Today is my birthday. In the past, my feelings about birthdays have usually been negative, but today I'm feeeling upbeat. I'm in counting-my-blessings mode.
The day started with a half-hour Skype talk with my son, who lives in Barcelona.
Then there was a phone call from my 3-year-old grandaughter: "Happy Birthday Granma! we're making you a secret birthday cake!!!" (cue hysterical laughter
and shussshhing from her parents in the background).
Birthdays are a big deal when you're just 3.
It's a lovely warm, blustery, sunny autumn day, and as I drove to meet a friend for our traditional lunch (it's her birthday today too) I made a mental good things list, including family, friends, a job I enjoy...
I hope you all have a brilliant May 12, too.
When I was in Christchurch last month I took this sunrise photo from my bedroom window: