Jeanne's Bliss Blog

Monday, August 31, 2009

Kindness and Love+ Remembering Princess Diana

Today's song in my CD Player and my heart

"The true essence of humankind is kindness. There are other qualities which come from education or knowledge, but it is essential, if one wishes to be a genuine human being and impart satisfying meaning to one’s existence, to have a good heart."

-Tenzin Gyatso,
The 14th Dalai Lama

There is a feel of fall in our air.
The blue crane was once again down at the creek.
We got our last fill of corn from the farmers stand down the road........
Soon I will begin to roast my red shepherd peppers on the barbecue and freeze them for winter.............

The mornings are dark until after 6:45 now
There was a little garter snake in our front yard yesterday.

I am wishing you a fabulous last day of August..............
The summer zipped on by at a pace faster than anyone could ever imagine.

On Love
Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love."
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
From THE PROPHET by Khalil Gibran

Top photograph courtesy of our darling Ahram
It is always a day ahead in Seoul.........

Other photograph courtesy of Justin and Ahram
I love you both
I miss you and love you both so much
Cannot wait until we meet Ahram
and until we see each other again Justin.........
I love you both so much♥

It is 12 years ago today since Princess Diana died♥

written by A. Powell Davies:

When sorrow comes, let us accept it simply, as a part of life.
Let the heart be open to pain; let it be stretched by it.
All the evidence we have says that this is the better way.
An open heart never grows bitter.
Or if it does, it cannot remain so.

In the desolate hour, there is an outcry; a clenching of the hands upon emptiness; a burning pain of bereavement; a weary ache of loss.

But anguish, like ecstasy, is not forever.
There comes a gentleness, a returning quietness, a restoring stillness.
This, too, is a door to life.

Here, also, is a deepening of meaning – and it can lead to dedication; a going forward to the triumph of the soul, the conquering of the wilderness. And in the process will come a deepening inward knowledge that in the final reckoning, all is well.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

We are put on earth for a little space,
that we may learn to bear the beams of love

William Blake

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Slow roasted plum tomato sauce

Fish and chip dinner in New Zealand
Photographs taken by Ahram and Justin

Slow roasted plum tomato sauce

Recipe below on the link provided.

Tomatoes picked from our garden
These are not plum tomatoes but treasures just the same..........

Also pictured some of the food in New Zealand that Justn and Ahrahm had on their travels this summer

You are what you eat darlings.............

Off to the funeral for my husbands cousin

The soul can split the sky in two,
And let the face of God shine through.
-- Edna St. Vincent Millay

I love their recipes here as well

I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.
That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not......
we are all seeking something better in life......
I think the very motion of our life is towards happiness
The Dalai Lama

A Good Life

Do not worry;
Eat three square meals a day;
say your prayers;
be courteous to your creditors;
keep your digestion good;
exercise; go slowly and easy.
Maybe there are other things your special case
requires to make you happy;
but, my friend,
these I reckon will give you a good life.

by Abraham Lincoln

A little house to keep
A little floor to sweep
A little meal to make
A little sweet to bake
A little friend to know
A little flower to grow
A little bird to sing
A little hand to cling
A little child's carress
A little life to bless
A little grief and pain
A little cheer again
A little fleeting day
A little prayer to say
A little house to keep
There is no joy so deep.
~Anne Campbell

Koop ~Summer Sun

My son is like me
Me are both spoiled and enjoy our coffee in bed
with those we love beside us to share it.

Thanks a latte for your visits and kind words
They mean so very much to me............
Have a great weekend♥

Friday, August 28, 2009

Weekend Weekend Cha Cha Cha

One year from today they will become Mr. and Mrs.

And let the celebrations begin♥
This is my beautiful niece and her future husband.

I love this song by Moby

All photographs of the butterflies were taken by Ahram in New Zealand July 2009Went for a lovely walk with Lisa this morning...........
We were lucky it began to rain as soon as we were done our walk...........

