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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Check out my google.com/+MarietteVandenMunckhofVedder ABOUT page, where you see my other LINKS and email address; you just scroll down.Thanks!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

{Post # 484 and my blog is 2 years old today!}

Today marks a very special day as on November 23 of 2009 I did launch my first blog-post about {Romancing the Home}.
At that time I was very sick, in excruciating pain and could not even get to my PC... Only a second blog-post I launched on December 13, 2009 showing our blooming {Fragrant Paperwhite Narcissus flowers in early December}. Together with a reply to Johanna Gehrlein about her question.
By the end of the year I was walking on crutches...

On January 9 of 2010, I was in the hospital being almost totally paralyzed with very high fever that they couldn't knock down at first.

It was on January 11, that I cried in my hospital bed; on the birthday of my still born sister 'Mariet' who would have been almost 13 months older than I am.

I told her that I was NOT yet ready to see her in heaven...
After four days in the hospital they put me on Prednisone and the pain went away.
Again I could MOVE! What a joy.
Being diagnosed with a very rare auto immune disease, I was now on the mend!
For my sister Mariet, trying to live for her as well, I've added 'TE' behind my name.
♥♥
That's the story behind my Zen Cart powered on line boutique: Mariette's Back to Basics.
Anyway, most people here in the US had difficulties pronouncing Mariet, so this works well.

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GREAT NEWS...
As of today, I no longer need to take Prednisone!
Had my check up yesterday and things just looked fine.

Now, let's have a look at last year and this year.
Post # 148 I wrote last year on November 23.
Post # 484 is today's...

6,544 Visits came from 74 countries/territories on November 23 last year.
40,701 visits came from 146 countries/territories since last year; almost double the countries and more than 6 x as many visits.

On July 10, 2011 I did put the Flag Counter on my blog and since than it shows 138 countries.
Thank YOU for all the visits from so many countries!
Thank YOU for all the comments!
Thank YOU all 281 followers!
Looking forward to the next Blog Anniversary...

 
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27 comments:

  1. Happy Blogaversary, Mariette. It sounds like you had lupus? My best friend has had it for 36 years. It was prednisone that saved her. Glad you are doing well now. xo

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  2. I'm happy for you ... To have good health and good friends via your blog. What a journey you have had these last two years!!

    Thank you for stopping by :)

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  3. So happy you are healthy again Mariet-te! I started reading your wonderful blog just a few months ago and I love it. Happy, happy blogging anniversary and here's to another successful and fulfilling year living and blogging! -- Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  4. Hi! Dearest Mariette.
    Happy two years Blogaversary!!!
    Oh, I never kenw that you had such a trying time. And I was in tears to read you said that you told your Mariet that you were NOT yet ready to see her in heaven...
    I am SO GLAD to hear that you are now Prednisone free!!!
    Thank God and I think your siter is always living with you and enjoying life togather.
    I still remember the first mail you gave me this Feb. Thank you for being my friend♬♬♬
    Blessing to you, xoxo Orchid*

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  5. Happy Anniversary, Mariette! Wow, how far to have come in two years... You might have went through more than you could handle, but you came out of it a shining star! I am sure that your sister, Mariet, had a hand in helping you out from Heaven too! :)
    God bless you and continued good health to you, dear friend!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  6. Van harte gefeliciteerd mariette! En wat fijn dat je "gezond" verklaard bent nu! Heb nu fijne dag, lieve groeten,
    Nicole

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  7. Querida Mariette
    Muchas felicidades por tu cumple-blog y sobre todo felicitades por ser una mujer fuerte y decidida.
    Un abrazo!!
    Veronica

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  8. Wat een goed bericht !! ...gefeliciteerd !!!....liefs van mij...........♥.. ♥... ♥....

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  9. Hi Mariette! Too much spicy on mine. I'm having a blog break. Maybe back one day! Happy two years Blogaversary! Mei

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  10. Happy Anniversary Mariette and well-done on regaining your health.

