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Head Banging, Sparking Good Time Photos!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Started my morning off with some high energy Zumba -I just love this enthusiastic, go getter of an instructor -the really great news is she will have a regular class Thursday nights! She hasn't signed a contract yet, but hoping. I was worried what I would do when all my classes were cancelled at Lakewood Civic Center for the summer. This will be one fun replacement!!
Then it was time for kickboxing, and we were getting warmed up and then started running forwards and backwards. On the backwards, I caught my heel and went slamming on down on my back with my head bouncing off the floor. It made such a loud noise, several people nearest to me rushed to my aid! But it didn't even hurt, and certainly didn't make me dizzy or anything. I was lucky that floor is so springy. I do have a knot on there now, which is sore, but no other ill effect. I continued my workout without a break and put lots of energy and speed into it. She was really working us with speed drills. I was seriously sweating by the end, but happily, not once did I get out of breath :)
The it was home and shower and have lunch and start packing. Four blissful days at Mom's. Unfortunately, the reason I have four is my poor regular bridge partner on the first and third Tuesdays is still in hospital (week three) and has been diagnosed with cancer in the spine and will begin chemo soon. The blessing is they are keeping her pain free, but the drugs are making her incoherent :(
Thought I would share some photos of my birthday:
The first thing we did was put in the Russian Blue potatoes:

Later Mr. Bunny came by with birthday wishes:

That purple bike has an amazing story. Mom and I, on a hike, looked out over a bridge and saw an old mustang bike thrown down in the ravine. It was very dense with fallen trees and thick bushes. As my very first bike was a mustang, I thought it would be neat if we could rescue it. In spite of the trecherous steep slope with lots of detrious around, somehow Mom, on her own, dragged it up the hill and brought it three miles up hills and trails home! That is my remarkable Mom -never say die! She gifted me with several other gifts -pure merino wool socks from Cabela's, also a camouflage flashlight, a pair of Lululemon yoga pants to match my hoodie she gave me -in charcoal color -got compliments for looking good in them even from the young people -all that working out is paying off ;) My sister-in-law said you have no butt!! LOL.
In the evening Chase (who just had Lasik surgery and needed to wear those protective glasses) and James play classic card games -War and Go Fish if you can believe it!!

The cake:

The candles lit had different color flames but you can't really tell in this photo:

My sister gave me this amazing wooden puzzle:

The woman who created the design, Sue Coccia had a Great Grandmother who was Native American, that and her love of animals influenced her art and love of totems. My sister paid me a compliment:
"I figured you should have the grizzly totem, the way you face life's challenges head on and don't let anything stand in your way." Nice!
The pieces are amazing, smells like wood smoke and are carved into various figures:

There are 471 pieces and it will be really fun putting them together:

It was a wonderful quiet evening with my relatives -with no TV as Chase was told not to read or watch any for three days -a real treat not to have it blaring and distracting in the background!!
Hope you all have a wonderful evening!
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  • SILLYHP1953
    What a nice get-together for your birthday. I've never seen a puzzle like that, really cool.
    2170 days ago
  • ENUFF81020
    Happy Belated birthday, Linda.
    I expect you to have many more with healthy living that is a part of you.
    Congratulations, many times over!!
    Gentle hugs,
    2171 days ago
    Linda Happy Happy Birthday that is a lovely cake. The bike looks something like the one I had as a kid. I just love go fish, war not as much because when we were kids seems my hand would get smashed often by well meaning but over zealous siblings. It would just get out of control. Do you remember that game with the hands where you slap it and the other person tries to take it away?
    2175 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    That is an amazing jigsaw! I'd love one like that. :-)
    Glad you had a great day!
    Lex xxx
    2178 days ago
    How fun - looks like a fantastic celebration. Congratulations again on your birthday!
    2179 days ago
    What great birthday pictures!!! Thank you for sharing them. Love the puzzle and the bike picture also. I have never heard of Russian blue potatoes but looks like you and your mom are having a great time planting them. So glad that you didn't get hurt when you hit your head. I freaked out at first, then realized you were okay because you typed the blog. I just immediately thought of Meg. Head injuries can be very serious. My head injury resulted in me finding another health issue. Amazing how hard our heads can be. (My grandmother always told me I had a hard head. Little did she know. lol)
    Wishing you a wonderful week.
    2179 days ago
    Happy Belated Birthday Linda. Great photos. so glad you didn't get hurt when you fell. Hugs
    2179 days ago
    Looks like it was such a wonderful birthday!!! So glad you didn' get hurt and your head is okay. You really are so amazing! I love that puzzle and think it will be so interesting to put together. Glad your day was good!
    I'm so sorry about your bridge partner though.
    Have a good day today!
    2180 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon What a fabulous birthday (other than the head banging) I hope you get the Zumba classes this summer!
    2180 days ago
    My husband would love that puzzle. I absolutely love the bike!
    2180 days ago
    I definitely agree that your totem should be the bear!!! What a neat puzzle! My SD has one going all the time! Thanks for sharing your birthday pics with us!!

    2180 days ago
    Sounds like an amazing birthday. The puzzle is unique. Great design. The bike is cut the way it's decked out.

    The rabbit reminds me of the little critters here. They keep eating my plants, so I put tomato cages over them with mesh wire to protect them.

    Thanks for posting the pictures. I aways enjoy looking at them and hearing about your workouts.

    Glad your head is ok.
    2180 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/2/2012 7:51:56 PM
    As per usual, Linda....you are something else. I can't fathom doing Zumb like you do. One day , however, I do need to make a class at LA Fitness!

    And YES, you were fortunate the floor was springy, or that would have been a CRACKED head for sure! Took a licken' and kept right on.....mercy! ha.

    Sorry about your bridge partner. Do hope they keep her comfortable. So sorry that means being incoherent....the pits.

    LOVE the pictures of your birthday celebration. The gifts awesome, especially that puzzel. Your sister was RIGHT ON about how you face life head on!

    What fun!

    Thanks so much for sharing your day!!!
    2180 days ago
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