Birthday Goodness

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Last week was my birthday. I love this time of year. Not just because it’s my birthday, of course, but also because everything seems to be bursting forth outside. The big cherry tree on our street always blooms about now. It always seems like it’s blooming just for me.

I’ve been continuing to fuss with the front room art wall above my new-to-me couch. This poor wall has been patched and re-patched so many times from all the various art wall attempts it’s a wonder it doesn’t just fall down. So many holes!! This last time I was absolutely, positively certain that I had it just right, and then the next day realized that the arrangement was way too high. And cluttered. And, well, I’m doing it over again.

Here it is, the bottom half moved down. Still working on the top half–painting frames, that sort of thing. I’m stuck on a color for one of the frames, so that might take awhile.

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I had a particularly nice birthday this year. I was also delightfully surprised to receive birthday gifts! I wasn’t expecting any, and yet they came along anyway. A lovely painting, done by the son of a friend. A locally found and polished hunk of agate, just the exact size to fit in my hand for a worry stone. Some sunshine-y fabric, just when I was wishing I had more cheer in my stash. And then, of course, the blooming tree. That one was Nature’s doing, though. 🙂

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Oh yes, and there were cupcakes. I didn’t get pictures of those. They didn’t last long enough!

As a special treat I let myself work on an un-planned and un-queued quilt, a new thing with pretty colors in a palette I haven’t worked with before. I am shamelessly copying a friend’s genius. Good thing she doesn’t mind!! I’ll show you more as I get further along. This one is going to join the triple Irish chain on my bed, is the plan.

Meanwhile, Mr. Magpie got a wild hair and decided to finish our home office space, for realsies. I can’t believe it!! I don’t know what made him decide that, but I’m thrilled. There’s been plastering, and wainscoting going up, and shelves being built. I think I’ll be able to paint this weekend if I feel well enough.

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I’ve turned 46, which means I’m getting close to 50. I’m proud of that! Once I’ve turned 50 then I really will be grown up, won’t I? Except that I’ll probably always still be 14 on the inside. Fourteen, awkward, and waiting for a chance to sneak away to a quiet corner with whatever book I’m reading at the moment. Some things never change. Right now I’m reading a combination supernatural romantic comedy murder mystery series that a friend recommended (You can see it here). It’s quite fun. I’ve read one every day for the last three days. Now I’ll have to request the rest on Interlibrary loan so it’ll be awhile before I can get the last two!!

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When’s your birthday? Are there trees blooming where you are? And most importantly, have you read any good books lately?

Talk soon,

~Angela :-)

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  1. Barbara H. says:

    Happy birthday, Angela! You received some wonderful gifts. I’m a July Moon Child, aka Cancer, and my house shows it! Collections, even pine cones, everywhere. We’ve had lots of rain lately so it’s very lush and beautiful here. Dogwoods, snowball viburnum, azaleas and other things blooming. And it’s a pleasure to sit or work outside listening to the birds singing.

    • Barbara, thank you! Yes, I was very surprised and delighted. I love hearing about your beautiful blooming things and the birds. I’ve had something chittering at me outside, I think it might be a squirrel. I love to hear all the wildlife in the midst of town! ~Angela~

  2. Such a cheery post! So glad you had a good birthday! My birthday is in January, and when I lived in California, the Forsythia bloomed… mom called them ‘Poor Cynthia’ so she could remember the name! Now I’m in AZ and everything blooms! All the time! So good to see you in my inbox this morning! Dona

    • Thank you, Dona! It’s good to see you in my comment list! 🙂 When I was younger I couldn’t imagine living somewhere that was hot all the time, but I have to tell you, as I get older and my bones get achier, I’m starting to daydream about heat!! Even today on a beautiful Spring day, I’m feeling cold. I should probably get up from the computer and go be in the sunshine for awhile!! It sounds pretty there, with the year-round flowers. ~Angela~

  3. How fun! My birthday was the 14th & it was full of spring flowers, working in my flower garden, a mailbox stuffed with cards -even a singing video ecard! & sweet unexpected gifts. No cupcakes here but they weren’t missed.

    I’ve also been reading alot this past month. My recent favorites: ‘Bride of Honor’ by Ruth Axtell Morren, ‘The Maid of Fairbourne Hall’ by Julie Klassen & The Ladies of Summerhill series by Cara Lynn James: Love on a dime, Love on assignment & Love by the Book.

    • Happy Birthday, Jen!! I have to admit I’m a bit scandalized at the thought of not missing cupcakes. How is this possible????? I was very fortunate that a friend made some for me that fit my very restrictive anti-inflammatory diet so that was a real treat. Mmmmm…. cupcakes. I’m going to go see if the library has the books you suggested! I’m always on the lookout for a good one! ~Angela~

  4. The pictures of the blooming trees are amazing!

    • Thank you, Magali!!! I think I’ve taken better pictures in the past, but it’s so stunning that you really can’t mess up, I think. 🙂 ~Angela~

  5. Belated birthday wishes, my friend. It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished. My birthday is in August. I don’t think there are any trees blooming then – there are always a lot of gorgeous flowers.

    • Adrienne, are you a Leo or a Virgo? I’m going to guess…. Virgo? Am I right? I think that Crepe Myrtle blooms in August, doesn’t it? They’re so pretty I keep meaning to plant one, but I really don’t have room. Nice to hear from you! ~Angela~

  6. What a lovely birthday! Mine was February 8, I turned 42! I hated the thought of 40, but, as it turns out, I love being in my forties. I really don’t care what people think of me and how I live my life; not in a selfish way, but meaning I am finally free of toxic people and their poisonous opinions. At 42, part of me feels like I am just figuring things out, while at the same time, I knew the things all along but lacked confidence. So I guess I’m finally blooming, you could say, haha! Our apple trees and blueberry bushes are, as well! As for books, I am reading through the Little House series aloud, but nothing for myself at the moment. I did discover Mary Daheim this year, and her bed and breakfast mysteries. They were a lot of fun, I still have one I haven’t finished!

    • Hi Michelle!! Welcome to the 40-something club! 🙂 I feel like I’m finally figuring myself out in this decade as well, and finally letting go of all of the expectations that I set on myself and what I think people must think. Which is really silly because what people am I thinking of?? None of my friends would judge me, they are such lovely, accepting people. So what am I worried about exactly??? I feel like I’m finally shedding that for the first time in my entire life. Maybe it’s just one of those middle-age things? Anyway, I’m glad to hear about your journey. Plus also, books! I’m going to check those out. ~Angela~

  7. Hey Angela,
    Belated happy birthday. Such an awesome birthday you had. Loved those blooming trees’ pictures. My birthday comes in December and it feels frozen everywhere 🙂

  8. Hi Angela, I have just discovered your blog and I love it. It’s so down to earth. Looking forward to more posts. xx

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