Today's my birthday
so I took a long look in the mirror
to see if I looked any different.

I think I see some wrinkles
that weren't there before.

Uh oh.
Time for that expensive cream. 


Delphyne said…
Happiest of birthdays, Meri!! Enjoy the day!!

PS - some of those "expensive" creams are only that - expensive and do nothing for your skin! xoxo
Have a happy birthday Meri and a wonderful year! I think wrinkles are so endearing on an elephant. Why are they not, on me?
~JarieLyn~ said…
Happy Birthday, Meri. I hope you have lots of happiness on your special day. I adore September. It's a great month for birthdays, including mine and my husband's. :)

Love the photo of the elephant.
Lola said…
Many happy returns and hope you enjoy your upcoming trip to Mexico too.

Thanks for stopping by my page - I often visit yours but apologize for not always, unfortunately, having time to leave a comment.

Have a good week,

Nora & Lola:)

PS So sorry to read about your bereavement.
I love your photograph Meri. Your elephant's wrinkles are sweet and he looks entirely huggable. Happy Birthday dear. Here is a poem from Mary Oliver whose birthday is just 3 days up the road from yours on Sept. 10. I think it is a good one for your birthday because you give us so many beautiful images full of light:


Every year
the lilies
are so perfect
I can hardly believe

their lapped light crowding
the black,
mid-summer ponds.
Nobody could count all of them -

the muskrats swimming
among the pads and the grasses
can reach out
their muscular arms and touch

only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
is perfect?

I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided -
and that one wears an orange blight -
and this one is a glossy cheek

half nibbled away -
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
unstoppable decay.

Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled -
to cast aside the weight of facts

and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking

into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing -
that the light is everything - that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.
from House of Light, Beacon Press, 1990
hippo birdie two ewe, hippo birdie deer meri, hippo birdie two ewe.

hope this year (and all the years to come)overflow with adventures and joy!!

been away from the bloggyhood for a while, and missed out on what has been happening.... off to try and catch up.
Numinosity said…
A veri meri birthday to you. What a perfect picture to make me laugh today.
xoxo Kim
Happy Birthday Meri! I hope you had a wonderful day.
Unknown said…
Happy birthday fellow Virgo! I hope you have a wonderful day and are feeling as wise at that elephant :).

Delwyn said…
Happy Birthday Meri

may all your days be sweet and joyfilled...

Happy days
Elisabeth said…
Wrinkles indeed. Happy birthday Meri.
Relyn Lawson said…
You make me laugh. Here I am all bothered by my coming age and you are just laughing and making us laugh. I love that about you. I just love you, my friend. Happy, happy birthday to you. May you have a lovely, lovely year.
Naquillity said…
hope you had a great day Meri~ you deserve all the happiness. great post, btw.
deb did it said…
forget the cream...YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!! aghhhhh...I missed my opportunity to wish you a happy-joy-filled day!
A.Smith said…
Wrinkles? did you say "wrinkles"? oh love, wrinkles are beautiful, particularly those who come from smiles.

Happy B-day, today is the first day I can more or less type with my left hand. I am thinking of you and hoping you day was wonderful and filled with laughter and promises for a wonderful, fulfilling and healthy year. Much love and many happy returns of the day.
Ebie said…
Happy Birthday! May you have many more!
kendalee said…
This made me smile! I can relate :)

Belated Birthday wishes for the very richest and most rewarding of years to come! xx
rebecca said…
oh meri....
see what happens when life takes us away from our blogging family?? one week in the throws of an unexpected visit from a dear friend and you have celebrated a birthday!!!!
wishing you an abundance of pure happiness, radiant JoY! and more love.


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