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October 18, 2006


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Frugal Blake, or as I like to think of him, Handsome Blake reminds me of Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. I don't know why, but he does. I like to imagine that he looks like that, with that same charming, yet slightly naughty manner.

You are a very lucky girl to have such a divine father. Dads are the best. What would we do without them.

Auntie Pammie

Once again I read your blog before leaving for work/school. Beautiful blog Tess,,, we are lucky to have the frugal one in our lives :-)
your fellow slurpee/frostee lover
and big sister.....
and yes 7-11 slurpees are superior


You know, I *was* going to comment about what a beautiful post this was. I was right with you on the slurpees (always had one to start my 5 hr drive back to college) but *THEN* you just *had* to bring up Frostees. They closed every single Wendy's in St. Louis! I can't get one anymore! And I love them! I thought I was dealing with this ok until this post! I am distressed!

: )


french fries dipped in frosty. there's nothing better! (except for the time i tried that recently, and the fries tasted weird. can't explain it, but there was a sort of bitterness that just didn't go with a frosty. maybe i needed more salt.)

dads are an interesting breed. it sounds like you got a great deal in the dad department. i can see why you wouldn't trade him for the world.

Louise M

Wendy's Frosty reminds me of being a kid in Sakatoon and getting a hot dog and malt at the Bay with my brothers and Mum after trudging through Bay Day with her.... Let go of the stroller and you didn't get your treat...

Dads are great. Amazing how we really don't appreciate them until we become adults.


This is a lovely post. Your dad sounds like a wonderful person- which of course he would have to be to have raised such a great daughter.

Auntie Pammie

I didnt properly comment this morning. Your story on Dad made me cry and it brought back memories that I had blocked out.

It hurts me when people mock Dad for being overly frugal( I am not saying you), he is who he is , because of where he has been. I respect that as I have been places that were not especially happy and I had to be very "frugal" then to survive and get stronger.

We have learned so many lessons from this man, and even though he and I were not in agreement for so many years, he was always looking out for me. He always loved me (us) NO MATTER WHAT!! I regret the years I disrespected him and Mom.

In my closure, I guess I am trying to say that I love my parents , I love my family( siblings, children, nieces and nephews , and I regret the years that I did not show them how I really feel.

Thank-you for writing this tribute to Dad..


A girl loves her dad, doesn't she? I think it is lovely that you tell the world how much you do.

(PS - should I tell you that there are now vanilla frosties? And they aren't bad? Never equal to chocolate, but different in a good way.)

Lori in YK

WOW, I am sure your dad's heart was smiling while reading your wonderful tribute Tess!! Maybe even craving a frostee!!

My hubby and I are going through the perils of raising a 15 year old daughter at this moment and it breaks my heart because her and her dad are always butting heads. I am beginning to wonder if she will ever see that he just wants the best for her and to help her make better choices than he did. Your tribute gives me hope...to remember that even if it does not look like it, she is probably listening to every word...and someday...maybe someday...she will understand and appreciate his efforts as you do your dad's.

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