Saturday, July 20, 2013

So, last Thursday was my Birthday....

Thursday was my birthday
and you know what? it was fine.
I had to work and the temps were around 100 degrees and I'm not even sure what the heat index was.
The boarding kennel is full, more than full, which means little dogs in cat kennels...
It was exhausting. Lots of rowdy drooling big dogs that refused to listen 
and little dogs that kept peeing on their bedding.
But actually it was a good day.
Good because although I can NOT believe the age that I am.
I'm OK with it.
I realize that it IS only a number.
because I don't feel like what I envision when I think of someone my age.
And I'm basically pretty happy.
I have a job where it's pretty much my own show.
I run it and I make sure the work gets done and I'm not micro-managed by my boss.
He lets me do my thing.
I write the schedule and if it's slow, I can leave.
Of course if someone is sick or needs the day off, I have to work it but it all evens out.
sort of.
And I've been working on my Art.
The Mid-Coast Art Gallery put out a Call for Entry and...I'm going to try to get in.

I'm still working on my kid's book.
I was watching a video of Dallas Clayton the other day (LOVE HIM)
and he said he wrote his first book in a HALF HOUR!
But it took him 6 months to illustrate it.
That made me feel much better.
It took me much longer to write mine and I'm not sitting down and illustrating it full time like he was.
I'm doing it in fits and starts. Which means scribbling and crumpling up paper and tossing it.
I haven't got it right yet. But I know in my "mind" what I want it to look like.
I'll get there.

I've been working a lot inside my house, although nothing is done.
The yard, well... I'd rather not talk about THAT.
It's scary out there and Hot and Humid.
There is a battle going on out there between the flowers and the weeds
and I just go out nightly and hose them all down.

Which brings me to my raised vegetable garden.
Stuff is green and growing but I'll be lucky to have anything by Fall except for the lettuce. 
THAT is looking good.
I must agree with Robin (super fabulous artist).
Next year I will just do the Farmer's Market thing and buy fresh.
And supporting local farmers, (always a good thing).
I can use all those cinder blocks that I framed the garden with to make
this cool succulent garden wall thing that I saw on Pinterest!

Oh, and that reminds me.
I went for my annual check-up.
I don't know if you remember about the last time I went in and I had lost a good amount of weight
and all I got was grief and was told that my blood-work "numbers" were too high.
Well. I had my blood-work run again and several things had dropped.
In fact the only thing that didn't go down was my weight, that of course was UP.
I had a different doctor from last time and she said I must be doing something different, maybe exercising more?
I said that I was..."active".
I'm not sure what made the numbers drop, the only thing I had been doing different was NOT dieting
and eating a bowl of ice cream every night.
So, Life is Good....
and I feel like I'm 34.


sassypackrat said...

So glad life is good. Maintaining a positive attitude works wonders mentally and physically.

Jan said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds as though you should keep doing what you are doing. I was talking with some friends the other day about how we feel as though we are one age on the inside (for me it is about 35) and then we look in the mirror and realize we are turning into these freaky old people! It is very strange. Hope things cool down for your area soon and that you have a good weekend.

leslie said...

happy birthday, c!

i have a big one coming up in a couple of months, and am actually a bit stressed about it -- so thanks for this reminder that i need to take it less seriously.

An Urban Cottage said...

First of all, happy birthday! It's great that while that number is going up a notch, your more important numbers went down.

Good luck with your call for artists. Don't be upset if you don't get acceptance. You have no idea what they're looking for and just because you do get approval, doesn't mean you're not good.

At the end of the national news on NBC this evening, there was a bit on a photographer who's taking portraits of old and unwanted dogs up for adoption. Her work really shows the dogs' as happy, active, interested personalities and her work is getting them homes. It made me think of you.

Happy birthday to you!

Pamela Smallcomb said...

Hey! I"m 34, too! (kidding). You are doing great. I'm glad you had a good birthday! And as for the weeds, I've given up completely. :) xo

Nita Stacy said...

Happy Birthday! I totally forgot that our birthdays are so close. I used to get depressed on my birthday because my life was not what I wanted it to be but after having friends die early...I realize I'm just lucky to be alive and healthy and I'm going to appreciate that and celebrate that. I'm just happy I have a nice little yard to piddle around in and not think about how it is not looking how I wish it looked.

So wish we lived close to each other...we'd whoop it up big time. You know...go to our favorite garden center or pet supply store! I'm so glad I have you as a friend. I just wish we lived close enough to see each other occasionally.

I hope this coming year is a great one for you.

Sarah Krouse said...

i turn 50 in 33 days... ugggh, i've been dreading it ever since my last b'day (and it has been exhausting!). at this point, however, i'm just ready for it to come + go because i know that when it does, i'll realize that it was just a number + that my life is far from over. in my dreams i'm 35! ;)

carla said...

Hi!!!! I am excited about your book!!! Can't wait to see it!!! Sounds like you are doing something wise!!! Maybe the ice cream is helping!!!! You never know!!! Dieting is stressful!!! Staying active as you are is always a good thing!!!!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Happy Birthday!!! I'm stopping over to say "Hi!" Your comment in Nita's blog had me laughing a minute ago.


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

You always know how to make me smile....and remember we are getting better!!!!! Happy Birthday! Peace, Mary Helen

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

Great that Your blood-work numbers were better! It doesn't matter what one weighs, the important thing is that one feels good :-)

I don't feel like 49, I usually say that my body is 90 years old but my mind is around five :-)

Have a great day!

Robin Kent said...

Catching up with favorite blog posts. Time sure does seem to speed up the older I get, so maybe that's where the idea of picking and choosing things to do that are important to you and 'weeding' out the rest! Or limiting time spent on other things. Happy belated birthday (again.)