Celebrating Life

Yes. I have to admit that after a long weekend of celebrations I am one year older. I’m happy to report I do not feel older but might have to admit that I am not as young as I used to be!

Celebrating Life: Pink birthday flowers photo by iHanna #carnations

I was thinking about how we keep celebrating our birthdays all through life. Are we happy that we are getting older, really? Why it stays such a happy occasion even when we don’t want to get any older? I guess it’s because it is a celebration of life. We are alive, and it is wonderful to be alive (most of the time)….

Plus, it’s an ordinary day that we can make extraordinary in a small way. I made a cake, for example. A Birthday Cake of course! When I put it on the table I felt like something was missing, and it wasn’t the 39 candles…

Cake with sprinkles

It needed colorful sprinkles!

And then I made another one, for more celebration the next day. I got to use my once-a-year fancy coffee cups. And it’s a joy to bring them out and pretend to be a grown up.

Finfika with pretty coffee cups

We had lots of fika of course. I usually don’t eat anything with sugar, but for four days I was on a sugar high. I even bought myself some candy, as a special treat.

Cream, donut and cake of course

I got a lot of pretty things, including a musical show and dinner out with the family, and a whole big bouquet of pink carnations. Pink flowers still perky on the table.

Pink Carnations

I really like fresh flowers on the table more and more, and even find myself buying them from time to time – even though my budget is tight. They make me happy, and in the long run I’d rather have a few pretty flowers spread out through the years than money in the bank when I die. I won’t show all the pretty gifts I got (or maybe I should share the pretty paper stuff I got at least on insta?) but have to share this new watercolor set I got:

My New Watercolor set... or?

Oh, just kidding. I got a new set of watercolors for Christmas, this is a case for my iphone!

Happy birthday to you my dear ones, when yours is! I hope you remember to celebrate life, on your birthday and then every day – aren’t we all lucky to be alive?

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9 Responses to Celebrating Life

  1. Meghan says:

    Happy Birthday, Hanna. Your blog is such a joy to read and I appreciate your taking the time to inspire me with your posts!

  2. Miri says:

    Tillykke !!!! Ja, vi skal fejre livet og hvor heldige vi er, at vi har fået det :)

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Happy Birthday

    Your phone case made me smile :)

    Karen x

  4. Happy Birthday, Hanna! Who could avoid smiling when celebrating with pink flowers and sprinkles? Your watercolor box phone case is adorable. Enjoy your week :)

  5. robyn says:

    Happy Birthday! I’ve eyed those watercolor palettes before I had an iphone, then last summer I went to a babyshower where my college watercolor painting teacher was also in attendance and she had one on her phone! I loved that.

  6. Angie says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday! A day to celebrate YOU! Cake and flowers and lovely photos. Such a feast for the eyes! (makes me want to go and bake myself a cake right now-and my birthday is not until November )

  7. Ninette says:

    Försenat grattis på födelsedagen! Har ibland funderat jag också på varför man firar just födelsedagar, speciellt då när jag träffar nån sån som inte alls firar födelsedagar (t ex från annan kultur) och det är ju egentligen inte nåt självklart ens att man firar det, men nog ändå kul med en egen dag per år! man borde kanske kalla det för nåt annat i stället för födelsedag, typ “din egen dag” eller nåt sånt?! så blir det inte så mycket fokus på själva åldern.

    fantastisk iphonecase du fick!

  8. Mary says:

    Happy belated birthday, Hanna! I’m glad you’re here with us celebrating life and reminding us to do the same! Yay for every day magic.

    Uncustomary Art.

  9. Andria says:

    Your carnations and your birthday china are gorgeous, and your sprinkles and iPhone case are FUN birthday celebrations. Birthday celebrations are a chance to pause and be thankful for LIFE, and are an opportunity to do a few special things out of the ordinary…I wouldn’t want to miss one!

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