Thursday Treats

A special entry of Thursday Treats inspired by my recent engagement to Mister.

 

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I’ve always envisioned a wedding reception beneath a canopy of trees, sitting among our loved ones laughing, dancing and enjoying great food and music.

Samoa or Auckland are the two destinations in mind.  We have an upcoming trip to Samoa in August, so we’ll be on the look out for potential wedding venues.

If we choose Auckland, I would love a winter wedding with a vintage inspired theme.  This would be my dream dress:

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Bridesmaids would mirror the vintage theme accordingly in my favorite color, pastel green.

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No wedding reception is complete without a vintage dessert table filled with an array of decadence.

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Mister would look handsome regardless of his attire.  We looked at a few Groom options and his pick was a classic black tux.

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Baby’s breath brings back so many memories of my childhood, my favorite choice for wedding flowers on tables and as a bouquet.

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If we choose Samoa, the tropical weather will mean a change of dress so we’ll keep that option open.  An exciting part of life, can’t wait to be your wife my Mister.

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Love & laughter,
Curly Miri

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Top Treats Of 2013

It is Christmas Eve in the Southern Hemisphere.  I have just watched this clip.  The beauty of this woman’s love for her husband amazes me and made me think of love in my life.

Thursday Treats began as a way to document things that made me smile.  When I look back at my posts I see more than that, it is a collection of all that I am grateful for.

Top Treats Of 2013

1.  Mister.  The love and laughter, that is more than enough for me.

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2.  Elijah.  From birth he has made my heart smile, easing the hurt of my struggle with infertility and desire of wanting a child of my own.  The closest to being a mother is to be an aunt.

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3.  Family.

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4.  Receiving this gorgeous painting from an inspiring reader of my blog.

Heart of the Hurricane by Nancy Wolfe Kimberly

Heart of the Hurricane by Nancy Wolfe Kimberly

5.  Japan.  The most beautiful place I have ever had the privilege to visit.

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Japan has beautiful scenery and the cherry blossoms were a great sight. However, this photo is my favourite of our trip. Mister and I amongst the crowd, relaxed and happy in Sannomiya.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I wish you all a happy holiday season, filled with much love & laughter,

Curly Miri

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Heart of the Hurricane by Nancy Wolfe Kimberly

Heart of the Hurricane by Nancy Wolfe Kimberly

Nancy Wolfe Kimberly, a brilliant artist and reader of my blog from New Orleans, Louisiana sent me this stunning piece as a housewarming gift.  It made me appreciate the connection between bloggers/writers and readers.  I hope one day to visit your shores and give you a big hug.  The Heart of the Hurricane is on our living room wall. Mister and I love this piece and we’ve received so many compliments.  Thank you, Nancy. You’re beautiful!

Be sure to check out Gator Girl Art.  Nancy has a wonderful range of art via Facebook and Etsy.  Her art will add a touch of color and beauty to your home.

Beautiful piece by Nancy Wolfe Kimberly has found a special place in our home.

A recent addition to our living room.  Our "Samoan Corner" features a Fue and To'oto'o, used by talking chiefs.  The Kava Bowl is used in Samoan ceremonies accompanied by three carved Naifi (knives/axes).

Our “Samoan Corner” features a Fue and To’oto’o, used by talking chiefs. The Kava Bowl is used in Samoan ceremonies and above this is three carved Naifi (knives/axes).

Mister and I enjoyed a vacation in Samoa.  We were happy to see family and enjoy mango season (my favorite fruit).  Samoa is a special place for us as we are both of Samoan descent and it is the place we first met as mentioned in this post.

Mister and I at 'Aga Reef Resort.  Breathtaking backdrop of Lalomanu's mountainside.

Mister and I at ‘Aga Reef Resort. Breathtaking backdrop of Lalomanu’s mountainside.

We spent a day deep in the forest of Utualii preparing food using a traditional cooking method known as an Umu, an earth oven.  This practice is commonly used in Polynesia.  Mister was happy going back to his roots and we enjoyed the company of his siblings with a few bottles of Vailima.

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Size 2 Pig, Taro and Ka’amu. Samoan treats usually eaten on special occasions or for Sunday lunch.

Breakfast & Coffee date with Mister at one of our favorite places, The Cozy Cafeteria.  Mister had the Big Breakfast and I had the Salmon Bagel with Avocado.

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I have recently discovered, Rekordelig.  A gorgeous cider made in Sweden.  So delicious with lots of fruit.

Rekordelig delights by the pool.

Rekordelig delights by the pool.

I stumbled across Trent Shelton and I love his frame of mind.

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Love & Laughter,
Curly Miri

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I celebrated my birthday this week with a family dinner at home.  Made me think of a past birthday where I was in Sataoa, riding on a canoe through the mangroves.  It is in these moments of reflection that I realize the importance of time, love and being happy.  You can never turn back time or embrace your youth again.

