Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Celebrating Birthdays!

For those of you who don't know, this past Saturday was Sheila's (The Quintessential Magpie) birthday and on Sunday it was mine. How cool is it that two blogging friends got to share their birthdays together?

The past few days have been a whirlwind of excitement! On Friday I drove to Saint Augustine, Florida to attend a birthday luncheon in Sheila's honor. Her friend Nancy hosted this lovely affair and let me tell you, her home is beautiful and the food was fabulous! You know I felt right at home when upon arrival I excused myself to use the restroom after my long drive and found this lovely miss sitting in the shower.

I had such a good time meeting Sheila's friends and being the sweetheart that she is, I even got to help blow out the candles on the cake.

Then I was off to Neptune Beach for margarita's and dinner with my cousin and her boyfriend.

Now you would think this would be enough celebrating for this old beach gal's birthday, but then Sheila and her hubby (who is a real treasure and the sweetest guy) invited me to brunch on Sunday.

We went to the Beech Street Grill in my favorite town here — Fernandina Beach! Situated in a house that was originally built more than 150 years ago, the Beech Street Grill has been added to and renovated over the years and is now a gorgeous fine dining establishment.

Beech Street Grill, 801 Beech St., Fernandina Beach, FL — (904) 277-3662

The ambience for brunch was simple elegance in friendly, pleasant surroundings. The piano player provided background music that was unobtrusive and added to the enjoyment of an afternoon spent conversing and dining with dear friends. 

There is no hustle and bustle here and the food? Well, my dears, the food was scrumptious and our waiter Scott was a real doll!

(Sorry for the blurry photo Scott, but when an old woman gets around a cute, young thang, she just can't hold her hands steady!)

Spicy Shrimp and Grits for me

Eggs Benedict served on Focaccia for the Magpies

After brunch we headed over to Kelley's Courtyard Cafe for our favorite dessert, Granny Mutt's Blueberry Squares, only to discover that they are closed on Sundays. Disappointing to put it mildly, so we opted to browse our favorite place to shop in town — Eight Flags Antique Mall. We had been there together before and I wrote about it here.

We ran into the gal who runs my favorite booth and a friend of hers who recently opened a booth of her own. I'm going to save that experience for a post of its own, but here is a sneak peek of what you'll find…

Oh yeah, I fell in love with this chandelier!

After drooling over the goodies at the antique mall, we headed to the local cupcake bakery. This is the one I chose, for obvious reasons…

While the cupcake was cute as could be, the taste was not. Overly sickening sweet icing with a flavorless cake, this bakery was a BIG disappointment. I'm going to stop now, because my momma taught me if I didn't have anything nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all and I've already said too much. Just take my word for it, I will not be going there again.

After dessert it was time to part ways, Sheila and Fred had to get home and I had one more stop to make, can you guess where?

I headed down the street to see this…

A birthday just isn't complete until I've put my feet in the sand!

The weather was brutally hot, but a nice cool breeze was coming off the Atlantic and my stroll on the shore was just what I needed to complete a wonderful afternoon.

Okay everyone, you've all wanted to see a photo of the elusive Mrs. Magpie and I'm breaking my friendship vow to share one of the two of us. 

Are you ready?

Sheila is going to kill me…

Do you think she'll ever forgive me?

Maybe I shouldn't do this!

Oh what the heck…

Here goes…

Me and Sheila down by the seashore

Had you fooled didn't I? Sheila, were you ready to hunt me down? Well, this is how we felt on our birthdays — like little girls hanging out with a good friend, having a great time, feeling carefree and all giggly. AND you know how much Sheila loves pink, so when I saw these two little girls running to the waves with a BIG PINK balloon, I naturally thought of my dear, sweet friend and had to share this moment with her.

So what does Sheila really look like? I know your all wondering, but…

only The Shadow knows!

Finally it was time to head home and I love the drive from Fernandina, the roads are all tree-lined and traffic is almost non-existent. Roads like this make me take in my surroundings and revel in the beauty of this area.

Well, dear friends, here's my exit…

so until next time, I bid you farewell and hope your weekend was as lovely as mine. I head out to Tampa Bay in just a few days to celebrate my birthday with my daughter and granddaughter. More beachiness and hopefully a chance to spend a little time with another blogging friend!

27 Thoughtful Comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! I am laughing my head off, Rhonda. What a cute post!

And I didn't know you were doing this today, or I would have sent you my picture of Scott. However, I think the commentary worked better with that one. LOL!

We had a delightful time, and it was our pleasure to celebrate your birthday with you. Wishing you many, many happy returns and a year of happiness to follow!

Love you, Ms. Belle...


Sheila :-)

Loui♥ said...

happy birthday my dear friend!!
am so glad you girls and hubs celebrated in such delightful style..
both breakfast dishes looked divine!!
gonna have to try both next time I'm back home!
love all the pics..
thanks for sharing..
but love the the little girls best of all!!
yep,, you celebrated in style..
with sand between your toes!
be safe in your travels..
enjoy the time with family!!
love you bunches!
warm sandy hugs..

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH you lucky girl you!!
Happy Belated B-Day and it looks like a perfect day! I want to go to St. Augustine and meet Sheila and of course you will be coming too!

The Fajdich Times said...

Happy Birthday Rhonda and Sheila!! Your post so very cute, and I loved "only The Shadow knows!" Looks like you both had a wonderful time. Thanks for posting on your side about my giveaway:)

Jane said...

Happy birthday, Rhonda!!!
What a fabulous way to spend your birthday day! Love your photos...especially the one of you and Sheila on the beach. You both have maintained your girlish figures. LOL! (Scott's photo is not bad, either.) I'm gonna have to make a trip to Neptune Beach and Fernandina Beach...just to see all these wonderful places.
Jane (artfully graced)

SmilingSally said...

Oh NO! You published a picture of Sheila!


Happy Birthday, Shell.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Happy belated Birthday! I loved this post. Still smiling... xx

NanE said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Shrimp and Grits, YUM, my fave brunch meal too! Too bad about the cupcake, what a waste of perfectly good pink icing! :)

Kat said...

You lucky girl! What a fabulous way to spend your birthday. And there was shrimp and grits??!!! Yowza, that is my kind of day. Friends, beach, great food. This was the cutest post, I love your photo of Sheila lol. You know that one of these days the paparazzi is going to catch her off guard :) Glad you had such a good time, and it sounds like more good times are in store. Can't wait to see your post from Tampa Bay. Hugs, Kat

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Sorry about the icky cupcake. Glad you had that cute cupcake waiter, Scott.

Venus on the half shell said...

Happy Birthday! You seemed to have a splashtastic day! May we all be so lucky on our birthdays!

Love the hidden mermaid!

gayle said...

Glad you had a great birthday!!! We share the same birth month. Mine was the 20th and we went to the beach for the weekend. I was a little bit brave and posted pictures of my friend and I in the pool. I hope she doens't kill me!!!
I loved looking at all of your pictures!!

rjerdee said...

that was great fun, rhonda! Thanks for sharing your birthday with us...I feel really full after taking in all that food!
Glad you made it back home, safely.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

OMG, what a great time you had...!!! Now I'm in a party mood, haha. And thanks so much for sharing in the comments!!!!

Vicki ~ FL said...

Rhonda, that was a wonderful post and a very Happy Belated Birthday to you. I know you enjoyed yourself by all the wonderful pictures you posted.

Magdalena said...

Happy Birthday Sweetie Pie!! What a fantastic post, I love you and Sheila and I am so happy you celebrated your birthdays together. Everything looks so magical, what a special time.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

What a wonderful birthday celebration....eating and shopping...it doesn't get any better than that!
I'm so glad that you had a good time and that restaurant looks heavenly.
Sorry about your cupcake, but it sure made up in prettiness.


