NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT, November 2, 2013, put your clocks back 1 hour.

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A card for you – click the link below.
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Local news — New Dance Competition for Book 49 Have you written a dance? Do you fancy trying your hand at writing a dance?   The Vancouver Branch has been invited to submit one (1) dance into the world-wide competition for dances to be published by the RSCDS in Book 49.

If you wish to submit a dance into the competition it must be emailed to not later than December 10, 2013.    To enter the competition you must be a member of the Vancouver Branch.   A Vancouver Branch jury will review the submissions and submit the winning dance to headquarters in Scotland. Submissions must never previously have been published in electronic or paper form or submitted for Books 47/48. They should follow RSCDS terminology as closely as possible. Devisors may make only one submission.

Full instructions and guidelines can be found at    We hope to have a lovely lot of dances from which to choose THE Vancouver Branch Submission.   If you have any concerns or questions do not hesitate to contact Fran Caruth at

Good luck  — We could get some great dances out of this!

Fran Caruth,  On behalf of the Branch


At our recent meeting of the Highland Games Committee we identified some areas that we need volunteers for next year.  Overall, the Games went very smoothly last year with a large number of new recruits to help us run the show. So going forward, we have identified a few areas that we really need help with – can you please ask your contacts and organizing committees and members as we need to fill these positions:

Children’s Events Co-ordinator – organizing the line-up of events which is pretty easy to do, and day of just making sure everything runs smoothly

Programs – this job takes more work in the last couple of months prior to the games, making sure all copy is submitted, having it put into a program and submitted to a printer.

Sponsorship/Advertising and promotion – Cher is going to do the social media aspect, Mary Jane may be around to help out again for sponsorship and advertising, but we need extra help. Someone to develop an advertising plan, to find new advertisers and sponsorships, and to be responsible for writing requests for grants and sponsorships from a list that the City of Coquitlam has provided.

So could you please circulate and any volunteers can contact
Jim –
Joan –

or myself.   Glenna Urbshadt –


Hello Teachers,

I am moving and needing to clear out some school items.

I have a ladies long black and white tartan (Menzies?) ladies skirt.  Waist size 27 inches. great for evening ball or entertaining and a ladies grey dress Stewart tartan walking kilt or skirt Aljean = I think about size 12/14.

If you can use them, please let me know and if a small donation for them can be given to the school, that would be great, otherwise please just take and put to use if you can.

Sandra Crosby –

PS –  Also have 40 girls white dresses sizes 8 — ladies M  these were sewn by CFB Chilliwack for their 50th Anniversary Tattoo.  I can no longer store them, like new, hoping a children’s group can use them.

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O.M.G., I’m rich!
Silver in the Hair
Gold in the Teeth
Crystals in the Kidneys
Sugar in the Blood
Lead in the Ass
Iron in the Arteries
an inexhaustible supply of Natural Gas.

I never thought I’d accumulate such wealth


Fogged in pretty much all week down here although other parts of the Lower Mainland enjoyed sunshine.   We had about 1/2 hour of sun on Friday and maybe 20 minutes yesterday but today made up for it all – it was beautiful.   The Phillips who moved into the village a week ago should have seen the sun from their new home for the first time!!

Everything got very damp, the trees were dripping but there has been no wind to either blow the leaves off the trees or dry things up a bit.   I did scrape a lot of moss off the shed roof and managed not to fall while doing so but no spraying as it is still very wet.



Yet another of these pictures of Scotland that I have been sent without any note as to where they are.    Last week’s picture brought no guesses again so here is another one.   Send your guesses to    You can look back at prior newsletters and see previous mystery pictures going to our website


The next Ceilidh Dance is the last Friday in November – the 29th so please call call all your friends and arrange to bring them along to the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver with the class from 7 – 8 p.m. and the dance following from 8 – 11 p.m. with the live music of Calanais.   Admission at the door is only $10 (students etc. $8).   No partner or experience necessary – just bring your smiles and I would suggest flat, comfy shoes.


There were some very good pictures taken at the January 4, 2013 Ceilidh Dance which have been posted on the RSCDS Vancouver Branch Facebook page. If you do not want your picture on that page please contact The link for the pictures is:


SFU’s Tartan Day celebrations featured the launch of the long-awaited “Scots in BC” website with information on how you can add your family history to the site. The website can be accessed at: It is well worth a visit.


