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It’s my Birthday! And I’m 50! Really? I’m half a decade old. Yuck! That sounds horrible. But truthfully, I don’t feel old (or at least most of the time I don’t) and I’m told often that I don’t look like I’m 50. Well, I have a 24 year old son, I call him my Handsome Prince, and I have an 8 year old daughter, my Princess in Training. I’ve been twice divorced and I’m still in the honeymoon phase of my third marriage. [You’re a keeper, my beautiful, handsome husband, love ya]. I’ve worked in all different types of places, and have only been laid off a job once and that was last year in September. It’s been a so-so life, but I intend to make the most of my next 50 years, well at least the next 25. I don’t know if I’ll make it to 100, but who knows? It runs in my family. My mother will be 75 in August this year and she is still kicking and going strong.

I have thought a lot lately about turning 50. My birthdays usually just pass me by with dinner with my family, but this year I think this is going to be a special day for me. Then, of course, silly me, I agreed to “work” on my birthday. What was I thinking? Only because I have this really cute doctor I’m working for that needs my help. Geez, I’m such a softie. Anyway, my daughter asks what do I want for my birthday. I always answer her “peace and quiet”, whether it’s for Christmas, or for anything. Here is my top 5 things I want for my birthday this year.

1. A sweet hug and kiss from my daughter.

2. A big hug and kiss from my husband.

3. A second birthday phone call from my mother (yeah, she called me yesterday to wish me happy birthday, gotta love her!)

4. A birthday text from my son and/or his girlfriend. I accept texts from her in corresponding with my son, lol. Weird, I know.

5. A beautiful day.

That’s all I ask for. God has given me some beautiful days recently and I have thanked Him for every one. Each day has been more beautiful than the day before. I feel very blessed and can only hope that my next 25+ years will be just as blessed.

So, what am I really getting for my birthday? My beautiful, handsome Husband is taking me to Warm Springs/Callaway Gardens for 6 days. A vacation! I haven’t had a real vacation where I didn’t have to drive, cart around kids/kidstuff, mothers, and what have you, in I don’t know when. It has been a VERY long time. I’m really excited about it. Just a chance to get away and ease off some of the stress and worry I’ve had for the past six months. Oh, and did I mention that it’s a belated honeymoon? Heehee. It’s a great time to be 50 years old, married and in love.

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Could I have one more day, for a 4-day weekend, pleeeaaaase?  This has been a busy time, I don’t even feel like I’ve had a chance to take a breath.

My mother went into the hospital on Thursday, and we found out on Friday that she has colitis.  She has been battling with pain in her stomach for a month or so, and the doctor finally put her in the hospital to pump antibiotics and fluids into her.  I did try to rest a little on Friday, but we went out to get a birthday gift for a friend.  His birthday party was on Saturday, and he turned six years old.  His mama is a dear friend, and we’ve known each other forever.  She had a pirate/Hawaiian luau theme, and we had a great time.  The food was declicious and there were a lot of people there that I knew, so the company was good too.  Here is a picture she took of us.

Me and Leah

And this is what she had for them to play on.

Water Slide

Can you believe Leah, barely 32 lbs and 41-1/2 inches tall, went down this thing?  It’s HUGE!  Okay, so she only went down it once, and only when all the big kids were watching the birthday boy open his presents.  I put her ear plugs in with an ear bandit, and she climbed up with a little bit of help from one of the bigger girls.  She came flying down and landed in the pool of water.  I didn’t think to tell her to close her eyes and hold her nose.  She got water up her nose and I think it scared her at first.  But after a minute, she started laughing and said that was fun, and that she “gargled” under water.  She tried to go up again, but she slipped a little on the ladder and decided she had had enough.  There was another little small pool just to the left that you can’t see in the pic, and that’s where she stayed almost the whole time.

After we left there, we went over to the hospital to visit with my mother and then went to my aunt’s house to spend the night.  I get there, and my aunt’s  housecleaning lady tells me she has stopped up the garbage disposal with potato peelings, so I knew it was going to be a long night after a long day.  I stood out in the sun for almost 3 hours because there was no rest for the mom of a little girl afraid of all the rowdy kids and splashing water.  I had a pounding headache.  We ate some supper and had some ice cream, and finally that went away.  The cleaning lady went out and bought a little hand held plunger and she worked on that sink for about 20 minutes, but by golly, she got that thing unstopped.  She was so upset with herself over stopping up the sink.   But it could have happened to any one of us.

My aunt told me she was worried she was retaining fluid again because she was having a little trouble catching her breath and she thought she was gaining weight.  I checked her ankles and she didn’t have any swelling, and her breathing sounded okay to me.  After consulting with my mother on the phone (I hated calling her up at the hospital about it, but I wanted to be sure I knew what I was doing), we weighed my aunt and she had actually lost a couple pounds.  She weighed herself at the doctor’s office on Friday, and their scales are usually a little higher than hers at home.  I think she just got herself upset over that and then her breathing was affected.  I think she felt better after we weighed her though.  After putting fresh sheets on the bed, and getting Leah settled down, I still got in the bed and was asleep before 11 pm.  Not too bad.

