MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
Blue, resist the urge to use facebook. You can do it. Good luck.
Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's Oh So Quiet


It's oh so still.

Saturday is my birthday. The magic number this time is... 44. Yeah, I know. See, I had planned to finish this fun Happy-Birthday-to-Me drawing I've been working on for some time now with all of you lovely folks in it doing crazy stuff and what not, but I'm afraid there just aren't enough hours in a day for me to meet that deadline. Why? Well, because I've been working 80 hours a week to meet 8 work-related deadlines, is why. (Yeah, I know.)

Press me, baby!

Or maybe ─ just maybe ─ I'm getting old. Shut up, Blue. You're young! Thank you. I so needed to hear you say that. Plus I'm told Canela Kitchen's Gloria Dear is baking a delicious birthday cake especially for me, so that's something to look forward to...

HERE IT IS:


I just wanted to thank you all for reading my blue posts these past few years. I've gotten to know some of you pretty well and if there's one thing I know for sure it's that you've broadened my mind in unexpected ways and I want to thank you for that too. They say, People come and people go, and that's as true as the gold I don't have. Or Bora. Some readers think, Hey, he's nuts. He hates politics! What's that all about? and run away, never ever to return. Others appreciate my writing even though I'm allergic to Google+ and Facebook. What I'm trying to say is... time's a-flying, but we're still here. You bet your sweet butt we are! And when I say here, I mean on this beautiful planet. You should see it from outer space. I bet it's a sight for sore n' blue eyes alike. All we need is a rocket.

So let's toast: Here's to us. May we stay as dazzlingly pretty and cute as we are today, both on the inside and the outside, and may our friendship continue to put a smile on our collective face for many years to come in an age when attention spans are a luxury some folks out there don't even want to be able to afford. Here's to us.

Now, where's my milk?

* * * 

Remember this one?

June 14, 2013

Or this one:



101 comments:

  1. Thank you for writing, Sir Blue! Your style is very personal and your art always makes me smile. May your deadlines be met, your work rightfully rewarded, and your future be bright (but not in a going-towards-the-light way). Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. For that light's a bit too bright. Thanks, Sarcastic Ninja.

      Delete
  2. Batman/cat works for me
    Billionaire and lots of cool toys to use at my sea
    Now where did they all go
    Yuck to 80 hours a week though
    Hopefully a happy birthday is had
    For the 44 at your pad

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm told
      It's official: I'm old
      Old blue sounds like Old Spice
      Still better than blue lice
      A Batcat car and Cat cave too
      Toys aplenty at your shoe
      Some joker must've nabbed them all
      Time to make that Batcat call
      44 at my door
      How many more
      Encore
      Encore

      Thanks, Pat

      Delete
  3. I luv u Blue. I am so joyful that we r blogging friends. U have listened to me so much this last year. The advice that u have given has been so appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. That's so kind of you to say that. Now all I need to do is learn how to take my own advice :) Sleep tight.

      Delete
  4. Happy Birthday, man! You're definitely not old. The very idea that anyone in their 40's is "old" is some archaic notion left over from back when most people died in their 20's, and reinforced by popular culture which is only popular because pre-teens and teens are the only people who have time to pass around such nonsense.
    Hold on, this isn't you saying "goodbye" is it? This better not be your blog-suicide note. So what if you're busy right now, you come better come back to blog again, ya' dick.
    And yeah, I remember that picture and how you excluded me. Of course I remember that.
    Again, you best not quit on us. Sorry, I don't know how to process regular hugs, let alone virtual hugs like the one you just gave.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You bet your Pickly Green butt I'm not going anywhere. So what you're saying is I'm as cute n' green as a baby chicken? Hey hey I feel so much better now. Ah the one where you were exluded... How could you forget...

      Processing virtual hugs is easy. All you need is a real doll that looks like me. See... problem solved. ;)

      Thanks, man!

      Delete
  5. Happy birthday! I love Bat Cat, btw. And being called nuts and a hater of politics would actually make you quite sane in my book.

    I don't do Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. THANK YOU!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pat the Batcat in the Hatt... Always there to come the recue when a Riot Kitty finds herself in dire distress, yes ma'am!

      Did I just call you ma'am? It must be my age.

      Hey, I'm sane after all. I will tell my Momma. She will be so pleasantly surprised.

      You're welcome!

