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Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Capricorn Kid

"Old people are scary and I have to face it -- 
I am old and I am scary and I am very sorry about it, but I don't know what you do." 
~Dame Maggie Smith :-)

Well, I have a few years to go yet before I plan to consider myself "old," but today I advanced a year closer... and I'm definitely scary since I woke up in the wee hours with a sore throat and that "oh no, I'm coming down with some sort of pestilence" feeling. Fortunately it's very wintery outside and so we're all snugged in cozy-like, enjoying a quiet day of puzzles, movies, and football. My kinda day, despite the creeping crud.

Anyway, to mark the turning of another digit on my body's odometer, here's a photo of me taken just before my first birthday...

The Capricorn Kid

I don't remember ever seeing it before finding it a few months ago, tucked in an unfinished album of my Mom's, but it became an instant favorite. It may be ancient history (I mean really, look at that vintage Nov 1962 issue of Good Housekeeping in the magazine rack!), but some things never change: the hair has gray in it now but is still every bit as feral, that chip-on-the-shoulder body language looks awfully familiar, and I wear the same expression on the rare occasions I have to dress up. :-)

And since no birthday blog post of mine would ever be complete without a Capricornian homage to one of my favorite critters, here are some of the lucky rescued goats of Someday Farm B&B, where we spent an idyllic week during our trip to the Pacific Northwest in 2013...

Scuffy, who became my immediate BFF, nuzzling her buddy.
(I nicknamed her Scuffy because of the bald scuff mark on her throat, 
which she got from spending so much of her time doing this!)

Scratching Scuffy's sweet little nubbin head, so happy among the critters!

Bill was my other favorite among the goats, and I love this photo I took of him

Well, I'm all partied out now, and must return to my spot on the sofa with its handy box of tissues and bag of herbal throat lozenges, to watch the NFL playoffs as BW puts the finishing touches on this year's yummy birthday cake! Washed down, no doubt, with homemade elderberry syrup. Cheers!

21 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday. A very, very happy birthday. And year.
    I am further down the 'old farts slope' than you, but it is fine. Better than the alternative.
    Love that birthday cake.
    And of course the goats.

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    1. Thank you, Ellie Sue! My dad used to say that about getting older being better than the alternative. I like the quote, "Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many." But I have to admit, the speed with which the days, months and years fly by can be alarming!

      That "gingersnap cake" is awesome, btw! As are those delightful goats. I don't know what I'd post if I were a Libra or Sagittarius - there just aren't that many scales or centaurs about to photograph! :-)

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  2. 1962 eh? You're so young! Nice mountain goat picture too.

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    1. Oh, bless you. :-)

      I photographed that mountain goat in our front yard a couple of years ago (he's plastic, and so was a very willing and patient subject). :-)

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  3. Feel better...happy birthday...that small human doesn't look completely happy...very cool and stylish looking goats. :-)

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    1. Thank you (doing somewhat better today… thank you… no, she doesn't (and likely with good reason)… but of course, that is the nature of goats! :-)

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  4. Happy birthday!! I love that photo of you. Such attitude! I get the same when I have to dress up. :)

    You already know how much I love the goats, especially scuffy, but I'll say it again. They're so adorable and I always love their personalities. Such great animals!

    Also, I must say that you look fantastic for being 53. Not that that's old at all (in my opinion, at least, but then again I'm really not that far behind you....), but compared to all of my friends in their 50's, you look at least 10 years younger!

    I hope that nastiness leaves you soon. What a cruddy birthday present! There's so much going around right now that my hands are extremely dry from washing them so much at work. Feel better soon!

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    1. Thank you, Molly! I was amazed that I had no recollection of that photo, I thought I'd seen them all. Love the pudgy little half-fist. And yes, I definitely had some attitude - mom told me once that one of the first complete sentences I said was, "Don't tell ME no!" lol

      Someday Farm has all sorts of rescued critters, and of course they were all sweet and fun (well, except for one gander who had way more attitude than even little Laloofah did, but he was just protecting his family from the Horrid Two-Legged Stranger!) But it was the goats I couldn't wait to go play with every day. All that personality and mischief and playfulness!

      Thank you very much for your generous compliments - it is funny how my impression of "old" keeps getting pushed out further and further! :-) As for my young looks, as long as I don't post closeups, we'll just maintain that illusion, shall we? (Paying the price for my love of basking in the sun - especially on the beach as a teen and by the pool in New Mexico in my 20s, I'm afraid!) I feel a lot younger than 53 - though yesterday was a definite exception! And my health is far "younger" than most people my age, who are already on medications and suffering from various maladies that they attribute to their age instead of their lifestyles.

      I agree, that was a totally cruddy birthday present! I didn't have a good night - my head was so stuffed up it was really hard to sleep - but feel better today than I did yesterday! Am hoping another day of taking it easy should have me on the mend.

      Thank you for all your fun birthday wishes, Molly! xoxoxo

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  5. Happy happy birthday (and happy new year)! I hope you get to feeling much better soon! How wonderful that you found a picture you don't even remember... almost like getting a slice of the past back. And, of course, love the goats... your smile is infectious and beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Eva, and a happy 2015 to you! I love how you put it about finding that old photo for the first time, "like getting a slice of the past back." :-) And thank you for your sweet compliment - it's so easy to smile in the company of goats! :-)

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    2. You're most welcome... and so true! I need to find some goats to hang out with :P

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  6. Adorable shots of you and your friends! Wishing you a wonderful birthday.

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    1. Thank you, Fiona - and Happy New Year!

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  7. For someone coming down with a bug you sure write a witty blog. Your photos of you and the goats are all so sweet. Nice that you could spend your sick day with hubby and a comfy sofa. Be well. Happy Birthday. -- barbara

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! I'm glad you enjoyed it, I loved photographing the goats and other Someday Farm critters, they were all such fun. Wish I'd only had a single sick day - this is one of those evil bugs that pretends to be on its way out, only to turn around in the doorway and say, "Oh, and another thing" before clomping back inside your home with its muddy boots and BO, bringing his hideous friend "Sinus Headache" in with him! (All our weather changes are killin' me!) So I'm glad to still have all those sick day supplies (especially my helpful husband) close at hand!

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  8. Hi,Laloofah. Happy birthday. I did not know such a roundabout way to express your birthday.Looking at your photo, I felt you were a born beauty. Unfortunately , This year is the year of the sheep in Japan. Not the year of the goat. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi, Minoru! Well, I try not to just blurt out the fact it's my birthday without managing to work in funny quotes, adorable goats, and cake recipes, at least. :-) And I love sheep too (also got some lovely photos of the sheep at Someday Farm). I have seen a lot of mentions that we'll be entering the Year of the (Wood) Goat in the Chinese New Year, though! :-)

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  9. Cute picture of you in 1962. You look like "let's get this picture done, I have things to do!" Also love the picture of you petting the goat, so happy.

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    1. Thanks, Jackie - and yes, I do look like I have far better things to do than pose for that photo. Like growing up to pet goats! :-)

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