Sue said...

You ladies certainly eat well when you are together! It sounds like such fun. So did anyone question why you took a camera into the bathroom with you???

I hope all of your celebrations were wonderful!

Arabella said...

Happy Birthday!!! I want that cupcake!! LOL!

Also, thanks so much for putting up a fancy Sally Lee giveaway on your blog ~ you're awesome.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Rhonda
Sorry I missed it.. .and glad you had a wonderful time my friend...

Well.. that mermaid is delightful!!! almost as delightful as the cutie that made your hands shake!! hahahaha

Thanks for your lovely comment.. you know I didn't even think the internet would be an issue. I only moved a few blocks away from the last place!! go figure!!!

so.... I hope your year to come is filled with much happiness.. love and joy.. and lots of sand between your toes!!!! xxx Julie

Regina said...

Just to greet you Happy happy Birthday. Wishing you all the best Rhonda dear.


Just Us said...

Do you ever wonder about the anonymous people out there who follow your blog. I am one of them and reading your blog today gave me a big smile. I am living a land locked life in Utah and grew up on the beaches of California. I spent two summers in Georgia, my senior year of high school there, and have a brother who lives there still. I miss it! I am WAY jealous of your proximity to the ocean especially the gorgeous Georgia beaches! Happy Birthday from an anonymous beach lover, someone who feels like we could be great friends!

Unknown said...

Hi ShellBelle! Fellow Bloggerette Heidi here - finally getting around to all of my Bloggerette sisters sites! I love your beachy blog - stopping by here for when I need a fix, lol! Looks like you girls had a grand time - Take Care - Heidi @ www.sugahbeez.blogspot.com

Stacy said...

The pictures are gorgeous! I so wanna go there!

I'm new to your blog, but love, love, love the beach theme and posts. That's why I'm passing on a blog award to you....it's for blogs I've recently discovered. Stop by my blog to collect it. :)

CHERI said...

HAPPY "Belated" BIRTHDAY!!! Sounds like you had a fabulous one...so many fun things and happy memories. I admire your "gumption" for just getting in the car and going off on your own. I've always wanted to be like that. Hated that you didn't give us a picture of you!!! I know you are lovely though because the beauty you obviously have on the "inside" would shine through! Just love, love your blog!

CrazyCris said...


Hey! Mine was this weekend too! On Saturday! And my little niece (who visited me a few weeks ago) celebrated her 1st birthday yesterday! Lovely summer birthdays! :o)

I celebrated mine "en petit comité" with a friend and my parents with a lovely lunch prepared by my Dad (filet mignon a delicious homemade mac&cheese, it's been forever!) and then I scrumptious chocolate cake with all the requiste candles! (fewer candles than required is cheating in my book!)
Then I partied the rest of the weekend... but not birthday related, one of my best friends got married on Saturday! Was gorgeous! Am going to write a few lines about this crazy weekend later today so stop by!

And then hopefully I'll be able to get down to some regular blogging since all the July madness has calmed down (but not ended) and I have a few fewer classes to teach... Once I'm done with Hogueras I might even be able to bring Fishy Fridays back! ;o)


BECKY said...

Hi Rhonda! Too funny! I came over from Ms. Bake-it only to find your birthday post! I would have joined in the fun and had the opportunity to meet you, but flew out that Thursday for a visit with my sis. I've heard from Sheila that you are a special lady and would have loved to have met you. I see you are in St. Mary's. Our favorite little romantic getaway is to Jekyll and St Simon Islands. We love it up there!

Well, I know you had a delightful birthday...I was at Claudie's and the hospitality of team Magpie is absolutely wonderful!!

Your blog is delightful! I am in central FL about 25 minutes from Daytona, and 35-40 from Orlando, and am a beach bum for sure!

Have a blessed day!

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!


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