Saturday, November 23, 2013

My birthday








Today was my birthday and it was pretty much perfect. Well, the weather wasn't so good; we're under a winter storm warning until midday on Monday. We've had terrible weather most of the week, actually, and we woke up to sleet this morning. It's somewhat early for us to have this kind of weather in our neck of the woods, and it makes us a little concerned for the winter ahead. It was very cold and windy all day, and there were on-and-off snow flurries too. Tonight should bring heavy snow, they say, with a few inches' accumulation possible.

We went out this morning, though; the small Bears had their weekly Saturday morning music classes and we had birthday cake-shopping to do. I decided to get my beloved Berry Chantilly cake from Whole Foods after all; it's the best bakery cake I've ever had. We stayed home all afternoon. For lunch, we had cashew-carrot-ginger soup (from a carton) and a crusty baguette spread with Fromager d'Affinois. Then we lazed as much as possible in front of a roaring fire. The GB had a rest right after lunch and the other three of us snuggled and watched the fire. She joined us when she got up. We relaxed - talking, playing games, listening to music.

Around four I opened my presents, which are lovely. I've got a new watch (with a cool berry-purple fabric strap), a big straw basket for my yarn (I'm going to sew a fabric liner for the inside), a Purl Soho crewel kit (with a goldfinch and thistles!), a stainless-steel pie-crust shield, a small Cath Kidston haul (four mugs, two nesting tins, a manicure set, a key fob and a set of bowls), and two wonderful crafty books - Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray and Sewing Clothes Kids Love by Nancy Langdon and Sabine Pollehn. I did drop hints to the Bear about some of these items, but never made direct requests. This guy knows me so well. After presents we braved the cold for dinner at a seafood restaurant nearby, then back home for cake. Now it's just the two of us in front of the fire again, listening to the wind blow across the roof. It's supposed to begin snowing in a little while. The small Bears are in bed and we're stuffed and cozy. What a wonderful day.

I'm in the second half of my thirties now. That was fast. It occurs to me that I have to check off a new age-bracket now when I'm filling out a survey. Is this the earliest part of middle-age, then? Oh my. I do see more gray hairs all the time but I don't really mind; I feel like I've earned them. I used to wonder what people meant when they said that but I think I understand it now. I've enjoyed my thirties so much more than I did my twenties. I can honestly say that most things in my life are only getting better.

59 comments:

  1. I think you've described the most perfect birthday anyone could have....family, warmth, coziness - all of it together in an unhurried day!
    I am mesmerized by your photo of the soup bowl. The art teacher in me is delighting at the warm-cool color balance and the variation in size of the circles - contrasted by the wedge shaped bread slices! It is simply lovely! - oh and I am sure it tasted very nice too!
    Happy Birthday!

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  2. Happy Birthday to you Jennifer! Sounds like you had a perfect day spent with your love ones. It's always nice snuggling, while enjoying a nice fire. Stay warm. Our snow is finally melting, but today a few more flurries made their way down.

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  3. Happy birthday dear Jennifer and wishing you a great year ahead.
    Sounds like the perfect day with family, great food, lovely gifts and sitting in front of a roaring fire.
    Love all your presents and the cake looks delicious.
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  4. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had an absolutely lovely day! I love the pictures too, the soup picture is so artistic.

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  5. A very happy birthday to you friend!!! Your pictures sum it all up for me!!! An outstanding day indeed! How wonderful to have such goodness and family time! And those gifts are awesome!!! I'm in the later part of my 30's now too! Crazy how fast it's zooming! All the best and I need to try that cake...looks amazing!!!

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  6. Happy Birthday to you my lovely friend, and I'm so pleased to see you were spoiled and had such a lovely relaxing day with your family - and what could be better! Beautiful gifts - enjoy them! Your fire looks so wonderfully cosy and inviting - can I just pop in for a little while and give you a birthday hug and have a little sit down and cuppa with you, please? Happy week to you lovely Jennifer!
    Warm birthday hugs, Joy xo

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  7. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful day you had. It's my birthday tomorrow, but we won't be celebrating till later. And I'm way older - 53 tomorrow. You're just a young thing!

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  8. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to my bloggie friend! What fun gifts you got and that cake looks lush and yummy. I went to an art show today and came home tired. I'll post pix tomorrow. I'm glad yu had such a great birthday! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. Happy Birthday Jennifer! Special moments with wonderful gifts to celebrate beautiful you. Wishing you many more sweet blessings.

