For the past few years, I have spent my birthday away from Welland. From 2012 to 2014, I was in Calgary. In 2015, I turned 50 in Prague. 51 was Berlin and 52 was in China. My 53rd birthday has me back in Ontario for the first time since 2011. It’s been great being back here for my birthday – spent the day shopping and out for lunch yesterday in Fort Erie, and today was spent in Niagara Falls (breakfast and gambling – sad to say I didn’t win big but I also didn’t lose much either!). It’s been a great day – and am grateful for all the birthday wishes from family and friends.