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August 13, 2022

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Karen Sullivan

Happy Birthday!Wishing you the best today and throughout the next year. May all good things come to you.

Debbie

Happy Birthday friend! Some months bring absolute joy while others are best simply skipped over- at least that's how it works for me. A lot of positives in this post and that makes me happy for you :)
Looks like a lovely birthday dinner on the deck. Glad we will be able to catch up on a more regular basis in the future.

Doug M

Happy Belated Birthday Margaret, glad to see you had a good day and a first class dinner, and always with such scenic backdrops. You lead a very nice life! (By the way I dig your tea kettle!). I'm a little stumped for words in regards to John's financial advisor. I'm all for Roth conversions, provided they're done in younger years, not sure it's worth it now but what do I know. Anyway, you look terrific and here's to a stress-free 66! ♥️🙂👍

Pixie

Happy belated birthday. I hide my birthday on facebook as well. Otherwise it's kind of creepy.

I was telling a friend of mine, whose two adult sons and one girlfriend, are all living with her now. I advised her to charge them a healthy rent, not let them take advantage of her, because they have, blah, blah, blah and then I apologized. She didn't ask for my advice. She's such a sweetheart though and her kids take advantage of her, so did her husband.

Luftmentsch

Happy birthday!

Arkansas Patti

Happy Belated Birthday. So glad you had such a really nice day. Being cool enough to have to wear a jacket sounds like heaven. Enjoy your family dinner tomorrow and bask in happy memories.

Susan

Wishing you all the best on your B-Day! Your lovely meal with John overlooking the sea must have been wonderful. The halibut looks delicious. Great choice. Beautiful sea views while enjoying seafood makes everything perfect. The upcoming family celebration will be fun. I am willing to bet N is excited to help you celebrate.

Joanne Noragon

Happy birthday to you, dear woman. I like the reasonably happy course of late.

Jenni Elyse

Happy birthday! <3

I'm glad you had a good celebration with John. Your halibut looks delicious. I hope you have a wonderful family celebration tomorrow despite missing your late-husband on his birthday.

My husband's like you in that he only wants meaningful birthday wishes. I'm a "Happy Birthday" whore. I'll take LOTS of birthday wishes from anybody and everybody. LOL.

DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Hey, you're younger than I am! Alright! Glad you had a jolly day. Here's to many more lovely birthdays. Linda in Kansas

Ally Bean

Happy Birthday! I can see how you're making the best of things, especially with that halibut. As for flowers from your financial advisor, I'm a bit jealous. I get a card, which is nice, but not as dramatic as your posies.

AC

That looks like pretty perfect way to celebrate, and to think that there is more to come. Happy Birthday and 67th year.

Maureen

Sounds like things are going reasonable well. Isn't that all we can hope for considering all the other humans we love? Wishing you a wonderful trip around the sun!

Ed

I have left the date of my birthday (coming up this week) published on my Facebook page not for the commenter's benefit but for mine. Even if the commenter doesn't sincerely wish me a happy birthday, their birthday comments reminds me of them and the memories we share. I usually take a moment when I see their birthday wish and remember those memories which brings me joy.

Zazzy

Sounds like you got your kicks on birthday 66! Glad you had a good day and dinner looks great.

PipeTobacco

Even though belated, I still do wish you a happy Birthday! I would tend to agree with you that John's financial adviser does not seem to be doing well for John.... at least in my opinion.

Macadamia encrusted halibut..... that sounds absolutely wonderful! I shall remember that if I ever stumble across it on a menu.

I am sorry August is such a rough month for you. In my own family, it seems that March is that same sort of very harsh month. I have written on my blog before about the far too numerous number of heartaches that have befallen my family during that month.

Finally, though, I must say... your bicycle towel is VERY cute (even upside-down :) ). I like it a lot. Your and John's bicycle has a battery assist if you wish to use it? That is very nice. I have never ridden on an actual motorized bicycle, but around 30 years ago, I did (for about a year) drive around on a gasoline powered moped/motorscooter. I gave up the moped fairly quickly though, as I am very much a klutz and even at moped speeds I was more of a hazard to myself than a help on the damn thing. Actually, perhaps that is part of the reason I have not ridden the bicycle I have in probably 4-5 years. Mostly, I think I stopped because I find the bicycle seat too small and uncomfortable, but I am just as klutzy on it too.

PipeTobacco

Marie K

So glad they found daycare. I remember that being tough in UP long ago.

Wendy

Happy Belated Birthday. My word, I haven't been on to check anything for so long. Last I checked on your blog you were still in NY with the kids. Now they are back home living.
Life is to crazy busy right now. I have my 2 acre yard I keep mowed up. a big garden to try and tend to, This is the last year for that garden. Ugh! I have froze down 34 quarts of green beans and been busy with family, and of course my daycare kids keep me busy. I usually check blogs during nap time, but with 6 school kids who are more needy than my little ones, I barely have time to get anything done in that time. Ha! Not complaining, Just fact.
I will have to go back and catch up, but its going to take a while to go back what? 2 months at least. Yikes! But, your birthday dinner looked divine. I love your bicycle towel too! so cute and of course that adorable grandson of yours too! Wendy

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