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Below is what I received yesterday in snail mail. The Sister's Day gift from...none other than my "sissy". It's the sweetest book ever. When I was showing Bud, I mentioned that there is a couple in particular that really 'fits into our lives' as sisters...the one [2nd down on the right column] where it's two girls in a tree --we two HAD a tree house!!! We called it "Picnic Mount"...the tree was on a hill, by a creek. We'd take crackers and cheese and juice up there together and just munch and giggle and tell secrets!! The 2nd one that is 'so us' the third one down on the left hand column...where we are under blankets, telling stories! And this is the ironic part, when my sister called me yesterday ---by the way she was still crying about the gift I made her, and she said Al, her hubby, was too!! She said to me through sobs "Anni this is the best gift you've ever given me, ever!" Anyway, she had to tell Al that this book, and particularly this page [the 3rd down on left] that Anni told one story she'll never forget...where I had her so scared she couldn't sleep that night. The monster outside our windows!! Now get this, when I saw the page and read it----I had to tell BUD!! the same saga. Loved it!!! Besides the sweet Sister and Me book, she had in the package for me, a pretty, sparkly, bauble necklace which I wore all day -----------

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"Take Pleasure 101"....

The firmness I caressed in my hand.
As I rubbed, the tip turned a soft sheer blue.
I blew gently; teasing.
Lowering myself, the blanket of jade was like Spring turf;
cool, firm as slate!!
I then stroked it through my fingers, back and forth...
On cue, I whispered:
"Eight ball in the corner pocket"!!

POSTED: Friday, March 19th, 2010
5:55 A.M.


  1. Anonymous3/19/2010

    I LOVED this one Anni ~ a real tease today. Great imagery throughout.

    I'm up after a few weeks off:
    Friday Flash 55 ~ Pride

  2. Anonymous3/19/2010

    What a wonderful gift. Your sissy is as wonderful as you are.OMG I was getting hot and bothered by the 55 and then you are playing pool. ROFLMAO!! Excellent my friend :)

  3. Absolutely delightful - both of them.

  4. Anni,

    A beautiful book. It fits the two of your perfectly.
    Such pretty illustrations and from what I can see, it rhymes. Such nice pastel colors. I'm sure you will treasure it always. The necklace is lovely. Did your sister make it?

    I received your email this morning and have replied. Please let me know if you get it.

    Hope you're feeling better.

  5. Great 55 - I just played Billiards last month! Have a great weekend!

  6. Wow! That was unexpected. A very creative 55 this morning, Anni!

  7. Sure set us up with that one, a game of pool, LOL. Loved the blanket of jade.

  8. Anonymous3/19/2010

    Ha ha, I love the poem! It reminds me of a poem I wrote years ago--I posted it on my blog just for you! Mine's only 54 words though! Oh well!

    What a sweet gift from your sister.

    Stopping by via Abode One Three

  9. LOL, Anni. You got me going there!
    GREAT , I repeat GREAT 55!
    I love it!

    It is the Weekend, TGIF!

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    Keep the FUNNIES in your weekends!



  10. So sweet! I love sharing connections like that with my sister. Thanks for stopping by Lemon Tree this morning!


  11. What a cute book that is, who is the author?

  12. Victoria The book is written and illustrated by Becky Kelly. Andrew McMeel Publishing

  13. there is nothing like a sister...i know; i have two:) a beautiful post!


  14. What a sweet gift from your sis. I have four sisters (no brothers) and know what a blessing sisters are.

    Thanks for visiting the cottage. Do come again. ;)

    ~Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  15. Oh I just love this Sister and me book. What a lovely gift. So wonderful to have a sister, and to have her be so thoughtful. Memorizing special times and putting them in a book is a treasure for sure.

    I just love your blog background too.

  16. Well Anni, this made my 55 words. Thank you!

  17. ooooo, what a clever 55!

    and i think i've told you before, but you and your sister have is simply wonderful. enviable. that is a stunning gift!

  18. What a nice gift from your sista... Wish I had a sister to share such a great day with... All brothers!!! Have a wonderful day

  19. Aren't sisters wonderful? I am blessed to be the youngest of 5 sisters (one brother).
    What a wonderful gift.

  20. Anni - You know how to rack em up!

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my flash 55: My Invisibility

  21. I love the book from your sister. I don't have a sister, but my two daughters are best friends and I think it is wonderful.
    Great 55....I've been playing a good bit of pool lately with my grandsons but not with that much skill.

