Pic and a Word #232: Birthdays

Nothing is more emergent than the day of birth. Here’s to a couple of birthdays: Patrick’s and mine. We are one day and some years apart.












Mine was yesterday and I hit the half of century mark. Amore got a great idea for this day and age where I’m far from everybody except him and bestia: he organised a virtual birthday party with family, friends from Slovenia and abroad, and bloggers from all over the world.

Apart from Slovenia and Italy, Australia, USA (both coasts), Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden and India were represented. And when it was over, Finland paid a special visit as well. πŸ™‚ I have not talked as much in all three months or so since the quarantine started. What a spectacular day.

Flavia helped amore by contacting the bloggers and even posted the link to the party on her blog. In the course of ten hours 42 people took part. Thank you so much, amore, for this magnificent idea, and thank you, everybody, for the execution and all the good wishes! You made me so happy. I love you all!! We must do it again!

In fact, Flavia and I have been talking about making it into a regular virtual bloggers’ meet-up. Wouldn’t that be fun? There are so many of you that I would still like to chat with. To be determined.

But now, first a couple of very old photos that DuΕ‘a sent me as part of her photo compilation that she made for my birthday. It contains other wonderful photos but these two stand out:

Hold your loved ones as close as I hold on to this book.

In the second photo I’m 31 and the skinniest I ever was. When I see this photo, I wish to feed myself a little. I guess I have.

And here are some views that brought me joy in the last few days. If there is anything I like to do is share the joy, always.

And now, a warm happy birthday to Patrick Jennings, the host of Pic and a Word challenge, who celebrates today. Taurus people, if you don’t know, are pretty happening. In fact, we are emergent. πŸ˜‰

Happy birthday, Patrick!

β€œSomething incredible
is waiting to be known,”
said Carl Sagan.

When I read it first,
I read it wrong.
I thought it says:

β€œIt’s something incredible
to be known.”

And yet,
is it so wrong?

Isn’t it
that all of us
are about to emerge?

In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #232: Emergent

58 thoughts on “Pic and a Word #232: Birthdays

  1. I missed your birthday, Manja!! Happy Belated Birthday wishes from me. It sounds like you had a wonderful party, though. I am older than you…it just gets better, indeed it does! πŸ˜€

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      1. You’re welcome! I didn’t mark my birthday on my blog this year, as it came and went under the radar with all that is going on otherwise. Thank you for the well wishes though πŸ™‚

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  2. Happy Birthday!! And a significant one at that! I’m glad you had your favorites to celebrate with you – Amore and the lunch he had made, that yummy cake your flowers, friends even the light and birds. Here’s to another year around the sun and more wonderful
    Poetry and photos. πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽˆπŸ“ΈπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰

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    1. Thank you so much, Patrick! It was such a wonderful surprise, seeing so many people, including bloggers that I would never expect, pop up with smiles and kind words. Just perfect. I hope you had a lovely birthday too. Cheers!


  3. What a wonderful birthday, Manja and so very sorry I missed it. (I have a sick new puppy and ill family member), so a but of chaos here and was only online here and there on my phone. Sounds like you had a great online party and hopefully I can join in next time. Your meal looks so delicious! And I hear things are opening up again your end, so that is a gift in itself.
    Happy belated birthday greetings my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amanda! I had a most glorious day. This party was such a great idea and a big surprise. I’m so sorry to hear of your ill pack members. I hope they go back to health soon. A new puppy! Oooh!!


  4. What a clean and pretty sign to celebrate you! I would be thinking that every time I looked at it, “That sign says 50 for me!” but I’m vain like that. Amore’s idea was the best and he was a good back-up host for you. I’ll bet your throat was fried by the end of the day. Did you need some tea with honey? It was marvelous how you kept us all together, and for so many hours. You were wonderful. And I got to see Bestia in 3D. ❀ ❀ The hoopoe, is that what someone mentioned during your party? I'll have to look up a photo of it. Thank you for the flowers and the snails and birds today. Hugs my friend.

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    1. Oh, Crystal, it was just glorious to see you and be able to chat to you a bit in real time. My throat felt great the next day, no honey required. Obviously I can do it again. πŸ˜€ Yes, the hoopoe is the name. I have seen it around but only recently learned of its name. Here are my only photos of it:


      I’m always glad to pass on my joy to you. Huuuugs! I hope we do it again soon and I get to see your chickens! πŸ˜‰

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