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My Birthday was perfect.

I don’t make a big deal of my birthday. Why, I don’t know. But Ray always gets excited that it’s my birthday and that gets me feeling like I would assume most people feel on their birthdays….special.

I got my coffee and picked up Ray’s card, positioned standing upright next to the coffee maker, and joined Ray in the family room. Ray is not a writer. No, that’s not correct. Ray dislikes writing. He can sit with pen in hand, staring down at a blank card for quite a while before the pen actually starts moving on the card. This morning I was excited about reading what Ray had written on my card. You see I’d walked in on him while he was attempting to write the card last night. He was not shy about letting me know I had interrupted him. I left the room and shortly thereafter Ray came out of the room. I feared I’d interrupted his thoughts and asked why he wasn’t writing anymore. With a big sheepish smile said that he’d finished writing……that the words just spilled out on the page of my birthday card.

He wrote me the perfect card saying everything I could have wished he say and MORE. I think my husband really loves me. And! There was a nice surprise check inside with a notation that the check was to go towards the purchase of the new desktop computer I want to buy but was afraid I’d be spending too much money on it to buy. I was giddy with excitement. What a great way to start my day. (Hi LR, aren’t you happy for my excitement?)

I made my way over to my (little laptop, not really equipped to handle all the programs I use LR!) computer and found something else that made my day. Kalebra Kelby, Scott Kelby’s wife, had been touched by a comment I left on Scott’s blog dated December 24th. Scott wrote a blog titled – An Unexpected Christmas Song From My Wife, Kalebra. In my inbox I found the email letting me know Kalebra had written a comment, to the comment I left on Scott’s blog, on my blog entry dated December 23rd. Do you know how exciting this was for me. I mean really….Scott Kelby’s wife! If you don’t read Scott’s Dec 24th blog and listen to Kalebra singing to her 3 and 1/2 year old daughter, in her bathroom, into an I-phone voice recorder, singing acappella you will miss one of the most heartwarming singing experiences I’ve ever heard. Hearing Kalebra sing to her daughter brought tears to my eyes. It’s funny because Scott doesn’t talk about his wife much on his blog but the few times he has I knew just from how he talked about her that she was one special lady. Listening to her sing communicates how very warm and wonderful she is. That’s one lucky little girl to have a mother like Kalebra. Ok, so go listen to her sing now.

The next moment to make my heart sing this morning was when my son called to wish me a Happy Birthday. We had a special talk, very special for me. We made a commitment to talk every Tuesday at 5:30am. I adore Lane. I want to show the love I have for Lane through my actions…..the action of staying in touch on a regular, consistent basis. It’s hard for me to make calls and talk on the phone. I don’t know why but it is. Each year I put on an Ideals list for the upcoming year to call Lane regularly, email Josh regularly, call my sisters and brother regularly. Each year I carry this ideal over to the next year, hoping this new year will be the year I take the action I promise myself I’ll take. This year, 2010, is the year I will take this off my Ideal’s list. This year, 2010, is the year I will show the love and respect I have for my family by staying in contact on a regular basis.

I stayed on the phone a bit too long with Lane and had to shower hurriedly so Ray and I wouldn’t be late for our date at the movies with Sandi and Jerry. Sandi and Jerry had bought our tickets when we arrived as a birthday gift. Thanks. If I wasn’t already filled up with joy from the special morning, the movie Invictus did the job. I left the theater walking 2 feet off the ground. Don’t miss this movie. It’s the best “feel good” movie I’ve seen.

Ray and I went for a walk out our front door after the movie – to help walk off our popcorn lunch.
I’ve been taking the new Sigma AF 18-250/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM F/Canon lens on all my hikes and walks around the neighborhood. The focal length range is great. I’ve been having fun with it. Now I just have to figure out how I can hand hold the Canon 40D with this lens and produce an in focus shot.

An after -the-movie walk around our neighborhood.

An after -the-movie walk around our neighborhood.

A diversion from my walk.

A diversion from my walk.

1/250 sec at f/10, ISO 125, focal length 95mm. hmmmmm, I see the metadata in Lightroom noted the subject distance as 44.90mm. (How does it know that I’d like to know?)

A second chance to try and get a bird photo in focus. Not.

A second chance to try and get a bird photo in focus. Not.

exposure 1/160 sec at f/8, ISO 125, focal length 95mm, subject distance 18.20m.

This is not a vacation resort, it's our backyard.

This is not a vacation resort, it's our backyard.

That’s Mt San Gorgonio in the background. It’s much further away than it looks. This lens certainly does bring everything close in AND compresses it. I was walking down the 15th fairway of the Palmer Course, about two hundred yards away from our condo.

My B-day is almost done.

My B-day is almost done.

My brother called to wish me a Happy Birthday after my walk. He shared that I have know him the longest of anyone….over 62 years!

I’ve received so many calls and Facebook Happy Birthday messages today from people that love me and I love. Thank you. I feel very blessed, very, very blessed.

2 Responses to “My Birthday was perfect.”

  1. Joanna says:

    Hi Linda, I really enjoyed your blog entry today, sounds like you had a very nice Birthday, rich with love! I listened to the Christmas song…..what a great way to start my christmas morning! Thank you.
    Love the crane photo…love you

  2. lr says:

    …….LJ, Sounds like a great b’day. Little concerned that you now have Ray in the buying new mode. Oh well. I’m off to return Xmas gifts and receive refunds to use on mortgage payoff, saving for colleges, and looking at a used car. As you have always said …”thifty is as thrfty does.”
    Happy b’day!
    LR

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