Sunday, July 25, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
I am trying to think of the words to describe my recent birthday this past Monday May 3rd.
|Lawn at Castle Hill|
Last year, due to the pandemic, I spent my birthday alone (with the exception of a walk with a close friend and a brief family zoom call), and oh yes, a great big sky blue birthday cake!
It was a celebration of staying young with a song in my heart!!! Many songs.
I gave Pam my playlist of 140 of my favorite songs with things like This must be the place (Talking Heads) In the Bottle (Gil Scott Heron) to Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin and so many more. There were some obscure songs like Sexy Coffee Pot (I still don’t know the artist) and Take me Back to Tulsa (Bob Wills).
I got two awesome pair of MO Sunglasses and all kinds of fabulous incense and beauty products. Even a little heart pin that says KIND! They are exceptionally kind.
I was so delighted. What a treat!!! Then I received a card from Ming’s brother with all these great photos of Ming and I. It was precious and appreciated.
We danced and sang along all night and I was in my glee!!!! My baby sister Lauren made me a homemade cake (the best kind) and I got some groovy gifts.
I was happy that my sister Val kept saying she loved every song that played. I think everyone did. It was a super fab play list! There were the Funky Meters to Tommy Dorsey and a dose of Dave Matthews and Steve Miller! We even had some Duke and the Drivers and can’t forget Paul Simon!
With each song I got a natural high. Later we sat around the fire and the music continued while the tequila poured…Shattered by the Stones, Sweet Jane, Lou Reed, and the Band, Baby Don’t you do it!!! They never sounded better. Looks like I will never lose my affinity for Classic Rock.
With a birthday crown on my head (my mother always gets me a little crown on my big day) I opened more gifts surrounded by my sisters, oodles of balloons, and a dozen roses from a friend. The most beautiful roses I have ever received.
One area in that home that I particularly am drawn to is the (semi-outdoor sitting area) they called the Upper Loggia. I was swooning. You can see what looked like the entire Atlantic Ocean with the cliff walk running along the edge of the property. Its staggeringly stunning and way beyond over the top. My kind of place.
The enormous green lawn is immaculate with white Adirondack chairs perfectly placed. One can sit and sip while watching the ships sail. Ahh…..While we were sitting there I didn’t think the day could get any better and just then I got a little video sent to me of three little children that I adore and am close with. I could see and feel their love for me as they were singing happy birthday. It was so sweet and touching. Then right after that, a loving call from Ming’s family. I was just so touched yet again. I truly was.
For dessert my friend snuck in a pretty cake filled with sparkles and candy hidden inside. My other friend made me a handmade book of Friendship Quotes. One saying: Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief. Indeed it does. I would be lost without my friends.
When I arrived home….well, I got teary eyed…not because the day was over, but because four different neighbors left great gifts by my door! And one was the most gorgeous bouquet from Winston Flowers (my ultra-favorite florist). I had to make a few trips to carry everything in….books, jewelry and gadgets and more cards.
And when I got inside I sat down to admire all my cards and those gorgeous pink perfectly blooming roses. I feel like a flower in bloom. It’s amazing what love can do. I feel the love from all the cards, gifts, texts, presents, calls that I received. And well, I just feel so blessed. I am grateful. And a special thanks to my sister Pam who made much of this possible and to my mom who always shows up with lots of presents!!!! She is the ultimate gift-giver! And to everyone who was part of my ageless birthday celebration. With birthday celebrations and friends and family like you…well, This Renee Gold will not ever get old! I love you and I Thank you one and all….
Monday, March 22, 2021
Getting the Covid Vaccine Shot this Morning
Dear Ageless with Aunty Followers...
I want to share this most happy and monumental day with you!
Today, March 22, 2021, I got my first dose of the Covid Vaccine.
I may not look it, but I feel like a billion trillion bucks! I was so happy I cried.
It was a glorious day. It felt so amazing to be so lucky as to get this vaccine. As far as I’m concerned it’s a holiday! It’s a blessing. It’s a miracle.
And now I want to share with anyone who is on the fence about getting vaccinated.
I was walking on air when I left. I floated out of there. Just imagine, once you are fully vaccinated you don’t ever have to worry about dying from Covid.
It’s just not a way you want to exit this world. If we want to face facts it really is the right thing to do for ALL INVOLVED.
So, those who don’t want to get vaccinated may be keeping the virus alive. This is NOT to guilt trip anyone. I am not like that.
I say this with great love and compassion, the way I say and share everything I do. I say this for you! I care about people that is exactly where I come from on this. Thank you for understanding.
One of my dearest and closest friends NEVER EVER got a vaccine in her life. Even she got the vaccine today! She said “It gives me hope!”
My other good friend said, “It’s a lifesaver!”
And your family who loves you so much, they won’t have to worry about you dying or getting deathly sick from this horrible disease. You may even be helping to stop the spread.
If she won’t do it for herself I pray she will do it for her daughters. And everyone else out there who is hesitant. DO IT FOR YOUR FAMILY, DO IT FOR YOURSELF AND DO IT FOR OUR PRECIOUS WORLD!
Perhaps once she and others who are hesitant see how easy it is maybe more and more will opt in for this lifesaving vaccine. We are so lucky to have access to this.
