Birthday Celebrated

Cathy with Ron, Jim, Janice, and Deborah

“I count my age by friendships, not years, and I count my life by smiles, not tears.”

My sister, Deborah, is visiting from Hawaii and celebrated my birthday with Ron and me and our dear friends Jim Lurvey and Janice Gilbert. We enjoyed a lovely dinner dockside at the Lake House on Lake Lure.






We also introduced Deborah to the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville. The largest single-family residence in the USA is also the most visited house in America, attracting nearly 1.5 million visitors a year, even more than the White House.




Deborah with Ron


We love the amazing architecture, gardens, and history. The grounds are nothing less than phenomenal, and touring them would take another day or two!







We grabbed lunch at the Stable Cafe, where I loved my Grilled Cheese Sandwich with braised beef, onions, and sauteed mushrooms! (It’s all about the people, places, and passion for food, remember!)

We then crossed town to the famed Sunset Terrace at the Grove Park Inn for dinner… an amazing chilled seafood platter. And another birthday cake, of course!


Plus, I had so many wonderful well-wishes from so many friends. Thank you so very, very much!!! I feel mightily blessed. YOU are valued deeply.

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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