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