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November 13, 2009


Happy Friday the 13th I know so many of you are worried about the H1N1 Swine flu and I got this in an email on how to make a home made mask...ha ha!! just too funny for me not to past it on.....Of course its recommend that you use clean undies.... Now I just also had to share with you what my Sun Room ceiling looked liked this morning...I guess you could say its getting cold up on my mountain top...Does it not look like lace !!

Now I love the 13th and will tell you why...It was on November the 13th 15 years ago today that I found out I was finally Cancer free YAHOO!! That was also the day my whole life became WONDERFUL I learned to put a new perspective on my life and never take it or the small things ever for granted again...I stopped being so worried about if my home was always Company ready and started noticing instead all the things around me that should make me Happy...

I learned how to just sit and visit with my friends and family instead of jumping up every few minutes...I learned to really enjoy my Daughters and Listen to them instead of wiping down the counters as they were trying to talk to me...I learned to not worry about what my hair looked like just that I had hair to worry about...I learned to enjoy listening to the birds sing instead of complaining they woke me up...I learned to give THANKS every day to God instead of only calling on him when I had problems...I Learned to be kinder to people...I learned if you can't say anything nice to keep your mouth shut !! I learned to really enjoy my Grand kids visiting more that worrying about the mud and dirt they brought into my house...I learned that I love having family gatherings and the mess they make and the time they take that's its more important to just be able to have the time with them.....Messes can be cleaned up...My Family is PRICELESS...And I'm so glad I have a second chance to be with them....

I learned that at Christmas time the best Christmas gifts are seeing my family with their arms Wrapped around each other with love...I learned that it really is the small every day things that make me Happy To Be....I learned to look at my Sun room windows and see all the beauty that God gave me another day to enjoy....Life is Wonderful....And Thank you God for all these lessons you have taught me !! I won't disappoint you....
May all of you have a GREAT weekend....And take time out to notice the small things that REALLY make you happy...Life is a BEAUTIFUL place to be.
Hugs and smiles


joyh82 said...

I can see why you like friday the 13th..congrats on being cancer free. That picture is hilarious.
So far three of my nephews and one niece have had H1N1 but not too bad.

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Hello Gloria,
Congratulations on being cancer free for 15 years and I pray you will be that way for the rest of your life!!!

First, the mask is hilarious! I am still laughing. I have a picture of one of our granddaughters when she was small doing almost the same thing. I have it in a little frame as I think she was so cute. She was helping her Mom fold clothes when she did it...
Mother Nature is wonderous and your pictures are award winning. "Jack Frost" did amazing work. You must just look and look at it....I know I would!
Thank you so much for sharing...

Salmagundi said...

Lovely post! I really work hard to remember all of the things you mentioned. It's too bad we have to suffer through such nasty things as cancer to see joy in life. Have a great weekend, and continue to find that joy. Sally

Heather said...

that's amazing Gloria! I'm so happy for you.
love how the frost is on the glass. gorgeous!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Very well said Gloria...and I'm so happy for you, that you are still cancer free!

and oh my gosh that underwear mask is the funniest thing!!! Thanks for giving me a good laugh!!

Have a happy Friday the 13th!
I always seem to have good Friday the 13th's too!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Gloria,

What a lovely post you shared today.
I am so happy that you are cancer free and yes, it is a wonderful life.

The same email came to my inbox too,
I do hope that they were new ones.

Happy weekend

Love the Decor! said...

Thank you for this beautiful reminder that life is about people and relationships not "stuff"

Eileen said...

Oh, this brought tears to my eyes.
This is so beautiful, and wonderful sentiments to live by. Thank you for sharing your treasured life lessons. I loved the title of your post and I so agree, it is a wonderful life!

May God continue to Bless you with good health and surround with the love of family and friends.

And thanks for sharing the tip on avoiding H1N1! That was a good one!
All the best to you,

Deborah said...

That was nice! Congratulations on being cancer free, that is awesome!
My window looked just like yours but I couldn't get a good picture of it! I'm glad you did!!!
Have a nice weekend.

Connie said...

YOU'RE THE ONE!!!!!!! I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND THAT SONG FOR WEEKS, SUGAR! I'm so glad I am hearing it today on your blog. Ohmygosh, I can't believe it. I couldn't remember where or what the name was or really even what the song said, just that it touched my heart greatly. I usually will turn off my sound when surfing the blogs. Oooooh, I'm so thrilled, chick.

