Tuesday, October 29, 2013


We had visitors on Friday and the day was wonderful.  Emily with Grandma and Grandpa.  Emily is getting tall!  And not only that, she is learning to speak Mandarin!!  They are teaching it in her Kindergarten class.

We ate our lunch out on the patio. They brought a huge chocolate cake that was delicious and sweet gifts and sang Happy Birthday. 

I am now 77 and PH is 80!  Really, REALLY old now.  Our birthdays are only a couple of weeks apart.  It seems like I get up in the morning and suddenly it's time to go to bed.  A dizzying whirl of days zooming by at breakneck speed. 

Please forgive me if I haven't gotten over to visit you for awhile.  Not up to par lately but then again, I could be JUST PLAIN LAZY!!   Just going through a time when everything seems like an effort.  Ever have that happen to you?  :)  Mainly it's technology.  It should NOT be as confusing to me as it is.
It rained today and I loved every single moment of it.  Cool and crisp outside..I think Autumn is finally here.
About darned time!!


p.s.  Gail dear..I DID go look at the bike a few times...  :)  Just didn't get on it.  I will try soon, I promise.


  1. Wishing a lovely couple a very happy birthday! My goodness, love, what can be your secret for looking so amazing....you certainly have a gift for a lovely home with all of those beautiful green plants....what a peaceful place to call home! Best wishes. Precious granddaughter!!

  2. hey mona! happy birthday! your porch is wonderful. what a comfortable place to sit and relax!

  3. Hi Mona...Happy Birthday! What a beautiful place to relax. Cute little granddaughter...

  4. Well... Happy Birthday to you sweet Mona! I love that sweet picture:) Hope you get some energy back and we'll see you more often! HUGS coming your way across the Country!

  5. Well my darling girl.....my mother always said "the goal is to remain "upright!"...so with each passing decade, and all the aches and pains that come with it....I remember that goal....You both look wonderful!!! love from Betsy at Estelle's!

  6. Oh wow, Happy Birthday!!!!!!! Such a great picture. Your granddaughter is so cute and wow, learning Mandarin, that is amazing. Hope you hae a super, super day. Hugs, Marty

  7. Mona- Happy birthday to you and your hubby. God has certainly blessed you in many ways. I'd never believe your ages-and you are so young at heart!
    Your little one is just precious. Mandarin, huh? She will be able to talk to the oranges in the can now.

    Your patio is absolutely lush and gorgeous- I am so jealous! Hope you have a great day- xo Diana

  8. Happy birthday to both of you! Sorry you are feeling overwhelmed lately with the technology stuff. Even at age 59 it sometimes gets the better of me too. Sending you hugs and love and hoping you get some energy back... xox

    Was the cake good??

  9. Birthday, you had a B-day, I hope it was a joyfull one. I love the way you have your place decorated. Sure wish we lived closer and could visit and have coffee and have some good ole fashioned chit chat. You have a happy day.
    Barbara in Florida

  10. Happy birthday to you and your hubby. Love your porch. Your granddaughter is so cute. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  11. Happy Birthday.

    Do what makes you happy.

  12. Happy Birthday Mona from a fellow scorp! Mine was last week. Sounds like a fun day! Don't let it all get you down. Do what you want!

  13. Happy birthday to a great couple. 77 wow that is a mile stone. you are amazing. Love you porch wish I had one like that. I probably would never leave it. Take care and enjoy.

  14. Happy birthday to the cutest couple around! Your granddaughter is adorable too. I'm glad you had a great day. Thanks for your sweet, comforting words about my brother. You definitely know how he feels now. By the way, you don't look a day over 29!

  15. Happy Belated Birthday to you and your honey. Your granddaughter is beautiful and learning Mandarin, WOW
    Your patio is lovely - I would be there all the time.
    I know exactly how you feel - I turned 78 in July and when I get tired I go sit down, read a book or watch TV. I can't go like I used to and accepting that was very hard for me. So every day I do what I can. Mona you are truly bless with such a wonderful family and loving husband. Now that the weather is getting better I will be making a trip to Riverside to meet you and we will kick up our heels and have FUN.
    Love Mary

  16. Awwwwwww! I love your autumn decor Mona, so festive. I can picture each spot in your beautiful romantic home. Your patio area is so full of warmth & gardens so pretty. So wish I were back there to sit & chat with you, once again. Our visit was such a wonderful time ... one day again.

    TTFN ~

  17. Happy Birthday to both of you. You aren't old......and you both look great.
    My birthday was this month as well.....I love OCtober birthdays.
    Emily is a doll. So cute and getting so tall. You must have fun when she comes to spend time with her.
    We all get the slumps. Technology is nice but a pain as well. You just need a big (((((((HUG))))).

