april 27, 2019

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“Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.” ~ Unknown

 

gathering ’round the birthday gal

 

I had the honor of celebrating Erin Chandler’s trip around the sun with her and some of the most interesting women I know. Seriously: every woman at the table had an inspiring story of life. Erin, being one of these women, made her own birthday dinner and had party gifts for her guests which included a book she personally chose for each of us. I was really touched by these acts of kindness. It’s a very cool thing to do to entertain people you love on your birthday. We laughed, we talked, we ate hearty, and most importantly, we spent quality time with Erin who looked more beautiful than I’ve seen her in a long time. She inspires me every day and I’m incredibly proud of the work she’s doing these days. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for her because her light continues to shine brightly in our world. Happy Birthday, Erin. I love you from the bottom of my heart and I’m proud to be your friend.

february 16, 2019

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“Self care is also not arguing with people who are committed to misunderstanding you.” ~ Ayishat A. Akanbi

 

South African delights

 

Today was Maggie Jacobs’ birthday. She invited a few of her gal pals out to the farm to celebrate. We were treated to tea and delicious homemade South African treats. Leave it to Maggie to make her own food then treat her guests as if we were celebrities. Her chocolate mousse raspberry cake above was as delicious as it looks, but she also made some treats that were unexpectedly fantastic in their simplicity. I was seriously inspired by how light yet delectable they were. Not bad at all for a dieting girl like me. Maggie really knows how to treat her friends, but then, I didn’t need today to know that. She has always been one of the finest people I’ve ever known. 

 

Maggie and her girl gang

 

Over the last few years I’ve gotten to know Maggie’s friends Jane Rees (standing in black) and Betsi McCullough (standing in yellow). I had the best conversation with both of them today; just what the doctor ordered. Jane, you might recall, was with her husband Don on the Honor Flight with mom and I. Today was the first we’ve seen each other since then. We regaled everyone with the story about that harrowing aborted landing. Like me, Jane said it was the most frightening flight experience of her life. I’m not kidding when I say that we are very, very lucky to still be here to celebrate Maggie’s birthday. A lesser pilot would not have known what to do and we’d be pushing up daisies now instead of sharing some quality time with one another. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to still be able to celebrate Maggie, and not just because we survived that flight, but because she is a woman worth celebrating.  Maggie is discerning in her friends. The ones she takes to heart she tends to keep for life. She has taught me so much during our 20+ year friendship, not to mention everything she’s taught me about horses and animal husbandry. Happy Birthday, Magda! May you be blessed with many more trips around the sun, and may I slim down enough to eat the entire chocolate mousse cake next time. You’re the very best.

 

a good time was had by all

january 29, 2019

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“Read more books than status updates. Look into more eyes than screens. Hold more hands than devices. Love more than you judge.” ~ Dulce Ruby⠀

 

auntie

 

I promised a photo of the Birthday Girl and here are two with one of her two beloved (and adorable) nephews, Josh. Annie loves her nephews beyond all telling and I was really glad to finally meet at least one of them (I missed her nephew Jessie by minutes, unfortunately). I believe she had a real good birthday.

 

auntie smiling

january 6, 2019

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“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe” ~ Unknown

 

one

 

I said I was busy last year and here’s more proof. I finally got to meet rental niece Cassie’s second-born, Ellie Rose. She turned one year old yesterday, a fellow Capricorn, and this morning, Cassie and Jeff had a birthday party for the big girl. It came as no surprise at all to find her completely adorable and fun. She was all decked out in her pink dress with matching silky underpants and rosie cheeks. Big brother Grier helped with her cake and her cousins helped with her presents. She enjoyed eating the wrapping paper almost as much as she enjoyed her incredible cake from Servatii Pastry & Deli. I think she had a great time. I know I did. Even though it took a year to meet her, she was totally worth the wait. It won’t be another year before I see her again. I look forward to watching her grow.

