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Dandelions and Daisies

You’ve see some old journal entries along the way from my lovely Irene.   She’s been gone for many years but I think about her often and turn to her journal some days when I need a little song in my heart.  From the rainy day after school with my feet in the oven, delivering dandelions for her kitchen table as wee thing, to naps while she lovingly tucked my blonde hair behind my ear…I still miss her like crazy.

At a recent conference in Sydney, we were all asked  “if you could meet up with anyone….who would it be” my answer was (and always is) Irene.    I could easily have picked an artist, a great musician, a historical figure…..but  nothing would make me happier than sitting down with a cup of tea, some biscuits and a quiet afternoon catching up on all that she’s missed.

The flower delivery continued yesterday, clutched in Noah’s little hands pushed lovingly upwards.   My heart filled with love for this sweet boy who had no idea that some daisies picked off the side of the road, could totally make my day and bring me back to some very sweet memories.

This is me, sending love, love, LOVE!    I have to give some away, my heart is currently overflowing!

With great love (for this child),

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Shirly (Irene) Vanluling
shirly.vanluling@vintageconcierge.ca

flowers from Noah

Irene Byers – Journal – May 28, 1975

Irene Byers – May 28, 1975

Baked muffins and biscuits.  Stewed rhubarb and made orange and rhubarb jam.  Went to Cavan with Lena about 5:30 and had a nice visit the Aunt Gerdie & Milburn.  Had tea and lunch.  Cleaned kitchen floor.  Home about 11 pm.   Lovely day and eve.

Irene Byers – Journal – February 22, 1975

Olive here around 9:30 AM.  Had cup tea and I talked to Mary Jones, Grace and Molly on phone.  Had lunch and went for garden seeds and cards at Rickleys.  Put chicken in over before we went.   Came home George got turnips and potatoes ready for supper.  Grace here for supper and evening.  Took a few pictures, then played Euchre.  Nice evening.  Muriel phoned.  Leaving for Florida.

Sending love, love, love…
Shirly

Irene Byers – Journal – February 21, 1975

Irene Byers – Journal Entry – February 21, 1975

Just doing regular work.  Made pudding for supper and cooked minced meat, potatoes and spinach for supper.  George here at 4:15 after supper went to Grahams, had cards and lunch and visit.  Very nice.  Lovely weather.  Nice letter from Aunt Gertie.  Emily to clinic for treatments, diabetes. 

Sending you love, love, love…
Shirly

Irene Byers – Journal – February 20, 1975

Irene Byers – Journal Entry – February 20, 1975

Baked 2 loaf cakes and Lunch loaf and made macaroni is morning.  Cooked some frozen strawberries at suppertime.  Sunny intervals. 

Sending you love, love, love…
Shirly

Irene Byers – Journal – February 19, 1975

Irene Byers – Journal Entry – February 19, 1975

Not doing much.  Wilma came home around 1pm.  Brink Sr.s still there.  Shirly away at cousin Winnies.  About 2″ snow with thawing, blustery at times.

Sending you love, love, love…
Shirly

 

Irene Byers – Journal – February 18, 1975

Irene Byers – Journal Entry – February 18, 1975

Wilma to hospital at 1pm.  Brinks at house.  Just put washing away and tidied.  Phones Sears and Eatons.  Molly and Edge here couple hours in the afternoon.  I felt achky and woozy all day.

Sending you love, love, love…
Shirly

Irene Byers – Journal – February 17, 1975

Irene Byers – Journal Entry- February 17, 1975

Washed, hung clothes outside.  Started to rain around 3pm.
Brought clothes in and ironed.

Sending you love, love, love…
Shirly

Irene Byers – Journal – February 16, 1975

Irene Byers – Journal Entry- February 16, 1975

Sunny bright lovely day.  Snow came in (5am) night but melted a lot.  Sun went to church in AM.  To Marjories at 5pm for dinner.  Watched TV after home about 10-10, lovely evening and day.

Sending you love, love, love…
Shirly

Irene Byers – Journal – February 12, 1975

Irene Byers – Journal Entry- February 12, 1975

Made more soup.  Bonnie washing and plumber inspector came.  Vern in to talk sewers again.   Will be putting another “Y” in drain hold to pass inspection later on.  Made 2 fig pies in afternoon.

Sending you love, love, love.
Shirly