Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My birthday











A few scenes from my birthday, which was an ordinary and lovely day.

Mondays are our full homeschool day, so we did a lot of that, and also went to the children's dentist for their routine checkups (both were given a clean bill of health, yay!). We went to the grocery store next, to buy our turkey and other foods for Thanksgiving. I bought a frozen Butterball turkey, my favorite kind, and it's thawing in the fridge as we speak. We'll do what we always do with it - the Bear hacks it up into its parts, gives me the breast to roast in the oven, and takes the rest of the pieces out to the backyard smoker. It's nice to have some of each kind of meat, even if the smoked meat tends to be too smoky to use in a soup later on.

I'm also making candied yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and asparagus. Very traditional, just the basic things that we all really love for Thanksgiving dinner. I was going to make dinner rolls from scratch like I did a few weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, but I decided to cut myself some slack. Those rolls were delicious, but frozen brown-and-serve rolls are pretty good too, so we got ourselves some of those yesterday. There will be cheese and shrimp and pumpkin pie. If anyone goes hungry, they'll only have themselves to blame.

So, my birthday...we had a pretty typical day but there's always that little fizz of excitement when I remember, hey, it's my birthday!, while washing the dishes or folding laundry. Even now that I'm ever so old, ha. I had happy-birthday phone calls from all over. They took me out for dinner on Sunday night. We went to Black Angus for steak. I was craving steak for weeks! I love going there. The meal takes for-EVER and the food just comes and comes. We sat near the bar and watched football. It was perfect.

On Monday, my actual birthday, the Bear brought home my favorite cake, the one I have had for many years in a row, the Berry Chantilly cake from Whole Foods Market. It's amazing. I opened my gifts next, and what beautiful things I got. Hand-painted birthday cards from my children, a dainty and elegant antique sapphire ring (sapphires are my jam), a new Vera Bradley purse for my collection (my first Hipster style bag, so comfy to wear), candy, new blades for my rotary cutter and a DVD of Elf! My friends Leanne and Gillian sent me lovely, thoughtful gifts from across the miles and I was so touched by how well they know me, even though we've never met in person. A beautiful birthday, oh, it really was.

Thank you for your get-well and birthday wishes on my last post. I'm feeling better, for the most part. Still very congested, but that always takes some time to go away. I'm excited about the holiday, and our upcoming five-day weekend! I think we'll decorate for Christmas this weekend and put up the tree. We started listening to Christmas music in the past few days, in small doses for now. Santa lists have been made, some of the shopping is done (none of the wrapping is), I've laid in a new supply of hot cocoa mix. Music and ballet performances and school art night are on the horizon. It's cold out now, and I love it. I'm hoping we'll have a fire this weekend. Yep, it's all looking pretty festive around here. Let the ring-ting-tingling games begin!

36 comments:

  1. Happy Belated birthday Jennifer! I'm sorry I'm late to the party. Such a happy post. I LOVE, absolutely LOVE, how your contentment with your life shines through your writing. Your birthday and holiday plans sound lovely. We're not going to do much for Thanksgiving, but I'm flying to see Miss Piper next Tuesday for almost two weeks. I'm looking forward to some snuggle time. Have a lovely five day holiday.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  2. I'm glad you are feeling better and you had a great birthday. The photos are just wonderful.
    I am trying to decide if I will decorate this week as well or it I will wait . While it was cold this morning, we are suppose to heat back up and I don't want my tree dropping needles everywhere.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  3. Happy belated birthday. Glad you had such a lovely day, wonderful celebrations and thoughtful gifts. Enjoy the coming weekend with your Thanksgiving celebrations.

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  4. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* - it sounds like a wonderful time! I hope you'll show us the sapphire! I hope you have a perfect Thanksgiving.. I know you will. We are heading out soon to get our groceries, the turkey is defrosting in the fridge. Happy times!

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    *H*A*P*P*Y* *T*H*A*N*K*S*G*I*V*I*N*G*!*!*
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    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Happy belated birthday. It sounds like an idyllic day with some wonderful gifts, I love sapphires. You certainly have Thanksgiving under control and some great plans in place for Christmas. I am enjoying the music at the moment and have thoughts of Christmas décor....

