Skip to main content

It's my Birthday!

Today is my birthday. A big one because it ends with a zero. I am sharing my celebration with my dad since it's also Father's Day. In fact, all those years ago I was born on Father's Day.

A few friends will be over in a while for cake but my big party is next weekend. So today is really just the pre-birthday.

I was in a party mood last night. I recently purchased some paper lanterns with a gift certificate from Victorian Trading Company (a gift from my sister) and I decided to hang them on my balcony. I bought a set of three but I only hung two of them. Believe me, it was plenty bright with just the two of them. I do not need anymore paper lanterns. If you read my post about illumination night, you will see why I make this statement. But these vintage look lanterns are fabulous. I love the muted colors and the floral patterns. They are perfect for summer parties. I might even hang them in my bedroom when the summer is over.

Anyway, I'm off for my pre-birthday cake and then to watch the Lakers get crushed by the Celtics. Oh, and in case you're wondering, no I don't feel any older!


kayellen said…
Happy Birthday!!
Hope you had a wonderful day.

Nice to meet you:)
Saw your flickr intro..thought I would say hello.

suesueb said…
happy birthday! i found your blog going thru the comments from shades of inspiration. love your photography. even though i'm not great at photos, i was inspired by sara's challenges. i even started my own blog too. now my challenge is to get readers. i hope you can visit me soon and maybe leave tips on good photography! thanks, suesue
Muriel said…
I'm late!!! Hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Popular posts from this blog

Appleton Farms- Farm to Table and more

Friday night I rushed home from work, fed the kitties, changed my clothes and picked up my sister at her house. I couldn't wait to head up to Ipswich, MA and Appleton Farms for their farm to table dinner.  As soon as we pulled into the entrance of the property, all the tensions of the day went away.

The weather was cool, a perfect temperature for outdoor dining, live music and lawn games. What a peaceful setting.

The sign said play & have fun. I did not know how much fun we really would have.

Here's a view from the field. The tables were ready outside and there were more inside the barn.

Fences and stone walls encircled the field and property. Hay bales were set up as seating for listening to the live entertainment for the evening.

The band was named The Austin Torpedoes. They were wonderful. We really enjoyed their performance.

Lemonade was available at a self serve station. You could buy beer or wine from the Ipswich Ale Brewery Truck. Yes, the spiggots were right on …

Summer Bucket List 2016

It's a little late in the season but I have finally created my Summer Bucket List. I don't have too much on it. I do reserve the right to add some events if something really cool comes up.

Here they are in no particular order:

1.  Hull Illumination Night- illumination of Hull Harbor, Hull, MA   7/30
2.  Fourth of July fireworks and parade- Wakefield, MA   7/4 Done
3.  Farm to Table dinner- Appleton Farms, Ipswich, MA  7/8  Done
4.  Daytrip to Brewster, MA and Susan Branch book signing   7/28 Done
5.  Lobster BLT @ Stonewall Kitchen, York, ME  9/1 Done
6.  Attend a Waterfire lighting, Providence, RI 7/23
7.  Play skeeball and view the fireworks at Hampton Beach, NH  July or August
8.  Melrose Summer Stroll- Melrose, MA 7/29 Done
9.  Rockport illumination night and fireworks- Rockport, MA  8/16
10. Dinner at the Colony Hotel at sunset- Kennebunkport, ME  August

I plan to post about these events as the Summer progresses. How about you? What's on your Summer Bucket List?

Embracing the season-my Autumn checklist

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I am speaking of my favorite season Fall. We are in the thick of it now and it is fabulous! It's not quite peak foliage but we are getting there.

Here are my reasons to embrace Fall.

1.  Outdoor dining- Those early Fall days are even better than in Summer. Cooler temps make it more comfortable sitting in the sun and the scene is more colorful. In late Fall, I switch to sitting by fireplaces whenever I can.

2. Old graveyards- I am strangely drawn to old graveyards in the Fall. Maybe it's because most graveyards have fantasticly colorful trees and I just notice them more in Fall. Or perhaps it's the Halloween connection.

We have some very old graveyards in New England and they are definitely worth a visit.
You could even take a historic graveyard or ghost tour. There is a graveyard tour in my hometown in two weeks.

3. An Autumn Walk- What's better than an Autumn walk around your neighborhood?

I love to pick up some colorful …