Thursday, January 31, 2019


It's my birthday. It's my birthday.

All I can say is WOW. It has been quite a jubilee year. Lets review.
Birthdays and chocolate. What's not to love!
Fabulous dinner out at Pazzaluna. One can never go wrong for eats at this place.
Woke up to 50 years old at the Saint Paul Hotel. 
My jubilee year was a year of many firsts. I had never been to Mickeys Diner in St Paul, so this was our breakfast stop. You have to go if you've never been.
St Paul is famous for its Winter Carnival. It's cold! Today especially. We're breaking records this week. No need to worry about anything melting. Last year we spent some time checking out the snow sculptures. Creatives out there. Amazing.
Yep. Had to go! 
Ended the perfect day at Red Cow with family. Best burgers EVER. Let the jubilee begin.
February brought us to an outdoor event in Wisconsin. Book across the Bay. We pushed our exercise limit here! Cross country skied across the bay. We made it. Barely. What an experience. Great memories. And a meal at the famous Delta Diner. So . Much. Fun. 
I bought a Mini ! I LOVE Diana. That's her name. Diana. So fun to drive! Every once in awhile, I look over and someone is smiling as I drive past. I think its the rear view mirrors! Wink wink!   
Who knew my jubilee year would include a royal wedding! Of course I got up early to take it all in. I didn't get an invite...shoot! But not long after the big day, I found myself in my happy place!
England! It was so wonderful. I'm grinning right now from ear to ear.
Grand Marais, MN. We went camping in September. Probably not the smartest thing we ever did. It was pretty cold. Should have known better.! But the fall colors were pretty epic.
A sad day in June, as Kate Spade took her life. On so many levels, this news gave me pause. I made my way to a Kate Spade store and bought a wallet. Every time I pull it out of my purse, I think about the gift of life and how fragile it is.
I joined the Jane Austen society in my year of jubilee. The gift that keeps on giving. In February, I'm going to a meeting about regency valentines. This society is going to grow me intellectually! I love it.
Today I turn the page on a great chapter. I loved every day of celebrating 50. Frankly, I don't want it to end. I'm sad to see it go. But oh the possibilities ahead. Life is to celebrate and that is what I will continue to do.
Yes, I planned a lot of my jubilee year. You need to do that because if you don't, life will just pass you by.
But there were many many serendipitous moments in my jubilee year. Every day wonders. I wrote in my journal..."The best moments of my life don't make it to social media."-patience pennington.

I know those moments, and didn't feel the need to share it socially. Like for instance, snowflakes that fell from the sky looking more like soap flakes! Or, seeing a shooting star and making a wish. Or...watching an eagle as it soared. These are here-now wonders. Life wonders. And I don't want to miss any of it or take it for granted. I hope I learned that this year. Wonders.

And so today starts a new chapter. I am so grateful I get to turn 51 today. The day is mine to do whatever I want. I live in the tundra and most things I was planning to do, I can't because so many things are closed due to the polar vortex! Yep. That's a thing here. Polar vortex. I don't understand all the science behind it, but I know for's FREAKING cold!!! It's best to stay put. And so even in this cold, I'm thankful. I get to write and read and imagine the possibilities ahead.

51. I'm liking it already. 

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