Saturday, March 24, 2018


My birthday was yesterday. It was a nice day from start to finish. The latter half of March is always beautiful in this part of the world. I took the following picture in my backyard early yesterday morning as I was leaving for work. I love the early morning light and the dogwood flowers.

The principal at school always mentions student and staff birthdays during morning announcements, so I had lots of kids and coworkers wishing me a happy birthday all through the day. And at lunchtime, Mr. Hyman (the music teacher) brought a group of his beginning guitar students into the office to serenade me! I was so surprised! They played "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd, and then they all wished me a happy day as they were leaving. How cool was that?! I love our school.

One of the teachers has an aunt who bakes cakes and goodies for a little post-retirement income. She comes very highly recommended, so two weeks ago when I was still on my gluten-free diet, I ordered a chocolate cake from her to be delivered on my birthday. After having a slice, I see why she's so highly recommended. I haven't had a cake of that quality in years. It's delicious.

Chocolate on chocolate. Incredibly moist and delicious!

Gregg gave me two new birdfeeders for my birthday. I love feeding the birds in our backyard, and all of our feeders were getting old and falling apart. He also bought me a giant bag of birdseed to go along with them. The little sparrows and the cardinals have already found the new feeders this morning....that didn't take long!

Tonight my friends Marla and Martina are coming over to help me celebrate some more, and then on Sunday I'm going out for Mexican food with some of my friends from book club. It's shaping up to be a very nice birthday weekend!


  1. Happy belated birthday!! It sounds like your new workplace is lovely; good for you, you deserve it.

  2. What an excellent birthday! I love the image of the guitar class coming to serenade you!

    1. I actually have a video of it on my phone, but don't know how to share it here without uploading it to YouTube...which probably isn't a good idea. But it was a lot of fun and everyone in the office gathered around to enjoy it!

  3. Happy belated birthday! The student serenade sounds so great -- and they chose a couple of good songs! Bravo for bird feeders, too. You can never have too many.

  4. Happy Happy Birthday.
    What lovely Birthday gifts. I wish I could have feeders. But the packrats would take over and I am having so much trouble with them.
    Just think of the awful job you had and now you get to work at this wonderful place now. That is one huge Birthday gift.

    Let there be cake !
    cheers, parsnip

  5. Pleased to hear you had a very happy birthday.

  6. Mr Hyman has a most unfortunate surname but because of his kind act I shall not develop my point.

  7. Your birthday sounds wonderful. I don't know which part I like best. That wonderful looking chocolate cake or the students singing. I'm also pleased for you that you got over the GAL hurdle without too much damage on both sides. Not an easy task to do, I applaud you for taking on such a difficult situation and seeing it through.


  8. I'm a bit late with my greetings, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyway. What could be better than a really good Chocolate Cake. When I still ate such things, it was my favourite.

  9. Happy Birthday Jennifer, nothing better than chocolate cake. To be serenaded by the students how wonderful is?

  10. Happy Birthday weekend Jennifer. I love feeding the birds too, and one of the feeders is attached to our window that a pair of robins come to all the time.....they are just a couple fo feet away from where I sit, so an excellent view of them.

  11. Oh, happy birthday! Surrounded by love and appreciation. What could be better?!?

  12. Having a birthday weekend is so much more fun that only having one day. Enjoy. I LOVE your school, and I'm so happy you are there. That cake looks really good.

  13. Happy belated birthday! The student serenade sounds so great -- and they chose a couple of good songs! Bravo for bird feeders, too. You can never have too many.