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Saturday, January 23, 2021

What a Short Sheeted Week!


Not only was Monday a holiday (We worked at the inn demolishing closets - it felt like a weekend day and that threw me off - ) but the day I took to drive to Wallburg on Thursday also shifted things -

Guess what I forgot to do?

Draw for our Forever Mine winner yesterday!  I thought yesterday was going to be today.  DUH.

So today - we will get to that - at the end of this post.  Just follow along with me!

THIS was on my brain for yesterday -

It had been on my mind since Wednesday - when an idea struck me as I unearthed a baggie of left over "Silver Linings" parts and decided to turn them into "something small" in red, white and blue.

This little table runner isn't as long as it could be, and is probably wider than most, but it will fit my table or my island, and I am looking forward to using it through those flag waving holidays that fall from Memorial Day all the way through Flag Day, Independence Day, and all the way to Veteran's Day in November.

I love a good old red white and blue quilted anything. And as the block parts were mostly done, this came together in no time. 

I made the triangles for the stars on Wednesday.  I pulled the corners and centers yesterday and sewed them up rather quickly.


Once the stars were made - it didn't take long to assemble this - 


To load it in the long arm and start the quilting -


Even the quilting was done rather quickly -

I love how the sunlight coming through my side windows highlights the design!  I'm getting it ready to trim here before adding binding.


Even the binding application was a quick job.


Something fun and sweet on the back!

I was going to dig for something all stars and stripes - but this ice cream sundae and lollipops and sweets fabric called out to me.  It says SUMMER FUN!  And is reminiscent of 4th of July parades and happy memories of summer childhood.


Unearthed in the Wallburg run -

My brother Mark and I visiting my grandparents in Minnesota.  I had to be in Kindergarten here - that's my first pair of glasses. (I loved them - thought they were BEEEAAAUUUUTIFUL!)  which makes Mark around 2.

We are wearing matching gingham flannel jammies made by my mom.

See the cup that Mark is holding?  Grandma had the whole set.  I remember them so vividly.  We used to have root beer floats in them.

So later on when I spied them in an antique mall - the same set, with the carrier - they came home with me.


I'd love to get this photo restored.

And every time I use this same pink lined cup - I think of Mark. I can't believe he's been gone 2 1/2 years now.  The days, weeks, months and years are flying by.


Today I turn 59.  An age that Mark will never get to see.  But I still feel him with me with every milestone reached.

My sincere thanks go out to those who have sent cards - I saved them all and opened them over breakfast this morning.

Thank you, everyone -  my day is starting on such a happy note!

59.  Holy Moly.  How did I get here?



Happy to spend it with this girl!

The plan is - more storage room re-do.  The Hubs has already headed to Lowes for things we need.  I know there is much power sanding in our future complete with loads of dust.

Painting may not happen till tomorrow - but I'll take photos so you can see the update.

I haven't started stitching the binding on the red, white and blue thing yet - maybe tonight.

I'm still going through the tubs of stuff I brought from Wallburg on Thursday - Good grief.  SO.MUCH.STUFF.

One bin is full of denim pieces - Casden love's Jeff's denim quilt, so I think he needs a couch sized version all his own.  That should sew some of that down!

But still.  On the one hand I am grateful - I have had enough on hand to be creative through a very long pandemic year.  Without making much of a dent! LOL!

On the other hand - sometimes I feel like I can't breathe, but don't want it to to away either.  I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.

We just keep working at it!

Okay - let's do that drawing thing, shall we?


We are going to gift away a Forever Mine PDF pattern including both the wall quilt/topper and table runner to one lucky winner! 

Not only that - because Valentine's Day is about love, appreciation, friendship and sharing - I'm going to also send a free Forever Mine pattern to the winner's friend of their choosing!




Irene at Cotton to Quilts will also be sending a Facets of Red fabric roll and a red String Time strip pack to our lucky winner!

As you can see from this photo, she's got fabric rolls in reds, pinks, aqua/turquoise and our much beloved and sought after neutrals available in the Cotton to Quilts online shop. 

