love thursday: happy birthday to p and to bleeding espresso

It’s finally here! P is finally entering his 30s! Woohoo!

Sorry, but sometimes being a bit older than your mate wears on you, especially when the first digit of your ages don’t match. Now, finally, after two years of being the only one whose age started with a 3, P has joined me. Happy day, happy day!

And you know what else? Bleeding Espresso turns two years old today! So here are three gorgeous hearts courtesy of aussiegall on Flickr:

One for P, one for Bleeding Espresso, and one for all of you who visit, encourage, and inspire me to keep writing, taking photos, cooking, and smiling (not necessarily in that order). Mwaaaah!

And hey it’s also Santa Barbara‘s day, which I’ve written about here at Italy Magazine.

Happy Love Thursday everyone!

*Remember to enter to win a copy of Who by Fire by Diana Spechler before 12/9!*

52 Beans of Wisdom to “love thursday: happy birthday to p and to bleeding espresso”
  1. 12.04.2008

    I totally understand – my husband is 5 years younger than me. I’ve got 40 leering at me and he hasn’t hit 35 yet. but then there can be benefits to being with a younger man too…

    Judy Haley’s last blog post..Goodies: Hand-Me-Down Sweater

    Indeed, Judy 🙂 It’s funny that I come from a long line of older women/younger men–both sets of grandparents, my parents, and even my sister-in-law is five years older than my brother. Go figure.

  2. Gil

    Happy Birthday to ‘P’! Are those hearts called Bleeding Hearts?

    Excellent, Gil 🙂

  3. 12.04.2008

    Happy birthday P. It’s Daniele’s b’day too today, but he’s quite a bit older than P. Shhh – don’t tell.

    casalba’s last blog post..Frantoio

    Auguri Daniele! And now my lips are sealed….

  4. 12.04.2008

    Augurissimi P and Happy Anniversary BE — the blog we all love so much! I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating all of your accomplishments and your love and your life!!

    Thanks Diana! We finally got some sun here today, so that will make the day even nicer 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday to P and to your amazing blog!!

    My sister-in-law is my age and married my younger brother.

    That is so interesting about your grandparents and parents.

    Later for Ashton and Demi, Bleeding Espresso’s peeps were doing this decades ago. 🙂

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..The Sound of Music

    Hah, well their age differences weren’t *that* big, but, yes, we always were a cutting edge kind of fam 😉

  6. 12.04.2008

    Auguri P. Auguri Bleeding Espresso! Many more happy years to all.

    Beatriz’s last blog post..The wheels on my car go round and round…

    Thanks Beatriz!

  7. Auguri to everyone!

    Cherrye at My Bella Vita’s last blog post..Celebrating Christmas in Italy, Part II: Christmas Eve Dinner

    Grazie Cherrye 🙂

  8. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday to your younger man and to your blog!

    Thanks Kim 🙂

  9. 12.04.2008

    Happy birthday to P and happy blog anniversary!

    KC’s last blog post..Age before beauty?

    Thanks KC!

  10. joanne at frutto della passione

    Auguri to P and Bleeding espresso!

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..And we’re off …

    Grazie Joanne!

  11. 12.04.2008

    Auguri a tutti !! Cheers to many more years to come !

    Vee’s last blog post..Nameless

    Grazie Vee!

  12. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday to P…and Happy Blogaversary to you Well reading your blog!! 🙂

    I am 5 years older than my husband too :-)…I totally agree with you when the first digit of ages don’t match…can’t have it all our own way…Younger man as well.:-)

    anne’s last blog post..Portofino and Sante Margherita Ligure

    Thanks so much Anne! And woohoo on younger men 😉

  13. 12.04.2008

    Two years of blogging..where does the time go. Congratulations and we’ll look forward to what’s happening at Bleeding Espresso in 2009!!

    Bellini Valli’s last blog post..Spanakopita "Inspired"Burgers with Greek "Tude"

    Thank BV! I’m looking forward to it too 🙂

  14. 12.04.2008

    Hi Michel. Thanks a lot for visiting. Happy 2 years blogoversary and may you have many more. Happy belated birthday wishes to P as well. I thought only we Greeks celebrated today as St. Barbara’s day.
    BTW that picture is awesome.

    Ivy’s last blog post..Oatmeal Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

    Thanks Ivy! Apparently St. Barbara is worldwide 🙂

  15. 12.04.2008

    Beautiful photo. It’s cold here, so it’s wonderful to see some color flowers.

    busymomma66’s last blog post..

