May 19, 2010

Me, my iris and baby kittens!

Hey friends. Today is my birthday. I remember in last year's birthday post, I posted that I was 41. It wasn't until later that evening that Eric read my blog post and had to remind me that I was only 40. So here I am a year later and now I'm 41. :) Eric and I like to say that we're so immature though that we'll never catch up to our real age.

So what's going on today for me? I always do a lot of reflection on days like today. I think about all the years that have gone by. All the good times. All of my family. It's good to have another year under my belt. It's good to have my reds home for Summer Vacation starting today. I hear their sweet voices upstairs as I type. Fixing breakfast, getting the day started late just because you can.

For me, there's no present that can top the gifts I have in my life. My wonderful family and friends, my nice home, all the silly things I am able to collect and create. Life is good.

I strolled through the yard the other day so I thought I would share my walk with you.
My beautiful iris, my favorite flower ever. Lilacs come in at a close second. The beautiful, lacy iris and their intoxicating sweet smell are so pretty this year.
The signature purple color...
The ones that surprise you when you forgot you planted a new variety.....
The beautiful insides that burst open. Signs of a more wrinkled hand, I see too.
The soft white ones. I almost photographed these too late.
And then there's Rose. She's doing well as she sits by the fence by the strawberry patch. My strawberry patch that nearly gets washed away every time it rains.
I just love to see her bright red color when I come down the drive. Her reflectors shine at night and we think it's a deer in the strawberry patch every time.
And remember Libby. We called her Pot Belly there for a while, she was so wobbly when she walked.
She's a first time mama now. Look how proud she is to show us her babies. She had four but two died. These other two chubbos are growing into little fatties fast! Libby picked an old wooden drawer that I had just bought at a garage sale to have the babies in. I was going to store yard tools in it. I like the kittens in it much better.
The girls can't resist the kittens. I heard them in the garage one day and there they sat on the steps with the new babies. Holding them so softly and oohing and aahing over them. It was very scary and rainy the night Libby had the babies. We named the the gray one Stormy. Eric has always wanted an all black cat so he got to name the black one. He picked Ben. For the big bear from Grizzly Adams because the kitten looks like a baby black bear. Remember that awesome tv show from way back when?
Well, that's it for my little stroll. I'm off to start the day. I'm hoping my mom made me her famous rhubarb strawberry pie. It's been my favorite all time dessert since I was a child. I'll keep you posted. I have vanilla ice cream waiting for it. :)

61 comments:

Stamper for fun said...

Happy Birthday Mish Mash!! Thanks for your post today and just sharing a part of your life. I love your stories about yourself and your family and animals. Have a good one!

**June**

Betty said...

happy birthday from someone who has the same birthday - maybe that's why i love your cards and all the creative stuff you do. have something in common with your mom as i have a daughter too who will soon be 41. have a beautiful day - if i had a blog i'd show you pics of my peonies and the mama robin who has a nest on my deck (3 eggs so far). love spring. have a wonderful day!

Cindy H. said...

Happy Birthday, Mish!!! What a lovely stroll and story. Loved the kittens and the sweet picture of the reds holding them. tfs

Chriss Blagrave said...

Happy Birthday Mish! I hope you are lucky enough to have that Strawberry Rhubarb pie too! I used to make a rhubarb chiffon w/glaze pie as a favourite desert when I lived in Montreal. I still have the recipe if you would like to check it out. It was one of the very first things to grow in the Spring, but I am in Texas now and sadly, rhubarb does not grow here.
Have a lovely day!

Anthonette said...

Happy Birthday, Mish!!! I can't believe you added a year to your age last year...LOL.

Annabelle said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!! I enjoy reading your blog and stories. Hope you had a nice day in company with your family.

JeanFB said...

Happy Birthday, Mish!! (I did the same thing when I turned 40... I spent so much time angsting over the upcoming birthday age that I began to think of myself as older already, before it even happened! So I got "confused" over how old I really was. Now, thankfully, it's EVERY year that I turn 39, which cuts down significantly on the confusion!! LOL!). Gorgeous flowers, and such adorable kitty-babies!! Have a wonderful day relishing all of the good that surrounds you :) (Gotta tell ya... the word verification is "partio"... go have a party-o and dance the night away! LOL!)

