Chili Dogs and Birthday Cards

Chili_DogsTomorrow is my Birthday. I will 55 years old. To celebrate my Birthday we are going out to get a Chili Dog for lunch today. This is all I want for my birthday.

About a year ago we respectfully requested from our family members to not send cards for birthdays and holidays any longer as we had made the decision not to send any. Despite our request there are still those who feel the obligation of doing so.

DSC_0300_2Somewhere in history our culture developed this tradition of sending and receiving greeting cards on special days. It was probably back in the dark days before the invention of electronic communications. I am not sure. What I do know is that I find more pleasure in reading emails and social media posts from loved ones who actually write their own words to wish me a Happy Birthday.

Money is especially tight these days and based on the cost of a card and the stamps to fuel them to their destination, we are all dropping close to $7.00 per person. I don’t want people to waste their money on this as the truth is that I will just end up reading it and throwing it in the trash. On the other hand I have better things to put my money towards like paying off debt, putting gas in my car or purchasing food rather than rummaging through a selection of endless cards at my local Hallmark store and laying down the dollars.

I always felt that it was more personal to reach out to someone over their Birthday or on a Holiday with the old fashion landline. With the advances of text messaging I can even leave a verbal message for them to listen too. Hell, if I choose to I can send a video message of me drinking beer and singing happy birthday.

It ain’t easy being minimalist sometimes and I may sound like I’m some cold asshole who is too damn cheap to break out a few bucks for a card, but this is just not true. My feelings about honoring one’s Birthday haven’t changed at all. What has changed is the mechanism is which I deliver my Birthday wishes. It can be so much more creative and fun than sending a freakin’ card. And it is just so much more personal.

Some fun idea’s would be to gather folks in the coffee shop to sing Happy Birthday to Jimmy while a friend is recording it on your cellphone. Sing and record Happy Birthday in a special place like at the beach or in the mountains. And for those special friends you could do something sexy (I will leave this subject alone. LOL). How about making a hand puppet to sing it, or just drawing a picture to capture and send. The bottom line is that the one celebrating their birthday would get so much more out of something like these idea’s rather than getting a stupid card in the mail.

So keep your money in your wallet and do something a little different for special occasions. It can be fun for the whole family.

Before I had the chance to finish this post this morning I received a FaceTime from my son and Granddaughter wishing me a Happy Birthday. Absolutely the best gift one can receive. Β Great Job Frankie and Imma!
Blood Sugar- 110, Weight- 189.2

Today is a day or rest which is incorporated in my workout schedule. Yesterday was a funny day for me as I was experiencing vertigo until around 5:00 PM. I have never experienced this before and have no idea what brought it on. I believe that it has something to do with my left ear, but anyway I wasn’t very mobile because of it, and as always eating without movement leads to higher blood sugar numbers. I am feeling better today and will get up and get out and enjoy the day.

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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37 Responses to Chili Dogs and Birthday Cards

  1. Happy Birthday! 55 is a magical number. Abundance doubled. I love everything about aging. (I’m proud to be 46.) Most of all, the peace aging brings. Life experience gives us the confidence to become fully into who we are, who we were meant to be – mind, body, and spirit. Your writing (and your healthy lifestyle) exemplifies this. May your year be filled with as many blessings as you have shared. Abundance multiplied indeed. ✨

    • Each year seems to get a little better than the last Andrea. If we don’t pay attention the opportunity to slow down and pay attention to those things which our souls cry out for may never occur until it’s too late. Your life is precious and time needs to be set aside each day to recognize the puppet master behind our thoughts. It is only us who can not only change they way we feel about ourselves, but how we feel about the world around us. (Sorry, I am rambling. LOL)

      • Rambling is a good thing πŸ™‚ BTW I also practice a minimalist lifestyle. Stuff makes my head spin and my heart heavy. I like lots of open space – inner & outer included! 10 years ago we stopped exchanging gifts and cards with our families. They were not happy. But funny thing happened.. a few years later they were ALL on board to no gifts or cards. Plus my husband and I have not exchanged a gift in 14 years. We’d rather put the money into a travel / fun fund. Works for us! Now I’m rambling πŸ™‚

      • LOL. Rambling is a good thing :), I can’t remember who quoted this. LOL. One of the things I love about the absence of gift giving is the attention to other things like food and fun. I too love to travel but lately it’s been more about visiting grandchildren and out of State weddings. My wife and I both dislike shopping or having too many items in our home. I believe sometimes we are more essentialists than minimalists.

  2. Happy Birthday! My husband is reaching the big 50 tomorrow and will spend it in hospital as my youngest is having an op! The French don’t do cards unless really expensive so I tend to make mine recycled from old ones and then add things I find like nice wine labels…It’s Mother’s day here too and my eldest sent me a picture of us together that I hadn’t seen before (he’s a last year student) so I wouldn’t want him wasting money anyway. Hope you get to do what you want to do ‘simply’ of course πŸ™‚

  3. Ariane says:

    Happy Birthday!

  4. happy birthday πŸ™‚

  5. Happy Birthday..what a humble post..and 55 is a healthy number! Cheers for better years to come.

  6. New Journey says:

    Well, well, well….good ole 55….Happy Birthday my Northwest friend….enjoy that chili dog…In our family we have stopped most gift giving….we all have everything and more and we only buy special items for each other….and I still send cards, but I write in each one….something special, and for me its oaky if the throw it way…its a means for me to deliver a sentiment and special saying to them….however…I am one of those that keeps most of my cards for years….revisiting them from time to time….call me sentimental in an old fashion way…LOL but after I am through with my cards I tear off the pictures and donate them to the lower grades of grammar school for art projects….I still have pieces of cards my kids gave me 25 years ago in my billfold…LOL HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU< HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU< HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR BILLY>>>>>>>and many more…….sung in what ever voice your like….!!!! xxkat

  7. kkeevins says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bill — enjoy the dog!!! I don’t particular care about
    B-day cards, but Get Well cards are another matter. I flood my friends and family with them, when they have something really serious. I’ve been there, and the support that a card brings is incredibly uplifting — especially when you’re not able to use the computer and too sick to talk on the phone. At times like that, I don’t care what it costs.

    Good luck w:the vertigo. Not fun. May you never have it again! Have a great week.
    —Kathy from
    Diary of a Dedicated Diabetic at WordPress!

  8. thecfomom says:

    Happy birthday!!

  9. Kim Smyth says:

    Happy birthday! I’m right behind ya-I turn 55 on the 12th! Glad you got what you wanted, I want a bicycle, so I can start exercising on the hike and bike trail near my new home. Here’s to us!πŸŽ‰

  10. My sisters and I have turned card giving into somewhat of a joke. When shopping together, we wander through the card aisle, browsing. When we find an amusing one, we show the other, and say, “Here’s your card!” Then put it back! We also put up birthday posts on FB with the saying, “Here’s your card!” Same sentiment – zero cost – more fun!

  11. Cynthia says:

    Happy Birthday!

  12. youmeanme says:

    Happy birthday!!
    I feel the same way about cards. I feel guilty but I throw out most of them. I’ve taken to calling friends on their birthdays and so many are thrilled with this personal touch.

  13. camcoogan says:

    Happy 55th birthday! Enjoy the dog!

  14. Elisabeth P says:

    Happy Birthday! πŸŽ‚

  15. Emma says:

    Happy Birthday!

  16. A postal stamp costs less than a cup of coffee that you blogged about later in March. If you multiply the cost of coffee you’re buying by the number of days, well you get the idea. Just saying

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