her birthday

Today would have been her 84th birthday.

Joy and her older brother, Scott
She was just six days short of the big day.

Her passing makes the memories of her 83rd birthday all the more precious. I think we devoured a dinner of steak and crab legs last year to celebrate. Had some family over. She relished every minute of her birthday.  Said they NEVER served steak and crab legs in the retirement home.

The mood of our chicken coop here On a Chicken Wing and a Prayer has been…well….sad, is what it’s been.

But we take solace in sharing our fond and funny memories of Mom….Grandma…. Aunt…Sis…….Joy. She was one-of-a-kind and we will miss her. The hospice nurse told me I would never go anywhere without her and she’d never go anywhere without me. I think that’s right.

With her ornery grandson

Birthday Joy love to all.

natal day update

Fun celebrations of natal days this weekend.  Saturday night we ate out with friends to celebrate the Texan’s birthday.  Yes…his bday is the day before mine.  Makes me realize all the astrological, zoodiacal stuff is pure whooey.  The Texan and I are BOTH Libras??  There’s no end to the joke “I wasn’t born yesterday, you know.  Why….yes I was!”  That phrase is the Texan’s fave.

My Sunday natal day started with a surprise gift……a KINDLE!  The Texan really outdid himself this year.  Wow.  I’m gobsmacked.  What a great present.
Then to church.  Lunch with Grandma at the retirement center.  Took a little stroll with the Sprouts around the retirement home pond.  We were marvelling at the CRR-AY-ZEE leaping, chirping frogs.  As we walked around the pond, the frogs would let out a loud chirp just before they plunged into the water.  It amused me to no end, those chirping frogs.  Tallyho…..plop!  I’d never seen anything like it.
Then home, where the wiener dog had a nice birthday surprise for me.
All together now……AWWWWWWW.  A very thoughtful wiener-dog moment.  She breathlessly informed me she had a Chuckie Cheese pizza party planned for me and the Texan.  She was a little bummed when I told her the Sprouts were taking us to Saltgrass for dinner and they don’t accept dachshunds at Saltgrass.  She looks stricken, doesn’t she?  Don’t worry…a rousing game of tennis ball and she had forgotten all about it!
Some things I know on my birthday:
1.  I am blessed
2.  My Sprouts are great.
3.  I need to make a sling for my face.  Why has my face gotten so lazy?  I always find it hanging around my jawline.
4.  Doxies are huge party-planners.
5.  I’m hanging black muslin over my mirror.
6.  I want to get better.
7.  Thank you God, for hormones.
8.  I want people to see less of me and more of Him.
9.  The Texan can still surprise me.
10.  Yup.  I’m blessed
Leaping frog love to all this week.