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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Happy Happy 54!!

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I guess I can say that it’s no longer a pipe dream, a secret wish, a  fingers-crossed-and-hoped-for gift!

Yes!

i officially SNOWED IN for my birthday!

And what’s better, I’m here with son Jason and his 3 friends!

It was FOUR friends, but with the weather forcast, Sean headed back to Hilton Head, SC yesterday morning after breakfast.

Their plan:  A skiing and snow boarding weekend –complete with home cooked meals and lots of mom attention!

My blessing:  I got to hug on and love my son, make his friends feel welcome, and get busy feeding every one which is something that fills not only my kitchen and everyone’s bellies, but my heart to over flowing.


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Sean, Jason, Dominic, McKenzie & Brandon!

I threw a roast in the crock pot yesterday afternoon which filled the cabin with such a wonderful aroma.  Everyone arrived back exausted and happily hungry after a long day on the slopes and the conversation and laughter around the dining table was infectious. I am so happy this gang is here to celebrate my birthday with me.

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Perfect!

We huddled around the tv last night, fire raging in the gas fire place, and settled in for an evening of Da Vinci Code, topped off with brownies and ice cream in lieu of birthday cake.

And I worked on binding, needle and thread pulling through fabric at the end of a very full day.

Mona was unable to come sew  - she couldn’t get her 4wd pick up UP her drive.  That’s how steep and icy things are here. 

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So beautiful!

I was born in Minnesota and I KNOW that inches upon inches upon inches of snow leave this snow we have had looking like not much, but let me tell you, when you add steep and winding mountain roads with incredible drop offis and no guard rails to the mix, even 6 inches of snow is a force to be reconned with and you don’t want to be out in it.

For those who think that this is “NOTHING” compared to what they get in the upper mid west –well, you might have 100” but it is FLAT where you live and you have road crews running 24/7 to take care of it. 

Here on the mountain we sit and wait for a thaw.

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Sewing on the 500 Rocketeer!

This is where you’ll find me today!  I have the left over hambone from Christmas to pull out of the freezer for soup.

Jason and friends will be heading down mountain as soon as it is safe to do so. 

I have plans to stay until Tuesday, so hopefully we will be able to get Shamu out of her show drift and back on the road.

I’ve been told to plan on 70s in Texas next weekend – and I say bring it!

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Quiltville Quote of the Day!

While every seat was full around my dining room table last night, I realized that life has given me more than I ever dreamed, more abundantly than could ever have been imagined and I am so grateful.

It occured to me right then that If we spend our lives too busy to notice, we just might miss the wonderful life we already have.

Antique crazy quilt shared during the workshop in South Carolina by one of my students.

Happy Saturday, everyone!


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88 comments:

Allie Ro said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie!!!! The best birthday gifts are time with our family, no doubt!! Your post brought a few tears..... Well said. May you have many, many more birthdays filled with love, laugther and pizazz!!

Patricia Moore said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you...

BJ from NJ said...

Happy birthday! Enjoy your time with family and your sewing! Love today's quote.

Barbara said...

Happy birthday to you... :))))))))
Have a happy day.
Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland, Barbara

Nancy G said...

Happy happy birthday, Bonnie! You know what I can't help thinking? All those pretty antique quilts with sayings posted on top of them - would make GREAT cards! I realize you may need permission to 'use' them, but wouldn't that be cool? They'd make something fun to frame and hang on peoples walls also!!
Have a great snowed in weekend! Take care. Nancy/from the Michigan thumb area

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to youuuuuuu!

Anonymous said...

Happy #54! Enjoy your snow day, stay safe, and rest with your needle in your hand or sewing machine pedal under your foot!! Sounds like a good birthday to me. Donna

Connie Wells said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie.......so glad your birthday wishes came true with a snowed-in sew day (or weekend as the case may be). Best wishes to you.

sunflowermorning said...

Happy Birthday to you, Bonnie! We are wishing for some snow here in Wisconsin! Had some in late December, but it is iced over, and not good for snow activities like snowshoeing. Enjoy your day...how fun for you to have your son and his friends to help you celebrate, and to cook for! More sewing on step 4 of Allietaire for me today.Enjoying it!

Jacqueline said...

Happy Birthday. Enjoy your time, snow, family and sewing.

Quilting Tangent said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great one.

grandmatomato said...

Happy birthday Bonnie. May your day be filled with JOY!

Trish said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bonnie!! Sounds like a perfect day.

Katie M. said...

Sounds like the best birthday! Once our kids become adults and still make the choice to spend time with us, that's when we know for sure we got it right.