    Anna

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  11. Hallo liebe Mariette,
    ich schicke dir ganz liebe Grüße aus Deutschland -
    ich bin sehr froh, dass es dir gut geht und du die Krankheit überwunden hast -
    alles Gute zu deinem Bloggeburtstag - möge die nächste Zeit eine schönere werden als zu deinem Blogstart -

    herzliche Grüße - Ruth

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  12. Liebe Mariette,

    alles Liebe und viel Kraft
    Elisabeth

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  13. My Dearest Mariette; I'm smiling that you are off the Prednisone!! YAY!!! That means you are doing well!! As you and I know there is nothing more amazing than good health... with it we can conquer mountains!!

    Congrats on your 2 year anniversary!! Happy birthday to your fabulous blog! Here is to another year of learning new wonderful things and being inspired by you!!

    Wishing you a beautiful and Blessed week !!! xo HHL

    Falling Off A High Heeled Life
    http://www.attitudeivlife.blogspot.com
    and
    ATTEATUDE and Chocolate
    http://atteatudeandchocolate.blogspot.com

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  14. Dear Mariette,
    Congratulations to your Blogoversary and to the fact, that you do not need longer your medicine. Such great news should be celebrated. I hope, Pieter will open a bottle champain - to your health!
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  15. liebe Mariette,
    vor zwei Jahren kannte ich Dein Blog noch nicht, und erst später habe ich von Deiner "Geschichte" erfahren, die mich damals sehr berührt hat ... ich freue mich so sehr für Dich, dass es Dir heute wieder gut geht und Du das Leben genießen kannst! ich gratulieren Dir herzlich zu Deinem 2. Blog-Geburtstag und freu mich, Dich in das nächste Jahr begleiten zu dürfen ... alles Liebe von Deiner Rosabella ♥

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  16. Wat geweldig fijn dat je die medicijnen niet meer hoeft te slikken (en ze kunnen ook nog wel eens bijwerkingen hebben hè?) En gefeliciteerd met het bestaan van je blog!Zet je mijn button er niet op?

    Fijne avond,

    Liefs Janny

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  17. Van harte gefeliciteerd met je blog en je goede gezondheid, want dat is wel belangrijk!

    Groetjes Sandy

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  18. Van harte gefeliciteerd met je blog en je goede gezondheid, want dat is wel belangrijk!

    Groetjes Sandy

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  19. Hi Mariet, so interesting to learn of your stillborn sister and the reason for your blog name and the spelling of Mariette. I hope your cold will clear up soon. No matter what, they say it takes 7-10 days to get over it. It's bedtime here -- we had parent conferences this evening so I'm feeling pooped. Time to hit the hay. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving day. blessings, Tammy

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  20. Dearest Mariette, Congratulations and Happy Blogiversary. I am so glad to have met you and to call you friend. I am so glad that your health is good now and I pray for your continued good health. Love to you, Ginger

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  21. Sono felice che ora va tutto bene e sono felicissima di averti conosciuta!!!!!!!!! Un grande abbraccio, Anna.

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  22. Liebe Mariette,
    herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Bloggeburtstag - und auch zu der überstandenen Krankheit. es ist Deiner willenskraft zu verdanken, dass du es geschafft hast.
    Ich wünsche dir noch viele Jahre für Dich und auch für uns. Dein Blog ist interessant und aussagekräftig.
    Ich bin sehr gern hier. Wenn es auch in letzter Zeit nicht immer so geht. Aber mein Arm macht Fortschritte.
    Liebe Grüße
    Irmi

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  23. Dear Mariette,

    Congratulations and happy blog anniversary birthday!
    I am so happy to hear that your health is good now and what a really worrying time you have had.
    I am glad that we have been able to meet through our blogs and appreciate your friendship and all the wonderful things you share.
    Looking forward to the next birthday and catching up with all that you are up to.

    Sending hugs & happy Thanksgiving
    Carolyn

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  24. Dearest Mariette,
    Happy Blog anniversary and many more year to come,so glad you are back to healthy lady.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
    Michiko

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  25. Oh dear!
    That is lot of bad memories on this blog birthday but also you are rid of Prednisone and that is a good thing.
    I wish you and Peter many great trips and plenty of interesting and fun stuff to post here! :)
    Keep well, Mariette!

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  26. I am very glad that you have a well already. Pain is something terrible, and you better not feel it. Regards.

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  27. I am sad for your loss Mariette but so happy for you that you are well again. Hoping you have a blessed Christmas and Healthy Happy New Year. xx

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