    Happy to bring some color to you 🙂

  16. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday to P and to BE!!!!

    Younger men keep you young! 😉

    Seriously, though, all my “serious” boyfriends were younger than I until I met D. Never expected to marry someone older. (He’s only five years older, but still…)

    Hope the day is a great one!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Apricot/Chocolate/Pecan Muffins

    That’s funny that you were always into “younger” men…here I was always paired with older ones, and look what I’ve gone and done 😉

  17. 12.04.2008

    It sounds very well planned to me. You know men aren’t as tough as females quite often and they usually wear out some years ahead of us.
    I always used to say, “Take two, they’re young…”

    Hah, I hope you’re *still* saying it 😉

  18. ianimaru

    Happy Birthday to you P and entire this blog.. 😀


  19. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday to P and BE!! I’ll be celebrating MM’s second b-day in the next month. Don’t know why I thought BE was waaaay older than MM???

    I am older, only 4 months older than C. , but he never lets me forget that I am the older woman during that time.

    My Melange’s last blog post..Love Thursday: I *Heart* Nature

    Hah, P is pretty good about that…most days 😉

  20. carol

    tanti auguri to P……….and congratulations to you and Bleeding Espresso. you keep me connected…..Grazie!

    My pleasure Carol! Thanks for reading 🙂

  21. 12.04.2008

    What a lovely way to celebrate Love Thursday.

    LuLu’s last blog post..Review: The Power Of Now

    Indeed! Thanks LuLu!

  22. 12.04.2008

    Tanti, tanti auguri!!!

    Lisa’s last blog post..Happy Love Thursday!


  23. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday P and to Bleeding Espresso!!

    Keep up the awesome work!! I love reading your posts.


    Rosa’s last blog post..Speckknödel in Brühe (Bread Dumplings with Bacon)

    Thanks so much Rosa 🙂

  24. 12.04.2008

    Tanti auguri! Happy Birthday P! I hope you have a wonderful day!

    stacy’s last blog post..Gift Guide 2008

    Thanks Stacy!

  25. 12.04.2008

    Happy birthday, P! I had no idea he was such a young ‘un.

    And it is your blog’s birthday, too? Somehow I thought your blog was older than it is, too! Anyway, congrats!

    Thanks! Yes, I don’t really know why I started a blog on his birthday, but there you go.

  26. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday to P. I’m 33 and my Bryan is 24. I hardly ever notice the age difference. I think it’s better to snag a younger man. Who needs an old saggy fart?!

    Hah, well I suppose age is just a number either way, although no, a saggy old fart doesn’t sound all that attractive to me 😉

  27. 12.04.2008

    Happy birthday to P and to your blog!

    flurrious’s last blog post..Try Not to Envy My Artistic Ability

    Thank you 🙂

  28. 12.04.2008

    Birthday wishes all around! Much love to you, my friend. xxoo

    Thanks Nino!

  29. 12.04.2008

    Happy, auguri, b-day and all that stuff. My Italian girlfriend is older than me. I guess it happens like that more than I ever thought…


    Jeff’s last blog post..Movin on is tough….

    Thanks Jeff, and yes, who knew?!

  30. Happy P-day and BE-day (and, of course, J-day) from an old saggy fart!!!


    paul of the clue-by-four’s last blog post..Men’s Monday on a Cluesday: Lucifer and Jehovah redux

    Hee hee…thanks 🙂

  31. 12.04.2008

    Happy Anniversary to your wonderful blog and Happy Birthday to P.. Hope you have a great celebration! I’m doing a little birthday celebrating too!

    Thanks, and happy birthday!

  32. awedree

    Happy Birthday, P and BE!!! I only wish I’d discovered BE when it started 🙂 Thank YOU, Michelle, for your wonderful sharings.

    There are always the archives! Thanks bella 🙂

  33. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday to P and your blog!!! Wow, that’s such a pretty picture 🙂

    Thanks Janet 🙂

  34. 12.04.2008

    sounds like you’ll have a beautiful day!

    love the photo…the colors and composition are gorgeous!

    Eryn’s last blog post..Two Baby Bears to Brighten Your Day!

    Indeed! I hope you checked out other aussiegall photos on Flickr!

