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Birthday celebration with Sisters


My mom’s bouquet and my card with decorative gourds

It started out as a lark about 3 weeks ago and it became a reality several days ago. I’m glad I went to celebrate my sister’s 60th birthday in Florida along with my two other sisters who live in Minnesota.  We all had different flight times for our arrival but the BIG day was Oct. 12th, Wed. and that is when we went to a nice restaurant that evening to celebrate with her family as well as us FOUR sisters!

What happened on the way down for me was that I had a plane change to make and I just wanted to sleep at the very beginning of my flights. My first flight was 5:00 a.m. in the morning!  That meant that my husband and I had to get up at 2:30 a.m. to get on the road by 3:00 a.m. to be at the airport by 4:00 a.m. to be leaving by 5:00 a.m.  I just had a carry on piece of luggage.

When I got to the bigger airport for a departure time of 9:00 a.m. I told them that I wanted a window seat so I could sleep.  That was accomplished and I was in the VERY back of the big plane that was loaded with over 200 people, no empty seats to Florida!  I heard that they were taking carry on luggage to be checked and I could get on the plane earlier.  That worked for me so I bolted forward to get my tag and make it to the end of the plane.  Apparently someone saw in the front rows, I’m not sure how she recognized me since I have NOT seen her in about 45 years.  People change!  I thought I had changed enough too.

The plane arrived in Florida and ordinarily I would have had my luggage with me but I had to go to the checked baggage area before I met up with my sister.  This person who knew me from high school was waiting for me to show up as her husband was retrieving their luggage.  I did NOT know who was calling my name.  She said her name and then of course I recognized her…she was a class below me. She told me she has read both my books on our hometown and loves to read my newspaper articles.  We gave each other hugs and I told her why I was down…to celebrate my sister’s birthday.


When in Florida you MUST have painted nails!

So even though I don’t make any money writing these articles and I barely get any royalty on the books I’ve written for Arcadia press, I do have a following.  That was nice to know and despite the fact that I had NO make up on and was ready to swim in my sister’s pool, this person recognized me.  Small world, right?


Birthday girl with her adoring sisters




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My Birthday Celebration



nursery open house


What a fun day it was yesterday to be honored for passing into the 6th decade. It started out with sleeping in and then washing my hair before I met up with my folks and we went to a famous garden and nursery about 30 miles from our place.  Since it was their open house, they had plants that were 20% off so I used some of the money my Dad gave me for a birthday present to buy a nine bark tree.  For some reason I really like those trees, maybe because they have such a depth and variation of color.  We have so many box elder trees that just have your usual green leaves…these are a deep accent to any yard.

Then after we had a dinner at a restaurant back at my hometown, we to to work and started cleaning the Carnegie so it looked ready for company at 6:00 p.m. I had invited about 35-40 people with over 200 postcards sent out to tell of our Art Show and Sale for four days.  We got at least 25 friends of mine showing up over the two hours. I was pleased that my cousin showed up with 14 photos his dad’s 1939 aerial shots of my hometown.  Also, my folks were there along with my hubby and the intern who has been working all summer helping to get the Carnegie ready for the big days ahead.  A highlight was having a high school classmate of mine come to this celebration and she also had been to this same nursery and got a big hydrangea plant with white blossoms. Both big plants are sitting in the lobby of the Carnegie until after all the festivities are over with on Saturday.

After the last guests had left at 8:30 we went to the bar and restaurant so that we could eat supper…I also wanted to have another birthday treat.  Turns out that they served a glass of beer and also deep fat fried Oreos. We had a fun meal with my cousin and his wife and then it was time to go home about 10:00 p.m. So it ended up being a LONG but fun day. These are the following people I want to thank for coming to my b.d. party and helping to eat the half sheet of cake.

Thanks to Carol S. Judy E. Jerry K. Janna B and Ken M. Sheldon R. Rae F. Sue H. Mary G. Lynn M. Jim and Kerry S. Anne and Mike M. Twylla and Jim, Phyllis H. Dylan, Paul and Jan, Les and Bonnie and my folks and hubby.  I think it will be a rather mundane celebration next year but we will help celebrate my husband’s moving into the next decade next April.  Fun plans are in store!

cake on tableRae with cake1939 photos with camera

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