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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Blog, Books | 19 comments

Fables de la Fontaine. Book in Progress (post 23)

Fables de la Fontaine. Book in Progress (post 23)

The 6th illustration for the book is finished!!

This book is more and real every week ūüôā


The Fox and the Stork small

Now I want to say thanks a million for your comments and encouraging words and electronic birthday cards and e-mails for my birthday, they really made a difference in my day yesterday. Gail, your paper card arrived right in time as well and it made me so happy! Thanks a lot friends! I love U.

Then, let me tell you what happened by the end of the day yesterday: Bill had made a reservation at a restaurant for me to have dinner with my sister in law Marguerite and Natalie, a girl’s dinner (he offered to stay home with Diego). I was so tired, ready to go to bed early. I even told Marguerite that I kind of preferred just to stay home with them, I though about moving the dinner to another day. She said; well hermana, do whatever you feel like doing, it’s your day…But then at about 7:15 PM Bill said: Elsa you should get ready for the dinner. I really wanted to stay home but I felt so bad about the idea of disappointing him and Marguerite and Natalie. So I made an effort and walked to the restaurant (very close to our home).

When I arrived at the place I immediately saw 2 of my all time favorite girls in the world, Ellen and Debbie. We hugged each other and I said: Wow! It’s so great seeing you here! I¬†came¬†with¬†my¬†sister¬†in¬†law¬†and¬†Natalie for¬†a¬†little¬†birthday¬†dinner. And guess what!? They were there for the same reason!!! Then Another 2 of my all time favorite girls in the world arrived! Alisa and Vicky!! And they were there for my birthday dinner as well! Bill had planned the whole thing in secret. What I can say?!!!! My day really went from dark to shiny in a second. I ended up having a wonderful time, Natalie was laughing and all of us were laughing. There were yummy cupcakes in the end and 2 candles with the numbers 4 and 0. I made a wish that I will share with you only, please don’t tell anybody: I wished for Bill to have the longest and healthiest life ever. He’s the magician of the family, with his very calm and quiet personality he manages to always do magic. Thanks a lot Billy! You’re our star!!!

On¬†the¬†other¬†hand,¬†my Mom will be OK, she thinks that she could be into another world right now because of the fall, but she’s still here with us to stay for a long time. Her bones will be back to normal. It’s a matter of time and patience. She will have lots of support in Florida. A nurse will stay home with her helping and making her life a little bit easier. The problem in my kitchen has been solved temporally so we can keep functioning. When my brother Alex comes to install the kiln (Rojo) he will help us finishing what it has to be done. In the end life is not so bad ūüôā After the rain the sun always shines. Right now as I write this it is a beautiful sunny day over here. I look through the window I feel really glad to be alive.

Lots of love!!

Elsita ūüôā

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  1. Happy belated birthday, Elsa!! So glad your day turned out nicely in the end. I love your new illustrations! & I Hope your mum gets well soon.

  2. Que bonito regalo…!

  3. Awwww that sounds lovely Elsita, real positivity coming out of a miserable day, yaaaaaay! Glad your mum is getting help as well, big hugs, xxx

  4. I love that you let it be known that the dinner was being served (in the illustration) at the Fox’s house by the portrait of a fox on the wall. Clever birthday girl! Who works and works each day!

  5. The dinning room of the fox looks very pretty. And it was pretty perfect too to have such a surprise at your birthday dinnerparty. Now I am starting to hold my fingers cross for my surprise tomorrow, since that will be my birthday.
    Have fun Elsita and I’ll see you soon.

  6. Dear Elsa – So glad you had a good birthday evening. And i love your wish for your husband – thanks for sharing.
    I keep meaning to respond to your post about hands. They are so precious! Have you ever tried cutting Lama Li Lokta paper – it comes in a whole range of colors and is strong paper but quite thin and easy to cut. I did a whole series of papercuts to be used as design for the new Long Beach Transit mall. You can see them here –
    I love the settings you are making for your book!

  7. next time there is a girls birthday outing tell bill to give me a call:)
    maybe i could at least be there virtually in someway.

  8. I am so delighted that your birthday ended sunny and warm. So special of Bill to arrange all of that for you – and little did he know when planning how much you would need it. The perfect present – he truly is magical. I am sure your party was much nicer than what the Stork experienced with the Fox.

  9. Hello Elsita! What a lovely surprise you had and I’m so glad for you!
    I love the fox’s home! And I love the set’s curtains! each new illustration just keeps on getting better!
    I’m looking forward to what you’ll be making with Rojo!

  10. I know you already know this, but what a wonderful husband, friends and family you have. What a great way to celebrate your special day. Glad you had fun!
    As always, I love your newest creation. Even though the fox is a bit tricky, I still love him and the stork just the same.
    ps. I was just wondering whether you’d gotten Rojo going yet. Can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

  11. Elsita, Happy Belated Birthday. I’m sad that your Mom fell and hurt herself, but I’m glad that she’s mending; that’s terrific.
    I can totally relate to your story about feeling tired and low and not wanting to go out. This is how I feel a lot of the time right now, since Bronwyn is gone. But, just like you, I usually find that my favorite people are there to shine their light into my sadness and lift me up. Sometimes it’s important to listen to our bodies, but sometimes what we need is a little bouy. I’m so glad that you had a good evening after all. Love you.

  12. Elsa—I love their expressions! They say it all in one quick glance, don’t they?
    So happy for you that your 40th birthday turned out to be oh so fabuloso and BIG kudos to Bill for being so thoughtful!

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