Monday, November 24, 2014

My birthday










Like most of my birthdays, Sunday dawned cloudy, cold and windy. Not most people's idea of a beautiful day, but I've come to expect this kind of weather on my special day and now it feels like part of the tradition - a good day to stay indoors and enjoy time with my family. We had gone out to dinner the night before, to an Italian restaurant we all like which is nice enough to reserve for birthdays and anniversaries, so it always feels a little special when we go. I had fresh linguine pasta with chicken, artichokes, olives and tomato in a white wine-balsamic vinegar sauce. It was so good, just the kind of salty-tangy flavors I really like. I saved half and will eat it for lunch today.

We saved my birthday cake for Sunday, my real birthday, and that was wonderful too. I usually have the same cake - a Berry Chantilly cake from the bakery at Whole Foods Market. It's my favorite store-bought cake ever. Oh, it's so good. If you've never tried it, hie thee to Whole Foods, post haste. You will love it.

I had lovely gifts to open on Sunday as well. In recent years, I've tended to look for my own gifts and either buy them and put them away, or send links to the Bear with strongly-worded hints. This year, there were a couple of crafty books (one embroidery, one crochet) that I wanted, as well as a vintage wind-up clock - a Westclox Baby Ben clock from the 1940's, which I found on Etsy; it had been part of a clock-repairman's estate. I also bought myself a vintage crocheted doily and enamelware candle holders and put them away too. The Bear surprised me with a couple of things I had wanted but hadn't ordered him to buy suggested yet - an umbrella swift for winding yarn and a set of Clover crochet hooks with the grippy handles. I'm really happy to have these things. He's a good egg. And handmade cards from all three of them. I especially love the GB's; she drew me lying under a blanket decorated with stars and birthday cakes. Oh, sweet Bear. The clock is my favorite gift. I'd wanted a Baby Ben for a long time but they were expensive, or broken and expensive. This one was reasonably priced, in good condition, and it works!

I also had lovely, thoughtful gifts from two blogging friends, Gillian and Leanne. Both ladies sent me pretty things - a lovely stitched strawberry brooch and chocolate from Leanne, and Cath Kidston tea towels from Gillian, along with art cards and birthday cards from each. Thank you both for thinking of me. My birthday was very happy and I thank you all, dear readers and friends, for the good wishes too.

49 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday dear Jennifer, I am glad you were appropriately adored. It sounds like a perfect day.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  2. Happy birthday toooo youuuuu *imagine me singing this to you* :-)
    It sounds like you had a fantastic birthday weekend !!
    I do wonder if your husband is related to mine ;-)... I also have to "order" what I would like to get (or give hints, for months & months in a row, with the risk he still doesn't "get it"...) So nice he still got you some other - not ordered - things that you really can use !! (My hubby is the king of buying me stuff I really really really have NO use for haha.. still love him, though ;-))
    I too have a Baby Ben from Westclox !!! Mine is a minty-pastel-green one, and is a little bit different in shape (and doesn't work too well, but I don't mind, it's just pretty on my cupboard ;-)).

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  3. Hi Jennifer! Happy Birthday! Glad you had a lovely time with your family! :) I love your clock!!! (I seem to collect them, don't know why!) Great that you got some things you wished for!!! I'm sure the swift and crochet hooks will be used before too long... ;) And the cake looks fantastic!!!!
    All the best for your new year ahead!!!
    Love,
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  4. You had me at that first photo!!! Goodness are the colors extraordinary!!!! So glad that you had a cozy day with your family and the cards are so sweet! Now I need to run out and get myself one of those cakes!!! And what a COOL clock!! Such an awesome piece!!! Wishing you many blessings in your next year of life friend!!! Nicole xoxo

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  5. Happy Birthday Jennifer! Looks like you had a really lovely weekend and got some truly thoughtful gifts xxx Elle

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  6. Happy (belated) Birthday, Jennifer....and wishing you a wonderful year ahead! Your presents are all delightful and you will enjoy them for such a long time to come. Such a yummy cake too....I would love to try it :)
    Helen xox

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  7. Happy Belated Birthday Jennifer! Looks like your day was just right.
    It's my birthday today and I'm enjoying it, although it's snowing again. :(

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  8. Happy (belated) birthday!...and gorgeous celebrations. X

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  9. Happy belated Birthday Jennifer! Your birthday sounds and looks PERFECT!!! Both me and hubby do the same in buying our own presents for birthdays and Christmas so that we get it right and there are no arguments then :-) Take care xx

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  10. Happy Belated Birthday. The cake looks devine.

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  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love your Baby Ben clock - we had one years ago and I've kept my eyes open recently for another but I think they must be few and far between now. I did treat myself to another 'tick tock' clock recently but I'll show more in the next post or so. The rest of your wish list sounds just like mine - fingers crossed for Christmas! Glad you had a lovely weekend x Jane

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  12. Happy belated birthday Jennifer, it sounds like you had a lovely time and got some wonderful gifts!!
    V x

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  13. Oh clever husband, and lucky you! It sounds like a wonderful day, I really love the birthday card, one to treasure indeed. The cake looks delicious too, I'm wishing I had a slice right now! Have a good week Jennifer. CJ xx

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  14. Happy Birthday, Jennifer! You had a lovely day, filled with family fun and charming gifts! What a wonderful fall day; your garden looks beautiful! All the very best in health, love, and happiness!

