Sunday, June 24, 2007
surprises!

I've had two lovely surprises in the last two weeks....the most recent one came in a particularly hard week so that made it even more wonderful for me....A big long beautiful colorful box arrived and I couldn't imagine what it was or if it was something I ordered from somewhere, and forgot!

So I got it opened....(it wasn't easy, either, lol) and there inside was a BEAUTIFUL Bouquet of Fresh Flowers, with a vase! Yes! Fresh Flowers in a box...will wonders never cease! And I couldn't have been more surprised because I had never recieved flowers sent like this before....And they are truly gorgeous! WHO SENT THEM? Ahhhhh, that is the best surprise of all. One of my very first blog friends, who happens to be from Kentucky, the very dear dear Rachel from Sliding Through Life, and she sent them to me as an early Birthday present.....Now, just how lovely and thoughtful is that? To say I was touched by this is an understatement.....Besides being such a generous caring thing to do which warmed my heart, to see these truly exquisite flowers just gave me such a lift! The colors are so vibrant and happy!
This bouquet is a true joy to look at, as you can see from these pictures.....And here are a few more picture----for you to enjoy.


Thank you dear Rachel, for making my difficult week, lighter and filled with so much colorful joy. I send you big hugs, dear dear Rachel.....

And another lovely surprise came from one of my newest blog friends.....Pearl, of PearliesOfWisdom.....A lovely lady from Toronto, Canada who sent me the most Beautiful book to hold photographs.....it is a work-of-art, in and unto itself! I hope this picture does it justice.... It's made of many things....Wood, being one of them as well as parchment.....She also sent me a Travel Journal....a lovely light weight book that I can write in or draw in, as the case may be....And here it is. Again, a lovely thoughtful generous thing to do.....I was overwhelmed by the sweetness of these gifts....It says so much about the blog world that friendships can be formed that are unexplainable in a way, except to say, in some way we touch each others hearts, and that transcends distance and time and age....And I think that is such a lovely and important thing.....don't you?

Thank you both, dear Rachel and dear Pearl, from the bottom of my heart....You have made this coming Birthday richer in every way by your thoughtfullness and caring friendship across the miles....Bless you both.





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38 Comments:
had this to say:

What fabulous flowers and such thoughtful gifts from Rachel and Pearl.......

I am ever so bad at gift-buying, but for your birthday I send you love, and gentle hugs, wishes for a relaxing week and some time with your best friends, that you fill your book with memories and sketches of life and that those flowers bloom and enchant you for weeks......

Michele sent me to see what you're getting for your birthday, but then you know you can always find me loitering around the Hills.

cq

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 11:49:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful flowers! And, the photo album and travel journal are truly lovely.

I wish you much joy for your birthday.

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 12:45:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Well, aren't you the lucky one?! How did they know your address? The gerberas and solidago with lemon leaf (salal) is a good choice!

I am, like CQ, not so good at buying presents either, but I also send you bouquets and cake and love on the 27th!

Re your comment: If you only knew how close we each came to killing someone...LOL....and it wasn't the same person twice! With 16 people around, nearly everyone needs to be smacked down sometime (me included)!

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 1:13:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

...and you enrich our lives with your words and photos.

I'm sure you'll find creative ways to fill the pages of the album and the journal. Use them in good health.

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 1:26:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Michele sent me back :-)

I just wanted to say I adore that first photo........it looks like an alien landscape - isn't nature absolutely fabulous......??

cq

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 2:03:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I know Rachel; she's a blog buddy of mine too!
She is indeed a sweetie.
I am go glad she sent you those lovely flowers!!
They are so bright and perky. You can't help but smile when you see them.
I don't know Pearl, but I'm glad she sent you those gifts. I especially like the photo album. How nice.
Through blogging, we meet people we would never have known otherwise. I am glad to know you and to know all the blog friends I have made over my two + plus years of blogging.
I need to read your previous post now to see if you posted about why you've had a hard week.

