Monday, July 18, 2011
OK, So...TODAY is my BIRTHDAY!
I tend to re-evaluate my life more on this day than any other, New Years included.
I remember being really depressed when I turned 47. 46 was OK but suddenly 47 was a whole lot closer to 50.
When I turned 49, in the wee hours of morning, actually just after midnight, I was awoken by my dog Ruby barking furiously. I sat up in bed and looked blurry-eyed at my window. (I probably should get Lasik surgery, but that's SO scary!) and instead of seeing the top of my Weeping Willow tree, all I could see was ORANGE.
I clicked Blue's collar on, put Ruby under one arm and Claude under the other and yelled to Griffin -"Come on!" We ran to the front door. Outside there were fire-trucks and police cars. On my front stoop was a woman. She had been pounding on my door. As I ran down the steps, she helped by scooping up Griffin. She said she lived around the corner and would put him in her yard. Blue pulled on his lead and in my frenzy I hadn't snapped it correctly and he broke free and ran to a fireman. A woman from the crowd that was gathering ran up and got him. I rushed up to my car and put my little ones inside. The woman came up with Blue as a policeman asked me if I had anyone else inside. I said YES! my cats. The woman said to go ahead she had Blue, so me and the cop went back inside. I always tell myself I don't have favorites but at that moment I instantly made my Sophie's Choice.
My Boo was at the door and I scooped her up and screamed "HARRY!"
Out of the darkness from the top of the banister, he "flew" to me and wrapped his front legs around my neck. I ran back outside and the policeman asked if that was it. Nope, back in we went and I found Levi, Ivy and Ghost. Then upstairs I ran for Kanga. She doesn't have front legs so she wasn't able to make the stairs. The policeman asked if I needed to go back in for anything else. I stood there in my flip flops, my handbag inside, all my carefully collected "treasures" left behind and said "Nope, I have what's important with me now." Whoa, five years have gone by and Boo, Levi and Ivy are all in Heaven now...
but I've added a few more doggies since then!
So, we stood outside as neighbors gathered in the darkness. I called my sister on the neighbors cell and she and 2 of my nieces came. My neighbors new electrical work apparently started the fire. Her brand new car destroyed and the back of her house severely damaged. I had a chainlink fence woven with plastic and that was now melted. Posts that I had just put up for my privacy fence were charred and all the branches on the south side of my Weeping Willow were burnt and dead. The ivy on the side and back of my house was burnt to a crisp and I think that the fact that I still have the old aluminum siding saved my house, while my neighbors vinyl was gone.
So, my 49th... I was just happy that we were all safe and sound.
My 50th was uneventful.
Same for 51.
52 didn't exist for me. (here for more details) - http://oldblackcatboo.blogspot.com/2010/05/52.html
You know ALL about 53 if you've been reading my blog.
So here I am 54. Wow, I don't FEEL 54. I'm told that I don't LOOK 54 but I AM 54.
Also my innards are 54. So now as I reflect on my future, I'm thinking that....I need to start riding that bike again.
So, I'm thinking about that. That and about where I want to be in ANOTHER 5 years.
I've been Googling. I REALLY liked this idea.
Biking with dogs.
Now if I was "24", I'd think about it.
But what else? Hmmm.
Then I remembered the other day at work the guy that used to work for me stopped in. He was talking about his custom built "motor-bike" and was showing me a website (that I can NOT remember now! darn it!) but we got to talking and he showed me some sites with Vespa type scooters. I said I liked the idea but where would I put BLUE? So then he showed me SIDE-CARS!
The other day as I was outside in the front yard gardening, down the avenue comes this scooter thing. A girl is driving and some guy is in the side-car. I watch them turn onto the street and motor down the road. Later she comes back and turns down the avenue again. She must live down that way. Hmmm...might be a "sign". I never see those things and then BAM! there's one.
So, what do I see for myself? I will try to focus more on what makes me Happy and try not to stress about finances so much. (which is hard not to do) but just enjoy my animals, gardening and CREATING. I NEED to make time for ART.
I get on the computer and stare in awe of SO MANY of my BLOG friends and their CREATIONS.
I hesitate to list them, in fear of missing someone... Sandy, Robin, Pam, Abi, Catherine, Yasmin, Jennifer, Georgina, Nita, Denise, Colleen, Magaly....
just a few who INSPIRE me in so many different ways....so many styles, so many wonderful friends. So on this birthday, I'm HAPPY.
Happy to have my FABULOUS BLOGGER friends.
Happy to have my little house.
Happy to have my critters.
Happy to have my garden.
HOT! but Happy with lots of plans!