Friday, October 7, 2016

Another decadent decade

I have a birthday coming up, and it's a BIG ONE. It's hard to even say the number because it SOUNDS SO OLD. It's the beginning of the decade that includes words like 'Social Security' and 'pension' (on the plus side, it also includes words like 'retirement' and 'senior discount').

down a local lane

So, yeah, there's that.

I first moved to the UK when I was 39, and I had my 40th birthday at an old pub with my friend Tim, who has the same birthday. I'm being a very bad blogger because I'm not going out to the garage to dig through a box of old photos so I can scan a picture for you. Sorry. Instead, here's one of me in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago.

in Liverpool with the Fab (and huge) Four

We moved back to the States when I was 49, so my 50th was spent in Oregon. Ah, yes, I remember it well. It was Friday the 13th. I wore black. Sadly, I have lost or deleted all pictures from that birthday weekend, which included wearing a big wooden fish head at a local restaurant. It was a thing they did.

in Shrewsbury

So now we've moved back to the UK and I'm about to have another big birthday. I have no major plans for this birthday other than a nice dinner and catching up with some friends on the weekend. And then applying for my BUS PASS!

another local lane

Rather than go on about ageing (British spelling) and various aches and pains, I thought I'd mention all the positives in my new life, and share some more photos.

our view with a room

First of all, the neighbours are all really nice here. Our little close has a mix of people ranging in age from late-8os to three weeks, and (almost) everyone gets along. There is some tension between a couple of families, but that only gives the rest of us something to gossip about.

in Montgomery

Also, I've met some outgoing women who meet to speak Welsh and also have organised folk dancing and craft get-togethers. Again, they're all so nice! And since we're in a village, although spread out we run into people we know pretty regularly now.

If you live in a place without blackberries, what a shame!

And I'm going to a yoga class. I've been wanting to do yoga for years, but it was never convenient. Well, now it is, and although it is a challenge (jeez, some of it is damn hard!) it is also blissful.

Lake Vyrnwy

I'm restarting my proofreading/editing business, and I've been making paper products with the thought of selling them, possibly on Etsy, possibly in a local shop where I've already met the very friendly owner.

Oh, and I've been doing a lot more driving, so I'm not so anxious about that anymore.

Liverpool - a city of contrasts

So life is good! Okay, enough about me. After all, I'm just a boring old bat.



  1. I LOVE your latest paper artworks!

    Your new home and village sounds very welcoming.

    I'm sending along a pre birthday hug. I'm glad that you're focusing on the positive.


  2. You are far from boring Val! The images you have been posting of your new surroundings have been amazing.
    Paint the town red for your birthday - from your 57 year old cohort!

  3. Life does sound good! Happy Early Birthday Val! And cheers to a decadent decade!

  4. Wear bright, happy colors because the 60's are great! It's a time to let go of external expectations and focus on what you want to do.

  5. Hello lovely!!! Happy birthday!!! You seem to be doing well in many respects which I'm v pleased about-the cards look super too!!x

  6. Life is just chugging along so beautifully for you. That makes me so happy. And, hey! Happy Birthday. You're just a kid. In a couple of years you'll look back and think about how young you were and that you thought yoga was hard. XXXOOO

  7. Loved reading this post, Val - and happy Big Birthday!! It's all going to keep rolling along as a lovely pace, and you've found so much happiness already. Best to you, xo


  8. I really like your paper doll cards. It sounds like you are adjusting well to life back in the UK, and it certainly makes it easier when you are surrounded by friendly people.

    I'm sending early wishes for a lovely "Big Birthday", and I'm glad you are accentuating the positive!

  9. Pleased to hear that you are enjoying village life and yoga! Your cards are FAB...I'm sure they'd do well on Etsy. Happy birthday, party hard and enjoy all those discounts girl!

  10. Them's some big ol Beatles. I didn't realize you were making the dolls into greeting cards. SO cool!


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