  35. 12.04.2008

    Happy birthday to P! And thanks for reminding me it’s Santa Barbara’s day…I have to send some “auguri”!

    saretta’s last blog post..Ex-Cooperativa Fomalhaut

    Thanks! Hope you got those auguri out in time!

  36. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday to P and a special happy blogging anniversary to you! xo

    bella’s last blog post..changes

    Thanks bella!

  37. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday to P and Bleeding Espresso 🙂

    City Girl’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday – Acorn Squash with Ground Lamb and Whole Wheat Couscous

    Thanks CG!

  38. 12.04.2008

    Congratulations!!! 2 years, wow! Happy blogiversary?

    That picture of the hearted flower is super, que bello 😀

    Núria’s last blog post..XMAS TRAFFIC GIFTS!!! Spanish Recipes TOP TEN.

    Thanks Núria! Always nice to see you 🙂

  39. 12.04.2008

    Happy Birthday! And thanks so much for sharing that fan-tab-ulous photo!

    Thanks! One of my all-time favorite photos on Flickr 🙂

  40. helena

    Happy happy happy for everything!! Younger men run in my family too, over at least two generations that I know of. My dad was nearly six years younger than my mom. There is a palpable sense of relief when the younger one hits the same (or similar!) decade, I admit.

    OK, down to Xmas business. Homemade panettone, got any recipes?

    Sorry, not a big fan of panettone (and always get several as gifts), so I don’t make it. I think someone on might have a recipe posted though.

    EDIT: Just came across this recipe for panettone at Flavours of Italy 🙂

  41. 12.05.2008

    A bleated happy birthday to P and anniversary to your blog. Wow, it seems like you have had your blog for much longer than two years. I hope you both had a fabulous day.

    girasoli’s last blog post..surfs up

    Thanks! Sometimes it seems to me I’ve had the blog a lot longer too 😉

  42. Kristin

    I always knew you were a cradle robber 🙂 Happy belated birthday – and it does seem like you’ve done this blog forever – in a good way!!

    Thanks! I think 😉

  43. 12.05.2008

    Happy Blogiversary!

    Mrs. L’s last blog post..American Chop Suey

    Thanks Mrs L!

  44. 12.05.2008

    Love knows no age, nor season… it is timeless.

    Happy Birthday P!!


    Happy Blogaversary!! 2 years huh? I’ve heard that’s a tough time, but I have a feeling this year will be terrific two’s instead of the other thing. ;o)



    Ciao Amica,

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..A Last Word, Before You Turn To Go

    Uh oh. Is my blog going to need a time out? I sure hope not! Thanks for the good wishes bella 🙂

  45. 12.06.2008

    So wonderful. I love the colors and of course the love!

    Thanks Jen!

  46. 12.06.2008

    I hope both your beloved P and your beautiful blog Bleeding Espresso had a happy birthday!!

    nova’s last blog post..Revision, Day One

    Thanks Nova!

  47. 12.07.2008

    Love. love, love the photo and and every thing you do. You deserve greatness and accolades to follow. Happy B day to all.

    Marla’s last blog post..Torta di Nocciole, Piedmont’s and Dante’s perennial favorite!

    So sweet, Marla! Grazie mille 🙂

  48. Happy birthday to your darling P! Welcome to the 30’s. Happy birthday to Bleeding Espresso too. Wish P and BE more birthdays to come!

    Grace @ Sandier Pastures’s last blog post..things I learned while shopping for bananas

    Thanks so much Grace 🙂

  49. 12.07.2008

    Happy Blog Birthday to you, and happy birthday to P!

    BipolarLawyerCook’s last blog post..Everyone deserves a weekend

    Thanks BLC!

  50. 12.07.2008

    I’m desperately trying to catch up on my feeds and now I realise I missed your blogging birthday! Happy Birthday to your blog and to P!!!

    Gill’s last blog post.."Season" starts

    No worries Gill…I’m woefully behind myself. Thanks for your good wishes 🙂

  51. happy birthday P. happy birthday BE. You are so welcome. I appreciate the encouragement you give and I love BE, and you too! I mean, after all, it wouldn’t be much of a blog without you.
    I really love that photo too. Perfecto!


    collette~all over the map’s last blog post..Christmas Postcard: 3 Dec

    Thanks so much Collette! You know I always love visiting you as well 🙂

  52. 12.09.2008

    Happy Birthday P & BE! ; )

    Anali’s last blog post..Let Them Drink Soda!

    Thanks Anali!

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