Jeanne's Bliss Blog

Sunday, February 28, 2010

GOLD CANADA GOLD +Sad the Olympics will be over today

Kim and Drew in Vancouver in front of the Olympic torch
Photographs courtesy of Kim and Drew
Love you♥

▌♥ ▌GOLD CANADA GOLD ▌♥ ▌ LET'S°¨¨°º¤ø¸„ø¤º°¨¨°º¤ø GO¤ø ¸„ø¤ºº°¨¨°º¤ø¸ø¤º°¨¨°º¤ø,„CANADA¤ø ¸„ø¤º°¨¨°º¤ø ø¤º° KEEP THE WAVE GOING! ▌♥ ▌GOLD CANADA GOLD ▌♥ ▌

So very sad that it is the last day of the Olympics from our home Country Canada

I have enjoyed them immensely and so proud of everyone competing♥

We will be faithfully watching the events and the closing ceremonies today♥

Love Priscilla Ahn

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone..."

-- Audrey Hepburn

As human beings, we share what is real. Joy, sorrow, care, courage, and tenderness are real. Tears are real, and so is laughter. These are the currency of the heart. They are meant to be exchanged. ~Anonymous

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I can see clearly now

Inukshuk in Vancouver
with Olympic mittens on
Photograph courtesy of our daughter Kim♥
Thank you Kim
I am so glad you and Drew were able to enjoy the Olmpics
as well as several other family members♥

I am going to be sad tomorrow with the closing ceremonies for the fabulous
Winter Olympics hosted in Vancouver Canada
I have loved every moments and have been so proud of everyone.
Everyone is a winnner
Everyone is pure gold♥

A snowman in our neighborhood with the Canadian Flag and Olympic spirit

Post card courtesy of our daughter Kim

Love and hugs and here is to spring and pastels and pretty things
all in a row

My sweet friend Jennifer from Nova Scotia allows me to share her joys
Love and thanks Jennifer
Love and smiles across the miles♥

Jennifers Joys today

One of my other favorites, the words are lovely and meaningful to me. Love the melody.

Much love Jennifer

Friday, February 26, 2010

Weekend Weekend Cha Cha Cha

Many photographs I took this week including the Detroit Skyline
Many scanned images from greeting cards and photographs of various stages of my life♥

Enjoy your weekend.

It is snowing here once again
and eternally I am on SPRING watch♥

In the sweetness of friendship
let there be laughter
and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds
its morning and is refreshed.
Kahlil Gibran

Today's Jennifer Joy
From my sweet friend Jennifer
My special friend in Nova Scotia
Love you lots♥

The Grass

THE grass so little has to do,

A sphere of simple green,

With only butterflies to brood,

And bees to entertain,

Aand all day to stir

The Breezes fetch along,

And hold the sunshine in its lap

And bow to everything;

And thread the dews all night, like pearls,

And makes itself so fine,

A duchess were too common

For such a noticing

And even when it dies, to pass

In odors so divine,

As lowly spices gone to sleep,

Or amulets of pine.

And then to dwell in soveregin barns,

And dream the days away,

The grass has so little to do,

I wish I were the hay!

-Emily Dickinson

Much love and blessings,


Thursday, February 25, 2010


Gold Canada Gold

So proud

You are my SON Shine

A photograph of our friends Gary and Jane in New Zealand with my Son.
February 2010.
They took my Son out while they were there visiting and they all had a very good time.

Thank you everyone for loving me and my Son so well.
We are blessed beyond belief♥
It's too bad Ahram could not be there too and my husband and I.

It is a most wonderful feeling when you are loved♥

So very loved♥ My Son Shine

When those we love take our Sons by the hand
They take the Mother by the heart♥

We are all born with a a great need to be loved and never ever outgrow it♥

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Red She Said

Beautiful creation from my most beautiful and talented friend Dani
I love you Dani♥

Ahram with a LOVE sign I love so much

Our beautiful family member Sarah wearing a shade of red lipstick I love so much♥

So proud of everyone in the Olympics especially Canadians winning gold medals.

Rich vibrant red beckons to me
especially with the Olympics in Vancouver and our team hockey colour being bright red for Canada and our flag...............

Red She Said

Montage of various images
Creations from my dear friend Dani,
and photographs both my own and sent to me from loved ones,
scanned imagess, and
photographs of family, friends and google searched images
and Olympic moments 2010

Life is not waiting for the storms
to pass .. it's about learning to
dance in the rain!

Celebrate Life

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Thank you my friend on Flickr for allowing me to use your fabulous
photograph taken at the Hockey game at the Vancouver Olympics

Your photographs are fabulous.
Thanks for your kindness♥

Gold Medal Ice Dance
Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue Who attends our University of Windsor♥

So proud♥

█♥█ GO CANADA GO █♥█

Photographs taken by me this morning of our area and Olde Walkerville

Last Mansion in the Montage is Willistead Manor in Olde Walkerville
where Paul and I wed and had our wedding reception♥

Embrace each moment with joy
Scatter LOVE♥

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Lenten Reflection

An Image from a Greeting Card I had scanned

A Lenten Reflection

Give up complaining——focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism——become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments——think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry——trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement——be full of hope.
Give up bitterness——turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred——return good for evil.
Give up negativism——be positive.
Give up anger——be more patient.
Give up pettiness——become mature.
Give up gloom——enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy——pray for trust.
Give up gossiping——control your tongue.
Give up sin——turn to virtue.
Give up giving up——hang in there!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


My lovely Sister on her wedding day with her husband Pat and my lovely beloved late Mother
who designed this dress herself and my fabulous Uncle Lloyd

Photograph from a scene in Mad Men Scene........

I think January Jones is so beautiful and Jon Hamm
so handsome.

Their elegance in dress reminds me of my late beloved Mother
She was also so glamorous♥

Sunday is the core of our civilization dedicated to thought and reverence.

Love this song by KD Lang


Saturday, February 20, 2010

La La Lavender

On the hunt for an outfit just like this

I love love love lavender this spring
I will embrace you sweet lavender and every pastel colour presented before me.

Spring is the Queen of all seasons♥

In the sweetness of friendship
Let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things
the heart finds its morning
and is refeshed.
Kahlil Gibran♥

Friday, February 19, 2010

Go Canada Go♥

Family faces are magic mirrors♥

█♥█ GO CANADA GO █♥█

"The happiest people I know
are people who don't even think about being happy.
They just think about being
good neighbours,
good people.
And then happiness
sort of sneaks
in the back window while they are
busy doing good."

~Rabbi Harold Kushner
Another glorious morning full of sunshine and sparkles and the snow is melting.

I am having a delicious cup of tea sent to me by my dear friend Marilyn

Monks blend

and looking through the southern cookbook my dear cousin Susan sent me from North Carolina♥

Thank you everyone for loving me so well.
I am truly blessed with Angels in my life♥

To all the "sisters" who I have known for a very long time...and those who have only recently come into my life:


Time Passes.....

Life happens.....

Distance separates.....

Children grow up.....

Jobs come and go. Love waxes and wanes. Men don't do what they're suppose to do......

Hearts break. Parents die. Colleagues forget favors. Careers end.....

BUT.....Sisters are there, no matter how much time and how many miles are between you. A girl friend is never farther away than needing her can reach.....

When you have to walk that lonesome valley and you have to walk it by yourself, the women in your life will be on the valley's rim, cheering you on, praying for you, pulling for you, intervening on your behalf, and waiting with open arms at the valley's end....

Sometimes, they will even break the rules and walk beside you....or come in and carry you out. Girlfriends, daughters, granddaughters.....

Daughter-in-laws, sisters, sister-in-laws, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, cousins, and extended family, all bless our life!

The world wouldn't be the same without women, and neither would I. When we began this adventure called womanhood, we had no idea of the incredible joys or sorrows that lay ahead. Nor did we know how much we would need each other. Every day, we need each other still.

I thank you all for loving me so well♥

Thursday, February 18, 2010

On Spring Watch

Ahram loves penguins I have them all over the house for her♥

Love has certainly been calling at our door.

