Friday, April 23, 2010

bEARTHday Celebration

I was so impressed, grateful, and honored by all the lovely comments I got yesterday. Since so many of you asked how I spent my day, here are a few of the over 130 pictures I took.

I actually began my day talking to Halle on the phone while drinking my first mug (or is it jug?) of coffee.

It rained off and on all day. The times it didn't rain, it was sunny and beautiful. The times it rained, it was also beautiful, because Mother Nature washed everything clean. The slow drizzle was perfect for the garden and the environment. Luckily, we in Kansas are (as of right now) unaffected by the volcanic aftermath that affect so many of my European friends.

My neighbor Sally (left) and Dana threw me a birthday lunch complete with gifts. Look at that birthday cake that Dana made me. It's made with watercolor pencils.

Many of my photos were out of focus, so you get what you get. Here are my gifts a bit closer. I got some of those Lock and Lock bowls and a can opener that doesn't leave sharp edges on the metal from Sally. I love the can opener and it will come in handy for all kinds of metal art projects. The bowls are perfect for storage.

Dessert and coffee. Yum.

Next it was off to Dana's where we packed up everything in this cabinet. I was going to show the packing, then decided I would wait till tomorrow, when I can do a post on organization, something I haven't done in awhile.

After taking a load to Dana's new home, we came back to my place, where I share these disparate bits I set on my work desk. On the left is a can of Nevr-Dull, a gift from Dana, which I can use to move the color around on National Geographic magazine images. On the right is an old catalog my next door neighbor brought me. He said he had an entire box of things like that and asked if I wanted them. Bless my neighbors. After all, it would have gone in his trailer that is going back to the dump, if I hadn't taken the stuff.

Next, Scott came by and we discussed cutting the limbs on my only tree, then he changed the oil in the car he has loaned me. What a birthday deal. About this time, Dana left, saying she was "handing me off to Scott" to finish out my birthday.

As Scott was finishing changing the oil and filter, my neighbor brought this box of books, greeting cards, and wallpaper,

along with this small box of books and other material. The corn popper box alone is out of this world.

To finish out the day, Scott and I went to a different Chinese restaurant. In the low light conditions of the place, Scott looked like he'd been painted (or run through a PS filter) as he drank his hot tea.

I ended up taking a flash of him in order to get a good photo. None of the shots of our meals turned out. They were all too dark or washed out from the flash.

I didn't have any trouble getting a shot of the buffet steam table, though. In fact, we closed the place, we stayed so late.

It was a great day for the Earth and a great day to have a bEARTHday. Thanks to all who made it possible, with your lovely comments, kind thoughts, and recycling efforts.

And because I am being lazy and don't want to take time to pick a favorite blog, today's web site was suggested by my friend Jackie. It's one of those web sites you could spend a week on, but in addition to other categories, it features ways to recycle objects destined for the trash. So, I give you Green Crafting at You might actually find a thing or two ways to recycle trash you hadn't thought of.

16 thoughtful remarks:

Healing Woman said...

It looks like you had a wonderful birthday! Friends, food and crafts. Perfect.

Halle said...

Thanks for a recap of your day...looks like it was a lot of fun.

That box of goodies from your neighbor is AWESOME!!

La Dolce Vita said...

looks like it was a great birthday and earth day!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful bearthday :)
Anne xx

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

glad you had a special day for your birthday AND earth day Elizabeth, looked like fun!

Lynn said...

I'm glad you had such a happy day. again Happy Birthday!

Lori Saul said...

Looks like you had a great day - thanks for sharing Elizabeth- have a fun weekend!

Tammy Freiborg said...

You are so blessed with so many wonderful people in your life! I know you like to eat out and you love your desserts! Enjoy! ;-)

Vicki said...


thank you so much for your really lovely comment on my blog, so appreciated!!! you should try scrapbooking some day :D
Glad you had a good time, i love these photos, especially the first one xxx

Melinda Cornish said...

happy happy birthday!!! it looks like a really special day........

Diane said...

Looks like you had a great birthday--you deserved it!--love all those treasures you received too!

Terri Kahrs said...

It can't get much better, Dear Elizabeth, than having a B-Earth-Day filled with good friends and lots & lots of love!!! Loved the watercolor pencil cake AND that can of Never Dull. (You'll have to let me know how it works!) Lots of Love and Happy Wishes! Terri xoxo

WW said...

I just want to tell you how much I love reading your posts. Yes, they can get a bit long sometimes, but I like all the detail you put into them and how you take us (the readers) with you when you go out on your adventures.
I really wish I had more crafty people to hang out with here, and that we had some of the cool stores you seem to end up at.
Hope you enjoyed your birthday and thank you for writing such a great blog.

Marlynn said...

Happy happy birthday my friend! Thank you for sharing this special day with us. I adore you and your wonderful friends. I have gotten to know them so well through your posts that I want you to tell them HI from me! Sending good thoughts your way!

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday - looks like you had a great time with all the sorting and cake into the bargain!

Mar said...

happy birthday to you!!!! we were born nearly the same day
i am the 21st!
we be fellow taureans