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Sometimes you have to spend your birthday going to see doctors because the treatment that was working to get you better stopped working and you’re getting much worse again.

Sometimes the doctors tell you they need you to go back to the hospital and be put under anesthetic and go through some rather invasive tests to find out what the dickens is going on.

And sometimes it all feels scary and painful and sad and awful so you have to have a cry and feel a bit sorry for yourself then take a deep breath and get the ol’ chin up and make it a good birthday anyways.

So you go to a beloved cafe where the people are happy to see you and engage you in jolly conversation and bring you a pot of Earl Grey Tea with milk and sugar and an oh-so-comforting breakfast and before long you’re sinking into a comfy gold armchair with a good book and the world has started to right itself.

And you get lost in a new murder mystery and think how even though it’s dreadful getting sick again it’s so much better than being murdered by a dastardly n’er-do-well.

And while you’re waiting for the next doctor you order another pot of tea and indulge in a new dessert simply because it has pink icing and is filled with jam and has a dollop of fresh cream and makes you smile.

And your phone keeps pinging because Bear told his co-workers it was your birthday and they keep writing with messages of love and kindness and cheer and you can feel your wobbly ol’ heart swell and feel loved and much, much braver.

Then Bear pulls in to pick you up and take you home and there on the trailer is your beloved car, Lucy, all glossy and spiffed up after a couple of months in the shop. And you’re so happy to see her you get rather teary and hug and smooch Bear who beams back and hands you…

…a bouquet of roses he had hidden in the car and then you get even more teary cuz you’re sick and feel like death and it’s so lovely when someone’s so nice and thoughtful when you feel so terrible. Then you both pile in Lucy and go for a little drive around the farm, weaving through trees and goats and ducks, so happy to be driving again after 2.5 years without a car.

And then you sink into comfy chairs and put on a funny old movie and dine on fish and chips and champagne and feel like two of the luckiest people in the world.

And it ends up being a very, very good birthday after all. xo

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Kitchen Butterfly - I love you babe. You are awesome. Awesome. And you have me in tears. Happy, happy birthday

anne - Sorry to read you are still poorly and feeling down in the dumps πŸ™ but then you get a fabulous surprise , well done to Bear, amazing. xx Happy Birthday ,

lisa | renovating italy - Oh Krista this is so beautiful. So wonderfully shared I felt as if I were with you each step of the way. Your Bear is a treasure and such a special man to make you feel so loved. Happy Belated birthday and I wish the world could see through your eyes and fall in love with all the little things xxx

Amy @ Seven Grey Sweaters - Your new car is adorable and Bear is sure a keeper! Glad you can continue to look on the bright side in the middle of a big setback. Hang in there, Krista! And Happy Birthday!

Margaret | DestinationHere&Now - πŸ™‚ Take care Krista.

Can I have a chip?


Monet@anecdotesandapples.com - Health issues can be so hard…and yet the world is still filled with such beauty. You shared both the good and the bad in this post. I am so sorry to hear about these recent struggles, but I know that much love and goodness still abounds. Thank you for sharing, sweet friend.

Hotly Spiced - I’m so glad your birthday turned out to be a celebration in the end. I love ‘Lucy’. What a stunning car and it’s so beautifully restored. I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been well and I do hope there’s a diagnosis so you can start to be treated xx

Sosae - Ohmygosh, I’m crying… You dear girl. And that dear Bear of yours. I wish you a very speedy recovery, my friend. Very very speedy. Be well and happy always. (And oh those roses and Lucy – it’s so good to be loved!) xoxo Sosae

Kim - Liv Life - Happy, happy birthday to my sweet Krista!! I love your little red car… Glossy is the perfect word for it and those flowers? They matched the car!
I know you’ve had a rough go in the health area, and I’m so sorry it’s taken a turn. Hang in there my friend… With an attitude and a zest for life like you have it has to get better. Sending you healing thoughts from San Diego… And hugs across the ocean. Will be keeping you in my thoughts.

Krista - I do try to find it, @inspiringtravellers:disqus – some moments are definitely easier than others. πŸ™‚ So glad you like my Lucy too. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, @tandysinclair:disqus πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, @tracyaltieri:disqus , I really appreciate that. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much for cheering me on, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus xo Today is a much braver day. πŸ™‚

Andrea and John - Oh Krista – you always find the silver linings! Love that snazzy car… wishing you a very Happy Belated Birthday

Joanne (eats well with others) - Sending you love my dear!! You are so strong and will fight your way through whatever is going on!

Tracy Altieri - Sending you birthday wishes and positive thoughts for health and happiness.

Tandy Sinclair - birthday blessings! I am holding positive thoughts for you!

