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Monday, March 2, 2015

{Cashmere Words of Wisdom & Update}

It is now over one month, since my Mom went to heaven and I want to THANK all of you for your sweet comments, emails and any support that we have received. It feels good for having such an extended network of friends that do care and are there for one another during times of trial.
YES, I am doing fine! Photo from February 8, when we went for a walk around the neighborhood.
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When I did see this Cashmere knit top on sale at Last Call by Neiman Marcus, I had to have it...
Waiting long enough, it went down from $ 298.00 to $ 89.50!
Love its Words of Wisdom; like Life's Complete Poetry!
Aside from that, this very Cashmere top I will treasure forever, as I wore this during the last FaceTime call with Mom; 2-½ days before her death. 
Here I am wearing it on my black Escada jeans from the Last Call Neiman Marcus Outlet in Orlando, Florida and with my sleeveless black cashmere mock neck underneath for added warmth.
Suede boots are also from Last Call.
Yes, I have lost weight, all the way down to 50.9 kg (112 lbs) I went back up to 51.7 kg (113.7 lbs) on January 21 and now I'm around 52 kg (114.4 lbs) and feeling great; which is important!
Mainly I have been worrying about his guy... Husband Pieter had heart cramps or Angina Pectoris.
Guess it was from all the stress and emotions from the last couple of months.
On February 17, Pieter got all the results from his Cardiologist from the Electrocardiogram, Nuclear stress test and Echo and he does not need surgery. On March 10, he is seeing his Heart Surgeon. We were so happy! 
It is only 4-½ years ago since Pieter had his quadruple bypass and these heart cramps did scare us.
Ironically, his previous appointment with his Heart Surgeon on January 27, got cancelled... that was the day Mom went to heaven!
I want to keep this guy next to me for many more years; God willing!
On the day that my youngest brother did FaceTime, while he was visiting Mom in the hospital, I did walk outside with my iPad so husband Pieter too could see Mom and talk with her. 
It was when Pieter almost had finished the 57 m (187 ft) long Wood Trail from the greenhouse up near the house.
Huge tree roots had lifted it up, so Pieter did take it up entirely, put new wood beams underneath and took all rusted nails out and drilled in life-time warranty screws. 
He also put side boards alongside, for keeping the soil from getting washed by rain onto the trail. 
He also did treat it with a wood preservative.
Here I proudly stand on the finished Wood Trail on January 28, the day after Mom went to heaven, together with Spicy (a.k.a. Speckie-girl).
Just iPhone pictures but you get an idea...

'I wear the key of memory, and can open every door in the house of my life'. - Amelia E. Barr

Thanks again! ♥


67 comments:

  1. i am glad you are both doing well with your health.

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      Thank you and it's the most important thing!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Hello Mariette, I am happy that things are starting to look up for you and Pieter. Your house and yard projects are always amazing--the quality, such as that walkway with board edgings, is so high that it looks like something you would see in a park, not necessarily at a private home.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      All his life, Pieter has been a very hard worker and all he does is TOP.We do hope that it will all hold up for the duration of our lives...
      Our health we treasure most and our diet is one thing we can do about it. For the rest we have to avoid all things negative and enjoy our friends and close relatives instead.
      Sending you blessings for March,
      Mariette

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  3. Im sure the heart cramps would have been really scary dearest Mariette.. but glad to hear both you and Pieter are doing well. Also, you looking really pretty in the Cashmere :) Have a great sunday!

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    1. Dearest Pallavi,
      Thank you and yes, we did live through a really scary time, on top of Mom's death. But things looks stable again and we learned to even more focus on each other!
      Love that Cashmere sweater and also its Words of Wisdom; they are good to live by.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Leuke foto's. Jullie zien er alle twee goed uit! Heerlijk zo'n man die kan klussen!

