here, last week. It truly is a "heaven-sent blessing" for my birthday! In case you are wondering about this lovely green vase, that belonged to my mother, and she always kept it near her kitchen sink/windowsill, ready to receive roses from their flower garden too. This is the same kind of rose that my parents grew, "Don Juan" climbing rose, and I absolutely love it.
Okay, so back to the day. Hubby and I took off for Palatka, the closest "big" town near us, our county seat, about 15 miles from here, (big, in that they have Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, stuff like that...) and we went downtown to their old revitalized downtown area and had breakfast at the Magnolia Cafe'
I asked for hot tea, and look at the choices!
It was a difficult decision, but I finally decided on Tazo Wild Sweet Orange. I mean, it's my birthday...so why not be a little daring and wild? It was very good...especially with lemon and honey.
Then we stepped next door to the "Urban Farmhouse" vintage and farmhouse style furnishings. Our son and his lovely wife, working as the team "Ben & Rose's Country Woodshop", create lovely tables and benches in the farmhouse style, along with refinishing vintage tables and dressers, etc., like this one below: and they sell them here on consignment...
And this one:
They didn't make this one, but actually I see one they did do on the corner of the picture and I didn't even realize it at the time:
They did build this one below:
When I told the lady who runs the store who I was, she told me that our son and daughter in law do great work and actually she had just sold two of their items the day before that they aren't even aware of as they are away on a little vacation! So they will be excited to hear that good news...which helped pay for their vacation!!
For supper our other son, who lives here, grilled some delicious steaks for us...and that was a wonderful way to celebrate the day. But then I decided I needed to do one more special thing "just for me"...I finally took a bath in my very own bathtub in my very own bathroom! I've been saving this little pleasure for a special day, and I figured my birthday was exactly that...so I filled up the tub, added some delightful bubble bath (lavender scented) lit a candle, and luxuriated in the tub until the water got too cool...Such a relaxing way to end the day!
If you decide to come for a visit, you are welcome to take a bath too..."Hot Bath 25 cents, Soap and Towel Extra"....Ha ha...no you won't have to pay...it's just a fun little sign that my son painted for me some time ago...
To continue the celebration, some family and friends from out of town are coming over on Friday for lunch and to see our new house for the first time. I've still got some work to do before then, but have decided not to stress over it. It's not perfect...but whose house is? I know mine will never be perfect, but we are enjoying it and looking forward to sharing it with others as time goes by.
So I end this special day with a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord, for His great kindness and blessing in my life for all of these years...and yes, they are getting to be "many" years...but praise God, I have been blessed with good health, and a wonderful home and family and many friends. What more can we ask for?
I like what this little devotional calendar says for today: