28 April 2014

Word for the Week - and a wee birthday...

What a Word for this week!!! I've just drawn this from the bag of Mary's Rediscovery Cards

How perfect is that? 

Today I celebrate my 50th birthday - aware that for most of human history 50 years of life was a REAL celebration - especially for a woman - a very real blessing of abundant days, of surviving childbirth, hardship, disease...

And I am most aware of all my personal Abundance - my family, my friends, my home, all the excellent health care I have received over the years, especially since the stroke...

And the Abundance of Blogland - blog-friends, readers, folk who just drop by. Since I created this blog just over 5 short months ago, I've written over 150 posts, which have had almost 20,000 pageviews, and have received almost 2,000 comments...

These numbers are staggering to me, but not all Abundance can, or needs to, be counted - it should be just experienced, enjoyed and cherished...

Forty is the old age of youth. Fifty is the youth of old age.
Victor Hugo

I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming... suddenly you find - at the age of 50, say - that a whole new life has opened up before you.
Agatha Christie


  1. Happy Birthday Claire - I hope you have a fabulous day!

  2. Victor Hugo was right ... now go and have fun with being wise, day one has arrived. Happy Birthday Claire*!*

  3. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAIRE!! and isn't the great abundance of life such a wonderful gift. You have many years ahead to grow in grace and wisdom. ENJOY every single day

  4. ditto to what the previous commenters said, and wishing you a fabulous day! happy birthday Claire, and all the very best for another abundant year ( friendships, blog buddies and all the other things in your beautiful life) birthday hugs krissie

  5. Dear Claire ~ It has been fun celebrating your 50th via your blog! I wish you a wonderful new year. Enjoy each and every day. 50 for me was 15 years ago, and that hardly seems possible.

    You are a dear soul and I am happy to have found you.


  6. Happy Birthday Claire, you have reached a milestone and it gets better and those quotes are right.

  7. Very dear Claire: Happy, Happy Birthday to you and I love your quotes!! I hope you are having a wonderful day and will have a wonderful evening! And 20.000 page views - that is indeed a staggering number…!

    Hope you've had a lovely day.
    When I was 50 it lasted about 6 months. I'm revving up for my 60th next year. I don't do parties but I love to do lots of different things so it could quite well go on for a year haha xx

  9. Happy birthday Claire! I'm only 5 years behind you but nowhere near as composed and sorted!

  10. belated birthday greetings Claire. It was also my youngest sons birthday yesterday. It will be DH's tomorrow he will be 70. Hope you had a wonderful day. x

  11. Abundance is a great word, Happy Birthday! It was my birthday too, and my word is "appreciation" I really should give more value to everything around me. My sister in law said that now we are not princesses any more, now we are Queen, so lets enjoy!


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