July 3, 2021

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! This is what I did today – I cleaned the porch or at least I tried to. Spiders get into those angled spaces and you can’t just vacuum them out. It takes a bottle brush to fit into that angle and then I used the power washer. I did not get finished however.

Tonight we went to Britt to eat at the newly remodeled Hob Nob bar and restaurant to celebrate my birthday.

When we were little kids walking with our mom on the street, we’d pass the open door of the Hob Nob and it looked so fun – it was dark, music was playing, pool tables clacking and Hazel would say “Don’t look in there!” It was a bar, you know. So tonight we toasted Hazel’s memory over burgers and beer. We weren’t entirely thrilled however and don’t know if we’ll return.

Here is my Number 3.

Don’t forget that all our patterns are on sale until Monday and then Wear Warm Clothes will be available online.

This would be a great time to start working on this quilt so it will be ready to hang when the weather turns cold!

Tomorrow I’ll measure the corn that should be “knee high on the 4th of July”.

This picture was taken last Wednesday when the kids were here and Sam brought the cake. I’ve also had a birthday lunch and Connie gave me this sweet pincushion.

Becky also made me Heath Bar cake – I am “birthdayed” out! Where’s my sewing machine????

62 thoughts on “July 3, 2021

  1. Carmen Montmarquet

    Happy Birthday Mary! Sounds like you had a great one!!! Also Happy Fourth of July!!!!

    1. Carrolyn V

      Happy, happy, happy day, dear Mary! Wish I could be there to help celebrate!

  2. Jo in Wyoming

    Happy Birthday to you. You didn’t tell us it was your big day.
    I love that cute haircut you got…it’s darling.
    I think there is a law against cleaning on your birthday. You may end up in jail. Oh! You could start a quilting program there😁.
    My county is so low on folks vaccinated, most of us are wearing our masks a lot more. Stubborn, independent wyomingites.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jo in Wyoming – at 73 I didn’t see the need to bring it up ahead of time – haha!!

  3. Sandy Allen

    Happy birthday! It’s my birthday too! Glad to hear you had a fun day.

  4. Betty Klosterman

    Happy Birthday, Mary. Isn’t it just so nice that we can get together these days, laughing all the way. We got together today at my SIL’s this afternoon. Luckily the clouds came up and it cooled off to comfortable with only a few drops of rain. It it had rained, we all would have been out standing in it. There were at least 20 of us. Happy July 4th to everybody. We are so lucky to live in America.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty K – yes, we are all so lucky to live here and I say it all the time to Rick – how glad I am to live in the country in this little community of Garner. It would be hard to beat.

  5. Gwen

    Your comment about the bar as a child brought back memories to me. There was a bar in the two block commercial district in our town. When walking by with my mother she would always tell me “ladies don’t go into bars”. To this day I have seldom been in a bar. I just never got used to it.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gwen – all the “bars” around here serve food so I guess I got over the issue but your mom sounds like my mom.

  6. Meredith

    Happiest of birthdays to you! Looks like it was a beautiful and fun day.

  7. Sheila in WI

    Happy birthday, Mary! Glad you had fun celebrating it. 🌿🌺🌿

  8. RITA in Iowa

    Happy Birthday Mary, treasure each one!

    My husband and I celebrated our 49th Anniversary on July 1st. We did it in style on my sister’s house boat on the Mighty Mississippi.

  9. Agatha B

    Happy Birthday sounds like you had a lot of fun and a lot of cake. Both are important!

  10. Jan VanDeWalle

    Trees are suffering from the heat wave we had, Going to be a bad year for Christmas tree growers so many brown tips on the trees. Our hay crop was about a third of normal if that..

  11. Julie D.

    Happy, Happy Birthday Mary!! Looks like you had a wonderful day and week!!!

  12. Jeanne

    Sounds like God blessed you with a wonderful birthday, though I don’t understand why you were scrubbing your porch on your special day. Happy Birthday from Co. too.
    I also love your haircut…it’s very attractive.
    Turn on the air conditioner and enjoy a great 4th of July weekend,
    and celebrate living and worshipping in our great America.

  13. Beryl in Owatonna

    Looks like a good day and not too hot. Stay inside the next couple of days and sew!
    The corn looks to be knee high here! We could get rain Tuesday and Wednesday…that would be good.
    Have a safe 4th!

