I remember always being excited that Aunt Hazel was coming home for a visit. I can't really put a finger on any specific reason, but she held a special place in my heart. She was my grandmother's sister, yet so different, and maybe that was what was so intriguing about her. I remember a vacation I took to Florida in March 1989. Grandpa and Muriel were also down there at the time and the three of us went to visit Aunt Hazel and Uncle Paul for the day. We had a very nice time, ate lunch, sat by the pool, and Aunt Hazel made me an Old-fashioned, which is basically whiskey with a slice of orange. It was a good day! The picture from that day is of Aunt Hazel, Uncle Paul, and their dog with this incredible poinsettia growing in front of their house.
I don't have any whiskey in the house to make an Old-fashioned, but I have poured a glass of wine to raise in memory of Aunt Hazel in honor of her birthday, March 13th. Happy Birthday Aunt Hazel!