My Ultimate Favourite Meal and Wine Glasses From Hell

The Calendar Says January 19th

 This date should mean something to me?

 As coffee does its morning magic…

… a big smile.

It is my 774-month-old birthday today.  

           A reason to celebrate!  

Death Row Meal

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with a group of fun, smart and interesting friends every week on Zoom.

This week it was my turn to select the topic and I chose a lighthearted theme.

                 What is your death row meal? 

This is a game we played when we used to have friends and family of all ages over for dinner.

The answers are often surprising and great for laughs and learning more about each other.

A big realization…

I have not had my ultimate favourite meal in over three years!

“If Not Now, Then When?”

This same week I read an interesting and inspirational blog post written by Leanne Le Cras, titled

“It’s Never Too Late To Buy A Scooter.”

Leanne has a gift for sharing information and gems woven with wisdom and humour.

One phrase especially resonated with me.  

       “If not now, then when?”

Leanne’s article talks about “The Joy In The Little Things.”

I often say “yes” to activities and adventures.

Yet, I find myself saving many little things for the future.

  • My favourite candles, brand new, unlit on the counter.
  • My favourite running socks, brand new, sitting in the closet.
  • An unopened journal, too beautiful to write in.
  • Wine glasses we bought in a place called “Hell” in Germany, twenty years ago. Still sitting untouched in our china cabinet.

              “If not now, then when?”

Today’s Hike

My daughter and I planned this hike for today, not realizing it was my 64 1/2-year-old birthday.

Last time I was at Kinsol Trestle we were on the lookout for licorice trees.

That was in the beginning of March, 2020. 

We were blissfully unaware how our life would significantly change over the next two weeks.

Today, driving in separate vehicles, safely adapting.

Today, in awe of our breathtaking surroundings.

Today, enjoying precious time with each other.

Milestones

Birthdays and special occasions bring to the forefront the passage of time.

A time for reflection and reevaluation.

How am I living my life?  

What is not working?  What does not feel right.

What is working?  What does feel right?

8 Thoughts on Today’s Evening Walk

1.  I will only wear comfortable bras for the rest of my life.

2.  Stretching every day is important. My back can easily go out when I help carry a 5-year-old home on the trail.  After all, I am 64 1/2.

3.  My body always responds before my mind catches up.  Listen to the wisdom of my body.

4. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” (Maya Angelou) 

5.  When my heart sings, and my spirit soars, I will keep doing that thing.

6.  Why does an act of kindness and a beautiful song always bring tears to my eyes?

7. Good friends and family are a precious gift.  They are the bounce in my step. 

8.  Life will significantly change for all of us in one brief second.

As For My Death Row Meal?  

Pizza!  And not just any pizza…

Spinach Special! Garlic butter, fresh spinach, feta, parmesan, mozzarella & cheddar with a special blend of eggs, leeks & herbs.

I will indulge in this ultimate, exquisite pleasure before my 780-month-old birthday in six months.   Another milestone.

Along with an exceptional bottle of wine poured into our wine glasses from Hell.  

                Every day is a reason to celebrate.

Do you have a Death Row Meal?  An ultimate, favourite food?

Do you have items you are saving for the future?

Behind the Scenery

  • Death row meal and wine glasses from Hell?

      The irony has not escaped me.

  • “Hell” is in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany.  We painstakingly transported these wine glasses in our knapsacks.
  • Alisha Winder (my daughter): endomyline.com Monthly photos credit. Awesome Mother and Daughter credit. ❤️
  • About the Kinsol Trestle:  The Kinsol Trestle is also known as the Koksilah River Trestle.  It is one of the highest wooden railway trestles in the world. It provides a spectacular crossing of the Koksilah River. Kinsol Trestle

     

171 thoughts on “My Ultimate Favourite Meal and Wine Glasses From Hell

  1. For Christmas I asked for and received new red wine glasses. We had some old Polish red wine glasses with sharp edges the rim. They were huge and unbalanced. I hated them. Enter our new more generic red wine glasses with smooth rims and a balance heft. I cannot tell you how much I love these glasses. As for my death row meal, I dunno what food I want, but I do know I want a glass of pinot noir in one of those glasses.

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    1. You remind me, Ally, how crystal and sharp edges were the norm years ago. We have a lot of options now. Your pinot noir comment made me smile. A lady who knows what she likes! I realized I have been putting my pizza on hold for too long. It may even be longer than three years ago. Thank you for the suggestion on how I can fill my glasses from Hell.🙂

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    1. Nice to have you visit here, Josaia. You are totally right about enjoy each moment and celebrate often. I think that is why the half birthday popped into my head. Thank you for your supportive comment.🙂

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      1. My friends and I used to celebrate half birthdays all the time when we were in college. How interesting to see how our reaction to the passage of time can change. I’m going to work on that. After all, we’re still alive with much to be grateful for. So very much.

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        1. Interesting how you used to celebrate half birthdays, Josaia. My husband’s half birthday is this coming week and I told him we are going to celebrate. He smiled and gave me ‘that look.’ He will go along with it.😀

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  2. Hi Erica – thank you so much for the lovely shout out – and YES we need to stop delaying joy – or talking ourselves out of doing things that would bring joy. It reminds me of the Erma Bombeck quote (https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/49262-if-i-had-my-life-to-live-over-someone-asked) we need to stop waiting and start enjoying – life is just getting shorter.

