Thursday, March 25, 2021

Celebrating

Tuesday was a nice day. Thank you all for the birthday wishes. 

Little P. had loads of fun. He's a favorite of the staff and several other people had presents for him. His mom took a giant piece of red construction paper and made him a birthday banner that dozens of us signed. There were cupcakes, ice cream, and balloons, and this was after his elementary school class had had a little party for him. His father lives in Atlanta and he'll be going to see him this weekend, so I imagine there's more fun in store for the little guy. He's going to end up spoiled rotten! :)



After work on Tuesday Gregg and I went shopping. I had decided I wanted to buy some camellias for our backyard as my birthday present but I was out of luck. The big box store that had dozens of them for sale all winter didn't have a single one in stock. Could it be the wrong time of year to plant them? So Gregg said, let's find you something else, but I couldn't find anything I liked or wanted. Why is it so hard to find something you want when you have money to spend? Or is it just me? If I were broke right now I'd see everything I ever wanted while out shopping! There's a big flower and plant sale coming up at the farmer's market next month, maybe I'll find something there.

Last night I met two friends for dinner at my favorite restaurant, Tubbs Seafood. I got fried flounder and shrimp, and it was delicious as always. And it was great to see a couple of my friends now that we've all been vaccinated!


The fun will continue next weekend when Marla and Martina will be vaccinated and they're coming over to my house for a little cocktail party with birthday cake! It's been a long time since we've been able to get together and I'm really looking forward to seeing them!

Also coming up in April is my book club's first in person meeting in over a year. So that's exciting, too! Life is slowly returning to something like normal. 

                   Pretty Birthday Flowers

45 comments:

  1. oooh, what lovely pix! and that seafood meal with hushpuppies; YUM!

    as more of us get vaxxed, life will return to normal, but slowly. I will still avoid the anti-vaxxers like the plague that they are. I get my second shot next friday (4/2).

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    1. My friend Paulette, the lady in the white shirt, is from Philly. She said that the mussels she ordered were the best she's had since she moved down south! My flounder was wonderful, especially with the nice craft beer the server recommended!

      Hey, I got your card today! Thank you so much!!

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  2. You are lucky - none of our restaurants are open yet - we are all still in lockdown. In my experiencce with garden centres if you cant find what you are looking for and buy second best, the next time you go in they have just what you wanted and you have spent your gift token.

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    1. Our area was recently called a "covid cold spot" because our infection rate has dropped so much! The vaccine rollouts have been excellent,too. I'm so grateful for all that!

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  3. Our vaccines are coming, soon! I am so ready to feel that much safer.

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  4. I'll get my second dose in a week or so and I will be so glad! It will be a treat to meet with family and friends again! Your flowers are so pretty and I like your cute bunnies!

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    1. That's excellent news about your vaccine!!

      Everyone is commenting on the porcelain rabbits. They were a gift over 20 years ago from a friend from Taiwan. She gave them to me because my Chinese horoscope sign is the Rabbit. :) They are treasured possessions of mine.

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  5. What I would call a lot of sweetness there!

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  6. Beautiful flowers ... and rabbits! Lots of happiness in these photos.

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  7. Shrimp are always great!! Cocktails and cake... don't know about that one though. Glad you had a great day!!

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    1. Haha. I didn't want to have birthday cake until I have friends over to share it with. But we'll also have savory appetizers and THEN cocktails. Lots and lots of cocktails! Haha!

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  8. Happy belated birthday. It's great fun to spoil a child.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you Janie! That boy has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise shitty year. He always makes me smile. I love that child.

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  9. It's especially good to be seeing old friends again.

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    1. I've missed them so much!

      Thanks for stopping by, Joanne! 🌻

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  10. How lovely to meet friends for a meal at a restaurant, or at home for cocktails and snacks! I miss all that and have no idea when pubs and restaurants will be allowed to open here. Hardly anyone I know has had their jabs yet here. It really is embarrassing how badly organised and slow going the vaccinating campaign is in this country.
    Great picture of Little P. - you are right, he will end up spoiled rotten :-D

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    1. Just the other day our governor announced that starting next week, anyone over the age of 16 can get vaccinated in South Carolina. We're so very fortunate to have such good supply! You all will catch up. I'm sorry it's taking so long, though.

      Little P. had a terrible birthday last year. It was the start of lockdown and his mom says he really didn't get to do anything, so she wanted to make up for it this year. Even so, it's been a bit excessive, but he's not ordinarily very spoiled so I'm sure it will all even out.

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  11. If there are no camellias to be had, maybe something equally colourful like St John's Wort or a rhododendron?

    Lucky you having an in-person book club meet-up. No sign of my own book club meeting again any time soon.

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    1. It will have been 14 months since we met in person when we have our April meeting. I've missed those women so much!

      I'll just wait until the camellias are available again to buy anything. As I told Debby, we want a line of evergreen shrubs along our back fence, and camellias have the added bonus of gorgeous winter flowers. You should read Mary Moon's blog, Bless Our Hearts. (It's on my sidebar). She lives in Florida and has the most gorgeous camellias you ever saw. Also, she's a superb writer.

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  12. Belated birthday greetings to you Jennifer. As you know, Tuesday was also Shirley's birthday and my best friend's daughter gave birth to a baby girl - Olivia. Did Little P like the Minecraft Lego pirate ship you bought him?

    March 23rd was also Joan Crawford's birthday.

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    1. And belated birthday greetings to Mrs. Pudding as well! How nice about little Olivia--she picked a great day to be born. :)

      P. really seemed to like the Lego pirate ship. I was slightly disappointed though, in that so many other people at work got him gifts that mine only got a couple of minutes' worth of attention. Of course, I'm happy for him though! :)

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  13. We get our second shots on Easter Sunday. I can hardly wait until we can get out to a nursery or any shopping for that matter.

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    1. You don't have much longer to wait, Doc! I'm so happy you're getting those shots and will be protected!

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  14. I've been captivated by Mrs. Moon's camellias ever since she started posting them. I envy you both living in a place that can support plants like that!

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    1. Aren't they beautiful? I like the fact that they give you flowers during the winter and year round evergreen coverage. We plan to plant them along the back fence so that if the neighbors ever decide to cut down the bushes that shield the view into their backyard, we'll have a visual barrier.

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  15. I have sorta' miss some blog post and your also !
    You sound better and everyday you write about your job I am so happy for you.I remember your Bookstore job and how much you wanted to to leave.
    So very happy for you.

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    1. I remember my bookstore job, too. Vividly. And am thankful every single day for my new career path.

      Thanks Gayle!

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  16. It sounds like you both had a great day! I love the picture of little P. with all the balloons!

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    1. There were even more balloons up higher, but I cropped the photo down some. I like seeing a big old bunch of balloons!

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