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Thursday, June 02, 2016

Good things

This new June  banner was such a joy to create and I love it!
 Where has the week gone? I had an absolutely delightful Birthday.
Filled with flowers, love, laughter, a requested cinnamon bun 
instead of cake, even a few wonderful treasures. 
Things I love, but didn't expect, or even know I wanted until
 I received them. Art supplies topping the list!
Thank you for all the wonderful Birthday wishes and 
lovely comments last week....I am truly blessed! 
My dear friend Dreamer created this adorable card. I let out
a huge giggle at the  excellent caricature of me!! She even
left off all the face fat, and made me look 35 again!   I just 
love it! As you can see I am known for laughing 
in the Joy house!! Love the little door that opens too!
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I have had lovely phone calls and a few visits from friends 
I haven't seen in a long while. It was wonderful catching up!  
I still have a few pending  visits happening in the near future 
that I will look forward to. Many friends have had huge life 
altering  changes this year. Stories that contribute 
to my ever growing and changing  perspectives!
I had so much fun doodling the first one I decided to do a second one...it was so enjoyable!
 With mobility issues I haven't been the greatest, Mother, 
friend, sister or aunt for that matter in the last few years!  
It seems I have banked enough good karma and love 
from the past to get me through
these less physically ambitious years. 
I love this whimsical bag Cupcake picked out for me, it was filled with art supplies too!!
It's so difficult for an  extremely independent person to  
admit needing help...and I do! Thankfully my children help
 without resentment! I feel that's such a gift in itself. I try not 
to be demanding. They both witness my bad days and offer 
so much assistance that I rarely have to ask for much. 
They have so much compassion, yet treat me with dignity!
 Below is a wonderful post Beardo put on his instagram
to commemorate my Birthday! 
Beardo posted this painting I created eight years ago with the following sentiments on his instagram!
 Every morning, @pepperpf and i are greeted by a painting
 done by an incredible artist. She has littered our lives 
with colour, love, cheer, and laughter. She has been there 
to impart a life's worth of wisdom and shared her secrets to
 a great life. She has truly been a great source of inspiration.
 A very happy birthday to my incredible mother-in-law! 
 We love you!
It teamed rain on my Birthday, which is so rare...Knowing peonies are
my favourite flowers  Cupcake got me two sets  the week of my Birthday!

 How lucky am I to have a son in law so special! In a million years
 I couldn't have imagined my life like this! With all the difficulties 
there are tons of amazing gestures of love daily! This may seem
 too mushy and good to be true but for now it's a wonderful life 
in spite of the my difficulties! Focusing on the best parts
staves off the rough bits!! It really does!! 
My New Favorite caramels a limited addition put out by Purdys for Fathers Day!
My friend of over three decades is a week apart in age.
It's also not her favorite Birthday year! She was born on my 
predicted due date 60 years ago!  Besties for a better part of
 the 1980's we have so many wild and crazy memories together!
 When we connect annually to celebrate our Birthdays it's as 
though no time has passed! 
And the beat goes on...I couldn't stop making them....they just need to come out I guess!
The morning of our luncheon I wrote her a letter to let her know
how much I treasure all our glorious memories! How a few words 
of support so long ago set me on a path to the  peace I enjoy
 today! I reminded her that she too deserves wonderful things
 in her life! We both decided it was best if she read the
letter alone in the comfort of her own home!

  Known for wearing the same colours by accident, buying 
the same shoes for a party, and even saying the same 
things over the years I still was not prepared for what 
she said to me before she read my letter!
Icad day one "Experience something fun daily!"
Also a thinker, she reminded me of a time I encouraged 
her to make a big change. She mentioned that pivotal 
moment when I held the phone to a call that 
changed her life forever! She said she wouldn't have 
the life she has today, if it wasn't for me.... 
I was speechless....which is rare.
Icad day two "A sharp girl is of great value"
It was a great reminder of how we both affected each other
in such a pivotal way over the years! Although we live
completely different lifestyles now, I will always
treasure those memories and our long term friendship! 
Can you remember something  pivotal 
anyone  said to change the path of
 your life in a positive way? 