    I’m also all for wearing comfortable bras – and I take it a step further with no bras at home – having small boobs is finally paying off! And yes to listening to our bodies as we hit this later part of life – things can change in an instant (backs and calf muscles). And also covid restrictions! Make the most of time with family – even if it is at a slight distance – there lies the greatest joy – happy half birthday my friend xx

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    1. Awww, Leanne, Irma Bombeck‘s quote brings tears to my eyes. I always did like and appreciate her many years ago. Her wit, wisdom and humour. Reminds me of you, Leanne.🙂 “…eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.” Hmmmm, now here is one to add to my favourite meal. The ice cream, of course.🙂

      You jumped right in on the “bra” thing. One of the reasons I love you. Smart and funny. I know you and I have similar philosophies on the importance of time with family. It all goes by too quickly. I think that is why the half birthday popped into my head this month.xx

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  3. Always thought-provoking, Erica, and this post is no exception.

    But I don’t think I have a favourite meal. I would probably squander my death row meal on something frivolous like liquorice all-sorts. Yeah, the more I think about it, the more is sounds ‘right’ 😏

    Nor do I think I have anything that I ‘save’ for a special occasion. I’m a use-it kind of person … that includes my fine china, which not surprisingly is starting to show the wear. And recently I’ve started to wear my diamond bracelet every day. We’ve been in Covid lockdown since forever, and wearing diamonds around the house just feels ‘right’ 😁

    Since 65 is looming very large on the horizon for me, I say carpe the diem … and get your sparkle on!

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    1. My best friend’s favourite candy is licorice all-sorts and she receives these in all her gift bags. Interesting about wearing your diamond bracelet every day now, Joanne. It makes sense. You have inspired me to check my drawers and cupboards and see what I have stashed away. I love it! Get your sparkle on! Thank you for your supportive words. I was meeting my daughter and realized it was my half birthday. Another reason to celebrate. Thank you for today’s happy vision of Joanne, wearing diamonds and nibbling on her all-sorts. 🙂

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        1. I did not find your comment at all pretentious, Joanne. I thought it was a wonderful idea! You reminded me how I have tucked away a diamond, tennis bracelet I received from work for a milestone year. I will tear the place apart to find where I placed/hid it. Likely, a good thing to tear the place apart and see what other treasures are hiding.💕

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  4. Your pizza choice seems like a good one. I love Bertucci’s pizza (a mid-Atlantic chain). I get a broccoli alfredo pizza with black olives. YUM! I could easily eat that as my last meal.

    Happy 774!

    Light some candles.
    And make a toast using those glasses.

    CHEERS!

    “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” (Maya Angelou) ~> But give them a 2nd chance anyway. Everyone can have an off down now and then.

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    1. Hi Nancy, I don’t think I have heard about a broccoli Alfredo pizza here. I guess we could always find a recipe and make one. I totally agree with you about giving people chances and we all have off days. I looked up Maya Angelou’s quote in a few places since I wanted to be accurate quoting her. That is when I read “…believe them the first time…”. Not necessarily my opinion, although the gist of it resonates. And I will think of you tonight, Nancy, with the candles and wine.🙂

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  5. Always fun to play the death row meal game! The Texas Dept. of Corrections used to have a website that listed every death row inmate’s final meal. Not sure if it’s still up, but it was fascinating to read. Some people went all out – steak, baked potatoes, ice cream – and others, not so much. One guy ate an apple. Not sure if I’d have much of an appetite under the circumstances, but mine would be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a Bloody Mary.

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    1. At first, I had “Death Row Meal” in the title, yet, I did not want to turn anyone off. I appreciate your comment and how you call it the death row meal game, Mark. Green beans sounds almost too healthy. Bloody Mary made me smile.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes, Sadje, and your supportive comment. The ‘if not now, then when’ hit me with the realization I am putting some things on hold. Especially the pizza! I will remedy this. 🙂

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  6. Hi, Erica – There is such a brilliant mix of wisdom and humour in this post. I laughed out loud at “Today’s Evening Walk, Thought #1.” 😀 You and Leanne are absolutely right about enjoying what we love now. I had two Bodum Double Walled Coffee Glasses that I always saved for …. well, I actually don’t know when I was saving them for. Then I realized that my coffee tasted soooo much better in them, and stayed hotter longer. I immediately went out and splurged on two more of the same (https://www.cookstore.ca/bodum-pavina-outdoor-8-oz-tumbler-double-wall-set-of-6-11848-10-12.html). I still feel like I am on vacation (where we first found them) when I am using these mugs. Win-win!
    Happy 64.5!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind, supportive comment, Donna. Did you happen to see Leanne’s response re: #1? Ooooh, very interesting about the Bodum Double Walled Coffee Glasses. You are right, how coffee can taste better in certain cups/glasses. Thank you for sharing the link. They would also be great to take camping and keep our coffee hot. Thank you for the birthday wishes. Chuck’s half birthday is at the beginning of February, and I have told him we are going to start celebrating our half birthdays. He just laughed and gave me ‘that look.’ He’ll go along with it.😀

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  7. This is such a great post Erica. I brought in the New Year via an ER visit (I’m fine now), but it shook me to my core and made me realize life really is short. Time to live with no regrets and enjoy pizza, wine glasses, and fun adventures! Happy 64 1/2 and wishing you many many more 😊

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    1. Good grief, Ingrid, about the ER visit. Especially if it shook you to the core. Glad to hear you are better. Thank you for the supportive comment and the good wishes. I believe we will start incorporating the half birthday celebrations into our year. Take care.😀

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  8. Happy 64.5 Birthday Erika! And thanks for the wise and fun reminders to live fully now. I’ve been remembering and practicing this a bit more in the last few years. Aging is nature’s way of reminding us to enjoy life now. Enjoy that pizza and wine from hell! 😋

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    1. You are right, Brad, about nature’s way. Nature shows us many lessons, one of them the Seasons, all beautiful in their own right. Thank you for your kind, supportive comment. A huge yes on the pizza and wine!😀

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  9. Your death row meal sounds delightful! And with wine glasses from Hell? Perfect 🤣
    A good reminder to enjoy life and precious things now…because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
    I will have to put the Kinsol Trestle on my must-see-do list.
    Thank you Erica, for this lovely post.

