I love April, besides being my birth month, it is the time of practical jokes....(watch out Cuckoos), planting of seeds for the garden, cleaning up leftover winter fallderall and the gateway to outdoor activities. This is the month of getting ready's.
There have been many, many Aprils that contained snowstorms, when I was a kid. One year I had an outdoor birthday party planned for me by my Mom. I was to have 5 friends for hot dogs, chips, root beer floats and a pink iced angel food cake on the picnic table in the backyard. She even bought streamers and hats and a fancy paper tablecloth with matching napkins with Little Lulu on them. If you don't know who Little Lulu was I've included an image here. But when I woke up on the day of the party....it was snowing. The wet mushy, not gonna last but is going to drench everything kinda snow. Instead of just setting up the dining room and having the party move indoors, my Mom called everyone and cancelled my party.
|This is what Sweet Man says I looked like as a kid.|
Mom didn't want her wall to wall carpeting messed up by 7 year olds and so my sister and her new baby came over and we had cake. Kinda not the birthday party of my dreams. We used those napkins for what seemed like forever. And every time we used them, my Mom would say, "isn't this better than one celebration"? Uh, no. But as a kid I didn't see the practical side of things like she did. Hell, as an adult I didn't see the practical side of life, as she called it. My Mom wasn't what you would call the warm and fuzzy type, but she did the best she could with what she had.
For some folks birthdays are a big deal and I sorta envy them. Me, not so much . I always tuned my expectation meter way, way back after that year. That way, I wouldn't be disappointed. Funny how we adapt to our surroundings and do the best we can with what we've been given. I learned early on, if you don't think it's gonna be there, then if it is, you're pleasantly surprised, if it isn't then no harm, no foul.
I have my daughter to thank for the best birthday party I every had. Shelley planned my 'lordy, lordy, Linda's forty', birthday bash. She invited everyone we knew. It was amazing. And truly, the party was a surprise that she even wanted to do so. I had never ever spoken of my lack of birthday celebratory attitude. If it was remembered at all by my family, it was low keyed when she was a little kid and I know that she looked on and wondered why.
|and that was a long time ago................|
All of Shelley's birthdays, on the other hand, were like 'let's find a barn and put it on a show', akin to the Little Rascals, or Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movie extravaganza's. And you don't need a degree in psychology to figure that one out. Much like my need to decorate for every holiday or event and Celebrate Oz, I always wanted Shelley to look back and think, "wow that was awesome".
So onward and upward. Sorry didn't mean to get bogged down in stuff.
So this is my 900th post. Been blogging now for one month shy of 5 years. Doesn't seem that long. Didn't think I had this much stuff to talk about. But I did. Or at least I published the thoughts.
So, to celebrate the 900 and April, I am going to gather together a herd, a flock, a gaggle of arting supplies which will include but will not be limited to scrapbook paper, rubber stamps, general crafts, sequins, buttons, beads, findings, fabric, and whatever else will fit in the large size postal box and send it to the winner of the 900th blog giveaway. All you need do is: comment on this post and let me know if you want to be entered (that's one entry), post the giveaway picture on your blog or facebook page (that's another entry) and that's it. Slicker than snot, right?????? Ewwww, I guess I got a little carried away huh?
I'm hoping that by doing this pass it forward to someone else, I will inspire myself to get with it and create some new and fun things. If you have an idea for me and think it might inspire me to create something and send me a link (that's another entry). See how tricky this olde broad is??????
I'll be drawing the winner on April 9th..............good luck my lovelies.
My next post will be about the straw bales and pictures of the "to be" garden and bed. It's getting exciting now that I've spread the ........fertilizer and nitrogen to break down the bales.....bet you thought I was gonna say something else.
Smooches and Squoozes, Oma Linda