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Betty White is turning 99 on Sunday. Here’s how she plans to celebrate the big day

“You probably didn’t ask but I’m gonna tell you anyway,” the actress quipped

Actress Betty White is inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. White turns 99 on Jan. 17. Darrin Bush, Las Vegas News Bureau

Betty White, the legendary five-time Emmy-winning actress is turning 99 on Jan. 17 and, according TODAY, she’s looking forward to a relaxing, low-key day.

In a recent conversation with ET, the “Golden Girls” alum jokingly shared her birthday plans.

“You probably didn’t ask but I’m gonna tell you anyway,” White quipped. “What am I doing for my birthday? Running a mile each morning has been curtailed by COVID, so I am working on getting ‘The Pet Set’ re-released, and feeding the two ducks who come to visit me every day.”

According to Good Morning America, “The Pet Set” was a 31-episode series that White hosted in 1971. On each episode, White sat down with celebrity guests and their pets to chat about all things animals, including wildlife preservation. The series was produced by White’s late husband, Allen Ludden.

As part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebration this year, it is being rereleased on DVD and will hit streaming platforms on Feb. 23, Good Morning America reports.

White’s line about the two ducks wasn’t a joke, according the actress’s representative. White reportedly has a beautiful backyard “with a number of wild animals visiting ... (the) two ducks always come by to say hello. They waddle up to her glass door and look in,” via TODAY.

In an interview with People, the nonagenarian reflected on one of the things that keeps her going during these difficult times.

“A sense of humor,” she said. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others — not that I would — but you cannot lie to yourself.”

“I am blessed with good health,” White added, “so turning 99 is no different than turning 98,” via TODAY.