Saturday, October 04, 2008

October 4

My brother's birthday and mine are the 5th and 4th, respectively.

Here is a pic from 1966. I was four; he was 12. He says after I was born, he never had a birthday cake made just for him ever again. It was always a "co-owned" cake after October 4, 1962. To that I have always said, "Wah."

Note the extravagance of this beautiful store-bought cake from Ross's Grocery Store. Looking at the spartan walls and surroundings, I can only surmise that my mother hocked all of her Montgomery Ward wall fixtures and Green Stamp rugs to pay for this cake. Apparently, I am also wearing the birthday dress of 1965, considering how short it is. And it's quite a hairstyle when your bangs begin much nearer your crown than your forehead.

This is that same brother on July 4, 1970. We were in Tennessee (staying at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Mo-Tel) for some reason; I think visiting my middle brother who was in the National Guard. Is this not the longest, skinniest 16 year-old boy you've ever seen? Look at his legs! For some perspective, my mom is 5'10". My brother grew to be 6'4" or 5". And look at that cool 8 year-old.
I'm like the embodiment of Snoopy the dog. Just too cool.

So HBD to my brother, whom we still call Donnie, or Donnie Ray, or Don Diego, who is 54 tomorrow. Amazingly, I'm only 29 or so today.

Today, my plans include going with Jorge and two other couples to a place called Brown County, IN, where autumnal foliage dazzles a county with a rather lack-luster name. We are going to eat, look at trees and maybe see crafts or something, I don't know. I haven't been there since I was the size of the knock-kneed kid in the first pic.

What are you doing this beautiful Fall weekend?

I'll be announcing soon who won the prizes, etc. from last week's giveaways; I haven't forgotten. Don't you forget that Monday is the Falling into Flavor kick-off. Don't be caught like a deer in the headlights--get that recipe ready!

41 comments:

Becky said...

My hubs bday is the first and Babys is the third. They are destined to always share their cake too. WAH!

LOL!

Happy birthday funny girl!

:-)

Belinda said...

I had to laugh at your comment "he is 54, I am only 29" *Smile* Gave me the laugh I needed for today! Life is so like that huh? HBD to you as well!!

Belinda (who is hosting a bible study on her blog - my first one! - come join me at http://careerasamum.blogspot.com/2008/10/bible-study-welcome.html)

Merrie said...

Well, Happy Birthday! Mine is the 7,8,or 9th - I don't know... I have a birth certificate for the 7th and 9th... but I've always celebrated on the 8th.... besides my name is misspelled on both the certificates. I don't have one for the day I celebrate. Makes me wonder about my parents who loved me - did they really care that I was born?
Oh well, I do hope you enjoy your day!

DidiLyn said...

So you are finally 29. Wow. No one can pull off 29 as good as you, my friend.
I know I couldn't, but that's because I'm younger than you.
You have yourself a wonderful birthday.I'm glad we're friends. :-)

Smilingsal said...

Watching squirrels run around my yard and blogging.

R.L.Scovens said...

Happy Birthday!

I'll be at home alone most of the weekend. My son has all the plans!!

Kim said...

Happy 29th Day of Birth Ms. Linda! :) And to the handsome toothpick! ;)

I'm having a "me" morning..workout, then nails done. Then my son's school Fall Festival is this afternoon, so we're going to go Fest.

Have fun in BC!!! LOVE that place!

Chatty Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Lid! And remind that brother of yours that at least he got his own cake for 8 yrs! I suspect you never had your own until you were grown.

I love the old photos. I have one of me in a similar dress (shirt?) like yours. What was with the mini fashions! I think it was the style. Or else, I was wearing last years dress too.

Just loved the photos!

40winkzzz said...

Ha, so I was married on your birthday. My cousin's too; thanks for the reminder. I need to send her an e-card.

I get to celebrate my anniversary at a 7th/8th-grade football game, yippee. Spaz has ONE Saturday game this season and it happens to be today.

But at the moment, I am clad in my warm robe and sitting in my comfy chair next to a not-too-roaring fire with a cup of coffee and a laptop. Not bad.

Hey, there's a blog post. Think I'll go write it on my own blog now.

Mrs. Who said...

1. Happy Birthday!

2. I have BEEN to Brown County with a group of my girlfriends. Small world. It's not that far from Lexington. I bought a ton of great stuff for my house. They have a wine tasting place we loved. And my friends laughed at me because I got excited about a store that sold only SOCKS. Just socks. How exciting!

Cheryl said...

Happy birthday!!!! Enjoy your weekend!

Dena @ Green Acres said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! I didn't know you were 29..I'll be turning 29 soon too. How cool is it that we are the same age?!

We are making the drive to the college of one of our daughters today. She is on the dance team there and they dance at home football games on the sidelines and during half-time. But today is Homecoming for them, so they also have a parade and other fun activities planned. Thankfully it's going to be sunny & 70 today.
Have a great day!

Linds said...

Happy Birthday! Have a great day!

Cindy said...

Have a wonderful weekend and happy birthday. This weekend starts off our annual Cruisin' the Coast. People come from all over the country in their antique cars and "cruise around" for the week. It's fun to see the old 1950's cars pull into the Sonic, with the oldies playing on the stereo. We also love to watch the muscle cars compete - who's got the loudest engine, who can burn-out the best. And all those beautiful convertibles!