    Deb

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    1. It’s funny how everything happened within a couple of days, Deb. Seeing the wine glasses from Hell made me realize, what the heck am I saving them for? I would LOVE to meet up with you at Kinsol Trestle. The actual trail and trestle is fun and the lighting and weather always makes it look different. Many trails on the bottom along the river, yet I am not sure where they go? One year, a friend and I went along one and eventually just turned around to head back. Spring is here soon. We will make it happen.🙂

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  10. Happy 774th month Birthday!! 💕🎈🎉🎊🎁

    I have wine glasses Big Baby Boy gave to me that I don’t use for fear of chipping them, and I don’t use my best dishes often either. I need to break them out! Thank you for this lovely reminder..”if not now, when?” It’s a great question.

    That pizza sounds good! I’ll don’t have a death row meal. I’ll have to think about that one.

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    1. Thank you for the good wishes, Deborah. I do find I keep using my same few items and I keep many tucked away. And, of course, getting older, the “if not now, when?” really hit home. You are right about special, sentimental gifts, especially from your children.💕

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  11. Absolutely to only wearing a comfy bra or none at all when at home! The same for shoes, must be comfy!! I like spinach and feta pizza! My meal would be chimichangas with queso along with refried beans and rice, and a large side of pico de gallo.

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    1. The bra thing is a common denominator with us ladies. I have finally found a somewhat comfortable bra, yet no bra is still the best. Ahhh, you ‘get it’ on the spinach and feta pizza, Dee! I googled “pico de gallo” and some of the recipes. New to me. Sounds good.😀 Thank you for sharing your thoughts and favourite meal.😀

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      1. Yes, pico as I usually call it, is served on the side at a lot of Mexican restaurants here but I always ask for extra. As for a comfy bra, there’s this guy I went to high school with. He has transitioned and now proudly shares pics on Facebook of his makeup and hair as well as his new boobs and bras!! Why on earth anyone would want boobs is beyond me!!

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  12. Y’all are so cute with those month photos! That pizza sounds amazing!
    I hope you’ve resolved to use those candles, socks, etc, in addition to finally busting out the wine glasses from Hell! 😛
    Thought number 5 is the best!

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    1. I am glad you ‘got it’ on number 5. Those are the exact words that came to me on my walk, and I figured I would leave as is. I know you are significantly less months old than I am, yet you are a wise soul, Betsy.❤️ Wine glasses from Hell, pizza and candles are a must do.😀

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  13. A wonderful post Erica thanks so much! Much to ponder. I’ve just got back from a scooter ride (I was riding pillion – I THINK that’s the right term) and while enjoying the late afternoon rode and the breeze I was wondering what my last meal request would be. Fresh salmon thinly sliced with lemon, & avocado with salt and pepper. Think I’d be granted that? I found some beautiful candles gifted me a while ago which I’d forgotten about and brought them out, and I have some delicious soaps bought in Paris a few years ago. Time to use them. How could your birthday be better celebrated? It can’t get any better – Have a great week 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Susan, for your kind, supportive comment. I just now looked up “pillion.” You are totally right. A new word for me. Your last meal request is exquisite. I love fresh salmon, lemon and avocado. Always grateful we have access to fresh seafood on the West Coast. I told my husband we are celebrating half birthdays from now on. His is next week. He gave me that ‘husband look’ yet I know he will go along with it. 🙂 Always nice to connect with you Susan. Have a wonderful week.💕

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  14. Happy Birthday Erica. Your lovely post would stay with me forever… I too believe – if not now, then when? I learnt this lesson one fine day, driving to work and met death. She spared me with a warning to burn my favorite candles and drink wine in my favorite glasses. Since then I’ve been celebrating life. Have a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures.

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    1. Wow, Balroop, I cannot imagine how scary to experience and know first hand the feelings of meeting death and being spared. And, Balroop, the difference you are making on our planet sharing you.❤️ Thank you for your kind and supportive words.

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  15. Happy 774th month Birthday, Erica! I loved this post so much. This past year, I think we’ve all been taught a lesson on not putting things off. I’ve been breaking out and using all of my journals. I loved your 8 thoughts! Number one had me laughing out loud. Please let me know when you find that bra. 🙂 My last meal would be Chicken Mei Fun with extra curry. Thank you for brightening my day and sharing your fabulous photographs.

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    1. Thank you, Jill, for your exceptional kindness and support, always. ❤️ You are absolutely right how this past year has taught us many lessons. I recall seeing you breaking out your journals and planners. I just went back now to your Instagram page and yes, an addict.😀 I believe all women can relate to the bra thing. I finally found more comfortable ones, yet no bra is still the most comfortable. Fun to read your last/favourite meal. Thank you for brightening my day, Jill. Have a wonderful week.xx

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  16. Happy 64.5 birthday, Erica/ Erika! Love all the wise points you wrote, your humour, and gorgeous photos in this post. I haven’t finalized my death row meal yet although cake, ice cream, and wine are on the list 🙂 I had near death experiences earlier in my life so I’m grateful to wake up every new day. I also don’t own fancy things. What I have I use.

