This is my stone vase that I mentioned in a recent post.
Well, I've not been around much the past week. I got caught up visiting some of you on the weekend but have lagged again the past couple days. What can I say....it's summer and it's busy. And, I'm getting ready to celebrate a 'major' birthday tomorrow. Major in that I'm reaching that pensionable age in my life....which I can't believe because I'm pretty sure I just turned 35 a couple of years ago.....at least in my mind. Where have those last 30 years gone?
I could go on with a long post about life and aging but I won't. I will only say that I am truly blessed to have reached this age and that I am healthy and happy and, I'm going to have a party to celebrate on Friday evening. Why not eh? When I was growing up having a birthday in the summer months when school was out meant that you didn't get the chance to have your classmates sing "Happy Birthday" to you. Growing up with 2 other siblings being born on either side of your birthday within 3 years also meant having to 'share' your birthday. Yes, we shared birthday parties, and cakes. We didn't have big parties every year like kids today. We didn't have 10 kids invited, treat bags, balloons and theme parties like kids do today. We were lucky to have a few friends (or none) and a cake with coins wrapped in waxed paper baked inside it. Someone was lucky enough to get the slice with a 50 cent piece (I still have a few of them and also silver dollars) or a nickel in it! My aunt always baked us a 'joint' birthday cake. It was SO good! Angel food cake with lemon frosting and sprinkles on it. Yum. Our gifts were simple...a couple of toys and maybe a new dress or outfit. No brand new bikes (they were second hand), expensive electronics or the latest popular toy. I remember one year my sister and I got plastic telephones....hers was red and mine was blue. She and I got a lot of the same things in those early years....in different colours....including clothes. :-)
This photo was one of the 'joint' birthdays that my brother and I shared. We both could invite a few friends. I'm in the middle in my favourite dress of all time (black and white polished cotton with a crinoline under it) and my brother is to the right in back. I was 10 and he was 9. I was one year and 4 days older than him. You can see that some of the guests are holding pinwheels. That was part of their gift for coming. I don't remember what else was with it, maybe candy. I do remember that Mum didn't buy enough and I, being the honoured guest and host, had to give mine up. I was not happy. lol I think the photo below has my 'happy' smile because I begged to have my brother's pinwheel. But. Look at the sad face he has. :-( I noticed we are both wearing watches and I think that was our gift that year.
This is the 3 of us. My sister, on the left, was 7.....2 years 362 days younger than me. Yes....we were close in age! Poor Mum.
Me, Margaret, and John - he was on a pass from the hospital.
Here we are last July 20 as we celebrated our birthdays together for the first time in 40 years and what would be my brother John's last one. He turned 63 a few days later and passed away in November.
That is why I'm celebrating 'big' this year. We don't know what life holds for us but we do know that our days on earth are numbered and we should grateful for every one that we wake up to.
On Wednesday Murray is taking me out for dinner to celebrate and on Friday I will celebrate with some close friends and my older sister and her husband. (my baby sister isn't home this year)
Thanks for visiting and I hope you are enjoying these summer days.
I must say the past week has been wet and cool and Friday looks like clouds and showers for the party. Praying it will just be clouds so we can have the party outside.....I have plans! I'll take pictures!
Have a super day!