July 4, 2016

Dear Friends and Happy Mail ....

Good morning my lovelies.  Happy to see you here.  I have not been visiting any of you -- hopefully I'll get around soon when I'm feeling better.  I certainly have not forgotten you!

I've had some wonderful Happy Mail and a great reunion which I must share with you.  The Happy Mail has been sitting here for awhile.  My regrets for not acknowledging it sooner! As they say - better late than never.

Had a lovely card and letter from Carolyn, whom I've known through swaps and blogging since 2004.  We have talked on the phone, written letters, emailed, however have never had the pleasure of meeting in person. Thank you Carolyn for the lovely card -- your beautiful style as usual - always admired.

Sometime ago, I received an awesome package from Valerie.  Still drooling over the contents.  Thank you so very much, dear Valerie.

One of Valerie's original cards.

Some seven years ago when I started my blog, Patty and I connected. Over the  years a lovely friendship developed.  Last night, Patty, her husband Stu, and the lovely Bailey came over for the evening.  We spent some happy hours talking, eating, catching up and enjoying the time together as old friends do.  I was delighted to get my 'doggy fix' with Bailey here.

Bailey, Patty and myself.

Bailey, Patty and Stu

Getting my 'doggy fix'

That's all the news of the moment.  Thanks so much for dropping by.  I'll be over to see you soon.

To be with old friends is very warming and comforting.     
Ian Ziering


  1. Glad you had such a lovely visit with your friends, with the added bonus of a great doggy fix! Enjoy your happy mail! Have a lovely day and take care, hugs, Valerie

  2. Terrific happy mail to brighten any day. I am sure you will have fun with that..seems like a lot of fun to have visitors and especially the beautiful dog.

    Take care

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. What lovely gifts you got! Fine to have such nice visitors - the dog is a cutie! Hope you feel much better soon!
    oxo Susi

  4. Lucky you. Those are wonderful gifts to receive and to have blogger friends that go back so far is great. Nice to get to visit with them. :). Hope you are back up on your feet soon. Hugs erika

  5. Glad to see you smiling :D XXX

  6. Lovely mail gifts! And a nice visit with friends plus the comfort of the friendly dog. He must be very well behaved to visit so nicely in a new place.

  7. What a lovely post full of friendship and kindness ♥
    You are so nice to make the time to share with us dear Donna.
    Hope you are feeling much better again very soon.
    Happy July oxo

  8. Happy to see the smiles on your face today, Donna. Where would we be without our friends? I am so pleased Patty, et al were able to plan a trip in your direction. Bailey was the frosting on the cakehugs,

  9. Your Happy mail is full of so many wonderful delights, hope you feel much better soon Donna to enjoy them.
    A get together with friends is always a lovely tonic too.
    awww Bailsy is so adorable and looks right at home!
    Take care and look after yourself.
    Gill xx

  10. What endearing photos of your visit by Stu, Patty and the Bailster! Aren't they the coolest family? Some day, Donna, I will get a chance to meet you, too, but alas...we have no doggie. I'll have to hug you instead!

  11. Oh, my. Lovely now that we are back home to re-visit our time together. Meeting you and hearing your voice all had such a familiar ring to them - I'm not sure what to make of it.... but I know it's a good thing. Sending off a little note soon and I'm going to post a pic of the beautiful print you have gifted me with.

  12. I've been checking on and off to see if I've missed any of your posts.. so I hope you are ok Donna.
    Gill xxx

    1. What a sweetheart you are Gill!!!!!!!! Hope you get this message. I have not been very well -- hopefully they will be able to patch me up. Just no energy to blog at the moment. Take care and thanks so much for checking in -- means a lot. xoxox

    2. I am useless at working out how to see if anyone replies and how to do these blogging things - so didn't see this til today - sorry - and very sorry to hear about your health Donna.
      Wishing you well and better days soon - take care.... Gill xx

  13. Dear Donna, I'm thinking of you and sending lots of love and hugs. Hoping that those doctors and your indomitable spirit have brought your body back into alignment and balance. Hoping that we'll see you again soon. Hoping that your life is full of moments of grace and beauty. Love, Sue

  14. Oh Donna, I don't know how I missed this. You look so happy in these photos. I do think of you so oven and have wonderful intentions. But you know what they say - the road to hell is paved with good intentions!
    Praying for healthier days ahead.
    Sandy xx

  15. *Choosing to believe you are really busy being "arty" * XXX

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