Saturday, July 11, 2020

DENISE'S 70TH BIRTHDAY

Two days ago I celebrated my 70th birthday.  And as many must ask, where did all those years go?  I don't worry about aging, in fact I found it painless, this as I keep my fingers crossed.  When hubs asked me if I felt like 70, I looked at him and said I didn't feel any different than when I was 69.  Perhaps I had a wry smile when I said that, plus added baggage, a few more wrinkles, okay a lot of each😉

A memory of a friend who was older than I just came to me, when years ago she got out of her seat and groaned.  I remember her looking up at me as I voiced my concern for her well-being, and she said, "Don't worry, at this age we come with sound effects."  We both laughed.  She was 70!  Well, now I am at that age where I come with sound effects, quite often as a matter of fact.  But I still feel like I am 30 in my head, so I don't worry about it.  

That's not to say I take anything for granted, especially in this day and age when there are so many who are having such a hard time.  I'm not going to get maudlin but I said to myself a long time ago that I was going to enjoy each new day.  And yes there have been days when it has rained, figuratively speaking, quite hard but I made up my mind to try and find as much happiness in the next sunrise as I could.

I am blessed with a dear family and many good friends.  There is a roof over our heads and food on the table, and we try to help others whenever we can.  My greatest blessing is to have a sweet husband, an equally sweet son who brought into the family our daughter-in-law whom we have grown to love as our own, and there are family members I am very close to.     

Saccharin-fest over, because today I feel like it, no apologies. Tomorrow I may reach for my 🐻grumpy mug🐻 who knows!  Yes I jest but I am far from perfect, you just never know.   
Here are a few photos from yesterday.  I started off with the bouquet hubs gave me, and here are two more.
The Flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days."
~Robert Leighton~
"If we could see the miracle of a single flower, clearly our whole life would change."
~Buddha~
Here are my "flowers".  They asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I jokingly said, "Bring wine!"  I was joking but not really and they know me well. They stopped off to pick up....
a bottle of Prosecco and this pretty wine glass, along with some fancy dark chocolate truffles. They were so good!
And the sparkly design on the wine glass was a nod to my roots.  Loved it and its new home will be displayed in pride of place in the china cabinet.  The truffles are no longer around. I am glad I took one photo to show how pretty they were.  There were five in a box, don't judge!  Hubs is not a chocolate lover and my ‘flowers’ would not take one, saying they were mine to enjoy, and I surely did. 
So there you go, that was my birthday.  Sorry for the ramble but it was a ramble kind of a day today as I become more reflective.  

Thank you for stopping by, and have a great weekend.





(my signature is mini me at my Christening)


71 comments:

  1. Happy Happy Birthday!!! With each passing year, I groan a bit louder when getting up and down! The flowers are beautiful. Don't think I have ever seen a rose this color, and it is so full. What an adorable baby you were! And you are still adorable, but much wiser.

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    1. Thank you for all these sweet comments Ginny :)))

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  2. A very, very happy belated birthday to you.
    Love the gifts which show just how much you are appreciated.

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  3. Happy Birthday.Have a special day. Love from Poland

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    1. Thank you Gosia and I send love from the USA :)

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  4. Ooooh HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Belated, of course, but that can't be helped. Sounds as if you had a splendid day and I would like to add my best belated wishes. One good thing is, you will never catch me up lolol.

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    1. Thank you Valerie, so kind! Ah yes, there is always someone to catch up to :)

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  5. Happy Belated Birthday Denise! Your flowers are beautiful and the wine, the glass and the chocolate are great too. I am happy you had a great birthday!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, much appreciated :) Happy Sunday to you!

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  6. Happy birthday Denise. You are truly blessed with a lovely family. Enjoy your special day, Love Linda.

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  7. Belated Happy Birthday, mine is next month and wow yes where do all the years go, I will be double hockey sticks or double 7. Sounds like you had a good time. Have a good Weekend. Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! I will be sure to drop in on your special day :) Enjoy the day :)

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  8. My favorite picture is the mini me at the end that is so precious and it one time in my life I had a coat just like that mine was pale blue I think. My favorite flowers today are the two masks flowers that's a precious picture and they did really good with your present. Happy belated birthday I remember when I turn 70 and 71 and 72 and 73 and 74 and 75 and in just a few weeks 76. I still feel in my head like I'm 40 but I do come with sound effects

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    1. Thank you Sandra, I still have that same expression, ha! I wonder what color my coat was? Yes, those are my two favorite flowers also. I will make sure I pop over to wish you a happy 76th. But I'll be over there a lot before then :) Many of my friends have those sound effects, I am in good company.

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  9. Happy birthday. I hope you have a great day. Turning 70 means that you have entered another decade.

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    1. Thank you Red, yes a new decade! I wonder what this one will bring? But then I think I would rather play it day byday :)

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  10. Happy Birthday Denise, lovely post! Hoping to enjoy many more of your posts in the coming years.

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    1. Thank you Christine and I am so glad you enjoyed it. I look forward to our continued friendship over those coming years :)

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  11. Happy birthday, Denise! Aloha from Hawaii.

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  12. What a lovely celebration for a lovely woman! Happy Birthday! Your family certainly showered you with gifts and love. I too had that same birthday last October and I come with sound effects as well. I love your attitude about aging as it is not afforded to all. Enjoy a lovely weekend.

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    1. Hello Martha Ellen and how kind :) I wish you a happy Sunday and a great week ahead.

