Wishing for ice cream

   If you’re like me, any day is a good day to eat ice cream. Today I have even more incentive. The Cold Stone Creamery in Grand Forks, like those nationwide, is hosting an ice cream social from 5 to 8 p.m. where customers can get a free taste of its Sprinkled with Wishes Creation of ice cream, brownie, rainbow, sprinkles and fudge.

      This is the 10th year that Cold Stone Creamery restaurants across the United States have helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation during September by accepting donations for the organization which helps make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. This month customers can buy a Make-A-Wish paper star for a dollar.

           My daughter, Ellen, and our family went on a Make-A-Wish trip in December 2008, a few months after she was diagnosed with leukemia. Ellen chose to go to Vanouver, B.C., to see the movie set of Santa Buddies, which features the Air Buddies golden retrievers puppies. After we returned home from our trip, Anna McRoberts, the writer-producer of the movie shipped us Rosebud, the Buddies puppy that Ellen fell in love with while she was on the set.

         Ellen and Rosebud will be at Coldstone in Grand Forks from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today. Ellen, who is now 8 and cancer-free, will be dishing up ice cream. Rosebud, who is now three and still a cutie, will be greeting people and posing for pictures outside the restaurant.

               Hope to see you there!