Taking Stock

Hello! I've had a lovely few days celebrating my birthday with family and friends. But you knowhow busy birthdays get? Hence my absence over the last few days. Please forgive me.

It has been a good birthday though. Busy but nice. 

This birthday I enjoyed...

♥ Beautiful butterflies on my yummy birthday cake thanks to my budding baker husband.
♥ Trying a new cocktail, a Pink Cadillac, when Mum and Dad came over for Sunday lunch.
♥ Flowers from friends and family. I've not bought any flowers for eons (not even daffodils or an orchid, my usual good value buys) so it's great to have some in the house again.
♥ Surprise gifts. As well as flowers there's been a new cookery book, a fragrance diffuser, a favourite magazine (don't buy these anymore either), a notebook, shoes, a  DVD and popcorn. It's feels good having gifts that are things I wouldn't buy for myself. These are then real treats.
♥ Working in the morning but having lunch out afterwards.
♥ A phone call from my eldest son who's away at uni.
♥ Taking stock. This year I feel empowered by an extra year's life experience and feel more excited about the future than I have for several years. I'm enjoying life on a daily basis and enjoying trying new things.
♥ Oh and on order I have a new phone - white, sleek and with an amazing camera. I've needed a new phone for a while and wanted to join Instagram for sometime too. So, I'm not sure if this phone is a need or a want but I've finally given in. Instagram here I come! 

I know without my February birthday I might be a little less happy these grey winter days. Hope you can find some February cheer somehow this week.

Be happy xo



  1. What a lovely, thoughtful post. I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday, Claire.

  2. Your Husband did a grand job on the cake!! I'm glad you had a great Birthday! We visited our local nursery today and bought some seed potatoes and some Primula's to brighten up the front garden. Roll on Spring when the garden tidy up and planting can begin. Wishing you a great week.

  3. Happy birthday Claire, glad you had a good day. We have an eighth birthday to celebrate on Thursday, so there won't be any gloom here either. The cake and the gifts sound wonderful, lucky you. Enjoy the rest of your week. CJ xx

  4. Belated Happy Birthday wishes. I'm glad that you had such a lovely birthday.

  5. Happy Birthday, I am glad that you had a good time! xx

  6. Great to hear you had a wonderful birthday!

  7. Looks like a lovely day! A very happy birthday to you! And that cake looks wonderful! All the best this week! Nicole

  8. Happy birthday! I also got a "white, sleek" cell phone last year to replace my prepaid "dumb phone" (as opposed to a "smartphone"). Since then I've been agonizing over whether or not I should go back to prepaid because it is so much cheaper each month. I have one year left on the smart phone contract so I need to decide by then. It's a tough decision because I love my new phone and I've gotten so spoiled by it….but I hate when the bill comes….

  9. Happy Birthday, Claire! Sounds like it was lovely. :)

  10. It does sound you had a fabulous time. Best wishes and keep the cheers going on.

  11. Belated wishes for your birthday, glad you had such a good day! Sarah x

  12. Belated birthday wishes Claire and may this next year be even more fulfilling than the last.
    Those lovely flowers, gifts and phone calls certainly chase away February gloom and I'm sending you some sunshine and a hug from Sydney.

  13. Oooh belated birthday wishes from me too. Your list made me smile, it's been an honour to share in your journey. Love your happiness. My husband and I have our birthdays on consecutive days so it always turns into what we call a "birthday festival" where time and shared meals with loved ones reigns. xx

  14. I'm sure you had a blast on your birthday! The birthday cake looks yummy and adorable too. I'm stuck between wanting to eat something like that and just displaying it. Haha! You also had such amazing gifts. I hope your adjusting well with your new phone! Stay happy, Claire!

    Mary Hagopian @ TelCo World


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