May has lots of celebrations for me since my birthday is on the 19th. It is usually a week or so after Mother's Day. I've had two tea time experiences, plus friends have taken me to a favorite beach side restaurant!

I have a tradition of going to a tea room on or near my birthday. This year my husband took me, we enjoyed tea and all the lovely tea time foods together. They even gave me a big slice of complimentary birthday cake (chocolate.) I had Shakespeare's Afternoon Tea, a three-tired tray with scones, tea sandwiches, pastries and desserts, and a pot of tea. I didn't take pictures at any of my celebrations (Is this blogger losing her touch??) Here's a picture of the tea tray taken at another time:
It was all delicious!

I'm in our Women's Club and the last meeting of the month of May is always a Tea Party with a decorated hat competition. I won the contest a few years ago so I don't try to enter with an unusual decorated hat. I went to the tea party last Monday.

This is the hat I wore this year:

I decorated it to match the peasant blouse I wore this year:

I receive so many birthday cards and they are very special to me.

This card is from my best friend from high school:
I love to read what cards say, as my friends seem to carefully choose the cards they gave me!

Some cards are religious:

I have a weakness about cards from family and friends and can't throw some of them away!
My daughter has found a new source for greeting cards to write your own words inside the card. Her words were very special to me:

And the other one she sent for Mother's Day this year:
I will treasure these always!!

My husband also selects such nice cards with very special words!
I have a big box of cards he has given me for birthday, anniversaries, holidays, etc!

One close friend always underlines words on the cards she gives me:
How neat is that!!

Another friend sent this special card:
What a wonderful gift to be prayed for!

My daughter does paper crafting, she made the cute card above.

I receive a card each year from an 87-year-old friend, she always includes a $2 bill inside the card (she does this for all her friends!) Isn't that a cute idea!

My friends know how to encourage me, look at this nice magnet one gave me:

My family and friends know how to make me smile!

It's been a tough two months with my sister terminally ill and with Hospice. I prayed she wouldn't die on my birthday, and she didn't, my prayer was answered! She is still with us, but back in the hospital.

I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend.



Aledia said...

Prayers for your looks like you had a marvelous birthday! Your hat and blouse are just so pretty.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and a safe Memorial Day!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Love Bears All Things said...

Sorry to hear your sister is not doing well...
Happy Belated Birthday!
May Birthday people are so special. My Grandson's 14th Birthday is today, we celebrated yesterday and he and I are going out for lunch on Wednesday. We have several family Birthdays this month. My Mom's was on the 14th, mine was the 4th, my uncle's was the 9th and our oldest grandson turned 18 on the 17th.
You look so good in your hat.
Mama Bear

The Tablescaper said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you've had many wonderful celebrations.

Glad that you were able to link up. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Happy Birthday Katherine. I looks like you had a fabulous day and you look so beautiful in your beautiful purple blouse and hat. Your cards are all so fabulous. I will keep you and your Sis in prayer. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Happy Birthday Katherine....You sure did get a lot of cards!

I save all my $2.00 bills....there are becoming quite hard to find.

Prayers for your sister in these last days. I pray the Lord will give her peace beyond words.....and her suffering will soon be over. I am so sorry that your family is facing this sad event.

Debbie said...

A lovely hat and tea time? That sounds like the perfect day that lives in my imagination. I would love to do that, and I never have.

That needs to be remedied.

I love your cards!

I'm sorry your sister is back in the hospital. I had wondered how she was. I'm so glad that she didn't pass on your birthday. We lost my dad on my sister's birthday, and it has been difficult for her ever since.

I hope you AND your family all have a very blessed Memorial Day.

Marilyn said...

Happy belated birthday. May is such a lovely month to celebrate a birthday.

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Happy belated birthday! We are both May babies! Sorry to hear about your sister. I understand about wishing she wouldn't pass on your birthday.Prayers to you and your family.

Kathleen said...

Looks like you had a great birthday! And yes, I could see your link, so it must be on your end!

Remembering your sis in my prayers.

The Tablescaper said...

Your link is here!

- The Tablescaper

Pearl Maple said...

Looks like all the makings of a fabulous birthday, hope your sister is on the mend

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, I'm sorry to read your sister isn't doing well, many thoughts and prayers her way. You are one beautifully loved woman.. Happy Belated Birthday I hope it was one of your best so far.. hugs ~lynne~