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Birthday Weekending.

Birthdays come fast and furious around here this time of year. This past Saturday was my birthday … and we celebrated all weekend long!

Thursday evening’s Thanksgiving Service was a wonderful beginning.

Friday. the camellias were in full bloom – and the sun came out!

But the best news came at the vet’s office. Holly was diagnosed with pneumonia the weekend before. Friday afternoon was her third set of X-rays and the first to show solid improvement and a good prognosis. It was really the best birthday present I could’ve asked for, but the gifts kept coming!

Friday evening sunset.

Birthday sunrise over the lake (I took this photo from my car window … driving to the park for an early walk with Lauren).

Lunch out with with four of my favorite ladies.

Making a wish with tiramisu.

A Georgia Tech win.

…followed by my favorite dinner.

Sunday was another beautiful fall day. We’re still not leaving Holly home by herself for long, so I brought her with me to an afternoon meeting at church. The trees there are full of glorious yellows and reds

and we both had fun tromping through the leaves!

✓ Birthday. ✓ Anniversary. Now it’s time to get into Thanksgiving mode!

Happy Tuesday!


  • Kat

    What a fun weekend (outside poor Holly!) Happy belated Birthday to you! And, I am glad that Holly is on the mend!

    Beautiful photos – thank you so much for sharing – we are on day 5 of all the shades of grey… lol

  • Vera

    Happy Birthday (a bit late) Mary! Looks like you had a fabulous weekend. Sending healing thoughts to Holly – glad the latest x-rays showed improvement.

  • Debbie

    Belated Happy Birthday wishes to you, Mary! I’m glad that Holly is on the mend, it’s always such a worry when our pets are sick!

  • Honore´

    Happy Happy again! Loved the photo essay and all the goodness you had/shared with us. Best news ever: Holly’s getting better! Prayers heard and answered.
    Rest up today!

  • Bonny

    This wish for a very Happy Birthday is no less sincere for being belated! I hope you had a wonderful day and a truly happy and healthy year ahead!

  • Kym

    Happy Birthday, Mary! It sounds like you celebrated in the best possible ways! Thanks for sharing your weekend celebration extravaganza! XO

  • Patty

    Happy Belated Birthday Mary! What a wonderful weekend celebration! And so happy to hear Holly is on the mend. That IS the best celebration of all.

  • karen

    Happy birthday Mary!!! (my birthday is today). So we are November babies 🙂 I had an awesome day of yarn shopping and a dinner out with my family.

  • Nancy

    Belated Happy Birthday! Great news about Holly (sick pets 😢). That platter looks like my kind of favorite dinner, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Margene

    Mylo and I are very happy to hear that Holly is doing better and hope she continues to improve. Your birthday celebration looks like a good one! xox