A Birthday Weekend Which Made Me Smile

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A reminder that physical cards are important, too, because while I loved the messages on Facebook and the emails, a real card to hold is my very favorite.

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A very difficult week at work, especially concerning Common Core and fools at district office, made me exclaim, “I just want my chalk back!” Hence the gift of sculpted chalk from a dear friend who listened.

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A beautiful view out our picture window gives me a place to read The Paying Guests on Super Bowl Sunday. Of course, I’ll watch part of the game, but I’ll switch to Downton Abbey as soon as it airs.

So with hope that there may be a Snow Day tomorrow, I leave you with happy weekend wishes, so grateful for the many gifts (some unmentioned here), that made up mine.

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47 thoughts on “A Birthday Weekend Which Made Me Smile

  1. Happy Birthday! I love your comment about wanting your chalk back. That expresses an entire subtext! Have a wonderful day with that beautiful view as you enjoy your afternoon ๐Ÿ™‚ P.S. I’ll think of you whenever I see chalk from now on!

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    • An entire subtext, indeed. It’s probably good I don’t expound on it here, my parents fear I’ll get myself fired for such an abominable position on my once beloved career. Anyway, thank you for the happy wishes, it’s been a marvelous day. Am absolutely engrossed in The Paying Guests…

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    • Beth, you must love snow as much as I do!

      By the way, I have tried to leave comments on your love blog and seem unable to do so. I’d just hate you to think I don’t try to return the favor.

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    • While I’m glad we haven’t had a winter quite as intense as last year’rs, I was missing the snow. Glad it’s here today! Thanks for happy birthday wishes.

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    • Really! I feel like setting it on my desk, only I’m afraid no one would “get it”. The best part is her hearing me, and understanding my frustration yet turning it to a smile.

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  2. I hope you had a lovely birthday, dear Meredith. We have snow here, too, so after I write a book review, I’m going to head downstairs to my kitchen and start making Chicken & Dumplings for our dinner tonight. Then, I think I’ll fix a cup of tea and curl up on the couch with Annie-Dog and read more of my current book (Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed). Or maybe I’ll start reading a novel. Or catch up on some of my favorite blogs. Whatever I decide, I’m happy to stay inside where it’s cozy and warm (our temps are dropping and the wind is gusting over 45 mph!). Wish I could have a snow day tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Lesley, did you see your card there amongst the others? I love it! And, it’s not a repeat as you thought it might be. So lovely to hear from you on my blog, and in a real, live card. Thank you, my friend.

      The things you’ve been cooking look marvelous!

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      • Yes, I did see my card. I’m glad it wasn’t a repeat. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’ve been having a lot of fun cooking this winter. Chicken & Dumplings for dinner tonight. I do love my comfort food!

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        • If I wasn’t so engaged in Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests, I’d be cooking something wonderful, too. Chicken and dumplings sound fabulous! I’ve been making chicken soup all winter, and turning the stock into chicken pot pie, as well. But tonight was just a toasted cheese sandwich and tea. So yummy.

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    • Sylvie, so good to hear from you here…and you know how much I enjoy the good morning/good evening wishes you send out on facebook. I’m not sure where you find such lovely illustrations to accompany them, but they do nurture my soul.

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  3. Happy Birthday to you! Such lovely snow and maybe you’ll get a late birthday gift of a snow day. The chalk is amazing. Love the lipstick one. Enjoy your day!

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    • You’re reading my mind, Iliana! And, I’m just greedy enough to hope that the call is made in time for me to spend the night reading instead of being left wondering as to tomorrow’s status. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • The last birthday wish has just been granted: Snow Day tomorrow! Now the only question is, “What book to read?” The Paying Guests is disappointing me with its lesbian turn…

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  4. Happy Birthday! We must be the same sign ๐Ÿ™‚ Mine was on Saturday and despite it being mid winter we had an unseasonally warm day with bright sun and blue sky, I took the children and my best friend and her son to a lovely place by the sea where we could watch the waves and the brave paddle surfers from the warm interior.

    Happy you received the gift of chalk! Much more than just chalk. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Claire, my mother’s was Saturday and mine was Friday. How fun that all three of us has a special weekend! Of course it was not snowy here until yesterday, Sunday, but the weather was very mild for us to have lunch together in our favorite restaurants: one Thai, the other seafood. However, going to the beach would have been absolutely glorious! I celebrate with you in spirit!

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  5. Happy Birthday, Bellezza. What a picture picture of the snowy landscape! I love receiving proper cards too, and the handwritten messages make all the difference. x

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      • Everything you do is wonderful, Jacqui. I have no idea how you can be such a faithful commenter. I must get around and comment to my blogging friends in a way much more similar to you. Thank you for birthday wishes, and enjoying my “landscape.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. Happy, Wonderful Birthday, my dear friend, from afar but yet so close to my heart! May God always put a smile on your face! P.S. I love Downton Abbey myself too, but we should not be too amazed by our common likes ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Sweet Ally, you are close to my heart, too. Wish we could watch Downton Abbey together! As it is, my parents and husband and I talk about it as if we really live there. ๐Ÿ™‚ Do you happen to get, or watch, Grantchester after it? I love that mystery series, too! Thank you for happy birthday wishes.

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  7. Happy (belated) Birthday, Meredith!! I hope you had a wonderful day ๐Ÿ™‚ And I hope you were able to enjoy a snow day at home today. xoxo

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  8. Happy belated birthday!! I am a big fan of real cards too. I always get the real deal if I’m gifting anything at all. E-cards are for people in different countries.

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  9. Happy birthday (from a fellow Aquarian!)

    Although it was odd to realise that you’re celebrating our birthday month freezing in snow, while I get to celebrate in a glorious hot, steamy Sydney summer!

    As a former teacher, I also appreciate the chalk gift. Real cards, esp ones that actually arrive in the post, are still me favourite things ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Birthday!

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