Happy Birthday to Me

Today is my birthday. I am 53 years young.

I don’t feel old. Am I supposed to? I have a bit of arthritis in my hips and my left knee doesn’t always co-operate when I need to use the stairs. I color my hair, but my colorist says I don’t have enough grey to consider going completely grey. My doctor says I’m healthy except for the slightly high blood pressure. My teeth are good – no cavities last check up. I need to lose weight – I drop ten pounds then the rest holds on tight (or soft) and refuses to disappear. I work out at the gym 3 days a week with cardio and weight lifting. I don’t smoke and I don’t drink much. Wine goes to my head quickly, mixed drinks are too sweet and I don’t like to drink Scotch alone. I love chocolate covered almonds – they are an infrequent treat and my true sinful pleasure.

I pamper myself. I pay too much for a haircut and color, but I love the service and I love going shopping afterwards in the mall where the salon is located. I treat myself to an expensive coffee every once in awhile for that strong caffeine fix. I buy a lottery ticket when the pot is in the tens of millions. I love to travel. Give me twenty four hours notice or less and I will be at the airport with passport in hand. I keep foreign currency in my safe – why exchange it when I know I will be travelling again. I love to shop at Trove. I’m not plugging the store. This is just a fact.

I love my family and friends. They complete me (please don’t think of Jerry McGuire). I love it when I get their hugs and kisses. There are never enough to fill my day. I’m not big on telephone calls, but email me or message me on Facebook and I am thrilled. Silly, I know, but my fingers like to do the talking.

This has been a great year for me. I finally published my book, Forever Love. This was not an item on My Bucket list, but an item on the For Me list. We renovated our family room. Finally, we have a room for entertaining and relaxing. We have a hot tub which we use almost every day. My achy joints don’t ache as much now. My family is happy and healthy. My husband I will celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary next month.

I am not expecting any birthday gifts today. I don’t need anything. I have everything I need – my family, my friends, my health and moments like this when I can take the time to write. I am having a very happy birthday.

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