Celebrating 48!

It was birthday weekend. We love doing birthdays up around here 😀  Please enjoy my self-indulgent post.

I wasn’t totally sure about biking my age in miles like I usually do and it actually wasn’t in my plan, but as you know, plans can change.

We went riding early Saturday making a stop along the way at a garden center (of course!). This is Toadflax.


There are multiple greenhouses you can go into as well.


I could spend forever in there, but I was geting hungry! We rode back to town and hit up Spot coffee for a snack:


On a whim, we decided to bike further and by the time we got home, we had already done 32 miles.  I thought, you know – it’s only another 16 miles.  That’s not even 1.5 hours of riding. It was still early, so I ate lunch, put on more sunscreen and headed back out. John stayed behind to get working on my cake 😀

I made quick work of the remaining 16 miles and my legs felt great! I could go a lot farther, for sure.  I almost am thinking about doing 100 miles again, but then I remember how exhausting that is, and how it takes all day long.


Woo Hoo!


I don’t look a day over 47!

Since the plan was for cake party on Sunday (my actual birthday), dinner out was had Saturday night since I didn’t want to eat a dinner and have cake on the same day.  We went to Druthers Brewery in Saratoga. Delicous beer:  I highly recommend the Scottish-style 80.


And Buffalo chicken mac and cheese because birthday and 48 miles 😀


I had to bring some home. This looks smaller in the picture than it was in real life.

Sunday was a really rainy day, which is why the riding happened on Saturday.  John made the most delicious cake. White cake (doctored box mix) with a salted caramel frosting drizzled with caramel.


This was delicious! It was almost like a spreadable praline. Yummy.



And yes, we serve cake on mismatched plates because we are classy like that.

Wonderful gifts, too.


Fairy garden items from my in-laws, gift certificates to garden centers — including Toadflax!, lacy shawl, lots of camera gear.  These are my cool new polarized glasses with bling for riding when it is cloudy, but bright – or I can use them in the car for night driving.


They are actually a blue color, which doesn’t come through.



A very good weekend. And thank you to all that have been wishing on Facebook!

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22 thoughts on “Celebrating 48!

  1. Kathy W.

    Happy Birthday, Lori!! June birthdays are great, since it’s such a beautiful, bloom-y month.

    Biking your age is such a great way to remember each bday too, and feel like you’re getting stronger each year. The people that run their ages can’t be having half the fun–and they need to spend the whole day doing it!

    John’s cake looks like it tasted incredible, too. I would have a hard time with that in the house afterwards. 🙂

  2. Shelley B

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like it was a really nice one; good on ya for getting those extra miles in to make it 48!! Is that a fairy gate in your birthday loot? So cute. And the garden gift cards will be fun to spend! That cake looked really good – nice job, John!
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  3. Helen

    Happy Birthday! It makes me happy when I see someone do exactly the things they love to do on their birthday. I’m impressed that John made the cake instead of buying it!!

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s sort of a challenge for each other on our respective birthdays to make the cake of choice. I was trying to decide between an almond poppyseed or the salted caramel frosting and the caramel won out 😀 There is always a plan B if it doesn’t work out.

  4. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    Happy Birthday, Lori! You know how to do a good birthday! The cake looks yummy.

    1. Lori Post author

      We do like to gussy up the birthdays around here. When you don’t have kids, you can do it for yourself LOL

  5. emmaclaire

    Happy Birthday, Lori! Sounds like a great weekend celebration with all the things you love – riding, plants, cake, gift cards for plants, more cake, presents and that hubby of yours.

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