Wednesday, November 11, 2009

45

It's my birthday today. I'm very grateful that I have family and friends who think of me on this day. I don't take it for granted, since I know not everybody is that lucky. Thanks, everyone!

The one thing which comes to mind is, that more than half of my life is over, and I could/should be in better shape. That this is not going to happen any time soon, David surprised me with a "homemade" Austrian style chocolate cake, almost like a Sacher Torte, but not quite. One I've made many times myself in the past, and I like it. (He ordered it from an Austrian Restaurant in the next town.)
I've got another pair of socks from Hannah. She sent me this lovely package with handmade organic soap called "Happy Carrots", an embroidered sachet filled with Lavender, and this weird, totally cool little mug. She writes the most touching cards too.
Some time ago I mentioned to David, that if there are always reruns on TV, they should show Northern Exposure more often. I used to love to watch that series. I'd like to watch it from start to finish, and look what I've got! The complete series in this fun bag. He does listen to what I say - sometimes...
Today I'll be thinking seriously about my life, past and future.
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48 comments:

punkin said...

Happy Birthday! Best wishes.

I used to watch Northern Exposure. I have not seen it for years. What a treat that will be to watch if from the first episode.

Sylvia said...

Happy birthday!!! I love Sacher torte, I alway eat several pieces when I visit Austria (I live in the Netherlands, it's not that far). Lovely presents from your friend, so nice to find something like that in your mailbox!

Enjoy your day!

2paw said...

Happy, Happy birthday to you!! Lovely gifts and very spooky, because earlier this year guess what I go for my birthday??? Yes, all of Northern Exposure!!!!

Poppy Cottage said...

Happy Birthday. I hope you have a lovely and happy day.

Colette

Alexandra said...

Happy Birthday!!! I wish you all the best and may every day be wonderful, happy and with lots of knitting! :)

Marico said...

Hi Monika!
Happy birthday!
I follow your blog but never made a comment because my English is terrible.
The dogs are adorable.

cheers!

Marico
marinoie.blogspot.com

Bea said...

da wünsche ich Dir doch einen wunderschönen Tag an Deinem Geburtstag!

Ganz ganz liebe Grüße, die Bea

Renata S. P. said...

Happy Birthday for you, Monika!
I wish you all the best things for your life =)
Have a nice day!

Grand Purl Baa said...

Half your life! So you are going to live to a ripe old...90? Good for you.

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

zizi said...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag, liebe Monika!
Grüble nicht über die Zukunft nach! Das kommt wie es muss ....
Geniesse vielmehr deinen heutigen Jubeltag!

Alles Liebe und Gute wünscht dir ZiZi

CelticCastOn said...

Happy Birthday Monika!!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful day! Hannah's gonna make sure you have warm feet this year ;)

momsue84 said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Monika. May your day be a wonderful one as you celebrate with friends and family. I hope the boys give you lots of love today.

wolltrunken said...

Ganz herzliche Glückwünsche zum Geburtstag, liebe Monika!!! Mach' Dir einen schönen Tag und lasse Dich gebührend feiern!!!

Liebe Grüße

von Birgit

Lynn One, Purl Two said...

Happy Birthday to you Monica! I LOVE the mug that Hannah made you.
I hope you have a great day, full of knitting- and cake!
Enjoy.

Dave said...

Happy birthday! Northern Exposure was one of my favourite shows. :-)

Frieda said...

Happy Birthday , hope you have a wonderful day !

Uuuummm , Sachertorte like cake looks luscious. Worry about being in shape another day , enjoy the cake today . Birthdays are not meant to be too serious , celebrate !

Cool gifts from the family , especially the Northern Exposure series . That was must see TV at our house too . Love Hannah's socks too , gorgeous colour ...

Kirsten said...

Happy Birthday Monika!

Marianne said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Lovely gifts all round and oh YES! the complete series of Northern Exposure!!! You lucky woman! Lots of quality knitting time watching one of the greatest series of all time :^)

Cecie said...

herzlichen glückwunsch, meine liebe!

ich wünsche dir einen wunderbaren tag im kreis deiner lieben, drücke dich fest und wünsche dir mindestens nochmal so viele jahre!

herzlichst, Cecie

knottygnome said...

happy birthday!