Have I used time to the best of my ability?  I believe I have given my all to be a supportive, loyal and loving partner to Mister, a caring daughter, sister and aunt.  I have confirmed my placement for University next year, with only four papers to complete it is a realistic goal to achieve.  I’ve started writing a Novel which highlights the life of a young woman and her experiences of sexual abuse.  I will see where this Novel takes me, as my passion to write correlates with my sense of being.

Love.  Read through my blog and it is blatantly obvious how much I am in love with Mister.  This blog has enabled me to be honest without reserve and that will not ever change.  Will Mister and I ever get married?  That is what I think every time a birthday passes by.

Let’s take into consideration three significant factors of life; time, love and being happy.  If life is short, love is rare and being happy is paramount, then why do we wait to live the life we want?

Best thing about my birthday?  My family.  My mister.

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Beautiful orchids from Mister and scrumptious b’day cake made by my sister. It was a surprise and once she told me it was an ice cream cake I was over the moon. I’ve always wanted one as it reminds me of The Babysitter’s Club movie I watched repeatedly as a kid, ha!

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My sister Leah celebrated her 21st Birthday at Wild Fire, loved the food especially dessert.

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Wild Fire staff singing “Happy Birthday” in Portuguese.

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Family photo. Spot my curls and cute nephew in the corner.

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Elijah had a sleepover so thought I would get him to help with the chores.  You know, start ’em young!

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Then he quit on me! lol

Then he quit on me! lol

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Coffee date with Mister at Fresh Gallery Otara.
Otara is a low socio-economic area that has made news headlines in New Zealand regarding high rates of crime.  What the news does not reveal is the beautiful culture and talent found in this town.  Every Saturday morning a Flea Market brings together a range of stalls selling cultural crafts, delicious food and a showcase of various singing and dancing talent.

Mister I stopped by the the Fresh Gallery Otara to check out the art on display and we were surprised with the great cafe, selling food and coffee at half the price of what we usually pay at our local cafe.

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Mister had the big breakfast, 2 poached eggs, 2 sausages, bacon and toast. $12. Cafe’s in Auckland usually charge up to $22.50 for this. I had a chicken and camembert panini for $5.90. The usual price in cafes is $9.50 and this came with salad and chutney.

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This interesting page made me laugh.  Almost there!

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Love & Laughter,
Curly Miri

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Mister and I have moved into our new home.  Working on our home’s interior design and décor has been absolute bliss.  We’re loving the space as we were previously in a 1 bedroom apartment so we’re grateful and happy to be in our 4 bedroom Villa.

It has been quite the journey.  I met Mister only three hours before boarding a plane and when I think back on our personal and professional experiences I am in awe.  Within four years we have built a business together, helped the youth of our community, and we’ve maintained a strong and loving relationship.

It has not been easy and honestly I have had doubts, but I always trusted that there was a bigger plan and I have not ever doubted his love.  Over four years ago I was at a crossroads.  Meeting Mister has changed my life for the better.  I no longer hurt from the past nor do I dwell upon the people who hurt me.  Personally, I do not think time is a healer of hurt rather the relationships and environment I have immersed myself into has enabled me to progress with a healthier mind set.  I have not settled for less than I deserve.  In essence, I had not imagined that I would be where I am today without knowing what it is to be loved by Mister and my family.  My heart is grateful for what we have done together.

My favourite corner of our bedroom. Rattan chair, inspirational cushion, sunlight, the breeze and a great selection of books.

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Favourite wall of our home.

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My handsome nephew who is the inspiration for my first Children’s Book celebrated his 1st Birthday recently.  He is quite the character, extremely cheeky, quick-witted and funny.

Beautiful nephew, Elijah.

Elijah’s birthday celebration.

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It is Spring in the Southern Hemisphere.  These gorgeous Orchids are from Tomuri & Co. Floral Design.
3 for $10!  Looking lovely in our living room.

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I am an Op Shop/Thrift Store lover.  I have found beautiful vintage, retro and antique pieces.  This spinning wheel was purchased for $35 and is a great addition to our living room space.

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I do not dream often but when I do I wake up convinced that whatever occurred in my dream must have happened or is of somewhat relevant to what is happening in my life right now.  I was in Samoa working in the rice field as a slave in the early 1900’s.  Mister and I had been separated as the boat we travelled on capsized.  In the blistering heat, frustrated, tired and with no absolute hope I continued to work for years in the rice field not knowing what had become of Mister.  One day, Mister turns up to the rice field with a suit and tie to check on the workers.  I recognise him instantly and think there is no way he would recognise me in my disheveled state.  He looks at me as I stare blatantly in awe of his presence.  He walks towards me, looks into my eyes and embraces me as tears stream down his face.  Mister, the owner of the rice field.

