Friday, January 23, 2009

The next national holiday is almost here!


On Feb. 2 the nation will celebrate a holiday. Yes, it is Groundhog's Day but that is not it.
It is my birthday! And just ask my husband, my daughter or any of my closest friends, I do truly believe it is a national holiday. I love birthdays. Everyone's birthday! But esp. my birthday. (My daughter feels the same about hers. Her husband thinks it is genetic).
And I don't celebrate my birthday, quietly, alone. NOPE! I invite friends, family and everyone to celebrate with me. I am a recruiter in a not for profit blood bank. Year before last I called all my donors. I told them that on my birthday, since I was turning 46, I wanted 46 blood donors to save 46 lives (actually more than that since 1 unit of blood can potentially help save 3 lives). And they turned out. We had 37 donors that day. Not too bad considering I dreamed up the idea 2 days before.
Last year, I held a party at a spa. Invited 5 friends and family to come join me for pedicures and manicures, on my dime. Then we let the "boys" (husbands, sons, grandsons) join us for lunch at my fav Italian place, Luiggi's. The picture is of my daughter and I at the spa on my birthday. Notice my "crown".
My husband treats me like royalty on my birthday. And I love it!
Ok, now on to this birthday. This year I want to celebrate it WITH YOU!
So here is the deal: Since I must share my birthday with Groundhog's Day, then we will have fun with it. Leave me a msg. on this post and tell me whether you think the groundhog will see his shadow and run back into his hole, projecting another 6 weeks of winter or will he not see his shadow and stay and play, projecting spring is around the corner.
I will randomly draw a name on my birthday, Feb. 2 at 10:00 am CST from all who participate. The winner will receive 10 skeins of Sampler Threads, their choice of colors.

42 comments:

Carolyn NC said...

Hmmm - I think "Phil" is going to see his shadow and we are having more winter! Count me in - and have a wonderful birthday!

*~*Meadow*~* said...

Wow, you sure do like birthday :) I think the groundhog is going to see his shadow and retreat back in his hole :(

Penny said...

I must agree Phil always sees his shadow the last few years. We are not about to have an early spring around here. LOL. Sometimes I wonder if Phil gets aggrivated getting pulled out of his warm house for the amusement of us people. Ya gotta wonder.

Beth said...

Donna,
Being the warm-weather girl that I am (and my Bday being 19 days after yours), I'm hoping Phil says that Spring is around the corner! I'm ready for the warmer temps and sunshine! Kasey and I want to sit out in the yard and soak in the warmth!

Hugs,
Beth

Rene la Frog said...

My Birthday is very quiet compared to yours but fun anyway. Happy Birthay a little early.

I think Phil will see his shadow and hide for 6 more weeks of Winter.

pictorvia said...

