The Queen’s Birthday

This week Charlotte, Joyce, Lois and I had lunch on Thursday.  We have been doing birthdays, but the group is now down to 4.  Plus Joyce has a birthday on Dec. 31, Charlotte has hers at the end of January and mine is mid January.  So I suggested that I could do a Queen’s Birthday.  The Queen wasn’t born in June, but they celebrate her birthday at that time because the weather is better.  Imagine Trooping the Colour in the poring rain or snow!    So instead of having two birthday in january, we are able to spread them out – we can just go out to lunch just because also.

I went up with Eddie that morning – yes, up at 4:00 in the morning – still dark as a pocket – and we drove up to Lynnwood for a bagel and coffee at Panera.  Then I used Eddie’s computer to check my email – then he needed it.  So I took my book up to the balcony to read for a while.  The Stratodeck was closed because they were putting up the canopy for summer – they didn’t want visitors going up there in case somebody tripped or hurt themselves.  I have been reading a book that really hooked me, so I wanted to finish it to see who were the bad guys.  Not quite the ending I expected – I like it that way.

I left and went to see the  metaphysical bookstore I had visited quite a while ago – a dangerous place because I saw things I wanted to buy.  I did buy something – a Spirit Cat.



There is a card that goes with it to explain.  I tried scanning it but the post won’t allow it – not sure why.  It says on the card:


The Cat Spirit brings intuition, autonomy and gives access to the supernatural.  Cats can see in the dark and are very magnetic and sensual.  Your Spirit Cat Cats can see in the dark and are very magnetic and sensual.  Cats can see in the dark and are very magnetic and sensual.  Your Spirit Cat can help you develop your intuition, remain confident in moments of darkness                                                                and overcome challenges with agility.

I will admit I am not sure how all this works or what I need to do, if anything.  I am glad I bought  the cat, it was the last one and it was one of those moments when I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t.  I also bought a small leather pouch to keep it from getting scratched – I don’t know if Dolomite scratches or not.  Wonder if I need to give it a name and decide what sex.

After that I went over to Pacific Fabrics to drool over fabric – I found some I really liked but don’t have a project for it.  I just want it.  I didn’t buy any but it was hard to walk away without any of it.  I also checked out some patterns, but didn’t buy – I haven’t done any quilting in a long time.  I am beginning to miss it.  By then it was time to go meet the group for lunch – I was also hungry so I was ready.

They chose a pizza place called Sparta’s, not my favorite but I was glad to see them.  I had a sudden yen for lasagna, it’s been a long time since the last one.  I was able to get the one on the senior menu, the smallest and by George I finished it.  But I felt so stuffed, it will be a long while before I feel like have it again.

They brought me gifts and they were great.  Charlotte gave me the Queen’s Touring Kit.



It’s a small box with some great copy on it.  The front says Whilst Parading About the Kingdom.   It has three pieces inside:

Body Mist to Exude an Air of Authority with a Spritz of Royal Rose

Royal Decree Tablet – Rule the Roost with 32 Crystal White Pages.  That means I get to write my own decrees, not have to follow someone else’s.  Cool!  On the back  it says:

Uncommonly Convenient Crystal White Paper

For your Highness to

1  Bequeath Servants with Royal Commands

2   Leave Behind Praise for Excellence in Servitude

Soap to Reign Supreme whilst Squeaky Clean.

But Charlotte wasn’t quite finished.  She had a great card as well.   There is a picture of a tiara and underneath it:

If you think of birthdays as diamonds, you have quite a tiara.  In side is the kicker.

Under Happy Birthday Your Majesty, she wrote “Of course I have one more diamond in my tiara than you do!”   That’s because I always kid her she is a year older than I am – she got me good this time!

We had such a good time I was sorry I had to leave.  I had to leave about 2:30 to go back to the Future of Flight to pick up Eddie.  There was more traffic than I expected so I was 2 or 3 minutes late.  He said he had hoped I would come by 2:45 because there was so much going in the office it was driving him crazy.  I know my first thought was to feel guilty and say I’m sorry – but I caught myself and decided I wouldn’t.  So we went to the car, wouldn’t you know it began to rain.

I had a fun day I am glad I went up early so I could do a couple of things for myself.  I was really tired when we came home and I slept 12 hours that night.  Fortunately I didn’t have to be anywhere early in the morning and it was a delicious sleep.

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7 Responses to “The Queen’s Birthday”

  1. jadereyner Says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely day, Happy Birthday! I am intrigued by the spirit cat, let me know how that goes as I love cats! Also, fantastic turn of phrase “as dark as a pocket”. Never heard that before, brilliant.! 🙂

    • Lee Kaplanian Says:

      Thank You so much! I had a lovely time on my real birthday in January, so this one feels extra special because I celebrated with good friends. I don’t really know much yet about the Spirit Cat, but like you, anything about a cat captures my interest. I find I use a lot of phrases from childhood and also from the almost two years I lived Australia – sometimes I use them and no one knows what I am talking about so I have to explain. It took me a long time to really understand what my Dad meant when he would talk about “round Robin Hood’s barn”. Now it makes sense.

  2. jadereyner Says:

    As you know, I really enjoy your blog so I’ve taken the opportunity to nominate you for a Sunshine Award. I hope that you enjoy it. Best wishes, Jade.

    • Lee Kaplanian Says:

      Oh My! How delightful, I am gobsmacked – being at a loss for words doesn’t happen very often. I am so glad you enjoy my blog, it is a great compliment. I will go go check it out the award now.

  3. lavernjdewilde Says:

    Very nice!!!! Each birthday gives us new numerologies to advance our essence and strengths. The cat is symbolic of wealth. Spiritual wealth is our greatest wealth. The cat can be androgynous, for it has within itself both male and female, as each of us do. Be mindful of the colors of the fabrics you so loved. When I fall in love with a design and color, I buy it just to drape it over a piece of furniture or one of my shoji screens, just for the joy of it. We need all colors in our environ so that our chakras (inner energies) are well balanced.

    • Lee Kaplanian Says:

      How delightful! I also know a cat is a spirit animal, the house cat different than a lion, tiger or jaguar. So much has opened up for me in the last few years and I haven’t had energy to explore them. So often it is hard to choose one and explore that one before gong on to the next. I am also aware of how often I say “I’m tired” or “I don’t have the energy” and of course, it is a self fulfilling condition. So I really have to concentrate on what I am saying in my thoughts and out loud. Thank You so much for your comment.

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