Gift From Randy

We interrupt our regular gardening programming to bring this special news story!
It all started with a comment on my post about the new walking stick by Randy of Randy and Jamie’s great blog Creating Our Eden. There was mention of a special something I might enjoy in a follow up comment. The result of that communication arrived yesterday. When I went out to get the mail this package was in the mailbox. It was the surprise! Look at the hand drawn decorations on the box. Does Randy know that I have a butterfly tattoo on my right shoulder? I love the sun’s happy face and the dotted paths the insects are taking to visit the flowers. Very nice touch, Randy.Opening the box we tried to be careful, but ended up just tearing into it. Inside was pink tissue paper wrapped around something and purple tissue for filler. This guy knows that attention to detail is important!Inside the pink tissue is a gossamer bag with beads and satin ties wrapped in blue bubble wrap. The contents of the bag is veiled in secrecy but there are some cream and silver beads to be seen.Oh wow oh wow oh wow! This is sooo beautiful. Randy had told me that he used to make crystal pendant necklaces and had one with a rose quartz that he would like to send to me. It is more lovely than my wildest imaginings. This is the very style of jewelry that I like to wear too. But what is this, a jewelry catalog? If so, why are we using the back of the Earth Fare canvas shopping bag to stage the shot? Where is the black velvet? Where are the dried black beans? Where is the black lava rock? No, wait! Let’s put it on and take a photo to send to him to show that we received the package and put it right on immediately. Where’s a mirror? We don’t have any full length mirrors in the house anymore, who wants to see that view, much to the consternation of visiting offspring who still like what they see in their own reflection. The first mirror we come upon is in our bedroom. FLASH! Oops, no good. Why did we leave those work socks on top, and when was the last time this was dusted?  Find a room with more light. That’s better, no flash in the bright light of the bathroom. But why did you not hold your stomach in? And why is that down comforter in a heap on the floor in the bedroom in the shot? Can you not look at the scene before snapping the shutter like you do when taking flower pictures? Apparently not.This is the shot that was sent to Randy. Doing some research on the rose quartz, it was found to have healing properties for the body and the heart, including the ears. The dizziness that struck me down has subsided, but the thoughtful gift of this magical necklace will help the wearer weather any storm. It will be cherished forever. Your kindness and generosity are overwhelming. Thank you, Randy.

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21 Responses to Gift From Randy

  1. Zoe says:

    Lucky lucky you, so healing too!

    Hi Zoe, thanks, I am indeed very lucky! BTW, the breast cancer walk is this coming Saturday. I was worried that I would not be able to walk with that dizziness, but it seems to be gone and I am ready to go. Part of our family is coming in from various regions of the country and your name will be on my back along with Aunt Lynn, my husband’s sister. She is coming also. Hope you are feeling well.

  2. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What a beautiful, thoughtful gift Frances. You have been blessed.

    Hi Lisa, I agree completely.

  3. LindaLunda says:

    Lucky lucky you! It´s a beautiful neckless! I anderstand that you are happy!
    Thank you for the kind and nice words on my blogg. I´m feeling better now… my doghter has told me that she was sorry about al she sayd to me. She was a bit down under to….

    HI Linda, thanks. I can remember feeling bad when my oldest child was a teenager, she was the worst about moodiness and defiance. And now she is very loving and wonderful with two boys of her own. I am so glad that you are feeling better now and so is she.

  4. Joy says:

    Wow ! That is gorgeous (how do I make BEST friends with Randy btw ? LOL) ..
    This new format is really nice Frances. I have been trying to update my blog roll and finally a few have been ‘fixed” this morning while the cats are driving me nuts running like little idiots are the house .. must be a change of weather coming ?
    In any case .. Randy is one sweet guy and the necklace looks beautiful on you !
    P.S. I don’t have a full length mirror in the house either .. must be our age group ? LOL

    Hi Joy, you are so funny, do the kitties know something we don’t? That was so sweet of Randy, I love the necklace and the kind thoughts behind it. Glad you like the new blog layout. Thanks for the update too. I am still getting people who go to the blogger site and hope they come on over to the new stuff. But maybe the old stuff is new to them. ;->

  5. Randy says:

    What a wonderful and entertaining post!:-) I’m so glad you like the necklace. I hope it brings you a little magic for years to come. Everyone needs a little enchantment in their lives. Thoughts become things… choose the good ones!-

    Hi Randy, I hope the post did justice to the beauty of this gift. We are on the same wavelength philosophically, I like your attitude! ;->

  6. gisele says:

    What a nice present! It is so nice to get letters and packages in the mail!

    Hi Gisele, it is very thrilling to get a surprise like this in the mail.

  7. Marnie says:

    That is very pretty, I like this kind of jewelry too. Randy is very talented with stones and beads.

    Hi Marnie, it really is too wonderful. Randy is an artist.

