Wednesday, June 3, 2015

IWSG-My Most Memorable Birthdays



It is the first Wednesday of the month which means this is the time to let out your insecurities  and fears to the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Hosted by Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh, this is to help people who are dealing with all sorts of emotions regarding writing, I just write here because I enjoy it even if I am grammatically challenged and brain challenged. Right now my butt is numb from listening to the great Battle Of The Bands posts hosted  by Stephen McCarthy and Far Away Eyes.

What am I writing about? Well June 2nd was my birthday and I turned 51. Yup I am over a half a century old and am waiting for that blue hair my Oma wore so wonderfully (actually it was lavender). I share my birthday with that incredible Tarzan, Johnny Weismuller. Mr "Jane...Tarzan...Jane...Tarzan" fame. I also share it with the Marquis De Sade. Sigh- I have one who is not the brightest bulb and one who was truly nuts and thought using bodily fluids was a turn on for sex. At least I know even Mr. De Sade would say 50 Shades of Crap is , well, crap.

So I had 7 birthdays starting May 14th and ending with mine and I thought why not list some birthdays that stuck out for me for various reasons.

1. I was little and recall getting a doll that rode a tricycle and could walk(kind of). I thanked my parents but was already thinking of things I could do to that doll since I thought it looked blank and stupid. I couldn't give it a punk haircut like I did to one of my Barbie's so that was out.  I had a friend over and my brother had his neighbour friend over and we had a fun time. No idea what happened to the doll.

2. Disaster! Why? I was a whiny brat. The one and only time there were lots of kids over and I got voted off Simon Says right away. I gave a temper tantrum and acted like a brat. I still feel embarrassed by my antics so let's move on.

3. So I had many birthdays over the years but they involved one or 2 friends, hotdogs, hamburgers, and homemade cake which was delicious since my mom is German and could make great Torte's with real whipping cream. No icing on my cakes which made you chip a tooth. Family was always there and my mom made it special with decorations and my favourite meal.

4. Later, when I was a teenager, my mom took me and one friend to Crystal Beach-A great amusement park with a Magic Palace, Laff in the Dark, and other great rides but no Comet(roller coaster) as I was terrified of heights. It was a great park.

5. I was 9 years old and my mom was gone to help her brother help pack his home because he and his family were moving to Germany. My mom said she would be back in time for my birthday but she couldn't be and I was crying. My dad and my brother could not see why I should be upset and they did nothing for my birthday. My mom was heart broken and boy did she give my dad hell when she returned. Yes I looked like that cute little penguin with Bugs Bunny that cried big ice cubes.

6. I always got books for my birthday and I loved it! I still have them all. Many were artists (Rafael, Durer, Monet etc...) from Time/Life, "Mysteries of the Unknown" plus any film books usually from my brother.

7. 1988-I turned 24 and my dad had just died on April 30th. It was rainy and under 50F but it was still lovely because I was with family and dressed like it was November-Damm weather!

8. Most of my 20's are a bit of a blur which yes was fully alcohol induced and I loved every moment of it even if I don't really remember much so let's move on. I know I danced to The Cure, Duran-Duran, or was that another time on my way to kill my liver....

9. Friends who surprised me by decorating my 1971 Ambassador (car) and surprising me at home-that was special. No they did not give me a heart attack

10. Last year-my hubby went all out for my 50th and invited all my friends. It was grand and he went all out. I love cake..can ya tell?

So that is my top 10 of memories unless you count my 20's which means they are all a bit vague... which means I had a ball! Now I am writing this ahead of time so who knows what June 2nd will bring. What are some of your memories of your birthdays? Do you still celebrate or are bah humbug? Oh and no I don't drink like that anymore, I would be in AA otherwise. I drink choice now is OJ and soda water:) or :-)





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  1. I'm more bah humbug these days lol just another day to me. I remember most though, even while drinking.

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  2. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday! I remember my 29th because my husband, who never had any great ideas in his entire life when it came to personal stuff, threw me a surprise birthday party. Of course I was turning 24 again, lol, but it was fun.