    If you have time, please consider sharing this post at my Weekend Coffee Share link up. It’s opened till midnight Sunday night Toronto time. No obligation. I think others would benefit from your wisdom and humour. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes, Natalie. A few things came together within a couple of days. Celebrating half birthdays is one of them. I definitely would have guessed ice cream as part of your list. 😀 On mine, too, and I have it more often than every three years. You have briefly mentioned a near death experience in the past. I cannot imagine how scary and life changing, Natalie. I plan to join in the Weekend Coffee Share next week. I want to make sure I can read all of the posts. Thank you for your kind and supportive words.😀

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  17. Pizza is one of my favs. Any pizza (except anchovies of course!). I used to be called a cheap date. Pizza and a beer made me happy. Enjoy your birthday. They go too fast and before you know it you enter decades with scary numbers!

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  18. Oh, go on, please. You don’t look a month over 500 months. Who’s foolin’ who here anyway?! But, hey, who am I to bust someone for trying to buy booze underage. Go for it, Erica. Drink the hell out of that wine!

    Love the Maya Angelou quote. And I also love the idea of that last meal; just perhaps not the circumstances under which I’d be having it, hmmm?? Pizza is as good of an option as any too, especially since they probably wouldn’t allow you to use silverware (plasticware eating my choice of chicken cacciatore just wouldn’t cut it).

    Yes, yes, yes — stretching! I’ve fallen a bit off the wagon with that ever since we had an extended cold snap here, the result of which has kept me from working out outside. Well, a northern Florida cold snap — fifties! I probably don’t get much sympathies from a Canadian with that. 🙂

    Happy Birthday! – Marty

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    1. Marty, I showed your comment to my husband about not looking a month over 500 months. We both could not stop laughing. Likely, a first on our planet for a birthday compliment. Thank you, by the way. I don’t feel 774-months-old. Except like you mention, the stretching part. I do seem to seize up fast these days and I have to make sure I stretch more often. My watch gives me the hourly reminder, and I often ignore it. Chicken cacciatore sounds wonderful! I greatly suspect you will not have to concern yourself about the plastic ware. None of my friends are on death row (yet)😉

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  19. Your lovely post is perfect timing as I gaze longingly at my unlit candles, small stack of unread books and that beautiful journal I’m starting to write in (Moon Lists by Leigh Patterson)!
    And your gorgeous photos bring back wonderful memories of the Island, sigh…

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    1. Nice to connect with you, Kim. I know you live on our beautiful West Coast and the lower mainland has gorgeous areas. We love living on the Island except for the restrictions on not seeing our family. No ferry travel for us unless it is an emergency. A few things happened within a couple of days, reminding me “if not now, when?” I just now looked up “Moon Lists” on Google. Intriguing about the guided journal structured around the phases of the moon. Thank you for your kind, thoughtful comment.

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      1. It’s a lovely journal! My first and only entry until recently was one year ago today just before lockdown…it was cool to read my note from what is now a different time…I’m happy creating space each week for more notes.

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        1. Thank you for bringing this into my radar, Kim. I am heading to Munro’s bookstore today and I will see whether they have this journal. Otherwise, I could order it. A little anxiety for me to actually write anything in a brand new beautiful journal, yet I am curious.

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  20. Congratulations on another milestone, Erica, and on creating this interesting and diverse post that made me reflect on so many things. You are full of wisdom, my friend!

    I remember your licorice forest from a previous blog post and I remember Janis writing about a similar topic when she mentioned valuable China sitting in her closet unused. Yes, enjoy those little pleasures in life. And, enjoy the “stuff” you have gathered. Why else do you have it? Enjoy that special meal and I hope you will drink a nice wine (or a not-so-nice wine) out of those glasses from Hell! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful and supportive words, Liesbet. I will find Janis’s post about the unused China in her closet. You are right about enjoy the little pleasures and some of the “stuff” we have tucked away. I will be using our glasses from Hell, soon. My husband has a half birthday next week. Another reason to celebrate. You are an extra busy lady these days, Liesbet, with interviews and posts about “Plunge.” Well-deserved!💕

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  21. Wonderful post. Happy half birthday. I’d have to have a nice juicy rare slab of prime rib and a baked potato covered in butter with asparagus and mayo. What a fun outing you had! Thanks for sharing it all with us.

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes, Janet. You zeroed right in on your favourite meal. I love it! I cannot remember the last time I had a baked potato. On my list for this week! Thank you for your supportive comment.

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  22. A wonderful share, Erica! Lots of ‘foods’ for thought and action… My favorite meal–Baked Stuffed Lobster with all the fixings and Bread Pudding for dessert. It’s been a couple of years since I indulged in this one. Meanwhile, I’ll have plenty to keep me busy sorting all of those ‘saving for later’ items into piles to give away to daughters and grands, except for one or two I’ll take out of original boxes and use now–if not when? ❤ Sending lots of love your way!

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    1. Oh, my goodness, Bette, baked, stuffed lobster sounds wonderful! We have crab on our West Coast. No fresh lobster, yet I will track some down this year. It is still morning around here, and I have started drooling. 😀 Like you say, you have not had it for a few years, either. I am with you on sorting and beginning to give away items, or use it. Thank you for your thoughtful, supportive words, today and always.❤️

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  23. Happy celebrating. Im with on the comfortable bras and using those things I have saved for that just right occasion. My everyday dishes are now my wedding gift China. My death row meal, macaroni with a bolenasse sauce and a side broccoli rabi and a glass if chianti.

