Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday Gratitude - A Birthday Wish

Today, I am grateful for my best friend!
Tomorrow is our birthday and 56 is our lucky number!
So Maureen, I am thankful to share my birthday with you!

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Three years ago, we went to Provence with our husbands. We had always talked about how much fun it would be to go. Well, we made it happen, and what an incredible trip it was! Here is a little stroll down memory lane:

How happy are we? Our first day in Nice, and we are still pinching ourselves!

Our favorite little French restaurant in Cannes.

Listening to the troubadour singing French songs.

In Avignon, our favorite city. We were so lucky to be able to stay at La Mirande, even though we had no reservations. There was no room at the inn, so apologetically they let us stay in their private apartments! We thought we had died and gone to heaven!

In Avignon at night in front of the Palais des Papes.

The French wine country. Mr. A was in heaven!

Wine tasting in a cave in Chateauneuf-du-Pape! The four of us had so much fun touring Provence in our little car. Really, how many couples do you know that you could spend ten days with traveling and still have a blast!

We shopped till we dropped - buying anything Provencal that would fit in our suitcase! Until the last day in Isle sur la Sorgue: a chandelier! It now hangs in Maureen's dining room, a reminder of a wonderful trip to France. I'm ready to go again!

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(Taken at our 50th birthday party)

So Maureen, thanks for the memories.


Love, Your "Evil Twin"

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(I'm joining Heidi's first Wednesday Gratitude party at Heart and Home. Be sure to visit her lovely blog and visit the other participants for this special day.)

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Mary Bergfeld said...

I know I'm a bit early, but I want to wish you both a Happy Birthday. It's wonderful to see the kind of friendship you share with her. Your photographs are wonderful. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Stacey said...

Happy Birthday to both of you. :) Your friendship is obviously very special. Every girl needs a friend like that.

Heidi said...

Hi Delores,
Oh how wonderful! What a special trip, and lovely memories. I have tears in my eyes, no kidding. I long to go back - and soon!
Happy, happy birthday! It's great that you have a dear friend to share the day with. You both look fabulous, BYW!
Thanks for helping me start my first Wednesday Gratitude party. I appreciate you and your lovely blog.
Heidi - Heart and Home

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful sweet post! Happy birthday to both of you!
It is so good to see such a close friendship and share in the photos of your memorable trip to France. I enjoyed browsing through your lovely blog today!

Kelee Katillac said...

FABULOUS DELORES I love that last pic of you and your twin! Beautiful-the two of you! Experiences are what we are here for--what a treasured experience!

Thank-you for reminding me to get back to France--I have had another reminder today too!!! Twice in a few hours---must be a mystic message!

Happy Gratitude Day!


Joyce said...

Happy birthday to you and your friend. Your trip was amazing. I have not had the pleasure to go to France yet but it is on my list of to go places one day. I see you live in San Mateo. I use to live in Burlingame. I miss shopping in the little town and also the In and Out Burger which opened by my health club which was also next to Sees candy factory. I would exercise and be tourtured as soon as I walked out of the building. I scrolled back a bit and was in tears when I saw all the windows at Christmas time. Lots of good memories for me when I see the wine country photos. I am going to follow your lovely blog. One thing I really miss about the area is the cute little half moon bay area and all the surfers and the artichoke farms.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful bday greetings fresh and but not frozen from Stockholm.

WoW... 56? not really looks like one? Hurray for that. Looks the memories was so enjoyable. Europe is nice, isn't it?

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Hi D,
That was beautifully done, and I know from the heart...I started to well up.
Wishing you (my good friend) a Great/Happy Birthday. And please relay B-day wishes to Maureen for me too.
Love, Diana

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

What a great post Delores...
ooo xxx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy Birthday! What a great trip - lots of memories for your.

Debbiedoos said...

Happy Birthday!!~ And best friends are truly something to be grateful for!~

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Happy Birthday to the two of you!

What an amazingly beautiful post. Thank you for sharing this very special trip!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Happy Birthday! I have a friend like this too! We don't have the same birth date but have been best friends since 12. We went to Mall of America on our 40th, nothing so grand as yours! I'll have to tell her we are due a Provence trip at 53! Beautiful blog. I'm tagging along.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday to you both! I turned 56 a few weeks ago. Great age! Old enough to know better...young enough to do it again! ha!

