Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Turning 110

Leon turned 60 last month. Next month, I will turn 50 (I'm getting to the point where I can say that without hyperventilating). So this past weekend, roughly midway between the two birthdays, we threw ourselves a combined 110th birthday party.

The birthday boys toast each other
We were able to use the Museum as a party space. It was a lovely party. The weather was unbelievable. It was beautifully sunny and hit 80 degrees. The party had been planned for an event space in the Museum- but we had been told that we could also use the adjoining terrace if the weather was nice. I've been expresssing skeptecism since we made the arrangements last summer- but the weather turned out to be more than just nice.

Party guests enjoy the amazing weather

We had a beautiful cake (chocolate cake, raspberry mousse filling and chocolate ganache frosting), wine, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and the company of several dozen good friends.

Cutting the cake

It was a real treat to be able to take my friends through the butterfly exhibit. Many had never seen it before.

Some of our friends in the Butterfly Haven

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At 18:50, Blogger Doug said...

Happy Birthday to both of you!

Mother Nature was celebrating along with you.

That cake sounds decadently delicious!

At 19:50, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday to Leon and happy future birthday to you!

As I read on another blog"
2 ewes
2 ewes
deer Doug and Leon
2 ewes

At 23:20, Blogger Ur-spo said...

such a lovely couple
that better be geritol in those cups.

At 06:17, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to the two of you!

I'm not 50 yet, but I can see it from where I stand.

I guess my invitation got lost in the main, else I would have been there to wish you well in person.

At 08:13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an awesome cake!
(and party!)

Happy to both of you :)

At 12:43, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to both of you!!!

That cake looks beautiful ... I'm sure yummy too!!!!

And what a wonderful place to celebrate!!! I love the Haven ...

btw, shall I add, now I have images of about 50 butterfly species from the Haven ...

At 17:51, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to both of you. That looks like a great time. And I love the term "geekery".

At 20:59, Blogger steve'swhirlyworld said...

You two are HOT! Happy Birthdays to the two of you! May you have 50 more!

At 09:20, Blogger Doug Taron said...

First of all, thanks to all for the well wishes.

Doug- Mother Nature really was celebrating. It hit 80 that afternoon.

Lem- Thanks.

Spo- Hey, watch it. Your not that far behind me.

Pablo- Thanks. Well, I'm not 50 yet, either. And I will keep reminding myself of that for the entire next month until it happens.

bug girl- I knew you'd like the cake inscription.

jyoti- Thanks. BTW your new Ulysses Swallowtail pix on your blog are amazing.

rcw- Geekery is a term I've picked up from a bunch of other folks' blogs. I like it, too.

Whirly Steve- *blush*

At 12:52, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG I went from totally jealous because I wasn't invited to totally cracking up over the comments. Geritol leads to social dancing I bet!

And I agree with Steve, you are smokin'!

Still jealous though.....

At 13:08, Blogger Gary Lee Phillips said...

Sorry we had to miss it. Looks like it was a fun event.

I'm waiting to worry about my age until I turn 100. ;p

At 19:36, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with Pablo! I SHOULD have had an invitation. I'm the only one older than you both so can give strong advice about, you know, getting into the later years of your late youth! Hah. Everything looked fabulous for two fabulous people, I'm proud to even know "who" you are let alone have a cheese making kit because we became acquainted this way. BEAUTIFUL party, wish we'd been there to sing the song! I just turned 61.....turning 50's NOTHING, I tell you, NOTHING! And YOU BOTH still have your hair, dammit.


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