Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Night With Her Train of Stars

This is one of my most favorite baby cards.
I used to have it at one time I wish I would have kept it.
It is called Night with her Train of Stars
by Edward Robert Hughes
Thank you to my dear friend Judy W for sending me a copy of it via email.
I love this card so much♥

The poor and_the_rich (3) (1) — Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Difference between Rich and Poor “ Autumn Rose” by Ernesto Cortazar
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  • 3. One day, a very wealthy man made arrangements for his son to spend time at a farm. His express purpose was to show the boy how poor-people must live.
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  • 5. On his return, the father asked his son, “ How was the trip?" “ It was great, Dad. “Did you see how poor-people live? “ Oh yeah, said the son. “ So, tell me, what did you learn?
  • 6.
  • 7. The son answered: ;I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
  • 8. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
  • 9. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
  • 10. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
  • 11. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
  • 12. We have servants who serve us ……….
  • 13. … . but they serve others.
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  • 15. We buy our food….. but they grow theirs.
  • 16. We have walls around our property to protect us; They have friends to protect them."
  • 17. The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.
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  • 19. Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have.
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  • 21. Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!
  • 22.
  • 23. Life is too short and friends are too few.
From a beautiful power point presentation my sweet friend Liz sent me.
Love you

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My sweet friend Dani posted this song today on Facebook♥
Love this song.
Love you Dani♥

Monday, 30 January 2012

They are playing your song

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When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out
into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate
until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has
its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the
women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return to the
tribe and teach it to everyone else.

When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child's song
to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers
and chants the child's song. When the child passes through the initiation
to adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of
marriage, the person hears his or her song.

Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and
friends gather at the person's bed, just as they did at their birth, and
they sing the person to the next life.

When I have shared this story in my lectures, a fair amount of people in
the audience come to tears. There is something inside each of us that
knows we have a song, and we wish those we love would recognize it and
support us to sing it. In some of my seminars I ask people to verbalize to
a partner the one phrase they wish their parents had said to them as a
child. Then the partner lovingly whispers it in their ear. This exercise
goes very deep, and many significant insights start to click. How we all
long to be loved, acknowledged, and accepted for who we are!

In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers
sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person
commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the
center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around
them. Then they sing their song to them. The tribe recognizes that the
correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and the
remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no
desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.

A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have
forgotten it. Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made
or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you
feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you
feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.

If you do not give your song a voice, you will feel lost, alone, and
confused. If you express it, you will come to life. We attract people on a
similar wavelength so we can support each other to sing aloud. Sometimes
we attract people who challenge us by telling us that we cannot or should
not sing our song in public. Yet these people help us too, for they
stimulate us to find greater courage to sing it.

You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you
at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are
in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good what you
are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn't.

In the end, we should all recognize our song and sing it well. You may
feel a little warbly at the moment, but so have all the great singers.
Just keep singing and you'll find your way home.

By Alan Cohen

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Happy Saturday


Photograph courtesy of my daughter in law
Taken in Seoul.

You colour my life with so much love.
Thank you♥

One night President Obama and his wife Michelle decided to do something out of routine and go for a casual dinner at a restaurant that wasn't too luxurious. When they were seated, the owner of the restaurant asked the President's secret service if he could please speak to the First Lady in private. They obliged and Michelle had a conversation with the owner. Following this conversation President O...bama asked
Michelle, why was he so interested in talking to you. She mentioned that in her teenage years, he had been madly in love with her. President Obama then said, "so if you had married him, you would now be the owner of this lovely restaurant", to which Michelle responded, "no, if I had married him, he would now be the President."
If a man treats his wife like a Princess
Surely he was raised by a Queen♥
Source of this quote unknown to me.

Friday, 27 January 2012

The Fable of the Porcupine

Fable of the


It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.
The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and
Protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.
After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their
Companions or disappear from the Earth.
Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close
Relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.
Sent to me by my sweet friend Roberta♥

Wednesday, 25 January 2012


Here's to more glitter, more paintings,
More kites in the sky
Here's to more hide and seek
More hopscotch
And a twinkle in every eye.
Here's to bike rides
And memories for miles
Here's to nursery rhymes and fairy tales
And never ending smiles
Here's to growing and learning
And time for song and dance
Here's to happily ever after
and having a second chance.
Elechi, Age 6

My sweet friend Wendy B. sent me this page out of a magazine.
I loved this♥

Wendy's Red Pepper Jelly
She made this for me for Christmas
It was delicious

2 cups ground red peppers with their juice
5 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup of water
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 pouches of certo.

