Happy birthday to me!

On Saturday (23rd) it was my birthday. Unlike many people, I love celebrating my birthday. It is just after halfway through the year so it is like my own special new year, a beginning, a whole new journey around the sun. I love being spoiled and getting presents. After my parents died and after my divorce, I had a few very lonely birthdays. No cards, no presents. But I always tried to make it special for myself with little treats – a new book and my favourite foods.

As I have built my own little family of the heart, I have loads of people who really make my day special just by being there.

I was woken with coffee and gifts in bed on Saturday. This was one of them. A gorgeous detailed solid silver African elephant pendant (I will write a separate blog post about it).

After that we went on a boat tour around a part of Stockholm neither of us know very well. Stockholm is built on 14 islands so there is a lot of water everywhere. I have lived on two of the main islands on the south side. This tour went west so we learned a lot. The boat was an old mahogany one that was in spectacular shape.

Boating outfit. Prepared for all weathers. Vans shoes (my favourite), white jeans and lemon yellow shirt from Lidl (I always buy cheap light coloured clothes as they generally show dirt and wear very easily). The jacket is a brightly coloured painted one which is not too heavy.
These have been amazing and are so comfortable. Not usually my style but they were priced 75% off at a closing down sale so I pounced!


After that we went for an early dinner at the 28th floor Skybar ‘Heaven’ restaurant over the canal from us

Every table had it’s own drawer full of cutlery and napkins!
We had a view of our flat from the restaurant. We could almost wave at the cats!

The next day we had a small tea/coffee and cake party for family and friends. Lots of chocolate cake, scones, banana bread, fresh fruit. It was delicious!

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

15 thoughts

  1. Janet, looks like you had a good one. Happy for you.
    Mine is at the end of August and my soon to be 10 year old granddaughter is 4 days ahead of it. Until a while ago I always said she was 4 days older than me, which so confused her. Somewhere along the way she realized the “why” of her conundrum. It was fun while it lasted.

  2. Happy Birthday! That looks like an amazing birthday celebration! I love that you waved at your cats. I would do that, too!
    I adore those shoes!

  3. I’m so glad you enjoyed your birthday. I am always amazed when I come across people who don’t celebrate their birthdays. I hate parties, but like you I always try to make my birthday special (often spanning it across a few days so I can celebrate with different groups of people). I love the idea of the cutlery and napkins in the table drawer in the restaurant.

  4. Happy Birthday and thank you for sharing your day with us. That looks like a wonderful way to celebrate.

  5. Dear Janet, Happy Belated Birthday! You seem to have had a wonderful day! That necklace is gorgeous! I can’t wait to read about it in your next post! I’ve always liked to celebrate my birthday although, because I’m an introvert, I’m happy to just have my husband, my daughter and my cat. You live in a wonderful area! I can just imagine you waving at the cats… and them waving back!… Many happy returns!

    1. We did wave actually, ha ha. The people around us must have thought we were nuts, but at our age, we don’t care. I generally like to spend New Year’s Eve alone, with introspection about the previous year and hope for the new one. I have to admit, that after being social, I am always exhausted, so we withdraw into our little home with our cats for a while.

      1. Good for you and I’m sure the cats must have appreciated! I always dread going to parties but once I’m there, I enjoy it a lot but when I come back, I’m usually completely exhausted and I can’t “people” for a couple of days!…

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