December 3, 2009

My Birthday and Giveaway Results...

Wow! My blogging budd's are awesome! Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment yesterday - My Birthday!!! I've gone over to Tara Frey's [typing out loud] blog and used the Random Number Generator she so graciously makes available to all of us in Blogland. Thank you, Tara.
I now have five names...Five winners of my Followers Only Birthday Giveaway. But first, you'll have to endure a few photos. This is what 55 looks like at our house...
First thing yesterday morning, these beautiful flowers
arrived from my BFF Lee in Wisconsin.
Thanks, honey. I absolutely love them.
My birthday gift from Handsome was a brand new iMac with 1 TB of memory! That ought to hold just about anything I can throw at it in the foreseeable future - including those music videos I need to burn to dvd! Thank you, Husband. I had great fun taking down my "old" computer and setting this one up yesterday!
Our UPS driver brought a mystery package from our younger son's family. Daughter-in-law, Jessica made these beautiful placemats for me thinking they'd be great for breakfasts and lunches with Handsome. I called to tell her how much I love her work. As a professional artist, she has complete control of color and pattern combinations, and she's very skilled as a seamstress, too. I didn't take a photo of the box of decadent Angel Food chocolates she, our son and their girls also sent along. I think I'll just keep that to myself, thank you!
The doorbell rang again early in the afternoon. Another floral delivery. This time, roses, snapdragons and lilies from my dear Mum. Pink roses always remind me of Mum and these flowers were perfectly "her". Thank you, Mumsy. I really love them.

Elder son called last night and gave me the gift of his time. We spoke on the telephone for over an hour, catching up on his life and family in Wisconsin, and what his dad and I have been up to. I loved every minute of our chat. He and our daughter-in-law are so busy with their own business and lives, so it's hard for us to find the time for long calls. I thank him so much for his gift to me last night. I really was nice.
Handsome had a music rehearsal to get to, so we ate dinner separately and planned ahead to postpone my birthday dinner with a Friday Night Date Night/Birthday Celebration/Pizza Night. Yay! I get to continue the celebrating!!! When he got home, we shared this birthday cupcake. The truth is that over the past six months, I've been working at losing extra weight (Actually twenty five pounds so far!). As much as I truly love cake, I love being a bit thinner, so I decided it would be better to have a large cupcake than even a small cake which would be around for a few days. We lit the candles, I made a wish and then we shared this cupcake late last night.

So there you have my birthday update, dear friends. God has blessed me with 55 years and I pray that He allows me many more. He's also given me the perfect mate with whom to share my life, loving sons, their wives and children, and I'm supported and blessed by a wonderful circle of friends and extended family. I have everything a woman could ask for...and so much more than many.

Thanks so much to every single one of you who left comments and Birthday Wishes for me today. I loved reading every thought and can't wait to offer my next giveway celebrating 200 Followers! Add to that the phone calls and notes from my loving husband, brother Del, sister Di, Mum, sons and their spice (plural for spouse around here), grandkids, nieces, nephews and dear friends, you all contributed to a perfect day for me. (imagine grateful sighs here)

Without further delay
Here are the winners of my
Followers Only Birthday Giveaway:

Jo Nielsen

Marcie from The Rustic Victorian

Dee Dee from Dee Dee's Craft Spot

Katie from My Paisley Apron

Twyla from Two Crazy Crafters

Congratulations, gals! Please email your addresses to me so I can send off your Brynwood Needle Keeps.
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28 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Tracy Suzanne said...

Oh' Donna. It looks like you had a wonderful birthday. You're so lucky to have such a loving family that takes such an interest in letting you know how special and loved you are.

I hope this year is full of blessings and joy.

Hugs...Tracy :)

The Farmer's Attic said...

Glad you enjoyed your birthday! Congratulations to everyone who one!

Lucy
www.farmersattic.com
www.farmersattic.blogspot.com
www.lucy43g.etsy.com

Alice Grace said...

A very happy belated birthday to you! Great gifts to a very deserving person!

The Rustic Victorian said...

Gasp!!!My mouth fell open when I saw my name,,,I can't believe it!!!Thank you! I am honored to have been drawn for one of your beautiful Needle Keeps. You had a wonderful Birthday, and it shows in your face amongst the blooms.I am so glad to have met you and pray God continually blesses you and your family.
Love
Marcie
Congratulations on the 25 pounds!!!

The French Bear said...

Donna, I am so glad you have had a wonderful birthday!! Your flowers are beautiful, so are you! You look absolutely stunning honey!!!!
Birthdays agree with you, hope you have more fun tonight!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

What a wonderful day you had and amazing photos to forever treasure.

Jane said...

