Monday, January 30, 2017


Early in the morning before dawn of January 27, which is My day, I crept downstairs and started the day with a special treat of Tevanna's Winterberry Tea with Belgian rock sugar. Time to reflect on this whole aging process, and time to rest in the pleasure of my devotional book, journal and prayer.

My word to focus on this year is HOPE. Hope for a breakthrough of chronic pain and hope for a list of friends and family who are on their own difficult journeys.

Happy is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his HOPE and confidence. He is like a tree planted along a riverbank - roots reaching deep into water, not bothered by elements bothering it. It stays green - right on producing luscious fruit.  from The Book of Psalms

Gorgeous flowers to brighten up winter

A lunch date with my honey to Old Vines restaurant at Quails Gate Winery

Butter lettuce salad, a fruity mock-tail, Duck Confit Orecchiette ( with smoked apple, shallots, pickled quince.), Salted Caramel Budino ( candied citrus, chocolate streusel, rosemary snap) and a Birthday candle

A pathway representing for me adventures in this another year
together with the love of my life.

Winter vines overlooking Okanagan Lake

Entry to our lovely city

Like a florist shop in my house

Lots of birthday greetings on Facebook, emails, phone calls and lovely cards.
This one will need some interpretation

An original watercolour card from my sister with this perfect poem inside

Hope is the Thing with Feathers
that Perches in the Soul
and sings the Songs Without the Words
and Never Stops at All.

Emily Dickinson

Let hope be your pulse
Faith in every heartbeat
Joy with every breath...

~Terri Guillemets


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Trudy, wish you another year of adventure. I do enjoy your blog.

edie said...

An array of color and beauty surrounded your Birrhday. 💛💙💜💚

Anonymous said...

Trudy, I feel honored to have my painting included in the blog. May your days continue to be filled with hope and joy.

Shelley said...

Lovely lovely recap of your joy filled day and the hope of what God has in store this year! I love Aunt Catherine's painting and the poem really is perfect considering your word to reflect on this year. Beautiful pictures again, Marmee!