Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy Birthday!

21 years ago, the 18th of September our sweet baby boy Marcel, was born and how those years seem to have gone so very fast.
We had a wonderful dinner and evening out to celebrate his special day.
Dinning at the Restaurant Clooneys, which won the Cuisine Award 2012, for the best fine dining Restaurant in Auckland.

Sadly though, as we were leaving the restaurant, V (daughter) got a text message saying that one of the Tailors she had done her internship with when doing her degree, had passed away. 
Malcom and Brendon were great Mentors to her, sharing some of their wonderful skills and expertise and helping her, to make a beautiful navy bespoke handmade jacket for herself.
Victoria was always baking biscuits and cakes, to take along for their morning tea.
So very sad to hear of Malcom's passing, and came as such a shock,  to her.  Rest in peace.

So this week life has been a little like a roller coaster, happy times and sad.

Tomorrow I am driving down to visit my dear Mother and catching up with family.
With Mum breaking her hip, unfortunately she will not be able to go back into Fraser Manor, the place she called home, where she enjoyed living in a nice room with an ensuite.
We now have to look at more of a hospital type abode for her, so will be going to have a look at some of the homes.
Hard when our loved one get older and they are no longer as mobile and able to get around.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I will be drawing the Book giveaway soon, so there is still time to join, if you are interested.
Have a wonderful day


  1. Hi Carolyn,
    Happy Birthday to your dear son. Sorry to hear of the other sadder news. Hopefully your mom will secure a wonderful place, and all will be well. Meanwhile, hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

  2. Hi Carolyn,
    I'm glad you had a wonderful night to celebrate your sons birthday. I feel for you having to find a place for your mother. It was one... of the hardest days of my life, having to put my Mum into care. She was only there for a matter of days, but still it was awful.

  3. Happy birthday to your son! .)

    Sounds like a bit of a roller coaster indeed. I think I may have mentioned that we had to move my father to a home almost a year ago . It's been an adjustment to say the least as he struggled with dementia and related disease. It's a rough time and one that most can't relate to unless they've been through it.

  4. Dear Carolyn,
    Wishing you son a Happy Birthday.. I am so sorry to hear the sad news. I hope your mom will be able to recover in a comfortable place..
    You take care of yourself Carolyn, you have alot on your plate I feel.

  5. HI CAROLYN!!!!
    Happy 21st Birthday to your Son!!In USA...a 21st Birthday is a Very NBig deal as that is the legal drinking age......I did not encourage our kids to drink away...but I also am not dumb about it we sat them down prior and told them to have fun...but BE SAFE

  6. Happy and Sad post. Happy Birthday to Marcel.
    Have a Nice day Carolyn :)

  7. Hi Carolyn,
    Happy Birthday to your son! I am so sorry to hear about the sad news of the passing of the tailor. Also about your Mom....that has to be so hard to see her not as mobile and having the task to find a new place for her to stay. I hope that you find a suitable place and soon.

    God Bless,

  8. Dear Carolyn,
    first of all: Happy Birthday to Marcel! 21 is such a good age:O)))
    The Rest of your post is a bit sad... so sorry about Veronikas sad news... and also about the news of your Mum! I think ,it wil be very hard, and I wish you to find a nice place, where your Mum will recover soon!
    And you take care, my dear friend!
    love and hugs,

  9. Happy Birthday to your son, dear Carolyn. I'm sorry that the evening ended with a sad news.
    Hopefully you'll find a lovely place for your mother that she will like as much as the old one.
    Hugs to you,

  10. God bless all you love and the taylor who past away,happy birthday to your son!

  11. Somehow all of life is in this post, starting out, moving on, slowing down and ending.

    I am sorry for the loss of your daughter's friend, and I hope you find somewhere suitable for your Mum that she loves.

    And a belated Happy Birthday to Marcel :D

  12. You have such a lovely family, darling... Happy Birthday to your son!
    Hope your mom is doing okay :)


  13. Sweet Carolyn, how time flies way too fast....your son is beautiful and I CONGRATULATE YOU ALL! LOVE TO YOU DEAR FRIEND! Anita

  14. Dear Carolyn,
    Happy Birthday to your son. How fast the years slip by and they grow up to be wonderful adults. I wish him much success. He is a handsome young man and I know you are so proud of him.
    So sorry to hear of your daughter's friend who passed away. So sad. I will say a prayer of comfort for all.

    Also saying prayers for your mum and the finding of her new place. I know how difficult this can be. I had the same with my mother. Enjoy your visit with her.

    Sending hugs,
    Celestina Marie

  15. Congratulations Ria...♥.♥.♥

  16. Auguriiiiii :D Reb, xoxo.
    PS: Nuovo post sul mio blog dedicato alla VFNO di Firenze,
    mi farebbe piacere sapere cosa ne pensi ;) eccoti il link:

  17. Birthday blessings to your Son........and I hope your Mom is healing well.
    Much love and smiles across the miles.
    Love Jeanne

  18. Dear Carolyn,

    Sorry to hear the sad news. Congratulations to your son on his 21st birthday.

    Hope your mother will feel better soon and find a nice play to stay.

    Take care,

    Madelief x

  19. Dearest Carolyn,

    Life is full of those happy and sad moments. These emotions take their turn at random and unannounced too. For your daughter it makes big impact, considering her age. But as we all age, we lost many a loved one or friend along the road of life.
    So glad that at least you shared a happy dinner with your son before sad tidings changed the feelings for all. Congratulations again. Yes, I read it in your blog but probably didn't pay attention to the year... Sorry for that.
    Hope your Mum will be okay and accepting her major changes in life. It is never easy.

  20. Dearest Carolyn,
    So sorry for my belated comment, my dear friend. Happy Birthday to your great son, he looks so gorgeous♡♡♡
    I am sorry about sad news for your daughter! Oh, life is always ups and downs, isn't it☆☆☆
    My father (my only immediate family) is suffering from dementia and in the old people's home. My late brother and me helped each other for his care. My mom died from cancer 12 years ago. I know it must be hard for you to see your mom suffer, hoping you can find the best place for her.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  21. Hi Carolyn .... Such a wonderful night to celebrate Marcel's 21st and the restaurant sounds a real treat ... and then the sadness of a very soecial friends passing .... a roller coaster day for you all.
    I'm sure V will always remember with affection skills learned from this talented tailor.
    Happy weekend and I do trust things go well looking for a suitable new home for your dear Mum

  22. Hi girlfriend. Happy birthday to your son and I'm so sorry for your sad news. Sending lots of hugs for strength in helping your mom.

  23. Dear Carolyn,
    a happy belated birthday to your son.
    I hope your day was a happy one, even with the sad news for your daughter.
    How is your mother doing? it is bad breaking a hip in her age- but I hope she can get up walking again.
    Blessings and hugs,Dorthe


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