  22. Awww. What a sweet post! There is nothing like a sister to share life with. I was blessed with a twin, and life has been grand. Hope your spring springs beautifully.

  23. LOL! Such a sensual game of pool.

  24. Beautiful book! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  25. The twins call each other Sissy - it's so cute right now!

    Glad you're feeling better - be glad you're not here during our annual Spring Break snow storm! It's pretty, but not desirable after several days of delightful spring weather. Good moisture though - gotta look at the positive!

    I'm hoping to get a post done today - been short on words this week for some reason.

  26. Anonymous3/19/2010

    I love this sweet little book!!! I have 2 sweet sistas and will have to see about finding this book for them! I didn't even know there was a sister's day!

    bee blessed

  27. Good Morning Sweet Annie...
    I adore this post. I love your book Sister and Me from your Sissy. How very precious it is. Memories are the best aren't they? You two share a very special bond. I love it.

    Sure am loving these little duckies over here. They are so you sweetie, just Ducky.

    Hope you have a beautiful Friday.

    Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

  28. You are a tease -- and your 55 left me smiling.

  29. Great 55! My aim is so terrible I don't score anything and as for darts . . .
    I love the book you received. The illustrations look very pretty.

  30. Anonymous3/19/2010

    Anni-that is such a neat idea to make your own sista's holiday!! I might have to steal that idea too!!

    bee blessed

  31. I love Beccky Kelly's artwork. It is so beautiful. I have several of her little books. It is so wonderful that you and your sister have a such a sweet friendship!

  32. Hi Anni, That is a great book and necklace. I like the art work of Crist that you have thanks for shareing. Julian

  33. Your sissy gift is so sweet and your 55 is so devilish. Wonderful!

    Flash 55 - Help?

  34. What a beautiful book! and what a sweet sister you have! Happy weekend...Debbie

  35. What a sweet show and tell. Love the Easter graphics on your blog. Thanks for stopping by and commenting earlier.

    Necel from the Old House in Texas

  36. Hi Anni,
    Sisters are great - I have two. Love the book AND your 55! Very inspired! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  37. Anni,
    I had two sisters and sisters are great! Loved the book AND your 55. Very inspired! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  38. Good afternoon, Sweet Anni,
    I loved the tradition you have with your sisters and the memories are priceless. I have two sisters. I think I need to do something like this.
    Have a great weekend,
    Mama Bear

  39. Thanks for stopping by my blog for show and tell, what a sweet story book, and beautifully illustrated. I will make a cuppa and browse over the rest of your site, have a lovely weekend.

  40. This is so so sweet, Anni.
    Happy Spring..
    xo bj

  41. Anni, you little minx. Fun 55. Thank you for your kind comments on my recent posts, they are much appreciated.

  42. The ducks are too cute!! Happy Spring Anni

  43. Awwww... Love your post about gifts and memories of you and your sister!!!... And then I read you Flash Fiction 55! And oh my gosh! You're a riot Alice!... I mean, Annie! (0; Hope you had a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!! ~tina

  44. Cool! Fun. You know your game.

  45. As usual , Annie I truely love your Easter theme as your blog background.

  46. beautiful blog,
    winsome 55,
    Happy Friday!

  47. thank you for the comment left in my blog,
    welcome visit any time,
    Happy Friday!
    You Rock!

  48. Great imagery! Wonderful pictures.

    I love the new look of your blog!

  49. What a lovely gift from your sister, Anni. I don't have a sister...just four brothers. It's not the same somehow...sigh!

    Love the little poem "Take Pleasure 101"

  50. HI!
    thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment!
    what a lovely book and thought,your necklace is very very pretty!
    hope you have a wonderful weekend

  51. Oh you tease you! Loved it. :)

  52. ha. nice twist there at the did you sink it? smiles. a bit late making the 55 rounds...hope you have a great weekend!

  53. This is wonderful! My mind wandered all around as I tried to figure out what you were describing. But I never came up with that! Well done.

    My 55 is up here.

  54. How very sweet that you and your sister are so close. :) I have a brother, but I was 17 when he was born so we don't have lots of fun moments we shared growing up. We actually have more fun now that he's older. :)
    I'm glad you liked my Easter tree, it was fun to put together. (especially with my 8 year old little helper, he loves to do that sort of thing!)
    Have a great weekend!


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