The String Time strip packs are just what they sound like - String Time packages come with 180 different 10" long strings of varying widths cut from 20 different fabrics providing variety and convenience!


Who is entry 2096 of 6970 entries?


Jayne Werren!

Jayne, please reply with your shipping address to the email sent to the address you provided with your entry!  

And don't forget to include the name and email address of the friend you would also like me to send a Forever Mine pattern to!

Your fabrics will be coming directly from Irene at  Cotton to Quilts.  Congrats!

And there is more Forever Mine Gift-Away fun to come - be watching for my next Gift-Away post coming next week!

Okay - tie to get this show on the road!


Zoey is wishing everyone a splendiferous weekend!

As am I.


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Don't sit passively by waiting for what this day will bring. 

Get in and discover!⁣

We'll catch you back here on Monday!


 

119 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Bonnie!

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  2. Happy Birthday Bonnie. May your day be as special as you are.

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  3. Happy Birthday Bonnie! I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks for everything!

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  4. Happy Birthday Bonnie. Be good to yourself. Love the position Zoey gets into. Makes me smile when you post them.

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    1. I love Zoey upside down too. And she is do ladylike using her tail for cover of her lady parts. Hope it was a great Birthday. Polly

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  5. Happy Birthday! Thanks for all you do!

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  6. Zoey! A good laugh out loud when I saw her toothy grin! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Happiest of birthdays to you! <3

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  8. Happy birthday, Bonnie! May your day be filled with what you wish for!

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  9. Happy birthday Bonnie. I rarely comment but enjoy reading your blog daily. Please enjoy your day.

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  10. Happy birthday Bonnie. I rarely comment but enjoy reading your blog daily. Please enjoy your day.

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  11. Happy birthday Bonnie. I rarely comment but enjoy reading your blog daily. Please enjoy your day.

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  12. πŸŽ‰ Happy Birthday, Bonnie!! πŸŽ‰. Zoey Girl just cracks me up! I don’t know how you could ever tell her silly self “No!”!

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  13. Happy happy Birthday :0) Everyday is a gift! Happy Sewing Bonnie

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  14. Thanks for the morning chuckle with Zoey :-) Happy Birthday!

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  15. Wishing you a Happy Birthday filled with wonderful surprises.πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ₯³

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  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Oregon, WISHING YOU MANY MORE.
    MaryAnn

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  17. Happy birthday to you! Today is my first granddaughter's ninth birthday, so I will never forget yours again. :) Gingersnap has just begun sewing this year (thanks to our extended time available in the pandemic) and she's already quite fearless with the machine. She's going to start sewing with a vintage machine this week. So, happy birthday to both of you!

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  18. Happy birthday, Bonnie! Wishing you a wonderful day and a happy, healthy year ahead!

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  19. Happy Birthday! Enjoy!!

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  20. Happy Birthday oldie but goodie have agree at day,

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  21. Happy birthday, Bonnie! I'm trying to remember 59 but it's all a blur of teaching and motherhood from 24 to 74. When I try to remember when something occurred I try to figure out how old my daughter was when it happened.

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  22. Yes! Get that photo restored! It’s so worth it and it wasn’t expensive!

    I recently had a photo of my partner and his sister restored and they are both thrilled. My restorer wasn’t able to recapture the colors, but it made a wonderful black & white image!

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  23. Happy, happy Birthday!!

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  24. Happy Birthday Bonnie. Enjoy your special week---Have a Fantastic 2021. Enjoy reading your daily posts while I drink my coffee. Love your patterns too.

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  25. Happy birthday Bonnie. Hoping it brings you lots of good memories. My hubs birthday is the 25th. He has a few yrs. on you. He'll be 82. Don't tell him I told how young he is. HAHA! That Zoey is just a hoot. Wish I had her flexibility. Have a beautiful day. Hoping I can get Grassy Creek's grey string border added today & get her in the longarm & finished. Then onto Forever Mine. So, what's sewing for St. Patty's day????

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  26. Enjoy your birthday day, weekend, month!!Wishing you a great year ahead!

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  27. Happy Birthday Bonnie!!!!

