Monday, 2 August 2010

Birthday, Party, Trifle, Older

The Garden Party wasn't quite like this...

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my last blog post. It made me feel a lot better to know I'm not alone. And guess what? I turned 49 yesterday and I still don't need a zimmer frame or stair lift! (The jury's still out on the Tena Lady though!)

I had a lovely, if quiet, day. We postponed a planned meal out as I had a dodgy tummy (hmmm, that does sound old...). But we did go to the annual Garden Party, organised by the Residents' Committee on our estate. (oh dear that sounds even MORE middle-aged!). Mr Kitsch made a gorgeous trifle for the garden party, with jelly and hundreds and thousands on top. (Now that sounds like a kids party...)
I had some lovely presents and cards. You can see how my loved ones understand my love of 'Chalet Chic'...
And Mr Kitsch got me some kitschy cute stationery that doesn't look at all suitable for a middle-aged woman...
I was feeling a lot happier by the weekend anyway, as I had managed to improve my mood by a carefully balanced combination of positive thinking, affirmations, crochet and shopping. I realised that I hadn't had enough fun lately, so I decided that I would spend my birthday money (yes, a middle-aged woman can still have birthday money from relatives!) on some clothes. I had planned to get a new printer, but to hell with that. Some new clothes are going to make me a lot happier.

For help with the positive thinking, I turned to my old favourite, 'Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway'. It's such a great book, and full of advice that really works for me. I know self-help books can seem a bit trite, but this was published nearly 30 years ago, and has stood the test of time. I go back to it often, as keeping positive is like keeping fit - you have to keep exercising. I'm not terribly good at keeping up either of them, but I'm determined to do better!




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5 comments:

m.e (Cathie) said...

sounds like a great day!
happy birthday to you.

VintageVicki said...

Happy Birthday - how lovely to have a proper trifle :)

Menopausal musing said...

Sounds like a pretty good birthday to me........... :O))))

Young at Heart said...

happy birthday.......I feel your pain, mines coming up and quite frankly I can't actually say it as have forbidden the use of the f-word at all celebrations!!!
yes....feel the fear, good call, will dig out my dog-eared copy and do some birthday prep!!!

Mandy C said...

hey i have that notebook.. it's soooo kitsch. i love that range.