My Birthday

Yes I still enjoy celebrating my birthday, even after so many!  I am now the grand age of 52!  Last week we kind of had a three day celebration.

Day One

It all started with bowling a new scratch high series in my Tuesday morning league, a 555!  Anytime I break 500 I am really happy.

Then I stopped at Trader Joe’s and was happily surprised to find all the pumpkin goodness had arrived.  I tried to restrain myself but I find it best to buy some things early because chances are they will be gone the next time I go.  So hello pumpkin dog treats, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin oatmeal, spiced pumpkin seeds etc.  Many items won’t be opened until October, when I am ready for pumpkin in all things.

And then the first official part of my birthday….going to see the Cubs play the Diamond Backs in Phoenix.  Cubs won 9-1 and Baez got two more RBI’s to continue leading the National League!  I felt sort of bad for the D’backs because there were WAY MORE Cubs fans than D’back fans in the stands.

(I tried to take pictures with the camera on my phone and none of them turned out. I got this one off the web at stadiumjourney.com).

Chase-Field-Interior-1It is a cool stadium, different.  It has a retractable roof which is usually closed for the heat with the a/c on!

My son had my name up on the big board for the birthdays.  He didn’t say Happy Birthday Mom, but put in my full name (first and last) instead which I found rather  funny. I walked out of the stadium singing “Go Cubs Go” and didn’t even mind the long drive home.

Day 2

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My husband and son were both home today despite it being a Wednesday, which really made the week feel weird.

We woke to solid cloud cover and brief showers of rain that turned steady in the late afternoon.  With a high temp only in the 80’s, a good 20° cooler than it has been, it truly was a gift of a day.

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I helped my son bake my birthday cake, took a nap, listened to the rain and lit my vanilla pumpkin candle for the first time this season.

Day 3

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Now we get to my actual birthday (finally!).  I put new autumn themed sheets on my bed, did my writing class homework and enjoyed the lingering clouds. I ate 1/2 a pumpkin bagel for breakfast (and put the rest in the freezer!) and enjoyed a mug of hot pumpkin spice rooibos tea, first of the season.  And yes the a/c is still on and no it wasn’t nearly cold enough for hot tea but I did it anyway and I loved it.

IMG_8138The sun peeked out just as I was taking the photo creating cool shadows from the lace curtains.

I also colored a picture for my son to celebrate the first official day of autumn (22 September).  A few days ago he was cleaning up his room and found pictures I had colored for him in the past and asked why I hadn’t done any this school year.  Honestly I thought he might have out grown getting pictures from his Mom in his backpack and I didn’t want to embarrass him. Now I am happily looking for Halloween and Thanksgiving pictures to color!

My husband brought home Chicago Dogs from Luke’s Italian Beef for dinner and then I got to open presents and watch the Cleveland Browns finally win a football game.

IMG_8146My favorite present, this way cool Halloween spatula!

My life is an embarrassment of riches!

 

 

 

Desert Autumn Joy List

Normally this time of year I get very homesick for a Northeast fall.  This year I am focusing on what I do have as opposed to what I don’t. Though the temperature is still well into the 90’s during the day I have been able to make it feel like autumn (at least inside my head).

  • There is a hint of coolness in the morning and evenings, enough so that I have resumed taking the dog on longer walks. This has led me to find some autumn color, desert style.

 

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These bushes are everywhere!
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Beautiful reds, oranges and yellows!
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My new chrysanthemum.
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Look at this brave flower squeezing out from under a cactus.
  • The inside of my house all decorated for autumn.
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I put leaves like this all over the house, hanging in front of windows and from light fixtures etc. I love how they flutter when the a/c kicks on.
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Watching football with a leaf garland and pumpkins in my line of sight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Football season! College marching bands at halftime are the best!
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On Sept. 17th the University of Arizona did a tribute for the USS Arizona and had one of the six remaining survivors to the game as well as other WWII veterans. It was very touching. (Sorry the battleship is upside down but our seats are opposite the press box so the band is always upside down to us.)
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That is a one big flag. (Again upside down to us.)
  • Pumpkin chili and  pumpkin beef stew made in the crockpot.  The pumpkin adds a wonderful creamy thick texture.
  • Taking pumpkin oatmeal spice bars to bowling.
  • Using wax scents to make my house smell like autumn despite the a/c still being on.
  • Cooking a pork roast in the crockpot also makes a home smell autumnal.
  • Some promising new cookie recipes that will be on the healthy side but still taste of fall.
  • Working on the outlining of  my autumn needlepoint tissue box cover.
  • Adding a Trader Joe’s harvest tea bag to my pitcher of iced tea.
  • Trader Joe’s pumpkin soup crackers, with a bit of cream cheese, crazy yummy!
  • Starting to wear my “fall wardrobe”. Not flannel and sweaters alas,  but capris and cropped jeans and autumn colors. I got two new pairs of LL Bean cropped jeans in pale spruce and vintage blue….love them!

 

Happy First Day of Autumn!!

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Yummy!