Monday, July 25, 2011

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to…

Today is July 25th. Why is this significant you ask? Well, I'm sitting here this morning and I'm having mixed feelings. Looking back at this month on my blog I see I've only posted once. I knew this, it comes as no surprise, but it has me filled with anxiety. I love blogging — I love posting and visiting — and I miss it desperately. You've all become such an important part of my life and not knowing what's going on in Blogland is like being alone on a deserted island with no one to talk to. Think Tom Hanks in Cast Away. No, I haven't grown a beard, but I do feel as though I've crash landed somewhere far, far away from my normal life and I'm trying to figure out how to survive and get back to some normalcy.

Like Tom Hanks, I did find someone to talk to…



I call her BeeBee (for beach ball, duh). She's a decent companion, but really doesn't have too much to say, however, she is a good listener. I've been telling her all the things I've been wanting to tell you.

Then I came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea. I know you can upload posts to Blogger via alternative methods, so I thought this might work…

Photo courtesy of I am Kat.


So far I don't think any have reached the powers that be on the worldwide web shore. If you find one in your travels, could you let me know?

Anywho, I'm still washed ashore on the Island of New Job and my friends, it has been quite an experience. On Saturday I get a call from my gal pal Karen of The Essential Beachcomber and she says, "What do you think of Loui's post?"

I replied, "Honey, I haven't had time to visit ANYONE all month!"

Karen then says, "Well, if you do nothing else, stop by the Mountain Mermaid."

Well, I did and let me tell you, I cried like a baby. There is something else that is significant about today and that is that I'm turning…

and my dear, darling friend, my Sister of the Sea is throwing me an

Online Surprise Birthday Party!

What Loui wrote touched me so deeply, she has become such an important part of my life, I just don't have the words to describe how much her friendship has meant to me, but I love her! We share so much in common, we are mersisters in every respect. I know a lot of you met her last month during the World Oceans Day Celebration, but if you haven't been to her blog, stop by and say hello.

I woke up this morning, turned on the computer, poured my coffee and came back to find my inbox full of birthday wishes. Then I open my blog and I'm looking at my blogroll and I see the title of some of today's posts from my friends and I start crying all over again! So to all of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for every bit of joy you've brought to my life, I am humbled to have found you and been embraced by you. I truly love you all!

To my Sister of the Sea, you make me proud to call you friend. I am so touched by your thoughtfulness, my heart is full. Girl, I just love you from the bottom of the sea to shore of distant islands. Thank you.

In case you missed the invite, you can read it here. And then yesterday, she added this. OMG, I am so excited and can't wait to read what my Sister of the Sea puts up today!


So, before the phone starts ringing or I get called away from my computer for one errand or another, I'm off to visit and thank you each "in person." I swear, this is like sitting with all of you and opening presents!

P.S. Just to let you all know, I am doing really fine! Things are good, just really different and REALLY busy. As soon as I can catch a breadth, I'll tell you all about it. In the meantime — Happy Birthday to Me! And dear, darlings, you have all made it that way!!!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

51 Thoughtful Comments:

gpc said...

Happy birthday! Wishing you a whole new wonderful beginning and a better than ever year.

beachcomber said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! have a wonderful day : )
xx

RottenMom said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
You are the most beautiful and wonderful mermaid of all!

Love you!

michelle said...

HaPpY BIrthDaY my dear!!! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with love and of the course the sea!!!!
Hugs!!!
xoxoxo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday sweet girlfriend! I want you to feel special and YOUNG so there's a little dancing on my blog this morning! Enjoy your day! Birthday HUGS coming your way!♥♥♥♥♥ HAVE FUN! ♥♥♥♥♥

Lori E said...

I hope your day is as bright and beautiful as you are.
I was just thinking about you this weekend and had reminded myself to stop by.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Happy Birthday sweet lady. It's a big one also. I turned 60 a year ago and I must say for me it gives me a new perspective. You deserve all the love and fun posts that are part of your celebration! Enjoy!

Pat said...

Happy Happy Birthday!

We share this special day. Today is my 68th birthday.:-)

Enjoy!
Pat@Back Porch Musings

simpledaisy said...

Happy...Happy Birthday!!
Have a very lovely and hopefully not too busy day:)

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Loui was great and I made a special Mermaid Post for you---hope you got it, liked it!

ENJOY YOUR SPECIAL DAY!
KEEP YOUR SPIRIT FRESH AND STRONG - STOP BY THE SEA TODAY AND IT WILL REMIND YOU WHY LIFE IS GOOD!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Linda
beachside cottage

Seaside Style said...

Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Rhonda! I hope you have a wonderful day and a beautiful year!

Stitchfork said...

