Are birthdays for the birds?...Celebrating life...not age...A year ago birthday gift like none other...

Roses in the garden.
Today, in this part of the world,  its February 20th, my 69th birthday. Ouch!  Big number.  Then again, I have no complaints.  I'm grateful to be celebrating a birthday and of course, living this amazing life with my loving husband and travel companion.

Although we have no big plans for today (my choice) we'll head out for a short drive to Geeveston to pick up a prescription from the doctor I recently visited for my intestinal issue. 

Flower blooming on zucchini plant.
We'd canceled the dinner reservation we'd made for the 17th when eating has just not been very pleasant for me recently.  Instead, that day, Tom went fishing with our landlords and we enjoyed the flathead for a few meals.

For tonight, I'm trying a new low carb recipe; Low Carb Cordon Blue Casserole that I found at this site.  We'll report back tomorrow if its worthy of mention. Lately, to shake things up a bit, I've been trying one new recipe a week, making enough to last for at least two meals. 

Not a perfect view of sunrise bit some color is peeking through.
If the recipe is great, I'll save it in the recipe file on my desktop and also in the cloud.  If not, I give it the "heave ho."  No point in taking up space on my computer for anything less than what we consider to be outrageously delicious.

Looking back at last year, when we spent my birthday living on the alpaca farm in New Zealand, I was so excited when Trish and Neil named the baby girl "Miss Jessica" after me.  They were gone for a few days during which we enthusiastically agreed to observe any births, in the event of any problems. 

Huon River from the highway.
All went well and Miss Jessica was born while they were away.  Naming her after me was such a joy.  Please see the one year ago photo below and the included link for that post.

Am I disappointed we aren't doing anything special today?  Not at all.  We both feel that every day of our lives is a cause for celebration; traveling the world; being together; living in the moment; and reveling in the future.

And being 69? Ah, who cares?  Perhaps, living life on the move has made me more accepting of aging.  There's no room in my luggage for anti-aging creams and time consuming face masks and treatments I may have used had we not been traveling the world.

White sand beaches are common in Tasmania.

Who knows?  Maybe in my old life I may have opted for a spot of Botox now and then to plump up my increasing lines and wrinkles.  Back in the US I'd been invited to a Botox party but didn't attend.

But now?  How and where would a person go for "touch-ups?"  In South America?  Africa?  No, thanks.  Besides, I've let go of the concerns over aging, except in regard to good health, the number one priority in our minds. 

Age gracefully?  Well, one can age "gracefully" (whatever that means) or they can age while complaining/whinging over the unavoidable ravages of time or like some, spend thousands of dollars on cosmetic procedures to stall the inevitable. 

Scene on a hazy morning.
No doubt, I still fuss over a few "girlie" things in an attempt to look presentable, for me, by my standards.  They're easy, not costly or time consuming.  I can purchase most products I use at any pharmacy throughout the world. That's just me and not necessarily for everyone. 

Today, without any specific plans for the day, we're celebrating every single moment.  My sister Julie sent me an online birthday card in which she wrote, "Who gets to spend their birthday in Tasmania?"

So true.  So grateful. So filled with a passion for life!

Happy day to all of YOU!

Photo from one year ago today, February 20, 2016:

There I was, one year ago on my birthday with my namesake, Miss Jessica, when she's only a week old.  For more photos of this birth we monitored while the farm owners were on holiday, please click here.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jess, enjoy your day doing what makes you happy :) I am so glad to read you are feeling better and hope you are back to 100% very soon. All the best. Susan

Jessica said...

Susan, thank you so much for the birthday wishes. It turned out much better than what I'd expected. Please check out today's post to see. Hope you're doing well and content with life!

Warmest regards,
Jess & Tom

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