For me, I am declaring today March 22, 2021 a Holiday and April 26th (the day I will officially be 100 per cent protected from getting really sick from Covid)! Make your vaccine appointment soon and you can have your own holidays too…. Believe me, that’s what it will feel like once you know you are fully protected! And you can smile knowing you did your part to help stop this pandemic.
Friday, January 15, 2021
In light of the raging Pandemic AND the Crisis in our country, I am asking everyone to put on their thinking caps! I AM REACHING OUT AND ASKING YOU TO REALLY PAUSE AND TO LISTEN. I have figured out a way we can more forward….
The Media always wants to give us something to be afraid about!!! Yes, things are horrible, and truly out of control.
Yet, the Media doesn’t help matters at all…they only become (or have become) part of the problem at this point.
What are we to do?!
If there is no good scary "developing" story they are out of jobs or people change the station. We are all to blame, Yet, where is the solution and how do we get there?
In my wildest imagination, and I do have a wild imagination, I couldn’t have ever imagined all this, that we as Americans, and people of this world, are all dealing with.
This is the most unsettling reality. I mean, people are selfish. There are many making sacrifices, but unless or until EVERYONE gets on the same team here the Virus will keep winning.
Please let your younger children know this too. EVERYONE’S ACTIONS affect everyone else when there is a raging pandemic period, even if you try to rationalize your behavior. Deep down most humans know the right thing to do. I can not think of a better time to start doing it.
There are ways we can slowly improve. WE are human beings with enormous capacity for soaring and evolving…..above and beyond anything! And keep in mind there can be no healing or moving forward without the truth. That is a rule of life…None of us can escape that no matter how hard we try. We all have to see the truth even if it hurts.
ONLY WE CAN MAKE THE FUTURE BRIGHTER IF WE START RIGHT NOW IN THIS PRESENT MOMENT. OUR power is in this moment and how we decide to carry on. Will you do the right and fair thing for your fellow man? At this moment in history, our actions can actually help doctors and nurses and hospitals from being overwhelmed, and good hard working people from dying alone!
And the good news is, when you do the right thing that karma and good energy comes back to you! So, please stay home, wear a mask if you must go out, wash your hands, get vaccinated as soon as you can and limit your news to HONEST and ACCURATE NEWS. NO more conspiracy theories. AS YOU CAN CLEARY SEE NOW, NO one wins with those. NO one! At this point I don't think we need more proof on that.
I wholeheartedly believe that if most of us follow what I am saying here (and try with patience and love to help bring the light to those still refusing to see the truth and actual facts) THINGS WILL GET BETTER. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.
Monday, December 7, 2020
Can you meet a person for a fleeting moment and fall in love with them?
I believe the answer is YES!!! Absolutely. It happened to me last night.
Last night we went to the Festival of Trees at Elm Bank Reservation. It is an annual gift from one of my friends.
This wonderful event is so cozy that I just swoon when I think of it. Once on the reservation you have to drive up a long and windy road aligned with woodlands and trees. With some snow still on the ground it was heavenly and truly serene simply driving to get there. And since I was playing Christmas Carols in the car I was in the mood for a little celebration. I parked and met my friends.
Once you give your ticket they give you some hot chocolate and you wait for the rest of your small group to gather. Given the cold air and all the colored Christmas lights in the gardens, I was already enjoying myself before we even entered the gates.
The event is inside and out, and with masks and very small groups it was safe and a lot of fun.
are all extremely well decorated with themes from money on trees, cook books on
trees, teddy bears, and even a Charlie Brown Tree! You can even enter the
raffle (which we did) to win one of them.
The following is from their website: Tree sizes vary from one foot to nine feet in height and some have gifts in addition to the decorations.
Another and totally different experience is provided by Snow Village, an indoor exhibit occupying a whole room. This large display features model trains wending their way through villages and vignettes, including Christmas in the City (Boston of course!), Fenway Park, a Dickensian village, the North Pole and hundreds of decorated houses and lights. There are too many Santa’s to count as well as skaters galore. This is a visual treat for young and old alike and each year it is a little different.
Visitors can keep warm and cozy melting S’mores at the fire pit. This is all so Christmassy.
Yet as wonderful as this all is, and was, turns out for me this is not the most magical part. The reason I am writing this post is what happened when we were leaving.
Of course I was feeling immersed with Christmas Magic and in the best mood. I was surrounded by holiday merriment, Christmas trees, and close friends. …
So as we were walking out of the gardens, as I passed the exit gate, I could see in the near distance the happiest little girl in the whole wide world! Really and truly. I am not exaggerating at all.
She was bundled up with a snow suit. She had a round face with dark brown hair and all she did was beam with joy! Truth be told, there really are no words to describe her but I am trying. She was calling me and looking directly at me. I almost fainted because…..it was me!
But, NO ONE CAN EVER TAKE AWAY THAT JOY DEEP INSIDE YOUR HEART. NOTHING SO REAL CAN EVER BE THRATENED! This is good news!
And that child inside of you will get you through tough times. The lights on your tree will be brighter and your troubles a bit lighter. You may find you appreciate even the littlest things much more. And when you keep a heart of gratitude, God will give you even more to be grateful for.