      Delete
  6. Oh! And you are older than me, so thank you for that, too. ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Don't mention it! Kitties tend to be young.

      Delete
  7. Replies
    1. Don't tell me.... You want a big slice of that cake. Yes?

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  8. You mean 'dEzzlingly pretty'? :)
    I've tried to think of which sex position would 44 be in case you decide to spend the Bday in your Bday suit, but the imagination aint' serving me today....
    Are we having a party tomorrow? If Gloria is baking, I will take care of the blueberry blues I mean blueberry booze.....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's Saturday! Happy 44th, Sir Randy Mandy! May it not be true blue at least today!

      Delete
    2. Hi Dezz. You're right... I meant to say, 'dezzlingly pretty". As for what pisition... well, the only thing I'll be doing is lying on my couch. I'm not feeling too well today. Hey, it happens. But your comments always make me smile. Thanks. :)

      Delete
    3. hope Mongo the Bat can massage you a bit with his paws while you're lying on the couch.... How is Angie treating you on this Bluetastic day?

      Delete
    4. Mongo was fast asleep. Which is way of telling me I should give him a back rub. Angie's still in pain but kind as ever. Thanks for asking.

      Delete
    5. Hope the rest of your family is there today, Blue, to celebrate with you! Or your students, maybe.

      Delete
    6. No family this time. Maybe next year. No students either. It's oh so quiet... It's oh so still. :)

      Delete
    7. reminds me of my own birthday LOL.... Oh, Blue, we're so blue.... On the bright side I'd take you to a strip club if me was there.....

      Delete
    8. I'd rather let one of the strippers milk you, Blue.....

      Delete
    9. That's what I call... a birthday present.

      Delete
  9. 44 and considered 'old'?
    Heard of the roaring forties?
    So lucky to be in the fold
    And as one of the smarties

    No, it is way too young
    And lots more of birthdays
    Still open to lots of fun
    Have a grand day on Saturday!

    Many happy returns to you
    Happy Birthday Blue!

    Hank

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hank the Poetry Tank... There he is! Hello Hank. Yeah as I kiss my coach I'm trying to fool myself into thinking I'm young. I am young. I am young.... Oh it's hard work too... Thanks for your kind words and I'll stop by real soon. I could do with a rainbow.

      Delete
  10. Happy Birthday Blue:))) Great B-day post.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you very much. I will stop by your place when my energy levels are up again. Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  11. I might not get a chance to get on the Internet tomorrow.

    I want to wish u a Most Fabulous Happy Birthday on Saturday.

    I so hope that u and ur Angie will be feeling good on this day.

    Know that I care for u very much.

    Happy Birthday, my friend.

    Looking forward to spend many more birthdays with u.

    Stormy"Gumshoes"Marples and the "Professor"

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. It's been a fun day even if I'm not feeling too well. But this is not the day to be grumpy. ;) Hi, Professor Alex, my furry colleague.

      Delete
  12. MEEEE....OWWW :)
    My darling, darling blue, grumpy, handy Randylicious.. MWAH!
    I wish you an incredibly delicious birthday filled with magic, margaritas and mayhem! I hope your second, 22nd is filled with so much more than the first. Since we are collectively as one I shall be toasting the ' the wonder of you' with shakin' hips and a giant tequila sunrise this beloved Saturday and being truly thankful for all you bring batcat

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No one can meow like you, Jules! That's what I'd call a "proper" meow, alright. It makes me purrrrrr. You're wonderful, absolutely wonderful and I remember the day I first met you like it was yesterday. I feel privileged knowing you. Thanks. The 2nd 22 was filled with more....

      Delete
  13. Thought Im not in your draws dear Grumpy I MADE my cake for you!
    I will post right now and I want to whish you a happy happy Birthday with ANgie a big hug to both and hope you love the blueberry cake:)
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, you are in my drawings, Gloria. Scroll down a bit. Remember? :) We should fly again in December!

      Delete
    2. Ah yes I love this draw dear!
      Im happy you loved the cake!
      I think is delicious.
      You have to show Angie!
      Happy, happy birthday to a wonderful and lovely friend!
      And you are a baby:)
      ♡♥♡♥♡♥

      Delete
    3. She loves it! Baby Blue. That's me.

      Delete
    4. I feel sooo special today! Say it again!

      Delete
    5. oh, noes, he's flirting with the caterer :P

      Delete
    6. I want my cake and eat it too.

