Monday, July 02, 2007

So, how old are you?

Yesterday was a lovely day of doing what I liked, when I liked and how I liked. Tetsu and Leiya pampered me in honor of my birthday!

After church we went to my favorite restaurant for lunch, a fantastic Indian restaurant where we stuffed ourselves with good food and atmosphere. I could go here every week if someone asked me!

After lunch we did a bit of shopping but I couldn't find anything I absolutely needed or wanted. Guess what I asked for but couldn't find... A standing ironing board! I decided I don't want to iron on the dinky Japanese board and I wanted to stand tall and iron my patchwork! Since I never iron clothes, you could see the big question mark over Tetsu's head when I asked for an ironing board but alas none to be found. I've got permission to buy one if I find one or order one if need be.

So... I spent most of the afternoon quilting and got quite a bit done! Leiya napped, Tetsu got a haircut and came back with a couple presents for me after all. A beautiful handbag and pajamas. No, I'm not modelling the pajamas for you! Mrs. Yano brought me a beautiful hibiscus plant too!

And I started the 365 Challenge so I've completed one goal. (That was easy!) I'm praying that year 52 will be a good one!


atet said...

Happy Birthday!!!! What a fantastic day. Your husband's reaction to your ironing board request is much like the reaction I got to the iron I asked for at my wedding shower -- hunh? Especially since I don't iron clothes! My crafty friends knew JUST why I was thrilled!

That hibiscus is beatuiful and good luck on your journal quilt -- I agree, some sadness will have to be recorded along the way, but it is so much better to focus on the positive.

Tazzie said...

Happy Birthday, it sounds like you had a wonderful day! The hibiscus plant is just lovely, such pretty colours. Good luck with the hunt for the perfect ironing board.

JudyL said...

Happy Birthday! Your daughter is beautiful!

You know what you could do? Make yourself an ironing board! I use one that is just a half a piece of plywood that I have on a cheap pine book shelf. I used a staple gun to staple Warm & Natural (any cotton batting would do) and then I stapled cotton fabric on top. You could make the top any size and maybe even find a folding table on which to set it. If you need pictures of what I made, I'll be glad to send them to you.

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Fiona said...

Happy Birthday, sounds like you had an excellent day!

Mary said...

Happy Birthday - glad you had such a wonderful day.

My closet looks completely different - too many clothes. Some fit some don't and some don't fit today but might fit next month. It's depressing the way my weight goes up and down.

I also wear jeans or capri's around the house to work in. I'm a hermit so most my clothes are casual and comfortable.

Rose Marie said...

Happy Birthday! That Indian meal looks so scrumptious. An ironing board would rival my two set of shelves that I asked and got for my anniversary! Golly, whatever happened to flowers and jewelery?

rumi said...

Happy Birthday!!! It looks you are having a great time with Leiya-chan. I really feel happy for you. I hope you will have a lot of fun time with her while she is here. It will be a precious time for both of you, like a treasure when you look back later.

Connie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TANYA! It doesn't get any better than having a day of being taken care of and being able to do what you feel like doing. The colors in the hibiscus is so pretty. And congrats on getting the 365 started! :)

Helen said...

Happy birthday, you have a lovely family

The Dutchlady said...

Happy birthday,nice to read that you had such a wonderful birthday. I hope you will find your ironing board.

Thanks for your comments. I sent you an email a while back but I'm not sure you ever got it. Anyway I wish you save and happy travels to California later this month.

marisa said...

Happy birthday !

Patricia said...

Happy birthday, Taniwa.

Nearly every day I read your blog. I love the stories about living in Japan and your lovely family.
The pictures of Leyla wearing the kimono were amazing. It was new to me, that you wear so much fabric under the kimono.

Hope you'll find an ironing board that pleases you.

teodo said...

Happy Birthday Tanya.
beautiful your new pic.
ciao ciao

Ulla said...

Happy birthday dear Taniwa.

Wish you a happy and peaceful year.
Ulla in the north of Sweden

keslyn said...

Happy Birthday, glad you had a good day.
Look forward to seeing your 365 challenge in the future.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Happy Birthday Tanya.

XOXO, Fitzy (who's only going to be 49 for another few weeks, tee-hee!)

dee said...

Happy Birthday Tanya. May you have many many more wonderful celebrations. Your hibiscus plants are so vibrant-mine are a little bleached out from the intense sun on the porch. Glad you had a great and fun day!

Luna said...

Happy Birthday, dear Tanya !
I wish you all the best.
Wonderful flowers. It sounds like a wonderful day for you with your family.

meggie said...

Happy Birthday! A little late, but better late than never!
I love the Hibiscus, it is pretty & perfect.

Patti said...

A very belated happy birthday to you! I'm so glad it was a wonderful day. The hibiscus is beautiful!

Kathy Wagner said...

Happy Birthday!
I am happy to read you are starting a 365 quilt! I am making one too and enjoying it.