Tuesday, March 2, 2021

The splendid thing about life is that you only live it once. Growing old a second time around would kill me.


I wonder a little about this thinking of taking the road less traveled or the road most traveled.  Perhaps the road never traveled was reserved for me.  Not a soul knew it existed.  It possessed quite a collection of potholes, as it had set abandoned since the beginning of time, waiting all those years for me to take my very first step of my life’s great journey into this amazing world.

  As for the rest...

I think the picture above of those two poor souls describes it well.

A promise of a music box thirty-three years ago,
became a reality.

It was taken from its wrappings and placed on the counter.
Immediately a tail fell off a fish, popping my giddiness
 right into the toilet.

It plays Phantom of the Opera, 
 as if all the beauty of the heavens surround me as I listen.

As for the Limoges plate...

perhaps it's just a reflection of the past year,
and not an omen of my year ahead.

My sister's card to me sums it all up just fine...

What do you think?

My crew and I are taking a break.
Life's been a bitch.

We Want dessert!


  1. That dessert looks so yummy..Warm with ice cream..YEEEES!

  2. ...yep, this ain't a dress rehearsal.

  3. Enjoyed reading your Post so much... especially seeing old things like the Music box. Rememberings in my thought. A friend of mine - we know each other since the time of childhood, over fifty years - collect and repair Wurlitzer.

    Thank you for sharing. Stay healthy and well, dear Blogfriend.

  4. Sounds like it's your birthday? Many happy returns! Enjoy this year's journey around the sun!

    1. Yes, working on that 75th journey around the sun. Thank you for the sweet comment.

  5. Happy Birthday! Only good!
    I think you and your sister have a good sense of humor. Is right! After 3 glasses of wine it is possible for all of us to see everything in pink. :))
    I really like "Catsnightmare" - I like all the works of the "cat painter".
    I also really like your photos - I think (I hope) you already know. 😊
    A broken plate means that "bad luck" has broken. 🍀
    I wish you all the best! ❤️
    A small bouquet of roses for you 💐

  6. I absolutely enjoyed this post and the images!

    Happy Birthday, Yonne!

  7. Hope you will have a wonderful 75th journey around the sun. Your cake looks yummy and the wise advice from your card sounds good :))))

    Have a nice time

  8. Hello,
    I wish you a very happy birthday! Pretty images. 3 glasses of wine would put me to sleep. Take care, enjoy your day!

  9. Happy birthday, Yvonne. We celebrated (?) right around the same time. Three glasses of wine a day - you could talk me into that!

  10. There is SO MUCH to love in this post, not the least of which is that gorgeous apple creation that looks to die for! Gorgeous photos and plenty of wit (love the cat etchings) and much food for thought. Of course, the best is that it is (or was) your birthday! Add my wishes for a happy one to all the others, along for extra wishes for a very happy "new year." (Your cat Lacey is gorgeous!)

  11. happy birthday....
    have a wonderful day

  12. Happy birthday, bloggy friend! I love the card from your sister!
    I can relate to much of it, wouldn't want to have to do it over.

    Yummy dessert, too :)

    I'm glad to see you this week at 'My Corner of the World'!

  13. Hope you are having a great day! Have fun!

  14. Love it all (even if life is a bitch)!

  15. Happy birthday and good health.
    Delicious apple pie.
    We have a lot of sequoias.
    Greetings Eva

  16. Happy Belated! In spite of the look-back at your not-so-perfect year, there were many smiles, even laughs in your birthday post and I hope in your real life as well. The past year wasn't anyone’s favorite, that’s certain. Your nature pictures are like fine paintings, just beautiful and your owl/cats are really cute in spite of it being a kitty nightmare . We have burrowing owls near our (usual) winter home in Florida and I’ve thought before about how their faces are kind of cat-like.

  17. ps: I love your sisters card and wish I could find or copy it for a couple of people I know and love. Also...even if the 47 is your age in the mirror, I am still older than you! 2020 was a big “0” year for me ... it was not a good year to celebrate ((.

  18. Happy Birthday
    The dessert looks delicious.

    All the best Jan

  19. Well, all the best and many happy days in the new year of life! A glass more or or less doesn't matter either, I wish you a lot of joie de vivre, cheers!
    A unique gift associated with fond memories.

  20. Happy Birthday late greetings from Norway!

    i hope it all went well and that you look back at a great day

    i love the first picture !So cute:))))

    And of course the delicious cake!I can not bake cakes they always is a mess

    I bet it smelled nice in your home

    It is agreat photo of you!Ilike it

    Wish you a nice weekend !With alot of good books and a nap and cosy time with your beautiful cats :)))

  21. Happy birthday! That dessert looks absolutely delicious!

  22. Really like your post here! Happy Birthday :)

  23. Hello, Yvonne
    What is better than wine and dessert, both make me happy. There are lots of potholes in life, best to go around them if you can. I love the owl image and your reflection photos. I hope you had a happy birthday! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

  24. Happy Birthday to you! Sounds like you have the right idea about living a good life! Take care! Love the cats and owls!

  25. Belated Happy Birthday. Thanks for the visit and the comment, so appreciated. Love this post and I agree I do not think I could handle getting old twice, but just recently I have been having dreams of what happened 50 odd years ago. Although some have been weird, I have also had some wonderful memories revived. Not sure what it al means maybe better I do not know, Keep safe Diane

  26. Dear Yvonne,
    you wrote to me "Forgive me for not leaving a comment sooner." - I ALWAYS forgive you! And you see, I can't comment that quickly either. Real life takes so much time - there is sometimes too little time and space for visiting and commenting at (by / with? I don't know the best word...) blog friends. And I see: real life has struck you again. I'm so sorry that your favorite aunt died from covid! It's tragic and sounds negligent that the hospital had her sent back to the nursing home twice ...
    You obviously took your birthday with black humor? I love your headline and the owl cat picture! :-) Let me congratulate you warmly - and I'll be happy to have three or more glasses of wine with you. Long live the loss of reality; -DDD
    Now I'll steal a piece of apple pie from you - and send you dearest birthday-hugs!
    All the best from Austria,


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