Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Birthday Fun

 I knit a little friend for two of my bunnies that have been hanging out on my bookcase lately. I did my typical mixing of patterns. I used Julie's pattern for egg cozies for the head and a variation of  Barabara Prime's Well Dressed Bunny pattern for everything else. My main changes involve using double-pointed needles. I knit the body in the round and part of the legs in the round. I actually had planned on giving this bunny to my nephew and his wife's new baby, but he doesn't seem quite "baby" enough. I haven't usually kept the bunnies that I've knit, but now I have three. Mmmmm. starting to feel a little eccentric having toy bunnies everywhere.
I turned forty-nine on Saturday. Since the forecast was for temperatures in the nigh nineties, Russ and I decided that the beach was the best place for us to celebrate. We have our favorite haunts that never fail to make us happy, but since it was my day, I chose for us to visit someplace new.
I had lots of time to work on "blue bunny" on our trip.  I decided that we would go to Jalama Beach, mainly to try their "World Famous Jalama Burgers, which several of my friends have raved about recently. My verdict is that they are good--really good, but I still place Main Street Grill's ABC Burger in Cambria in first place, followed by the cheeseburgers at No Brand Burger Stand in Ferndale as a close second. I'm not even a burger fan normally, but when I have one, I want it to be exceptional. I wasn't disappointed on Saturday. 

I had a very special rest of my day too with a stop at La Purisma Mission on our way home, and a dinner of Salmon tacos with chocolate mousse, specially prepared by Russ in the evening. I didn't have any presents to open because I had taken care of buying my own gift ahead of time. I bought this set of  Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz China at an antique store in Lincoln, Nebraska last month. They're from  my parents and my mother-in-law. I was pretty sure I'd be getting money from them when my birthday came, and the set cost exactly what they usually give me together, sooooo I bought them.

My house isn't verry "fu-fu," but I do like floral patterns, obviously. The pic above is a shot of the pattern of my curtains in the dining room.  Yeah, my curtains match my new dishes!

Paige is visiting a friend in  San Francisco this week, but she texted me right after she left a couple of days before my birthday to tell me that I had a surprise on her desk in her room. I promptly went in her room and opened it--floral pruners. Yep, she knows me!


Joansie said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like a great day!

The rabbits are absolutely adorable. They put a smile on my face.

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday!! I'm very good at NOT opening my pressies, as I love to do it on the day!!

Willow said...

Ooh-la-la! Love those dishes! Happy Birthday!
And, umm, you only have three bunnies hanging out on your shelves? Ahem, I'm not 'fessing up to how many are happily romping along my shelves. :) I'm going to check out the egg cosie pattern. Need to make another bunny...

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday. The china is lovely and what a nice surprise your daughter left for you.

Sounds like you had a wonderful day to celebrate.

TheBlackSheep said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you!

And the bunnies are cute so you have to keep a few. It would be sad to give them all away!

Pomona said...

I really love that china - the best presents are ones that you buy for yourself! Glad you had a nice day - I think the rabbits look very sweet, I think I would want to keep them!

Pomona x

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Yes, Happy Belated ! The restaurants sound wonderful. Now I have a taste for fish / salmon tacos ! The dishes are absolutely beautiful. Years ago I use to have a very fu-fu dining room and kitchen. I don't any longer but I did keep many of the items. You gotta have a little fu-fu !

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you had such a nice birthday.....never knew you bought those great dishes while here...where'd you find them?? HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR CAROLINE.....next July...BIG party?? Hope so. xoxoxo Ann/Lincoln