Saturday, February 21, 2009

Oh Happy Day!

My birthday lunch with my wonderful hubby Peter... and a very creative photo which he took of me basking in the weird and funky 'stained glass' sunshine streaming in through the windows...

Then off to the French Bakery where my girlies were gathering to share my day with me...


Oh I received such beautiful cards... almost everyone was handmade...

And some wonderful, and truly thoughtful presents...

...new palette knives from Jean, my left-hand painting partner...


And a new book that looks really delicious... (Thank you Jean!)




And look at this one! A perfect book for me and Lily to read together! Big thanks to Evelyne!



And this one is awesome! I adore Transylvania (having lived in Romania for 5 fabulous years) and my Transylvanian Princess girlfriend Iza-the-Bella somehow found this book that I am going to read from cover to cover... (Oh thank YOU Iza!)...





My adorable friend Sundus must know how much I love to sing in the car and gave me this disk of memories... (thank you Sundus... you made my day!)




And Elham, my spiritual sister completely thrilled me with these "Virtue Stones" which she handpainted with the letters of my name. Now I am to think of a virtue for each letter and think about it and practise it each week.... oh where I will go with these magical stones! (Thank you Elham-- for bringing magic to my day).


Now Sweet Sam really amazed me with her gift.... a dozen delectable homemade miniature mincemeat tarts!! I missed these at Christmas and she remembered that I told her I loved them... (Thank you Sam for making me feel special)...



And the sweet Chelsi and her lovely friend Ikuko, who gave me a colouring book and chocolates, and a charming handmade Japanese crane!
(Thank you for giving me things that bring me bliss!)

Oh and the flowers!

Bunches of gorgeous flowers-- Tiger Lilies ("our special flowers") from my SoulMate and best friend/lover/husband, Peter the Great...

And one perfect rose from Annette, my wise and wonderful friend and painting mentor.


And CAKES! Oh we had cakes all day long! A red heart cake, a white chocolate cake and another one of my soul sisters made me a huge tray of the bestest brownies ever!
(Mary that was so incredibly thoughtful of YOU!)


Big birthdays like this one (oh can I honestly already be 50???????), always make me feel very, very panicky. I have to hold back the tears. Life has been good to me and I never want it to end. You know what I mean?
But not a tear was shed yesterday. No not one.
Thanks to my wonderful, wonderful girlfriends (and my hubby).
And to all those who sent me greetings on Facebook-
I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!!
Thank you for being part of my life and for honouring my special day.

(I had a GREAT one!)
Love,
Kim




15 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

Happy birthday!!! :) It looks like you have some great friends.

Here's to another great year! :)

traveler one said...

MMMMMMMerci Cairo TypO! Someone just told me that 50 is the new 40... so I'm using that as my afirmation for the year! LOL!

Myrthe said...

Happy birthday, Kim! I am so happy for you that you got to spend it in such a wonderful way with so many people who care about you around you.

Jonathan said...

Happy birthday from a lurker who lived in Lezha 1994-96. I have to ask...There's a French bakery in Tirana??!

Ginnie said...

Let me just extend your day with another HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Kim. You deserve everything you got and more, I'm sure!

DAI said...

Happy birthday, Kim...and no panic, please! I remember with great fondness my 50th when I felt I had finally reached a level of complete fulfillment as an individual. Hurrah...onward we go and get better with age!

Stay well and happy. Best to you.
Drita

Veronica Khokhlova said...

Happy birthday, dear Kim! Warmest wishes from Ukraine!

traveler one said...

To each and everyone of you--Thank YOU for sending me your lovely birthday wishes. They all mean so very much to me!

Love, Kim

PS Jonathan... there is! and it is just like being in Paris (and it brings me such BLISS).

Genie Sea said...

OH! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May every day this year be as fun, abundant and delicious as this celebration! :)

Simple Answer said...

Happy, Happy!

CanadianSwiss said...

Happy birthday, Kim! I see you had a wonderful time with lovely people. Big B'DAY hug from Switzerland!

PS: You're on Facebook, too? :)

nela said...

Happy Birthday, Kim! Count your age by good friends, not years. :)

Annie said...

You have clearly got some amazingly incredible friends! What glorious gifts!

swenglishexpat said...

Happy Birthday! How lovely to be spoilt like that by friends.

christina said...

Happy Birthday, Kim! What a lovely day you had.