Tuesday, August 08, 2023

The Joy of Birthdays....

 Yes this week, I had another birthday!! It was an odd-numbered one, so not pivotal. However, it ended up being a marathon day of "birthday greetings." My sister called at 10:00am, my friend for almost 70 years called at 11:00am. By then it was time for lunch. I haven't eaten lunch in my pajamas in years.

At 1:00pm, I started thinking that I should do a walk. I'm still focused on the Camino. After doing various household tasks, I left for what I was hoping was an 8km walk. I have walked this trail many times before. I guess I thought it was more of a challenge then what it was. It was a mere 4.2km - nothing. I consoled myself with the fact that it was over varied terrain and there was a significant climb at the end.

I arrived back from my walk to a birthday call from my sister-in-law in Edinburgh. I love the connection!! It was cut short (just slightly) by a call from a dear friend and fellow writer. I am indeed blessed.

My "kids," the two who are still at home, surprised me with a lovely dinner and gift of a new night dress. I guess they were tired of the "rags." I do tend to wear things out...I mean really out! It was a lovely birthday. I consider myself privileged to be able to still celebrate them!!....and to have a wonderful family to celebrate them with (with which to celebrate them)...ever the grammar nerd!!  

My eldest texted from Calgary and will call as usual on Sunday.

The cat who was on his ninth life last week (he is 18 and was ailing) has somehow rolled back the calendar with designer foods, which my son and daughter bought for him. He is now his old self again.... screaming for food and fattening up. He'll be with us for a few more years, I think.

The Joy for the Joy Jar this week has to be my 79th birthday.

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