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Some fun and interesting sites:


These are genuine answers from some of our 16 year olds…………and they WILL breed.

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes
A. Premature death

Q. What is artificial insemination
A. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow

Auld Country Tours are a big supporter of our Ceilidh Dances James Johnson []


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Applecross sunset

Applecross Sunset

The next Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, November 29.  Same time, same place, same price, same amount of fun and entertainment. Now it is up to you all to help by planning on coming along and bringing loads of friends, family, acquaintances, etc.  We need to improve the attendance to make the dances financially viable.  Please do your best to spread the word.   Let me know if you would like a poster to put up.

Ardclach Bell Tower, Nairn

Ardclach Bell Tower, Nairn



To  boil potatoes quickly: 

Skin one  potato from one side only before boiling. 


A new website for kilts and accessories. Prices seem excellent, no idea of quality or trustworthiness though:


Fantastic – subscriptions are over the 400 mark at last. This newsletter will go out to 425 people in many cities, provinces & countries. Now my goal is to get to 500!! Please pass along the website to your friends and maybe they will subscribe –

The new mailing system comes with some interesting reports.   I can see who opens the newsletter and who doesn’t and how many reach different countries round the world.   You would be surprised that no newsletter goes to Myanmar but 1 goes to India, 5 to Hong Kong and 6 to Japan.   Just over 50% (last week’s newsletter was 56.9%) open the e-mail so I will have to do a study to see if most of those who do not open the e-mail each week don’t open it any week.

Note: the Celtic Treasure Chest has closed the White Rock store. For information on specials etc. call one of the stores – Vancouver 604-261-3688; Delta 604-940-5366


An online contact for dance and marching shoes (ghillies, pumps, brogues, etc.) is Bruce Griffith at


I have been in the habit of arranging the October Ceilidh Dance on the 2nd last Friday of the month so that I avoid conflicting with Halloween parties but I thought that October 25 was early enough and all the parties would be next week.   How wrong I was!!   There were only about 55 at the dance last Friday which is far too few to break even financially.  We will need to get much larger attendances for the rest of the year.

We still had lots of fun and got through more dances including Posties Jig.   There was an amazing international make up of the dancers with dancers coming from many countries.   You see you do not have to be Scottish to enjoy the Ceilidh Dances.

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Ardmair Bay

There will be a mini workshop entitled “An introduction to Ladies Step Dance”  on November 2.   This workshop is for dancers new to “soft shoe” step dance and also something new for returning dancers.   Scottish step dance experience  NOT required but some dancing in the past  essential e.g. Scottish Country, Highland, Irish, ballet, contemporary.   This will be an active afternoon for dancers interested in different steps, different music and lots of fun.   See Upcoming Events for more details and contact info.


Events happening in the immediate future include the Step Dance workshop on November 2 and the Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance on November 11.  – see website for date, time and location.

Please see “Coming Events” below for all information.


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If anyone has any suggestions or complaints regarding the newsletter, please let me know –    Please do not complain to your server that this is junk mail.   There is a link on the e-mail should you wish to unsubscribe.

COMING EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:   Note:   Please check list of classes for all start times and locations.