Combine peppers, sugar, vinegar, water and lemon juice in a heavy bottom pot.
Stir and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes.
Return to heat and bring to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in certo.  Stir for 5 minutes then pour into hot sterile jars
and seal with hot lids.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Love is

Love is when you look into someone's eyes and see their heart♥

Love is just a word until someone very special comes along to give it meaning.

Love is all you need.

And, in the end
The love you take
is equal to the love you make.”
Paul McCartney

Love is the strongest force in the universe.

What are some of your favorite quotes on Love?

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above As seen on the beautiful blog of Jen Gray

Life is Like a Train


Thursday, 19 January 2012

Happy Thursday


Whine less breathe more
Talk less, say more,
Hate less, love more
And all good things will be yours.

Giggles I love my Starbucks Skinny Vanilla Latte's and all the fabulous people who work there.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Happy Sunday and Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad


Robert Pattinson: “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.”
What great books do you have to recommend♥

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad
Makes about 6 cups

1 lb. cooked chicken breasts, cut into ½″ cubes
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup halved purple grapes
½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
½ cup whipped cream
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Combine chicken, mayonnaise, celery, grapes, almonds, parsley, and salt in a bowl. Add whipped cream and pepper; fold to combine.
As seen on Pinterest♥

Friday, 13 January 2012

Thinking of all of our loved ones in Heaven

Family faces are magic mirrors

Today is the one year anniversary for our dear late beloved Uncle Lloyd in Heaven.
Prayers go up to all our loved ones in Heaven

and prayers for all their families here on Earth

Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Special thoughts today as well for a dear friend from St. Clair Beach
Rose Rochford who began her eternal life January 8, 2012
Her funeral mass will be this morning
God bless you in Heaven Rose
and prayers for your family here on Earth

Thursday, 12 January 2012

This Year

This New Year
Mend a quarrel.
  • Seek out a forgotten friend.
  • Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.
  • Write a letter.
  • Give a soft answer.
  • Encourage youth.
  • Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.
  • Keep a promise.
  • Forgo a grudge.
  • Forgive an enemy.
  • Apologize.
  • Try to understand.
  • Examine your demands on others.
  • Think first of someone else.
  • Be kind.
  • Be gentle.
  • Laugh a little more.
  • Express your gratitude.
  • Welcome a stranger.
  • Gladden the heart of a child.
  • Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Much love and many blessings
Love  is all you need♥

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Cannot get enough of this song

My theme song for 2012
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.
You'd be like Heaven to touch.
I wanna hold you so much.
At long last love has arrived
And I thank God I'm alive.
You're just too good to be true.
Can't take my eyes off you.

I love you, baby,
And if it's quite alright,
I need you, baby,
To warm a lonely night.
I love you, baby.
Trust in me when I say:
Oh, pretty baby,
Don't bring me down, I pray.
Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay..
I cannot get enough of this song
I sing and dance to it every day

Burnt Biscuits

Burnt Biscuits

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner
every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she
had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so
long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely
burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if
anyone noticed!

Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask
me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that
night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that
ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing... never made a
face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom
apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget
what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if
he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and
said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real
tired. And besides - a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!"

As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times. Life is
full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at
hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like
everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning
to accept each others faults - and choosing to celebrate each others
differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a
healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

Learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay
them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able
to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is
the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or

"Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep
it in your own."

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.

And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life. Be
kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind
of battle.

Sent to me by my dear friend Liz♥
Thanks Liz
Love you

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Happy Birthday to my Dear Cousin Wendy

Treasured memories from July 2011
Wendy, Ahram and I
Our lives are a rich tapestry
of things we have done and said
with memories of those we love
outlined in golden thread.