Yessssss, that does look like lace and really gorgeous. We're due for snow tonight or tomorrow.


Blondie's Journal said...


This is such a beautiful post, it made me want to cry. I am so happy you are cancer free...the world needs more people like you. Before you ever wrote these things, I KNEW you were a person that had a great love for family and friends and didn't fuss with the small stuff. You are proof positive that we can learn to be that way and I AM learning!!

Thank you for a great post and may YOU have a happy weekend, my sweet friend!! :-)


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

What a wonderful glorious day that was!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Gloria.....That was a wonderful post and so inspiring! May you continue to have good health and see the beauty in everything!~Patti

Carole Burant said...

Such a beautiful heartwarming post! It's no wonder you love Friday the 13th...no bad luck for you at all:-) Congratulations on being cancer free for the past 15 years, being given a second chance doesn't always happen so you were very blessed indeed. Being aware of what's more important in life is something I've been striving to do as well:-)

Omigod, that "mask" is just hilarious! hehe xoxo

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Congratulations on the wonderful anniversary . God left you a marvelous work of art in your sunroom, it's beautiful . I like your new face mask . It would make a great inexpensive & useful gift for Christmas.lol Very joyous post ,
I enjoyed it.
ps It is a Wonderful Life 8~)

Vera said...

I so agree with what you said, life is not about material things.
God Bless You.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sis..

Praise the Lord!!! Honey, I am just rejoicing right along with you on your 15th anniversary of being totally "cancer free"!!! I just cry big ol' tears every time I think about all you had to go through and now...tears of joy that you are well and sooo blessed!!! I'm sure that after going through something like that...that you are soooo appreciative of all that the Lord has given you a "second chance" to experience!!! You know that I love you, Sis!!! You are absolutely right about not sweating the small stuff...things that in the end...just don't matter! I know that after some of the things that I've gone through...as hard as they were...I can still praise the Lord for the experience...simply because it "woke me up"!!! I never...ever...take anything for granted either!!! We are really blessed to have learned this life's lesson..don't you think? Anyway honey...I'm so very thankful for you, my dear sweet friend! I can't imagine my life without you in it!!! God has soooo blessed me with you!!!

Okay...before I start crying again...I'm movin' on! Girl, aren't those beautiful ice crystals on your sunroom roof absolutely divine? They are truly some of the prettiest and most exquisite works of art!!! No one can do it like God...that's for sure!!! I'm so glad that you took photos of that and shared them with us...what a sweet treat!!!

Well honey...on a real light note...hehe! I just about fell out of the chair when I came over and seen the underwear mask!!! What a hoot...but hey...it works!!! Girl, you're just too darn cute...thanks for sharing the funny with us!!!

Okay...I'm heading down to see your "goody" package from Sheila! But before I do...just want to tell you that I love, love, LOVE your new blog header and dress!!! I think it's my favorite so far...soooo pretty!!!

Love you, Sis!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Dear Gloria, I found you as one of my early followers but there was no blog name attached. I knew your picture and had to just pass on by when doing my daily birthday month shout out to all my followers, but my golly I was on Southern Inspiration and there you were. So glad I found you. You will be up tomorrow Nov. 13th. I cannot follow you cause my Google has a glitch in it and won't allow me to do it. I cannot figure out what is wrong.Blessings

Madeline's Album said...

This was a very heartwarming post, Gloria. I'll have to remember how to make that mask. The ice on your ceiling is a beautiful sight and just one of God's lovely creations. Have a great evening. Madeline

Four Paws and Co said...

Beautifully said Gloria! Hugs! Diane

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Gloria; What a Beautiful Post,, I can see why you love Fri.13th... to see life through your eyes is so amazing... Praise the Lord; Love the frost on your windows it does look like lace,,how pretty it is... have a beautiful weekend...


Kat said...

Gloria, from now on I'll be happy on November 13th, even if it's on a Friday! I'm so happy that you've been cancer free for 15 years. God is good, and I'm so happy he led me to meet you and so many other wonderful people here in blogland. I just read through your last few posts and hope that dear sweet Len is doing well. Will keep your family in our prayers as always, you have such a special clan! Hugs, Kathy

Designs on 47th Street said...

Gloria! this post truly made me laugh and then get all teared up. What a beautifully written post! That picture is hysterical and I did not get that in my email. Then I loved reading of your Fri. the 13th story (Bless you!! I'm so happy for you!) and then to read your relections on life. Thank you for giving us all a much needed first hand look at life!!

