Sunday, September 15, 2013

Birthday Stories to Make You Smile


"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." (Satchel Paige) 

Happy birthday to me! Do you like having birthdays? I do. I may not like counting them up, but I do like having them. I didn't have either of these desserts today, but as pretty as the top one is, I'd take the homemade chocolate pie any day. Can't put candles on it, but the smoke detector would go off anyway if you tried to put a candle for my every year on a cake or pie. What about you? What is your favorite birthday dessert? Do you have to blow out candles? I guess I should have said do you I get to blow out candles. Kids think it's fun anyway. You can check out Jim's birthday story from last Sunday to prove that's true.


Most of the birthday stories I've been getting tell about a party or a day that's special. But Kathy sent in one that made me smile and remember. Here's what she told me. "Definitely a memorable, not favorite, was the one when my husband gave me an ironing board as a gift. 'But you needed one' was his sad lament. 'But I didn't want one' was my equally sad response."

I wrote back to Kathy and told her I totally understood. My husband gave me a floor polisher once. Not a cheap present but one I definitely "didn't want" just like Kathy. Sometimes husbands are clueless even when they're trying hard. Or maybe they aren't trying too hard! LOL. My husband has brought in some winners in the present line, but he's also come home with some questionable gifts. Like the aluminum can masher. Useful, but a birthday gift? Or the apparatus that was supposed to pick up litter. Puzzled look on that one. Or the set of dishes from the auction. Only a couple of the saucers had chips! 


But then he also brought me in a Cockerspaniel puppy once. That made up for a lot of those more questionable gifts. Then he got a salvaged desk from an old office somewhere and had it beautifully refinished for me. I've written a lot of books using that desk. And he really did think I'd like that floor polisher. His mother told him it was a great gift. What difference did it make that, at that time, we lived in an old farmhouse where the pattern on the linoleum rug in the kitchen was worn down to the black backing in spots? It could also be very clean and polished. I used the thing - then. I still have it, but only as a souvenir these days. Oh yeah, and he insisted on buying me another floor cleaner last Christmas. Some guys never learn!  


Remember, you still have time to enter my giveaway for the Shaker Christmas decoration and mini-quilt along with books, of course. Full details on the Events & News Page on my website. You can enter by leaving a comment here with a way to contact you should you be one of the winners. Or you can e-mail me. www(dot)annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com. Don't forget to tell me if you're one of those people who "never win." I have a special drawing and prize for one of you so that you won't be able to say those "never win" words again. Also I'd love it if you want to share those special birthday stories. Not necessary to enter, but I have such fun reading your stories. 

There's also a giveaway going on Goodreads for Orchard of Hope, that will be out soon all dressed up in its new cover. 

Thanks to all of you for the birthday wishes. I'm feeling much loved and I want you all to have a piece of pie. I'd bake it for you, but I have these edits to get done. :) Thanks for reading!!
   
    "I don’t let old age bother me.  There are three signs of old age: Loss of memory .... I forget the other two." – Red Skelton

10 comments:

  1. Hi Ann, Glad you had a glorious birthday. So much to be thankful for, it's just unfortunate that all we hear on the news is bad! Can't think of any 'bad' birthday gifts I've received, 'cause I leave way too many hints! I will agree men sometimes don't have a clue but I'm sure their hearts are in the right place. Have a blessed week...Linda

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    1. Guess that's my problem, Linda. I don't know how to leave hints. Also I'm not a big jewelry person. My husband is always saying if only she liked jewelry. LOL

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  2. Happy Birthday!

    worst gift--dead flowers

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    1. That's a worst gift, Denise, for sure. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  3. I had to chuckle at your husband's idea of a birthday. Still, it appears he remembers each and every time...Sigh...Even after 38 years, I still hope mine will come up with something other than:
    "Oops, I forgot!"...or "Would you get yourself something?"
    At any rate, Ann, I hope you had a wonderful birthday surrounded by your loved ones!
    P.S. The desk was a wonderful idea, was it not?...
    God bless,

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    1. I have a great husband who generally does remember my birthday. Of course a reminder a week or so before isn't a bad idea. Thank you for the birthday wishes and yes, the desk was a wonderful gift. Now if I could keep from getting it all cluttered.

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  4. Hope your Birthday was a winner. Cause you can;t take it back, right? GOD bless.

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I love having birthdays. I just quit counting them a few years ago. LOL

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  5. LOL! My hubby has always gotten me "practical" gifts. :) Once it was a carpet cleaner, BUT I actually DID want that!! We had just moved to a house with white carpeting, and 4 little kids. I immediately said "I WANT a carpet cleaner". He answered my request on my birthday. Love that man.
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com
    Happy Birthday!

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    1. You're a better woman than me, Susan, asking for a carpet cleaner. LOL. But I can see why. Glad I never had white carpet. Whew. I couldn't keep that clean if I lived by myself much less with 4 kids.

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