A Quiet Birthday, 7-3-2020

Thanks to so many readers and friends who wished me Happy Birthday today! I’ve spent it here.

A good book, several glasses of raspberry iced tea and a friend to keep me company has been quite nice actually.

My friend, Hazel, is never far from my side. Just look at that face!

I’ve had several phone calls, too, one being from my friend Vivian who has a friend in Sioux City who reads the blog – I’m sending greetings to the friend who feels a connection to Vivian’s hometown through me. Someone said we quilters are a close group and I couldn’t agree more.

Remember my friend Ema who bakes the delicious bread? Her little girl Harriet thinks this is the idea of good fun! I have to agree.

Have I forgotten to answer anyone’s questions? Would you resend to me so I can answer.

Look at Kay’s project.

Happy Fourth of July!

Be still.

104 thoughts on “A Quiet Birthday, 7-3-2020

  1. Carolyn Rector

    Happy belated birthday. I have had grandkids all weekend, with a pulled muscle in my back. They are helping. Glad you had a nice quiet birthday, I just love this summer weather even if it”s hot. I wish many more birthdays for you!!!

  2. Debbie B

    Happy belated Birthday, Mary! I’m sure it was a quiet , special day. Your photos of the farm are delightful. I miss going to my Grandparents farm. It was a place that wasn’t my everyday. Great memories. Enjoy the holiday weekend. Take care!

  3. Brenda in SC

    Happy Belated Birthday Mary. I am always running late. But my heart sure is in the right place !! Many happy days and years ahead!! Be still

  4. Dee

    Happy Belated Birthday!! Is the dirt in the ditch you birthday present? haha

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Dee – YES! Let’s call the dirt my birthday present!

  5. Bobbie

    Happy Happy Birthday, Mary hope your day was wonderful and relaxing. Mine was July 2,
    Yes that little. Hazel does have the sweetest face, but a little rascal, underneath. We really haven’t had much summer here yet. Says 75 here today but it’s still in the 60’s. But no rain so that’s good.
    I’m cooking just for family this 4 th of July. A simple lunch this year, burgers, potato salad, beans, salad. Cake. We are also eating a lot earlier as my granddaughter has to work at 1:00.
    I wish you a beautiful 4 th, to relax with hubby and your fur babies.
    God Bless.

  6. Holly in Two Harbors, MN

    Happy birthday, Mary! It’s always good to spend your special day with close friends, and it looks like Hazel is always pretty close!

  7. Linda baker

    Happy belated Birthday, Mary! 72 isn’t bad, I’ll be 73 in a month, those years add up fast, don’t they?
    You had a wonderful place to spend your birthday, doing everything you love. That Hazel is just too cute, and those kittens! I have a Fisher Price barn like that, but no kittens to put in it, ha ha.
    Have a good fourth, which is today, might need to have a cold beer or two in this heat.

  8. quilting sister

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! You’re like my college roomie’s hubby who turned 74 on July 1 … but I told her no, he’s only 64, because someone clearly did the math wrong.
    And what better friend could you want than that adorable Hazel? I’m so smitten that I’m thinking of getting two just like her … my last kitty died on March 30 during all this virus mess, and I’m going to get two small sister dogs instead of kitties this time. I finally figured out she’s a Parson Jack Russell Terrier and will start looking around for a couple of them in NC soon. Of course I’d take two cute little mutts or rescues, too. Hope you have a 4th of July, and thanks for the blog!

  9. Donna Albright

    I didn’t realize it was your birthday so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! You had a beautiful place to spend your birthday and great ‘company’.

  10. Lois Ann Johnson

    It sounds as if you had a wonderful birthday, Mary! Now it is Independence Day. The celebrations will be few and far between this year because of the virus, but some towns are still doing their part. The fireworks started up in my neighborhood last night and it scares Bailey. She goes into my closet and hides in there; she must feel safe being in there! The temperatures have hovered in the low 90’s this week so it is nice to stay inside with air conditioning. My trumpet vine is in full bloom and the hummingbirds just love it. My hydrangeas (just like yours) are blooming now, too. I believe they are “Annabelles.” Blessings to you; have a great weekend!

