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Mini Me Update : Another Chronic Birthday [09/08/2023]

by InvisiblyMe

Another Chronic Birthday

Time seems to go very quickly, too. I’ve blinked and missed another year because somehow it’s another Birthday! I’m not mentioning my age and anyone who does will be shot on the spot πŸ˜‚

Each year since my health went down the toilet it seems to get a little harder to resist doing my best Victor Meldrew impression during the run-up to my birthday. I’m not doing anything to celebrate but I did drive my mum and myself to Worcester for a bite to each and a little mooch, which was intensely painful physically but a lovely afternoon nonetheless.

I got myself a chocolate cake and made my wish. Sadly I don’t think the canine guardian angel is going to deposit a golden retriever on my doorstep despite asking every year for a good while now. Even so, I’m taking a moment right now to appreciate the goodness, the friends I’ve got here online, my mum, good cups of tea, even my adorable asshole of a cat.

I’d be honoured if you’d like to partake a slice of Birthday cake with me. It’s calorie-free, allergy-free and vegan virtual chocolate cake – Please get yourself a piece! πŸŽ‚


I’m all too aware that I sound like a broken record, but I’m afraid I’m so far behind on everything that I’ve not been able to put together a proper post right now. A combination of being too busy while being too unwell makes for a perpetual cycle of uber exhaustion and frustration, and I feel like I’m suffocating.

Thank you for being here and I’m sorry I’m behind on just about everything, so if I’ve not got to your blog or sent an email, please know I do care and it’s truly nothing personal. And I’m hoping I can get back to more frequent blog posts soon, so do let me know if there’s any particular content you’d like to see.

I hope you’re all keeping as well as possible – please take good care of yourselves and I hope the rest of the week treats you well 🌻

Also, if you’re in need of an “aww” moment today, this cute video of a goldie enjoying the best birthday ever should make you smile.

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Despite Pain August 9, 2023 - 7:44 pm

Happy birthday, Caz. The years go in so fast and I am sure it gets worse as we get older.

That video was cute. I wish I lived closer. I’m sure my pooch would happily give you Kip Kuddles. And lick your ears…

Take care of yourself, Caz. And, thank you…I will happily indulge in a slice of birthday cake.

Marilee Wein August 9, 2023 - 7:56 pm

Good dog! Gave me a laff, and my piece of cake was delicious. Thanks for sharing, Caz.

Sarah Warburton August 9, 2023 - 8:16 pm

So glad you were able to enjoy a trip to lovely Worcester with your mum Caz. And thanks for the cakeπŸ€—
Look after yourself

Terri, Olive Tree Saints August 9, 2023 - 8:17 pm

Happy birthday Caz! I keep trying to make that golden retriever appear on your doorstep, but so far, I’m afraid I’ve failed…. I’m glad you and your Mum were able to get out for a little while and enjoy each other’s company. Take good care of yourself sweet friend, and don’t worry about all the blogging stuff – we’ll be here when you feel up to dealing with it. In the meantime, just know you have lots of people here who care about you. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

Sandee August 9, 2023 - 8:19 pm

β™ͺβ™«Happy Birthday to you,β™ͺβ™«
β™ͺβ™«Happy Birthday to you,β™ͺβ™«
β™ͺβ™«Happy Birthday Dear Caz,β™ͺβ™«
β™ͺβ™«Happy Birthday to you.β™ͺβ™«

Janet Gogerty August 9, 2023 - 8:25 pm

Happy Birthday. We did make a chocolate cake at the weekend, because my granddaughter always makes one when they come to stay. I only got one piece. Love the dog video.

john polley August 9, 2023 - 8:38 pm

Take care and Happy Birthday!πŸŽ‰πŸ˜Šβ£

Cate August 9, 2023 - 8:46 pm

Happy Birthday, Caz. May your golden retriever still arrive belatedly. Perhaps she’s stuck in traffic.