Congrats to the lucky ladies!!! And again, Happy Birthday. It sounds like it was a fabulous day!!
Jane

Carol at Serendipity said...

What a great birthday - you are going to love the Mac. I just got one and it is a learning curve after the PC but it is wonderful. Hope to see you soon.

Carol

Diva Kreszl said...

Sweet Donna you are a beautiful 55! Happy Birthday again and congrats to all the lucky winners.

beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Donna! Your birthday sounded just wonderful, and you were such a beautiful birthday girl! I Loved all your great gifts, and that yummy looking cupcake too! Congratulations to all your lucky winners! Have a fun time at your birthday dinner tonight! Hugs, Paulette =D

Claudia said...

What wonderful presents you received, Donna! It looks as though you had an absolutely wonderful birthday!

Congratulations to the giveaway winners!

xoxo
Claudia

The Feathered Nest said...

You are such a cutie pie Donna!! I'm so glad your birthday was a wonderful day and that the goodness overflows into today too!! You SHOULD press a few of the flowers you received...they are such beautiful keepsakes ~ have a wonderful weekend, hugs and love, Dawn

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, I was so excited to win I clapped my hands! Thank you so much! Your birthday just sounds perfect. Your sure looked beautiful too! Congratulations on your weightloss! Let the celebrations continue today! Twyla

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Wishing you a very Happy (but belated!), Birthday! You are a very pretty lady!
Your celebrations and gifts sound wonderful!
A Happy Congratulations!! to all the winners!
Have a wonderful day--with Blessings from the Cabin!
Claudia O.

Anonymous said...

So glad you had a great day.
Congratulations to the lucky winners, I am very jealous!

Wow a new Mac awesome, I was just telling the hubby I need a new one.
I hope Santa was listening:)

Happiness to you my dear!
Mary
http://marywadsworthbloomingideas.blogspot.com

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Donna, I'm so sorry I missed your wonderful Birthday Celebrations. A few days off to decorate has put me behind and out of touch with everyone! Sounds like it was wonderful, AND you look awesome, girl. 55 looks great on you!!
big hugs,
Debra

Katie {My Paisley Apron} said...

What a great birthday!!! It sounds so fun, and I love the gifts. And congrats on all the weight loss - it's something I've been working on and just restarted efforts on... and it's a pain!

And woohoo, I won!!! Yay!! I was so hoping I'd win as I read through, but I was very patient and waited until the end of the post to check. :)

ShabbySheep said...

Donna, thanks for visiting my blog too! And 1TB on a computer? Never even Heard of such a thing! (I just turned 49 and the computer when I was in school was as large as my master bedroom is now!) Looks like you had a fantastic birthday and made a haul!

sweetjeanette said...

I'm not far behind you, so in four years, if that's what 55 looks like, I'm looking forward to it. You are beautiful - and it looks like you had a beautiful birthday to match! The cupcake is darling! I love pink roses too.

and congrats to the winners! Anything from your hands is wonderful I'm sure.

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DeeDee said...

you are the sweetest.....I was so excited to see I won something you have created and something I can really use often too.....OMG! elated with excitement...thanks girlfriend..I can see you had a great birthday as any girl should..your family is awesome for letting your know just how specail a lady you are....thanks so much for including us in your day. I feel blessed...thanks again

Jodie LeJeune said...

Hi Donna!
Oh...I'm a day late but I'm still sending you LOTS OF BIRTHDAY WISHES!!!! And congratulations to those lucky winners of your beautiful keepers!!! You are such a good heart to be giving on YOUR birthday ;)
55 looks GREAT at your house, I want to be JUST LIKE YOU when I grow up! :) You look fabulous girl! {You have to let me in on all of your beauty secrets} :)
I hope you have a wonderful Birthday Weekend~
everything vintage

Snap said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations to all the winners!

downsize said...

Donna, looking great at 55! Congrats to to all the winners...but actually, we are all "winners" to be able share your life via your blog!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

I'm delighted that you had such a wonderful birthday! Turning 55 is beautiful at your house! I'm turning 53 in February. Your smile tells me that it's a fantastic time in your life.
Brenda

Junk Exchange said...

sorry i missed your birthday .. happy birthday!! .. thank you so much for follering and commenting on our blog .. i love the number generator you pointed out .. way cool!

troy & rod

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Sounds like a fabulous day (love that cupcake!). I hope I look as great as you do when I turn 55.
; )
~Michele

Christine Edwards said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic birthday! Oooo, a new iMac...well done, Handsome.

Rettabug said...

I'm a wee bit late (been sick) but wishing you a no less sincere "Happy Birthday!" It sounds like you were surrounded by lots of hugs & loves, long distance & in person.

I think a shared cupcake with your honey is the perfect way to celebrate!!!

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