Today is my 49th birthday…yes, I know…it’s very hard to believe! I am fortunate and grateful for good genes and good health!
We woke up early this morning, as we had planned to go to St. Martins for the Town-Wide Community Yard Sale they were having as part of Old Home Week…I love yard sales (see http://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/yard-sales-the-thrill-of-victory-and-the-agony-of-the-feet/). We had planned to leave the house at 8 a.m. We did well to get out the door by 8:20…after stops at the Credit Union and the gas station, we were on our way.
Passing through Fairfield, we saw our first “Garage Sale” sign. It was in front of a shabby country house with even shabbier outbuildings. Anna decided to stay in the van – she said it looked “too sketchy” for her to get out. The rest of us (minus Devin, who hates shopping) headed up the driveway towards a large garage. It was a complete surprise: inside, an older man in overalls greeted us warmly and made small talk about the weather. Everything was laid out neatly on tables, or displayed on pegboards along the walls. I found a pretty Ironstone cream and sugar set made by Ridgway in the Jacobean Brown pattern. I paid $3.
Jim found another bird feeder (just what he needs)…one with small holes for finches. Hope bought some jewellery. I found a book I might have purchased had it not been musty-smelling. We headed back to the van.
Our first stop in St. Martins was the Village Market Building. This was where the Book Fair was advertised to be. Unfortunately, there were very few books, and a lot of yard sale stuff. Jim took Hope in search of a washroom while I bought three books for $7. Once Jim got back, we headed down the very busy Main St. We decided the best course of action would be to get out and walk.
After a couple of hours walking and shopping (along with an ice cream break and another pee break), we had accumulated some more treasures: two more books ($2), a Beanie baby bear, a ceiling fixture with a fan, a large clamp, a Five-Star binder, and a pair of soundproofing headphones. We were tired and hot, and close to one of Jim’s and my favourite places in St. Martins: Fiori’s Restaurant (see http://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/eating-around-new-brunswick/).
We went in…Brianna added a tongue and eyebrows to the happy face drawn on the whiteboard beside the door…I quickly herded the family in and we sat down at a table.
The restaurant was busier than usual…one waitress was running her buns off! She took our beverage orders: Brianna ordered “Chocolate From The Cow.” Then we studied the menu, some of us longer than others: Hope took forever to decide what she wanted…after another bathroom break, she finally landed on the children’s breakfast with a pancake (Jim told her he’d pay extra to get sausage and bacon).
Jim had the Mexican Fiesta Platter (which is what he usually orders). Brianna ordered the Chicken Caesar Salad in a tortilla bowl. Anna settled for the BLT Wrap, and I had the Veggie Panini.
Everybody’s food was excellent: the Ciabatta bread in my Panini was amazing! The filling was tomatoes, cucumber and baby spinach. A side salad with lettuce, cucumber, dried blueberries, and raspberry vinaigrette completed the plate. I ate every bite (including Anna’s dried blueberries!).
The waitress was still having difficulty keeping up, so one of the owners, Mike Fiori, came out of the kitchen to clear our table. He told us a story about an artist who lived across the street. When the waitress came over, I asked what the desserts were today: She advised that there were three kinds of cheesecake, Death by Chocolate cake, a brownie with brownie frozen yogurt and caramel syrup, or pecan pie (all desserts are homemade by Barb Fiori). I informed her that since it was my birthday, I would have the pecan pie. The staff brought out my piece of pie with a birthday candle stuck in the top, and they were singing, “Happy Birthday!” I wasn’t a bit embarrassed! Mike said I must be “29″! I agreed that I was “29 again.” That pie was absolutely heavenly (of course, I’ve rarely met a pie I didn’t like, except cream pies!). Jim, Anna and Hope had the blueberry cheesecake, and Brianna polished off every bite of her “Death by Chocolate” cake.
The best part of the meal (besides the fact that I didn’t have to pay for it) was that five of us ate for $76 and change…great healthy food including dessert and taxes!
We were all stuffed as we walked back to the van…
When we got home, I headed for my computer…wow…lots of my friends had sent me birthday messages! I thanked them all, and then caught up with some of my friends’ blogs (check out the links on the right – not a bad writer among them!). The kids gave me their presents (Dad gave me some money earlier in the week to get my hair done): Hope gave me a gift card for Shoppers Drug Mart, Devin gave me small earphones for the computer at the store (so I can listen to music, but still hear the customers come in), and Anna and Brianna gave me big headphones for my computer at home (so I can drown out the sound of the TV or the kids’ music while I listen to mine!). Jim and I are going tomorrow to pick out my big gift from him: a new bike! Kaylee, Scott and Elise are coming over for supper tomorrow night too. I finally bought a playpen for when Elise comes over…she finds every bit of lint on my living room rug when she’s here, and tries to eat it!
After the presents, Jim, Anna and Brianna took off for Hampton – Jim had arranged to photograph a friend’s wedding, and took the girls along as helpers. Devin helped me hook up my new headphones, and then I looked up my St. Martins book purchases: not bad – spent $9, and got about $105 U.S. worth of books. I was pleased…
Hope was happy too…her friend who just moved to Miramichi was in town visiting her dad, and invited her over to go swimming…Hope had been feeling left out about not getting to go to the wedding, but she was okay now! Off she went with her friend.
Dad and I watched one of the Ron James DVDs that I got him for his birthday…I love that guy…he’s hilarious! It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it – it’s still funny!
So…it’s been a good day (and the only work I’ve done is make supper)…I’m still looking forward to the birthday party at Jim’s mom’s on Wednesday (that’s his 48th birthday – she’s having a party for both of us). I’ll post pictures of that too!
Thanks to everyone who made this last birthday of my forties a happy one!