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 . . .
I FORGOT MY CAMERA!!!
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
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!)