We celebrated Belle's half birthday with an Asian variety sweet potato, oven roasted and pureed with butter and powdered ginger. I turned out the lights and spoke gratitude and wishes over a single candle stuck in half a slice of red velvet cake. At six months, Belle showed zero interest in the cake. I loved every delicious bite. I also savored the last of a Venus named red wine I'd opened in honor of the Venus transit last Tuesday. We had a marvelous time. I am very happy with Belle in my life. Now let's manifest the rest of the pie.