Monday, July 18, 2016

Thoughts on My Birthday

Today is my birthday.  It is a happier birthday than it was last year.  Last
year my beloved Aunt Susan died just days before.  She died July 12th,
her birthday would have been the next day on the 13th.  We loved having
our birthdays so close together, and for my whole life we celebrated our
birthday month.

So this is my first year without her.  I am doing okay and honestly feel
better than I have for several years.  I am looking at this year as a new
beginning and planning on enjoying each and every moment of it.

Here I am on the right, celebrating my fourth birthday with my best friend Barbie.
Barbie and I shared the same birthday and always had our parties together despite
the fact that she was two years older.  All of her friends and all of mine came to
my house for a big party.  

Barbie was always like a big sister to me.  I didn't remember this, but Barbie
was the one who taught me to tie my own shoes.  I read about this while 
reading an old letter that my Daddy wrote to his parents.  From what Daddy
wrote, I was very "matter of fact" about the whole thing and proceeded to
teach my new found skill to all the kids my age.  Barbie was my role
model ~ and by the way, I also had a very,very big crush on her older
brother Eddie who was four years older than me :-)

Barbie and I lost track of each other over the years, but I never fail
to think of her on July 18th.

Over the weekend,  my husband David celebrated his birthday too.  We have
always celebrated three full days ~ the 16th, 17th and 18th, and it has always been

David gave me a Fitbit for my birthday.  I love it!  I am now tracking every
step, how much I exercise, how many calories I have burned, how much
sleep I am getting and how much water I drink each day.  If I sit too long,
it will beep at me to get up and move ;-)  I have always been fit, but now
I expect to be super fit.  No excuses!

I am looking forward to the next year of my life that now lies before me.
I will have to achieve some kind of momentous accomplishment that
equals learning to tie my own shoes when I was little.  I have a really good
idea of what that will be, and before long, you will know too.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who come to visit me.
Your comments, support and love mean the world to me and have
made each day a better one for me.  

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. Hope your special day is happy and blessed. Happy Birthday!

  2. Many Happy Birthday Wishes to You! Stay cool!

    1. I am looking forward to Autumn ~ how about you?

  3. Happy Birthday to youuuuu
    Lily & Edward

  4. Happy Bday to you and go on FB look for your lovely friend there
    Have happy Day

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  6. Parabéns pelo aniversário!!! Você é muito bonita,lembra Doris Day !

    1. Thank you! Someone told me that once before. I love Doris Day!!

  7. Hope it's a wonderful Happy Day!

  8. Happy birthday... be blessed!

    ps: I've always love that photograph of you and your husband... so cute.


    1. Thanks you Cielo! My hubby and I have always been very romantic. He's a cutie!

  9. Happy, happy birthday dear friend! Hope your day was spectacular!


  10. Happy, Happy Birthday. Glad you had a good celebration!!!!

  11. Happy Birthday Susan. Hope you have a wonderful day.


  12. Happy Birthday! The husband's is tomorrow. Mine comes 13 days after that but I might like to forgetaboutit. So glad you have had a fun celebration. We used to celebrate for two weeks, but now I don't much care about mine. Today I made him a cake, and tomorrow night I am taking him out for dinner. I am making him a shelf for some of his collectibles and a box, but it is really hard to get excited about it any more. I am just glad to be "topside" if you know what I mean. You look so cute with your braids across your head. I don't know whatever happened to my childhood bestie, either. Her family moved back to Puerto Rico, and I only heard from her once after that. When I Googled her name years later, a stripper came up! I don't think it was her, though -- she was a little older than I am, and that would be pushing it!

    1. Happy Birthday to your hubby! I wasn't born until 10:42 pm, so I came close to sharing the day with your husband. I laughed when you got a stripper result from that Google search :-) Thanks for the good wishes and for stopping by!

  13. Glad you had good day. Cute photo of you and Barbie. My close childhood friend is still very much in my life. It's a wonderful thing to have a friend who has always known you. And I have my sister too! She is definitely a best friend! I've very lucky.
    Happy Birthday, Susan!

    1. You are lucky! I enjoyed seeing the picture of you with your sister. Some of my childhood friends are still in my life, and I heard from three of them yesterday. As we get older, the bonds with dear childhood friends just gets stronger don't you think. They become like family to us.

  14. Happy Birthday. I'd love to have a fit bit. Not in the summer but when school starts and I'm actually running around after little ones. I can't wait to hear your plans for the future. I'm glad it was a great day.

  15. Happy Happy Birthday Susan!!!

  16. Happy Birthday, and happy birthday SEASON to you and your family.

  17. Happy birthday! It is also my daughters birthday.

  18. Happy Birthday Susan,and wishing you a wonderful year ahead! Such a lovely the pictures (what a sweet little girl you were!) Happy Birthday to your husband too!
    Helen xox

  19. Happy Birthday Susan! You are a wonderful person!

  20. Happy belated birthday, Susan. I am happy to hear that you are feeling so well and so optimistic. xo Laura


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