My plants are all in the rain and I am collecting rain water in a bucket.
Nothing compares to the water of rain drops...........

I am having Chicken Scwharma for lunch
I love it so much...............
I am looking through the new Vogue Magazine and New People Magazine..........

Love the fact it is Friday and another weekend to share with my handsome guy
Weekend Weekend
Cha Cha Cha

Butterflies in New Zealand taken by Ahram
All photographs courtesy of Ahram

Heal well my lovely one and rest your ankle this weekend.

Kim have fun with Drew~

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I love Bella Pilar Cards and the colour of Love=Purple

Cards by Bella Pilar

Wednesdays my husband works from home.
I am enchanted♥

Never met a girl like you

Amethyst the lovely birtstone for February
Thinking of our lovely Ahram
whose birthday is February 12th and that is also
our wedding anniversary♥

Purple Haze..............

When you finally expose yourself
and let yourself be known,
the sky does not fall.
Instead, things begin to unfold;
miracles happen."
~Suzanne Falter-Burns♥

Soon we will bid summer good bye

The only thing more fast and fleeting than summer is childhood

Some magical moments from the summer of 2009

My Son's engagement to our lovely Ahram

Meeting my Family members down south and the trip
with my Sister and her husband and mine down south

Every visit with my precious Grandmother

My niece Erica is engaged to her Mike

The thoughts of 3 weddings coming up within the next few years
My Son's and my 2 nieces............

The view of nature each and every day

The abundance of fresh food from our garden and farmers markets

The gatherings with dear loved ones all summer long

Every moment shared with Paul♥

Three Little Birds

I love this song

My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.

-- Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy, June 1968.

Thank you Tammy for your sweet friendship
and your visits and your love♥

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

I love this song.............

I love Tuesdays......I was born on a Tuesday

Slide down the banister of life with fun and laughter
and all the gusto you have

A photograph of my beautiful niece Danielle
Sliding down the banister of life

Life is short
Make FUN of it♥

A Montage of a few things around our house and area
This summer

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Beautiful Butterflies

There are so many beautiful butterflies hovering like little Angels with wings in our gardens.
I saw a most vivid blue one the other day and a monarch was in our butterfly bush today.

How amazing and beautiful is all of nature.
My Sister went shopping for me yesterday and found me my butterfly dish I seen down south.

It is meant to be a bird bath but much too fragile to be kept outside.
I found a special spot for it this morning.

I seen my beautiful niece Erica and viewed her sparkling and beautiful engagement ring.
How precious is this time in our lives.
So many wonderful things to look forward to.

My husband and I seen our blue crane down at the creek this morning.
Fabulous friends had us over for dinner last night.
Fabulous summer evenings

Now tell me your events of the weekend?

Image of the blue butterfly from a Google Search

The one I seen looked very similar.

Spring flowers are popping up in New Zealand
My son has a very saturated schedule and does not have much time
for photographs
but the site Christ Church Daily
presents some beautiful images for you
That is where my Son lives right now.

We went to Vito's again
In love with the food at this restaurant.......
5th time in the last 2 weeks

I love you Nia

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I love Oriental Quilts

I love all things from Asia and the Orient

I love these oriental quilts...........

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come

Happy Birthday to my dear friend Laurie.
(Rose Cottage by the Sea in the sidebar)

"life is not measured by the breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

May Heaven hear your every wish
Love you

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Friday and Prints Charming

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest; Home-keeping hearts are happiest, For those that wander they know not where are full of trouble and full of care; To stay at home is best."

Prints Charming for Fall
Leopard Prints that is.......

I am looking at all the new fashions for all.
Seeing leopard prints everywhere

Hey Babe take a walk on the wild side............


Can you say Paprika lipstick darlings?

counting the days of September 2010 where I will see my Son marry the love
of his life and I will once again be enchanted in Asia
I love all things from the orient

How blessed are those who are loved so well

Prayer is a wish turned upward.
-- American Proverb

Prayer is the language of the heart.
-- Grace Aguilar

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Grandma's Pearls of Wisdom

From a quote from a necklace from the Bradford Exchange

Grandma's Pearls of Wisdom

I've traveled paths you've yet to walk
Learned lessons old and new
And now this wisdom of my life
I'm blessed to share with you.

