Surrounded by nothing and yet everything fabulous, I celebrate my 27th birthday today. I had been feeling a little sorry for myself because I'm the only member of my immediate family celebrating a birthday in our rental. While Axel and Jahred both enjoyed their parties in our circa 1924 bungalow, it was not to be for me.
Although up until today I insisted that this birthday would be a terrible reminder of everything I am missing this year, it was just the opposite.
I have been dreaming of a greenhouse in our next back yard; somewhere I can admire beautiful things all year long. Yesterday, to my surprise, Jahred transformed the balcony into just that. He built a lovely portable greenhouse of his own design. There is room for a heating device, a grow light, plenty of plants and if I am really desperate, yes, I fit. In our next home, it will become my seed starting shelter, but for now, it's more of a home than the other shared walls, used carpet and elephants that live upstairs.
In the company of my new tropical paradise I opened presents with family today. Axel was pleased to blow out my candle, and although this year has been more "bitter sweet" than "sweet sixteen", I may just survive to see 28.
Thanks to my family for surprises and simplicity, just the way I like it.
Ok, really, this greenhouse rocks. I wish you all could see it in person.
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