Saturday, April 19, 2008

Happy birthday to me.


I am a firm believer that if you want to have a wonderful time in life, don't leave the planning to others.

Two months ago, I told My People that for my birthday, I would be going to Orcas Island in the amazing San Juan island archipelago just off the NW coast of Washington state. Needless to say, once Decorno made the plan, they came along.

Everything in the San Juans is magical. There is simply no way to describe how amazing it is here without trading in cliches and face-licking love for this place.

When we arrived, we got a few hours of sun, plus a decent sunset. When we woke up.... snow.

Snow falling on madrona trees. Snow at sea level. Snow in April. The last snowfall at this elevation this late in the year was about 1975 (before I was born, for those keeping count).

The actual birthday is tomorrow, but I already got what I wanted, which was nothing. Nothing but this, that is - a weekend with a view, and with this goofy family I found and made mine. Happy birthday to me.


Friday.


Saturday.


The boys... running in the snow to the hot tub, which is tucked between trees and with a partial view of the water. Leave it to me to allow them to run around in swim trunks in 35 degree weather.


I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

37 comments:

perchance said...

Happy Birthday, D.! And many, many more...

My Notting Hill said...

Happy Birthday! Really enjoyed all the posts on status anxiety, income, etc.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, D. And yes, I'm having a great weekend, too; thanks for asking. This is where I'm sleeping ce soir et demain soir, aussi: http://www.leclossaintsaourde.com/Suite%20Roche%20D%27Espeil.htm

Anonymous said...

Wishes to you for many, many more healthy, fabulous years. So nice that you had a getaway with those that love you.
Today is my birthday. Happy to me too!
Penny

Anonymous said...

Still the best decor blogger out there....

xo

Anonymous said...

woohoo! way to do it in style . may all your wishes come true.

Kelly Anne said...

Oh, I love the San Juans!! Happy birthday, and good choice! Hope you do get to see some orcas.

Cote de Texas said...

Happy happy! and many, many more to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Spank-Spank, Decorno!

How many candles?
Did you say Post-'75? I need another espresso.

Jane E. said...

Happy birthday! Best wishes for many more just as special as this year's!

The Lil Bee said...

Happy Birthday! I love your blog...keep up the great work:)

thelilbee.blogspot.com

Alkemie said...

Happy Birthday! Those islands are absolutely amazing, what a great way to spend your Birthday.

Karen

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Such a great photo of the kids in their bathing suits running in the snow - that says it all! Happy Happy Birthday

Christine in DC said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Kwana said...

Happy Birthday Decorno!!! Thanks to you for all the wonderful posts. My wish is for you to have a wonderful year.

erika @ urban grace said...

happy birthday! orcas island is one my favorite places too, great pick!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday! Get moving on those plans for Italy...

Habitually Chic said...

Happy Birthday! Hope this year brings much health and happiness!

pve design said...

Happy de-Birthday decorno.

Jules said...

Happy Birthday!

and yes, Anon, she did say post-75. Espresso?! I need a drink. God knows I'm old enough for one.

SGM said...

After 1975? Why, you're just a baby. :)

Happy Birthday, Decorno!

Anonymous said...

The Decorno, She is wise beyond her years!

Suzy said...

Hope you're having a great Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday and thank you for this great blog about interiors and life.
Wish you lots more happy years to come.

Joanna Goddard said...

YAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! the trip looks amazing!

Susannah said...

Happy Birthday!

I went to the San Juan Islands a looong time ago when I was about 12. But I still remember how beautiful it was. What a great way to spend your b'day!

Susannah said...

Happy Birthday!

I went to the San Juan Islands a looong time ago when I was about 12. But I still remember how beautiful it was. What a great way to spend your b'day!

paola said...

Happy Birthday!

It looks from the pictures like you were very close to where we stayed last year.

I loved it so...Glad you had fun!

S.HOPtalk said...

Decorno:

So envious of your weekend to the San Juan Islands..one of my favorite vacations ever. The whole time I was there I, too, was fantasizing about how to swing a vacation home on the islands. Checking my lotto numbers now...

Happy Birthday!

katiedid said...

Hope it was a goodie! But brrrrr!

maison21 said...

happy birthday decorno!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hope it was a fab weekend, and best wishes for a great year!


oxox

christian aka maison21

ps- born after 1975? i feel very, very old...

Mary T. said...

Born in 75? Such a youngster!

I actually spent the weekend on Whidbey Island -- it was Welcome the Whales weekend, but we saw nary a whale. Gorgeous scenery, though!

decorno said...

Mary - don't age me! I was born in 76. :)

simply seleta said...

happy bday. aries? makes sense.

decorno said...

I am on the cusp (April 20), and I have always thought of myself as a Taurus, actually. It fits me, really.

Ana said...

Happy belated birthday to another April baby! (I'm April 20) Cheers!!

beachbungalow8 said...

oh! happy birthday a few days late! i hope it was a fabulous one.