Monday, September 10, 2012

Birthday Reflections

A big thank you to everyone for yesterday's Happy Birthday wishes!  As far as birthdays go, I'd have to say that I had a pretty great one and it was relatively pain-free turning another year older.  I'm still not quite sure how I got to be 54 so darned fast but the reality of it is, I am and chances are really good I'll be sitting here in another year wondering how I got to be 55 so fast!

My friend Paula most definitely spoiled and made me feel quite special yesterday and Mother Nature even provided a beautiful backdrop after a week of truly lousy weather that was filled with heat, humidity, a threat of tornadoes, and a little more humidity thrown in for good measure.  Not exactly New England at its finest I must say! Still, after some initial cloud cover yesterday morning the afternoon turned out to be filled with beautiful blue September skies and not a bit of humidity - perfect weather for visiting a local British Tea Room for luncheon where Paula and I started our day. 

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You can read more about our visit to Mrs. Bridges' Pantry at my other blog - The Distracted Wanderer - where I actually managed to keep it short for a change! I'm rather looking forward to making a return trip up there at some point having now had the chance to sample Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream on a scone in addition to the "proper" English Tea Sandwich that I had for lunch along with some very delicious tea.  I think that my British grandmother would have liked the place - I know I did!

Following our lovely luncheon and a little poking around an antique store that was nearby, Paula then treated me to a birthday pedicure at one of the local nail salons but it wasn't just any pedicure - nope!  This one included a wonderful herbal leg and foot massage with a really nice lemongrass lotion and even hot stones for the ultimate in relaxation!  Ah, bliss!  I tell ya, I could get used to something like that if I let myself and I must say that my toes look much better than they did prior to walking in to the salon!

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Now I've got pretty purple toes but no cruise ship to take them on - darn! Ah well, at least underneath my work boots, I'll know my toes look great! 

When I finally got home from my wonderful day with Paula, it was to find that Amanda had actually cleaned up the house in my absence - another great birthday present! She was going to bake me a cake but apparently we were an egg short of the required number so she's promised to bake one at another time now that I've rectified the egg shortage.

All in all, I've got say that it was a really great birthday - now, let's see if I can make it a great year! 


  1. Saturday I turned 61 years old. It didn't hurt one bit either. Our entire yacht club sang happy birthday to me. A wonderful day indeed, and I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday too. Nothing like a great pedicure either.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  2. That sounds like a birthday day I could have. I like tea rooms and pedicures. Throw in a movie and you got the best BD ever :)
    I'm glad you enjoyed yourself!
    Hugs from Ohio,

  3. Glad you had a nice birthday.

    A few years ago as part of a friend's wedding, Pam and I went to a formal tea. It was a nice experience.

  4. 1 egg short of a Birthday Cake? hahahaha!

    Actually, if I've learned anything I've learned that the cake turns out just as yummy without the eggs! And without the oil!

    I've had exactly one of those hot stones pedis and while it initially felt divine, my feet and leg muscles KILLED the next day! I'll take the regular pedi, thanks. Pain is not welcome as part of my pedi.

    I'm so glad you had an awesome birthday! big hugs xoxo

  5. Anonymous8:18 AM EDT

    Happy Belated Birthday Linda. I'm glad that you had a great day.

  6. You deserved that fabulous birthday, my friend. And many more. Beats the alternative.

    Big hugs, honey...

  7. Looks like the makings of a great day! You're the same age as hubby. His birthday is in October.

  8. purple toes fit for a queen!!

    happy birthday lady
    you're the best

  9. Love your tootsies! I've only had one pedicure - for Corinne's wedding - and wound up with the toe crud! And that was two+ years ago.


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