  14. Linda from MN

    Happiest of birthdays to you, Mary! Sounds like you had lots of celebrating. Good for you! I hadn’t heard of a Heath bar cake before. I will have to Google the recipe, as that is my husband’s favorite candy bar.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Linda from MN – if you don’t find it, let me know

  15. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    You had a busy day. I am glad you made time for celebrating; Happy Birthday!
    We very much enjoyed the lower temps and low humidity today. It was a perfect summer day.

  16. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Happy Birthday, Mary! Sounds like you celebrated in style! 🎂🎉🎈And happy 4th of July. 🎆

  17. JudyE

    Happy Birthday Mary! Celebrate, celebrate
    all that you can.
    Something I have always wondered about is
    “whose knee do they use to measure knee high by the fourth?”
    Happy Fourth of July everyone!

  18. Mary Hawk

    Happy birthday, Mary! Looks like you had some fun. We’ve had Ada for 9 days, the house is going to be very quiet when she leaves. So much fun. And then I, like you, will be ready to sew.
    Hope you have a great year.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mary Hawk – you’ve had a full 9 days, I’ll bet! What fun things did you do? Did she sleep well at your house?

  19. Bobby Sutton

    Happy Birthday 🎂 yesterday. It sounds like you had a terrific week of celebrations. Continue that happiness the whole year!
    Bobby from Md.

  20. Linda Schluchter

    Happy Belated Birthday! It’s wonderful to see you had a good day and that people celebrate you on YOUR day!!

  21. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Happy birthday, you really know how to do it up right! Heath Bar cake sounds yummy!! That pincushion is just precious. Here’s hoping that your next year wonderful in every way!

  22. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Happy birthday, you really know how to do it up right! Heath Bar cake sounds yummy!! That pincushion is just precious. Here’s hoping that your next year wonderful in every way!

  23. Jackie Baumhauer

    Happy Birthday! Sorry I’m late, but it looks like you had a lot of fun. Enjoy your 4th of July and sew!!

  24. Margaret in North Texas

    Mary, Happy Belated Birthday to you and it sounds like you’ve had quite the celebration –may you have a wonderful year and many more!!

  25. Sue in Oregon

    Adding my birthday wishes to you, although belated. I didn’t see this last night so today is the 4th of July. You nearly shared a birthday with the USA. So, Happy Birthday, Mary. May you have a wonderful year ahead.

  26. Lorraine

    Happy Belated Birthday Mary. You shouldn’t be working on your birthday LOL! Your porch looks like a nice place to sit and sew. Hope your day was very special. Happy 4th of July too.

  27. Launa

    Belated 71st Birthday wishes, Mary! How many boxes of candles did it take for the flames 🔥 on your delicious Heath bar cake? So nice you had a Happy Birthday!
    There were two lightning caused fires too close to us, but Forest Service had them under control. This morning we had a sprinkle…wish it was more, tho!
    HAPPY 4th…

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Launa – the kids didn’t have 73 candles and it’s a good thing because the first ones would be burned out by the time we got to the last ones! Hahaha!!

  28. Dianna

    Happy Birthday Mary,

    Hope the year ahead is full of good health, sewing, gardening and joyful times with family and friends.
    I have the book with wear warm clothes in it. Wish I put in my 12! I guess it will be 13! I’m going to a 3 day quilt retreat where I will do some work on number 3.

    Never did the challenge before, thanks for guiding us and bringing us smiles every day.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Dianna – where is your retreat? And what is your number 3?

      1. Dianna

        My retreat is a day retreat, it is from 8:00-8:30 with lunch and supper provided. The retreat is at The Siena Center run by the Dominican Sisters of Racine, Wi. The retreat center is beautiful with amazing views of Lake Michigan.
        My number 3 is a blue and white half square triangle with various sizes so I making it up as I go. Excited to work on it this week. Thanks to you it will be on the list to finish!

  29. Kathy in western NY

    I remember walking by a bar like yours too with my grandma only she would tell me about going there to meet her friends so she was very outgoing and because it was a college town, my kids went to the same bar in their days. It’s still around. My grandmas house was always the one people hung out at and she always fed a hungry down and out person. Or gave them a drink to sit and talk at her dining room table. No judgement. I learned so much from her and my grandfather who came to Ellis Island for a better life here and think of them always on this day. Caring, kind and compassionate people just like you Mary, who appreciate everything. Happy Birthday to you!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy in western NY – where did your grandparents come here from? Mine came from Sweden.

  30. Judy

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a great birthday with more than one celebration.

  31. Susan from Michigan

    Happy birthday Mary! You look so youthful while standing with your birthday cake! And happy!

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