A Year of Celebration

34 years ago, today, I was born!  On each birthday I feel something different.  Today I felt a sense of happiness, gratitude for being alive, none of that "woe is me" stuff I have sometimes felt on this day in the past.  I wanted to share a little of my day.  Usually on my birthday I spend it with my parents sharing a meal that my mom cooked especially for me or we go out to a restaurant of my choosing.  This time it was different (we'll have to do our traditional thing later) because I traveled to the capital and spent the eve of my birthday and half of my birthday there with my aunt and cousin.

On Friday evening I traveled to a wonderful yarn shop for the first time - Hillsborough Yarns.  I fell in love with the coziness that this shop had to offer.  Nooks and crannies of the loveliest yarns, and the most wonderful saleswoman/shop owner(I'm assuming).  Honestly, I could live there.  And, my fellow readers, I was a good girl!  I bought what I came to get and nothing else.  Just ask.  :-)

Friday night, I spent with my aunt and cousin and their little poodle Sammy who is officially confused because he is now shaven and doesn't know what to do with himself until his curly fur comes back.  I think he might be depressed.

Saturday morning, my cousin and I went to Pro Hair Salon, a Dominican Salon in the capital city.  I had been there once before and she goes there a lot now.  Yes, I got my hair straightened!  I walked in with my wooly mane and walked out with silky strands.  My hair feels very light on my head.  It's been a long while since it felt that way.  Miguelina, the salon owner, truly lives up to her reputation.  I found this shop over a year ago on a Dominican Hair Care blog.  My purpose in straightening my hair:  To get a good trim AND to do a length check.  Yes, folks, today marks my one year anniversary.  Do you remember this date last year?  I walked into a salon and had them chop off all my permed ends.  It's supposed to rain this week so who knows how long this "straight" hair will last.  A little moisture and my afro is back!

After leaving the salon, on my way home I stopped by Great Yarns, another yarn shop in the area.  I have gone to this store a few times when I'm in town and I always love how helpful and friendly the staff has been.  Plus, they have really great buttons.  Again, I was a good girl and got only what was on the list.

Before I got to my house, I stopped by my parents and received a very special card from them and a promise (on a sticky note) to help me fix up one room in my house for my birthday and Christmas combined!  They specified which room and I'm not telling until it's done.  Before and after pictures for sure!!!!

And now that I'm finally home, I could open the special package from Spain that has been sitting on my dining room table for days now.  I've been wondering what was inside and now I know:

 The loveliest dish towel with recipe, a cookbook of Spanish tapas and dishes written in English, a postcard showing her scenic vistas
Fabric with the smocking already made at the top so I can sew and hem it to make a gorgeous skirt.  My apologies again for these camera phone images that don't show the true beauty of this fabric color

Thanks, Alhana!  My sister separated by one huge ocean!  ¡Mil gracías mi hermana, mi amiga!


  1. Happy Birthday Libby!
    What an eventful and full day you had.
    Your hair looks lovely,both natural and blown out.
    What a thoughtful gift from your parents-the room makeover, can't wait to see photos.
    The gifts from Alhana are awesome. It's such a blessing to have wonderful friends.
    Happy, happy Birthday!

  2. I am glad you had such a wonderful day and enjoyed your treats! You deserve it.
    You know, you look a totally different person with straight hair! I can't believe a year is past, it has been so long but at the same time, too soon (if that makes sense).

    Let's see which room is the one your parents chose. We have witnessed your kitchen renovation, what will be next? :-)

    I would love to see that skirt on you with sun light. When I saw that fabric, it had "for Libby" written on the label. ;-)

    Feliz cumpleaños amiga mía. ¡Que seas muy feliz y que cumplas muchos más!

  3. Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to Libbbyyyyyy!
    Happy Birthday to you!
    "And many morrreee!"
    I loved this post, and I was smiling at how alike we spent out day ... yarn shops and hair salons! love your hair by the way :)

  4. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great time! Hair looks fabulous and healthy too!

  5. Happy Birthday Libby! It sounds like you had a really FABULOUS birthday weekend. Wishing you many more!!

    The yarn shops look absolutely perfect. Wonderful places to hang out. :)

  6. Happy Birthday to you!!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration. What better way than to visit yarn shops! It would be my choice too♥ I know you will have fun redecorating and hope you share it with us♥

  7. It sounds like you had a marvelous b-day! I drooled all over my lap-top as my eyes devoured the yarn stops you visited!!! Que celosa estoy!!! Can't wait to see the suprise room!

  8. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful day! Wow a day to look at gorgeous yarns...how fun! I've never been to a Dominican salon though I married into a Dominican family, lol. One of my cousins-in-law has a shop too. I've heard they work wonders on your hair.


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