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  28. Happy Birthday Bonnie. You give so much pleasure to others, I hope you feel it coming back to you today. Thanks for all you do and share!

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  29. Wishing you a very happy birthday!

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  30. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Sanding and prepping walls for paint is the perfect way to spend you 59th birthday!

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  31. Happy Birthday! Love your little Red/White/Blue table topper. My current scrappy project is coming together nicely, but not particularly quickly, and from the looks of things the selvage strips I'm using multiplied when exposed to air and sunlight. I too am grateful for all the supplies I have at my disposal, but not seeing much progress at sewing down the stash.

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  32. Happy Birthday! Enjoy the day!

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  33. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Enjoy your birthday weekend.

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  34. Enjoy your birthday,I baked a blueberry pie in honor of your day. Oooh, sounds like an awesome name for a quilt! Bonnie's Birthday Blueberry Pie! Enjoy!!

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  35. Happy Birthday Bonnie!! Have a super weekend!!! and a great 59th year!

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  36. Happy Birthday. Bonnie. Thanks for all the inspiration you share with all quilters.

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  37. Happy Birthday Bonnie!

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  38. Happy Birthday! You and I are now both 59! I had to tell you I have enjoyed the mystery so much this year. I have enjoyed sewing the gray strings so much! I had only watched you and longed to do it but now I finally did and I love it! I am still working on sewing the last side of triangles to those strings and then I need to take the paper off. Then comes the rest of that cutting and assembly. Thanks so much for all that you give us. You are such a giving and special person. You really are a blessing to us all. Have a lovely birthday. So glad you have fur babies and a sweet hubby to spend it with. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  39. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! I'll turn 59 in about 3 weeks, so your reminiscing strikes a cord with me! And the other common thread is "too much fabric"! I'm working on Part 6 of the Grassy Creek mystery. Loving it... Thanks!

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  40. Happy Birthday! And enjoy your fond memories too! And that silly silly dog!!!

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  41. Have a great #59 happy birthday!

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  42. Happy Birthday to you! 59 is young!

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  43. I posted a Facebook group that does restoration on the list where your shared this photo. They will be happy to restore it for you. Try hey are a great group of volunteers.

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  44. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Have a great day!

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  45. Happy, Happy Birthday, Bonnie. I hope you have a splendiferous day.

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  46. Ahhhh, 59 is a great age! Enjoy!!!
    Zoey cracks me up! And brightens my day! Love you!

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  47. Happy Birthday BonnieπŸŽˆπŸŽ‚

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  48. ILOVE ZOEY'PICTURE!DOES SHE HAVE A SISTER I AM WILLING TO ADOPT HER.THANKS FOR THE BLOGING YOU ARE DOING IT REALLY KEEP ME GOING TRU THIS BLEAK DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC CORDIALLY ZENOBIA MADERA IN FLORIDA

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  49. Happy Birthday Bonnie! I hope you have a wonderful day and year ahead!!

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  50. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Enjoy your special day! Just love Zoey's poses. Yes, the years do fly by so we must make the most of them as you certainly do.

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  51. Happy Birthday and thanks for the Zoey giggle. Love that pooch, she always good for a good laugh.

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  52. Happy birthday Bonnie. Have a wonderful day! And Zoey, the position! Priceless!

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  53. Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy your special day. πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸ¦

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  54. Happy Birthday, Bonnie, and many more! Have a great year!

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  55. Hope you enjoy your covid birthday... there will never be another one like it!

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  56. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Be blessed.

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  57. Happy Birthday! I was just remembering my brother as he would have been 65 last week. What would his life and mine have been like, if he hadn’t gotten cancer and died at a young age of 27?

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  58. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Enjoy the day. πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚

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  59. Happy Birthday, Bonnie. You are special and much appreciated!!

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  60. Happy Birthday! You and my daughter share this WONDERFUL day!

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  61. Just think, Bonnie. This is the beginning of your 60th year on earth. I KNOW you've got some project in mind to commemorate that. I wish I'd known about jubilee quilts when I turned the decade, but I'll just have to plan something good for the next one. Meanwhile, I hope you have a delightful birthday and an amazing year. You certainly deserve it. And thank you for the Zoe picture. It made my day!

