Tuesday, August 28, 2012


The other day, I reached that remarkable milestone of 60 years old!
60 years old!  Holy Camoly!

Sixty years on this planet seems like a very long time.   
And yet somehow, it has whizzed by. 
What a ride it has been!

 We had some great fun celebrating a week with kids and grandkids in Anna Maria.
And The Professor had one awesome surprise for me.
He said he wanted to give me a gift for my 60th that expressed great love and last another 60 years.  
I couldn't imagine.
Turns out the gift is a painting of my favorite boy (besides my husband, of course)!
The Professor secretly commissioned one of our favorite artists, 
Dan Daly, of Camden, Maine, 
to do the 12"x12" oil painting below

Fat Kat 
King Kitty Kramer

I absolutely love it!
Totally one of the best presents I have ever received 
and I know my daughter (Alex),
who loves Kitty Kramer as much as I do,
will cherish the painting long after I'm gone.

I have had many kitties in my 60 years and each and every one has been special.
But Kramer has been the most special with his attitude of indifference.
Yet I know differently.
He loves me.
And like me, he is a bit stiff and achy,
and may act dispassionate to attention bestowed upon him,
but underneath all that coolness
he is full of love of his human companions.
And even though he is expected to depart long before me,
I will have this image near me
and my heart will smile.
What better gift could there be?
Thank you Professor!

~ ~ ~

 You can see more of Dan Daly's work at dalyart.com.

Later, my friends,


Gail Dixon said...

Happy birthday! What a thoughtful gift from your husband. It's a beautiful painting that I know you will treasure always. Was Kramer named for the Seinfeld character? Just curious! :)

Wayne said...

Well Happy Birthday! That's a really thoughtful idea the Professor came up with.

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday.
Your gift is so beautiful in all ways.
I hope your day is just as good as the ones with your family.
What a joy to read .

bobbybegood1 said...

Happy Birthday Reena!!! May you have many more. Your husband has grand taste. What a gift! It's beautiful. Cheers!!

Hilary said...

That's a lovely gift! Happy Birthday, Reena... wishing many more to come.

Pat said...

Happy birthday!
The cat portrait is a lovely, thoughtful gift.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Happy Birthday, Reena. Glad to hear someone else has hit that magic number and can't believe how the years have passed. The Prof did a wonderful job on the birthday present.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

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What a perfect, lovely and thoughtful gift--Does the Professor teach classes on this topic??

ds said...

The purrfect (sorry, couldn't resist) gift. Truly. Happy Birthday!

Meryl Baer said...

A very happy birthday. The celebration sounds wonderful and the gift beautiful and memorable. Here's to many, many more!

My Mind's Eye said...

Happy Happy 60th b-day Reena!!
OH MY CATS that is a gorgeous picture of Kramer...Madi is hyperventilating after seeing his most handsome mancat face. Well done Professor!!

Hugs Madi and Mom

My Mind's Eye said...

We meant to tell you how very much we enjoyed catching up on your Alaskan documentary. You are so right Alaska is humbling!! Oh and you saw whales...we were too early to see them. Should I ever get another opportunity to return to the awesomely(in my opinion awesome is a word to be saved for experiences such as Alaska) beautiful State of Alaska it will be in July or August.
Hugs C

TexWisGirl said...

too sweet! happy 60th to you, dear reena!

Sylvia K said...

Wishing you very Happy, Happy 60th Birthday, Reena!! And what a wonderful gift!! What would we do without our families and our dear, four-legged friends! I just had my 79th birthday earlier this month and I'm still celebrating! Life is good!!

Rohrerbot said...

Happy Birthday!!! That is one beautiful gift. That painting would have made me smile as well. The Professor is one smart cookie:)

Brian Miller said...

happy birthday! and that is a very cool present....

Country Girl said...

I am in awe. In awe of this thoughtful gift, your fantastic husband, and the fact that you are 60. I mean, seriously -- you do NOT look 60!!

bon bon said...

that is the sweetest gift! happy birthday, reena!

gina said...

Happy Birthday! The sixties aren't so bad -- it's all in your attitude. What a wonderful gift your husband gave you!

S. Etole said...

What a thoughtful birthday gift. Hope your year is blessed.

Bob Bushell said...

Congratulations Reena, 60th birthday is mine also. Happy birthday to you.

Anonymous said...

He. Loves. Me.

