Birthday seashells and blessings (like friends, electricity and raspberry crumble)

There are three birthday cards waiting to be opened at an auspicious moment. One from my mom, one from Barry’s parents and one from our son (who is on a camping/canoeing trip up near Saranac Lake in New York). Our daughter’s card should arrive today, winging in from Portland, Oregon, unless some camouflaged armed federal agents decided to abscond with it.

Last night we celebrated this birthday at our friends’ house up in the woods of Herman. We socially distanced on their screened-in porch, the wind growing cooler and cooler as the evening progressed. Deb made meatballs with local beef, baked bright orange sweet potatoes, homemade corn relish, and a lettuce salad fresh from her greenhouse. Finally we patted our bellies and finished the evening with fresh raspberry crumble from their raspberry bushes at Chuck’s farm.

Both Barry and I stepped on the scales and jumped off immediately this morning–one too many pieces of raspberry crumble for this one!

Delicious!

Deb and Chuck met us at the door wanting to see the new 2020 Chevy Malibu (which I may have mentioned last blog post. *grin*) Yes, it’s silver. Yes, it has a rear backup camera. Yes, it actually says it’s registered 39 miles per gallon since it left the dealership. Yes, we are very happy with it so far!

Hello, Malibu

Yesterday morning we awoke to zero electricity. No power, kids. In fact, when I called to report our outage the recorded message warned of transmission failure affecting three counties.

We’re still piecing together what happened. Some people have reported a tornado touched down over in Pelkie, but around here it looks like straight-line winds. The Stannard Rock Lighthouse out in Lake Superior closer to Marquette registered 76 mph winds.

Because Barry is a newspaper guy, we had to jump in the car and survey the nearby damage. I snapped the following pictures from my phone. The Second Sand Beach road trees looked terribly damaged and falling over along a two mile stretch. Five power poles had snapped and fallen along First Sand Beach.

Near Second Sand Beach

Our power happily turned back on after 11.5 hours, thank all the lucky stars on the planet. However, there are still folks without electricity in our three-county area. May their power be restored soon.

Barry taking photo of electrical truck near Pequaming

Last year I posted a birthday blog and promptly quit blogging for months and months and months. Don’t think that’s going to happen this year. Am really enjoying writing and sharing photos again.

As always–on my birthday–I want to thank all of YOU for being in my life. May you be blessed fully, every single one of your beating hearts.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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61 Responses to Birthday seashells and blessings (like friends, electricity and raspberry crumble)

  1. James Moffitt says:

    happy birthday

  2. Happy Birthday, Kathy! Two pages? What did I miss? What a lovely way to display seashells. It’s great that you can socialize and celebrate a bit outside and stuff yourselves with raspberry crumble. 🙂 That’s some pretty impressive wind damage. Wow ~ never a dull moment in your neck of the woods!

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks, Barbara! Maybe when you read it from Reader or email you don’t have to physically click on the second page. Bet that’s it. I’ll probably just confuse everyone who isn’t reading the blog directly on site. Yes, agreeing with you that we seem to be having lots of crazy stuff happening. And I never even wrote the post about the snakes and biting red ants! 🙃

  3. Val says:

    Happy birthday, Kathy! 63 is a good age. How young! 🙂 (My 69th is coming up in a few weeks, urgh!)

    The split post is probably a glitch. If it happens again, it might be worth raising the issue on the forum.

    I like the photo of you in the first part of your post (oh and your kitchen looks a bit like mine with the wood units). That crumble looks delicious!

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Val! I will keep in mind that 63 is a good young age. *grin*

      Not sure about the split post. Just discovered that if you’re subscribed to the blog you don’t have to click on Page 2. Only if you’re randomly reading from the computer or something similar. Will see next time and perhaps bring it up via the forum.

      How cool that our kitchens look similar with lots of wood cupboards and such. And, oh, that raspberry crumble was exquisite!

  4. Susan D. Durham says:

    Oh, Happy Birthday again, my friend! We had the best time 2 years ago on your special day. I still laugh about your doing all the work, cooking us a wonderful lunch, and my sitting around capturing moments on the camera. Malibu is so pretty! So glad you got it, and hope it serves you well. Also love the picture of the sea shells. Beautiful. Still have hopes of a little something arriving for you, and winging it your way when it DOES get here. Sigh. So heartbreaking what some people experienced with our crazy storm. Feel fortunate that all we had to deal with was no power. Goodness. Hope the day just gets sweeter and sweeter. Much love and big birthday hugs to you.💖

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Susan, I thank you again SO MUCH for getting me jump-started into “birthday spirit” this morning. It’s so funny–I didn’t have any memory of doing all the cooking and working for you. My only memory was of us laughing and goofing around! Glad you like the car. Now if you see a silver Malibu on the road–remember to start waving wildly. So very heartbreaking what a lot of people had to deal with during and after the storm. Sigh. Seems like so much keeps happening these days. Thanks again for being you!