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  62. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bonnie! Zoey looks like she’s wishing you a happy birthday too! Have a wonderful day! Nancy

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  63. Happy Birthday Bonnie! You are the most industrious person, and can accomplish so much in any given day. I'm still working on Grassy Creek borders but only have an hour or so more of string piecing before ripping paper and squaring. I'm looking forward to laying it all out for my final reveal. It has been a joy ride and a great learning experience for me. Thank you!

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  64. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BONNIE. 2021 is a year filled with hope; I wish you the very best of years.
    Yes, we had those same mugs when I was growing up. Used them up, I think - that is, they bit the dust! Loved seeing yours and Mark holding one, too.

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  65. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! 'Love the Zoey pics!

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  66. Happy Birthday Bonnie! I start off my day with your blog and appreciate everything you do for us.

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  67. Have a wonderful quilty Birthday! Enjoy your blog so much. Thanks for all you do to inspire quilters!

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  68. Happy birthday, Bonnie - hope that you have a great day!

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  69. Happy birthday! I can't wait to see the finished storage area. Zoey cracks me up. I hope this comment doesn't appear more than once. This is my third try. The other two just disappeared. LOL

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  70. Happy Birthday! Bonnie many more!

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  71. Happy Bday, I remember those cups and glasses. We used them in the camper, I too found a set of glasses and a pitcher and carrier at an Estate sale. Like you, it had to come home with me. Have a lovely day.

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  72. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! 59 - How'd you get there. Well, after reading your blogs and posts, off the top of my head, I'd say you got here through family love, hard work and it would appear a whole lot of fun to help forget the ever-present sorrow that accompanies us on this journey through life. I recently turned 70, and thank heavens my brain doesn't know it, and while my body suspects that I'm "of an age", it hasn't given it to it.

    Just keep doing what your doing. I know I love it!!

    Happy Day, Loretta McGinn

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  73. Have a wonderful 59th! Nothing like a doggy butt in your face to help celebrate...
    :>)

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  74. Have a very happy birthday Bonnie! ❤πŸŽ‚

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  75. Happy Birthday from Newfoundland Canada

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  76. Congratulations with your birthday or in Dutch: gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!

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  77. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Thanks for all you do.

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  78. Happy Birthday Bonnie. 59 is NOT old. lol Just wanted to tell you my Mom also had those cups too. In fact, I just put the last one in the Good Will box recently.

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  79. Happy Birthday, Bonnie. I spent the morning working on Ruby City, which, by the way, was started a year ago in class with you in Phoenix. Such fond memories of being in your classes.

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  80. Let me add another "Happy Birthday Bonnie" I just celebrated mine on the 19th
    Carry on - wishing both of us many more

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  81. Happy Birthday, Bonnie. I had champagne pink glasses in Kindergarten, looked a lot like yours. Loved Zoey's downward dog yoga pose. What a pup!

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  82. Happy Birthday Bonnie. Zoey is saying look at my butt mom. Love seeing her in your posts.

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  83. 1)Happy B-Day!
    2) If you use Photoshop Elements or similar, there's a tool there called "clone stamp". It might take care of those tears and creases...

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  84. Happy Birthday, Bonnie!! Best wishes for many more to come. I love the sweet nostalgia with your brother. That is so awesome that you found that exact type of cup and can be using it again. Such a sweet photo and memory. I also love the red, white, and blue hanging around through the summer months! I have a veteran at home so we try to decorate accordingly. And ZoeyJo has done it again! I wonder if she knows she has a fan club?! HAHA!! Have a great weekend and happy quilting!! <3

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  85. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. Great to have that photo and finding the cups. And upside down Zoey, what fun. Gorgeous quilts as always. Thanks for all you share.

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  86. Happy Birthday! As how did you get to 59? One minute at a time. : -). Have a blessed year.

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  87. Happy Birthday Bonnie! I just turned 68 a few days back.

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  88. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a splendid day!