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  10. Happy Birthday Jennifer. Sounds like you've had a perfect day. xoxox

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  11. Happy Birthday. Looks and sounds like you had a great day.
    Hope you don't wake up to too much white stuff in the morning. But then, maybe it's an excuse to have a lazy day by the fire, eat cake and play with some of your birthday presents. X

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  12. Happy Birthday Jennifer!! So glad you had a lovely time with your family. Lots of great pressies too. Your husband certainly does pick some great gifts, and the cake looks divine.
    Leanne xx

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  13. Happy birthday Jennifer!Enjoy every moment of your life, be happy ! Today we celebrate my brother's birthday, you Sagittarius are winners!!!Best things to you!

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  14. Happy birthday. Looks like a great day, all of my favourite things, family, a fire, oh and cake. Looks like you got some fab gifts too. Julie x

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  15. Sounds like you had a lovely birthday yesterday and such a wonderful array of gifts too.......cosy family birthdays are always the best. x

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  16. Jennifer. Love,laugh and love every day. You are there already. Age is just a number life is for living. Happy,happy birthday to you x

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  17. Happy birthday lovely Jennifer. I wish you a happy and healthy year and yes like most things life does get better with age or maybe we just get a little less flustered about what others think and how to enjoy the essence of what matters to us. May you enjoy more grey hair, have fun seeing your children grow older and most of all stay healthy! It sounds like you have been spoilt rotten and I am sure you will put all of those gorgeous gifts to good use. The cake looked delicious as did the soup. I do hope that the storm isn't as bad as anticipated and that's you and the kids have fun in the first snow. Enjoy the rest of your birthday weekend. Much love xoxo

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  18. Happy, happy birthday lovely lady. It sounds like the very best kind, snug at home with your family, presents and cake. And for me at least the promise of snow would have added to the fun. Did it fall?

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  19. Happy, happy birthday, Jennifer - your special day sounds like a real treat and how wonderfully spoilt you are with those lovely gifts. Wishing you many more happy days filled with love & blessings!
    Stay safe in the site & have a happy Sunday,
    Love Gilly xx

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  20. Jennifer. Thank you so much for your explanation of how you organise your followers on your blog. I totally understand both why and how you do it that way. I had just never thought in those terms and sometimes do not follow blogs I would like too because my list is getting so long. I am learning so much.
    If you have a look at Linda's comment below yours back on my blog you will see her wonderful answer to getting rid of spam comments.
    Kindest Regards Linda

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  21. Happy belated birthday. It sounds like you had the perfect day and you received some wonderful gifts. I hope the snow wasn't too bad this morning.

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  22. Happy hippy hoppy birthday (for yesterday - although really you are in the middle of a birthday weekend!) Jennifer - it sounds like you've had a wonderful day with some of life's simple pleasures - food, family and a glorious open fire. Your gifts look lovely - perfect for snuggling down and mooching through on a bad weather day. Enjoy the rest of your (birthday) week! Jane x

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  23. Happy birthday Jennifer! Life does indeed keep getting better and better! Looks like you had an absolutely perfect day with everything you could ever want or need! Love your gifts (I have the same Doodle Stitching book, let's do a project together after the holidays!), your fella knows how to make you smile! Chrissie x

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  24. Happy belated Birthday wishes from the UK! The weather is cold here as well. No snow on the way for us yet. Mind you, if you get snowed in you've got those nice presents to get on with! :) x

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  25. Happy Birthday, woo hoo :) Sounds wonderful,surrounded by your favourite people and so many lovely presents. I think 30s are better than 20s because we know ourselves better, we've grown a bit more :) xx

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  26. Happy birthday, Jennifer! Thought of you just a few minutes ago when seeing the storm conditions in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California on AOL, and I immediately imagined your sweet family all cozy and comfortable inside while the big bad storm blows away outside! Your special day sounds like it was perfect, family, good food, presents and a pretty cake! All the best to you and hope the storm subsides soon!

    Poppy

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  27. Wishing you a very, very happy birthday! It looks you had the perfect day and received some really lovely gifts. I agree, with what you saiid about being in your thirties...I feel much more content and at ease with myself than I did in my twenties.
    Marianne x

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  28. Happy Belated BIrthday- It sounded like you had a wonderful day. I mentioned to Lizzie that she shared a birthday with you - and she says hi and happy birthday too. Take care.:)

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  29. Happy Birthday to you! I think you had the perfect day to celebrate your big day. And you are right about the gray hairs, I have earned everyone of them, which is why I am hesitant to cover them up. I have also earned my wrinkles.
    Hugs to you and wishing you many, many more wonderful Birthday's.
    Meredith

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  30. Happy birthday to you Jennifer! It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I couldn't help but think as I read about the approaching snowstorm and you being nestled in front of the fire that "The Bears" were going into hibernation. :-)

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  31. Happy birthday Jennifer. Your day sounded just perfect and I love all your pressies. I couldn't think of anything more perfect than sitting around a roaring fire with the cold wind blowing outside. We're celebrating my son's 38th birthday today and my daughter was 40 last month. Where did those years go! Grey hair - well I agree I've earned them but I'm not ashamed to admit I do try to keep them at bay! Glad you had a wonderful day.
    Patricia x

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  32. Belated "Happy Birthday".It sounds as though you had the perfect day.