Paula said...

Happy Birthday Mish! Thanks for always sharing a bit of your life!

Ann said...

Happy Birthday thanks for sharing. Ann Lind

Deb Zaremba said...

Happy Birthday! Thank your for sharing your beautiful art and beautiful family with all of us. Hope that you have a wonderful day!
Deb

Julie said...

Happy 41st Birthday to you, I hope you have the best birthday ever, celebrating with your family.
I'm currently 6 days overdue with my second little one - who knows he may even share your birthday with you.
Take Care - Ju x

ctemommy said...

Happy Birthday Mish!!I come to your blog everyday and just love the things you create and I especially love how you make everyday simple and inexpensive items into gifts anyone would want to receive. That's what I try to do too and your such an inspiration :)

Donna K said...

Happy 41st again, dear girl. It is truly amazing how lucky we are when we just look around to see what brings us joy. It's always the people who fill our hearts the most. The other stuff is just a bonus (like a strawberry rhubarb pie).

yvette said...

Happy Birthday Mish!!!!!Hope you have a great day....Thanks for all u share with us..

Laura said...

Happy birthday! Looks like you will have a great one full of flowers, kittens, and kids -- and hopefully your favorite pie, too. Best wishes.

margaretsromero said...

The happiest of birthdays to you!!!
Thanks for all the sharing you do...you never cease to inspire me with you "down home" creativity.
Have a super great day!

Rhonda said...

Happy Birthday Mish!! Enjoy your day with family and friends.

Susan Polk said...

Happy Birthday Michelle! I really enjoy your blog and appreciate you're sharing your creativity with us. I love your old-fashioned style :)

BethieJ said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Thanks for sharing your walk with us!! Happy SUMMER vacation to your girls! (We still have almost 5 weeks left! LOL!)
Enjoy your day!!! (and lucky you realizing you were REALLY a year younger!! ;) )

Debra said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day filled with happy stuff! My grandmother had a huge bed of Iris, all purple. Love the smell:)

debb said...

Happy Birthday Mish!

MaGoooo said...

Happy - Happy birthday my friend! I hope your day is full of FUN your "REDS"! Thanks for sharing all the FUN at your place!!

hugs

Vina said...

Happy Birthday Mish! Thank you for another year of great inspiration!
Enjoy your special day!
Take care, Vina

scrappin' happy said...

Happy Birthday! I love my flowers too. So glad the kitties are doing well! I've always wanted an all black cat too but I'm allergic :( Strawberry shortcake is my favorite. Hope your day is special with your Reds!

Karen B said...

Happy Birthday! Love the picture of your iris, thanks for sharing!

Jessie said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your walk! The kittens are soo so cute! Hope your Mom brings the strawberry rhubarb pie!

wanda50 said...

Happy Birthday To Ya!!!
Happy Birthday To Ya!!!
Happy Birthday Dear Mish!!!
Happy Birthday To You!!!

liannallama said...

Happy BD! Thanks so much for the kitty pics--love them!

bonnie said...

Oh Happy 41st birthday to you Mish....I hope you have a wonderful happy, fun day with your family....those kittens are so cute...when I was your girls age, our two cats Smitten and Cheyanne had kittens a few days apart from eachother, each of them ended up with 3 and we called them Cherokee, Apachee, Camanchee, Merlin, Magic and Moomin...Hehe funny names I know!!! Enjoy your special day Mish...sweet hugs to you, Bonnie xoxox

Kristy said...

Happy Birthday, Mish! Have a fantastic day!

Sharon Keanly said...

Happy birthday Mish and may God bless you to enjoy many more beautiful birthdays with your family. Enjoy! You're only 41 once... well in your case, it's the second time... lol

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday Mish! May all your birthday wishes come true. <3

patriciad said...

Happy happy birthday! Hope there's pie in your near future ;-) Love the kitties - soo sweet. Nice pedicure, too! Have a simply wonderful day-you so deserve all the good things that happen to you! XOXO

anya said...

Happy Birthday! Thank you for the little stroll through your garden and a reminder of what is important. I hope you have a fantastic day!

Jamie said...

Happy happy birthday!!!

Stacy said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for all the inspiration throughout the year!

Ellie A. said...

Wishing You a wonderful and amazing Birthday and by the looks of it that is what it is! :) Enjoy darling.

Michelle said...

Happy, happy birthday Mish! I love the polish on your toes...very pretty. :) And your momma kitty does look so proud of her adorable babies. Are you keeping both of them? Have a wonderful day....hope you get some scrumptious birthday cake!!

Nancy said...

Wishing a special birthday to a special person! Thank you for taking us along on your walk.

Diane Jaquay said...

Happy Birthday Mish :)

Janet said...

Happy Birthday Mish !!! I hope you have a great day !!

Shay said...

Happy, happy birthday! I hope you have a blissful day and year to come. It is always a pleasure to read your blog and see your beautiful creations!

sarita said...

happy birthday! i hope that it's a great one - and when you look at those hands - do you see your moms hands? when i look at my hands i do see my moms hands and that's a good thing! have a great day

dolcreations said...

A Very Happy Birthday Mish! Thank-you so much for your post today! I just love your stories (remember the snake story, I still laugh at the thought).....
PLEASE can you post that strawberry/rhubarb recipe! Maybe even a recipe card to go with it! I know, a girl can only try!!!! Love the kitties!

Tricia said...

Happy Birthday, Mish! Thanks for sharing your life with us. I always look forward to your posts!

Angela W said...

Happy Birthday Michelle! Thanks so much for sharing your walk! Now I know what flowers I have around my house! LOL!

Patty J said...

Happy Birthday! You have such a wonderful outlook on life, just fabulous!

Juli B said...

As one who enjoys your blog sooo much I want to join in on wishing you a "Happy Birthday" Birthdays were already on my mind as it is also my sisters birthday (and my SIL) We too just had baby kittens which were eagerly awaited by my 18 yr old and 15 yr old daughters. They seem to never outgrow the delight of baby kittens. The moma had 4 and one died so if the others all make it they will soon be dashing about in my flower beds and breaking things off and uprooting them!! But they're sooo cute!
Hope only good things come your way today along with strawberry rhubarb pie!!!

Jenny said...

Birthday greetings from Ireland. Have a good one and remember - birthday calories don't count so enjoy your Mom's pie.

Jenny

Karen said...

Hope you are having a fantastic Birthday. From one who is in her 50's, the 40's are a lot of fun. You have some great years ahead of you. Love the Iris.

Maylee said...

Happy Birthday! TFS such a wonderful post!

ScrapHappenswithAngie said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Your Iris' remind me of the house I grew up in. Our back yard was laced with them. My parents still live there. :) Thanks for taking me back to a childhood memory.

Have a great day!

Kathy R. said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday ... enjoy your day and the year ahead!

Lorraine said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You have a beautiful garden & beautiful kiddos! Thank you for all of the inspiration & beautiful kits!

Chris K said...

Happy Birthday!

Sharon Worley said...

Happy B'day, Mishie! Hope you enjoyed your day. I can't get over the photo of the reds - they are so grown up - how did that happen? They are such beautiful girls.

Jo R. said...

Happy, happy 41st birthday Mish - all the way from Australia! Have a margarita or three!

Jo

wandykj said...

Happy Birthday! Hope this year brings you much joy & happiness.

nanalady said...

Happy birthday - you do so much to keep so many of us inspired! Bless your heart and enjoy the day.

Betty Neville said...

Happy belated birthday Mish! Hope you had your favorite pie and that your day was extra special. Your irises are gorgeous, as are your daughters and the kitties!

Shelley said...

Happy Belated Birthday Michelle!
I do hope you had a wonderful day.
I love how you share with us ~ thank you :)

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