My art and writing are two channels I use to express gratitude for all the goodness in my life.  Being creative requires me to step out of my comfort zone and explore new avenues.  When I write and paint from the heart, everything makes sense.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my joy with you.

58 Candles


Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter.                                                        ~Satchel Paige

Happy birthday to me.  :)  I am trying very hard to follow the wisdom of Satchel Paige and not let the fact that I am now entering my 59th year of life bother me.  I have so many good years ahead of me, right?  Best to live each day to the fullest.

I have been spending the day staying cool in our house, avoiding the high heat and humidity that is blanketing our town.  It's been a lovely day; I have caught up on chores that I've been putting off, and have received lovely birthday wishes from family and friends.  Tonight my husband and I will probably order out our favorite meal from a local restaurant, baked lobster macaroni and cheese with a Caesar salad.  Not the most healthy meal, I know, but it will be delicious!

This weekend we celebrated my birthday in Brooklyn, helping our daughter turn her new apartment into a home.  There were curtains to be put up and pictures to be hung.  After lunch she surprised me with a delicious red velvet cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting (yes, by the end of tonight my arteries will be hardening!):


{birthday cake calories don't count, right?}

Once we finished all of the jobs on her list, my husband took us to my favorite Brooklyn restaurant for dinner.  It was delicious, as always.

Sunday was a lazy day, one where we read the paper, took naps and played my favorite game.


{This is my favorite game only because it's the one I am able to beat my husband in consistently!}

Dinner that night was a special meal in honor of my birthday, grilled rack of lamb, grilled zucchini and red potatoes, and kale salad, paired with a lovely pinot noir.  I'm so lucky to have a husband who likes to cook!


Since it was National Ice Cream Day my husband asked if I would like to go out for ice cream.  This was a shocker, since the place we love to go to is always crowded and he hates waiting in line.  Last night was worse than usual:


Can you see me waving my arms?  It was so crowded that there were a line of cars waiting to park.  I ended up getting out early and walking up the hill to the stand so I could get us a place in line.  He really does love me, doesn't he?  After a long wait we were rewarded with some delicious ice cream (mine was Razzmanian Devil).

How was your weekend?  I'd love to know!