Happy Birthday to me – the Covid birthday!

I’m now officially another year older

I don’t feel too different, except that I’m now 62.

Another year has flown by! I was quite happy with turning the number 60, two years ago, and I don’t feel any older than I did back then, but I suppose I can say I’m now in my ‘early’ 60s! I’m one of the lucky ones 🙂

Gift of age
The gift of age

So far this is the oldest I’ve ever been

It seems I have written a birthday post every year since I started blogging, it’s now become somewhat of a tradition. So here goes this year’s post 🙂

another birthday - image by Rosie did a thing
another birthday – image by Rosie made a thing

A quiet week

As the Mathematician and I tested positive for Covid (for the first time) late last week, we have had a quiet few days at home. Thankfully we’ve not been too ill but it was still a shock after all this time and sadly it appears to be circulating wildly around our town. Up until ‘that’ test I’d only ever had 1 PCR and 1 RAT (Rapid Antigen test) – not bad considering the number of years we’ve been living with it.

That means we haven’t been anywhere, seen anyone or done anything apart from read in the sun and do only the basic necessities. My birthday is a very different day to what I had planned. I was going to meet friends, chat, and be merry. The weekend was supposed to be a frenzy of Christmas parties, Rotary, Bookclub, Trail Riders but these all turned out to be no-go events. I didn’t really want to share my germs around.

Happy birthday to me
Happy birthday to me – 2021 – no cake for me this year

My RAT Story

I shared this on my Facebook page – it’s all true:

A funny rat story…I came home the other morning after dropping mum off at the airport for an early flight, and all the windows and doors were open, it was quite a fresh morning so the house was cold! Grant starts telling me a story about a rat, he’s at one end of the verandah and I’m at the other, and I assume he’s found and killed a rat 🐀 and is now trying to cleanse the smell from the house. (I admit to having hearing issues at times).

But no, it was a different kind of ‘RAT’ and he didn’t want me anywhere near him until I’d also ‘done a rat’. Long story short we are both at home for a few quiet days and no rats were killed in the making of this story. We are doing ok.

Travel Plans

We have plans to travel north to be with family in the next week or so and in a way it’s worked out well in that we’ve both had Covid at the same time and not waiting for one or the other to start showing symptoms. We’ve managed to stay busy and take time to rest as well.

We’re both fully vaccinated so hopefully that has helped us, and thankfully we’re fit and healthy with no underlying health issues. I feel for those who are suffering.

The Year of 2022

It’s been an interesting year, lots of good things happened (and a few sad ones too) – the highlight of course was travelling to England for a month for Dottie’s 3rd birthday, the last time we’d seen her was when she’d just come home from NICU and was still on oxygen; we’ve seen quite a lot of our children and grandchildren and had loads of fun with them; we’ve ridden hundreds of kilometres on our bikes; my sister turned 60 and we had a zoom party; I went up in a hot air balloon (with my daughter) for the first time; I saw Jane Eyre at the theatre in Brisbane with my friend Sue; I’ve read loads of good books and some not so good; I had my mum and sister visit for Mother’s Day; I had eye issues (which have resolved); I’ve enjoyed online fitness sessions with great friends; I’ve enjoyed another year of blogging with increased engagement….and now I have Covid!

Thanks to my photo app for creating this movie of me ‘over the years’ – heaps of great memories

December birthdays

Happy birthday to all the other December babies. I saw an article this week that says what we all know, the amount of gifts for those with December birthdays is far less than any other month 🙂 But it doesn’t really matter as long as we are thought of and remembered!!!!

December Birthday quote
December Birthday wish 🙂

Thanks for all the birthday messages I’ve been getting, it means a lot.

One of the best birthday presents I’ve ever received was this picture of our family. My daughters arranged it for my 60th as we couldn’t all be together and it hangs on my wall so that when I open my eyes each morning I look up and see my family smiling at me :). It sets up the day very well.

My lovely daughters had this made for me
My lovely daughters had this made for my 60th birthday

Thanks for joining me for my birthday.

Deb xx

Birthday Girl – 2013

Birthday thoughts – 2014

I just needed to crunch some leaves – 2015

Bring on 2017 – 2016

What makes the birthday girl so special – 2017

A birthday letter from me – 2018

A birthday letter to myself – 2019

Happy Beddian Birthday – 2020

Happy Birthday to me in snaps – 2021

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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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45 Replies to “Happy Birthday to me – the Covid birthday!”

    1. Oh Antoinette that dancing card made my day!!!! Donny Osmond was a favourite when I was younger. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness 🙂 and best wishes for your husband’s birthday next week too.

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    1. Happy birthday to your husband Ali, it’s been a cold wet day here so I’m hoping for the weather to warm up soon. My husband says covid has stopped him getting me anything so I’ll be waiting….


