Can you believe I didn’t cut my hair for a year? 365 days. It’s true. Last year on my birthday, I asked for about 10 inches to be cut off. I wanted something completely different, and it was cut right to my chin. I didn’t like it much. Not much at all, so I let it grow and grow all year long. I’m starting to like the length of it, but it needed to be cleaned up a bit. Today, Tori from Pharaoh’s Hairum cut 1.5 inches off the front and 2 inches off the back. It’s like a long bob, or super long wedge cut. They gave me a complimentary conditioner treatment because it was my birthday. How nice!On my actual birthday, I took off work to get my haircut, a manicure, coffee and a muffin, and then drove out to one of my favorite places around: Hamlin Beach. Most years we camp here for a few days, but this summer we only spent one afternoon picnicking there with friends. I needed more time. I craved seeing the color combination of sand, water, sky. I wanted to hear the waves hitting the rocks and let the sun fall on my face. I took a book, my sketchbook and a chair and found a little spot on the grass. The water was clearer than I’ve ever seen; hard to believe this is Lake Ontario, which has a reputation of being yucky. Some years the beach is even closed for swimming due to poor water quality. I doubt anyone was swimming, even though the air temperature was very warm. The park was quiet, with a few older people walking slowly down the path with their dogs. I bet they are retired, those lucky people who have put in their work years and can relax. I so look forward to those years…. For the most part, it felt like I had the place to myself. It was an amazing way to spend my afternoon birthday, contemplating the many blessings in my life in such a pretty place.