I liked being in my 50s. It seemed so centered. It was right in the middle of life... since I plan to live to 100. 60 has no special flair.
But the number 60 looks pretty cool when it's written out with tiny, sparkle stars.
It also helps ease the pain of a new decade, when you know your daughter has written a special memory on each of those 60 stars, before they were folded!
I have to find lots of ways to make myself embrace this new age and stage.
I got kind of excited when I realized that Heidi and I have something special going on for the next 6 months! I remember noticing years ago, when Heidi had finally grown to half my height. Now she's a whole lot taller than me but, she is exactly half my age until October.
Funny, I remember when I turned 30 and realized I was half my mom's age! Mom and I didn't exactly celebrate our "half-time" period, but I think Heidi and I should.
A week before my birthday, Heidi visited from Austin for an early celebration. We had sushi one night and played games... and watched a mom/daughter favorite, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane".
The next day Heidi, Don and I brunched at Brenner's on the Bayou, with a view of their beautiful gardens. It was a lovely day, but I was in my 50s still. How would I feel on the real day, April 9?
I decided we should spend my birthday at the cabin in the Texas Hill Country.
It seemed like a good idea, to spend a day or two without TV and Trump news. The bluebonnets were also a lure.
Birthday Greetings from Afar
On my birthday I enjoyed some calls and messages, but I especially loved my singing phone call! Scott and Chali's "Happy Birthday Song" came all the way from Virginia, where they were involved in a wedding. That made me laugh. I was excited to thank them for the gift they'd sent.
A tiny donkey pin with abalone saddle! I squealed like a kid with a birthday toy, when I opened it. Scott and Cha know how much I adore donkeys and they know I love tiny things. I've spent this year channeling the stubborn donkey spirit to kick cancer. Now I'll wear my pin and kick this old age stuff!
So my Big Day has passed and I enjoyed every bit. I no longer need a party and balloons to make me happy. I have family and friends who are there for me year round.
That's what I learned this year. So instead of a lot of party hoopla, I chose a way to celebrate all year and I'm going to do it with the spirit of a 6-year-old!
A New Blog
I'm taking my new age and removing the zero. I don't plan on becoming a 6-year-old for a year. That makes no sense.
Instead, I'm reflecting on who that 6-year-old-Beth was and how she enjoyed the world. I'm starting a new blog to share about the 60 mini celebrations, that I'll enjoy throughout the year.
Celebrating with Critters
These celebrations may last just a moment, like eating ice cream with a mechanical ride-on-horse.
Or they could last an afternoon, like the day I spent with furry animals! My new blog will once again, force me to have some fun!
Glad to be 60!
A year ago when I celebrated my 59th birthday, I didn't imagine I'd turn 60 with short, gray hair and a cancer fight behind me. But, I can honestly say now, I'm glad to be 60! I live in a good place and in a good time. My cancer was treatable and I have been able to talk about it.
And best of all, look at my vase of 60 stars! There's plenty of room, so Heidi can make me new stars for many, many more years! Time to start making new memories!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast CANCER and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. This time it was the invasion of COVID and it affected every person. I ranted for a year, until I got my COVID vaccine in March 2021.
CORONARY Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was my hubby Don, who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!
Navigating This Mess!
The most recent post is at the top, from coronary posts in 2022, back to cancer posts in 2016.
To find past posts, look below the "Archives" section, to find "Categories".