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    1. Thank you, Antoinette, on the good wishes. It sounds like you have it right, on using the ‘good’ dishes. I just now Googled, bolognese pasta, and many recipes popped up. Yum! I have heard the term, yet, I did not know what it was. I do know the word “chianti.” Thank you for the reminder.😀

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  24. Death row meal a good bottle of Local wine, Chacaturie, fresh baked soft white bead with real unsalted farm fresh butter, beat salad with feta and a big piece of cheesecake (lemon blueberry). Obviously I have thought this thru. I also am in the last 1/3 of my life and not being able to socialize and enjoy friends has hit me the hardest as time is short.

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    1. Nice to have you visit here, Chris. I love how you zeroed right in to your favourite/death row meal. I am salivating and it isn’t even time for breakfast, yet. I am intrigued on the lemon blueberry cheesecake. Is this something you make or can I find it on the Island. Lemon….blueberry….cheesecake…three of my favourite ingredients. I wholeheartedly agree with you about not visiting and socializing with friends and loved ones. Especially, when we know first hand how time is short. I hope you have a chance to sometimes see your littlest cutie pie. The girls talk about him, often. I gather the families have formed a bubble.💕

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  25. Happy Half Birthday Erica and I love your positive attitude to life. Why can’t we celebrate half-birthdays! It is also a beautiful photo of you and your granddaughters. Like you sometimes, I’m guilty of keeping things especially candles and notebooks. I buy a new notebook and it looks so beautiful and clean I don’t want to mess it up with my writing 🙂 This is such an uplifting post and it has made my Monday morning – thank you xx

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    1. A few things happened within a couple of days, which made me think about my half birthday. Part of it was our conversation about death row meal/favourite foods. More than just about the food. As you well know, Sue, emotions, feelings, thoughts, wisdom, humour are shared. With a sprinkling of inspiration. Fun and a privilege. 🙂 I recall you mentioning once about the new notebook, and whether I open them up. Thank you for your kind, thoughtful support always, Sue. xx ❤️

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  26. Happy 774-month-old birthday! First off, let me say that I think you are such an awesome grandmother! You are so playful and creative and, I’m sure, you are making so many wonderful memories for those precious little girls. I don’t think they will be too traumatized when they find out the truth about the licorice trees. 🙂

    We must all be getting “at that age.” I wrote a post about not putting off using the good stuff a while go and am trying to follow my advice every day. I hope you enjoyed drinking that wine from your glasses from Hell and will soon enjoy that pizza. It looks so yummy! If we don’t use the things we enjoy, why do we have them?

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    1. I just now reread your post about “Don’t put off using the good stuff.” “…why do we squirrel away the good stuff…”
      https://retirementallychallenged.com/2020/09/22/dont-put-off-using-the-good-stuff/
      You are right, Janis, about “at that age.” It is Chuck’s half birthday this week, and I told him we are going to begin celebrating half birthdays. He gave me that ‘what the heck? Husband look’ yet I know he will go along with it.

      Thank you for the kind, supportive comments today and always, Janis.😀 I do want our children to continue having good memories, and us 700- plus- month- old folk can still have fun.😀

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  27. What a fun post! You made me think of things that have never occurred to me. How many months? Oh gosh! The only thing that would be scarier than that would be the number of days. What’s the saying? Make each day count!

    My death row meal? Hopefully, I’ll never have to think about that, but it would definitely involve chocolate and ice cream for dessert.

    I have thought a lot about the importance of stretching, and it is now part of my daily routine. I’ve got a touch of arthritis in my back, and I’m not letting that slow me down. Stretching helps with that so much.

    Your positivity always oozes through in your posts, Erica. By the way, you’ve got some beautiful granddaughters. If that doesn’t give you a reason to live, I don’t know what else would.

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    1. Thank you Pete, for your kind, thoughtful, supportive comment today, and always. 😀 Ahhh, chocolate and ice cream…..great choices. Ice cream is far more often on my guilty pleasures list. I agree with you about the stretching. I find when I am negligent, my body immediately gives me signals. I am very fortunate with my children and grandchildren. You know first hand, Pete, about the gift of children in our lives. I always appreciate connecting with you. Have a wonderful week.🙂

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  28. Looking at those pictures of your outing, I’m thinking I probably need to get myself out of the house. I haven’t been getting enough exercise. (But it’s cooooold outside!!) I always enjoyed walking across train trestles when I was a kid. (Don’t worry–no “Stand by Me” moments!)

    After reading Leanne’s post about buying the scooter she’s always wanted, my immediate thought was, Uh oh, I’m really going to have to go after those tap dancing lessons. I gave up on the notion of being a ballerina, but I still want to learn how to tap dance.

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    1. It is much easier to get outside in our neck of the woods, Liz. Ha, ha…”Stand my me” moments. Leanne is very inspirational in general. The scooter puts a smile on everyone’s face. Now you make me wonder whether you tap danced in the past? Or, want to begin tap dancing? I have a friend who was into Irish Dancing as an adult. She loved it. Not sure right now, with group settings.

      Thank you for reading and I always appreciate you sharing your thoughts, Liz. Have a great week! 🙂

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        1. It is interesting what feeling linger into adulthood, Liz. I was greatly affected by cultural differences and language barriers when I began school. I won’t forget that six year old little girl. 🙂

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  29. fun fun fun post
    – and number one form the list is very serious business – #comfort!

    your post reminded me of a post i wrote a while back – maybe 2016 – on a different blog no longer active
    anyhow – it related to using your stuff – and how my sister’s third baby was always dressed up – one time he was in a five piece suit at like nine months – lol
    and why?
    because she said her other two babies never used half their clothes and she wanted this one to “use his stuff”
    and he sure looked dapper !

    anyhow – your wine glasses fro
    hell remind me that i ha e too many things sitting that could be used as well
    and you had many little robusta to take away here but that is really a good reminder here –

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    1. Thank you for your supportive and encouraging comment, Yvette. I believe #1 resonates with most women. Really interesting about babies and their clothes. No wonder baby hand me downs look brand new. Cute about your little nephew. I cannot imagine a 5 piece suit. I realized I am still squirrelling away too much stuff for the future. I saw the wine glasses from Hell in our cabinet and I recalled what it took for us to get them home. This was 20 years ago, and we still had not used them. We remedied that last week. They have a really good feel and are quite heavy. The wine also tasted better in them.😀 I still have not had the pizza. I will remedy that also in the near future.