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    1. Beste Ada,
      Dank je en jazeker ik ben gezegend met een man die eigenlijk àlles kan! We hopen dat ons huis en tuin nu jaren vooruit kan zonder al teveel onderhoud.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,
    ein hübscher Pullover und so passend für dich. Ich wünsche dir und deinem Mann das Beste.
    Passt gut auf euch auf!
    Alles Liebe
    Julia

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    1. Liebe Julia,
      Danke und ja es war wie Liebe auf dem ersten Blick mit diesen Pullover!
      Wir passen gut auf einander auf und geniessen bald den Frühling.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  6. Liebe Mariette,

    das sind gute Aufnahmen von dir und Pieter.
    Alles Liebe
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja danke sehr, wir sind auch sehr glücklich miteinander!
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  7. Dearest Mariette, I am sorry about your Mom, I wasn't active in the blogosphere those days and I probably missed your post. Our grandma passed away in December and we too we're mourning.

    The cashmere looks very nice and has meaningful words.
    I also hope that health continue to boost nicely with you and your husband.

    Mari-Meanwhile in Russia

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    1. Dearest Mari,
      Thank you and yes, whenever a loved one passes away we go through a mourning period. So sorry for your loss and hope you are doing well.
      The cashmere top with its meaningful words is very special!
      Health is the most important thing for all of us, we try to stay happy and healthy.
      Sending you hugs and blessings,
      Mariette

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  8. Ja zo'n klussende man is erg handig en ben er wel een beetje jaloers op. Hij heeft een mooi pad gemaakt om met droge voeten door het bos te lopen. Allebei met een stok, maar je bent in ieder geval nog mobiel, jullie zien er goed uit. Dat gewicht heb ik alleen als kind gehad....:)

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja dat pad is ooit aangelegd over slootjes om onze tuin te ontwateren maar de slootjes zijn al jaren overbodig. Ja, Pieter gebruikt graag zijn wandelstok, die hadden we voor onze hikes in de bergen van Tennessee. Ik hield de zijne alleen vast toen hij de foto maakte.
      Ja, het is zo ongeveer mijn gewicht sinds ik 15 ben... met wat schommelingen. Maar het is weer stabiel en ik voel me top fit.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  9. Hi Mariette, your cashmere knit top looks very comfy and beautiful with all the lovely words. How special it was what you were wearing during last call with your mom.
    I'm glad your husband Pieter won't need surgery. And it's good your weight is back. Worrying is not a good way to lose weight! Have a wonderful day xoxo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you and yes, this soft cashmere knit top will forever remind me of my Mom!
      No, both of us feel so relieved and for losing weight that is not a good reason.
      Wishing you both and your kids a lovely March. Let's hope spring finally will arrive!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  10. Dearest Mariette,
    I'm so glad to hear that you both are doing better. Beautiful pictures!
    Sending you hugs and lots of love <3
    Doris

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    1. Dearest Doris,
      Yes, we both are very glad too and now looking forward to some nice spring weather!
      Hugs and love from Georgia and stay warm.
      Mariette

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  11. Lieve Mariette,

    De kreten je bent wat je eet.je bent wat je drinkt etc. die gaan vast ook op voor, je bent wat je draagt....:-)

    Nou ben ik persoonlijk niet het type mens om dergelijke teksten of boodschappen op kleding te dragen,ik denk altijd maar zo, wat zou de wereld er een stuk beter uit zien wanneer iedereen(incl.mijn persoontje) al die kreten en\of wijze woorden nou eens in de praktijk ging brengen en het niet enkel bij woorden zou laten.....

    Alles is buitenkant wat dat betreft,ik zie liever het innerlijke van de medemens.


    Weet niet of het bij jullie ook zo'n rage is dat je op elke hoek van de straat,op serviesgoed,glaswerk,op muren in het interieur etc.etc. kreten en teksten tegen komt met een positieve uitstraling of uitspraak die je aan het denken zet.....

    Ach waar maak ik me eigenlijk druk om....
    om er dan nog maar een kreet tegenaan te gooien: alles in het leven is maar tijdelijk,zelfs het leven,dus geniet er van!!

