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April 24, 2014


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Did you solve my little math problem? 😉 Today is the day I find myself smack in the middle of my 40’s! Perhaps a day of a little reflection? I think it is a good place to be. My birthday finds me in good health and feeling fit. People around me are noticing the changes in me and my energy is good. A new horizon approaches in my future, and a goal that I’m going to do my very best to achieve. I will share the news of how that goes when the time is appropriate.

Spring, as most of us in northern climates know, has been slow to arrive this year. Last year on my birthday, it was a warm and sunny day, and magnolia trees were in bloom all over town. I took this shot last year:
magnolia 3

Things are a bit behind this year – those buds are out, but I haven’t seen a tree in full bloom yet. This morning there are buds on my famous weather-telling rhodo-azaelea bush:
(sorry for the slight blur, it is quite windy here this morning)

I’m on school vacation this week, but it hasn’t felt overly vacation-y. I’ve been doing lots of driving and I’m a bit weary from the road. The driving is worthwhile, however. As I mentioned in my last post, I drove to Worcester for the Sleeping Beauty ballet with my daughters last Friday. It was lovely. It reminded me of a springtime version of “The Nutcracker” – probably no surprise since the music for both was composed by Tchaikovsky. Then I drove Meghan back to school Easter night, after a great day of food and visiting with family. I made brunch for my family that morning:
brunch 1

Family brunch

Then the girls and I were off to dinner at my sister’s. I contributed this cheesecake dessert of which I’m quite proud:
I wish I had a better picture for you. I took this quickly with my phone. It has a brownie bottom and was delicious!

Monday was a warm, sunny day which I spent doing some much needed spring clean-up:
Spring clean up
The work is not all done around my yard – lots more to go – but at least my front yard is more respectable looking now!

Sarah and I have begun college visits this week as well. We drove to a school in New Hampshire on Tuesday – we were underwhelmed – and have a visit planned to Hampshire College in Amherst tomorrow. The drive tomorrow is at least a bit shorter.

The weekend brings a visit to the Cape. The forecast is in the mid-50’s and windy, so we will have to bundle up. Hopefully the sun will shine and there will be time for a walk on the beach without it being too blustery to enjoy.

Dawn and I think it could be time for a new photo hunt soon. What do you think? Spring is here and our cameras are just waiting for a little challenge, right? I’ll be giving it some thought and I’ll be sure to let you know if I come up with something.

Even though it’s my birthday, I don’t get to take the day off from some of the things I must get done, so I will be wrapping up this meandering post now!


  1. Happy Birthday, Karen! Hope you find at least a little bit of time to relax and enjoy your day.

    Comment by TheDailyClick — April 24, 2014 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  2. Happy birthday! At least your travels have been in good company – time with our children is always a gift. My crabapple trees are leafing out and the one I walked by this this morning has big red flower buds, despite the cold this week has ushered in.

    Comment by Carol — April 24, 2014 @ 10:51 am | Reply

    • Thank you Carol. You are absolutely right about time with our children. I appreciate it so very much these days.

      Comment by Karma — April 26, 2014 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  3. Happy Birthday Karen! You have me very curious about your approaching new horizon, it sounds exciting, and yes, a photo challenge sounds like a great idea, especially if it involves the garden, or outdoors. Our autumn weather here is really lovely now, just like your spring, I imagine. Have a wonderful day. 🙂

    Comment by Joanne — April 24, 2014 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Joanne. I am really hoping my goal is achievable, but this one is not completely up to me.

      Comment by Karma — April 26, 2014 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  4. Karma, it was good to catch up with you and see what’s happening in your world. Happy birthday! You are in a special curve of life right now, a time of letting go of chicks and watching to see how you will blossom anew. Thinking of you fondly before turning off the computer for most of the day. Love, Kathy

    Comment by Kathy — April 25, 2014 @ 9:54 am | Reply

    • Hi there Kathy, nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for saying hello! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — April 26, 2014 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  5. Happy belated birthday youngster ! 🙂

    Comment by sybil — April 28, 2014 @ 8:55 am | Reply

    • Awww, thanks Sybil. Don’t remember the last time someone called me that! 😉

      Comment by Karma — May 1, 2014 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

  6. From a guy stuck in his mid-50’s…Happy Birthday! Enjoy those college visits!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 28, 2014 @ 11:43 am | Reply

    • Thanks Scott. We could be NY state bound soon. Rensselaer may be on our radar.

      Comment by Karma — May 1, 2014 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  7. Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY a bit late!!!!! I know you had a wonderful time with family, and that’s the best part. Trust me, mid 50’s aren’t so bad either, so you have lots to look forward to.

    Comment by Dawn — April 29, 2014 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Dawn. What a wonderful outlook – thanks for that!

      Comment by Karma — May 1, 2014 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

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