Monday, July 30, 2012

Remembering Your Kindness

You know, when I read all your loving comments I am filled with happiness.  Everyone is so kind, caring, thoughtful, genuine....thank you...and most of you have never even "met" me in person!  Isn't that incredible, if you just stop and think about these "friendships" we have all developed over a common interest and passion, how easy it was to do....it makes me happy!

If only friendships were that easy to forge in real life, and as one gets older it gets more challenging.  We are set in our ways, we have our routines or ways of doing things, I think we kind of know what we want in life (sort of for most part anyway), so making new friends is not that easy.  It's a lot of work actually, having to re-tell your life stories to people that are still "strangers" really, and wondering if your gut feel about them is correct.  It's not going to be easy, I need my Lisa and my Mom In Law and my cyber friends, I don't need a whole entourage of new ones, I love the ones I have!  A bit melancholy today, missing everyone that is dear to me.



But here is a card before you all decide to leave!  And I'll add it to the current Simon Says Stamp Challenge which is "Anything Goes".

Paper: kraft cardstock (PTI); designer paper (BasicGrey - Kissing Booth)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Latte Chalk Ink - HA
Stamps: Hero Arts (CL286; CL374; CL311)
Other: Scalloped Edge Punch (Stampin' Up); Gems

Michael went back to Angola today, I'll miss him as I always do.  Natasha is thrilled to go to school, so happy to see her friends after the weekend.  The renovations are coming along nicely.  This week the gas people come to put in the lines for our gas cooker and also we decided to convert our fireplace to a gas one.  All the rubble has been removed from inside the house and the tiling has begun, and new ceilings are being put up.  We signed off on our new kitchen design so that's now in production.  So actually, we simply kept the shell of the house and completely changed the inside!

We went for a drive yesterday just to get out and I took this picture which shows a bit of the start of the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance.


Have a wonderful day!

16 comments:

CinnamonSally said...

Brenda, i feel sad for you it must be so hard to leave all your friends and start again. I am afraid I am a coward and have lived in the same area all my life, hubby would love to move to Somerset which is only about 3 hours from here but living here so long I have friends that I have know all my life close by. One day we will do it...

Dawn said...

Gorgeous card Brenda. hope the melancholy has passed. It is hard to move somewhere new and set up life all over again... but hang in there... we are still here for you. Take care

Pam W Merwin said...

Love, Love, Love your card Brenda! It makes me smile :) Sending great big hugs your way for a FANTABULOUS day! We are only a "click" away :)

Barb said...

It really is amazing how close we all feel to each other because of this wonderful hobby. I'm so glad it helps you feel better to have all of us "cyber friends!" Having the renovations to work on is a good thing for you right now - helps you stay busy. Hang in there, sweet girl - I know with time, your new life is going to feel more normal - thinking of you lots!

Love your gorgeous card, by the way - so pretty with that lovely patterned paper! Sending tons of hugs to you!

Lin said...

Brenda, I so agree with your thoughts. Sometimes I have to pinch myself, thinking about how this "hobby" of ours has enriched my life. I ADORE your card today, and as always, enjoy the pictures of your country you share with us! I'm sure you will find some kindred spirits there, too, just be patient :))

Stella said...

You started all over half way acroos the world. It must be tough to leave your beloved ones behnd and get on with your life in another part of the world. I admire the fact that you are doing this. Big decision and big step... I never moved to another city and i am still living in the city where I was born and raised.

I hope you will feel a bit less melancholy soon. Take care.

Oops almost forgotten; love your card!

Sending a hug...

Stella said...

You started all over half way acroos the world. It must be tough to leave your beloved ones behnd and get on with your life in another part of the world. I admire the fact that you are doing this. Big decision and big step... I never moved to another city and i am still living in the city where I was born and raised.

I hope you will feel a bit less melancholy soon. Take care.

Oops almost forgotten; love your card!

Sending a hug...

Rosemary said...

what a sweet and thoughtful card you have created, brenda! as dawn said it is hard to move and start all over again (and i don't know if i could do it myself!), but all your blogging friends are here for you! hugs!!!

Maureen Morton said...

OH, Brenda - my heart is with you! You are such a dear and special friend....and change is difficult, but it will show you what you're made of! I am so proud of you. Thanks for opening up your heart as you do - one special gal. I am so excited about your new home - I'd love that chance! Glad that Natasha loves school - what a great thing. This card is darling - what a great design. If I can't win SSS, then I sure hope you do. Hugs!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Hello Brenda and hugs!! How exciting to be starting the adventure of seeing your new home change right before your eyes. As for friends, we are never far and with your magnetic personality you will soon have stories to share about the new friendships that appear in your lovely new neighborhood.

Emily Leiphart said...

Aw, what a sweet post, Brenda! I totally know what you mean about old friends and making new ones. We are close in age, I think! :) Good to know everything is going well, especially that the renos have started and Natasha is enjoying school! Your card is lovely and perfect for how you're feeling at the moment.

Robin K. said...

I completely agree with your thoughts Brenda-it seems when one is younger making new friends is so much easier. Not sure if it's because there's more opportunities to meet new people or if it's because we're more open when we're younger. This hobby of ours is such a blessing! You are such an interesting person and I'm sure you will meet others who share the same passions in life-just hang in there:). Your card is so pretty-love the colors you chose and the placement of the flowers!!

Jacqueline said...

Being in the same kind of situation as you, (having moved to two different countries and having to start all over again) I really understand how you feel and I also am so happy with all the Internet friends I have!!
Hubby will be home soon!!
Thinking of you

walchowDesign said...

It's amazing that our "hobby" has allowed us to meet so many cyber friends and some lucky ones like you who has met an amazing Lisa, Brenda! Although we may appear far away from you but with the the cyber world we are only cm away!

Thank you for sharing how your house is developing and sharing the wonderful pictures of your country! (tickled me as I can recognise some dutch words)

Trinh said...

I feel the same way as you about making friends. I am becoming more introverted as i get older. Your card is gorgeous! love those flowers and the flourish for the stem. Hang in there, my friend!

Martha said...

Sweet, Brenda!
What a heart-warming and thought-provoking post! I'm teary-eyed just reading it. You are one very DEAR person, and I wish we could have spent MORE time together! How fun, that we CAN all share this wonderful papercrafting passion.

I love the beautiful card you created with a perfect sentiment! The colors are SO lovely, and I love the design.

Thanks for sharing the photos.

Sending you LOTS of hugs, my friend!