Do You Have A Moment?

12:09 PM

Would you care to join me for a piece of "imaginary" cake? I think I'm going to have a slice of Red Velvet (or as my mother calls, Red Devil)! Please, have any flavor you'd like and there are no calories! Can't beat that...

Red Velvet Cake Slice
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You know, I used to....ignore birthdays. As much as you can ignore that sort of thing. Especially when you have folks around that want to share good wishes, happiness and laughter with you. In the last few years I've changed my attitude and started to embrace this day. I guess I look at it more as "I made it another year!' or "Wow, look at all that I've accomplished, not to mention the fun I've had, in the last year!" rather than "Oh, no! That number just went up. Again!"

When my thoughts do wander towards worrying about numbers, I've started saying, "Yes.....and?"

I remember my grandmother (who lived to be in her late 90's) said she was still 14—in her mind. She said she never "thought like she was old." She shared that with me when she was well in her 70's. At the time, I found it odd, but I wasn't really old enough to understand. Now, I know what she meant. I'm still in my twenties in my mind. It seems to be just the "packaging" that shows (and feels) its age.

'Tis a day of celebration in that I've made it another year and along the way I've marked off a few things from my "To Accomplish in this Lifetime" list. I've been happier in the last two years than I have been in a long, long time as well! That's not to say I'm not still striving to improve myself or my life; however, today is a day to reflect (with gratitude) on my life, so very full of blessings, friendship and happiness.

I also want to say thanks to each of you for helping to make my life far richer and filling it with happiness and laughter, for giving me the opportunity to  "know" a bit about you and for the sharing and caring I've received and witnessed in the blogosphere!

Now, can I get you a cup of coffee or tea to go with that cake......
New Mug
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  1. Happy Birthday, Laure!!! Hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day. I'll definitely have a bit of that Red Devil...and some coffee too!

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  2. I do wish you a very happy birthday and yes, the years are simply numbers that just add up all our life experiences thus far.
    I like to think of each one as that much more I have accomplished and learned and more and more enjoyed. At my age they also denote one less to go if you can understand that. But I am grateful for each one I get to add and am not too worried about the substraction at this point yet...
    hoping to reach my late 90's too.
    ;-) I'd love to stop by for a slice of that beautiful cake and sip some coffee too. So well done.
    Enjoy YOUR DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Happy birthday, Laure! I'll share that imaginary cake with you--at least it won't stick to my hips afterwards! I'd never heard of red velvet (or red devil) cake before I moved to Florida, but it's my husband's, and now my son's, favorite cake. Hope you celebrate with whatever edible or non-edible treat you love.

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  4. Happy Birthday, Laure! I'll be glad to have a slice of that luscious cake, and a cup of tea to go with it, please.
    Celebrating a birthday is celebrating life - it doesn't matter what the number is.
    Hope your day is wonderful!

    Lorrie

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  5. Happy happy birthdays Laure, thanks to share this with us! no idea how is the Red Velvet Cake but from your paint sure it will be gut! Enjoy this day! Buon compleanno!

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  6. A very merry birthday to you!! A great attitude. Birthdays are like family jewels, you want a full box of them, not the alternative. I just love Red Velvet Cake. Great choice and your illio looks yummy.

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  7. Happy Birthday! It is a wonderful thing to become comfortable with ourselves, isn't it? You are a joy and an inspiration. May this be a wonderful year for you.

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  8. Happy Birthday Laure! I hope you did or are doing something special just for YOU today! You've already done somnething special for all of us with the wonderful looking red velvet cake!

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  9. Thanks, Kelly! Coffee coming right up!

    Thank you, Lynn! I don't know if I want to make it 'til my 90's....think I'll have to wait and see! Here's your coffee!

    Thank you, KJ! That's why we're having imaginary "cake!" No sticking to anything!

    Thank you, Lorrie! One cup of tea coming right up!

    Thank you, Pina! Red velvet cake is WONDERFUL! If you love chocolate, you'll love it!

    Thanks, Lisa! One slice of cake coming right up! Coffee or tea with that?!

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  10. Thank you, Vicki! Yes, it's wonderful to finally be able to comfortable with who I am!

    Thank you, Ms. Myra! It's been a wonderful day!

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  11. Happy Birthday, Laure! It's been so nice sharing watercolor, insights, experiences and more with you! Warm wishes for today and the year to come...
    Pat O

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  12. H.A.P.P.Y B.I.R.T.H.D.A.Y !!! I hope you enjoyed every minute of it and the whole year ahead!!

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  13. Thanks, Pat! Thanks for being part of my life. I've enjoyed our times in the classes together and look forward to seeing more of Africa.

    Thank you, Claire, it was a wonderful day and I am very much looking forward to this next year!

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  14. Sorry I'm a bit late in wishing you a happy birthday - hope you had a great day. I'd love a piece of your red velvet cake. I've certainly enjoyed getting to know you.

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  15. Thank you, Cheryl, I told my hubby last night that I had such a good time yesterday that I thought I'd just celebrate the rest of September!

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  16. There is only one thing wrong with that red velvet cake! The slice isn't big enough!!! Now I want cake! LOL...I better settle for coffee!

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  17. Well Belated Happy Birthday! I love birthdays. It's a day for being special. We pick our dessert (usually cake) and what we will have for dinner. Turning 50 was hard for me but my daughter gave me a wonderful party (her kids made most of the decorations) and now I am past that and looking forward to as many as I can get. As my sister says, we may be old now but we aren't the ancients - have to pass 75 or 80 to get there!

    Anyhow, I hope you had a wonderful day and hope the new year is filled with great things.

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  18. Oh dear... I missed your birthday :-(

    So sorry... but hope that you had a great day... and hope that you have the best year of your life yet. An that the next year is even better... and the next year.... well, you get the picture!

    Happy Birthday Laure!

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