Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Today I'm Sixty-Four

Some people may see this title as a shameless ploy for comments -- I might be one of them -- or just an homage to one of my favorite songs by the Beatles, "When I'm Sixty-Four." The song has been in my mind for a blog post title for months, and today, my friends, I am 64. I get to share my birthday with #RingoStarr and I am happy to give Ringo, who happily is still going strong, a birthday shout-out. Happy birthday, Ringo, and here's to many more years that we will share our birth day. Happy and healthy!

I'm home from my travels, and happy to report that my luggage decided to come home, too. I'm slowly unpacking and contemplating the mountain of laundry that is waiting for me. Yes, even on birthdays, there is laundry, if I want to have something to wear when I'm sixty-four. There was also grocery shopping first thing this morning and later this afternoon there will be a few errands, first of which will be taking my ailing iPad to the Apple Store. My body is still on Dublin time and though I woke up at my usual time, just before eight o'clock. But it was eight a.m. in Dublin and, unfortunately, three a.m. here. I'm hoping to make it awake to nine tonight and get myself back on a New York schedule.

I've been an inconstant blogger and it feels good to be back at the computer blogging away. I'm going to share pictures of the trip in no special order. My mind is also back in Dublin and that's where I'm going to start today. I had long wanted to visit Dublin -- maybe forty years -- and see the Book of Kells, and it more than lived up to my expectations. What I didn't expect was the beauty of the Trinity College Library, where the manuscript is housed. I felt as though I'd walked into a scene in Harry Potter, but it wasn't a film.

Trinity College Library, Dublin, founded by Queen Elizabeth I


This is the Ha'penny Bridge, one of the bridges that connects the North and South areas of Dublin, divided by the River Liffey. I was so lucky to be there at twilight. The toll for the bridge was once a ha'penny.

Sunset at Christ Church Cathedral

I had a wonderful long weekend in Dublin. Besides my visit to Trinity College, I visited the Dublin Castle, the Beatty Library and its extraordinary manuscript collection and the National Gallery of Ireland. But I also just enjoyed the city, wandering down medieval and Georgian streets and snapping lots of pictures. It was everything I'd hoped for and I'm already thinking about a return trip to see more of Ireland. 

The laundry calls. Thanks so much, blogger buddies, for sharing my trip, and as always for your friendship. I am a very lucky sixty-four year old and I don't feel a day over sixty-three. 

21 comments:

Blackberry Lane said...

Happy Birthday dear friend~
So happy to read about your lovely visit and these photos are gorgeous. Welcome home!

Terra said...

Happy birthday Carol and Ringo. I see we are in the same age bracket. If I visited the Trinity College Library I would NOT want to leave. Beautiful architecture, lovely and precious old books. Older than us, ha ha.

Lynda said...

Wow - - that ceiling!!! Gorgeous as is the bridge. Glad you are back home for your birthday.
Some of our friends are in your neck of the woods - - our church choir (over 100) are going to sing at Brooklyn Tabernacle tonight. They sang at Grand Central yesterday and Foley Square at lunch. They also did some mission work in a couple of area soup kitchens yesterday.
I forget that you are half a year older than me - - probably cuz you retired later than I did. I was just mentioning to my husband that next year (when I'm 64), I need to check in to a Medicare Supplement. We already know which one to get though since we went to a class about it a few months back. It is a BCBS for about $200 a month - - but - - - it covers everything Medicare doesn't - - so no out of pocket deductible! Hopefully it will still be that good a deal when it's my turn.

Connie said...

For what it's worth, I've been using, "When I'm Sixty-Four" as my ring tone for at least 10 years - waaaay before I was 64 :) Happy Birthday, again!

Sr. Ann Marie said...

A very happy birthday and many blessings! I hope your day is special in every way and filled with all good things!

Julie Corbisiero said...

Happy Birthday! Welcome back home and thanks for sharing some photos of Dublin! Take it easy today!
Julie

Kerin said...

Wishing you a most happy birthday!!
How wonderful to have seen so many great sites on your trip, and to put a check mark next to those things that you had been wanting to see :)

Best of luck getting back on your schedule, and thanks again for sharing your trip memories, and photos with us. Love it!

k and c's mom said...

The happiest of birthdays to you, Carol! I've been reading your blog for over five years now and feel richer for that. Glad you loved Ireland. I went a few years ago and felt the same way. You do NOT look 64! Blessings on you and your special day.

Simply Linda said...

Happy, Happy Birthday sweet friend!!! Glad your luggage made it home (smiles). Hope you have a lovely remainder of the day. Blessings

Nellie said...

Happy Birthday to you! I will write this on my calendar!

So glad you have had a wonderful trip and a safe return home.

Melinda said...

Glad you are home safe and had a grand trip.

Happy Birthday to you my friend!

Get some rest.

M : )

Ordinary J said...

Happy Birthday!!! I can see that life is great at 64!!! 64 is a far far away future for me, but it's good to see someone at 64 having a great time. Since my 21st birthday, I had been dreading about growing a year older...I always worry about being old and having no money to afford assisted living. Your travel photos help give me an optimistic boost in spirit.

TARYTERRE said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Enjoy!

Wandering Wren said...

Happy Birthday to you, I hope you have a good one! Enjoy being back into your regular routine with Blogging it is a lovely way to prolong your holiday. We love seeing your Ireland photos so keep them coming!
Wren x

Sola Scriptura said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I'm really enjoying your holiday photos and seeing these amazing places through your eyes!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Happy Birthday! I'm glad you shared more pictures of your trip. I especially loved the sunset picture !

Theresa said...

Welcome home and happy birthday! I know that you had a great trip, it shows in the pictures:) Have a blessed day and rest up! Sending HUGS and PRAYERS your way!

Ronda said...

Happy Birthday, Carol!

Susie said...

Happy Birthday Kiddo. :) Laundry waits for no woman. LOL. I love getting back home from travels...but that is the worst , all that laundry. Hope you can get back into the swing of NYC living. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Chatty Crone said...

Oh dear friend - HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU and many more. Hope you had the best one ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy happy birthday! And guess what...now you are as old as ME! We were born the same year! I've really enjoyed catching up on your travel photos tonight. You had quite an adventure. And now that you're rested up some, you probably feel even younger! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs, Diane