So many great surprises. So many photos. So many options. Off to a great start this morning!
Of course Gary was the first to wish me a happy birthday with a new bird book and a Lowe’s gift card for my spring planting. He knows me so well, and knows I’m holding my breath until the department gets their first shipment of spring plants. He has to work today, but we are going to Chili’s tonight.
I plan to get a haircut this morning, and then I’m going to lunch with Robert. After that I will do a little shopping.
One of my students gave me a sweet card yesterday. And of course our celebration was a valentine/birthday party. We have three birthdays in our room this month and several moms, dads, brothers, and sisters have had birthdays, too. One of the moms who helped with our party was celebrating her birthday! The kids were great with their sundaes.
Along with some “60” theme party supplies and some serious expressions of birthday joy, Karen sent this little reminder that I’m now officially old. It is proudly displayed on my dresser where I can see it in the morning as I’m struggling to drag out of bed. Lol
My precious Utah family sent a wonderful birthday box that included this new member of the Maurer elephant family. I love her little chaise!
I promised to post some of my future plans this morning so here are ten things on my “bucket list” today:
1. I want to be in a movie. I’m not crazy! I can walk through the background, stand in a crowd, or be someone’s ugly mute grandmother. I just want to be in on the process of making a movie. A western would be the best!
2. I want to write a children’s book. I have attempted a few, but never been satisfied with the end result. I know there is a good one inside my head somewhere.
3. I want to complete my USA list and visit Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, South Carolina, Delaware, Alaska, and Hawaii. (Yes, I was wrong yesterday when I said 38 states! It was early and I’m old! Found my list. I have been to 36 states.)
4. I want to see my grandchildren graduate from college.
5. I want to take painting lessons and spend part of my retirement years with a brush in my hand.
6. I want to visit Monticello.
7. I want to write four more books about Caddo.
8. I want to see Yellowstone National Park.
9. I want to celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary with Gary and all of my children and grandchildren. (Start planning girls!)
10. I want to walk in my garden on my 90th birthday!
This is already a crazy, mixed up post, so I’m going to end it with a tribute to the generations of women who made it possible for me to have a 60th birthday! My thanks to Margie Colleen Springer, Della Mae Banta, Beatrice Alexander, Mary Lettie Coker, Caroline Robinson, Edna Chapman Carlton, Clara Agnes Anderson, Sarah Lou Felmet, Lumiza Patterson, Rhoda Priscilla Whitworth, Mary Martha Maddox, Jane Jackson, Susan Winneford, Margaret Sharp, Matilda Nelson, Preshus M. Carter, Elizabeth C. Fullerton, Margaret Wyatt, Sara Jane Blair, Hinda Mack, Anna Smith, Susannah Patrick, Martha Ann Hicks, Elizabeth Claybrook, Matilda York, Sarah Ann Harlan, Elizabeth Belew, Rebecca Collins, Mary Ball, Mary DeMott, Antie Demarest, Geertruy Terhune, Wyntie Brickers, Eliza Barker, Abiah Hopkins, Peace Scott, Nancy Hill, Sarah Johnson, Nancy Ann Ratliff, Lettice Adeline Fields, Mary Claiborne, Mary Winston, Maria Bishop, Anica Walraven, B.J. Baltzarsdotter, Elsie Wehrhahn, Elizabeth Walraven, Angenitie Hellings, Sitske Dirksdr, Reytske Sickedr, Grietja Samuels, and the many female ancestors I have yet to discover! And can you tell by this list that my mother chose the right name for me?
Have a great day! I will!