      Delete
  14. all of you are invited come on come with your cup of tea or coffe and eat a piece of cake for Grumpy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gloria!!! Look at you....showing off your sexy body in that santa outfit! Whoa...wee! Looking REALLY good! :) Thanks for letting us all share Blue's cake...it looks totally delish!

      Delete
    2. Haha! Yes Randy drawed me really sexy in this outfit lol
      Omy! He is sweet:)

      Delete
    3. Betsy, doesn't Gloria look great in that outfit?

      Delete
    4. I look sexy and I love it dear:)

      Delete
  15. A happy birthday to you, youngster. (You can't be old; you're younger than I am.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah that makes perfect sense to me. I feel young already. Thanks, Mr Silver Fox.

      Delete
  16. Oh my Blue's Birthday Cake looks YUMMY!!!!

    Gloria--I have those same dishes. I love them. I love roses/ivy.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Happy Birthday! 44? You are young. I hope you have fun. Be glad you're alive. Betty Hutton has died. I love your posts. They're the most.

    Love,
    Janie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Janie. I am glad I'm still alive. Good point.

      The most.... from coast.... to coast!

      Delete
  18. Happy, happy day to you, Blue! Here's to a wonderful day on Saturday as you celebrate your 44th! And look at Gloria spoiling you like this! Your head will get bigger, I think! haha. xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah there she is. Thanks, Betsy. Yeah, that's quite a cake Gloria made for her blue friend. Bigger? Is such a thing even possible? ;)

      Ha.

      Delete
    2. there are many different heads that can get bigger, you know.....

      Delete
    3. The thought had crossed my mind, but Betsy is a real lady, so I decided to shut my trap ;)

      Delete
  19. Happy Birthday Blue!
    I'm waiting for Saturday to greet you but I can't wait so here I am. I'll just find a way to greet you on my blog on Saturday ;)

    Cheers to 44 years! Sooo young!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Balut. Soooo young.... really? Not according to my students.... They're 22, so what do they know, right?

      Delete
  20. Happy, Happy Birthday Blue! I really hope you saved a slice of that cake for me. Blueberries are one of my favorite berries :)

    I have enjoyed getting to know you these past few months too. Here's hoping for many more years to enjoy your company, old man ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Look who's here... the one and only Theresa "mixed nuts" Mahoney. There's one slice waiting for you. Quite a big slice too.

      The feeling is mutual 100%. Old man... finally someone who sees things the way they are :)

      Delete
    2. Blue, why didn't you tell Theresa to come to the party in a gown? She says she never wore one... not even at her wedding.... imagine that... not that you and me ever wore one either.....

      Delete
    3. I didn't tell you because I thought I was having visions. Who says I never wore one?

      Delete
    4. You have? Pray do tell us more I'm all ears....

      Delete
  21. Well a big Happy Birthday because today is the day. That cake is a work of art and needs some serious eating. I'm glad you said you are still young because 44 is a perfect age. I hate to sound like a maudlin old broad, but they are all perfect, as I recall. Soon I am on my way to the farmers market and I will buy one potted yellow Coreopsis and plant it in my garden in honor of your 44th birthday. That is such a sunny yellow flower, one of the first to bloom in the spring and continues to bloom all summer. When I see it, I'll think of the Blue Grumper.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Today is the day I turned 44. Yeah, Gloria sure knows how to bake a blue cake. Looks absolutely delicious. If all ages are perfect, you won't hear me complain. One potted yellow Coreopsis, a sunny yellow flower... I feel honored, Manzanita. Thank you. That's so nice of you.

      Delete
    2. Your sunny yellow coreopsis is planted in my garden. Now it will have more meaning when I water it and weed around it. Not many people at the market today because it is rainy but that only means the plant got off to a great start. May your day be one to remember......always.

      Delete
    3. Sounds like a lucky plant already. If I were a plant, what kind of plant would I be? Well, that's easy: a Manzanita Sunny Yellow Coreopsis!
      Thank you. You're so kind.

      Delete
  22. Happy birthday dear grumpy blue:))

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Did he eat your whole cake, Gloria Dear?

      Delete
    2. Thank you, dear! No, Gloria got the first slice and there's one slice waiting for Theresa. I know... what about you.... What can I say... I couldn't contain myself.

      Delete
    3. Dezzy is on a lifelong diet... so no cake for me anyway :)

      Delete
    4. That won't stop me from asking what would make you happy.