She lives on LOVE street♥

Source of this photograph unknown to me
But I love it♥

Today was a gorgeous day sun shining snow melting and you could actually feel a hint of Spring...........
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh that feels better♥

As human beings, we share what is real. Joy, sorrow, care, courage, and tenderness are real. Tears are real, and so is laughter. These are the currency of the heart. They are meant to be exchanged. ~Anonymous

During this season of Lent and always
The strength of God pilot us,
The wisdom of god instruct us
The hand of God protect us
The word of God direct us♥

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Thanks for always putting a song in my heart♥

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday

Taken this morning after mass♥

Photograph from a Google Search

Lord Jesus Christ
by your passion, death and resurrection
ou have set us free from sin and death.
May your grace renew our hearts this Lent
and help us turn from sin in our lives.
May we learn to appreciate more deeply the sacrifice you made for us.
Accept our prayer, fasting and acts of charity as wee seek to
draw closer to you during this holy season.
Strengthen the faith of your people so that we may be a sign of your love to all the world.

Prayer as seen in our church bulletin from
Good Shepherd Parish
St. Clair Beach Ontario

Keep your faith in all beautiful things;
in the sun when it is hidden
and in the Spring when it is gone.

Roy R. Gilson

I love this video of students in Korea
preparations for Lunar New Year

I love this video

Matthew 6:5-15

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

From my Friend Joe

Wishing you every joy,
Joe Mazzella

A person I am so proud to call my friend


By: Joseph J. Mazzella

I pulled an old photo album from its shelf yesterday and wiped the dust off of it. It is one that I rarely open, but something moved me to open it then. Inside of it were baby pictures of my youngest son from the day of his birth until he was 18 months old. Looking at them made my heart ache, not with nostalgia but with loss. You see, the reason I hardly ever look at these pictures is that I can see in them the normal child my son could of been. When I look at those happy, intelligent, and shining eyes in the photos I can see all the years of learning, growing, and becoming that my son could have had before the autism came.

The severe autism that came upon my son in his second year stole his language, changed his personality, and forever clouded his mind. It left him with a life of frustration, mood swings, compulsive behavior, and mental pain. Each day now is a struggle for him and although I try to make his life easier and give him as much love and joy as I can, in the end the autism is always there keeping him from being the person he could have been.

One thing, however, that brings me joy is that everyday I can see his gentle spirit break through those autistic walls around him. Sometimes it is in a laugh, sometimes it is in a smile, sometimes it is in a hug, but it always lets me know that a loving soul still lives within him. One day in the life after this one I hope to get to talk to that sweet spirit and thank him for all the love he gave me and all that he taught me about patience, compassion, and life.

I am going to try and look at those old pictures more often now. I want them to remind me of who my son truly is: a Child of God, a Being of Light, and a Spirit full of Love. The next time then that you see a person trapped in a handicapped body or mind don’t look away, look within. If you do you will see a brother or sister who wants and needs your love.


Not my photograph above but love this one.
Source unknown to me.

Photograph taken by me at Heavenly Rest Cemetary where my late beloved Mom and Sister
and other relatives are buried.

Went and placed Valentine gifts on their graves and memorial sites.

Women have strengths that amaze men.
They carry children,
they carry hardships,
they carry burdens
but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up for injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without new shoes so their children
can have them.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They cry when their children excel and cheer
when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a new marriage.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They have sorrow at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they think there is no
strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a
broken heart.

Women come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes.

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what makes the world spin!

Women do more than just give birth.
They bring joy and hope.
They give compassion and ideals.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have a lot to say and
a lot to give.

Author Unknown

Photographs I have taken at Heavenly Rest Cemetary
Where my late beloved Mom and Sister are buried
as well as other family members.

May they all rest in God's peace and love eternally♥

Monday, February 15, 2010

Connected Heart to Heart although thousands of miles apart

You two
Two incredible people have bloomed in my life
Someone as wonderful as you
has touched my heart
and your kindness and love reminds me
how truly blessed I am to be loved by both of you♥
Happy Family Day
which is every single day♥
I love you both so much
Miss you both so much♥

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.

One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.

One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights the world.

One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.

One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,

One life can make a difference,
You see, it's up to you.

From the Book ONE

YOU are not here by mistake
Around the world and down
through the ages
there has never been
another you,
and there will never be
another you.
The miracle of your
existence is now
in your hands.
You are here for
a purpose.
You have something that
only you can give
to the world.

Take time to consider what that is.

