This was a great birthday. The highlight for me was my girls' dance recital. I thought my heart was going to burst with pride and happiness when I saw each of them on stage dancing with their classes. They were working so hard. I loved being surrounded by people I love in the audience.

I had a fried green tomato sandwich from Picasso's for dinner, and have spent the last hour practicing my guitar. When I thought I might attempt a song, I was led to Bob Dylan's Blowin' in the Wind. I think it's coming along nicely. And at the very least, I have G, C, and D down. 

And one last tale. I planted a peony right after we moved into Dot. The first year it never flowered, and  I thought it was dead by fall, so I cut it back to the ground. To my surprise, it came back the next spring. It didn't do much during it's second year, and was taken over by a sweet potato vine somewhere in June or July. This year is came back again. With the will to survive. I walked out one day and saw buds. They've been swelling for the last month. And finally, on this 29th birthday of mine, those buds blossomed, and the beautiful peonies of my dreams are right off of my front porch. 


  1. I love the way Cora's foot is positioned in the photo of you four. It's a dancer pose!

  2. wait?! Where are the pictures of the flowers? I mean, your girls are adorable, but I was anticipating a picture of the peonies until the last picture.......LOVE YOU and happy birthday, again...



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