Saturday, August 23, 2008

My Birthday Was Last Tuesday

Beautiful Balloons

So now I have had 48 trips around the sun as of August 19th.

I had a very nice, quiet and relaxed birthday this year. I spent the daytime alone just putzing around the house doing whatever I felt like doing. I received calls and emails wishing me a happy birthday. I heard from friends, a few relatives and of course from my partners.

Traditionally in our family, we take the birthday person out to dinner at a nice restaurant for their birthday, but this year I chose to stay home and have dinner in. I was not in the mood for driving, parking, crowds etc. So on the evening of my birthday, Jack, Bob and I gathered at Jack's home to celebrate. Jack baked me a homemade chocolate birthday cake with cream cheese frosting, and Bob provided us with his famous home cooked fried chicken and mashed potatoes dinner. I made a light garden salad to go with the comfort food dinner. Oh, and there was ice cream to go with the cake too.

I don't usually post a bunch of photos of myself on my blog, but since it was my birthday, the other two had their cameras ready and snapped photos of me right and left. I had my eyes closed in most of them, but there were a few that turned out pretty well.

This is my photo log of my most recent birthday celebration:

First thing I saw when I entered the house was the beautiful helium balloons floating on the ceiling above the dining room table. See them in the photo above. The guys know that the little kid inside of me loves helium balloons, and loves all the pretty colors, so they surprised me with a half dozen assorted pearlized pastel colored balloons. They were so pretty and fun! I still have them, but sadly, they no longer float.

Then the next thing I saw was the dining room table covered in a pile of birthday presents of all shapes and sizes wrapped in brightly colored birthday paper.

Pile 'o Presents

Again, the guys know that I like all the assorted fun colors and shapes. My Mom used to go overboard with presents on each birthday and at Christmas time. Not necessarily expensive or big gifts, mind you, just a lot of them. She dearly loved to shop for and give gifts to those that she loved. So the tradition continues.

So I was handed a glass of my favorite Merlot and sat down at the dining room table while Jack got the cake ready for the "cake ceremony".

Here is Jack walking carefully towards us with the cake on fire with all the many candles:

Fire Walk ~ trying not to set off any smoke alarms

The "cake ceremony" involves, 1) cake, 2) flaming candles, 3) singing, 4) making a wish, and 5) blowing out the candles. The fellas sang Happy Birthday to me while Jack was walking the flaming cake over to the dining room table.

Here's the beautiful cake that was set before me:

Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & beeswax candles

So I had to think of a good wish before I blew out the candles:

Thinking of Wishes

I took my time and thought carefully, and then all at once I blew really hard...

It was a good wish

I had two cameras pointed at me and neither one of them caught me in the act of blowing out the flames. (Also notice that my eyes are closed in both photos.)

Then it was time open the gifts. I started with the birthday cards:

A very nice card

My birthday cards held heartfelt wishes that made me smile.

Then on to opening those beautifully wrapped presents. Here's a sampling:

My new bio-dynamic gardening calendar book

Season One of my favorite TV show addiction ~ "Heroes"

I paused before opening this package to show off the fantastic attention to detail that Jack puts into wrapping his gifts. He takes special care to make sure the ribbons match the paper. Here I am pointing that out in my mock commentary voice to Bob across the table, making Jack laugh as I went on and on:

Look at that attention to detail

Neither guy likes putting the wrapping paper on the package, but both of them do fancy ribbon and bow work, each with their own unique style. Here we are highlighting the curling ribbon bow that Jack used on this gift. Isn't it fancy?

Fancy colorful bows and ribbons

I love their ribbons and bows because they are pretty and make the gifts look so nice, but also because I am a complete klutz when it comes to making bows. I am very good at putting the wrapping paper neatly on the packages, however.

This gift just looked edible and had to be tasted before opening it.

Trying to open it with my teeth!

And did I crack up when I opened it and found that Bob had given me a giant dry deli salami all wrapped in pretty flowered paper!