Valerie-Jael said...

Glad you had wonderful birthday week, filled with love, fun, lovely presents and more. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

Gloria J Zucaro said...

I am so glad you had a wonderful birthday celebration with your dear family.
You are the type of friend I would like to have- kind, intelligent, arty!, upbeat, thoughtful, and full of fun. I love your ICAD paintings, and doodles, even though I don't really know what ICAD is! I'm guessing computer generated or drawn??? I will Google it.
Have a continued birthday celebration.

sirkkis said...

Oooh, I love your happy post today.
Have a wonderful weekend of June xx

Clare Lloyd said...

Fab selection of art this week..really love the banner

ArtbyNicolaMcLean said...

I'm so glad you had such a wonderful birthday and celebration of all the years with family and friends. Beardo sounds like the perfect son-in-law - what a lovely thing to put on Instagram!

Simona C. said...

Happy birthday! :)
Your art is always so inspiring.
Glad you have sucha a wonderful family. <3

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! The multitude of sweet gestures, sentiments and gifts you received are a reflection of all the love you've given to family and friends throughout your life. I've only known you for a couple of years, but I join them in the celebration. You are one of the most thoughtful and caring people I've met through my blogging, and consider you one of my blogging friends. May your life continue to be filled with blessings for MANY more years to come. (PS - I LOVE your multicultural June banner!)

Neesie said...

I am not surprised in the least to hear of your special relationships both with your daughter, sil and your life long friend. You are a special person and that radiates from you. I'm so happy life is giving you all your good paybacks right now and that your Birthday was a happy celebration.
Beardo sounds like a wonderful son-in-law and that must fill you with joy for your daughter.
Sometimes I think we don't realise just how we can influence people. I only found out a year or two ago, when my sister thanked me for helping me make a life changing decision. I had no idea at the time it was such a pivital moment in her life. It's wonderful to see her and her husband so happy.
I hope this year is your best one yet and just gets better with each day.
Happy PPF to you

Christine said...

Lovely birthday post, you are blessed. Beautiful June banner you made too.

Linda Kunsman said...

First of all I LOVE your new banner along with the other face collages you made-they are awesome! Me thinks you and I are on the same ride lately-this post has brought me so much joy between the art, the wonderful birthday celebration, your special friendship with such a long time friend. You are a treasure. Happy PPF!

Silke Powers said...

Oh wow, how lucky you are to have such love in your life! Happy Birthday week!! And how wonderful your friendship is - I have a few friends like that. A true gift!! And, yes, there are a few people in my life who have helped me make pivotal changes by just a small suggestion. I love that! Much love to you! Silke

Susan said...

Love your header this month! And I salute you and your son in law for a great example for all of us of what families can be. Happy PPF

Faye said...

Sherrie, your birthday seems to have had all pluses and no minuses! What an incredible tribute your son-in-law wrote! It brought tears to my eyes. It must give you such a great feeling to know your precious daughter has such a thoughtful guy to love her. I enjoyed seeing all the sketches of friends and family. Love the header sketch for June.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I can tell you are loved and respected. It shows in the lovely birthday you had. I too have the best SIL it is a joy to know our daughters are well taken care of and loved. Have a wonderful weekend.

GlorV1 said...

Happy belated Birthday. Happy for you that it was wonderful. You are indeed a great person. Love your drawings.:)

Lynn Richards said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Glad it was such a sweet day. I'm enjoying all your index cards!

Paper rainbow said...

I'm so sorry I missed your birthday post last week... very happy belated birthday wishes sent your way..it sounds like you had a wonderful day filled with the love of family and friends. Nothing can be a better gift than that x

sheila 77 said...