Family Day and The Whale said THANK YOU

A photograph of my beloved late Mom and my precious Grandmother on the back porch
of the home I grew up in..................

those were the days my friend
I thought they would never end♥

"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
~ Desmond Tutu

Happy Family day♥
Family faces are magic mirrors............
Those that have the day off take the golden moments and share with those you love
your time the very best gift of all♥

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

The Whale Said "Thank You"

If you read a front page story of the SF Chronicle,
you would have read about a female humpback whale
that had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.
She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps
that caused her to struggle to stay afloat.
She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body,
her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate ) and radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her.

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.

She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time,
and nudged them, pushed them gently around...she was thanking them.
Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were
following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate
to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled
from the things that are binding you.

And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.
I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.

Enjoyed the movie Crazy Heart
Going to buy my husband another Valentine's day gift day
the soundtrack to the movie♥

We celebrated Chinese/Lunar New Year last night in fine style

Fortune by Little Dragon

We are

We are

We Are More

by Shane Koyczan

When defining Canada

you might list some statistics

you might mention our tallest building

or biggest lake

you might shake a tree in the fall

and call a red leaf Canada

you might rattle off some celebrities

might mention Buffy Sainte-Marie

might even mention the fact that we've got a few

Barenaked Ladies

or that we made these crazy things

like zippers

electric cars

and washing machines

when defining Canada

it seems the world's anthem has been

" been there done that"

and maybe that's where we used to be at

it's true

we've done and we've been

we've seen

all the great themes get swallowed up by the machine

and turned into theme parks

but when defining Canada

don't forget to mention that we have set sparks

we are not just fishing stories

about the one that got away

we do more than sit around and say "eh?"

and yes

we are the home of the Rocket and the Great One

who inspired little number nines

and little number ninety-nines

but we're more than just hockey and fishing lines

off of the rocky coast of the Maritimes

and some say what defines us

is something as simple as please and thank you

and as for you're welcome

well we say that too

but we are more

than genteel or civilized

we are an idea in the process

of being realized

we are young

we are cultures strung together

then woven into a tapestry

and the design

is what makes us more

than the sum total of our history

we are an experiment going right for a change

with influences that range from a to zed

and yes we say zed instead of zee

we are the colours of Chinatown and the coffee of Little Italy

we dream so big that there are those

who would call our ambition an industry

because we are more than sticky maple syrup and clean snow

we do more than grow wheat and brew beer

we are vineyards of good year after good year

we reforest what we clear

because we believe in generations beyond our own

knowing now that so many of us

have grown past what used to be

we can stand here today

filled with all the hope people have

when they say things like "someday"

someday we'll be great

someday we'll be this

or that

someday we'll be at a point

when someday was yesterday

and all of our aspirations will pay the way

for those who on that day

look towards tomorrow

and still they say someday

we will reach the goals we set

and we will get interest on our inspiration

because we are more than a nation of whale watchers and lumberjacks

more than backpacks and hiking trails

we are hammers and nails building bridges

towards those who are willing to walk across

we are the lost-and-found for all those who might find themselves at a loss

we are not the see-through gloss or glamour

of those who clamour for the failings of others

we are fathers brothers sisters and mothers

uncles and nephews aunts and nieces

we are cousins

we are found missing puzzle pieces

we are families with room at the table for newcomers

we are more than summers and winters

more than on and off seasons

we are the reasons people have for wanting to stay

because we are more than what we say or do

we live to get past what we go through

and learn who we are

we are students

students who study the studiousness of studying

so we know what as well as why

we don't have all the answers

but we try

and the effort is what makes us more

we don't all know what it is in life we're looking for

so keep exploring

go far and wide

or go inside but go deep

go deep

as if James Cameron was filming a sequel to The Abyss

and suddenly there was this location scout

trying to figure some way out

to get inside you

because you've been through hell and high water

and you went deep

keep exploring

because we are more

than a laundry list of things to do and places to see

we are more than hills to ski

or countryside ponds to skate

we are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can't wait

we are first-rate greasy-spoon diners and healthy-living cafes

a country that is all the ways you choose to live

a land that can give you variety

because we are choices

we are millions upon millions of voices shouting

" keep exploring... we are more"

we are the surprise the world has in store for you

it's true

Canada is the "what" in "what's new?"

so don't say "been there done that"

unless you've sat on the sidewalk

while chalk artists draw still lifes

on the concrete of a kid in the street

beatboxing to Neil Young for fun

don't say you've been there done that

unless you've been here doing it

let this country be your first-aid kit

for all the times you get sick of the same old same old

let us be the story told to your friends

and when that story ends

leave chapters for the next time you'll come back

next time pack for all the things

you didn't pack for the first time

but don't let your luggage define your travels

each life unravels differently

and experiences are what make up

the colours of our tapestry

we are the true north

strong and free

and what's more

is that we didn't just say it

we made it be.

