Turning the big 50 and a fun weekend.

We all enjoyed a glorious three days of celebration around this big turning point. Sorry for the blurring photo. I’m trying to find my old digital camera with no luck despite all my cleaning and organizing.

We kicked off the day before with a new friend. She showed us a very charming old town. Everything was so bright and clear I kept thinking I had my sunglasses on. I told her I felt like we were in a technicolored film. The forest was so deep green and the sky so blue! Perhaps it was the week or so of smoke filled air that gave us a new sight.

It feels like your on vacation just being there. We collected lovely rocks and had Mexican food for lunch on the cafes patio. We stayed 5 hours! I love that I can “vacation” like this.

My birthday was spent cleaning my home thoroughly. I wanted to hire someone at first to clean it for me but as I cleaned deeper I found myself in such a ritual of cleansing and gratitude. Bali painted all the last rooms and wanted it done before my birthday as one of the gifts. Our home is so bright and charming filled with color. His second present were 5 crepe mertle trees with vibrant blossoms of deep red and grape colors.

The dogs had their first spa treatments and the boys had their forest coop school. I had time alone to clean and prepare.

That night we had dinner with our neighbors on the porch. Candle light and pizza, good music and conversation. The next morning I had an aunt and her sister visit for coffee. She brought coissants and quiche and we enjoyed that time. Later in the afternoon an old friend I’ve known since we were 15 years old visited with her family and we had so much fun until late last night.

I made vegan pizzas and a vegan cake. Actually, it was boxed cake that I veganized and made vegan butter cream frosting. It was a very ugly cake but delicious.

I am craving more and more fresh ingredients these days and that is a good thing since we are trying to get away from packaging, plastic, palm oil, sugar and pesticides (can the list get any longer!) I made my own tomato sauce from basil and tomatoes from our garden and some vegetables from our neighbors garden that she puts in a bucket and throws over the fence for us to enjoy. The sauce was wonderful and inspires me to make everything fresh from now on.

I don’t know what changed but all the sudden the canned things smell heavy and old. Over cooked or processed foods taste too dense and strange. I crave fresh, made from scratch…I don’t even enjoy left overs right now. Hormones I’m sure.

So, it was a wonderful time filled with friends and family. Right now we are headed to the forest to meet more friends and kids for a walk. I’m full in my soul and have lots of wonderful thoughts on life to share soon.

82 thoughts on “Turning the big 50 and a fun weekend.

  1. Happy 50th Birthday, Kate! So glad you were able to enjoy it with family and friends! Love that you are blogging again! Your house is looking amazing! It has been fun to watch the transformation!

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  2. What a fabulous birthday! I love the photos that you shared. You are so blessed and showered with love. You have the best friends and the most thoughtful husband. Your 50’s are going to be great.

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  3. Happy, Happy Birthday! Turning 50 was a huge turning point for me and I felt so comfortable with myself and carefree after. I hope you experience it too! Your weekend sounds just wonderful! We are more and more like you and eating fresh and loving all the great flavors and health benefits.

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  4. Happy birthday, Kate! I am a bit further down the road than you so I can attest to the 50’s being a wonderful time. I don’t ever remember you talking about socializing with so many different people. I think that’s healthy in many ways.
    Valerie in SC

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  5. Looks like you had an awesome Birthday. The pictures of nature are amazing. I would love to visit Northern CA some day. Good to see the boys, they are getting so tall. Take care. Bye.

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  6. Happy birthday 🎈🎈 You are entering an exciting decade where there will be so many wonderful changes in your life. The universe is gradually preparing you by opening up your senses. You are clearing out the physical clutter in your home in order for the new things that are waiting for you. Your taste buds are making you crave the foods that your body needs to prepare for a more vibrant age. New people are entering your life that will bring you to new places and experiences. Keep your eyes open to all that is being given to you. The universe is blessing you πŸ’•πŸ™

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  7. Happy birthday kiddo!!! You are still a kiddo!
    Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. The pictures of the town and landscape are wonderful.
    Life is good! So happy for you.

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  8. Happy #50! So glad you are back on YouTube. I am a mom of six. I was a working mother and had tremendous guilt. All of my friends were home with their families and you remind me of them, always caring for their homes and sharing recipes. I did cook meals from scratch and got up and made all of their lunches for school. With all of the hard work, stress, and guilt, my children knew that I always loved them and now they have their own children don’t know how I managed!

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  9. What a beautiful day exploring for your family.

    I always enjoy your post. Can never find anyone else that compares.

    Keep writing and posting videos for us to be inspired.

    Thank you!

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  10. Happy Birthday Kate, wishing you all the best on your special day. I always look forward to reading your blog and then wait in anticipation for the next one. Today was a nice one , it made me smile while I read it ( they always do ) I watched and listened to your old and now new videos as well while I clean or organize my home. I have never written to you here as I always feel a little intimidated to put
    myself out there but felt I should send you a message on your Special day to let you know how much I really enjoy your Chanel and blog and wanted you to know how much I and many others here enjoy your work and dedication.
    I look forward to many more days of your writings and inspiration. Happy HappyBirthday!πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ˜Š

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  11. Happy Birthday Kate, wishing you all the best on your special day. I always look forward to reading your blog and then wait in anticipation for the next one. Today was a nice one , it made me smile while I read it ( they always do ) I watched and listened to your old and now new videos as well while I clean or organize my home. I have never written to you here as I always feel a little intimidated to put
    myself out there but felt I should send you a message on your Special day to let you know how much I really enjoy your Chanel and blog and wanted you to know how much I and many others here enjoy your work and dedication.
    I look forward to many more days of your writings and inspiration. Happy HappyBirthday!πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ˜Š

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  12. Hope you had a fantastic birthday! Thank you for everything you share with us! I really appreciate it. I am also craving fresh veggies ( like a lot of cabbage) and homemade falafel. I am trying to skip sugar at desserts so I eat dried fruits like dates or just a spoon of honey, and want to buy dried plums or eat more fruit sallads. Mango I like to eat it with salt, black pepper, turmeric and chilli.

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  13. Happy Birthday Kate, all the best on your special day πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽˆI am really enjoying your blog and videos.
    I am in my early 60’s and recently retired . I find your blog inspires me with cleaning and organizing and getting rid of things. Thanks for coming back, love your work. πŸ™‚

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