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Another One Bites the Dust!


I've got this post to scheduled to appear on my blog at 2:32 AM on February 7th, precisely fifty-nine years after I made my official debut in the world!  Fifty-nine years...yikes, that feels mighty old!

For the next four months Papa Bear and I will share the same number, until he rolls the big 6-0 on June 7th. I am somewhat comforted in knowing that I am not the oldest of the old folks in the house. :-)   I can remember being young and thinking that my parents in their forties were "really old".  Oh dear! I would love to be forty all over again, but I sure wouldn't trade the wonderful life I have now for the relative youth I had then.  At that point my world was just about to descend into the depths of hell. Had I known that, I would have run like the devil was after me! But it was a "learning experience," and I definitely learned what not to do again! :-) Such is life.

Although physically my body has pretty much gone to hell in recent years, and my memory has apparently gone on an extended vacation, mentally and emotionally I just don't feel that old. Certainly my perspective on life has changed a lot over time, but I like to believe that I am still fundamentally the same person that I always was.  I don't see myself as ancient, even though my young co-workers do. They would be surprised to learn that I was once not that much different from them, and did a bit of travelling around the block in my time too. :-)

A lot of women seem to have some kind of hang-up about celebrating their birthday or divulging their age. Not me... I've earned every darn one of those candles and I'm proud of it!!  I always celebrate my birthday... it's another year when life didn't get the best of me... I survived!  All in all, fifty-eight has been a good year, and I'm hoping that fifty-nine will continue in that manner. I have things in life I still want to do, and things to look forward to, should I live long enough to semi-retire, and I know God isn't quite finished with me yet.  Besides... I've got dozens of craft projects stored around the house, and I'm not leaving until their done... in that case I might just live to be a hundred or two! :-)

Last weekend Papa Bear took me to Lubbock for an overnight getaway and a bit of early birthday celebrating.  (I would much rather make happy memories with him than have him buy things for me. I have all the things I need.)  We ate at Joe's Crab Shack, stayed in a nice hotel, and had prime tickets for Championship Bull Riding... my request... it's fun!  I think you've got to be a just a little bit crazy to risk your life and limbs on the back of a thousand-plus pound unhappy animal.  Maybe I relate to that element of risk in life... or the craziness! :-)  It was the second year we've attended, and we plan to go again next year.  Who'd have ever thought this small town girl from South Dakota would end  up living in Texas and doing things like that?! 

My kids always go overboard on my birthday, making sure I know that I am loved.  Today a surprise package arrived at work from my son... he scheduled it a day early because he wanted to ensure that it didn't arrive late.  It was a big box with refrigerated packing... inside was not one but two boxes of a dozen dipped strawberries... the biggest berries I've ever seen!  (See photos below.)  He said he sent two so there would be one box to share at work, and one to take home and share with Papa Bear! They are scrumptious!  Needless to say, he was a big hit with my both coworkers and the Bear!  Then he sends me a text to watch for something arriving in my mailbox tomorrow.  I love my kids! :-)
 
 
Today I am celebrating ME...  my life, the children I've brought into this world, and the wonderful man who shares my life now!  I may be getting a bit old and rusty, but I couldn't be more blessed!



20 comments:

  1. You're gonna need a bigger cake!

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    1. Most definitely, Joe... and hopefully a crew of cute firemen to keep all those candles under control! :-)

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  2. Happy birthday! I love your attitude about it too.

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    1. Thanks Robin! Having once lived in the darkness, I love to celebrate light... and birthdays have a lot of light when you get to this age! :-)

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  3. Happy birthday!

    Today is my dad's birthday, too. :)

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    1. Several awesome people were born this day, Dana! :-)

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  4. Happy Birthday. I am eternally grateful to whichever gods brought you into this world and my life. Enjoy the day, you've earned it.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Monkey... knowing you has been one of the pleasures of my life too! :-)

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  5. I feel the same way. Getting older is a blessing not a curse!

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    1. That's right Kristi, we go thru a lot of life changes in our earlier years as adults. At this stage I really like the person that I am and the life that I have, and I appreciate all the blessings that have brought me here!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Josie. You are right birthdays are to be welcomed and celebrated no matter the number of them.

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    1. Absolutely Patricia! Age is just another number, there is always something to celebrate, whether it was a truly great year or one you fought to survive, we did it, we succeeded in the game of life! :-)

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  7. We share the same ideas about age and birthdays~ celebrate! Heck, I celebrate my birthday month! :) So HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Sounds like you had a blast already and may it continue! I will catch up via email this weekend!! :)

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    1. I was raised in a house where birthdays were something special, and I've carried that idea forward. Everyone needs their own special day to celebrate! Thank you so much for stopping by with birthday wishes, it's truly been a fun day! Will keep an eye out for your email. :-)

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  8. We can't all be exact, so I'm hoping you'll accept my belated happy birthday wishes. And I like your attitude. I think you've earned the age, and I bet it looks good on you. Keep on going, and enjoying every minute of it!

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    1. Good wishes are always appreciated, Shimon, thank you! The older I get the more I appreciate how quickly time passes, and I think it's important to make each day as good as possible, to enjoy it and to look back on it with a smile at the end of day. There is enough misery in the world, without dragging thru it sadly. I try to pass on smiles to others when possible!

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  9. OH Josie... you and I are so similar... we are both aquarians... we both don't care about our age, other than what we've learned from the roller coaster ride we ended up calling our lives...

    You are truly loved, not only by your family and friends, but by the blogging world as well....

    <3

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    1. That's exactly right, Brenda! Age is just a number, what matters is what we've experienced and learned along the way! Life truly is a roller coaster ride for many of us, but if we hold on tight the cuves and views can be pretty exciting! Thank you so much for your very kind words, it was a very blessed day. I am amazed at how many wonderful people I have in my life now, as opposed to the years before Internet magic!

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  10. Happy birthday Josie.
    bless you for bringing so much smiles and inspiration to us with your words :)

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    1. Thank you so much Nimue! Sometimes I inspire smiles, and sometimes groans as my stories, but if I keep you at least a bit entertained (or bewildered) I am happy with it! I love the blogging community we have here, thank you for being a part of my world!

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