cloudy is wonderful


when the lack of a shadow predicts an early Spring. I’ve always felt a certain responsibility for the groundhog’s prophecies since he emerges on my birthday. And with zero degree weather and frozen pipes upstairs today, an early Spring is something to celebrate.

Many thanks, to all of you who have wrapped me in your love this year, who have mourned and cheered and cried with me. One of these February 2nds I’m going to host a giant party, hire a caterer, fly in friends from all over the world and hand out spectacular carefully-chosen gifts to each person who has nurtured and inspired me. Doesn’t that sound like bliss? I’ve always thought that a birthday is the perfect day to give rather than receive

Until then, I’m going to enjoy the pile of treats on my counter and bask in gratitude for the wonderful people who make every day a delight.


Have you ever eaten a pink butterdream cookie? You need to. I’d offer you one of these but Ben and I devoured them. No worries, I’ll have piles of them for you at my fantasy birthday party.

p.s. um, Erik suspects that you only comment on posts about him where he is shirtless. Hmm, is that true? 😉

January 31, 2011
February 3, 2011



  1. Jeanelle

    February 2, 2011

    Um, I think I comment on other blogs but if Erik feels better thinking that we only comment on his shirtless photos, then let him!

    I want to go back to Cafe Normandie with you and eat only cookies (forget soup and sandwiches.)

    Have the happiest of birthdays, my dear friend. This will be a better year – I can just feel it -and I hope you feel the love all of us have for you (but especially from me.)

  2. Cath

    February 2, 2011

    “For today. For tomorrow.” I love your friend. And plumb forgot about Ground Hog Day. An early spring sounds perfect right now. Happy, happy birthday! xo

  3. Linn

    February 3, 2011

    Happy Birthday sweet friend! May this be the happiest, healthiest, most peaceful, most joyful year ever. xoxo

  4. jenjamin

    February 3, 2011

    Happy happy birthday. Hope you had a fabulous fantastic birthday.. PS reality is always better than fantasy! HUGS!

  5. Lisa

    February 3, 2011

    Oh goodness, when we chatted today I had no idea it was your day. So now I’m wishing you a Happy Birthday friend and a dreamy next year of your life. Bonus that it’s groundhog day, that means you can wake up in the morning and it’s your birthday again!

  6. Tasha

    February 3, 2011

    I can’t wait to see how you choose to decorate your fantasy birthday party after seeing what you’ve done with Mary’s! Have a wonderful birthday, my sweet friend.

  7. Glazier5

    February 3, 2011

    Happy Birthday!

  8. Tracy

    February 3, 2011

    ..the shirtless posts are awesome.

    If you serve wine at your party, I am so there. 😉

    Happy Birthday my dear friend.

    I love you so much.


  9. Dovie

    February 4, 2011

    Happy Birthday, I hope it was a wonderful day for you. Yesterday was my birthday as well. I think it is pretty much the perfect day to be born.

  10. Lizzy

    February 4, 2011

    I like the idea of giving gifts on your birthday. That way you get gifts all years long. I’m reading The Fellowship of The Ring right now so I can tell you that’s the way hobbits do it. Hobbits have lots of good traditions.
    Also I have conclusion: Cafe Normandie is to the Lehnhardts as Trader Joe’s is to the Mitchells. They aren’t exactly the same, but Trader Joe’s is my comfort when I’m being jealous of Cafe Normandie. Happy Birthday!

  11. Kerri

    February 4, 2011

    Happy happy belated birthday to someone who has been inspiring to me over and over again. May this year bring as much joy as the last two have brought heartache.


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