George August 9, 2023 - 9:14 pm

Happy Birthday, Caz! I hope you had a nice day. Maybe tonight you will remember your day as having had some quality time. 😎

annie August 9, 2023 - 10:50 pm

Aw, what a cute video. Wishing you all the best, Caz. I can’t join you in a piece of chocolate cake, much as I’d love to, as chocolate is a migraine trigger for me. But you have my heartfelt warm feelings and profound hopes that you’ll have more comfort and pleasure. Don’t worry about your blogs, our blogs, etc. We’re here…whenever…

Annie xxxx

Angela August 9, 2023 - 11:20 pm

I’m having birthday cake and a little bit of chocolate with you πŸ™‚
The video of the dog is very cute.
Happy birthday Caz! Wishing you happiness, health and all the best! πŸŽ‚πŸ₯³πŸŒΊ

Samantha Moss August 9, 2023 - 11:28 pm

Love you Caz. Happy Birthday. I’m enjoying my virtual cake with you and a very niice cup of tea. Xx β˜•οΈπŸ°πŸŽβ€οΈπŸ˜˜

Ruth Ciani August 10, 2023 - 1:14 am

Wishing you a very happy birthday Caz. I think it’s time for a new canine guardian angel – a golden would be a wonderful companion! Love the video! Thanks for sharing.

InvisiblyMe August 21, 2023 - 5:48 pm

It really would be a wonderful companion, I’m glad you agree. Maybe one day… Thank you for the kind birthday wishes πŸ’œ xx

Nancy Homlitas August 10, 2023 - 3:23 am

Happy birthday, Caz! My slice of virtual cake was so-o-o delicious since I’m unable to eat real cake. I’m sorry you continue to battle health challenges and I admire your tenacity to overcome them. It would be wonderful if you could be gifted a service dog.. The retriever video was a hoot!! Thanks, Caz!

InvisiblyMe August 21, 2023 - 6:13 pm

Thank you very much for your kind comment, Nancy πŸ’™ I’m sorry you can’t eat real cake. I must admit I’m not a big fan of sponge at all, but I love the chocolate fondant and icing etc. Are you able to eat chocolate, or is that a no-go? I think for today I’ll be grateful I can eat chocolate, not sure what I’d do if I couldn’t! I’d happily pay everything I’ve got for a dog, but the problem is more one of practicality. It’s strange at my age to say I’m “not allowed” one but that’s the case. Maybe one day that will change. Glad you liked the video – it’s brilliant, isn’t it? 😁 xx

Greg Dennison August 10, 2023 - 4:48 am

Happy birthday! And hang in there. I haven’t been posting lately either πŸ™

ali August 10, 2023 - 4:49 am

Happy Birthday, Caz. Wishing you buckets of all good things. Thanks for the cake.

Adelheid August 10, 2023 - 10:17 am

Happy birthday!!! β˜ΊοΈπŸŽ‚πŸŒΉπŸ₯³πŸŽ‰

Back Garden Naturalist August 10, 2023 - 12:06 pm

I hear you Caz & totally understand when everyday grinds you down with chronic illness & pain. Glad you managed to have a good birthday though & best wishes to you. Thanks for sharing cute Goldie video! πŸ™‚

Kymber Hawke August 10, 2023 - 1:58 pm

Happy birthday, Dear Caz! Your cake is delicious! xoxo

Ogden August 10, 2023 - 2:45 pm

Happy Birthday lovely Caz! Hope this year turns out to be a good one for you <3 XX

The Oceanside Animals August 10, 2023 - 4:21 pm

Lulu: “Happy birthday! We are glad you got to have some cake!”
Java Bean: “We would be happy to help eat it for you as well.”
Charlee: “And hey, maybe we can send the dogs over to keep you company. They’re not Golden Retrievers, but …”
Lulu: “Are you trying to get rid of us?”
Charlee: “Of course not! Just trying to cheer up a friend.”

InvisiblyMe August 22, 2023 - 9:07 am

Charlee, you are SO thoughtful! I’d love some furbaby hugs from all of you πŸ˜ΊπŸ’œπŸΆ xx

c.a. August 10, 2023 - 7:01 pm

No worries, Caz. You and your dear parents remain in my daily prayers when my Lord and I “take our walk around the world.”
If you ever do get a chance to view some of my recent blogs, I’m doing a series based on Mark Cahill’s book, One Heartbeat Away. Rich reading.
❀️&πŸ™, c.a.

Cheryl Batavia August 10, 2023 - 9:35 pm

Happy belated birthday, Caz. I celebrated my 74th birthday last week! I had a wonderful birthday, but no chocolate cake, so thank you for sharing yours! <3

InvisiblyMe August 22, 2023 - 9:08 am

Happy (belated) Birthday, Cheryl! I hope you had a lovely time to celebrate and relax πŸ’œ xxxx

James V Viscosi August 11, 2023 - 3:27 pm

Happy belated birthday! I had one as well recently and we basically just skipped the whole ― there wasn’t even cake!

