Birthday Babbles and Gratitude


(Exclamation points and circles and rays courtesy of the Gothlet, who claimed today that she and the rest of the family had — no doubt temporarily — forgotten my birthday this morning because I hadn’t written it large enough on the calendar. So she rectified the situation.)

Thank you so much to everyone who left such wonderful words and birthday wishes! I am overwhelmed. And (almost) speechless!

I enjoyed so much reading all the quotations and poems. Such a variety, too! There were no duplicates; and the only ‘sources’ quoted more than once were: Dorothy Parker, Garfield, and the Bible! (Fascinating juxtaposition.) And several original poems were gifted as well.

I have no idea how I’m going to select the ‘best of’. I must ponder on it. So, short term, I took the easy (random) way out, and went to my friendly cyberneighborhood random number generator. (Word to the wise: if you ever really need a random number, don’t ask someone; we humans are non-random in our number selection….) And picked four winners instead of two, because I may not be able to decide, and darn it, it’s my birthday so I can change the rules if I want to! However, there may be a merit award this weekend when I have pondered sufficiently.

So, the random numbers are 62, 71, 21, and 5.

Which would be Elaine (sans blog), Timiae, Janice in GA, and Jennifer (masquerading as xmascountdown). And both the first and the last picked, Elaine and Jennifer, win a double prize for being born in November! (Not only that, Elaine was born on Thanksgiving! My birthday also falls on Thanksgiving often enough, but I was actually born the day before.) And Elaine was also the author of an original Thanksgiving Birthday Poem. Woo-hoo!

I must defer the pleasure of selecting the perfect yarn for the lucky winners to this weekend. I can’t wait; this will be fun!

So, other than the thrill of generating random numbers (aided and abetted by my girls), what was I up to today? Well, in my mind, today started yesterday when I got some fun mail.


My two sock yarn club yarns o’ the month came last night! Aren’t they wonderful? The Yarn Pirate Booty Club is Blue-Faced Leicester, mmm! Colorway called Solstice, and washable to boot (ar, ar). And the inaugural offering of the Sumptuous Sock Yarn Club is cashmere/silk beauteousness, a little more winey and less pink than the photo. That alone would have been super presents (even if I kind of gave them to myselves). But still, thank you, Georgia the Yarn Pirate, and Roxanne at Zen Yarn Garden!

Anyhoo, then it was an early arising, off to a very busy morning at work, but punctuated with many birthday wishes (my friend Jean puts birthdays in her weekly department email updates), and the best card from a good friend of mine. (I can’t believe there was a totally different cat/knitting/funny birthday card from the one Chris got!)


(Inside it says, “Take some time to unwind”. Awesome.)

My friend also gave me Naughty Needles. I think my husband might appreciate the future results! Heavens to Betsy!

Time to unwind was in precious short supply today, however. After a noon meeting, I had an eye doctor appointment. Guess what? My eyes are getting old, regardless of what the rest of me is doing! Then only a few free moments before the girls’ dance classes; this week is one of the two times all year that we can observe the classes, and both girls especially asked us, the parents, to come. [When a Preteen actually wants you to be there? You go!] So after a quick bite, my husband and I got to watch Music Theatre Dance I and II, and Ballet III. (I forgot I had my camera for the Music Theatre Dance classes, which were really enjoyable; I was so enthralled! But to prove I’m a good parental unit, here is Ballet III (Gothlet on the far end in the pink skirt, the pinkness of which is way atypical for her; but her black skirt is poufy, so I guess pink is not as bad as poufiness in the Book of Goth):


And you know what can be done while viewing dance classes, of course.

Before dance (after Dr. appt): ~~ After dance class:


(I think this yarn is an antidote to gray and brown!)

Unfortunately, I had to skip my own dance class due to a migraine that I also got for my birthday, dang. But instead we all went out for a birthday Cold Stone Creamery treat (more my daughters’ preference than my own when the temperature is well below freezing, but that’s fine! There was no waiting in line, anyway.)

