Full of Years

I’m not sure how I really feel about turning sixty. No one ever told me that when I got here, I wouldn’t feel old—not the inner me, anyway. Sometimes my body feels much older! I’ve already posted about some of the things I’ve learned over the years, and I’m thankful to be able to say that I am still learning.

Yesterday church went really late and when we got home I realized that I would not have any time at all for my cherished Sunday afternoon nap. I had to get right to work on making my birthday dinner! So most of the afternoon was spent in the kitchen. Mercy and Daniel arrived in the middle of the afternoon and Jasper talked Daniel into helping him with a pruning job.

Walter had to set up the grill in the carport because it rained on and off all afternoon, and once I got the ribs going he sat out there to keep an eye on them. Lina and Mercy helped me with the final preparations, and Spencer and Jade and Janet all came.

I had a mostly keto menu. Because it was my birthday meal, and because Spencer and Jade were also here, I made some keto goodies sweetened with monkfruit. I normally avoid all artificial sweeteners—but I’ve got to admit the lemon poppyseed keto muffins were a real treat!

Spencer was on call and had to leave for a couple of hours to work. When he returned he had a very upset stomach and was not up to eating his dessert. He has continued to be sick today and had to stay home. I sure hope it’s nothing contagious . . .

I was up late last night grading papers and had more of the same to do this morning while preparing for today’s classes. I had made a batch of gluten-free cupcakes yesterday but this morning I still had to ice them so they’d be ready to pass out to my students. I had also made some chocolate jello for my afternoon class since they get a full recess.

Two of my morning students knew it was my birthday and brought me some flowers and a couple of handmade bookmarks. My afternoon class was very rowdy even though three kids were missing. I had to constantly remind the kids to stop talking!

I did get a brief nap after my second class ended. Then my brother Matt called and I enjoyed talking to him as I always do. I received a brief phone call from my mother while I was making supper, and then this evening was able to enjoy a video chat with Flynn and Mary.

It was a busy day but that was okay. I normally try to schedule it so I have my birthday “off,” but it didn’t work out this year. All day, every time I checked my phone, I saw new birthday greetings popping up. I have tried to respond to every one. I am so thankful for all the friends who care about me.

Parting Shot:

Me at sixty. It’s all downhill from here!

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