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Sunday, February 14, 2010


My precious husband and I at Whistler BC
Spring 2008
Watching the Olympics is exciting and reminds us of all the beauty
of Beautiful British Columbia
I love you with all my heart my precious husband
My Soul Mate

A tree I photographed in Vancouver British Columbia
Spring 2008

Love is all you need♥

You are love. You are from love. You are made by love. You cannot cease to love.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

The only magic I believe in is LOVE

Happy Lunar New Year
Ahram and all those celebrating♥

The Greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return♥

I love you Justin and Ahram♥

We find rest in those we love, and we provide a
resting place for those who love us”

~ Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear...

John Lennon

Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
Love does not demand its own way.
Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged.
It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

Happy Valentine's Day
Thank you all who love me so well♥

Happy Chinese New Year
the Year of the Tiger♥

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Lessons of Love

Images from Newspaper Images and Google Searches

I loved watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies last night from beautiful
Vancouver Canada

Blessings for all
and love and prayers for the young man who lost his life yesterday♥
Nodar Kumaritashvili
and his family
We are all deeply saddened by this most tragic loss.

Lessons Of Love

A ninety-one year old woman died
after living a long dignified life.
When she met God, she asked him something
that had long bothered her.
If Man was created in God's image,
and if all men are created equal,
why do people treat each other so badly?
God replied that each person who
enters our life has a unique
lesson to teach us.
And it is only through these
lessons that we learn about life,
people, relationships and God.
This confused the woman, so God began to explain.
When someone lies to you, it
teaches you that things are not
always as they seem. The truth is often far
beneath the surface. Look beyond the masks
people wear if you want to know their heart.
And remove your own masks to let people know yours.
When someone steals from you,
it teaches you that nothing is forever.
Always appreciate what you have,
for you never know when you might lose it.
And never, ever take your friends
and family for granted because today
is the only guarantee you have.
When someone inflicts an injury upon you,
it teaches you that the human state is a fragile one.
Protect and take care of your body
as best you can, it's the only thing
you are sure to have forever.
When someone mocks you,
it teaches you that no two people are alike.
When you encounter people who are
different from you, don't judge
them by how they look or act;
instead base your opinion on the contents of their heart.
When someone breaks your heart,
it teaches you that loving someone
does not always mean that person
will love you back. But don't turn your back
on love because when you find the right person,
the joy that one person brings will
make up for all the past hurts put together.
Times ten. When someone holds a grudge against you,
it teaches you that everyone makes mistakes.
When you are wronged, the most virtuous
thing you can do is forgive the offender without pretense.
Forgiving those who have hurt us is the most difficult,
the most courageous and the noblest thing man can do.
When a loved one is unfaithful to you,
it teaches you that resisting temptation
is man's greatest challenge.
Be vigilant in your resistance against
all temptation. By doing so you will be
rewarded with an enduring sense
of satisfaction far greater
than the temporary pleasure by which you were tempted.
When someone cheats you,
it teaches you that greed is the root of all evil.
Aspire to make your dreams come true,
no matter how lofty they may be.
Do not feel guilty about your success,
but never let an obsession with achieving
your goals lead you to engage in malevolent activities.
When someone ridicules you,
it teaches you that nobody is perfect.
Accept people for their merits and be
tolerant of their flaws.
Do not ever reject someone for
imperfections over which they have no control.
Upon hearing the Lord's wisdom,
the old woman became concerned
that there were no lessons to be learned
from man's good deeds.
God replied that man's capacity to love
is the greatest gift he has.
At the root of all kindness is love,
and each act of love also teaches us a lesson.
The woman's curiosity deepening,
God once again began to explain.
When someone loves us it teaches us that love,
kindness, charity, honesty,
humility, forgiveness and
acceptance can counteract all the evil in the world.
For every good deed, there is one less evil deed.
Man alone has the power to control
the balance between good and evil,
but because the lessons of love
are not taught often enough,
the power is too often abused.
When you enter someone's life,
whether by plan, chance or coincidence,
consider what your lesson will be.
Will you teach love or a harsh lesson of reality?
When you die, will your life
have resulted in more loving or hurting?
More comfort or pain?
More joy or sadness? Each one of
us has power over the balance
of love in the world. Use it wisely.

