We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born.
~ Carl Jung
As you may have already guessed, yesterday was my birthday. I am now 56 years of age. Sometimes I wonder how I got here so fast.
It was a lovely day. My granddaughters telephoned in the morning to sing “Happy Birthday” which was one of the best gifts I received. I talked with both of my sons (I almost wrote “children” but they aren’t children anymore). M treated me like a queen, cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner for me, and taking care of the usual daily chores except for a few that I didn’t think it was fair to pass on to him since he was already doing so much.
The weather was cold, but sunny. Having a sunny day was truly a gift. We are back under cloud cover once again, with rain in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Dreary, dreary, dreary. But! By Wednesday the sun will return and stick around for a while. Maybe that will put an end to the December Drearies.
I received a few material gifts. A CD (Wildewoman) and a LensPen from M. I told him not to get me anything so it was nice of him to go ahead and get me a couple of small items from my wish list just so I’d have some gifts to unwrap. Even the wrapping paper he picked was a gift because it had penguins on it, and we all know I like penguins.
M the Younger sent me the book of poems, I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats. Hilarious! But only if you have or have had cats because it takes someone who has lived with a cat to truly get it.
Sometimes when I lie on your warm chest
And hear your every happy sigh
I gaze into your two kind eyes
And wonder, “Who is that?”
~ Francesco Marciuliano, from I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats
There was birthday cake too, with plenty of vegetables at lunch and dinner to balance it out. M made some sweet potato biscuits that are The Best Biscuits in the World. I’m sure of it. How am I sure of it? I don’t like biscuits, and I am generally very critical about them, so these must be the greatest biscuits ever on the whole planet if I like them and want to eat them with every meal.
We still have a bounty of orange vegetables from the CSA even though CSA season is finished for now. I think we’ll be eating sweet potatoes and winter squashes until spring.
I reckon that’s it from the Wabi Sabi Ranch for today. Thank you for stopping by. Did you have a good weekend? Did you do anything exciting, or not so exciting but worth a mention? Do tell. I’d love to hear about it.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: Morning meditation; a pot of tea; mist in the meadows; watching the Great Blue Heron fly in and land in the lagoon; giggles, snorts, and full-out laughter.