Saturday, November 24, 2012

Birthday Presents

 Hello, Dear Ones!
I pray you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
We sure did and guess what?
Yesterday was my birthday!
I turned the ripe old age of 61!
But in my heart I still feel like a youngster.
Anyway...I wanted to share with you what God gave me for my birthday...
 We have a lemon tree out in the backyard and the fruit doesn't usually ripen until December around Christmas time. But this year they were ready on my birthday!

 So many lemons and they needed a bath.

 I thought I would make some lemonade!

 I cut my lemons into and used my old juicer to gather my lemon juice.

 I used a strainer to catch the seeds and pulp.

 Almost there.

Now I can enjoy a nice glass of fresh lemonade.
Lemonade is not just for summertime.

Thank you,God, for my birthday present!
Here's my recipe if you'd like it::


5 cups of water
I cup of lemon juice
1 cup of sugar

Combine and stir. Easy peasy and you can always used bottled lemon juice, but fresh is always better.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Thank You, Lord

For all that You've done, I will thank You
For all the You're going to do
For all that You've promised
And all that You are
Is all that has carried me through
Jesus I thank You

And I thank You
Thank You Lord
And I thank You
Thank You Lord

Thank You for loving and setting me free
Thank You for giving Your life just for me
How I thank You
Jesus, I thank You
Gracefully thank You
Thank You
~ sung by Dennis Jernigan



  1. Belated Happy Birthday Sheila
    and I am glad that the lemons were
    ripe just in time for your special day.

    Happy weekend.


  2. Happy happy birthday sweet friend!! You're still just a spring chicken at 61 Shelia!!! Hope it was a fantastic day and that it was filled with love and lots of presents!!!

    bee blessed

  3. Lucky lucky you to have a lemon tree! I've tried growing them here in Georgia but I can never protect them from the crazy freezes we have. It was 26 this morning but Thanksgiving it was in the 70's!

    Happy Birthday!

  4. Happy birthday sweet Shelia! Enjoy your weekend, and the lemonade :)
    xo, Andrea

  5. Happy Birthday Ya Sweet Thang~!
    I know that lemonade was refreshing..

  6. Happy Birthday!! My daughter's is today. You look fabulous!

  7. Happy birthday! You look great. Love lemons, When they on sale I freeze the juice and use them thru out the year. There is so much you can make with them.

  8. Happy Birthday Pickle..girl your catching up with me ha ha!! Do you make pies..nothing better than a big ole piece of lemon pie..Ok Ok now I'm getting hungry..Love ya Pickle
    Hugs and smiles Gloria

  9. Oh happy belated birthday dear Shelia! And here I was wondering who was older- me or you! You look great! Being young at heart does that. :)

    How fun to have a lemon tree and make your own fresh squeezed juice! Yum! ♥

  10. Sending hugs and blated birthday wishes to you, dear friend! I love your picher and I know the lemonade was scrump-dil-i-cious!

  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! Yummy lemonade!

  12. Happy birthday, Sweetness! So glad your lemons ripened just at the right time! I'm right behind you on the age thing, you'll have to hold my hand while I turn 60 in April - how in the world! did that happen?! Whew, still 24 in my little mind. Love ya ~ Mary

  13. Happy Birthday Shelia! I know you enjoyed those lovely lemons! God is so good! Big Hugs, Linda

  14. Hi Shelia, I hope you had a wonderful birthday...your the sweetest person...hugs:Sue

  15. Belated Birthday Wishes to you, Shelia!!! Love the Lemons - wonderful birthday present. Mmmmmmm, fresh lemonade.

  16. Belated Birthday wishes to you, Sheila! I hope you enjoyed your day so much. And you seem to always make life's lemons into lemonade. Great choice, Friend. I am having my 61st in about 2 weeks.

    Here is a poem for you and all of us at this time of our lives:

    "Youth is like spring,
    an over praised season
    more remarkable
    for biting winds than
    genial breezes.