Let kindness spread like sunshine
Embrace those who are sad
Respect their dignity, give them joy
And leave them feeling glad.

Forgive those who might hurt you
And though you have your pride
Listen closely to their viewpoint
Try to see the other side.

Walk softly when you are angry
Try not to take offense
Invoke your sense of humor
Laughter's power is immense.

Express what you are feeling
Your beliefs you should uphold
Don't shy away from what is right
Be courageous and be bold.

Keep hope right in your pocket
It will guide you day by day
Take it out when it is needed
When it's near you'll find a way.

Remember friends and family
Of which you are a precious part
Love deeply and love truly
Give freely from the heart.

The world is far from perfect
There's conflict and there's strife
But you still can make a difference
By how you live your life.

And so I'm very blessed to know
The wonders you will do
Because you are my granddaughter
And I believe in you.

Picture of my Grandmother taken a few years back.

I adore my Grandmother and she is loved by everyone..........

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Life is a series of new beginnnings

3 cousins with their entire lives ahead of them
Go forward in the direction of your dreams
Live the life you have imagined

Some people care too much, I think it's called love.
~ Winnie the Pooh♥

Justin with my 2 nieces
taken last September 2008

Since then they have all become engaged and they are all busy
planning their weddings with the loves of their lives.........

Life is a series of new beginnings

I carry your heart with me
(I carry it in
my heart)
I am never without it(anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)
I want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;
which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart(I carry it in my heart)

- E. E. Cummings

It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen."
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

This last quote I borrowed from my dear friend Laurie's blog
Thank you

Love is all you need~♥

Monday, August 17, 2009

Early to bed and early to rise

My Sweet Precious Sister Sharon kissing my Uncle Lloyd
Sharon marks 24 years in Heaven today
August 17, 2009
We love you~

The Rose of Sharon bloomed in our back yard for my sweet Sister Sharon
in Heaven!

Early to bed and early to rise
Makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise............

Are you an early riser?
I am and enjoy the quiet and solitudes of my mornings
embracing every sound and sight of nature

Two morning doves were drinking sweetly from one of our bird baths
Birds are singing
The wind chimes in our yard are singing a meloldy
The crickets this time of year perform their serenade
and I am seeing the leafs begin to have a hint of autumn hues

I am waiting for the new Victoria Magazine to come out and the
September Vogue
Was anyone lucky enough to see the new season of Mad Men

Share if you care........
I love that show
I love the clothes

Our Rose of Sharon has bloomed so sweetly
Thinking of my sweet Angel Sister Sharon in Heaven
She died 24 years ago today
God bless you my sweet Angel

My sweet little Sister Sharon
Kissing my Uncle Lloyd

Give me a kiss to build a dream on............
Have a fabulous Monday my darlings
It is supposed to rain here today.
Perhaps it will cool things off.
Off to see my beloved Grandmother♥

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bert Sommer Music and Bridal Veils

Bert Sommer as he performed at Woodstock 1969

40 Years just zipped on by..................

Photograph of me and my beloved Mother on my wedding day
and my treasured bridal veil sent to me as a gift for a keepsake treasure
It is from Budapest

And now one of my favorites:

This Marriage - Ode 2667

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcome
as the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

Kabir Helminski "Love is a Stranger" Threshold Books, 1993

Oldest Bridal Tradition
The veil dates back to ancient Rome, when it was flame-yellow, always worn over the face, and called a flammeum.

What trivia can you tell me about bridal veils I would love to know.

Very treasured bridal veil
I have a love for brides all things bridal and especiall veils.............

Information from this blog(Information on Ireland and Fairies regarding bridal veils and wedding trivia)

Thank you for your information

The love you give away is the only love you keep"--Elbert Hubbard

Fairies are said to covet anything that is beautiful, which includes the bride and all her fineries.