Holly NY said...

Have a wonderful birthday, Bonnie! Enjoy your snow day and your company!

Kathy AmRhein said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie, may this be a year of good health, good friends, good quilts and many"soften"ways for you!

TheEclecticAbuela said...

Happyhappy! My husband turned 54 a few days ago, and I did it in November--we'll all have a great year together. :)

Shari Z said...

Happy, happy Birthday Bonnie! We are snowed (mainly from the ice) in also down the hill. Oh well. It shouldn't last too long but long enough to love the quiet beauty of everything covered in white.
I know this will be a special day for you surrounded by loved ones in Quilt Villa.

Louisa Heaton said...

Happy birthday, Bonnie! Sending best wishes from Hayling Island, UK!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!!! Have a wonderful day!!!!!! Gayle

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! I love how you celebrate for the whole week. And when you hit the 60s, you get to celebrate for the whole month! Enjoy and keep warm.
Jill in Michigan
jastiger@icloud.com

Margaret said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Glad you got your longed-for snow. :-) Yes, living for 30 years in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, I understand winding roads, steep slopes and snow! And out here on the rolling central Alberta prairie, where I moved 7+ years ago, it may be flat, but we get wind...and snow drifting across the roads. More than once I've turned back because my car couldn't get by/through/around/over a drift on a lesser-used highway. (The main ones get all the snowplow attention!)

You look snug as a bug in a rug, and the kids look like they're lovin' it. Happy weekend!

Nancy said...

And now the snow and wind are hitting us here in southern CT. Fine with me! I'll start a pot of soup and the sew sew sew while hubby reads sitting near the woodstove churning out that heat that only a woodstove can do. Before the season started, we had a very up to date chimney liner put in to avoid any fears of a fire. Best update we did in 2015 - other than add to my vintage sewing machine collection by about 4 or was it five. ha

Lynn Czar said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! God bless you ! I'm so glad that you have your family and friends there to help celebrate your special day ! In life there is nothing more precious than family!

QuiltyGal said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! Being grateful for what you have and who you are is the best gift for yourself. Enjoy your family, home and friends. Love and Hugs from Mesa, AZ!

Tracey Holzer said...

Happy, happy Birthday, Bonnie!

Deanna W said...

Glad your unspoken wish came true for your birthday!It is very cold here this morning -21 Celcius in Trout Creek Ontario. I am planning a sew day too, with two baby quilts to machine quilt.
Enjoy your day and Happy Birthday!

QuiltinLibraryLady said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie. Hope you're having a warm and cozy day. Snowdays are the BEST!! I always like to watch the movie "Snow Day" on a snowday. Haven't had that opportunity yet this year. :(

bethq said...

Happy Birthday! Remember yor the one that has made your wonderful life. You've made a lot of good choices and worked hard. And your joy is your reward!

Joan said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Sounds like you had the best day ever!

Lorraine said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie, with many more to come!
I just love your warm, friendly personality and all that you give and share with us.
I celebrated my birthday earlier this week and I love the earlier comment about celebrating for the whole month when you get to your 60's.
Ha ha!







Roxann in East Texas said...

Sounds like a day, oops, weekend in heaven with getting to spend fun time with son and friends. Isn't being a Mom wonderful.
Happy Birthday,

Phyllis said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! My favorite days were spent in Idaho, snowed in and spending the day quilting, staying warm with dinner simmering on the wood stove! Lucky You, Enjoy it!!!
Phyllis
A bit warmer here in Texas, I sure missing the mountains at lot!

Donna said...

Glad that you had a wonderful birthday with your family! For so many of us, it's hard to spend time together due to distance or just making the time.

Mary W Quilts said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! Mary in Boston

Mary said...

Happy Snow Day-Sew Day, Birthday!!! Sounds PERFECT! You are where you love to be in your Mountain Retreat- Quiltvilla. Too bad the DH isn't there also. Wet and Rainy in the East side this week, NO SNOW! Walla Walla Winter has missed us this year so far. I love that Rocketeer back to back with the 301, right? Maybe Mona can sled over later this week-end.

Ginny B said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie from snowy Levittown, NY. So glad you got your secret wish for a snowed in birthday. And surrounded by family, friends,good food and quilts! I am enjoying the snow too and will be spending quality time with my sewing machines too.

Have a wonderful day.

Ginny B

BonnieE said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Sounds like you had the perfect day. My kids are about the same age as yours, and when we can get together those are the best times! We play a lot of board games and watch movies. How wonderful to be snowed in with them for your birthday! Woot, woot!

