Wednesday, September 28, 2016

~Happy Birthday Parties and Simple & Sweet Fridays #239~

~My Family~
Scott, Katie, Me, Stan and Carly
I wanted to share with you,
I had two wonderful birthday parties this week to 
celebrate my 65th birthday.
This weekend my family had a surprise birthday party
 for me at our home.
It was a wonderful celebration where all my friends and family 
helped put it on.
They worked on it for weeks and the weather was perfect!

Kaylee working on the flower arrangements 
and Stan in the background.
Leeanne and Virginia doing their magic with flowers!!
My friend, Mary, cooked the main courses.
Chicken Cacciatore, Lasagna Bolognese and Italian Sausage.
My friends, Linda and Yuri, cooked all the vegetable dishes and made the salads!
I had lots of wonderful food and will have more photos to share soon!
We all had such a wonderful night!
A special birthday cake!!
My friend, Mary, gave me a party at her house earlier in the week.
This gorgeous cake was made by her!
I'll share lots of photos soon!!

I wanted to add that I have been having trouble with joining a lot of your blogs later and here is why. 
I hope you'll bear with me while I try and fix this issue.
This is from Google:

Dear bloggers,

As we mentioned some weeks ago, starting this week, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. To follow a blog via Google Friend Connect now, readers will need a Google Account (the same they use for Gmail or YouTube). There will be no need for readers to be signed in, or to have a Google+ profile.

  • What does  this mean for you and your blog? We’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count

  • What can you do now? You should encourage your users to re-follow your blog using a Google account. Another way to allow users to follow your blog is with the  “Follow by Email” gadget, which  requires you to set up Feedburner. By subscribing to your blog, readers will be notified via e-mail every time there is a new post.
  • To install the “Follow by Email” gadget:
    • Go to and choose the blog you want to install the gadget
    • On the left menu, click on Layout
    • Once in the layout page, click on add a gadget
    • Find the “Follow by email” gadget and click on the + sign next to it

  • Choose the title of the gadget but don’t change your Feedburner URL
  • Click on Save and then Save arrangement on the top right corner.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Thank you

Thank you again for all your wonderful ideas every week!!

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  1. Jody, how great to have 2 parties for your birthday! The photos were great and looking forward to more.
    Thank you for this party.

    xo Dianne

  2. What a great party your wonderful family prepared for you and how I'd loved to be amongst your guests to enjoy it, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JODY !

    Thanks most sincerly for hosting me today and for sharing such lovely features, dear friend, I'm sending hugs and ever much love to you, wishing my best to you and Stan for the coming weekend

    Xx Daniela

  3. Thank you for featuring my purple and gold autumn table and again hosting the party. Happy Belated Birthday! Your friend made you such a beautiful golden cake.

  4. Oh how loved you are by friends and family!
    Happy Birthday..looks like everything was so meaningful and fun.
    Love your new header.
    Beautiful family.
    I have disliked Google plus since day one.
    I still don't get it.I wish I had not subscribed.
    I have a Google account..that is fine..but the +?:(

  5. Thank you so much for the feature! Happy birthday to you and I see you had a wonderful one! You look so blessed surrounded by your friends and family and to receive a surprise one on top of that! It doesn't get better than that!

  6. Happy Birthday!!
    Thanks so much for hosting each week!

  7. Happy Birthday
    What a wonderful party for your 65th Birthday
    Your family and friends went all the way I would say
    Love the setting of the party
    Also you Look wonderful at age 65

  8. I love your party! I'm not posting as I am in the middle of a move.
    But I wanted to invite you to the Link The Party at The Fabulous Fall Party.
    For the month of Oct. I am adding Link Your Party. Please come over and Link the party and any Fall posts!
    Happy Fall.

  9. Happy Birthday, Jody! Gosh what a gorgeous cake! I love your new blog header too! Thank you for the party! Blessings, Cecilia

  10. Jody, you don't look a day over 50. What a delightful party! You have the most beautiful home and garden--so creative and cottagey! I want to live in your garden. Keep up your beautiful work. Blessings, Linda, your admirer

  11. Happy birthday Jody and many blessings to you. What a great celeb you had !!
    The food sounds great and you had a few chefs to help you celebrate this great birthday of 65, but you look way younger too.
    I will be 65 Oct. 20th too. We are Fall girls !
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  12. Belated Happy Birthday wishes Jody! I had to look twice to see which one was you and I wish I looked as good as you do ( I'm almost there and just got my medicare information- which BTW you gotta be a lawyer to figure out)

    Love your new header-

    Thanks for hosting and see you again next week.

    Birthday hugs

  13. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!! What wonderful celebrations! Will be anxious to see more pics! Thanks as always for hosting this lovely party.

  14. Happy Belated Birthday!! Sounds like you had marvelous celebrations!

  15. Jody

    Happy Birthday Lovely Lady! Thank you for the feature and hosting each week.


  16. Looks like a very happy family time.

  17. Happy Birthday, Jodi!
    Such a wonderful tribute for you from heart and hand through family and friendship! Keep doing what your doing . . . you look marvelous!

  18. Happy Birthday, Jodie!! :)
    I'm a little late on keeping up with my blog this past week, but I wanted to say THANK you for featuring my black forest waffle cake!
    XO! Vanessa


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