Krista - Thank you, @sarahkenney:disqus πŸ™‚ We’ll tackle it bit by bit and hopefully find some answers that will heal. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you, dear @wanderingsheila:disqus XO I always love hearing for you for you never fail to cheer me up. πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you very much, @0ffd67cb46ced44d17550366333e91a1:disqus πŸ™‚ She is actually a 73′ Datsun Coupe. πŸ™‚ I’ve never heard of an Opal, so I’ll have to look that up. πŸ™‚

Krista - Isn’t she a lovely little car, @jeannehorak:disqus ? πŸ™‚ I can’t wait until she’s ready to take on the road. πŸ™‚

Krista - It sounds so shivery and wintery where you are, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus πŸ™‚ Thank you very much for your hugs and wishes. XO

Krista - I will do my best to stay strong, dear @LindyLouMac:disqus πŸ™‚ With people like you in my life it is so much easier to step back and take courage. XO

Krista - Thank you very much, @gittegentile:disqus πŸ™‚ xo

Krista - Thank you so much, @disqus_xRgkTDNCQJ:disqus πŸ™‚ One step at a time, right? πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you!! πŸ™‚

Krista - I’m so happy it’s close too, @taniamykitchenstoriescomau:disqus πŸ™‚ It’s nice to have a little getaway place like that. πŸ™‚

Krista - They are such powerful things, aren’t they, @budgetjan:disqus ? πŸ™‚ (PS – I’m so glad you’re back!! I’ve missed you :-))

Krista - It makes me smile to think of snow-covered love coming my way, @Jacqueline_at_Bliss:disqus πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your kind and understanding words. XO

Krista - And big Aussie hugs to you XO

Krista - A magic wand would be amazing, @d58b26e263bfdbd99d844b965c5cbbfb:disqus πŸ™‚ I’m so thankful for the support from you and others – it gives me so much courage. XO

Sarah Kenney - Happy birthday to you! That was beautiful and poignant day that you had. I sure do hope you feel better soon and they can figure out what is happening.

Cathy - Oh Krista, I read this first thing this morning and it made me pause and think how brave and strong you are πŸ™‚ A beautiful post from a lovely soul, so pleased to see that Lucy is ready. enjoy her πŸ™‚

Janie x - Aww, hugs and tears, and very pretty cake, and BEAUTIFUL car (Jonny asks if she’s an Opal?) and lovely flowers. Happy, healthy birthday Krista <3 xx

Jeanne Horak - Oh I am sorry to hear you are not well πŸ™ But I have to tell you that I am in love with your perky red car! I’m glad your birthday turned out to be good despite everything – many happy returns!

Jackie Smith - Birthday hugs and get well wishes are coming your way from foggy ol’ Washington State where it is 38F in Seattle this morning. Your photos always reflect that deep down spirit of yours that seems to always find the sunshine, even when you aren’t feeling well. That photo of roses near your car and champagne should be your posters for the coming year ahead. . .keep us all posted on how you are doing!

LindyLouMac - Oh my dear Krista, virtual hugs coming your way. I am so sorry you are still having health issues and that they marred your birthday, just a little. What a lovely present though to see your new car looking so beautiful. Take Care and Stay Strong Linda xx

Gitte Gentile - Happy birthday girl πŸ™‚ hope your on top again very soon.

Nancy - I’m sorry to hear your day started off so crap but glad it finished with a bubbles and fish and chips. And a ride around the farm in that gorgeous car. Hope you get fixed up too x

My Kitchen Stories - Poor Krista. I hope you are still basking in the glow of that birthday surprise. Lucky you have that cafe so close!

budgetjan - Oh and silly me a big fat HAPPY BIRTHDAY πŸ™‚

budgetjan - Just goes to show the power of love and positive thinking and cakes with pink icing πŸ™‚

Jacqueline_at_Bliss - Oh, bub, I’m so very sorry to hear that your health has taken a turn a rotten turn. A good cry is sometimes all we can do to lighten our burden. And then when someone special prepares a surprise beyond our wildest expectations, love and a feeling of wellness find us when we most need them. I do hope that you’re able to find some answers together with your doctor(s). I’m thinking of you and sending the BEST love from these snowy Canadian parts! May your heart and symptoms ease. Happy Birthday, darling girl. XXX

bellini - PS Happy birthday once again. Big hugs from Canada.

bellini - If only we could wave a magic wand and make it all go away Krista. I am so happy you have such special people around you as your cheerleaders.

Krista - Thank you SO much, dear @48863519405b297f7368332c765306b8:disqus XO And I wish, believe, hope the same for you and your girls. XOXO

Krista - And I love you dear, @thefisherlady:disqus ! XO Thank you for your prayers and kindness. Maybe this year will be a healing one, yes? πŸ™‚

Krista - Thank you so much, @lizposmyk:disqus I have a new medication to try so we’ll see if that helps until I can get in to the specialist. πŸ™‚

Krista - We were truly meant to be neighbors, dear @breannemosher:disqus One day. πŸ™‚ That is my hope. XO

Lauryl Lane - Awww so sweet! Believing in total healing for you, love!

thefisherlady - you write the bestest love stories <3 love you dearly and your Bear… and certainly that amazing red car and roses! Happy Birthday year to you… God bless you to be absolutely healed~

Liz Posmyk - Happy birthday Krista… I do hope you are feeling better soon! xoox

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - Sometimes I just want to hop through the computer screen and sit in the chair opposite you and we can both cry and laugh and get upset at the hard bits. Sometimes I love how you take horrid things and see the good in them and the beauty. Sometimes the best days are ones that seem to be the worst. Sometimes I wish Oz wasn’t nearly so far, far away. XXOO

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