And in the middle of my ice cream, my family gave me something:


See it? Here’s a close-up:


Isn’t that the most lovely thing? I love garnets; they are among my very most favorite stones. So rich and deeply colored. (This is, as a matter of fact, my favorite color if I have to be pinned down to one. The color of garnets.)

Apparently The Preteen picked it out. Superb taste she has.

So all in all, though busy, my birthday was wonderful, and thanks again so much to all who shared with me their wonderful words and wishes (she says alliteratively). I get to celebrate again this weekend, when we go out to eat with my parents, since birthday dinner was not in the cards today. And also this weekend, I get to have fun petting my stash and selecting some nice yarn to go out into the world to the fortunate random recipients!

Who could ask for anything more?

17 responses to “Birthday Babbles and Gratitude

  1. OH WOW, OH WOW! I am so excited. I am really really really excited!

    Thanks. I’ll love whatever.

    Did I say thank you?

  2. happy belated birthday to you!And congrats to the ladies..beautiful earrings!

  3. Happy belated birthday! Congrats to the winners!

    I LOVE THAT CARD! How come I never find cards like that?? Sorry about the migraine… not what you want to have on a day of celebration.

  4. Happy extended birthday! (I never did like the word ‘belated’ much…) Yey for a good birthday! Double-yey since it fell on a Monday and you still enjoyed it! (Boo hiss for the migraine…they have ruined a number of occasions for me…too much excitement/stress will cause them for me…)

  5. Bee-you-tiful earrings! LOVE them. Glad your birthday was a good one!

  6. Happy late birthday! Those earrings are just gorgeous! Sounds like you had a really lovely day, surrounded by a loving family – lucky girl!!

  7. A migrane, and you still think it was a fabulous day??? 🙂 Great card, lovely earings– I’m glad you had a wonderful birthday!

  8. I love that card! I need to find that one for my knitting friends – so cute! And the Naughty Needles book is pretty cool – I actually know people in it! The burlesque troop photo (I believe it’s for a pasties pattern) is a troop from KC and one of the girls lives in my apartment building. The girl who posed in the hooded cape (I believe she’s in 2 photos) used to be the other girl’s roomie so she also used to live in my building. Small world… Enjoy your b/day!

  9. Woohoo! I’m excited too — thanks so much!

    I LOVE the earrings. Congratulations!

  10. Thanks so much! I’m so happy and excited to be a winner and I know I’ll love whatever you send me. This really means a lot to me right now, as I’m going through some rough times and was really in need of cheering up! So, THANK YOU and happy belated birthday!

  11. Ooooh, lovely earring! I love garnets too. Don found a pile of them on some mountain recently. I’ll see if I can dig up the pic and will email it.

  12. Happy belated birthday! Sorry to hear about the migraine…that’s no fun at all. But I’m glad you had a good birthday anyway. I really like that scarf…so bright and happy, perfect for these darker months.

    I got the swapped yarn in the mail today, thank you!

  13. That card is hysterical. Love the earrings. Your daughter definately has great taste.

    The year I was born Thanksgiving was on the 27th. For 49 yrs I’ve heard over and over again how my poor mother cooked all morning, went into labor, and couldn’t eat the dinner she had worked so hard to prepare. Same story year after year. Isn’t that what family is about?

  14. Your contest was fun, I enjoyed the poems and quotations, thanks. All my girls took dance when they were younger, it was always fun to watch and I too took my knitting. That cat card is a hoot… LMSO. Continue having a Happy Birthday this week.

  15. Here’s another extended Happy Birthday! Gorgeous scarf, gorgeous yarn, gorgeous earrings, and of course, the gorgerous blogger herself!


  16. Beautiful earrings and so fitting for you. Your family scored on that gift! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!!! We all celebrate that you are the wonderful person you are, and the world is a better place because you grace our lives. Thanks! I am proud to know you! Love M.

  17. Happy (slightly belated) Birthday! The earrings are beautiful. I love garnets, too. My birthstone is ruby, but I much prefer the deep red of garnets.

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