Happy Birthday to Me

Amongst all the lovely birthday greetings I received were several funny cards. This cute and clever card is from my in-laws. Inside it reads:

Directions

1. Apply bows.

2. Go out.

3. Watch the well-wishers appear!

Get lots of attention on your birthday!

And from my baby sister who knows I love antiques …

Inside it says:

… but the Antiques Roadshow is coming to town – they’ll be able to give you an estimate. Ha!

And one more from my dear friend …

Inside: Hope you get everything you want for your birthday.

Last Saturday night, hubby and I went on a date to the Glendale Glitters holiday festival. The air was cool — it rained just a little, just enough to make everything smell clean and fresh. Historic downtown Glendale, Arizona, has been holding this festival for 16 years now. Covering 12 blocks of downtown, they use 1.5 million lights, have craft booths, food booths, live entertainment and even some of the nearby shops and antique stores stay open late. Although I obviously need to learn how to use my camera for night shots, here are a few photos …

This Santa is made of popcorn and was a raffle for the Marines …

We shared a Philly Cheese Steak, cheese fries and a funnel cake smothered in powdered sugar. Just yum! And, oh yes, we found this booth and made a purchase …

We sat down in the amphitheater area and watched a great group of kids sing and dance their way through Christmas songs and Broadway tunes. So much fun!

And we cruised through some of the antique shops, although didn’t see anything we had to have … thank God! Then, on the way home, we passed this house …

Let me just say that electricity in Arizona is not cheap. While I would hate to pay their electric bill, I definitely appreciate their enthusiasm for the holiday!

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8 Responses

  1. Happy Birthday to someone who would be one of my favorite people in the world, even if you weren’t my sister!

    The Glendale trip looks fabulous – colored lights are “one of my favorite things”. The key to night shots is steadiness – use a mini-tripod or hold the camera on a railing/table, etc. And don’t talk about funnel cake if you’re not going to share….AAAAUGH! : )

    • There was absolutely no steadiness involved in these night shots. I was walking, talking, eating, shooting — and all in a huge crowd of people. I’m lucky they’re not just a blur of lights.

      Thanks for the birthday wishes and the gift, which I haven’t opened yet. Waiting until later today. Love you!

  2. love all the pic….fantastic!

  3. Happy birthday! The cards are an absolute scream. And I like your night photography! It was fun to see what Christmas looks like in your part of the world.

    • It’s very different without all the snow, isn’t it? Thanks for the birthday wishes — those were exceptionally funny cards — had to share them.

  4. Love all this–especially the first card. Do make it! So classy!!!!

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