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 2:08:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Those flowers are gorgeous! And so is the photo album. Lucky you. :D

- Slim

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 2:26:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Gorgeous gerbera daisies !!! Between getting your driver's license extended for another 5 years, and now these 2 lovely presents, you are already having an excellent birthday ! My sincerest wishes for good health, Naomi - and you have such nice friends because you are one yourself !
*Hugs*
Loving Annie

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 2:49:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Ahhhhhh! MAIL surprises are the very BEST kind of surprises... I think! And those are beauties - one and all! Honestly, I can't think of anything better than flowers for you! Except books! LOL! You have such SMART friends!

Well... I come bearing no gifts - but I have bestowed HONOR upon you - over on my blog! Come see!

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 3:58:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

These are such lovely gifts. I equate them to the gifts you share with us each and every time you write something on your blog or share a thought with us on ours.

You're a rich person in so many ways, Naomi. May you always open your door to pleasant surprises, and may you always share your vision - and your unique, amazing gifts - with us.

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 5:36:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What wonderful flowers and lovely gifts from Rachel and Pearl! Its' so great to have such dear friends! Good friends are really so precious! I am so glad for you, my dear Naomi!

Love all photos! Did you know that gerbera are my preferred? They are just stunning! Just a lovely way to begin a week! And your birthday is coming soon! Cheers!

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 5:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What fabulous gifts from blog friends! I love both of them! (I'm Canadian too and live just north ot Toronto!)
Glad your difficult week ended up with 2 bright rainbows in it!
Happy B-Day!

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 6:18:00 PM PDT 

Blogger 'B'
had this to say:

How wonderful to have gotten such a lovely bunch of Gerbera's...
They look so lovely, you lucky thing you...
although you pipped me at the post, I thought I would still drop by) here from MIchele's this afternoon...

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 7:08:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I wanted to thank you so much for stopping by. Many a time I have thought about coming by here and why I didnt...well I dont know for sure..silly me!! I know you visit with so many of my blogging friends..Thanks for taking your time to visit me!! I love your flowers..Those are gerber daisies and so beautiful..especially the colors!! WOW!! Please drop by again..Sandy

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 7:09:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Thanks for visiting my blog and seeing my new great grandson! Your flowers are so beautiful! I will be back to visit again!
Grams

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 7:11:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You enrich our life with your lovely blog and your wonderful pictures Naomi!! Like I had said, I wanted to send you chocolate too, but I figured it would be melted and that would not be so great, although probably still tasty!! :)

The flowers truly are pretty and more so with your lovely pictures of them!!

Your photogragh book and travel journal are lovely too!! How very sweet!!

Isn't it great to be so special?!!! Hugs to you Naomi!!

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 7:22:00 PM PDT 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

These are lovely! I am so sorry you had such a hard time with the DMV. If only people would realize that just a little patience and time everything can work out and no one has to be rude to make things run smoothly. You have great friends and that furry little friend is most helpful too.

As for the flowers, are these the Berber daisies? Such beautiful colors.... an early wish for a happy birthday!

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 9:39:00 PM PDT 

Blogger rpm
had this to say:

The daisies are smiling! I agree, blogging friends are special. We may never see each other, but we are not far away in a sense. I hope your birthday week is great...looks like it's off to a good start.

Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 11:03:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh how lovely and what wonderful surprises! Those flowers are indeed beautiful, colourful and joyful! And the books are very thoughtful gifts too - I have no doubt the photo book will be full of your marvellous pics in no time!

I hope these gifts have lifted you far away from the negatvity of last week!

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 12:47:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

what wonderful pressies!.. That had to be an ultimate "pick me up"!!!

beautiful photo's so that we could all see too!

I'm glad you are feeling better Naomi..

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 4:46:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

Naomi,friends and family, now what could be a greater gift from God. And the flowers he surounds us with. Hope this week goes better for you. And thank you for all you do to share your world around you. It brightens all of our lives daily. Pat from NY.

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 6:49:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Good morning Naomi! If you have the time, take a look on my brand new blog named ONLY PHOTOS where I will post only photos without words. Have a nice week!

