Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What a Birthday....

Hi folks...I hesitate to share my "couldn't make it up if I tried" birthday adventures just in case you think I have finally lost my marbles but hey ho this is a warts and all kind of a blog...so here we go with tales of the birthday I won't forget in a hurry...my friends would tell you that if disasters are waiting to happen I'm the one that they always make a beeline for.  It all kicked off when I landed at Birmingham Airport and noticed a very elderly man in some distress as we left the plane...his daughter was waiting to meet him but he was in a right old state not sure where to go so I offered to escort him through the corridors of arrivals and before long we were chatting ten to the dozen and it was only as we made our way down the ramp and into the airport proper I realised that I hadn't picked up my suitcase....oops...in fact major OOPS...what I thought was a minor inconvenience almost turned into an international incident. On the wrong side of the door and faced with huge NO ENTRY signs any sensible person would have made their way to Flybe Customer Services for assistance...you would have thought that in this day and age of anti-nasty terroristy people airport security that I would know that NO ENTRY really means what it says...OH NO in a moment of what can only be described as total brain shutdown...Mrs Smarty Pants decided to take the bull by the horns and dash back through as more folks arrived...well who's ever going to know. But the plan hit the skids when the next door failed to open and I could see hundreds of impatient looking folks people waiting with their luggage on the other side. A little shiver of unease set in...time to hi-tail it out of there but now all the doors were refusing to open...I was trapped OOPS...OOPS...OOPS... bigga-mistakea.  After what seemed like a lifetime but was in fact about 20 minutes a door finally opened and stood before me are scary looking security guards...you know the kind...faces like thunder and you just know they are going to register zero in the sense of humour department. Apparently little old me...all by myself had managed to LOCK DOWN the whole of ARRIVALS at Birmingham International Airport...it doesn't get more OOPS than that does it so there was nothing else for it but to play the doddery old lady card...apologise profusely and pray that I wasn't going to be carted off to the UK's equivalent of Guantanemo Bay...mind you I was tempted to ask why it took them so long to respond to the threat of a potential terrorist Grandma on the loose but decided perhaps it was best just this once to keep my mouth shut and make my way with my tail well and truly between my legs to the nice folks at Flybe who rescued the suitcase and had the good grace not to laugh.  Huge apologies to everyone who had the misfortune to arrive at the same time as this "head filled with cotton wool" senior citizen...I hope I didn't totally ruin your day and I'm sure there's a moral to the tale in there somewhere.
And just when I was thinking that the day couldn't possibly get any worse I managed another spectacular oops when I tripped on a piece of cardboard during set up and dived headlong into the huge tools box which sent it skidding across the floor and banging into the wall...upside down in a box with only your legs showing is not a very dignified position and if I was looking for sympathy from the Fiskars team...fat chance...I'm convinced they were debating through hysterical laughter whether to just leave me there for the duration of the show.  But it takes more than a bit of acrobatics to put this old girl out of action...a sore back for a couple of days had me waddling along like a pregnant duck but nothing that a soak in a warm bath didn't put to rights and to round off a very eventful birthday...what a lovely surprise when the dining room staff at The Hilton arrived at our table with a delicious birthday pudding and serenaded me with a resounding rendition of "Happy Birthday"...
and thanks to friends and teamies for the beautiful birthday cards that were waiting for me when I arrived home but it's back to sample making today...see you all tomorrow for the good news from The NEC.
Hugs Kath xxx

37 comments:

Jules said...

Hi Kath

Thanks for starting my day off with a giggle .. .. I know it isn't funny but it could only happen to you.

Never made it to the NEC this time but will hopefully catch up with you in March.

Belated birthday wishes to you.

Love Jules xx

Chloe's Nan said...

Oh dear Kath, so sorry but this is an hilarious tale, I could picture every part of it! So glad your birthday ended on a more relaxed and scrumptious note, that pudding looks delicious, hope you and Buddy have a great day x

ribenaruby said...

Hi Kath, glad to hear you're ok..fab post to read and that birthday cake looks delicious!!! Ruby x

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Oh kath that story has put a big smile on my face this morning! What an eventful birthday. Many happy returns. Hugs tina xxxx

May said...

Bless you!!! You have started my day off with a good giggle...I hope the back doing ok.... Those cakes look yummy... Hugs May x x x

Fluffles said...

Happy Birthday Kath - you must be a hoot to travel with! Jx

Rosemary said...

O Kath That made my day. Bet the airport fiasco was awful but it sure started my day with a giggle. You really shouldn't be allowed out of Scotland alone! X

lilyf said...

There is a moral to this story Kath, YOU ARE JUST NOT FIT TO GO ANYWHERE ON YOUR OWN!

Jane said...

Oh Kath that did make me giggle, but it must have been mortifying!!
Belated Birthday wishes!! xx

Linda said...

Morning Kath,
Your story made me smile. I'm flying on my own for the first time shortly, and I'm sure something like that will happen to me.
Glad you're ok and that you had a fab birthday - that dessert looks delicious!
So sorry we didn't get chance to meet at the NEC. I don't know where the day went - we never stopped. I'll catch you next time definitely xx

michele said...

