What could be better than a chair full of bowlies??
A chair full of bowlies and fallen, New England leaves sent 2500 miles to meeeeeeeeeeeee.

On Thursday a box arrived from a dear one who had
kept a secret for many months after finding bowlies that I had so coveted once spied on this wonderful blog I visit daily.

These fabulicious bowlies were not available here in AZ....only at the Christmas Tree Shoppe which happened to be in New England.


So when speaking to said dear one, I asked if perhaps, possibly, per chance, a trip to this store could be arranged.
Alas, dear one called one day to say that sadly, these bowlies were no where in sight.

Double Rats!!!

Well, I certainly could understand that since they were so divine they would undoubtedly be snatched up pronto!!

Buuuuuuuuuttttttttttttt, the real story is that not one, but two sets of these delights had been scooped up and saved.

Saved for a November birthday that I began to celebrate two days early as I opened the box and squealed with delight.

Tucked away in the box was also a zip-lock bag of fallen leaves that I was so missing.


I held them to my face and for an instant,
with eyes closed, could smell the nutty, eathy wind
blowing through these beautiful trees that I so miss.... transported backward to my childhood, to cracking walnuts with rocks in the woods, to long walks and the fluttering of young love, to drives along winding road
past a stone house that might be finished some day,
to crisp apples picked with children lifted high on shoulders peeking through the branches smiling at this mother capturing moments that would stay
with the five of us


Thank you, thank you, thank you...Forever Dear One

Now, the celebration continues
and I have more to share
love and treasures sent
again from 2500 miles away
but from a best girlfriend
who loves what I love
and has shared many years
with me
and shared today
by phone
as I opened her beautiful box
and unwrapped each and every
pink wrapped bundle

And I am moved to tears
because I feel so wrapped in love
by arms stretched over many miles

and here close by.

And tomorrow

MY day

I will begin with some of the treats that I opened today

and then drive to my sister remaining

and we will have a sister's day

and share laughter and love
and talk about celebrations of past
when there were three.


Lori said...

Rella, Happy Birthday!! what a wonderful surprise that your friend sent to you, that is so sweet!!

JoAnnA Pierotti said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ONE!!!! May your birthday be filled with love and sparkle!!!
Big hugs and love,

Rosa said...

Our birthdays are so close, one scorpio says to another. Happy Happy Birthday dear Rella. I hope you have the most beautiful day filled with love and beautiful rays of sun beaming love from above. And what goodies you have. The chair of bowlies is gorgeous. Love the black and white. And the primo basket of lovelies, precious. Good for you. Enjoy your day.

dogfaeriex5 said...

wow, isnt it amazing how long our friends arms wrap out to reach us for hugs...

Jamie said...

Happy Wonderful Birthday Dear Rella!!! I awoke to a wonderful package on my porch this morning!!! Your beautiful Fairy House is here safe and sound sweet friend:) She is so lovely and so are the Moo cards and the button and the lovely wrapping. It is all beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your gift with me. I will post tomorrow about it all on the blog. Hope you don't mind! Love, Jamie

Melissa said...

Well - I had to come take a peek at YOUR bowls! Lucky you! Two sets! The polka dot ones too! I kind of wish I had scooped up more of these when they had them..

I kind of hate the Christmas Tree Shoppe.. I only like to think about Christmas at Christmas time so the name annoys me! But occasionally amongst the (kind of trashy..) stuff, you can find some really great things - like these bowls! So I just "have" to go check i there every now and then!

What great presents. You have sweet friends.

Happy Birthday!



red tin heart said...

happy birthday dear Rella! i am so happy you were blessed by those who love you. xoxo nita

Melissa said...

Hi Rella! You are the winner of my extra little surprise giveaway on my Garden of Pink Shadows blog!!

So.. please email me with your mailing address and I'll get it out to you this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Kari & Kijsa said...

Happy birthday! How blessed you are...those bowls are so wonderful and fun!!!

Here's wishing you the happiest of Thanksgiving's ever....thanks for all your sweet comments and your wonderful blog!

smiles, kari and kijsa

kecia said...

Happy Birthday, Rella! i wish i had known...... what a LOVELY surprise that your dear friend had "fibbed" to you about the bowls. how fun! i would have liked to see your face when opening the box!