Oct 30 3rd class for the dances at the St.   Andrew’s Ball — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver —   7:30 p.m.
Nov 1 – 3 RSCDS San Francisco Branch Annual Asilomar Weekend Workshop   & Ball.  All info at
Nov  2 Introduction to ladies Step Dance — a workshop taught by Mary   Murray with live music.   Scottish   Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver from 1 — 4 p.m.   $15 includes tea and coffee.   Register now as space is limited — or call 604-922-6842
Nov  6 4th class for the dances at the St.   Andrew’s Ball — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver —   7:30 p.m.
Nov 11 Lady Aberdeen Tea Dance at the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886   Hudson Street, Vancouver BC this year hosted by the Demonstration Team.
Nov 12  5th   class for the dances at the St. Andrew’s Ball — Wescot Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road, West   Vancouver (near corner of Upper Levels and Taylor Way) — 7:00 p.m.
Nov 16 Vancouver   Fiddle Orchestra Concert
 Welcome   Everyone to an Evening of Scottish Music and Dance, 7:30 pm Highlands United   Church, 3255 Edgemont , North Vancouver with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra,   Vancouver Branch Demonstration Team, De Danaan Irish Dancers, Ceilidh dancing   and more…     Tickets $15, Doors open   at 7 pm.  Come early!
Nov 16 Concert with Kiérah on Fiddleand Adam Dobres on guitar 8 p.m. in   the Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnstone Road, White Rock.  Tickets $24 604-538-9271; information at
Nov 20 6th  class for the dances at the St.   Andrew’s Ball — Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver —   7:30 p.m.
Nov 26 Fort Langley St. Andrew’s Dance
Nov 26 Last  class for the dances at the St.   Andrew’s Ball — Wescot   Elementary School, 760 Wescot Road, West Vancouver (near corner of   Upper Levels and Taylor Way) — 7:00 p.m.
Nov 29 Monthly Ceilidh Dance of the season at the Scottish Cultural   Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver.     Class at 7 p.m. and dance following from 8 — 11 p.m. and all for the   fantastic price of $10 (students $8) — info 604-536-9481
Nov 30 Delta Borderers’ Dance
Nov 30 St. Andrew’s Ball in the Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus   Street, Vancouver from 6 — 11 p.m. with the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra.   Tickets $99 (30 & under $75) — info at
Dance classes 7:30 at Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street Vancouver   on Wednesdays, October 16, 23 & 30, November 6 & 20 and 7:00 at   Wescott Elementary, West Vancouver  on   Tuesdays, November 12 & 26.  $6   drop in
Dec  7 Vancouver Branch Children’s Party
Dec  8 Gleneagles 50th Annual Grand Ball in the Fairmont   Hotel Vancouver.   Tickets (maximum   160) @110 from Susan or Norm 604-984-7458 or   Music   by the Vancouver Fiddle Orchestra
Dec  9 Vancouver Branch Party & Ceilidh Night
Dec 10 Glenayre Christmas Party
Dec 11 Last Programme Class

The calendar of events is always being updated so you should check it out from time to time on our website at




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A group of 15-year old boys discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they should meet at the Dairy Queen next to the Ocean View restaurant because they only had $6.00 between them and Jennie Johnson, that cute girl in Social Studies, lives on that street and they might see her and they can ride their bikes there.

Ten years later, the group of 25-year-old guys discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the beer was cheap, they had free snacks, the band was good, there was no cover and there were lots of cute girls.

Ten years later, at 35 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the booze was good, it was right near the gym and if they went late enough, there wouldn’t be too many whiny little kids.

Ten years later, at 45 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the martinis were big, and the waitresses had nice boobs and wore tight pants.

Ten years later, at 55 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the prices were reasonable, the wine list was good and fish is good for your cholesterol.

Ten years later, at 65 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the lighting was good and they have an early bird special.

Ten years later, at 75 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the food was not too spicy, and the restaurant was handicapped accessible.

Ten years later, at 85 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. It was agreed they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they had never been there before.



Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle

An American photographer on vacation was inside Westminster Abbey taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read ‘£10,000 per call’   The American, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for.

The priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for £10,000 you could talk to God. The American thanked the priest and went along his way.

Next stop was in Lincoln there, at the cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it.   He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in London and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was.

She told him that it was a direct line to heaven and that for £10,000 he could talk to God.   ‘O.K., thank you,’ said the American.

He then travelled to York, Durham and Liverpool.   In every Cathedral he saw the same golden telephone with the same ‘£10,000 per call’ sign under it.   The American, upon leaving the N of England decided to travel to Scotland to see if the Scots had the same phone.

He arrived in Glasgow, and again, as he entered the cathedral , there was the same golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read ’50 pence per call.’

The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign. ‘Reverend, I’ve travelled all over England and I’ve seen this same golden telephone in many churches. I’m told that it is a direct line to heaven, but in England the price was £10,000 per call. Why is it only 50 pence here?’

The priest smiled and answered, ‘You’re in Scotland now, son …. it’s a local call.

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Come Scottish Country Dancing – it is lots of fun.  Just ask anyone who came along to the Dancing in the Park.   We had great audience participation so I hope you will all come along and join one of our great classes.

