A Beautiful Birthday

Happy Birthday to Me! Another year’s passed, and they really do seem to be going faster. I don’t feel any older than I did this time last year, but the days are adding up, and I can tell I’m getting old. If there are no other signs, I am obviously more mature have more grey hairs, so there’s no denying it. Not that I’m bothered by it; aging is a pretty good alternative to my other option, and I’m not so sure I’ll look bad with grey hair πŸ˜‰

I think Mother Nature finally took pity on me, and treated me especially well for my especial day. The weather couldn’t have been fairer, and Tony was of a like mind with me today so we spent most of the afternoon doing what we do in the spring. (That’s hunting morels if you’re unsure.)

Because Father Winter lingered long past his welcome this year, Tony and I haven’t been our usual eager selves to check the progress in the woods. We know there’s not been nearly as much as one might expect by this time in May. However, my neighborhood walks with Petey have indicated that it’s time to start hitting our spots checking for morels.

While I love eating the mushrooms, my heart is really in the hunt. A friend and I swear it’s what’s actually behind the Easter egg hunting tradition. If you’ve ever delighted in finding Waldo, then you have an inkling of what morel hunting is like. Nature’s tastiest nuggets camouflaged against a gorgeous backdrop of rustling leaves and vibrant, ephemeral wildflowers. You get to walk amidst it all, enjoying the simplicity of each passing moment so that even if you don’t find any mushrooms, you’ve still won a great prize.

We didn’t find a ton – we brought home twenty that were acceptably large – but we found some: The season is afoot! Even if we hadn’t found any, I’d still have counted today as a gift. This way, there’s no doubt it’s going in the books as a perfect birthday celebration.

We did not pick the tiny mushroom, I just included it for funsies.

18 thoughts on “A Beautiful Birthday

  1. Oh Heather. I think saying you’re getting old is soooo exaggerated, really I do. If you’re old, I must be ancient and I will not accept that! So glad you had a nice birthday, and that the day included Morels.

    • Carol, you misunderstand πŸ˜‰ I’m not old, and neither are you. But hanging around my nephews tells me I’m on the path. It can be indefinitely long. We can get old forever as far as I’m concerned πŸ™‚

  2. Happy Happy Birthday mon ami πŸ˜€ I love growing up πŸ˜‰ (my funsie word for ageing :p)…as far as I can tell it’s pretty interesting! May Life be replete with laughter, magic and adventure ❀

    LOVE LOVE the Spring pictures…those wildflowers are so utterly gorgeous and you're out shroom hunting! You're a regular little hobbit you are πŸ˜‰ I'm so glad Mother Nature decided to celebrate your Birthday in such a glorious way! God knows she made you wait long enough…it's only fair πŸ˜€

    • Thank you so much, dearie πŸ™‚ Graham’s comment had a link in it, so you didn’t get to see it, but I like his definition of “getting old.” Growing up is pretty good too! And, yes, it’s been interesting. Sometimes interesting is a euphemism, but sometimes it’s just good. Either way, I wouldn’t return to my younger years even if I could!
      We are LOVING the spring weather. Especially Mr. Petey. So looking forward to playing with him in the lakes this summer! And I never really thought of it, but I am certainly Hobbit-y in the spring: short, woods-loving, and mushroom hunting πŸ™‚

  3. Well Happy Birthday a day late! Wasn’t yesterday just glorious! Warm sunshine, white puffy clouds AND mushrooms? You are right that was a gift! We had a good day too down here, though it was mostly weeding and dog park. I did saute mushrooms for dinner, but not the special kind you found. Glad you had some! πŸ™‚

    • Any happy wishes are welcome, regardless of their timeliness πŸ™‚ Thanks! I’m getting ready to go join you and Katie at the dog park πŸ˜‰

  4. Well well well it was your boithday! Many happy returns to you dear Heather and I’m so glad you had such a lovely, simple celebration….just my kind πŸ™‚ Wish I could have sampled those mushrooms, you make them sound utterly butterly delicious!

    • T’was indeed my boithday; thank you for the happy wishes!
      I am only good at simple celebrations. I can deal with a crowd, but I am happiest in small numbers and easy situations. Wish I could have shared them (the mushrooms…well, I’d happily celebrate the day with you too!) with you. They are indeed utterly butter delicious. MmmMMmmmm.

  5. Heather, Happy Birthday! It sounds like it was “your kind of day”. I totally get the Where’s Waldo fun of morel hunting. Wishing you many many more…

    • Thank you for the birthday wishes πŸ™‚ And also for following me on FB where I seem to have the whole sharing thing together a bit more πŸ˜‰

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