Oh Kath, really sorry about your mishaps but you really can't expect us not to laugh! My stomach is now aching with laughter. You really are the best teller of a funny story - ever thought of writing a book? Anyway I'm glad you survived the experience relitavely intact. Love Michele xx

Yours Artfully said...

Oh Kath, what a riot you are!! Your birthday treats looked delicious though.

Take care, Lin x

Squirrel x said...

Sorry if your screen is wet hun, I've just snorted coffee at this end! Oh bless you, thanks for sharing your birthday tale, what a day! Maybe now is the time for a rest....? Hugs Sxx

Anesha said...

Oh Kath,what a day you had!!! It will be a birthday to remember. LOL Hugs to you and Buddy. :)

Ann Rosie said...

There's always one!!!

I was going to say glad to hear you're back safe and sound without any incident, but well....... ,! Did you make the local news??

Ann
xx

Paula (PEP) said...

Oh Kath! I'm almost crying into my morning mug of tea.
I'm SO glad you're home safe & in one piece. Maybe you should take Buddy with you as an escort in future.
Glad you weren't seriously hurt in the toolbox escapade.
Much love & a hug - just as well you didn't have the kitting in that suitcase wasn't it?
Paula (PEP)

wendyp said...

As you say Kath, you couldn't make it up - still laughing :). Have you ever thought of writing a book about your adventures? eg "The mishaps of a crazy crafty lady?" I'm sure it would fly off the shelves. Glad you are OK though and home safely. WendYx

Rita said...

Well Kath, Your post to-day has made me giggle too. It would not have been funny for you at the time though. Your birthday cake sweet looks so yummy, I hope you enjoyed it. Have a good day. Hugs Rita xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Oh Kath, you're clearly not safe to be let out on your own.

paula said...

Oh Kath it sounds as though you had a spectacular start to your birthday. Your cake looked yummy - I hoped it made up for the "misfortunes" that befell you. Have a wonderful week

rachel said...

my word kath - it certainly sounds like an eventful day - glad you've made it back safe and sound and that the day itself had a sweet ending! Hugs rachel xx

Pamela said...

That must have been the longest 20 mins of your life Kath! And all because you were doing a good deed. I'm afraid I now have a mental picture of the tool box incident that just won't go away!
Sounds like your birthday well and truly made up for it all though.

Cathy said...

I read your blog every day Kath, but rarely comment - but I feel compelled to .. thank you for making me split my sides laughing!!! It could only happen to you!! Hope your back is much better and you had a good birthday.
Hugs
Cathy xx

Krafty Kows said...

You can't help but laugh. Such fun. Hope you had a good day anyway. Jeanette

Stamping in Pink said...

OMGee Kath - you sure do get yourself into some wonderfully quintessentially quirky sitcoms. No wonder the Yanks think we're odd, because we are and proud of it too! thank you for the giggle, it reminds me of how much of a klutz i too can be at times xx

Paula Pascual said...

Happy belated birthday! Completely forgot to say it in person.
That is so funny, typically the kind of thing I do!

Enfys said...

Hilarious! I can so imagine it all. Maybe CHA would have been a very very bad idea, we would probably have ended up in Guatanemo Bay!

Carol D said...

Well you just couldn't make it up, that's what you get for being a Good Samaritan. Maybe someone should have looking after you.
Hope you didn't hurt youself to much, but I bet your pride took a tumble too.

Well at least you have a good birthday after all. You might just have to ask them to move the event back a bit next year.

Big hugs

Carol xx

Redanne said...

Poor Kath, they could make that into a sitcom I am sure, glad you were OK in the end though. Nice birthday cake! Hugs, Anne x

pcm said...

Oh Kath... Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!

Sashika Taylor said...

Belated Birthday Wishes Kath! What a fabulous story!!

scrappymo! said...

Oh my goodness...that is hilarious. I am sure that you did not think so at the time!
Thank goodness you are OK but I did hear a rumour over here in Canada that they have added a Scottish lady to the no fly list...I only saw her image in my periferal vision...but she looked a bit like you!!! teehee

Kat said...

I'm almost crying with laughter here, Kath. I could just picture you as I was reading what happened at the airport and on the Fiskars stand. Birthday pudding looks really yummy.

Kat xx

trish said...

Hi Kath, just managed to read your blog and had to read it out to hubby for a giggle. Did you have to change the panties? I would have, funny after but not at the time. I bet the blood pressure was up a wee bit. All this through you being so kind to an old gent, typical. Glad you didn't hurt yourself with the boxes, god forbid had you ended up with a broken wrist. At least you managed to enjoy thet lovely cake....Trish

trish said...

Hi Kath, just managed to read your blog and had to read it out to hubby for a giggle. Did you have to change the panties? I would have, funny after but not at the time. I bet the blood pressure was up a wee bit. All this through you being so kind to an old gent, typical. Glad you didn't hurt yourself with the boxes, god forbid had you ended up with a broken wrist. At least you managed to enjoy thet lovely cake....Trish

butlersabroad said...

Snort, oh my god you made me laugh!! Are you sure you hadn't been imbibing for your birthday?? Desert looks lovely, sounds like you had a great time despite the mishaps!!

Hugs
Brenda

Diane J said...

oh I do enjoy reading your posts every day - this one was so funny sorry about your misfortunes, but you made me laugh out loud and laughing makes you feel better - so thanks !!!!!
Hugs DIane xx

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