Cupcakes with sprinkles

Turning 40

On Friday I turned 40. Turning 40 didn’t bother me as much as turning 30. I can’t say it’s been an easy fall season with Gurney dying, but I enjoyed my birthday and I’m fairly content with where I’m at in life.

My parents got me a Blackstone griddle for and it is fantastic! I’ve cooked a load of meals on it already. I actually got it a couple weeks ago and I enjoy it quite a lot.

Blackstone Griddle

When Gurney died I had ordered a piece of memorial jewelry. It came a couple days before my birthday, so in a way, Gurney was with me for that milestone. It’s a pretty brown stone the color his eyes were. The necklace came from Sugar Oh Honey Honey.


M sent me things off of my Amazon wish list, so of course I liked those! He got me an A4 document organizer that I am experimenting with as a planner cover (I think it might end up being better used as an embroidery project pouch), a new cat/dog fountain that has a better design than my old one, and a sign that says “Every thing is going to be ok”.

Every Thing Is Going To Be Ok Metal Sign

Thursday was my last day of work before my vacation started. Mom made cupcakes to take in to the office-white cake, strawberry filling, buttercream icing, and sprinkles. They were delicious and everyone loved them!

Cupcakes with sprinkles

Cathy and I went out Thursday night. It was the first time we’d seen each other since spring of 2020 due to the pandemic. We went to Jo-Ann’s then stopped into Petsmart so I could pick up a couple things for Davis. We had dinner on the patio at Blaze (wood fired pizza). She gifted me a Starbucks Mug from Japan and a glittery custom pen with my name and the Harry Potter deathly hallows symbol. I love them both!

mug and pen

Ben sent me a package from Knit Picks. It contained three skeins of Simply Alpaca Aran in the colorway Alexis. It’s super soft in a black-brown color. I think I’ve found a pattern for a cowl that will suit it well.

Knit PIcks - Alpaca

For myself I made a big purchase at Knit Picks as well as picking up a few things at the local yarn store (Fiberworks) in Dayton. I’ll have another post later this week about that.

I’m off work through the 25th, so I’m hoping to have a relaxing time crafting with my new supplies, cooking, and spending a few days at the lake.

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