Monday, 21 May 2012

My 70th Birthday

Photos copyright: Maggie May

My 70th Birthday has come and gone.
I don't usually make a song and dance about my birthdays, especially when starting a new decade. I would normally say nothing and just get on with things, hoping that no one would notice how old I was getting. 
However, this is a special Birthday because two and a half years ago when I was first diagnosed with secondary cancer, my prospects of reaching 70 were not very good and I didn't think that I would be having any *do* at all, though it was a definite goal to do just that.

We celebrated by going for a meal in a restaurant and I invited all the family as a kind of thanks giving.
We all had a lovely time, though those of us with hearing problems did find the background noise made it difficult to converse.
However, I think a good time was had by all and the eight children who attended were all very well behaved and seemed to enjoy themselves.
I have never had so many cards in all my life and this thrilled me to bits.
My cake was made by a family friend and I think it was a great success and I was so pleased with it. It tasted delicious too.

So what will my next goal be?
I think that I would like to go for another two and a half years and then I could get to my 5 year survival status, which according to statistics is not very likely.
Yes, I will press on with that and to Hell with statistics.




42 comments:

dianefaith said...

That cake is making my mouth water . . . and it's only been 10 minutes since I finished breakfast! I admire your courage and the way your write through it. Will be looking for that 75th year birthday cake here.

Gail said...

Amen to that Maggie!
Belated birthday greetings.

Akelamalu said...

Oh HAPPY BIRTHDAY Maggie and here's to the many, many happy returns I'm sure will have. xx

Expat mum said...

Glad you had such a great birthday with your loved ones. Happy Birthday Maggie. xx

Jackie said...

What a beautiful birthday cake!
It thrilled my heart to read this blog, Maggie. Belated happy 70th to you, my friend. You will have a card coming from across the pond. (Judging by the speed of snail mail, you may be 71 before you get it, but it's coming. I'm mailing it today. Let's see how many weeks it takes to arrive! :)) )
Happy happy birthday to you.
Love you much,
Jackie

Brian Miller said...

yay happy birthday! smiles...i am glad you had a good time...and i love all the fruit on your cake!

Irene said...

You've got the right attitude. Forget about the statistics and make some new ones. Happy belated birthday and this was a very special one. Your cake looks delicious. I would gladly have had some of it. I hope you make it tou your 80's.

Sue said...

Happy birthday - as a sweatshirt I once got my father, many decades ago, said "seventy is super!" Live each day and enjoy it, how ever many more you have.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Happy Happy 70th Maggie!!

Suldog said...

My goodness, Maggie, celebrate with music, bells, and whistles! Congratulations! Happy Birthday!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Amen and Happy Birthday!!
Hugs
SueAnn

That cake is amazing!!

CorvusCorax12 said...

Happy Birthday ♥
And YES , to hell with statistics

Retired English Teacher said...

That is the spirit Maggie. Keep on keeping on. Happy birthday to you! The cake looks wonderful. You have much to celebrate, and so do we because we still have our dear Maggi with us.

Glenda said...

So glad this birthday was a milestone in your path to wellness! Each morning when we wake up, we can be thankful for another day. Don't worry about statistics, the human will to live is a wonderful thing!

Wendy said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you, Maggie! What fun to take everyone out for supper - and how generous of you!

Yes, to hell with stats. They don't mean a thing anyway. We're all on your side so you'll hit 80 before you know it!
Hugs
p.s. I've been away from the computer for so long, I've almost forgotten how to blog. LOL. It's just that our weather has been so good, I spend all my time outdoors.

Bernie said...

Happy belated Birthday dear Maggie, so glad you had such a lovely time. I agree that your cake looks delicious. Hope your hubby is doing as well as you are, my best to Eddie and Marie. Sending big hugs and many prayers always.....:-)

Sandi McBride said...

Happy Birthday to a beautiful girl! Love the cake just wish I could take a slice of it to go with my coffee!!!

Happy Frog and I said...

You are truly amazing Maggie. Happy belated 70th birthday to you. :) x

Happy Frog and I said...

You are truly amazing Maggie. Happy belated 70th birthday to you. :) x

Mimi said...

"Yes, I will press on with that and to Hell with statistics."
you do just that Maggie!
Happy Birthday my dear friend!XXX

Valleys Mam said...

Penblwydd hapus i ti Maggie cariad
is it really two years my goodness the time has flown
Thanks so much for being you xxxx

Secret Agent Woman said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!!! And I look forward to reading about you celebrating the 5-year mark.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Oh Maggie - a wonderful happy birthday to you!! Sounds like it was a birthday to remember and cherish.

I have some strawberries in the fridge and am very tempted to make a cake now I've seen yours, though it won't look anything like that one, lol.

CJ x

Beryl Ament said...

Happy Birthday—I kind of like marking milestones. 70 is a good one!

Ayak said...

Just stay and positive and keep going Maggie. Glad you had such a lovely birthday and here's to many more xxx

Jeni said...

That cake sure does look scrumpdelicious! Glad to hear you reached your 2 1/2 year goal and as you said, the hell with statistics, onward and upward is the saying now!

Jayne said...

Brilliant, Maggie. Happy 70th birthday to you. *raises a glass to sing* And many more!

:)

Mya said...

Well done Maggie. Very happy 70th birthday. Any chance of a slice of cake?

Mya x

Dimple said...

Happy birthday, Maggie! Your cake looks yummy...
many blessings, and I, too, hope to see your post for your 75th.

Jinksy said...

Lovely cake, Maggie, and if anybody needed a slap up party, you did!Best of belated birthday wishes, Blogpal. ♥

FeltByRae said...

A belated happy birthday to you Maggie and you know what they say..."Lies, darned lies, and statistics"!

And as for age, I think it is a state of mind, well until we catch sight of ourselves in a mirror of course! Personally I am only 6,which is why it is most disconcerting to see a nearly 50 year old in my mirror!

ChrisB said...

Belated birthday greetings Maggie. You are an inspiration to us all. Cake looks delish!! xx

Suburbia said...

To Hell with them indeed Maggie!

Belated Happy Birthday, wish I'd known earlier!

Sx

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

I don't think God pays any attention to those stinkin' statistics anyway!!!

Woohoo sweetie!!! Happy birthday to you and many, many more!!!

The cake looks amazin' and your celebration sounds even better.

God bless ya sweetie and have a beautiful day!!! :o)

Rose said...

Happy, happy Birthday, Maggie! You know what Mark Twain said about statistics...something like, "There are 3 kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." I'm cheering for you to make a lie out of them, too.

VioletSky said...

Congratulations all around!!
(a bit late, but that is how I am)

CiCi said...

Amen. To hell with statistics. You can do anything and I am going to enjoy reading your post when you have surpassed the expectations. Happy Birthday, Maggie. I am so sorry to have missed your special day.

ladyfi said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday. That cake looks delicious!

Hilary said...

I'm sorry that I'm late to the party but I sure do wish you many happy returns of the day, Maggie. Belated, Happy Birthday, dear lady.

debsdigest.com said...

Just seen this post. A belated Happy Birthday. Those cakes look delicious! xxxx

cheshire wife said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you and I hope that there will be many more of them.

justsoyouknow said...

"The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.” ~ Ed Butowsky