Many of you have asked where in the world I've been.

All I know is that after 7 plus years of blogging and a different lappy, which I don’t like, I seem to have lost my blogging fervor.

Someday, when you least expect it, I will post again.

For those of you still waiting I say thank you.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Birthday Post - Take Two, Final Take

Last Sunday was my birthday and since I celebrated it right here in my own little city, I decided to share my celebrations with you, here at Sunday in My City.
First I want to tell you that even before my birthday arrived, my bloggy friend U.P. Annie made sure my celebration by sending me birthday e-cards for more than two weeks.  She spaced them apart at odd intervals so that I would forget all about them between their deliveries, thus ensuring that EACH was a special surprise.  Thank you soooo much dear Annie!

Last Sunday, as I arrived at church, I was met by my friend Connie's two girls, Kayla and Tracie, who carried a large "house" box.  This they thrust into my hands with the instructions that I was to open it on the spot!

Having never been to a Build-a-Bear nor ever owning one before, I didn't realize what it was until I peeped inside the roof.
Imagine my surprise and delight to find my very own designer Bucky nestled in tissue paper inside.

Why, I didn't know such a thing was possible!  A Build-a-Bear Bucky!  How perfect.  This birthday was quickly getting off to a start that would ensure it one of the very best ever!

Later, when I got him home, Bucky quickly found his roost on the back of Pillow Pal Bucky.  P.P. Bucky was my Birthday gift from Kayla and Tracie's mom last year.

How very lucky am I?

After church, in the absence of Fisherhubby who was working in the ER, my friends Bill and Eloise and Connie and Jim went to lunch with me to celebrate.

Yes, I was "odd man out" but I didn't care - - - it was my BIRTHDAY!
About a week ago I did "Birthday Post - Take One" in which I showed you these birthday boxes that arrived prior to my special day.

Several of you have been chiding me for leaving you on pins and needles wondering what was IN the boxes.

I WAS a stinker about that, wasn't I?

Well, I WAITED to open them until MIDNIGHT on my birthday so Fisherhubby would be home from work to watch me open them.

NO, I do NOT mean midnight at the START of my birthday - - - I mean midnight at the END of my day.

Yes, I really did wait until Midnight WITH NO PEEKING.

While you may not have known what was in the top box, I knew as SOON as I saw the DeBrand label.  AND furthermore, I knew it was WONDERFUL and worth the wait!  The only things I didn't know were which of my two daughters sent it AND exactly what "selection" was inside.

Turns out our oldest daughter, Keri, sent the DeBrand and it was meant to be shared with Fisherhubby.  More's the pity!  Oh, I do kid.  I'm kinda happy to share it with him.  ;-)

Because, you see, DeBrand is the absolute BEST fine chocolate on the planet.

No, not on the planet - - - IN THE UNIVERSE.

This is the tower of treats that I found inside the box.
Just look at these exquisite miniatures.  And let me assure you, they taste even better than they look!

Four truffles.




Thank you Keri and Jason!!!

The other box came from my MIL Robin.   I've mentioned before that Robin has the GIFT of gift giving.  She discovers what we love and finds us gifts that fit our tastes.

She has long since seen on my blog that I collect nutcrackers and that I call them my Kings.

Let me tell you, as soon as I found this little King hiding inside the box, I KNEW he was something special.   I'm not a "designer" kinda gal - - - but even I knew when he was cushioned inside a cloth bag with a gold drawstring that he was a King to be RECKONED With.

Inside the drawstring bag, along with The King to be Reckoned With were a slew of little papers, including registration numbers and other designer fru fru.   All the papers were clearly marked "Timmy Woods of Hollywood."

Not knowing Timmy Woods personally, I had to google.

Oh my!
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The King to Be Reckoned With is actually a handbag!   He opens right down the middle and there is a handle inside that can be used when he is carried.

I shall not be carrying him and risking damage to his kingly self.  He shall reside in a place of honor where he will be safe and sound.

Thank you sooo much Robin!!!
And last but not least, my friend Kay gave me ANOTHER King.  You may "recognize" him for the special "treat" that he is.
And when I flip a little lever on his back, he spews forth M & M's to beat the band!

How fun is that?
He has found a place to live on my kitchen counter.  There he shall remain until he has given up all his treats, after which he may disappear until next Christmas.

Cookie Jarbear and her cubs aren't quite sure yet if they want him in their den or not.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Birthday celebration and enjoyed even MORE stretching it out over about three weeks' time.  I believe if you have to get older you might as well have fun doing it!

