Oil on paper


It has been fun doing the blog. When I started it back in June, almost 4 months ago, I did not know how it worked, what were the steps to make it dance. I did not even, I realized, have a tune for it. And then I started visiting other blogs, meeting some fantastic people, learning from everyone, and I think I found my stride. Actually in the end the blog found its stride, the puppet leading the puppeteer. But now I have to steer away from "routes touristiques", start up another road, and be away for a while. I dont know for how long, but I do know that I will miss you, and want to wish you all the very best.

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  1. It's a delight having you in blogland.

    Bon voyage! Already looking ahead to your return.

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  2. Querida Celeste.
    Certeza tem as suas razoes por decidir este passo, mas gostaria que voce soubesse que vamos sentir a sua falta. Ate nos que nao conocemos de muito tempo, quanto mais as persoas quem conhecem desde principio.
    So espero que volte rapido e nos acarinha com as suas escritas maravilhosas e fotografias lindas, com as suas pinturas divinas.
    Deus abencoe.

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  3. Deixo-lhe um Haiku de Matsuo Bashô:
    "Preso na cascata
    um instante:
    o verão"
    É o mais simples e sincero que encontrei.

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  4. And we will certainly miss you, Celeste. Can we hope that you will not be away too long? Your posts have been amazing, as have your paintings. Please come back soon. Meantime, I will stop by your website. I wish you all the best in whatever path you choose.

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  5. I will miss you, too, Celeste. Enjoy your time with your art. I look forward to your return to your blog. I understand that the blog takes time away from the art. Your words are as beautiful as your paintings. I love the painting that you posted today.

    P. S. Please take time to see Julie and Julia. You will not be disappointed. Also, her memoir is wonderful.

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  6. On No Celeste, I will miss you. I have so much enjoyed your blog and the comments you have made to mine.

    We have never been able to take a real vacation, but coming to your blog and seeing your wonderful pictures of places that I would love to visit was like actually being there.

    Again I will miss you and hope you start blogging soon again.

    Willow

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  7. You will be missed! Of course I am all curious about what you'll be doing but know that it will be beautiful, well tempered and creative. I will miss checking in here and hope you let us know should you return to blogworld.

    I am fortunate to have your "moonlight" award as keepsake.

    Do come back.
    Bon voyage!

    Do come back.

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  8. dear celeste - while you're away on this upcoming journey, you and your beautiful "moon" light will be missed more than you can know - i wish you MOONlit nights, SUNshine filled days, and the color RED wrapping you wherever you travel - namaste' - jenean

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  9. Celeste, please keep your blog so we can keep in touch. You may not feel like writing but we can write to you until you feel you are able to write again. I love the oil on paper painting. Please for my sanity tell me what CLL is.

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  10. Celeste -- I feel I'm losing a dear friend I'd only just met. At least I can enjoy myself, exploring your archives and web site.

    All the best to you, wherever the road may lead.

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  11. I forgot , please if you ate able check Friday on my blog and I hope I will know how my son in laws colon surgery came out. I just don't want to let go of you, my friend

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  12. Querida Maia, espero que voltes, quando sentires que e o momento. Se precisares de nos, sabes onde encontrar-nos!

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  13. I am going to so miss you Mia. I hope you will drop in and visit your blog occasionally, even if only when the spirit moves you. As you work, I would very much enjoy seeing your creations emerge. I am so going to miss you. Oh, I think I said that. Oh well - it's very true.

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  14. Oh no - don't say that! I love your stories and your paintings and will miss seeing your posts. Have a good break, but do come back. :)

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  15. Hi Celeste Maia,
    It's great meeting you and reading your blog.
    You and your blog are a delight.
    Will be thinking of you.
    Take it as easy as possible.
    Sending you a big hug.
    Love,
    Herrad

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  16. Oh, no! Not you too, Celeste!

    I am going to miss you, too.

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  17. I am a firm believer in time away from blogs. It's restorative and renewing. It has been a delight to have found you and your magnificent voice and art. I love how you see the world, how you rejoice in the moment. I look forward to your return.

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  18. I'm very sorry to see you stop writing here about your life and arts. You will be greatly missed. Look at how many friends you made. Look at what they say.

