Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm How Old???

Today was my birthday.  51.  Last year, when I turned 50, I was sad to leave my 40s.  I loved my 40s.  But, so far the 50s are pretty good too.  More aches and pains, more hormonal "fun", but more me time which I'm enjoying. 

Today was sunny and warm, with temperatures in the 70s.  It would have been perfect for a trail ride except that Jackson is gimpy and I'm working.  But, working from home.  So, I got to sneak outside from time to time and visit the animals and my garden.

I made myself an oven pancake for breakfast.  I love these -- drizzled with fresh lemon juice and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Jackson was walking pretty well this morning.  I couldn't find any evidence of the abscess breaking so I went ahead and soaked him in epsom salts.  Then I applied a poultice and wrapped him up in a baby diaper.  They make great wraps for hooves.  I always have some on hand. 

I spent a few minutes weeding my flower bed and planting a basil plant.  It may be too early for the basil.  We often get frost up until May, but I thought I'd give it a shot.  The compost I mixed into the garden box was full of worms.  Check out the little guy at the base of the plant.

I was planning to make myself a rhubarb pie for my birthday "cake."  It's by far my favorite pie.  It's my favorite dessert.  It's better than chocolate.  I've been to three markets.  No rhubarb.  I planted a rhubarb tuber a few weeks ago so I wouldn't have this problem in future years.  It has sprouted, but I don't think there is enough for a pie...

I wandered outside for awhile with the camera, enjoying the sunshine and my gardens.

Brett's been busy all day.  He was on the ride-on mower all morning.  This afternoon he was weed whacking. 

It will be time to feed and do the evening chores in a short while.  In the meantime, I'm going to take my new book of poetry outside by the pool and read.  I ordered the book a few weeks ago and it arrived today, on my birthday.  How perfect is that!

For dinner tonight we are having steak salad.  Brett is going to BBQ the steak.  I bought berries to go in the salad.  I'm also going to make some warm goat cheese on toasts to put on top.  I pulled a bottle of my dad's cabernet out of the wine cellar...  I don't plan to be in any condition to post about dinner this evening since his wine is exceptional and it is my birthday so I may just have that second glass.


  1. Happy Birthday! Sounds like a great day to me. Don't get too crazy with that wine, though. I've noticed that as I get older the hangovers hurt worse ;).

  2. Sounds like a pretty nice birthday - I've got a few years on you but the 50s aren't bad. Mary Oliver and horses - who could ask for more?

  3. Happy Happy Birthday! Loved your breakfast and dinner sounds good too. I am so jealous of your gardens.

    Our rhubarb is really coming on strong. We have several rows of it...sorry it's not ready or I would send you some.

    Sounds like your horse is doing a little better.

    Hope you enjoyed your day and the wine.

  4. Excellent post! Happy Birthday!

  5. Happy happy birthday to you Annette!

    Your celebration menu sounds delish... good times in the garden and a new book of poetry - couldn't get an better! :)

  6. Happy Birthday! Wish you would share your baked pancake recipe...sounds soo good.

  7. Many Happy Returns! I am a year ahead of you, although also a child of March.
    I am skeptical about how much work was done today, but I won't tell. Promise.

  8. sounds like a good day to me! How do you make an oven pancake?

  9. What a perfect day and a perfect gift to arrive for the day. Some things are meant to be, and it appears, you were meant to have a blessed birthday. Cheers to you!

    And, did your dad make his own wine?

  10. and a second glass she had too. also a third. no blogging tonight. by the way, that wasn't my diaper you used on Jackson was it?

  11. Happy Birthday! Glad you went for that 3rd glass! It sounds like Brett may have, too :)

    Hope you had a wonderful day!!

  12. Happy Birthday, al though by the time you read this it will be passed!

    However, I can say with full authority, the 50`s are`nt too bad! I should know, I`m almost st the end of them!
    Still we should all rock on as it were! Hope you got everything you wanted!!! Hangover?

    And in answer to the lameness issue? yes the vet is full of ideas, not one specific one, but, hey ho! Today she is standing better!

  13. Happy Birthday I love my 50's I think every decade has some wonderful things I was missing. I am not going to rush to my sixties but I am sure it will be even better than 50's. Your garden looks great it is still brown and dead looking here.
    Nice diaper use hope all works out on the foot. Take care. B

  14. Happy Late birthday!!! And interesting about the diaper/foot wrap.

  15. AUGURI.....BUON COMPLEANNO Annette...HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you....!!!!!!!!!!

    ....(You are two years ahead of me....)

    I love your selfbaked pancake for cute and you bet: I'll try it too and I KNOW for shure I have to eat it by myself... my three men are not pancake- lovers......, but I'll LOVE it....I am a pancakelover!

    You planted even the basil already: Bravissima......I am still a little behind!!

    ciao ciao elvira

  16. Happy belated Birthday!! I'm so sorry I missed it, but it sounds like you had a good one! I love all the pictures of your flowers and while I envy those, I don't envy Brett having to mow and trim already LOL. Was your Dad a wine-maker?

    Oh, and I'm so glad to hear that Jackson is doing better!!


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