Fifty! All year that number has been haunting me, but there is no turning back now. I look into the mirror and it’s a 50 year old woman that’s looking back at me.

I don’t feel 50, I’m still stuck somewhere between my late 30s and early 40s. The kids really do keep me feeling younger. The other ‘older’ women picking up kids from reception class are generally grandmothers not mothers.

I did think about having a party to celebrate my Big Birthday, but I knew I’d end up doing all the work and I didn’t fancy that. I don’t mind doing it for others but I wouldn’t have enjoyed doing it for myself. So I though about a night out, but then I got plagued by illness so I have postponed until I’m feeling better. I have the dates booked so no worries, and not long to wait.

So, how did the day go?

Well, I did feel really spoilt by my friends and family.

I woke up to some lovely cards and presents.

I was really surprised by some of them, and may have been feeling a little emotional when I opened the very last book ever written by the late great Terry Pratchett.

My eldest Daughter brought me a Sat Nav to help me stop getting lost (along with lots of other gifts, I’m sure she gets paid too much!) and my son bought me lots of chocolates (And I mean LOTS) and my gorgeous new babies Doc and Marty my Roborovski hamsters. Here’s a sneaky peak, but I’ll be posting more about them soon. They are so cute, so tiny and so fast!

Then while we were waiting for our takeaway to be delivered, you can’t cook on your birthday, I had these delivered from my lovely online friends. They are beautiful.

Of course after dinner there was cake, made by Boo and Dad. They did a real good job too!
I’ve decided that being fifty is not so bad. We all have to get older, there is nothing you can do about it so why fret.  


  1. November 28, 2015 / 7:52 pm

    Happy Birthday! Oh wow! I thought you were about my age. Late 30's…hehehe
    It sounds like you had a lovely day and looks like you got some lovely gifts x

    • November 28, 2015 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you, Wish I was still in my late 30s, didn't have my three youngest until I hit my 40s eek! x

  2. November 29, 2015 / 10:08 am

    Happy Birthday chuck! Sounds like you had a lovely day. Great to hear that fifty is the new black 😉 xx

  3. November 29, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    A Huge happy birthday to you! Wishing you an amazing year ahead. x

  4. September 14, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Hi Anne,
    Sounds like you have a fabulous family and lots of people who love you. Something we can all appreciate more I think as we get older.

  5. September 14, 2016 / 9:33 pm

    Your 50's are a wonderful time of life. Enjoy the ride!

  6. September 14, 2016 / 10:05 pm

    Happy Birthday Anne and welcome to the club! As someone who will be graduating in less than two years, I can say that The Nifty Fifty Club is quite liberating. You'll see.
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

  7. September 15, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Being fifty isn't bad at all, and neither are the subsequent years. It only gets better.

  8. September 15, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    So glad you enjoyed a wonderful birthday!! It really is all about being with family and friends… 🙂 Being well past fifty at the point, I can attest, it's really quite wonderful. Enjoy a very happy birthday!!

  9. September 15, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Fifty is great! Since I'm on the other end of the scale, about to turn 60 next year. 🙂
    cute hamsters!


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