Friday, November 06, 2009

Friday's Fave Five

What a beautiful week - and already time to reflect on some of the beauty of that week.  To be uplifted by positive posts, see more at Living to Tell The Story.

1. My birthday was Tuesday! And while I won't show a total gift list, there are two things I do want to share.

First is this bracelet that my daughter got for me.  Besides the fact that the colors and style are fun and me, she found it online at a great site, Hope For Women .  To quote from their site - Hope for Women offers handcrafted Fair Trade, eco-friendly products made by economically disadvantaged women worldwide.

Lynne' knows her mother well - these are things that are becoming more and more important to me.  I'll be wearing this great bracelet when Keith and I go out tonight and I imagine that every time I look at it I will think of my daughter's giving spirit.

2. Now how fun is this gift from my son and daughter-in-law?  Back in May a bunch of our family met at my brother-in-law's house for the weekend.  One of the highlights was spending a day at First Monday Trade Days for some great antique, craft and junk shopping.  Honestly I don't know if there is anything quite like it anywhere and I suppose if there is it would probably involve quite a drive for us.
ANYWAY... one of the things I was keeping my eye out for was a turquoise rotary dial phone.  We only saw one the entire day and it was pricey and filthy, so of course I passed.

Apparently though there were some little eyes watching me and remembering, because she managed to somehow find one!  My long range plan for an extra bedroom is to do it in a somewhat cottage like theme.  I haven't decided whether I want all white furniture or to go more traditional with antique brown furniture.  Regardless, I love this phone.

It doesn't ring and Keith says it's probably because we have a fiber optic phone system in the house and it won't drive the little bell.  Disappointing, but the bright side is that ring won't wake me up as it sits on my nightstand!  The grand thing is that it does work, including the dialing.  I had heard that some phone systems no longer support pulse dial, so it was a fun surprise to be able to call my kids to thank them.  And there really are few things in life as satisfying as listening to the sound of a rotary dial phone.  :)

3. Dinner out with the family.  Our birthday tradition is to eat out and of course whoever is celebrating the birthday gets to choose.  We went to Fuddruckers for my dinner as I do love hamburgers.  Even better, they now have "exotic" burgers and I was able to indulge in a buffalo burger.  Bliss!  They taste fantastic and are so much better for you.

4. Brooklyn!  Keith and I went to her daycare to get her for the dinner out.  When we went inside her class was coming in from the playground, all in a line.  She was chatting and laughing, then looked up and saw me, put her arms out and ran to me!  That moment of joy is beyond description.  The ladies there laughed and said there is no denying that she knew me. 

I don't have any pictures from that night, but I do have some video.  Unfortunately I don't have a clue how to get it out of my phone yet, but it will surely be featured here as soon as I figure it out!

5. Finalizing our Thanksgiving plans.  We are *this close* to having some actual firm plans for this year.  Truly we are blessed to be able to have options to choose from.  I do so adore my family.


Carrie said...

I. LOVE. THAT. PHONE! And I love your idea for decorating! What a perfect, cute and beautiful piece to be able to include! I love it!

And Happy Belated Birthday! =) Sounds like it was fun.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michele said...

We adore you Sis!!!

I love the phone~

Karyn said...

I'm new to your blog, but I assume that Brooklyn is your granddaughter? your description of the moment she saw you is priceless....nothing quite like a grandchild being excited to see you, is there?

The phone is awesome! And so thoughtful of your kids to make note of your desire and then search it out!

I am going to check out that fair trade site.....something my daughter and SIL have been quietly modelling to the rest of us.

I look forward to checking out your blog, as well!

Unknown said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! Sounds like you had lots of FUN!!!

Barbara said...

I've got an older style phone in my living room; something about that tuscan style I like with a portable phone sitting on an end table that just did not work. I know it's not the same, but this post did take me back to remembering one of my MOST favorite Christmas gifts as a kid; back in the day when a family had one phone (I know, hard to believe!). I got my own, pink, princess phone and I thought it was the bomb!

Barbara H. said...

A belated happy birthday to you!

The phone is cute and more special because of the love and care behind it.

We do dinner out at the birthday honoree's choice, too. I think Fuddruckers has the best burgers -- next to my husband's grilled ones. :-)

#4 is priceless.

Abatevintage said...

I am sending a Belated Birthday wish: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY :0)

What a wonderful gift from your daughter the bracelet is lovely. And wow you don't see phones like those anymore, what a wonderful treat.

Have a great weekend.

Many blessings,

Lisa notes... said...

Wow - I haven't seen a phone like that in awhile. How beautiful; it brings back good memories.
I love Thanksgiving and family times, too. It's almost time!

gianna said...

happy birthday. kids really are the best when you can take the time to enjoy them! what a great fave five!

Melissa said...

Happy belated birthday!!! Your gifts are great! Isn't it so exciting getting ready for Thanksgiving!?

Have a great weekend

Melli said...

LOL! I had a "Brooklyn" moment with my granddaughter today - I went to read to her class and the minute she saw me she came running! So sweet!

Sounds like you have a fabulous - and well celebrated birthday! That phone is very cool! But I think the bracelet is my favorite! I really REALLY like it!

Have a most enjoyable weekend!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! It sounds like you had such a wonderful celebration with family. I love your new "old" phone. Turquoise is a favorite color of mine. That show at Canton looks so awesome. I have relatives in Tyler. I might just have to pay them a visit and head over to Canton. My kind of place!!!
Glad you had such a great birthday. Love & blessings from NC!

Susanne said...

You're right. There is nothing like the feeling you get from #4. I used to love it when my kids did that!

That phone is great. Did you turn it over and look at the bell? We had a black rotary on our nightstand and hubby disconnected the bell because we didn't want it scaring the living daylights out of us after we'd gone to bed. Love the color. Can't believe she found that for you!

Sweet bracelet!

Brenda said...

I finalized my Thanksgiving plans this week and it feels good to know what we are doing.

That phone is so retro! Its fun!

Willow said...

Happy Birthday to you! It sounds like you had a great day!

My grandson hadn't seen us for almost three months and when he was walking to our car in the apt parking lot, he saw us, recognised us and his whole face lit up! Of course he toddled straight to Grandpa!

valerie said...

Happy belated birthday!
I'm SO behind on reading blogs. I've got to settle down and get caught up.
Your birthday sounded wonderful. I love the phone!
What a special gift. I remember very well those phones. We used to have a little tan princess phone. I need to see if my mom still has that somewhere.

Thanks for sharing your day with us. Again, I apologize for being gone so long and missing your bday!