About suetony2011

In our early 90s, Suzanne and I are in our 67th year of marriage and, looking back on the years, we truly have been ‘dancing in the light of God’…with whose guidance and blessings, we gratefully treasure all our precious adventures together, while always looking forward to more… "Be thankful for daily blessings", Suzanne and Tony

Walking, Cycling & Playing Ball At 93….

To me, age is just a number. It does not hold me back from doing whatever I want to, as long as I am able to do so. On that note, I have just taken up cycling as yet another way of keeping fit – especially at the age of 93!

I begin the day with arm and leg exercises while still on my bed, before I get up and out of bed.  In the bathroom, I do another set of exercises, which I will elaborate on, in another post.

I go for two walks in a day, each time for about ten minutes (I walk briskly). It is refreshing for the eyes and mind, to focus on the lush greenery of my immediate surroundings and to literally smell the flowers along the way.

 

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Sometime in the afternoon, I will cycle for about 10 minutes which is a good way to get the circulation activated. This can be done 5 minutes at a time, twice a day too. It helps to keep my knees in good shape, and prevents them from feeling stiff.

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At tea-time, Anne, my friendly neighbor comes to carry out her exercise routine and we take the opportunity to play ball! This gentle throwing and catching action helps to sharpen our reflexes and works our arm muscles too.

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Keeping fit with simple exercises daily is ALL FUN and ALL PLAY to me. I hope you will agree with me and get out of that chair to exercise!!

God bless.

Suzanne

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Bird Art: Fashion Or Message Of Peace?

At the age of 92, I still indulge in my creative pursuits on a daily basis. It keeps me focused and in an artistic world of my own. When the work of art is completed, I derive much satisfaction from it, and if others admire it, my day is made!

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For years, I have been painting freehand on clothing items like blouses, t-shirts, trousers and dresses. Using fabric paint, acrylics and a variety of embellishments wherever applicable, each piece of art is unique and one of a kind.

Although no two works of art are alike, I paint flowers and birds often. While I never cease to be fascinated by the variety of bird life and their tweets and whistles in my garden all day long, I tend to paint doves more often than not.

Purity and innocence best define the dove. For a Christian, it is a sign of hope and the descent of the Holy Spirit. It is also a sign of pure love and compassion, many sayings also insist, be gentle like a dove. It could be a hint to a compassionate and gentle individual. (…from http://www.buzzle.com)

Some of my works on clothing are featured in the photograph – these were done as long ago as 2010 when I was 86. Recently, my daughter showed me images of beautiful outfits in the 2017 Spring Ready To Wear collection of Mary Katrantzou, which also feature doves! Aaah, such joy to see the gentle feathered friends being the focal point in designer outfits.

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Whether the doves appear in my own creations or on the catwalks of Milan, Paris, New York and London, let us hope that the most important message they spread is one of PEACE and TRANQUILITY, much needed in the world today.

Amen.

Remembering Tony

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A tribute to Tony Lee published in the Garabandal International magazine (by the Australian Garabandal International Apostolate)  

On 19th October it will be six months since my beloved husband Tony returned to the Lord. While he is missed in so many ways, we strive to continue his prayerful work of praying for others, one prayer group of which is in the name of Our Lady of Garabandal.

He was associated with the Australian Garabandal International Apostolate since January 1990 and the team has published a tribute to Tony in their quarterly magazine. While it was published a few months ago, we waited to share this in the blog, so as to commemorate his 6-month anniversary this month.

We wish to express our deepest appreciation to the Australian team of Tony Kissane, Judy Bond, Judy Terry and Regina O’Shaughnessy for honouring Tony’s memory in the magazine.

Our Lady of Garabandal, pray for us and the world.

Amen.

Suzanne

Praying The Rosary

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In the Catholic liturgical calendar, today, 7 October is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Praying the rosary has a profound effect on people’s lives. Perhaps this is an opportune time to share one lady’s personal experiences – the article is called:

How The Rosary Changed My Life by Jacqueline Burkepile (please click here to read it)

While we are on the topic of prayers, let us pray for each other and for Peace in the world.

God bless us all.

Amen.

 

Brushing For Bright Eyes!

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Suzanne, 92, brushes her eyebrows several  times a day, upon waking up, after reading or watching tv.

Like every part of the body, one’s eye area needs to be ‘woken up’ after sleep or after an intense period of reading or looking at electronic gadgets!  Even when your eyes are feeling sluggish when suffering from sinus or a cold.

I just use a soft toothbrush and brush my eyebrows one at a time, starting from the inner end to the outer end. Repeat it a few times and it activates the blood circulation in the eye area…and immediately the tired eye feels revitalised.

Simple as that. If my eyelids are heavy with sleepiness, brushing my eyebrows helps to keep my eyes open.

Have a blessed day.

Amen

St. Anne’s Feast

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Photograph taken in the iconic church of St. Anne, Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

26 July is the Feast Day of St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In Malaysia, the St. Anne’s Feast of Bukit Mertajam happens to be one of the 20 biggest Catholic pilgrimages in the world, and is celebrated at St. Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam on the mainland of Penang.

It regularly attracts an estimate of about 100,000 pilgrims from Malaysia as well as neighbouring countries, who gather to pray or thank her for prayers answered and petitions granted through her powerful intercession.

Spread over a period of ten days which includes the actual feast day on 26 July, celebrations include a candlelight procession, a nine-day novena and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

A prayer to St. Anne:

Dear Saint Anne, 

I praise god and honor you for having been given the grace to be the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Many who have implored your help have felt the happy effects of your goodness and powerful intercession. Encouraged by this thought, I humbly implore you, O good Saint Anne to hear my request:

(here mention your petition)

O loving Saint Anne, whose heart is ever full of human sympathy for those in trouble, pain or anxiety, have pity on me and grant me your favour as you have done for others in so many wonderful cases for the greater glory of God. Help me to know, love and follow Jesus by being a concerned citizen and an active member of His Church and to reach Heaven, there to praise God with you forever and ever.

Amen.