Yeah, what is up with that Mister? lol 🙂

Love & Laughter,
Curly Miri

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Mister and I spent a week in Fiji to celebrate the wedding of his niece and enjoy the beauty of the tropical island.  We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Nadi at The Natadola Beach Resort.  We were blown away with the generosity of the locals and the staff of the resort.  The wedding ceremony and reception was held at The Intercontinental Resort Fiji Resort & Spa.

I felt absolutely privileged to attend such a breathtakingly beautiful wedding.  Being with Mister’s family made our time in Fiji even more special as we shared many laughs and made great memories.  The experience was completely surreal, with the chapel only meters away from the ocean.  The bride looked stunning in her Jane Yeh wedding gown adorned with French lace and her father looked so happy to give his daughter away to such a deserving groom.  The reception was divine with a beautiful ocean background, and wonderful local entertainment of traditional dances.  The most captivating wedding I have had the pleasure of attending.

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I have finally completed my first Children’s story featuring my nephew Elijah who will be celebrating his 1st birthday next month.  All I need now is an illustrator to bring the character and scenes to life.

Today marks the start of a new journey.  I will start taking care of myself, my body and my mind.  I have spent so much time and effort focusing on the insignificant and I admit that I have neglected my health.  My desire to have a family has made me think of how serious I need to be about this journey.  I know that I cannot do it alone but I know that I have a supportive family who will help me on my way.

 As quoted by Confucius, “A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

My grandfather recently passed away.  I spent three days in Samoa to attend his funeral.  It was such a humbling experience to be in the core of Samoan traditional practices.  My heart was heavy as I saw how much my mother was mourning over her dad’s passing.  It made me think of the people I love in my life.

All that I have ever wanted is to see my family and partner happy.  I think of all that I want to celebrate and achieve in life and then I realise that my grandfather won’t be there.  I realise the significance of a mother and father’s presence in the important events of my life.  To have my father walk me down the aisle.  To have my mother be with me as I give birth to my first child.  To have my family read my first book.  Too often we take for granted those we love.

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A bit bold, but this is a feature wall I painted about two months ago that I thought I would share.  The paint only cost me $20 for 10 Litres.  I love it.

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A few of my favourite people.  My sister, cousin and aunt.  We were heading out to dinner at Spices Thai.  Great food, atmosphere and beautiful company.

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Love & Laughter,
Curly Miri

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Mister and I have returned to New Zealand after a visit to Japan.  Such a beautiful country and a much needed vacation which has given me inspiration to continue writing.

I have been absent since my last post on December 20, 2012. It drained so much of me to be vulnerable about what has hurt for so long, my infertility.  The past few months have enabled me to embrace the beauty that surrounds me.  This has always been the foundation of Thursday Treats.

1.  The Japanese are extremely polite and respectful. Such honorable traits should be emulated by other cultures, we could learn so much from these beautiful people and their captivating country.  Mister and I spent most of our time in Kobe.

We met lovely locals and and visitors from Australia, Germany and the UK.  Mister looks very happy to meet the locals, or maybe he had too much Sake?

2.  Be prepared to be bombarded with a whole lot of delectable delights!

The food in Japan is absolutely divine.  The Sashimi and Kobe beef were my favourite.
The food in Japan is absolutely divine. The Sashimi and Kobe beef were my favourite.  Prior to our visit my chop stick skills left a lot to be desired.  Now, I am a pro!
Mister and I are in love with Japanese food.
Mister and I fell in love with Japanese food.  One of my favourite meals was a Hot Pot mix.  I wasn’t sure what the actual meal was until I asked the chef after I had consumed every last bit.  The Hot Pot consisted of cabbage, pak choy, mung beans, offal and pig intestines.  I was taken aback with the offal and intestines, however glad that I tried the delicious delicacy.  Lesson learned, don’t knock it ’til you try it.                                                                   
Mister and I still managed to squeeze in a few coffee dates at Vie De France.
Mister and I still managed to squeeze in a few coffee dates at Vie De France.  What I loved most about Kobe was being able to hop on a train with Mister late at night to grab coffee and treats.  Stores and restaurants closed well after midnight.  In New Zealand most stores close at 6pm.  Kobe, the city that never sleeps.

3.  Our visit to Hiroshima was a humbling experience.

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Mister in front of the Genbaku Dome.
The only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945.

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This photo sums up how I felt after going through the museum, utter sadness.  However, I was overwhelmed with the beauty and serenity of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

4.   Kyoto, a beautiful city of temples and geisha.

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5.  It has always been a dream of mine to see Sakura in Japan, to touch and smell the blossoms.  I found the most beautiful Sakura in Kyoto.

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So much beauty surrounds us.  We just have to open our eyes to see.

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Love & Laughter,
Curly Miri