Saturday, September 1, 2007

24 + 30 = 54

Today's my birthday.
Last year's birthday was a disappointment. I don't remember the specifics of it but I do remember being a wee bit depressed because it was kind of a bummer. I do know that I was two months into recovery from the surgeries on my ankles and still bed/chair ridden - I'm sure that didn't help my reception of another year. Anyway, that's in the past and maybe was allowed to happen so that in retrospect my birthday this year would seem oh, so fabulous. And it has been good....I've gotten several phone calls, cards, presents, am getting taken out to supper tonight, my best friend made me a cake, all good things. And in the mail I got the most wonderful present from my 'art' friend, Keesha aka. Kecia, Keesh, Ninnja, Little Ninnja, Lemoncholy, and I just have to share it all with you!! She wrapped everything separately, made me a card, and made me feel so, so special. We haven't been friends for all that long but I think of her as one of my best friends.
I have two 'art' friends that I am in contact with on a regular basis, Keesha and my friend, Twink, and every time I speak to or email either of them I am reminded of how much God has blessed me through my art. I have made these two amazing friends and have numerous other 'art' friends that I wouldn't have if not for the gift of art that God gave me and I am so thankful for all of you.
Okay, this first picture shows the entire contents of the gift box I received from Keesha.
Let me tell ya, I was feelin' the love!This second picture shows the precious little "Cworky" person thingy she made me. It's made out of a cork! How about that! She mounted it on a wooden block and he will be resting on my work table every day making sure I'm not just sitting here watching yet another rerun of Law and Order.
This photo shows the wonderful framed piece she made of "us" - I LOVE IT! Isn't it just the best? I want a label maker! I never think about a label maker until I see something that's been 'labeled'!! (postscript: It says, "The best mirror is an old friend" - Do you think she put any extra emphasis on the word "old"???)
As I said earlier, friends that I have made through my art are many, some I'm closer to than others, but I know that I can count on all of them for just about anything! And the really fun thing is that I continue to make friends I never would have had if not for this gift called ART.

Keesh, I think you're wonderful and you bless my socks off!
Not just on my birthday but every day.

Happy birthday to me!


kecia said...

dang, what a cool chick that keesha is! your gifts look so cute on a blog! i'm glad oliver will be watching over you while you work. it's good to have some one to keep an eye out! i'm grateful to call you my friend too, as i don't have that many. moving around so much hasn't made it easy for me to keep friends. i've met some great people as well through art and i think we all gell because we are all very similiar people and we all "get it"! off to bed with my tired sunburned body!

Tina said...

Happy Birthday Jan!!!
Looks like you had a wonderful day!! tina

Altered Kat said...

Happy Belated! Hope it was grand! :o)

Jean Vermillion said...

Dear Older Sister Jan,

I was the evil sister who called you on that Saturday to discuss the passing of our brothers mother-in-law and did NOT realize that Saturday was the 1st...aka your birthday. But then when I DID remember it I sent you an ecard and apologized also. Alas. I have not heard from you. Are you mad at me? Did you get the card? Do you still check your email? (as if).

I love you! Happy Rest of September!



Jean Vermillion said...

Oh, and I must say, in my defense, that I had snail mailed you a card, on time, also. Schwew!



Chandra Thomason said...

Hi Jan,
Catching up on some blog reading and read this about your birthday and wanted to wish you a very happy belated birthday! And, since my birthday is coming this week, we have being Virgos in common as well as our last name! It's our month! Celebrate!


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