Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ruby Tuesday: Cause Ya Gotta Have Friends

My FanTTastic friend TT sent me a package last week.

It was such a delightful surprise that I have to share.

And it’s full of red.

Starting with the writing on the card

When I opened the cardboard box I was met with an avalanche of packing peanuts. The cats loved it!! Mia spent hours trying to get a static cling peanut off her butt. Every time she swished her tail the peanut flew up and landed back on her butt.

This red box peeked out through the peanuts.

Each gift was wrapped in white tissue paper and each one had a sweet or funny note attached.

I got:
A mug
A heart bracelet
Hot cocoa mix
There was lots of chocolate but that didn’t make it to the photo session.
A sweet keepsake box

The mug even advertised itself as Ruby Tuesday Ready!!

Even empty the box is gorgeous and I’ll cherish it forever

Thank You TT

I also want to thank our Ruby Tuesday host.

MARY honored me with these 2 awards for doing what I couldn’t imagine not doing.
Being her friend.

Mary is one of the fairest people I know. She is intelligent and calm. Her posts are always interesting and they enrich the reader.

Seems a few people couldn’t see that
Their loss

All I did was let Mary know the obvious. She is wonderful – through and through.

Thank You Mary!

Finally – please go by my FORKS OFF THE MOMENT blog and check out plans for sharing Election Day together at my place and a virtual celebration of our democratic process at DIANE M’S PLACE.


Anonymous said...

Great RT selection.

mark's tails said...

Very thoughtful and a great Ruby Tuesday post.

ellen b. said...

It's always fun to get something in the mail that's fun and not an advertisement or bill! The red box is wonderful...

Robin said...

What a fun gift, and I definitely second the thank you to Mary :-).

Mojo said...

Hey... who's dissin' the Teach? Don't make me come down there an' go Gandhi on yo' butt!

THanks for a great post D. Loved it a lot.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Wonderful to be thought of with such nice things and be able to encorporate it into a RT post!

gabrielle said...

Thanks for sharing your gifts with us. Isn't the anticipation of opening them the best? I love that they were individually wrapped.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a wonderful surprise package! Some people are so thoughtful!

And congratulations on your awards! Very cool.

Bob-kat said...

What a wonderful warming parcel to get - in so many ways!

I particularly like the last pic with the radial blur effect. Very effective!

Sorry I haven't been over much. I've been up to my ears in shoe boxes! All is expalined on my blog. I hope normal serviuce will be resumed soon. I have been dropping by, but as it's at work I am unable to comment. Loviing this new blog of yours though :)

Dianne said...

ilanadavita - thank you :)

mark - TT is a thoughtful person. We make such good friends in the blogging world! :)

ellen - it is! and the red box is satiny :)
a perfect treasure

robin - it was fun, made my day!
TT and Mary - such great friends to have.

mojo - I was all ready to go Brooklyn on their ass. We'd make one hell of a dynamic duo wouldn't we!?

pagan - the second I saw the red box I thought of RT and then when TT put the note in - well it was just perfect :)

gabrielle - she took such time and care with each piece. as great as the things were the little notes were priceless, I have them up in my office.

Dianne said...

your eg - isn't it great how we can all make each other feel better with special gestures :)

bob-kat - I just checked on you yesterday! I'll go back :)
don't worry - we're here when we're here LOL
that lost shot is my latest voyage into yet another editing program. glad you like it

Felisol said...

Hi Dianne,
seems like you have been richly blessed with gifts and awards.
It is a heartwarming experience to be valuated that way. Than you for sharing your joy with us.
I also had a good laugh over the Mia slideshow.
She's really something.
From Felisol

Hilary said...

That's such a kind and thoughtful gift.. as was your sharing it with us (except for the chocolate!). I could SO imagine your cat trying to rid herself of the clingy peanut.. too funny. :)

Pia K said...

What a lovely gift! Surprise gifts are the best:) And the peanut-cat-butt thing was hilarious, one of those moments one realize television is superfluos...;) Have a good RT with your new bestest mug!

pink dogwood said...

I wish you had captured the peanut-cat-butt thing on camera :)

cool gift package.

Patti said...

How wonderful to get a surprise package delivered to you! What a nice friend.

Great photos for Ruby Tuesday, Dianne. Enjoy your day.

Is it snowing there?

