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12 April 2008

The birthday party

This is the fabulous tote bag that Chas sent me. It seems Hanno has claimed it though and uses it at every opportunity. Thanks Chas, we both love it.

Today's the day! Today we are having a leisurely lunch in the shade outside and will feast with family and friends. Almost everything has been cooked. I just have to make two cakes - a pecan, coffee and brandy cake and a lemon cake, some homemade macaroni and cheese and a couple of salads and we'll be set.

My sister Tricia is already here, Kathleen arrives this morning, along with one of my sons, Kerry. A handful of friends will arrive around 1pm.

It's quite exciting getting ready for an event like this. We've been slowly working towards it for about a week, doing this and that, so we didn't have to work frantically at any one time. I keep forgetting it's my birthday - and my 60th at that! Actually, today is just the day we are celebrating, my real birthday is on Tuesday, April 15. I believe the 15th is tax day in America, but it's also the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci and the anonymous lady who commented yesterday. Happy birthday anonymous, and Leo if you're reading this. ;- )

I'm looking forward to turning 60, I am proud to be the age I am. I'm not dying my hair nor having botox injections - I'm aging naturally, pleased I've made it this far and happy I've achieved what I have. Despite what women's magazines would have you believe, aging is not something to be disguised or despised, is just the natural process that leads us all through life to each following stage. I feel that this stage will be a good one for me.

And now, my friends, I'm off to make a bit of noise. It's 4.54am, people and dogs are sleeping soundly in this house but I need to make cakes, so they'll just have to put up with the noise of pots and pans and a beater for a little while. There is work to be done.

Thank you for visiting and for your comments during the week. I try to comment on the comments but often time gets away from me, I do read every one of them though. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

46 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Dear Rhonda Jean!!!!
    I pray you have a beautiful birthday and again I am so thrilled you guys like the bag. :) Have a terrific weekend with your family!
    Love,
    Chas
    http://www.homesteadblogger.com/chas

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  2. Rhonda, Happy Birthday Celebrations! Hope you have a wonderful gathering - there's nothing like being surrounded by family and friends and a big dose of love. Love and hugs, Diana x

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  3. Have a wonderful birthday lunch!! Have a blessed weekend with family and friends.

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  4. Happy birthday to you ! Happy birthday to you ! Happy birthday Rhonda Jean, Happy birthday to yooooooo ! ! ! Bet your glad you're on the other side of the world and you can't hear me singing.
    Birthday hug from Eileen.

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  5. HAHA! thank you one and all for these lovely birthday wishes.

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  6. You're beautiful Rhonda!

    Looking forward to hearing all about your celebrations, and also... the bag is very lovely. Well done Chas!

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  7. Happy Birthday from South West France.

    I do hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends.

    Wishing you all the best on your special day.
    Deborah

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  8. Have a wonderful party today with your family and friends and happy birthday for Tuesday. Looking forward to hearing about you day.
    Debbie

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  9. Rhonda,
    Happy birthday dear and I wish you a lovely celebration with family and friends! Enjoy your wonderful day...

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  10. Oh how special ~ to have all your family and special friends around to share your birthday celebration with you.

    My birthday is also on the 15th of April! And you share a year with my Mum, who turns 60 in 3 weeks time (she shares her day with my oldest daughter).

    Enjoy your day to the full Rhonda!

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  11. Hapy happy birthday Rhonda-how great it is that you are celebrating with your family and friends!! Enjoy! lots of hugs!

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  12. Happy Birthday Rhonda Jean! I love that there are woman out there who don't succomb to the tabloid idea of beauty and age

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  13. Happy birthday Rhonda Jean!

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  14. Hi Rhonda Jean :) Happy Celebration Day! I hope it is lovely, fun, joyful, restful... so many things. Love, Q

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  15. Happy, happy birthday! Enjoy this special week with your family. Isn't it a blessing to be loved for who you are? Have a sweet birthday.
    Mary

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  16. Thank you so much, dear friends. I am one lucky gal. :- )

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  17. Happy birthday Rhonda,
    It is my son's birthday on Tuesday and he has just landed in Sydney from Chicago this morning. He comes to us on Tuesday - he wants Mum's cheesecake!!
    Have a lovely day!
    Mary

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  18. Happy Birthday Rhonda, have a awesome time with your family today

    Cheers
    Robin

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  19. Happy Birthday Rhonda. I hope you have a wonderful celebration with family and friends.