    Please stop by and keep me posted on how you are. My thoughts will be with you, you know that. I worry too, and you know that also. Hugs....

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  19. We will miss you for sure, dear new friend. Be well and come back soon.

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  20. wow! only 4 months, Celeste? what a tsumani of art, color, connections, poetry you have created. I continue to be inspired by you. Let us echat again soon! fair winds, safe harbors, godspeed, love, christina

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  21. May the sunshine overcome the shadow of the mask in your painting. All my guardian angels will accompany you on your journey especially Priscilla whom I will tell you about some day.
    I visit your website often to enjoy your paintings and to remember how you have affected my life. Be well.

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  22. will miss you creative posts in blog-land. stay in touch every now and then?

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  23. Ah, you're off to do your project in Madrid now? I do hope you keep us posted, maybe a picture now and then?

    Isn't blogging amazing? I didn't know what to expect either. Or how anyone found anyone among the millions of blogs out there. And my first post was simply some essay I wrote for another publication.

    So I'm so glad you fond me in blogland. Your insight and empathy has had a way of appearing when I most needed to feel understood - and I truly appreciate that!

    Much success and creativity in Madrid! Do, do keep us posted as much as possible, xx

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  24. Oh no!!!
    But you'll be visiting us incognito, yes?

    Should you ever decide to return to blogging, please please please do so, even if it means wearing Joana's mask. That is Joana in the painting, right?

    I'll miss you, mia cara Celeste.

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  25. Oh, don't go too far, Celeste! We love your blog!!

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  26. Celeste dear ,

    Your magical words / images / observations
    will be so very missed.
    Know that I will think of you often and with fondness .... . and
    wonder what delightful path you're exploring.

    Hugs...

    Judith

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  27. I hope you're not gone too terribly long. Will be waiting for your return.

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  28. I understand the Puppeteer analogy! Come back if you can, otherwise have fun finding new paths.

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  29. Querida Celeste,

    Vou ter saudades destas visitas a um mundo tão cheio de beleza! Desejo que tudo lhe corra bem.
    Beijinho grande. MJD

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  30. Certainly understand the need to be creative, which one can't sitting in front of tvs and computers ; (

    Regardless, it's been interesting to read and see your part of the world!

    Cheers and Safe Travels ; )

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  31. Dear Celeste,
    At the very last minute, as I am getting ready to step away from my blog before going on vacation tomorrow, I thought that I must visit you because I didn't find the time to answer your questions about chocolate. I am so glad that I did. I would have been very sad to return and see that you had disappeared! I have enjoyed meeting you so very, very much. I wish you the happiest of days ahead of you.

    Catherine


    And in answer to your questions - Dark chocolate. And the memory - always, always, my first cup of hot chocolate in a charming village in the mountains of Mexico.

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  32. I will miss you, Celeste, I was getting used to your good vibrations...fare well, my friend.

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  33. Dearest Maia, I shall miss you, your blog and your comments more than you will know. I sincerely hope your absence will be a short one, not caused by unpleasantness, but due to a happy and productive period.
    Please, my email address is on the top left hand side of my home page. I would be happy if you ever felt like using it.
    Cheerio!

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  34. Celeste, I want to wish you the very best, too, in everything you´re going to do now.
    I´ll miss you.
    Un abrazo
    María Cecilia

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  35. Best of luck on your new project, and do check in with us from time to time. It has been a treat getting to know your work and a bit of your world.

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  36. Celeste,
    I have thoroughly loved your heart shown here on your blog. I will miss you terribly, but send best wishes for pleasant travels. Our journey through life touches others sometimes for a moment and sometime for a lifetime. You have touched me.
    Marilyn

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  37. Happy journeys, and hoping you'll return to the blog sooner than scheduled.

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  38. Celeste,
    I wish you well in your newest ventures.
    I look forward to seeing you back on your blog, taking us to places some of us only dream of...
    Hugs,
    Sheri

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  39. Glad you did blog, otherwise I've never met you. I'll miss you. Hugs.

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  40. Respect for your ability to voice what probably many thing of...where ever your step may lead you, wish it to be a safe step. All the very best to you !

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  41. It's been a pleasure meeting you! Hope to see you soon, Celeste.

