Friday, April 15, 2022

A Good Friday


" Always believe something
wonderful is about to happen. "
—as noted on a birthday card


It's Easter weekend, and my family is coming tomorrow to celebrate Easter and my 65th birthday. The house is nearly ready. I love setting a table for company—I've got big bundles of pink and white tulips for centerpieces. This is the first time we're not cooking our holiday meal but having it catered and brought in. Italian. It's not the usual Easter repast, but then it's all sort of new again having people come as guests to our house. Even though folks haven't seen anything in my wardrobe for many months, I splurged on a new outfit for tomorrow. Even a new lipstick, which I basically gave up wearing during mask season. After all, it's a party and it's going be a beautiful day.

Thinking about the past week, here is what's giving me d-e-l-i-g-h-t  for Five on Friday:

1. I saw green grass! On a south facing hillside today in my turn about town doing a couple of errands—this is in spite of the week's cold weather and snowfall last night. 

2. I spotted two robins on our mountain ash tree earlier in the week. I was so pleased to see they had arrived but I felt sorry—they came just as the temperatures plummeted for several days.

3. Birthday cards have been arriving in the mailbox.

4. Birthday cake awaits in the refrigerator for tomorrow's festivities. It's called a Duchess Cake. The bakery describes it this way: "...it's our take on a traditional Swedish Princesstårta, made with chiffon cake, homemade raspberry jam, pastry cream, whipped cream and topped with marzipan. It's not too heavy and makes a lovely summer cake." For a peek at what it looks like, click HERE.

5. What a delight to find these words from my blogging friend, Debbie, in the comment box the other day: "Seize each day and soak up whatever joy there is to find." Oh yes, I'm all for soaking up the joy.

To those who celebrate Easter, I wish you peace and joy this weekend as we remember the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Love one another. Pray for each other. Celebrate life together.

On that note, I'm wishing you all a beautiful weekend.


Heart hugs,

Brenda

Top Image by Buntysmum from Pixabay
Floral graphic by Owantana from Pixabay





 

28 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday you young thing...my hubby just turned 78 and I'm four years older than him...lol!

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  2. Happy birthday and a blessed Easter from The PNW!

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  3. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, dear Brenda.

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  4. Oh my, that birthday cake looks dreamy! Enjoy your cake, your guests, the table centres, and your new outfit complete with lipstick. Yes, it’s going to be a wonderful day. Happy Birthday!!

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    1. The cake was delicious. And I enjoyed wearing lipstick again. It was a wonderful birthday! Thank you!!!

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  5. Wishing you a very Happy and Blessed Easter and Birthday with your loved ones! Spring is taking it's sweet time here in Michigan, too. We had snow last week!

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  6. Many blessings as you celebrate both occasions tomorrow! 🌷🎂🌷

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    1. It was a wonderful celebration on all fronts. Thank you, Vee! xo

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  7. Wishing you a most happy birthday celebration with family. Everything sounds wonderful! Yes, soak it all in! Happy Easter, as well.

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    1. We soaked and delighted. It was a wonderful weekend. Thanks, Lorrie! xo

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  8. Happy Birthday dear Brenda!! Have a lovely celebration with your family, celebrating two special occasions. That cake looks pretty and sounds yummy!! Enjoy. ~ FlowerLady

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    1. The cake was delicious! And the weekend with family was a delight beyond words. Thank you, Lorraine.

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  9. Brenda, this post is beautiful and I hope you had a beautiful celebration with your family. It sounds like a perfect day. Wishing you a most Happy Birthday and may your year ahead be filled with everything good and wonderful. Blessings, dear one.

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    1. It was a wonderful weekend. Perfect in every way. Thank you, Sandra, for your good wishes. Heart hugs!

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  10. Yes! A very happy belated but genuine wish for a very happy year ahead Brenda! Your friends and family must feel so blessed to have your beautiful spirit in their lives. I am new to your blog and I feel SO thankful to have found you! You are just like having a “a best girl friend” who loves all the same things I do: caring about faith, observing and appreciating the beauty that unfolds in front of us and even the fun of a new outfit or lipstick for a special Easter! Love knowing about the cake also!,
    Bet your Easter was wonderful and thank you for adding “beauty, warmth and joy on a gray Tuesday morning. Your thoughts kept me in that “happy, Easter place. Hope your day is full of smiles; quiet and out loud ones!

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    1. I just loving meeting new readers to the blog. Ann, I'm heart happy for your lovely comment - I appreciate you taking the time to leave a note. My day was full of smiles, quiet and out loud ones! xo

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  11. I hope that you had a beautiful Easter and delightful birthday celebration! How exciting that you were able to gather with your loved ones after such a long separation. I definitely think a new outfit (and a new lipstick) was in order! The "Duchess Cake" sounds heavenly!

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    1. Finally being together after such a long separation - it was a wonderful weekend all around. And I definitely enjoyed wearing lipstick again and that cake was heavenly. Thanks, Cheryl. xo

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  12. Happy Belated Birthday, Brenda! And Happy Easter (never late, as we can celebrate the risen Saviour every day)! Your blog is so beautiful, just like your shining spirit.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marigold, for your sweet note. I appreciate your words of love. xo

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To My Beautiful Readers,

Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never the same. ~ Franz Peter Schubert

Thank you so much for leaving your 'footprint' here in my comment box. I do appreciate you taking a moment to share your thoughts today.

Brenda xox

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