Friday, February 12, 2010


As read on my beautiful friends Blog today

Love you

The Best Thing In The World

What's the best thing in the world?
June~rose, by May~dew impearled;
Sweet south~wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
till its pride is over~plain;
Light, that never makes you wink;
Memory, that gives no pain;
Love, when, so, you're loved again.
What's the best thing in the world?
--Something out of it, I think.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Roses on our table to commemorate our 16th wedding anniversary

After all there is something about a wedding-gown prettier than in any other gown in the world.
~Douglas William Jerrold

A BELIEVE sign for the opening day of the Canadian Winter Olympics today in Vancouver
and our celebration of Ahram's birthday♥

What a fabulous day February 12, 2010 is♥

Celebrate you and surround yourselves with people that do.

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



Wedding Ring

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refine“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony. William Henry Channing's Symphony: ment rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common - this is my symphony. William Henry Channing's Symphony:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Adoring Ahram

We celebrate you and love you
Your birthday is coming up February 12th
May Heaven hear your every wish
We love you Ahram♥

Thanks for always putting a song in my heart♥

A song for you by Celine Dion

I adore you♥

How do you spell LOVE?
I don't have to spell it
I feel it
Winnie the Pooh♥

Love by John Lennon


Surely a star danced in Heaven on the day you were born♥

Go Canada

Image scanned from an LCBO brochure

Go Canada
So proud we are hosting the Winter Olympics
from our beautiful Vancouver Canada

O Canada! Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix.
Ton histoire est une épopée,
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

So proud to be a Canadian

Go Canada♥

Home Sweet Home

Happy Valentine's Day my darlings♥

With all the snow I am hibernating by the fire and reading my book
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Skinny Vanilla Latte in Hand
From my home to yours with much love♥

Listening to Sade's new CD
Soldier of Love...........
I love it

Waiting for the new colours of Opi's nail polish
series called Hong Kong♥

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

There is nothing which has a more abiding influence on the happiness of a family than the preservation of equable and cheerful temper and tones in the housekeeper. A woman who is habitually gentle, sympathizing, forbearing, and cheerful, carries an atmosphere about her which imparts a soothing and sustaining influence, and renders it easier for all to do right, under her administration, than in any other situation.

--from "American Woman's Home by Catharine Esther Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe 1869

Last quote from this beautiful blog

Thank you for all you share♥

Love letters straight from my heart
Keep us so near while apart♥

A home
should feel
like a warm coat
on a Winter's evening~
it protects you
~Henk Tellnissen

Thanks Deb for this beautiful quote
Visit her gorgeous blog

Love you Deb♥

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Dreaming of Spring and its beauty

A photograph I took last Spring

Spring is the Queen of all Seasons♥

Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream." ~ Barbara Winkler

Smile big Be happy Spread kindness and joy Live simply Celebrate you and surround yourself with people that do♥

Monday, February 08, 2010

Life is like a Train Ride

Life is like a train ride.
We get on. We ride. We get off. We get back on and ride some more. There are accidents and there are delays. At certain stops there are surprises. Some of these will translate into great moments of joy; some will result in profound sorrow. When we are born and we first board the train, we meet people whom we think will be with us for the entire journey. Those people are our parents!

Sadly, this is far from the truth.
Our parents are with us for as long as we absolutely need them. They too have journeys they must complete. We live on with the memories of their love, affection, friendship, guidance and their ever presence.

There are others who board the train and who eventually become very important to us, in turn.

These people are our brothers, sisters, friends and acquaintances, whom we will learn to love, and cherish.

Some people consider their journey like a jaunty tour. They will just go merrily along.

Others will encounter many upsets, tears, losses on their journey.
Others still, will linger on to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.

