Thursday, June 5, 2014

Now I Am 50

Doesn't it look like the tree on the left is hugging the tree on the right?

So I turned 50 on Friday. It wasn't so bad. It was a little strange to wake up and think, "I'm 50." The idea was a little more weighty than I anticipated. But by the end of the day it felt very normal to be 50. Isn't everyone?

On Saturday we had a birthday party with forty of our nearest and dearest, and I enjoyed it very much, much to my amazement. Of course, being the hostess, I spent most of the evening running around making sure everyone had someone to talk to and that the introverts weren't suffering too much. We ate barbecue pork and hush puppies and banana pudding, and my friend Doug the fiddle player and his friend Rick the guitar player played Old Time music out by the garage.

The Man and I have decided we like throwing parties more than we think we do. The introverts among you will understand what we mean.


School is out. As usual, we have very little planned. Drivers Ed and some volunteer work for Jack, a few camps for Will, a week at the beach for all of us, a trip to Kentucky to see my parents before school starts again. Other than that, it's the pool for Will and the garden and writing for me and texting his friends for Jack.


Will's baseball team has a game on Saturday. If they win, they will be League champions. If they lose, they will play one more game, and the winner of that game will be champions. I have no idea how Will's team got in the position of being one game out from league champs. His team last year was full of stars (including Will, naturally). This year? Will is a standout fielder a good pitcher and a consistent hitter, Luke can hit like a champ, and Leo is a great pitcher if he doesn't get psyched out, and Alec is an inconsistently good pitcher. Sam is growing into first base, and Henry is steady at third. Maybe that's all it takes? A couple good pitchers, a solid infield, and one or two go-to hitters? I guess.

But I have to say, I'm ready for the season to be over. I get too nervous watching the games. I don't even know why. Will always plays well, and he doesn't fall apart if they lose. He doesn't take it too hard. And I don't take it too hard if they lose, either. But in the heat of the game, I'm absolutely miserable from nerves. I try to be zen about it; I knit, I practice mindful breathing. I remind myself that in the scheme of things, this game matters very little. None of it helps.


Here's what we have planted in the garden: Lots of flowers and a wide variety of tomatoes, French breakfast radishes, yellow squash, zucchini squash, sugar-baby watermelons, eggplant, red peppers, yellow peppers, pimento peppers, corn, green beans, french filet green beans, lima beans, black beans, Mother Stallard pole beans, Jacob's Cattle beans, butternut squash, cucumbers, lettuce (in its last days), okra, and one sweet potato plant.

I bought six sweet potato slips through the mail, but only one is doing anything. I don't know if I didn't get them in the ground quickly enough, or if I didn't get good slips. Next year I'm buying plants from the garden store.

Anyway, the weather has been cool and dry, which is lovely for living, but my plants want warm dirt and lots of rain. So the garden is pretty, but it's behind. Which is okay. We'll be here when it catches up.


Heather said...

Happy Birthday!

Angela said...

Happy Birthday!!

Pom Pom said...

Hooray for your fifty party! That party we had at school was so fun, so fun to see the 50 year olds together, all of them looking so dapper.

Yes, to lots and lots of flowers and herbs. It has just stopped raining here, so I am going out to dig and plant, Hula hoe and clip.

I wish you a glorious summer. YOU are so special, so smart, so winsome, and so loving.
One last HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (HUGE HUG and a SMOOCH on the cheek!)

the wayside wanderer said...

Happy Birthday! Your summer plans sound perfect esp if someone else is teaching driver's ed (heh), your garden sounds scrumptious and makes me jealous, and congratulations to Will.

Heather said...

Happy birthday, Frances! It sounds as if you have a pleasant summer planned. Enjoy yourself.

Tracy said...

Well, Happy Birthday to you my friend.

It's heartening to hear that your party was less scary than you thought it might be. And that you got to enjoy it. Me? I'm still in the party-phobic phase. Miss Sunshine's 18th party took me a week to recover from the whole thing. Maybe I can just be wealthy enough to take my closest friends/family out for dinner? I have a few years to work on that one.

We're at the beginning of winter here and the weather has finally caught on. It's cold and will only get colder. The only thing we're growing is lemons. Maybe a trip out to the tree would do me well as a scratchy sore throat is beginning to make its presence felt.

Gumbo Lily said...

Happy Birthday Frances!
Your garden planting sounds really wonderful. I hope you'll take pictures as things mature and ripen. My garden is up, but we have had cool days too and we could use some warmth.

Happy summer!

Everyday Life On A Shoestring said...

Belated birthday wishes! Very many happy returns!

GretchenJoanna said...

I was so happy when I was turning 50. I think you are too. Happy Birthday!! I read your post and thought good wishes when it was the right day, but something interrupted me and I'm sorry I'm late! God bless you!