The wedding veil has special meaning in Ireland. In ancient time, it was believed to hide the bride away from leprechauns and fairies who would try to capture the bride and take her beautiful dress. Today in Ireland, veils are often embroidered with shamrocks or the Claddagh symbol.

It is also lucky for the bride and groom to wear old shoes when they get married. This would prevent their being kidnapped by fairies. In County Cork, it is believed that fairies would whisk away the wedding couple to the "Land of the Ever Young," just to get a hold of a pair of handsome new shoes.

Social Media Revolutions

Thanks Robyn

Saturday, August 15, 2009

40th year anniversary of Woodstock

3 days of love and peace and music fabulous music

Soul Sacrifice

Going to make us fresh tomatoe sandwiches for lunch and fresh basil from our garden will accent and burning violet incence and listening to my Woodstock CD
on this glorious Saturday morning.

Every month on the 12th my husband and I exchange anniversary cards to commemmorate
our February 12th wedding. (also our lovely Ahram's birthday)
and my late husband Robbie's birthday as well.

Roses and cards from my friend
Post cards and gifts from my Son and a post card from Greece
Thank you Stevie
Love embraces me in many ways and so tenderly and well am I loved
I thank each one of you.

Love you

Friday, August 14, 2009

Weekend Weekend Cha Cha Cha

"Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future."

- Robert Schuller

Thank you Flickr Toys and Flickr
for the joy in sharing

Thanks Relyn

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Give me a kiss to build a dream on.............

Give me a kiss to build a dream on.........
Justin and Ahram sharing their love on their travels in New Zealand July 2009.
The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return♥

Photographs courtesy of my Son and Ahram
Thank you for allowing me to share your most gorgeous photographs
I love you both so much♥

Some photographs of the Round Rotorua area in New Zealand

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

3 Years in Heaven today for my beloved Mother

Angel image as it appeared on my Mom's grave on her anniversary date last year
August 12, 2008 as I went to visit her on that date.

My newest Rosary from Seoul from our lovely Ahram on my Mom's picture.........

Thank you Ahram for your love. You bring so much joy to us all.
We love you♥

Every parting gives a foretaste of death,
every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
-- Arthur Schopenhauer

``What though the radiance which was once so bright

Be now forever taken from my sight,

Though nothing can bring back the hour

Of splendor in the grass, or glory in the flower;

We will grieve not, rather find

Strength in what remains behind;

In the primal sympathy

Which having been must ever be;

In the soothing thoughts that spring

Out of human suffering;

In the faith that looks through death,

In years that bring the philosophic mind."

Cherished and adorned in Heaven as she was on Earth

Those who live forever in our hearts are never far away.

Mom sent me beautiful rainbows in the sky and as always I feel her ever near
I love you Mom
I miss you Mom♥

I like this song

What I wrote for my Beloved Mother on the one year anniversary of her death.

To my Beloved Mother August 12, 2007
(One Year in Heaven)
I hope your days in Heaven Mom
Are of the happiest kind
A mother like you here on Earth
Is rare and hard to find
Each day I celebrate you
And all the joys we've shared
I always knew how much I was loved
And how very much you cared
We are not the same without you
And our hearts are always blue
And there is never a moment
That we are not missing you
But we carry on with grace and pride
The way you taught us to
I send my love to Heaven Mom and offer you a prayer
God wrapped you in His tender arms and now you're in His care.
So loving, so loved
We love you and miss you.
Love Jeanne and Family
Written by me
For my Beloved Mother

