Friday, March 19, 2010

sweetness

I had a birthday this week. It was a beautiful day, blue skied, sunshiny, with a sweetness on the breeze. It was the day that the first grapefruit blossoms burst open ...


I made myself grapefruit cupcakes with hints of coconut and honey, which were delicious, if I do say so myself. I decorated them with sugar orchids from the specialty cake shop ...


But to tell you the truth, it really wasn't a good day. That pretty cupcake you see? Moments after I took that snapshot, I knocked it onto the ground, smashing the orchid and smearing the frosting with dirt and grass (Isis did appreciate it, though). There were bigger things, too. My sister, who was visiting, fell horribly ill, so that much of the day was spent worried in doctor's offices. And I felt grumpy about my age; turning 30 felt good, as the symbolic passing of my angsty 20s, but 31 not so much.

Anyways, the sun kept shining, and the earth had little birthday gifts for me. It saved not only the first grapefruit blossoms for my day, but also the first jasmine flowers, which burst into fragrant tumbles of blooms on the back porch ...


Definitely a day to focus on try to focus on the sweetness.

7 comments:

laughknit said...

Happy, happy birthday to you!

Turtle said...

happy birthday! Hey, the thirties will be so much better than your twenties. (at least that is how i have felt about them) Am now hoping to be able to say the same of the fourties as i turn 40 on this coming earth day. (yikes!)

Hey...... can a girl beg that recipe from you? Those look sooo good and i too will be making my own birthday cupcakes (we gave up on cakes, cupcakes are more fun!)

morgaine24 said...

happy birthday sorry your birthday was not all that it could have been. I on the other hand wish my life wasnt going the way it ius going right now

vickie

lexa said...

I saw on Ravelry the little cake by your ravatar, but I didn't get a Happy Birthday sent off (had the flu, on the computer for like 5 seconds). So Happy Belated Birthday!!!

Kathryn said...

Happy belated birthday! Hopefully the year to come will be a good one!

Rachel said...

Happy belated 31st Birthday Hanna!

I felt the same way when I turned 31...30 wasn't that big of deal but 31 meant I was 'in my thirties' which was sort of traumatic to me at the time! Of course last year's 36 meant I was closer to 40 than to 30...and it put perspective on the whole 31 thing! :) Glad that you were able to enjoy the small things MN shared with you on the day!

rockbridge said...

Happy belated birthday!! I know exactly what you mean about turning 31 - I felt the same way. I'll be turning 32 in June, and I'm hoping that it will somehow feel different, more solid... Looks like you guys have been climbing lots and having fun. Look us up if you ever get out to SoCal - there are lots of fun rocks out here to play on!