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The next Ceilidh Dance is on Friday, November 29, 2013 with live music by Calanaish. You have time to spread the word about all the Ceilidh Dances as that is the best (and cheapest) form of advertising. It is great exercise and fun, for all ages, too. Here is a link where you can watch a short video of a Ceilidh Dance: format for all of the regular monthly Ceilidh Dances will be the same with the class from 7 — 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 — 11 p.m. and all dances will be walked and talked through. The price is only – $10 or $8 for students which, for what you get is a super bargain — everyone is welcome. No partner is required and you should wear FLAT, comfy shoes and loose clothing. Children are also welcome but should be prepared to dance with other people as some of the dances require a change of partner.Don’t forget to bring a few extra $$$$ to help defray the cost of the refreshments which are otherwise free.


For those who enjoy listening to Scottish music, song, banter etc. try this is a radio programme that you can get sent to you and listen any time you want. Andy is asking everyone to send in their requests so if you have a favourite Scottish tune, song, recitation, band, performer, choir or whatever send an e-mail to


The Branch has opened a Facebook Page at “RSCDS-Vancouver” – check it out there are some good pictures etc. There is a link on both our website and the Branch website

It really is never too late to come along and join in one of many Scottish Country Dance (SCD) classes and well any time is a great time to do it. You will be made very welcome. Many classes have a policy that the first night is FREE! Plan to come along to try out a class next week. There are classes all around and on different nights so GIVE IT A GO! Go to either or www, for a list of class locations and times.

For those who don’t know SCD is a fabulous pastime which is super exercise for body and mind. SCD is, naturally, rooted in Scotland but there are groups in almost every country so you can learn here and then dance with other groups when you vacation or travel. SCD is not to be confused with Highland Dancing which is more solo dancing. SCD is usually done with a partner in groups or sets however you do not need to come with a partner. It is more akin to Square Dancing. It takes a year or two of classes, workshops, etc. to learn the basics then you can hone your skills in advanced classes. You start by learning the steps and formations. Dances (of which there are over 13,000) are made up of these formations so a good grounding will give you the ability to learn a new dance fairly quickly. SCD has its HQ in Scotland and is known as the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) and there is a Vancouver Branch of the RSCDS under which there are many clubs throughout the Province (there is also a Branch in Seattle). There are a great many classes and the ones in the Vancouver area are listed below.

Come along — check us out — the first night is usually free and thereafter it will average about $6 a night and that’s for a 2 hour class! You will find many friendly people who will be eager to help you and welcome you to their club. You never know you actually might like it!! Check the list of classes at either at or

Note that the latter website has the latest updates to temporary changes to times and locations

as well there are classes all up and down Vancouver Island, a number of the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo, Okanagan, etc. etc. and there are various groups all over this great Province, Country, World and who knows where else! Check the Branch website for all these details –!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Witch broomstickRiddles (answer next week)

last one:   One by one we fall from heaven down into the depths of past And our world is ever upturned so that yet some time we’ll last

Answer:    sand in an hourglass

This week:

I drift forever with the current
down these long canals they’ve made
Tame, yet wild, I run elusive
Multitasking to your aid.
Before I came, the world was darker
Colder, sometimes, rougher, true
But though I might make living easy,
I’m good at killing people too.


For upcoming events see and

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Other announcements etc:Seattle Branch – info at

A monthly Challenge Class is held on the 2nd Friday each month in the upper building, Room 7, Phinney Neighbourhood Association, 4532 Phinney Avenue, North Seattle at 7:30 p.m. Info at

Next class:   November 8

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The next regular monthly Ceilidh Dance will be held on Friday, November 29, 2013 in the Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, (73rd & Hudson which is between Oak & Granville), Vancouver, We need everyone to help us get as many new comers (as well as former Ceilidh Dancers) as possible to come and join us. The Ceilidh Dances are a great way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Invite all your friends along. Contact me if you will have a group of 12 or more and we can give them a discount!!! This will be the second regular Ceilidh Dance of the 2013/14 season and it would be great if we could double the attendance of the dance last month.

We Really NEED YOUR HELP to advertise the Ceilidh Dances!!!!

It only costs $10 ($8 for students) – it is worth so much more in fun, exercise and camaraderie. Use any access to free adverts etc. You can also use things like the YouTube link or the Face-book page to improve our advertising are always welcome. Don’t forget to tell them about the website and get them to “subscribe” to the newsletter.

