Keep calm and age well

Life is full of promise
There is so much it has to give,
so much joy and wonder
yet to be explored.

You can always meet the challenge
every single day you live,
when you walk in faith
together with the Lord

Amanda Bradley's words cheered me up 15 summers ago. I was going through some tough time and a thoughtful friend gave this card to me. I kept it and never saw it again until recently while rummaging through my drawer in the office.

Family over for lunch. Space is limited in my nook but I'm glad they came. Old family tales were retold. I rang overseas for Mama to join in some of the conversation. Ouch phone bill, but familiar voices are worth it.

Book shopping makes me happy.  World Book's Young Scientist and The Questionary for CJ and a coffee table book for me. Pictures inside Mary Ford's Cake Decorating book are a stunning eye candy.

A pretty little thing to wear to an occasion I do not yet know, is I think okay sometimes. I do look forward to it - maybe at The Authors' Lounge in Mandarin Oriental to have tea where Ernest Hemingway once had tea himself many years ago.

Humor on Rocky Road. I played a little joke on myself during my birthday and inverted the numbers on my cake. I thought I was only this age once I was entitled to be amused.


  1. Now you've got it, girl! Inverting the numbers on the cake is the only way to celebrate. The card sentiment is so true and so worth keeping. I've learned quite a bit about staying in alignment with God, and how powerful that really is.

    Your joys make me smile. May you be blessed for more.


  2. I think changing up the numbers is a splendid idea. To joy!

    1. I'm delighted that you think so, Meri. To joy!

  3. Happy Birthday to you! You're so young either way you put those numbers. Were those cute bracelets your birthday gift to yourself?

    It's always wonderful to reminisce with family!

    1. Thank you, Willow. It's a headband and you're right - gift to myself.

  4. That's a neat trick to switch the numbers on your birthday cake! A belated happy birthday to you.

    New books make me very happy.

    Is that a headband in the third picture? It is pretty. How neat to have tea where Hemingway once did!

    Love the saying on the first picture, and it is so true. I just cleaned out a desk this week, and it's amazing what can be found there that had been totally forgotten.

    1. Yes, it's a headband.
      Thank you, Barbara.

  5. I love all of you fun fab favorites. Books are always a good thing.

  6. Nice post Hazel! number 24 or 42 either way you are young! I will be 80 in December and my children are 46, 43 and 41. Each age has its good moments.
    Thanks for your visit, Hazel!

  7. Happy Birthday. A sense of humor will keep one young and you've got it! Books will make my list anytime! That cake decorating book must be awesome.

  8. Hi Hazel,

    I like that card too . . . inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing these blues.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  9. Happy Birthday and taking life 'lightly' is always a smart way ~ am working on it myself ~ Great post, carol, xo

  10. There is always a bright spot to be found each day. It just takes longer on somedays to find it.

  11. Here from Blue Monday. That dessert looks divine! And a happy "24"th birthday to you!

  12. i love book shopping,too! had to resort to buying ebooks, tho because of space constraints. ;$
    belated Happy Birthday! :)

    appreciate much your taking the time to share and link over at Food Friday, Hazel
    take care!


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