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Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hi everyone - hope you're having a wonderful Valentine's Day!  I enjoyed my day soooo much, starting at 6am with a call from dear friend Heather; she called from Ireland to wish me a Happy Birthday - how cool is that?!  I also received several other special birthday phone calls - dear friend Ferne called from California, sister Tami called to sing, Aunt Carol called to sing, Mom & Dad called and sang a duet.  Heather wouldn't sing but we nattered (her cute word) for about an hour before I had to race off to do Singing Valentines. 

The past few years I've been out of town on my birthday so I've missed doing the Valentines.  I have so many great memories of amazing experiences we've had over the years.  My chorus, City of Lakes Chorus, does these as a fund-raiser.  Quartets, either organized (like I've been in over the years, including Chord Company with whom I sang for 16 years) or pick-up (listened to by the chorus's Music Team to find a good blend of voices), go out into the community to sing for the gifter's loved one.  We bring a card and a box of chocolates and sing two songs:  "Somebody Loves You" and "Cuddle Up a Little Closer".  Today I had a pick-up group with my former tenor from Chord Company, Elaine, and two ladies from chorus who've sung together in a quartet, Ellen (on lead) and Mary (on bass).  I sang baritone, as usual.  We also send Valentines by email or telephone but it just isn't as much fun as the in-person visit.

We did two Valentines in Minneapolis - one at a paint company and one at a nursing home - and one in St Paul at a school.  Then, since we were out and about anyway, we swung over to Mary's mom's assisted living home and sang for Betty and some of the other residents.  Hey - found a birthday twin, one of the students at the school (we were singing for one of the teacher's aides).  We sang Happy Birthday to her and she enjoyed it so much!  It's always such fun to see the smiles and sometimes tears of the recipients.  Betty used to sing in Sweet Adelines but can't anymore - the look on her face as she heard our harmony was just precious.  Here's our foursome at the school - the staff had made this little photo booth with balloons and things for the students - well, we borrowed it for this quick snapshot :)

L to R: me, Ellen, Mary, Elaine
Can you see Ellen's shoes?  They have hearts all over them!!  Plus she had glittery jumbo heart earrings too - very glam! As the Valentine Birthday Girl, I think I need both of those fashion accessories!  Speaking of birthdays, my friend Lynn has her birthday today too.  She tries not to rub it in that she's a year younger than I.  Well, here's the Valentine Birthday card I sent her.

Happy Bday Lynn 2014

It features a Decorate It! set LP269 by Hero Arts that I found at Target last year (with the little heart cards and the Valentine sentiment, among other stamps and a couple inks).  I stamped the heart with the Hero Arts cling Canvas Background using Sugar Distress Ink for a soft texture.  I stamped XOXO on the inside then punched a hole and tied it shut with some May Arts ribbon.  The birthday sentiment is from a new Hero Arts clear set Messages with Flourish.  I white embossed it and added a few dots with a white gel pen.

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!  Thanks for stopping!!


Robin K. said...

Happy Birthday and Valentine's Day Linda!! Sounds like you had an amazing day! Love your card!

Lin said...

What a wonderful day, Linda; you filled it with love and song! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Virginia L. said...

Happy birthday, Linda!!! Love your birthday post! You sure are LOVED!! I adore your lovely photo that you share! Your birthday card for Lynn is so you---sweet and sophisticated! Sending you warm happy hugs! Enjoy your weekend!

Dawn T said...

A very Happy Birthday Linda. Love your card for Lynn.. and you and your singing group looks fabulous.

CinnamonSally said...

Happy belated Birthday Linda, we had a storm hit Surrey yesterday and had no power for 8-10 hours so I couldn't get on the internet. Sounds like you had a fun day.

stampingandstitching said...

I'm so glad you had time in your busy and fun day to have a good auld natter with me:) Lol as I said to you, me not singing is the best birthday pressie you could receive;) I love reading all about your day - you made a lot of people very happy yesterday! What a fab photo of you and your friends! I love the birthday card you made for Lynn! The background is gorgeous and I love the special and pretty heart - how fun that there is a message inside! I'm definitely going to borrow your idea of punching a hole and adding a ribbon tie for mini messages on cards!