Monday, March 14, 2022

Another Trip Around the Sun


Today is my birthday and I sort of feel like the book and movie Eat, Pray, Love. In the past decade, I lived through the death of my best friend to cancer, then the sudden death of my husband, escaped from a truly horrendously abusive relationship, and then the pandemic in a new home and a new city where I did not know a soul. But that is all behind me and I am now happy beyond my wildest dreams and am so incredibly thankful. 

I want to thank all of my followers, many of whom have traveled this journey on Chinoiserie Chic with me for your support and for allowing me this creative outlet. And for those dealing with your own issues now, know that you are stronger than you think. Look at the women of Ukraine for inspiration - saving their children, their parents, their grandparents, and even taking up arms to defend their country.

I have created a life I love and am so looking forward to this next chapter. Thanks for being a happy part of it.






54 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Beth! I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous upcoming year.

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  2. Happy birthday, Beth! You are an inspiration to all of us readers. Hugs.

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  3. Happy birthday,Beth!I wish you all the best!

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  4. Happy Birthday!! Congrats on living your best life, too!

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  5. Happy Birthday! You ROCK!!! I have followed your blog for a few years now knowing nothing about you other than you moved to a new city and you are a widow. You are a survivor - a surviving inspiration!

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  6. You light up my mornings when I read your blog! Happy Birthday!

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  7. May this trip around the sun be your best one yet.

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  8. Happy happy birthday - it's been so nice to have you in my inbox!

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  9. Happy Birthday!!!

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  10. Happy Birthday! You are such an inspiration.

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  11. A flamingo birthday cake - OF COURSE! Happy birthday, Beth, and many more.

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  12. May your birthday wishes manifest into reality! πŸŒ΄πŸŽπŸ‘‘πŸŽ‚πŸŒΉπŸ₯‚πŸŒΊ

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  13. Happy Birthday! I read your blog everyday - thank you for all the great posts!

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  14. πŸŽ‰Wishing you the happiest!πŸŽ‰

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  15. Bday BLESSINGS to you 2day BETH :) Have followed you for a bit - and definitely noticed an upbeat difference in your "tone" this past year. Your SPUNK has come out and I'm so HAPPY for you! CHEERS to your efforts and fortitude ! May GOD Bless YOU on your endeavours.

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  16. HBD!!! The best is yet to come!

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  17. Happy Birthday!!! You need to write 2 books - one on Chinoiserie and one about your fascinating life.

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  18. Wishing you a wonderful Happy Birthday Beth!! CHEERS!!

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  19. Happy Birthday, Beth! That is the prettiest cake.

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  20. Happy Birthday, Beth! Wishing you a wonderful, happy year in your beautiful, joyous, new home. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us in this fun blog, which I look forward to every day.
    I love that flamingo birthday cake! I have always loved flamingos--I was born in FL, but now live in the Northern Plains. What a contrast!

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  21. Happiest of birthdays Beth!!!! You are an overcomer and deserve blessings and a full and happy life. You've earned it <3

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  22. Happy Birthday Beth!!πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰ With my freshly brewed coffee in hand, I read your blog first every morning. I have followed CCC for years. My favorite past blog entry was the One Room Challenge of your laundry room in NOVA. All the best to you, this day, and the entire upcoming year!!

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  23. Yours was the first blog I read way back then...my intro to Chinoiserie which I loved but didn't even know it had a name. In spite of the sadness of war going on in our world, your success in dealing with the tough times of life is inspiring. Happy birthday dear Beth - may you have many more!

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  24. Happy Birthday, Beth! I get a jolt of energy and inspiration every time I read your blog.
    You demonstrate how bravery, vision, and hard work can transform a life. Congrats and thank you!

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  25. Happy Birthday! You shared your life with your readers; it made your blog fully dimensional. I hope you have many happy years ahead

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  26. Happy Birthday Beth! Thank you for bringing us JOY every day!!

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  27. Happy Birthday Beth ! Though you style is miles away from mine I keep coming back . Maybe it has to do with your survival spirit . Time for a pink glass of Champagne today . Cheers !

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  28. What a wonderful sentiment. Happy birthday, Beth. (Fabulous cake by the way.)

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  29. Happy Birthday, dear Beth! You deserve every ounce of joy you can possibly wring out of every single day! Thrilled for you that you have come through these storms of life and are so happy today!

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  30. Happy Birthday! The best is yet to come!

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  31. You and I were born in the month of creative geniuses: Leonardo, Michelangelo, et.al. May the coming year inspire you to bold new adventures and reassure you with abundant health and prosperity. As Mary Oliver wrote: Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Live it with gusto! Best birthday wishes! GIGI (born 2 March)

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  32. I have often thought about what could be my greatest accomplishment. Surviving! I think you could say the same. πŸ‘

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  33. Happy birthday to you, Love!! You are headed for a daring, exciting adventure!! Much love and light to you!

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  34. Happy birthday, Beth! I am so happy that you are so happy! Maybe now that we are finally coming out of Covid and I am back in the world, we can finally get together. I would love that! xoxo

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  35. Happy birthday, Beth! Hope this is a great day and a great year for you! May our paths cross again one day.
    Sharmin from Columbia SC

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  36. Happy Birthday Beth! God’s Blessings!

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  37. Happy Birthday! Love the cake! My birthday was last week and I bought a Kyiv cake from a local bakery whose partial (half) proceeds went to an organization benefiting displaced Ukrainians.

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  38. Happy birthday. I hope the day brought/brings all sorts of delights. And that the coming year is even better. Much joy and blessings. Strength is a gift, indeed.

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  39. Happy Birthday, Beth! Wishing you love, peace, and joy in the new year!

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  40. Happiest Birthday! I hope your next trip around the sun is a great one.

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  41. Happy birthday, Beth!

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  42. Happy Birthday Beth!!!!!
    -linda,nyc

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  43. My mother and grandmother, used to say, "You have to learn to take the bitter with the better." You are certainly an example of that. Congratulations for moving forward and thriving.

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  44. Happy Birthday Beth! I love your outlook and forward thinking! Best to you. --Lisa

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  45. Happy Birthday Beth~ enjoy your special day- well deserved celebration of pampering for YOURSELF! Thank you for all the wonderful posts you write...well done...so enjoyed..and fun to read. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  46. Happy Belated Birthday Beth❤️!

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  47. Happy birthday and best wishes for your next 365 day journey around the sun!

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  48. 😊 hope you had a very nice birthday. Pamela

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  49. Happy belated birthday, Beth! Keep on celebrating!

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