Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Birthday: Number 32

Yesterday was my birthday. I woke up in a major funk. My husband came into the bedroom softly singing "Happy Birthday" so as not to bother my head. I was depressed, anxious, in pain, and did not want it to be my birthday.
We have a tradition where George brings birthday hats, puts them on the dogs, himself and me and we sing songs in bed. Knightley loves the "Happy Birthday" song.

George had gone to get the hats, and when he returned, he said, "You've gotta see this." I followed him into another room expecting to see our "HAPPYBIRTHDAY" sign hanging up. But, he pointed out the front window and I started crying happy tears.
Someone had tied three happy birthday balloons to our mailbox and there was a present and a card inside the mailbox.This photo was taken at around 7am, so this person was very sneaky. :)

I was in such a crummy funk, but having a friend show that she cared this much by going out of her way to surprise me on my birthday? Well, there aren't words for how special it made me feel.

My Migraine was tolerable enough that I was able to cook, which I love to do but usually do not feel well enough to do.
 I am very proud of these blanched tomatoes. It was my first attempt at blanching tomatoes for my first ever home-made tomato soup.  I also made home-made gluten free soft pretzels and gluten-free yeast rolls. Over this last year of having to cook from scratch, I have found joy in cooking, but lately have not been able to very often. So, when I can cook, it is happy day for me and exactly what I wanted to do on my birthday!

Since I've been chronically ill, birthdays have been difficult for me and it stings even more when people say "I hope you have a pain-free day." Ugh. I haven't been pain-free in six years. Can they wish me something else? Like joy? Now that is something I can actually do something about. I can choose to have a joyful birthday even if I feel crummy.

George brought home a gluten free bakery cake which was so sweet that I could not even finish half a piece.

IWe got out three board games that I have been wanting to play. We got through two games of INGENIOUS but stopped when I was too tired to play anymore (or maybe it was because George had won both games!) I love Turner Classic Movie channel and we cuddled on the couch while watching a movie I had never seen, "Roberta" with Irene Dunn, Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire.  I fell asleep about ten minutes into the movie. George fell asleep too. We both woke up--still wearing our party hats! :)

 It was a joy filled day. 

Thank you.


  1. Happy (late) birthday! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

  2. Happy Birthday to you! I hope you have a happy, joy full and loved filled year!

    I Just noticed that you live in Chicago are...me too! I'm in Hickory Hills, where are you?


  3. Happy belated Birthday to you!
    I understand how birthdays just aren't what they used to be.
    But doing what you wanted (like cooking a playing some games) sounds like a great day to me!!

    The birthday surprise was amazing! Love it!!!!!

    May your year be filled with Joy, and Happiness!