Another Best Gift Ever

5 Oct

Did I not promise you I would blather on and on about my birthday?  Am I not a woman of my word?

I can’t let it go because I received so many lovely gifts, I have to share them all with you.  And because it gives me something to blog about when the ideas box is empty.

Elaine asked if you would see the beautiful jumper Viv sent me.

Yes, you will.  You would have seen it yesterday but the self-portrait I took of me wearing it was so awful, I didn’t want to share it.  As I have shown you some horrendous pictures of me in the past, you know it must be bad.

I would have taken a photo of the jumper on its own but I was wearing it and I didn’t want to take it off.  I haven’t taken it off since it arrived, except for sleeping and showering (which I needed to do because I haven’t taken off the jumper since it arrived).  The only reason you get a pic today is because I’m blogging in my pyjamas (if my ideas box stays empty, you may get a post about my pyjamas.  I’m definitely planning one about my slippers).

Here it is:

I love it.  Chunky cable knit with an owl – how could I not?  Best gift ever.  Thank you again, Viv.

I also received virtual gifts.  Elizabeth gave me an amazing doodle:

“Happy Belated Birthday to you! :-)
¸¸.•*¨*•░H░A░P░P░Y░(¯`’•.¸ *♥♥♥* ¸.•’´¯) ░B░I░R░ T░H░D░A░Y░ (¯`’•.¸*♥♥♥*¸.•’´¯) Hope you enjoyed YOUR special day!
║╚╦═╦═╦═╦╦╗ ║╚╦═╦═╦═╦╦╗ ║╚╦╦═╣╚╣╚╦╝╠═╦╦╗
║║║╬║╬║╬║║║ ║║║╬║╬║╬║║║ ║╬║║╔╣╔╣║║╬║╬║║║
╚╩╩╩╣╔╣╔╩╗║ ╚╩╩╩╣╔╣╔╩╗║ ╚═╩╩╝╚═╩╩╩═╩╩╩╗║
¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy Birthday .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥Happy Birthday to youuuuu ♪♫•*¨*•.¸.•*¨*•♫

Momopolize gave me a link to the greatest cake ever made:

See the decorations at the bottom?  If you don’t know what they are, go here for a close-up.

I received many, many good wishes from you, my lovely readers; thank you.  I really do appreciate them.

And finally, this, from Janie Jones:

You’re so ugly,

You’re so ugly,

You’re such an ugly child.

The clothes you wear are way out of style.

You look like an ape every time that you smile.

Oh how I hate you,

You alligator bait, you.

Why don’t you dry up and die?

You’re just a knock-kneed, pigeon-toed, worn out shoe,

There was a curse on your family and it fell on you.

Your teeth are yellow,

You don’t smell mellow,

You’re such an ug-aaa-leee chiiiiiild!

She must have seen that photo I suppressed.

As Miss Whiplash commented, my friends sure do know how to show their appreciation.  Go on over to Janie’s original post and thank her for me.

And no abuse!  She totally gets me.  I thought it was hilarious.  I’m considering eating a Malteser in her honour.  I might take a photo of me doing it.  

On the other hand, I don’t want to get chocolate on my lovely new jumper…

46 Responses to “Another Best Gift Ever”

  1. misswhiplashmisswhiplash October 5, 2012 at 11:48 #

    The jumper was ‘ace’ not too sure about the poem but as she is your friend I guess she knows you well enough to insult you and get away with it


  2. Elaine - I used to be indecisive October 5, 2012 at 11:55 #

    It is indeed a most wonderful jumper! I can see why you wouldn’t want to take it off. 🙂 Clever Viv.


    • Elaine - I used to be indecisive October 5, 2012 at 12:09 #

      I saw the most fabulous cake recently, at a friend’s lunch party – it was a square chocolate cake, edged with two-finger KitKats standing upright. The KitKats came a little way above the top of the cake and the resulting area was filled entirely with….Maltesers! I wish I had taken a photo. It was delicious in case you were wondering… 🙂


  3. gertygiggles October 5, 2012 at 12:29 #

    Beautiful jumper, what a cleaver knitter Viv is, I don’t think I’d have taken it off either. How’s the Malteser diet going by the way?


  4. sharechair October 5, 2012 at 12:37 #

    Just beautiful! A skill I admire so very much. I’d love to learn.


  5. Janie Jones October 5, 2012 at 12:38 #

    It takes a special kind of person to enjoy that birthday song, I am so glad you found it as funny as I do. Alas, I cannot take credit for writing it. I don’t know the author, but we used to sing it in our high school choir for birthdays. For some reason people were a lot less offended being sung that song by a 100 person choir then they are by one lone person…

    Love the jumper, I would ask Whooo sent it to you, but you already told us it was Viv.


