Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Thursday, March 15, 2018

~ The BIG 6-0!!!~

Yes, on March 2nd, I officially left the 50's behind and entered the new world of the 60's!! 
How does it feel?  Not any different than 59, and to be perfectly honest, I feel the best I have in a very long time!!  After all, 60 is really JUST a number, right??

I also share that special day with Dr. Seuss, the author of so many wonderful books that I grew up with, as I'm sure many of you did, too!!  Who doesn't love The Cat in the Hat, or Horton Hears a Who?  Or how about Green Eggs and Ham?  

Speaking of that particular book, in honor of my special day, my hubby Jeff decided to surprise me with a very special breakfast and I told him this was my version of Green Eggs and Ham!!


Scrambled Eggs and Donuts!!!  It was THE PERFECT WAY TO CELEBRATE, plus, it made me SMILE!!!  I'll just bet it is having the same affect on YOU!!!!



We decided to go to our favorite getaway spot here in Arizona  and spent several days in Prescott, about 1 1/2 hours north of us! It is a fun town with lots of antique shops and other fun spots!!


We found out that the temps had dropped and there would actually be some snow there, which we just don't see here!!!  I know many of you reading this have seen more snow than you care to, but it was a nice change for us and didn't last very long!!  Just the way I like it!!!



Our first stop was MOB Burgers and it is set up as an old diner style with an ice cream/ gelato counter!  All the burgers are named after famous gangsters and we chose the Bugsy Burger!
Swiss cheese, and grilled onions and mushrooms!!!



It was so yummy and the first burger I have had in quite a while!!! The hand cut fries tasted like the ones you get at the shore, too!!  This was a split and Jeff had the other half!!!
Now it was time to do some shopping!!


One of my favorite shops is Keystone Antiques because they actually DO have antiques and this is my favorite room!



I just loved the table and wanted to take it home with me,
as well as the chairs and everything else sitting on it!!!



So many wonderful pieces!!!
Do you see anything you might like?


Beautiful chaos of old linens!!!


Baskets, anyone??

I did come home with a few little treasures but forgot to take pictures of them and will  have to share them another time!!  It was a fun visit and the snow was pretty much in the mountains and didn't really cause us any problems!!!  I'm sure we will go back for another sometime soon!!

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We have a local restaurant here in Peoria that we discovered and they send you special coupons for your Birthday so of course we went there for our dinner!!

It is called Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and has THE BEST FOOD!!!



Amazing Spinach Salad!



Sesame Crusted Salmon with mashed parmesan garlic potatoes and fried spinach!!  If you have never had it, it is just FANTATIC!!



My cake of choice was their Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!!!  I can't even begin to describe how good it is!!!!!

My daughter and her hubby Austin met us for another Birthday dinner on Sunday at another favorite place we found called Oreganos, and they have the most wonderful pizza and salads!!!

We had Oreganos favorite salad and a small pizza and for some reason I could not find a picture of either of them, but trust me, they were WONDERFUL!!!!



No Birthday would be complete without their special Pizza Cookie, and I know you can tell this was really wonderful, too!!!  We enjoyed it, believe me!!!!


My son Jeffry sent me the most wonderful gift, too, and I wanted to share it with you!!


He had this specially made for me and even included Charlotte, our grand dog!!!  
Something I will always treasure!!!

All in all, it really was not painful to reach the Big 6-0, and I am looking forward to what this next season of my life holds!!! 
Thank you for sharing this journey with me, my friends!! 


"You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So.....get on your way!"  ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Wishing you A Spring in your step and Joy in your Heart, no matter where you are on your journey~

Julie  xo

24 comments:

marly said...

Happy to hear you had such a wonderful birthday. Looks like good food, great shops, and a very special gift. Wishing your 60 is a great year!

HomeSpunPrims said...

You are a beautiful 60 my sweet friend! Wishing you all the best and a happy, healthy new decade! Your celebrations sounded and looked wonderful! Looking forward to seeing the goodies you found. Love and hugs, Lori

Unknown said...

Happy 60th! It's beautiful and underrated, says this 61-year-old!!
~Nancy~

Saundra said...

Happy Birthday. Your salmon and spinach looked delicious as did the carrot cake ~ all my favorites. It has been a long time since I enjoyed strolling thru an antique store because I cannot be trusted with the temptation of bringing something else in the house.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Ladies! Many thanks for your very kind comments!!

Marly- Yes, it was all that you mentioned and then some!! I think the year has certainly started out just perfectly!! Thank you for the Birthday wishes, too!

Lori- You are so sweet, my friend!! I think perhaps a smile is our very best friend, don't you?? It seemed like the celebrating just kept going and it made it very special indeed!! Just know I can't eat like that all the time, but the food made things extra special!! I tucked all my little gifts away so need to try to gather them to share!! Thank you for the Birthday wishes, too!

Nancy- So nice to hear such positive things from someone who knows!! Thank you for the Birthday wishes and for your visit, too!!! Glad you are enjoying the journey!!!!