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      1. glad you used the glasses and they were not he’ll to drink from (my attempt at humor)
        and wishing you a wonderful next half of this particular birth year!
        love the counting by months for the age

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  30. Oh yes, enjoy those wine glasses from hell while you savour your delicious spinach pizza Erica. Life is far, far too short to wear uncomfy bras and not to spend on things, people and places we love. Congrats on your 774th month and what a wonderful post. Loved it! xx 😊

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    1. Thank you Miriam, for your thoughtful comment. A few events occurred within a couple of days. A wake up call and reminder asking me how was I moving forward in life? My choices? Yes, on the pizza, wine, loved ones and celebrating half birthdays and celebrating every day.xx 🙂

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  31. You are amazing Erica and I love the fun you inject into your posts – I can just ‘hear’ you talking to me :). Your selection of thoughts are spot on, I especially love the ‘When my heart sings, and my spirit soars, I will keep doing that thing’, it is so perfect for us to find that sweet spot. Your family is so fortunate to have you, and although the conditions are difficult you are able to continue to spend time safely with them, I’m so pleased to see the beautiful photos of you with the girls. Take care and I must say your death row meal sounds delicious!

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    1. Awww, Deb, you are very sweet, kind and supportive. ❤️ We may have begun discussing our death row meal/favourite foods, yet it always opens up the discussion to many further layers of thoughts and emotions. I appreciate you getting it ‘heart sings and spirit soars’ since these specific words came to me on the evening walk and I decided to leave them in my post. I feel you also ‘get it’ Deb, on what makes your heart sing and spirit soar. I hear it in your words and see it in your writing. You know first hand about valuing time with family. Everything seems more precious lately. I look forward to further sharing.xx ❤️

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  32. Erica, congratulations on your 64 1/2 birthday! I love the places where your mind goes – death row meal, wine glasses from hell, if not now, then when; somehow, it all makes sense to me.

    Since we are talking pure fantasy here, my last meal would have to be imported from Belgium. I’d want two cones of french fries with a side of mayonnaise for dipping and a vanilla milkshake. The milkshake can come from McDonald’s.

    The only thing in my home that has never been used is a set of Baccarat wine glasses. Malcolm and I bought them in Jamaica and slipped through customs way back when; long story. Maybe it’s time…

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    1. Hi Suzanne, Thank you for the good wishes. I did not realize it was my half birthday until I looked on the calendar that morning. I know my daughter always takes monthly photos of her girls since they were born, so we thought it would be funny to place me in their chair. There are many, hilarious photo outtakes, since we could not stop laughing.

      Wow, french fries from Belgium and vanilla milkshake from McDonalds. I am drooling already. Pizza is my #1 (very rare indulgence). Extra good french fries are my guilty pleasure. I Googled Baccarat wine glasses, vintage….beautiful! We did have wine in our glasses from Hell last week. The wine tasted extra awesome. Just sayin’ 😀

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    1. Hi Annabel, I shared your comment with my husband about the empty wine glasses from Hell. A huge laugh from both of us. You are very astute and right. We did have wine in these glasses for the first time last week. And, yes, now an empty wine glass. Yet, not for long.

      A coincidence about John making this pizza. The description of the ingredients may sound a little unusual, although, this pizza is the best! 😀

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  33. Loved this Erica. I’m not really a foody, so haven’t given it much thought. But I’m sure my death row meal choice would be either Sushi or Thai food LOL. Love your lists too. And love that you commune weekly with friends on Zoom. I need a life. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Hi Debbie, Sushi is up there on top meals. Especially a good sushi place. We tried making it once and very laborious. I don’t think I have ever had Thai food. Something I should try. The weekly Zoom meetings began last year because of all of the restrictions. They have become a highlight for us. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. ❤️

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  34. Wow! Erica, a magnificent all-encompassing post highlighting how we should all grab the best out of life – NOW! It is all well to wait for the perfect moment to use those special items but why prolong the moment … enjoy your Hell glasses, burn those precious candles. Your words remind us of the importance of the present moment. Ahhh … I love the The Kinsol Trestle and what an amazing walk with your family to celebrate your 64 and a half birthday. Abby looks like she is ready to take off with sheer joy, I imagine myself suffering a huge bout of vertigo at the start of the walk but would join your granddaughter in a slow run of wonder!

    haha! I like your gentle topic for your weekly chats with Sadie and Abby! Your pizza choice sounds and looks delectable! My favourite pizza is in a town in two hours north of Gothenburg at a restaurant called Kapten Viking. There I will always have the Pizza Afkiranna of bananas, pineapple and curry! Delicious …but not my death row meal. I’ll have to ponder that one.

    Enjoy your stunning countryside and hope that challenge is coming along well. Unwrap your super-duper running socks and give them a go! love & hugs, Annika xx

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    1. Hi Annika, A few events coincidentally occurred within a couple of days which gave me the prompt for this post. The Kinsol Trestle is about ten minutes from my daughter’s home. It is a doable and fun hike. The different seasons and diverse lighting make it a great place to take photos. There are barriers up to help with safety and vertigo. You would do great. 🙂We were hiking the area for almost 3 hours and Abby was a trouper with a bit of carrying her on the way home.

