Friday, December 31, 2010

Shoot for the Moon

Today is my birthday.  And, as my Dad used to say when we would wish him Happy Birthday, "I made it!"  I did, indeed, "make it!"  It's rather neat having the whole world celebrate my birthday.  My arrival was well within the window where nobody would question that I might be a New Year's baby.  No, instead, I was comfortably born on December 31, 1944 at 4:00 a.m. weighing a convincing 9 pounds 10 ounces.   Now, some parents might be disappointed, but mine weren't.  They always referred to me as a welcome tax deduction!  Though I can't imagine why inasmuch as they weren't that flush with dollars.  I think it was more of a joke than reality.  Of course, having a birthday so close to Christmas always did a couple of things:  rarely did I have a birthday party, as weather and holidays injected a element of uncertainty into the schedule; conveniently, one of the Christmas gifts I received--usually the largest one--was designated as a 'birthday gift;" and I was never recognized at school for having a birthday as school was always "out" when it occurred.   

As I've gotten older, though, having this date for my very own, I am able to wipe the slate clean for the coming year, and truly apply those New Year's resolutions to an open landscape!  And I am ready!  Once again this year, I will make all sorts of resolutions such as finish projects I start, become a capable knitter, a more assiduous weeder....but most of all, I resolve to enjoy it all!  Right now, I have enough projects to last me through age 100 and I'm not at all adverse to the thought of living that long.  Quite the contrary!  My philosophy is definitely in the "shoot-for-the-moon" category!  Why not?!  So far good health has wrapped me in her protective cloak, and I live a wonderful life!  I don't mean to be completely idiotic and pollyanna, but I do subscribe to the philosopy that life is what you make it, so make it fun!

BTW, I captured the above moon shot last year on December 31, 2009. 

And another gem from my Dad, who decided that his cake should be decorated "energy efficient..."  Indeed mine will be:  six candles and a 60-watt bulb!

And if I could have just one present for my birthday, you know what it would be?  High Speed Internet!!!  Out here JOTOLR we would ascend above the level of molasses in January!  How sweet that would be!

Thank you all for visiting this week!  I've loved every minute of it.  And, you know what?  After nearly a year of posting and responding, I've come to love you as family! 

Have a lovely New Year's weekend!  See you Monday! 


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Yes, everyone will celebrate with you with firecrackers all over the land. Make sure you take your bows for instilling goodness in the hearts of bloggers -- barbara

  2. May you have a very happy Birthday. I wish you health and happiness for the future and continuing enjoyment of your chosen lifestyle.

  3. Elora, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I have been following your blog for much of the past year and I LOVE it - having heard of it from Fragment From Floyd. My husband and I are retired educators in SW Virginia and have also farmed for the 44 years we have been married (our anniversary being today.) Thanks for your beautiful blog. I wish we were neighbors - would love to meet you!

  4. Happy Birthday!! Hope you had a lovely day. Wishing you and M all the best for a very happy and healthy new year filled with love, happiness and laughter. We had a quiet family celebration here then straight to bed - with the garden in full swing I'm too exhausted each evening to party! Julia xx


    How nice of you to go ahead and enter the world so early in the morning so folks wouldn't spend all wondering which year you would arrive.

    Enjoy your day!

  6. Happy Birthday Elora. You share the day with a most illustrious person - my grandson Andrew who turned 2 yesterday. He made my day when he pressed his little nose to the IPhone as were doing "facetalk". He could see my face there and here me talking to him so he thought he could get to me if he could just get in that phone! I'm hoping all your dreams come true in 2011. blessings, marlene

  7. Happy Birthday, Elora! And may this new year bring you all manner of good things -- and maybe even that high speed internet!

  8. Thank you so much, everyone!!

    And you, dear lady-Barbara, have such an incredible blog! Please keep those wonderful posts of yours coming!

    Ruta, my friend in North Devon England! Thank you so very much...and that e-card was sooooo thoughtful!

    Anonymous! Wow! It's such a delightful surprise when someone drops in for a visit whom I have not met! I am so honored that you (and all) have chosen to spend a little of that oh-so-valuable commodity--time-- with us here! I, too, wish we lived closer and indeed someday, who knows....? I know one of my readers, Kat, lives in Roanoke...Thank you for being a reader and for stopping by, girl!

    Julia, "down" there in NZ, slaving away in the veggie garden!--thank you soooo very much, girl! Share with us what you're growing, please!

    NCMW, you are so right! I got things organized--strong trait of Capricorns--and made sure no one was the least bit inconvenienced by my arrival (another trait of Capricorns...)

    Marlene, So cool about Andrew! So cute! Thank you!

    Vicki! Thank you sooo much...and you, too, for "all manner of good things" And in emailing my contact at Frontier re:HSI, and hearing back from her yesterday, it's looking pretty good! Crossed fingers would be good, here!!

    Love you all dearly! Others, too...I know you're there! And I am so grateful!

    Happy New Year tidings, all

  9. OK so I'm two days late...but Happy Birthday!!

  10. A belated Happy Birthday to you, Elora! I guess every New Year is new to you in more ways than one. I do hope that your New Year is full of rich blessings, good health, and high-speed internet. :-)

  11. Thank you, Elora and Beth! Every good wish is treasured! Though we've never met face to face, I feel as if you are family!