at home with ann


Posted on: 20 October 2006

Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened ~ Jennifer Yane

We know when we’re getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it.

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional ~ Chili Davis A well adjusted woman is one who not only knows what she wants for her birthday, but even knows what she’s going to exchange it for.The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age ~ Lucille Ball

Thirty five is a very attractive age; London society is full of women who have of their own free choice remained thirty-five for years ~ Oscar Wilde
Few women admit their age. Few men act theirs ~ Anon

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age ~ Robert Frost

A woman’s always younger than a man of equal years ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Grow old with me, the best is yet to be ~ Robert Browning


Well I did it… I survived another birthday, another hateful birthday. I have to confess I was in a right strop at the beginning of the week and on Tuesday I just wanted to cry… well I did, I cried a lot and withdrew into my shell.

I have the added onus of ensuring that my twin brother (who I think looks at least ten years older than me, or perhaps I should say I look ten years younger) does not mention our age because it was in fact our ??th birthday and I am not at all happy that I have got older, but no wiser. Also, I LIE…. so don’t even ask me!

I have a few laughter lines (isn’t that what they call them) around my eyes and an odd grey hair and I’ve just had to buy the next size in jeans… not because my bottom has expanded, it has merely dropped, but because my waistline has kinda disappeared in that frightening phrase, middle-aged spread… huh. So instead of wearing bottom hugging but I can’t breathe jeans, I have had to buy the next size with added ‘stretch’ which means my stomach is not in my throat, and there’s still a little room for expansion!

[…Jen, sweetheart, I have since learned that your size 6 is our size 10 so I don’t hate you after all and now I don’t feel so bad; but it’s my size 10’s that are cruelly teasing me in my wardrobe]!

I have a wonderful friend who torments me because I am exactly two weeks older than him… I have to remind him that my birthday would have been in the middle of November if I wasn’t a month premature. I’ll try any trick.

Also, I am a sucker for lotions and potions and I was totally gutted when I learnt last week that Clinique are in trouble for the claims they made about their Repairwear products… I have been using them religiously and, in truth, I haven’t seen any improvement. In my attempts to turn back time, I spend a fortune on moisturisers and body lotions and foot creams and sculpting and firming and toning lotions…. maybe I shall have to succumb to that knife. Does anyone have any tips that work, really work, other than wearing a sack over my head?

Everyone says you are as old as you feel… I’m not feeling anyone, but I do know I am at that age when I should know better and so happy I don’t!

Anyway I got through Wednesday and by yesterday I was back in good humour, the day was behind me, and I don’t have to think about it for another 364 days… should I live that long.

In fairness the children were lovely and bought me a new ipod and Rachel came home early from work and took me shopping and of course I HAD to buy another pair of shoes… didn’t I? Oh I must go back for the gorgeous lingerie I lovingly lingered over… another thing I am a sucker for so that even if I know I look like sh** on the outside, at least I’m wearing something pretty underneath… and say I get run over and the doctor at the hospital is the man of my dreams… sorry… got carried away there.

Later we all met up for dinner, me, my mama, Daniel (Rachel’s bf) Jamie and Lucy and I got nicely sozzled on margaritas as, hooray, I wasn’t driving. Yesterday morning at work, I had a coffee every half-an-hour….. hmmm and my boss was being especially nice and caring and generous (with the work) … okay he was sucking up with the sweet-talk and really overdoing it just to piss the others off in the office.

It is the one day in the year when I want to hide under the covers all day and make it disappear, but my friends and family do not allow me to forget it. I sincerely thank everyone for their good wishes, their kindness and their generosity both at home and through cyberspace. Jill, thank you for the special Bobby treat on your blog.

My world has grown for the better since meeting and getting to know you all. I wonder and am in awe of the talent in blogdom and I value the friendships we have made and the love we have for each other.

I wish each and every one of you a wonderful weekend and to those who share my faith, Shabbat Shalom



18 Responses to "ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER YEAR!"

Good afternoon (((((Ann)))

I must say that you are a beautiful woman who has raised wonderful children. It does not matter about the clothes or the hair because here in blogworld you can be whomever you choose. I sincerely hope that somebody out there treated you to a birthday surprise that allowed you to at least enjoy part of your day…or night nad gave you some hope and release of tension. I look forward to the weekend and future posts and poems. You are a very talented writer and I love how your thoughts can move and arouse the reader. The way you can converse and create a scene and dialogue that is real; that you can taste and smell the characters in your words.