Love, Donna

bj said...

Yes, the older we get, the more we see the IMPORTANT things around us.
Beautiful post, dear heart.

Gypsy Heart said...

Beautiful words from a beautiful lady! I'm so very grateful that you are cancer free ~ such a HUGE blessing. You mean so much to so many!

Sue said...

Oh these pictures! Didn't you just want to stay in that room until every bit of it melted. I can't believe the pretty pattern.

You message is a good one. I need to hear your voice in my head sometimes. I do try to "smell the roses" but once in a while I get caught up wiping off the countertops.


xinex said...

Hi Gloria, I did not know you had cancer but I am so glad you got rid of it. Your first picture is hilarious!..Christine

Tootsie said...

I love you mom. I am so glad you are a healthy little lady now...My good friend just found out the other day that he is cancer free for the first time in two years. I nearly cried when he told me today...he got his miracle!
This is such a great post and your frost is gorgeous!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Congratulations on being cancer free, I had cancer lung surgery last year, I hope to be doing as well as you, inspiring...love your blog, love your stories, and i love that new ceiling, wow is that so awesome...I have only been blogging since Sept. it helps when you are recouping, love the mask, come for a visit...

Anonymous said...

God is so awesome how He "makes all things beautiful in His time"!!

The mask is so funny- guess a thong wouldn't have the same protection as these!


Unknown said...

Gloria, what a wonderful post! I have really tried to do what you do, appreciate the small things. Family and friends are everything, and I am so thankful for them all! Thanks for the little reminder! Sue
PS Your pics are so pretty, I love it!

SmilingSally said...

Gloria, you have me all choked up. I know just what you're saying as I'm a survivor of Ovarian Cancer for almost 20 years! There's nothing more important than family time.

I love your Swine Flu mask!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

How wonderful Gloria!!! Congratulations!!!

I love the mask...you are just too funny!!! I love that you always see the humor in things;)!!!

Happy 13th to you!!!


Linda Q said...

That is fabulous, congrats on being Cancer free!! And some great words to live by in your post. Blessings to you for the holidays and thanks for stopping in my blog. I can understand the catching up thing, I am always doing that!!lol
Hugs, Linda Q

Justine said...

Gloria, this was the most beautiful post. I am so glad to be your friend. Honored really.

And look at what God did to your sunroom! He made the glass into a work of art. It is so incredibly beautiful. I'm so glad you took pictures of it!

Justine :o )

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria, this is exactly why I love you SO much! Amen! Amen! You preach it, sister!

I am so relieved that you are cancer free! Hallelujah! And things like that really do teach big life lessons that are so worthy. And the thing is, Gloria, you listened well, and the family (and friends) are the beneficiaries of all that love you have to give. You get an A+ in my book.

Sending you big hugs and all my love...


Sheila :-)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What a beautiful post, Gloria! I am so happy about it all for you, congratulations on being cancer free. I pray that you will continue to be blessed by good health, sweetie. You are right, each day is a gift and everyone we love too. This post is a beautiful reminder to be thankful for every little thing. xoxo Lidy

Unknown said...

I am going to try that mask idea.lol. mishelle

Dawn said...

Oh Gloria, what a beautiful post, uh except for that first shot! LOL! I am so happy you are a survivor and glad to have you in my life! Friday the 13th, is also a lucky day for my hubby. He was hired for his first job out of college on Friday the 13th and has been there 28 years!

The photos of the ice are so beautiful, it does look like lace!

Picket said...

Oh you sweet sweet soul...no wonder I love you so much sis! The window is glorious with all of God's artwork on it and this post is priceless with all you heart and love in it...amen to it all girl....I feel like I have been to church and my soul is rejoicing...love you so dear friend! ~Picket~

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I also am glad to hear you are cancer free. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the cabinet for miniatures. Have a good day.

Dena said...

Hi Gloria,

I am giggling like crazy over that mask :) I am also taking mental notes on your amazingly beautiful outlook. You are so so right.


9405018--Pat said...

WoW! Congratulations on being cancer free, for 15 years...that's wonderful...Love the mask....take care of your self...and stay warm...Pat H

Unknown said...

Thank you for the words of wisdom and words to live by.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

What a beautiful post Gloria. Well said! And I'm so glad you got your second chance, so I could have the pleasure of "meeting" you. Love the lacey ice on the ceiling. laurie