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  42. So no blog for a while but at least I am one of the privileged ones as I will always have you close to me (just 20 meters infact)!
    I love you and even though I am so caught up in my life and everything it entails, you are always in me, 24 hours a day and I could never have asked for a better mother.
    Joana

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  43. Dearest Celeste,
    me too, i want to say, oh no..please don't leave blogland. You give so much light and sunshine. i always hoped we would meet one day in Madrid...sigh

    I will like many miss your exquisite posts.
    Also, i want to give you a big thank you for checking on me and leaving me sweet words of support.
    Have an inspiring creative time, dear Celeste
    a big hug to you
    Lala

    ps: was just reading your daughter's comment above...so sweet !! :-)

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  44. el comentario de Joana me hace sentir más cariño por el mundo
    ves? esto también tiene tu blog!!

    si puedes y quieres vuelve, en este planeta Tierra donde cada vez se ve más vulgaridad, esto es un remanso de belleza.
    que la fuerza te acompañe raiz común de nuestros genes ( a ver cómo traduce el automático esto jejeje)

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  45. Ola Celeste ...temos aqui um pequeno problema: quando abriu o seu blog comprometeu-se a partilhar connosco TODA a beleza e magia dos seus trabalhos...é certo que tem cumprido mas sabemos que ainda tem muito na manga ...que ainda tem muito com que nos deliciar :)
    Ficamos à espera ...sem pressa ...sem stress...mas ficamos. Beijos, Anabela.

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  46. just discovered and alreading missing!!!! good luck!

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  47. unique mask

    ps you're invited to comment on my post too =)

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  48. It has been a pleasure reading your blog and learning a little about you. Life is a journey, we must keep travelling and not be afraid of new roads ahead. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your beautiful thoughts and some nice compliments as well. I hope to meet you again one day. Much love to you, Celeste xxxx

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  49. Hope to hear from you soon. Wishing you many positive auras in whatever it is that will be occupying your focus. TTFN

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  50. Celeste,
    We all wear masks - the one you wear holding that magnificent ball of self effulgent light, in the moonlight, is particularly fitting!
    You are like a magician, with your paintings and writings, creating amazing and fascinating worlds to share with us all.
    May the ball of light you are holding bring joy and healing and inspiration to you and may it continue to illumine the extraordinary potential you keep discovering.
    You are the most wonderful Being, a great artist and writer and the best friend anyone could have!
    I love you and respect you and admire you and enjoy you immensely.
    You are indeed a light in my life!
    May that light you are holding keep nurturing you and bringing energy and joy.
    Maybe the blog will call you to return.... to share more with all of us who have enjoyed it so much!!!
    Fare thee well, my wonderful friend.
    Isabel

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  51. will eagerly wait for your return as soon as possible...have a fantastic time!

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  52. Thanks, Celeste. We will miss you. I wondered how you were keeping up this pace with all your other activities. I will keep you on my blogroll, hoping that every now and then you will drop in and give us an update. As the new pictures progress can we see them?

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  53. Dear Celeste, I will miss you. I hope all is well, and am sending you my most sincere best wishes, good thoughts, and prayers. I trust we will hear from you again. Much love and hugs to you.

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  54. Oh, Celeste, I have just found you and your beautiful artwork and you are leaving :(

    Well, we all need to follow our hearts and take breaks. So enjoy your time away and I will be here when you return!

    Wishing you the Best of the World!

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  55. Please don't stay away too long. I will miss you. I have so enjoyed getting to know you through your blog and the comments you have left on my blog. I wish you well in your art show and other endeavors but please don't let this be goodbye.
    Xo,
    Tammy

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  56. Dear Celeste. I shall miss your elegant, inspirational posts. You have a wonderful incandescent spirit which I trust will serve you well in the weeks ahead.

    Go well, and whenever you are able to return to blogland there will be many, including me, who will be delighted to "see" you.

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  57. I'll miss you also, but boy, is it freeing not to have to blog. I"m loving it for however long it lasts.

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  58. Celeste - I've only just found you and your beautiful "shadow" pictures. You've cast an artistic spell over me and all I can say is thank you and hurry back.

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  59. Commentary has become kind of an entry on its own - thank you for allowing.

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  60. Dear Celeste, I found you as I lost you. However, your words will be here and I'll be back to enjoy them.