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  20. Have a wonderful weekend with your family, and enjoy the celebrations. :)

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  21. Have a really really special day and Happy Birthday for Tuesday. It is my sister's birthday on the 15th but as she lives in Spain I won't see her on her special day.

    Love that bag chas.

    Pippa

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  22. An Aries! Why, you'd fit right in here at Firesign. Many happy returns of the day.
    Sadge

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  23. Have a great Birthday celebration Rhonda, I look forward to reading all about it.

    Tracie

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  24. Kathleen has arrived! The cheese board is out!! Soon, Kerry will be here!!!

    LOL

    I've just made tea and lemon cake for the pre-arrivers. I'm tapping this out to you while they eat and drink. I am saving myself for the lunch.

    Thank you everyone for all your good wishes.

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  25. Enjoy your party Rhonda! Happy b'day for Tuesday.

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  26. Feliz Cumpleanos, mi querida Rhonda Jean! (translation: Happy Birthday dear Rhonda Jean!)
    I hope you have a terrific time with your family and friends.Lots of love from here in rural PA.

    Blessings!

    maria

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  27. De-lurking to say happy birthday! :)

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  28. Happy Birthday Rhonda Jean! I hope you have the most wonderful time. Your biggest blessing seems to me that you know how blessed you are in your simple life and I wish you many more years of simple abundance. Peace, love and light are my wishes for you. >:3

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  29. Many happy returns Rhonda.
    from myself and the tin house boy band! Lisa, Andrew, Thomas, Sebastian & Max xxxxx

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  30. A Very Huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Me. I am so inspired to see that you take your age with such pride. God Bless you and yours!
    Sincerely
    Your friend here is America!
    Pam Watts

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  31. Happy Birthday dear Rhonda! It's my wedding anniversary that day, and my dear friend Joanna's birthday too.

    We'll be thinking of you. xx

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  32. Hope today's celebration is/was a great day!

    I say is/was because I am a little confused with the time difference - I am in Scotland and its now 7.14am here which I think makes it evening with you?

    I have been lurking on your blog for a few weeks now and this is my first comment - Hi!

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  33. Penblwydd Hapus - as they say in Wales. Hope you are having a lovely day

    Anwen x

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  34. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, celebrating with friends and family!

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  35. Oh have a wonderful happy birthday, surrounded by loved ones.
    I'll be thinking of you
    KateTT

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  36. Many Happy returns Rhonda Jean

    I hope your day goes well and lookdforward to hearing all about it


    Sharron in the UK

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  37. Hi Rhonda,
    I hope that you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends and a lovely party. Happy birthday for Tuesday,
    Hugs
    Lorraine

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  38. Hope your birthday was absolutely wonderful!! Funny that the only birthday that bothered me was my 30th. 40 and 50 were no problem. I hope when I turn 60 I can embrace it as you have. You are an inspiration in many ways.

    All the best, Jackie

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  39. Happy Brithday to a beautiful lady, inside and out.....hope your party is wonderful.You are a blessing to many you are not aware of.......enjoy your time with family and friends.


    God bless,Shelley

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  40. Wishing you a truly wonderful 60th birthday Rhonda. What a wonderful way to spend it in your own favourite environment surrounded by the people that matter!
    Happy Birthday Rhonda!
    -hugs-
    Lis in Adelaide

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  41. Happy Birthday Celebrations Rhonda Jean! I am glad you have decided to be an example of 'growing old gracefully'. I'm three years behind you and sadly lacking in role models. It seems that 'preserving' youth is everything, even if our wrinkly necks declare what we deny. I have been growing out my dyed hair and in two minds whether to touch up my two-inch roots. You have given me permission to ignore the comments as I quietly go naturally grey.

    Charis

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  42. Well, I expect you're sleeping off the excitement now, as it is 4.15 here in Wales, but I hope you had a fab day and that there is more joy to come over the next few days.

    Lots of love and good wishes

    Anita

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  43. Happy Birthday from The Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, U.S.A.!!!! Love your blog!~Sharon

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  44. Happy Birthday! I agree, aging is a natural process and we should be thankful to have each day to age. BTW, you are aging beautifully. :-)

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  45. Happy Birthday Rhonda, I am sorry I am a bit late......I am just catching up with your blog....I hope you had a wonderful time with your family.

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