      1. Haha well that’s a good excuse
        I have none but he never wants anything anyway
        Sorry to say but the weather is glorious as I sit outside in the garden
        A well earned rest after being run ragged by my two little munchkins all day

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  1. Happy birthday Deb, despite joining the COVID club. It is lovely that you write a blog post for your birthday each year. So great to look back on each of your birthdays and what you did. I’m sure you and Grant are looking forward to your time with family up North over the Christmas break. Enjoy your special day because you are very special xx

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  2. Hi Deb – a big happy birthday to you and I love that family illustration of you all too – I was quite envious of it when you first put it up. Sorry about the dreaded covid – we’ve been fortunate to escape it so far, but I’m sure our time will come. Everyone we know (vaxed and unvaxed) have said it was just a bad cold for them, so I’m hoping we’ll be the same – it appears to be the case for you guys and that must be a relief.

    I hope you enjoy your day with lots of Facetime and messages to let you know how loved you are. Wishing you all the very best for a great day and a speedy recovery – roll on Christmas!

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    1. Hi Leanne, it’s turned cold and wet again today so not the sunny bright day I had planned! But I’ve had a nice day, found a new series to watch on TV and have loads of lovely messages, including yours, thanks so much!


  3. Happy birthday, beautiful YOU!! I am sorry you tested positive for Covid but I am thankful you and the Mathematician have not been terribly ill. We have both had something for six weeks (not Covid) that has kept us doubled over with a cough. Our clinics are full of sick folks and our drugstore shelves are empty of all cold related products.

    So glad you were able to be with precious Dottie on her 3rd birthday. We are traveling to be with my only grandson, Declan, on his first birthday. He struggled on the day he was born and my daughter coded three times during and after the delivery. We are so thankful to have them both with us.

    Hope you are able to keep your holiday plans. Allow yourself to continue taking things slowly, reading in the sun!! Relapse is the worst!!

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    1. Thanks so much Leslie, I can’t believe Declan will be one soon! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the time with him and your daughter, what an ordeal they went through.
      Our plans will go ahead I’m sure and I appreciate your good wishes and advice!


  4. Happy birthday Deb. Bummer that you and Grant have Covid but sounds like you’re recovering and coping with your usual resilience and good humour. For the record Doug got Covid on his birthday this year too (Aug) and me as well straight after so I can sympathise. Enjoy your birthday nonetheless and your upcoming trip. Wishing you love, sunshine and warmth my friend. 😍

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    1. Hi Miriam, thanks so much for popping by to wish me a happy birthday! Poor Doug, not much fun having it as a birthday present! Really looking forward to heading north soon :). Enjoy the season!

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  5. Happy birthday Deb! What a shame your plans have had to be cancelled, but looking on the bright side, you will both be fit and well for the ‘Big Day’ in a couple of weeks! Hope you are able to soon reschedule all your postponed celebrations x

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  6. Happy Birthday Deb. So sorry to hear that you’ve had covid Deb. But good to hear that you’ve had mild symptoms. To find a positive. At least you will be recovered by Christmas. Welcome to the sixties. I’ve found them to be fabulous and fun.

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  7. Being that I share a December birthday with you, Debbie, I get the birthday gift combo for Christmas. Now I don’t care–the joke with my family is if we want something we just buy it for ourselves, LOL! Sorry about your bout with covid–and your first time even! My neighbors got it for the first time too back in September–they were both pretty sick! I’m traveling to San Diego this weekend and you can bet I will be wearing a mask on the plane and using hand sanitizer–no flu no covid!! BTW, I just love that family portrait–really cute! If I don’t see you in the blogosphere in the next 2 weeks, have a lovely holiday and stay well, my friend!

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    1. Hi Terri, I know you get the combined present thing! I usually make a joke of it to and family know my thoughts by now 🙂 Stay safe with your travels and enjoy! The family portrait is such a great present and I love it too. Thanks again for your wishes.

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  8. Sorry you had COVID on your birthday but very happy that you weren’t too ill. My hubs and I had it recently too – also fully vaccinated so not too sick either. Love your birthday blog.
    My daughter is right between Christmas and New Year. When she was a kid we would have a big party for the whole class on the last day of school – round about 10th Dec – before everyone disappeared for the holidays!

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  9. I had the same barely sick version of Covid you did. I like to think we are done wirh it now but not so sure…. love your attitude about life and birthdays and am happy I found my way to your fun blog. Bernie

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  10. Hi Debbie
    happy birthday – very belated, sorry.
    We were tested Covid positive a couple of days ago. Fortunately, we do not suffer too much, just having a blocked nose and cough a little. It is the first time for us as well and we make the best of it.
    We suppose you have recovered.
    Wishing all the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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