Saturday, January 26, 2019

Plan B...I took a Hike!

I took a hike on my birthday? Shocking I know! lol But we tried to make plans for something else but nothing seemed to work. So even though it was a cool 61 degrees, we took a hike at Halpata Tastanaki Preserve!
 

To make it special, we went on a different trail! HTP is over 8,000 acres of Preserve so it's not hard to go to an area we haven't been before! And it's constantly changing. This watering hole wasn't nearly this full the last time we ventured down this trail!
 
 
And the sky was so clear and blue that it made a beautiful reflection in the water. 
 
 
It was 60 degrees! I had to put on long sleeves and long pants! lol
We saw lots of animal tracks and some pretty little birds.
Hubby took this photo of a Phoebe 
 
  
and some of the watering hole pics! 
 
 
OH the things we do for a good photo!
 I had a good day and appreciate the sweet birthday comments. They made me feel special! 
I also got a couple of gifts from my penpals.
 
 
Danice from Homespun Hannah's sent me all kinds of pretty things and made the poncho and little hat for my doll. (she sent me a pattern to make more too!) Thank you my friend!
 
 
 And Ariadne from Greece sent me a birthday package with 'January' that she had cross stitched, patterns and postcards! Thank you SO much girlfriend!
 
 
I dressed a doll in the poncho and put my gifts and cards around her to enjoy this week.
Hubby gave me a cute card too.
 
 
And inside...
 
 
We don't use the h word very often so it made it even funnier!
Thanks again for being such sweet blog friends and for taking a birthday hike with me!
One more birthday bird!
 
 
The American Kestrel!
Are you ready to go again?
I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

41 comments:

Sandy said...

Love the card. It made me laugh out loud. You look wonderful! The header is precious too.

Lea said...

Since it is 34 and cloudy this morning, 61 degrees with sunshine would feel wonderful to me!
Great that you got so many cute gifts and cards, but seeing that beautiful Kestrel - that is a wonderful gift, too!
Happy Birthday!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Not sure if I wished you HAPPY birthday. I hope your day was great. A birthday hike sounds awesome. I love the color of the water and the reflection. Nice photos of the Phoebe and the Kestrel. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

Nancy's Notes said...

How wonderful to take another hike! You can never take to many and especially a special one on your birthday! Those are such sweet gifts you got from your friends! Great bird shots, love them! I’m such a bird watcher nut, need to capture some shots to share with Eileen some day! Have a Great Saturday, my friend!
Hugs from Texas!
Nancy

Linda said...

Happy belated birthday! A walk is always a good thing...or a hike!
Wishing you a year of walking/hiking/bird watching/photo taking blessings!

Arlene Grimm said...

I love your birthday card display Diane. I have been missing your doll vignettes.

Sandra said...

love love love the birthday card.. good job to hubby. your day sounds perfect and I am totally shocked you would choose to go HIKING. ha ha.

Kate said...

A hike - such a perfect birthday gift!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Looks like you had a great birthday with a hike a nice gifts from friends. The January cross stitch is beautiful work. Good bird pics and happy belated birthday.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Glad you had a good birthday. Not much going on here I'm afraid. I've been sick again and now i've pulled my back. Falling apart was not my plan for the year.

Out on the prairie said...

hope you had a lovely B Day looks like many remembered you well

Vee said...

Sorry, you are making me laugh with all that clothing on a 60° day. Most hikers here would consider a 60° day a titch too warm for a hike, though it would depend on the season. So glad that you had a memorable birthday doing what you love. And the card is cute...very glad that he added “come back.” ☺️

Terri D said...

We should all spend our birthdays doing things that bring us joy and I think that is exactly what you did!! Your surprise gifts from your pen pals are so great! Glad you had a good day!

Jeanie said...

It looks like a grand hike! I hope your birthday was every bit as good as you deserve!

bill burke said...

What a great idea to take a birthday hike. I hope you had lots of fun on your day. Enjoy the weekend!

