On November 1st,
I "celebrated" my birthday.
Yep, it was the big one!
It was THE barn burner!
I am so grateful that I wasn't
faced with toxic clouds created
by a massive number of burning candles.
No, my family is smart.
They only used two candles.
I was never good at math,
but even I could figure this one out!
And they didn't do the traditional birthday cake.
This year, there were 60 cupcakes!
Don't know why there were 60.
Maybe they just took my age, 30,
and doubled the number for good measure...
or something like that.
Several weeks ago, during our family reunion,
some of my girl cousins surprised me with an
early birthday present!
Can you tell how thrilled I was at the mention
of turning a certain certain age?
My cousins also generously gave me a
wonderful birthday present!
How did you know exactly what I needed, girls?
Thank you so much:
I am so touched by your love and support!
Birthdays have always been special in our home.
I remember Mother always going "all out"
to make sure that my day was special.
I remember this birthday cake she made
like it was just yesterday!
One of my favorite birthday memories
was on my 40th birthday.
Lurch was a football coach and he
and his team had suffered a long, unsuccessful season.
On my birthday, they won their
game and broke their losing streak.
At the end of the game, Coach and the boys
stood on the field and sang to me
and the game commentator announced
that they dedicated the game to me!
That was a beautiful moment!
My best birthday surprise was the year
that Lurch surprised me with a gorgeous
lambskin leather coat that was trimmed in fur.
I know, I know.
Fur isn't accepted well these days,
but it was not taboo in the Texas Panhandle
with its biting cold winds and blinding snowstorms!
Plus, it was almost 20 years ago.
Get over it.
At least it wasn't as bad as this photo
of Gloria Swanson wearing her fur coat
made out of monkeys!
Yes, you heard me.
I said monkeys!
How bad is that?
I gotta run.
I've got things to do.
Lots of things!
And then who knows...
I might just put on my fur coat
and walk my old butt down to the lake!