Dianne said...

felisol - it is wonderful to have good friends, thank you :)
and Mia says thanks as well, she enjoys being a character

hilary - It was fun to share, so many pretty reds. Mia was hilarious and Siren was priceless as he sat there just staring at her in disbelief.

pia - you're so right. Mia was hours of entertainment. I hated to end it but she was going to eat styrofoam. I have to look into nerf toys!

pink - me too!!! I need to get a video camera. My little Kodak has vid option but it's disastrous to operate. If I had a video I would have vlogged opening the package!!

Dianne said...

patti - it is snowing here - hard! kids are just getting out of school and their faces are delightful to see.
would you believe I picked today as my first day out since the cast came off!?
what is wrong with me?
never mind - don't answer that ;)

tt said...


Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Dianne! What a wonderful surprise for you. TT is a wonderful friend. And who wouldn't love a person that sends chocolates.

Congrats on your awards. Well deserved.

Poor Mia. I hope you got pictures. Lisa

Carletta said...

What lovely treasures!
Congrats on your awards - well deserved!

Askew To You said...

What a wonderful surprise!! Congratulations - I bet you feel very loved. :D Thanks for sharing shots of your loot with us.

Are you talking about Mary, the Teach? I think she's a peach.

CrystalChick said...

Nice gifts from your friend!
OH, without even trying I did manage to get some 'Ruby Tuesday' red on my blog today. I had forgotten, as usual, but luckily a couple of my pics have some red in them by accident. Hey, that works too though, right? lol

Happy Diwali!
Celebrating the light within you. :)

Dianne said...

tt - squee!

lisa - TT is the best.
Mia was downstairs and camera was upstairs and legs - well they're still not strong enough to run up and down.
I may try to recreate the scene LOL

carletta - treasures they are
thank you :)

askew - I do feel loved :)
I wish I could have controlled myself long enough to get the camera cause the chocolates were something else lol
yes I'm talking about the teach p- the peach - I like that :)

crystalchick - I even e-mailed myself to remind you!!
what the hell is wrong with me?
second time I've asked that in this one post
glad you had red by accident
did you link yourself?
I'm making my way down the list. I go in order and I visit everyone. just the way I roll ;)

Ralph said...

Of course, Dianne, you deserve the ruby best of all. The box, mug and card show the admiration you deserve in your blogs. As for awards, deserving as well. happy Ruby Tuesday!

bobbie said...

Congratulations on your awards and on your gift box. Wasn't that neat!

Jientje said...

Lucky girl!! Suèch a wonderful gift and an award!! Congratulations on the award, looks like you deserve it!

MyMaracas said...

Congrats on your awards! Well deserved, both of them. LOVE the presents! You're so lucky to have such a cool friend.

Anonymous said...

What a great surprise package! beautiful box and fun gifts, perfect for Ruby Tuesday!

Leora said...

What a lovely surprise! How nice to have such a wonderful friend. I would keep the box, too.

Jan said...

What a great gift, and you're right the box is wonderful, too.

Dianne said...

ralph - thank you! means a lot to me :)

bobbie - it was a great pick me up, TT's timing is perfect

jientje - thank you, I'm still surprised - and grateful

mymaracus - thank you. and yes, I am very lucky.

mar - it was as if the post was a gift as well LOL
she laid it all out for me

leora - I have to keep the box away from the cats, the ribbon is fascinating them :)
everthing ends up hidden from these little monsters

jan - thanks. I wish I could describe how satiny the box is.

Melli said...

Hm. Nobody ever send me a Ruby Tuesday in the mail... guess I need to make a new friend! LOL!

THAT is wonderful! SO very sweet! (and I have gotten (and given) gifts from blogging friends -- they are TRUE treasures!)How PERFECT that it GOT to you right before Tuesday!!!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh..how sweet..Isn't it amazing how touched we are when someone thinks of us. My best buddy here gave me a small potted plant when we had coffee and I teared up..She knew it's been a difficult time and it was so sweet.

On a light note..isn't a packing peanut on a cat fun? My two will eat them so I can't let them play with them anymore. Yes, I did say eat them...Michelle

spiCes said...

that is such a very interesting package indeed! i can just imagine your excitement!:) heym thanks for dropping by:)

Anonymous said...

