a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's Not Every Day You Turn Sixty...

Just November 19th for me.  Yep, the big six o.  Hubby woke up and said, If you go to Walmart with me, I'll buy you lunch for your birthday.  How can I turn down a romantic invitation like that?

It's early so Walmart should be okay.  We head to the Walmart in Mountain Home. There are two or three closer but none of those towns have Salvation Army.  That was my first birthday stop.  I bought a wallet and a beautiful three tier basket for fruit and didn't even burn a ten-spot.

Next stop Walmart.  Wasn't so lucky there but hubby's paying so I bought two new skillets and a cutting board.  I don't get out much.

Visited with my nephew, Jason, and saw an old friend I haven't seen in years. My guess is if you stay at Walmart long enough you might see every one you know.

Bonnie needs a new collar, I hear.  Okay, what kind?  A big one.  Okay.  I search through the collars and find the x-large.  I hear, Bonnie likes blue.  Okay, how do you know Bonnie likes blue?  I just do. She won't wear another color.  She likes blue.  Okay, so my newly turned-sixty body is squatted digging through all the blooming collars looking for a blue one.  I'm not balanced very well.  Hubby has the cart to lean on so he's steady to give directions.  I, on the other hand, am having trouble finding a BIG BLUE collar and breathing and keeping my balance.  Each one I show him has to be adjusted to Bonnie's size so he knows it will fit.  Decision made.  Blue collar in the cart.
This was the next part of  my present...another job.
Hubby says he is replacing outlets
but I know who'll be doing it.
And you thought Mel's Diner was just on tv!
Had a great birthday lunch with Hubby and nephew, Toni.
I can't go to Mountain Home without checking out the gun shops, that's right, I dream of gun shops. I wait in the truck while Hubby finds some shells "we need". Notice the big rock out front?
You know I had to get a closer look!
My best birthday surprise is when he turns toward the town of Norfork, Arkansas and The Terrapin Trading Company!!!  Hubby asked if I had my rocks with me.  Yes.  He parks here and walks to the gun shop next door while I'm allowed to go wild. 

The owner knows my name!!!  The dog doesn't bark, she knows me.  Maybe Hubby should not have "allowed" me free rein in here, my favorite store.  I pulled out my little sack of carefully chosen stones and we talk design.  That's right.  The owners make silver jewelry.  I gave him some of my extra stones and he gave me a "pocket rock" of labradorite.  

I've already received the call.  My pieces are ready!

Not a bad birthday for a gray haired over weight sixty year old lady that doesn't bend as well as I used to...now I must get to these outlets. They won't install themselves.

25 comments:

Buttons said...

Happy birthday Gail it sounds perfect cannot wait to see your jewelry.
You are younger than I am. HUG B

Terri said...

Well a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! I know some dudes who get all glassy eyed over a gun shop, too!

Saucy Kodz said...

Happy Birthday Gail to you a few days late. I laughed at Den's comment and right you are. I would have enjoyed the visit to the gun shop and of course Mel's Diner. Now, I know you are going to have a post of the jewelry, right. ha,ha - I am just now picturing you bending over and down finding the perfect blue collar for Bonnie. ha,ha Hugz to M. lol

Delores said...

Happy Birthday. You're still a young chick but I have to tell you...the bending doesn't get any easier lol.

Sandra said...

i smiled all the way through and thoroughly enjoyed your birthday OUT...this is my kind of birthday, i like Mels Diner, we had one here, the the man who owed it filed bankruptcy because he id some dumb things. the only thing i would have changed is i would have gone in the gun store and skipped the rock store. yes, i saw that big rock. when can we see your new pocket rock and jewelry..Happy Belated Birthday....

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy belated birthday! It was your birthday and I'm glad you spent the day doing what you wanted.
And yes, hang out in WalMart long enough and you'll see everyone you know.

The Furry Gnome said...

60 eh? You're just a young 'un. But anyone who loves rocks like you do must be doing something right!

Linda Kay said...

First of all, Happy Birthday. Glad you had such a great day and got to play in the rocks. Installing outlets is something I've never learned. I am not a gun toter, but I have many friends who carry (licensed to carry) a pistol in their purses here in Texas.

ellen abbott said...

happy birthday. I was not happy about turning 60. now, four years later I'm getting used to it I guess. can't wait to see what they made for you.

Lynne said...

Happy 60th Gail . . .
You deserved the best, "rockin" day ever!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Again, Happy Birthday dear Gail. I knew you were younger than me. That's why you still have spring in your step and get up and go....mine obviously got up and went. I am anxious to see your new pocket rock and also the finished pieces you got.
I love birthdays like yours, when you can just wander around and let the good stuff find you.
xoxo Oma Linda

TexWisGirl said...

that's awesome. pretty tailor-made for your likes, too. :)

i'm a practical soul. doesn't take much to make me happy, either. :) happy 60th and a great 61st year!

Bethany Carson said...

Happy birthday Gail! Sounds like a wonderful outing with your husband! I hope and pray the rest of the year will be filled with happiness and delightful surprises!

camp and cottage living said...

Sounds like the perfect birthday, Gail!!!
Happy 60th!

DFW said...

Happy Birthday Gail! Can't wait to see your pieces.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I am happy that you had a good birthday. And it sure sounds like you did. I hope you post the pieces that you had made! We would love to see them!

Dreaming said...

What a wonderful Birthday… and such a patient hubby - well, OK, so there were gun shops involved in that 'patience'!
Labradorite is beautiful! I am not much of a rock person - don't know names, but I do enjoy seeing all of the variations. Can't wait to see your pieces.
Welcome to the 6th-decade club. It's not so bad!

Mama Zen said...

Happy Birthday!

Arkansas Patti said...

Happy Birthday. Ah to be sixty again.
What a great birthday you managed with one pleasure after another. Hope you take pictures of the jewelry.
You are right,I think you got the only one.

C-ingspots said...

Well Happy Birthday from one ole gal to another!!! Sounds like a wonderful day to me...can't wait to see your new jewelry. :)

carolina nana said...

Happy Birthday Gail !!! I turned the big 60 back in July, haven't noticed much difference than the 50's, haha ! Glad you had a good one.
Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving !!
Marilyn

StitchinByTheLake said...

Well it's a week late but Happy Birthday anyway - it's the sentiments that count, right! I'm a few years past you at 68 but I don't bend so good either. :) blessings, marlene

Roses around the door... said...

Happy birthday, wishing you a happy thanksgiving! best wishes x

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy Birthday you young thing! Sounds like you had a great day! :)

Carol Henrichs said...

Happy belated birthday Gail. Sorry I missed it, but I'm really slow at catching up on my reading. Looks like you had a great day. BTW, you are a lucky woman; you share a birthday with my dad. And he was the best dad ever--at least to me. Again, Happy Birthday!

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