Friday, July 10, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me...

Well, I feel like such a bad blogger and such a bad blog friend. I'm not only not posting much, I'm not visiting anybody to speak of. I'm just in an odd funk. I think I'm working my way out of it, though.

In any event, today is my 62nd birthday. I have lived another year. Whew. It's starting out really well. On Wednesday, Shannon brought me beautiful framed photos of Angel and Tara Grace - photos she took and they are truly lovely. I am trying to decide where to hang them. I may wait until the kitchen is done and hang them there. Not sure yet. I want them to have a place of honor, though.

Then yesterday, I got a wonderful note (didn't get my mail in until late so it came close to midnight) from one of my nieces. She sent me a bar of this awesome soap which I just used. I feel all silky and 20 years younger. But the real gift - well, let me just quote her note because it's funny:

Dear Aunt Kathie,

Sure, soap is cool. Who wouldn't love a nice bar of soap on their birthday? But it doesn't have quite the pizazz as, I don't know, a visit from your niece and nephew-in-law-ish? Let's have your people talk to my people and we'll set up the details.

Needless to say, that made me very happy indeed. Euphoric, even. And my people have already contacted her people. We're talking August or September.

Nate and Dan dropped by for a quick visit. We were supposed to have an Inkspot meeting but that didn't quite work out. But they came to say a quick hello and brought cat food for the girls. While they were here, Dan washed the glass on my back door for me so hopefully new photos will not look like they have been taken through a mist. A great birthday gift.

And when I checked my email, I got a gift certificate from my other niece and her husband and kids for! How cool is that! I can spend money!

Then, this morning, Delaware Opportunities called to set up a date for contractor walk-throughs. Yee ha! Whoopee! My hope is that by the time Diana comes the work will be all finished and the house will be pretty and shiny new. I've been busy researching linoleum and toliets to find one that fits the budget. I never really thought about how many different styles of toilet there are. They are such clunky things, aren't they? I did find one I like that will hopefully pass the cost specs. I'm hoping that contractors can get them cheaper than what Home Depot charges. We'll see.

Whatever I get is going to be way, way better than what I have now. Besides being a hideous green, my sink and toilet are old and rusty. I am moving up in the world. In my research, I found this one, which I think is extremely funny.

For linoleum, I'm thinking this. I saw a photo of the stuff I thought I liked - which was over the alloted budget amount - and fortunately it looked really horrible on the floor - like a moldy carpet, so I'm not sad that I can't have it. I think this one looks pretty good.... but I'm hoping the contractor may have some suggestions for me too. Not sure if I want to use the same thing in the kitchen and bathroom. So many decisions... and I hate decisions... but the research is fun...

So, that's my story. Another year older and deeper in debt, but pretty happy...

Now I'd better go look at the wordzzle words and get myself at least thinking about them.

Happy Day, everyone!

13 comments: said...

A most Happy Birthday to you. And tell the "girls" hello from the "boys" - Bailey and Max are very nice . Cassie does not speak to other cats but she wishes you a happy birthday also.

DawnTreader said...

Happy Birthday! I think most of us after "a certain age" get less and less thrilled with the idea of celebrating another year passing by. Nevertheless, sounds like you had quite a good day, and also some things to look forward to!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday!


Akelamalu said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear Raven
Happy Birthday to yoooooooouuuuuu

quilly said...

Happy Birthday! How cool that you get to pick your own color schemes, fixtures and tiles! I thought you'd just get what you got! These are incredible folk!

SouthLakesMom said...

Happy Birthday! I love the 'your people talk to my people'...I had an immediate vision of Tara Grace's longshoreman voice bellowing out the window. LOL!

I love the little bird in the bush photo too! I almost didn't see it at first!

Glad I stopped by today...will e-see you tomorrow!

Carletta said...

Many, many wishes for a lovely day!
Cyber hugs to you my friend.
If I were close I'd bake you a cake. :)
Isn't that 'throne' a bit much! Ah, royalty!!

I do hope you are having a great day!

Janie B said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Yours is very close to mine, which was July 5th. We "Cancers" stick together! Best wishes for your home renovations. Looks like you have some great ideas. A little change in surroundings can be very uplifting. Take care!

sgreerpitt said...

Happy birthday to you!

Travis Cody said...

Happy Birthday!

Unknown said...

Hello! And Happy Birthday!!!!!!

I just got back from a New Paltz trip...looks like we'll be making them every week or two, until Kate gets a job down there for the fall...she REALLY needs one in order to continue living down there. She had several people who seemed to really like her. She's got a possible part time babysitting job lined up...It would probably be an every other weekend job. So she'd still need another job.

Anyway, what I'm getting at, is I still want to come see you, but it may have to wait a couple more weeks, as we'll be spending the next couple of Fridays down there.

Hope your day was fantastic! I'm so glad you'll be getting company the end of the summer!!!

Finding Pam said...

Happy Belated birthday Raven!
It seems like you had a nice one.

MommyWizdom said...

Happy Birthday, Raven! I think your presents sound wonderful!

I love that throne toilet. I think you should definitely go with that one - ha!