Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two Shoes Tuesday # 9 -- "Fear" / Happy Birthday, Jim / MidWeek Blues


I'm celebrating my birthday today.  With my London U.K. family, our youngest granddaughter KP, teen granddauther BP, daughter Karen, and SIL Billy.  KP, age three, 'made' me this beautiful cake last night.  It was delicious, I had the blueberry cupcake last night.  KP ate the strawberry one. 

After we finished 'eating' and I had put the cupcakes back with her creation KP announced that the blueberry one was her favorite too.  I should have known that because second to gelato (Italian ice cream sold here on her High Street) blueberry muffins are her favorite food.
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Before we had 'cake' last night we ate for my Birthday at a the Warrington Pub, also known as the Warrington Hotel.  "This hotel is an hotel in name only, sadly there are no longer any guest rooms. It was an hotel in the late 1800's and was rumoured to be a brothel, which must have worried the Church of England, who were its owners at the time." (Pubs.com site link for more reading)
I had fish and chips (French fries) with mushy peas and their own tarter sauce.  KP had an apple juice and an order of chips, Mrs. Jim and Karen shared a beef and tomato pot dish with mashed potatoes and red cabbage, and Billy had a lamb chop dinner meal.  It was all so very good!
Tonight we are eating Lebanese food at the Mezza Express.  Granddaugher BP will also join us for this one.  Last night she wasn't able to come.  Before we came I had purchased vouchers for tonight's meals from LivingSocial of which I am a member. http://www.livingsocial.com/united_kingdom/cities/885-south-west-london
LivingSocial ha special deals for practically all over.  I have sent to me the ones for the different Houston areas and also the ones for the London areas.  I would recommend you join, there is a great savings to be had.  Food is only one of their offers beside things like vacation get-aways, clothing, fun things, and the like. 
For my birthday I am looking at glider lesson offered through Living Social at the Bicester (London) Gliding Centre for £75.  "Come fly with me ... Just say those words and for £75 (a £174 value) you'll get a basic glider flight, including 2000 feet of launching, either by two winch launches or one 2000 feet aerotow, and up to 20 minutes of flying time ... After a safety briefing and ground instruction, take to the skies in a two-seater training glider, and your instructor will show you the ropes before you take the controls yourself. Height and weight restrictions apply. Valid Monday to Friday."  Plus there is a free three month membership to the gliding center.
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How does this fit Josie's writing prompt word of fear?  I am afraid of telling my age, but not now as much as I used to (be afraid).  Among men I now generally will tell my age if that is what we are discussing, ages.  I do not tell my age on my blog but I was born pre-WWII a bit.  I still don't tell my age to women.  Only Merle, Australian blogging friend, knows my age because we are about the same age and have shared sort-of similar health situations.

I always tell people that I am going to 'run away' for my birthday.  Sometimes I do but seems that other people always come with me.  This time it is London, UK with a side trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia.  I will tell more about these scattering them through my blogging.
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How does it fit MidWeek Blues?  Just look at the pretty blues on the cake, especially the blueberry cupcake.  On the walk to school this nice sunny London morning, Mrs. Jim and Billy are wearing blue jeans.  KP is wearing her P.E. red outfit for P.E. day today.  The fish and chips?  Well, I tell myself and you that the fish and chips were deep fried in an old speckled blue enameled pot.

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If you want to see my other birthday celebrations go here (or if I don't have them all done when you read this then you can do 'archives' for October 30 of each year starting with 2006).

Now this: Josie said: "Get ready for the next round of Two Shoes Tuesday... a place to share what we enjoy doing most... writing! Each week I'll provide a one-word writing prompt and ask you to share a short story, poem, essay, thought, or photo relating to that topic."
"The writing prompt for Tuesday, October 30th will be "fear"!  Her blog:

And this If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo picture on the right. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions . Just do what I did. Or do less. All she requires is a BLUE PICTURE or BLUE THOUGHT, you don't have to write...

Rest in Peace, dear Adi

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Happy Birthday JIM! You had a great one. Being with family is what it is all about. Blueberry muffins I agree. I liked everything at that meal except the lamb - and I know they have that a lot in England or at least when I was there years ago. Don't be 'blue' over your age - just have fun. sandie
Happy Birthday Mr. Jim!! I think it's lovely that you get to go to fun places to celebrate your birthday! What a pretty cake... the best kind, made with love! Fear not, on telling your age! Wear it with pride, you've earned it! Turning fifty didn't rattle me one bit, though drawing very near to sixty now is a bit more unsettling, and the thought of turning 70 in just twelve year is downright startling! Where do the years go?

I hope you continue to enjoy a wonderful vacation and that you are able to celebrate many more happy birthdays with family and friends in the years to come. Your presence in the blogspere is a bight spot for many of us! Thank you for joining me at Two Shoes Tuesday! :-)
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Jim,♪♪
♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪

Enjoy your birthday and your family Jim. :)
I know I am old, my mirror tells me so. But to my grandchildren I am just "Bumper" (Coined by the first of six grandchildren who found this easier to say and was echoed by all the others). Luckily they do not see my age but just require the stories and games and cuddles that are their due. Great post; I like the look of the orange and cherry 'cake' in the background if no one else has bagged it!
Happy Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful trip ;-)

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