Tuesday, May 25, 2010

old as dirt

I turned 47 today and you can bet I was feeling pretty darn old when I woke up in our guest room this morning after only 5 hours of sleep. You see, our waterbed mattress decided to spring a leak at about 10:45 p.m. last night. Luckily we weren't in bed at the time. I'm sure you would have enjoyed the frantic scrambling to pump 800 litres of ancient waterbed water out of the mattress, over the balcony and onto the lawn. So much fun. A new mattress has been ordered and in a mere ten days(!) we will once again be enjoying a super waveless slumber. Until then we're making do with the crappy old sofa bed aka Instrument of Torture that we've been meaning to replace for ages. I apologize to all guests who have had to sleep on that thing.

Anway, it turned out to be a good day after all. How could you not smile after being greeted by this

or this

lily-of-the-valley (Maiglöckchen) - my birthday flower and also one of my absolute favourites

or this

salad bouquet from our funny neighbour who never forgets our birthdays

My sweet boys gave me this pretty planter with a gorgeous hydrangea in it.

Don't be fooled - that tea cup is as big as your head!

And of course there was cake!

lemon roll

apricot cranberry cake

chocolate pound cake

(There was also Chinese take-out but I'm sure you don't want to see pictures of that. It got kind of messy.)

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At May 26, 2010 1:08 AM, Blogger Lilian said...

Happy Birthday!!

It was no fun for the universe to present you with a leaking waterbed on the eve of your birthday! I'm glad there were some other compensations the next day. I love love love the greens "bouquet"!! It must have made a wonderful salad.

You almost share a birthday with my husband. His is tomorrow.

At May 26, 2010 3:09 AM, Blogger aimee said...


happy, happy birthday! love the pic of the ladybug and i'im totally stealing the salad bouquet idea.

At May 26, 2010 4:01 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

All of the flowers and cakes look so incredible. Did you make any of them yourself this time?

Anyhow they do look amazing! If I remember correctly you might be traveling soon.

Today was a lucky day for me too!

Happy Birthday too!

At May 26, 2010 5:30 AM, Blogger Jessica said...

Happy Birthday from a birthday twin! Both Canadian, and same birthday!

Hope your day was fabulous (and other than the waterbed) it seems it was.

Cheers :)

At May 26, 2010 6:00 AM, Blogger essie said...

from the pile of mud over here in heidelberg (that's me as the dirt + the non stop RAIN)

HaPPy BIrthDay wIshEs

for a wonderful year!!!

At May 26, 2010 8:03 AM, Blogger Pippa said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHRISTINA!! May this year bring you health, wealth and most of all, happiness.

And hey, a birthday starting out with the prospect of a new bed - COOL!

At May 26, 2010 8:45 AM, Blogger meredith said...

Bon Anniversaire!

At May 26, 2010 11:37 AM, Anonymous Megan said...

The salad bouquet is a cute idea. Happy Birthday.

At May 26, 2010 5:14 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

Happy belated birthday! Sorry to hear about the waterbed. (Years and years ago I received a desperate call from a friend whose water bed sprung a leak and was enlisting friends to help her minimize the damage. She did not have access to a garden, we had to organize a bucket line. Ah, good times.)

At May 26, 2010 6:11 PM, Blogger Maria said...

Happy Birthday. Sorry to be a bit late to the [virtual] party. I hope you ate some cake for me. :)

P.S. I also love lily of the valley. :)

At May 26, 2010 7:09 PM, Blogger christina said...

Lilian - Thanks! So many May birthdays out there I can't even keep track. Our neighbour is so sweet - he's always giving us salad and homemade jam.

aimee - Thank you!

Expat - Yes, I made all the cakes myself. You know me, leave the ironing and the dishes and bake instead!

Jessica - What a coincidence! I actually know quite a few people with a birthday on the 25th.

essie - Thank you! We had a bunch of rain on the weekend but it actually stopped yesterday and the sun came out.

Pippa - Thank you so much!

meredith - Merci beaucoup!

megan - I though it was cute too - he should start his own little business.

Jennifer - Thanks! Ahh, yes, the bucket brigade. We also had this bed when we lived in an apartment and when that mattress bit the dust we had to empty it into the bathroom which meant dragging the hose through the living room. So much fun.

Maria - We at so much cake that we never want to eat cake again! I think I really need to get some lily of the valley perfume, I just love the scent.

At May 27, 2010 12:19 AM, Anonymous Maribeth said...

Love the pictures! Have you now gotten a new mattress?
Lucky you to have the tea cup! I would love a planter like that!

At May 27, 2010 12:25 AM, Blogger christina said...

Maribeth - Thank you! The mattress is going to take up to 10 days to get here because you have to choose the size and the amount of wave reduction you want and then they custom make it.

Those planters are all the rage here right now. I think they're so cute.

At May 27, 2010 11:39 AM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Christina, really, you ought to do a cookbook. Your dishes look scrumptious and are beautifully photographed. I can even suggest a title: The Love Captive Expat Cookbook: When Running Away Just Isn't An Option, by Mausi. :) Hope your day was the best!

At May 27, 2010 12:00 PM, Blogger J said...

Belated happy bday!

At May 27, 2010 12:15 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Happy birthday again, Christina! I love the idea of the salad bouquet! I hope the mattress gets delivered soon :)

At May 27, 2010 5:18 PM, Blogger swenglishexpat said...

Happy Birthday! Beautiful shots, even a ladybird for luck!

At May 28, 2010 6:20 AM, Blogger Mike B said...

800 Litres ... now I know.

Sorry to hear about the bed, but it looks like there were a few bright spots in the day.

Happy Birthday!

At May 29, 2010 5:32 PM, Blogger kath said...

OMG those cakes are delicious looking!!!! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

At May 30, 2010 6:30 AM, Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Awwww, you're just a babe! Happy Belated Birthday -- your cakes looks fabulous!

At May 31, 2010 10:28 AM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Of course you had your birthday, Mausi, and of course (??) I missed the actual day. Sigh. But I will NEVER forget that you are a fellow Gemini, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my friend. Actually, a sister shares your birthday as does my ex-husband. I really should not forget that YOU have the same day. Please forgive me. Let's just make it an extra long celebration!

At May 31, 2010 6:02 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Happy, happy (belated) birthday, Mausi! Hope that you are feeling better and that 47 treats you kindly! Sending a big virtual hug your way!

At June 02, 2010 6:35 PM, Blogger Silvia said...

Happy Birthday belated!
I am glad you had a great day even the water mattress broke!

At June 03, 2010 4:48 PM, Blogger hexe said...

Happy Belated Birthday. The lemon roll looks divine.

At June 05, 2010 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated Birthday Christine. We just got back from your home country. We were in Toronto. Huge! The cakes! Worthy of a store front. Cheers!
Lisa in Indy

At June 08, 2010 8:41 AM, Anonymous baresytapas said...

I entered this site by chance, but I found very interesting. A greeting to all the people who visit this page.

At June 10, 2010 4:51 AM, Blogger susan d said...

Stunning photos as always. Welcome to the 47 club!

At June 13, 2010 2:29 AM, Blogger Rositta said...

A very happy belated birthday Christina. The photos are wonderful and the cakes look yummy. You have a long way to go to catch up to me in years though. I'm glad you enjoyed your day...ciao

At August 06, 2010 12:18 PM, Blogger Stuttgartgirl said...

Beautiful photos and the food looks to die for. Can't wait to have my birthday in Germany.


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