Saturday, May 22, 2004

Birthday News


Photo Friday Entry : Macro

Hunny and I took a walk around the neighborhood this morning, with camera in hand.  I had no idea what I would come up with for many reasons.  Mainly, I still don't know what I'm doing with this camera.  But also because Hunny's a dog and she has a tendency to startle creatures of the earth from her dangling dog tags alone.  But as it turned out, Hunny was an amazing assistant.

Every time I stopped to take close-ups of grass, dirt, flower petals, bees and this bright-white butterfly, Hunny sat quietly and patiently.  We followed a few bees and stalked the butterfly.  And each time we needed to move to get closer, I whispered, "Here Hunny. Right here. Wait."  And she did.

I took a few of her.  But I was still on the macro-thing.  So, I opted not to post them because they are so close up, it's a little freaky.  But now I have proof that Hunny does indeed have long, thick, blonde eyelashes.  My little beauty.



Birthday News :

This has been an incredible birthday month so far - and it's still not even my birthday!  I received two thoughtful e-cards already [thank you Mia and Sharky.  I love you both.]  I hooked up my DVD player today, which of course, was a whole to-do, having to rearrange things to make room for the new shiny toy.  I signed up with Netflix the other night and got confirmation that my first three DVDs had been sent yesterday.  They arrived today!  Zippideedoodah-Zippideeay!

A sweet email from SloMo explained that my birthday package might arrive late. [::perk:: Birthday package, for me?]  What do you think was stinking up all the mailboxes downstairs this afternoon?  That's right. Not late. On time. Early even!  A gorgeous picture frame that I can't even begin to explain.  I'll take pics in daylight.  Thank youSloMo. Je t'adore.

This must be the year of the dragonfly.  Because not only does SloMo's gift have one, but Carly's card had many dragonfly stickers all over the envelope.  Inside, another dragonfly!  I was moved to near-tears.  Thank you, my dear friend Carly.

Do my AOL-J friends know me, or what?

Perhaps the most memorable gift of all arrived in the mail earlier this week.  In my [almost] 36 years on this planet, I cannot recall one birthday, holiday or event where my father wrote to me.  Every card was always bought and signed by my mother - from both of them.  But I always wondered if he even knew about them.  It always seemed like he was just as surprised and excited as we were on Christmas morning when my brother and I opened our gifts.  This year, my mom emailed me to say she was sending something from dad.  I requested that it come directly from him.  A few days later, the card arrived.  From my dad.  In his handwriting.  There's no mistaking his writing.  I haven't seen or talked to him in over ten years.

This is a happy birthday.

41 comments:

johnn60504 said...

Hhhmm...May 23....what a grand day!  Happy Birthday Trish!  Many *many* happy returns on this one.  I hope the next year (your 37th) is your best one yet.  Warmest regards,  John

babyshark28 said...

ooooh. sooo sweet.  this IS a great birthday....week. concerning many things already, but then a card from a dad. wondeful. :)

and whoa!  check out your pictures, beautiful!! I especially love the bee on that blue flower!!!  super job lady. xo
and yes...yet, again.
happy birthday tomorrow. xo

geminiwilder said...

good for you. good for YOU!  i feel happy because you are so happy.

xo phinney

krobbie67 said...

Those pics are absolutely incredible! I didn't put your card, or gift, in the mail. I am holding them ransom to make sure that we hook up on Wednesday. ;-p

The part about your dad brought tears to my eyes. How wonderful that he reached out. Love is the greatest gift of all. Happy Birthday Trish!
:-) ---Robbie

deabvt said...

Beautiful Bee!!!!
H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y , F R E E E  !!!!!!!!!!
Have a wonderful day!
V

chattiekimmie said...

What a wonderful gift to have your father reach out to you in such a special way.  I absolutely LOVE the pictures.  Makes a person feel peaceful just looking at them.  A very nice way to end the day.  :) Kimmie

sunflowerkat321 said...

Your pictures are great Freee...you are a natural.  I was touched by the story about hearing from your dad.  That is just wonderful.  I hope the two of you can build on it.

sepintx said...

OOoooooo :-)
Been watching all week as the photos go up! Wishing a most happy birthday wishes your way. Nice macros, butterfly and bee. Can't ask for a better combination. Close ups can be a little freaky. I like long lashes :-)

derossetfamily said...

Oh wow, 10 years! That must have been a biggie for you to get mail from him. Man, you are making out this birthday! And you deserve it. You wanna know why? Because you rock :)
H A P P Y  B I R T H D A Y! ! ! ! !
~Mary
Ps- I wanna see those Hunny lashes!

grodygeek said...

Happy Happy Birthday Trish,
I'm sorry you don't have any contact with your father for 10 years. I hope I can improve on that.  I sure would accept any suggestions you have on trying to reach my thing 2. I wrote some more this week. I called three times today. No one called back. ouch

Gordy

fyrecracker1 said...

HA!  It is technically your BIRTHDAY!  It is 1:45 AM!  :o)

Happy Birthday To You...
Happy Birthday TO You...
Happy BIRTHday, Dear Freee-eee...
HAppy Birthday, toooooo-ooooo... YOOOOOUUUUUU!!!!!

:::bowing:::

mallory4284 said...

Happy Birthday to you!!!! I was gonna sing, but fyre beat me to the crack...plus I don't have much of a singing voice anyway. ;) Hope your actual birthday is as great as your birthday month has been!!

Have a good one, freee!

-- Mallory :)

ondinemonet said...

Trish my pet...I put that silly little dragonfly aside a couple months ago just for you! Have a very Happy Birthday, I love you tons! Always, Carly :)

sonensmilinmon said...

What BEAUTIFUL pictures ... the second is my favorite.  So, are you going to tell us the exact date of  your b-day so we can say HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the right day!!!

