I was feeding my iPad with many lovely music videos for us to enjoy whilst in Bangkok soon, when Icame across this beautiful Christmas Video from Serbia – which already has found a firm place of favourites in our list of International Christmas Songs. So sit back and, like us, enjoy those sweet voices. Carina
A few weeks ago was my birthday. No party this time because of my accident. Taking the opportunity of having to stay in bed (and feeling already restless and at times pretty bored) I started to rummage through some old boxes of papers and some books. In one I found a card which had this Prayer printed on it – but no idea where it came from nor does it have any indication who wrote this. But I thought it somehow had the wrong title and it should be called “A Prayer for those growing older!” I think it applies to more or less all ages – even our own girls, now in their early twenty’s thought so. What do you think – please let me know.
A PRAYER FOR THOSE GROWING OLD
Lord, Thou knowest I am growing older.
Keep me from becoming talkative and possessed with the idea that I must express myself on every subject.
Release me from the craving to straighten out everyone’s affairs.
Keep me from the recital of endless detail. Give me wings to get to the point.
Seal my lips when I am inclined to tell of my aches and pains.
They are increasing with the years and my love to speak of them grows sweeter as time goes by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.
Make me thoughtful but not nosey; helpful but not bossy.
With my vast store of wisdom and experience it does seem a pity not to use it all.
But Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.
Photograph: MANNINGTREE ARCHIVE: Courtyard inside Cloister of the Basilica di San Antonio in Padua/Italy
What can one do when the Doctor has ordered strict bed rest for 3 whole months? Not much, apart from resting and reading, and reading and resting (yawn!) – and dreaming of course and planning the next trip abroad.
And since Jo and I will be flying back to “our” Bangkok in the latter part of December for 1 month, there is lots to dream about, arrangements and appointments to be made etc. etc.
To keep you up-to-date with the latest spectacular flower display in the Lobby of our favourite Hotel, the MANDARIN ORIENTAL BANGKOK, created by this floral genius Khun Ken, I share with you his latest creations for this autumn.
The next one of course will be the Christmas Decoration. My camera is already cleaned and charged and waiting to take lots and lots of wonderful pictures again.
Until then – come with me, if you like, into this elegant and cool oasis and let’s have a nice cup of coffee or tea and some of their absolutely delectable and oh, so sinful little cakes…
At last, after just over 6 weeks, I was able to ‘hopple’ on crutches to my computer – not an easy journey, mind you. I was worried that I might have been clogging up my email box. So many kind messages from friends and readers – thank you all! But unfortunately I also found lots of totally unwanted messages, with and without attachments, from 5 companies, who seem to make it a habit of sending their rubbish to my computer on a mostly daily basis.
Over the past few months I have clicked on the “unsubscribe” button each time I was bombarded by them, then I even have written to them directly, explaining that I never even “subscribed’ to them in the first place and that their buttons don’t seem to work either and, you might have guessed it, no response except more of their rubbish on my computer. To be honest, I do not know what else to do now.
So when Jo found this very apt and (to me) hilarious song I thought this would be the perfect one to share with you and hopefully make you smile as well.
I will not be able to cook and post recipes just yet, but I will try to come back to you later in the week with some little photo articles. Until then – Carina