Happy birthday Rhonda!
Crashed your party via Kim at Snug Harbor Bay!
Cathy

Sunshinemeg said...

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Yay! I just knew you were leading up to something BIG about the 25th. I hope you have to most wonderful day filled with the beach, shells, deserts, friends, and maybe a glass of wine (or 2!) Take some you time today and relax. Life gets so busy, but today should be all about you. Stop and smell the roses my friend! Happy birthday = )

Della said...

Have a Very Happy Birthday Rhonda! Age is just a number, especially for the Queen of Mermaids! Hugs to you, and I hope you have a very special day!
Much love!

jmac said...

ok girl.....today's your day!! make it all about YOU! you deserve it and you should honor yourself all day long!!
I know I'm honored to call you my friend...even from afar!

The Mermaid Song!!

When I was a lad in a fishing town
An old man said to me
Iain, you can live your life, your jolly life
A-sailing on the sea
You can search the world for pretty girls
Till your eyes are weak and dim
But don't go swimming with a mermaid, son
If you don't know how to swim
Her hair is green as seaweed
Her skin is blue and pale
You can love that girl with all your heart
But I tell you now before you start
You're just gonna love the upper part
You're not gonna like the tail
Well, I signed on to a whaling ship
On my first day at sea
I spied a mermaid in the waves
A-reaching out to me
Come live with me in the sea, said she
Down on the ocean floor
I'll show you a million wondrous things
You've never seen before
So in I jumped and down I swam
Down to the ocean bed
And a pillow made of turtle shells
She placed beneath my head
She fed me shrimps and caviar
Served on a silver dish
From her head to her waist she was just my taste
But the rest of her was a fish
Her hair was green as seaweed
Her skin was blue and pale
Her face it was a work of art
And I loved that girl with all my heart
But I only loved the upper part
I didn't like the tail
But then one day she swam away
To sing to the clams and whales
I missed her skin, I missed her hair
And the silvery shine of her scales
Then her sister came swimming by
Set my heart in a whirl
'Cause the upper half was an ugly fish
But the rest of her was a girl
Her toes were pink and rosy
Her knees were blue and pale
Her legs were a work of art
And I loved that girl with all my heart
I don't give a damn about the upper part
And that's how I end my tale
(as sung by Iain MacKintosh)

Everything Coastal said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful! Loved the mermaid party on Marie's blog -

Caron

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Happy Birthday Rhonda! I hope you have a day as wonderful and special as you are because that would be an extraordinary day! Gotta go check out your friends post to you now. Enjoy celebrating you and all your wonderful milestones thus far!!!

Low Tide High Style said...

Happy Birthday to one of the true jewels of the blog world!!!

xo Kat

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Glad you posted and updated us! Happy birthday again, dear Shellbelle!! Enjoy all the (virtual) cake (and real cake...). And I'm looking forward to learning what you're up to.

The Fajdich Times said...

Happy Birthday:)

NauticalCottageBlog.com said...

Happy 60th Mermaid!!!!

I knew I loved you - you're a Leo just like me!

I had a thought it might of been you - so glad you liked the mermaid pics I found to share for your birthday party. Loui is a sweetheart and so glad she invited me to participate in your little surprise...well deserved.

So happy to hear that things are good with the new job and stuff. Things will settle down and we'll all be here with open arms waiting for your return to blogland.

Happy, happy, HAPPY birthday Rhonda. Big, huge HUGS to you on this fabulous day!!!

Love,
Marie

Katy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

Loui♥ said...

Dear Shelle..
hope you are enjoying your Party..
Bet you'll e remembering this one for a long, long time!!
I've had such fun putting this all together..
it was so easy..
it came straight from my heart..
to you..
my forever Mermaid seasister of my heart!!
have a beautiful memorable joy filled day..
love you bestest!!
warmest sndy hugs..
laughing smiles too..
Loui♥

Ms. Bake-it said...

Happy Birthday! I know your days are very busy, but I sure hope you manage to have a fabulous day!

Hugs,
Tracy

Beach House Living said...

Happy, happy birthday! Birthdays are your own personal "new year" you know!

becky said...

HAPPY, HAPPY, Rhonda Renee!!! Isn't this just a boatload of fun? I've had fun cruising through all the wellwishers' cards and notes!
Smooches.
Becky

Kaybe said...

We are so taking this bunch of mermaids to Sanibel with us next time we go. I probably should see if I can get a bigger room this time ;D

Love ya & You Shell!

Karen

Loui♥ said...

Shelle..
have you read all the comments on MY BLOG!???
mind blowing isn't it!!
such dear wonderful loving friends!!
send me an email with your address and phone # please..
just wanna make sure the addy is correct..love you girl!!
Loui♥
louiewindom@gmail.com

Lindsay-ann said...

