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Birthdays Through The Years

As happens around this time each year, today is my birthday.

And while thinking of what to post about today, I’ve been remembering special birthdays of mine through the years.

During my childhood, there weren’t elaborate parties…usually just a cake (made by Mom) and ice cream with family.

One year, a school friend was invited to join us, and she gave me a bottle of lilac scented bubble bath.  Now, the bubble bath was nice, but what was really special was that bottle.  It was just a plastic bottle, roundish on the bottom, but the neck was really long.  This was around the time that my niece and I loved watching “I Dream Of Jeannie” on tv. And through our world of make believe, that empty bubble bath bottle became our “Jeannie bottle”.

The next special birthday was the year I turned eighteen. That year, I received the best present EVER: I graduated from high school ON my eighteenth birthday.  As someone who hated school, I was one happy girl that day.

Junior year pic; I didn’t care for the senior one

My twenty-first birthday was spent at the beach at the Outer Banks.  And I thought my mom would probably like to talk to me on my birthday. Those were the days before cell phones, so I went to a nearby phone booth and called to talk to her.

Not a picture from that trip, but the same era

A few years later, on my birthday just twelve days before Marshall was born, I was having complications with the pregnancy, so I celebrated that one in the hospital. No problem at all: my sole purpose in life at that point was doing whatever was necessary to get him here safely.

Eleven days after that birthday spent in the hospital, and just hours before Marshall arrived

The birthdays since have been spent in various ways…. low-key and celebrating with family and friends.  Motor Man usually treats me to a special outing around the time of my birthday.

A few years ago, when he asked what I’d like to do, I suggested taking a wild horse tour.  At that time, we didn’t have a four-wheel drive vehicle, so we booked a private tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. It was so educational and fun: we were hooked. This little one soon joined his mom who had strolled down that path to the left.

Three years ago, we went parasailing in the Outer Banks (wait, that was on HIS list, not mine).

Two years ago, we went for a steam engine ride with special friends Bev and Bill and Pam and Dave.

And, last year, Motor Man took me to meet April, the giraffe.

This year, we don’t have any trips planned.  Yesterday we went to the Outer Banks to see “my” horses , and I’ll share more about that on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, today, I’m celebrating with my two guys, and the coming days will be more gatherings with friends. I am so blessed to have a loving family and special friends in my life.

As I’ve said before, I believe the older you get, the longer birthdays should last.

~These Days Of Mine~




Favorite Memories: 2015

Somewhere in my internet travels this week, I saw this prompt:

Share your favorite memory from 2015.

I guess I’m a bit too “long-winded” to narrow it down to ONE favorite memory, so today, I’ll share several.

  • Motor Man and I went sleigh riding in Maryland in late January. Since it was just a few days before our anniversary, we deemed it our anniversary celebration trip. (He will find it amusing that I’m sharing this as a favorite memory, but not our parasailing experience in June.)

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  • So many of my memories are made with Motor Man and Marshall.  Whether it’s celebrating a birthday or a holiday or just dinner together, those are some of my most treasured times.

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  • My long-time friend, Bev, and I get together quite often.  We go for walks along the river, looking for treasures, we go shopping and, with our hubbies, enjoy train rides. This year we rode two trains, one being a Valentine’s Day ride in Pennsylvania.

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  • Since reconnecting with my classmates, Donna and Shirley, a few years ago, we’ve made quite a few memories together. Those gatherings usually include our friend Linda. This picture was taken during my birthday celebration.

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  • Two special memories this year were made when I met blogging friends for the first time.   Dor in May…

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and Emjay in June.

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  • Of course, special memories were made with my Motor Man, driving on the beach at the Outer Banks, looking for wild horses.

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  • Speaking of horses, this year we lost sweet Aggie, so our visits with her are now just memories.

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  • And yet another “horse” memory from this year: meeting Baby William, the Corolla foal who had serious health issues, was removed from the herd and is now doing well. I love this picture of my friend, Donna, with him.

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So, even though there was some sadness this year, it was also a time of wonderful memories made with family and dear friends.

How about you?  Care to share a favorite memory  – or many –  from this year? Feel free to be long-winded…..like me. It’s the sign of a good year.

Happy New Year!

~These Days Of Mine~


Motor Man finally got me to go.

Several years ago, he had been parasailing during a trip to the Bahamas, and although he has a fear of heights, he really liked the experience. My thought had always been that I hadn’t really ‘lost anything up there’, so I didn’t need that adventure.

But Motor Man is always doing things I want to do: horsedrawn sleigh rides in sub-freezing temps, driving up on the beach to see the wild horses, stopping me at antique shops, etc., etc.  So I thought it would be nice to do something adventurous that he wanted to do.

Our friend, Bev, went with us as a spectator/photographer.  Here we are, in the harnesses and life jackets, waiting our turn to fly. There were two other “duos” who flew on this trip; Motor Man and I chose to be last.

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All too soon, our time came.  The first mate, Ronnie, clipped our harnesses to the bar, and we sat down on the deck of the boat.  The boat gently moved from under us, and we were off. (Smiles can be misleading.)


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During our flight, I wasn’t as much scared as I was uncomfortable.  I felt that if I let go of the death grip I had on the straps, I would tip backwards.

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Meanwhile, unbeknownst to us, Ronnie was having a little fun with the passengers on the boat – at our expense. (It was a toy.)

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We were up for probably ten long minutes, and then, it was time to land. I had forewarned Ronnie that my legs would most likely be weak, but the landing was smooth, and he was right there to help.  The other folks who flew had opted to get dipped in the water as they were landing. Our captain had asked before our flight if we wanted him to dip us.  I replied: “You dip and there’ll be no tip!

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This, folks, is a (genuine) smile of relief once we were back in our seats on the boat.

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Back on shore, Bev took a picture of us with Ronnie and our Captain, Rusty.

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When I posted the “teaser” picture on Facebook Monday afternoon, a friend asked if I would go parsailing again. My reply: “If they can figure out how to get me up there in a recliner”.

Seriously, though, we flew with Kitty Hawk Kites out of Manteo, North Carolina, Everyone there was friendly and patient with us and anxious to help us have a fun time.

How about you? Ever been parasailing? Would you go if you had the opportunity?

~These Days Of Mine~