I must have slept pretty good, because I didn’t hear a thing, and I don’t think I woke up during the night.  Leah woke me up this morning wanting pediasure and to watch a movie.  And, I woke up with severe pain in my hip.  I’m walking with a limp now.  It’s been hurting all day.  As soon as I finish this post, I’m going to bed with a heating pad and some Alieve.  We finally got up and moving about, dressed, and packed up the car and went back over to the hospital to visit with my mother again.  She was moved to a much nicer room today, so that will be nice for her.  She might be able to go home tomorrow.  We stayed there for several hours, then we started home.  Of course, I had to listen to “I miss Grandmother” for a good ways.  On the way, I decided to stop by a friend’s house.  It was nice visiting with them, but again, I had to listen to a little more sobbing for a while when we left.

We did get some bad news last night.  A friend of ours in Indiana was killed in a car accident just a couple hours before.  The friend was going to the grocery store to buy fish to cook for dinner, and she pulled out in front of a fully loaded ambulance, and it couldn’t stop in time.  She was killed instantly.  It’s very sad, because she was a beautiful, Christian lady, and she will be missed by her husband and her family.  I know my mother will miss her terribly, because she was such a dear friend and was so very nice to my mother.  Makes you think on things when something like this happens so very suddenly.

We finally got home, and I am dog tired and not looking forward to getting up in the morning to go back to work.  So I’m begging for one more day, please?  Can somebody set the day clock to squeeze in an extra 24 hours before 8:00 tomorrow morning?  Thanks and good night!

Karen

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 Yesterday was my 47th birthday and I have to admit it was one of the best birthdays I’ve had in a very long time.  The weather outside was rainy and dreary but I didn’t let it dampen my spirits any at all.  When I got out of the shower, my 5 year old was standing in the bathroom waving a card and saying “Happy Birthday, Mama”.  She wanted me to open the card
right away, but I had to beg for a little time to put my clothes on first.

 Happy Birthday Mamama

Then she tells me she has to go out in the garage to get my present.  This is what she came back with.  The silly goose picked out a bunny rabbit just like hers.  My friend took her out shopping last Thursday evening, and this is what she insisted that I would like most.  The bunny looks mad, but at least I can tell him apart from hers.  Notice the Hobby Lobby gift card?  Thank goodness.


Happy Birthday Mom!

We decided to brave the bad weather and took Leah Rose to the Spring Fling at her preschool.  She had a grand time which you can see here.  We got there just after it started at 10 am
and left just before 1:00.

After we left the school, we dropped Leah off at my mother’s and went to go see “Race to Witch Mountain”.  I thought it was a cute movie with a very simple plot.  In my opinion, it was very entertaining.  When the movie was over, we met Mama, Leah and my son, Ted, at Longhorn’s Steakhouse, my favorite restaurant.  As a general rule, I detest being sung happy birthday to at the restaurants, but Longhorn has a short, sweet birthday lyric and it was over very quickly and quite painless.  Mama brought me a cake, I think it was an Irish Creme Cake.  We forgot to light the candles though, so here’s a picture of the half-eaten cake.  My daughter was highly upset that we forgot to light the candles.


Half Eaten Birthday Cake

I really enjoyed being with my son.  We’ve always had a very quiet relationship, not really talking much.  He’s very quiet by nature, and he gets that honestly from me.  Last night we had a good time joking and laughing.  I am happy to see him starting to open up more and it’s always good to hear him laugh.  This is the first picture we’ve had taken together
since he graduated from high school a few years ago.

 My son, Ted, and Me

I loved my birthday gifts.  I got a new camera tripod and a MyPlace station for my laptop.  Oh, and another Hobby Lobby gift card.  A girl couldn’t ask for more.

 Tripod

 MyPlace

Thanks to my family and loved ones for spending the day with me and making my birthday very special.

I would like to share some old photos and things that I found recently.  This is me as a baby and birth announcements that my mother was sketching.

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Here is a picture from my 9th birthday party with my closest friends and family.

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Oh, and the bad weather?  Mama had a pond in her yard.  The local rivers have been under flood warnings all weekend and is predicted to continue until Thursday morning.  Rain isn’t forecast again until Thursday.

 

 Karen

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It's My birthday

I have been receiving birthday wishes all week and I want to thank all my friends for remembering me.  I have one particular birthday wish that I would like to share.  I have a very good friend in Florida, and she has sent me the best birthday wish of all.  I lived in Northwest Florida for almost 11 years and I loved living there.  I love the white sandy beaches, the emerald green Gulf waters.  The sun is brighter and the skies are bluer.  The air is different there than it is in Middle Georgia.

 Beach 1994

Beach 1994

 These pictures were taken during my first trip to the Gulf Coast.

I have posted this before, and I would like to share it again.

WALK ON THE BEACH

As I wander on the beach
In the sun’s fading light
My mind refreshes
And my senses delight.

I stop to gaze
On the horizon afar
And try to reach out
For the first bright star.

I close my eyes
to feel the breeze
Stirring my hair
And feeling at ease.

I dig my toes
In the sand deep
Where the days warmth
Begins to seep.

My ears turn to hear
Waves rolling on shore
And rolling out again
My cares to be no more.

I find a quiet place
To watch for the moon
And settle in to listen
To the ocean’s unceasing tune.

Settling over the waves
Is the moon light ray
Sending away my cares
To a watery grave.

I can now return
To my home and rest
In blissful slumber
And feel ever so blessed.

© Karen  ~ Georgia Angel
4/24/07

Here is what my friend sent to me.  She knew what would be the best present I could receive.

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 Thank you, my dearest friend, for my wonderful birthday wish.

Karen

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