Blow out my candles, that is. I'm back from Santa Fe -- another year older and about 5 pounds heavier.  Well worth it, on both counts.  (I wouldn't have it any other way.)

I hope you all behaved yourself while I was away. 

I wanted to bring pictures to share with the class,
and even had some specific pictures I had planned to take, BUT . . . 


Yes, it's true -- this is the hazard of moving everything you own to a different location -- nothing is where you're used to seeing it and therefore you do really dumb things like forget your camera on your trip to Santa Fe when you're a blogger.  Rats.

I wanted to take a picture of the place we stayed, for one thing, which is one of the most picturesque spots in the state of New Mexico, Santa Fe's El Rey Inn.  (We'll have to settle for website photos.)

Our room was
right across from
this stairway . . .

Which leads up to
THIS room (that will
be my next goal!)

We've always wanted
to stay at
The El Rey
but there's
never a vacancy.
I guess they
heard it was my birthday . . .

And then Russ wanted me to lay my head down on the table so that he could snap a shot that would give you an idea of the scale of the dish of green chile mac-n-cheese I was eating . . . . yes, it was ACTUALLY CONSIDERABLY BIGGER THAN MY HEAD.  But he never judges. Mmmmm.

But alas, none of that is to be in today's post.  
Instead, I'll show you the presents I got for myself:

This is a lovely little painting that is on quite a deep cradled masonite board with a thick glaze over it.  The man who painted it was so delightful and gave me a copy of the poem he had written that the words on the painting belong to.  A poet who creates art and puts his words on it?  How could I help myself?

It's going to hang near this lovely little ceramic piece I picked up -- they  look absolutely dreamy as a pair.  Two wonderful birthday treats that taste great together.

And Hannah picked out a 
polka-dot cake for me, which is only fitting.  
It looks delicious.  
Why don't you all come over for a piece?
(Oh . . . and bring a fire extinguisher, just in case. Let's try to keep this birthday happy!)



Judy said...

Ah, Susan, you're still just a babe (both in years and looks). Happy, happy birthday! May the coming bring extra bursts of creativity in compensation for extra wrinkles!

luanne said...

Happy birthday & enjoy the polka dot cake, how cool!

Sometimes it's a gift to forget the camera, so you can just be there. But I would have liked to see your head vs. the mac & cheese.

Allie said...

Well bummer - but I can relate. It was my brother's birthday today, took the camera over, forgot to take a pic and then left the camera there. At least you had a good time and that's what counts, right? That Inn looks so dreamy! And I LOVE THE ART. Both pieces. Yes, they'll look absolutely wonderful hanging together!

Karen S said...

I think a birthday without a camera and with a cake sounds dreamy (my husband insisted on taking a picture of me with the flaming cake inferno this year -- yikes!). And I, too, would love to have seen the green chile mac with or without your head.

Love the artwork and I wish I could visit that inn.

susan m hinckley said...

You're right, Karen -- there are definite advantages to celebrating your birthday without a camera . . . hadn't thought of that!

And one of the first things I'm going to do is figure out how to MAKE that green chile mac-n-cheese, and then I can recreate the picture because I'll definitely be helping myself to another gargantuan portion!

kristin said...

and "otro ano" how could you possibly refuse!! happy,happy birthday!!!! i'd love to come for cake :) it looks delicious.

Amanda and Christopher said...

Happy Belated Susan! Santa Fe sounds like it was amazing! I love your new art pieces too. Wish I could have been there to partake in that wonderful cake, it looks absolutely delish!

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