Um…what was I saying?


Good morning, friends. I woke up to sunshine and a stack of birthday greetings, so I’m currently fortifying my brain and bones with coffee and preparing to meet myself at age 70 before the day’s over. It feels odd to own that milestone, but my primary emotion is thankfulness – I’ve outlived my mother by three years now, and I like not dying yet, so here we go…

Kim’s playing PickleBall for a couple of hours in NoLaw, and when he’s home and showered we’ll walk through the alley to The Roost so I can have potato pancakes like my mom made. This evening will be dinner at Basil Leaf, with serious fasting between the two birthday meals. Some industrial-strength healing is in order as well – over the weekend Kim narrowly missed getting slammed by a bronchial event, and yesterday I picked up where he left off. It’s been years, I have no idea how many, since I’ve had a cold or flu, but this thing is trying to kick my butt. Razor-blade throat, cough that won’t quit, head full of gack. My stubborn intention is to feed it, drown it in good coffee, sleep it off this afternoon, and otherwise ignore it to every extent possible.

I have projects to finish and about a million books to read, so Job One is to stick around and do life right. There are people to meet, family to embrace, music to cry over, beauty to fully appreciate, and love to hand out like candy, so I hope I get to stay here with all y’all a good long while.

Experience is worth everything and I happily own the lessons it’s taught me – I’m genuinely liking this part of life from 65 to whatevs. Things have kind of smushed together by now and squeezed out the excess baggage, so I mostly deal with only what really matters, and that works super nice.

Hey, I’m feeling better already. An excellent week to all, and come talk to me. 💋



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maureenjenner
    Sep 10, 2017 @ 11:16:59

    A belated ‘Happy Birthday’ with many happy returns and the wish that the year ahead to the next milestone will be happy, healthy and full of zip. I have to admit that the years between my 70th and 80th went at a spanking pace, especially when I embarked on a degree with the Open University in 2010, and after six years got those extra letters after my name.

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    • Judy Smith
      Sep 10, 2017 @ 14:39:04

      Oh Maureen, I love that so much and I’m proud of you for paying the price, doing the time, reaching a beautiful goal. I have ambitious plans for my next decade or three as well, so your example is perfect.



  2. Carrie Rubin
    Sep 06, 2017 @ 18:23:45

    Happy Birthday! Sorry you got sick though. That’s no kind of birthday present!

    Liked by 1 person


    • Judy Smith
      Sep 08, 2017 @ 09:26:34

      Thank you, Carrie. Kind of a kick in the shorts, but it was a good day nevertheless. I think if I behave myself today this will be out the door by tomorrow. Keep a good thought. 😇

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  3. AuntB
    Sep 06, 2017 @ 15:24:02

    Another decade coming up. You will do very well with it. Get that bumper sticker !

    Liked by 1 person


  4. dauntlessannettemarie
    Sep 06, 2017 @ 13:52:10

    Happy birthday, friend. I find it near that we end up with milestone birthdays the same year. Love your blog posts. Hope you are having an amazing birthday. Keep up with the amazing posts.

    Liked by 1 person


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