  18. Belated birthday wishes to you both, dear Mona. What a wonderful celebration on the patio and especially with chocolate cake and a sweet granddaughter and family. And yes some days it is hard to do everything or even anything. Blogging is always fun but even I have a hard time trying to read and comment many days. I do, however, enjoy posting on our own blog...is it really ALL about us, perhaps?
    May your celebrations continue throughout the year ahead!

  19. Happy Birthday to you both, Mona! Neither of you look your age at all, I think it truly is about your being active, even though that may not occur everyday, the same goes for all of us!

    I can't get over how beautiful your patio is...so many plants, I would be in heaven out there! Emily is a doll, I think it's neat they are teaching Mandarin, but who will she speak it to? lol!


  20. Happy Birthday to you and to PH. You don't look old at all. You have a young heart and that is all that matters.
    To make your garden room as pretty as that, I certainly don't think you are old....
    Enjoy each day as it comes.
    I am so glad you are back on air.
    Hugs Kay

  21. OHHHH, Sweetpea!!

    Y'all are all just precious. And that little hand wrapped around Grandpa's finger---I'll bet in life it's the other way around--- his heart.

    I'm so glad you had such a splendid BIRTHDAYS PARTY. Isn't it wonderful to blow out candles together? Well, our two aren't close together, but I've needed help or a fire extinguisher for quite some years now.

    Love to you and all yours,


  22. Well HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY - how did I miss it? And happy birthday to the hubs too.

    Your porch looks beautiful. And Emily is pretty and already learning a language?

    Chocolate cake is my all time favorite!!!

    Have a good day. Sandie

  23. Happy Birthday, Mona! You're not old! You are so young at heart!


  24. Happy Birthday…I am looking at 75 in February :-) I just adore your porch. It reminds me of our home in Palm Beach. The colors are so pretty and the furnishings so inviting. The quilt on the table is yummy. Thanks for sharing the family pictures. So nice.

  25. Happy birthday to you and your hubby. Neither of you look your age at all! What a beautiful porch to celebrate your birthday on.

  26. Your porch looks so beautiful, while all my plants have gone to sleep for winter, just about. Stick raking leaves, but heavy frost is here and we expect snow before Halloween?? YIKES
    HAPPY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU BOTH - I WISH YOU WARMTH, LOVE AND HAPPINESS - hope, yo had lots of cake to celebrate - I would have loved to sit on your porch and look at all that beauty.
    Hugz to you and a pat on the head for PH. lol

  27. Ohhhh, what a beautiful family!!!

    How could ya'll not be, just look at you girlfriend. GORGEOUS!!! I want to be you when I grow up. :o)

    Of course ya'll know I sing like Peter Pan..."I'll never grow up!"

    Happy, Happy birthday sweet lady. I sure hope that chocolate cake was piled high with decant icin'! (Shhhhh...the only reason I eat cake) Heeehehehe!

    God bless ya darlin' and enjoy your wonderful 77th gracin' our earth. :o)

  28. Dear Mona - What a wonderful birthday surprise! Your little granddaughter is a doll! I taught kindergarten for 16 years and I'm amazed at the things they are learning now. Smart little cookie. Like everyone else, I love your porch. I would love a porch like that, but I know you've put a lot of work into making it such an oasis. I will be 60 next month, and I don't think I have half the energy you do! I know I don't have the gift of making things so lovely. Wishing you and your husband belated happy birthdays! I do read your replies to my comments and I appreciate you taking the time to do that. I know in my heart you are a sweet, sweet lady and we would be good friends if we were neighbors. :) - Hugs to you, Rhonda

  29. Happy Birthday Mona and to the guy too!
    Enjoy a sweet year with all good things sent your way!

  30. Oh I am so with you about the lamps. I thought they would be a little different from the pictures when I ordered them. After looking at them all day, I really don't like them, but the good news is my daughter does and so I am giving them to her for her Birthday. So it is a real win. Her home is quite contemporary, so these will look good in her house. I think we grew up in the same era and so we do like the same things. Hugs, Marty

  31. Rhonda..yes! We would definitely be good neighbors if we lived close. I have never met so many wonderful women, (and some men) as I have met blogging. So open, so dear when things go wrong in life. I was concerned you would not find my responses to your comments. I'm happy you like my front porch. I didn't post any Fall photo's of it..just the patio in the back.
    Thank you for your lovely comments on my posts.
    Big hugs,


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