Thursday, March 24, 2022

Festivities

I've had such a great birthday this year, and there's still more fun to come.

For the first time I created a birthday fundraiser on Facebook, kind of on a lark and not expecting anyone to actually donate much, if anything. I picked Doctors Without Borders/Medecins san Frontieres and was pleasantly surprised that we've exceeded the automatic $200 goal that Facebook sets! I'll be doing that again next year--it's such a worthy charity.

I finally figured out what to get Little P. for his birthday. I asked his mom what kind of gift cards he might like, and she said his favorite place in Florence was Cold Stone (ice cream). So all your suggestions about ice cream were spot on! I ended up getting him a $25 gift card to Cold Stone and a tie-dye parafoil kite. He seemed pretty excited about both!



Since the nurses at school got me the pretty flowers with the Happy Birthday balloon attached, all the staff and parents and students saw that it was my birthday and I got lots of well wishes all through the day. A couple of the kids gave me hugs. It was nice. After work, I met up with a couple of friends, Paulette and Marian, and we had an early seafood dinner at Tubb's. After we ate, it was book club night, so we proceeded to Karen H's house (she was the host). I was given more flowers and cards and even a gift card, none of which I expected. It was so very nice of them!

Gregg's gift to me came earlier in the week: a nice food dehydrator! I'd been wanting one since last fall, and with my garden prospects for this year looking good it should be a useful gift. I've already made some delicious apple chips, and some less-than-stellar banana chips (I need to keep working on that recipe). I'm hoping to use the machine to cut down on food waste, since most vegetables and fruits can be dried and added to recipes later. I'm also interested in making homemade (good quality) treats for George. Dried strips of chicken breast treats cost the earth and should be easy enough to make in a dehydrator. In any case, I'll have fun experimenting!

The last part of my birthday festivities will be happening on Saturday. Season 2 of Bridgerton drops on Netflix on Friday, so on Saturday (Gregg's day to work late) Marla and Martina are coming over for food, birthday cake, wine, and a Bridgerton marathon!!! I'm sooo excited! Gregg looked at me funny when I told him that was my big plan for my birthday. "That's really what you want to do?" he said. Umm, YES! Marla and Martina both thought it sounded fabulous when I suggested it! We're going to have so much fun, even if the sexy Duke of Hastings won't be a part of season 2. :)

It's been a very, very good week. I'm such a fortunate woman.


22 comments:

  1. Medicins sans Frontiers is my chosen charity too - it is such a worthwhile charity with doctors and nurses giving up their free time to fly out and help and your marathos birthday has been tremendous. Have a lovely day with your friends.

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  2. Banana chips are great! So are mango chips! Sounds like your birthday was a real charmer!!

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  3. What a wonderful birthday. And, Cold Stone is my favorite ice cream. Coffee with pecans and chocolate!

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  4. Little P. is such a handsome kid. That shirt is only going to be good for half a year because you know 91/2 is almost 10. Great gift you gave to him. I am jealous! So, Happy Birthday Y'all- you do know how to have a wonderful time!

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  5. I love the continuing birthday festivities! It's wonderful to have treats and well-wishes. I'm more of a Call the Midwife person than a Bridgerton one, but I might take a look at Season 2.

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  6. A very late Birthday wishes for your exciting fun time.
    Let there be cake !
    cheers

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  7. Sounds like a fab birthday! And enjoy your Bridgerton Binge!

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  8. Sounds like a great day! All the best.

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  9. Like you, I am spreading out my birthday activities almost all week :-)
    Great gifts for Little P., and doesn't he look fabulous in his yellow t-shirt!
    I remember you talking about wanting a food dehydrator. It will certainly be very useful with all your garden crops.
    Never watched Bridgerton myself, but my sister loves it - and you girls will make a fun evening of it!

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  10. I'm so happy you are having such a wonderful birthday week! Enjoy every minute of it. It looks like Little P. had a good one too! He has good taste, I love Cold Stone as well!

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  11. You’re doing it right. SG calls it “birthday month.” Enjoy every minute.

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  12. I'm glad your birthday (and Little P's birthday) is turning out so well. The tie-dye kite was a great idea. Your celebrations sound fantastic with the possible exception of "Bridgerton," which I have never warmed to!

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  13. You are loved, Jennifer, and it shows!

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  14. Enjoy the birthday festivities. I too am a huge Bridgerton fan. My sister is coming for the weekend and we'll be binging on that along with some red wine. You can't watch Bridgerton without a drink in your hand as far as I'm concerned.

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  15. Glad you are having such a wonderful birthday!

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  17. in your honor I binge watched Bridgerton...happy birthday sweet girl.

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  18. "That's really what you want to do?" I am with Greg on that one. I guess that the majority of "Bridgerton" fans are women. They are welcome to it. I would much rather watch paint drying.

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  20. Happy Belated Birthday, glad it went so well! Making your own Chips in that new Food Dehydrator sounds great and will probably taste better fresh than buying from the Stores.

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