Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Another Trip Around the Sun

Dear Reader,

We welcome you to Merry Rose Cottage today, and hope that you are having as a wonderful day as we. Besides being Tax Day, and the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, it also brings the anniversary of my birth, a whole 36 years ago (Funny, I still feel like I'm 10!).

Everyone asks what special thing I'm going to do for my birthday, but I really can't think of anything I'd rather do than spend the day all cozy at home with my little family. Of course, since it's supposed to rain and snow today, a trip to the Bahamas MIGHT entice me out of my home!

My husband bought me a locally-made "Hand-warmer" mug for tea.

I love the little happy remembrances of my children, who have given me lots of hugs and kisses, and a plateful of strawberries and Perrier (from AnnaMarie). Perrier and the garden seeds I ordered from France will have to count as my birthday trip to Paris I keep threatening to take every year. The drizzling outside is just like being in the City of Lights, anyway! Minus the Eiffel Tower, of course.

A few token from my Mother-in-Love;

Audrey Hepburn videos (We admire HER more than her movies!),

And a beautiful print of an Amish girl holding a chicken (Someone must know of our dream of moving to a farm with Amish neighbors!)

My husband bought me the 1970s version of Little Women, which Frankie is actually allowing us to watch instead of Pirates of Penzance. I hadn't known there WAS such a version until this morning. Aside from the inevitable 70s costuming and twisting of a few plot details, it's an enjoyable show. Since I don't remember many details from the book (I was in labor with Tasha when I read it first), I'll have to re-read the novel (Good thing I just finished Anne of Green Gables!).

May your day be full of sunshine and happiness.



p.s. Speaking of Paris, this was in my email today; you might enjoy it (Excuse the "h" word!).
My Heart is Like a Singing Bird
Christina G. Rosseti

My heart is like a singing bird

Whose nest is in a watered shoot;
My heart is like an apple tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a purple sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleur-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love, is come to me.

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her head." ~Louisa May Alcott


  1. dear mama,
    i love you and i like you!

  2. Oh, Marqueta, Happy Birthday to you! May you have a wonderful day today! I love your sweet outlook on life. I shall picture you in Paris today.

    Birthday Hugs,

  3. Dearest Marqueta;

    Happy Birthday! What a great time - you are now 36yrs old.

    I remember when I was that age ;~)

    Oh, I hope you enjoy yourself surrounded by the love of your family, but especially your Heavenly Father that truly delights in you!

    Enjoy your day...

    ps: I also like Audrey Hepburn :)

    Lady M

  4. Happy Birthday!!!

    You received such lovely things! :) I hope your day is beautiful and filled with joy as you stay close to home with your loved ones. There is nothing like staying home! :)

    With kind thoughts,

  5. Happy Birthday Marqueta!


  6. dear mama,
    happy birthday,
    i love you


  8. Happy birthday!!! Hope you blew out few candles for us.
    Loved your blog enjoyed it very much .
    I'll be back more ofton lord bless you
    hugs ginger

  9. Mrs, Marqueta I googled amish girl with rooster print, because I am looking for that very print you recieved. I saw it many years ago in a shop in town here in south Ga and I did not buy it but I have dreamt of having it for so long. Could you please send me any info (artist, printer ect)on this picture I would appreciate it.

    Thank you
    Vicki Higgs


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