InvisiblyMe August 22, 2023 - 9:10 am

Happy (belated) Birthday to you too, Mr! πŸ₯³ I skipped it in as much as I got no presents at home and bought my own cake, but I can’t totally ignore it in my head because you know it’s there. But no cake… Did you eat chocolate? If there’s no chocolate, that’s some kind of blasphemy on any given day, let alone a birthday πŸ˜‰ xx

grace August 11, 2023 - 6:57 pm

I hope you had a fantastic birthday! Thanks for checking in with us

Vijay August 12, 2023 - 1:36 pm

Happy belated birthday Caz!!
Hopefully next year your dream golden retriever will materialise, ready to have his/her snoot booped! πŸ™‚

Belladonna August 12, 2023 - 2:16 pm

Happy Birthday Caz! I’m praying that this is the best year of your life.

Jenny August 12, 2023 - 10:02 pm

Happy belated birthday Caz! I am so sorry that you are struggling this year again πŸ™ I hope the short time out with your Mum helped somewhat. I will definitely partake in some virtual cake with you, yum! xx

Lindsay August 13, 2023 - 1:15 am

Enjoying a piece of virtual cake in your honor! Happy birthday, Caz! My birthday is also this month. Hoping next year brings you more things to celebrate!

InvisiblyMe August 22, 2023 - 9:12 am

Happy August Birthday to you too, Linds! πŸ₯³ πŸŽ‰ I hope you have a lovely birthday week to celebrate/relax/do as you wish, and that the year ahead is a good one for you πŸ’› xxxx

Smelly Socks and Garden Peas August 13, 2023 - 5:47 pm

Happy birthday Caz! I’m a Leo too. Hope you had a fabulous day.

InvisiblyMe August 22, 2023 - 9:40 am

Happy Birthday, fellow Leo! πŸ₯³ πŸŽ‰ xx

Melinda Sandor August 16, 2023 - 6:08 pm

Hi Caz, What’s up? Did you have your surgery and I missed it? I read your post about the vile comments you received, just another troll with nothing to do but try to bring people down. Tell them to fuck off. Your blog is even balanced and we with chronic illnesses can have a life, no matter how small or big, it’s our life, and we don’t have room for negative energy.

InvisiblyMe August 22, 2023 - 4:31 pm

Thanks lovely – well said! Still no surgery, the hospital cancelled it (because of a lot of political BS going on, so my surgeons have left and there’s nobody else in the country who can do the op…) How’re you holding up at the moment, Mel? I know you’ve got a lot going on πŸ’œ Sending love xx

Hope found in M.E. August 17, 2023 - 10:07 am

Belated Happy Birthday, Caz. Glad you got out for a while despite the horrible pain. We’re all here for when you’re feeling up to posting again.❀ The virtual cake was yum btw.πŸŽ‚

Blanca August 22, 2023 - 8:41 pm

Happy belated birthday Caz! I’m so glad to hear you went to Worcester with your mum to celebrate and had some chocolate cake. Years truly fly by but it’s always goid to do something a little special to make bithdays somehow more memorable.

Michael J. Miller August 26, 2023 - 4:23 pm

Happy Birthday Caz!!! (I’m not saying “belated birthday” because my grandma always felt the birthday celebration should stretch to at least a month :D.) Having a slice of the delicious cake you’ve describe in honor of you and sharing in your birthday situation has now become my #1 goal/priority for the day! Thanks for being born and, as a result, making the day I read this post more celebratory AND more delicious. Also, when I saw your featured image all I could think was….WHY DOESN’T EVERY CAKE HAVE A UNICORN ON TOP OF IT?!!? All those wasted cakes! They all could’ve featured majestic and magical unicorns! So thank you for also elevating my understanding of what a cake can be and do.

B October 17, 2023 - 11:57 am

Happy belated birthday, dear. Continue being strong and beautiful.

deepanilamani December 28, 2023 - 7:11 pm

Late Late ! Hope you had a good Birthday Caz. Sending Many Blessings. Lots Of and Healing Energies from me <3 <3 <3


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