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 6:51:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I used to be one of those people who didn't "get" flowers. What's the big deal, I would think, they're just going to die soon anyway (what a romantic, right? you can imagine how many times poor Kendall received flowers from me...). But I have to say that almost exclusively from your blog, both from the amazing photos you've shared of your own garden as well as your uncanny ability to photograph flower arrangements so beautifully that they seem to burst out of the computer screen, you have single-handedly turned me into a flower lover! A flower lover AND a lover of photographs from nature. You have the power to create photos that are even more beautiful than real life--I need you to follow me around and take photos of my life so I can appreciate it more through your lens!

Sorry we've been so out of touch, Naomi. Just slogging through our own travails over here. But hearing that your birthday is fast approaching we are very much aware that we haven't made good on our promise from last year and would like to rectify that SOON! Also very touched to see Pearl's generosity since she practically feels like a member of the family (even though I've never met her!).

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 9:35:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Our blogging friends can be just as wonderful as the ones we SEE everyday. Have a happy birthday!

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 11:36:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

dANNY, "bro", WHAT A SWEET THING TO SAY!
oF COURSE i FOUND nAOMI VIA YOUR BLOG, AND i FOUND nEIL k. VIA YOUR BLOG TOO.(OR WAS IT VICE VERSA? i CAN'T REMEMBER NOW.) yOUR BLOG, AND THEIRS, ARE MOST ENTERTAINING, AND HELP MAKE MY DAILY LIFE MUCH RICHER.

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 11:40:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Happy Birthday!!

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 1:44:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What beautiful flowers...they are the best of surprises aren't they? The Gerbers are so pretty, the colors so bright! They cheer you up!!

Stop by my blog, you'll find out that you "Rock!" ;)

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 1:45:00 PM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

What precious bday presents!!! beautiful souls get beautiful gifts :)

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 2:21:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

How sweet that you have such nice friends that would send you such wonderful gifts! Lucky girl, you. I love Gerbera Daisies. Your other flower photos are bright and wonderful also. Nice to meet you girl! :)

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 2:34:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What sweet gifts!
And I love those flowers... is anything cheerier than a bouquet of Gerberas? :)

Those photos... top and bottom esp. would make GORGEOUS Shutterfly cards.

~S

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 4:22:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

The flowers and the photo album are lovely. You are indeed lucky to have such nice friends :)

But you deserve 'em!

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 5:51:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Gorgeous is an understatement!! How will I ever compete now?! =)

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 6:35:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

what beautiful flowers. God bless Rachel, what a sweetie!

Monday, June 25, 2007 at 8:32:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi please email me your address so that I too may surprise you one day, please!

What a wonderful gesture from two wonderful people!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 6:52:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

The flowers are stunning! The closeups are a meditation in beauty! I wish I was better at remembering friends birthdays. I even forget my own siblings dates more often than note.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 7:23:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

What lovely thoughts and gifts for a very lovely lady!
You have touched our souls in such a way that I have no doubt you'll be receiving a lot more surprises tomorrow, Naomi. Enjoy these special moments, because you deserve them.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 8:14:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What lovely thoughts and gifts for a lovely lady!
You have touched our souls in such a way that I have no doubt you'll be receiving a lot more surprises tomorrow, Naomi.
Enjoy these special moments, because you deserve them.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 8:16:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, you are A-MAZiNG!!!!
I have been here for the enTiRE AFTERNOON pouring through your pages, beginning with your Ladies Who Lunch from June 2007{!}, and the BiRTHDAy{!}, and your wonnnnderfullll PHOTOS!! I am both a writer at heart, and a photographer hobbiest.. although I do NOT like all the new-fangled "digital" photography! No-no, not me.. give me an old Olympus OM-1 ANY day of the week! WhATEVer you used, YOUR photos are GORGEOUS!
YOU are thee very first blogger I have clicked to Follow since starting my blog a couple of years back!--I'm ABsolutely FAScinated! I'm still reading! ...I SHALL reTURN!

Sunny greetings from your newest excited reader, 'Patience777' ~Anni:)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 5:54:00 PM PDT 

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