Friday, May 7, 2010

Only Happy Thoughts Today! It's My B-Day!

Today is my birthday, so there will be nothing but happy thoughts all day!!!! This is what's left of the cake that my daughter and Lil E made for me before they left. They got to stay longer than our other girls and their families, who had to get back for work and school.

My husband gave me a gift card to Belk's Department store. I went yesterday and got 5 new items for my wardrobe!!! I'll show them to you sometime!

My cousin, Malinda, gave me this awesome University of Tennessee jacket. It will be perfect to wear to the games this fall!!! Malinda is the one who makes the beautiful quilts. Our grandmother taught us both how to sew at the same time.

My dear blogger friend from Crazy Mom Tats (I don't know why she calls herself Crazy Mom, because she is one of the most sane people I know!) sent me this wonderful tatted book mark!! She sent it just because I told her I loved one she had made for someone else! She didn't know at the time that my birthday was today. She actually sent it inside a sympathy card. Now, wasn't that thoughtful? My friend Kim also sent a sympathy card. Wow!! The blogger world is amazing.

The first thing on my agenda today is to color the gray roots in my hair! Then, I'm going to my sewing room and only come out to go feed my mom. This evening, I'm going to a baby shower for one of my daughter's best friends. Her mom is one of my best friends, too.
Then, my husband is taking me out to dinner.

My father-in-law and husband planted the garden yesterday. It is a small plot between our houses. This is my father-in-law. He loves to be outdoors. He is moving on and staying busy. We are thankful. He is still very sad and lonely, though. We are trying to keep him company as much as we can without hovering! There is a fine line there.

Beautiful flowers that were given to my husband and me in memory of his mom.

We were given these three rose bushes. My husband thought that was very fitting for remembering his mom and the close relationship she had with our three daughters. We had the perfect spot for them in a neglected flower bed that we can see from our deck. We have been trying to decide what to put there for years. We have some work to do around this bed, now.

We were also given two peace lilies. We decided to put them on our front porch. Our cat likes to use them for a litter box if we have them inside the house (learned from experience!). The porch is covered and only gets late evening sunlight and no rain. (I think they need a little water from the looks of them in this photo) This is the perfect spot for these. I've been wanting some kind of large plants to put on our porch. Our house sits way back from the road so something small doesn't show up. These should thrive here in the spring through late fall. We will have to put them where the cat can't get to them inside the house in the winter, though.

This is the peony bush that is right outside my sewing room window. When we moved here 8 years ago, my grandmother-in-law had planted one peony. I have divided it yearly. Now, I have 10 separate plants and have given two away!!! I love them!!!!

I know it is Friday and that I have neglected my Fat Fighting Friday posts the past two, now three, weeks. I will get back to it next week. I did really well with all the food that people brought and now with a birthday cake! I have not gained an ounce from the last FFF post!
I think I have gotten the best of my allergies. The Z-pack seems to be taking care of the sinus infection, and the other suggestions that people have made seem to be working. Thanks.
Thanks for the caring comments about the flooding in the SE on my last two posts. I think the media is finally catching on that there is a disaster here.


Martha said...

Happy Birthday!!! You deserve a day of happy thoughts. Enjoy your day.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Happy Birthday Julia. Have a wonderful day!

Cindy said...

(((((hugs)))) for a very special person on her special day! Enjoy your precious moments.

ShirleyC said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Julia! The cake looks soooo good, and no one should worry about Fat Friday on their birthday! That jacket is awesome, and I love the bookmark. My grandmother used to tat, and I just love seeing anything tatted.
Have a wonderful day!

Grandma G said...

Happy Birthday to you! May many more happy thoughts come your way today!

Trudy Callan said...

Happy birthday, Julia. I hope it's a wonderful day. Sounds like it is already. Give our love to your husband

beangirl said...

Happy Birthday. Taurus birthdays ROCK! (tee hee, and not just 'cuz I have one too). Sounds like you have a great day planned and so nice to see the yard photos. I dearly miss gardening, but it's not something I can do in Texas. I especially miss my peonies (which I also took from my grandmother's house when she sold it).

Glad to hear your FIL is coping and staying busy. Having enjoyable things to do is really important.

KID, MD said...

Happy Birthday!! I'm glad you have had some cheerful times.

Sewfast said...

Happy birthday Julia...I'll be thinking only happy thoughts for you today!!!

Jeannie B. said...

Happy Birthday to you!Enjoy your happy thoughts today.

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Julia- I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Marydon Ford said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy TO YOU!!! sweet friend ... the cake looks delicious.

Lots of love & hugs sent to you from us ... may your day be filled joy & love.

Have a beautiful Mother's Day weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

PS Can you give more advice on how to help these people in TN directly?

Sewconsult said...

Happy Birthday from your TN fellow blogger. The flowers are beautiful. Peonies are some of my favorites. My mother's should be blooming this weekend when we go to celebrate with her. I know she has worried about their survival after the rain of last weekend. (she's in an assisted living & anxious to see how things are at the house).
Beckie in Brentwood, TN (Nashville)

Gwen said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad it's been a wonderful day so far! Here's hoping it's the start of a wonderful year! :)

gwensews said...

Happy Birthday, Julia. Wishing you many, many more happy years. And oh--strawberry cake! Yumm.

Faye Lewis said...

Girl! Happy birthday to you! You deserve the very best one ever.

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

Happy, Happy Day!

Glad the little bookmark made it there. Enjoy!

Your flowers and garden look lovely

I hope you have a ton more happy birthdays too. You deserve it!

Claudia said...

Happy Birthday, Julia! I hope you have a wonderful day, my friend.


Elle said...

Happy Birthday, Julia! Just had dinner with the Madisonville crowd up here in Lexington. Were your ears burning? :)

Ruth said...

Happy Birthday!

Chicago Sarah said...

Happy Birthday, Julia! *hugs*

quer|elastisch Sabine Sprotte said...

Happy Birthday to you Julia (-:
Nice and funny jacket.
A sunny weekend to you.


mermaids said...

happy birthday... even though i am late... as usual

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Happy belated birthday! I have got to keep up on my email so that I won't miss important dates. Hope you had a happy and blessed day.

Aminat said...

Happy Birthday Julia, wow you share the same day with my sister... I wish you many more

mickey said...

Happy Birthday!

sunshine said...

So sorry that I missed your birthday yesterday! Happy Belated!
Sounds like you had a wonderful day planned and the cake looked very yummy! :)

Beautiful plants and flowers and I love that bookmark that you received. Just lovely!

Happy Mothers Day tomorrow! :)

P.S. Congrats on not gaining any weight after a stressful few weeks! That is huge.

m&em said...

Happy Late Birthday! Hope you had a great one.

Flamingo K said...

Happy Birthday, Julia, and many many more! Huzzah!

Cheryl said...

Happy birthday! I'm late, but I hope it was a good one!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you had a fantastic day!

Goosegirl said...

Happy Birthday Julia!! I hope your day was lovely, as you are . Your cake looks yummy!

angie.a said...

Happy (belated!) birthday, Julia!! You really ARE "sew sweet and special"! I always enjoy your visits & comments to the blog, and I hope you had a wonderful birthday. :)

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