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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…

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    Birthday Weekending.

    Saturday’s birthday celebrations were fun, delicious and most photo-worthy! It’s nice on a Monday morning to have a blog post practically write itself as soon as I have the photos edited and uploaded 🙂 Katie did a wonderful job with the New York City theme and the food. The boys donned their costumes just before the guests arrived. No, it wasn’t a costume party, but pirates and spidermen have more fun. There were cupcakes and candleswith a very willing older brother to help. And then presents. Sam has two new “things to wear” (I wonder how long it will take him to wear both at the same time?) Saturday was…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, my friends! seems like a perfect morning for a little TGIF. Thinking about everything I need to accomplish next week. I usually make up my to-do lists on Monday morning (because #retired), but this one is longer – and more important! – than usual. Grateful for healing. I had my third PT appointment on Wednesday and was cleared to resume all my activities (except for running, but I don’t have plans to resume that anyway), with caution. To celebrate, Lauren and I walked three miles in the park yesterday morning. It was wonderful! Inspired by the Vienna weather forecast to sew one more tunic for our trip. I…

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    Happy 80th!

    My mom celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday. …with us! We enjoyed a lovely lunch out and then gathered again in the evening for a party, with cards and gifts. My sister gave her a fun little book that included this quotation. I can’t think of a better way to sum up 80 years! Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend!!

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    Paris Is Always a Good Idea.

    When we were first planning Lydia’s 50th birthday party, my brother suggested “French” as a possible theme. Lydia has always been a Francophile – me too! – and it sounded like fun. Then my mom and I found these cocktail napkins and it all just fell into place from there. Turns out Paris is the perfect jumping off point for all sorts of Good (Party) Ideas: Plates, napkins and centerpiece featuring a smartly dressed woman walking her poodle by the Eiffel Tower (Lydia’s standard poodle Sophie is black, but she definitely sports pink bows! – that’s her on the banner of Lydia’s blog) The menu – Brie and goat cheese, olives,…

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    Birthday Weekending.

    Friday was my birthday, and there’s not a much better way to kick-off a weekend. Except with a sunrise walk. Followed by lunch out with Katie at one of my favorite places. Snacks for dinner (and enough leftovers that we didn’t cook Saturday either). Knitting with a girlfriend and a Holiday Spice Flat White. And a glorious Sunday morning run.  Loved all the comments here and on Instagram, plus text messages, emails, and a huge stack of snail mail. Feeling truly blessed. Thank you! and Happy Monday! (yikes, it’s almost dark … I hope the rest of this week doesn’t fly by quite so quickly!)

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    Weekending.

    I have two big stories to share from the weekend. First – we found fall! at the park, Friday afternoon Friday was a glorious fall day. Holly and I enjoyed an afternoon walk in the park, soaking up sunshine and marveling at the colors. Well, I did … Holly chased after and barked at squirrels. The main event, though, was Sam’s first birthday party. He turned one on Wednesday (can you believe it’s been a year already?!) and we celebrated with family and friends on Saturday afternoon. I had the privilege of baking the cakes (a roasted apple spice cake from Smitten Kitchen). The baking took much of Friday (and…

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    Weekending.

    Yes, we still have power! and before I quickly share a few of the highlights from the weekend, thank you for all your care and concern about my mom and others in Florida. I am happy to say that they are safe, but without power or cell service. Mother’s land line does work … at least until her handset dies. I haven’t called yet; figure I should help save those phone batteries for something important. Please continue to send those good thoughts. and for a smile, here’s the photo Betty shared on Instagram Saturday evening. I hope they still have those smiles! weathering the storm – Polly & Betty –…

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    Karen’s Fiftieth.

    We celebrated my sister (I guess we can still call her the baby of the family even now that she’s 50?!) Saturday evening with a fun group of family and friends. Karen and Lydia And of course cocktails and party food. The highlight of the bar was champagne punch (I followed the recipe exactly, except I made an ice ring instead of cubes – highly recommend – easy and delicious!) For the food, I went with a throwback theme – potato chips and onion dip, pigs in blankets, cocktail meatballs. you get the idea. My mom couldn’t attend the party, so she sent gifts. Karen had a great time opening…

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    Happy Birthday.

    …to Katie! Her arrival … way back in 1987 … changed us from a couple to a family. February, 1987 And since I last shared birthday wishes to her on this blog (for her 25th), she’s gotten married and made a family of her own. photo credit Rylie Hitchner Best wishes, Katie for a beautiful day and a wonderful year. We love you!