Monday, May 20, 2024

A Drive To The City

For my birthday last week, I drove to the city with my son.  It's about 50 minutes away, and this time I drove.  It always makes me nervous to take the highways and freeways, but I had a great day!  The drive there is actually a peaceful country drive, and it's only when we get to the city that I feel uneasy, as I'm not familiar with the streets.  We first stopped at my favorite cafe' and had breakfast.  My son had a gift certificate to the movie theatres, so he wanted to see a movie.  It was a bit early for the movie to start, so we headed over to Target.  I just bought some pink flip flops, as I use them in the Spring and Summer for outside chores.  It was time for the show to start, and we saw "The Fall Guy," with Ryan Gosling.  It was a blend of action, mystery, and comedy, and although there were parts that were too violent for this mama, my son enjoyed the movie, and I just indulged in the theatre's buttered popcorn.  It was interesting to see the adventures of a stuntman, and Ryan Gosling is a talented actor.  After the movie, we went to all my favorite shops - World Market, Michaels, Barnes & Noble.  It was time for lunch, and I felt like Italian food, and Olive Garden never disappoints.  We shared the "Tour of Italy," as it comes with a salad and bread sticks, and was very filling.  After lunch, we went to the mall, and I loved browsing through Home Goods.  I wanted to go to See's Candies last, as it was a hot day and didn't want the chocolate to melt in the car.  It was the most wonderful day spent with my son, and he paid for almost everything.  When I got home, there were packages in the mail from the girls, and handmade drawings and cards from the kids.  Jess wrapped all the gifts so nicely, and tucked them away in lavender tissue paper.  Nel gave me a generous Amazon gift card, and she always finds the prettiest cards for special occasions.

  The next day, I opened up the blinds in the laundry room, and there were two deer right next to my car.  Oh May, you're always full of surprises!



Debby said...

Happy Birthday 🎈🎊🎂
I’m glad you had a fun time with your son in town. It did get hot last week but it’s cooling off - this morning we have some wind - time to open the windows and air the house out.
That plate of food from Olive Garden looks good. Have a fun week!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Sheri,
Happy belated Birthday to you!
You sure had a very special Birthday with your son and with good food and treats.
Those flip flops reveal your Roman feet:

R's Rue said...

I’m glad you were so loved on your birthday. God Bless you.

Carla from The River said...

What a grand day with your son. I love all the adventures that you enjoyed together, shopping, eating and watching a movie.
What a fun bunch of love in the mail too.
Happy Birthday,


Bonita celebración, que ha servido para unir a la familia.
¡Feliz cumpleaños!

Ginny Hartzler said...

What wonderful gifts and cards! I love the little fairy door and am thinking you got it at home goods or Michaels. ALL of the stores you mention are my favorites as well, with Home Goods being #1. But we do not have a See's anywhere, I wish we did. Happy belated birthday!

Sandi said...

What wonderful day! :)

Susan said...

Oh Sheri. That sounded like an awesome day! Loved hearing about all the favorite spots you visited and the yummy treats you had. Plus you got to spend precious time with your son! Now HOW did your birthday get by without followers knowing? Did you keep that quiet on purpose? I am so happy you have lovely memories of that birthday! I hope your new year of life will be filled with many good things. May lots of your wishes come true. Also, I hope you have super visits with your daughters and grands, enjoyment of walks near your cottage, lovely flowers and bird song near you, as well, and oodles and oodles of love. Happy (late) Birthday.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Happy belated birthday Sheri! Your day sounds like a perfect way to celebrate. How lovely your son treated you. All the shops you visited are my favorites as well! Love the pick flip flops--so cute. And See's Candies is a wonderful treat. I remember visiting their shops in California and also in airport shopping areas. So glad the traffic was especially kind to you as you traveled outside of your comfort. Lovely seeing the deer outside your window! Have a lovely week ahead, my friend.

Rose said...

Happy Birthday! That sounds like such a good day. And I am like you when it comes to driving on streets I am not familiar with. And also if it is rush hour traffic. I had just rather not.

Susan Kane said...

Happy Birthday! You had a delightful time at some of my favorite stores. We were talking about World Market yesterday.

CiNdEe's GaRdEn said...

