Sunday, June 12, 2011


Today is the big day! Yes, I'm officially 40 and DH is married to an older woman ;o) LOL!

I've had a wonderful weekend so far. This morning I woke up to homemade stuffed French toast by DH and this gorgeous charm bracelet by Amos Pewter -


DH added the hummingbird to represent the new flower bed that we put in. The ocean theme is self explanatory ;o) I just LOVE it and can't wait to add more charms in the future.

Yesterday we spent the day with our good friends T & K. We went to see The Hangover II and I have to say...I haven't laughed SO much and SO hard in quite a long time :oD I also have to say that the second was MUCH better than the first! LOL! Afterwards we went out for Chinese food and then back to our place for cake. Lookie what DH did -


He got me a PUMPKIN CAKE!


How awesome is that?

There's been a lot of pondering going on lately and after seeing The Hangover II, I just knew I had to share with you my 40-4-40 list :o) Within the next year, I'd like to accomplish the following forty things -

1. Travel to Sable Island.
2. Start exercising again.
3. Travel someplace new.
4. Lose five pounds.
5. Learn a new talent/craft.
6. Meet a fellow Blogger face to face.
7. Sell forty pictures through my Etsy store.
8. Go go-karting.
9. Help someone less fortunate.
10. Eat something new.
11. Have an article or story published.
12. Sent out four RAKs.
13. Frame four cross stitch pieces myself.
14. Start meditation classes again.
15. See a play or concert.
16. Finish painting 'the fence'.
17. Go horseback riding.
18. Go to a drive-in movie.
19. Learn to fire a handgun.
20. Go to the premiere of Breaking Dawn.
21. Finish Sabrina.
22. Learn more about the history of Nova Scotia.
23. Read forty new books.
24. Get Sabrina framed.
25. Buy Christmas gifts from local/Etsy artisans.
26. Find an antique fireplace mantle.
27. Visit The Museum Of Natural History in Halifax.
28. Send my Gram a note a month.
29. See horses in the wild.
30. Make more jewellery.
31. First time phone call with a fellow Blogger from a different country.
32. Donate pictures to the mammography unit at the hospital.
33. Treat myself to a spa day.
34. Try yoga.
35. Visit The Maritime Museum Of The Atlantic in Halifax.
36. See forty new movies.
37. Go whale watching.
38. Run around outside in the pouring rain.
39. Eat at a five star restaurant.
40. Be happy.

I know some of these goals will be met; some are possible, a few are probable and a couple are long shots but it will be fun to see how well I do :o)

I want to thank everyone for their birthday wishes and I'll be sharing with you some lovely gifts in my next post!


Denise said...

Happy Birthday Cathey! Here's to completing most of your list!

Gen said...

I reiterate on this article: Happy birthday to you, Cathey!!! :))

How courageous you are to make such a list and get to it!

Many hugs,

Gen =^_^=

Annie said...

Happy Birthday! From my perspective, you're still a baby.. hardly an older woman. Your DH was so thoughtful.. love that cake!

Chris said...

Happy happy Birthday & welcome to the club of us 40 somethings!!!
Your list of things to do sounds great and many of them are very achievable.

Gert said...

Well Happy 40th Birthday my dear lady!! I sure hope you accomplish all the things on your to do list!! Can't wait till next year to see how many things you did. smile...

xoxo Gert

Lisa V said...

Happy Birthday!
There are some interesting things on your list, good luck.

Myra said...

Happy birthday to you! What a sweet DH you have - a pumpkin cake, so thoughtful and the bracelet is beautiful. :o)

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday Cathey! I have no doubts that you will accomplish all 40 items on your list! Wising you the best!

Stitchinowl said...

Happy Big 4-0 Cathey! It sounds like you had a fun and wonderful birthday, between the lovely bracelt, cute pumpkin cake, and spending time with your DH and friends.

Catherine said...

Happy Birthday!! What a sweet hubby you have! My husband likes to make fun of the fact that for a few weeks every year, he is younger than me! How sweet that he chose such a pretty bracelet for you and got such a cool cake!

Here's to completing all of the things on your list! Wish I had done something like when I was 40 - guess I still could, but I'd have to add a couple more items!!

April Mechelle said...

Happy Birthday !!! Sounds like you had a great one !!!

Laura said...

Happy Birthday Cathey! That is such a beautiful bracelet your DH got you!

Speaking of pumpkins, if you go to this blog page and scroll down to the very bottom, there is a rather unusual looking Halloween "Pumpkin" :)


Carol said...

♫♫♫ Happy Birthday, dear Cathey ♫♫♫

Your cake and bracelet are wonderful--what a thoughtful husband you have :)

Gosh, you sure are young (compared to me anyway!). I do hope your coming year brings you every happiness. I loved reading your list of 40 goals--most of them are very do-able (but, you must be a speed reader to be able to read 40 books--that would take me three years at least!) and I look forward to hearing that you've crossed them off your list...

Valerie said...

Happy, happy birthday! Your charm bracelet is just lovely! I have a gold one and I adore it.

Hubby and I went to see Hangover II Memorial Day weekend...what a hoot! Nothing like great laughs...

I enjoyed reading your 40-4-40, you have me thinking about a similar list...thanks for sharing

Christina said...

Happy Birthday! Good luck on getting all of your goals accomplished.

valerie said...

Happy birthday Cathey! Sounds like it was a great one. Love your 40-4-40 list and the new bracelet.

Paula said...