Dear Wendy:

You Are Special
"SPECIAL" is a word that is used to
describe something one -of-a-kind.
Like a hug or a sunset
or a person who spreads love
with a smile or a kind gesture.
"SPECIAL" describes people who
act from the heart and keep in mind the hearts of others.
"SPECIAL" applies to something that is admired and precious, and which can never be replaced.
"SPECIAL" is the word that best describes YOU.
--Written by Terri Fernandez.
I love you with all my heart dear Wendy
Enjoy your special day in every way.
Love Jeanne♥

Soul Sister is a gift to the heart
A friend to the heart
A friend to the spirit
A golden thread
To the meaning of life
Isadore James
Celebrate you and surround yourself
with people that do.
May Heaven Smile and Hear your every wish.
As you always say to me we are jewels to each others eyes♥

Be Good To You
Be yourself, truthfully
Accept yourself, gratefully
Value yourself, joyfully
Forgive yourself, completely
Treat yourself, generously
Balance yourself, harmoniously
Bless yourself, abundantly
Trust yourself, wholeheartedly
Empower yourself, prayerfully
Give yourself, enthusiastically
Express yourself, radiantly
-Tracey Steffy

Monday, 9 January 2012

My Precious Grandmother turns 97 Today

Me as a young 21 year old bride in 1973
next to me my fabulous cousin Wendy
and my precious Grandmother (My 2 January jewels)
and my fabulous cousin Brenda

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


My Precious Grandmother turns 97 today.
So loving and so loved.
We all adore you and love you so very much precious Grandmother.

God bless you real good today, tomorrow and always♥

To all grandmothers, whose wisdom, courage and love have paved the path for future generations - we thank you!

Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love.

- Author Unknown

A Grandmother is someone with silver in their hair and gold in their hearts

A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend. -- Author Unknown

Grandmothers are voices of the past.

Role models of the present

They open the doors to the future
Her and my cousin Wendy are my January jewels♥
I never take my Christmas tree nor ornaments down until after their respective birthdays.
Wendy's is tomorrow.

Friday, 6 January 2012

I love Paul McCartney


I love Paul McCartney

I have been listening to his music all week

I love all his music
Especially My Love

Love is All You Need

I loved the Beatles and love every remembrance of them and Paul.

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

And, in the end
The love you take
is equal to the love you make.”
Paul McCartney

Thursday, 5 January 2012

More than Words

Blessed, Amazing and Beloved are 3 words that come to mind for 2012 and MAGIC
I love this song by George Michael
Called Amazing

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Anyone who was BORN in the 50's, 60's, 70's...

Anyone who was BORN in the 50's, 60's, 70's... We are the last generation who played in the street. We are the 1st who played video games, the last to record songs off the radio on a cassette tape. We walked over a mile w/no worries on being taken... We learned how to program the VCR before anyone else, we played from ...Atari to Nintendo..We are the generation of Tom and Jerry, Looney Toons, Captain Kangaroo. We traveled in cars w/out seat belts or air-bags, lived without cell phones. We did not have flat screens, surround sound, iPods, Facebook, Twitter, computers or the Internet...But nevertheless we had a GREAT time ♥

Did you know the people who are usually the strongest for others are quite often the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the one who takes care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it most? Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are: I love you, I'm sorry, and I need some help

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Rabbit Rabbit and Happy New Year 2012


Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Fuerth

Marriage: I you want something to last forever, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don't expose it to the elements. You don't make it common or orinary. If it ever becomes tarnished, you lovingly polish it. Until it gleams like new. It becomes special because you have made it so. And it grows more beautiful and precious as time goes by. F Burton Howard

New Year! May we adopt these ABC's in 2012- A=attitude, may it always be positive. B=believe in yourself, and God. C=courage, may we be courageous in our challenges. May God Bless you all in 2012
Thanks Cousin Darren for this quote
All dressed up and had a fabulous time
at Erica and Scott's wedding.
What a fabulous way to bring in 2012.
We all had such a great time.
And now let us welcome the New Year
Full of things that have never been.
Rainer Maria Rilke
January the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons.  Come let winter weave her wondrous spell, cold, crisp, woolen-muffler days, long dark evenings of savory supper, lively conversations, or solitary joys.  Outside the temperature drops as the snow falls softly.  All of nature is at peace.  We should be too.
Draw hearthside.  This is the month of dream, to look forward to the year ahead and the journey within.
Above quote from  Simple Abundance
A daybook of Comfort and Joy

I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life in the last twelve months. All that you sought and didn’t find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search for it again and with more determination. All the good that you tried for and didn’t achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires. All that you dreamed, but didn’t dare to do; all that you hoped, but did not will; all the faith you claimed, but did not have; these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose. I am the new year. ~author unknown
Thanks to my dear friend Shelley for posting this quote.