    Autumn is the
    mellower season, and
    what we lose in flowers
    we more than
    gain in fruits."

    ~Samuel Butler

    Keep gathering that fruit! Our God is good to us!
    Love to you,

    Lily, WA, USA

  17. Happy Birthday Shelia! What a nice gift from our Lord!! I think He likes to surprise us! That Lemonade does look good.

  18. Happy Birthday Miss Sheila!~ What a great day it must have been. I have some other friends that celebrate your birthday too. That lemonade looks almost as sweet as you!

  19. Happy Birthday Sweet Shelia. It is fabulous you get fresh lemons. I would be making lemon desserts and gaining weight I am sure.

  20. Oh- Belated Happy Birthday to you, Shelia! I hope you enjoy every moment of your year. I loved having my own fruit trees when we lived in FL. xo Diana

  21. Happy Birthday Sheila!

    Virtual Christmas party at my blog.
    What are your favorite Christmas memories?

  22. Happy Birthday my sweet friend!! Wish I could have a glass of that lemonade with you:)

  23. That is a wonderful present! We planted a couple of lemon trees this year, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Have you ever heard that you can freeze lemons, then grate them over your dishes (the entire lemon)? Lemons are supposed to be kind of a super food health-wise.

  24. Happy Birthday and many more! How lucky are you to have fresh lemons right in your back yard? Hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving too...Ann

  25. When the time is right I hope my lemon trees will bring forth a bounty as generous as yours! Homemade lemonade - nothing quite like it.
    Happy belated birthday dearest Shelia, and I can't think of a lovelier birthday gift than God's lemons.

  26. Happy Birthday Sweet Lady! I'm having the very same birthday in March! I hope your lemonade was delish!

  27. Happy Birthday Pretty Girl! God is good, isn't he? What a lovely gift! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! XO ~Liz

  28. Happy, happy birthday sweet friend!!! Wishing you another year filled with joy!!! Love those lemons, they look wonderful...enjoy!!!

  29. Happy Birthday to you,Happy Birthday to you,Happy Birthday dear Shelia,Happy Birthday to you. xx

  30. Well, Happy Birthday sweet friend. I am glad you have had a wonderful birthday. And your present of lemon is fantastic. Hugs to the birthday girl. Karie

  31. happy birthday to you.

    I would love to have a lemon tree. And a glass of the lemonade.

    What else will you do with the lemons? I love to make lemon meringue pie. Can you freeze the juice to use later?

  32. Sheila, have not visit4ed you in awhile, sorry about that. Belated Happy Birthday to a very sweet lady. 61, wow! that's young I am older than you. Lemons are beautiful, too bad I can't have any lemonade, too much acid for me so will leave it all for you, aren't I nice? Hugs...Lu

  33. What lovely present:) Happy Birthday Shelia:)

  34. Happy 61st Shelia! What a nice gift! Lemons are useful for so many things and I love the smell! Happy Birthday!

  35. Happy Belated Birthday Shelia! Wishing you a healthy and joyful year ahead!

  36. Happy Birthday dear Shelia!!! I love lemons too. You're lucky to have your very own lemon tree. I buy them at the store and keep them cut up to put in my ice water. They're supposed to be good for you too. I think you'll have to make a lemon pie with some of yours too. That would be yummy!

  37. Shelia,
    I do believe these were "Heaven Sent", dear friend!!!
    When God gives you lemons...definitely make Lemonade!!!
    What a precious birthday "gift"!!! Looks divinely delicious!!!

  38. Now wouldn't that be fun to have lemons in your backyard. I LOVE THEM...and use them in so many things.

  39. Shelia it sounds like you had a blessed birthday!! Your lemonade looks so refreshing and delicious. By the way you don't look 61. Really I thought you were in your fifties. What do you do to keep so young looking?

  40. Belated birthday wishes, Shelia!!! Those lemons/lemonade look delicious! John's parents lived in FL for many years and would send us lemons the size of grapefruits!!!


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