No Longer The Answer to Everything

I am 43 today.

I am just having a spectacular day, too.

Want to see some of my presents? Here's one that really meant a lot to me. In fact, it made me cry. I feel so blessed to have the good friends I have --it's like I feel about my marriage. I don't know how I got so lucky but my heart overflows with gratitude for your presence in my life.

Thank you.

Each of my siblings AND my parents called me today--isn't that just so nice? My BFF in Canada sent me the most beautiful card that she'd handmade--because she can do things like that.

My Austin BFF made me THESE:

My husband had my van detailed. My kids made me cards and had little trinkets they'd picked out with their dad. My BFF at the kids' school came over for dinner and allowed me to totally mess up my kitchen--a luxury I haven't allowed myself since the house went on the market. The weather was beautiful, I got my hair cut, I met my BFF Laura for lunch, and everything was peaceful and full of fun and reminders of how lucky I am.

And Edward? Edward gave me this:



I feel about Edward's feet like the person Elizabeth Berg quotes in one of her books (I would give an actual reference but apparently, that book is now in a box) where the person is asked to tell the best presents he's ever received. And he thinks for a bit and then he says, "You know the way cats sometimes run sideways? That."

Comments

Brendy Vaughn said…
Happy Happy Birthday Barb!!
Lynn said…
Happy birthday, ma'am! May your 43rd year be as full of happy surprises as mine was.
Liz in Ink said…
Happy Birthday, Barb!!
Mrs.Q said…
Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear BAAAAAAARRRRBBBBB!!!!! Happy birthday to YOOOOUUUU!!!!!

(I was going to try for all husky & Marilyn Monroe, but I couldn't figure out how to get that across in type...)
annabanana said…
Wheeeeheeee for forty three!

Sounds like the day was perfect, just like you!
Oh honey. I'm so glad you had such a spectacular day. I had a glass of red wine after dinner and when nobody was looking, I did a little toast to you.

Love ya!
Hahn at Home said…
Happy Birthday Barb! Don't listen to my mom, whose motto is, "You'll never feel as good as you do right now."
hokgardner said…
Happy birthday! Campbell and I still want to meet up with you before you leave to smell yarn fumes or something!
Heidi Malott said…
Happy Birthday Barb! All the best to you! Cheers!
David said…
Happy Birthday, Barb! You'll always be three years and a day younger than me!
<3 Linda

(somehow I'm posting under David, but I'm too lazy to figure out how to change it!)
Michele said…
Happy Birthday!!!
Ei said…
So I'm late but I sent you an e-card. But I love your friends and your lovely "no longer the answer to everything" day. That's gotta be a relief, huh?
Jerseygirl89 said…
Happy belated birthday! And I love the cat running sideways quote.
C. R. Morris said…
I'm happily EntreCarding and I come across this post. Happy Birthday! Sounds like it was great and I know exactly what you mean about the cat running sideways. I want to reach through the screen and hug yours! He's adorable! Our fat cat ran up a tree this morning. He came with the house. Anyway, it was funny to watch him maneuver his belly down the skinny branches. I hope you have many more beautiful birthdays!!
MadMad said…
Aw, man! I vacation on the wrong weeks, don't I? Happy, happy day, and so sorry I missed it!