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    1. Now that is wonderful especially that I am now always 29:) That is a fun birthday

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  3. I love the expression on your face in that last picture! Happy belated birthday! We tend to keep our birthdays kinda quiet. Usually hubby makes cake and I cook their favorite meal or we go out to their favorite restaurant for dinner (which is my favorite thing to do because who wants to cook? haha)

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    1. Thanks:) Cake is always good! I think that is a nice way to spend a birthday

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  4. oh Birgit you do make me laugh and you have so cheered my day up, I am feeling sad as my Robin has abandoned his nest and all 4 of his chicks have died, it's been so cold,windy and wet I don't think he could find enough food for them.....I need a cake like yours to bury my face in! xxxxxx

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    1. Oh the poor robin. We found 2 eggs also but unsure what kind of bird. I think you need a little cake to cheer yourself up with

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  5. Hi, dear Birgit, and happy birthday to you! I feel like I'm robbing the cradle having a blog friend as young as you. :) I'd give anything to be SIXTY-ONE again!

    I remember one of my birthdays that went sideways. I was 8 or 9 years old and invited friends over to my house for a party. My mother served hot dogs on slices of white bread instead of hot dog rolls and my friends turned up their noses and refused to eat. I was humiliated. I drank my way through the 1980s, too. I was in my 30s and running wild, enjoying the bachelor life after a failed first marriage. I saw the light and gave up drinking entirely around this time (June) in 1992 and haven't touched a drop since.

    Happy Wednesday to you, dear friend BB!

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    1. Oh my mom did that with bread a few times and that is sad how your friends acted. The 80's were fun times but Yes, I rarely drink much anymore-I wouldn't want to nor feel like it

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  6. Happy Belated Birthday! Funny, I remember you mentioning your 50th and it sounds like it was just yesterday; the year went by fast! I love that sign from your 50th with the 20th anniversary of your 30th birthday :)

    Great memories of your previous birthdays that you shared here. I too would have cried at the age of nine if my mom wasn't there for my birthday, especially if nothing else was done for it by others.

    My birthday is very close to Christmas, I prefer not to celebreate it these days though when I was young my mom always celebrated it, always made a cake (I like cake too), wouldn't even put the Christmas tree up until after my birthday (though I did ask her to reconsider that because I wanted the tree up earlier in December than just a few days before Christmas). As I get older, I just prefer to quiet of the day, to kind of slip into the sunset :)

    I think we all have wild 20's :)

    betty

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    1. That is so sweet of your mom to make you feel like you are not sharing your birthday with Christmas. Very thoughtful

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  7. Happy belated birthday! These sound like some wonderful birthday memories, particularly last year. What a wonderful husband and birthday surprise.

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    1. They are great memories-except when I was a brat. Yes my hubby really did outdo himself

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  8. Happy Birthday!

    My birthday, my wife's birthday, our anniversary and mother's day all fall within about a week of each other, so they're always a bit of a blur. This year was special, though, as I self-published my first book on my birthday!

    My first birthday as a dad a few years ago was also pretty swell. :-)

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    1. Oh my goodness that is a lot jammed into one week and a birthday gift to have your book published and on your birthday-an amazing feat you should be proud of

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  9. That last picture is amazing! I love these posts Birgit, because they make me feel like I'm really getting to know you, and that is so special! Beautiful memories.

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    1. Thank you so much:) Diving into cake is always fun

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  10. Belated happy birthday! I hit that milestone very, very soon...
    Your dad did nothing for your birthday? That was so wrong.

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    1. Yup my dad didn't think about it since he was such an old timer and grew up very rough and very poor. I don't think he knew any better

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  11. Happy (belated) Birthday!!!! "Happy 20th anniversary of your 30th birthday!" I love that. :D

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    1. Isn't that great! I love that too

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  12. I hope June 2 brought you lots more fun memories. And that you can remember them as opposed to those years when you were dancing to The Cure. I think I have some of those as well LOL.
    Happy Birthday!

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    1. Oh gosh those 80's-fun years and always fond memories

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  13. Happy Birthday Birgit, I know I'm late, lets call it fate, why don't we start over with a spiffing new date! LOL.

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    1. Hahhaaaaa-Sounds fun to do here at my zoo

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  14. Happy birthday to a dear blogging friend.

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  15. Whoo-hoooo!!! Happy Birthday, Birgit!!!!!! Here's to a new adventure around the sun full of laughter, joy, love, wonder, and lots of cool words!

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    1. Thank you!! Let's hope this year ahead is fun and it should be as long as I think it

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  16. Your butt is numb from listening to posts?? LOL. Not sure how that works... sorry, I can't help but tease! You know I love you!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAAAAAAAAY! I loved reading your fave memories. And that picture of you with the cake is freaking fantastic.

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    1. Yes well sitting for awhile makes my butt go numb:) Thank you muchly:)

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  17. My husband turned 50 this year...I'm getting there. I'll be 45. As someone once said, growing older is a privilege...not everyone gets to do it!

