Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Birthday Thoughts

Well, today is my birthday...One I was not happy about, a big one, a decade changing I have been watching creep up on me ever so quietly. Stomping my feet, no this can't be. Where ever has the time gone. Just last week a program aired on TV about the Blizzard of '78, thirty years ago. That bit of information caught me up short! Thirty years...

But as this week began and it was now imminent, just hours away, I slipped into grateful acceptance. I was reading a blog I enjoy, Pomegranates and Paper yesterday, another birthday girl. Loretta said she was grateful for having arrived at her birthday intact. That statement caused me to think. Yes, I too have "arrived intact" and very grateful, also grateful for my family, husband, children, grandchildren, cousin,dear friends who are like family and all the animals in my life...and very grateful for my health and general wellbeing. My life is full...

I started my day at 4 AM because my daughter needed to be at the hospital for an out patient
surgery and she just needed her Mom. I could not find any coffee ( Dunkin Donuts) open at that awful hour not to mention the stinken snow and ice on the roads...So I was my usual grumpy self before coffee. But my very grown up daughter with three children of her own just smiled and humored me and told everyone in ear shot that it was her Mom's birthday. How can you stay grumpy...impossible with everyone wishing you happy birthday. I started to think about the little ones who were entering the world while I was waiting for her to come out of surgery and recovery as we were in a ob/gyn hospital. Yes, I was getting quite philosophic. Ended that train real quick. Did some drawing, some more thinking, news watching and settled gently into this new number while I waited. I am still me, don't feel any different but maybe a little wiser, realizing time is not to be wasted on what ifs or squandered on meaningless things. I still look forward to each morning with anticipation and I have a twisted sense of humor that serves me well, gets me through allot. So I look forward to the rest of my day wherever it takes me. I am content with wherever or whatever, I am OK.

Now if we could just fast forward to, that is kind of a what I will enjoy this time to be in and dry and warm and settle down to doing something I enjoy or maybe just a nap with the girls...they have started without me.

Found this beautiful quote which I thought I would share with my animal loving readers. Which by the way guess who won at The Westminster Kennel Club dog show the other night. It would be a very proud Beagle by the name of Uno. My "girls" were quite excited, not...Only food has that power.

Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don't know evil or
jealousy or discontent. To sit
with a dog on a hillside on a
glorious afternoon is to be
back in Eden, where doing
nothing was not boring ---
it was peace.

Milan Kundera (1929- )
Franco-Czech writer; author
of 'The Unbearable Lightness
of Being."

Finished some chenille scarves.

Sorry if this was alittle disjointed, just where I am today. Have a great day and thanks for reading.


K Spoering said...

Have a lovely, lovely birthday. In fact, I may just bake you a cake. Of course, I'd have to eat it myself.... yes; I will definitely bake you a cake! Thanks for giving me a reason - a special person's birthday! Chocolate, don't you think?

Carol said...

Kathy, thank you and I am so happy I could give you a reason to bake and have cake, I insist on it! Chocolate, it should be...a lovely, dark, rich, moist, melt in your mouth...Let me know how it turns out and eat some for me along with your portion! Cake for all!

Kristen said...

Happy birthday! Hope to see you at the guild tomorrow if we are not flooded out!

Juliealyons said...

Sweet Mother of Mine,
Thank you so much for being there...not just today at 4am, Icy roads and hospital coffee but for everything you do to support me and love me everyday.
You touch my life in so many ways...

You are beautiful Mom...Inside and out - Hair clip and all.
Your a Funny girl Carol, funny girl...I love you.
Happy Birthday.

Now and Then said...

Hi, Carol - Happy Belated Birthday. My trick is to always think you are one year older than you actually are, then the awful birthday becomes less awful when you finally arrive at it.
Just to mention that the winning beagle is from Woodstock, CT, and is owned and trained by a friend of a friend.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, cousin!

I'm trying to figure out the time lapse--not between our "memorable" birthdays--but between 2/13 and today!

I'm sure I checked your blog over the weekend and didn't see an update until this evening. Maybe I'm getting a little senile since hitting the big 6-0?

Peace & blessings,

Carol said...

Thank you everyone for your good wishes and wonderful words...I have been touched. And cousin, you have lapsed 5 thought you checked 8~/ Funny stuff, f.

cindy said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you!!!!Happy Belated Birthday to you!!!!Happy Belated Birthday dear Carol. Happy Belated Birthday to you!!!!

Many happy and healthy returns of the day!!!

Saad said...

Hi Carol, I am 21 today and I was goig through birthday blog entries and yours just remained with me after I had logged out. It was like reading an Elizabeth Berg piece right out of her book.
Good job and prayers.


Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

Happy belated birthday, Carol. Thanks for the shout out on your blog. There's something to be said for arriving to places intact, wherever you are or whatever age you are. Love the doggies!!c