Odds and Ends

“Birthdays are good for you.  Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.”  ~Larry Lorenzoni


I wrote nothing last week!  So sad.  Not that there was nothing to write about.  I just have be “in the mood” so to speak.  Still can’t say I’m totally inspired today, but here are a few odds and ends.

My birthday.

Yes.  I had a birthday last week. 

I am inching ever closer to 40.  Of course, as I like to tell people, Oprah (that’s “Queen O” to you.) says 40 is the new 30 and we ALL know that whatever Oprah says is gospel. Hah!  I guess 38 isn’t as scary as I thought it might be.  But really, I just hardly notice anymore because one birthday is pretty much like the last one.  Sad, but true.  And the majority of my VAST readership (snicker) will know what I’m talking about.  At any rate, my sister-in-law came to visit and a friend of hers tagged along…as did her dog Zoey.  We had cake…OF COURSE.  Cake ‘n steak.  (I’m cake, hubby’s steak! LOL)  It was a lot of fun.  My hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I told him I wanted cake and I wanted seafood.  Got my seafood Saturday night.  I’m not too hard to please. 

My brilliant children.

Yes.  My children are brilliant. 

I am not ashamed to say so.  This should not be any major revelation, but now I have the paper to prove it.  They both got interim reports from school last week and they are doing an awesome job!!  They make a mama proud. Not only are they brilliant, but they cook too!!  The kids made us all breakfast Saturday morning (only a little help from mama).  Their Aunt Paula was impressed!  It was delicious.  Best bacon and eggs ever.

My new town.

I would just like to say how much I love my new town.  People are so friendly here.  We loved strolling down Short Central this weekend and showing off our new town to Aunt Paula, who had not been here before.  We went in all the shops  and restaurants and everyone was so warm.  I especially love The Eclectic Chef (Ben) and Central Ave Coffee (Pam)!  The Art Gallery was great and we had the best time in a shop called Marigolds.  They have vintage stuff in there–furniture, old buttons, old aprons, civil war bullets, the squirty perfume bottles, well, you get the picture.  They also had some vintage clothes and our friend Amber and Emma had a little dress up time.  The gal in the shop was thinking we were all a little off our rockers because we were playing dress up and taking pictures!   If she only knew how FAR off our rockers we are!!  It was such a blast.  Next time I’m in need of an antique coke machine (or a flapper dress), well, I know exactly where to go!  Later we drove down to Mt Pleasant and ate dinner.  Then went on over to Charleston…Amber was in need of some fudge. An all around great day. 

I guess that about covers it. We laughed a lot and ate too much.  I’m paying for the cake ‘n steak, and the seafood, but it sure was worth it.

…And now the odds must come to an end. 


The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.  ~e.e. cummings



Filed under Family, Humor

9 responses to “Odds and Ends

  1. Fairlight

    I thought that was the inside of Marigold\’s! Happy belated Birthday! Hope all is well. I need to send you and e-mail. 🙂 Talk to you soon.

  2. Jim

    Happy belated Birthday Joell!
    Remember, your only as old as you act!  😉

  3. Unknown

    Hey I read Drums of Autumn, I liked that book to….I\’ll have to get that Water for Elephants….a good friend of mine gave me a book to read the other day and it was freaking horrible….then she asks me yesterday how I liked it….ARGGGGG!!!  I\’m a terrible liar!  I changed the subject.  That\’s why I can\’t join a darn book club!!! Even though the spouses club has one here….I\’d read one chapter and then burn the book….lol.  Sounds like we match on the book front, rare.-M

  4. Unknown

    Just checking you back, thanks for stopping by….I\’m trying to get motivated this morning…um…well….almost afternoon.  I want BLT\’s for lunch so…I\’ve got to get my butt to the commissary …sigh.  I\’ve been blog hopping and drinking tea, it\’s been nice.Happy late bday, and as for the drawing blood thing, I don\’t blame him one bit!!!!!!!!! + 1 more !  Those darn vampires, as my son used to call them…lol.  I hate needles.have a great day!Mercy

  5. Thot

    From a LIBRA to a Virgo…Congratulations…made it another year, and still in one piece…WAY TO GO… I think you are wise beyond your years…and look so much younger… I will have to have you give me that recipe… I do hope it was one of the bestest days ever 

  6. barnyardmama

    You look more like 28 than 38!!!  I guess Oprah must be right.  Happy Birthday!

  7. Bill

    Happy Birthday Joell….40 isnt the new 30, it\’s the new 25! 

  8. Nooner™

    I loved this!
    Happy Belated Birthday, Joell 🙂
    You are such a peppy gal… You have a great postivie attitude! Good for you!
    Oh, is that you behind the chocolate iced cake? It is? Ummmmmm…. I\’m talking officially about The Cake of course (officially .. but I think the unofficial Ummmm is in order too 🙂

  9. Aimee

     well happy belated…
    *~*   :o) if you don’t have a smile to give today…  :o) I will give you one of mine…  :o)   *~*

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