Thursday, March 22, 2012

on my birthday...

i should not have to:

~ change the litterbox
~ clean the chicken coop
~ muck the stalls

(hmm, there is a decided poo-related theme here)

~ or do any laundry.
~ or dishes.

but i should get to:

~ wander the yard in the fog with my camera (they promise it will burn off and the sun will shine).
~ gather the fresh warm eggs from the chicken coop (i get to do this every day).
~ stay in my pajamas as long as i want.
~ spend the entire morning on pinterest if i want to.
~ putter around in the garden.

this evening, we will:

~ go and see bonderøven - a charming self-sufficiency guy who has a t.v. program and should be quite entertaining.

* * *

it's funny, i'm not really that fussed about birthdays. my family got up this morning and made me breakfast and brought me a mug of steaming tea - it was a very nice way to wake up. but mostly, it feels like a regular day. i don't really feel older than i did yesterday, and 45 is just a number (30 + 15) - it isn't as old as it once was, says husband, who turned 47 last month.

sometimes it does seem strange that at a time when you're "supposed" to be settled in - with the perfect house and the perfect career - that we basically started all over again with a house that's a ten-year project (8 years to go) and i'm embarking on a new venture with new partners, rather than just having a paycheck every month. starting over when we're supposed to be comfortably enjoying the fruits of our previous labors.

but then, in the stillness of a foggy morning, i wander out to the pasture with my camera and i see the horses peacefully munching away at the grass that's springing forth. and even tho' it's not perfect - it's messy and a huge job and sometimes hard and frustrating - it just feels right.

i'm in the right place at the right time and exactly the right age.


Unknown said...

Happy birthday! Sounds like you had a lovely day appreciating simple pleasures.

Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday, the sun is brightly shining here on Als. Hope it will arrive soon in Jylland.

Enjoy yourself.

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Happy birthday!! Go out and have a great day!!! :)

Jody Pearl said...

OMG - Happy best Birthday! x

Jim Doran said...

Happy Birthday!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

Maybe the goodness of age is that we recognize there is no right time, right way to be. Starting new things at this age, with all good the wisdom you've gathered through the years feels just right.

Have a wonderful (poop-free!) birthday celebration! Pajamas + Pinterest = Heaven

celkalee said...

A very Happy Birthday to you. I don't believe in the rules that state by this age this and that age that. As you have found, your continuous evolution defies that notion. Have a lovely day.

Pia K said...

have a lovely one! it may be a cliché of sorts, but really age is just a number, what's important is your state of mind. too bad we're living in a world were so much is surface and age-related, or is it sweden? but one of the benefits with running your own business is that age really does not matter! yay!

--maria said...


It is very refreshing to hear this: "i'm in the right place at the right time and exactly the right age."

I'll be working towards that.

Veronica Roth said...

Happy Birthday,and many happy returns. Happy it feels right to you, that's the most important thing.

My house is renovation central, the little boxes need tending to every evening, and I'm a little older that you are and still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. I can see this continuing to my birthday and beyond.

Feels right to me too.

Spilling Ink said...

Ha! We're the same age.

It's not a bad place to be and it's not a bad place to start new projects.

I used to think I would have it all sorted by this age but in so many ways I feel like I've only just begun.... I still ask myself what I want to be when I grow up!

Spilling Ink said...

Oh, and Happy Birtday! :)

Agata said...

I wish you fulfill all your dreams! Happiness and many creative ideas!

Anne said...

Happy birthday! I completely agree about poop chores on birthdays.

I'm so glad you're content with your place in spacetime. Regardless of the imperfections and the inevitable hard work that needs doing, what a valuable state of mind. Here's to a year full of feeling right!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Photos of horses in the all sounds just about right. A belated Happy Birthday to you!