and a favorite piece of mine
called The Next Place

The Next Place
By Warren Hanson

The next place that I go
Will be as peaceful and familiar
As a sleepy summer Sunday
And a sweet, untroubled mind.
And yet . . .
It won't be anything like any place I've ever been. . .
Or seen. . . or even dreamed of
In the place I leave behind.
I won't know where I'm going,
And I won't know where I've been
As I tumble through the always
And look back toward the when.
I'll glide beyond the rainbows.
I'll drift above the sky.
I'll fly into the wonder, without ever wondering why.
I won't remember getting there.
Somehow I'll just arrive.
But I'll know that I belong there
And will feel much more alive
Than I have ever felt before.
I will be absolutely free of the things that I held onto
That were holding onto me.
The next place that I go
Will be so quiet and so still
That the whispered song of sweet belonging will rise up to fill
The listening sky with joyful silence,
And with unheard harmonies
Of music made by no one playing,
Like a hush upon breeze.
There will be no room for darkness in that place of living light,
Where an ever-dawning morning pushes back the dying night.
The very air will fill with brilliance, as the brightly shining sun
And the moon and half a million stars are married into one.
The next place that I go Won't really be a place at all.
There won't be any seasons --
Winter, summer, spring or fall --
Nor a Monday, Nor a Friday,
Nor December, Nor July.
And the seconds will be standing still. . .
While hours hurry by.
I will not be a boy or girl,
A woman or man.
I'll simply be just, simply, me.
No worse or better than.
My skin will not be dark or light.
I won't be fat or tall.
The body I once lived in
Won't be part of me at all.
I will finally be perfect.
I will be without a flaw.
I will never make one more mistake,
Or break the smallest law.
And the me that was impatient,
Or was angry, or unkind,
Will simply be a memory.
The me I left behind.
I will travel empty-handed.
There is not a single thing
I have collected in my life
That I would ever want to bring Except. . .
The love of those who loved me,
And the warmth of those who cared.
The happiness and memories
And magic that we shared.
Though I will know the joy of solitude. . .
I'll never be alone. I'll be embraced
By all the family and friends I've ever known.
Although I might not see their faces,
All our hearts will beat as one,
And the circle of our spirits
Will shine brighter than the sun.
I will cherish all the friendship I was fortunate to find,
All love and all the laughter in the place I leave behind.
All these good things will go with me.
They will make my spirit glow.
And that light will shine forever In the next place that I go.

Allegri's Miserere by the Tallis Scholars

written for the Vatican hundreds of years ago

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wedding Months

And if you’re wondering about the month you’ve chosen . . .

Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true.

When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.

If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.

Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden and for Man.

Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.

Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.

Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bread.

Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.

Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.

If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.

If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.

When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.

Photograph of Justin and Ahram on the beach in New Zealand
Thank you for letting me share your photographs

I love you both so much♥

Monday, August 10, 2009

Hooked on Mad Men

Vanity Fair has stunning photographs for Mad Men

January Jones and Jon Hamm

Hooked on Mad Men

I cannot wait for the new season to begin

Stunning Photograph above taken by Annie Lebovitz
for the Vanity Fair Shoot

So amazing♥

January Jones is stunning

I love her clothes and her look♥

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Thank you

Congratulations Erica and Mike♥

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams"

Dr. Seuss

Love this song thank you Brenda

I love you ♥

Thank you my wonderful family members for always putting a song in my heart
Debbie, Brenda and Wendy had such a wonderful day with you.

And we all celebrated Erica and Mike's engagement.

So much good news and 2010 will be a fabulous year full of amazement.

Our lives are a rich tapestry of things we have done and said
with memories of those we love outlined in golden thread.


40 years ago today the cover of the Album Abbey Road
by the Beatles was made
How can that be possible♥

Abbey Road

Friday, August 07, 2009

One month ago today a new fairy tale was written

Ribbons in the sky for your love

Still on cloud nine for Justin and Ahram

Love is the only magic I believe in..............

Photograph of Justin and Ahram under a New Zealand Sky
July 7, 2009 the day they became engaged

and photographs of the sky over me this morning
August 7, 2009

We are blessed with ribbons in the sky for our love

The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

Love you both so much♥♥

Many people will come in and out of your lives
Very few will capture your heart
Embrace that love and tenderly cherish and adore that precious gift
of love forever more♥
It is sent from Heaven♥

We are on a journey of JOY♥♥