Today is my Un-Birthday. Yes, you read that right, my Un-Birthday. There are many definitions about what an ‘un-birthday’ is, but I always consider it on the 6 month mark from my actual birthday.

I always thought it was bogus I had to have a birthday stuck smack dab in the middle between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I always wished I’d been born in the summer like most of my friends and my one sister.

My other two siblings share the angst with me (and each other since they’re twins), because they were born a year and three days after me, so three out of four kids had birthdays two weeks before Christmas.

We ended up with a lot of “This is your Birthday and Christmas present!” gifts. Gee, thanks.

And of course the sister whose birthday is in the glorious month of August, often got extra gifts when us other three were celebrating our actual birthdays, because those celebrating didn’t want her to feel left out. Lucky duck.

So every year I celebrate my Un-Birthday on June 9th. Well, OK, not really, the celebration usually goes on in my head. But maybe I should make it a thing, no? You know, rather than just have a party going on in my head. Ahem.

OK, maybe next year. That way you’ll have a year’s notice to party with me. I’ll wait.

Speaking of celebrating… Father’s Day is coming right up – guess I better finish shopping for the hubby in celebration of his fatherhood. I had to crack up over receiving this particular email, though, especially when I read the subject line specifically “Gift Dad an efficient tool for Father’s Day”:


Confusion set in based on the picture – wait, is that a dude  washing dishes? Really? Alrighty then… let’s see what they have in store for some great Father’s Day ideas…



I thought it very odd they would come up with these ideas for Father’s DayMother’s Day, sure. Not to be sticking Mothers and Fathers in a preconceived idea, but those ‘helpful’ things? Are things I need, because those are the things I do, not  the hubby.

Well, except the shaving mirror. Luckily I don’t have to worry about any facial hair. Yet.

Moving on… Did you hear about the chalkboard drawings they uncovered in an Oklahoma school that survived almost 100 years? So cool! Some renovations are taking place, and when the construction dudes removed the outer layer of chalkboards (yeah, don’t ask), they uncovered these beauties:

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Students and/or teachers were quite the artists back then! Obviously these were done right before Thanksgiving in 1917 – since there was another layer of chalkboards on top of these, I’m guessing they had the new chalkboards back then installed during the Thanksgiving break.

I love seeing how multiplication was taught back then:


And this penmanship was stellar:


Anyone learn the stair-step something-or-other shown here?


Luckily the district is working with the city to preserve the ‘chalk’ work of the teachers that have been captured in time. Very cool discovery!

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday Chat!

This week’s prompt or question is:

“Blooms! Blooms! Blooms! If you got a garden, this is your chance to show it off. If your thumb is more 50 Shades of black – what other summer hobbies do you enjoy?”

We don’t really have a garden, per se, but we did enjoy early spring sprouts thusly:



Those were taken just after winter had passed, and before the hubby dressed up that little area like so:


Of course he had already started working on that transformation before the HOA got nit-picky on flower beds having weeds, that area was a disaster when we bought the house, unkempt and no rhyme or reason – just a bench set under the trees amongst residual grass, pine needles and weeds. I think the hubby did a great job jazzing it up, don’t you think?

Other than this gem he also added at the front, we have no other buds (this year) in our yard:


Next year, however, all bets are off.

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  1. LOL – I can laugh at hubby because I HAVE a pot spilling plants out onto the ground like that too!
    I love it — I think a little whimsy in the garden is awesome. And I think the little area by the bench looks great – very inviting.

    Those chalk drawings though!!! wow. that’s some chicken.
    but I am confused. perhaps because I am Canadian and a little rusty on my American history, but didn’t the Pilgrims go to Massachusetts?
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  2. I allowed my 11 year old to have an un-birthday this year. Her’s is in Feb. and she hates being cooped up. So she pleaded her case to wait until the pool opens to have her party. It worked out fabulously. You should try it.
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  3. You have got a beautiful garden. Out HOA at least lets us plant some herbs and tomatoes in a corner, that’s it for us. But that’s o.k. hubby is the gardener around here, too. Although ‘spilled pots’ would probably be not for him – LOL
    I love those chalkboard discoveries – so very cool.
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  4. No, I did not hear about the chalkboard discovery. That is really cool. I was always amazed how well my school teachers were with writing on the blackboard. Penmanship was very much artwork for years. It’s becoming extinct with today’s technology. Young adults and Kids have terrible penmanship & spelling skills these days. I loved perfecting my handwriting over the years and it I feel a swell of pride when someone comments on my penmanship. You know, Stacy, I totally get you with the whole birthday thing because mine is also in December and there were many, many birthdays were everything got thrown together. DH & the kids made a fuss over me, though. Their bdays are in the spring & summer, so I’m out there in left field. Luckily, no emotional scaring was caused by lack of personal attention paid on birthday as a child. lol Blooms?! I should have told Les the only thing blooming near me is weeds. It’s rained so much with little time between storms to do anything and the yard looks like a jungle.*sigh* Hopefully before too much longer my marigolds will bloom, but I got a late start on the seeds. So, it may be another month before I actually see blooms. The reward will be worth it. So, I have to be patient!
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  5. That chalkboard art is pretty cool. Chalkboards are all giving way to whiteboards around here. Then again, we just don’t have school that old either.
    Those are–interesting–choices for Father’s day gifts. Honestly, when I saw tools, I was thinking more garage based tools–the ones that guys build stuff with.
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  6. Alright now this one likes me! Whoopeeee!!! About time! eeeeee hawww Anyway… where was I ? hmmmm uhhhh uhhhh omg I forgot. hehehe Oh yeah, when I was in school we did have a whole lesson on hand writing and it was called cursive writing and we were taught the Palmer method, and the alphabet (capital and small letters were up above the blackboard in cursive writing on dark green cardboard all away around the room also the Palmer method. Wow, I haven’t thought about that in years & I haven’t seen it in years. hahahahaha showing my age… bummer.
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