Karen Ann said...

So funny - if it were 60 degrees here we'd be outside in the driveway washing cars in t-shirts and maybe even flip flops.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

OH MY -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU--guess I missed it again this year--love all those lovely gifts--and a nature hike does sound like a bit of fun on a birthday--
luv, di

Ann said...

What a fabulous way to spend your birthday.
8000 acres is huge. Lots of hiking opportunity there. Love the picture of the phoebe.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Belated Happy Birthday to you and getting utdoors was a great way to celebrate. My birthday is next weekend and wasn't it nice that a major football showdown was scheduled that day...how did they know?

happyone said...

I had to smile that you had all those clothes on when it was 60 degrees.
That is my summer morning walking weather!!
Such a beautiful blue sky!!
Glad you enjoyed your birthday and your gifts are lovely.

NanaDiana said...

LOVE the card from your hubby and all the sweet gifts from pen pals and friends. I am glad you were able to get a hike in on your birthday AND when it is 60° here we are in shorts and summer dresses lol
Have a great night, Diane- xo Diana

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Sorry I missed your birthday, but it looks like you really enjoyed yourself with a lovely hike and nice gifts from friends. ♥

Anonymous said...

Diane, you are such an inspiration to get up and go and be healthy! Thank you! ♥

Carol Z said...

Sixty one sounds perfect to me. We went from eight degrees last Sunday to a balmy 55+ on Thursday. Happy belated birthday and wishes for good health and happiness in the year ahead.

Debbie said...

a hike on your birthday sounds perfect!! sometimes it is nice to just have a simple day, filled with the things we enjoy most!! 60 degrees sounds perfect to me right about now, it was 9 degrees here last night!!

beautiful captures of the phoebe and the kestrel. and nice to get so many birthday surprises!!!

Anu said...

Happy birthday! Hiking is a wonderful way to spend birthday! Great photos.

Phil Slade said...

60 Degrees. Boy, that's so warm. Last week it was Minus 6 C here! Nice shots of the phoebe there Carol. Enjoy your week in the warm air LOL.

Danice G said...

So glad you had a wonderful birthday. Glad you like all of your gifts. Thank you for sharing them with everyone.

Anni said...

8000 acres? I would think I'd died & gone to heaven. And such a beautiful area. Loved seeing your birthday gifts...a very special day. It's terrific that you shared all this with us at I'd Rather B Birdin this week...thanks.

Jenn Jilks said...

A lovely hike. Happy birthday!
Our phoebes have gone south, happy to see yours!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Lois said...

Hsppy Birthday! Looks like you had a good one. Love your photos!

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Diane! A nice walk on your birthday sounds so nice and 60 degrees sounds heavenly! It's been so bitter cold here in the Midwest and impossible to take walks due to the cold and extremely icy conditions. I so enjoyed seeing your hike and dreaming about warmer days ahead!

What precious gifts and cards you received! Family and friends are the greatest treasure!

God's Blessings to You! Net

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Hoppae baer dae tu ya

Barbara said...

Beautiful Birthday post! I like that cross stitched January card, and your doll is dressed appropriately for our Florida winter!

Giga said...

A beautiful place to walk and to the blue sky. It's very nice to receive birthday wishes and small gifts and cards from blog friends. Thank you for paying me a visit. Greetings.

Rose said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday...and such sweet, thoughtful gifts.

Linda said...

Happy birthday! Have a great week.

Janey and Co. said...

What a nice birthday you had. That card is hilarious!

Lowcarb team member said...

I think it's nice to enjoy a hike on your birthday.
Loved seeing all of your photographs.
The birthday girl looks great, and your card did make me laugh.
What a very nice Birthday you had.

All the best Jan

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Fabulous celebration! We’ve been digging out our few winters clothes over here too. But it is getting warmer and dryer!

Ariadne said...

I am so glad you enjoyed everything I sent! Many happy returns!AriadnefromGreece!