Kris said...

Happy Birthday!

You have 2 very generous and lovely children. How lucky you are. So, you can eat the cake, watch the series, and wear the beautiful socks!

shannon said...

oh happy birthday monika!!!

isn't it grand when they listen and surprise you by their abilities to do so?! have fun watching! i loved that show, too.

Toby said...

Happy Birthday!

I think Kris said it best when it comes to how you should spend your day. :) I also think it's really cool that you and Hannah knit for each other.

lexa said...

Happy birthday! You are very lucky to have a Holiday for a birthday. :)

Marissa said...

A very Happy Birthday to you!!

Sharon V said...

Happy Birthday! Your gifts are lovely!

Northern Exposure was my first favorite 'quirky' show, then Picket Fences (did you ever see that?).

Enjoy your day and your gifts.

Ruth said...

Happy Birthday!

Javajem said...

Happy birthday!

I used to love Northern Exposure! and Picket Fences that Sharon mentioned above.

hannah said...

Happy birthday Monika, again since I already sung to you earlier!
You have received lovely gifts.

Susan said...

Happy birthday! It looks like you are having a lovely day. I too think I should be in better shape at this point but I'd rather be spinning or knitting than working out.

sgeddes said...

Happy Birthday! sounds ike the day has started in a very grand way!

Pat said...

Happy happy birthday to you Monika - such wonderful thoughtful gifts from your children!

PS - I've got almost 10 years on you!

ringer said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for blogging.

myboringblog said...

Happy Birthday! It's funny how birthdays cause us to re-evaluate where we've been, where we are and where we want to be. Hope you've enjoyed your day and have lots of happiness!

Virginia said...

Happy birthday!

What awesome gifts! Lucky you.

Anonymous said...

happy birthday, dear monika.
best wishes for a very good year to come!!!
david is a really nice person!
i knew it !
love,
helga

elizabeth said...

Happy birthday! Mine is next month, I'll be 45 too, and I have done a TON of reflecting this year!

Herbstgold said...

Liebe Monika,

da muß sich eine ansonsten "stille Leserin" Deines Blogs auch mal melden und Dir zwar nachträglich, aber von Herzen zum Geburtstag gratulieren. Alle Gute, Gesundheit und Freude für Dich im neuen Lebensjahr.

Viele Grüße von Herbstgold

Carrie K said...

Happy (belated) birthday!

Northern Exposure! Great gift from David. I used to love that show. It got a wee really silly at the end of the series because the two that produced it had another show (quickly cancelled) but it was just so much fun.

Hope your birthday was lots of fun!

punkin said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and for the comment on my gloves. I hope you enjoy the book. Your mittens are lovely. I like the texture of the stitch pattern. Your knitting is an inspiration to me.

illusions said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Wish you a great Happy year ahead!

yogiela said...

Alles Gute zu deinem halbrunden Geburtstag.
lg Elfi

Anonymous said...

Hello Monika,
I'm a wee bit late but nevertheless: I wish you(not happy birthday anymore..)all the best for the next at least 45 years!! And tons of time to spin/dye/knit and more!

Hope you had a wonderful day!
Greetings from Switzerland
Esther

Monica aka GloriaPatre said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!! Hope you ate a generous slice of that luscious cake! After all, your birthday only comes once a year!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Happy Birthday Monika!!!! Such fun presents ~ your children are so thoughtful.

On your birthday is NOT a good day to begin a healthy diet - you tuck in and enjoy that cake!

Hege said...

Happy (belated) birthday!
The socks looks great and the mittens in the last post are beautiful!!

Have a great weekend :)

Tina said...

Oh Monika, I didn´t know! Nachträglich alles Liebe zum Geburtstag!

It is never too late to start getting in shape. Start with a tiny step each day.

Knatolee said...

A very belated happy birthday!!