Monday, September 26, 2011

It's Official: I'm Old!

Today is my birthday! I’m 59 years old. About 40 years ago this age was unimaginable. But now that I’m at this age, you couldn’t pay me to go back to what I was 40 years ago.

I’m having a laid back day. I slept late this morning (9:30). Then I spent some time sewing. I took myself out for lunch, and while I ate yellow curry chicken over fried rice (yum), I started reading a new book on my Kindle. It’s a very short book, so I’m already nearly half through the book. It’s a good one! I’ll talk about it on Friday.

Charles and Son are fixing our house. You know how a small repair always turns into a huge undertaking. We knew we had a rotted out spot and a problem hole near one of the basement windows through which mice felt invited to enter our warm house. I’ve been politely reminding (aka nagging) to get it fixed. Now I see why Charles was so reluctant to get started. He knew it wouldn’t be a two-hour job.

The siding all along this part of the house was attached in a goofy way at the bottom, so that it left a small space for water and mice to get in. The wood had begun to rot, and there were a few holes to fix. This has required cutting off siding, cutting out the rotted board, buying replacement parts, and who knows what else. Fun times!

Getting this fixed is a good birthday present for me. I completely hated having a mouse freeway that opened directly into our house. Yuucckk! Hopefully that problem will go away now.

Our cat has been consternated by the weird noises going on outside. He thinks he’s Lassie. He came into the computer room where I’m writing, stood up on hind paws and patted me with a front paw. Then started leaving the room, but turned to look at me, to make sure I was following. We just wandered over into the noise area and I had to comfort him. Cute and crazy!!

In case you were wondering... no, our cat is not a mouser at all. He's more afraid of the mice than they are of him!

We will do my official birthday celebration tomorrow night with some family members.


Unknown said...

Happy Birthday! You and Bo are the same age...Hope you are able to reign in those mice...I hate them!

Sextant said...

59! Spring chicken, did that about 3 1/2 years ago! Happy birthday and good luck with the house repairs.

AnnieO said...

Happy Birthday, Carol! Sounds like you found a great way to enjoy your special day. The cat story is hilarious!

Betteem said...

Happy Birthday! I turned 70 last Friday. AND I reached my goal of loosing 50 pounds in about one year. Weight loss is a good way to remain independent for along time.......hey it's your blog, why am I writing about meee? I can relate to your house siding problem. We are doing the very same fixing over here in Oregon.It will feel good to have it done before winter! I like seeing your photos!
Wishing you a good year!

Unknown said...

Heh Carol! It is my birthday also, the 26th. I know about 6 people that have this day very close to I add you!
It's a glorious day to have as autumn leaves fall to celebrate the day.
I had blueberry pie instead of cake which is what I love.
My dog is a mouser....thinks he's a cat and is forever getting his face washed because of it.

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday to you! Well & many wishes for more life to come your way!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fun celebration.

Sweet P said...

Happy birthday! You are far from being old.

Pamela Kieffer said...

Hey I know about old. I just had my 79th on Thursday. Love your blog, thanks to Jo for sending me there.

Pattilou said...

Love your NYC quilt. I probably could take photos of DH clearing out the gravel in one of the basement windows. We're trying to figure out why the water collects there and doesn't drain like it's intended to. House repairs--not fun!