  11. Kim J LeMere

    Happy Birthday Mary, enjoy your day and the kittens are just adorable.

  12. Sally J.

    Happy belated Birthday!! Sounds like you had a nice relaxing day with awesome Hazel!!
    Happy 4th of July to all!! Stay safe and be still…..

  13. Cinders

    Wishing you Happy Birthday Greetings one day late! Today we celebrate our Grandaughter Chiara’s birthday one day early! She is 8 years old now! She lives one mile from us so we try our best to see her often! She is growing up so fast. This year I will try my best to participate in the Dirty Dozen as I have so many UFO’s to do, I need the nudge. Presently I have been working on getting my hubster back to good health, his diabetes is out of control, plus other issues. He has IV three times per 24 hours, (I do it), for an abcessed lung infection, so multiple issues. We take our gift of good health for granted for sure. I love reading your blog and appreciate your taking the time to do this, you are so positive and encouraging. Again, Happy Belated Birthday, I just turned 70 on June 26th, enjoyed my first full year of retirement as well.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Cinders – I am so sorry to hear that your husband is so sick! YOU can put in the IV? Are you a nurse? How long has he been on IV’s? Id never be able to do it – you have my admiration!

  14. Joy Van den top

    Happy birthday!!! 🎉🎁🎊🎂🎈. We have a grandson who shares the day with you! He turned 18!
    Love your Hazel! And the kittens in the Fisher Price Barn is too cute! Our kids used to do that stuff too! Love your blog, the Dirty Dozen, even if I didn’t join in, I do love to see the finished projects! So happy you can ‘talk to us’ again 💕

  15. Nancy TD

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like your day was special in every way. Happy 4th of July to everyone. The new normal— no parades or fireworks. Be safe.

  16. Sandy in Indiana

    Happy Birthday Mary!

    sorry this is late….sounds like you had a wonderful day
    Love the picture of Hazel & those sweet little kittens 🙂

    Have a Happy 4th!


  17. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Happy Birthday Mary, glad you had nice relaxing day! Enjoy July 4th – also my Mom’s birthday! Neither my brother or I can be with her this year because of the lockdown travel restrictions, so she is spending the day with a couple of good friends who live nearby.

  18. Charlotte Shira

    Happy Birthday Mary! Celebrate for a week! Just got back from my son’s. We had dinner and celebrated the holiday since they are telling us to stay home on the 4th. Played Telestrations. What a fun game! Especially since I can’t draw!
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  19. Sandy

    Happy birthday Mary,I love the dog on your quilt! Enjoy the peace and company of family,best wishes from sandy

  20. Teresa from Port Coquitlam

    Happy belated birthday. Finally had time to look at my iPad tonight, 11:30. Looks like you had a really nice day!

  21. Caryn Goulden

    Happy Birthday, Mary! Glad you had a good day. The photo of Hazel great! What a cutie she is.

  22. Beverly Lockmiller

    Happy Birthday Mary. What a great way to spend this special day.

  23. Judy

    Happy Birthday Mary! What a great day to have a birthday, the day before a holiday with fireworks. You can always claim the ones being set off on the 3rd are in honor of your birthday. It sounds like you had a nice and relaxing day.

  24. Sue in Oregon

    Happy Birthday, Mary. Hope your day was Purr-fect. Just like those darling kittens.
    Hazels photo is the best of her yet. So cute and perky.
    Kays project is awesome!

  25. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Happy Happy, Mary. I am so glad you had such a wonderful day on that beautiful porch with your adorable best friend. Now we are the same age until late October. I loved the picture of Emma’s barn cats; oh, so cute. I hope you have a nice 4th 🇺🇸.

  26. Kathy Schwartz in SW MN

    Happy Birthday!! I think you have some good company with Hazel close at hand. Kittens in the Fisher Price barn are really cute. Kay’s quilt is wonderful!!! Your flag collection is very nice. Have a great Fourth of July.

  27. Margaret in North Texas

    It sounds like your Birthday was just the kind of day you like–doesn’t get better than that–and wishing you many more!! Your porch looks like the best place to be all summer!! We had a warm 102 degrees today.

