Not this year, but next year I will turn 60. Yep, 60, if God's willing and the creek don't rise. And I'm making plans for that auspicious day.
So based on my expectations that I will not be kicking the bucket anytime soon, I'm making grand plans now for my 60th birthday on December 21, 2012.
The idea struck me while I was doing a little research for Gem of a Ghost, the 3rd Granny Apples mystery coming out in February 2012. In that book, I mention Stonehenge. While reading online information about the ancient landmark, I learned that the Winter Solstice is the biggest day of the year at Stonehenge - a day when Druids, Pagans and Wiccens celebrate big time at the circle of stones, along with curious tourists.
The Winter Solstice occurs on December 21st - my birthday!
The Wiccens, Pagans and Druids don't know it yet, but they will be throwing me, one of the many curious tourists in attendance, a big 60th birthday party in 2012. That's right, in December 2012 I'm heading to England to PAR-TAY!
But wait, there's more!
December 21, 2012 marks the end of the Mayan calendar. Because of that, some believe that specific date will trigger apocalyptic events, a major shift in the earth, or even the end of the world. December 21, 2012 also marks the date the sun will align with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years, setting off a major disruption in the earth's energy.
Even Nostradamus is muscling in on my 60th birthday. Apparently, he prophesied a comet will hit the Earth on that date.
Really, folks, you shouldn't have. A simple cake, a bottle of wine, or even a card from the drug store will do.