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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Commercial Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

FIRST Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'

On April 30, the day that my Pieter went to heaven, I came home from the funeral home and spotted this FIRST fully open blossom...
Fragrant Magnolia Grandiflora 'Namnetensis Flore Pleno'

Parked my car inside the garage and captured it as it was also very low on this huge tree and easy to access.

Its planter is no longer with us to admire this tree which he planted in 1993 but no doubt my Pieter is watching over his estate from heaven...
It really IS summer here with 38°C or 100°F
Today it was 39°C or 102°F

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Our Blooming Indoor Plants in April

 Of course I got way behind in so many things but like to show you our blooming indoor plants on bay window sill.
Tiggy Tiger girl posing next to our Stephanotis Floribunda or Madagascar Jasmine.
And yes, those are the golden yellow pansies that Pieter planted in late November...
We purchased this at Trader Joe's last year so it bloomed a 2nd year and how many fragrant blossoms...
Believe me, having breakfast, lunch and supper with such a view is heavenly!
A very rewarding plant!
Pieter bought me this white orchid... his last ever indoor plant brought home for me!
Our now 9 year old Amaryllis blooming
The morning light is glorious...
This Amaryllis now has been planted outside, adjacent to our bay window so next year I can see it blooming there.
Showing you how HUGE this orchid blossom is next to my thumb!
Stephanotis Floribunda two days later and more opened up now
Wish I could transmit their fragrance!
Final blossoms Pieter got to enjoy...

Related link:
PANSIES SMILING | previous post by me

Friday, June 14, 2024

4,500,000 Pageviews on my Humble Blog

 Just earlier today, while I was napping, I missed the actual 4,500,000 Pageviews but never mind.
Yep, there are 90 views over...
This month is not even half over but last month was high 
LOTS of visitors and also in regard to my Blissful Relationship with Pieter J.C. Vedder
THANK you ever so much for your support! 

Related links:
4,000,000 Pageviews on my Humble Blog | previous post by me on December 26, 2023
{999,999 Pageviews on my Humble Blog} | previous post by me on July 3, 2014
{2,000,002 Pageviews on my Humble Blog} | previous post by me on January 5, 2017
{3,333,333 Pageviews on my Humble Blog} | previous post by me on August 26, 2021

Sunday, June 2, 2024

May 10, 2024 Pieter J C Vedder's Memorial Service

 On exactly the day that WWII started in The Netherlands—May 10 of 1945—we held a meaningful Memorial Service for my Pieter.
Most has been chosen by Pieter himself and got listed in his Last Will as such.
Shortly before the service started...
Fresh white fragrant stock got delivered as they were Pieter's favorite flower.
He told me of growing them with his Dad in the greenhouse for use at the annual Sacraments Procession. 
I've used the fine silk batik tablecloths, gift from Indonesia in 2004.
Center cloth covers the cremated remains.
Turned out they fit perfectly with the chairs in the loft and with the carpet.
Indonesia meant so much for both of us so this was Perfect!
Left photo shows brother Toon, me and Pieter in Saint Augustine, Florida.
Toon's daughter Myriam was here with me and helping me set up everything...
Myriam was Pieter's only Goddaughter!
Christy's from East Dublin did such an excellent job in arranging these white stock or Matthiola incana inside a white vase.
Pieter J.C. Vedder
April 29, 1929 – April 30, 2024
Don't forget to turn on CC = Closed Captions!

Pieter's Requiem Choice

Pieter had requested in his Last Will specific music to be played at his Memorial Service.
That also included a request of participation from my former chancel choir music director, Michael Dwain Little and our former Pastor Keith Goodlett.
Catering a full luncheon would be done by Roy Grenade.
The usual technician handling the two big video cameras and the sound board with different microphones to be turned on during Michael Dwain Little's organ play and chanting... was not present during the Memorial Service.
We can never go back and do it over again and it sure was painful! We had it so well planned, set up and worked out. 
Oh, the book for registering names was not at the entrance of the Church but on a side table in the fellowship hall where the lunch was served.
She never used the cameras the way she was supposed to do. Only showing the front pews on the right side of the Church...
But after cutting out the spots without image or sound, I got this.
Dear long–time friend of both of us, Gil Gillis, who used to run the local TV station agreed to use the photos that I'd prepared for showing. 
That too was NOT done, only a few during the luncheon.
Pieter's favorite piece of music Adagio (Albinoni) that strikes a chord...
Also, Mozart's Lacrimosa (Tearful) was one of Pieter's favorites and he himself sang often DIES IRAE A Capella with some other boys from the impressive 100–member choir in Groessen, The Netherlands.
It just is SAD, that some insignificant people abused their power for denying my very humble, but larger than life Pieter, his final wishes.
Knowing that from Heaven, Pieter still is pleased with Keith Goodlett and Michael Dwain Little's efforts to adhere to his Last Will.
Kathy Jones as soprano, as requested by Pieter.
Also dear friend Mary Louise Goodie McRae added to that in a touching way.
Mozart's Lacrimosa (Tearful) was not audible...
It has such a depth of human emotions and thus transcends all languages and cultures!
See link below post.

I Believe, Mark A Miller
I believe in the sun, I believe in the sun, even when, even when it's not shining.
I believe in love, even when, even when I don't feel it.
I believe in God, I believe in God, even when, even when God is silent.
Indeed, the final Musical Moment – Hungarian Dance #4, Johannes Brams very much reflected the way we both lived...

Music is the shorthand of emotion~Leo Tolstoy quote
Thank you
Words cannot express how grateful our family is for your generous support, encouraging words, and thoughts and prayers. Your kindness will always be remembered with deep gratitude.
The Family of 
Pieter J.C. Vedder
If you would like to provide a memorial donation,
checks can be made out to Mariette Vedder for 
the Leprosy Project in Indonesia which was near to his heart.

Related links:
Lovely White Stock & Baby's Breath from Trader Joe's | previous post by me
Mozart – Lacrimosa | YouTube video
Gregorian Chant : Dies Irae (Lyric Video) | YouTube video as the microphone was OFF when Michael Dwain Little played it on the organ and chanted it...
I Believe SATB – Mark Miller – CGA1310 | YouTube video and SATB = Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass
My Pieter went to Heaven on April 30 | previous post by me and THANKS for your replies!!!
Our Final Easter Together | Previous post with link to Father Seán Coyle from Dublin, Ireland
Husband Pieter was the 3rd VEDDER Ensign Bearer in Groessen, The Netherlands | This shows another image of Pieter in his historic uniform, tailor made for him in Amsterdam. Gil Gillis found it the most impressive photo...
Pieter a Former Motorcycle Guy ALWAYS Remained one at Heart! | previous post by me
1958 Tragedy for Pieter's Mushroom Friends in Zichen-Zussen-Bolder in Belgium | United Again!

Feeling carried by LOVE from around the world and countless private messages 💞
Since Pieter's passing I have regained 2 kg or 4.4 pounds — weighing now 45.3 kg or 99.8 pounds.
In the end of March I was 45.9 kg or 101 pounds

A True Love Story NEVER ENDS | previous post by me...


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