Some people on the train will leave an everlasting impression when they get off….

Some will get on and get off the train so quickly, they will scarcely leave a sign that they ever travelled along with you or ever crossed your path…

We will sometimes be upset that some passengers, whom we love, will choose to sit in another compartment and leave us to travel on our own.

Then again, there’s nothing that says we can’t seek them out anyway.
Nevertheless, once sought out and found, we may not even be able to sit next to them because that seat will already be taken.

That’s okay …everyone’s journey will be filled with hopes, dreams, challenges, setbacks and goodbyes.

We must strive to make the best of it… no matter what...

We must constantly strive to understand our travel companions and look for the best in everyone.

Remember that at any moment during our journey, any one of our travel companions can have a weak moment and be in need of our help.

We too may vacillate or hesitate, even trip… hopefully we can count on someone being there to be supportive and understanding…

The bigger mystery of our journey is that we don’t know when our last stop will come. Neither do we know when our travel companions will make their last stop. Not even those sitting in the seat next to us.

Personally, I know I’ll be sad to make my final stop…. I’m sure of it! My separation from all those friends and acquaintances I made during the train ride will be painful. Leaving all those I’m close to will be a sad thing. But then again, I’m certain that one day I’ll get to the main station only to meet up with everyone else. They’ll all be carrying their baggage… most of which they didn’t have when they first got on this train.

I’ll be glad to see them again. I’ll also be glad to have contributed to their baggage… and to have enriched their lives, just as much as they will have contributed to my baggage and enriched my life.

We’re all on this train ride together. Above all, we should all try to strive to make the ride as pleasant and memorable as we can, right up until we each make the final stop and leave the train for the last time.

All aboard!
Safe journey!!


Sunday, February 07, 2010

Happy Sunday

I love this portrait
I love Brides

After all there is something about a wedding-gown prettier than in any other gown in the world.
~Douglas William Jerrold

I love you Ahram
It is your very special month indeed.


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

Love you ♥

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Two Horses

Two Horses
Author - unknown

Just up the road from my home
is a field, with two horses in it

From a distance, each horse
looks like any other horse.

But if you stop your car, or are walking by,
you will notice something quite amazing....

Looking into the eyes of one horse
will disclose that he is blind.
His owner has chosen not to have him put down,
but has made a good home for him.

This alone is amazing.
If you stand nearby and listen,
you will hear the sound of a bell.

Looking around for the
source of the sound,
you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse's halter
is a small bell
It lets the blind friend know
where the other horse is,
so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends,
You'll see that the horse with the bell
is always checking on the blind horse,
And that the blind horse
will listen for the bell
and then slowly walk
To where the other horse is,
Trusting that he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns
To the shelter of the barn each evening,
It stops occasionally and looks back,
Making sure that the blind friend
isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses,
God does not throw us away
just because we are not perfect
Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us
and even brings others into our lives
To help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse
Being guided by the little ringing bell
of those who God places in our lives.

Other times we are the guide horse,
helping others to find their way.....

Good friends are like that ...
You may not always see them,
but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell
and I'll listen for yours.
And remember...

Be kinder than necessary-
Everyone you meet is fighting
Some kind of battle..

Live simply,
Love generously,
Care deeply,
Speak kindly....
Leave the rest to God

Thursday, February 04, 2010

100 Ways to live to be One Hundred


•1. Enjoy yourself.

•2. Stay young at heart.

•3. Be honest and open.

•4. Look for rainbows.

•5. Walk to work.

•6. Take the stairs.

•7. Keep your curiosity.

•8. Stop smoking.

•9. Listen to your body.

•10. Watch what you eat.

•11. Watch what you say.

•12. Make time for your children.

•13. Don't rest on your laurels.

•14. Drink lots of water.

•15. Have faith in others.

•16. Walk in the park.

•17. Forgive.

•18. Be an optimist.

•19. Make love.

•20. Cross-country ski.

•21. Discover romance.

•22. Exercise regularly.

•23. Do Tai Chi.

•24. Try Yoga.

•25. Plant a garden.

•26. Eat plenty of fruit.

•27. Golf.

•28. Adopt a pet.

•29. Laugh often.

•30. Be positive.

•31. Give, don't take.

