Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Wednesday Happenings!

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This is probably one of the very first paintings I did when I moved over  here to the UK.  Way, way back when.  I'm using it this morning because I wanted to tell you about a special person in my life.

We have never met in person, and yet I feel as if I have known her forever.
We have never spoken a word face to face, and yet our hearts have touched in countless ways.
She has picked me up when I have felt very down and I hope that I have done the same for her.
She is the most travelingest and most adventurous person I know, and yet her mobility is not as good as most peoples.
She has a heart as large as large can be and a sweet personality and smile to match.
She's a prayer warrior and a friend and a super person all around and . . .
She is a flower in the Garden of my Heart.
I can only hope that the feeling is mutual.

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Today is her Birthday and not just her Birthday, but her 70th Birthday!

Happy Birthday Sybil!  I love this photograph of you and Masy in the garden.   You look so happy and content, both of you.   I wish for you a day filled with love and flowers and joy and friendship.

May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you, 
a moonbeam to charm you, 
a sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. 
Laughter to cheer you. 
Faithful friends near you. 
And whenever you pray, 
Heaven to hear you. 
~An old Irish Blessing

I hope that you have a truly lovely day from beginning to end and 364 more of them to follow and take you  up to your 71st Birthday next year.

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There is a very light dusting of snow on the car this morning.  Not on the ground so it hasn't lay, but I expect the roads will be pretty icy and that there is a lot more snow elsewhere.  If you are out and about here in the UK today, drive very carefully.   Be safe and be warm.

I am an hour late getting up this morning.  I must have needed some extra sleep.  Honestly I have been falling into bed just exhausted these past few days.  Must be all that early spring cleaning I have been doing upstairs.   The old grey mare just ain't what she used to be I guess!

I will leave you with a thought for today  . . .

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It's a picture thought and I hope it made you smile like it made me smile.  Everyone needs a little Piglet in their lives and a big Pooh too!  It's Caring For and being Cared For that makes the world go round in the sweetest possible way.

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Cooking in The English Kitchen  . . .  a delicious Greek lamb stew called Stifado!


Today, wherever you go and whatever you do . . . I hope that God's angels are round about you!

Don't forget . . .

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And I do too!


12 comments:

Sybil said...

Oh Marie, I am so honoured that you should think of me in such a way..I am actually blushing !!...I am looking forward to whatever the day might bring. I had a lovely day yesterday as quite a few frends thought the "big day" was the 13th I am surrounded now by lovely plants 2 begonias one pink one white a crysanthamum, and beautiful carnations flowers such lovely colours..I also had a nice china mug and earings from yet another friend and also money that will go towards theatre tickets...so I am truly a very blessed "old lady" ( as the Dr. refered to me last week LOL )but she also added the word "poor" LOL Snowing heavy at the momenet so dontthink I will make it for my eye test so will have to rearrange it ...again...
Tahnk you once again dear Marie,
( I have a feeling a chinese meal might have been organsed for tonight as I heard whispers between Mary and Peter !!)

Val said...

Sybil, happy birthday! You have to be special for Marie to love you so. :)

And Marie, that illustration is lovely. The style of drawing makes it one of my favorites of yours. ♥

Suze said...

Before I begin...

I wish you a blessed and happy birthday dear Sybil. May your 70th year be filled with special memories and delights.

Marie my miracle is that Bethany is back under our roof. I could not sleep last night. I was so worried about her flying home as it was a not a direct flight and she flew into China first. Pip woke with a nasty looking problem which frightened her. An hysterical Pip is not a good thing. We have been to the doctor and initial tests found nothing. Further tests have been sent to the pathologist. I am happy because whatever went wrong seems like a blip in a healthy body and nothing major. I am also thankful for the much needed rain that has not pelted down too often and we have not had much flooding.

Enjoy your day Marie.

Marie Rayner said...

Sybil, I had meant to send you a real card via snail mail and could not believe this morning that I had forgotten! I hope this makes up for that omission a tiny bit! I do think the world of you and consider you one of my nearest and dearest friends. I hope you do get your Chinese Can you believe I have never had a Chinese meal over here? I know! I have been living under a rock! Hope your day is as lovely as you are! You surely deserve it! xoxoxo

Thanks Val! That was one of my earliest ones, so early that I didn't even sign it! What was I thinking? haha. xoxox

Suzan, I am so happy that Bethany is home safe and sound. Flying today is a cause for concern whether you are in the plane or on the ground. ((((hugs)))) I am glad also that Pip's problem was nothing major. Thankful also that you have rain. xoxox

kate hazlehurst said...

Happy birthday Sybil, hope you have a lovely day !

Hope you're staying in today Marie, there looks like an other bad storm on the way. I've got to go out and do my 'round' tonight delivering all the ironing back. Not looking forward to it! Lots of love xxx

Marie Rayner said...

oh dear Kate! Do be careful on the roads! There is a shop that does ironing next to where we take Mitzie to be groomed. Hard work! I admire you for that! Love and hugs and stay safe! xxoo

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I too would like to wish Sybil a very Happy Birthday. I used to read her blog and always enjoyed it so much. I read her comments to you on your blog and know you two have become great friends. Your post today was a wonderful way to extend your birthday wishes to her. It is a blessing to have a good friend !

La Table De Nana said...

Happy Birthday Sybil!
Very sweet post Marie..hope your art room is coming along well:)

The stew..what can I say at minus 17F..it would be welcome here!

Marie Rayner said...

A good friend is always a blessing Pam! YOu are right. She doesn't write a blog anymore. I always enjoyed it too. I am sure she is enjoying all of your birthday greetings! xxoo

Thanks Monique! It's coming along slowly. It's a lot of work to organize everything the way I want it. Brrr... -17 I cannot count that low. I am afraid I have lost my Canadian skills for bearing up in such cold temps! xoxo

Valerie H. said...

HAPPY, HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY SYBIL! May you be blessed with good health and happiness through many more birthdays and wonderful years! Hugs to you!

LeAnn said...

What a very lovely tribute and birthday wish for a dear friend. Friends are so wonderful and I treasure the friends I have including you my dear.
I loved this sweet post. I too love piglet and pooh.
Blessings, hugs and love for you!

Marie Rayner said...

I am sure Sybil appreciates all the lovely Birthday Wishes Valerie! I will thank you all on her behalf! xxoo

LeAnn, thank you. I treasure you too! xxoo