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  61. Olá Celeste,

    O seu blog tem vida própria! Todos sentimos a sua falta! Beijos, MJD

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  62. Very good your blog!
    Visit my Blog from "BRAZIL".
    Culture and Art from Recôncavo Baiano.
    www.letoooutroolhar.blogspot.com

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  63. My dear Celeste,

    You might have left for a while but your beauty surely stays with us. We can always return here and find you in your words, your paintings, your thoughts.
    It will last us until your return. it will last us because we have no choice but to wait-hopefully!
    May your path be lit in moonlight and sunshine. As you DESERVE!

    xox

    Isabel

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  64. I just wrote a comment on your previous post and now read that you will be going away. I hope you will return. You have many friends now who love to hear from you and read your posts. Be very successful in whatever you will be doing and be back to us soon. We will miss you.

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  65. I don't think I realized what you meant when I first read your post, thinking you would just be away a short while. I was in too much of a hurry to really hear your words. And now I've missed you and come back to reread it. Now I just feel sad.

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  66. Just to let you know that you are in our prayers. Please take a moment to update and let us know how you are. Hugs....

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  67. I also didn't realise you were going away for more than a couple of days! Oh dear, I shall miss you.

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  68. Oh that's quite strange Celeste! You're a fantastic artist, and I would love to see more of your art!! I hope you will return soon.

    Photos from Kas Plateau

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  69. the moon so pure
    a wandering monk, carries it
    across the sky

    Full moon tomorrow - hope that all is bright for you. Please have a wonderful weekend!

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  70. Missing you and sending good thoughts your way.

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  71. A month today, still feels like yesterday that I read a word from you.

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  72. Hi and Bye Maia
    These paintings inspire me. Excellent form and finish, but mostly a strong energy of life that glows from their interiors.

    I will miss you a lot. I appreciated your tales from all corners. It was like getting a free, expenses-paid vacation every few weeks. I like your gentle and respectful take on the world.

    Finally, and totally from the ego, I loved your insightful comments on my drawings. You were able to see beyond the cute story.

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  73. Beautiful work Celeste! I've just found your blog and loved it. I'm your newest follower!

    Cheers
    Holli in Ghana

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  74. Dear Celeste???... thinking of you and wanted to say hello and give you a big hug!!!
    María Cecilia

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  75. Moon re-appering again slow
    Still forces me to bow

    Hope everything is fine with you and that you are having a nice autumn where you are.

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  76. Just checking in to see if you were back yet. So, hello again! Hope everything's great in your corner of the world!!

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  77. Just stopped in to see if you've lifted your pen from the table and put it to paper (blog). Thinking of you. ♥

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  78. Can we hope that you will not be away too long? Your posts have been amazing, as have your paintings. Please come back soon. Meantime, I will stop by your website. I wish you all the best in whatever path you choose. Work From Home

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  79. Full moon again - hope that everything is bright in your life as well.

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  80. Dear Celeste,
    come and visit me! and leave comments please!
    at Lurkynat!
    Celeste I can't bare the thought that you will be away!
    come back soon when you are full again!
    I love your blog!
    natalie

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  81. Dear Celeste,
    bein 'home' for three days, able to breath life and autumn air, it would be a pleasure to share with you.
    A wonderful week for you.

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  82. Celeste, I think of you often. I miss you. I hope you are busy creating more lovely, magical paintings.

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  83. Fullmoon tonight - even twice in December.

    Wish you all the very best for this month.

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  84. Dear Celeste, I want to wish you a merry christmas together with the ones you love and love you and do hope you return soon to blogland where I have met you and miss you.
    Many warm hugs to you and happiness in all you are doing now.
    María Cecilia

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  85. May you and yours have a lovely Christmas....you know we miss you.

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  86. Wishing you a very Happy Holiday season, Celeste!

    Catherine

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  87. Last Wednesday of the year, also a full moon, again, for the second time this month, last time having it twice was about 19 years ago... hope that meeting you again won't take as long ;)
    Please have a wonderful start into the new year, filled with all what an intelligent being can think of.

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  88. miss you, but wish you well!
    peace and love~
    Chuck

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  89. If you do come to your blog for a second – this is to wish you a very happy 2010. I hope that all your endeavors will give your joy, that you will find happiness and love all around you, and that you’ll be in perfect health.

