Sunday, February 12, 2012

Onwards and upwards



The funeral was really nice, believe it or not - and appropriate, since the person who died was old, sick and ready to fly high, unlike Whitney Houston and so many others who have passed away recently. Death is good and proper and even kind of encouraging, when it happens at the end of a long life. The experience was life affirming. Wow.

Speaking of life affirming, my birthday celebrations are ongoing already, though I won't be 59 officially until tomorrow. Last night dear friends hosted a beautiful dinner and a tribute via poetry so beautiful and loving, it brought tears to my eyes. Tomorrow I will receive massage on my own table here in the chateau because a therapist I know is willing to come over here. Yes! After that, I'll work on one of my very favorite clients of all time, bake a cake, then have drinks and dinner upstairs. It's going to be an all-chateau birthday. Oh yeah!

What is not to love about this fantastic birthday? Life is good and I am grateful. L'chaim and Shalom!!

13 comments:

Jo said...

How fitting to have these life affirming activities swirling around your birthday! They deepen the gratitude we have for our life somehow, don't they?

Have a wonderful day tomorrow, ensconced in your lovely chateau. Eat cake! I will raise a toast to you from the frigid midwest! ♥

Cheryl Cato said...

I love that you find the positive in death & funerals. "Death is good and proper and even kin of encouraging..." That is an interesting thought and one I must mull.

Happy birthday a day early...

The entry steps are beautiful & appropriate... an upward movement.

steven said...

of course you're being cared for reya - it's the big moebius strip of you!!! sweet day to you!!! steven

Rebecca Clayton said...

Lots of profound thoughts the last few weeks--Thank you! And Happy Birthday!

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks!

The möbius strip of me? Wow.

Jo and Cheryl - thanks and love. It's freezing in DC too. Brother Wind is in a terrible mood.

Kerry said...

Soak up the lovin' and celebrate as much as possible!

What kind of cake will you bake?

Gorgeous photo!

Reya Mellicker said...

Kerry, the cake is a three layer rich sponge cake filled with ricotta, candied orange peel and shaved bittersweet chocolate, frosted with espresso chocolate icing.

Decadent!

Pauline said...

Happy Birthday! May all your days be as happy as this one!

X said...

Happy Birthday! May it be as yummy as that cake!
Xxoo

Pam said...

Happy Birthday Reya!

ellen abbott said...

well, since you didn't post today, I must wish you happy birthday here.

Washington Cube said...

Happy Birthday, dear Reya.

Angela said...

Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! Ich habe gestern an Dich gedacht. Von dem Kuchen hätte ich gern ein Stück gehabt.
Why do I always fel that you know German?