Thanks to all of you who helped make my 5oth Birthday a bit more special…I loved all your comments, birthday memories, and reasons why being 50 or older is so great. There were many of you who asked not to be entered in the giveaway but still stopped by to wish me a happy birthday – that was so sweet!!
For this giveaway, I decided to randomly pick four winners, and have the fifth winner be one I selected based on their comment. Wow, that was much harder to do than I thought it would be because I loved many of your comments. A few of my favorites were from those of you who asked NOTto be entered in the give:
Happy 50th birthday! What beautiful dogs you have in your header! It reminds me of our dear German Shepherd, Freddie, who passed away in 2006. Honestly, though I read a lot, you don’t need to enter me because I read large print books now. (It’s easier on the eyes and I can even read them outside without glasses.) But I’m glad I found your blog. As for what I like best about being 50 or older, I’d say the freedom to say “this is who I am.” When you’re younger, you’re always thinking “what do I want to be?” or “what am I going to be?” But I think by the time you’re 50 (or older), you know. – Ellen from Life is Just a Bowl of Chicken
Obviously I’m late in catching up on my blog reading/commenting. I have to admit, you stunned me with this post. I’m 50 and for as long as I’ve ‘known’ you I’ve thought you were at least 10 years younger than me. I’m not entering the giveaway, but just wanted to stop by and wish you a happy belated birthday. As I said, not entering the giveaway, but I can say for myself that turning 40 felt very empowering, and turning 50 felt very freeing to me. I’m more confident and content with myself and my life than I ever have been and it just keeps getting better. Or maybe I keep getting better and ignoring or avoiding that which causes aggravation.
Anyway – happy happy belated birthday and I hope you’re finding 50 as much of a great age to be as I am. – Suzi at Whimpulsive
Best thing about being over 50 (and I’m 52 – almost 53) is that I don’t care that I’m over 50. I’m here, alive, cancer-free, and grayhaired (stopped coloring and what a relief that was!). My hubby and I just took a marvelous 2-week vacation and had our 30th anniversary and it was great. He loves me, I love him and we’re hoping to have 30 more together. Maybe life begins at 50! LOL – Kay at My Random Acts of Reading
I actually had two favorite comments from those of you who entered the give-away…
Avis from She Reads and Reads who wrote: Mr. B took me to Paris for my 29th birthday so we could have dinner in his favourite restaurant in the world! We were only in Paris for a long weekend, but it was lovely. The funny thing was we didn’t reserve a hotel room in advance and wound up staying in a very pink room on the Left Bank. (And when I say very pink, I mean everything was pink: the walls, the sheets, the towels, the toilet paper… It was a bit much!)
Lori from She Treads Softly who wrote: The best thing about being over 50? Hmmmm… On the one hand I am an even better listener, with more patience and compassion than I had when younger. More life experiences make it easier to see the “big picture” without sweating the small stuff. On the other hand, I’ve also become more fierce and less likely to suffer fools gladly. I know who I am and no longer feel the need to prove myself or tolerate extreme stupidity, so I am more likely to speak my mind if pushed too far.
I couldn’t choose between them…so I decided to pick them both!
Congratulations to Avis who wins a copy of Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
Congratulations to Lori who wins a copy of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
And since I promised to pick four random winners, I decided to give all SIX books away. Here are the random winners (chosen by Random.org):
Melissa from Shhh I’m Reading wins a copy of Gemma by Meg Tilly
Amy from The House of the Seven Tails wins a copy of Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Meredith Miller from Cerulean Rosa Reviews wins the CD of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Amanda Sue wins a copy of One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
I will be mailing each of the winners. Please respond to that email as soon as possible with your snail mail so I can mail you your books (I’d love to get them in the mail by Tuesday as I am leaving town the next day!!).
Once again – thanks to all for the warm, heartfelt wishes and wonderful stories!!!