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy Birthday Bonnie. Sounds like it is going wonderfully.
Bev in NS

Carole D. said...

Happy Birthday! (It's my oldest granddaughter's birthday, too.) I'm busily quilting my Allitare because the company that planned to be here today couldn't come because of road conditions. I'm in the NW GA foothills and our community has BAD roads. We have to wait for the thaw, too! :) CaroleD in Waleska, GA caroledoyle@windstream.net

Melody A. said...

Happy Happy Birthday Bonnie and Happy New Year as our birthdays are really the first day of OUR NEW YEAR!!! May you have lots of JOY and kindness and love and good health for the coming year!! Melody in Iowa

cheri yurtin said...

Happy birthday Bonnie, glad to hear you are having so much fun and got up to the cabin. Have safe travels. Cheri from Clayton, NC

Patricia said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie. Many more To Ya !!!

Terry Johnson said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Glad you are enjoying your special day.

Cats said...

Oh, my happy happy day! It would be just perfect for me too... full table, full bellies, full hearts and a fulsome gratitude that appreciates it all... yep yep yep.
I know I came late to your "party"... but so glad i found you, not only as a quilter and designing genius, but an authentic and happy individual... welcome to my world, too... cats

Anita Sherwood said...

Happy Birthday my sweet daughter... I will be thinking of you alllll day!.. I'll try to catch you with a phone call. I also have a roast in the crock pot!! I'm so proud of the women you are and the insights you have learned. As A mom let's go of her young one.. she hoped that what she has taught them that they will learn those things over and over untill it become part of them... it's sweet to see you have done that. loving you more..... mom

Robin Bobbin said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!! Have a wonderful time sewing on a snowy day. Enjoy your time at the cabin.
Robin

Needled Mom said...

A perfect birthday! Have a very happy one and stay safe.

QuiltShopGal said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful way to celebrate your special day. Enjoy.

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

Linda Craven said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! Some of my favourite times at my quilt frame in front of my window were during snow storms!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!
From Tracy in Salem Oregon

Anonymous said...

Have a great birthday....and many, many more!!
Safe travels to all as you leave the mountain....and safe travels to you as you make your way to Texas...
Sandra B
scb304@juno.com

Diann Jones said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie. I wish for you a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and good friends.

Ilona said...

Happy 54th Birthday, Bonnie! It seems like I couldn't wish you anything better than the days you've been so blessed to experience, so enjoy them to the fullest!

Joanne Donovan said...

Happy Birthday, Dear Bonnie!! You do so much for all of us, I'm really happy that you're spending some time with your family and doing what you want to do while you can!! You're going to get busy, again, and these memories will help you sail through it! We all love you!! Joanne in North Charleston, SC!! (Only snow flurries here!!)

Emmah Dube said...

Happy birthday gal,l wish you many more years of quilting,thanks for inspiring us.

Linda W said...

Bonnie, I hope you have an amazing birthday! Enjoy your family and sewing time! Stay safe!

45th Parallel Quilter said...

Happy Birthday to you ... sounds like a perfect way to celebrate the occasion ... surrounded by those you love and who love you ... as well as time for your passion ... quilting! We lived in Pittsburgh, PA for a number of years ... top of the Appalachian Mountains ... we now live in Northern Michigan. I will take 200" of snow up here to 2-3" of snow/ice in Pittsburgh where the roads are narrow and precariously close to hills that you can slide off with no guard rails ... no contest! Hunker down and enjoy your day ... memories are made of times like these! Linda

Verna B. said...

Happy Birthday.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!!!! Sounds like you had the kind of day you wanted. sandi1100 at yahoo dot com

tpott said...

Happy Birthday! Family, sewing and good food, what could be better. Sounds like a great weekend to be snowed in. I'm on Long Island in New York they're expecting 12-24 inches, l think I've already shoveled more than that with the drifts. Fireplace is on I've got a cup of tea and I see some sewing in my day. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend. Happy Birthday! ;-> Toni Anne

Deborah said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie. Enjoy your special snow day. (I really enjoy your Quiltville Quotes of the Day... very inspiring for a new year dedicated to what is truly important)

Anonymous said...

I just have to add to the birthday wishes, "Happy Birthday Bonnie" what an awesome post you wrote. And I loved reading your Moms comment. Your life is good. You've got it right! Thank you for all of the sharing you do. We were snowed in for 3 days and we loved it!. Its good when its in the inside looking out. Warm and cozy, good food, hot beverage, good books, movies, and for me sewing! Oh how you are loved! -Rhonda
rhondaekblad@gmail.com

Donna1111 said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie! Thank you for all the gifs you give us!

