Post 2a - Birthday Thanks

Below is my birthday thank you post I added to my Facebook wall after my birthday on the 14th of August. I appreciate not everyone has access to my Facebook page, so I wanted to share the message here as well.

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Thanks everyone for your birthday wishes.

The fun started the evening before, when I was watching the Perseid meteor shower with my dog Satch. We have fairly dark skies where I live, enough to faintly make out our arm of the Milky Way, and see hundreds of stars. I managed to see a few shooting stars, with a few more that were so faint, I wasn’t sure if I imagined them.

Location of the Perseid meteor shower, named after the constellation of Perseus. The cutoff disk in the top right of the image is the galaxy of Andromeda. If you read my next post (Astronomy & Ecuador), I've explained how to find these in the night sky (Northern Hemisphere only).

Location of the Perseid meteor shower, named after the constellation of Perseus. The cutoff disk in the top right of the image is the galaxy of Andromeda. If you read my next post (Astronomy & Ecuador), I've explained how to find these in the night sky (Northern Hemisphere only).

One of them though was HUGE. It resembled more of an orangey-white fireball in the sky than a shooting star. Satch seemed to be baffled about what was going on, and seemed to rather be inside than in my back garden, amongst the stars and the crickets.

Afterwards, I had some lemon cake and ice cream (the cake made by my friends Nicky and Fran). I saved a bite for my Satch, and let him lick the bowl. This made him happy.

The next morning, my mom and two sisters prepared a surprise for me. They’d fetched a tasty chocolate birthday cake and inflated a ridiculous amount of balloons. I made a wish, and was just about able to blow out all the candles. I had 6 candles on the cake, presumably each one representing 5.5 years of my life.

We then headed to a silent meditation retreat for a day, in the West Country near Frome (pronounced “froom”). In the spirit of the occasion, my phone was off all day. Hence it’s taken me longer to post this, and get back to everyone.

At the retreat, everyone was frightfully nice to me, as I presume my sister had briefed a few of them about my health challenges. Either that, or she had some major dirt on people, and decided she wasn’t going to take any prisoners.

It was a chilled out day listening to various talks, and napping during them if I felt tired. There were a few moments during the day where either the whole group, or different people would offer me various forms of healing. This was particularly wonderful, as almost everyone had never met me before.

As the day was drawing to a close, I decided to leave during the early evening. Another slice of cake before bedtime was my reward.

It’s really good to hear from everyone, and hope you all enjoyed your Tuesday.

Thanks

Harnaik