      Delete
  23. Happy Birthday my Dear Blue Guy...ya know I love ya..and wish you the best birthday ever..after all I did write you a birthday poem last year..So, I went through the archives to bring it to you once more..Happy Birthday!

    Blue Birthday

    Today's your special day
    what more can I say
    let's have a celebration
    Happy Birthday
    let's make it jazzy
    sort of snappy
    put on your dancing shoes
    and I'll sing you a birthday tune..

    chorus
    we're gonna shake those blues
    cause today's your birthday
    we're gonna shake them away
    cause today's your birthday

    Today's your special day
    the day you were born
    let's have a celebration
    Happy Birthday
    let's throw in some horns
    percussions and drums
    put on your dancing shoes
    and I'll play you a birthday tune..

    chorus
    we're gonna shake those blues
    cause today's your birthday
    we're gonna shake them away
    cause today's your birthday

    Today's your special day
    the day you were born
    let's have a celebration
    Happy Birthday
    Let's make it spectacular
    wrap it up with best wishes
    fill it with hopes & dreams
    put on your dancing shoes

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. EVERYBODY! #Shake those blues cause today is my birthday...# Great song, Truedessa. I still need to get me a pair of dancing shoes though. Any color you would recommend? Horns, percussion and drums... What more could anyone wish for. A blue cake, that's right :))

      Delete
  24. Well I had fabulous Blue Birthday today. Mexican food, lemon cake plus blueberry lemonade in honor of u for after evening dessert and Rosanne Cash concert under full moon with great temps. Professor sends u birthday kisses. Hope u had a good day!!!! Luv Gumshoe and the Professor

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds like a great day, alright. I'm so jealous. I'm not feeling well, so I'm gonna switch of this laptop of mine in a minute. Thank you, Professor Alex. hank you too, Miss Stormy Gumshoe.

      Delete
  25. Happy birthday! 44 is my magic number this year, as well. Age is just a number, though. Every year I have a doctor's visit right before my birthday to remind myself not everyone gets to live to be this age! It does put things in perspective. Aging is a privilege.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Age is just a number. Well, could I have 30 please? Just once will do. Aging is a privilege.... That's a wonderful sentence, Stephanie, and one that I will forever remember. :) Thanks.

      Delete
  26. Happy birthday, Blue! Or, as we say in Flanders, "proficiat mee uwen verjoardag" :) Or, as they say in Spain and in my sweet Latin-America (minus Brazil, where they say "Feliz aniversário"): "Feliz cumpleaños!" Or, as they say in the other half of my home country, and in France: "Joyeux anniversaire!" Did I mention that they say "Gelukkige verjaardag" in Dutch? ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Lord, what are you saying? Haha. I guess I've learned something today. How does one say, "Goodbye. I'm off to my couch!" in French? ;)

      Delete
    2. I think you'd have to say something like: "Salut, maintenant je me dirige vers mon sofa!" ;-) Haha

      Delete
    3. Mon sofa... Well, that makes perfect sense to moi.

      Delete
  27. Happy birthday, sir! We hope it was a good one. Then again, any birthday filled without Facebook or politics sounds like a great party to us. We'll bring the beer, you bring that sweet ass blue cake.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Happy belated birthday to you!
    Happy belated birthday to you!
    Happy belaaaatted Birthday to yoooouuuu!
    I'm sorry I'm late guess I'm a big poooo.
    Ok just sing it to yourself it's kinda catchy damn it!!!
    Hope you had a great day my friend. :) and that cake looks yummy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's never too late. O I'm singing I'm singing haha. Yeah Gloria's cake looks delicious.

      Delete
  29. I already said this on your newest post, but HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY!!! I'm glad you got a blue cake! That's just too fantastic.

    I like your writing, and I'm glad you found my blog and opened a dialogue between our two corners of the blogosphere. I may be pretty new around here, but I don't intend to disappear anytime soon. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Candice. Yes, doesn't Gloria's cake look bluedelicious?

      I remember I came across your blog and I'm glad I did. I like your voice. You're here to stay? Excellent choice ;)

      Delete
  30. Sorry I missed your birthday Blue♥️
    Many happy returns to you...
    From me to Blue....

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah there she is... the one and only Linda who's got the most spectacular view! Thanks :)

      Delete

Speak your mind.