Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Today's my birthday!!

And I'm celebrating.  I love birthdays even though I another year older.  After all, it's my day and I love being a star.

First off, since it's my birthday, I'm going to give away a gift.  Everyone who comments on this blog will be entered into the contest and one person will be randomly chosen to win an electronic copy of Ghost of a Chance.  When you comment, please leave your e-mail so I can contact the winner.

 But even more important, I have a wonderful new toy.

                                             The Magic Machine
It all started when I visited No. 1 son in Morocco last year.  He had an espresso machine and shared a number of cups with me.  I had espresso machine envy.  Figured I might get one when I got home.

One thing led to another and I never got around to ordering one.  But I had a brainstorm a couple of weeks ago.  I knew my kids would be agonizing over the perfect birthday present to get me.  I figured I'd be the helpful mom and provide them with a suggestion. 

So, I e-mailed them, asking for an espresso machine.

Which lead to a hilarious exchange of e-mails concerning better suggestions:  a gun (not for me--I tend to be gun-phobic) and a crossbow apparently suggested by my 2-year-old granddaughter.  Which lead to a warning by that little girl's father reflecting his concern about mixing an over-caffeinated me and crossbows, fearing it might lead to my committing mayhem against commuters driving along the country road I live on.

Which, in turn, triggered a couple of  possible stories which will probably be amplified due to my increased intake of caffeine, thanks to the crew who gave me the Nespresso.

I received my wonderful new toy a couple of days ago, a gift from all the kiddos.

                                                    All of us last year

If you want to see my new magic machine in action, check it out at YouTube:  My New Toy

Okay, I'm off to brew another espresso and plot mayhem for the crossbow wielding hordes.



  1. Happy Birthday, my friend. I hope you have a glorious day!

    That espresso machine looks mighty sexy! I want coffee, hehe.

    I started the "helpful list" a few years ago, for birthdays and Christmases. The whole family makes lists and posts them on the fridge, sometimes several weeks ahead of time. It certainly makes shopping easier.

  2. Happy Birthday, Judi! Beautiful photo of your family. You look so happy.

  3. Maybe I should bring the new toy to Camp Brainstorming and get everyone hooked on Nespresso ;-)

  4. Thanks, Susan. We had the family photos done last year in Albuquerque. It was lots of fun.

  5. Happy birthday. You're a star every day! Enjoy!


  6. Happy Birthday! That's a beautiful family portrait.

  7. Thanks, Carley. We were all together for almost a week and that picture perfectly reflects the fun we had. We'll be doing it again next year.

  8. Happy Birthday Judi. I love the Espresso maker and have machine envy. I have always said I would buy myself one with my first sale.

    I can't wait to read the first story created by the excess caffeine and crossbow, should be interesting. The question is, will it be a Judi or Pepper story.

    Enjoy the day

  9. Judi,
    Happy Birthday!! A lovely family.

    A gun. A crossbow. And caffeine. That brings a lot of images to mind.

    Enjoy your new toy, which is an excellent birthday gift.

  10. Happy birthday, Judi! :) Hope you've had a wonderful day! ~ Misty Dietz