Hello, my dear readers. I am grateful to report that this week I have celebrated another revolution around the sun. No, no need to know how many that makes!!! (And those of who you do know, no need to share my secret in the comments!!!)
Once again, greetings from far and wide have blessed me - don't we all need at least one day a year to be in the spotlight and to be spoiled? Family, former work colleagues, former and current neighbors - each wish for a happy birthday was a little ray of sunshine, adding up to a whole lot of warmth! And these days, salutations come in so many forms - e-cards, FaceBook comments, email, texts and even cards that come via the US Postal Service!!!
It's even better when the celebration extends either side of the day itself. Why limit the fun to just one 24-hour period, when it can last a week or two? Cards began arriving a week before my birthday, and my Dear Neighbor Friend showered me with gifts four days early. She gave me enough cinnamon rolls to feed an army; a wise move given that #1 Son and Spousal Unit have access! You might recognize the moose bar of soap - it was in my 1/24/2021 post. So thoughtful to get it for me - she knows I ADORE moose! The slim box with "Thank You" on the front contains printable card stock and envelopes - perfect for the card-making I love to do! And the Nature Valley granola bars are "payback, with interest" on one that I gave her a while back. We had a good laugh over that one!!!
My birthday began as it should, with breakfast in bed! Later, I moved to the great room and alternated between stitching and gazing out the window. Spousal Unit and #1 Son indulged me by joining in a snowshoeing venture around the back forty. (In the collage below, Spousal Unit and I are standing on the ice in front of the beaver lodge.)
By the time I got inside, the boys had placed cards and gifts around my spot at the table, and lit the candles on my cake. I had to puff a couple of times to get all the candles out! Oh, that carrot cake sure hit the spot after our walk in the woods.
Not pictured below is a certificate for a massage, and a new trail cam that is on back order. I am quite thrilled about this trail cam, which will allow me to retrieve photos remotely! I will have so many more options for placement of the camera - watch this space for (more) exciting wildlife photos! Oh, and we decided to call the latest addition to my moose collection "Lord Mountbatten".
We played a few rounds of Rummikub, and then we ate a home-made version of Skyline Chili, my requested birthday meal. Can you say food coma?
I could go on and on through time, counting my many gifts, but even I have to close this birthday chapter, for now. What better way than to come full circle to my DNF, and our cross-country skiing excursion, the day after my birthday?