It was my birthday yesterday. I don't consider birthdays special - even if it's a big one which it wasn't. But seriously - just because it's the day that your life started and every year you get older - well your body gets older. Who the heck needs to be reminded that their body is one year older? I treat birthdays just like every other day. My philosophy - make the best of that day, just like I do everyday.
However, I always reflect back on what I've done on other birthdays - although I barely remember any of them - that's how memorable they've been! For some reason, my 13th birthday sticks in my head - I even remember what I was wearing that day! Yellow shorts, a bright top and I made a bird feeder that day and my mom made a huge dinner with all my favourite foods. I guess cause I was turning 13 - everyone (in my family) made a big deal. Then I remember some places I've been but not the year. Three times, I was on a Cycle Canada bike trip and got birthday cake! Once I was in Arizona on business and we were at a dude ranch for an outdoor BBQ in the dessert and once I went to the racetrack. That's pretty much sums up my birthday celebrations and I'm perfectly OK with that.
Yesterday was a special day. Special in that I didn't have anyone to "bother" me - well except Lexi! No appointments, although I did make it to the bank and I did have to make an emergency trip to Ruti's when I couldn't find any black thread in the house.
So what did I do???
Lexi and I went to the dog park and had a blast. There were a LOT of dogs there. Lexi had a blast. Sometimes it was like there were so many dogs, they didn't know who to play with. Dogs truly are like small children!
|Lexi and her friends at the dog park|
While the dog park isn't huge, it's plenty big enough to give them a good run. At one point, Lexi was at one end with the other dogs and I wanted to see how well she was at listening. Usually, she couldn't care less. I whistled and called her name (yep - just like Santa!) and I saw her head pop up! "Whoa! What's going on - where's my Mom?" And then I called COME and she ran at full speed to me. Seriously??? She's never done that!
I must admit that when I first got to the park, I was a bit confused. I went over to the table where people were congregating and WHEW! What's that smell? OH it's marijuana. Wow - it's early and we're in a public place. As I observed the people, there was a couple - a young couple with a lot of piercings and tattoos (not that I'm stereotyping at all - seriously - I'm not). The guy had a cane and a bad limp. I noticed he was smoking. AHA - this must be medicinal marijuana as that did not look like a typical joint - as if I know what a typical joint looks like! OK - so I know what they look like. I'm guessing if I had of stayed a bit longer in their area - I'd have had a really really good birthday. No - probably not! What are the rules about medicinal marijuana? Can they smoke it in a public place? I mean wherever public smoking is allowed - is it still allowed anywhere??? And are there different rules for medicinal marijuana?? Hmmm - where's Justin Trudeau when you have questions?
So then on my way out of the dog park, I got busted! No I didn't get stopped by the police, but I was taking a picture of a license plate of one of the cars in the parking lot and next thing I knew the owner was coming around the corner and saw me take the picture! It was a guy that I had talked to a fair amount in the dog park - he had two adorable black American bull dogs. Anyway - he wasn't close enough to me to say anything, but he sure looked at me!
I was only taking a picture so I could send to M - in Ontario, our license plates start with four letters and then three numbers. We're done with the A's, were working our way through the B's - I've been noticing a lot of BZ........ so I knew the C's were starting soon. M and I were keeping tabs when the A's switched to B's. So this license plate was CAAA and then 095. So it was one of the first of the new series. Seriously - that's all I was doing!!!!
When I got home, I was pumped - must have been that second hand marijuana smoke. Down to the studio where I worked and worked and worked and was happy as a clam. I've got the most amazing plan which unfortunately I can't share with you, nor can I share what I did until it all goes live in about 4 weeks. You're going to love it and hopefully you'll play along. I was focused - I'm still focused and I can't wait to hit the sewing machine today! And no it's NOT Gravity that I'm working on!
I'd take a break every once in a while and go out to the gazebo to sit and read or just sit. The day could not have been more perfect yesterday.
|My view from the gazebo|
I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoy that backyard. We have no small kids in our neighbourhood, sometimes we hear the airplanes, but very much depends on the weather (clouds, wind, etc), for the most part - no yappy dogs. The sound of the traffic is pretty muted as well because of the trees. I didn't even have Lexi to bother me because she was trapped in the house - the door wasn't quite wide enough for her to squeeze through - hopefully you read her blog yesterday to understand her problem!
The yard isn't open - no grass, lots of rocks and bushes and trees. I can't even imagine having to move from here - I'll never be able to replace the backyard. OK - and having an awesome studio helps as well - the rest of the house - well it's just a house!
And what am I reading??? I seem to get a kick out of these stories written by backpackers. This one is by a girl from Toronto. Sue Bedford. Oh my god - it's so funny - I've almost died laughing at a couple of the stories which I won't share with you. I will say that we North Americans with our fancy toilets - well - they don't have fancy toilets in a lot of countries!!!
|It's only the Himalayas|
On that note - I'm out of here!!! Can't wait to get started on the day!