Saundra- Thank you for the Birthday wishes, my friend! The food WAS AMAZING and believe it or not, those were half portions!!!! We even split the cake as it is much bigger than the picture shows!! Perfect Birthday meal! Yes, it really is tempting to wander through a shop, but it was really fun and I was actually very good!! That table though.........sigh!!!

Thank you all again for stopping by and wishing me a Happy Birthday!! I hope each of you has a wonderful week!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Farmhouse prims said...

Julie, Happy Birthday to you!!! You still look like a teenager. I am right behind you turning 60 tomorrow. I am a little depressed, but yet glad I have been blessed with the years behind me. Looks like you had a wonderful Birthday and had a grand celebration. I love, love your grandma picture that your son had made for you. I would love to have one of those one day!!!
Let the celebration begin, rem. you get to celebrate all month long. hugs, Lecia

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lecia,
Oh, thank you so much for the sweet Birthday wishes!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, TOO!!!! I can totally understand feeling a bit depressed, but hope you will truly CELEBRATE YOU, realizing HOW MUCH YOU HAVE LEARNED and ALL THAT YOU HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO AHEAD!!! I hope you will be surrounded with the people you love, and do something special....JUST FOR YOU!!!!
It WAS a wonderful Birthday and seemed to just keep going and each moment was special!!! I really was surprised and touched by the Grandma picture and will certainly cherish it!!
I wish you a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY, filled with MUCH LOVE and HAPPY MEMORIES!!!
Take care and ENJOY YOUR DAY, Lecia!!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Julia said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Julie, it sounds like your prince really know how to treat his princess. The food looks amazing. What a great gift from your son. So thoughtful...

I'm still waiting for spring as it's been snowing just about every day this past week it seems. Spring is just around the corner and I'm still waiting to see my first robin.

Take care, 60 is beautiful.
Hugs, Julia

Mugwump Woolies said...

Happy Birthday, Julie!
Wow...what a celebration you enjoyed! What wonderful places you did go! Good eats...that spinach looks yummy! You look great...love your hair...and, of course, the red lipstick!!! Haven't you heard? Sixty is the new forty! Hope you have a wonderful year.
Take good care...sending a big birthday hug!
Robyn xo

Anonymous said...

HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY, Julie!!
What a wonderful celebration you had! Thank you for all of the pictures of the places you went to visit and the delicious food and desserts
you enjoyed. I especially like your end of the post portrait! You look fabulous with such pretty hair and your red lipstick! Also, the Grandma
picture your son gave you is a treasure! What a thoughtful man! Again, Happy Birthday to you and may all your wishes come true!

Hugs, Barbara S. xoxo
Parrish, FL

Prims By The Water said...

Happy Birthday to you my sweet friend. This year I will be the big 60 myself. All of the food you had looks so delicious! Plus the best present of all was the gift of grand babies birthdates. Also your wonderful birthday breakfast...even made me smile. Take care my friend and thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. Janice

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Ladies,
I truly appreciate each one of your comments and thank you so much for the Birthday wishes!!

Julia- I really did feel like a princess and my dear prince is sure a keeper!
He really made my day extra special, as well as did my daughter and her hubby and my son and his wonderful gift!!
I do hope spring finds its way to you as I know it must seem like a long winter! Wish I could box up some Arizona sunshine and send it to you!!! Spring really is right around the corner, along with that first Robin!!!
Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes, my friend!

Hi Robyn- Yes, it was indeed a very special day and we went to some wonderful places!! The food really was fantastic and the spinach was really delicious! Popeye was really right about it!! I am so happy I found the gal who now cuts my hair as it is always hard when you move to a new place! I know you and I share a love of a good red lipstick, too! Nothing makes you feel so good as the right red!!! I love the idea of 60 being the new 40!!!
Thank you for the Birthday wishes, dear friend!

Hi Barbara- Thank you so much for your Birthday wishes, my friend!! It was a really special Birthday, filled with so many wonderful things.....good food, fun places, and being with those I love!! What could be better?? You are so sweet and I'm glad you enjoyed my post!! So lovely to hear from you, as always, too!!!

Hi Janice-Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes!!! Guess you and I will be part of the 60's club! The food WAS delicious and since I don't eat like that all the time, it made it extra special!! I really do love the Grandma picture and will treasure it!! Loved my Birthday breakfast and those donuts were apple cider flavored......Yum!!!

Many thanks again to all of you for taking the time to wish me a Happy Birthday!! Wishing you all a wonderful week, dear friends!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

old crow said...