Thanks to good attendances the finances for the 2012/13 season will still allow the cost to be the amazingly low price of $10 or $8 for students and we provide refreshments although we do ask for your donations towards their cost.  However if attendance remains as low as this season’s first two Ceilidh dances then either the price will go up and/or the dances will have to be cancelled.

We always need your support both by coming along and by helping us to advertise these dances by whatever means you use to communicate with your friends be it e-mail, Face-Book, Twitter, Text or even telephone! Most of you have been to at least one Ceilidh Dance so you know how it goes. You don’t need a partner; you don’t need any experience; you should wear FLAT soft soled shoes; we walk, talk, and call every dance and you should come to have fun and have a good evening of exercise and entertainment and maybe even to learn! There is a FREE class from 7 — 8 p.m. and the dance from 8 — 11 p.m. with music by Calanais.

Remember to bring some extra cash so you can make a donation towards the cost of the refreshments. Without these donations we will have to increase the price of admission again!!

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The schedule for the 2012/13 season shapes up as follows:

All on Fridays of course –2013

November 29
January 10
February 7
February 28
March 28
April 25

Come along and get some great exercise while also having lots of fun. We are still working on improving the strength of the smile muscles as well as the bows and curtsies! Please do your best to assist us in letting as many people know as possible. Use Face-book, e-mail, telephone or even word of mouth and tell everyone you know what a fun night it is. We need to attract students from UBC, SFU and all the other colleges and universities. Somehow we have to get word out to these students. Please do all you can to help us.pumpkinrowCome one, come all to the same place (Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver) and the same time (7 p.m. for the class and 8 – 11 p.m. for the dance) and the same amazing price ($10 or $8 for students.)  You should check the website – – from time to time as you can find various pages listing “Ceilidhs and Events;” Classes:” Duncan’s List;” etc.  On these pages you can check all the upcoming events, where all the classes are located, times, etc. and some places to find Scottish things or some local trades, etc.  I will continue to highlight the more current events in each week’s newsletter but, as stated, the calendar of all events will be available on the website. You should also have a look at the Vancouver Branch website from time to time – – as there is always useful information on it and it is a very good-looking site.

If you have any questions regarding the Ceilidh Dances send them to me at Please check the website – for updates, pictures and news. Dance — it is good for your health.

Remembering Tommy Cooper:

1.  Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There are 5 people in my
family, so it must be one of them.  It’s either my mum or my Dad, or my
older brother Colin, or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu.  But I think its

2. Two fat blokes in a pub, one says to the other Your round.’ The other one
says ‘So are you, you fat ****///!’


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Keep sending jokes, pictures and info you wish to have included. Don’t forget to look at our web pages at

If you know of anyone who would like to be on the mailing list please send them the web address – and ask them to subscribe. If anyone has good pictures from the Ceilidh Dances please send them to me so I can put them on the web page.

If you have any announcements please send them to me preferably in Word; Times New Roman 12pt format with a layout similar to the one used in this newsletter. I occasionally hear of an event somewhere in our beautiful Province, on the Island or in the Interior, but don’t know all the details.

This newsletter reaches out to some 425 subscribers (at long last we are over the 400 mark!) from all over the Province, Country and to many other countries as well, so please send me the details of your event and I will only be too happy to include them.

pumpkin Autumn An Teallach & Loch DromaAn Teallach & Loch Droma


Question 1:
If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already,
Three who were deaf, Two who were blind, One mentally retarded,
And she had syphilis, Would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts..
Here are the facts about the three candidates.

Candidate A:
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists.
He’s had two mistresses.
He also chain smokes
And drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B:
He was kicked out of office twice,
Sleeps until noon,
Used opium in college
And drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C:
He is a decorated war hero.
He’s a vegetarian,
Doesn’t smoke, Drinks an occasional beer And never committed adultery.

Which of these candidates would be our choice?

Decide first .. No peeking, and then scroll down for the response.

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:

If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Pretty interesting isn’t it?
Makes a person think before judging someone.

Amateurs … Built the ark.
Professionals … Built the Titanic

Enjoy yourselves – come Scottish Country Dancing – for it is good for your health and you never know you just might …..!

See Coming Events on the website for info –


May your troubles be one, may your blessings be more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door.