      Your pizza choice sounds unusual and yet would taste excellent. If you recommend it, Annika, I would definitely try it. We don’t use the words “death row meal” when we play this dinner game with children. I am surprised about many of the answers.

      The walking is going excellent and I drag myself out for my second walk in the evening . I appreciate how it clears my head and lets me see the world through new eyes. I think about you and your husband on Conqueror Hadrian’s Wall and hope all is well. I read the news and I always think about you and many of the places on our planet. One foot in front of the other. One day at a time. Thank you for your thoughtful and supportive words today and always! xx❤️

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      1. Erica, the wall walk is going well and nearly 35% completed and seeing lots of countryside but not of the wall … there doesn’t seem to be much left of it! One tree planted already which is heartening and two postcards. Thank you again for this recommendation of this challenge and I think many have taken up the idea!

        Erica, I’m so sorry for getting a bit confused, I know how much you love, adore and treasure your grandchildren and realise that your light conversation was with friends. Many sleepless nights is all I can blame it on, I really apologise. Finally when things were looking up a new mutant strains of the U.K. version has just been found and one probably immune to the vaccine. There seems no end in sight at times but then I buck myself up, head out for a walk and come back refreshed!

        Take care, my friend! Xx ❤️ Btw I love the photo of you with the girls, very stylish and you radiate joy!

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        1. Hi Annika, I did not at all believe anything untoward about your comment. I felt it was worth clarifying in general. I had even debated on using “death row meal” in a subheading because I did not want to sound offensive. Yet, it appears to be a term often used. Here I am overthinking again. Likely a common trait with some of us.🙂

          I also do think about you and many others with the uncertainty and scariness of these new strains. Also here, on our Island. One day at a time.

          Re: your walk – always puts a smile on my face – I imagine all of us walking together, albeit virtually. It is still a good feeling.

          Re: views of the countryside – are you aware you can drag the little icon off the beaten track? I drag it nearby and some of the views are significantly more spectacular. My rationale is how we did not stay on the main road when we were travelling. We always went off the beaten track. This is for seeing different scenery. You are still logging in your miles/kilometres on the main route. I don’t know whether this made sense. I take a screenshot every day of where I end up. Good for you and husband!

          Take care and we will stay connected, Annika. Hugs! xx ❤️

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  35. Last meal? I’d love something with a bit of a tang- rhubarb or gooseberry crumble with custard. Or bramble and apple, maybe. I’m a simple soul 🙂 🙂 But I’ll have a slice of your pizza for mains if there’s any spare?

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    1. I did not give the dessert part much thought, Jo, until I read your comment. Immediate drool and pictures forming in my mind. You often share amazing dessert photos along with the stunning scenic photos. Ha, ha…..pizza to spare. Thank you for my smile.😀

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  36. Erica I love the idea of celebrating your half birthday and of counting the months. Ahh when it comes to my last meal I am standing by what I have always said, and that is “gnocchi of course”. Ideally it would be gnocchi with butter and sage. And unlike you, I have gnocchi whenever I see it on the menu! That spinach pizza looks and sounds delicious. Isn’t funny how we save special things like plates, books, clothes for special occasions only to discover that these beautiful things have hardly been used at all. I like the theme and message of this post, really about living in the moment an seizing the day, or that spinach pizza! Amen.

    Peta

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    1. Hi Peta, I am already drooling with your description of gnocchi, butter and sage, although I have never had gnocchi before. Now I have to track some down. Making it might be tricky. Anything with butter, great. Many events coincided within a couple of days. I did realize I am saving too many things for the future. I love your words, “seizing the day.” I should know this by now, but, sometimes I don’t see the forest for the trees. With all of your relocating, Peta, you and Ben are likely great about using what you have. Thank you for your good wishes and your thoughtful comment.🙂

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  37. So glad to discover a post by you. And such a touching post at that. Glad for your return to the trestle. And for using the wine glasses. Hope you will light some candles, too. I am the same way, though. Saving everything for a special occasion. Just today…I started to put on some fancy textured hose but thought I might run them and was, after all, just going grocery shopping. So I put them back in my drawer. If not now, when? Will wear them next trip out of the house. And will remember you and Leanne when I do!

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    1. Hi Leslie, I had a few events coincide within a couple of days, that made me more aware of the passage of time and how I was saving too many things. You always look great and beautiful Leslie when I see your updates on Instagram. You have a flare with mixing clothing, colours and looking up to date. You will likely find an opportunity to wear your textured hose soon. I will look out for them in your photos. Thank you for sharing you kind, supportive words.😀

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  38. hey – me again
    just wanted to share that i thought if you tonight – i am wearing a sweat suit outfit i saved for travel – but have more than enough for travel (and not like we will be doing too much with covid stuff still etc ) anyhow – wearing it right now
    #use our stuff

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    1. Thanks for checking in, Yvette. My radar is more into my stuff, too. I find I sometimes feel overwhelmed in this department and I need to tackle in smaller chunks of time. Btw…..celebrated my husband’s half birthday last night lol

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      1. 🙂
        oh hope the celebration was fun! tell him that some blogger from virginia said happy half bday

        and ericka (like the spelling of the name??) well the hubs and I have our Silvermans anniversary this spring – wish we lived close enough to borrow your HELL gauntlets – hahah

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        1. We had sushi for dinner on my husband’s half birthday. He told me he was now 858 months old. We both could not stop laughing. I was impressed how he was a good sport.

