Blog Post Birthday Edition Take Seven


Um, hi. I feel like I should reintroduce myself because of my recent disappearance. A huge revision editing project sailed away with most of my time. A bad cold (is there a good one?) had already swamped me. Added to that, the flu-like symptoms (days of that) from a shot and well, here we are.

So, how are you? You good? *Nods and shuffles like I do at a party when trying to make awkward small talk before giving up and going off to find food, preferably a cupcake.*

My birthday happened toward the south end of April. I couldnโ€™t post about that until now. This is not a pitiful cry for birthday wishes, however. This birthday wasnโ€™t a significant milestone. In fact I can only describe it by this emoji: ๐Ÿคท

Ever since I left college (ages ago; Fred Flintstone and I were classmates), my need for birthday parties or excitement on my birthday has diminished. Oh this is not to say that kind friends and family havenโ€™t taken me out or celebrated in some way (though the factors mentioned in the first paragraph prevented any sort gathering this year). But I no longer have the requirement of doing anything on my birthday.

How about you? Do you like having a big celebration on your birthday?

This post is my annual birthday giveaway weeks late. Traditionally, the giveaway involves a present similar to what I received. This year, I received a number of Amazon cards, so I will be giving away a $25 Amazon card (or the equivalent on Amazon UK) to one commenter.


And no, I am not giving away one of the actual cards I received. I spent that money! If you are anti-Amazon, and would prefer some other retail outlet, please let me know in the comments.

Cupcake illustration from dreamstime.

38 thoughts on “Blog Post Birthday Edition Take Seven

  1. Happy Belated Birthday! Like you, I really don’t celebrate my birthdays any more in a big way, but they remain an excellent excuse for cake! (As if I need an excuse… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    • Hi, FictionFan! Thank you! So true about cake. Cake should happen at spontaneous moments throughout the year. In fact, I feel a cake moment coming on right now. I wish I had some!

  2. Happy belated birthday. I know what yo mean about diminished interest in a party. I think mid-20โ€™s is when I stopped caring about anything big outside of milestones. Though my 40th being destroyed by covid quarantine made it so that I barely care about that. Birthdays have become just another day for me.

  3. Happy Birthday, L. Marie! Now I’m wondering about the number 7 on the cupcake. Could it be a blog anniversary?

    In our family birthdays are significant and we try to whoop it up. Our son’s birthday happens the same week, so I usually defer to him. This year we are both entering new decades, meaning our celebrations involve years with a “0” on the end. Yes, a hugh MILESTONE.

    I hope your editing job is behind you and that you are feeling more perky, health-wise. If my name is drawn, I will defer to another reader. Yesterday, I received a lovely book gift from you, quite enough for the week.

    Blessings, L. Marie! ((( )))

    • Hi, Marian! The seven refers to the seventh birthday giveaway. My blog is eight years old. I started the birthday thing a year later.
      The editing is partially behind me, yes. The big edit is ahead of me.
      How amazing that your son’s birthday is the same week. My niece’s birthday is the same day as her parents’ anniversary.

  4. I called up Freddie & all his/our buddies and we’re all sending you a huge hoot and holler for a belated Happy Birthday – whether you want the fanfare or not!
    So sorry to hear of your grumpy dumpy bout of sickness – I’m hoping the shot you’re referring to is either #1 or #2 of the vaccine…and that now that you’re on the other side of symptoms you can begin to reap the benefits of that injection!
    Maybe even splurge and get a new haircut or indulge in a carefree stroll through the park without a mask or the bookstore with the mask but without as much angst.
    Or? Maybe just a big huggy hug from a pal.
    It’s the simple things, right?
    peace of our Lord to you always, dear one.

    • Hi, Laura! It was shot number 2 of the vaccine. A friend here and I received the shot at the same place and went through the same symptoms. Her husband, who had it the week before, wound up with a temperature of 104. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ So he was down for the count a couple days.

      I remember your blog post where you mentioned your haircut! I need one!

      • Glad to hear you guys made it through to the other side of the vax process. That’s part of why hubby and I planned our vax times staggered a few days from each other – just in case one of us really took on the side effects.
        And while you’re in between edits, maybe now’s a good time to treat yourself and get thee down to the hair salon! Just sayin’…

  5. Well, Happy Belated Birthday! I hear you on the “shrug” emoji. Lately, my husband has been more inclined to celebrate his birthday because he’s just so happy to have one to celebrate (he’s in his late 60s). I’m touched when mine is acknowledged but please no parties or gifts. The gift I use to give myself was taking vacation leave on my birthday … now that I’m retired, well, everyday is like vacation leave ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you are feeling much better! I’m so glad you got your second shot, but what a bummer to feel so ill and have a major project due at the same time. Bless you, L. Marie!

  6. Happy Birthday, L. Marie. I enjoy quiet recognition of birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events ~> no big parties or gatherings. A nice meal. A sweet treat. A card or two (especially ones with laughing zebras). Glad you’re on the mend. Stay well!

  7. I hope you don’t have too much editing ahead of you and that you’re feeling well now.

    After a certain age, birthday parties become unnecessary. This year my birthday was the day before Mother’s Day, so we skipped it and went on an outing to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden on Mother’s Day. My waistline doesn’t need cake, and my closet doesn’t need gifts–although one daughter sent a box of See’s chocolates.

    Still, it’s nice to remember each other when a birthday comes around. So, happy birthday to you or to your blog.

    • Thanks, Nicki! Yes. it was my birthday. My blogoversary is toward the end of February. ๐Ÿ˜Š
      I saw your outing post on your blog. Lovely photos.

  8. A happy belated birthday to you Linda. I canโ€™t recall now if FB notified me that it was your birthday. And if they did I canโ€™t recall if I wished you Happy Birthday on there! Too many birthdays of my own have affected my memory ๐Ÿ˜‚ Personally Iโ€™m not one for parties, for my birthday I much prefer a small family meal.

  9. There’s no such thing as an insignificant birthday. I like to celebrate each and every one. Not with a big celebration necessarily, but with a grateful acknowledgement that life is good and I’m part of it. One of my pet peeves is when people try to hide their age or dismiss birthdays. So many people don’t get to reach their 40th, or 50th, or 60th . . . Anyone who does should celebrate!

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