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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ann Becomes Ancient History!

My Great Grandfather, Pascal Kenyon Shaw  1854-1928
This is a day that I never thought would arrive, and it has.  I feel that I must mark this day with a more personal message to you, my readers.  I remember when I was a little girl asking my father, in what year I would be 50 years old.  Fifty was an age that was beyond anything I could possibly comprehend.  I also remember when I was 24 and a good friend of mine was 30, I thought she was ancient!
Ann Fahl, April 11, 2012 a landmark birthday
Today, I can be covered by Medicare and begin receiving Social Security checks.  How could I ever have gotten to this day?  It's mind boggling, how has life gone past so quickly? So in this photo, I am sitting in a pose similar to that of my great grandfather, (but don't you think he was handsome?) but I am certainly having more fun! I'm sitting in front of my newest quilt background, which was pieced today, I'm wearing red socks and shoes.

I've had a lovely day, we had special cookies at coffee this morning, lunch with a friend, it is sunny outside, and tonight we are going out for ice cream. We will have a family celebration with my sons this weekend. But somehow, I feel I should be old today!

On my cutting table, daffodils in a vase by Judy Coates Perez
My studio is cheery and sunny today and my garden is so beautiful.
Doronica, a shade loving plant is blooming much earlier this year.  When all the buds open it will be full of bright flowers.
The May Apples are just about open, even though the temperature got to 28 degrees last night.
And look at the hyacinths that are blooming in my front yard.
So this is how my life has been today. The daffodils are still beautiful and I have 3 bouquets in the house, they smell heavenly. 

I was 29 years old for many many years.  Five years ago, I had my 30th birthday, and I've been 30 ever since.  But to be really honest, I'm not 30 anymore.  My son is 30!  I should feel very old today. 

I feel so many conflicting feelings, but to be truthful, I don't feel old.  I've just finished a great quilt; starting another, the master gardener classes have been fun and informative, life is good I don't have any compaints.

Yesterday I took my Silver Mist Toyota Camry in for her 90,000 mile checkup. This was an expensive proposition, with new timing belt, serpentine belt, fluid changes, tires rotated and on and on.  When all was completed, I thought Misty and I could ride off into the sunset together! But I've had a change of heart, we are driving to Paducah together instead.  Hope to see you there.

Ann Fahl
Age 30 years.

9 comments:

Rashida Khanbhai said...

A very happy 50th Birthday to you. Its certainly a milestone.

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Exuberant Color said...

Happy Birthday Ann, you're a grown up now! but you don't have to act like one if you don't want to....
I have been 43 for 28 years so I'm a little older than you.

Ruth said...

They say you are only as old as you feel, so if you feel good you are not old. I am lucky at age 68 to be feeling very good. So, don't worry about age, be proud of it! Wisdom does come with it - at least a certain amount.

Laura Wasilowski said...

Happy birthday to you Ann! Like you, I have remained 30 for much too long. So I've picked age 7 as my new age. It's more fun being a girl than adult and that trip to the ice cream store adds no pounds.

Cornwoman said...

Happy Birthday! Old is as much a state of mind as physical aging of the body....and at least 10-15 year older than whatever our numbers may be!

annieQ said...

No one believes me when I tell them I'm 30, what would they say when I tell them I'm 7? Maybe it's worth a try.

Robin in WNC said...

Happy Birthday Ann!! Every birthday is to be cherished and you will have many more.
Just say you are " 30 something" and make people keep guessing.

Lori R said...

Oh my goodness, you are the second "professional" quilter who's blog I follow (the other is Mrs. Moen)to have just turned 50. That makes a 57 year old feel even older!!! I absolutely think that some cosmic mistake has been made, because I also feel 30. We'll just have to keep slogging along.

Rachel said...

Happy Belated birthday, Ann. My computer has been "on the fritz" for days so just now see you have celebrated a "beneficial" birthday. You and your red socks have a great time in Paducah.