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Saturday 30 June 2012

Happy Birthday Eli!

Can you believe that my gorgeous little grandson is four years old today?!  I certainly can't. Just where have those four years gone?  It really is quite frightening how quickly the time is passing by.  Has it always been so, or is it just that the general pace of life is just so much more frantic these days?

Whilst I am grateful to be in the stage of life that I am at the moment, a stage which I am enjoying enormously, with all the freedom it brings, with not having to get up with the alarm clock to go to work each morning, and no more running around after the children (!) or worrying what they were getting up to (!), I certainly don't like the thought that most of my life is now behind me :(  Oh dear, now that's not a very uplifting thought to be boring you with on this Saturday, is it?!  

I shall just carry on being silly, slapping the make up on to make sure that I can look as good as I possibly can, and generally trying to bring a smile to peoples' faces.
Talking about 'smiles', I saw this on a friend's facebook page a couple of days ago and thought at the time, how true it is, so I thought I would share it with you.

Wonders why people cannot be kind to one another? Is it really that hard to share a smile? A hello? How are you? Maybe a hug for those in need of their spirits being up lifted. Maybe even a prayer said in silence. Be the difference in someone's life today! You could change their whole world! Spread a little love it can't hurt. Blessings and don't forget you might be someone's sunshine.:)

Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos of my little boy, taken this week, as he was trying on his new school uniform.  Although he is only four today, he starts big school in September! Far too young in my opinion.  Bless!!  They always used to start school in the Term nearest to their fifth birthday but, for some reason, they now only have one intake a year.  Why is that I wonder.  Obviously, Eli is going to be the youngest in his class, whereas when Ruby starts school, she will be the oldest, as she will be almost five.  It doesn't make sense to me.  Hey ho! What do I know?!

He did go up to have a look around his new 'big' school last week.  When they arrived back home, he said to his mummy, "it's very nice, but I think I'll just carry on going to pre-school."  Bless!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.  I'm delighted to say that I am feeling a little less tired and weak with every passing day now, so I'm sure I will soon be back to normal.  Whatever 'normal' is!!

Friday 29 June 2012

The Smell Of Rain ....

A cold March wind danced
around the dead of night in
Dallas as the doctor walked
into the small hospital room
of Diana Blessing. She was
still groggy from surgery.
Her husband, David, held her
hand as they braced
themselves for the latest

 Complications had
forced Diana, only 24-weeks
pregnant, to undergo an
emergency Cesarean to
deliver the  couple's new
daughter, Danae Lu Blessing.
At 12 inches long and
weighing only one pound
nine ounces, they already
knew she was perilously
Still, the doctor's soft words dropped
like bombs.
"I don't think she's going to
make it," he said, as kindly as
he could.

"There's only a 10-percent
chance she will live through
the night, and even then, if by
some slim chance she does
make it, her future could be a
very cruel one"

Numb with disbelief, David
and Diana listened as the
doctor described the
devastating problems Danae
would likely face if she

She would never walk, she
would never talk, she would
probably be blind, and she
would certainly be prone to
other catastrophic conditions
from cerebral palsy to
complete mental retardation,
and on and on.

"No! No!" was all Diana could say.
She and David, with their 5-
year-old son Dustin, had long
dreamed of the day they
would have a daughter to
become a family of four.
Now, within a matter of
hours, that dream was
slipping away.

But as those first days
passed, a new agony set in
for David and Diana.
Because Danae's
underdeveloped nervous
system was essentially 'raw',
the lightest kiss or caress
only intensified her
discomfort, so they couldn't
even cradle their tiny baby
girl against their chests to
offer the strength of their

All they could do, as Danae
struggled alone beneath the
ultraviolet light in the tangle of
tubes and wires, was to pray
that God would stay close to
their precious little girl.

There was never a moment
when Danae suddenly grew
But as the weeks went by,
she did slowly gain an ounce
of weight here and an ounce
of strength there.

At last, when Danae turned
two months old. her parents
were able to hold her in their
arms for the very first time.
And two months later, though
doctors continued to gently
but grimly warn that her
chances of surviving, much
less living any kind of normal
life, were next to zero, Danae
went home from the hospital,
just as her mother had

Five years later, when Danae
was a petite but feisty young
girl with glittering gray eyes
and an unquenchable zest for
life, she showed no signs
whatsoever of any mental or
physical impairment. Simply,
she was everything a little girl
can be and more. But that
happy ending is far from the
end of her story.

One blistering afternoon, near her
home in Irving, Texas, Danae
was sitting in her mother's lap
in the bleachers of a local ball
park where her brother
Dustin's baseball team was

As always, Danae was
chattering nonstop with her
mother and several other
adults sitting nearby, when
she suddenly fell silent.
Hugging her arms across her
chest, little Danae asked, "Do
you smell that?"