    Fijne zondag en lieve groet,Ger



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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Deze teksten zijn zeker geen kreten maar het zijn gewoon eeuwen oude waarheden die nog altijd gelden! Ik weet eigenlijk niet goed hoe ik die eerste regel van je comment moet plaatsen.
      Gelukkig zien wij een dergelijke rage van teksten op hoeken van straten etc. hier zeker niet in het conservatieve zuiden.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  12. Een goede gezondheid is het belangrijkste. Jullie zien er goed uit en die bijzondere trui staat je erg mooi. Fijn dat je man zo handig is en een houten pad heeft aangelegd. Een mooi citaat van A.E.Barr.
    Lieve groet,

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    1. Beste Willy,
      Dank je en ja een handige man die goed is in preventief onderhoud is goud waard! We wonen hier ook al 25 jaar in november... Een hele tijd! En het citaat is echt erg mooi!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  13. Jullie zien er inderdaad goed uit, en je moet niet dunner worden hoor....en snap wel dat jullie je zorgen maken om Pieter, hopelijk is het allemaal niets ergs...krakende karren rijden het langst...toch? hij wordt in de gaten gehouden neem ik aan..
    Die Cashmire trui staat je heel mooi...jij weet altijd wel de leuke dingen er uit te pikken...

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    1. Beste Marian,
      Néé ik wil zeker niet dunner worden maar ik ben nu eenmaal nooit stevig geweest en zal ik ook nooit worden. Maar zorgen zijn vaak de reden tot gewichtsverlies. Jazeker wordt hij in de gaten gehouden en zoals ik al schreef, op 10 maart naar de hart chirurg weer. We doen ons best!
      Ja, zo'n lieve zachte knuffel in cashmere was wel niet zó'n koopje en wat voor schat om te dragen. Ook de woorden van wijsheid zijn erg goed gekozen.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  14. Hello! This has been a challenging few months for you and family ~ it's wonderful to learn surgery isn't looming. Both of you look wonderful! I love the Cashmere and words of inspiration! Everything going well for son Carl and myself in Bend. Stay warm down there, Spring is on the way!
    Love,
    Helen

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Yes, we lived through some rough times but so happy indeed that no more surgery is looming.
      We feel happy and healthy and with that I guess we just move on and be positive! Life is so good still and so much to enjoy.
      Glad that you and Carl are doing well also. Stay warm too, here it is sunny today so spring might finally attempt to move in.
      Hugs and love,
      Mariette

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  15. Dear Mariette you look great!I like your Cashmere top !So preety!
    I'm glad Pieter won't need surgery!Good new indeed!
    Wish to both of you all the best my friend!
    Wishing a happy new month with health and joy!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Thank you and yes, that was something I really loved very much; it is so soft and warm!
      Good news after some scary weeks but we're happy!
      Sending you hugs and best wishes for a lovely month of March,
      Mariette

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  16. I am glad that after a very sad experiences you have to fit well and husband too. We have almost the same weight. :)

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    1. Dearest Giga,
      Glad to have a kindred spirit with about the same weight! Yes, we are very happy that for the time being health looks good again.
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. Beautiful post my dearest Mariette. Your cashmere sweater with the wonderful wording is just beautiful. I'm delighted to learn Pieter is not headed for surgery. Loved seeing your wonderful photos you both are looking strong and in wonderful spirits. Many blessings on this Sunday and wishing you a wonderful week ahead. HUgs, Celia M. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Thank you and yes, we both are in wonderful spirits; ready for spring! Today it is in the 70s and blue sky with sunshine! Makes one happy.
      Sending you hugs and blessings for a mild March!
      Mariette

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  18. Good to hear you are both doing well, I do like the top just saying

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Thank you ever so much and we feel great!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Liebe Mariette,
    der Pullover ist ein schönes Stück und die hoffnungsvollen Worte sind so wichtig im Leben. Ich wünsche dir und Pieter noch viele gemeinsame Jahre mit Gesundheit und Freude.
    Liebe Grüße
    Johanna

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    1. Liebe Johanna,
      Ja, es sind hoffnungsvollen Worte die wir alle brauchen im Leben. So schön zusammen gefasst und deswegen trifft es auch in der Seele. Heute braucht man eben kein Cashmere Pulli mit 22°C. Wir freuen uns riesig auf den Frühling zum spazieren und Rad fahren zusammen.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  20. You look as lovely as ever, Mariette!! I'm sorry for y loss, but happy that you are doing better. I wish Pieter all my best- he looks spray too! Xo

