“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”

Today is the big day, my big day, my birthday. The story is my dad was the only one in the waiting room, it being the wee hours. The nurse came in and asked if he was Mr. Ryan. His answer, “Who in the hell do you think I am? I’m the only one here.” He saw my mother and me moments after my birth. Neither one of us was at our best. My dad hurried to my grandparents’ house, in the same town as the hospital, to announce the glorious event but was met with groans instead of balloons and fireworks. It also happened to be my aunt’s wedding day, my mother’s older sister’s, and my dad’s periodic visits to get coffee and give updates had prevented her from getting the necessary beauty sleep. I was told the the wedding eve went off without any further disruptions from my dad, but as to how my aunt looked, I haven’t any idea. My mother and father were busy elsewhere.

Every year, my friend leaves a mum on my front walk, and it’s the first thing I see when I open the door. A birthday which begins with flowers can’t help but be special. Birgit did the wonderful new Coffee heading. She added Birthdays, a new mug picture, balloons and Miss Gracie.

The day is beautiful. It is as if Mother Nature is adding her birthday wishes by dressing today in its finery. The birds are at the feeders, and the goldfinches are back for the first time in a while. I watched them flying in and out when my made my morning visit to the deck. Gracie and I stood there for a while both of us reluctant to go inside, but I could smell the coffee and it drew me to the kitchen. Gracie stayed outside.

Google has birthday cakes, cupcakes and candles today.

I’m not quite sure how to spend my day. I’ll do something special. I always do.

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37 Comments on ““With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.””

  1. im6 Says:

    I guess you could spend part of your day dancing!

    • katry Says:

      You know I am a boogie fan. This would be perfect for dancing on the deck and eating some of that chocolate cake.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Happy Birthday, Kat!
    Is that you on the motor scooter? Racy. 😀

    It is indeed a fine day for a birthday. Spend the day doing whatever you wish to do and have a fine time doing it.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Yup, that’s me, Motorcycle Mama, on my way to a festival in the hills of Tongo, just outside Bolga.

      Thanks for the great well wishes!

  3. im6 Says:

    I just noticed you changed the name of your blog!

  4. Birgit Says:

    It’s Katurday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY with sunshine, flowers, friends, birthday cake, coffee, candles, balloons, music, luck, health, singing birds, gifts, surprises, peace on earth, adventures and celebrations! Hopefully also good news from Ghana.

    freemusicarchive.org hosted a “New Birthday song contest” last year, you may like the “Birthday Blues” by Backyard Music:

    • katry Says:

      I love that name for today.

      If all your birthday wishes came true, I’d be euphoric. Come to think of it, even a few would make this the best of all birthdays!

      Thank you-I downloaded that song. It was “the special day” just for me which did it!

  5. Bob Says:

    Happy birthday!

    In our house the tradition is that the birthday person gets to decide what they want to eat. If I were you I would take myself out to eat my favorite food for either lunch or dinner.

    Not having birthdays is a very bad alternative 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Bob

      I am going to do just that. A few weeks ago I ate at a South African restaurant down cape, and the food was delicious. I figure that’s where I’ll go today for an early dinner to beat the crowds.

      You are right!!

  6. greg mpls Says:

    • katry Says:

      One of my favorites! Clouds forever has a space in my heart. It is Joni and it is Ghana.

      Wonderful video

      Thank you!!

  7. greg mpls Says:

    most happy of birthdays!

  8. Juan Woo Noz Says:


    May all your clouds be little fluffy ones.

    • katry Says:

      Your week for my birthday was a treat. I looked forward to it every day. Thanks to you and all the Noz family.

      The clouds are fluffy.

      • Juan Woo Noz Says:

        The Woo-Noz believed it was your birthday week but needed affirmed.
        We hope for cake and gifts and music and LFC

      • katry Says:

        I got an iTunes card for the music from my sister, cake and special dinner tomorrow but a birthday dinner out tonight. It’s a glorious day.

  9. Juan Woo Noz Says:

    And great job Birgit…..love the banner

    • Birgit Says:

      Juan woo noz, thanks. Well, somejuan reminded me/us that a birthday is coming 😉
      Kat, non-birthday banner with Katmah or Motorcycle Kat or another picture on the mug?

  10. Hedley Says:

    A Very Happy Birthday Kat and ditto on that clouds thing

  11. olof1 Says:

    Happy Birthday my friend!

    I hope they day becomes as pleasant and fun as You wish it to be.

    Cloudy morning here but warm and nice, Sunny afternoon and evening and even warmer and nicer 🙂

    Have a great Birthday!

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Dear Christer

      Beautiful day here today. SyFi is filled with crazy creatures: a Rock Monster, Yeti, Ogre and Snow Beats. You’d have a great afternoon.

      Hoping to have the best day!

  12. Jay Bird Says:

    Another Leo? My 66th was Thursday. A birthday poem for a fellow lion:

    Don’t stand up and cheer;
    At your age it’s hard.
    Just sit there and wave
    Your Medicare card!


  13. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Happy Birthday Kat! I hope you had a lovely day….the weather was great…I send many hugs!

    Coleen Burnett

  14. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    Your birthday is the day we met.. I’ve forgotten how many years ago! And how unselfish you were to take the time and show us the sites. I am thrilled you had a wonderful day, and you have to have wonderful days, each day this month and all year. Why? Because I said so. 🙂

    You are an amazing women… again HAPPY PURRDAY and WOOFDAY!

    Trying to wave, but I have a cake in my hand.. here take it so I can wave.

    Waving with love,
    Lori and the crew

    • katry Says:

      That is exactly right. I picked you and your friends up, and we did a mini-tour. I don’t remember how long ago either. It doesn’t matter when we met but that we met!

      Thank you on the amazing part!

      I’ll grab that cake but then I won’t be able to wave!

      Eating instead of waving,

  15. Splendid Says:

    I left you a message on facebook yesterday, but not here so here goes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhCEs4TCNbM

  16. sprite Says:

    Belated wishes for a happy birthday! May the celebration continue through the rest of the week!

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