First of all, your new header is terrific, happy faces, happy spectacles, happy flowers, happy colours and lovely eyes.
Happy Birthday Year, hope it is a great one! Cinnamon buns are the best (I've only recently discovered them). What great presents and what could be better than new art materials.
Your bird and dog have very wise sayings. Sounds like you are going to have some ICAD fun (and so are we, seeing them).

SLScheibe said...

What a super birthday post, thanks for sharing! You are surrounded by many wonderful people it seems, lucky you! :) I love your new banner! It's awesome!

Carol said...

Happy Belated Birthday my friend!!!!! Your post was a joy today and such fun and crazy art!!!! Can always count on you ♥ Have a great month!!!!!

denthe said...

Oh Sherrie, your new banner is absolutely delightful! I love your series of faces and flowers. Fun and whimsical, they make me smile :-) And you sure are lucky to have such a bunch of loving people surrounding you. That message of Beardo is so sweet, and it's obvious they all love you very much!

Kate Robertson said...

Glad you had a great birthday. I love the new banner, Its awesome.

Renee Dowling said...

Happy birthday! It sounds like you have a wonderful family and friends. It was so touching to read Beardo's words. You are so fortunate to have such a thoughtful son in-law.

Your colourful faces in your banner are positively delightful.

My name is Erika. said...

Wahoo. I think you are really blessed. Your celebration photos are making me happy! I think we all need birthdays more than once a year (as long as we don't have to age that is) just to remind us of how loved we are. Too bad we don't think to do it more often. Me, I need that reminder too. Hope it was a happy first week of your next decade. Hugs-Erika

JKW said...

Belated Happy Happy Birthday and Blessings. I always love to read about your 'Happy Family' you have done so much good for your home and family throughout many difficult trials. The colorful people are fun to see. I too have a friend since 3rd grade. We are far apart in miles, but write every day and feel like we are totally in touch. Cannot put a price on long friendships. Blessings, Janet

Cindy D. said...

Happy belated birthday! Wonderfully fun groups of bright, colorful women! And hooray for thoughtful gestures and nice people and friends. :)

Anonymous said...

You must feel so happy to be so loved and cherished!!!

Happy belated birthday!

Irene Rafael said...

Dear Giggles, Your birthday love is just what you deserve. You give so much to your family, friends, and even people online that your have never met. It comes back to you. Happy belated birthday hugs.
~~ Irene

Gillena Cox said...

luv your crowds this week. Im happy you dropped by my blog. Happy Sunday

much love...

pauline said...

I MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY!! Damn, i can't wait to be done with work so that i can catch up on IMPORTANT stuff again. :) Sounds like it was a wonderful day for you. Nothing like being surrounded by people we love (and who love us back). So happy for you Sherrie. Love your banner, and Beardo is indeed a remarkable man. (of course he is! He's with Cupcake!) ;) You are indeed blessed in more ways than one. Happy belated birthday, dear girl. xx

pauline said...

ok, i just posted a comment here but i don't think it worked.
So here i go again... I MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY!!! Damn. I can't wait to be done with work so that I can get back to more important things. Like friends' birthdays. :) Sounds like you had a wonderful day with friends & family and yes, Beardo is indeed a remarkable man. (Of course he is, he's with Cupcake!) :) I love your new banner Sherrie. Your colors & subjects are always so vibrant. You are obviously a strong woman. :) Happy birthday dear girl. Remember: 60 is the new 40. xx

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

I am glad you had such a wonderful birthday! I also enjoyed the sweet images you posted.

Laney said...

Happy Belated Birthday! How nice to have such a good friend and great children!

Mona Pendleton said...

Happy Belated Birthday Giggles! What a wonderful post full of so many fantastic things! Your artwork is quite inspiring! Thanks for sharing! Happy PPF :)

Fran said...

Wonderful banner giggles and beautifully colored paintings.

Granny Annie said...

Happy, Happy, Happy belated birthday to you. I am late getting here because I had a birthday too and a house full of company. Then I got to keep my granddaughter for the rest of the week. I turned 70 and am now excited about the next decade of my life. Love your new banner!


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