  6. laurieanichols October 5, 2012 at 12:41 #

    I love cable knit sweaters, yours is beautiful. I’m glad that you were treated like the queen that you are Tilly. You see how you make so many people smile every day. It is only right that you reap the rewards.


  7. jmgoyder October 5, 2012 at 13:08 #

    Gimmee that jumper before your Malteser it!


  8. adinparadise October 5, 2012 at 13:42 #

    Wow, Viv is a real Knitwit. 🙂 That jumper is stunning beyond words. Lucky you. The cake is…Um…very colourful and it bit young for you. As for the poem, I would have cried and cried and sent Janie Jones to her brother Davy’s locker. 🙂


  9. mairedubhtx October 5, 2012 at 14:10 #

    What I want to know is, why you Brits call jumpers jumpers and we Yanks call them sweaters? That has always puzzled me. Jumpers to us are sleeveless dresses worn over a shirt or blouse and usually used for school uniforms. How strange our language is. By the way, it is a beautiful jumper.


    • vivinfrance October 5, 2012 at 14:23 #

      What you call a jumper, to us is a pinafore dress.


    • katharinetrauger October 5, 2012 at 20:24 #

      Me too. I wonder why the big difference in vocab, there, and alsothink it is beautiful, whatever it is. 🙂


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife October 8, 2012 at 11:48 #

      Because you won the war in 1776! When you declared yourselves free of British tyranny, that included language. You set about changing awkward spellings and using what you considered to be more sensible words. But you got purse and pocketbook wrong – it’s a handbag and a purse 🙂


  10. sarsm October 5, 2012 at 14:25 #

    Now if it had had a chicken on it, it would have gone with the rubber egg. Just saying. 😉

    I have never been able to knit. My mother despaired of me. I have always admired people who can create beautiful things with their own hands. Viv has so much talent.


  11. gigihawaii October 5, 2012 at 14:51 #

    So that is what you call a jumper. I thought a jumper was a pair of pants connected to a square over the bodice connected to a pair of straps over the shoulders and down the back. At any rate, it is lovely.


    • Pseu October 5, 2012 at 23:47 #

      I think that’s a jump suit….


  12. kiwidutch October 5, 2012 at 14:54 #

    I hear, you Viv… you didn’t knit it… but you did send it and it’s lovely!

    Regarding the Malteser cake, I’m now telling myself off because we visited the UK during the summer and I *totally forgot* to buy some so that I could find out what they taste like.
    Talk about “duh!” (smacks palm to forehead).


  13. Vicki October 5, 2012 at 17:23 #

    Love the sweater! I used to collect owl figurines.


  14. Perfecting Motherhood October 5, 2012 at 17:52 #

    Beautiful sweater! I bet you’ll be wearing it all winter long. And spring. And summer. Does it ever get warm where you live? 😉


  15. momopolize October 5, 2012 at 20:10 #

    I’m so happy you liked the cake/cupcakes!!! It was totally the glitter, wasn’t it?? Hope they tasted good. 😉


    • momopolize October 5, 2012 at 20:12 #

      Funny part that I forgot to tell you…I saw that photo about a week ago and thought “I need to show that to Tilly Bud” before I even knew your birthday was coming up. As usual, I got distracted and didn’t send it…but once I realized it was ACTUALLY your birthday, I knew I HAD to!


    • Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife October 8, 2012 at 14:27 #

      No, it was totally the Maltesers 😀


  16. Piglet in Portugal October 5, 2012 at 22:26 #

    That is a lovely jumper and after our recent trip to the UK it’s so cold you certainly need it!


  17. bluebee October 6, 2012 at 03:31 #

    Rude friends are the best kind


  18. barb19 October 6, 2012 at 06:10 #

    I wouldn’t want to take it off either – I love it! Viv is a good friend to send it to you.


  19. grannymar October 8, 2012 at 08:51 #

    I love the silhouette owl on the front of your jumper. Maybe I should try doing something like that…*thinks* How can I get Buffy to stay quiet?


  20. eof737 October 8, 2012 at 09:56 #

    Excellent gift! Lucky you! 🙂


  21. evilnymphstuff October 9, 2012 at 06:38 #

    Miam I want part of this awesome cake!
    The jumper is so lovely indeed! The owl in the middle is so cute and the colour is wearable with anything.



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