Donna1111 said...

Shoot, GIFTS! :-)

Sue Monsey said...

Happy Birthday! I'm with you, spending the day with your kids and their friends is awesome - I always love that they go off and do their thing and come back to a mom who has dinner all ready and an evening of televisions, games, talking, laughing, etc. Any day that is remembered like this is a treasure!

LS said...

Happy birthday, Bonnie- your posts are so much fun to read. We are all so blessed! I just retired last year and was fortunate to have a son who wanted to go in with me on a condo in Kauai- so here I am!
Another Crazy Quilter,
Linda

cityquilter grace said...

with a birthday in august would never think of wishing for being snowed in, but glad you got your wish and enjoyed your day....

Anne McKenzie said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie from another Aquarius. My birthday comes mid Feb. Your posts from your cabin bring a longing for a simpler life. Your joy and enjoyment come out in your posts. It is always fun to have family around for any celebration. Hope you have a great day.

Granny Lyn said...

Happy birthday, Bonnie, you got a wonderful gift of "kids" for your day! I couldn't ask for anything more! I hope your day is as beautiful as you are,,God bless, Lyn

AddieNCE said...

Happy Birthday!

So glad that you got to celebrate your special day in a very special way this year - even with snow added as the icing on the cake!
We don't need a fancy restaurant or any other fancy stuff - it's the little things that make us smile; the little things that money can't buy.

I wish you all the best!

Greeting from Germany,
Janina

Kathy MacKie said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie, how wonderful you are able to spend it with family. Keep warm and safe.

chook said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie wishing you al the very best for today and the year ahead sending hugs from a very steamy Queensland Australia
hugs Beth

Dianne Holder said...

Happy Birthday to you. I hope you have had a wonderful day. I just love snowy weekends. We had 8" of snow and they still have not cleaned the streets . I will be able to sew again tomorrow. Thank you for helping me with my star points today.
Dianne Holder
Lowgap NC

Pat Rollo said...

BirthDAY celebrations that unfold over several days are the very best kind. It made a wonderful, heartwarming story too. Just made my way through Texas last week on my way to San Diego from the (now) snowy Delmarva peninsula to watch my grandchildren while their parents are away. It is a different kind of fun. Even though the TX days were warm, the nights were quite cool. Expect 30 degrees or more temperature variation per day, and have a great time.

Kerry said...

Happy Birthday for yesterday. Usually whatever happens in New York means we get the same thing a couple of weeks later! Perhaps I'd better go shopping (maybe fabric hunting just in case)!

A few years ago we were snowed in for almost 2 weeks! Now I could understand it if we were up a mountain, but no, just a little hill! Authorities so badly organised! But since they have now placed grit bins opposite our roads we haven't had anything like it since!

Enjoy the time with your family and friends and Farkle!

Shelly said...

So glad you had a wonderful and full birthday. A lovely post and delight to read.
Shelly

Becca Schlieper said...

Happy birthday, love and laughter!

Carolyn Sullivan said...

As long as the brownies last! LOL Happy 54th....

otti said...

Happy Birthday and always some fabric under your needle.
lg otti

Chez Vies said...

many many happy birthday Bonnie!

Helen T. said...

Super Happy Birthday Bonnie!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Bonnie, you have waaay more snow than northern Minnesota has so far this year. Of course, winter is not over yet! Your spring flowers and lawns will love the extra moisture you have received. Sunny days are just around the corner.

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

Happy birthday! So glad you have had power, are warm, can sew, and have people who love you around you. God is good.

Roger Cooper said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY FRIEND !!
Bonnie I consider you a friend and you give so much to all to everyone and I for one am grateful .... enjoy your day with your family....
Big hugs
Vicki

mgquilts said...

Happy Birthday and God bless you, Bonnie. You share your birth date with my best girlfriend from childhood and her sister. And thru your wonderful blog and talents, you have become another good friend to me. You were here in Fort Worth for a program too many years ago and I have been s-l-o-w-l-y turning my stash into your suggested elements. I have made three quilts using alternate blocks of recreated fabric from the scrap basket under my sewing table. I have enough fabric to keep me piecing and quilting for another 30 years, which is how long ago I began. God bless...

Unknown said...

What a wonderful post. Your enjoyment of friends and family is infectious!

Tammy said...

Happy Birthday to you Bonnie! It looks like you had the perfect day! Blessing for the year ahead!