Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Happy Birthday by Tottering


My mum sent this card to Himself and comes from an amazing collection called, appropriately, Tottering. Give the reclining figure a beard and substitute the labrador for a scruffy Jack and you have a true indication of The Sick Bed.

Many thanks for all your good wishes. He is improving, albeit very slowly which is good news. I'm shattered but nothing that a bit of rest won't cure.

But it's a big day for Himself - a Big One. Rather too big for us to mention in fact.

He has managed to haul himself out of The Sick Bed and, weather permitting, we will go and have a drive somewhere in the sunshine – or that's the plan. Then a quiet night in with a DVD.

Reading this makes me laugh. His other 14 birthdays since I've known him have all been somewhat energetically enjoyed in the pub and then with more liquid refreshment at home. Every year he says he doesn't want to do anything, and every year I secretly phone a few friends and we agree to meet in the pub – just for an hour or so. And every year he thoroughly enjoys himself.

This year will be a more sober affair, as we're postponing celebrations until he feels better. But as a friend said in an email today, he has turned very chic. My husband has been called many things in his life but chic is not one of them. It came about like this.

He has decided, since the GP said that he could drink alcohol if he wanted, to try vermouth. (The antibiotics seem to have done something to his taste buds so he no longer enjoys wine, beer or coffee.) So for the last few nights, as his health improves, he's been sitting up in bed, with a glass of vermouth to hand.

So picture us on the eve of his birthday, settled on The Sick Bed. Himself and I lying in (or on my case on) the bed, Mollie sprawled luxuriously over the duvet, watching telly with a glass of vermouth to hand.

I should add that Himself has the glass of vermouth, not Mollie.

Cheers!

20 comments:

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

Cheers. I am partial to a glass of vermouth too. Lovely with ice or lemonade too!

Flowerpot said...

I like the dry one, Addy, whereas Himself likes half dry and half sweet!

Talli Roland said...

Wow, that is very chic! Vermouth!

Hope Himself has an acceptable birthday pending bigger celebrations!

Lane said...

That does sound chic. And very comfy!

Happy Birthday to Himself and I hope he's feeling even better very soon.

Grump said...

I get the picture of the bed with the telly on at the end and the three of you ensconced. Have Himself tried the guiness in the can a very smooth drop and good for the water works.
Hi Molls xx

Amanda said...

Great card!

I hope Himself soon feels well enough to celebrate his BIG birthday
x

Flowerpot said...

Talli - vermouth sounds chic doesn't it? If only you could see HImself...!

Flowerpot said...

Lane - thanks. He's firmlyin bed watching athriller - minus the vermouth, being 9.45am!

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Grump will pass on the message about the Guinness - we both need feeding up!

Flowerpot said...

Mandy - I think it's such a clever card. Makes me want to buy the lot!

Akelamalu said...

Happy Birthday to Himself.

Lying in bed watching a DVD drinking Vermouth - I can think of worse ways to spend a birthday. ;)

Shirley Wells said...

I love that card. Brilliant!

Happy Birthday to Himself. Hope he's feeling better very soon.

Flowerpot said...

Exactly, Ak. Though the novelty has faded somewhat!

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Shirley!

Debs said...

I don't think I've ever tried vermouth. Happy belated birthday to Himself, I hope he had a good day and I'm glad he's feeling much better.

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Debs. Sadly the poor fellow has yet another infection and feeling terrible.

Ellee Seymour said...

I think the Vermouth is a good idea. Happy Birthday wishes to Himself, and here's wishing him a good recovery.

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Ellee - sadly he's gone down hill rather quickly but hope he will be better soon.

Philipa said...

I'm so glad your man is on the mend, FP. It must be such a relief. Best luck for a continued and speedy recovery. I hope you both enjoyed a quiet birthday :-) Washed down with a dry martini? Shaken not shtirred.

If you have some time to sit then I've gone mad over at mine - 5 new blog posts. I do hope you can pop by x

Flowerpot said...

Phil - 5 blogposts! Will pop over!