•32. Marry your sweetheart.

•33. Celebrate your marriage.

•34. Enjoy being single.

•35. Relax.

•36. Eat your greens.

•37. Take up lawn bowling.

•38. Do nothing in excess.

•39. Do everything in excess.

•40. Serve chicken noodle soup.

•41. Practice what you preach.

•42. Look before you leap.

•43. Make time for your friends.

•44. Reduce your cholesterol.

•45. Early to bed, early to rise.

•46. Don't mope.

•47. Try new things.

•48. Skinny dip.

•49. Write to a friend.

•50. Play tennis.

•51. Commune with nature.

•52. Sing in the car.

•53. Write a poem.

•54. Whistle while you work.

•55. Read a book.

•56. Take your medicine as prescribed.

•57. Challenge yourself.

•58. Count your blessings.

•59. Indulge yourself.

•60. "Carpe diem" (Seize the day).

•61. Take setbacks in stride.

•62. If you want to stop taking a medication, ask your doctor.

•63. Cuddle.

•64. Use olive oil.

•65. Eat your brussel sprouts.

•66. Lighten up.

•67. Choose a career you love.

•68. Be active in your community.

•69. Read the paper every day.

•70. Sit up straight.

•71. Keep your mind active.

•72. Travel.

•73. Soak in the tub.

•74. Don't be jealous.

•75. Eat an apple a day.

•76. Be generous with hugs.

•77. Make time for your partner.

•78. Keep in touch with family.

•79. Bake a pie.

•80. Eat plenty of fish.

•81. Get plenty of fresh air.

•82. Be yourself.

•83. Swim.

•84. Make time for your grandchildren.

•85. Control your temper.

•86. Share.

•87. Take nothing for granted.

•88. Ask questions when your doctor gives you new medications.

•89. Power walk at the mall.

•90. Don't procrastinate.

•91. Accept those things which you cannot change.

•92. Don't drink and drive.

•93. Create solutions, not problems.

•94. Be sociable.

•95. Feed the birds.

•96. Pamper yourself once a day.

•97. Go fishing.

•98. Smile.

•99. Smell the flowers.

•100. Listen to your doctor.
~~ Author Unknown ~~

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

A smile a hug and laughter

Purple a lovely colour for the month of February

A smile - is a sign of joy.
A hug - is a sign of love.
A laugh - is a sign of happiness.

May today and everyday be filled with love peace joy and happiness

Opi nail polish will soon have their Hong Kong selection out
and Sade a new CD February 7th
and a remake of
We are the world is coming out I believe in time for our Canadian
Winter Olympics in Vancouver

Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Photographs of Cupcakes courtesy of 3 girls and a cupcake......

3 Girls and a cupcake

Keep calm and have a cupcake
(A saying I love)

Regarding these Cupcakes many want information on them.
Here is a latest memo from the above

Message From Three Girls and a Cupcake
(Windsor Ontario Canada)

Having a Superbowl Party this Sunday, February 6th?

Enjoy our decadent chocolate & delicious vanilla bean cupcakes decorated with New Orlean Saints & Indianapolis Colts logo.

One dozen minimum order $30.00

Free delivery to Tecumseh, Windsor and LaSalle.

All orders should be called by Thursday, February 4th;519.819.5232

Lily, Connie & Kathy

Monday, February 01, 2010

Rabbit Rabbit

Image sent to me in an email
Not sure of the source.

Thanks darling Ahram for always remembering me the first of the month for my
Rabbit Rabbit greetings and always

I love you dearly.

There is a new Lion Faced Rabbit at my beloved Grandmothers
Nursing home called Timothy.
One day I shall take a picture of him.

Someone painted pictures on my Windowpane last night. Willow trees with trailing boughs and flowers, frosty white, and lovely crystal butterflies; But when the morning sun touched them with its golden beams, they vanished one by one."
~Helen Bayley Davis,
Jack Frost

Pleasures newly found are sweet
Whey they lie about our feet

Lingering afternoons and pink sunsets hold our promise.
Like matters of the heart February is full of surprise, contradiction and the spell
of the sensuous. cherish your romantic impuloses.

Lose your heart to life.
Excerpts from the book
Romancing the Ordinary
A year of simple Splendor
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Author of Simple Abundance