          You can spell and call me any name you like, Yvette. 😀 Huge congratulations on your upcoming Silvermans anniversary. I am sure you will find gauntlets for your celebration.

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          1. oh yes / we have plenty of options i was just having fun connecting with your fun story about bringing those home (the effort) and then two decades go by….
            and about ten years ago i went through an old wedding box in attic and took out the wine glasses we used at our reception – just some simple stemware that had the floral ties and said bride and groom – and because i did that (put them in the dining room china cabinet) we had the chance to use them on a few anniversaries –
            so i guess another way to be sure to “use our stuff” is to have visible.
            and i am a little sad that our original plans for the 25th are scrapped but what a small issue to have – i’ll get over it and already have – we are still pondering options and i think we both are like this – we can find contentment in alternative plans quite easy! and for our 20th – the alternative plans were better than what i was first planning (long story for another time- ha 💕)

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            1. Have it visible……..I am letting this gem soak in….I sometimes do not see the forest for the trees (or is it the other way round?🙂) As for your alternative plans as better, around here we call it “the Heidi principal.” When things are not going the way you had hoped, it is because something better is in store for you. Now you know all of our family secrets.🙂 I look forward to hearing your plans when you choose to reveal.🙂💕

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            2. oh thanks and i love the phrase heidi principle
              and we call it “everything happens for a reason” or “all things work together for good”
              and i am a little tired of even thinking about plan B – europe was so in my heart – sniff – we thought about still forcing the trip but don’t want to get stuck somewhere or have problems
              i will keep
              you posted and the heidi principle will be a thing i think of

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  39. Congratulations on your 774th month, Erica!! My half-birthday falls on my only sibling’s birthday. We always found that fascinating when we were younger. He is 4 1/2 years younger than me…to the day. 🙂 I do try to use most things. After 21 years of marriage, we finally pulled out some heirloom wedding gifts to use this past Thanksgiving. I still struggle to use my collection of Hard Rock Cafe glasses since I bought them at various locations that I may not be able to return to. My mother also had a journal made for me with my blog logo that I just haven’t been able to write in. It feels like something special should be written inside. 🙂 I’ve never thought about my death row meal, but yours sure sounds yummy!! Those are some lovely thoughts (and wise…especially the bra one 😉 ). I hope you are having an amazing week. xx

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes, Amy. I had not given half birthdays any thought until a couple of weeks ago. Children’s birthdays are in a different category. Interesting about your brother’s birthday. People often ask things like, who is the older one, what is the difference in age. I can see how this would be in your radar.

      Oooh, Hard Rock Cafe glasses, fun memories. 🙂 A thoughtful gift from your Mother. ❤️ I may think about doing this for my daughters. They both have websites and creative pursuits. Do you happen to know which site/company she may have used? I love this idea! Thank you for your thoughtful supportive comment today and always, Amy.❤️

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      1. I do not know which site she used to create the journal. I looked at it, but it does not appear to have the company name. I would think there are many that offer this service and I’m sure your daughters would love it. 🙂

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  40. Such a wonderful post, Erica. First, happy 774-month birthday!!! I love the birthday photos. I’m almost 745 months old and I’m going to celebrate with my Death Row Meal! Ha ha. See what you inspired. “It not now, then when?” is a wonderful question. I too have unused candles, new socks, and pristine journals. And so much more than that. I remember your hunt for licorice trees and I love your 8 thoughts. (See how wonderful this post is?) And best of all, that photo of your granddaughter running with her arms spread wide. What a beautiful expression of joy and life. Hugs, my friend. Drink up!

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    1. Hi Diana, Thank you for your kind, supportive words. You made me smile about 745 months old…still a spring chicken. 🙂 A few events happened within a couple of days which made me evaluate and reevaluate my life – life’s continual lessons. Our day hike at Kinsol Trestle was a day made in heaven. Children’s pure joy and silliness contributes to the fun and beauty. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts especially with your busy schedule. I realize you have creative pursuits cooking.❤️

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      1. I always have pursuits! Ha ha. I’m chock full of pursuits. So taking time to read a beautiful, reflective post is just what’s needed to slow me down, help me breathe and notice the precious moments of life before they speed by. I appreciate the tidbits of wisdom and always try to implement one or two. So thank YOU!

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  41. Every day is indeed a celebration, no idea if it’s our last!

    Have watched way too many ‘keep’ those special items and when they pass the family are not interested. I have my great aunts hand embroidered and laced cloth on my table and use it all. Using those things are a joyful reminder 🙂

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  42. Hi Erica – I have to have half birthdays … January babes in the northern hemisphere really do need them! Love all the photos, especially of those which are places I remember … not much snow for you this year – so far. I’ve essentially decluttered – but have the last bits to do before we’re free again.

    Your thoughts on your death-row dinner – I’m just glad to read you’ll be breathing fire, brimstone and garlic at said guards – though you need to escape to really breathe the devil’s breath over those higher up others.

    Your spinach pizza sounds very good – and I’d have that … oddly ended up buying a parmesan bread yesterday to bring to life some leftovers! Amazing your glasses survived … fantastic and now enjoy them… full of delicious glistening VI vino … all the best – Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, We have a few January birthdays and I do think they get short changed. Or, I overcompensate. My photos turned out a bit odd in their placement. I use the new editor and the classic and the preview before I hit publish looks different than the published result. I will play around with it. We have had a mild Winter overall and great to be able to get outside. A privilege not everyone has.

      Big smile about breathing fire, brimstone and garlic at the guards. Quite the vision. Fiction, I hope. Now, I will be thinking about fresh Parmesan bread all day. 😀 Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Take care, Hilary.

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