01 October 2009

for you

So...today is my birthday. Since I already told you way more than you ever wanted to know about me last year, I don't feel that I need to do that again this year. And I'm not going to write twenty-seven things that I want to do during this, my twenty-seventh year on this earth. In fact, I don't even know that I'm going to write a fall manifesto. This season, I'm feeling the need to be manifesto-less. To just go with what I have in front of me. And believe, what's in front of me is quite a lot right now.

Instead, this year, I thought I'd offer you all a little thank you. You see, over these past few years of blogging, I've been fortunate enough to meet some truly incredible people, people who I now consider to be true friends. A few months ago, I acquired a new pen pal. It's funny how many letters I've written to people I've met over the internet. Shanna is such an inspiration to me. Her posts are always insightful and thought-provoking. Her words dig deep and her photographs and drawings are simply beautiful. She has a sweetie pie puppy (who I happen to think would be great friends with my own sweetie pie puppy). And, perhaps most importantly, she shares my deep love for the season we've just entered:: fall.

I wrote a little bit last week about my love for fall. But really, it's the hot cereal, the tea, the tights and boots, the sweaters and hats and scarves, the crisp mornings, the layers upon layers, the bundling up and the cozying up. In truth, I'm really a homebody. And fall allows you to be just that. It is the perfect excuse for me to be who I really always want to be. A putterer.

And so, in thanks to all of you, and all of the inspiration that I find in this community every single day. And, of course, in celebration of the greatest season of the year. Shanna and I have made you all a little treat. Something to keep you company during all those hours spent on the computer. It's a desktop wallpaper calendar! Just click on the image above to open it in a new window, then click once more to enlarge it and then right-click or control-click to save the photo on your computer and set it as your desktop on your computer, and it'll keep you company all fall long. Enjoy!

PS: I've got a new fall banner up too, for those of you reading this in a reader...check it out!


  1. Happing birthday, dear friend and puttering soul mate. I could not have said it better myself! Love, love, love to you!! S

  2. Have a wonderful birthday Julia! You deserve it!

  3. Thank you ladies for the calendar and Julia I hope you have a super wonderful awesome amazing day! :)

  4. happy birthday to you. happy birthday to you. happy birthday, dear julia! happy birthday to you. and many many mooore...

  5. Happy birthday!
    hope it is just perfect.
    I think you are an old soul:)

  6. everything you just said about fall... yeah. absolutely perfect. i am a putterer at heart too :) and happy to be in this, the coziest of seasons!

    happy birthday lady... hope this year rocks.

  7. great calendar! happy birthday to you

  8. i totally get the puttering at home thing and thus don't often really get "dressed up". But, today, in your honor, i'm going to change to skirt, tights, and boots!

    again, happy birthday, julia.

  9. here's to puttering, from a fellow putterer! happy happy birthday, beautiful!

  10. oh, happy birthday to you, julia! the calendar is wonderful - thank you. big hugs - i hope you have a fantastic celebration.

  11. thank YOU.

    for being awesome
    for being super
    for being funny as hell
    for finding my keys
    for being an old friend from the moment we met
    for being a friend for life
    for being my juliaface

    happy birthday, beautiful lady. love you.


  12. Fun! Thank you for the gift. And if I didn't say it enough last night - Happy Birthday!

  13. this year is going to be awesome julia, i can just tell.

  14. happy birthday, Julia! The calendar is awesome. I hope this is a good year, and a good season especially!