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  13. Hi Denise,
    And congratulation in reaching this age, must admit to be numerous years older but other than needing a new knee I am not bad.
    our family certainly helped in the celebrations.
    Hopefully we can both look forward to many more years.
    You all stay safe and well.
    John

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    1. Hi John, glad to hear it and they certainly do don't they? Here's wishing you many more happy years in good health. You stay safe and well also :)

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  14. You are doing it just right! Thanks for sharing the elements of a good life. Hau`oli La Hanau! Happy day of your birth!

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    1. Thank you Cloudia, very much appreciate your sweet comments :)

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  15. Happy Birthday! Beautiful flowers and I good post. I come with sound effects too!

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    1. Thank you very much Carver, and it seems many of us have those sound effects. We are in good company :)

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  16. Congratulations and Happy Birthday Denise! Your beautiful family knows how to treat you well. Lovely chocolates, wine and flowers. We were born in the same year - next month is my turn. Like you, I feel about 30 inside most of the time, sometimes only about 12!

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    1. Thank you Sara, 'sometimes only about 12' now that made me laugh. And how true for me too :) I look forward to wishing you a Happy Birthday also :)

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  17. Hello Denise.
    Although late, I send you my best wishes and the wish to be happy for many good years.
    Manuel.

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  18. Denise, what a wonderful post. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You definitely scored. My 70's have been wonderful, and I hope each year of yours will be too. Stay safe and well! Barb

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    1. Thank you Barb, how wonderful! You stay safe and well also :)

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  19. Congratulations, Denise. I am your elder by about seven months. I turned 70 in December. I, too, feel fine when I am sitting, and think I am about 40-50; it's when standing and walking that I feel every bit my 70 years and more. I absolutely love dark chocolate--milk chocolate is too sweet. I would have eaten the whole box as well. The wine glass is beautiful. I'm glad you had a good day.

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    1. Hi Beth, and thank you :) Dark chocolate is a taste that came later in life to me, I think it is delicious, and healthier so I am told :) I appreciate you popping in to wish me a Happy Birthday, and I wish I could have wished you a Happy 70th also, but I will say it belatedly. Happy Birthday :)

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    2. Hi Beth, just wanted to let you know I tried to return the visit but see there is no link to your blog if you have one. Thanks again for visiting me here and do appreciate your birthday wishes :)

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  20. Happy belated birthday to you. So happy you had chocolate and prosecco. A great combination. I'll be joining you at this age in March of next year. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you Ellen, it certainly is a lovely combination. I will be sure to wish you a Happy 70th next year, nd cheers back to you :)

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  21. Happy birthday! Lovely flowers!

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    1. Thank you so much Linda, happy you enjoyed the flowers :)

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  22. Radość z życia to gwarancja by było udane. Wspaniałe dostałaś prezenty i życzenia. Życzę ci wielu następnych cudownych lat !!!

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    1. Dziękuję za bardzo miłe komentarze. Doceniam je bardzo! Szczęśliwa niedziela :)

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  23. Happy Birthday for your big day.
    Enjoy the wine - be safe.

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    1. Thank you very much Margaret, will do and will do :)

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  24. Happy, Happy Birthday Denise! I turned 72 in April - yeah I know all about sound effects too. Beautiful bouquet - wishing you many more healthy, happy years.

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    1. Thanks so much Carol, another kindred spirit with the sound effects, lol!

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  25. Happy belated birthday, Denise! You have everything anyone would need in life; what beautiful gifts. I like your family “flowers” the best. Incidentally, I would love to know how they keep their glasses from fogging up with masks on. Lately, it’s been my mission to find out. :))

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    1. Thank you Penelope and very true :) I will have to ask my 'flowers' about the fogging up of glasses. I'll let you know if they have an answer.

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  26. Happy Belated Birthday. What gorgeous flowers and those yellow roses looks so creamy and pretty. I enjoyed reading your post on age. I don't worry about it either. Waking up and feeling 30, wonderful!

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    1. Hi Betsy, thank you so much :) Glad you enjoyed my post and loved how you ended your comment :)

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  27. Happy Birthday!!!!

    You have a lovely attitude, and it will continue to do well by you, in the future.

    How do I know?

    Because I am 83.

    And how ever could a person reach 83, without a find-happiness-attitude? ~smile~

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    1. Hello there, thank you so much and lovely to see you here. A big smile back from me as I love your attitude too :)))

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  28. I'm glad you enjoyed such lovely birthday celebrations with your treasured family. I tried the sound effects line on my daughter yesterday and she replied I'd had them for years, but they are now so loud even I can hear them! I think the worst part of ageing would be loss of sense of humour, I wonder what age that kicks in? Or maybe it never does. So much still to learn! Happy days!

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    1. Thank you Pauline :) Your daughter is sweet and has a funny sense of humor. I am guessing you are very blessed too :) I hope we never lose our sense of humor Pauline, and may we always be in touch with our inner child :))) Yes, so much still to learn, love doing that every day. Happy days to you also :)

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  29. Sounds like such a perfect day (as far as what's doable these days). Flowers, wine...what else could a girl (yes even tho we're both septigenarians we're still girls) want.

    Late blessings & happy wishes for a wonderful year ahead.

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    1. Hi Anni and yes we are very much, and may be always be so. Thank you. I wish you a wonderful year also. Stay happy and healthy :)

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  30. Happy happy birthday and happy year! Those BDs ending in “zeds” do cause one to reflect! And I so much enjoyed your reflections.

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    1. Thank you so much Sallie. I've been reflecting a lot lately :) Glad you enjoyed my post. I always enjoy my visits with you :)

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  31. Oh, Denise, Happy Birthday...even if it is after. Sounds like a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you bunches Rose :) It was, just about perfect.

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    1. Thank you William and very much appreciate that :)

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  33. I enjoyed your post and all of your photographs.
    Many happy belated birthday wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. So glad Jan and thank you very much. All the best to you too :)

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