Terry wanted me to pass along her thanks to all of you who sent her birthday greetings through blog comments, emails, texts, and Facebook messages. You really helped make her day special.
For the last week or two I kept asking her what she wanted to do for her birthday, and she said the thing she really wanted to do was for us to spend it together. So that’s just what we did, and it was a very good day.
We started out the day with our morning routine of saying I love you as soon as we woke up, and then cuddling in bed and talking, something we do for anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour every morning. Can you think of a better way to start the day?
After a light breakfast of mixed berries, we decided to take a day trip down to Melbourne, about an hour south of us. I dropped off some business cards to promote my books, and then we visited a couple of antique malls. We weren’t looking for anything in particular and didn’t find anything that begged to go home with us. That’s alright, we just enjoy browsing and looking at all the old stuff. And once in a while we get lucky and find something to add to our collection.
We had taken Interstate 95 south to Melbourne, but coming home we took the slower but more scenic US Highway 1 along the water. We got to Titusville somewhere around 6:30 in the afternoon and decided we would go to Dixie Crossroads for dinner. It has always been one of our favorite seafood restaurants, though a year or so ago the servings seemed to be slipping while the prices were going up. I don’t know what happened since then, but there’s been a turnaround and we were very pleased with everything about our dinner.
Terry is very hard to shop for because she’s not really a material person. Part of the problem is that when we want something, we just go out and buy it. So there’s really nothing either one of us wants that we don’t have. I asked for some gift ideas on Facebook a while back and people suggested I get her jewelry, a pretty outfit, flowers, and quite a few other ideas, but none of them were right for Terry. She’s just not into things like that. Some people said that because she likes anything to do with weaving and knitting and the fiber arts, I should get her a gift certificate for more yarn. But she tells me she’s got yarn coming out of her ears and will probably never live long enough to use up the big stockpile she has already. (But she still finds more on a regular basis.)
Finally, I told Terry that she had to give me some idea of a birthday gift, and she blew me off, saying to just buy her something outrageously expensive that she had absolutely no use for. So I bought her an iron lung. It takes up a lot of space, but it’s a great conversation piece.
Today is your last chance to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – My cell phone is acting up, I keep pressing the home button but when I look around, I’m still at work.