  28. Gloria B.

    Happy Birthday Mary! May your year ahead bring stillness when you need peace and excitement when you are ready to kick it up.

  29. Nancy from texas

    Love you so much Ms Mary.
    Happy happy birthday.
    Please be safe and enjoy your quilting and chickens, goats, geese, plants, flower and veggie garden and for sharing your love of all with us.

  30. Kathy Hanson

    Happy Birthday, Mary! So glad you have had a wonderful day! Spending the day with that sweet Hazel has to be lots of fun!!! 😊❤️

  31. Jo in Wyoming

    Looks like you had a wonderful Birthday. I’m glad it was Happy. Hazel enjoying your day too.

  32. MaryLou

    Happy Birthday!!! And many many more. Look forward to your post each day helps me remember how wonderful living in the country is.

  33. Cheryl in St. Paul

    Happy birthday, Mary.
    I am so happy you had a nice day.
    It was hotter than hot today. I did a bit of sewing, baked a peach pie and some red cupcakes. Our family will be together a Sunday for the first time since a Christmas!

  34. Kathy in western ny

    There is one bright white full moon out here tonight in NY so I smiled at it hoping you are looking at it too! Just for your birthday! Then I had a root beer float sitting outside enjoying the silent evening. Home is safe. Hazel is such a good companion for you. Happy birthday to a special friend to all of us.

  35. Carolyn Boutilier

    Happy Belated birthday.
    Hot summer day here in Shenandoah Valley .
    Happy 4th of July.
    Carolyn b

  36. Rosalie

    Wishing you a wonderful and healthy year!
    So glad you had a great day- hope some yummy dessert was part of it.

  37. Jan from TN

    Wow! Happy Birthday, Mary! Sorry I almost missed it. 🎂🥤🎈🎉. I see it’s Eleanor Burns’ birthday today too! You are in great company! 😉 Have a wonderful, peaceful & pieceful weekend (as fireworks 💥 are going off nearby our house. 😕 Brody will need some extra hugs tonight. 😕🐾)
    Stay safe! 😷

  38. Mary M Rhodes

    Happy Birthday Mary! Sounds like you had a very nice day! Love seeing Hazel! The kittens are cute! Have a wonderful July 4th too!

  39. Janice Hebert

    Happy Birthday, Mary! It’s cool today and misty. We finished the chicken run! Yay! I love the pictures of the kittens and your little Hazel! Enjoy the weekend! Jan in MA

  40. the other Angie

    Mary – Happy Birthday!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day … after all, Hazel is such a party girl!!

    And, Happy 4th – just continue the celebration!

  41. Sue Jacobson

    Happy Birthday Mary! Glad you have had a great day. Wishing you a healthy & happy year ahead🤗

  42. Sheila

    Happy Happy birthday, Mary! Sounds like you had fun celebrating your special day. 🌿🌹🌿


    Happy Birthday, I remember your wedding day but forgot this. Hope it was a wonderful day. Paula in KY

  44. Montana Kathy

    Happy, happy birthday, Mary! Hope you had a truly great day. Love the kittens – it makes you want to get another one. They are so cute!

  45. Diane and Squeak in Central Ohio

    Oh HAPPY DAY, Mary! Hope you continue to celebrate the whole weekend! 🎂🎂. I have that pattern, too🐶🐶. It’s on my longgg list to make. The kittens are adorable😸😸. Happy 4th, too.. The lowest temperature we are having this week in Central Ohio will be 91 on Friday—hot week.

  46. Martha Engstler Gettysburg

    I’m adding my greeting for a special Happy Birthday, nice there is a holiday weekend to honor you. Your porch looks so inviting. Sounds like you spent the day in a relaxing way as it should be. Sweet picture of Hazel. Kittens are darling.

  47. Donna Giddens

    Happy birthday Mary. Sounds like a good one for you. The wall hanging in last picture so cute. I have the pattern. Bought years ago to make for my son & daughter in law. They rescue, foster or transport dogs. Whatever is needed. They would love it. Id better hurry, running out of time for all the things I want to do. I sure dont accomplish all u do. Enjoy your blog. The best to you.

  48. Diane from TN

    Happy Birthday. What book are you reading? Sounds like you had the perfect birthday.

  49. Diane Bauer

    Happy, happy birthday!!! I hope it was peaceful and calm!

    This Army Captain Mom LOVES your table filled with flags!!

  50. Kimberly Lusin

    Happy birthday, Mary! And I wish you a blessed and healthy year.

  51. Jeanice Domino

    Happy birthday, Mary. Looks like you enjoyed your day. I enjoy your blog very much.

  52. Lynda Arduser

    Happy birthday- glad you had a great day. Happy 4th of July 🇱🇷

  53. Sharon Ernst

    Happy Birthday, Mary! I hope it was a wonderful day for you! 😊🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  54. Jan VanDeWalle

    Happy Birthday , Mary. Hope God Blesses you with many more, the pictures today were great, specially the one of Kay Crandall’s’. And I love your ode to the 4th with the old flags in an old jug. Would love a closed in porch like yours.
    Hubby finished cutting hay today, he will probably rake some tomorrow weather hasn’t been cooperating with making hay been over cast and not too warm 71 but needs to be done.
    Now maybe I can sit out side in the evening and watch the deer come out with the fawns, grass has been too tall to see them.
    Be Still, Jan in Or.

  55. JudyE

    Happy, Happy Birthday Mary! No one said that you can’t celebrate all week or month long. It is your special day!

  56. Tanya in Houston

    Happy, happy birthday and weekend! We have hotdogs and buns ready and will think of you as we quietly celebrate at home!

  57. Cynthia Jacobson

    Happy Birthday! Your kittens are darling. Is your dog quilt one of your patterns? Is it available? Thank you!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Cynthia – yes, the Adopt, Don’t Shop Pattern is available for $10 sent to Country Threads

      1. Cynthia Jacobson

        Thank you! Could I have your address please? Do I need to send an envelope, stamped?

        1. Sheila

          Her address is listed on her blog. And yes, you need to send a self addressed, stamp envelope.

  58. Tammy from WI

    Happy Birthday Mary! It’s our grandpuppys birthday today too, he is a Frenchie named Sausage and rules over all 5 dogs when everyone comes home for events. The labs are kinda scared of him when he gives them stink eye!

  59. Janet M

    Happy Birthday, Mary!! Your day sounds so relaxing – Just right for a warm summer day!!
    Have a great weekend.

  60. Jane Plourde

    Happy Birthday and Happy 4th of July and Happy Sewing. Thanks for all the greT blogs.

  61. Vicki in Seattle

    “Happy Birthday,” Mary! Celebrate all weekend!❤️🎂💙🇺🇸❤️

  62. Donna O

    Happy Birthday Mary…..sounds like you had the perfect day with Hazel. It’s a tad too hot for me especially when trying to unpack. Too much stuff so I’ve got things in my car and another bag started for charity. I won’t miss it. So much more has to go ! I want to sew and I have one of my machines set up so I have no excuse. Tonight I may do some EPP that I ran across and can sit in front of fan and tomorrow I dig in again. Happy 4th to you Mary



  64. Launa

    A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎉 to you my friend, Mary!
    It looks like you were celebrating in a great style doing some of your favorite things. Well deserved!
    Great pictures today!

  65. Kris in Naperville

    Congratulations on another trip around the sun! Happy Birthday!

  66. Jane dumler

    Happy happy Birthday to a very special lady who keeps a whole lot of quilters very Happy. Enjoy celebrating you!

  67. Sandy Allen

    Happy birthday! Sounds like you had a great day.

    It’s my birthday too! Hubby and I ran errands. I found some bargains on fall clothes, so that was fun!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Sandy Allen – where do you live, Sandy? Are we the same age? 72? Too bad we can’t celebrate together!

      1. Sandy Allen

        Hi Mary! I am inSt. Louis, MO and turned 56 this year. Just a couple of years behind you!

        My step brother moved to Iowa two years ago – he’s in the Davenport area. He loves it!

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