  5. Happy Birthday. Car is beautiful and so are you.

  6. Happy birthday, Kathy! Your raspberry crumble looks nice. Good to know you social distanced during the celebrations. I also hope everything is okay there now.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Micah. Yes, we’re careful to socially distance and/or mask depending on the circumstances. The raspberry crumble was soooo delicious! I wouldn’t mind another piece right now. 🙂

  7. rehill56 says:

    Happiest Birthday to you dear Kathy! So happy for your silver birthday car! Hope you enjoy the moments today!! Hugs, love, and 63 smiles for each year! 💖

  8. wsquared says:

    Happy Happy Birthday, Kathy! Many happy returns. I hope it’s a splendid day for you! 🙂

  9. dawnkinster says:

    Happy birthday to you! The new car is a pretty nice gift! I’m glad your electricity is back. We had a small part of the storm and I think some people lost power, but we didn’t. Anyway….have a very happy birthday! PS: I had to click on ‘page 2’ and I subscribe!

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, thank you! I am pretty impressed with that car. You’re right–a nice birthday present. We heard that some people downstate lost power, too, but am glad you didn’t. It was kinda crazy up here. Am feeling kinda technologically glitched today. One of my friends said she couldn’t even get to Page 2. That’s frustrating. I like to only put a little bit of the blog post up on the page in order to streamline it, but may have to quit putting it on two pages if it causes confusion. Sigh… (The little things in life we have to worry about, right?)

  10. lisaspiral says:

    Happy Birthday Kathy! Keep going strong.

  11. dorannrule says:

    Hope you had a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kathy…You look very young indeed.

  12. Larissa says:

    Happy birthday! Your car looks great!
    Are raspberries in Michigan having as good a year as they are in New Hampshire? I’ve never seen so many!

    • Kathy says:

      Larissa, thanks about the birthday and car. *grin* You know, the raspberries in the crumble were the first ones I’ve seen/eaten all summer so don’t really know. Glad to hear you’re in Raspberry Heaven!

  13. Stacy says:

    I hope you have a very happy test of your birthday, Kathy! XOXO

  14. Ally Bean says:

    Happy Birthday! I like you regardless of what your astrological sign may be. Enjoy your day. 🎉

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha, Ally Bean! We do know I’m Cancer. Just don’t know where the Moon is in Neptune, or whatever else you’re supposed to know when you have an exact birth time. What is YOUR astrological sign?

      • Ally Bean says:

        I’m a Capricorn with absolutely no doubt about the minute I was born. My father was a doctor who would never have let a detail like that go unrecorded!

        • Kathy says:

          Ally Bean, my daughter is a Capricorn too! Her birthday is December 31st, New Year’s Eve. My best friend growing up was born on Christmas Day.

  15. Carol says:

    I get your posts via email, and yes, indeed, it is two pages. Interesting. I hope you have a happy day celebrating your birth and maybe dance a little again, in the kitchen or wherever your spirit takes you.

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, what a good idea! A dance may be just the thing–a twirl or two around the kitchen with music on. That may be the evening’s birthday celebration!

  16. jeffstroud says:

    Well happy Birthday! (((Hugs))) The new car looks very nice… Glad you had to opportunity to celebrate with friends at a distance…

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Jeff it’s so nice to hear from you on my birthday! Thanks about the car. And it WAS nice to get together with friends (and yet stay lovingly apart, too.)

  17. john k. says:

    I don’t know what I would do without my favorite UP North Reporter (Sorry Barry) I hope your day is filled with joy and surprises. Happy Birthday!

    • Kathy says:

      I love it! (And I promise not to tell him, John.) The day has been quite lovely with lots of phone calls, emails, texts and comments. Yes, a satisfying day. Making a black pepper chicken stir fry soon. Then we’ll unload the last two loads of firewood from the Studebaker. See? The news reports just keep on comin’!