I am so grateful that we have met, and that you have opened yourself to me in love and trust. I very, very much enjoy your company.



thank you seems inadequate, so a million thanks for everything

lotsa luv ann xxxx

Mark Twain’s comment about birthdays is that they “beat the alternative!”
As for potions, try the philosphy skin care line. I swear by “hope in a jar” and the serum “when hope is not enough.”
Glad the kids were good to you and you are a woman after my own heart adding yet another pair of shoes to your collection and heading back for the lingerie!
Love, Kate

You are a dear, sweet, lovely woman and you give us all a great gift everyday – YOU. We are all fortunate to be even a small part of your world.

I am beginning to wish that I didn’t have a birthday, either… but I do LOVE the presents!! *LOL*

Ann: Friday with my Boaz. Life is blessed that is for sure. Our newest Jewish Princess is so pretty. Thank you for sharing them with us. Everytime I see their pictures I can feel my uterus cry for more. Then I speak with my teenager and get over it quickly. She was so embarrased when I asked to sing happy bd to you in hebrew but that’s life. I love and cherish you. 🙂

Happy Birthday Ann,

Wishing you God’s blessings. May this year bring you and your beautiful family peace and happiness. And alas may a certain someone finally send you that special letter.

Shabbat Shalom

Anon A

Happy Birthday Ann!!! I loved the pics of the kids and those quotes as well. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Best wishes for much love, luck, health and happiness now and always!

I am not going to say a word about how you choose to receive your birthday – it’s a very personal thing. I will say that for me, I don’t give a shit about my age but I swear, I will NEVER EVER disclose my weight – which is so stupid because you can’t hide the effects of weight but age can be deceiving. Either way, when you are surrounded by such a beautiful family, and such a beautiful next generation, I can assure you they will look to you with love and pride and joy – with no regard for the size of your jeans. I truly wish you a wonderful year ahead filled with absolutely everything you wish for yourself. I am so pleased to have found you and who knows Ann, one day we might be able to say how wonderful it has been to meet each other. Thank you for sharing of yourself so generously. Shabbat Shalom. xoxo (and indeed, a chag free weekend) but P.G., may we all enjoy celebrations rather than sorrows.

I truly wish you the best. It is amazing the way you put yourself out there with such lovely support and encouragement to others. All that good stuff will fly right back to you when you need it. For now enjoy your beautiful family and have a wonderful weekend! Just think of all the good thoughts being generated throughout the world about you. It is a gift to be such a kind soul.

happy belated birthday….i think??? i dont relish them anymore either, but better than the alternative! i enjoy your wit and creativeness….wish i could be as clever as you are with the pen…or in our case the keyboard! many many good wishes to you…jacky

Ann, what a touching post. Happy Belated Birthday! I don’t get around blogdom like I used to (the little matter of making a living sorta gets in the way) but I do think of you, Boaz, and Moriah every Friday. It makes my weekend! As for the age…my philosophy is…I don’t give a rip. I’ve EARNED these years, baby! You are such a joy to so many, Ann…thank you for being out there 🙂

Happy ??th birthday Ann!

Thank you for the pictures of Boaz – cute as ever 🙂

YOU ARE A LIVING, BREATHING DOLL and I have No Idea Whatsoever why you fuss about your looks or your age. Now that you’ve opened the crypt and I KNOW, I’m not going to let you get away with this beating yourself up bit. You’re beautiful and earthy and funny and curious and there’s a warmth and humor in your eyes that only comes from a few years on the planet. That being said, I am freaking out about my own age and find it intriguing that this week I lamented the lines under my eyes and the breakout on my chin. Nice combo, that. Women are so hard on themselves. Even if you didn’t, I celebrated the day you were born and thanked G-d that He sent me such a good, good friend. I love you!

Belated Happy Birthday, Ann.

Those quotes are just great – how do you always come up with the mots justes?

Happy Belated Birthday Ann!!

Thanks for the pics of the babies,too.I am NOT broody,I am Not broody 🙂

Eliza xxxxxx

Ann!!! Happy Belated!!!

May you not only live to 120, may you find the proper face cream that gives you the miraculous results you deserve. May you then share the name of said cream on your blog. I’m sorry I missed your day (and you’re a twin, very interesting). Very good point on the lingerie which reminds me I think I need some new nice underthings myself!

Your family is beautiful – thank you for sharing them with us. Best to you in the year ahead. And I am so glad to have met you here in the Blogosphere. You’re a real gem.


Oh and good for you on BonJovi!!!

I reached 60 last November and am now going backwards! LOL

I’m a firm believer in ‘you’re as old as you feel’, unfortunately somedays I feel 90! LOL

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