Flowers, friends and fun #lifethisweek

A special event

With restrictions easing it was great to be invited to a friend’s surprise 60th get together last week.

I’m not going to lie, it gave me an opportunity to wear a new dress I’d bought for the warmer weather, plus I got to catch up with friends, eat yummy food and drink champagne during the middle of the day – I think I’d forgotten how much fun it was to do these things – and just be with people again! Of course we had to be fully vaccinated, wear masks, check in using the QR code and kept our distance as much as possible, but it still felt sort of normal.

When your dress matches the flowers!

flowers to match my dress
flowers to match my dress

It was pointed out me on numerous occasions during the day, that my dress matched the flowers we were playing with, and I tend to agree! It wasn’t done on purpose, just one of those ‘random things’ that makes you smile 🙂

I immediately thought of Carol’s post this week, about a book she reviewed, called Joyful by Ingrid Fettel Lee. I loved the sound of the book and read a small section, as Carol suggested, which covered colour, energy and the subsequent joy they bring to life. ‘Color is energy made visible’ and this ‘It is nearly impossible to separate color and feeling’.

In the book this passage stood out to me, as the author was talking about a friend of hers who loved wearing colourful clothes -‘…thinks not just about the effect of wearing color on herself but also about its effect on other people….it’s almost as if a colorful garment is a tiny gift, a brilliant spot of joy in a bleak landscape.’

The author also told the story about how they held a ‘Dress Like Beth Day’ at her workplace and it was if the whole office came to life :). That sounds like a lot of fun!

I have to admit it summed up my feelings on colour and joy perfectly! I love colour and people often comment on the use of colour in my life. Carol said in her post that reading this chapter made her think of me – isn’t that lovely? We’ve not even met in real life but she has a feel for my personality through reading my blog. I love blogging!

Simply put, colour brings me joy 🙂

X marks the spot

The surprise party was a small affair (due to Covid restrictions), held at a local venue called Forage Merchant+Occasions, an old church that has been given a new lease on life as a place for workshops, fun events, weddings and get-togethers. There’s also a little shop in the old Church Hall selling flowers and beautiful items to suit the country lifestyle we enjoy down here in Tumbarumba. I wrote a post last year which featured them: Shout-out Saturday #16 – celebrating premature babies, flowers and art

The general plan was –

  1. turn up with a plate of food to share and a bottle of bubbles
  2. surprise our friend – which we did!
  3. gather and chat
  4. eat from the amazing array of food provided
  5. watch, listen and learn from Dez on how to make a posy
  6. receive a selection of flowers each and be let loose with our inner florist
  7. spend time creating a posy that reflects our personality
  8. ooh and ahh at everyone’s individual creations
  9. have said creation expertly wrapped ready to take home
  10. depart – feeling good about reconnecting with friends, playing with beautiful flowers and celebrating a milestone birthday in style

Mission accomplished!

Of course I took some photos 🙂

Something funny!

A while ago Dez had told me about Fox and Leo glasses cases which she said a friend of hers made. I bought a pink case called foxy lady (which I thought was funny as I have a thing about foxes) and when I arrived I showed her my new case. She laughed out loud and insisted on taking a photo of me to send to her friend. My photo then appeared on a Fox and Leo Instagram story!

Deb with Leo and Fox glasses case
Deb with Leo and Fox glasses case

When I told my youngest daughter this story she said, ‘I know exactly what sort of look you’d have on your face too’ – of course she was right! How goofy do I look, but the glasses case does match my dress perfectly and at least I’m smiling!!

I’m also doing a good job of being bold if I do say so myself!

Have a great week!

Deb xx

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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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32 Replies to “Flowers, friends and fun #lifethisweek”

  1. So much fun in this post Deb. Sounds and looks like a great fun day out. I’m not sure if I would still know how to socialise and chat these days. It’s been so long that m sure to have forgotten. I love your Foxy Lady photo. You definitely are looking very bold. I also love your colourful dress.

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    1. Thanks Jen, the day out really lifted my spirits and I loved catching up with friends I hadn’t seen for ages. My dress will get a lot of wear this summer and I will smile whenever I wear it out!


  2. I love your dress and your foxy lady look with your glasses case – the makers must have thought you looked pretty good to post your pic on IG – being a Midlife influencer is such a burden 🤣. I also loved the party idea – I’ve seen other parties where they make flower crowns – which I love too.

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    1. Thanks Leanne, I was very colourful and loved it all! I know I laughed and told the girls I was now a midlife influencer and they just laughed at me 🙂 I initially thought we were going to make crowns but they decided we were a bit of an ‘older’ crowd and a posy would be a better choice. I would have been happy with a crown – quite fitting for our age I think!


  3. Love that your dress matches the flowers (or vice versa) and the glasses case.

    What a lovely party idea as well. I’d probably stress that I didn’t make a very pretty bouquet but it sounds like fun. I used to be averse to colour – in terms of what I wore and not wanting a lot of mish-mash of colours but have changed now and appreciate brightness more.

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    1. Thanks Deb, I was very matchy-matchy :). In regards to making our posy, I deliberately went a bit rogue and added things I probably shouldn’t have, but we encouraged that it was our posy and to let the flowers speak to us! And I listened to them 🙂


  4. Lots of years ago someone pointed out I was wearing a lot of black to work – and they were right. I was deeply unhappy at that job. Ever since I try to make sure I buy colours more. Not always easy but shopping also isn’t my fave task, so that’s a take it with a grain of salt perspective! Yesterday may have been my first social event since the pandemic started and it was odd haha.

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    1. Yes i know the feeling of starting to get out there again Vanessa, it is quite odd at times, not to mention a tad worrying! Good on you for trying to add colour, it’s not always easy when it’s not the ‘normal’ way of dressing but I find it can be quite liberating.


    1. I’m not sure but I think Beth was a friend of the author and she used her as an example of someone who wears colour well and makes it a joyful experience so they had a day where everyone was encouraged to dress bright and colourful like Beth. Hope that makes sense Lydia.


    1. Haha Sue, I would love a Dress like Debbie Day :). My dress was from a Qld company and I always like their bright styles and couldn’t resist buying this one.


  5. Oh gosh what fun that must have been Deb. You looked the part alright & the celebration sounded fabulous. How delightful to be in your town. Loved reading all of the post, and glasses case…beautiful image!! Smiles for MILES….It’s been great to have you share your post this week for #lifethisweek on Denyse Whelan Blogs. Thank you. I hope you will be back next week, where the optional prompt is “young” but my guest poster, Mr Whelan, is sharing his thoughts for the final time on the blog in 2021 on a different topic. See you there, Denyse.

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    1. It really was a fun event Denyse and I loved sharing it for #lifethisweek. I think my dress was just what I needed to brighten me up and it went so well with the flowers on the day, I couldn’t have planned it better. I’ll be there for next week and look forward to hearing from Mr W again!


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