Darlene Foster's Blog

Birthday Weekend

Posted on: March 11, 2014

I don’t like the idea of getting older. In fact I fight it tooth and nail. On the other hand, I also realize it is a privilege denied to many and am thankful I am able to continue to enjoy this wonderful life. On Friday I turned a year older, like it or not.

I was greeted in the morning with a lovely card and a bouquet of tulips, my favourite flowers, from my DH


At work, the participants in my workshop, after learning it was my birthday, made me a sweet card. I was touched.


At the end of the day I was surprised with a delicious birthday cake from my co-workers.




Photo by Jean François Filion

The next day, DH booked us into The River Rock Casino Resort for an over night stay. This luxury hotel is only a thirty minute drive from our house but it felt like we were in Las Vegas.


The well designed lobby contains waterfalls, totem poles  and even a friendly bear. We don’t gamble but the casino on site created a lively and exciting atmosphere. A theatre featuring many interesting and well known musicians is also part of the resort. A great place for people watching while sipping a caramel rockachino and nibbling on a white chocolate and cranberry sconce. Sorry, but I was too busy relaxing to take pictures of the food.


Our suite was spacious enough for a party and overlooked the marina. A package of yummy chocolate macaroons was delivered to the room in honour of my birthday. The overnight stay included a relaxation massage. While I enjoyed my much needed massage at the Absolute spa, DH made use of the fitness centre over looking the pool area.


The number of restaurants to choose from for our dinner, made it hard to decide. I had a Mojito and a fabulous spiced pear salad with goat cheese and grilled prawns at The Curve which was perfect. DH was happy with his butter chicken and on tap beer. The best thing was a compliment on my hair cut by the young waiter!

After a fabulous sleep on the oh so comfy bed, we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast at the buffet with many tasty choices before heading back home. We didn’t travel far but what a nice get-away to celebrate another year of living.


Text messages from both of the kids, a phone call from Mom and another from my younger brother. Cards from all over the world and 140 messages on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; I was sure feeling the love.

I guess getting older is not so bad after all.

43 Responses to "Birthday Weekend"

Congratulations, Darlene, on a life worth celebrating. 😉 Blessings for many more fabulous successes, adventures, and memories in the decades yet to come.

Awe, thanks so much Lynn. What a feel good message.

Happy Birthday. Glad you celebrated and had such a lovely time. I have a friend who has a party the day before, the day of and the day after. She says we have to honor ourselves. After all, there is the other alternative. I’ve had two near death experiences, so I celebrate every day I am here.

What a great philosophy. I agree with your friend. My husband often jokes that I don’t celebrate a birth day, I celebrate a birth month. Yes, we should celebrate everyday we are here.

Darlene. Birthdays are only numbers. You don’t need to pay attention until you add a second zero. Happy belated birthday. 😀

When you add another zero, you will have lots to celebrate! Thanks for this wonderful perspective.

That’s what occurs to me. Lots to celebrate. Where is my walker. No, not THAT one. That tall dark and handsome one. Ha ha.

Getting older does have its good sides–all the senior discounts is just one of them. It looks like you had a wonderful birthday!

I did have a wonderful birthday and yes, there are many benefits.Thanks Christa.

Sounds like you had a perfect birthday Darlene! Don’t forget, age is just a number, may you have many more!

How is your DH doing? I have been meaning to ask.

He is much improved Darlene, putting some of the weight back on that he lost in hospital, and going to the gym to get back his muscle tone. He said he feels like he has another chance at life and not going to waste a moment of it!

THat is so great to hear.Thanks for the update.I wish him all the best.

May every year find more and more of your dreams coming true. Happy, happy.

Thank you so much for those positive wishes.

Sounds like a lovely time. Your cake looks delicious!

It was so good. It was from a Chinese bakery, filled with fresh fruit, custard and cream. So very yummy.

A belated happy birthday. Glad you had a few special happenings.

Thanks Sheila..I’m so looking forward to celebrating our birthdays together in a few days.

I know I wished you a happy birthday via Facebook but birthdays are worth celebrating so I’m just going to say it again! Happy Birthday Darlene, I’m pleased you had a wonderful time! Your hair looks amazing in the ‘photos and good on that young man for telling you so. x

I must say he did make my day. Thanks so much for the Birthday wishes as you were one of the first to wish me a Happy Day. I’m more than pleased to get the wishes again.

Happy birthday Darlene, glad you enjoyed the hotel stay – it looks amazing xx

It was a real treat! Thanks for the wishes Alison. Hope you get back to Canada again one day.

Glad you had such a lovely time and I hope it will be just as wonderful next year. ❤

One never knows what adventure the next year will bring. Thanks!

You must have felt like a celebrity, Darlene. Lucky you. Happy Birthday!!
blessings ~ maxi

I did feel like a celebrity for a day. Thanks Maxi. Be well.

What an amazing place and so dear of your hubby. Happy Birthday and I wish you joy for the rest of the year and many more.

It was very sweet of him to organize this for me. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

As my business partner used to say, “Compared to what?” Enjoy the coming year!

“To the young at heart, everything is fun!” Charles Dickens Thanks Paul & Cheryl

Happy Birthday, Darlene!

Yay Ms. Foster! You’re a year wiser! 😀 Happy (late) Birthday! 😀

Thanks superkid! I hope I am at least a little wiser. I accept birthday wishes all month so you’re not late!

Happy (slightly belated) birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate it – hope you have a fabulous year ahead 🙂

Thanks so much for the lovely birthday wishes all the way from Ireland!

It seems as though you had a special day, Darlene. I must confess that the cake that your colleagues made for you looks especially tempting. 🙂

It was a fabulous cake that tasted as good as it looked. It came from the local Chines Bakery and was filed with cream and fresh fruit.

You are one blessed woman – Reading your post made me think, “I really need a massage, poring over words on my computer just now!” Growing older beats the alternative, don’t you think?

Oh yes, it does beat the alternative. Plus you sometimes get discounts!! It’s all good. Thanks for stopping by Marian.

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