Wednesday, July 9, 2008


I meant to write this post yesterday, but I was having trouble logging onto the internet, and lost my patience. So I am a day late.

I celebrated birthday number 39 yesterday! Birthdays are interesting as a person gets older. I know a lot of people worry about getting older, or have resentment about it. I don't feel that way. I am not in the least bit concerned about being 39, or even about turning forty next year. Maybe I will feel differently next year, but for now I am enjoying what age brings: the new confidence, the wisdom gained from life experience, and the memories of times past. It is good.

The day before I was born, my mom was up on a huge ladder, painting the exterior of the second story house they lived in. I like to think that's why I am a painter, because I got started when I was still in the womb! It was a hot July day when I came into this world. I had a heat rash all over my body until the end of the summer, and I cried a lot. The heat made me miserable! Isn't it amazing that now I don't mind the heat, and I am living in the desert? Crazy.

In other desert news, the cat's claw blooms are fading, and green seed pods have emerged. I took a couple of photos on the walk yesterday, so I could share them with you. I hope you all have a lovely summer day today.


Melissa & Emmitt said...

hi karine!
happy birthday!
i feel the same way as you. i am excited for the years to come and would never want to go back. Life is good!

High Desert Diva said...

Happy belated birthday!

I don't mind getting older either....the heat....not so much

priya said...

happy belated 39th karine and i wish you a terrific year ahead.

kate smudges said...

Happy belated birthday! I like your explanation of why you are a painter. That made me smile.

Having turned 50 in December, I was told it was a hard birthday and I didn't find it to be so at all. My view is that, if we live full lives and do those things which make us happy, age doesn't really matter. I've enjoyed growing wiser and experiencing new things through a different lens than I did when I was younger.

The cat's claw is so cool - the seedpods are as equally intriguing as the blooms.

I hope you enjoyed the Great Lake Swimmers ... they are my favourite group at the moment. Wonderful lyrics and music.

Anke said...

Happy happy belated birthday!!!!!!!! I wish you all the best!!!!! What an interesting start to the world, no wonder you are a painter! And now reuniting with the heat.....good thing you can stand it better now. Some virtuel flowers your way, smiles, Anke ;)

Abby Creek Art said...

Happy Birthday, Karine!!! I've been 39 for the last 10 years.:)

Hope you have a great b-day weekend. Maisie and I send lots of hugs to you and Pono.

coloredsock said...

happy, hAPPy, HAPPy, hApPy day!

Carla Sonheim said...

Happy, happy birthday!!!!!!!