 

mama and one

 

four

october 1, 2018

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“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~ Gilda Radner

 

uncle and nephew

 

Tonight we celebrated dad’s 80th birthday. Sixteen of us were able to gather at Ramsey’s for a Monday night dinner and he was just as tickled as he could be to see everyone. Before dinner he got a call from his brother Darrell in Flatwoods, and during dinner he got phone calls from his sister Mable in Florida and great-nephew AJ at work. The clincher of the night may well have been Marcie and Steven Terry. Marcie is dad’s baby brother James’ wife and Steven, their son, is the youngest Terry grandchild. He’s also the tallest at 6’3″. Dad has always thought Steven favors his dad, but after James died, I noticed that dad longs to talk with him. He was visibly moved that Steven and Marcie drove from Stanton on a work night to be with him. It meant the world to me and mom, too. This family really pulled together to give dad a wonderful birthday. We didn’t think he’d survive to see 80, and everybody at that table was keenly aware of the gift we’ve been given to celebrate him once more. Never take your people for granted. Celebrate them at every opportunity.

 

photo by unknown Ramsey’s waitress

 

photo by unknown Ramsey’s patron (who had more energy than his golfing buddies)

march 27, 2018

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“Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family,
dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love.” ~ TinyBuddha

 

birthday girl (snapseed)

 

We tried to have a surprise birthday party for Charlene this evening. I say tried because she was seated at a table for ten…before anyone else arrived. So much for the surprise in “surprise party.” Nevertheless, she was happy to see us all, and we enjoyed good fellowship with one another. I hadn’t seen the family since my birthday dinner back in January, but it felt much, much longer, I suppose because I’d spent so much time with them in the fall. I’ve missed them, so I was very happy to be in their company for a couple of hours. Tony’s daughter, Anastasia, joined us, too. You’ve met her son, JC, many time before. He’s dad’s buddy. Yes, I’d say, all in all, a good time was had by all, and we had birthday cake.

 

the unsurprise party (snapseed)

october 1, 2017

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“You must do the things you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

birthday boy

 

Today was an especially important day. Today, our Hero turned 79 years old. We learned just how bad his heart condition was after his heart attack last year. That, coupled with other significant maladies, pretty much ensured he had very limited time. I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised, and overwhelmingly grateful, I am that he lived to see this birthday. Make no mistake about it. Shorty Terry is one of the toughest men you will ever meet. Not only has he outlived expectations, he is maintaining his health pretty doggone well, all things considered. 

 

best friends and brothers-in-law

 

Losing Uncle Greg yesterday was not just devastating to the family, it was concerning for our Hero because of his own fragile health; because losing Greg, not two years his junior, drove home his own impending departure; and because he loved and respected Greg deeply. He is heartbroken. In light of Greg’s passing, mom and I had planned to hold off on birthday festivities, that was, until Lois called this morning. God bless her for always going the extra mile for her family. By 10am she had rallied the sisters and the local cousins (she would have rallied the brothers if they lived closer) for a birthday celebration in the sun. It was exactly what we all needed, and it was especially important for our heartbroken Hero. He finally had the birthday party he’d always wanted, and it took the sting out of losing his beloved brother. Once again, today proved that no matter how heartbroken you may be, there is always something to be grateful for. My plate remains overflowing with gratitude. 

 

bonds (not pictured is Aaron Watkins)

may 13, 2017

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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” ~ Teddy Roosevelt

 

78

 

Today was Aunt Janet’s 78th birthday. Mom, dad, and I were joined by Martha Conley to help her celebrate. It was hard for her to celebrate what with being in a nursing home, but she tried, God love her, and we all enjoyed our fellowship with one another despite where we were. I’m grateful for another birthday to celebrate.

 

party hats

 

pairs

january 27, 2017

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“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”
~ George Washington

 

two thumbs up

 

Nifty, nifty, look who’s fifty! It’s Annie Bassoni, come to join the 50-is-the-new-30 club. There was a gathering of friends to celebrate Annie’s half-century on this planet. People I love from the bottom of my heart, and people I’d never met: my favorite kind of gathering. Happy Birthday, Annie. I’m sure glad you were born. You make the world a better place.

 

group shot with the birthday girl and Greg and Vanessa

january 24, 2017

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“You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable.” ~ Deepak Chopra

 

looking like her mother (snapseed)

 

My mother, Shero Numero Uno, turned 75 years old today. I called my old friend Belinda Jordan who owns Another Season’s Gifts in West Liberty. She delivered this gorgeous bouquet of red roses and lilies, and the warm peach patterned scarf. The birthday card, with the little boy picking his nose, was delivered by USPS. She thought the flowers and the scarf were so beautiful that she gussied up and asked dad to take her picture. And here she is: Shirley Fay Adams Terry at a sparkly 75. Happy birthday, mom. We all love you.

 

75 (snapseed)
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