Saturday, September 15, 2012

And the birthdays keep coming!

No sooner had my stepson turned 18 and I was hot on his heels.   So yesterday yes, another year clocked over for me.   I spent a pretty low key day and a few nice suprises, not to mention this...


Trust me, flowers are a rare occurrence around here, so this was a big surprise.  Mike had gone over to the next town to do a few things and I heard him come home and when I walked into the kitchen I got this lovely bouquet full of pink gerberas and other pretty flowers.

Because I couldn't trust myself this year, not with my strict exercise/eating regime, to have a birthday cake (and not eat the rest of it myself!!!) I suggested perhaps two dessert cakes from the bakery for each of us to have after dinner.  I still got to blow out a candle and make a wish.  I still had something sweet and delicious and measured (although after one bite I knew there must have been a million calories in it!).   Absolutely scrumptious orange, almond baby cake.  


Dare I say I should have wished it didn't have a million calories!


So it struck me as a great idea for a scrapbook page yesterday, which I finished off this afternoon, was to list 48 things that I love right now at age 48.   Well I tell you, it's harder than it looks to make a list.  I struggled to start with.  But then as the list went on I kept thinking of more and more things I love right now and it made me be thankful for them all over again.  Even if you don't scrapbook, even if you just journal, even if you just want to do the exercise, it's a very worthy exercise.   So here's the scrapbook page and yes even the photograph was taken yesterday ...



And if you want to read the journalling and can't quite make it out, here it is (funny it's in no particular order, but chocolate made the number 1 spot!!):

white chocolate * exercising * Molly, Lucky and Bo * being married to Mike and knowing he'll never give up on me * our life in mortlake and the country closeness I enjoy * finally getting the bathroom up to speed * learning to run * losing weight and seeing the number on the scales going down * digital scrapbooking * being on the amazing team at Designer Digitals * that the children are all now young adults * loving the kids * that my relationship with mum is much better * clothes shopping * fitting into clothes I had long since forgotten is fun * Michelle Bridges and 12wbt changing my life * anticipation of my trip to Sydney with new friends from 12wbt and the possibility of meeting the amazing Michelle * penang chicken for dinner my favourite * the colour red * punjabi chai tea made in a teapot * knitting in the round * my Canon 60D and taking photographs * watching Lucky dream when his little body twitches * that we are now into Spring and the garden is coming alive with colour * blossom on the trees in the backyard * my (somewhat local) digiscrap buddies Esther and Jenelle * peace * my best friend forever Sonia * a glass of cold thirst-quenching water * going to the gym and knowing I've had a good work out * walking a few blocks from our house and seeing countryside stretch out for miles * the sounds of the nearby cows mooing and the sound drifting on the breeze at night * marshmallow MOR perfume * standing in the driveway and seeing the sky blanketed by stars * being able to finally say no and stand by my decision (I've been such a yes girl all my life) * the internet and connecting with my friends * my eternity ring that Mike gave me last year which I adore * that I finally feel deserving of the good things that the universe is giving me * when Molly comes up to me and puts her head in my lap and just looks at me, I melt * that I haven't caught a cold all year * the digi show podcast * my new bright emerald green coat * long hot showers * that I'm not afraid to cry * AROHO * sharing with Sonia our continued weight loss and encouragement and feeling fantastic about it * strawberry fruche * the fact that I am now 48 and am healthy and happy and alive.

3 comments:

ksharonk said...

What a fabulous list you have created ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, digi-friend! :)

Lynne said...

That's a great list! Happy birthday, Carol.

Jenelle S said...

Love the flowers and the cake! Happy Birthday again Carol xo