Love your post, such a wonderful tribute. How wonderful you both found each other!

Wishing you both a very safe and happy Birthday, and may all your birthday wishes come true!


Mary said...

A very happy shared birthday to you both Delores - and you really could pass for twins in that beautiful last photo! Loved all your Provence trip photos - can see you all had a thrilling visit. Having such a great, long time friend is so special, and traveling together proves the friendship is strong! I have lovely friends who are OK for weekend trips but long overseas ones, never!

My friend Paula, who I will be on the special trip with, lives in San Carlos which I'm sure is not far from you - perhaps we can meet for coffee next time I'm out that way!

Provence is a wonderful place to visit - my favorite spots being Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Lourmarin and L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. With my brother and his family in the Languedoc region, I get to enjoy their local vineyards and the wines when I visit. I would move there tomorrow if I could talk my DH into it!!!!

LV said...

Thank you for taking me down a great memory lane and tour of a lovely city.

Sonia said...

What a beautiful post...I would love to go to Provence someday!! Absolutely breathtaking pictures...oh how I would love to shop there. What a blessing to have friends to share the experience with..your pictures look like you had the most fabulous time! You look fab at 50!!!

Have a great week!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Lori E said...

What an amazing vacation. How lucky you are to have such close friends. I do know how that feels.

maureen harber said...

I am so proud to be your best friend and "evil twin!" You made me cry(good cry) this morning when I read this. Also, looking at people's comments tells me that all of your readers understand how amazing you are. I love ya D!

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Oh - aren't you two lucky to have each other !!!
Happy Birthday,
Check out my blog for a Valentine GIVEAWAY,

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday!!!

What a great trip.

My Slice of Heaven said...

Happy Birthday! What a great trip you took...I would love to go to France one day with good friends or family. By the way, I would never guess either of you to be a day older than 40...Anita ;)

Gypsy Heart said...

Hi, I wanted to thank you for stopping by and your kind comments. I love, love your photos and the sharing about your trip. Such lucky ladies to have each other! Happy Birthday to the 2 of you and may you each have a glorious year to follow.

From the Old InkWell said...

Happy B to both of you! What a blessing to have a wonderful friend like this. Loved the photos of the trip. What fun! A once in a lifetime pleasure!!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a lovely post.. Happy Happy Birthday to both you girls. What a lovely trip..the memories you share have to be priceless. You remind me of my best friend and I... Her birthday is in a week and mine in September ..I'll be 56 and she'll be 55, we've been best friends over 28 years now. I cherish the friendship I have with her more than words can say.. I see that you have the same thing with your best gal pal. I hope you have the Happiest Birthday ever!! However, you're going to have to go some to top that trip!! many many hugs ~lynne~

Hill Country House Girl said...

What a sweet story and sweet friendship. You all are very blessed! Happy, happy birthday!

French-Kissed said...

Wishing you and Maureen a very Happy Birthday! Friendship it truly one of the greatest gifts. Your trip looks like it was fabulous. I know you girls will do it up right tomorrow and have a wonderful celebration. ~jermaine~

Fabulously French said...

Wishing you both a very happy Birthday. You are so lucky to have a "twin".

Leeann x

Jane said...

Happy birthday, Delores (and Heidi)!!!
56 is a great least for me. I think the 50s are the decade we get really creative...

Loved traveling vicariously with you and Heidi (and the guys) through France. What fun it must have been!

Jane (artfully graced)

ps Thanks for visiting my blog...It gave me the opportunity to "meet" you.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

A very Happy Birthday to you , both !
That looked like a wonderful trip.!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DELORES! What beautiful photos of beautiful people (you know the rest of the country thinks that California is full of nothing but beautiful people, and you two and your husbands could make us believe it is true!) Your trip looks like such a great time! What wonderful memories for all four of you. (If your the evil twin, Maureen must be a saint!). Hope you've had a wonderful day. laurie

Cindy said...

What a great post! That looks like it was such a fun trip! How wonderful that you both have the same birthday! You both look so young...I would have never guessed you were celebrating 50 in those photos!!! I hope you both had a wonderful birthday!

Bonnie said...

Enjoyed your birthday trip blog post. Happy Birthday. It looked like so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

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