Happy Belated Birthday Julie!! Welcome to "60" So glad you were able to take a few days to celebrate and do some antiquing! The shop looks like it was filled with primitives!! Love the framed piece from Jeffrey, that is one to treasure!! 60 looks good on you!! Take care and stay healthy!!
Hugs, Mona

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Mona,
Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes!! So nice to be welcomed by so many others to the "60's" and seems like it is a good place to be!! Prescott is a fun place to get away and it not that far, but feels like it because of the altitude! That particular shop has lots of antiques, but that one room is the best and I spend a lot of time just looking and enjoying!! Jeffry really surprised me with his gift and it is truly a treasure!! I'm really feeling great, especially since I have lost 34 pounds and still have a few more to lose, but have been eating healthier and feel so much better now!! Exercise and eating better really does work!!!
Thank you for the lovely card and hope you and yours are doing great!!
Big Heart Hugs, my friend~
Julie xo

Rugs and Pugs said...

Julie,
I was just going to comment that you've lost weight and I saw your reply to Mona. Congrats!!! It's not easy but you are doing a great job.
Happy, happy birthday, you baby :) It sounds like it was a perfect 60th with your little get-away. I look forward to seeing your new/old treasures. Great gift from your son.
Happy St. Paddy's Day.
xoxo
Lauren

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lauren,
You are so sweet!! Yes, it IS hard work and takes a long time but is so worth it! Thank you so much!!
Thanks too, for the Birthday wishes!! My name means "Youthful One" and I have been trying to live up to it all my life!! lol
It was a wonderful day/week and we enjoyed our trip and all those great meals!
Hoping to share my treasures soon, plus am getting ready for a Spring Giveaway soon!! My son's gift was so amazing and I will certainly treasure it!!
Hope you have a wonderful week, my friend!
Big Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

moosecraft said...

Happy Birthday! Yes. Age is just a number! I actually enjoy getting older...it seems the older I get, the more relaxed I am. I look back and think of all the energy I wasted worrying about things that never happened....lol! Enjoy your days, Julie! And, take them one at a time! :-)
P.S. Who knew AZ had soooooo many yummy foods!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Sharon,
Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes, my friend!! I really agree and think it is how we perceive ourselves that makes all the difference!! When we embrace our age, it really is so freeing, isn't it?? How very true your words are and as my friend Robyn's hubby said over on her blog, Mugwump Woolies, it is a MARATHON; SLOW AND STEADY!!! We see so much more that way!!
Yes, AZ has some GREAT EATS!!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Winnie Nielsen said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Julie, and welcome to the 60s!! I am so happy to read about all of the fun and great meals you got to enjoy on your special day too. Birthdays are a perfect time to just enjoy doing what you have fun with and not worrying about any rules. Your birthday gift from your grandbabies was just the sweetest idea! I know you will cherish it forever. Your photos from Keystone Antiques were fun and it does look like a place to just browse and consider what might just have to come home! LOL!!

Happy Spring wishes to you too!!

acorn hollow said...

happy Birthday 60 is not bad I have been there a little over a year.
It looks like you had a wonderful birthday.
Cathy

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Winnie and Cathy,
Thank you so much for the Birthday wishes!! Seems like I am in good company with so many of you already in the "club!"

Winnie- I always appreciate your kind words and interest in what I am up to!
It was a very special day, filled with so many favorite things!! The food was really good, too, and I just didn't have enough room to eat it all, but enjoyed what I did have!! Keystone is a lovely shop and that room always has draws me back! Happy Spring wishes to you, as well!!!

Cathy- Happy you are enjoying being in the 60's, too!! It truly was a wonderful day/week of celebration!!! Hope your next Birthday is even more special!!

Many thanks so both of you and hope you both have a wonderful week!!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

OMGosh, I'd like to wish you a very belated Happy Birthday. Looks like you had a fabulous time and that makes me happy. The 60's are great years. It would be nice to be there again, but, I am 19 more ahead of you ... so now you know this Old Lady is getting up there and still feeling great, most of the time.
Surprise, AZ is not far form you and it is one of the places we have considered. It would be hard leaving our children and grandchildren, but Crooked California is going to hell in a hand-basket.
Anyways my friend, your Picture Trail shop is spectacular, all that candy teases my sweet tooth.
Have a wonderful week, Folk Art Hugs to you and Peace for all,
Barb

Lady Locust said...

Happy birthday (now late 🎂). You really shouldn't asking I see anything I want. It takes me too long to get to the next picture. I want the clothesline winder in 3rd pix of shop. 😊

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Barb and Lady L,
So nice to hear from both of you and I so appreciate your kind Birthday wishes!! It is still March, so the celebration just keeps continuing!! Yay!!

Barb- Age IS just a number and feeling great is always wonderful!! Just keep doing what you are doing, my very talented friend!! Surprise is not far at all from me and is one busy place with lots of things available!! You would also have some rug hooking groups within 45 mins drive!! If you ever do come this way to check things out, please be sure to let me know so we can get together!
Thank you for the sweet words about my Picture Trail shop, too! We all need a tease now and then!!!

Lady L- You are so funny and I guess it was a dangerous question to ask what you might like or want!! We just WANT IT ALL!!! That clothesline winder was really cool and I loved it as well!!! Wish those pictures had "CLICK and PICK" buttons, don't you?? haha

Thanks again, my friends, for stopping by and hope you both have a wonderful weekend!!

Heart Hugs~
Julie xo