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    1. Dearest Stacy,
      Thank you for your compliment and we both feel very happy, and Mom residing in heaven is a blessing too! One less worry.
      Pieter will pull through again, no doubt as a solid foundation of love can handle life's valleys.
      Blessings to you as well!
      Mariette

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  21. Chic, liebe Mariette! Dass T-Shirt gefällt mir auch. Ich hoffe, daß es Einem Mann bald wieder besser geht! Alles Liebe und Gute für ihn!
    Herzlichst
    Sara

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    1. Liebe Sara,
      Danke, ich mag diesem Cashmere Pulli sehr gerne! Ja, wenn es wieder Frühling wird und etwas mehr Zeit zum relaxen zusammen weil wir spazieren oder Rad fahren das wird bestimmt helfen.
      Liebe Grüsse an euch alle!
      Mariette

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    2. Januar und Februar sind weniger schöne Monate, da geht es vielen Menschen nicht so gut. Meine Mutti freut sich jetzt auch wieder über die Sonnenstrahlen und daß sie wieder mehr hinaus kann. Im Winter wird es ja so früh dunkel. Das ist alles nicht mehr so toll für ältere Menschen. Ab Frühjahr lebt meine Mutti immer auf - sie ist auch ein Bewegungsmensch und braucht das Sonnenlicht.

      Alles Liebe nochmals
      Sara

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  22. I think of your dear Mother frequently, usually when I think about the passing of my own Mme Mère in 2013. I think they would have been great friends I am a bit concerned about your weight loss, but you look lovely, as usual.

    Take good care of yourself and Pieter. I'm sure your Mother is watching over you both.

    Big hugs to ma chère amie,

    M-T

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    1. Dearest Marie-Thérèse,
      It is just a coincidence that we lost both our Mme Mère so close together and who knows they are friends now?! Don't worry about my weight loss, I'm back at 52 kg and that way my size 34 fits perfect. No matter what, I never will grow into a big person and that's fine! Maybe that's why they always think I'm French when we visit Atlanta... Funny how looks reveal a French Connection. À propos, that's the title of my next post!
      Yes, Mom is watching over me together with my angel sister; that is a very soothing feeling.
      Hugs and blessings to both of you,
      Mariette

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  23. thank you for sharing with us. Praying for health for both of you. And that cashmere knit top looks amazing!

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      Thank you and we both are very positive about our health.
      The cashmere top felt like winning the lottery and I will treasure that for years to come!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  24. Deaerest Mariette,
    thank you for those lovely photos from you and husband Pieter :O)
    Love your cashemere Shirt!
    You both take care and all the Best for you both!
    Have a happy new week,
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      You are quite welcome, always great to share happiness in our lives!
      That cashmere sweater is so super soft and also very light but oh so warm...
      Happy month of March to both of you.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. Dearest Mariette; Oh My!!! So Happy that your husband won't need surgery. I can imagine how much it scared both of you. I HAVE the same feeling toward mine that wishing him beside me many more years :-) And wonderful to see you both looking great in the pictures; relieving that you are gaining weight, isn't it, ☆☆☆ How marvelous these great Words of Wisdom are printed on your Cashmere top♪♪♪ You look fabulous on it♡♡♡
    Wishing you will have a wonderful new week.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Thank you so much for your wise and kind words and yes, you and I have only one wish; to keep our husbands beside us for many more years!
      We are very happy and enjoy life to the fullest. My weight is stable again, not heavy but okay for my shape. I could be Asian in a way... never will grow any bigger no matter what I try.
      Enjoy a lovely March month ahead and lots of fabulous blossoms.
      Hugs and love across the oceans from Georgia, USA.
      Mariette

