Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Another Birthday And Some This And That

Another birthday. Oh goody. シ

This morning my cafe buddy, Jill, congratulated me on finally turning 29. Ha! Then we both agreed that we'd only return to 29 if we knew what we know now. Otherwise, forget it.

Speaking of the cafe, my book, Practically Seventeen, whooshed me to the 1940's there (even after 20 times rereading it).

At one point, I lifted my head and felt a jolt as I returned to 2021. Wonderful how books can snatch us away, right?

Oh, and before sharing some new links, below, here's a reminder: 

I do not share every detail of my life in this blog. Certainly not.

Last night a Facebook friend(?) accused me of never driving our car nor going anywhere and well, sheesh! This past year I've driven that car all over town quite a few times and have visited the cafe and with more neighbors than ever before.

Seriously, what I leave out could fill another whole blog.   

And so here's a special thank-you to my real friends who've understood, accepted and respected that all along:


1.) Anyone else remember The New Leave It To Beaver tv series from the 1980's? Gee, I'd forgotten how much I loved. That. Show. 

Yet via Youtube, I am now remembering. Here's my favorite episode, but many others come close. How fun to watch other original characters return in episodes 30 years later, as well.

The link to the original Still The Beaver movie is here.

2.) Appreciated the encouragement of this:

All of Mario Murillo's blog posts lately have inspired me, but especially this one.

3.) One of Tom's and my final bucket list items? To travel Route 66. Yet after watching this video together, we feel as though we traveled it already so now, who knows? Truly enjoyable video with this son and his dad.

4.) Oh! And here's a helpful hint: try not to order votives/candles during  summertime. They just might all melt together in the UPS truck(!)

Don't ask me how I know this. heh.

(Miraculously, all 244 of my votives did manage to still work/burn after I chipped them apart individually with a steak knife and babied some of them along.)  ツ

5.) Tom saved this box, below, from an Ebay order to show me all these stamps (this was just the back!). Wild right? 

Always, creative folks have been my favorites.

6.)  Now here's a terrific verse for our times, one which encourages us to pause, to dig deeper than only what our eyes see:

7.) My sister and her husband have a new puppy! So adorable, right? They named her Star.

8.) Yep. Fifty-five years of doing this and still counting:

Okay, enough for now. 

Remember how I mentioned shopping malls last week? I'm thinking today I'll drive over to ours for a birthday outing and for old time's sake.

If this actually happens, I'll tell you how it goes.


Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new.

Sammy Hagar

Please remember: My posts are ALWAYS about more than they appear to be. 


 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15


Angela said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Hope your day is lovely!
I agree Resurrection Of Gavin Stone is the best Christian movie I have ever seen as well- sweet, funny, and good acting. Thank you for the recommendation!

Angela said...

Oh and I was just looking and apparently Crossing streets is called Truth and Justice on Amazon!?!

Robin in New Jersey said...

Happy Birthday! Have a great day. You are a gift to all of us who read here. Thank you for the encouragement you put out there. 😊

Debra said...

Angela--thanks so much! And I'm so happy you were able to see the Gavin Stone movie and that you appreciated it as I did. Oh, and yes, in some places that other movie is called Truth and Justice. Just noticed that yesterday as I looked around for a trailer to link to here. Thanks again for reading my blog!

Robin--thanks for such a sweet comment! I appreciate that so much and basically that's what I've given my life to--encouraging others. Thank-you for reading here for so many years! I greatly appreciate that and again, for the notes and gifts you send in the regular mail. They always make my week!

Thank-you, Ladies! Blessings, Debra

Betsy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, DEBRA! I truly hope you've had a great day doing something special for yourself. I wish you lived near me, we could go sit in your coffee shop and chat by the hour. We could even knit or crochet together.

Anna Karenina's Musings said...

Happy Birthday! (I found your blog through Betsy's blog.)

I just wanted to comment that I love the book Practically Seventeen, too. Rosamund du Jardin is one of my favorite authors. I love old books, too!

Pam said...

Hey Birthday Girl, I sure wish I could go along to the mall to celebrate your life. You have surely made a positive impact on many. Thank you. Sending a great big hug!

Debra said...

Betsy--oh my! I would absolutely love to take you to my cafe. Wow. That's great fun just thinking about. Thanks for the kind birthday wishes!

Anna--wow! It's rare these days to find another fan of Rosamond du Jardin. So happy you let me know and too, that you came here from Betsy's blog. The Tobey and Brose series is my favorite, but I also like the Marcy series and the books about the twins. Long ago I began collecting Rosamond's books and I'm so happy I did since most libraries stopped carrying them ages ago. (I'm thrilled though that Image Cascade is republishing these and more like them!) Anyway, don't get me started about these lovely, fun stories... :) Thanks for your birthday wishes!

Thanks so much, Pam, for your birthday wishes here and after yesterday's post, too! I surely do appreciate your reading and commenting so faithfully and oh my! I certainly do wish you would have visited the mall with me. You would have made it a hundred times more fun!

Thanks, Everyone, so much! Blessings, Debra