Thank you, Smileygirl, and all of you kind bloggers who stopped by to wish me a happy day. You just made it a GREAT day! Thanks to my family and friends who aren't bloggers, too, for the calls, cards, songs and emails. I love you!
I'm 49! I'm still in my 40s! I love to tease Gregg about this, as he is 4 years older than I am (and always will be). It doesn't really matter, but it's fun to kid him.
We did lose power (electricity) for about 3 hours this a.m., and for about an hour yesterday. It didn't occur to me that that could be Katie's doing, Laura, but you never know...All kinds of things broke after she passed away, and I've heard countless stories of similar happenings. I think she'd be more likely to be behind the sale on Dungeness Crab that I saw at the grocery store, though, or the cute clothes and jewelry that I received as gifts.
I met my mom for lunch today at one of our favorite places, and we ate birthday-party kinds of things (yam fries, calamari, salad) and enjoyed every bite. We were going to split the divine chocolate brownie with homemade ice cream and homemade fudge sauce, but we were too full from lunch. We also shared a glass of wine (mid-day!), and then I went to the grocery store and the library.
Since David is still at camp (and by the way, this camp is so cool; they have a website where they post photos each day, so you can find your kid, and see him in action), Gregg and I will have a quiet dinner together, and then he is taking tomorrow off to spend it with me. That is the big gift that I usually ask for (that, a birthday card and a dinner out). I am sort of easy in that way.
**I suppose I should add that he upgraded the center stone in my wedding ring last year, which was a lovely gift, and he is counting that as my 48th, 49th and 50th birthday gifts.** You think I am kidding? I assure you, I am not. He even reminded me of it this year. What a character!
It is difficult to face this day in a "celebrating" mood, since Katie is not here to share it, and she never will be here to wish me "Happy Birthday" again, but I am grateful that I had her with me for 12 years; I'm grateful that I have David and Gregg in my life, as well as the rest of my family and friends. Thank you again for stopping by! I hope it's a happy day in your life, too.