Happy Belated Birthday Sheri!
Sounds like a fun day for you!
I have not been to the movies in years. I usually wait for the movie to come out on Amazon etc.
Glad you had fun and got home safe and sound.

Donna said...

What a wonderful special Day you had with your son! All the shopping and the food looked wonderful!
The movie sounds fun...and I love movie theater popcorn!

Debbie Nolan said...

Oh Sheri - Happy birthday late. It looks like you had such a special day with your son. Italian food is such a favorite of mine. Yours looked absolutely delicious. Yes, peonies always bring back special memories of loved ones. I think possibly because they seem to bloom right around Memorial Day. That is right squirrels are not your favorite. They keep Kelsey and I entertained though and ours are getting quite tame because they think there is special food just for them :)! Well take care friend and enjoy the coming weekend. Hugs!

LoveT. said...

Happy belated birthday.

The day with your son sounds nice.

Jeanie said...

Now THAT is an absolutely fabulous way to celebrate your birthday! You did all the kinds of things I would enjoy doing too. (And your lunch looks beyond fabulous!) Best of all, you were with your son and you can't beat that. I hope you continue the celebrations well into June. Happy Belated Birthday!

Chatty Crone said...

Happy birthday to you again dear friend.
Only 50 minutes away from you and you have so m any shops - World Market, Michaels, Barnes & Noble.
I love your cute pink flip flops.
That movie sounded cute. Action packed though - I love buttered popcorn too.
Olive Garden - so nice they let you share - I love it there too. Tour of Italy - a little taste of it all.
How nice your son treated you for your birthday.
Hey, I love See's candies.
And you got home safe and received your gifts from your girls. Paris tea in your new cup. Were those pistachio muffins? Never had Treccia. What are the roar drinks about?
Well, I do approve this birthday! You had a terrific one.

Hena Tayeb said...

Happy Birthday. What a wonderful way to celebrate. Very nice.

My Tata's Cottage said...

A Very Happy Birthday to you! You received so many lovely gifts and getting to spend one on one time with your son had to make the day special too. A great celebration. The deer are everywhere. My sister lives where it is hot and arid like a desert just 120 miles away from e. The deer sit under their shady trees with their young and she always sends photos too. A sweet reminder of the beautiful creation we see.

Katerinas Blog said...

Happy corporate timed birthday.
Looks like you had a great time.
I really liked the gifts you received.
Fantastic to open the blinds and see two deer.
I would consider that the best sign.
Have a nice day!

R's Rue said...

Have a beautiful day.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Happy Birthday!
What a wondeful son spending the day with you like that. He is a treasure!

Louca por porcelana said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you! What wonderful day with your adorable son. Best wishes !

Marilyn Miller said...

Now that sounds like such a special birthday and Sees chocolates too. My favorite! How lovely that you children all did special things for you.

Veronica Lee said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Sheri! 🎂
It sounds like you had an absolutely delightful day filled with love, laughter, and great company.
Your son is such a sweetheart for treating you to such a fun day out.
The movie, the shopping, the delicious food, and even the little surprises from nature made it a perfect celebration.
It's these precious moments that create lasting memories.
Wishing you many more joyous birthdays ahead, surrounded by all your loved ones. 🌹

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your birthday sounds wonderful, Sheri - Happy Belated Birthday to you! So nice that your son treated you to all your favorite places and a movie, too. And the best part - spending time together. Love your pink flip-flops and the sweet gifts you received in the mail. The hand-made cards are so precious, and the little fairy door is sweet. Also, all the food and treats look so yummy. So special to see the deer right out your window, too. Watch your roses, though...Lol! Hope you are enjoying some warm May weather. Everything is blooming and so pretty this time of year. Hugs xo K

DeniseinVA said...

A belated Happy Birthday Sheri! Sounds like you had a delightful time spent with your son and he is such a sweet guy to treat you. Loved every else too. You certainly are blessed with a loving family. Those pink flip flops look cute! I enjoyed each and every photo! Have a great weekend my friend :)

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gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

How special that you were able to spend your birthday with your son. Looks like a wonderful day. Happy Birthday.

Red Rose Alley said...

Thank you, all, for the birthday wishes. : )

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Happy Belated Birthday wishes to you! What a fun day you had with your son. It looks like you had a wonderful birthday. ♥️