May 2014 Newsletter - The Picture Lady
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May 2014 Newsletter

Dear *|FNAME|*:

On this day, 4th May 40 years ago my husband Peter and I were married. So right now this is the subject uppermost in my mind.


If you go to my Facebook page you will see a picture of these daffodils. A week or so ago there was snow, but it came and went quite quickly. Now what have daffodils and weather and snow to do with marriage?


The thing to know about upsets and obstacles to a good marriage is that if you have put enough create into your marriage, the setbacks are always short-lived.

After 40 years of being married I would like to share my successful marriage actions:

  • Marriage doesn’t come naturally – it has to be created. Life is always there to dish up temptations and distractions; ignore these. Like the daffodils a good marriage takes ugly weather in its stride.

    The key ability to a successful marriage is the ability to persist – to wake up each morning and consciously make the decision to create your marriage. The problem with most marriages is that it ends each night after making love. The marriage has to be rebuilt every morning before breakfast again.

    A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

  •  Secondly there is the ability to please your mate. I have a good friend getting married for the third time; he is successful and good looking, so getting women has not been his problem, yet his first two marriages failed. This time though, I am confident he has it right. His fiancé is attractive but that is not her outstanding attribute – she calls herself a pleaser, and I watch and learn from her for that is truly what she is. I am confident that my friend and his new wife will grow old happily together and she will bring him his pipe and slippers when his hair (if he has any) will be gray. I trust we will be there as friends, for like him, I have come to love her.

    I’ll share a secret, something that I do before I go to sleep at night, I figure on what I can do to please Peter in the next day. Works like a charm to handle insomnia. Also handles any upsets I have with him. Victor Hugo said “What a grand thing it is to be loved! But what a grander thing it is to love.”

    If there have been upsets I also look at gratitude. Bringing gratitude into my life serves to put things in perspective.

  • In these hard times looking to the future, a better future together is helping to get us through. When we take off during the week to do our shows I will often say to Peter “Okay what is the next thing to look forward to?” Usually it is something little and silly but a shared delight.

    Like on Monday we have planned to celebrate this 40 year milestone by going in to Pollo Loco and enjoying a FLAN. It will be our lunch en route to LA upgraded from the usual Jack-in-the-Box. Lovely Pollo Loco there in Santa Clarita – great views. But we both know that their FLAN is to die for and that is why we shall go there.

    Can we afford a big party? Not this year? Looking to the future, though, we are already mocking up a big party for our fiftieth anniversary. In ten years time who knows but that the bills will be paid down and we will be flush again.

    What does marriage mean? It is about being connected, planning to be together and sharing and mocking up a good future together.

  • Is it worthwhile to create a lasting marriage? You bet it is. Some may say it’s boring but it has not been like that for us; it has been a true adventure.

    Having a kind man at my side as I grow older, I find this a true blessing.

    Benjamin Franklin once said, “A man has not nearly the value he has alone as he has in the state of a good union. He resembles the odd part of a pair of scissors.” The same could be said of a good woman. Benjamin Franklin, you are so right, it is all about a true sense of completeness.

Quote for the Month

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. - Mark Twain

Here is a wedding story you may enjoy which shows what we can do for you with our photo-to artwork.

A couple was celebrating a wedding anniversary and brought in their picture. "Picture Lady," said the bride, "we were as poor as church mice when we got married!"

There was a photograph in a pretty park, and they were wearing pretty, pretty clothes but, there was this ugly, ugly truck right behind the bride.

"We took out the truck," says Picture Lady, "and gave them perfect wedding pictures, twenty years after the fact!"

They are still together and they truly deserve the set of perfect wedding pictures that we gave them.

We can do this for you and remember, the photo work is free!

We charge only for the framing and the Artex. More stories on our web site.


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Until next month!

Warm Regards,

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