Monica

billbinford54 said...

The pix so remind me of my time in the OC.  I have some closeups of a hummingbird that frequented our back patio.  Thanks.

ggal3133 said...

Love the pictures!
You have wonderful friends and I hope you have a great bday!
The story about your dad sending you something personally brought tears to my eyes, indeed a very happy birthday.

hempenhomespun said...

Happy Birthday!  It's nice to know that you're enjoying it so much!

viviansullinwank said...

Oh my what AWESOME pictures, {{{{{Freee}}}}}
Happy birthday to you...
  Happy birthday to you...
      Happy birthday dear Freee...
         Happy birthday to YOU!!!
Vivian
http://journals.aol.com/viviansullinwank/ThisOneIsJustForBirthdays/entries/524

slowmotionlife said...

OMG!!!!!  That was the fastest delivery ever!!!  I'm soooooo glad it got to you on time.  I really, honestly, didn't think it would get to you until Monday or Tuesday at the earliest.  You must have been gifted with luck this birthday season.  :D

And the dragonfly isn't a coincidence on my part.  I hounded the girl in the little shop I visited to show me EVERYTHING she had with dragonflies on it.  And that was the prettiest thing in the shop.  :)

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday, Angel!!!  You were my first stop of the morning.  I love you.  I think you're wonderful.  The earth was blessed the day you were born.

P.S.  Love your macro shots!!!

screaminremo303 said...

Great Pictures! Hope your birthday was the best.

jeanyu said...

Happy Birthday To You!

krobbie67 said...

Happy Birthday Girl! I left a card for you on my J while I spend the day typing away. ::::singing::: C..e...l...e...b...r...a...t...ion Come on! :-) ---Robbie

aynetal3 said...

Happy Birthday Special Person ... Hehe we're figuring you are blessed with luck, cuz the first card we picked up had a pretty blue dragonfly ... not sure of your nationality, but you seem born with the luck of an Irishman!  Hopin your day cruizes along at high altitudes and that part of you that gets sentimental is surprised with only light and happy thoughts of the four-winged variety!  Happy Birthday love!!!

alphawoman1 said...

Happy Birthday!

lisbnjvi said...

Just a quickie to say "HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!".  MANY BLESSINGS!
Hugs and love, Lisa

indigosunmoon said...

Trish,
You are doing great with the camera!  Both photos are great, but I must admit I am partial to the bee one!
Show us some more Hunny pics soon!
Love ya,
Connie

karensull12 said...

Happy Birthday to you!  Hope you have a great one!!!  Karen

goldenchildnc said...

HOLY.... WHen I first clicked the link I thought I was in the wrong place. LOL! I was NOT expecting to see photography like this! NICE! :-) And OMG! Am I missing someone else's birthday?!?!?? My dog ate my homework! ANd heads are gonna roll! Dang it! Sorry Trish! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!!!!!!!!! :-)

uberdude333 said...

Happy birthday Freep

musenla said...

Happy Happy Birthday TRISH!  Wonderful things to receive and definitely wonderful reasons to celebrate today!  But most of all, this day is to celebrate YOU.  I'm glad I know you and I'm sure the rest of J land feels that way.

Here's to you and many more wonderful birthdays to come!

P.S. Gorgeous photos!

somenuttychic said...

Incredible photos! And HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! A card from your dad that you haven't spoken to in 10 years??? That's quite a gift. Actually, it sounds like you got a lot of nice gifts. Here's hoping your day was spectacular!  

ckays1967 said...

Happy Birthday to a beautiful one!!!!!!

jeanyu said...

Happy birthday to you. a very moving entry..you are bringing peace to the world around you..more good years will come to you..

jcgeorgiapeach said...

Happy, Happy, Happy BELATED Birthday!  Such a sorry sack I am for not giving you your well deserved well wishes on the actual day of your birth!  It sure sounds like it was meant to be wonderful!  ~Peachy

amk829 said...

Have a very happy birthday, get cake, get presents, get wishes!

Andrew-

dockart said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I almost fell off my chair when you said you were going to be 36!! I had you still twenty-something. Enjoy your special day!
Donna:)

miarenee24 said...

Gee, I thought I commented here. In fact, I'm sure of it. BUT...I had a terrible mess all weekend with my AOL-J connections. Not sure why, but the host wasn't responding, I kept freezing up, etc.

So, I am sure what I meant to say over the weekend, of course, was happy b'day. But, you already got that e-mail. But, about the above photos....My goodness! I've never seen anyone THIS good with a brand-new camera! You have the eye for it. It's just natrual for you, it's obvious. I LOVE the color in the one with the bee. That should be in a frame! Good job!
Love you.. xo

gingergirl05 said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Triiish, Happy Birthday to you!  I hope that your actually birthDAY was a blast!  Sounds like you have had quite the month of gifts and bday wishes.  I've always thought that my 30s will be the greatest time of my life.  A time when I'm seeing who I really am, and actually liking what I see.  I sure hope that you are spending your 30s that way!!!!  Lots of love and hugs to you on your birthday (or a few days after, sry!).

~~O .·.¤.·*HAPPY BIRTHDAY*·.¤.·. O~~

~  Kate xoxo

cw2smom said...

A very Happy, but Belated Birthday Wish!  Hope it was spectacular!  Great photos!

jeffcomedy said...

Yes, it does sound like an exquiste birthday.

I am so happy for you.

diannevan said...

Oh, Freee!! I'm so happy for you!!  Please tell me you wrote or called your father.  You can't forget the past, but you can relish the present.  

Your pictures are amazing.  They are just incredible!!  I can't wait to see more, more MORE!!  (Hmmm... where have I heard THAT before??)