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  33. Happy birthday Jennifer! Love your photos!

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  34. Wishing you a very happy birthday Jennifer.Sounds like the perfect day. Gorgeous pressies. Wrap up warm if you get all that promised snow.

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  35. Happy Birthday sounds like you had a wonderful day, and so many lovely gifts too. Hope the weathers not to bad over there.
    Clare xx

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  36. Happy Birthday lovely Jennifer! I'm so glad you had a wonderful day. It all looks and sounds perfect. That cake - oh wow. Yum. And is that snow I see?? It all looks very cosy and snug. I hope today is just as great. xx

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  37. Small Cath Kidston haul? Call me in when you get a big one please to see how big it gets! And happy birthday x

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  38. Wishing you a very Happy birthday for yesterday, what a wonderful day and such precious gifts x Have a fabulous year ahead xox Penny

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  39. Happy belated birthday Jennifer! Looks like a lovely day was had, lots of lovely presents and delicious cakes ... What could be nicer?

    Thanks for your lovely comments over at mine, they mean such a lot ...

    Love Claire xx

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  40. Happy birthday lovely Jennifer!!!! My best wishes to you hun :)
    Hope that cold and rough and cold weather doesn't affect you and yours to much and you all keep warm and cozy at home. I think that cold and bad weather sometimes brings lovely and cozy moments indoors, so...

    Lluisa xx

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  41. Happy belated birthday Jennifer! It does look like your day was pretty prefect, i'm so glad you enjoyed yourself, here's wishing you a contented, magical, love and laughter filled year ahead! Cate, x

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  42. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNIFER!! You had a great day from the looks of things, and lovely presents that Bear bought you. Your cake looks delicious. I can honestly say that the 30's are better than the 20's and the 40's are better than the 30's, so I think that it is uphill all the way for you - in a good way! xx

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  43. Happy belated Birthday!! Sounds like you had a lovely day, and you got plenty spoilt, just they way it should be :) i hope the cold snap blows over quickly for you, but then again you need some indoors time to enjoy all those great presents you got...

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  44. Happy Birthday sweet Jennifer! Your day sounds just lovely, and cozy, and perfect in every way! The cake looks beautiful, and I bet it was delicious. I love all of your special gifts, especially the Cath Kidston mugs. I hope you are staying warm!

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  45. I will be officially in the second half of my 30's in April :) It looks and sounds like you had a great birthday. That cake looks awesome!!!

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  46. Happy birthday, Jennifer! Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful day (except for the weather). Oh yes, us moms have definitely earned our gray hair. Just wait until your kids go through their teens - then you'll really and truly have earned the gray hairs! ;-) You're still so young and in the prime of your life. I'm now 51 and middle-age has truly hit (physically and mentally).

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  47. Bleated Birthday Wishes Jennifer. Love you had a wonderful day with all your loveable.
    Cake looks so cute like you.

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  48. happy happy birthday wishes to you. It looks like you had a truly beautiful day, with lovely gifts and a gorgeous cake! I hope the storm didn't bring you too much snow. stay warm and cosy x

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  49. Happy Birthday!
    Oh you surely have it all together and are focused in all of the right places! Even though it is only 5:30 in the morning, my mouth is watering for some of this Birthday cake-yum.
    Stay safe and warm!
    Jemma

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  50. Happy,happy belated Birthday to you Jennifer :))
    SO glad it was a good one .
    I so love your cozy life and posts !!

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  51. Belated birthday greetings, Jennifer, and it sounds like you had a really perfect day. I'm sorry
    I'm late, but we were busy celebrating my husband's birthday on the same day. :-)

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  52. Happy Birthday.. that cake looks so good.

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  53. Happy birthday Jen, glad you had a beautiful birthday, you deserve it xx

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  54. Happy (belated) birthday. Looks like you had a wonderful day, full of happiness and love (and presents). xx

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  55. Belated Happy Birthday, Jen. Sounds like you had a splendid day. Can you tell me what a pie crust shield is and how do you use it? It's cold here too!!

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  56. I hope you had a fabulous birthday, sounds like you got some lovely presents. Love the look of your cake.

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  57. Hi Jennifer, Happy belated birthday!!! Actually we share a birthday but mine was spent working!!! We are really busy right now with year end functions!!! From breakfasts to dinners!!! But it was still a good day!!! Keep warm and cozy!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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