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  90. Here is a wish that you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. From my heart are best wishes to you for a very happy 2010!

    Thinking of you, often.

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  91. Many warm hugs to you and happiness in all you are doing now.

    Work from home

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  92. Full moon again - wishing that you are fine and that the month was good for you.
    Please have a wonderful start into the weekend.

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  93. This being the beginning of a new lunar year, I just had the hope...wishing you a wonderful Sunday !

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  94. Stopping by to say hello as I watch The Olympics. Hope all is great in your world.

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  95. How could I not arrive, wishing you a wonderful night and a bright beginning of the new month as well, during this full moon night, when I just had the hope...

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  96. Wishing you a bright and peaceful night, a nice start into Tuesday as well. May you have all a wonderful Easter celebration.
    Hope you are fine.

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  97. Querida Celeste
    Descobri o teu nome bem português, entre muitos e vim conhecer-te! Surpresa: nasceste em Moçambique como eu... Fiquei deliciada coma as tuas obras e junto o meu pedido a tantas vozes que dizem o mesmo: Volta depressa...quando fôr a altura...mas volta.
    Um beijo
    Graça

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  98. Full moon - thinking of you, wishing that you are fine. All the very best for you.

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  99. When you take some time off, my but do you ever TAKE SOME TIME OFF!

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  100. Excuse for being a day late, full moon, ever grateful for being allowed getting to know you. Wishing you all the very best for this upcoming summer.

    daily athens

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  101. Celeste, I miss your magic. I hope you are well and you return to your blog soon. Sending you love and best wishes.

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  102. Even though the sun is soon to rise again, wishing you a wonderful night and a great Sunday as well.

    daily athens

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  103. A lovely blog you have and I love the paintings.

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  104. I look forward to your return.

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  105. Bright night, can only be a full moon - wishing you a great start into the new week.


    daily athens

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  106. Hi celeste,
    I understand you perfectely since I also took a leave of absense from blogging.
    I'll miss your posts and hope for your return.
    All the best for you!

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  107. Querida Celeste, por dios!!!! Hope you are doing fine and please send some signals that you are o.k.!!!!!

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  108. Tonight, Celeste Maia, I will think of you!
    What NASA calls a "Super Harvest Moon" is a “360-degree, summer-autumn twilight glow that is only seen on rare occasions.”

    At the exact moment of the autumn equinox, which occurs at 11:09 p.m. EST, the Harvest Moon will be paired with Jupiter, which will be the second brightest object in the sky tonight.

    Into the Moonlight, we will go... Love to you.

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  109. Excuse this late wish, but as you might have seen, things weren't the easiest over here lately.

    Please have a wonderful weekend.

    daily athens

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  110. Spending a few days back home in Germany it was indeed a joy to feel some of autumn and early winter. Hope you are fine ! Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday.

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  111. Hope you all had a wonderful start into the new year. May it be filled with happiness and kindness.

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  112. Excuse for missing nearly the full moon. Yet it was a long, long day. Wishing you all the very best.

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  113. had you much in mind during this full-moon night. excuse this late arrival, yet life ... wishing you all the very best.

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  114. Wishing you a wonderful Easter time and a good start into spring as well.

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  115. Happy Fullmon ;) Hope you are fine. Have to admit, that I miss your voice about life and current time.
    All the very best for you.

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  116. Hope you are off into ta good start of summer. Happy Fullmoon and a wonderful June.

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  117. Hope you had a good Summer. Wishing you all the very best and a nice start into autumn.

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  118. People over here are beginning to make their heating systems ready, as next month petrol will be sold.
    Please have a wonderful autumn.

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  119. Difficult to look up on the sky and its full moon without thinking of you.

    Heating oil is bought over here. Wishing you a good start into a nice winter time.

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  120. Excuse the day late, way too tired. Full moon during November feels somehow strange. Hope you are fine and on a good start into winter time.

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  121. Hey, Celeste, a newsy update from time to time would be welcome.

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  122. Being already in the 24th of December, I'd like to wish you and yours a blessed Christmas celebration.

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  123. Celeste, I cannot believe that it has been three years since I first found your blog. I hope you are well. Love and wonderful wishes are being sent your way from your blogging buddy in Las Vegas.

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