    Poppy

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  15. Happy Birthday Jennifer! Sounds like a wonderful day. It's the simple things isn't it?

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  16. Happy birthday for yesterday. I'm glad you had a good day. :o)

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  17. Happy Birthday Jennifer, what a wonderful day and enjoyed all the pictures xoxo

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  18. Happy Birthday dear Jennifer, what a lovely day you have had. Your gifts are all very fine indeed: the retro Baby Ben clock is so cute! Hand made cards are the best, and love the polka dot wrapping paper. We are close in birthdays - mine is coming on Saturday, 29th. I wish I could have a Berry Chantilly cake too :)

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  19. Happy birthday Jennifer, my best wishes!

    Lluisa xx

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  20. I'm so glad the parcel arrived in time and that you had a lovely birthday. It all sounds perfect. Yum to the pasta and the cake. I am kind of in love with the idea of a blanket covered in stars and birthday cake, what would that look like I wonder... xx

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  21. Happy Birthday Jennifer! I am glad you had such a lovely time. xx

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  22. It sounds like you had a great birthday Jennifer! I'm so glad for you. My parents always had a Baby Ben alarm clock and I loved the tick-tock sound it made. I felt very secure just hearing that. It DOES sound like the Big Bear is a good egg. Smart of you to give him ideas too. We don't have a Whole Foods here or I would be very tempted to try that cake.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  23. Glad you had such a wonderful birthday! Handmade cards are the best. Your pasta dish looks and sounds so good. Sounds exactly like something I'd order. I'd love to replicate something like that at home. Perhaps I will give it a try!

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  24. Happy birthday Jennifer my nearly twin :)

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  25. Happy belated birthday! Always nice to have a birthday on a weekend. Sounds like you had a most happy and lovely day with your family. You will love having a swift and if you don't already have maybe put on a big hint for a ball winder for Christmas! Nice to have a complete set of needles too! Your cake looks delish!

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  26. Happy belated birthday Jennifer....
    Seems you had a lovely time....
    Haven't heard from you in such a long time...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  27. Happy birthday! Glad that you had such a good weekend, it sounds just wonderful. Lovely gifts too! xx

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  28. Happy Birthday Jennifer :) Your weekend sounds very nice and your bears so loving. The clock is fab!
    Birgitta xx

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  29. Happy Birthday, Jennifer!!! I'm so glad you had a good celebration and I hope you have a wonderful year! xx

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  30. Many, many happy returns of the day, Jennifer. Wish I was there to celebrate it and eat a slice of that delicious looking cake :-) xxx

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  31. Happy birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend celebrating. I also 'suggest' birthday gifts to my husband :-D And to be honest, I wish he would do the same. It's so hard find nice gifts for guys! x

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  32. Hey Jennifer,
    Your cake looks divine I must say! I often suggest gifts. Or I place items in our amazon wishlist. You know, just in case Marc is looking for inspiration...
    Glad you had a lovely day, my friend.
    Leanne xx

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  33. So glad you got spoiled rotten on your Birthday - full steam ahead to Christmas now I guess !
    Kate xx

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  34. Happy birthday Jennifer!!! Congratulations on the wonderful gifts you are so lucky. Enjoy them all. Hugs :)))

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  35. Happy Birthday ... What lovely treats x x x x

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  36. Happy belated birthday. It sounds like you had a wonderful time and were thoroughly spoilt with such fabulous gifts.

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  37. Happy Birthday Jennifer I'm glad you had such a lovely day. :) xxx

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  38. happy birthday, glad you had a lovely day, that cake looks delicious xxxx

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  39. Belated happy birthday! I'm glad to hear you had a lovely day. Your birthday cake looks so pretty and yummy! x

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  40. Happy belated birthday to a really lovely person x

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  41. Belated happy birthday. Looks like you had a lovely time. X

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  42. Belatedly, Happy, Happy Birthday my friend.

    The GB's card ... that's worthy of a frame I think.

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  43. Happy belated birthday Jennifer! It looks like you had a lovely day with some beautiful gifts. Your cake looks so delicious! I really like the photo of you too.
    Marianne x

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  44. Happy Belated Birthday Jennifer! It looks as though you had all the ingredients for a perfect birthday! xxx

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  45. Just catching up so missed this post. Belated Happy Birthday Jennifer and it looks like you had a wonderful day with all the Bears. Love the clock. P x

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  46. How did I miss this post??? Sorry to have missed wishing you a happy birthday before now.

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  47. Belated birthday greetings, Jennifer. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I remembered it was your birthday as you share it with my DH, so apologies for being late. Love the clock!

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  48. Belated birthday wishes,it looks like you had a great time! Sarah x

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  49. Happy (belated) birthday!! Looks and sounds like you had a great time. I love the photo of you! x

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