Happy 40th from Miss 60th :0D

country stitcher said...

Happy Birthday too you! Sounds like you had a lovely day. I. Enjoyed your list of 40 things you want to do this year, and I hope you get thru the list.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Cathey!! Wishing you #40 always!

Gabi said...

Happy Birthday !!!!
Love your gift, that hummingbird is a darling, and wishing you a very very happy day.
Good luck also with your list - it will be fun to work your way through it. :)

Lesleyanne said...

Happy Birthday. Sounds like you had a great day. Hope you do well on completing your list.

Rachael xxx said...

Happy Birthday Cathey, sounds like you had a fab day.
What a good idea making a list, lots on there I want to do as well!!

Cath said...

Happy Birthday . Hope you get to do your 40 .X

WendyCarole said...

Happy birthday

And This Little Pig said...

Woo Hoo Happy Birthday Cathey... It is all UP hill from here, things only get better and better, and don't let anyone tell you any different!

Hope you had a wonderful day.

LiBBiE in Oz
Meah, Evie, Quincy & Podge!

Terri said...

Happy birthday!!!!!!!! I hope it's the best ever and that you get a good start on your list soon!

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday! You have one sweet husband...the bracelet is beautiful and the cake is so cute!

Deborah said...

Happy Birthday, Cathey! Looks like DH made a beautiful day for you. Great list. I would love to meet up with you the next time you are in Maine. deborah

Nancy said...

I love your list!! I hit the big 60 this year - not sure I could come up with 60 things, but now you've got me thinking!
Happy (belated) Birthday, Cathey!! and many, many MANY more!

Justflo said...

What a lovely birthday gift.

Belated wishes to you.

Enjoy working through your 40 to do list.

Ranae said...

Happy Birthday!!! dear lady
Best Wishes on the list

Andie said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! Sounds like a wonderful day!! It must be since we are stitching sister birthday twins :D *hugs*!!

Hillery said...

Super Goals, Pumpkin. Would love to accomplish some of them myself. Love your charm bracelet. I have 4 ornaments from Amos Pewter. I just love them. My In-Laws have a summer home on Tancook Island, and they bring me home a new ornament every year. As for your question on how I got so many sales so quickly. Well, I belong to the online community of Ravelry, for crocheters and knitters, this is where I got my customers. Sorry I don't have any great advice on sales. Happy 40th, I'll be there in 4 years, I'm hoping I'll enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!!

Here's to at least 40 more years; good luck with the list!


Tracey said...

Sorry I didn't get to send you birthday wishes on the day Cathey ... you know what they say; better late than never! :^) Looks like you had an awesome happy day! Now you need to get busy crossing those things off of your list...

I haven't been looking at too many blogs lately... our daughter gets married a week from tomorrow in BC, so I've been busy getting last minute things done here on the newly renovated bathroom and trying to get the house in order. We have a young woman coming here to house/dog sit while we are gone, so I've got a million things left to do yet. Since the wedding location is so far from here, we really can't help with any of the preparations until we get there. A good thing I guess in some ways...

Patty C. said...

Happy Birthday to you -- I'm glad you have been so blessed ;)

Tatkis said...

Happy Birthday Cathey!
Hope you'll get all 40 goals ;)
I love whale and dolphin watching - certainly worth trying!

Big hugs,

♥ Nia said...

I wrote on another post but.. it's never too much ;)
Happy Birthday!! ƪ(˘⌣˘)ʃ ƪ(˘˛˘)ʃ ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ*
Beautiful beautiful bracelet :)
wow!!! totally awesome Pumpkin-cake :D And it had to have a little bunny by the side ;) LOL

6. I'm a candidate!!!! :D
16. sometime this year LOL!!!
20. I think you should add this one to number 6 and.. don't you have an entry to 'visit a new country'?? :D
31!!! 31!!! I'm yelling here hahahahahah :D
(note for self: practice my english hehehe)
40. :D

PS: I really-really want to go see hangover II but didn't have the chance yet :p

Fisher and Staff said...

Happy birthday, Cathey! I love the idea of 40-4-40. My list would have to be quite a bit longer, so I better start early!

Stitching Noni said...

Happy Birthday Cathey! Congrats on turning the big 40 - as they say life begins at 40! Good luck with your 40-4-40 list ;o) Love your pumpkin cake!

Julie said...

Belated Birthday Wishes Cathey

It's going to be interesting reading how you get on with crossing things off your list over the coming twelve months

Daffycat said...

Happy belated birthday, Cathey! Trust me, forty is fabulous!

You have an excellent list there!

Brigitte said...

Happy belated birthday to you. And have fun with your super goals list.

Lori said...

there's a great drive-in just a short drive from me... that's quite a list ! Some things will already be accomplished. Your dh spoiled you. Very good : )

Lori said...


mdgtjulie said...

Happy belated birthday! I'm glad you had a good day. That's a great list! Some of the things on there would be on my list! I'd also like to skydive, lol. Here's to many more!

Terri M said...

Happy Birthday!! Beautiful charm bracelet. I love Amos Pewter. :-)

Aussie Stitcher said...

Happy Belated Birthday Cathey, sounds like you had a wonderful day.

Cindy said...

Happy belated birthday!

I enjoyed reading your to do list...we all need to have one of these :) If you are ever up for seeing a certain *ahem* band in Chicago, I would be up for helping you with #6 and #15...could even help you with #30 if you weren't too giddy after #15 LOL!