When I was growing up, November 11, Remembrance Day, was often called Poppy Day. The reference is to the poppies mentioned in the poem, "In Flanders Fields" by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. Since I was born on Poppy Day, my mother chose a name for me which refers to the remembrance poppies. At least, that's what she told me when I asked her about my name.
Yesterday, I celebrated my 61st birthday. It was a special birthday, because, last year, when I received my cancer diagnosis, I wasn't sure I'd live to see my 61st birthday. In the morning, I had a lovely on-line visit with one of my long-time friends. Later in the afternoon, my daughter and I went out to lunch. We shared a soup and sandwich - I had the soup and she had the sandwich. We also bought a loaf of French bread from the bakery, to take home.
After lunch, we went to the nearby mall to do some shopping. I needed to buy a gift card for my cousin's daughter's upcoming birthday and a new handbag for myself, as the strap of my current handbag is coming apart. My daughter needed a few warm tops to wear to her office this winter and a birthday gift for one of her friends. It was the first time I've been to the mall in over a year!
We also made a stop at an electronics store, where my daughter bought me a new laptop as her birthday gift to me. My current computer has been having some charging issues, and since I use the computer to work from home, a reliable computer was essential.
Later in the evening, my daughter and I went out to dinner with one of my friends. It was a lovely end to a very special day.
I am grateful for:
- Being alive to celebrate my birthday
- My daughter coming home to celebrate with me
- The gift of a new computer
- Well wishes from family and friends
- Visits with friends
Today, I took it easy and rested, as I was feeling tired after all that shopping and going out yesterday. My daughter took her friend out to a birthday breakfast and has gone out to dinner and a movie with another friend this evening. In between, she set up the new computer for me.
I haven't made many plans for tomorrow. Daughter's flight is in the afternoon, so, I guess we will have a quiet morning and I will drop her off at the airport, after lunch.
How is your weekend coming along? What have you planned for tomorrow?