As years advance, "things" that mean the most to me are not the gifts held in the hand, but those that linger in the heart and memory.
That said, it was heartwarming to receive both cards and phone calls from longtime friends living in other states, including former co-workers, who have become friends over the years. They really made my day even more special.
These birthday cards replaced holiday greetings which filled the fireplace mantel thru the month of January. The below shelf of cards were from Grenville and one included a frog. Of course, my favorite was the center card. Can you tell we like giving cards ?
Some cards included helpful (and useful) birthday "advice" . . .
Others had beautiful flowers with lovely messages, outside and inside . . .
There were the lovely flowers sent from my NJ friend Dori (the Cuz). Our special friendship was described in this post.
I'm grateful and thankful to be remembered by so many Special People in my life.