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Happy Birthday To ME!

And it’s been a good start already with well-wishes from friends through snail-mail cards, email and Facebook posts!  After all, you turn 60 only once in your life, so MAKE IT COUNT!

I started celebrating Friday, (of course since it’s the official weekend starter-upper) with a box of two dozen beautifully decorated cookies sent by my Memphis sister, from a wonderful bakery in Germantown, Tennessee – Karen’s Cookies and Cupcakes – YUMMY!!  We’ll be noshing on those for a while – especially today.  I also received a gift card to one of my FAV book stores.

Then, Friday afternoon, a huge box appeared magically on my front porch.  The thing looked like a coffin turned on its side.  Well, that’s the first thought that went through my mind.  But we wrestled the box inside.  Surprisingly, it was rather lightweight.  And inside is…..a beautiful acoustic Yamaha guitar!  Oh. My. Word.  My parents had given me one many, many years ago, and I had attempted to learn it when I was much younger.  But, I had finally given up and given it away – you know how it is – life got in the way.  It was probably my one regret, that I hadn’t stuck it out.  So, now I have a second chance to learn a beautiful instrument.  Thank you to my wonderful sisters and brothers-in-law (AND nieces!).

Now, we’re heading out for morning service and then my wonderful husband is taking me out for dinner ( right across from my FAV book store!) and then home for dessert (cookies and ice cream, of course!!)

So, as a birthday present to me from you, y’all have a wonderful day!!!

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Golf vs. Shopping

Well, that’s a no-brainer.  I love to shop.  So, when my husband is playing golf with his buddies I go shopping.  And LET me tell you we have a shopping mecca down here – there’s Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar…..

Seriously, I leave those stores to when my husband is available to shop with me since they are HIS favorite stores.  Mine are those yummy book stores right down the street.  Wooo, I’m in hog-heaven.  So, in honor of Banned Books Week, I’m heading to BAM and B&N, to see what I can see.  I have a shopping list (always), and I know I want hard-backs as opposed to the more affordable and less-durable paperbacks.  That’s not to say I don’t buy paperbacks, because I do and I’ve bought my very fair share of e-books.  But there’s just something about holding that beautiful hardback in my hand – it’s substantial and significant.  I never thought I’d say this, but I want to collect those gorgeous Harry Potter books and since I haven’t read any of them, I think that’s where I’ll start.

Then, if there’s time, I’ll stop by my fav craft store to drool over the beautiful scrapbook papers.  I used to be a scrapper and card-maker, but when we moved, I threw away a LOT of paper scraps.  Now, I’ve started slowly getting back into the paper crafting I used to enjoy.  No wonder I like books – what with all the paper they are made from!

Gotta run.  I hear a book calling me…..

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