What a fun gift!

He had remembered me saying that I like those dry salamis that you see hanging in the deli section of the market, but I never buy them for myself because they are not that good for you. I will share it with both of them so I don't eat the whole thing myself.

Now didn't they get me back for wrapping that huge zucchini up for Jack's half birthday a few weeks ago? You bet they did.

Here's my pile of gifts after I had fun unwrapping them all. Jack made me pose for this picture:

They both went overboard on the gifts just like my Mom used to do. They are so sweet and generous.

Books, CDs, DVDs, appliance covers, kitchen ware etc.

After the cake ceremony and the presents, we all were very hungry for dinner. So hungry in fact, that not one of us got a photo of the delicious fried chicken dinner! So you will just have to use your imagination. It was really good.

After dinner it was time for birthday cake and ice cream.

Come on Jack, sit down so we can eat our cake!

Delicious cake with ice cream

I had a wonderful birthday shared with my two favorite gifts of all, Jack and Bob.



The gifts of love are the very best!

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CaliforniaGrammy said...

You have been blessed with two wonderful friends. The cake looks sinful, and the dinner sounds oh-so-comfy delicious.

Happy Birthday, Jen. You were just a toddler when we got married!

Hardware Bob said...

A very fun party,it was great to see Jen smiling broadly for so long and so often. I am glad she agreed to share a few of those photos with that fabulous Greek smile of hers.

So there you go Farmgirl, August 19, now the secrets out to the entire world. I can relax now afraid for days I might give away the secret.

Happy Birthday to you Jen....and many, many more. There's more balloons where those came from.


Farmer Jen said...

Hi CA Grammy,
Yes, I do feel blessed. The cake was delicous as was the fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I love it when Hardware Bob cooks that for me. Thank you for the birthday wishes.

Hi Bob,
I had a good birthday and wonderful party thanks to you and Jack. My inner little girl is happy that she will get more balloons in the future. She needs more of those. ♥

Farmgirl_dk: said...

What a wonderful birthday party you had! Clearly, I was not needed to make it special for you - the boys had it fully and well under control. I guess I will release the grudge I've been holding for days against HW Bob for not telling me the day. ;-)
That cake looks wonderful (was there significance to the 8 candles?) and I am very impressed with the fancy ribbon skills of Jack.
Happy belated birthday, Jen.

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Danni,
You were definitely a part of my happy birthday this year. The teasing that went back and forth between us about the actual date of my birth added fun and intrigue to the occasion. I am very blessed for having you as a blog friend and enjoy very much conversing and sharing with you. We have much in common, you and I, as well as some varied experiences that we can share with each other. You definitely are a special part of my life.

I asked HW Bob to play along with me and not divulge the date so our little teasing game would not be ruined.

Yes, Jack does great curling ribbon and bows. Bob prefers to use the flat ribbon to make his bows. Both guys have their own unique style for bow making. I, like I said in my post, am a klutz with the ribbon. I am better at just tying a bow with raffia, leaving it simple. At Christmas time I put the paper on the guys' presents and then have them each do the bows for the other one's gifts. Works out great!

No significance to the 8 birthday candles this time. Jack didn't have any candles for my cake so I gave him what was left in my package of special beeswax birthday candles. (I love beeswax and other natural wax candles.) It just happens that there were 8 candles left in the box, one of each of the rainbow colors. Usually Jack likes to arrange the candles in such a way that they indicate the birthday person's age in "binary" code. Yeah, I know, very nerdy and possibly difficult to picture.

I am so glad you commented and shared my birthday with me Danni. I love that you read my blog. I have been reading yours too and most always leave comments. I even shared my birthdate in one last week. Thanks for playing along with me.

Twinville said...

Awwww. Happy Birthday Farmgirl Jen.

I hope all of your wishes and dreams come true.

My birthday is next week. I'm 42. Weird. How did that happen? :)

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my funny roo, Sid Vicious' crowing. :)