  8. tina says:

    Wow! What a nice gift! Great attention to detail for sure.Love the way you posted about it too. You are so funny.

    Hi Tina, aw shucks. It is the most wonderful of gifts, a complete surprise too.

  9. Gail says:

    Frances, What an absolutely perfect and lovely gift for the gardener of Faire Garden! Randy if you read this, your work is beautiful and what a generous spirit you have! Frances, you look spectacular in your new jewelry…who needs velvet when you model it so well! Gail

    Hi Gail, you know that is just my style of jewelry. Randy is the epitome of generous. Thanks for the compliment too, I feel very special with the necklace around my neck.

  10. layanee says:

    And, it looks great on you! Lovely present and the best things in life of surprises like these.

    Hi Layanee, thanks. I agree, it is hard to beat a surprise gift of such artistry that is given so freely. Thanks again, Randy.

  11. Phillip says:

    Frances, it is beautiful. Isn’t Randy the sweetest guy?

    Hi Phillip, I know you are friends with Randy and Jamie. It is so lovely and Randy is a darling.

  12. Racquel says:

    Beautiful necklace Frances! Bloggers are such generous souls by nature. I hope it brings you good health & happiness. 🙂

    Hi Racquel, it is. My life has been enriched by bloggers, that is for sure. I do feel healthier and happier already! ;->

  13. Siria says:

    Hi Frances! What a beautiful necklace and especially the thought that went behind it! You are also so clever in all of your posts. I guess that is part of the fun of it too. :))

    Hi Siria, thanks. The necklace is a treasure to me as is the sender. Glad you liked the humor, I was madly taking photos to send to Randy and didn’t even think to look at the background so thought I’d put it in. The camera never lies LOL

  14. walk2write says:

    What a lovely necklace and gesture! I’m glad to see you’re not a fussy housekeeper. It reflects on your diligence as a gardener.

    Hi W2W, it certainly is. As to my housekeeping, I would love to be fussy, but have Hazel the hair machine cat so it’s really pointless to try and keep up. My garden has always been more cared for than the house, LOL.

  15. Zoe says:

    Hi again Frances,

    I am deeply touched that you are walking with my name too, I feel honoured. I had my first of 25 radiotherapy treatments today, so hopefully on the home run now so to speak, fingers and everything else crossed.

    You take care of yourself and don’t over do it. XX

    Hi Zoe, I am proud to have your name too. I will be thinking of you as you run the bases with your treatments, with everything crossed here also. Age has taught me to pace myself and lift with my legs!

  16. Chloe.M says:

    An absolutely beautiful gift! And a really clever post, too.


    Hi Chloe, thanks, it is so nice and thoughtful too. Glad you liked the slant taken on it.

  17. Rose says:

    What a lovely necklace! I, too, would like to become friends with Randy:) Judging by the comments here, I think he would have several customers.
    Frances, aside from admiring the necklace–and I do hope it has healing powers for you–I laughed all the way through this post. First, I am picturing you with a butterfly tattoo:) And I never would have noticed all the background articles in the photos, but that’s usually how I take photos–dirty dishes or clothes in the back, LOL.

    Hi Rose, isn’t it wonderful? You are the first one to mention the tattoo, is that because you are the only one reading thoroughly? Is that the teacher in you? LOL You get an A+ for reading comprehension! It is so different taking photos in the house as opposed to in the garden. I do try and not have the houses across the street or next door in the shot, or the mess under the deck, but the surrounding flowers all look pretty good. Not so inside, there is badness everywhere. And just like the garden shots, I can’t really see it until the photo is loaded on the computer. I can walk by a stack of papers that need to be put away or recycled without even noticing them, but seeing them in a picture makes me cringe. The necklace was such a sweet gesture, it has made me feel better already.

  18. Brenda Kula says:

    How sweet! Isn’t it amazing how giving people are? You are a lucky woman indeed.

    Hi Brenda, isn’t it wonderful? I am very lucky and Randy is super sweet.

  19. Cameron says:

    Oh my! How lovely! I must look into rose quartz since it helps with dizziness and such! Cameron

    Hi Cameron, it is so nice, I love it. Rose quartz has lots of lore surrounding it, very powerful. But also powerful are the silicon ear plugs The Financier bought for me to use when bathing, let’s keep those ears dry!

  20. chuck b. says:

    What a nice gift! You can show it off at the Spring Fling.

    Hi Chuck, I will definitely be wearing the necklace at the big Chicago shindig. Will you be there I hope?

  21. skeeter says:

    Such a wonderful surprise! I could not help but giggle at your picture taking as I pretty much say the same things to myself when snapping for a post. At least 10 shots for one of posting quality…. lol… Am glad the healing powers are upon your ears…

    Hi Skeeter, it was a super surprise. I am a bit of a mutterer to myself anyway, and my harshest critic. The ears can use all the healing powers available, and this is laden with good karma.

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