Happy Birthday Rhonda. Hope life gets a bit easier for you soon :) Missing you in blogland.
Sending a big birthday hug H U G across the pond.
Lindsay
x

Deborah said...

Well, a buig happy birthday to you!!!!
Have a great day filled with sweet surprises and surrounded by those you love!!
A little birdie told me it was your birthday (Michelle..lol )

Deborah :)

Love of the Sea said...

Happy Birthday! You deserve all the love coming your way! Hope you had a great day. XOX

Shelllady said...

Happy, Happy Birthday ....I feel so privileged to be part of the Shellbelle Tiki Hut blogger family!! Thanks so very much for making me feel like I belong!!

I hope this is the bestest birthday ever! I think at 60, this birthday should last all week!!

::Hugs::

Just Us said...

Birthday's can be a bit overwhelming. I hope you took the time to visit your happiest of places. I hope your birthday brought you the joy you are so deserving of. I hope you just out and out had a damn great one! Love to you my Cali girl of yore!

Loui♥ said...

Don't know if you saw this one or not..
this was from kim:

Happy Birthday Shellbelle!!
Please join me in throwing out a special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to blogger extraordinaire Rhonda over at Shellbelle's Tiki Hut! The Mountain Mermaid is hosting a huge virtual birthday party for Shellbelle and you are invited! Shellbelle has a wonderful blog full of fun posts about growing up on the beach in California, shelling on the coast of Florida, creating cool stuff for her Etsy shop and lots of fun stuff in between.

She cares about our oceans, likes to bike and camp, hula to Don Ho and rock out to The Beach Boys. She is most comfortable with sand between her toes and I think she has a secret crush on Brad Pitt. She holds the song of the sea in her heart.

Grab a ukulele and a tiki torch and head on down to the beach for a party. The Mai Tai's will be flowing like lava from a volcano and the dancing won't stop til the wee hours. Stop by and check out her blog and wish her a happy birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RHONDA!!

http://snugharborbay.blogspot.com

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Happy Birthday Rhonda!! I hope you had a wonderful day filled with sunny blue skies.

Cat & Cricket said...

Happy Birthday my beautiful mermaid.. I have been hiding under my own clam shell and haven't been on for awhile..but...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
You know I adore you and I wish you the best birthday ever!!!
Many hugs!!!
Cricket @ gypsea nurse

Mila said...

It is a tremendous privilege to know you. Your comments and insights are spiritual bread.

I wish you 60 wondrous things to happen on your birthday (Tom Selleck included) and 60 more years of champagne filled life.
Mila

Desire Empire said...

Oh that is so lovely. This virtual word is amazing. Happy birthday and glad you enjoyed your virtual surprize party.

Kirsty said...

Man I cried when he lost Wilson... "Wiiiilllsssooon!!!!"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Kirsty said...

Man I cried when he lost Wilson... "Wiiiilllsssooon!!!!"

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Happy Birthday Rhonda!
I've missed you! I know how life gets in the way of blogging. I have really had to re-adjust too.
And I miss it when I haven't been able to check things out for a couple of days!
I wish you a super,duper, wonderful, fantabulous day!
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Seashells and Southern Belles said...

I hope you had a fantastic birthday!!!

BeachGypsy said...

happy happy happy birthday seasister!!

merrilymarylee said...

Happy belated birthday!

I LOVE THAT BALL! :)

iLoveShelling said...

Oh Miss Mermaid Shellbelle. You must be swimming around in some birthday love. You didn't get just a birthday cake... you got a birthday LAKE of love. You are a rock star to so many of us in blog land so you deserve to shellebrate in style. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Rhonda
I miss you MUCH!!! but glad you are doing fine.. and hope your birthday was absolutely wonderful!! .. Wishing you all the best of everything in the coming year.. lots of love .. Julie xxx

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your posts so much!

Tootie said...

Well....I'm only four days late, but want to wish you a happy 60th year anyway. :) I've been so busy lately with company all summer, that I haven't been out visiting in blog land at all. Just want to say, don't shed tears yet, you have a few years to catch up with me. :)

Melissah said...

I just discovered your lovely blog and have signed up as a follower. I've just put the finished touches on my new blog ‘Coastal Style’ It will have lots of inspiration on beach houses, resortwear, summer food, travel and anything ‘beachy’. I had a lot of fun putting it together so maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
http://coastal-style.blogspot.com/
x
Melissah

Desert Dreaming said...

I'm a little late here, but I hope you had a wonderful birthday!!! This is just the beginning to the next wonderful chapters of your life....ENJOY!!!!!

Joni

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

You're just getting started! Enjoy every minute!!!
BIG HUGS!
Coralie

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