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  26. Liebste Mariette,
    so schnell vergeht die Zeit. Der Schmerz wird etwas milder, aber er ist jeden
    Tag da.
    Der Pullover ist wunderschön. Cashemere ist eine wundervolle Qualität.
    Es ist oft so: Wenn man Geduld hat, kann man manches Teil billiger ergattern.
    Einen guten Start in die neue Woche wünscht Dir
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Wenn man glaubt dann ist der Schmerz auch kaum da weil wir uns wieder sehen am Ende unserem Leben. Ich spüre meine Mutter und auch meine Schwester ganz nah!
      Ja dieser Pullover war wirklich ein Qualitätstück was ich billig ergattert habe und ich liebe ihm!
      Ganz liebe Grüsse für März!
      Mariette

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  27. lieve Mariette ,
    Mooie foto's jullie zien er zeker goed uit ..
    De trui staat je mooi ....en geluk gehad met het koopje ...
    Pieter heeft een mooi pad aangelegd ...ik hoop dat alles goed blijft met
    zijn gezondheid ...en dat jullie nog veel jaren samen zijn..
    veel liefs

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    1. Lieve Nieneke,
      Ja, zo af en toe hebben we geluk en als het dan ook nog zoiets moois mag zijn is het dubbel geluk!
      Het pad was al oud maar helemaal opnieuw gelegd weer met zijkanten nu. Laten we positief blijven over Pieter's gezondheid en dat we nog járenlang samen mogen zijn!
      Liefs.
      Mariette

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  28. You look lovely Mariette. so happy that you and your husband are feeling well, and that he will not need surgery. He did a great job on your boardwalk.

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    1. Dearest Deborah,
      Thank you and yes, we both are very happy! So many big projects have been done by Pieter. Let's hope all this will last.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  29. Cara Mariette, vedo che piano piano tu e tuo marito state riprendendovi dal momento della perdita di tua mamma. Tu sei davvero magrissima, ma ti vedo bene, in salute e questo è importantissimo. Ti abbraccio forte forte forte. Paola

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    1. Carissima Paola,
      Ringrazio sempre tanto! Sei come un amico gentile ed è sempre bello quando si tratta di qualcuna che conosce il dolore se stesso. Sono molto tranquillo su mamma, come so che lei è in cielo e non più solitario posa sul sua letto per dialisi. Lei è molto vicino a me fino al mio ultimo respiro, proprio come mia sorella e altri parenti e amici.
      Abbraccio forte da me,
      Mariette

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  30. Liebe Mariette,
    ich schicke Dir und Pieter viele gute Wünsche und grüße Euch sehr herzlich.

    Alles Liebe von Traudi aus dem Drosselgarten

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    1. Liebe Traudi,
      Vielen Dank für deine liebe Wörter hier!
      Auch herziche und liebe Grüsse zu euch.
      Mariette

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  31. I pray that you two will continue to be well for many more years to come. Keeping busy with outside chores surely must be good for Pieter. They say that passion and purpose are good for us all. Take care, Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Thank you so much and yes, that is our only wish!
      Passion is there and purpose always follows...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  32. Dearest Mariette,
    I am catching up with you, and late to see this post, but I want to say that you look so lovely in your cashmere with the wise words to remind you to be brave, my Dear. Life does become difficult at times and we struggle to go forward, but with courage and love we get by. It is good news that Pieter does not need surgery, and also that you are gaining a bit of weight. How wonderful that Pieter built the board walk for you to get out and enjoy the fresh air. Keeping busy keeps you young! I can see the true devotion that you both have for one another - it is a precious thing. Sending you love and hugs xo Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      Thank you so much for your sweet words here. Yes, this board walk got a complete overhaul and Pieter is almost done now in giving it another coating to protect it for years to come. Today was so lovely that I joined Pieter after breakfast (had to have blood work done before) for making a complete walk over our estate. Starts looking great and now spring is coming we enjoy all the hard labor!
      Sending you hugs and blessings as well.
      Mariette

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  33. Bonsoir Mariette
    Cela bricole bien chez toi ;-) Sympa tous les nichoirs.
    Attention à ton tee shirt, ne pas le mettre pour bricoler car il est bien joli.
    Bonne soirée

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    1. Merci Nathalie,
      Oui, sur un tel grand domaine, il y a beaucoup à bricoler, mais nous l'aimons. Ce top Cachemire super mince, je porte avec plaisir et certainement avec les paroles sages!
      Bises,
      Mariette

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