I'm lazy and selfish and spend too much time on the internet. I love to be creative with photography and jewellery and sketching with pencil and pastels. I'm happier now than I have ever been and I love everything about my life ... where I live, my home, my fantastic grown up children, my lifestyle, my friends, my dogs and last but not least my wonderful adoring husband. Life is good!
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Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.
Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.
Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**
Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!
So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!
It was a beautiful day to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and the crowds, even in our small town, were impressive. Especially impressive that so many young people and children were involved.
I think that the only way my birthday could have been better, was if I had visits from my kids, but they all remembered and I had great phone calls :)
I have certainly felt the love, received unexpected gifts and beautiful cards with heartfelt sentiments written inside. I've received birthday phone calls and had musical birthday messages left on my voice mail. I received a free coffee from the girls where I get my morning coffee and SO MANY messages through facebook!
I had a quiet day at home and did a little cooking, bathed a dog, did minimal housework, received and unpacked my FROG box of fruit n veg, had lemon/lime cheesecake for dessert BUT forgot to have a wine to birthday 'cheers' myself! I even visited Dr Dan yesterday, to make sure I was stocked up for the occasion!
Ah well. I'll make up for it tomorrow night at the club.
Meanwhile, here is another interesting video .. it's only 16 minutes and well worth viewing.
So I really wanted to see the movie "Insurgent" and when I checked the cinema times, today was the final viewing, so Adoring Husband and I decided to celebrate my birthday one day early.
We did some shopping first and AH bought me a beautiful onyx and silver pendant to wear on my long silver chain.
Lunch was next, at Wild Lotus, and we both ordered the Tiger Prawn and Calamari Pesto Salad. It was DELICIOUS! The pesto was macadamia and basil. We each had a beverage with our meal and then to really make it a birthday, we ordered dessert! AH selected the creme brulee and I ordered the panna cotta. Both were gluten free and mine was also dairy free, but certainly NOT sugar free!
As delicious as dessert was, my body didn't like it at all and I felt uncomfortable and bloated for a good while afterwards. A hit of sugar is not worth the discomfort for me.
After lunch, we headed to the cinema where we thought, for a little while, we were having a private viewing, but at the last minute an elderly gentleman walked in and sat behind us, so there was only three of us in the cinema .. just the way I like it.
We thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the two hours went incredibly fast. Can't wait to see the third movie in the series, "Allegiant: Part 1", but we have to wait until at least March 2016 for it's release.
There was still an hour of shopping time available, so I used it wisely, buying make up, jewellery, clothes and alcohol!
Before we left home this morning, I loaded up the slow cooker with lamb shanks, tomatoes, capsicum, onion, garlic, seasoning and chicken stock, so all I had to do was steam some greens ... beans, kale and broccolini to make a meal. Too easy.
So it's been a pretty damned fine birthday, even though it's not really my birthday, and I'm going to bed as a very happy 55 year old girl.
I found one of these in my garden this evening. A hummingbird moth. You'll see what I'm talking about 3 minutes into this video - although, if you are as intrigued by hummingbirds as I am, you'll want to watch all of it!
It was coming right onto the dark side of dusk, so the light was terrible for photos. This was the best that I could get out of about 100 photos before it turned to complete darkness.
I had a lovely birthday morning tea with the girls today.
The lemon/lime cheesecake was much nicer than I expected. I think the topping of mango and cream that I put on it, balanced out the lemon/lime quite well.
The chocolate mousse was nice, but a bit rich for morning tea.
I didn't taste the chocolate energy balls, but Adoring Husband has been eating them all day, so I'm guessing they are pretty good.
I'm not sure about the banana bread-ie thing - I don't think I'll make it again .. I have a couple of other recipes that I'll try some time in the future.
I got some of the dog grooming done today. I started on Colli and she was compliant for the first 40 minutes but then began to get cranky, so I stopped and will have another try when my thumb heals. While I was cutting Jack's fur, I snipped my thumb and almost took the tip off. Ruby and Jack wouldn't let me touch the fur around their faces, but the rest of them is trimmed and their nails have been clipped.
Adoring Husband was going to take me to the movies on Thursday for my birthday, but the movie that I want to see ("Insurgent" which is the second movie of the "Divergent" series) has it's last showing tomorrow, so we are going tomorrow instead, and will probably have lunch at Wild Lotus while we're in town.
I think I'll shout myself a pedicure while I'm in town :)
I have spent the entire day in the kitchen and will be heading back there in a minute to make some chocolate energy balls.
I've been cooking up a storm for tomorrow's morning tea with the girls. We usually only have coffee, but it's my birthday this week, so I'm providing morning tea.
I've made banana bread, chocolate mousse in little cups with blueberries, lemon/lime cheesecake and chocolate energy balls.
I also did a roast chicken with veggies and gravy for lunch.
I seem to have spent more time washing dishes than anything else! But I did enjoy the cooking today :)
An interesting short video about fructose/suger. It's only two and a half minutes and worth watching.
I've watched the Cronulla Sharks defeat the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL Monday night match .. I am very happy to have tipped Cronulla to win .. unlike Adoring Husband who is a supporter but tipped against his team!!