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  89. Happy Birthday Bonnie. May it be filled with fun for you.

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  90. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! You and my youngest daughter share the same birthday, 1/23. So she and I and her husband celebrated earlier on this day too. She just turned 61. Since almost all the restaurants are closed here in our city due to Covid, except for takeout, we did enjoy a Mexican takeout feast rather than my taking them out to lunch. Going out to eat is our usual custom on birthdays (that way nobody has to cook, ha!) but our favorite buffet is one of 17 restaurants here in the city, so far, that has now closed permanently due to this extended Covid-enforced closure period.

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  91. Happy birthday, Bonnie! Yes you are beautiful-- with your first pair of glasses through the rest of your life. Your inner beauty shines. :) LOVE the backing you picked for little quilt. It's definitely sweet. FABULOUS!

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  92. Happy Birthday and I had the very same pair of glasses

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  93. Hope your special day was enjoyable, Bonnie, and that the year ahead will be a great one for you!

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  94. Happy Birthday, Bonnie. I ask myself that same question every birthday. How did I get here? At 72, I've really wondered where all that time went. Enjoy every day.

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  95. Happy birthday, Bonnie. Zoey just makes my days. Thank you for sharing her antics with us.

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  96. Happy Birthday! My Gramma had those glasses also, Brought back great memories! Thanks, and enjoy your day!

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  97. Happy Birthday, Bonnie!

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  98. Happy birthday blessings! The sweetest women in my life just had birthdays: my mother (in Heaven), the 20th, & our daughter, the 22nd. And another very special lady... Bonnie Hunter!!
    Sounds like you had a good one! Birthdays come so fast! I will be 67 soon & I’m shocked! (Because I’m still 35 on the inside πŸ€ͺ)

    I love your little red, white & blue table topper!!

    And never in my life have I seen a dog πŸ• pose so silly! And she looks so comfy!! She cracks me up!!

    Have a great weekend!’

    Marci H.

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  99. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Zoey is such a character! You are fortunate to have him to make you giggle and smile! Ivy and Lola too!

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  100. Hope you had a lovely 59th Birthday!! My 59th is coming up in April. Where does the time go? I love Zoey's quirky personality!

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  101. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! The quilt with the stars is beautiful! I lost my brother to cancer in 2007, and them my mother in 2009. We remember our loved ones every day. We had those mugs too, and I still have one along with a set of 6 of the regular sized/shorter ones. Our Sanitary Farm Dairies milkman used to bring them. Your puppies are all so cute! We have 2, 9-month old Shih Tzu puppies that are sisters, and they keep me so busy I have not been quilting for several months now. Today is the day though because I really miss not sewing. Stay safe and well, and enjoy your day!

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  102. Bonnie Happy Birthday! I must tell you how much I enjoy seeing Zoey. Her pics always bring a smile to my face and she is just what we all need in these trying times. Give her a big hug for me.
    Have a great weekend, Roxie

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  103. Happy Birthday, make it a great year!

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  104. Happy birthday! I successfully restored a couple of old photos using Photoshop Elements. The Pixeladies can show you how to do it.

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  105. Happy Birthday! Hope your day is wonderful

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  106. Happy Birthday and many more. I love Zoey. She cracks me up and brightens my day along with Ivy and Lola

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  107. Happy Birthday! I love that picture of Zoey what a goofball.

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  108. Belated Happy Birthday Bonnie from cold, snowy Ontario. -25 C or -10F yesterday and the same today. I am also overwhelmed by what I have but was grateful for my stash to make masks with and finish projects. I also knit and cross stitch and am turning 65 in 2 months. Starting to feel like I might run outof time to do it all but the ability to focus is hard right now..month 2 of locked down is getting to me a little. Love your blog..thanks for being there.

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  109. Wishing you a most wonderful birthday full of love & laughter & ice cream!!!!

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  110. Happy birthday, January sister! Thank you for all you do. I am in awe how much you accomplish each day.....I am such a happy slacker ! Love Zoey’s antics.

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  111. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Today I celebrated my three score and ten! No candles, so no need to call out the fire department.

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