The last two years I have been in Toronto on my Birthday leading my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Training.
This year, happily, we were at home. It was the day our sod was getting installed and that was a pretty momentous occasion.
I was born 7 minutes after 1 am in the morning, June 7, 1967. Friday morning, I was up at 5:30 am. Reading emails with my Americano at my breakfast nook.
I haven’t been sleeping well lately I don’t know why. I wake up around 3:30 – 4:00 am and by 5:00 am when it’s light, well I just get up then. I need drapes, my blinds are not enough!
Then at 6:45 am, Terreeia got up and gave me my Birthday present. A new charm for my Pandora bracelet and the chain thingy so they don’t fall off when I remove it at night.
Then at around 8:45 am, the sod arrived for the front and back yard!! Yaay! We have been living in mud since the middle of April!
This is Troy (below). He lives right across the street from us and had a huge vested interest in his curb appeal suddenly going through the roof, haha.
He hooked us up with the best sod there is and borrowed a trailer from a friend to help deliver it from a farm 10 minutes away.
At 9:30 am, Terreeia and I left the house to do some shopping. First we went to Granny & Grumpa’s. The most amazing junk/antique place I’ve ever been to. They are 10 minutes away from us and I like to go there regularly in case there’s something great to find.
The last time I was there with my best friend Tami Rode, she spied these vintage grapes for me that I promptly placed on the coffee table in my living room (below).
Then at 12:15 pm, we came back to check on the progress of the sod installation! I decided to give the lattice going up on in front of my design studio a final coat of paint.
At 2:00 pm, I arrived at a Nursery nearby to pick up two Conical boxwoods and Miscanthus grass for the back yard. We were having a small dinner party for my Birthday on Saturday night so I wanted to makes sure the beds close to the firepit area in front of my design studio looked finished.
I finally found the conical English Holly Mary Anne White my Landscape Architect has been talking about for our garden. I’ve only ever seen holly that looks mushy and I wasn’t that excited about it although I did want it for clippings at Christmas time. When I saw this one though, I finally got what she was talking about. She has specified two close to the studio. I’m so happy that I found it!
Then at 3:45 pm when I arrived back home, Elizabeth came over with William & Markus and a little Birthday pie for me! Markus sang Happy Birthday at first, then he got more interested in blowing out the candle, haha.
Elizabeth gave me this pretty polka dot silk scarf for my birthday and at the same time Terreeia came back from Dairy Queen with a blizzard. So the pie went into the fridge for later while the boys and I had some ice cream. Yum.
Saturday, my fabulous landscaper Kyle arrived to finish installing the sod in time for my dinner party and he came with his tiny little two year old baby girl! I fell in love with her instantly. She walked around all day with daddy. Ate her snacks, smiling constantly at all of us.
In the end she found the toys inside that my nephews play with when they come over, she was totally amazing. That night, I dreamt about being upset that I don’t have children.
And there’s the love of my life Terreeia (above) smiling at me from the end of the table that evening. She made a wonderful dinner for everyone and it was a rare, beautiful night in June. We haven’t had this kind of nice summer weather for a few years so we are all feeling really lucky and happy about it!
So that’s a glimpse into my weekend! I think birthdays should last at least an entire week!
This was the best birthday I’ve had in a long time! xo Maria
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