Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Birthday Goodies and phone calls


I will start with a huge “ Thank you so much” for all the  Facebook messages, emails, phone calls, and more . You have given me so many good wishes,love, sunshine, flowers and everything else that made my day such a happy one.

Flowers from Tonia,Matt, Felicity and Charlie

Flowers arrived last week,a combined gift for Joyce ( her day was the 20th) and myself. A big thank you to Tonia,Matthew, Felicity and Charlie. We remembered your  dear Jeanette on her day, 21st.

Then I had been so good not to open the parcel from “ Quilting and Beyond” that had been ordered  some time  earlier. A rotating cutting mat, suction grip for the ruler, and some  fusing tape for batting.  This was from Hugh and Joyce , and more goodies from Joyce, a code cracker book, fancy braids, quilters pencils, 2 eraser blocks, stickers for cards. and a purple torch.


Rotating cutting mat #2Rotating cutting mat

More Goodies

Hugh took me shopping, and I have so many fantastic Sistema plastic storage bins, oblong, with a  top shelf divided into the perfect sizes for threads.

When we arrived home, the florist had been again, with flowers from Jeanette in Auckland.

flowers from Jeanette, 25 July 2016

We have been friends since 1954, YES, add that up and it becomes 62 years. It began at Papakura High School,continued as first Jeanette then I were married, children arrived, life was  busy, and yesterday we agreed that coming from a farming life, we managed to economise,make do, recycle, and more. We have shared happiness, sadness, and  much more. Her dearest Trevor passed away almost a year ago, and on August 2nd, memories of him will be in our hearts and minds

.And we always remember our dearest Jocelyn,  who left us way too many years ago.

Attached to the beautiful flowers  was a spray of orchids.

Orchid spray, 25 July 2016

More goodies to come, a Spotlight voucher, this will be a day out to look, dream, and get something special. Thanks Annette,Mike,.Josh and Dani.

Then a parcel arrived,a  big cardboard carton,and a cluster underlay for our bed. Thanks Kaz and Ralph, it is laid out all ready to go on. And I am sure, very sure, it will add so much comfort.

Then late yesterday afternoon a phone call on my mobile phone. I assumed it was someone in New Zealand!! I was wrong!! Hi, this is John calling from Ontario… now I have a lot of friends there so my mind quickly went to all  your names to remember a John.. the line was not very clear. so I asked ‘ Do I know you”? Could not hear his answer very clearly, then he said those worrying words “ Can you turn on your computer?  You have  a problem there”…I said “ You have the wrong number”, and closed the call. I checked the time, it was 10.50  p.m. !!!After looking up the number on Google, it seems this is a scam call. There are a lot of warnings with the same  number.. But, the funny thing about this, how did he get my mobile number? Guess these days anyone can do almost anything.

So all in all,a fabulous day, on the 25th here in NZ,and again when the 25th arrived in the North. 

Quotation of the day from Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious

as to have friends at a distance;

They make the latitudes and longitudes”

Greetings from Jean


Susan Heather said...

A belated Happy Birthday - pleased to hear it was so enjoyable.

Mystic Quilter said...

Happy belated birthday wishes Jean! You sound to have had a wonderful day.

Leeanne said...

What a ripper birthday! Fancy 62 years of friendship..........that in it's self is something to celebrate!

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

Belated Birthday Greetings! What a lovely haul of goodies!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

((((((Dear Jean)))))) Belated Happy Birthday! It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful celebration.

Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

Jenny said...

Happy Birthday Jean!!! Just reading all about it assures me it was a wonderful, memorable day for you.

TexWisGirl said...

the scam phone call was not nice, but all the other surprises were grand!

Carol Mattingly said...

Oh Jean, a Happy Belated Birthday goes out to you. Every day I cherish just how important life is and how in this busy times of ours we must stop and smell the roses, or in our case all of those gorgeous flowers your received. Carol

Tish Stemple said...

Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you have had a wonderful day of spoiling and you should. You definitely deserve it. All of your flowers are beautiful A 62 year old friendship, is something to celebrate in and of itself. Those stinking scams. Unfortunately, it seems like they are happening more and more.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Fantastic birthday for a wonderful lady. Many many Happy Returns!!

Inger said...

Happy belated Birthday! And what a lovely post, so full of joy, celebrating friendship. I so agree it is wonderful to have friends both near and far.

Lori Skoog said...

Glad you had a very Happy Birthday. You are loved by people all around the world.

Nette said...

Glad you are having enjoyment from your flowers.
Yes friends a very long time Jean. Happy memories .
Thank you for your commitment , love and blessings Jeanette

The Furry Gnome said...

Happy Birthday! Not knowing you on Facebook, I didn't realize.

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Looks like you had a perfectly lovely day.

Our photos said...

Hmmm, you have been spoiled !

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty flowers! Happy Belated Birthday!

Enjoy your day and the weekend!

Sandra Walker said...

Oh I LOVE that Thoreau quote! I am putting it into the document I keep on my laptop "Word that Resonate". Funny how you and I wrote similar posts within a couple days, hey maybe only one day with the time difference, of each other! And geez Louise, those Ontario scammers...LOL Glad you hung up on the idiot.

Allie-oops Designs said...

Happy Belated Birthday hugs to you!!!!!!!!!!

KB Bear said...

I was out camping on your birthday so my Happy Birthday is belated. It sounds as if you had a wonderful day, and that makes me happy.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

You are such a special person, with special friends! Good for you. I'm happy to know you from afar! xx

Fundy Blue said...

Looks like a wonderful time for your birthday, Jean! Thanks for sharing your special day with everyone! Sending you a big hug!