Told me himself! :-p


beth said...

happy birthday !!!
and what a terrific gift from a very thoughtful husband !

Margaret said...

A wonderful, thoughtful gift. I have two kitties, and I can't ever imagine my husband paying for someone to paint their image. :)

Ivanhoe said...

Very happy belated birthday, Reena! 60 must be the new 40! You look so much younger!
Love the painting! What a great surprise :)

Kathy said...

Well, happy birthday, lady! Sixty ain't so bad, although I cried the whole week of my 60th birthday.\, but I eventually got over it!

What a wonderful birthday gift from your sweetie. I know you're treasuring it.

Grace said...

Happy happy birthday ~ That is one lovely painting ~

Cheryl said...

Happy Birthday, Reena! What a fantastic gift.

Bill Lisleman said...

Happy Birthday
Those green eyes caught my attention right away. 60 - I enjoyed your positive words about it. A few more months but since I have an older sister and brother it feels like they have explored the path a little for me.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!

What a terrific gift! Did Kitty Kramer recognize himself?

Michaele said...

Happy Birthday to you! That is a gift to cherish!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday! And what a pretty kitty...

Evelyn S. said...

Happy Birthday, Reena! What a wonderfully thoughtful and loving gift from the Professor.

GailO said...

Happy Birthday Reena! May you have a joyful and healthy year!
Love, love, love that painting...what a delightful husband you have!
I have been finding my sixties not nearly as bad as I imagined when I was younger:)
...I just thoroughly enjoyed catching up with your Alaska and Seattle photos...you are so very talented! It is fun to travel along with you:)

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Happy Birthday, Reena! What a lovely thoughtful gift your hubby gave you.
60 takes some getting used to, but I'm finding my 60's to be relaxing and joyful.

Awena Robert said...

Hi Reena,

Happy 60th birthday! It's great to celebrate such a milestone with family. A what a present! Enjoy.

Take care.

eileeninmd said...

Happy Birthday, Reena! What a pretty kitty and painting. A lovely gift from your hubby! I hope you are having a happy week!

Daryl said...

Kramer is one handsome dude .. and The Prof is one wonderful guy.. a keeper but you knew that ... 60 is the beginning of a wonderful time in life .. enjoy it, you kid you

Gillian Olson said...

A very happy 60th birthday to you. What a great picture, so full of life.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday. What a fabulous gift. He did such a great job on that painting. I am sure you will always cherish it..


mick said...

First - congratulations on your 60th birthday. May you have many more. I am sorry I have missed reading your blog but had a great time catching up this morning. I love all the photos of Seattle - I have visited there several times. Alaska is wonderful! I liked the way you showed both the beautiful scenery and the details such as the old boats. Those glaciers are huge! Quite awesome. Thanks for sharing with us all.

Suldog said...

You're 60? You sure don't look it.

Happy Birthday!

islandwonder said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Happy Birthday!

CherryPie said...

Happy Birthday :-)

How lovely to receive such a wonderful thoughtful gift from your loved one :-)

You did make one small error in your post...

You are 60 years YOUNG! Remember that ;-)

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

A unique and thoughtful gift. Both you favourite boys are very special. Fat Kat has amazing eyes!

Anonymous said...

What a great present!

Happy birthday.

Out on the prairie said...

happy Birthday! I was told today it isn't even old, while sitting in a cath lab at a hospital. I turn the same in October.

Lisa Gordon said...

Happy Birthday, Reena!!!
What a wonderful, and truly unique gift this is.

Patricia said...

What beautiful green eyes Kramer has. Happy Belated Birthday.

Jennifer Richardson said...

sending love and wishes for
the sweetest surprises
and most delicious adventures
and may all your days
be peace:)
all the happiest,

Rose L said...

Great painting! We all have one cat in our lives who is so different and special. Mine is my fat cat Kala!
She is always so happy to see me when I get home! She will begin mewing and purring and be so eager for my hugs. When I pick her up she puts her paws around my neck, licks my face, and purrs so loudly!
When I am seated, she will drape her 20 pound self across my leg while lying on her back and look up at me. She makes me feel loved.

CiCi said...

I am so impressed with the wisdom and kindness of someone to love you and know what to give you for your 60th birthday. Hope you enjoyed your birthday , sounds like you did. I love the painting of the your beloved cat. My cat is a Maine Coon, named Lola, and I would so like to have a painting of her. Now I will arrange to have one.