Posted tagged ‘Birthdays’

The Simple Pleasures of a Birthday

September 13, 2018

Tuesday was my birthday. My husband bought me flowers, an ice cream cake, and took me to lunch. Simple but so enjoyable.

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Lunch in Portsmouth Harbor

When I was young, every year on my birthday I wished for a pony. I never got one. Now that I’m older I understand why that wish was never granted. A horse is too big to wrap. There wasn’t enough room in a bedroom shared with my two other sisters. And a horse is definitely not a house-friendly pet when you live in a city.

While growing up, our family birthdays were never extravagant, but they were always memorable.

Birthday wishes began in the morning from my mother, father, and siblings and ended with a special homemade birthday dinner of my choice. The pièce de résistance was Angel Pie. It’s a cherished family recipe that I requested for my birthday every year. Chocolate perfection made with my mother’s magic touch!

Then there was the year our oh-so-fun next-door neighbors brought over a watermelon half with birthday candles stuck in it.

There were always cards from family and friends lined up for me to enjoy.

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Tuesday’s Flowers and Cards

On my 16th birthday, my mother prepared a party luncheon that included fresh flowers, silver, china, a delicious main dish, and Angel Pie for dessert.

On my 21st birthday, my parents took my best friend and me to a nice restaurant where we celebrated our September birthdays with champagne.

When I went away to college, my father made sure a proper birthday wish was always there for me. In the early morning hours of my birthday, and that meant in the middle of the night, he would call to be the first to wish me a happy birthday. He never ever missed a year.

The year my father passed away, I realized how much I would miss those obnoxious early-morning birthday calls. Then sometime in the middle of the night on my birthday that year, my phone rang. Being in a sleepy daze, I imagined it was a call from my father in heaven. On the other end of the phone was not my father’s voice but the voice of my daughter saying, “I’m calling to wish you a happy birthday, just like grandpa always did.” Ah, the pleasures of having a wonderful, thoughtful daughter!

At 1:32 am on Tuesday of this week, my phone rang. It was my daughter calling to say happy birthday. She is insistent on keeping up the tradition that she knows means so much to me – no matter how annoying!

It’s the simple pleasures of life that bring you happiness.

Cake anyone?

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It’s not Angel Pie but ice cream cake will do!

 

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Blog Break Festivities

September 6, 2018

I’m back! The past six weeks have been busy, busy, busy!

It began with the birth of a little baby.

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After thirteen girls plus one on the way in December, a boy finally made his way into our extended family.

There were six birthdays!

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Two anniversaries

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Lots of rain and rainbows

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Babysitting, Beaches, Bonfires

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And a holiday with family and friends!

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And, of course, there was lots of reading.

My blog break vacation was fantastic, but it’s good to be back!

I’m Back!

September 7, 2017

I’m back from my Summer Blog Break, and what a break it was!

During my time away from this blog, we had family visits, anniversaries, a birth, and birthdays. It was a month packed full of excitement and fun.

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Anniversary Celebration

Probably the most memorable event was the untimely arrival of our newest granddaughter. She entered the world a bit early and with lightning speed. Mom and Dad had to pull alongside the road and call 911. Granddaughter number three presented herself as the ambulance pulled into the hospital. A great story to tell her in future years!

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Sweet New Arrival

Four days after that, we celebrated birthday number two for our twin granddaughters. Their new sister was the perfect gift for them. but they did enjoy cake and presents.

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Presents

Life is noisier and a bit more chaotic than before, but it’s worth every precious moment.

Now I have one more reason to pick out “just right” books for future readers. Check in next week for new recommendations.

 

Happy Beautiful Day!

November 20, 2014

In honor of Beautiful Day, I’m posting a few of my favorite pictures. Let the beauty shine through.

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No matter what your day may be like, try to find the beauty in your life. I hope you have a beautiful day!

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And on this Beautiful Day, I want to wish a very special Happy Birthday to my fabulous daughter and husband!

Happy Birthday, Helen Keller!

June 27, 2013

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” ─ Helen Keller

Today is Helen Keller’s birthday. Her life’s achievements continue to be an inspiration. She lived during a time in history when women had to fight for their rights and negative attitudes persisted about those with disabilities. She overcame tremendous obstacles with the help and support of her family and life-long companion, Annie Sullivan, and became a world-renowned personality.

“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”─ Helen Keller

This remarkable woman didn’t let her disabilities stop her. Instead, she was on the cutting edge of her time. She was politically active and became a world-famous lecturer and author. Among the many causes she supported were a woman’s right to vote, birth control, and she was a champion for those with disabilities. Courage, determination, and drive are characteristics demonstrated by Helen Keller. Embrace these qualities and celebrate the life of an extraordinary woman.

Many books have been written by and about Helen Keller, but these three are worth a good look.

FC9780786808908[1]Helen’s Big World The Life of Helen Keller written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Matt Tavares (Disney-Hyperion, 2012)

9780375857065[1]Annie and Helen written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Raul Colon (Schwartz & Wade, 2012)

9780393057447[1]The Story of My Life written by Helen Keller (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003)

Read Across America Day!

March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

It’s time to pick those books up and read, read, read!


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