Birthday Week Fun When You’re Too Sick To Party

I was born on Mother’s Day and this year my birthday again falls on that day.  Hubby insisted we celebrate the days separately and this year I agreed to the idea.  So, yesterday he grilled some scrumptious salmon and both of my sons came to eat.  The food was delicious and we all enjoyed visiting and catching up.


In the evening we played one game of Scrabble and then crashed in bed.  This wasn’t really a rip-roaring party, but for me it was amazing!  Because I’m feeling awful and fatigued, I don’t celebrate very big.  There are plenty of enjoyable “activities” to help me celebrate turning 56.

We decided to try a few fun things this week to help make the Birthday-Mother’s Day week memorable.  Playing board games can be done, even if I need to lay in my recliner.  Here are some other ideas we want to try this week:

  • Coffee shop adventure – This is something we can even enjoy in the drive-thru.
  • Movie night – We want to watch a movie together, and it will be silly.  We have a great collection, like Good-Burger 🙂
  • Try a new breakfast shop – If I’m able, we might head to a new place and try their “famous” biscuits.
  • Grill out – Hubby is so sweet to grill some turkey burgers.
  • Puzzle time – Putting a puzzle together gives you lots of time to talk.
  • Roast marshmallows outdoors – make S’mores if you like.
  • Visit a bookstore/cafe – If I’m able, there is a charming bookstore that offers “more” coffee.
  • Sno-Cone yumminess – Grabbing a delicious summer treat, even if I can’t stand in line.


These simple, yet fun, ideas please me and my family and can make days feel special.  With chronic illness we’ve learned to be very flexible.  Some days I won’t be able to do much of anything.  Those are the perfect days for just chilling with a movie at home.  The small things in life can be very meaningful and bring lots of laughs and smiles.

What are your favorite ways to celebrate special days?  There are so many events this time of year: birthdays, graduations, weddings, and mothers/fathers day.  If you are dealing with a chronic illness life, try to make the best of it.

@2018, copyright Lisa Ehrman


  1. These ideas are fun even if you are not ill. Thanks for the round up!

  2. Casey Garvey

    May 8, 2018 at 1:15 am

    I love to roast marshmellows! Its time spent with family, not what you do!

    • xaoti

      May 8, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Aren’t they delicious? I could eat them all day 🙂 You’re right, family time is the best!

  3. Happy birthday AND happy Mother’s Day! Sounds like your husband tried to make it very special for you.

  4. Happy Birthday! Bet you were the best Mother’s Day gift your Momma ever got! Hope you have a great birthday!

  5. Those are some great tips. I love watching movies when I don’t feel well. They take my mind off of my pain.

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