And believe me, I'm getting OLDer.  Now I'm staring right down the barrel of old age.

Sure beats the alternative!
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Jacqueline Brocker said...

These pictures look so traditionally perfect for this time of the year - dolls and toy soldiers, exquisite chocolates. Lovely, thanks for sharing!

nancygrayce said...

Great gift giving is indeed a gift. Some of us didn't get that gift, but looks like your friends and family surely got it in a big way! Wonderful gifts!

You are NOT getting old...:)

Tara R. said...

Happy Birthday! You were feted very nicely with all those lovely gifts. The Timmy Woods purse is so unique.

Ann in the UP said...

Oh, that Keri! And the photography! As if my little Toshiba weren't erratic enough, now I'm drooling all over the keyboard. Yum, yum, yum!

The kings are cool, but Bucky is over the top! I'm glad your Badgerness and your sweet tooth all got satisfied for your "almost a geezer" birthday. It was a really good one!

retired not tired said...

What a beautiful birthday celebration! Terrific gifts!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Happy New Years! wow awesome gifts came your way....those chocolates! yum!

Unknown said...

I love your special gifts. How wonderful. Isn't it great having people in our lives that go out of their way to make sure we feel fantastic and special? I love it so much! Wishing you a wonderful year! Love, Becky

Wayne W Smith said...

That was a nice birthday surprise indeed. It is nice to have such classy friends.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Keetha such fun gifts for such a fun lady! That chocolate looks so good! but my favorite is the King bag...OMGoodness that is so special. You are like me, I enjoy my birthday for weeks...hey it's my birthday and I can celebrate how I wish! Big Hugs, Linda

Claudya Martinez said...

I love this post because your joy just jumps out from the screen.

Buttercup said...

I might just have fainted at Bucky. I've got a stuffed animal collection and I know Bucky wants to visit my buddies in NYC. What a fabulous birthday and wishes for many, many more!

Karen Lakis said...

Three weeks of birthday- how very special! Happy birthday!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Those are such wonderful gifts you received starting with the one at church. Love the purse...too cute!
That M&M nutcracker is adorable. Sounds like a perfect birthday.

Traci Marie Wolf said...

Happy happy birthday, Keetha! I'm glad to hear you had a great one. I have to say, you should find a fancy holiday party (to go to) next year, so you can wear a ball gown and carry your handbag king. Seriously.

Unknown said...

I love chocolate. I am glad you showed us the king, too. Did you know that today is the Day of the Kings? Today is the day that tradition says that the three wise men brought gifts to Jesus. They were thought to be kings, as well. In New Orleans and in many places around the world, today is celebrated with King Cake and other such nonsense. Maybe you could use this as an excuse to have cake while admiring your KING collection.

StarTraci said...

Happy belated birthday!

And that Build-a-Bucky is adorable! Happy Sunday and Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

I had googled DeBrand so I knew there were chocolates in that box...they look amazing! Cute gifts, love the Build a Bucky. Great birthday, I'd say! Here's to getting older!!

Keri said...

What a wonderful birthday you had!!! And just look how thoroughly loved and blessed you are! :) The M&M King is my favorite of your whole collection...because I LOVE M&Ms! hehe

Tracy said...

Oh my what lovely gifts. I'm quite partial to the M&M king said...

the truffles look Deeelish!!!!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow! What a birthday ... and what awesome gifts you got! Well worth stretching out!

Powdered Toast Man said...

Happy Belated Bday. That build-a-bear looks more like a badger and I am going to have nightmares about it. said...

You got my attention. Your family has very good taste. I hope you've been enjoying the decadence.


Erin said...

The Build a Bear Bucky is WONDERFUL!!! How fun! And those are the most beautiful chocolates I've ever seen!

LL Cool Joe said...

Oh dear I missed your birthday!! Sorry, I hope it was good, well it looks it from all your gifts! You did well!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

So fun Keetha! You got some great gifts there my dear.
And You are not old either, cause that would make me old right behind you and I am not.
Hugs friend,

Anonymous said...

oh lucky lucky you!!! happy birthday! what fun gifts!!!
I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

Diane said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you had a great one. I'm drooling over the chocolate!

Martin LaBar said...

Oh, my. Chocolate (several kinds) and a badger? You are blessed.

Vidya Sury said...

How sweet of Annie! Bucky looks loveable!

I would have gone nuts about waiting to open my birthday presents.

Did you enjoy your DeBrands? Any left? They do look yum!

A handbag King! How very cool!

So glad you had a lovely birthday!