Yes, it is my birthday. And typical of me, it has been the proverbial roller coaster of emotions, feelings, and moods. Dan does a very nice job of cheering me up, or simply allowing me to wallow (when necessary).
It’s always such a happy/sad day, now the fifth one without my sister. I did receive many wonderful e-mails, texts, and one card (thank you Barb!) as well as two phone calls (thank you Mick!) in celebration and wishing me well. Also, we rode the bikes to get frozen yogurt.
Tonight’s post though, needs to be more about yesterday. State Fair!
Traditionally we begin with food. But this year we had to begin with a potty stop. (We are all well hydrated.) THEN we went in search of food. The boys had some type of BBQ meat, Empress had a really good veggie taco salad, and my order was completely messed up.
To make up for their mistake they gave me way too damn much coleslaw, and some extra fish portions. Fine. Close enough. We brought the left-overs home. What?! You don’t travel with Tupperware in your bag?
They all went to the animal barns while I trudged back to the car (yes, we DID also have a cooler with us). My son’s favorite beings of all time were in attendance. Hanging out in the stalls, looking llama-rific and alpaca-wonderful.
There were no miniature horses, that we could find. Plenty of cows and goats though. (We had to practically drag Emma away.)
Speaking of my last baby, here she is modeling her fashionable chapeau. Her head was hot, so she got a new hat. It could not have been more perfect for her if she’d had it made on the spot by an old-fashioned haberdasher.
There are also red and gold birds like this. If I can’t have a family of peafowl, may I have one of these instead?
There were more gardens and green houses than in previous years, which was cool to see. But the quilts and handcrafts seemed less.
As usual, we were confused by the table setting exhibit and competition (near the “collections” and baked goods, in the grange hall). But we attempt to see everything. I mean, come one, someone has tried really hard, and thought enough of their effort to haul it down to the fairgrounds. The least we can do is stand there and judge it unfairly with sarcastic remarks.
When we went to the Alameda County Fair with Bruce, we picked up some (more) of those OUTSTANDINGLY FABULOUS lint rollers that don’t need tape or paper (and then shared them with our hosts). This time we got adorable wee butterfly ornaments for the yard. One for me (Happy Birthday?) and one for my mom. Also, as we were going in, a lady handed J.D. one free admittance ticket. Nice! And thank you.
Here’s how I began my day. Then I went inside to see that on our card altar we had something not direct. So I photographed it the way it came out.
This was one of the first cards I saw in the new deck, it was on display in the store. It was what sold me.
Nine of Pentacles ~
Outstanding In Her Field
What I heard earlier was that we’re not as sure as we could be about our choices right now. Which is bothersome, because the message we just received was to Stand Our Ground.
No more self-doubt! The Universe is trying to get us all to be at our best, and that best is so much more successful than we could ever imagine. What is being said here now, and why we got this one as a Challenger, is that we continue to hold back a tiny bit.
We can be our very best, without worrying and stressing and fretting, when we believe that we ARE our best. Trust. Have faith. What we think is right? It’s right. Stick with it.
LateNight Birthday Gift On My Doorstep: