Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Birthday Weekend


It is extra special when your birthday falls on a Sunday, because then you get a birthday weekend!!!! It all started yesterday. My mom and I made plans to spend the day together, just like we did 49 years ago. She asked where I wanted to go and there was only ONE place!!!McHenry! My town. Sweetheart and I raised our boys here and I have such fond memories. My dearest friend lives there still....we have been close friends for 27 years, never losing touch and I don't think we have had one real quarrel. So that is where we went. We picked up my friend Sue , and went to Applebee's for lunch. It was wonderful. After that, we all drove by the old house. This is where we lived through most of our boys childhood.I was more than taken aback at the state of the yard and house. Though the house looks the same, it is not like Sweetheart kept it. I have such comforting memories of my time there. We went back to Sue's house and had such fun visiting and remembering our time spent together. We lived about 4 miles from each other and spent a lot of time together. Our children grew up playing with each other and we spent HOURS sewing together. Oh, the quilts we each made from start to finish, sharing the details every step of the way. Here are a couple of Sue's quilts. You can see her many quilts by visiting her blog. She hand quilts, hand appliques and hand/machine pieces. My mother is in awe of her!! (so am I) You will also get to "meet" her wonderful children (she has 6) and her youngest, Ruthie, is a dolly. Ruthie would not let me take her picture, but she was at the door, all smiles to greet us, and to wave goodbye!

My family gave me cold hard cash for my birthday and I went to Joann's for some purchases. I got 3 different corduroy's...2 for Charlotte and one for me...all for new skirts.And 3 yards of orange (Bear's orange to be exact) and a batting for an upcoming quilting project.
Yes, I used some of my birthday money to buy fabrics for other people....it was what I wanted! I still have money left over and plan to visit 2 quilt shops tomorrow. I came home around dinner time and found a box had arrived with my name on it. Inside was an abundance of wonderful smells and colors!!!Joann, my blogging friend, had sent me my favorite Bath and Body Works scented lotions and shower gel, a journal, an Elizabeth George book, a scented candle, Christmas dish towels, silk flowers, and 4 Let It Snow place mats. I felt very spoiled! Thank you, Joann!

Today is very laid back and low keyed. I baked pumpkins pies, drank coffee, and have a roast and potatoes in the crock pot for dinner.My son, daughter in law, and grandbabies are all coming for dinner very soon! Other than that, I was able to finish my second miniature and start quilting the third.....Seeing all of Sue's (4) large Christmas quilts done and bound made me want to get on the ball to finish my little ones!!! She has that effect on me!

Until tomorrow, when I will be visiting here.... I am praising God for His lovingkindness!

20 comments:

Mountain Mama said...

Happy Birthday Sweet (bloggy) Friend!!

Sounds like you have had a fun time celebrating.
Our daughter, Dani, has the same birthday as you. She is 5 today!!

Have a blessed day and year :)
ashley

Winona said...

Bren, happy birthday, my sweet quilting friend. I have been thinking about you today. (Could you feel me thinking about you?) I am so glad that you got to spend the day yesterday with your mom and Sue. What a special day that must have been! Love the picture of you and Sue. I think it is very sweet of you to spend your birthday money on things for projects for others. Enjoy the rest of your day. Winona

Copper's Wife said...

It sounds like a lovely birthday weekend! So glad it's been so wonderful!

Milah said...

Happy Birthday Bren! Which Elizabeth George book did you get? I love her!

Coleen said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I'm glad you had a good day at Sue's yesterday.
Love Ya!
Coleen

Sweet P said...

Happy Birthday! You had a wonderful weekend celebrating it.

Libby said...

Happy Birthday!! Sounds like you had a great day!! Those pies look yummy!

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Happy Birthday Bren! I am glad that you, your mom and Sue got together on your birthday weekend! Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. You deserve it. God bless, Karen

Sue said...

Happy Birthday!! It sure was great to see you yesterday. Now to get to spend a day sewing around my table again :) we'll have to figure a way to do it SOON!

One Christian Mom said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Glad to hear you had such a wonderful birthday :) God Bless, and many more.
Shellie

Debi said...

Happy birthday Bren. I mailed a package today to you...so be on the lookout!

Niki RuralWritings said...

Happy Happy Birthday dear friend!!!
What a wonderful weekend you had, and what a blessing your birthday money will be to others :)
Hugs, prayers and best best wishes
Niki

Andrea Cherie said...

Happy Birthday, Bren! Looks to me like you've had a fun filled weekend with family & friends! I hope you know you are a special friend to me and I appreciate how much you've poured into my life the past year or so! Love, Andrea

NeeCee said...

Happy Birthday, my friend. I hope your day was filled with love, laughter and family.

Angela said...

Happy belated birthday! Glad you had such a great one. Mommy time is the best I agree. Whether it be us with ours, or us being the mom.

Crispy said...

Happy Belated Birthday Bren. It sounds like you had a perfect one :0)

Crispy

Jan said...

Happy Birthday and a very special year ahead to you! Have fun at the quilt store. Sounds like you've already had a special celebration!

Guðrún said...

Belated happy birthday dear Bren.

Berean Wife said...

Happy Birthday!

moreofhim said...

My friend - I'm so sorry I didn't get by to wish you a Happy Birthday. My only excuse it that it was my birthday, too. :) I'm so glad you had such a good birthday!! I did, too. It was very nice that it fell on Sunday. It was so nice and relaxing.

Happy Birthday, my friend!!

Love, Julie