Wednesday, July 13, 2011

73rd Birthday!

Is that possible?  How did it happen so soon?  I'm the age of some folks whom I used to think of as "OLD"!  AHha!  No wonder they didn't mind that I called them old, if they were having as much fun as I am having.  Life is good.  I can play with the great grandbabies and hand them back to their mother's should the need arise.  I can eat whatever I want to - or not - whichever I choose.  I can sleep in past my usual 5:30/6:00a.m on any day I desire too and no one complains!  How do I know?  I slept until 7:30 recently and even Frances did not scold or chide me! 

This morning I was up early, read my 12 chapters from the Bible, had cereal (with straberries and cream) half of a banana, two cups of coffee!  Then went outside into the 73 degrees temp to watch the birds and rabbits while watering my grapes and flowers.  After that I read the 71 Birthday greetings I received on facebook (so far) and then came back into the air-conditioned home which God has provided for me where I heard from my wife that her Brother is preparing 16 oz steaks for us this evening in honor of my birthday!  One of the grand-loves stopped by and hugged me on her way home from a college class.  My yard-man came by and manicured my lawn!  Yes, it's o.k. if to be old!!!


Ginny said...

Happy Birthday, Fred!!! Why I like retirement and being old: How many days in a week?
6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday
Why don't retirees mind being called seniors?
The title comes with a 10% discount.
What do retirees call a long lunch?
I'm glad you are basking in the freedom of being a senior!

Joyful said...

What a blessing to have reached that age. My mom will soon be celebrating her 74th! I do wish you a wonderful day and it sounds like you're off to a great start :-) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Fred!!! I'm a few years older and I'm still Young.Lol. Well I thought I was until a few weeks ago, lol. The food makes me so hungry, take care, Jean

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Happy Birthday to you, Fred.... Sounds like you are getting tons of birthday greetings... That is SUPER...

But--I have a question to you. How do you keep up with Facebook AND Blogging? I can't do both--so chose to blog. I'm sure I wouldn't do a good job of either IF I tried to do both. I'm proud of you for doing both... Wow!!!

Sheila Y said...

Happy Birthday Fred! Looks like quite a feast! Take care, Sheila

jack69 said...

To my friend Fred, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I said to my sweet wife, Frecd has a birhtday. I got the look "I know, I already wished him a happy birthday. For some reason FB does not tell me my ex-friend is having a birthday. hahaha. I cannot believe you are 73, wow man, that is even older than me. Frnaces did marry an old man!!!

I am so glad you are in good health and able to enjoy your 'twilight' years. haha. Glad you have the cabin and friends and family to enjoy it with you.

We are privileged to know you, and to take this time to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND WISH YOU MANY MANY MORE. Love you Brother, hope the steaks and fellowship were/are great!

Love from down in Georgia.
Sherry & Jack

Dar said...

A VERY HAPPY DANCE DAY to YOU, my dear friend, FRED! And many many more. Now days, you are still middle aged, great huh? My maternal grandmother lived 102 yrs, shy a month and totally with clear mind and slightly slowed body. She saw a doctor for the first time in her life at the age of 93. Just knowing of you here and through Jack and Sherry, You will be one of those elite. A big Birthday kiss and hug coming your way, my friend.

George said...

Happy Birthday, Fred. I think you've got a great attitude about life and being a senior. I'm glad you had a great day.

~mel said...

What! You have a yard man who does manicures!! I want one of those:) HAPPY BIRTHDAY and may you have MANY MANY MORE.

Melanie said...

Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Fred. I'm sure the steaks were delicious! I wish you many more! :)

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I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.

TheCabin on Day One

TheCabin on Day One
Fred Alton