  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Happy Birthday, Kathy! (We were born the same year, mine is on Halloween. 😉 ) Hope your day turns out perfectly. 🙂
    My first car was a ’74 Malibu, it was a boat and considered ‘mid-sized!’ They make them much smaller these days. Enjoy your new wheels. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Hi, Eliza–1957 was a good year, right? Thanks for your birthday wishes. And glad to hear you’ve enjoyed a Malibu before, even though it was a boat. My mom drives an Impala and it’s a bit bigger. This silver Malibu feels sportier than the the last maroon one we had. Thanks again for visiting! I think I saw you over at Robin’s blog and clicked to see your beautiful flowers.

  19. suhaila supaimi says:

    Happy Birthday. May God Bless you.

  20. Joanne says:

    Happy birthday Kathy! ❤
    Wow, what great timing for your new car to arrive too. Enjoy your "birthday Present" and drive safely. xx

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks, Joanne. Yep, that birthday car arrived just in time! (Don’t think I’ve ever had such an expensive “birthday present” before.) Thanks also for the safe driving well wishes.

  21. dixdixson says:

    Happy birthday may the Lord bless you more with lots of successful years

  22. sherrysescape says:

    Thanks for your writing. It’s really a blessing.

  23. Barb says:

    Belated birthday greetings, Kathy. You’re still a youngster to me! Enjoy the new car. That crumble looks indulge-worthy! I wonder why you have to turn the page on your blog now? I get it sent by e-mail but still it has 2 pages.

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks for the birthday greetings (and for calling me a youngster–love it!) The reason this blog post has two pages is that WordPress has come up with a new editor function. I may have to return to the “classic” editor if it continues to cause consternation. Apparently some people like it and others don’t. Hmmmm, that sounds like about everything in life these days!

  24. Well happy birthday to you, Kathy. I believe that you indeed had a lovely birthday celebration with all the good food. Raspberry crumble looks delicious. I love your silver bullet and I hope that you have many miles of pure driving bliss. The storm was a wing dinger and it is good to know that you did not have any damage at your house other than being inconvenienced for a time.

    • Kathy says:

      Yvonne, it was indeed a very nice birthday and the raspberry crumble was superb. Mmm, could enjoy another piece right now! I like your birthday wish of “many miles of pure driving bliss”. That sounds great, especially on long trips downstate to see my mom. The storm was awful for some people around here, but we did get spared, thank goodness. We can take a little inconvenience, for sure.

  25. I may be three days late on here, but I got to share BIRTHDAY blessings on FB and in my mind, big time. I like the way you celebrate your birth. 63 years ago is a swift-whisper-of-the-wind time. We realize that the older we get. 63 years is barely a blink, and yet LOOK at all you have done/been in that sweet time. Glorious!
    I think Word Press is playing with our (young, ahem) minds. I’ve been avoiding, and will continue to avoid, their “new” ways. This was weird, reading the beginning of your blog and then having to find a way to get the rest of it. Ah, tricks of the mind, or of Word Press? Just whatever, don’t give up the ship. We are loving having you here. xo

    • Kathy says:

      Ahhh, I am breathing out in a relaxed agreeing sigh after reading your swift-whisper-of-the-wind time. We blink and here’s a lifetime full of joy and tears, and then we’re on our deathbed ready to go where the wind blows next. As for WordPress and their challenging NEW ways–I have found my way back to the old. Everything comfortable and in a routine, right? Am not wanting to quit sailing here. The winds are calm, the waves are steady and I am not seasick yet. LOL! Love you, too.

      • The “old ways” many times are the best ways for sure. Particularly with WordPress! You and me? We are as old as the wind and as fresh as the air around us. 🙏

  26. Alanna says:

    A belated happy birthday! I’m celebrating my, yikes, 67th August 10th. Life just gets more interesting, espresso in the Portland area!

    • Kathy says:

      Alanna, thank you so much! And–if I forget–Happy Birthday to YOU on August 10th. 67 years sounds “just around the corner” to me. May your year provide you with many delicious espresso! Just kidding, I saw your next comment, and do phones know how to jazz things up. By the way, did you know my daughter lives in the Portland area? Is your Portland in Oregon or Maine? Hers is in Oregon.

      • Alanna says:

        I am in Portland Oregon, the center of national news. Actually I live about 45 minutes away in a rural area. I think I remember where you saying that your daughter lived in Portland and you must promise when this whole pandemic nightmare is over that we can rendezvous here sometime. It would be so much fun to meet one of my blogger friends in person!

        • Kathy says:

          Alanna, you may have to remind me more than once that you live in Portland–although maybe now it’s in this brain for good! I would LOVE to meet you someday in your neck of the woods. Meeting blogger friends is good for the soul. ❤

  27. Alanna says:

    That was supposed to be “especially” but my phone thought “espresso” was more interesting.

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