Today is my birthday…and it’s been a good one, too.
Got some art done this morning, lunch with the hubby, a nice nap in this afternoon, some lovin’ this evening, then a wonderful dinner out and my daughter made my favorite brownies with vanilla ice cream lots of pecans and drizzled with caramel sauce. OMG, talk about heavenly! I haven’t had one yet…that’s my reward for finishing my sisters birthday present this evening (after I finish this blog entry.)
My little sister and I have been on the outs for about 3 years, barely speaking during that entire time after having been close our whole lives before that time. But when my oldest sister attempted suicide at the beginning of June, it made us both come to our senses about carrying grudges. My oldest sister is doing well, seeing a psychiatrist and working through some serious issues….and, because of her meltdown, my siblings and I, especially my little sister and I, have renewed the relationship that we should have had all along.
Family feels even better than I remembered…I had no idea just what i had been missing out on by excluding them (her) from my life. This is a picture Richie, my hubby, took of us out on our deck during her visit (Mandy’s on the left and that’s yours truly on the right.) The smiles are genuine and the love is real. I’m just glad that we’re working past all that stupid stuff that came between us for so long. I love this picture.
For my birthday she gave me this beautiful collectable Willow Tree piece called “Heart and Soul” that she somehow knew I would love and cherish:
And I do.
Opening it brought tears to my eyes. It showed me that we really are working through the bad stuff and that she felt it, too.
It let me know that my sister really can be my best friend, even if we have differences in our views and beliefs.
It reminded me of how much I love her and need her in my life…and how much she loves me needs me in her life, too.
So, for her birthday I decided to do something original for her. I took that picture of us that we have from her recent visit and I turned it into a watercolor painting using a masking resist technique. It’s the first time I’ve ever done one and I’m really proud of how it turned out (although it looks kinda sucky on here.)Then I took a plain black frame with a white mat and decorated it to tell her how I feel….
So there is one of her birthday gifts…the other is a pink silicone case for her iPhone (yes, we are BOTH addicted to our iPhones) that I’m going to personalize for her (I just gotta figure out what works on silicone/gel first…any ideas???)
So, what do you think? Seriously, I’m asking…Be honest cause i don’t want to give her something hokey or that she’ll go UGH at, ya know?…so give it to me straight, I can take it.
Oh, and what did the hubby do for me for my birthday? Besides the beautiful card and yummy candle, plus dinner out tonight? Well, we’re leaving for Clearwater Beach, Florida on Tuesday…our hotel room is right on the beach and we’re going to Busch Gardens, spend time laying on the beach relaxing, he’s booked me a massage at the spa, take in the Salvador Dali museum, and whatever else we decide to do. YAY!!!
Well, I have that awesome brownie delight calling out to me so I’m headed to the kitchen for my birthday treat.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Peace & Love,