Nice package and I just know how fun it must have been revealing all the presents one by one :)

Dianne said...

melli - you always make me laugh - Ruby Tuesday in a box ;)
blogging friends are the best

michelle - little acts of thoughtfulness mean a lot.
I hate that you're having a hard time, you have such a kind heart.
I had to watch Mia, she wanted to eat them too as did Siren, he was literally licking his chops lol

spices - it was a wonderful surprise :) thanks for coming by here too

napaboaniya - it was!! and of course the chocolate was eaten as the rest was opened lol

Raven said...

Wow! What a wonderful post. TT, awesome gift to someone who more than deserves it. Great Ruby Tuesday post.

Dianne said...

raven - thanks!! sweet thing for you to say
TT is awesome :)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post!


Cherie said...

How thoughtful of Mary to send you something that you could use for Ruby Tuesday! That's a true friend. That doesn't even count the contents. No one deserves it more! :)

Gattina said...

How nice all these gifts, you were spoiled, lol !
for the 4th I only wish that all Americans don't choose the wrong man like 8 years ago ! Here in Europe we are all for Obama !

Terry said...

Dear Dianne...You know a gift like that card is a real treasure. All those people who think that they are real lucky if they win the lottery are not as rich as you Dianne who have so many friends. What can ever compare to the riches of having family and friends! Even "invisible friends" Dianne that you have from the internet!

That is so funny about Mia! Oh it would have been fun to see. Why didn't you take her picture or perhaps you did? Ha!! A little video would have been just fine!!

A great brown treasure chest, its top laden with gifts and good news notes from a far country!
Oh just priceless!
What happened to those chocolates?
Did that naughty Mia gobble them all up?

Dianne, you are so right about Mary T. I just don't know why it took me so long to listen to Felisol abut joining Ruby Tuesday sooner. She is the greatest and I know that it take so much work on her part. I really don't know how she does it!
Look at me. I am always running late!!
Late in coming here and wishing you a Happy belated Ruby Tuesday!
Thank you for you visit to my blog.
One of these frosty Fridays, I am going to have a little time maybe to put you on my favourite links!!!
Love Terry

me ann my camera said...

Aren't surprises just the greatest thing ever! Such lovely thoughtfulness is an absolute tresure within itself.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Good morning Dianne, it is nice to meet you.. thanks for your visit to my place. I love meeting new people on my blog . Congrats on your gift.. What a sweet person you are to receive such a surprise!!!

I have already voted early, about two weeks ago..The lines were not long and now I will not have to wait 8 hours in line next week!!!

have a great day ... I am going to Curves for my exercise..talk to you later. Hugs, Baba

Dianne said...

paz - why thank you! :)

cherie - awww thanks :)
the box was from TT, Mary sent me the awards. both great gifts. it's all good as the kids say ;)

gattina - we didn't choose him 8 years ago. he was thrust upon us by Florida and friends.
I'm with you in that hope. Hope you'll stop by 'Forks' and hear some from the ground stories :)

terry - I love your comments. always make me smile.
don't worry about links, my sidebar is so out of date!! I bookmark people and then never get around to adding.
I'm thrilled that you joined RT and yes - Mary is the best.
Mia never got near the chocolate LOL - it was all me!!

me ann - exactly!! thoughfulness counts for so much! kindness is precious.

baba - welcome!! have fun at Curves. and it's great that you voted early :)

Pagan Sphinx said...

You truly deserve these. I thought about giving them to you as well but I figured that you would eventually get them - you are that good!

Smalltown RN said...

what a wonderful collection of goodies....lucky lady you are...and I LOVE that red box!!!

Dianne said...

pagan - you've given me others which I cherish. plus I just love your friendship :)
yeah I know sappy ;)

smalltown rn - I have about 10 different things I want to use the box for. It is sitting in the middle of my LR (away from the cats!!) until the final use comes to me.

Daryl said...

A most excellent surprise ... and Mary rocks .. show me who wasnt nice to her and I will ....


Dianne said...

daryl - yep! she rocks
the not so nice people have to deal with themselves. that's dark enough in my opinion

angelinaaahh said...

What a sweet gift! i'm sure you had a great day that day.

Dianne said...

angelinaaahh - I had a great day! thanks!! love your name, it's fun to type ;)

maryt/theteach said...

Dianne, great RT post! Some wonderful gifts that mean so much from a great friend. And thanks for your very kind words. You are such a good friend!! :)

Dianne said...

you're welcome Mary ;)

Ladynred said...

Beautiful red box! Thx for the comment.

Dianne said...

ladynred - thanks :)
and you're welcome