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Monday, March 10, 2008

How to celebrate your 50th



"She never wanted diamonds or pearls, she always said "Honey,
they're too much money""
...

Last nite, Martyn felt rather badly, as he had not made a concrete plan for my 50th today. I had no problem with this, as I have always been a self entertaining unit from a young age, and I had made some birthday plans for today - a donkey walk with my friend where we would meet a mile from here, she with her donkey, and I with my donkey. On the way, we would pick up litter. We had dubbed this the Lucia Litter Patrol, and I made buttons. We hope to do this a few times a year. Picking up litter with a donkey is a slow process, but it was a nice day, and my day got even brighter when I arrived at our meeting point to see Angelo [father to Pino and Lucia] adorned in fresh daffodils. Now tell me, what could have made my birthday better?

I arrived home to find a package from a friend - fresh brownies and a bee house, complete with live, newly hatched bees. I baked a white cake with chocolate frosting later in the day, and had many nice calls and notes.

Last nite, Martyn suggested a spontaneous dinner out to celebrate early. But it was already late in the day, and I said, "What would really be fun is to build a bonfire and grill hot dogs." Within an hour, my gallant king had whipped up a new firepit, carried a table and chairs, candles and blankets to the area. Some fancy pants people would not consider drinking good red wine with hot dogs, but for me, a hot dog is such a decadent splurge. We eat really healthy, but I love hot dogs, as disgusting as they are. Combined with wine, ah, I was in heaven. As the nite grew dark, and the fire lit the scene, the donkeys appeared in the orchard behind us. The glow of the fire lit up their faces and 3 pairs of ears. I was so happy.

15 comments:

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday!

I am happy that you made a happy day for this Big Birthday. This follows my philosophy: Small Is Big

May the year ahead be filled with small joys for you and all your loved ones...multi-ear family members included too.

Laura said...

I think it sounds perfect. Happy birthday to you.

coloredsock said...

ahhh, those last 3 sentences paint the sweetest picture. happy, happy birthday, beautiful friend! a big hug and wishes for you many more nights like that one. may you always be so happy. xoxojennysue

Balou said...

What a great birthday! Probably couldn't have planned a better day.

forestwick said...

Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had wonderful day.

Cathy said...

What a perfectly wonderful birthday! Happy happy 50th and many more, dearie.

Judy Wise said...

Happy Birthday Shepherd Girl. Your day sounds like it was perfect. And I love those nasty hot dogs too.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday! A firepit, red wine, and the most wonderful of friends, and lover, a perfect birthday evening. May your year be filled with many such simple pleasures.
Debbie

Tai said...

I can't think of a better birthday, either. Happy day! And may you have many more just like it.

Red Fish Circle said...

Happiest of birthday wishes... it sounds like a warm heart felt day.... with those you love... nothing beats that.

Carla Sonheim said...

Happy belated birthday!

shepherdgirl said...

It's so nice to get birthday messages - thank you all! It's been one of those birthdays that kind of has gone on a few days or more, little surprises trickling in by mail or phone - thank you to all of those surprise makers too!

Bethany said...

Oh, I've been away! Is it too late to add my best wishes to these? Well, it can't be, since I am wishing you a wonderful YEAR ahead, full of more creative work, quiet listening and confident joy.

Anonymous said...

happy birthday to you!
now that you've hit the halfway mark,
here is some advice i will share with you- the first 50 years of life we learn, and the next 50 years we must apply what we've learned.

Amy C Evans said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Miss Katherine! I've been a bad blog visitor as of late, so please excuse late birthday wishes. Glad to hear how you spent your big day. Sounds wonderful. I think my perfect b-day meal might be red wine with grilled cheese. And then, of course, a yummy homemade sweet potato pie ;) Here's to all that still lies ahead. Cheers!! xoxo

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