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  6. Happy Birthday, Jennifer! It sounds like such a lovely day with happy family time and wonderful gifts. (I love sapphires too!) Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving too, and have fun with the Christmas decorations :)
    Helen xox

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  7. Hey Jennifer,
    Your day sounds pretty perfect to me. I'm so glad you liked the pressie. I tried to get it signed, but she's very elusive even though she only lives about 30 miles away from me! And what a lovely picture of you with your gorgeous children. One to treasure, I think.
    Leanne xx

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  8. A belated very very happy birthday. Your cake looks delicious and it sounds a lovely quiet family time with some treats thrown in! Lovely pictures too. xx

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  9. Happy Birthday Jennifer! You look so happy with the little Bears, it is lovely. I am glad you had a fabulous day.
    I am just checking if there are any flights so I can enjoy your Thanksgiving feast... just joking. But my mouth is watering as I think about all the lovely things you are preparing. xx

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  10. Glad you had such a lovely day! Have a great week too and a very happy holiday weekend x

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  11. Happy belated birthday Jennifer, and sorry to hear you have been unwell lately. Enjoy your Thanksgiving feast :) x

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  12. Happy birthday lovely lady!! It all sounds so cosy in your world right now. I especially like reading about your thanksgiving cooking plans. Candied yams? I need to Google this. Xx

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  13. What a lovely day, and such a gorgeous photo of you and the small bears. The cake looks delish, I remember thinking the same last year. Glad you had such a good time. CJ xx

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  14. Sounds like a great birthday and that cake looks amazing. Love the photos - especially the last one and the one of the 'poultry in motion'! Have a very happy Thanksgiving. xx

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  15. It sounds perfect Jennifer. I'm so glad you had such a lovely day with your dear family. Your preparations for Thanksgiving sound absolutely delicious, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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  16. It sounds like you had a great birthday, Jennifer. Enjoy your 5 day weekend! :o)

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  17. What a gorgeous picture of you with your lovely children. I'm so glad you had a happy day. Your Thankgiving plans sound fab - have a wonderful weekend. Sam x

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  18. Belated Happy Birthday for Monday - sounds as if you have enjoyed a wonderful few days with the family. Like the sound of the antique saphire ring - enjoy it, which I know you will.

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  19. Happy Birthday, your cake looks incredible.

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  20. Sounds like a great birthday. Glad you are feeling better. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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  21. Sounds like a perfect birthday to me! So glad you had a nice one with your family and were made to feel a little special on your day. You got lots of nice gifts! Very fun. I wish I had a piece of that cake. Sounds yummy and it was pretty too. I'm looking forward to having a long weekend too. I'm off We'd-Sun and I'm looking forward to it. I hope to get a hat at least partially knitted...yes, knitted!

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  22. Happy birthday !!! sorry I'm late ....I wish you now a wonderful weekend ahead .... Happy thanksgiving !

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  23. Belated happy birthday - sounds like you had a good one. I've seen brown-and-serve rolls mentioned on another blog - we don't have them in the UK. Nor do we have Thanksgiving although we do give thanks for the harvests that have been brought in during the autumn.

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  24. Happy birthday! It's good to hear you're feeling better and you've enjoyed your birthday. Good luck with the preparations for Thanksgiving. Your menu sounds delicious. Have a good week!

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  25. Happy Birthday Jennifer! It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I'm curious about the antique sapphire ring. Was it something you had found, or a family heirloom, or did your husband discover it on his own?

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  26. Happy belated wishes for your birthday dear Jennifer! Simple, joyful moments are the best in life!
    Olympia

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  27. A happy belated birthday to you, it sounds as if you had a wonderful day! Ii hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving too xx

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  28. Ah yes, our birthdays are a day apart, I remember discovering this last year! Happy birthday! xx

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  29. Happy birthday again Jennifer and also happy thanks giving to you all xo

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  30. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday! I love the photo of you and your precious children. May you and your family have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving day. Your menu sounds lovely and perfect.

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  31. So glad you had a Happy Birthday celebration, Jennifer! While you were celebrating, my oldest daughter, Mary, safely gave birth to Sarah, so you now have another birthday buddy :) We are excited, thankful, and tired. I turned on the Hallmark station that has a constant fireplace scene with a cat and dog wandering in and out and misc. Christmas music playing in the background while I am typing to you. We are looking forward to putting up some of our Christmas decorations this weekend, but prior to that I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! xx

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  32. What a lovely birthday you had, Jennifer. Everything sounds delightful. Your cake looks very special - and so does the cute rabbit! Our birthdays are only six days apart - mine will be this Sunday. Almost twins :)

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  33. Happy Birthday and Happy Thanksgiving. So much to be thankful for with that beautiful and healthy family of yours. Have a great day.
    Meredith

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  34. Happy Birthday (somewhat belated), glad to hear you are feeling better :).

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  35. sounds like you had a wonderful birthday xxx hope the thanksgiving feast was delicious, it certainly sounds it xxx and keep getting better xxx

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