January 15, 2013

Yesterday was my birthday…I’m now 64 years old.


It always surprises me that I made it to anywhere after 50.  I don’t know why it does, but it does.

I can remember sitting in my desk in the first grade of school, the teacher, Miss Mable Howard, was talking about the 20th century ending and the 21st century beginning…I remember thinking that none of that makes any sense at all.

Then she talked about the year 2000, you have to do the math, but this was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1955, the year 2000 was sooooo farrrrrr away that I couldn’t even get it to come into focus.  Since it was so far away I decided that I would make it to the age of 50, which was really, really, ancient and just let everything else take care of itself.

As the years progressed I would think about that little girl so long ago deciding to be fifty and then let every thing else just happen as it would.  Fifty seems like a real nice number, way back when.  It still does.

When I was fifty I lost my best friend/sister, my beloved Grandmother, and both my parents.  Strangely my life did end at the age of fifty.  Every year after fifty has been a surprise and a gift.  A year to treasure and be thankful for.  I am not sick, nor do I have beloved family or friends ill, what I have is a new year that my little 6 year old mind could not comprehend in 1955.

A gift of life.

Many of you have emailed me birthday wishes, which adds richly to my birthday.  My children and my grandchildren and my step-grandchildren have widened my life to a whole of completeness.  I have become the matriarch of our family, which still seems like an odd thing, but also a blessing.

Really, life is truly a circle and one we all get to rejoice in.


This is me in 1951!  What a hoot!

Thank you each and everyone of you for helping enrich my daily world.


36 thoughts on “January 15, 2013

  1. what a sweet little girl you were! happy, happy birthday. i am going to be 50 this year and i feel quite lost with myself. i hope i can find me on the other side somewhere! 🙂


  2. Best wishes for a belated Happy Birthday ffrom Scotland. What a happy little girl picture.
    I have a big birthday later this year and I can’t quite believe I will be that old!!


  3. Happy Birthday Linda! I never would have guessed your age! I love to read your posts and I dream about Colorado when you post photos. Your 4 o’clock photos interest me a lot. I have always noticed times of day/months/seasons. There’s a word for that, I need to look it up. Maybe it applies to you too! And God bless your rainbow photos! I think you have an eye for them.

    So, some good news…. we put an offer on some land just north of Gunnison. We close on January 30th. Such excitement in this house. We have known for over a year now that we all left our hearts in Gunnison, so it was decided that we would move back at the earliest opportunity. Apparently the opportunity just might be presenting itself. We’re waiting to hear on a job transfer for Steve, but in any event, we finally will own a piece of heaven in Colorado.

    Have a wonderful week. Stay warm! Gunnison had -33 last night. BRRRRR


  4. Now that is a great photo! Happy Birthday to you! I hope you had a wonderful day! I used to think the same thing that I would never make it past 50..it seemed so old! I have had 11 years soon 12 to adjust and I try to make the best of each day:)


  5. Happy Birthday to YOU…. You are a young chicken–compared to me!!!!! ha…. Love this post today—there’s just so much positive in it!!!!!! I am so blessed to know you and call you my friend. Hope you had a fabulous day on that birthday!!!


  6. Happy BelatedBirthday from Texas!! I’m amazed I’m 60! If I had known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself! LOL


  7. Dear Linda,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I happen to think this is absolutely great. NOT everyone can achieve life the way you have. You are a blessing to your family.
    I am from Canada and will be 64 on the 16th this month. Yea!!!!!!


  8. I can’t tell you how your blog has moved me. I am a writer doing research on what it’s like to live on a farm and I discovered your blog. Your voice is crystal clear and no less majestic than your lovely photographs of the sky in all its permutations. What a beautiful soul you must be. Happy Birthday.


  9. Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day!
    You have an interesting perspective on the passing of time in your life. It’s hard to believe that we are the old folks and the Grandmas and grandpas of the world. You obviously enjoy this stage of your life and it brings happiness. Many more birthdays!


  10. A very happy belated birthday!! Your post comes a great time for me. I’ve been feeling ‘old’ at 47 because I see my life’s job (raising kids) is slipping quickly away. What will I do when they’re gone. Seeing that you are happy with the life you have each day, gives me a push to move forward out of my funk.


  11. Happy belated Birthday Linda! Hoping this one is the best ever!

    I turned 50 last year. I was amazed. Never thought I’d make it that far.


  12. Happy Birthday wishes Linda, I so enjoyed reading your post. What a sweet and smiling childhood photo of you… simply gorgeous.
    Lovely and heartfelt reminiscences you’ve shared as well. Yes, life is a gift, I agree.
    All my very best wishes to you :D)


  13. Happy late birthday, Linda! Our birthdays aren’t too far apart! And you are only a little older. I hated to hear about all the tragedies that befell you when you were 50. I became a grandmother just a week before I turned 50, and it was an awesome year for me. But, my husband had a heart attack when he was 49, and every day after that has been a real gift for us!

    If we get a chance to come to Colorado in August (we are thinking about it…have friends in Greeley) I would love for us to meet somewhere! I’ll let you know if we are planning the trip for sure, and we can make some plans. Hopefully you don’t live horribly far from where we will be.


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