Tammy said...

Happy Birthday to the "kids"! I love looking at all the photos. I get caught up in all the details around, not the faces! :-)

We are getting a taste of fall here down in 'Bama. Of course, I dread it now, only because we have a gum ball tree in our backyard just waiting to drop its gumball goodies all over the place!

Barbara H. said...

Happy birthday! My brother's birthday is also today.

Cathy Davis said...

Happy birthday!!!

I'm new to your blog - and you can thank Google Reader and its wonderful suggestion to check out your blog for my presence. (I think we have some fellow bloggie friends too.)

I've enjoyed going through some of your posts and getting to know you. You're a hoot ;).

I hope you enjoy your special day and you and your brother both get your own cake you can enjoy!!

roxannekristina.blogspot.com said...

Have a most wonderful time. Great weekend to be enjoying fall and family. And birthdays!

skoots1mom said...

hbd...stringbean he is...

i went to brown county in 1984 following and IU/OSU football game...what a beautiful place with the mountains and leaves galore.
have a fun bday!

Sandy Toes said...

How fun to go to Brown County..what a perfect weekend!
My weekend? Soccer Game...another soccer game this afternoon...then go out with my husband...whew!

sara said...

Happy Birthday!!! It is pouring rain here today...so I am thinking a good book is calling my name!

Mocha with Linda said...

Well, from another youngest born on the 4th (August 4th!), Happy Happy Birthday Lid!! Hope you have a fun fun day.

And ah, the white-border square pics of the sixties!!

Tammy said...

Awwww....love these pictures, Linda!

A very happy birthday to you!
(And "Donnie Ray"!)

Enjoy your birthday weekend!

Susanne said...

Hey I'm 29 this year too! Go figure, what a coincidence. Happy happy birthday to you and your brother.

Edie said...

Happy Birthday! (to you and your brother) I had an uncle who was 6'7 and I have a nephew who is 7'.

Have a great day!

Teresa said...

Happy Birthday!

So, did you go to Metamora? If so, I love that little town! Hope you had fun!

Darlene R. said...

Happy Birthday!

I just got done hauling out all of our warmer clothes and sticking them in the dressers.

Now it will probably be 90 degrees next week!

PJ said...

Brown County!! What fun. I've always been "gonna go" but someday hasn't arrived. Have fun. Eat plenty. Make sure it is an "eating" day.

annie's eyes said...

Oh I love those pictures! What a great time of year to have a birthday, as if you could pick it. We are going to a thirty-fifth and thirtieth high school reunion these next two weekends--and I'm miraculously twenty-nine, too! (especially after hair color, a spray tan, and a pedi for the evening. Wished I'd dropped those 15 lbs.though) Hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow. Celebrate, my friend. Love, Annette

Jodi said...

Happy Birthday Linda!!! ♥

I hope you enjoy your day!!! Happy Birthday to Donnie too :)

Roxanne said...

In Houston, we are running the air conditioners still. :) But there WAS a breeze today, and it HINTED at being cool.

Happy Birthday to you and yours. . .and my brother and I are August 2nd and 6th--just one year and four days apart, so I got exactly ONE birthday cake of my very own--he never even got one.

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Thanks for sharing this, it definitely took me back a few decades. My parents had some kitchen chairs that looked a lot like the one in the pic. Isn't it fun to go back in time everynow and then:)

Kim said...

Happy Birthday to You!
And big brother, too :-)
[to be sung slightly off key while sharing his/your cake]

We spent our honeymoon in a cabin at Brown County State Park. We have one of those tin-type photos taken in the cute little town of Nashville. We looked like children. Hey, we were!

Marina said...

Happy Birthday to you and may God Bless you with many more!! "))!!

hope you have a very bless day !!, marina

Mary said...

Happy Birthday!!! Make that poor man his own cake... LOL

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day. The Hubbie and I went to a Corvette show...

Mary said...

Happy BD weekend to you! I've not been around lately - have you noticed I was missing? okay, probably not, but I've missed this blog. You're just too funny! Loved the video thingie -- along with funny, you're also cute! I do want to like you, but funny and cute... surely there's a fault in there somewhere?

Oh, and I had that same big bangs haircut in the 1970s.... must've been all the rage.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Well, a day late, but Happy Birthday, my dear blogging buddy!

Hope you had a colorful day yesterday! :-)

Ballerina Girl said...

you all look great...the tall skinny picture reminds of the kid that got stretched in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!!
and agh....I better read the next post RIGHT NOW nefore I miss this newest installment on your blog...
sheesh. not read blogs for a few days and I feel like I miss it all!
Hope you had a great fall weekend!
BG

Connie said...

Happy Birthday! Your weekend sounds like fun. It's finally getting cool here in So. Cal. and it feels like fall. Have a good week! Connie

Susan said...

Happy belated birthday!! Yes, he is quite tall! He reminds of my DS 3 who is only 14 and pushing 6'3! I hope you had a wonderful fall weekend. I'm a bit jealous cause it was HOT here! And there IS no color on the trees except GREEN.

Hugs,

Susan