneider.




105 

Candles

by 
Kathleen Mae 
Schneider






The Big Day

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, dawned with rapidly
warming temperatures and bright sunlight,
with flowering trees, shrubs and flowers
in full bloom. The glorious riot of color
felt for all the world like Mother Nature
was celebrating my Mother's 105th
birthday along with us!


The front of Mother's house greeted
everyone with flowers everywhere...


...and a new decoration for her door.


While Mother slept peacefully, I put
the finishing touches on the decorations
in her living and dining room.


I made sure there were lots of balloons
and, of course, more flowers.


Gifts and birthday cards arrived days before
and all were displayed, some on a century-old
original shutter from the Shady Dell!

Mother was surprised by all the decorations,
but she was even more surprised by the
deliveries that began to arrive.


She and I laughed along with the UPS man
as he struggled to get a huge box
through her front door.


Of course, we had to open it immediately,
and found two giant plush rabbits from my
niece in California, one of which is
actually bigger than Mother!


Neighbors dropped by with flowers and gifts,
wanting photo ops with our sweet celebrity!


Most special of all gifts was the post on SDM&M
paying tribute to Mother. She basked in the love
that reached out to her from my iPad. Hearing
the post and comments, she couldn't believe
how complimentary Tom and his readers are
to her. "How did he get my baby picture on
that skinny little thing?" she marveled.

Early in the evening, we had our small family
party, with a marble chocolate mousse cake
specially decorated for both Mother and the Dell,
since they were both "born" the same week.


The icing picture on top is Mother's last
school picture, taken in the fifth grade.


All in all, Mother's 105th birthday was good.
It must be said though, that we not only
celebrated her many years on earth, but
also her gifts to us of gentleness of
spirit, love for everyone and
her incredible resilience.


Although we can't quite make you believe it,
Mother, you are a very special lady.

We love you always and forever!


LEARN MORE ABOUT MARGARET AND HER FAMILY: 
Margaret's Birthday, Age 104
103 Candles: Margaret's 103rd Birthday Party
Margaret's Birthday, Age 103
Margaret's Birthday, Age 102
Chapter 8: Curious (about) George
Chapter 7: The Demise of the Dell, Pt. 2 Fighting City Hall
Chapter 7: The Demise of the Dell, Pt. 1 Harvest of Tears
Chapter 6: The Dream Becomes a Nightmare
Winter Count: Margaret's 2013 Birthday
Happy Birthday, Margaret! Oldest Living Dell Rat Turns 101
Chapter 5: Home Sweet Dell
Chapter 4: Allie's Rats, Pt 2: Margaret's Pig Tale
Chapter 4: Allie's Rats, Pt 1: Hill and Dell
Chapter 3: The House on the Hill 
Chapter 2: Margaret is Born...and So Is the Dell 
Chapter 1: The Beauty and the Butcher
Introduction: My Shady Dell "Roots"
Margaret's Birthday