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    1. Isn't that the truth! I hear more people say about getting older and I always say beats the alternative!

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  18. Happy Happy Birthday!! Mine's this week too. The cakes your mom made sound yummy! I loved it when I got books for my birthdays too. The great 50th party thrown by your husband sounds awesome!

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  19. Happy Happy Birthday!! Mine's this week too. The cakes your mom made sound yummy! I loved it when I got books for my birthdays too. The great 50th party thrown by your husband sounds awesome!

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    1. A fellow Gemini! We are the best-all 4 of us:) Happy Birthday to you too!!

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  20. Happy birthday! I hope you enjoyed the cake. A lot. ;)

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
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    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

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  21. Happy Birthday. I hope it was filled with cake.

    I'm all for bah humbug. I've had some interesting ones, but not in the last couple decades. I share my birthday with J.K. Rowling and Dean Cain. Not bad company, really.

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    1. That is great company compared to mine:)

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  22. I'm sorry I missed your birthday, but I know you had a lovely time. I enjoyed how you did this post by remembering the birthdays that stood out. That's a great approach.
    I learn something interesting each time I visit you.
    R

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    1. Thank you so much. It's fun to write these things up

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  23. Happy Birthday, Birgit! I'm right behind you, celebrating the last of my 40s in a few weeks. I hear that it gets better. That's gotta be true. Right? Right!

    Crystal Beach sounds almost as good as homemade ice-cream.

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    1. Oh Happy 50th! or Happy 20th anniversary of your 30th birthday. It gets better?? I still think I am in my 20's but with a bit more wise ass in me now. Crystal Beach was fantastic

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  24. Happy Birthday, Birgit! I'm right behind you, celebrating the last of my 40s in a few weeks. I hear that it gets better. That's gotta be true. Right? Right!

    Crystal Beach sounds almost as good as homemade ice-cream.

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  25. Happy birthday. It's mine tomorrow so we're both Geminis. I don't really believe in all that astrology stuff. I believe the good points and discount the bad!

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    1. Happy Birthday to a fellow Gemini! I never try to admit to the bad:)

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  26. Happy belated!

    I love your bottom photo. I have Danish and German blood myself. I totally understand a lust for cake.

    I have very mixed feelings about my own birthday. I'm not big on fuss. I either expect too much and am disappointed or I get far more than I want. New stuff can be fun. But all I really want is for the important people in my life to remind me they love me. Sounds corny but it's true. That said, there were a few memorable bashes from my youth. 24 was really good. I managed to make that celebration last about three weeks. My life was very different then!

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    1. 3 weeks! Sounds like a very fun time indeed and all our lives were so different back then. I hear you about the important people being there and that is what matters...plus a little cake

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  27. Happy Birthday! I dig that birthday banner, haha

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  28. Happy belated birthday, Birgit! I'm sorry that I got here so late. Love your birthday banner, and I'm glad your hubby has taken over where your mom left off. Great photo of you getting ready to dig into that glorious cake!

    Julie

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    1. Thank you-The banner is great eh? The cake was great

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  29. You sound like you've had a rich life so far. For the past twenty years I've been trying to forget about my birthdays though my 50th stands out because when I got home from work I had a surprise party waiting for me and actually I was surprised because I didn't expect it in the least bit.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thank you for saying I have a rich life...I think I do. Your birthday surprise sounded like it was great

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  30. Happy Bithday! Your memories are "icing on the cake." Here's to many more!

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  31. Birgit, I love that poster--20th anniversary of your 30th birthday. That's wonderful!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  32. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! So sorry I missed your birthday! I was so wrapped up in my own c***p (hangs head in shame). Like you I have little (if any) recollection of my 20s. The fog cleared in the early 30s on what we can only assume to be a blast! Here's to another half century of healthy happy years!
    big (belated) birthday hugs, Asha

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    1. You didn't forget-you sent me that lovely e-card!!! You have so much on your plate and you are dealing with the loss of Rosie. keep your head up high and thank you!!

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  33. That cake you are about to bite in looks good :).

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  34. A VERY, VERY happy belated my friend! I can't believe you're 51 - you are so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your birthdays with us in your traditional humorous way! Now go get your but un-numbed!

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  35. Happy belated Birthday, Birgit!! You party girl, you!! Way to go through life with gusto!! I celebrate, too. I don't understand those you don't announce their age from the rooftops. I mean, c'mon, isn't still being here one of life's biggest accomplishments and blessing??! Here's to 51 more fantastic years!! Hugs, Darnell

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