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It’s my birthday today. Number 57. I don’t especially like that number, but it’s better than the alternative, for sure!

DD came home for Christmas week yesterday, and this morning, she wanted to take me out for breakfast. We walked over to my favourite local breakfast place, only to find a notice on the door thanking their loyal customers for their patronage, but sadly informing them that the restaurant was closing down as of December 21.

We missed it by two days.

We went to Choice #2. They had a seniors’ menu, for those 55 and up. I was too embarrassed to choose any of those items, so I picked the eggs benedict. It was ginormous. I ate it all, but I wished I hadn’t. I felt quite uncomfortable most of the day. I would have been only momentarily embarrassed to order something from the seniors’ menu, but that wouldn’t have lasted most of the day. Poor decision on my part.

It was pouring rain out this morning. I discovered that my boots leak. My feet were absolutely sodden by the time we got home. And cold. I need to do something about that.

DD got me a bagful of bubble bars from Lush. I love those things! They smell good and I love having bubble baths. She also got me a year-long subscription to a home decorating magazine. I’ve been asking for that for two or three years. Finally SOMEONE decided to get it for me. I think a year’s subscription is something like 35$, which is pretty cheap for a birthday gift that I really, really wanted. Thank you, DD!

PG had already texted me early in the morning. My friend D stopped by the house after we got home from breakfast with a small gift for me. My friend Meshka called to wish me a happy birthday, saying that she had a little present for me too, and she’d stop by maybe tomorrow. My brother texted me happy birthday. PG’s nephew texted me too.

In the evening, my mom took DD and I out for dinner. We went to a new place that none of us had tried before. I really enjoyed my dinner. DD pronounced hers “okay”. My mom didn’t enjoy hers much at all, but said it was her own fault for ordering it. I felt responsible, as I’d chosen the restaurant. She told me not to worry, and gave me a lovely card with a gift card to the liquor store in it. (How well my mother knows me!). But I have no idea how much money is on the card. It’s not printed on the card, nor did she write it on the envelope it came in.

PG had taken me out for another birthday dinner last weekend, but he refused to give me my present then , insisting that I could only get it on my birthday. I told him that my mom was taking me out that night, but we’d be going fairly early, so I’d text him when we were on our way home after dropping my mom off at her condo. Which I did tonight. To which he replied that he was currently eating dinner, so he’d be over in about an hour and a half. Which would make it close to 9 pm. And he has to work tomorrow morning, half a day.

I texted him back, questioning the wisdom of this plan of his. So now he’s decided he’s not coming over, so I’m not seeing him or getting my present from him tonight. I think he really should have given it to me on the weekend. But I already know what it is, because I bought it myself, then asked him if he’d like to give it to me for my birthday. He said sure, so I brought it to him so he could wrap it up and he gave me the money for it. It’s a Lululemon hoodie. I already have one, but of course I need another in a different colour. But I won’t get it till maybe Christmas Day now. Good thing I wasn’t planning on wearing it to the open house of a friend that I’m attending tomorrow, on Christmas Eve.

I didn’t even have a birthday cake today. I did have a birthday B52 coffee, however. I must say that was way better than cake.

You know, my birthdays sure are a lot less exciting than they used to be.images


Happy belated

In all the excitement of DD’s recent move, I completely missed my blogiversary!

It was yesterday, and my blog is now five whole years old.


I may be posting a little less these days than I used to, but I’m still here, and if you are too, thanks for reading and occasionally commenting!

Birthday catch-up

imagesYesterday was my 56th birthday.



That’s hard to write. But yes, I turned 56 yesterday, and considering the alternative, I need to just get over it, to suck it up and embrace it.


I had a lovely day yesterday, the day of my 56th birthday. (I am trying to write it as often as I can, in the hopes that I will get used to it and accept it gracefully. So far, this is not working.) DD took me out for breakfast, as is our tradition, and when she went to work, I baked Christmas tarts and cookies. And I popped over to my mother’s to drop off some groceries that she’d requested and to pick up my card and gift from her. In the evening, PG took me out for a fabulous dinner in a little French bistro, and even let me have two glasses of champagne! And throughout the day, I fielded numerous texts and phone calls from the many wonderful friends and relatives who fill my life, all expressing good wishes for my birthday.

And I got one call from someone I hadn’t talked to for a few years. I almost didn’t recognize the number, it had been so long! And that person didn’t even mention my birthday (and it may have been a complete coincidence that she called me on my birthday) – but she did share a lot of news about a number of other people with whom we were both acquainted and with whom I had completely lost touch. People had moved, had had operations, had lost their parents, had made up with their parents … but the very best news of all was about this one guy with whom I haven’t exchanged a word in probably seven years. This guy has had a serious alcohol problem for many years, and he has now been sober for eight whole months! Apparently his doctor scared the shit out of him, detailing all his alcohol-related health problems and how they were only getting worse and that he was likely to die early because of them all. And the guy quit drinking just like that, and his health problems have diminished dramatically. He is apparently back to who he used to be, funny and personable and just a regular guy.

I was SO happy to hear this – and I’m smiling even as I think about it and type this right now!

Because this guy is my ex-husband and DD’s father.

I am hopeful that DD and he can now rebuild their broken relationship, but of course, she is a grown-up and has to make those decisions for herself. Me, I think I’m going to give him a call very soon and tell him how amazing I think it is that he was finally able to quit drinking.

7g314So, Merry Christmas K! You’ve made my spirits – and my 56th birthday – SO bright!

(And Merry Christmas to YOU too, lovely readers! Hope your Christmas season is as fabulous as you are!)