I think he isn't going to see his shadow and he is going to want to stay out and play and party. Although in this part of PA, we haven't seen a TON of snow, but I am SOOOOO ready for spring!!!!

~~~Melinda said...

I hope the groundhog sees his shadow and we have more winter. Although we has snow one day in TX it is now SPRING again the last two days have been in the 70's..cooler temps are supposed to be on the way. We need cooler winter so the summer won't be hot as hades here.

I would love to celebrate your birthday with you, please enter me into the drawing!

Thank you.

crossstitchbibs said...

Punxsutawney Phil will definitely see his shadow. He does every year because when they pull him out of his hole its still dark and they have all these lights shining on him so of course he will see his shadow. I live about 2 hours away from Punxsutawney where the original groundhog is from. I would love to see spring though as we have already had 56 inches of snow so far this year and its been very very cold and we have had lots of freezing rain. Glad to know you share a birthday with someone famous - Punxsutawney Phil - his brother lives in my yard and makes many holes which makes me very upset!!! Also glad to see you love to celebrate - Happy Birthday!!!!

BW said...

Merry early Birthday Donna!! What a great idea you have about your birthday. I really love the one about the blood donations.

This year, I think that Phil will see his shadow and run and hide. I know I will probably be hiding inside because I don't think warm weather will ever come back. LOL

Cynimin said...

I believe in hope, so just as we all have new hope in our new government, I believe that Mr Goundhog will not see his shadow and we will have an early glorious springtime!
PS Have the best birthday ever! And I love your spirit! It's contagous.

MaryB said...

I say Mr Groundhog will see his shadow and we'll be doomed to more winter! LOL ~hugs~

Maureen said...

Let's hope he sees spring -that'll be a good birthday present. You certainly know how to celebrate your birthday -hope you have an equally fun filled day this year - it's my birthday on tuesday - you've put me right in the mind to go out and really celebrate, mmm will have to start thinking what to do now!

Linda said...

I think he will see his shadow!!

Linda in VA

Vicky L said...

My sister was born a day before you and I have a cousin that was born the next day on the 2nd. So my sister and cousin shared the same nursery.
I love you ideas, especially giving blood. If everyone had your spirit and excitement for birthdays, our whole lives will be a party. lol.
I predict Phil will NOT see his shadow and we will have an early spring.

Sadie said...

I think he will see his shadow.What a lovely prize, count me in please. What great fun you have on your birthday.

Ashley (The Euphoric Stitcher) said...

Oh how fun! I am going to say that he will not see his shadow. I'm tired of winter and ready for spring!!

Terri said...

I think he is going to see his shadow

Cindy F. said...

Great pic of you and dd! Love your crown:)
I'm voting groundhog will NOT see his shadow! Bring on the Spring!!
I hope this birthday is FABULOUS for you sweet friend:)

Patricia Cecilia said...

What great ways to celebrate your birthday!

I think Phil is going to see his shadow and tuck himself away in his hole again quickly!

Lelia said...

not see his shadow, spring around the corner

I'm tired of the ice snow and cold!

Loves Christmas said...

I'm so afraid he's going to see his shadow and we'll have more winter. I'm so ready for warmer weather but it's not going to happen for a while yet.

Love the way you celebrate your birthday. Like you, I really love to celebrate the day we're born.

Kim said...

Have a GREAT Birthday! I think Phil will see his shadow and we will have more winter. Please enter me in your drawing, Thanks! Kim R.

Wendy said...

First of all I want to wish you an early Happy Birthday!
I think he will not see his shadow and stay and play.

Shelleen said...

I have a feeling that the snow is nowheres being over so I say he will see his shadow and run and hide. Happy Birthday!!!

Sharon said...

No doubt here that he will see his shadow!

Virpi said...

Even if the groundhog is seeing his shadow I think he is going to celebrate your birthday instead of going back in his hole =). Have a wonderful day!

Fatema said...

Happy birthday.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

I think he will see his shadow.
I would love to join this giveaway.
I hope your day will treat you as special as you are...
I have always loved birthdays even my own. (that was until the terrorist's attacked.... I was born on 9-11)

Donna said...

Being from Canada, I would have to say that there will definitely be six more weeks of winter. Have a great birthday in spite of that!

Carolyn said...

Hi Donna! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Please come again. Yes ma'am, grandbabies are the BEST! It looks like we are sorta neighbors, and your daughter is VERY close to where I live. Maybe someday when you visit her we could meet up. That would be cool beans!

Happy Birthday early, and my guess is that Mr. Groundhoggie will see his shadow and we have more winter ahead of us.

I LOVE your idea of the way you celebrate your birthday, especially the one with the blood bank. Well, okay, the pedicure one was way cool, too! Too bad I don't live closer. :)

Come back and visit again and it's so nice to meet you!

Hugs,
Carolyn :)

domesticod said...

Donna, I think the way it's going, he's not even gonna come out to look, lol. Nope, he'll see it and go back in.
Bob

MommaC said...

I don't think my birthday is a national holiday...I KNOW it is! I don't stitch so the sampler threads need to go to someone else. I just want some generic embroidery floss and felt for some projects LOL. You've got 31 comments already! Oh and I think he will see his shadow.

Kathy said...

I think you have the right idea for celebrating your B'day. Me, I usually hide until it's over. I tell the family. Just send presents. LOL LOL
I'm hoping Phil sees his shadow but you never know. :) I would love to be included in your drawing.

Joy said...

What a great birthday party! I am thinking he will see his shadow.

Meari said...

6 more weeks of winter!

omashee aka Barb said...

I'm going to stick my neck out and say Phil will not see his shadow.
Donna, you are such an amazing woman and I wouldn't give you a filter if I could (would love to give you mine). Keep stitching and Happy Birthday! I'll be celebrating with you. Barb

Olenka's Stitches said...

Donna,
Of course, everybody is dreaming of an early spring but Iguess Phil is going to see his shadow .
Happy Early Birthday!

Andrea said...

OMG Donna,you're too funny! You and I have the birthday thing in
common, I celebrate mine big time too, lol! It doesn't help that it's on July 1 and the fourth of July is just days away...the whole country parties wih me, lol!

I'm thinking that groundhog will see his shadow ;-P

Draffin Bears said...

Happy birthday Donna ~ I hope that you enjoy your special day.

Many thanks for visiting my blog.

Hugs
Carolyn

lenna said...
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lenna said...

I definitely think Phil will see his shadow and go back to sleep and we will have six more weeks of winter. Just what the Midwest, Northwest and Northeast need more ice and snow! So. . . Have a Happy, Happy Birthday you deserve it.
Rooster

CJ said...

Love your blog, glad I found it. I think "Phil" will not see his shadow, at least I am hoping he does not. They really need an early Spring on the East Coast.

CJ