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Saturday, October 20, 2007

40 Years Ago...

40 years ago my mother gave birth to me. I imagine she probably had one shitty day other than the joy she may have felt from seeing her first baby born healthy. I can't even imagine the pain of something that big passing through your whatchamacallit. Anyway, 40 years later I had a much more relaxing day. Here's how I spent my birthday.

TA DAAA!!! I built my first raised veggie bed! It was so easy! GB - I did it all by myself! Yay me! I had originally planned to make 3 of these but they are bigger than I expected. I don't know how much smaller I expected a 4x4 bed to bed. You guessed it - IT'S 4X4! I think one more should do it. Tomorrow I'm going to get my lasagna going in this bed.

Other stuff I did .....

  1. Got the sweetest card ever from my honey. It made me cry.
  2. Cut, Color, Wax at the salon courtesy of my honey.
  3. Dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant with my honey. They even gave me a little tiramisu in a little clay pot with a real flower in the top for my birthday. They did not sing to me at the restaurant. Thank God!
  4. Picked up 5 pounds of coffee grounds from Starbucks for my garden.
  5. Took a nap
  6. Went to the basketball game where my Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers.
  7. Got ice cream from my favorite ice cream place The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor.
  8. The composter is on the way! It has been ordered but did not arrive on time which spoiled my guys master plan. I'm excited about it!

It was a very quiet day. Other than my honey, I only spoke to my mother. Other well wishers left me voicemails. For some reason I just didn't feel like talking today. Birthdays are hard for me. This one was pretty good.

Thank you all for the birthday wishes - I really appreciated it.


  1. Awwww I missed your birthday? Well happy belated birthday to you, Gina! I'm happy that you had a good one. It sounds like you had it coming.

  2. A very happy birthday to you. I'm also a bit scared of the 40th (next year), but it can't be that bad... can it??

  3. Gina... Sounds like a great day for a birthday!

    Your Bulls beat my Pacers but it is only pre-season and the night before my Pacers played a double overtime game so they were tired.

    By the way, the 4 x 4 raised bed is a good start. What all do you plan to grow in it next spring? I think you will be surprised by how quickly you will plant that up, and find that you wish you had the other two.

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  4. Glad you had a nice birthday!
    I agree with Carol....I think one veggie bed will be just a tease for you and that you will quickly want more, because veggie gardening can be so rewarding and productive. I love mixing flowers and veggies in my beds, so they are both practical and pretty!

  5. wrenna, you made it by 9 minutes according to the time on your comment! thanks for stopping by. what's going on in your garden, chicky? i need an update!

    soilman, the first 24 hours has been just fine! thanks for the bday wish and thanks for stopping by.

    hi carol! i'm planning at least 1 more raised 4x4 bed. I believe I need one whole bed for tomatoes. I'm also planning to plant squash, cukes, peppers, herbs and I'm not sure what else.

  6. Happy birthday, sorry I missed the actual day. Don't you love having a fall birthday? Mine was the 14th. I too had a quiet day when I didn't feel like seeing anyone other than my husband and strangely resented answering the phone every time it rang. Great garden-related gifts!