Smelling the air and detecting
the approach of a
thunderstorm, Diana replied,
"Yes, it smells like rain."
Danae closed her eyes and
again asked, "Do you smell
Once again, her mother
replied, "Yes, I think we're
about to get wet. It smells like

Still caught in the moment,
Danae shook her head, patted
her thin shoulders with her
small hands and loudly
"No, it smells like Him.
It smells like God when you
lay your head on His chest."
Tears blurred Diana's eyes
as Danae happily hopped
down to play with the other

Before the rains came, her
daughter's words confirmed
what Diana and all the
members of the extended
Blessing family had known, at
least in their hearts, all along.

During those long days and
nights of her first two months
of her life, when her nerves
were too sensitive for them to
touch her, God was holding
Danae on His chest and it is
His loving scent that she
remembers so well.

Angel of Miracles

Wednesday 27 June 2012

Some Good Tips for Us Seniors today!!

I thought I would put my recuperation period to good use, so I've come up with some Lovemaking tips for all of us bloggies of a certain age! I have tried several of them myself, so I know they work!! Eeeek!!

Wear your glasses, to make sure that your partner is actually in the bed.

Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.

Set the mood with lighting - turn them all OFF!

Make sure you put 999 on your speed dial before you begin.

Write partner's name on your hand in case you can't remember.

Use extra Polygrip, so that your teeth don't end up under the bed.

Make all the noise you want ..... the neighbours are deaf too.

If it works, call everyone you know with the good news!

Don't even think about trying it twice ......

OLD is when your sweetie says, "Let's go upstairs and make love", and you answer, "Pick one. I can't do both."

OLD is when your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes, and you're actually barefoot.

OLD is when going 'bra-less' pulls all the wrinkles out of your face.

OLD is when you don't care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don't have to go along.

Well my dear friends, I hope that some of these brought a smile to your face today.


Friday 22 June 2012

I Must Have Slept With Around .....

Well, as you can see, I'm back! Hi everyone - I do hope that you are all well in your little corner of the world.  I feel that I've been out of the loop for so long, that I did wonder whether it was too late to come back at all!!  Anyway, here goes ....

I must have slept with around 46 different people in the past month, which is quite surprising really, because I am such a good little soul!  You're probably wondering what I'm talking about.  Well, I am referring of course to my sustained stay in Hospital.  Six beds in a Ward, people coming and going all the time, and I must have been shunted around to about six different Wards, so the number of people that I have slept with is probably rather higher than I thought.  

Let me tell you something, everybody snores!! It might be loud snores, or quiet little snores, or snores that you feel like chucking a pillow at the person making that particular noise! Suffice it to say, I didn't get too much sleep during that time.

Fortunately, I am now home again, mostly just resting and doing very little at all, as I just don't have the energy.  I am very much hoping that it is onwards and upwards from now on.  My big regret is that I had to cancel the holiday to Rhodes with my granddaughter, which was due to take place on the 11th July (I can't fly for eight weeks), but we are now looking to go somewhere hot at the end of October, so all is not lost.

I'm hoping to start visiting you all again in the next few days, as I'm anxious to see what you have been up to.  Although, to be honest, my blog page keeps telling me that I'm not following any Blogs at the moment.  I have tried re-starting the computer, but to no avail at the moment.  Hopefully it will sort itself out.

Sunday 3 June 2012

Sunday Snaps!

Ooops! I'm all behind with my Sunday Snaps today.  Desperation is starting to creep in, so much so that I am now actually starting to trawl through my holiday snaps.

"Oh no!" I hear you cry - "Not the dreaded holiday snaps!"

Most of my older (and I use that word very loosely) bloggy friends will know that I absolutely adore everything about Italy, and have been there many times.  It's actually been far too long since I was last there, so I really must do something about it next year.  Lake Maggiore is one place that I haven't been to, and the lakes in Italy are just so wonderful, that I think that must be my next port of call.

So, today, I have chosen some snaps of Venice and I hope you enjoy them.

Well, I couldn't resist this one, could I?!

Herself in St Mark's Square

Hubby and I, and I just can't believe how slim I look there.  I took hubby there for his 50th birthday, so this was 18 years ago. Eeeek!!

This is Florians - a very famous cafe right in St Mark's Square and, believe me, there is nothing better than sitting outside with a cappuccino and a lovely little pastry, listening to the music and just watching the world go by!

Well, I hope you enjoyed the trip to Venice with me and I look forward to seeing you all again soon.


Saturday 2 June 2012

Another New Book Release from a Crazy Blogging Friend

Hi again everyone!  I wasn't due to write a post today but news reached me that yesterday (the 1st June) as a very special day for one of my very special (and crazy! Yes, crazy!!) bloggy friends, Melynda over at Crazy World, as her second book entitled "More Nonsense" was published.

I have read a preview of this new book and it promises to be even funnier than her original which was entitled "Just Nonsense" - you can see that there's a theme going on here - right?!  Anyway, if you just type Melynda's name into Amazon, all will be revealed. (Well, the books anyway!).

Melynda writes a very funny blog, and really is a complete inspiration to all who know her.  I'm sure she would love it if you popped over to say 'hi' and tell her that her Dopey friend from Devon sent you over!

Meanwhile, I am off to order my own personal copy of "More Nonsense" as I guarantee that it will bring a smile to my face, having read the first book.

Bye for now and see you again soon.